Nov 132015
 

String SafariThe String Railway has reached its final stop, and that is the zoo.  From the makers of String Railway comes String Safari, a quick, easy-to-learn family game for three to five players.  In the game, players will attempt to corral wayward zoo animals that have gotten loose.  To do this, players will strategically weave plastic strings around card representing the animals.  Each animal also has a specific value that will result in victory points.Star Wars Age of Rebellion Strongholds of Resistance

Fight back against the oppression of the Galactic Empire with Strongholds of the Resistance.  This sourcebook expansion for Age of Rebellion includes profiles for the major worlds and hidden bases that conceal agents of the Rebellion, three new species options, new weapons, equipment, and vehicles, as well as four modular encounters that include these new supplements.

MottainaiIn Mottainai, each player is a worker in a Buddhist temple, creating works to display and sell to the visitors and tourists who come by.  These works are made of materials of varying value (determining both the difficulty to complete the work and its worth to you).  Completed works can be displayed in your gallery to train your helpers, or in your gift shop to allow you to make sales.  Running off of the Glory to Rome system, Mottainai is a cheap, easy card game for two to three players.Imperial Settlers Atlanteans

The first expansion for Imperial Settlers is out this weekend.  Imperial Settlers:  The Atlanteans gains players access to a brand new faction with its own goals and method of development.  Also included are cards to expand the base game factions, as well as the Magic the Gathering Commander Seize Controlcommon deck with new traits and card types compatible with the Atlanteans.

Expanding the already popular Commander/EDH format for Magic the Gathering, Wizards of the Coast have released five new pre-build Commander Decks for this year.  As with previous releases, each deck represents one of the five mana colors and includes a completely new Commander card.  Outside of using these commanders in that format, players may also incorporate them into their Legacy, Vintage, or casual decks.Kittens in a Blender

Long out of print, Kittens in a Blender is finally back!  Yes, the kittens are cute.  Yes, there is a blender they may fall into.  And, yes, blending could occur.  Make sure that doesn’t happen by competing against your opponents to save your kittens and turn the blender to high speed when their kitties are in it.  Better yet, Kittens in a Blender receives an expansion with its reprinted Fire and Axe A Viking Sagaversion called More Kittens in a Blender (duh!).

The swarthy viking lifestyle is realized in IDW GamesFire and Axe:  A Viking Saga.  In the game, you will vie for glory across a series of epic sagas (i.e. missions).  Each saga is a different journey to raid, trade, and settle territories.  Will you choose the path of diplomacy and trade for victory?  Or will your longship cast a bloody wake?  Start your journey by gathering crew and goods to outfit your boat.  After you launch from bustling ports into the open sea, you must choose your path to power.Poseidon's Kingdom

An inventive family gaming experience, Poseidon’s Kingdom is set under the sea and has players controlling various underwater creatures on a mission to rescue their friends from the evil Kraken.  The dice rolling element of the game is where the inventiveness comes in.  Instead of simply rolling dice, the game implements a “wave” dice tower that literally rolls along the game board, depositing dice as it goes.  The Pirates of the 7 Seasplacement and numerical values determine elements in the game.

Another inventive dice rolling game for the whole family, Pirates of the 7 Seas (also from IDW Games) uses dice to represent pirate ships.  Players roll the dice directly into the lid of the tin box the game comes in.  Where they land and what ships are showing determines whether each player controls vagabond scallywags or government sympathizers.  You’ll then sail around the game board, collecting treasure and consulting with shamans to curse other players.Ghostbusters the Board Game

Mass hysteria, dogs and cats living together!  All because Cryptozoic‘s successfully Kickstarted Ghostbusters Board Game has finally hit shelves.  Similar to Last Night on Earth, players will cooperatively control one to four of the iconic Ghostbusters attempting to catch ghosts and seal spectral gates.  The game is modular, allowing players to build the game board to their liking.  As well, all the 7 Wonders Duelcharacters and ghosts are represented by detailed miniatures.  And, yes, their is a Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.

Even though original 7 Wonders can be played with two players, that mode is more of a learning tool than an actual competitive experience.  7 Wonders Duel, on the other hand, is an exclusively head-to-head, two player variation of the game.  The same drafting mechanics are in play, but altered to suit fewer players.  As well, an original military system has been implemented that incorporates a sliding battle board.  Whether your a fan of 7 Wonders or a couple who needs a new two player game, 7 Wonders Duel is for you.

Sep 182015
 

Sylvion card gameSpinning out of the popular cooperative card game, Onirim, Sylvion is another one to two player card game that requires players to work together.  A tower defense game, Sylvion requires players to construct a deck of cards that can successfully fight off slowly approaching rows of villain cards.  The edition of the game Pulp currently has in stock not only contains the base game, but also two expansions.Trap Zany Zombies

From IDW (yes, those cats that publish comics) comes a new dice rolling, card game called Trap!  From Jeffrey Neil Bellinger, the designer of Killer Bunnies, Trap! has players using their memory and a handful of quirky cards to ensnare the biggest set of creatures they can over the course of five furiously frantic rounds.  Currently, the game comes in two versions, Zany Zombies and Nimble Ninjas.  Each version has players collecting zombies and ninjas, respectively, but both include a “link and lock” Open Sesamecard that allows players to combine them.

Open Sesame, also from IDW, is a press-your-luck card game of high-stakes memorization and deduction by world-renowned game designer and multi-Spiel des Jahres winner, Antoine Bauza (7 Wonders, Takenoko, Tokaido, Rampage, Hanabi).  Take turns alternating between the role of Ali Baba or one of the thieves raiding the Cave of Treasures.  As Ali Baba you’ll steal treasure from the cave until you’re trapped or you flee, and as the thieves, it’s your job to carefully observe and recite exactly what it is that Ali is attempting to escape with.Little Red Riding Hood

From one folktale to another, the newest addition to the popular, family-friendly Tales and Games series is Little Red Riding Hood.  In the game, players will work together to help Little Red Riding Hood reach grandma’s cottage before the wolf sticks his nose where it’s not welcome!  Choose from two modes of play, either everyone works together or one player plays as the wolf and the other team plays as Little Red Riding Hood and friends.  And, as always, along with the game is a written booklet telling the Dark Gothic Colonial Horror Deck Building GameRed Riding Hood tale.

Dark Gothic:  Colonial Horror is a stand-alone expansion for the Dark Gothic Deck Building Game.  It can be mixed in with the original Dark Gothic game to add new mechanics and greater variety, or it can be played on its own as a two to three player game that plays at a faster clip.  In Dark Gothic, each player takes on the role of a unique monster-hunting hero, collecting allies and gear to aid them in their journeys Machi Koro Deluxe Editionwhile they root out evil and hunt supernatural creatures back to their lairs.

Introducing a new way to purchase the highly popular city building game, Machi Koro!  Machi Koro Deluxe is a new printing of the original, base game that comes shipped inside a collector’s tin case.  As well, this edition of the game contains the Shadows of Brimstone Caverns of Cynderexpansion sets Millionaire’s Row and Harbor.

Flying Frog‘s supernatural Western board game Shadows of Brimstone (you might know it as the honking huge Western game instead) receives its first expansion set this weekend.  Caverns of Cynder adds an entire “other world” set of map tiles, creatures, and threats for the intrepid players to adventure through.  The Caverns are lava filled, dilapidated mines that are teeming with lava creatures (represented by a new set of miniatures).  An added adventure pits the heroes against a horde of lava creatures who are attempting to cross a bridge intoX-Wing Force Awakens starter box the real world.  They must be stopped at all costs!

Force Friday opened the floodgates for Force Awakens product, and this weekend the popular miniature battle game X-Wing reacts to that marketing machine.  The X-Wing:  The Force Awakens starter kit is out this weekend, including the traditional one X-Wing and two Tie Fighters.  However, these ships have a completely different set of stats and abilities, as they are from thirty years in the future of a galaxy far, far away.  This starter set also has cards for characters from the new franchise, even including the lovable BB-8.  So, make your decision:  The Resistance of The First Order!

Nov 152014
 

7 Wonders BabelAsmodee released another 7 Wonders expansion this weekend and this one requires some heavy labor.  7 Wonders:  Babel contains two separate gaming expansions that can be added singularly are together.  First, is the tower component, which adds an extra beginning drafting phase.  During this phase, players draft tower tiles, each of which features a special law that affects all players.  Second, are a set of law cards that tax players for using certain colored cards.Ace Detective A Noir Card Game

It wandered in out of the cold, a cigarette hanging from its box lid, a fedora covering its corner.  Ace Detective was its name.  A storytelling card game in the vein of Once Upon a Time, Ace Detective has players utilizing plot cards to tell a group narrative.  Each turn players lay down story cards in an attempt to keep the yarn flowing, but must battle against each other to take control of the plot’s direction. Catan Ancient Egypt Settlers of And, if you can’t tell from the title, Ace Detective is all noir, all the time.

Another in Settlers of Catan line of standalone spin-offs, Catan:  Ancient Egypt pairs the same great Catan mechanics with an Egyptian setting.  Oxcarts are used to move resources like papyrus, stone, and cattle from town to town.  This standalone edition also features two alternate play scenarios, increasing the replay value of the game and keeping players interested.Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor's Secret Adventure Pack

As Sauron’s forces draw ever closer, the fellowship must venture into the mines of Celebrimbor to discover the only three rings of power untouched by the dark lord.  This is the story for Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor’s Secret, the newest Adventure Pack for the LotR LCG.  Adding sixty new Magic the Gathering Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Boxcards to the game, Celebrimbor’s Secret includes Galadriel as a playable hero character.

With the holidays just around the corner, Magic the Gathering has, for the second year in a row, released a special gift box to ease your shopping distress.  The Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Box is an inexpensive 2000 count card box that also happens to contain four Khans booster packs, special card dividers, stickers to personalize the dividers, land, and a special promo card.  Check your favorite Magic player off your “To Buy” list.My Little Pony Celestial Solstice

Nearing closer to the newest My Little Pony booster pack set, Enterplay has released their equivalent of an MtG Fat Pack.  The MLP Celestial Solstice box contains materials for two players, including a twenty-four card pack of rare, foil promos, three Premiere Edition boosters, three Canterlot Nights boosters, and a Pandemic The Cure dice gamedurable card box.

The popular Pandemic strain of virus fighting cooperative games has mutated this weekend.  Pandemic:  The Cure is a dice variation of the original game, converting all the regular mechanics to dice rolls.  Each player still takes on a different role, now represented by a unique set of dice.  The outbreak is also represented by dice, which are rolled, then placed on the gaming board.  A quicker variation of the original, Pandemic:  The Cure can be set-up and played in around thirty minutes.Rarrr card game

With Godzilla and Pacific Rim recently stomping all over movie theaters, Kaiju in demand.  Rarrr!!! is a drafting card game that answers that demand, giving players the chance to control powerful, monstrous creatures.  Broken into two drafting rounds and a bidding round, players first build and power their monster, then use the power cards they’ve attained to outbid others in an effort to destroy the most buildings.

Sheriff of NottinghamThe first release in a series of board games given the seal of approval by Dice Tower, Sheriff of Nottingham puts players into the roles of Nottingham’s merchants and the greedy Sheriff, himself.  Each turn players attempt to enter the city with various goods and products for sale.  However, they may choose to mix legal and illegal products together in their carts.  But, beware, the Sheriff will be allowed to pick through each merchant’s stash and weed out items or punish players.Till Dawn

Both a drafting and Push-Your-Luck game, Till Dawn is a vampire game with style.  Contained within a creatively designed coffin-shaped box, Till Dawn has players taking over the role of a horde of competitive vampires.  Over the course of three rounds, players pass around a deck of cards, drawing one, then following its command.  The goal is to collect the most blood tokens and return to your coffin before the sun rises, but vampire hunters and other obstacles Titanium Wars Confrontationcan make that a difficult possibility.

A short and sweet expansion, Titanium Wars:  Confrontation adds some appealing extras to the base game.  Included within this expansion are new arsenal cards, planets, leaders, and events, as well as cards that replace previous cards.  In addition, Confrontation includes a Versus Mode variation that can be played individually or in teams.Trajan

Stefan Feld, game designer for Bora Bora and Bruges, releases a new game this weekend entitled Trajan.  Players attempt to build-up their own corner of Rome through the use of special ability tiles.  Tiles are distributed around the table through a special mechanic where they are placed in bowls, then used by each player Voyage of the Beagle Robinson Crusoe expansionstrategically.

The first expansion for Robinson Crusoe, Voyage of the Beagle is here!

Containing a set of original scenarios that can be paired with the base game to extend its playability, each of these scenarios link together, serializing events so that what occurred during the last play session remains into the next session.King of New York

Hottly anticipated, Richard Garfield’s sequel to King of Tokyo is finally here!  King of New York is bigger and more intense than its predecessor, just like a game set in America should be!  Like King of Tokyo, players take control of monsters, attempting to gain the most victory points by beating the crap out of each other.  However, the game board for King of New York is double the size, providing multiple zones for players to fight from.  As well, the game adds a “fame” component that allows one player to take the spotlight and gain special abilities.
Sep 132014
 

Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space Fifth DoctorPin a piece of celery to your lapel, because the Fifth Doctor Sourcebook has materialized.

Continuing last year’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Cubicle 7 is still working through releasing individual source books for each of the twelve Doctors.  The Fifth Doctor hardcover contains character stats for this version of the Doctor, all of his companions, his enemies, and allies.  These volumes also contain a comprehensive description of each episode in their respective Doctor‘s season as well as stats for running each of them as an adventure.  The Third and Fourth Doctor hardcovers have also recently shipped.Sushi Go!

The drafting mechanics of 7 Wonders have been condensed down to a quick, twenty minute two to five player card game, called Sushi Go!  Players pass stacks of cards around the table, drafting individual cards of sushi.  Your hand selection will be vitally important, as the rounds go quickly and what you choose at the beginning will determine what Munchkin Princesses expansionsushi pairings you are going after.

Hopefully your ball gown has been tailored and delivered, because it’s turning into a straight-up royal gala in here!

Munchkin Princesses is ladies night all the time, providing fifteen new cards to be incorporated into any version of the Munchkin card game.  Included in this fifteen card booster are new monsters, new treasures, and two brand new princess character cards.

Jax just rolled up into Pulp Fiction and he has a new game for you to play.Sons of Anarchy board game

The Sons of Anarchy:  Men of Mayhem board game pits three to four players against each other in a ruthless bid to control the town of Charming.  A tile laying game, at base, Men of Mayhem sees players build the town by placing random tiles to unveil new territory to fight over.  Once a tile has been laid, players can occupy it with one of two biker figures (those on bikes and those on foot).  But get ready for a fight, because other players can compete with you to take over the territory.

Age of WarBrush up on your Sun Tzu before playing the new dice rolling game, Age of War.

From Fantasy Flight, Age of War revolves around castle tiles that are laid in the center of the table, each marked with an assortment of specific symbols.  These symbols match a set of seven dice that are passed around the table and rolled by players.  Each player is assigned a certain amount of castles, ranging from one to four, but then competes to control the other players’ castles by rolling the dice and matching symbols to the ones inside their castles.Doomtown Reloaded

The classic Deadlands card game has been re-envisioned as Doomtown:  Reloaded.

This deck building game operates similarly to Dominion, Resident Evil, Ascension, and all the rest, but with a slight twist.  Players attempt to build their decks around one of four different factions, called Outfits.  Also, during the course of the game, players will face off in shootouts that will be decided, like in poker, by Adventure Time Card Wars Princess Bubblegum Lumpy Space Princessthe suits on the cards in their hands.  So, choosing which cards to play when may decide whether you get gunned down or not.

The World of Ooo expands this weekend with another two player starter set.

Princess Bubblegum vs. Lumpy Space Princess features two complete decks of cards intended to be played against each other, but that can also be pitted against any of the decks from the previous two Card Wars releases.  Bubblegum’s deck uses damage to increase its power while LSP’s is the first two color deck to be released for the game.

Sep 272013
 

Why type about Castellan when I can post a video?

Stefan Feld, creator of Bruges and The Castles of Burgundy, brings Bora Bora to the table today.  A dice-rolling, worker placement game, Bora Bora has players roll dice to gain workers which they must place carefully over a course of limited actions.  The amount of actions per turn is decided by the number of players, anywhere from two to four.

Rise of Augustus, created by Paolo Mori (Pocket Battles), is an objective-based gaming experience where players are dealt six objective cards at the beginning of a game, each of which will be replaced as they are completed.  As objectives are completed, players will earn specific rewards, detailed on each card.  When seven objectives have been completed by a player, the game is over.

And you will walk a thousand miles, and I will walk a thousand more…in Tokaido!  From the creator of 7 Wonders, comes this colorful, beautifully designed and illustrated game about traveling down Japan’s East Sea Road.  The last player in line gets too choose which space they want to move to and complete the action on that space.  Whoever reaches the end of the track first, obtains victory!

With Halloween around the corner, Munchkin inevitably has to release a special seasonal booster.  And low, Munchkin Tricky Treats.  This fifteen card booster pack contains cards, like Zombie Costume, Favorite Machete, and Sparkly Vampire!

Also from Stefan Feld, The Pillars of the Earth:  Builder’s Duel is a new expansion for the game.  The goal is simple:  one player is attempting to build a cathedral, the other a fortress, the player who finishes construction first wins.  But, of course, each must collect materials before building can commence, and in order to do so action cards must be played.

Cubicle 7 continues racing through space and time as they release the Second Doctor Source Book for the Doctor Who RPG!  Each of these source books contain detailed character information for their titular Doctor, his companions, his enemies, and his TARDIS.  Each hardcover also contains plot synopses and adventure details for each episode in the titular Doctor’s seasons, acting as a valuable resource for game master’s as well as avid Doctor Who fanatics.

Goblins where so last season.

The Pathfinder Battles mini assortments have risen from the dead with a brand new (and decaying) Undead Horde assortment.  Like the recent Goblins assortment, each box contains twenty-four random, individual miniatures, hidden in blind bags.  Grab one and take the chance of getting figures like the Graveknight, Wight, Mummy Lord, and Lady Ghoul!

After a long hibernation, the Dirtboys, Gargoyles, and Dukes are back and better than ever!

Shadowrun 5th Edition has been talked about and talked about for months, but now it is here.  The updated and re-illustrated core rulebook is ready to take on a whole new generation of runners!