Nov 152013
 

While there is only one ring to rule them all, there are a ton of Lord of the Rings games to rule them all!

The Lord of the Rings:  The Battle for Middle-Earth from Playroom Entertainment is a new edition to the extensive LotR card game options.  A fast-paced, two to four player game, Battle for Middle-Earth has players competing to form the strongest fellowship in order to fight off the armies and minions of Sauron.

You can never only eat one fortune cookie, you have to have all the Cookie Fu!

The newest take-out expansion for the stylish dice fighting game is called The Grand Buffet Pack and features dice for an entirely new faction, the Caramel Crane.  This complete two-player set contains new rules for multiplayer, special moves, and all the secret moves of the agile Caramel Crane.

All those chemistry classes you had to take in high school will finally pay off in Compounded!

Acting as lab managers, players work against the clock and their opponents to construct elements off of the periodic table.  But remember that your opponent may be looking for the same compounds you’re looking for.  Oh, and some of those can be rather flammable, capable of blowing you up if you don’t complete them in time.

Remember what the ancient monks always say:  Be the mechanic squirrel.

Or, at least, that’s what the monks within the FATE System RPG say.  The FATE System Toolkit book that released today with allow you to hack the rules of the game for your own nefarious purposes, especially when combined with the newly released Worlds books.  Worlds on Fire and Worlds in Shadow offer, between the two of them, twelve campaign settings, tailor-made to a number of different genres.

 Fantasy Flight keeps the living card game market alive with two more releases in the Netrunner and The Lord of the Rings series.

As per usual, both decks come with sixty cards total, with the Second Thoughts Data Pack enhancing Corp and Runner decks while The Morgul Vale Adventure Pack provides an original scenario for players to work through.

As if the trailer park was not weird enough already, Terror in the Trailer Park adds a whole new layer of creepy to the cult hit Trailer Park Wars game.  Including purple “variable” flamingos and over one hundred cards to expand the base game in a horrifying way.

Dungeons and Dragons‘ second encounters adventure pack, Legacy of the Crystal Shard, is out this weekend.  An adventure for characters from first to third levels and compatible with 3.5. 4.0, and D&D Next systems.  The adventure can also be played as a weekly encounter campaign path, if you are so inclined.

LIGHTNING  ROUND

-Warmachine Convergence of Cyriss figures, including Accretion Servitors and Steelsoul Protector.

-Restock on the Lupin III miniature game, based of of the hit anime.

-Cheap Shot, a rummy insult party game, and its expansion are both back in stock.

Jun 222011
 

If it’s Wednesday night, it’s encounter night.  D&D Encounters, in fact.

Maybe you’re new to D&D, though, and you’re asking yourself, “Self, what is D&D Encounters?”.  Well, first, I’d say if you’re not familiar with D&D asking yourself might not be the best idea.  But, second, it’s okay because we can tell you what it’s about.

D&D Encounters involves a group of players gathering up and completing at least one encounter (a fight, a task, a challenge; basically, some kind of obstacle).  If time and democracy permits, we can run more than one encounter per night.  You play characters that, either, you have created prior to the event, gotten off the D&D online character generator, or have chosen from a group of pre-generated options that will be available that night.

If you’re thinking about coming up, all you’ll need is to purchase two D&D Fortune Card booster packs that night for your first Encounter.  Any future Encounter event you play in at Pulp will then require only one booster pack purchase.  Other than that, you’ll need to bring some dice.  Play will begin at 6:00 P.M.

As for free goodies (’cause who doesn’t love free goodies?), if you play tonight (June 22nd) you will receive a special Game Science D20 die.  Also, the more Encounters you play in, the more renown points you generate.  As you hit certain levels of renown you will gain special promo fortune cards.

So, grab your broad sword and get Encounterin’!

Apr 092011
 

You know that dark, brooding anti-hero who plays by their own rules as they stop at nothing to take down the baddie?  How about a whole book full of them?  Better yet, you get to control them.

D&D 4.0 released a new Player’s Option hardcover this week with Heroes of  Shadow.  Made as a supplement for Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, and the basic Rules Compendium, this guide allows for players to tap into the (normally reserved for evil doers) power of the shadow.  Much like Batman, the characters contained in this book may look like they’ll stomp you into submission and steal your purse, which they might still do, but for the good guys.  All the basics, races, classes, feats, and powers are held within its shadowy pages.

Magestorm:  Mighty Battles in the Age of Magic is a unique new two player (expansions for four players will be coming soon) wargame that pits pairings of mages (such as fire, druid, air, and fate) and armies against each other.  Might sound weird, but, basically, you pick one of the four mages listed above (for your spells and magic) and then one of the two available armies (humans or elves) to battle with.  Each choice comes with various benefits and negatives, as far as abilities go.  The board can be customized with tile pieces to suit one of the included scenarios or your own tastes.  As two player games can be scarce, it’s nice to see such an epic wargame, with customizable content no less, flesh out the category.

Do you know a saboteur?  Now you can be a saboteur, too.  Or rather, Saboteur 2.  A new expansion for the original mining mayhem game, Saboteur, this time around the idea is that the miners have separated into two groups; each one attempting to beat the other to the pile of riches.  Ah, but it wouldn’t be Saboteur without some new Dwarfs to wreck havoc.  This expansion adds cards like the Boss, (helps both groups), the Profiteer (made deals with all parties), and the Geologist (more concerned with crystals than gold).  Also, by adding this expansion to the original game, the range of players increases to 2-12.

Do you love the Spartacus: Blood and Sand series on Showtime?  Do you love H.P. Lovecraft and Cthulhu?  Have you ever dreamed about them mixing together?  Personally, I hope not; that would be a terrifying dream.  But, if you have, that dream is coming true with the new Call of Cthulhu RPG companion, Cthulhu Invictus.  This three scenario booklet is set in a reality where the Rome’s choice to force religion on its populace begins to clash with the worship of the elder gods, and they are not happy about it.  So, yes, Gladiator with Cthulhu monsters.

Applications for ninja school are being accepted today.  Yes, Pulp has Naruto collectible card game materials!  Arriving this week where a collection of three new “Chibi” tins, each with a unique assortment of cards and boosters.  This three tin set includes Sasori and Deidara, Naruto and Kakashi, and Sasuke and Itachi.  All three include special promo cards and four booster packs (two from Path of Pain and two from Tales of the Gallant Sage).  Get your ninja on, folks!

Since we’re talking CCG’s, how about we continue with World of Warcraft and Legend of the Five Rings.  From its inception, the WoW CCG has been popular, not only for its gameplay, but for the Loot cards that have been included in the booster packs.  These are a desired commodity because they have special promo codes on them that allow you to use them in the online computer game.  The new WoW CCG Archives set is not only exclusive to hobby stores, like Pulp Fiction, but also contains a random assortment of 190 of the best cards (all foil) from the first three sets as well as the possibility of nabbing a number of the most hunted for Loot cards (Spectral Tiger, anyone?).  Along with this release, WoW has gained a new Raid Deck in Icecrown Citadel.  Pulp has a limited amount of both, so swing by before they’re gone.

The Legend of the Five Rings CCG also gets an update with its Celestial Edition collection.  As a new base set for the game, Celestial Edition is completely tournament legal.  Currently, Pulp has a box of boosters, sealed, ready for pick-up.  If that’s wetting your lips, hit us up.

Sneaking it in before the end (that’s what she said), we also received a restock of the base Call of Cthulhu book as well as Call of Cthulhu FictionFederation Commander also got restocked in a big way.

The Heavens of Olympus finishes us out for today.  From Rio Grande Games, Heavens sounds pretty interesting.  Based around Greek mythology, it has players taking control of a single unknown god (out of five) who has been assigned by Zeus to build a new universe.  As day shifts into night, rounds of the game progress and players place and move planets across the stars.  At the end of each round Prestige points are added up.  The god with the most points gets to ascend to known status and live on Mt. Olympus.  Different mechanic, cool theme.