Mar 202015
 

Alchemists board gameA recurring trend in board gaming lately is the incorporation of phone apps into the mechanics of the game.  Alchemists is the newest example of this tactic as players compete as rival alchemists attempting to publish successful formulas.  An app randomizes the possible outcomes for each formula every time the game is played, resulting in a unique play experience on every replay.

Fans of Akira Kurosawa’s magnum opus, Seven Samurai, should take a look at one of Samurai Stylethe newest cooperative gaming experiences on the market, Samurai Spirit.  In this co-op card game, one to seven players take on the roles of brave samurai defending a poor farming village.  Over the course of multiple turns, each player must decide whether to fight a bandit, defend the village, or aid another samurai.  The delicacy of the game is coordinating a balance between the actions every player takes.  Too many bandits will be let through if the team aids each other too often, but other samurai may perish if they’re not helped.  These are the decisions that will lead to victory.

Batman Love LetterLast week we had Hobbit Love Letter, this week is Batman Love Letter.  Another version of the highly popular card game, like Hobbit Love Letter, actually changes up the gameplay.  In this version of the game, the point values per card remain the same, but the goal is to “capture” the highest cost villain at the end of the round.  The deck is comprised of famous Batman baddies like The Joker, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, and some good guys, too, like Batman and Robin.

Finally tonight, we’ll venture off into a galaxy far, far away.  After the well received arrival of the StaImperial Assault expansion packsr Wars Imperial Assault miniature battle game, Fantasy Flight has been quick to turn some individual miniature expansion packs.  Each of these Ally and Villain Packs contain an individual miniature accompanied by new missions to run and unique cards.  Out these weekend on the Ally side are Han Solo, Chewbacca, rebel sabetours, and rebel troopers and on the Villain side are IG-88, General Weiss, and the Royal Guard Champion.

Mar 132015
 

Shadowrun Crossfire Character Expansion Pack 1Like that extra cybernetic eye you had installed last week, the Shadowrun Crossfire Character Expansion Pack 1 extends the usability of the Shadowrun Crossfire Deck Building Game.  Included in this reasonably priced expansion pack are twenty entirely new runner cards, four basic cards, and one hundred (you read that right!) upgrade stickers.The Hobbit Love Letter

If you thought Love Letter had a lot of variations before, then you’ll be shocked to find out another one has hit the shelves.  Love Letter The Hobbit overlays the world of J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth onto the mechanics of this incredibly popular card game.  However, this version of Love Letter provides a twist on the previous versions as players struggle to locate the Arkenstone before Smaug catches on.

Dungeons Dragons Collector's Series Drow War PartyDungeon and Dragons miniatures have not been prevalent after the dissolution of fourth edition, but Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force Nine are changing that this weekend.  The D&D Collector’s Series of miniatures is an extremely limited edition set of unpainted miniature figures to be used in the roleplaying game.  In the initial line are an Eye Tyrant Beholder, Lolth Demon Queen of Spiders, a Illithid Raiding Party, and Drow War Party.Legendary Fear Itself expansion

Another mini expansion for the popular Marvel Deck Building Game, Legendary, is out this weekend.  Legendary Fear Itself incorporates characters from the comic event of the same name, each of which is empowered by an Asgardian hammer akin to Thor‘s Mjolnir.  Included in the expansion are one hundred playable cards, six allies, one commander (Uru-Harlequins CodexEnchanted Iron Man), one adversary group, and three new plots.

The violent tricksters of Warhammer 40K receive their own hardcover codex this weekend.  The awaited Harlequin Codex has arrived, including in its glossy pages a detailed history of the faction, a gallery of paint schemes and miniature options, a comprehensive army list, and an appendix full of rules for fielding the armies of the Harlequin faction.Dungeons Dragons Battle for Faerun Dice Masters

Wizards of the Coast and Asmodee have joined forces to produce the newest version of Dice Masters on the market.  Battle for Faerun is a Dungeon and Dragons themed version of Dice Masters where sets of dice represent characters and creatures from the popular roleplaying game.  Working like a deck building game but with dice, players assemble teams by purchasing assortments dice.  Out this weekend is a two player starter set and the standard Pretty Pretty Smash Up expansionbooster pack assortment.

Objectively the most amazing expansion pack for the Smash Up card game to date, Pretty Pretty Smash Up is out this weekend.  Basically, the grungy, spooky, monstrous factions have had their day in Smash Up and now it’s time for some cute and cuddly options.  Included within this box are four entirely new factions, including Kitty Cats (featuring some familiar furry faces from the Internet), Princesses, Fairies, and, for all the Bronies out there, Mythic Horses.  All your vampires, pirates, and Cthulhus don’t stand a chance!

Mar 062015
 

Rumble in the DungeonPlaying like a smaller scale Munchkin Quest, Rumble in the Dungeon is an inexpensive dungeon crawl game.  Players lay down tiles to represent the dungeon then navigate it’s paths and corridors attacking other players.  Steal treasure and protect your “mystery” characters and you’ll prevail.Witness board game

A murder mystery game, Black and Mortimer:  Witness provides players with sixty-four separate scenarios to play through.  Each player is given various clues and information about a case, then must confer with the other Tiny Epic Kingdomsplayers in order to solve the mystery.

Tiny Epic Kingdoms is a big game in a small package.  Each player takes control of a different faction or kingdom attempting to take control of various regions.  Factions and territories are represented by tiles and stat cards used to compare armies as players attempt to conquer the same lands.The Grasshopper and the Ant

Another in the Iello fables series of board games, The Grasshopper and the Ant is another excellent family game release.  Playable at adult and child levels, The Grasshopper and the Ant sees players alternate back-and-forth playing as the titular Viticultureroles, attempting to steal and horde resources throughout a series of rounds.

Back in print (though the first print run was extremely limited), Viticulture is the strategic game of winemaking.  Placed into the role of vineyard owners, players begin with a few tracks of land, three workers, and a tiny cellar and must grow their industry over a handful of seasons.  Also out this weekend is the new expansion for the game, Tuscany.  This expansion entirely alters the gameplay through a tiered system where new mechanics are revealed over playtime.Assassin's Creed Arena board game

Assassin’s Creed comes to the world of board gaming.  Assassin’s Creed:  Arena converts the gameplay of the popular video game franchise into board gaming mechanics.  Players will take control of one of four historical assassins in order to navigate the streets of Constantinople, using sneaking tactics and weaponry to murder those who deserve it, acquire treasures, and stock-up on gear and gadgets.

Feb 282015
 

Elspeth vs Kiora Duel DeckYour regularly scheduled Magic the Gathering Duel Deck launch has arrived.

Following the release of Fate Reforged, Wizards of the Coast unleashes its newest Duel Deck pairing in Elspeth vs. Kiora.  Each of the decks included in this boxed set come ready-to-play, specifically against each other.  Anyone looking to get into Magic will find these a perfect starting point as they will provide decks for you and a friend.  Each of the Planeswalkers included also feature alternate artwork that distinguishes them from other printings.Doctor Who Seventh Doctor Sourcebook

Time is never a restraint for The Doctor, so why should it be for Cubicle 7?  Just because the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary was over a year and a half ago doesn’t mean that the Doctor Who roleplaying game sourcebooks should stop.  And so the Seventh Doctor Sourcebook has VWROOP’ed onto the shelf.  Like the previous sourcebooks, this hardcover edition contains character stats for not only the titular Doctor, but also all of his major companions and foes, as well as playable adventures that follow each Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroesof his televised episodes.

With the previous Pathfinder core set of hero miniatures out of print, Paizo has released a new Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes boxed set.  Included within the box are six pre-painted miniatures for use within the Pathfinder RPG system.  The miniatures included are an Iconic Fighter, Paladin, Sorcerer, Monk, Druid, and Snow Leopard Companion.  Each miniature also comes with an exclusive Boon Card (only found in this boxed set) that may be used in-game.Saint Petersburg

Out of print for many years, Z-Man Games has finally reprinted Saint Petersburg.  A set collection game at heart, Saint Petersburg plays in phases.  Each phase brings a new card type up for purchase.  These types include workers, buildings, trading cards, and aristocrats, each with their own ability and benefit toward gaining victory points.  In addition to these original types, this reprinting has also introduced market cards which Chopstick Dexterity Mega Challenge 3000help to incorporate a fifth player.

The hottest new Japanese game show has just hit hobby store shelves!  Chopstick Dexterity Mega Challenge 3000 is just as insane as other Japanese game shows (but without all the crotch shots), forcing one to three players to compete in an extreme dexterity challenge using chopsticks.  On each player’s turn they draw a token that indicates a specific shaped character.  These tokens match wooden meeples that are located in a rice bowl, waiting for players to pick them out using chopsticks.  Each meeple that is successfully pulled out will earn that player the matching token.  The player with the most tokens claims victory!X-Wing Scum and Villany

A long, long time ago in an office building in Northern America. . .Fantasy Flight promised a third faction addition to the popular X-Wing miniature game.  Well, Scum and Villainy, that third faction, has finally been released.  Like the Imperials and Rebels before them, the Scum and Villainy faction features ships piloted by core Star Wars characters, but this time they are the vilest bounty hunters and scoundrels in the galaxy.  The first wave of ships includes the Most Wanted three pack, IG-88′s IG-2000, the M3-A Interceptor, and the StarViper.

Feb 212015
 

Doomtown Election Day SlaughterTragedy comes to the Doomtown mayorial election with the third saddlebag expansion for the popular card game.  Doomtown Election Day Slaughter contains four copies of twenty-one different cards for all four outfits.  This expansion’s story follows Sloan as her gang attempts to outrun the law as they chase her out of town.

Fans of Tolkien and two-player games have an new option to add to their game night The Hobbit Enchanted Goldrepertoire.  The Hobbit Enchanted Gold is a card game for only two players wherein each opponent is on a quest to Smaug’s cave.  Along the way, each player will need to defeat different foes (each represented by cards) with their own strategically played cards.  Various colored gems can add power to each action, but the endgame is to obtain the most victory points by the time you reach Smaug.

Shadowrun Run FasterShadowrun had a big weekend.

The Shadowrun Run Faster player’s handbook was the first of two major releases for the popular cybertech roleplaying game.  This volume expands information on the metatypes for the game, including hobgoblins, giants, centaurs, sasquatches, and the dreaded Infected.  Along with these new metatypes, this hardcover also expands on previous metatypes.  Additional qualities are also detailed, including Hawk Eye, Lightning Reflexes, and Disgraced.Shadowurn Runner's Toolkit Alphaware

Second of the Shadowrun releases was the midpoint between the previously released Beginner Box and the Core Rulebook, the Shadowrun Runner’s Toolkit Alphaware.  Beautifully designed, this hefty box includes fleshed out character dossiers (that detail stats and background information), a fully stocked adventure One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreakbooklet, eight double-sided maps, and much, much more.

Even if you’ve never played Werewolf, you’ve played a version of it.  Among the most popular varitions is One Night Werewolf, the fastest version of the game to date.  One Night Werewolf Daybreak is the first expansion/stand-alone addition to the game, capable of being played in ten minutes or less.  Daybreak includes eleven new roles to be played alone or in addition to those in the original game.  None of these roles are basic humans, however, so everyone has a special ability.