May 202016
 

Game of Thrones House Stark playmatEven though the members of the various Game of Thrones houses may be dwindling thanks to stabbings, dragon flames, beheadings, and other grisly forms of death, you can still represent them with the brand new Fantasy Flight playmats out this weekend.  Each playmat features the sigil of a house, including Stark, Targaryen, and Lannister.  Perfect for Magic the Gathering, the A Game of Thrones LCG game, or any other card game where you don’t want everything to slide all over the table.Waka Tanka

If you can look past the racism of Waka Tanka (trust us, the previous box art was worse), then you’ll probably have a great time with this bluffing game for three to six players.  In the game, players control shamans from the Sioux Nation, each attempting to conjure spirits in order to commune with them.  Each turn, players lay a spirit card face down in front of that spirit’s totem.  The catch is that a player is allowed to put down a card that does not match, something they’ll get away with Storyline Fairy Talesif no other player calls them on it.  Get rid of all your cards to claim victory.

Once upon a time there was a storytelling game that was not called Once Upon a Time and added mechanics from Apples to Apples.  That game was called Storyline Fairy Tales.  The first in a series of group storytelling games, Fairy Tales allows three to eight build their own fable with over 100 cards labeled with characters, locations, actions, and so forth.  Each player takes turns as the “narrator,” asking other players for a character or place or some other card descriptor.  The other players then place down their selection, leading to the narrator choosing the best one.  In the future, expansions will provide cards for other styles of story outside of fairy tales.My First Stone Age

The resource management game Stone Age is a great time for adults, but a little overly complicated and lengthy for children.  Z-Man games and designer Marco Teubner have solved that problem with My First Stone Age.  A kid friendly version of the game, My First Stone Age still involves two to four players moving figure around the board, collecting cute, wooden resources, and using them to construct their own settlements.  Unlike the original version of the game, My First Stone Age also plays in fifteen minutes, meaning a distracted child doesn’t have to pay attention that long in order to enjoy the experience.

 

May 132016
 

World's Fair 1893Gather ’round, gather ’round!  Come win tickets to the spectacular World’s Fair of 1893!  Okay, you don’t need an actual ticket to purchase the game, but if you’re playing it you will want to go ticket happy.  A forty minute play experience for two to four players, World’s Fair 1893 has players collecting stacks cards from different regions of the game board.  Each region correlates with a different exhibition, so choose wisely and make sure you don’t pollute your hand.Abyss Kraken

When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.  That’s the conceit of the first expansion for Asmodee‘s Abyss, Kraken!  Intended to be added to the base game, this expansion contains a new rule book, over forty new cards and tokens, and adds black pearls to the game.  These black pearls come with a strategic decision:  do you corrupt yourself for greater power or stay pure to avoid possible destruction.  Beware, though, if you choose not take the Onitamablack pearls from the Kraken, your opponents may not be as cautious.

One of the Dice Tower Essential games, Onitama acts as a variant form of chess for head-to-head play.  In the game, players have a miniature playmat, featuring a 5×5 grid.  They also have five pawns that are moved by a variety of cards.  On each turn, players use a card to move a pawn, discard that card, then draw another one from a community discard pile.  Thus, players will be sharing movement cards.  The goal is to move your pawn onto the same space as an opponent in order to conquer that space and eliminate that pawn.The Little Prince Rising to the Stars

Even though the film’s release was delayed, Asmodee has produced a board game for The Little Prince, based off of the popular children’s book.  The Little Prince:  Rising to the Stars is a simple family gaming experience for two to six players that relies on various racing elements.  Players control planes that are charting a course to the planet of the Little Prince.  Using movement cards, players jockey for prime position on the gameboard in order to make it to the planet first, but also to collect Star Trek Five Year Missionstars and more movement cards.

You’ve beamed aboard, hopefully not wearing a red shirt, and now you and your crew mates have to solve the worst problems of the universe.  Star Trek:  Five-Year Mission is a cooperative experience for three to seven players set in either the original Star Trek or Next Generation time periods.  Each player receives a crew member role, with its own unique abilities, then must work together to solve various threats that arise.  Finding solutions gains the whole crew points, leading to victory, but if any crew member parishes, everyone loses.Krosmaster Quest

Building on the world of Krosmaster, Krosmaster Quest is a tactical adventure game that expands not only on the world, but the mechanics.  For two to six players, Krosmaster Quest uses a modular game board to expand the play space of the game, but still uses chibi-style figurines (including two exclusive figures only found here) in the gameplay.  Players travel around the world of the gameboard, vanquishing monsters, acquiring treasures, and allying with others to increase their power.  Even though Krosmaster Quest is a Histriostand-alone experience, figures and other components from previous Krosmaster games can be combined with it.

The show must go on in the Histrio board game!  For two to five players, Histrio is all about assembling the best cast for your play.  Each player represents a touring troupe of performers on the cusp of presenting a new play in front of the kings of various realms.  You will need to recruit actors for your play, but make sure to balance tragedy and comedy in order to provide the fullest experience.  Your casting will result in better financial return and the respect of the kingdom!Back to the Future board game

Building off of the popular films, IDW‘s Back to the Future board game does not have to reach 88mph to be fun!  Using elements of the Chrononauts game, Back to the Future requires players to competitively transport Doc Brown and Marty through three time periods in order to maintain the proper timeline.  Whoever repairs time the quickest, gets to joyride TIME Stories Under the Maskin the DeLorean whenever they wish!

The growing popularity of the fluctuating storytelling adventure game series, T.I.M.E. Stories, means more expansions.  Like the previous expansions for the game, Under the Mask, adds new cards and environments to progress the stories of the various adventurers participating in the game.  Under the Mask sends the participants far back in time the age of the pharaoh’s in order to uncover an ancient secret.

Apr 292016
 

Dice City All That GlittersNo one turns down gold, even in the imaginary city of Rolldovia.  Dice City:  All That Glitters is the first expansion for the town building, dice rolling game from AEG.  In All That Glitters players gain the resource of gold, provided by twelve gold tokens.  As well, the expansion contains forty-eight additional cards that all players to use the gold to strike deals, spruce up pre-existing buildings, and have the option of constructing new types of buildings.

Another in the Lost Legacy series of card games, The Werewolf and the Undying Lost Legacy Fourth Chronicle The Werewolf and Undying HeartHeart is the newest stand-alone addition to the game.  Like the other sets, The Werewolf and the Undying Heart can be played independently of the other expansions.  Each deck in this set can also be played solo or combined with each other, depending on the player’s preference.  For two to six players and only lasting ten minutes a round, Lost Legacy is one of the easiest to learn, quickest to play card games on the market.

Munchkin Playmat Spyke Gets SuckeredSteve Jackson Games is nothing if not committed to bringing players every possible iteration on products related to Munchkin.  With that in mind, the Munchkin Playmat drops this weekend.  A valuable tool to help organize any game of Munchkin (and if you’ve played you know all of those cards can get unwieldy), the Munchkin Playmat designates spaces for class, headgear, race, unequipped items, and many other card types in the game.  These spots along with a level gauge help to keep players’ multitude of cards ordered and organized.Epic Card Game Tyrants

In the vein of White Wizard Games other popular deck-based card game, Star Realms, the Epic card game receives four booster pack expansions this weekend.  Epic Tyrants is made up of four booster pack expansions that contribute thirteen new cards to the game, each themed around a Tyrant character.  The four options are Draka’s Rage, Helion’s Deceit, Raxxa’s Doctor PanicRevenge, and Markus’ Command.

You’ve heard of the classic board game Operation.  Well, Doctor Panic is the next generation relative of that game, a blend of app-based, cooperative, and time trial.  Made for families of all-ages, Doctor Panic plays in only twelve minutes!  Yes, you and your other players have twelve minutes to complete a variety of medical procedures and clean-up activities.  Download the free Doctor Panic app and incorporate it into the game as well.Adroid Mainframe

Over the last few years, Fantasy Flight has grown a variety of games around their elaborate, cyberpunk universe of Android.  A spin-off of the popular Netrunner series, Android Mainframe is a completely different take on that universe and game mechanics intended for two to four players.  A placement game at it’s heart, Android Mainframe has players assuming the role of a Runner and using various character tiles, linking rods, and various cards to attempt to gain control of various evil corporations’ computer systems by “hacking in.”

Apr 152016
 

Chez Geek Spring BreakFor those layabouts still building up slack in the world of Chez Geek, Steve Jackson Games has another way for players to continue to be lazy.  The Chez Geek Spring Break expansion can be added to the base game in the form of forty entirely new cards, all themed around traveling for the Spring Break holiday.  In addition to those cards, the expansion also contains Event Cards, which are an entirely new element that changes up gameplay.Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game

Cryptozoic has built up quite an empire of property-based deck building games, including DC, The Lord of the Rings, and Street Fighter.  Well, this weekend they add another conquest to that list with the Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game.  In this version of the game, players are controlling and building decks around popular Cartoon Network shows, like Dexter’s Laboratory, Regular Show, Samurai Jack, and Adventure Time.  As always, this version of the game is completely compatible with other Cryptozoic deck builders, so if you want you can have Finn face off with Superman while Frodo waits in the wings.

Rory's Story CubesSay you’re writing your first novel.  Or game mastering an RPG for your buddies.  Or maybe just killing time with friends around a campfire.  No matter the case, Rory’s Story Cubes are designed to randomly generate story ideas and elements to help fire the imagination.  Out this weekend are six mini-expansion packs for the series, each with three dice featuring a single theme.  For example, the Enchanted box features story elements related to fairytales and fantasy while the Clues box is all mystery related.Talisman Cataclysm

A new big box expansion for the popular dungeon crawl board game, Talisman, drops this weekend.  Talisman The Cataclysm introduces an entirely new main board to replace the one found in the base game.  In addition to the replacement game board, the expansion also contains over 150 extra cards and miniatures that Munchkin Marvelintroduce five original characters into the game, including ones inspired by Viking and Indian mythology.

Marvel is in the air as Captain America:  Civil War is on the horizon.  Understanding their fan base, Steve Jackson has made another coup by acquiring the rights to Marvel‘s popular line of characters in order to release Munchkin Marvel.  A new base game for the popular series, Munchkin Marvel uses the same mechanics from the other Munchkin games, but applies the heroes and villains of Marvel to them.  You’ll still be fighting monsters and acquiring treasures, but now those monsters will be Thanos, The Red Skull, and the like while you’ll be using Mjolnir or Cap’s shield to take them down.

Apr 082016
 

Firefly FluxxTake my love, take my land, but don’t you dare take my Firefly Flux from me!  Out last weekend, Looney Labs newest conquest is the Firefly license, which means the cult favorite Sci-Fi series receives its own Fluxx edition.  Perfect for two to six players, Firefly Fluxx includes completely new keepers, action cards, and creepers to be played stand-alone or combined with any other version of Fluxx.  Also, while supplies last, each purchase of Firefly Fluxx comes with an Alliance creeper promo card.Dice Masters Dungeons Dragons Faerun Under Siege

Dice Masters continues to churn out expansion/Starter Sets for their various properties and this weekend sees the release of Faerun Under Siege for Dungeons & Dragons.  Like the previous Starter Sets for Dice Masters, Faerun Under Siege includes the materials for two players to go head-to-head.  The materials included are forty-four, thirty-eight cards, a rule book, and two dice bags.  This set can also be combined with any of the A Game of Thrones Wolves of the Northprevious Dice Masters sets.

With a title like Wolves of the North, you know that the newest expansion set for the A Game of Thrones card game has to be about the Stark family.  Wolves of the North includes character, event, location, attachment, and plot cards to expand and flesh out your Stark deck.  In addition to the Stark-centric cards, the expansion also contains materials for all the other factions in the game, totally up to over 150 cards.Shadows Over Innistrad Intro Packs Booster box Fat Pack

Innistrad has returned to the world of Magic the Gathering with the most recent set, Shadows Over Innistrad.  Out this weekend, the new set focuses on vampires, werewolves, and other horror creatures and colors.  Like all other Magic launches, the materials released this weekend include booster boxes (each with thirty-six packs), Intro Packs, Fat Packs, and Deck Building Toolkits, all including booster packs or constructed decks for the set.  For anyone looking to begin playing Magic the Gathering, any of these materials are ideal entry points.