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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!

Gen Con 2015 Day 2 Recap – With Raine

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Alright folks, day two of Gen Con is nearing its end for us and we’ve got some cool tidbits of information for you right from the floor! My day started out with working the event tables for Harebrained Schemes, the company that brought us Golem Arcana. If you haven’t seen/heard about Golem Arcana yet, it’s a miniatures game that incorporates a digital app from a tablet for gameplay. The game was a huge hit last year at the convention and it hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down yet this year. I got to run a couple of the Ash & Bone events during my time working as an Emissary, and it was a whole lot of fun. Of course there were a couple of hiccups towards the end of my shift where the tablets and stylus pens didn’t want to communicate any longer, but we got it worked out and the players were nice and patient.

Speaking of Harebrained Schemes, we sat down with Brian Poel, the Product Manager for Golem Arcana, and learned a bit about what’s coming up for the game in the near future. We learned that a new series of Living Scenarios will be coming up for the game very soon and unlike those previous, this handful will have players reaching deep and showing their true loyalty to their factions. Specifically, when players dive into this next scenario they’ll be flying not only the banner for their faction, but representing a specific leader in their chosen faction. As always, the results of the Living Scenario season will allow HBS to swing the fiction of the game in a new direction, something that helps the game stick out from others and gives players the chance to help mold a living, breathing world.

On display was the amazing new Ashmogh Colossus for Urugal, and it took my breath away. Seriously, look at it:



Brian let us know that a new wave of models will be releasing for Golem Arcana, specifically for the Durani and Gudanna factions, very soon. This will be the third wave of expansions for these factions and they’ll pack a huge wallop. We weren’t told many details, but from what we did discuss we learned that the Durani expansion will primarily focus on long-range attacks with support for ranged units. For example, one of the models in the upcoming Durani expansion acts as a sniper, providing cover for other models walking about the battlefield. We were also informed of a brand new elite Fenlord coming for Zikia, this one focusing on making the most out of those pesky water spaces on the board.

Moving on from Harebrained Schemes we stopped by The Broken Token’s booth. I was so happy to see the company setup with a sweet booth this year that accurately showcased their products. They had each of their organizers on display, not only in packaging, but in their respective game boxes all nice and tucked in. We had a chance to meet the company owners, who also happen to be a husband and wife duo, and that makes us feel all warm inside.

Need your game organized? The Broken Token has you covered!

Need your game organized? The Broken Token has you covered!

On display at the booth were organizers for your favorite games, such as King of Tokyo, Marvel Legendary, Dead of Winter, Dominion, and much more. We chatted a bit about the company’s production and future plans, and what we can tell you is that The Broken Token has no plans of slowing down whatsoever. We can expect some great things from the company in the near future!

Behold, the awesomeness of The Broken Token booth is upon you!

Behold, the awesomeness of The Broken Token booth is upon you!

A group of people I was excited to meet were those from Artisan Dice. These guys know great product, and they’re not afraid at all to show it. On display in their booth were all sorts of dice sets, including a special d20 made out of an ancient mammoth tusk! We found out some time ago that Artisan Dice is headquartered in Mesquite, Texas, which is barely a half-hour from our own home office. We took some time to talk with the faces of the company and chatted a bit about production, product knowledge, and more. You can expect some very cool things in the future coming from the company, especially now that we have the chance to be involved with the products!

Amidst the crowd of con-goers Kae and I made it through to a few other booths, and the details can be found on her Day 2 Recap. We took more time to pick up some games this time around, all of which we’re about to bust out here at the hotel. We ended up with the new VS game from Upper Deck, the Machi Koro Harbor expansion (including the game’s sick playmat), Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, the expansion for Iron & Ale (expect another bearded review soon), and a few other odds and ends. We plan on hitting the floor tomorrow for more photos, and we’ll be doing something I’ve been doing a lot lately: cosplaying!

Speaking of cosplaying, I had the great pleasure of running into Christine Sprankle today at the Ultra Pro booth. This girl is amazing, and she’s one of the coolest cosplayers in the community. Christine mainly cosplays characters from Magic: the Gathering, but her knowledge of cosplay materials and tips is quite vast. I was so excited to have the opportunity to speak with her about different materials, patterns, plans, and more about the cosplay hobby. Plus, she was in her Liliana outfit, which was totally boss!

Is that Liliana...smiling?

Is that Liliana…smiling?

If you’re out on the floor tomorrow, make sure to come find us and say hello! We’ll be out and about and ready to mingle!


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