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Gato Leader and U-Boat Leader Solitaire Kickstarter Pledge

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Dan Verssen Games Announces Gato Leader and U-Boat Leader Solitaire Kickstarter Pledges Gato Leader and U-Boat Leader has almost reached its goal.  Now, up until February 25th 2016 the Kickstarter Pledge for $18,000 and the Stretch Goals of $25,000 should be met.  So don’t site idly waiting for other to pledge, hop on the bandwagon and pledge for these two boardgames.  Go to Kickstarter Project for Gato Leader and U-Boat Leader by clicking here.  To see a VIDEO of the miniatures in this Kickstarter Stretch Goal, go to the Kickstarter Project by Clicking Here and scroll down the page till…

IDW Games Announces a Kickstarter TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES BOARDGAME

   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   IDW GAMES BRINGING TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES BOARD GAME TO KICKSTARTER! GET READY TO KICKSTART SOME SHELL WITH A LAIR FULL OF EXCLUSIVE CONTENT San Diego, CA (February 2nd, 2016) IDW Games is set to launch a Kickstarter campaign of radical proportions! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, designed by Kevin Wilson, is a scenario-driven, miniatures-based combat board game, and its Kickstarter campaign is live now, featuring a host of exclusive gaming and publishing content, including an exclusive April O’Neil Hero Pack! “Kickstarter seems like an incredibly fun way to show the game…

Dan Verssen Games Announces a Kickstarter for Gato Leader and U-Boat Leader

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Dan Verssen Games Announces a Kickstarter for Gato Leader and U-Boat Leader Gato Leader and U-Boat Leader expand our well-known series of solitaire Leader games into the undersea world of submarines! In Gato Leader, you commander US submarines prowling the warm blue waters of the Pacific ocean during WWII in search of Japanese merchant ships and warships. It is up to you to engage the enemy and destroy the vital stream of supplies going out to their island empire. In U-Boat Leader, you command German U-Boats braving the heaving gray seas of the the storm tossed North Atlantic while attempting…

Flying Pig Games Releases Yaah! #5 Magazine Now Available as a Digital Download

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Yaah! #5 Print and Play Now Available Reviews, articles, scenarios, and a complete game. It’s all here in Yaah! #5   Tell them you saw it on Mataka.ORG   Yaah! #5 Digital Download Available! The latest issue of Yaah! Magazine, issue #5, is now available for the Print and Play Crowd. What do you get? To start with, there’s a whole lot of Double-Ya Double-Ya Two for the grognards in our audience. Wendell Albright, no stranger to WW2 grand strategy games, looks at two of the biggest things to hit tables in 2015: GMT’s Churchill and Compass/ADG’s Blitz! The latter…

Modiphius Entertainment Announces Plans for 2016

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    Modiphius says welcome to 2016 – we’ve got a wealth of goodies to tempt every kind of RPG, table top and miniatures gamer! Hi there, After a huge turkey and mince pie blow out at Christmas, January has soon seen us work off some of that excess weight with a raft of releases to start the year with a real bang. Wade Dyer’s amazing sci-fi RPG Fragged Empire debuted with the release of the core book, first adventure Let Sleeping Gods Lie,  GM Screen and Dice Set offering the perfect package to start your Fragged adventures. There were…

Modiphius Entertainment Releases Elder Godlike for Achtung! Cthulhu

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  Modiphius releases Elder Godlike, a brand new crossover supplement to super power your Achtung! Cthulhu adventures! Hi there,  Today we’re really pleased to announce the release of Elder Godlike, a brand new supplement to add super powered role-playing to your Achtung! Cthulhu campaigns. Elder Godlike is where the superhuman suspense of Godlike meets the cosmic terrors of Achtung! Cthulhu, introducing a whole new dimension of fantastic adventures to the Secret War, in the ultimate crossover RPG experience.  Written by original Godlike creators Dennis Detwiller and Greg Stolze, and based on their acclaimed Godlike: Superhero Roleplaying in A World on…

Strategy & Tactics Press Briefing Room Announces Modern War 22

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      Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Jihadist Insurgency By Carl O. Schuster   On 14 May 2013 Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency across three of his country’s northeastern states. Jihadists had seized control over major portions of the territory from local officials with the main group of insurgents calling itself the Jama’atu Ahl as-Sunnah li-Da’awati wal-Jihad (Arabic for Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad or JASDJ). It is better known by its Hausa name, Boko Haram (Western education is forbidden).   Origins of an Insurgency   Boko Haram was founded by Mohammed…

Slitherine Announces the Release of the Mac and PC Game, Order of Battle Morning Sun, Pacific Theatre of WW2: The Prequel

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  Pacific Theatre of WW2: The Prequel Order of Battle: Morning Sun is releasing today on PC and Mac! Epsom, UK – January 28, 2016. We often consider that the Pacific Theatre of WW2 started on December 7, 1941 with the surprise attack against the US naval base at Pearl Harbor. But tensions in this part of the world actually erupted years before, when the Japanese army launched a massive operation aimed at invading China. This often-overlooked conflict engaged hundreds of thousands of men and featured huge-scale battles. The Battle of Shanghai, in 1937, described by Peter Harmsen as the…

Casemate Publishers Latest Releases January 29th 2016 – German Raiders of the First World War, Rollback, The History of the Biggin Hill International Air Fair, Prisoners of the British, The Siege of Ladysmith, The Relief of Ladysmith, The Battle of Modder Spruit and Tchrengula, The Battle of Spioenkop, The Battle of Vaalkrans, The Battle of Colenso The Battle of Elandslaagte, The Battle of Talana, A Guide to the Anglo-Boer War Sites of KwaZulu-Natalm Military Aviation of the First World Warm Israeli Air Force Operations in the 1956 Suez War, 29 October-8 November 1956, The Chronicle of Jeremiah Goldswain, Return to Morogoro, Mampara, Mzee Ali, Wars and Insurgencies of Uganda 1971-1994, The Rwandan Patriotic Front 1990-1994, British Parachutes, and Surviving the Ride

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In This Email German Raiders of the First World War Rollback The History of the Biggin Hill International Air Fair Prisoners of the British The Siege of Ladysmith The Relief of Ladysmith The Battle of Modder Spruit and Tchrengula The Battle of Spioenkop The Battle of Vaalkrans The Battle of Colenso The Battle of Elandslaagte The Battle of Talana A Guide to the Anglo-Boer War Sites of KwaZulu-Natal Military Aviation of the First World War Israeli Air Force Operations in the 1956 Suez War, 29 October-8 November 1956 The Chronicle of Jeremiah Goldswain Return to Morogoro Mampara Mzee Ali Wars…

Casemate Publishers End of January 2016 Book Releases – Military Aviation of the First World War, Il-2 Shturmovik: Red Avenger Letters from a Flying Officer, A Flying Life, Zeppelin, Mustang, The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe, Tornado in Pictures, Schneider Trophy Aircraft 1913-1931, Mosquito Attack!, Tornado F3, Gloster Aircraft Company, Adolf’s British Holiday Snaps, British Aircraft Manufacturers Since 1909, Fading Eagle, Fighters over the Aegean, Fighters over the Falklands, First of the Few, Fokker Fodder, Glorious in Solitude, Goldfish Caterpillars and Guinea Pigs, Haunted Second World War Airfields – Volume One, History of the de Havilland Vampire, Into the Swarm, Rise Against Eagles, Tempsford Academy, The Bad Boy Bert Hall, The Other Ninth Air Force, Unshackled Spirit, Britain’s Cold War, Bombers Britain’s Cold War Fighters, Unwanted Hero, Viking Spitfire, Soviet Aircraft Industry, Avro Manchester, British Airship Bases of the Twentieth Century, The Phantom in Focus, The History of the Biggin Hill International Air Fair

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      In This Email Military Aviation of the First World War Il-2 Shturmovik: Red Avenger Letters from a Flying Officer A Flying Life Zeppelin Mustang The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe Tornado in Pictures Schneider Trophy Aircraft 1913-1931 Mosquito Attack! Tornado F3 Gloster Aircraft Company Adolf’s British Holiday Snaps British Aircraft Manufacturers Since 1909 Fading Eagle Fighters over the Aegean Fighters over the Falklands First of the Few Fokker Fodder Glorious in Solitude Goldfish Caterpillars and Guinea Pigs Haunted Second World War Airfields – Volume One History of the de Havilland Vampire Into the Swarm Rise Against…

Dan Verssen Games (DVG) Fleet Commander Nimitz Review

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Fleet Commander Nimitz Designed by Dan Verssen MSRP $99.99 For additional information on Fleet Commander Nimitz click here and tell them you read this review on MATAKA.ORG. Background (Taken from Wikipedia) Ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Chester William Nimitz (February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was selected as commander in chief, United States Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT), with the rank of admiral, effective December 31, 1941. He took command in a ceremony on the top deck of the submarine USS Grayling (SS-209). The change of command ceremony would normally have taken place aboard…

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Flying Pig Games, Tiny Battle Publishing Announces Into the Trenches: Doughboys and Savage’s Station

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More WWI and American Civil War from our Little Sister     Our sister company, Tiny Battle Publishing, has released two new titles. Both are in stock and ready to ship.  Into the Trenches: Doughboys is the first release. Designed by John Gorkowski, this series enables players to game historically accurate simulations of tactical operations from the Great War. In the Trenches (ITT) challenges players to move and fight with company-level formations made of separate platoon-sized units during five minute, impulsed-based turns. The historically accurate maps are scaled to 100 yards per hex. This approach recreates WWI command and control…

Strategy & Tactics Press Briefing Room S&T, Issue #297 Civil War Turning Point 1863

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ST 297 Preview Article Sample The Battle of Grozny By Kyle Lockwood The Chechen capital of Grozny awoke to a Russian bombardment on 31 December 1994. Four columns of Russian armor and infantry flooded the city, igniting one of the most brutal urban battles since the end of World War II. Despite being outnumbered, a small but lethal force of Chechen rebels made the Russians fight for every street and building, tearing the city apart and nearly bankrupting the morale of Russian troops fighting in Chechnya. The Rise of Rebellion In 1817, the Russian Empire invaded the Caucasus region. The…

True Earth Newsletter January 2016

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Newsletter 01.2016 New Set in SDW Shading Colors range Nuovo Set nella gamma SDW Here it is the new Skin Set, for an easy painting both in acrylic or oil style. This is SDW Shading Colors power at it’s epitome ! Ed ecco il nuovo Set Incarnati, per dipingere facilmente  sia con stile ad acrilico che  ad olio. Questa è la potenza dei nuovi SDW Shading Colors ! SDW Shading Colors WEB SHOP › Updated user advices  into our free e-book Informazioni aggiornate sull’utilizzo nel nostro e-book gratuito DOWNLOAD›   Tutorial in Progress : M4 Sherman painting & weathering How…

Flying Pig YAAH! Issue 5 Now Available

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Flying Pig Games Magazine YAAH! Issue 5 Now Available Yaah! Magazine celebrates its first birthday with a little something for everyone. From fantasy to historical, from grand strategy to tactical crunchiness, we’ve got you covered. As always, there’s a brand-new full game to play, a grab-bag of great scenarios for the games you love, and articles on some of today’s hottest games and most endearing classics. For all you grognards, there’s a whole bunch of Double-Ya Double-Ya Two. Wendell Albright looks at two of the biggest things to hit tables in 2015: GMT’s Churchill and Compass/ADG’s Blitz! There are the…

Casemate Publishers New Releases for mid-January 2016

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In This Email True for the Cause of Liberty Lincoln’s Bold Lion Brothers in Arms 1942: The Second World War at Sea in photographs Barbarossa Derailed: The Battle for Smolensk 10 July-10 September 1941 Volume 4 – Atlas Honourable Warriors Stukas Over the Steppe Stukas Over the Mediterranean, 1940–1945 Hermann Goring Albums Volume 2: Beer Hall Putsch to Nazi Blood Purge 1923-34 Soldier Slang of the First World War 263 Squadron Polish Wings No. 20 Hospital Ships and Troop Transport of the First World War Agincourt The Rise of the Bomber de Havilland Mosquito Soviet Aircraft Industry The Lines of…

Strategy & Tactics Press Announces World at War 46 Bio Warfare and Stalingrad and Yamato Unleashed Boardgame

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    WW46 Preview Article Sample   Of Soviet Mice & Men Biological Warfare & the Battle of Stalingrad By Gilberto Villahermosa New historical evidence continues to shed light on Allied and German plans to use chemical and biological weapons against each other during World War II. Because this evidence is normally published in specialized intelligence, medical, and chemical and biological weapons journals, it has received little attention in military historical journals. Certainly one of the most spectacular stories has to be that of Kanatjan “Ken” Alibek, who ran the Soviet biological weapons program before defecting to the US. Alibek…

Flying Pigs Magazine Yaah! Celebrates its First Birthday

Scenarios, Interviews, and an Exciting New     Yaah! Magazine Has a Birthday!   Yaah! Magazine celebrates its first birthday with a little something for everyone. From fantasy to historical, from grand strategy to tactical crunchiness, we’ve got you covered. As always, there’s a brand-new full game to play, a grab-bag of great scenarios for the games you love, and articles on some of today’s hottest games and most endearing classics.   For all you grognards, there’s a whole bunch of Double-Ya Double-Ya Two. Wendell Albright looks at two of the biggest things to hit tables in 2015: GMT’s Churchill…

Modiphius Entertainment Unveils Conan the Roleplaying Game

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Modiphius unveils Conan Roleplaying game cover by world-renowned fantasy artist BROM Modiphius is proud to unveil the brand new cover for Robert E Howard’s CONAN Roleplaying game – Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of    Brom is an iconic name in fantasy gaming and literature. Well known for his work on the Dark Sun setting for Dungeons & Dragons, he also contributed to Magic: The Gathering, Alternity, Forgotten Realms, Planescape and Deadlands. His covers have graced Michael Moorcock, Anne McCaffrey and Terry Brook’s novels. Brom went on to work as a concept artist for movies like Sleepy Hollow and Van…

Osprey Publishing’s Men-at-Arms 487 The New Zealand Wars 1820–72

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Osprey Publishing’s The New Zealand Wars 1820–72 Men-at-Arms 487 Author: Ian Knight Illustrator: Raffaele Ruggeri This 48 page paperback book is number 487 in the Men-at-Arms series of books published by Osprey Publishing. Between 1845 and 1872, various groups of Maori were involved in a series of wars of resistance against British settlers. The Maori had a fierce and long-established warrior tradition and subduing them took a lengthy British Army commitment, only surpassed in the Victorian period by that on the North-West Frontier of India. Warfare had been endemic in pre-colonial New Zealand and Maori groups maintained fortified villages or…

Osprey Publications Campaign 257 Salerno 1943 The Allies invade southern Italy

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Salerno 1943 The Allies invade southern Italy Campaign 257 Author: Angus Konstam Illustrator: Steve Noon This 96 page paperback book is number 257 in the Campaign Series of books published by Osprey Publishing. In mid-September 1943, as the opening move of the Allied campaign to liberate the mainland of Italy, an Anglo-American invasion force landed on the beaches of the Gulf of Salerno, only a few dozen miles to the south of Naples. Italy had just surrendered, and the soldiers in the landing craft prayed that the invasion would be unopposed. It was not to be. The Germans had seized…

Osprey Publications America’s Elite: US Special Forces from the American Revolution to the Present Day

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America’s Elite: US Special Forces from the American Revolution to the Present Day By Chris McNab Available from Osprey Publications Hardback MSRP $39.95 This richly illustrated volume covers the history of the Special Forces of the United States from Roger’s Rangers in the period before, and during the American Revolution, through the organization of Bredan’s Sharpshooters of the American Civil War. Special Forces came into their own during World War II. The formation of the Rangers, modeled after the British Commando units and units such as Merril’s Marauders in the Pacific were called “elite” formations. The actual designation of “Special…

Osprey Publication’s Aircraft of the Aces 87 Spitfire Aces of Burma and the Pacific

Osprey Publication’s Spitfire Aces of Burma and the Pacific Aircraft of the Aces 87 Author: Andrew Thomas Illustrator: Chris Davey This 96 page paperback is number 87 in the Aircraft of the Aces series of books available from Osprey Publishing. The arrival of the Spitfire in Burma came at a crucial time as the RAF struggled against the Japanese to support the Chindit operation on the ground. Proving a huge boost to morale, the Spitfire played a large part in defeating the enemy, and covering the subsequent Allied advance through Burma, protecting the ground troops and providing vital supplies. Covering…