Oct 182014
 

Firefly Role Playing Game RPG Core BookTake its love, take its land, but you can’t take roleplaying from Firefly.

A revamped version of the previous Firefly RPG, this new hardcover core book utilizes an updated version of the Cortex Plus System.  Players are thrown out into the black, given the chance to play members of a Firefly crew crusin’ the verse and misbehaving.  Every episode of the series is detailed in this hardcover, acting as adventures groups can play through.  An entirely new “episode” is also presented as a fourteenth adventure.Cypher

Another AEG produced, Love Letter-like quick card game has hit the scene and it is Cypher.  At its core, Cypher is a drafting game, with players starting out with either three, two, or one card in hand.  Each turn, players draw, play, and trade a card, with everyone attempting to be the person holding the highest value card at the end of the game.  When the draw pile runs out (or a special endgame card is played) the game ends.

Lords of XiditLords of Xidit is the newest release from Asmodee Games and it sends the player to a fantastical realm of lizard riding knights and magically possessed townsfolk.  Each player controls the equivalent of a knight, wandering the countryside in hopes of curing the dark mysticism that has overrun it.  In order to do so, players race to sections of the board where they will collect squires and resources.  The catch is, it’s all about timing, as only certain resources will be given out depending on the order of when a player arrives.  Abyss

Set in a Bioshock-ish, Rapture-esque underwater city, Abyss, from Asmodee, is a game of influence and power struggle with a little card drafting thrown in.  Featuring four different styles of box art, Abyss requires players to compete for influence on the council of lords.  In order to do this, players must work through a three stage process, first gaining allies, then using them to influence lords, then using the lords to take over sections of the city.  Cards are drafted that allow Tammany Hallplayers to work through these steps, but, beware, once a card’s power is used that ability is closed off forever.

And speaking of corruption and political influence, there’s nearly no greater historical instance of political power plays than New York’s Tammany Hall!  In this backstabby game of underhanded favor buying, players fight to earn the votes of recent immigrants as means of acquiring the mayoral seat.  However, don’t expect to hold on to it for long, as everyone will be at the ready double cross you and take it.Through the Breach Fate Master's Almanac Wyrd RPG

Malifaux, the cult hit steampunky, horror, little bit of everything miniature game, is being converted into a roleplaying system this weekend.  Two core rulebooks, one for players and one for game masters, arrive this weekend.  First up is The Fate Almanac softcover, the essential guidebook for players, containing all the pertinent information about how to create and run a Fated character.  The accompanying rulebook is the Trains Rising SunFatemasters Almanac, the essential guide running a game set in the Malifaux universe.

AEG‘s third gaming release this weekend is an expansion/standalone addition to the Trains board game.  Trains Rising Sun can be incorporated into the original version or played on its own.  Included this edition are three entirely new game boards, one for head-to-head play and two for two to four players.  Legendary Guardians of the Galaxy

Time for everyone to do the whole standing up in a circle thing, because Guardians of the Galaxy is the newest expansion to the Legendary card game.  This expansion adds on character cards for everyone of the Guardians, including Star Lord, Gamorra, Rocket, Drax, and Groot as well as villain decks for the Kree Supreme Intelligence and Thanos!

Oct 112014
 

Kill Shakespeare board gameIDW, one of the more popular independent comic book publishers, is getting into the gaming business.  The company released the first two games from it’s new board game line this weekend.

First up is the Kill Shakespeare board game.  Based off of the acclaimed comic book series, Kill Shakespeare is created by the designers behind Yedo.  A semi-cooperative experience, players select specific characters from The Bard’s classic works, including Juliet, Othello, Hamlet, and more.  A resource management game at heart, players bid on resources in order to take back specific realms that have been conquered by Richard III and Lady MacBeth.  Simultaneously, players also must complete their own individual tasks in order to claim victory.

The not-from-IDW game of the week is Lewis and Clark:  The Expedition.  From a first time game designer, this Lewis and Clark the Expeditionhand management game has won and been nominated for a slew of awards over the last year.  The goal of the game is to cross the country and make it to the West coast.  In order to do this, players select members of their exploration party, each with their own abilities, and will collect Native American guides and fur trappers as they cross the country.  To activate resources, players will have to lay down dual-use Machi Korocards, choosing whether to sacrifice a card to use another or wait.  Those who choose poorly may not survive.

The second IDW board game this week is the hotly anticipated Machi Koro.  Both a dice rolling and card placement game, Machi Koro tasks players to build the biggest city in the country.  To do so, players will roll dice to gain buildings, gain income, and steal funds from other players.  Designed with poppy, simplistic artwork and appealing coloring, Machi Koro is a quick play experience for young and 0ld.  If you want to get a better idea of how it plays, check out the video below.

Oct 042014
 

Red Dragon Inn Brother BastionWelcome, welcome, to ye ole Red Dragon Inn!  Come in, ye two new travelers, and have a Red Dragon Inn Ozrik the Adeptseat.

The Red Dragon Inn:  Allies expansions enlist two brand new characters this weekend, one the honored Brother Bastion, the other the mystical Ozrik the Adept.  Brother Bastion comes with special prayer cards that can be expended at specific times during the game for major benefits.  Ozrik the Adept favors hand management, as certain cards increase in power after other cards are discarded.  Both of these expansion can be incorporated any of the Red Dragon Inn base games.

Lord of the Rings The Road DarkensThe Lord of the Rings LCG series from Fantasy Flight gains another Saga Expansion, called The Road Darkens.  This expansion puts the player directly into the Fellowship of the Ring plot, allowing you to play through three original scenarios adapted from the novel.  The Road Darkens also includes additional hero characters that increase replay value of the game.Dark Eldar Codex HC

The Warhammer 40K hardcover library grows by one this weekend with the updated edition of the Dark Eldar Codex.  As is standard with this gorgeous line of hardcover volumes, the Dark Eldar Codex contains a detailed history of the faction, a glossy page showcase of paint schemes for the miniatures as well as an army list, and, of course, a list of rules for the army and their weapons.

Call of Cthulhu card game The Sleeper BelowThe eldar god, Cthulhu, has been awoken from his slumber and he is not happy.  Containing 165 cards to be incorporated into the base Call of Cthulhu LCG, The Sleeper Below, is the newest oversized expansion for the popular card game.  Focusing on the Cthulhu faction for the game, this expansion contains support and event cards for the faction.  As well, new society cards add other factions for the game.

From Iello, the makers of King of Tokyo, comes a quick play family horror game Night of the Grand Octopusthat melds together Lovecraftian mythos and Harry Potter.  Night of the Grand Octopus is a thinly veiled homage to Cthulhu and his cultist followers, tasking players to break into a famous school of the mystical arts to steal enchanting materials that will be used to wake the sleeping octopus god.  Ideal for three to five players, Night of the Grand Octopus is easy to learn and fast to play.

Student BodiesFinally a zombie game that doesn’t even feign at cooperative play!

Student Bodies pits up to five players against each other in life or death combat set in the hallowed halls of high school.  Nearly the entire graduating class has been turned into zombies, now scattered throughout the building, and you and all your friends have already been bitten.  Your only hope is making it to the science lab for the antidote, but to do so you’re going to have to screw over all of the other players.  Oh, and to win, you’re going to need to get out of the building and lock everyone else in.  Like I said, not cooperative.Warhammer Conquest 40K card game

Fantasy Flight and Games Workshop have teamed-up once again for a new addition to the popular line of LCG games, this time set in the Warhammer 40K universe.  Warhammer 40K Conquest is a two player, head-to-head card game that adapts the rules of the miniature game onto cards.  Each player controls armies represented by a card deck, which they then manage as either fighting forces or resource gatherers.  As this base game is the beginning of another LCG line, expect regular deck expansions to grow the game.

Sep 272014
 

Netrunner Data Pack The Spaces BetweenDave Matthews must have just been hired on as a game designer at Fantasy Flight, because the newest Netrunner LCG Data Pack is named The Spaces Between.  The second expansion in the Lunar Cycle, The Spaces Between lives up to its name by exploring the limbo status of used up events and operations.  What after effects do these cards have once they are discarded?

Doesn’t matter what class you play in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Paizo has Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Rogue Class Deckyou covered.

This weekend, the publisher is unleashing Class Decks for seven different class types, with each being capable of incorporation into the base Adventure Card Game.  The seven class types presented are the Bard, Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, and Wizard.  Each deck contains 109 cards that apply to four different archetypes for each class and spells, allies, and weapons to be used with any of them.

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Skull Shackles Raiders of the Fever SeaAlso out for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game this weekend are the first two card expansions for the Skull and Shackles adventure path.  First up,  the Character Add-On Deck, like with the base game, supplies three entirely new class types, including Witch, Alchemist, and Warpriest, as well as the cards to expand the game up to six players.  Raiders of the Fever Sea is the second expansion, containing 110 cards that introduce five scenarios that progress the adventure, as well as adding loot, monster, location, villain, and ship cards. Run Fight or Die board game

While zombie-based content my vary from television to film to comics to board games, there is only one consistent option when you face them down:  Run, Fight, or Die.  This new board game changes up the growing subgenre of zombie survival board games by pitting each player (1-4) against their own undead horde.  Players race around a special game board attempting to collect supplies and survivors while not being bitten or letting too many followers become zombified.  Those who outlast the rest with the most life survive to fight another day, while those Smash Up Monster Smash expansionwho don’t shamble away into the darkness.

The pun is so obvious it was only a matter of time before AEG released a Smash Up expansion that used it.

Monster Smash (yup, like monster mash) is the newest expansion for the popular card game where players blend together all sorts of different creatures and character types to form one absurd deck.  Included in the expansion are four original factions, each with a movie monster theme to them.  The four are Werewolves, Vampires, Mad Scientists, and, of course, Giant Ants.  Monster Smash can be played as either a two player game or a four player game, if incorporated into the base Smash Up game.   Rebel Aces Star Wars X-Wing

Many Bothans died to bring you the Rebel Aces Star Wars X-Wing expansion.

Like the Imperial Aces expansion, this set comes with two ship miniatures, an alternate paint job A-Wing and B-Wing, along with four original pilot characters and all the standard maneuver cards, tokens, and upgrade cards.  In addition, the set comes with a special mission suited to the skills of both ships.

Sep 202014
 

Pathfinder Adventure Time Card Game PlaymatThe Pathfinder Adventure Card Game gets organized this weekend, thanks to a new playmat.

Featuring a layout that helps to show new and old players how to arrange the various important cards piles.  As well as being a guide for placement, the mat also helps organize the game (heading off clutter) and keep the cards from shifting about the table.  The layout is made to cover up to six players.Villainy

With the superheroes getting all the love in games like Sentinels of the Multiverse, Legendary, and Heroes Wanted, it’s time for the bad guys to have their day!  Villainy puts players into the role of a supervillain attempting to destroy the hero of the metropolis they call home.  In order to do this players will need to complete three distinct secret plans, made possible by hiring henchmen.  Each game plays Khans of Tarkir Card Sleevesdifferent, as the objectives and story alters.

Many readers out there will know that this weekend was the Magic the Gathering prerelease event for Khans of Tarkir, the start of the newest card block.  Anyone who knows this will also likely know that means the sleeves, binders, and card boxes for the set are also out.  Boosters, fat pack, and intro Talisman Woodlandsdecks will go on sale next Friday.

Over the hill and through the woods to Talisman‘s expansion we go.

Another large sized expansion for the Talisman 4th Edition board game, The Woodland provides an entire new board to place adjacent to the main board, five new characters, and an added fate mechanic that gives you the option of bettering Hour of the Wolf Warhammer 40K Sanctus Reachyour chances or lessening those of an opponent.

The sequel to the recently released Warhammer 40K Red Waaagh! hardcover, The Hour of the Wolf, is out this weekend.  Contained within its glossy, hardcover-bound pages are details on various skirmishes between the Orc and Space Wolf factions, along with formation templates and more.

The major Warhammer release this weekend, however, is a blast from the past.Space Hulk Warhammer 40K

Once again, Games Workshop has re-released the classic 40K universe board game, Space Hulk.  If you remember the last time this game was released, you’ll also remember the incredibly short amount of time it stayed on shelves and the astronomic price hikes that occurred after it vanished.  This new version comes complete with the same miniatures and accessories as the last, but with one important alteration.  The 2014 version includes an entirely new set of tiles, allowing players who own the previous version to combine them and create one, Five Tribes board gameover-sized game board.

Days of Wonder, publisher of Ticket to Ride, Smallworld, and Cargo Noir, has released a new board game designed by Bruno Cathala (Shadows Over Camelot).  Five Tribes is a meeple placement game, but in reverse.  The game begins with a selection of meeple figures, each from one of the five titular tribes, arranged across the board and it is the players’ challenge to rearrange them.  How they are moved and where they are moved is the strategic challenge of Five Tribes, with the best player gaining the most points from their movements.Netrunner First Contact Data Pack

The third Data Pack in the Lunar Cycle of the Android Netrunner LCG has been downloaded to the Pulp Fiction shelves this weekend.  First Contact’s sixty card expansion intensifies the conflict between the runners and the corps on a number of fronts.  A new meat space is introduced along with new regions, Anarch identities, traps, resources, and mythic ice.

Star Wars Force and DestinyFinally, the force is strong with you.

Fantasy Flight expands its roleplaying galaxy far, far away with the Force and Destiny Beta softcover, a third  system to add to the Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion systems.  This long awaited edition incorporates force based abilities into the universe, providing information on character creation and a fully playable adventure.  And because this system is set in the same universe as the two previous systems, they are all fully compatible.Chinatown

Long out-of-print and going for insane money online, Chinatown has been revived by Z-Man Games.  A truly antagonistic experience, Chinatown is based around bidding, bartering, and negotiating with your opponents.  Players attempt to lay business tiles onto the game board, hoping to group as many like tiles together as the can for greater payouts.  But players can also attempt to convince others to sell or trade for tile Monster Manual D&D 5th Edition Next HCand spaces, requiring a sharp skill for salesmanship and strategic dealing.

Eagerly awaited, the second major core hardcover for Dungeons and Dragons 5.0 is out this week!

The Monster Manual for D&D Next follows hot on the heels of the Player’s Handbook, containing beasties and creatures from the long history of the famous fantasy roleplaying game, all illustrated with beautiful new artwork and provided with easy-to-use rules and statistics.  An essential volume for any Dungeon Master.