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.

Jan 312015
 

Yu Gi Oh Dice Masters Starter setSince Marvel’s Dice Masters game has been more than reasonably popular, WizKids and Asmodee have followed it up another starter set featuring characters from the anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh.  Like the previous releases, this starter set features enough dice and materials for two players to go head-to-head.  Each set of dice represent a character and players build-up teams of multiple characters by purchasing more dice.  And, yes, this set can be incorporated into any of the previous Dice Masters sets.A Game of Thrones A Deadly Game Chapter Pack

George R.R. Martin may not be getting the next Game of Thrones novel out in 2015, but Fantasy Flight is certainly continuing to release Chapter Packs for the A Game of Thrones LCG.  The newest, A Deadly Game, is the second release in the Wardens cycle.  This cycle is emphasizing traits, bonuses for using noteworthy characters, and limited responses, all Gripmat Starfield Sector Oneof which is continued in this release.

Do you get frustrated when you’re playing a game and someone accidentally knocks all the tiles or cards all over the table?  Well, you don’t have to worry about that if you pick up a GripMat.  Out this weekend, the Nebula and Starfield GripMats are durable, textured, fully illustrated mats that are intended to be used with a number of board games.  The texture on the mats keeps your tiles, cards, and game pieces from sliding around the table.  They also come in a variety of sizes and can be used with X-Wing and either version of Attack WingStar Trek Attack Wing Wave 10 11

Speaking of Attack Wing, WizKids has released the newest Star Trek Attack Wing wave of ships this weekend.  Included within this wave are the Romulan IRW Drone, the Federation Fighter Squadron 6 (comprised of three ships), and the Hirogen Alien Hunter.  Each expansion pack includes a model of the ship and Netrunner Order and Chaosthe cards needed to field it.

Like yin and yang, order and chaos balance each other out, especially in the third deluxe expansion for Netrunner LCG.  Named Order and Chaos, this expansion contains one hundred and sixty-five additional cards for use with the base game and any other expansions.  These cards introduce three new Anarchs that can be pitted against the machinations of the Weyland Corporation.

The popular XCOM PC game comes to the world of board gaming this weekend.  However, the game has not far from the digital world as it has incorporated a special app that controls certain XCOM The Board Gamemechanics, scenario options, and acts as the board game’s rulebook.  As you might imagine, the game increases in replay value as the app will keep every gameplay fresh with new arrangements of aliens and scenarios.  If you aren’t familiar with the original XCOM, players will assume the roles of an strikeforce organized to defend the Asanteplanet against alien invasion.

From the makers of other popular two player card games, including Jambo and Waka Waka, Asante (African for thank you) is another in the two player Kosmos line.  A set collection and hand management game, Asante puts players into the roles of vendors dealing in various resources.  Outside of collecting sets of resources for points, players can also loose animals (i.e. points) or visit holy relics to gain extra abilities.Mythotopia

Another new deck building game hits the market this weekend in the form of Mythotopia.  The standard deck building mechanics of a starting hand, a random assortment of cards to purchase, and various victory points are still present.  However, a set of variable providence cards provides the possibility of altering the rules and win conditions of the game.  Depending on which of these providence cards are activated, the game can also shift from a individualistic play experience to an aggressive Necron Codex HCone.

The wait is over, the Necron Codex has finally been updated.  This new hardcover edition features one hundred and twenty pages of material geared toward the newest iteration of Warhammer 40K rules.  Included in those pages are sections detailing the Necron Legions, new information on warlord traits, wargear, and tactical objectives, rules for the Decurion Detachment, datasheets, and the usually gallery of painted miniatures.

Nov 292014
 

Bang! Walking DeadZombies have come to Bang!

Out this weekend, the newest variation of the popular deception game, Bang!, is a Walking Dead edition.  In this version, the standard deputy, sheriff, outlaw, and other designations are replaced with leader, savior, survivor, and loner.  Each player takes on one of these roles while playing a character from the hit TV series.The Witcher Adventure Game

Based off the popular series of novels and video games, The Witcher receives a board game adaptation this weekend.  The Witcher Adventure Game throws players into a fantasy scenario where they control one of four characters, including Triss Merigold, Yarpen Zigrin, Geralt, and Dandelion, each represented by a deck of ability cards.  Choosing which character to play also decides how a player will approach each encounter, as some characters favor magic while other Warhammer Conquest The Howl of Blackmane War Packfavor diplomacy or attacking.

Warhammer‘s recently released deck building game, Warhammer 40K Conquest, receives its first expansion deck with The Howl of Blackmane.  Included in this expansion is a playable Space Marine character and his supporting unit, comprised of three sets of seventeen cards, similar to any of the expansion packs to Fantasy Flight‘s other Living Card Games.Diamonds

Another trick-taking card game, similar to Clubs, Rowboat, or Spades, Diamonds changes up the common mechanic for a new experience.  Players take turns laying down suited cards, attempting to match the previous suit.  However, if a player cannot match the suit they are given they are awarded a “suit action,” which allow the Wings of Glory Special Packsmovement of cards from different piles of cards.

Coming in off the flight deck this weekend is a full set of four new World War II Wings of Glory Special Packs.  Each of these Special Packs includes a full-sized airplane model for use in the Wings of Glory ship-to-ship battle game.  This series includes the BF-17F Memphis Belle, the BF-17G Bit of Lace, Avro Lancaster B MK III v.1, and the Avro Lancaster B MK III v.2.Star Trek Attack Wing Deep Space 9

Formerly only a tournament exclusive miniature, the Deep Space Nine space station is finally out to purchase at retail stores.  This oversized model can be incorporated into the Star Trek Attack Wing miniature battle game as either a ship or a scenario.

X-Wing Decimator FreighterFollowing the release of the Star Wars:  The Force Awakens trailer, the X-Wing miniature game keeps the hype going with two large miniature expansions.  First up, is the VT-49 Decimator, an imperial gunship that pushes the limits of size within the standard play scenarios.  The Decimator expansion also includes thirteen different upgrade cards, including fan favorite Mara Jade.  Second, the only ship that will do when the Millennium Falcon is tied up, the YT-2400.  Dash Rendar, Han Solo’s understudy, is included as a character card with the expansion, along with many Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master's Guideothers.

The much delayed Dungeon Master’s Guide for Dungeons and Dragons Next (or 5.0, if you wish) is finally here!  This new edition distills the best material from all past versions of the DM’s Guide, including rules from 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5.  Besides providing information about the three core elements of a DM’s Guide, those being world and adventure building, rules essentials, and magic items, the hardcover also contains helpful hints and tips, like how to design a villain and treasure tables.