Asmodee 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!
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 should 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 expansion 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 game 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. 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.