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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

Z-Man News, BGG Con, and Updates

Pandemic Survival

In the blink of an eye BGG Con has sneaked up on us. We just completed our move out to Texas quite recently and in the midst of the giant whirlwind we’ve been preparing for what we’ll be doing at the convention. We’ve got some exciting news, but before we get to that let’s take a look at what’s going on with Z-Man Games. Trust me, it’ll all tie in at the end of this post.

Z-Man has been busy putting around the world to different events, and they’ll not be missing BGG Con at all. Pandemic: Survival events have been taking the world by storm, and the next great event will be happening at EuroQuest out in Maryland on November 15th. Right after that, however, the tournament will be swinging through Texas at BGG Con. To sign yourself up for an event, be sure to send an email to events@zmangames.com and put “Pandemic: Survival – [name of the event]” in the subject line.

Z-Man has had some recent releases, including:

Upcoming releases from Z-Man include:

Many of you can already tell that I’m a big fan of Z-Man Games. I really like Pandemic, Battle at Kemble’s Cascade, and Tragedy Looper (the later two of which we’ll be posting reviews for soon), and the team I’ve met from the developer is just plain phenomenal. What many of you don’t know is that, while at Gen Con this year, I became part of Z-Force. Z-Force is Z-Man’s elite team of awesome people who represent the company in demos, events, and more. I’m excited to announce that, later this month, I’ll be on the Z-Force team working at BGG Con! I’ll be one of the few judges who will oversee the Pandemic: Survival event at the convention, as well as offering demos and tips for Z-Man’s many different games on the floor.

It’ll be my first time out on the floor representing a developer, and I couldn’t be more excited. We just received a giant box of stuff from Z-Man for the con here at the office, and I can’t wait to be able to get out and put in some work for the company. Kae and I will also be representing I:T out at the con, so make sure you come out and say hello to us! Also, if there’s something you think we should see don’t be afraid to let us know!

Speaking of Kae, she’ll be representing Black Locust, the company responsible for Regnum: Angelica, which successfully funded and delivered via Kickstarter. The both of us will be making appearances at the Black Locust booth and their demo area, showing off the new game. Black Locust has come a long way since their start, and we’re honored to be a part of the team this year!

BGG Con will be a lot of fun this year, and we’re looking forward to meeting new gamers, making new friends, and seeing new games. We’ll do our best to get as much coverage as possible from the event, and we’ll share it with you all. If you’re headed out to BGG Con this year, make sure you stop us and have a chat. We’d love to play a game or two with you!


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