Aug 212015

Chimera card gameAnother challenging twist on the Tichu card game, Chimera delivers a new experience with a similar feel.  In this three player game, you must place your bet and manage your hand wisely in order to trump your opponents.  Play sequential pairs, triplets, and straights, but beware of the Chimera that could ruin your plans.Adorable Pandaring

An overload of cuteness, Adorable Pandaring is a game where you are on a very simple quest:  to have the most adorable pandas!  To succeed, you must cleverly play your panda cards and manipulate the Laws of Adorableness in your favor.  Adorable Pandaring is from Asmadi Games, the makers of We Didn’t Playtest This at All (don’t worry, Kabuki card gamethis game has been thoroughly playtested) and Red 7.

For family members from ages six and up, Kabuki is a memory and set collection game that throws players into the world of Kabuki theater.  Players will pass and trade special mask cards and tokens, but will need to keep a close eye on who has which cards.  But be careful, as many of the masks look similar.Card Wars Lemongrab Gunter Collector's Pack
Get your Ice King on by picking up the newest Adventure Time Card Wars Collector’s Pack featuring Lemongrab and the Ice King’s right-hand cuddly pal, Gunter.  Like previous Collector’s Packs, the Lemongrab vs. Gunter pack contains oversized hero cards for each of those characters, two complete Five Tribes The Artisans of Naqaladecks, landscape tiles, and tons of tokens.
They say that in the very heart of the mountains of the Sultanate of Naqala, there lives a Tribe that rarely appears in the bazaars and markets in town.  They call themselves the Artisans, and they work day and night crafting precious items.  With The Artisans of Naqala expansion for Five Tribes, players gain the titular tribe, artisan meeples, tiles, djinns, and other items to expand Dark Moonyour gaming experience.
Dark Moon deposits players on Saturn’s Titan moon during the throws of a cataclysmic outbreak.  Players will be secretly divided into camps of infected and uninfected.  Not know who is who, this classic deception style game will then task the uninfected with surviving to the end of the game, while the infected covertly attempt to undermine and destroy their opponents.  Players will roll dice to decide actions, such as throwing friends into the quarantine zone, all in the Imperial Assault Twin Shadowseffort of outlasting everyone else.
Imperial Assault delves into the hives of scum and villainy with the Twin Shadows expansion.  New map tiles display dingy Mos Eisley cantinas, the forbidding Jundland Wastes, and even the daunting bridge of a Star Destroyer.  New heroes, items, classes, and more offer depth to any campaign.  In addition, six entirely new missions invite you to play a self-contained mini campaign or expand the breadth of a full campaign.  Even further into a galaxy far, far away, Imperial Assault also saw the release of the Boba Fett, Kayn Somos, and C3PO & R2D2 figure expansions.Mage Knight Shades of Tezla expansion
Another addition to the popular Mage Knight miniature board game, Shades of Tezla is a new character expansion for the base game.  Shades of Tezla introduces a new playable character, Braevalar the Druid, alongside Zombicide Angry Neighborsscenarios for both cooperative and competitive gameplay.
Like the zombie horde players are tasked against in the game, the Zombicide expansions keep coming.  Out this week are the 3 Angry Neighbors Game Tiles, the Ultimate Survivors #1 character pack, VIP #1 and #2 packs, and the Murder of Crowz expansion.On Her Majesty's Service
No, not the Bond movie with George Lazenby, On Her Majesty’s Service is an impressively designed, steampunk influenced miniature board game.  Players must guide their gentlemen through the shifting board that makes up the Shadow Market.  Buying and selling the different kinds of Ethers will allow them to not only gather enough coin to acquire the precious Artefacts demanded by the queen, but also to activate powerful special actions.  Each player is only able to trade using the items and costs listed on the edges of the tiles that are facing them.  As the board is constantly in flux, this can create quite a challenge.
Aug 072015

Arrow DC Deck Building Game CrossoverYou have failed your city. . .if you don’t pick up the new Arrow Crossover Pack for the DC Deck Building Game.  Included within this cost effective expansion are five new playable characters, including Roy Harper, John Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Sara Lance, and Oliver Queen, himself!  As well, a new super villain, equipment, hero, villain, location, and super power cards are also included.Adventure Time Love Letter

Like Love Letter but more mathematical, the Land of Ooo comes to the popular card game in Adventure Time Love Letter!  In place of the traditional princess is Princess Bubblegum with a slew of valiant suitors vying for her affections.  As well, instead of traditional tokens, this version of the game comes The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug Expansionwith rubies of affection.  Oh, and the whole thing comes in a Jake shaped bag!

Journey to the Lonely Mountain for a showdown with the mighty dragon, Smaug in the Desolation of Smaug expansion pack!  Along the way face giant spiders, malicious elves, suspicious humans, and the most epic barrel-ride ever!  Play as Bard the Bowman, Legolas Greenleaf, Tauriel, among other popular characters.  These contents are intended to be added to The Hobbit Deck Building Game.Munchkin Gloom

The dark, morose world of Gloom blends together with the happy-go-lucky dungeon crawling world of Munchkin in Munchkin Gloom.  This new base set contains one hundred and ten additional cards, all of which are completely transparent like the cards from Gloom.  As well, the card stacking mechanic from Gloom has been added to the Eldritch Horror Strange Remnants expansionregular mechanics of Munchkin.

The Strange Remnants expansion for Eldritch Horror features a new Ancient One, and new encounters, adventure cards, and prelude cards to be added to the base game.  Four more investigators enter the game, along with artifacts, assets, spells, and unique assets to aid them in their struggle to save the world.SU8 Box_Top

Munchkin mates with another popular card with the new Smash Up Munchkin edition.  This base game (or expansion, depending on your fancy) contains the factions Orcs, Warriors, Halflings, Clerics, Dwarves, Elves, Thieves, and Mages.  There are also two brand new card types, monsters and treasures; Legendary Secret Warsone threatens players from the bases while the other reward you.

Time is running out for the Marvel Universe.  Secret Wars is upon the Legendary Deck Building Game.  In volume one of a two part expansion, players will use their favorite characters from the Marvel Universe before it comes to an end.  For the first time, play as Black Panther, Dr. Strange, and Thanos!  This 350 card set includes new heroes, villains, and schemes.

Jul 172015

Power Up #1Power Up #1 (of 6)

-Have you missed on the ebullient fun that is Lumberjanes (Eisner winner!) and Giant Days?  Don’t miss out again!

-Boom! Studios mainstay, Kate Leth, will be writing the series, bringing to bare her previous experience on Adventure Time Fionna and Cake, Bravest Warriors, and Edward Scissorhands.

-Prophecies in most narratives revolve around epic heroes and legendary heroines.  Power Up is not that story.

-Instead, the heroes of prophecy are an apathetic woman in her late twenties, a past-his-prime athlete, a mother of two, and a goldfish.  Yes, you read that last one right.

Wolf #1Wolf #1

-Ales Kot is gaining a reputation as the Hunter S. Thompson of comics, writing some of the most psychedelic, trippy series in recent years.

-Now, Kot launches Wolf, an ongoing detective/crime story from Image Comics!

-But unlike your Chinatowns and Maltese Falcons, Wolf will have hints of the supernatural, akin to True Detective or the Dresden Files.

-Fair warning, there may also be a fair share of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, for those that are so inclined.

JLA Gods and Monsters BatmanJLA Gods and Monsters Batman #1

-Leading up to the release DC‘s newest animated movie, this series of one-shots will detail the alternate reality versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

-Bruce Timm, co-creator of Batman the Animated Series, is overseeing and writing all of these one-shots.

-Each of these one-shots will feature a done-in-one story about the origins of these drastically altered characters.

-In the Batman issue, readers will find out how Kirk Langstrom, not Bruce Wayne, became the vampire Batman of this world!

Cyborg #1Cyborg #1

-Vic Stone, a founding member of the New 52 Justice League, finally receives his own ongoing series!

-Cyborg has received upgrades before, but, at the beginning of this series, he’s receives a complete overhaul!

-Writer David Walker introduces a slew of new villains for Cyborg to battle, including the Technosapiens, an alien race that want to devour Vic’s own tech.

-Bringing of this insanity to life is one of DC‘s best house artists, Ivan Reis (Blackest Night, Justice League, Green Lantern).

Jul 102015

Guardians of KnowhereSecret Wars July Week 2

-Undoubtedly the flagship title of this week, Brian Michael Bendis returns to the Guardians of the Galaxy with Guardians of Knowhere #1!  Having survived the universal collapse, the Guardians and the prisoners occupying Knowhere must duke it out in space!

-Al Ewing (Mighty Avengers, Loki Agent of Asgard) will be launching an alternate reality take on his previous series with Captain Britain and the Mighty Avengers #1 (of 2)!

-Rick Remender returns to the Captain America universe with Hail Hydra, where Cap’s son Nomad infiltrate a world ruled by the evil Nazi organization!

-Finally, Siege #1 by Kieron Gillen (Journey into Mystery, Young Avengers, Darth Vader) features characters who have been sentenced to guard The Wall that divides Battleworld from the deadlands!

Book of Death #1 (of 4)Book of Death

-The follow-up to last year’s successful The Valiant miniseries!

-The Eternal Warrior, an immortal defender of Earth, has been tasked to protect the adolescent Geomancer, a young girl who is connected to the Earth’s lifeforce.

-However, the Geomancer has foreseen the future and knows how each of the world’s heroes die.  Now, the combined forces of the Valiant Universe are after her and the Eternal Warrior to discover the secrets.

-Written by Robert Vendetti, the current writer of Green Lantern, X-O Manowar, and the former Demon Knights series.

Island #1Island #1

-If you picked up and enjoyed 8House Arclight, King City, or Multiple Warheads, this series is for you!

-In the vein of Heavy Metal, Island will be an anthology series printed in an oversized magazine format!

-While the primary story is written by Brandon Graham, the other stories will feature a rogues gallery of impressive independent artists.

-Some of the creators featured include Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly), Simon Roy (Prophet), and many more.

Adventure Time Fionna and Cake Card Wars #1 (of 6)Fionna Cake Card Wars

-Ice King‘s fan-fic favorites, Fionna and Cake, are back in this new miniseries!

-Jen Wang, who has previously written Marceline and the Scream Queens, helms this story, too!

-Desperate to find a worthy opponent for Cake in the popular card game, Card Wars, the duo head out on a journey across Ooo!

-SUPER MATHEMATICALLY IMPORTANT:  Each issue of this miniseries will contain an EXCLUSIVE Card Wars card to be incorporated into the popular Adventure Time card game!

Jun 262015

SpyfallFor three to eight players, Spyfall from Cryptozoic is a one-of-a-kind conversation-based game.  Players have a few minutes to identify a spy in on of the numerous locations – a day spa, a space station, a submarine, and so on.  Observation, concentration, nonchalance, and cunning – you’ll need all of them in this game!Nevermore

In the game of Nevermore, players must collect the cards to success.  Build your hand each round, drafting cards you want and poisoning your opponent’s hand by passing along cards you think they can’t use.  Whoever has the most of a suit, gains the power of that suit – doing damage, healing, gaining Light and Shadow magicks and scoring victory points.  Will you transform all your rivals into ravens – or can they regain their human form in time to score enough Victory to Dark Angels Codex 2015win?

The updated Dark Angels Codex is out this weekend alongside a slew of other Dark Angels product.  The Codex contains information on the history of the faction, a showcase of Citadel miniatures, a comprehensive army list, and an appendix.  Also out this weekend are the Dark Angel Datacards and the new Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain.Forbidden Stars

We’ll continue to stick around the 40K universe with the next board game release, Forbidden Stars.  Released by Fantasy Flight, Forbidden Stars has two to four players take the helm of a mighty faction from the Warhammer 40K universe.  Dominate rich planetary systems and use their resources to fuel your engines of war.  Brave the madness of the Warp, transform your worlds into Pafumeimpenetrable bastions, and slaughter your foes.

Another in the long line of family friendly Queen Games, Parfum is out this weekend.  Parfum transports players to the wonderful world of fragrances, which dates back hundreds of years to when aromatic scents were first used in the Orient in myriad ways.  As master perfumers, players distill precious essences and create unique perfumes using ingredients like vanilla and lavender.  But each customer has their own preferences, so even the most charming symphony of fragrances must satisfy the tastes of the wealthy clientele.  Choose your aroma dice skillfully and mind well your client’s desires in order to become the most successful Peloponnesperfumer.

In Peloponnese, players will take control of a powerful civilization of ancient Greece.  You’ll develop your civilization through the eight game rounds, add territory and build prestigious buildings.  These increase your civilizations’ inhabitants, luxury, wealth, and power.  Some buildings also offer protection against the destructive disasters.  Only through a good balance between inhabitants, Fairytale Gloomland, and buildings you claim victory and join the gods of Peloponnese.

A new variation on the popular Gloom format, Fairytale Gloom where players control the gruesome fates of famous literary characters like Jack, Gretel, and Puss in Boots.  Unique transparent cards stack on top of each other to make scoring easy.  The points you can see are the points in play!Albion's Legacy

Albion’s Legacy is a fully cooperative adventure board game that pits a team of players against a legion of enemies.  As King Arthur and his allies travel to complete difficult quests, they must explore a kingdom that changes each time the game is played, while despair threatens to overtake the land.  It will take all of your combined wit to complete your quest and save Albion.  Worth a Walking Dead the Prisonlook for fans of Shadows Over Camelot.

A new expansion for the comic book based Walking Dead game, Walking Dead The Prison is both a stand alone edition and an expansion for the original base game.  Take on the role of a survivor who has just found the perfect place to start a new life in a world full of zombies.  With only two companions at the start of the game, players must struggle to find resources and rescue other survivors, while also working together to secure the prison…but only one survivor will ultimately get to be in charge.  Can you find enough resources, secure enough Ice King Marceline Card Wars Adventure Timeareas and kill enough zombies to become the leader of the survivors?

Holy stuff!  Check out the new decks for Adventure Time Card Wars!  In this Collector’s Pack, there is Ice King’s IcyLands deck and Marceline’s useless swamp/NiceLands deck.  Also included are oversized hero cards for Star Wars Force and Destiny Beginner Gameeach character, the introduction of the IcyLands landscape, and math loads of new art.

The year of Star Wars continues with the long awaited Force and Destiny Beginner Game edition for the Star Wars roleplaying game.  This Beginner Game box includes a complete, learn-as-you-go adventure that introduces force powers into the roleplaying system.  Pre-generated character folios keep rules right at their fingertips.  Custom dice and an exciting narrative gameplay system make every roll a story.  Detailed rules provide for hours of entertainment as you creat your own adventures and tell your own stories.