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.

 

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.

Feb 052016
 

Mafia VendettaFantasy Flight is getting in deep with the family.  A spin on the classic Mafia card game, Mafia:  Vendetta is a deception game in the vein of Bang! and Ultimate Werewolf.  However, in Mafia:  Vendetta, players are attempting to weed out the mobbed up individuals within the group.  Over the rounds, players will pose accusations in an effort to uncover the covert culprits, but players will also be eliminated, slowly parring down the number of players.A Game of Thrones Road to Winterfell chapter pack

Adding cards twenty-one to forty of the Westeros cycle, The Road to Winterfell is a chapter pack of sixty new cards for the A Game of Thrones LCG.  These cards are meant to augment existing decks and add variety to the base game and expansions from the series.

Pixel Tactics DeluxeMuch like Smash Up’s Big Geeky Box, Pixel Tactics Deluxe simultaneously acts as an expansion, a base game, and a container for your cards.  In addition to a complete set of never-before seen heroes, Pixel Tactics Deluxe gives you a large storage box to keep your whole collection in one, a bonus minipak expansion, and a big rulebook that introduces new play modes, including Large-Group League Play.  Deluxe is also fully playable on its own, but combining multiple Pixel Tactics games together gives you a ton of new ways to play.The End of the World Alien Invasion

Another in the popular The End of the World RPG series, Alien Invasion drops this weekend.  Like the other apocalypse scenarios, Alien Invasion has players actually playing themselves in the campaign, with the stats to reflect their own (so you might want to start training now).  Outside of the instructions for the rule system, this hardcover volume also includes character creation rules and five different scenarios that homage various alien invasion plots (such as giant Villains Sentintels of the Multiverseinsects, alien infiltration, and the class flying saucers).

Everyone knows that the bad guys have all the fun in comic books, so Sentinels of the Multiverse is giving players a chance to experience what it’s like to be villainous.  Villains of the Multiverse is a mega expansion for the game, using the villain team gameplay mechanics introduced in Sentinels of the Multiverse:  Vengeance to group villains together as a team fighting against a hero team.  Ten new villains are included, which can be faced in any configuration, as well as four new environments.Pokemon Breakpoint booster

Much like Magic the Gathering, a new Pokemon set is always a moment for celebration if you’re an avid CCG player.  Pokemon Breakpoint is the newest set, including 120 cards that expand on the storyline regarding the rift between worlds.  In addition to the regular booster pack release, there is also a Elite Training Box for the set that includes eight booster packs, card sleeves, dice, tokens, and a card box with King's Forgedividers.

Somewhere between Quarriors and a resource management game, King’s Forge is a fantasy-based dice game for two to four players.  In the game, players will collect and utilize various different dice to build items or trade for better dice.  In order to do this, players will traverse nineteen realms, each with their own dice opportunities, and decide whether to keep their dice or construct one of thirty-two different creations.  And if that sounds slightly disorganized, don’t worry, because this edition also comes with a game board to help organize everything.Cat Tower

Cats are big business in the gaming world right now, so IDW has jumped on the bandwagon with Cat Tower.  This dexterity game is not only extremely cute, but also an excellent party game.  For two to six players, Cat Tower involves the stacking of foldable cat cards, much like a furry Jenga.  The order and position of the cats is decided by the roll of a die, but do be careful rolling that die, because each fallen cat goes directly into the guilty player’s deck.  The more you have, the less points you gain.

Nov 202015
 

Mafia de CubaJoin the family in Mafia de Cuba.  In the vein of Ultimate Werewolf or Bang!, Mafia de Cuba is a game of deceptive trickery.  Players will pass around the actual game box, which will contain various diamonds and tokens, each of which can be stolen or left in order to choose your allegiance.  As the box is passed around, other players will have to deduce who has taken or not taken what tokens in order to figure out their allegiance.Boss Monster 2

Boss Monster 2 may have already come out, but that was simply the standard edition.  If you know anything about video games, you’ll know that alternate versions and updated editions are a regular occurrence.  That being said, Boss Monster 2 receives a special limited edition variant this weekend.  Including the same twelve new bosses from the original version, this limited edition presents them in shiny, deluxe holofoil!

MLP_CCG_StarterBring home the mystical mysteries of Ponyville and beyond with this exciting new expansion set to the My Little Pony Collectible Card Game.  Each High Magic Theme Deck includes three must-have exclusive cards, including a new Mane Character card that will change the way you play.  With the Steal the Show Theme Deck you’ll use the show-stopping magic of The Great and Powerful Trixie to unlock the Chest of Harmony, travel halfway across Equestria, score fifteen points, and win the game!Code of Nine board game

 

Heavily influenced by anime and manga, Code of Nine is the newest game from the designers of Tragedy Looper.  In the game, you are an automaton awakening to the ruins of the world 100 years after its destruction.  With no humans alive to guide you, and only having two of the eight important conditions that you must obey, you must wander the ruins to complete the task assigned you.  Each location on the board has a unique effect.  You may gain items, steal items, or look at your opponents’ Memory cards.  You must choose which action to take, but with only fifteen turns to act, choose wisely.

Kingslayer playmat A Game of ThronesFantasy Flight games launches a series playmats this weekend for the Game of Thrones LCG.  Each of these rubber playmats are 14″x24″ in diameter, and feature beautifully illustrated versions of the George R.R. Martin’s most famous characters.  Choose from The Kingslayer, the Mother of Dragons, Ironborn Reavers, the Red Witch, and others.  While these playmats are intended for use with the LCG, they are obviously usable with Magic, My Little Pony, or any other popular card game.Monster Playmat Tube

And if you’re going to be picking up a new playmat, might as well grab a fancy Monster Playmat Tube.  These tubes come in a variety of colors, including red, green, gray, clear, and opaque black and white.  Unlike other brands of playmat tubes, Monsters are triangular, which keeps them from rolling away Dragon Farklewhen you sit them down.

You’ve played Farkle, but have you ever braved the challenge of Dragon Farkle?  The answer is likely “no,” as the game is just coming out this weekend.  Dragon Farkle is like standard versions of Farkle, but with the added mechanics that account for the whole dragon-ness of it all.  Not only will you roll dice to “build your armies,” you will also utilize various magic items and companions, represented by cards, to battle against the menacing dragon.  Shadows Over Normandie Achtung Cthulhu

What game isn’t improved by throwing some Cthulhu into it?  None.  The answer is none.  In Shadows Over Normandie:  Achtung! Cthulhu, two to three players control opposing armies (the Majestic, Deep Ones, or Black Sun) in all out warfare.  Represented by illustrated tokens, each army moves across battlefield tiles that pose obstacles and cover, much like a miniature battle game.  Of course, in this version of Amazing Spider-Man Dice Masters Starter SetWWII, the Elder Gods have fully descended upon the Earth, adding a little extra challenge.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, rolls a die like a spider can!  Yes, The Amazing Spider-Man Dice Masters Starter Sets have finally swung into the store.  Each Starter Set contains forty-four custom dice and thirty-eight cards, enough materials for two players to compete head-to-head.  Included in the game are old favorites like Spider-Man, himself, the Kingpin, and Carnage, alongside new favorites, like Spider-Gwen.  In addition to these affordable Starter Sets, the Amazing Spider-Man booster packs are also on shelves.  Each pack contains a new character that can be incorporated into the main game.

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.