Jul 192016
 

Mystic ValeNew this week is one of AEG’s (Love Letter, Smash Up) most-hyped games! Mystic Vale is a 2-4 player “Card-Crafting” Deck builder, in which players take on the roles of druids attempting to cleanse their tainted homelands. Many have played deck builders where you spend resources crafting together the perfect stack of cards, but in Mystic Vale players get to build the cards themselves. With expansions already in the works, do not miss out on this unique and exciting game!

Ascension, War of ShadowsWhile on the topic of deck building games, the grandfather of them all has a new expansion out! Ascension, War of Shadows pushes players into reawakening heroes and constructs of the past and throws some new mechanics in with it. As the balance between light and dark shifts, cards gain additional powers depending on whether it is day or night. Play this as a stand-alone 1-4* player game, or combine War of Shadows with other Ascension games to play up to 6 players.

Castles of Burgandy Card GameIt’s easy to get stuck inside in the hot summer sun, daydreaming of a better time. Instead of embracing the misery, try reliving the Renaissance with a new and portable take on a Stefan Feld classic! The Castles of Burgundy Card game provides two players the opportunity to propel their European estates into prosperity through strategic trade and commerce! In true Stefan Feld fashion: Tiny Box, Lots of decisions.

Apr 172015
 

Bioshock InfiniteOne of the most popular video game experiences of the last ten years comes to the world of board gaming.  Bioshock Infinite:  The Siege of Columbia has recently been released by Plaid Hat Games.  A miniature based battle game, players take on the roles of the Vox Populi and the Founders, controlling each faction with sets of miniatures ripped directly from the video game.  That means you’ll commanded Booker Dewitt, Elizabeth, and Songbird as  you attempt to take control of Columbia, Colossal Caveblock by block.

Adapting classic text-based computer gaming into a board game format, Colossal Cave is a dungeon crawl card game.  The main rule is drawn one, play one, but the actions are in service of exploring and pilfering a cave of treasures.  Players use a basic, fourteen room map to move from room to room and gathering and search for treasure with their Serpent Stonecards.  Whoever drops three treasures in the Well House reigns victorious!

Based off the design of a six hundred year old Aztec game, Serpent Stones attempts to recreate the game as closely to the original as possible.  Reminiscent of chess, players control opposing Aztec armies that are attempting to capture each other’s mystical stones.  Soldiers can utilize the power of the gods in order to capture obstructing Plasma Obliteratoropponents on their way to obtaining the stones.

The heavily allocated Plasma Obliterator miniature for Warhammer 40K is out this weekend.  Each store has only been able to receive a single miniature, meaning these are Netrunner The Valley Data Packhighly, highly sought after and rare.

The epicenter of Netrunner‘s bioengineering empire, The Valley, comes to the Netrunner Deckbuidling Game with the newest Data Pack expansion.  The sixty card expansion contains assets, region upgrades, genetic resources, as well as an entirely new Jinteki identity.

After a bit of a lag period, the Ascension deck building game is back with another stand-alone Ascension Dawn of Championsexpansion, Dawn of Champions.  Following the destruction of the six major realms, a single one, New Vigil, has arisen.  Players control a faction leader, each with their own unique abilities to unlock monster and construct cards as well as powers and effects that only they can use.  Like previous Ascension games, Dawn of Champions plays quickly (around thirty minutes) and comfortably from one to four players.

Sep 132014
 

Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space Fifth DoctorPin a piece of celery to your lapel, because the Fifth Doctor Sourcebook has materialized.

Continuing last year’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Cubicle 7 is still working through releasing individual source books for each of the twelve Doctors.  The Fifth Doctor hardcover contains character stats for this version of the Doctor, all of his companions, his enemies, and allies.  These volumes also contain a comprehensive description of each episode in their respective Doctor‘s season as well as stats for running each of them as an adventure.  The Third and Fourth Doctor hardcovers have also recently shipped.Sushi Go!

The drafting mechanics of 7 Wonders have been condensed down to a quick, twenty minute two to five player card game, called Sushi Go!  Players pass stacks of cards around the table, drafting individual cards of sushi.  Your hand selection will be vitally important, as the rounds go quickly and what you choose at the beginning will determine what Munchkin Princesses expansionsushi pairings you are going after.

Hopefully your ball gown has been tailored and delivered, because it’s turning into a straight-up royal gala in here!

Munchkin Princesses is ladies night all the time, providing fifteen new cards to be incorporated into any version of the Munchkin card game.  Included in this fifteen card booster are new monsters, new treasures, and two brand new princess character cards.

Jax just rolled up into Pulp Fiction and he has a new game for you to play.Sons of Anarchy board game

The Sons of Anarchy:  Men of Mayhem board game pits three to four players against each other in a ruthless bid to control the town of Charming.  A tile laying game, at base, Men of Mayhem sees players build the town by placing random tiles to unveil new territory to fight over.  Once a tile has been laid, players can occupy it with one of two biker figures (those on bikes and those on foot).  But get ready for a fight, because other players can compete with you to take over the territory.

Age of WarBrush up on your Sun Tzu before playing the new dice rolling game, Age of War.

From Fantasy Flight, Age of War revolves around castle tiles that are laid in the center of the table, each marked with an assortment of specific symbols.  These symbols match a set of seven dice that are passed around the table and rolled by players.  Each player is assigned a certain amount of castles, ranging from one to four, but then competes to control the other players’ castles by rolling the dice and matching symbols to the ones inside their castles.Doomtown Reloaded

The classic Deadlands card game has been re-envisioned as Doomtown:  Reloaded.

This deck building game operates similarly to Dominion, Resident Evil, Ascension, and all the rest, but with a slight twist.  Players attempt to build their decks around one of four different factions, called Outfits.  Also, during the course of the game, players will face off in shootouts that will be decided, like in poker, by Adventure Time Card Wars Princess Bubblegum Lumpy Space Princessthe suits on the cards in their hands.  So, choosing which cards to play when may decide whether you get gunned down or not.

The World of Ooo expands this weekend with another two player starter set.

Princess Bubblegum vs. Lumpy Space Princess features two complete decks of cards intended to be played against each other, but that can also be pitted against any of the decks from the previous two Card Wars releases.  Bubblegum’s deck uses damage to increase its power while LSP’s is the first two color deck to be released for the game.

Jun 212014
 

Ascension Realms UnraveledLike the collectible card game it is based off of, Magic the Gathering, Ascension continues to expand its deck building universe.  Realms Unraveled is the newest expansion for the game, this time around adding Multifaction and Multi-Unite cards that create special deck combinations.Hobbit Tales card game

From the makers of the One Ring roleplaying system comes a storytelling game, akin to Once Upon a Time, set in the Lord of the Rings universe.  Acting as hobbits hanging out at the local watering hole, those playing Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn utilize story cards to begin constructing a tall tale only The Heart of the Wild One Ringto be interrupted by other players.

While we’re stopping in Middle Earth, let’s take a look at The Heart of the Wild, a new supplement for the One Ring roleplaying game.  A setting supplement, The Heart of the Wild expands descriptions of locations like Mirkwood Forest as well as adding a bestiary full of creatures lurking in these shadowy realms.Cards of Cthulhu

A card game for one to four players, Cards of Cthulhu plays off of the gothic horror of the Lovecraft universe to deliver a deck-based battle game.  Players compete against the AI of the game, which controls the creatures and other baddies, in an attempt to halt the release of the Elder Gods.  Also included in the game is a booklet of original stories set in the universe, crafted by Pagoda board gameauthors like Matt Forbeck, Daniel Keys Moran, and David Gerrold.

A new dexterity game from AEG, Pagoda is a family friendly, easy-to-learn, two player only game of building construction.  Each of the two players utilize cards to add colored pillars to various levels of their pagodas, but once a certain color has been used on a level, that is the only color that can be used.Istanbul game

Another quick, family game from AEG out this week is Istanbul (not Constantinople).  Players navigate their merchant and assistants from market stall to market stall.  On each stall are rubies and goods of various sorts and players utilize their assistants carefully in order to attain more of these items than the other players.

Romance of the Nine Empires Arcane FireOkay, see if you can follow this:  Romance of the Nine Empires is a card game based off of a fictional card game from an independent film called The Gamers:  Hands of Fate that is now real.  Got it?  Good.  Now it has an expansion called Arcane Fire that contains enough cards to create two entirely new factions to be incorporated into the base game.Shadowrun Run and Gun HC

If you’re going to battle against the evil corporations that dot the landscape of the Shadowrun universe you’re going to need a bigger gun.  And maybe, like, forty of them.  To alleviate this problem Catalyst Game Labs has just released a beautiful hardcover of Run and Gun for Shadowrun 5th Edition.  This supplement contains all the information you’ll ever need Galactic Strike Forcefor gun, knife, hand-to-hand, and any other form of combat within the system.

From the makers of Sentinels of the Multiverse comes Galactic Strike Force, another cooperative card game, but this time set in the far reaches of the galaxy.  Players each take control of a spaceship and a crew comprise of scoundrels and questionable types (Firefly, anyone?) as they try to save the universe.  Like Sentinels, players will control a unique deck against an AI-run set of villains.  The first expansion for the game is also out this weekend.

May 312014
 

Confederacy Union Pocket BattlesPocket Battles gets historical with Confederacy vs. Union, the newest addition to the Pocket Battles franchise!  A portable, tile-based wargame, Pocket Battles sees players lying down tiles that represent their armies, here being Union and Confederacy forces,  into three columns and two rows.  Units can be redistributed as you play and order is controlled by tokens.Ascension Theme Packs

The Ascension deck-building game, which is designed by former Magic the Gathering pro players, barrows from Munchkin‘s playbook by releasing a set of four theme packs.  These include the Leprechaun, the Rat King, Samael Claus, and the Rat Queen.  Each pack can be added to any of the base Ascension games, providing an extra, themed mechanic to Munchkin Apocalypse 2 Sheep Impactthe regular game.

Steve Jackson takes you back to the dystopic future with Munchkin Apocalypse 2:  Sheep Impact!

This 106 card expansion adds weapons like Patriot Axe and Ketchup Gas, but also make sure to avoid too much conflict with Disaster! Velocirapture! or The Thawed Reich.Zombie Dice 3 School Buss

Wake, time for school, little zombie!

Zombie Dice gains a third expansion this week with School Bus!  This expansion adds a twelve sided dice that represents a school bus full of brain-filled children.  But be careful because some My Little Pony Canterlot Nights booster boxsides have both brains and shotguns as well as the possibility of being run over by the bus.

Bronies unite!

The My Little Pony trading card game, which has become a huge success since its release, has expanded with its second set, Canterlot Nights!  This set adds 204 new cards to the CCG game.Magic the Gathering Modern Event Deck

Following in the footsteps of the Magic the Gathering Event Decks, the Modern format gains its own Event Deck, one which contains over a hundred dollars worth of cards.  Among the cards that are included in this ready-to-play, pre-built deck are Elspeth, Knight Errant, Sword of Feast and Star Wars Knowledge and Defense Force PackFamine, and Inquisition of Kozilek.

Another Star Wars LCG Force Pack has jumped out of lightspeed to appear on the Pulp Fiction shelves this weekend.  Knowledge and Defense includes sixty new cards Mummy's Mask Shifting Sands Pathfinder Adventure Pathto be incorporated into the base game, ten of which are entirely new objective sets.

Among the new Pathfinder supplement books out this weekend, the three major releases include the Shifting Sands expansion to the Mummy’s Mask adventure path, The Harrow Handbook player Viking Boardgamecompanion, and the Occult Mysteries Campaign Setting.

Not entirely new, Vikings is finally back in print after many years of out-of-print limbo.  This creative game has players purchasing meeples and resources with each other, but based on a fluctuating price system determined by a rotating wheel.Firefly board game Pirates and Bounty Hunters

The Firefly board game gets shinier with its second expansion, Pirates and Bounty Hunters.  Missions are included within this expansion that allow players to board other ships and steal cargo and crew for rewards.  New playable characters include Jubal Early from “Objects in Space” and Sash from “Out of Gas”.