GrogHeads Advanced Research on Projects Advisory #85

GARPA!  Special Weekend Edition ~

Invierno Cubano: Castro’s Counterinsurgency, 1959-1965 (GMT Games)
p500 $19, MSRP $28 (not there yet)

An expansion for Cuba Libre, Invierno Cubano expands Cuba Libre to focus on Castro’s initial time in charge, as he consolidated power through his own counterinsurgency.  Factions include Casto’s forces, the rich landowners threatened by the socialist revolution, the escapees to the US that want to strike back at the new government, and Batista’s holdouts hoping to take the country back.  It’s almost like a whole new game on the same map.  Wade ashore at GMT’s p500 site to get your order in!

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Putin Strikes: The Coming War for Eastern Europe (OSS Games)
Pre-order $39, MSRP $55

Rolling further west, Putin is no longer happy with Ukraine and Crimea, and starts to exert his influence over the Baltics, and the former Warsaw Pact nations.  How far can the Russians push, and with what types of power, before crossing the threshold into an “attack” that triggers a NATO response?  And what sort of response will there be?  You tell us!  March over to OSS Games and fire off your order!

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Yaah! Magazine #5 (Flying Pig Games)
Pre-order $32, MSRP $36

The first anniversary issue from Yaah! covers a variety of WWII games – from all sorts of publishers, not just Flying Pig’s – as well as presenting winning scenarios from their scenario design contest.  The included game is a fantasy skirmish game, “Shadows in the Weald”.  It’ll ship next month, so charge over to Flying Pig’s site and get your pre-order in now!

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G85-mimcDungeons & Dragons Mimic Mini Cozy (Ultra Pro)
Pre-order $17, ships in late March

The famous D&D Mimic – the bane of treasure-chest-looters everywhere – is reincarnated as a dice pouch.  It’s not just any old dice pouch, though.  Oh no.  This is a padded, plush, and downright, dare we say “cozy” dice pouch.  It’s like a stuffed animal with dice inside!  Stomp over to the ChannelFireball guys and throw down your coins for your new favorite tabletop gaming conversation piece.

 

Big Damn Space Battles (Dryden)
$250 of $500, ends 5 Feb 2016

Its a quick-and-dirty big space battle game that stacks up as a few decks of cards.  There are 3 different kinds of decks, corresponding to an existing universe that the creators have developed through a variety of RPG products.  Within each deck, you can customize your ships, crew them with captains and staff, and pick out your particular tactics.  The only downside is that to play, you need multiple decks, and at that part, you’re looking at $50 (at least).  But check it out by zooming over to their Kickstarter page and reconing their campaign.

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