Jun 212013
 

Walkers are running rampant and its your duty to shoot’em down.

The Walking Dead Card Game from Cryptozoic is a brand new way to experience the post-zombie lifestyle, coming with two ways to play:  Hero and survival mode.  Hero mode has players taking control of a character from the show in an effort to earn more zombie points than the other 2-6 players.  Survival mode, on the other hand, pits 3-11 players against each other, but, instead of trying to nab the most points, everyone is trying to accumulate the least.  Perfect for parties full of Walking Dead fans, this new card game is easy to learn and fun to play.

Marvel‘s Legendary becomes a little more, uh, legendary-er this week thanks to Dark City, the deck building game’s first expansion.  Not only does this expansion offer seventeen new characters and five villains (like Cable, Colossus, Moon Knight, Blade, Kingpin, Loki, and Apocalypse), but also augmented game rules.  These include expanded abilities for bystanders, giving them autonomy, as well as character artwork that clarifies who has power when.

Lovers of Apples to Apples should take note of Word Whimsy.  This party game of wordplay is structured similar to the aforementioned game, but around phrases instead of single words.  Players take turns drawing prompt cards, like “My Professional Wrestling Name” or “Favorite Bar”, then proceed to arrange cards from their hand into the wackiest answer to that prompt.  And while this version can serve 3-7, there are also other variants included that alter the entire game.

Just when you thought they were done, there’s more Dominion.

Dominion Guilds is the eighth expansion released for this mega-popular deck building series.  This time around, the theme revolves around jobs and what citizens of the township need to do to get them.  Thirteen new kingdom cards as well as coin tokens to wile away for use later.  Other cards come with a starting cost, but can be bought for more money in order gain the user further abilities.

We’ll cover the next two games in the order the original books were released, just to play it like OG nerds.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey board game is a one to four player game that lasts up to an hour, ferrying players through the events of Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit film.  A cooperative experience, players take control of Bilbo and his dwarf companions, attempting to collect gems and gold as you out maneuver and defeat the monsters in your path.  Designed by Reiner Knizia, this is no simple property game.

The second Tolkien/Cryptozoic collaboration out this week, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Deck Building Game enters the deck building arena, telling the rest “They CAN NOT PAAAAAAASSSSS!”  Structured identically to the DC Deck Building Game, players take on the roles of either Frodo, Samwise, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, or Boromir, facing off against the forces of Sauron.  Players purchase cards from the center of the table to build-up their own decks in an effort to defeat orcs, Balrogs, and Nazgûl.  Also, in an absurdest twist, this game can be combined the DC Deck Builder for Gollum vs. Superman battles.

Nov 092012
 

The gods are in your favor tonight!

Or at least you hope they are if you’re playing Olympus.  Fantasy Flight‘s new Greek mythology-themed board game, Olympus, lives in the shadow of the god’s apartment complex.  Three to five players fight to curry favor with the gods by strategically placing priests into key cities.  But these priests aren’t just praying for the heck of it, they want to out build all the other cities and priests.  And if you want to build, wage war, or unleash pestilence, you gotta have the high and mighties in your back pocket.

Smeagol loves his new precious.  His new Lords of Middle-Earth expansion.

You too can be like Smeagol, too (not in the creepy, hairless, emaciated part), but in the loving the first War of the Ring expansion.  The miniatures included in this box set, including Elrond, Galadriel, Smeagol, Gothmog, the Balrog, Aragorn, Gandalf the White, and alternate versions of the Witch-king and the Mouth of Sauron, which represent characters mentioned in the base game’s event cards.  Special action dice are also included, being Elven Ring Keepers for the Free Peoples players and Lesser Minion dice for the Shadow player.  And finally, alternate versions of the Companions of the Fellowship of the Ring so that you can play the “Council of Rivendell” rules.

The Romulan Empire is invading and the Fleet Captains have to stop them.  The Romulan Empire expansion for Star Trek Fleet Captains primarily introduces a brand new Mission type, being Espionage, which allows players the ability to sneak Romulan Saboteurs onto opponents ships.  The materials also extend the head-to-head play to head-to-head-to-head.  And if you’re wondering exactly what those materials are, they are 100 command cards, 10 encounter cards, 10 hex tiles, and Romulan game tokens and command posts.

Building off of Psionics Unleashed, Psionics Expanded does exactly as the title indicates, containing pages of expansive materials.  These include alternate racial options, six new 20-level psionic base classes, advanced class options, tons of psionic and metapsionic feats, powers for all manifesters, nine new prestige classes, and a plethora of armor, weapons, and items.  And, of course, the entire book is 100% Pathfinder and OG 3.5 compatible.  I’ve already read your mind and know you can’t resist.

Stretching the limit of the letter Q, Quarriors: Quest for the Qladiator is the freshly minted expansion set to the only dice-based deck building game, Quarriors.  Providing 100% historically accurate (based on made-up history) new creatures (6), new spells (2), and custom dice (40).  On top of all that swag, the box also contains new Lock rules and a special card storage system.

It is not a marriage.  It is not an illusion.  It is not some elaborate trick on our part.  

Mice and Mystics is finally here.

As this is one of the only board games which comes with a short novel describing the back story of the game, I won’t spoil too much of the narrative.  However, I will say, players control valiant knights who have transformed themselves into tiny mice in order to traverse their king’s invaded castle.  A cooperative adventure game, Mice and Mystics, pits up to four brave players against the most terrifying microscopic creatures around, like cockroaches, rats, spiders, and Brodie the vicious housecat.  As nothing about any of the preceding sentences was anything less than awesome, I think you’ll all be wanting a copy of this game.