Mar 182016
 

Zany PenguinsAsmodee relies on board gaming rule #356, which states that adding cute penguins to any product immediately improves it.  That cuteness would be deceiving, however, as the penguins of Zany Penguins are slowly marching their way to world domination.  Problem is, on the way to conquering the globe, they’ve split amongst themselves.  A set collection and area control game, Zany Penguins has players gathering hands of penguins cards, each with their own value and abilities, then using them strategically to occupy various zones.  Waddle your way to victory!Hoax

Like every Agatha Christie murder mystery (or Clue, if you’re my age), Fantasy Flight‘s new deception game, Hoax, is set at a posh mansion after the death of its wealthy owner.  Players are given one of seven character cards, each with an identity and specific abilities, but then have to discover who everyone else is.  The twist:  you can claim to be whomever you want to be.  Using accusations and deductions, players will attempt to uncover the lies and expose their opponents.  Fans of Bang! or Spyfall Loot N Runshould make sure to try their hand at Hoax.

Get your Indiana Jones on with Loot’n'Run from Iello.  A card game for two to six players, Loot’n'Run is comprised of fifty-four different room cards that players will simultaneously sift through.  Everyone is vying for the best loot, but dangerous guardians can be awoken and turned on other players at any time.  Bluff your way to fortune and glory to claim the win!

This weekend sees the newest expansion for Elder Sign, Omens of Ice.  In the Elder Sign Omens of Iceexpansion players will find an entirely original adventure to the icy ranges of Alaska.  When a blanket of endless snow has covered the planet, investigators must travel North in hopes of discovering the source.  On their adventure they will encounter new Ancient Ones and other hardships.  Complete with new allies, spells, and items, Omens of Ice can be incorporated into the base Elder Sign board The Pied Pipergame to expand the experience.

Another in the popular Tales and Games series (frequently featured on Tabletop), The Pied Piper is another affordable game for families of all ages.  With variants for less and more experience players, The Pied Piper sees two to five gamers attempting to fill their opponents house board with as many rats as possible.  Lure the rats out of your house and place them into the houses of your challengers, but, beware, they can do the same to you.  Like all of the previous Tales and Games releases, The Pied Piper not only includes the game, but also the entire original story it is based off of.

You don’t have to give into the dark side to purchase them but it might help, the newest wave of Star Wars X-Wing ships are out this weekend.  Already sold out at multiple locations, this wave of ships was hotly anticipated. Star Wars X-Wing Ghost Mist Hunter Tie Inquisitor For one reason, the set includes two ships pulled directly from the Star Wars Rebels cartoon series.  First up, are the two new large ship expansions, the Punishing One and the Ghost (complete with the Phantom shuttle).  Second, the small ship expansions include the Mist Hunter, the ship used by bounty hunter Zuckuss, and the second ship from Rebels, the Tie Inquisitor.  Make sure to lose that annoying droid, Chopper, then head up to get a hold of the newest additions to your fleet.

Feb 072015
 

Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack 2Another party of adventurers joins the Dungeon Roll!

The Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack #2 provides eight entirely new heroes to be mixed into the popular dungeon crawl dice game.  These heroes, however, are far beefier than any of the previous heroes, so make sure to play them against each other or in a situation where other players are looking for a challenge.Deus board game

Deus is Latin for God, making it a perfect name for the new hand management where players pray to their society’s deities through offerings.  Deus begins with players receiving a hand of five cards, randomly featuring one of six colors.  Each color represents a resource (military, trade, temples, etc.), which is then used to construct buildings in honor of the gods.  These buildings are placed on a variable board (whose dimensions are Village Port Expansiondecided by the number of players) in order to acquire points and gain victory.

The boundaries of the popular Tasty Minstrel Game release, Village, continue to grow.  Village:  Port is the newest expansion for the game and it is a sizable one.  Not only does Port give players the option of boarding a skiff and sailing the seas in order to find buried treasure, but also new life goal cards that allow players to choose career options for their characters.Chez Geek Slack to the Future

It’s taken Steve Jackson a bit of time to get another Chez Geek expansion out on the shelves, but, to be fair, the game is about who can be the laziest.  Like a slacker cousin to the popular Munchkin franchise, Chez Geek has players earning slack points for doing as little as they can.  Slack to the Future, the creatively titled expansion that hits shelves this weekend includes fifty-six new jobs, Aqua Spherefriends, food, and activities that can be used to acquire “slack” in the game.

While it may not be as insane as Sealab 2021, AquaSphere is still a frantic game of underwater area control.  Players compete to collect data regarding the ocean.  Every player controls a team of researchers (comprised of a scientist, engineer, robots, and submarines) across to halves of the game board (a lab and headquarters).  Gathering knowledge points moves you closer to winning and to do so players must expend actions to observe octopuses, expand your lab, or increase your team’s abilities.Hanabi Deluxe

Hanabi, among the most popular cooperative games on the market, gains a deluxe edition this weekend.  Deluxe Hanabi plays exactly like the original, with player working together to create a fireworks display.  The trick is that each player can see everyone but their own fireworks, requiring everyone to describe and hint at what each other has.  The Deluxe Hanabi edition replaces the standard cards with Mahjong tiles, reflecting the Eastern influence and setting of the game.

Aug 232014
 

Cash and GunsLong awaited, but finally back in print, Cash’n'Guns is back on shelves!

For those unfamiliar, Cash’n'Guns recreates the class stand-off scenario from Reservoir Dogs, pitting four to eight players against each other.  Every player is given a foam pistol which they must load and point at other players (using cards) in an attempt to get them to lower their own weapon.  The second edition version has been updated with new artwork, new guns, and additional rules.Regular Show Fluxx

Fluxx continues to scoop up every nerd property available with the launch of this week’s Regular Show Fluxx!

If you’ve never touched a version of Fluxx, the gist is that the rules change as you play, beginning with the simple draw a card, play a card rule, but going crazy from there.  For the Regular Show version, Looney Labs has tailored the cards to reflect characters Grey Knights Codex hardcoverand catchphrases from the show, including Yeahuh!, Doing Donuts in the Park, and Do Me a Solid.  For a limited time, Pulp also has the No Rules Guy promo card to accompany the base game.

You though it would never happen, you thought the third edition codex would never be replaced, but Games Workshop has finally released a seventh edition codex for Grey Knights.  This hardcover volume contains new stats and rules for the related miniatures (new and old) as well as back story fluff for the faction.World of Tanks Rush

Cue up Tom Sawyer, because World of Tanks: Rush has rolled into the store!

Based on the popular online game, this board game adaptation incorporates artwork from the online version and has players selecting cards to build up their squadron of tanks.  Two to five players then defend their headquarters against their opponents, Kaos Ballbringing in reinforcements when necessary in order to attain victory.

From the makers of Rivet Wars comes the most violent, brutal sports board game you’ve ever put kneepads on for.  Kaos Ball covers the gamut of the sporting season, having players draft, train, and form teams (four different teams are represented by elaborately designed sets of miniatures) as well as play through rugby-style game play focused around area control mechanics.Icons of the Realms Dungeons Dragons miniatures

Anything Pathfinder can do, Dungeons and Dragons can do, too.

With that in mind, Wizards of the Coast has released the first set of miniatures for fifth edition/D&D Next.  These oversized boxes of miniatures contains four randomized figures Star Wars LCG Darkness and Lightfrom a selection of forty-four possible options.

Following hot on the heels of the last two expansion pack releases for their respective games, Fantasy Flight‘s Lord of the Rings and Star Wars LCGs each receive new add-on packs this weekend.

Darkness and Light is the last expansion pack for the Echoes of the Force storyline, feature ten additional objective cards that allow players to explore the Sith, convince people your a god with C-3PO, and fly the Empire’s biggest, baddest ships.  Lord of the Rings Trouble in Tharbad LCG

The third expansion pack in the Ring-Maker cycle, Trouble in Tharbad adds sixty new cards to the base game, including cards that walk players through a journey through the infamous Dwarf city, fighting off Orcs and saving the Dwarf informant, Legendary EncountersNalir.

No one can hear you scream in Legendary:  Encounters.

Based off of the mechanics of the highly popular Marvel Legendary card game, Encounters adapts the Alien franchise into another cooperative experience.  Players work together to outlast hordes of Xenomorphs as Ripley, Bishop, Dallas, and other characters from the franchise.  But, beware, if you spawn a chest-burster, you become a Xenomorph and attack your former teammates.