Nov 062015

Diner card gameOrder up!  Diner is a fast-paced game about waiters in a competition to make the most money in tips.  Players compete to create orders (cards that link together) that, ultimately, cost the most money.  Diner won the Dice Hate Me Games 54-card Challenge, which is a competition where game designers must create a game using only 54 cards and minimal components.Jolly Roger The Game of Piracy and Mutiny

The high seas are only semi-cooperative, or, at least, that’s the case with Jolly Roger.  A game for four to ten players, Jolly Roger is set aboard a scurvy pirate ship where players take on the roles of crew and captain.   At the beginning of each game, a player is elected captain.  She will then lead the rest of the players into a battle where they will attempt to steal loot.  Spoils are split up among players, and can be hidden safely away on Treasure Island, but if a certain crew member feels they aren’t The Game card gamegetting an even share, they can always instigate a mutiny.

While it may sound ominously like some version of Saw, The Game from IDW is a spin on the cooperative card game where players can not openly communicate with each other.  Players each have a hand of numerical cards, ranging from 0-100, and must stack them in one of four separate piles.  The goal is to order them as close to ascending and descending orders as possible, which is where the lack of communication causes problems.  A 2015 Spiel Des Jahres nominee, IDW hopes that you will not hate The Game, but hate player.Battle for Zendikar Holiday Gift Box

The holidays are upon us, and that means Wizards of the Coast is getting into the present buying spirit.  Like the last three years, Magic the Gathering has just released a new Holiday Gift Box.  This year, the Battle for Zendikar Gift Box includes five booster packs, dividers, twenty full-art lands, dividers, a promo card, and, of course, the Swords and Strongholds Mouse Guardtitular 2,000 count card box.

Creator of the popular Mouse Guard comic, David Petersen, has branched into the realm of board games with Swords and Strongholds.  A less intensive version of chess, Swords and Strongholds is derived from the Mouse Guard universe and features Petersen’s distinct artwork.  A head-to-head game, players must capture all four of their opponent’s pawns or build a stronghold in either player’s back corner.  Also out this week is an updated, boxed edition of the Mouse Guard RPG.  This Mouse Guard RPG Boxed Set contains a core rulebook, GM screen, dice, maps, action cards, and other essential components.Ender's Game Battle School Board Game

Spinning out of the popular novel series (and less popular film), Ender’s Game:  Battle School the Board Game adapts the head-to-head wargames from the book.  Each player controls an army that is doing battle in an anti-grav arena.  Soldiers can be moved across the battlefield, but will continue moving unless they are stopped by debris or an opponent, due to the anti-grav.  Victory can be attained by freezing your opponent’s Superfight Expansion Decksgates or commander.

Following hotly on the heels the Superfight base game are a plethora of expansion decks.  This weekend, Pulp received not one, not two, but all nine of the Superfight expansion decks!  These include a range of cards that can be added to the base game, each distinguished by theme.  So, you can go with the anime deck or maybe the adult content deck or, if you’re feeling particularly brutal, the Walking Dead deck!

Nov 062015

The GoddamnedThe Goddamned #1

-Personally vouched for by Dennis Hopeless as the best script he’s ever read from Jason Aaron.

-Local creator Jason Aaron (Thor, Dr. Strange, Star Wars, Southern Bastards) reteams with R.M. Guera, his artist from Scalped!

-Set nearly 2000 years after the Garden of Eden, The Goddamned takes place on a wild, chaotic, barbaric Earth.  Prior to the flood, humanity is vicious and violent.

-Pitched as Conan meets the Bible.

Limbo #1 (of 6)Limbo

-Take a chance on two creators new to Image Comics!

-Drenched in eighties nostalgia and neon!

-Essentially a detective narrative, Limbo is set in a fictional city that is suffocating the lead character (a P.I. with no memory or name) as he attempts to locate the femme fatale.

-Supernatural elements, like voodoo, collide with crime fiction.

All New All Different AvengersAll New All Different Marvel November Part 1

-There’s so many books coming out from Marvel this week, we had to break them up into two sections!

-Mark Waid’s flagship Avengers series, All New All Different Avengers finally begins!  A completely new team of young heroes, including Ms. Marvel, Nova, and Thor, are unleashed against the Marvel Universe‘s problems.

-All New Hawkeye may have the same creative team, but its cast receives a major shake-up!  Old Clint Barton from the Old Man Logan world teams up with a mature Kate Bishop to right wrongs.

-Speaking of shake-ups, Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Earth 2, Superior Iron Man) introduces X-23 as Wolverine in All New Wolverine!

All New All Different Marvel November Part 2The Ultimates

-A cult favorite character, madman Cletus Kasady hungers for his blood in the ongoing Carnage series!

-The bad guys are in charge in Al Ewing’s (Loki:  Agent of Asgard, Mighty Avengers, New Avengers) new Illuminati series, starring The Hood, Black Ant (the evil Ant-Man), Enchantress, and other villains scrapping for survival.

-Al Ewing is also launching another Avengers-esque team, The Ultimates.  An eclectic cast, The Ultimates includes Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Galactus (yup, you read that right), and others.

-Finally, Web Warriors is another new Spider-Man family book, featuring Spider-Men from various earths, including everyone’s favorite web slinging lady, Spider-Gwen!

Oct 302015

Dixit MemoriesThere are plenty Apples to Apples clones on the shelves, but few that are as gorgeously illustrated as Dixit.  Each card in the game features a meticulously drawn, dreamlike illustration.  Dixit Memories is the newest expansion for the popular party game, featuring eighty-four additional cards to be mixed in with your Dixit base game.Netrunner Data and Destiny

Hotly awaited by avid Android Netrunner players, Data and Destiny is the newest oversized expansion pack to be released.  A deck-based, head-to-head card game set in a cyberpunk future, Netrunner is one of Fantasy Flight‘s most popular Living Card Games.  The Data and Destiny expansion provides over 160 additional cards for both the Runner and Corporation factions.  This expansion also introduces three entirely new Secrets Castles of Mad King LudwigRunner factions!

Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a tile laying game where each player is trying to build the perfect castle, subject to the whims of the King.  The Secrets expansion, out this weekend, provides more building opportunities, additional options for strategy, and a dash of intrigue to every decision in the game.  Among these latter additions are moats, swans to be collected, and mazes.Meow

You thought Asmadi Games could not out cute themselves after releasing Adorable Pandaring, but they may have with Meow.  A simple deception game, similar to Ultimate Werewolf or Bang!, Meow has players draw cards that say “Meow” or “Not Meow.”  On each turn, players will look at their cards and making a meow sound.  Other players can call them out as being “Not Meow,” upon which the player must reveal their cards.  If the accuser Elfenroadswas correct, that player is out.  If the accuser was wrong, they are out.

Reprinting the long defunct fantasy game, Elfenland, Elfenroads simultaneously expands and updates the original.  Included in the hefty box is a double-sided game board, each used in an entirely different version of the game.  In each version, players take on the role of a teenage elf that must pass through a maturation rite by traveling across the land, stopping at as many landmarks as you can.  To do so, you will ride various modes of transport, including wagons, dragons, and unicorns, attempting to get to the end of the journey faster than anyone else.Fury of Dracula reprint

Long out of print, Fury of Dracula has been revived by Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight.  Featuring updated miniatures, artwork, and game mechanics, Fury of Dracula recaptures the hunt for the famous vampire lord from the original.  In Fury of Dracula, up to four players take on the roles of the Van Helsing family and one player takes on the role of Dracula.  The Van Helsing’s must use clues and evidence left by Dracula to hunt him across the board in an effort to eventually capture him.  Dracula, however, may strike back at them, The Red Dragon Inn 5 The Character Trovetaking them out of the game.

There’s been a lot of rounds in the popular drinking game, Red Dragon Inn.  Realizing this, Slugfest Games has released The Red Dragon Inn 5:  The Character Trove, which, in addition to including four new characters, is also a gigantic box that can hold every single expansion for the game.  As well, the box includes storage bags, player mats, and money tokens.  Immediately giving you something to store in said box, Red Dragon Inn also receives three new characters expansions this weekend, sporting the sub-heading of Allies.  Each character is able to call upon a familiar to aid them in the game.Castle Dice

Castle Dice is a unique one to four player game that centers around the custom resource dice.  Each player takes on the role of a prince or princess who has been sent to construct a castle.  During a game, you will roll a lot of dice, but due to the dice drafting mechanic, what you roll isn’t nearly as important as how you react to the combined rolls of all of the players.  Game play is fast, but with tons of tactical choices Mysteriumevery turn, and due to the dice, each game is different.

Combining elements of two games discussed above, Dixit and Fury of Dracula, Mysterium is an asymmetric cooperative game about ghosts and the supernatural.  Up to six players take on the roles of ghost hunters, while a seventh player takes on the role of the ghost.  The hunters will need to work in tandem with the invisible ghost, following clues and hints left by her, in order to lay her spirit to rest.  Illustrated to the same incredible degree as Dixit, the cards from Mysterium may also be used as expansion cards for the Dixit games.

Oct 302015

James Bond oo7James Bond #1

-Just in time for Spectre, Dynamite launches an ongoing James Bond series!

-A perfect pairing, Warren Ellis (Nextwave, Karnak, Moon Knight) is the lead writer on the series, contracted for a full year!

-While not an adaptation of an Ian Fleming novel, this comic series will be set in Fleming’s version of the Bond universe.

-Vargr, the first arc of the comic, sees Bond returning to England after a hunt for revenge in order to take up the duties of a recently killed 00 agent.  Will he meet the same fate?

Citizen Jack #1Citizen Jack

-If you’re fed up with the facades and manufactured nature of the recent political debates, Citizen Jack is the dark, political satire for you!

-Straying from his main Marvel gig, Sam Humphries (Star-Lord, Avengers A.I., Avengers World, Uncanny X-Force) launches this new Image ongoing series.

-The main character of Citizen Jack is a politician seeking the POTUS position, and, like everyone suspects of real politicians, Jack has literally sold his soul to the devil.

-Darkly humorous and featuring freakish illustrations, Citizen Jack will satisfy readers of Manhattan Projects, Southern Bastards, and Deadly Class.

MonstressMonstress #1

-The second major launch from Image Comics this week!

-Intricately illustrated, Monstress is for Sci-Fi fans of Dune, Alien, and the Riddick films.

-Another female lead series written and drawn by female creators!

-A young girl in a far away galaxy is bonded to a monster of tremendous power, which drops her directly between two opposing forces.  If you’ve been reading 8House and/or From Under Mountains, you need to pick up Monstress!

All New All Different Marvel November Week 1Extraordinary X-Men

-Another massive first week of the month for All New All Different Marvel releases.  Leading the charge this week is the return of Deadpool!

-Representing the cosmic section of the Marvel Universe, Nova #1 and Drax #1 (written by WWE superstar C.M. Punk) drop, as well!

-Under the radar, but likely to impress, Howard the Duck returns with a new #1 (and a Gwenpool back-up) while Hercules and Vision gain their own ongoing series.

-Finally, the long awaited X-Men relaunch begins as Extraordinary X-Men by Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Trillium) comes out!

Oct 232015

Camel Up SupercupThe craziest camel race of all time, Camel Up, just got even crazier!  The camels have to endure a longer race, but now can be powered up with the help of additional dice.  Meanwhile, a renowned photographer is on the spot, patiently waiting for the craziest camel stack to build up.  And last but not least, the Egyptian society has developed new betting techniques to increase profits and make the race’s outcome even more exciting.  Camel Up:  Supercup does all of this by including four modules and components to add a ninth and tenth player.Superfight

Finally available to gaming stores, Superfight is on the shelves at Pulp Fiction!  You know all of those asinine imaginary fights you and your friends always argue over?  Like who would win between Chuck Norris and a monster made of snakes!  Well, in Superfight you will draw and play cards (character and power/weaknesses) to create fight combinations.  Players will then argue over the The Golden Agesoutcome and gain points based the winner!

Decide the fate of history in the new Civilization style game, The Golden Ages.  In The Gold Ages, players will lead their chosen civilizations through history.  You will do this by developing crafts, erecting buildings, and creating world wonders.  Continents are discovered and populated while battles are fought.  Two to four players will decide which civilizations live and die!The Marcy Case Time Stories

Some customers have already been asking about the arrival date of scenario expansion packs for T.I.M.E. Stories, the group storytelling game that released last week.  Well, The Marcy Case is the first of these scenario expansions to hit our shelves.  Each scenario contains a new adventure for players to adventure through over the course of ninety minutes.  In The Marcy Case, players will arrive in a smalltown in America during the outbreak of a deadly virus in order to save a young girl and change the future!

Tanto Cuore Romantic VacationWhile not for kids, the Tanto Cuore deck building game has a cult following of avid gamers.  Styled after anime artwork, Tanto Cuore puts players into the role of the “Master of the House,” employing maids and furnishing their mansion.  The newest expansion for the game, Romantic Vacation, can be played with the base game or as a standalone experience.  In Romantic Vacation, players gain Reminiscence cards along with over 200 new maids.Power Grid Stock Companies

The long running, popular resource management game, Power Grid, receives another new expansion this weekend.  The Stock Companies is playable with either the original Power Grid or Power Grid Deluxe.  In this expansion, players gain the ability to buy into various Sword Coast Adventurer's Guidecompanies and bet on their stock alongside the regular mechanics of the game.

Out this weekend is the hotly anticipated Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide for D&D Next/5.0!  Beneficial to both players and DM’s, The Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide contains detailed information about the peoples and places that populate this region.  In addition to that background information, the hardcover volume also provides new character options, aiding any group looking to run a campaign along the Sword Coast.