Attending PAX East and want to know who is exhibiting at what tables? We’ve been given the list of exhibitors in the tabletop hall, which currently do not show up in the Guidebook app, the only version of the program and show’s floorplan available.

The tabletop booths will be along the right (north) edge of the space, near the skybridge. From the main Queue Room entrance on up to the Lenovo Legion PC Room, the following companies will have a presence in the tabletop hall:

  • Gamewright, Q-Workshop, Asmodee NA
  • Compleat Strategist (local game store), Steve Jackson Games
  • Battleground Games & Hobbies (local game store), Level Up Dice, Fun to 11, Tectonic Craft Studios
  • CMON, Wyrmwood Gaming
  • Burning Wheel, Japanime/Global Games Distribution, Greenbriar Games
  • Modern Myths NY (“local” game store), Armor Class 10 Shirts
  • Pandemonium Games (local game store), Crit Success, Dragoon/Lay Waste Games
  • Atlas Games, United States Professional Mahjong League
  • Drinking Quest, Aviary Games, SFR
  • AdMagic
  • Greater Than Games
  • Foam Brain Games (“local” game store)

Although the PAX 2017 program book that appears in the Guidebook app doesn’t break down the tabletop hall, PAX’s Tabletop Manager has said that this year a detailed map of the tabletop area will appear in the program.

Crowdfunding Highlights

Well now, there’s a lot of stuff on Kickstarter this past week. Let’s have a little looksee, shall we?

7th-seaJohn Wick’s 7th Sea Kickstarter campaign launched this morning and it funded within minutes. The Restoration Era roleplaying game returns to the land of Théah, a world that looks an awful lot like our Europe of 1668, but different. It’s The Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Three Musketeers wrapped up into a roleplaying game of derring-do. $20 gets you the PDF of the main game, but $40 gets you PDFs of all stretch goal books plus the first edition books. (Full disclosure: I’m doing layout on the quickstart adventure for the campaign.)

The storyline of the Sentinels of the Multiverse game comes to an end in OblivAeon, and Greater Than Games has returned to Kickstarter with a huge game-ending campaign! You can get a copy of the last expansion for just $39 plus shipping, or you can add on $15 to get all the variant hero cards (with all new artwork ) you didn’t get from earlier Kickstarters, pre-orders, or convention appearances. Or up your pledge again to get shiny foil versions of every hero card! Or even more to get the collectors case to store every single expansion in one mighty mega-box!


IDW Games has launched the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past board game and if they send a review copy to us, we’re probably going to fight each other to see who gets to play it first. It’s a story-driven adventure for players to fight their way through some of the comic book’s keystone moments. Stretch goals include hero packs based on April O’Neil, Casey Jones, and splinter; TMNT sculpts based on the original look of the turtles; and mousers! All this for $90 (or $150 for the earlier versions of the turtles).


Jeff Siadek of Gorilla Games has a Kickstarter campaign for Battlestations: Second Edition. This update to the classic game that’s a little bit of a roleplaying game and a little bit of a board game has your crew on a modular space ship taking on one of hundreds of missions — official and fan-made. Zoom out to the star map where your ship encounters other ships, zoom in to what’s going on board your ship — or the enemy ship. It’s a crazy fun ride. Think Star Trek meets Space Hulk. Get the game in PDF format for $20, get a physical game with miniatures and all sorts of goodness for $90.

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Oblivaeon-sil-w-logoThe last of the Sentinels of the Multiverse expansions, OblivAeon, will launch on Kickstarter on February 9th. The final installment of the popular superhero card game will include addons and lots of stretch goals., like the limited edition hero promo cards, previously only available as convention and Kickstarter exclusives. “We have been pretty public about the fact that the story we’re telling has a beginning, a middle, and an end,” said Christopher Badell. “And we’re finally nearing that end.”

Greater Than Games had announced that they were moving away from Kickstarter to a pre-order system for expansions for their games, only using the crowdfunding platform to launch new titles. With the announcement for OblivAeon, Badell says they are heading back to Kickstarter to help organize the launch of that product. Citing technical difficulties and issues with some international orders during last year’s self-hosted preorder for Villains of the Multiverse, he said past experiences with Kickstarter campaigns help to avoid those issues. “We wanted to include a number of products [with OblivAeon’s launch] that have been long-promised and long-anticipated, and we didn’t want them to get lost in the shuffle with a preorder,” he said.

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Deck-Building-The-Deck-Building-Game“Deck Building: The Deck Building Game combines the thrill of building your deck with the excitement of building your deck.”

Are you confused yet?

In this card game for two players, you are competing against your neighbor to build the ultimate front porch (or back patio, if you wish). You’ll need some tools, materials, and some funds to create your ideal deck.

Players buy cards from the general deck using their pre-built three-card hand. Once you’ve got enough cards to get started, you can lay down planks, build stairs or railings, and stain your wood.

Staining wood keeps your opponent from being able to play a rotten plank onto your pretty new deck.

The game ends when one player runs out of cards or when the general deck is gone. However, the player to end his or her hand is not necessarily the winner. Your score is tallied by how many planks and ornaments are played, minus the number of rotten planks that are present.

Deck-Building-The-Deck-Building-Game 2Deck Building: The Deck Building Game was funded on Kickstarter in April of 2015. It is now available to the general public for $10 through Greater Than Games. You can order it online, or head to your local board game shop and ask them to order you a copy today (if they don’t already have some in stock, of course).

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CompoundedGreater Than Games, in collaboration with Dice Hate Me games, is reissuing the chemistry based Compounded board game. Due out this July, the expansion set is also in the works. You can preorder both from the company’s website now.

Players take on the role of a lab manager, hoping to be the first to create the next great chemist by combining elements to complete a compound. The player with the most compounds at the end of the game wins.

Messing with the elements can be tricky. So, if you draw a Lab Fire card, you must place a token on all flammable compounds that have not been created yet. Too many lab fires will cause an explosion, which will destroy your compound.

Players work their way up the discovery track and try to become the Lead Scientist and work toward completing the most elements.

The game has been out of print for about a year now, but Greater Than Games has been working hard on getting it back into print. Additionally, Dice Hate Me is quickly coming to the end of its production ramp up and will be delivering the Geiger Expansion to Kickstarter pledgers this summer. Expected delivery is this July. However, Kickstarter buyers get first dibs on the goods, so it may be August before the second edition of Compounded and the Geiger Expansion hit store shelves. The base game costs $35. The Geiger Expansion costs $20.


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Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG

Iron LegacyGreater Than Games slipped in an announcement for a Sentinels of the Multiverse roleplaying game in a large post about the company’s Gen Con plans. The company, primarily known for the Sentinels property, will have demos of the roleplaying game “a few times” during Gen Con 2015. The Sentinels game is described as an “upcoming RPG”. Players attending a scheduled two-hour demo of the RPG also receive a $2 coupon good at the GTG booth (2143).

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PAX East—Greater than Games

header_imageGreater than Games was showing off a video game version of Sentinels of the Multiverse at PAX East. The game faithfully reproduces its tabletop counterpart and even has most of the expansions available as in-game purchases.

Sentinels of the Multiverse
It looks great, and is a lot of fun. It’s a great way to take the game with you on a tablet or phone and play solo. The game is also out on Steam. Having had a change to play I’m mostly satisfied with it. The interface is a little clunky until you get used to it, and the pacing could be a bit faster. Hopefully these are things that will be fixed as time goes on. It won’t stop me from playing the game, though, and I’m sure I’ll be enjoying this one for some time to come.

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Greater Than Games MergerGreater Than Games (GTG) recently announced that it is unify its forces with Dice Hate Me Games to create an even better powerhouse of successful games publishing.

The immediate affect, according to the company blog, will be unnoticeable to the public. GTG has already been warehousing and shipping for Dice Hate Me Games, so the transition is minimal. Upcoming games publishing from both companies will remain on schedule.

GTG is restructuring its company, as well. There will now be three imprints under the GTG parent. The Sentinel Comics imprint will cover games such as Sentinels of the Multiverse, Sentinel Tactics, and other games within the comic universe. The Dice Hate Me imprint will cover previous titles owned by the company, such as Brew Crafters and VivaJava. Dice Hate Me will also be in charge of future strategy board games. Fabled Nexus is the newest imprint and will cover science fiction and fantasy titles like Galactic Strike Force.

The first game to be published under the new structure is Bottom of the 9th, which begins its Kickstarter campaign on Mar. 1. It is a one or two-player dice and card game based on the final inning of a baseball game. Players compete against each other as pitcher and batter for the final score.

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Sentinels Tactics: Battle for Broken CityGreater Than Games will begin a pre-order of three “major” items for games set in its Sentinels of the Multiverse setting Monday, January 19th. A supervillain-centric expansion for Sentinels of the Multiverse, titled Villains of the Multiverse, provides ten villains and two new environments for $29.95. Battle for Broken City ($39.95) is a standalone game for the Sentinel Tactics game line and can be combined with The Flame of Freedom core game and Uprising expansion. For Profit is a $19.95 expansion for both Sentinel Tactics’ Battle for Broken City and The Flame of Freedom. The pre-order period ends on March 12, 2015.

In a recently-cancelled Kickstarter campaign for a new game in the Sentinels setting, GTG’s Christopher Badell stated that after the Shattered Timelines expansion for Sentinels of the Multiverse, they “would not run any more Kickstarters for Sentinels of the Multiverse products – that game is well established enough to support its own expansions. Since then, we have decided to go a step further and not run Kickstarter campaigns for expansions for any existing products.” For funding the production of expansions, the company has gone to a pre-order system, with orders placed via their website. In the fall of 2014, the company received nearly 4500 pre-orders for SotM’s Wrath of the Cosmos expansion.

Next week’s pre-order will be the company’s first for multiple products. Greater Than Games also mentions that there will be additional items to be pre-ordered, such as oversized villain cards, and pre-order promotional materials. Expected delivery is end of year, 2015.

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Greater Than Games' Freedom Four Annual #1Greater Than Games cancelled their Story War: Sentinel Conflict card game’s Kickstarter campaign on January 5th, citing lack of interest. “We consider this Kickstarter campaign to have successfully done its job. It let us know whether we should make these products or not,” reads the most recent update to the project. “We are glad to have learned that now and not after printing several thousand copies of the game.”

Story War was to be a new party game set in the Sentinels of the Multiverse setting. The Kickstarter would have also funded Cosmic Contest, a 50-page comic book, and (at a $75k stretch goal) a revised version of Freedom Four Annual #1, the first actual comic book from the Sentinels of the Multiverse setting.

“We were more surprised by a general lack of interest in the comic book,” Christopher Badell of GTG states. Requests for actual comic books are received by the company quite often, but with the lack of backer support for comic book reward levels, the company was surprised to find that while “people may be interested in reading comic books from Sentinel Comics, few are interested in purchasing them. And that is good to know. We are still interested in making comic books, and Adam and I will continue to work on them, but they will remain side projects at most…”

The cancellation occurred three days prior to the close of the campaign with $28,097 pledged of a $40,000 goal and 688 backers. In fall of 2014, the Wrath of the Cosmos expansion to Sentinels of the Multiverse received 4481 pre-orders.

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