Apr 242015
 

Just DessertsWe begin tonight’s New Game Stuff with dessert.  Just Desserts is the newest card game from Looney Labs, makers of Fluxx and Chrononauts.  Similar to Fluxx, players are drawing and playing cards in an effort to match a goal card in the center of the table.  The goal in this instance, however, is a hungry guest whom you have to feed a specific pairing of desserts.The Lord of the Rings The Treason of Saruman

Much like the film adaptations, the Lord of the Rings LCG Saga expansions keep on coming out.  The Treason of Saruman is the newest Saga expansion, featuring one hundred and sixty-five cards to be incorporated into the base game.  Set during the The Two Towers period of the novels, this expansion contains new heroes and player cards that walk the player Dark Seasthrough the events of Helm’s Deep, Rohan, and the battle with Saruman.

A fresh take on the pirate gaming genre, Dark Seas is a dice-based game where players accumulate a pirate fleet and empire by rolling dem bones.  By rolling sets of custom dice, each player constructs ports, acquires crewmen, sets sail, and hordes treasure, all in effort of becoming the most feared and respected pirate on the seven seas!Argent The Consortium

Ever wish you could pick the next headmaster of Hogwarts?  Well, Argent The Consortium may be legally distinct enough from Hogwarts, but, essentially, that is exactly what players are doing when they play this bartering game.  Coming with thirty-five distinct miniatures (icing on the cake!), Argent has players using spells, leverage, and other resources to get elected the next Warmachine Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebookheadmaster of the Argent University of Magic!

Long awaited and hotly anticipated, the Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebook hits shelves this weekend.  Following the successful launch of the Unleashed Adventure Kit a couple weeks back, the core rulebook introduces the essential rules, character creation mechanics, and other necessary traits to run a roleplaying game set in the vast, steampunk-inspired universe of Warmachine!Dominion Adventures

Other deck building games have been churning out expansions like mad over the last year, but the originator, Dominion, has stayed somewhat silent.  This weekend that changes as the ninth expansion for the popular deck building game arrives.  Dominion Adventures sees the return of a popular mechanic from the Seaside expansion, Duration Cards.  Along with these, Adventures also includes thirty Kingdom cards, twenty Event cards, and new Reserve cards that can be saved for later use.

Apr 172015
 

Bioshock InfiniteOne of the most popular video game experiences of the last ten years comes to the world of board gaming.  Bioshock Infinite:  The Siege of Columbia has recently been released by Plaid Hat Games.  A miniature based battle game, players take on the roles of the Vox Populi and the Founders, controlling each faction with sets of miniatures ripped directly from the video game.  That means you’ll commanded Booker Dewitt, Elizabeth, and Songbird as  you attempt to take control of Columbia, Colossal Caveblock by block.

Adapting classic text-based computer gaming into a board game format, Colossal Cave is a dungeon crawl card game.  The main rule is drawn one, play one, but the actions are in service of exploring and pilfering a cave of treasures.  Players use a basic, fourteen room map to move from room to room and gathering and search for treasure with their Serpent Stonecards.  Whoever drops three treasures in the Well House reigns victorious!

Based off the design of a six hundred year old Aztec game, Serpent Stones attempts to recreate the game as closely to the original as possible.  Reminiscent of chess, players control opposing Aztec armies that are attempting to capture each other’s mystical stones.  Soldiers can utilize the power of the gods in order to capture obstructing Plasma Obliteratoropponents on their way to obtaining the stones.

The heavily allocated Plasma Obliterator miniature for Warhammer 40K is out this weekend.  Each store has only been able to receive a single miniature, meaning these are Netrunner The Valley Data Packhighly, highly sought after and rare.

The epicenter of Netrunner‘s bioengineering empire, The Valley, comes to the Netrunner Deckbuidling Game with the newest Data Pack expansion.  The sixty card expansion contains assets, region upgrades, genetic resources, as well as an entirely new Jinteki identity.

After a bit of a lag period, the Ascension deck building game is back with another stand-alone Ascension Dawn of Championsexpansion, Dawn of Champions.  Following the destruction of the six major realms, a single one, New Vigil, has arisen.  Players control a faction leader, each with their own unique abilities to unlock monster and construct cards as well as powers and effects that only they can use.  Like previous Ascension games, Dawn of Champions plays quickly (around thirty minutes) and comfortably from one to four players.

Apr 102015
 

Skitarii CodexThe hardcover Skitarii codex was released this weekend.  Containing the standard history section, a showcase of miniature paint schemes and designs, as well as a comprehensive army list, this volume is actually cheaper than previous volumes.  That price point makes it an easier faction to pick up if you’re looking to get into 40K.Star Realms Gambit Set

The fifth booster pack expansion for Star Realms releases this weekend!  Star Realms Gambit provides a number of cards that expand the playability of the original deck building game.  Included in these cards are two solo challenge cards that allow players to play the game individually as well as cooperative cards that allow for team play.

Star Wars Draw Their FireFollowing Ready for Takeoff, Draw Their Fire is the second expansion deck for the Star Wars Living Card Game‘s Rogue Squadron cycle.  As with the previous Force Pack, Draw Their Fire includes over sixty cards that include new objectives and pilots to be incorporated into the base game.Doomtown Faith and Fear

After the Election Day cycle of expansion packs for Doomtown, the first Pinebox expansion is released this weekend.  Faith and Fear is an oversized box set expansion that contains four entirely new outfits to be incorporated into the base game as well as Blessed dudes that can utilize spiritual magics.

Bohnanza Princes and PiratesFinally released in English, Bohnanza Princes and Pirates and Bohnanza Ladies and Gangsters are two sets of expansions that were previously only printed in Germany.  Princes and Pirates are each expansions for the base game, providing a new mechanic where players attempt to cross thorny hedges to rescue a princess and buy and sell ships that can be used to acquire beans, respectively.  Ladies and Gangsters provides female and baby beans that earn more points and allow one or two players to compete against the BeanMerchants and Marauders Seas of Glory Mafia, respectively.

Finally, Merchants and Marauders Seas of Glory is out this weekend.  Including eleven new challenges that expand the playability of the base game, Seas of Glory also contains variant scenarios for the game and a handful of additional mechanics that alter how the game is played.

Apr 032015
 

Dragon's GoldTell me if this sounds familiar.  A group of adventurers journey into a shadowy cave in an effort to steal a mountain of gold, but they must do all of this without awakening the ire of the dragon that guards it.  Created by Bruno Faidutti, known for Citadels, Dragon’s Gold is both a cooperative and antagonistic experience where players work together to defeat various dragons, but struggle against each other to divide the loot.

Three expansion packs for two of Fantasy Flight’s LCG series have dropped in the last Star Wars LCG Ready for Takeoffcouple weeks and we’ll cover both of them here.

First up, the Star Wars LCG receives a sixty card Force Pack called Ready to Takeoff.  These sixty cards grant players the opportunity to pilot famous ships from both sides of the galaxy while also adding ten new objective sets to expand the The Threat Beyond Warhammer 40K Conquestgameplay.

Second up, is a new War Pack for the Warhammer 40K Conquest LCG series, called The Threat Beyond.  As usual, this War Pack includes sixty cards to be added into the base game included a new Warlord and his eight card signature squad.  Lord of the Rings LCG The Lost Realm

Wrapping up a tripartite of Fantasy Flight living card game expansions is the newest big box expansion for the game, The Lost Realm.  The Lost Realm focuses on Bree-land and the battle between the Rangers and the Orcs.  The 165 cards included in the expansion add new heroes and player cards that provide new cooperative Castle Panic Dark Titanopportunities for players to explore the world of Middle Earth.

As if Castle Panic wasn’t already built to induce a cold sweat, Fireside Games has released a new expansion to be added onto the base game or The Wizard’s Tower.  The Dark Titan is a small expansion that contains all the tiles and cards for a new army lead by the eight-point Agranok!  But you’re not going in completely unarmed, as the expansion also includes new forces to fight back with, including the Cavalier and Boiling Oil.

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.