Jul 252016
 

Via NebulaThis week Asmodee has sent a call out to all builders and artisans to help dispel the mists of Nebula! In Via Nebula, the citizens of the valley need your help opening paths through the terrifying mists in order to help reclaim and rebuild their homes. Cooperation with other players will expedite this process, but don’t forget about your own selfish objectives. Fulfilling contracts with the region’s citizens will bring you both gold and glory, but obliging their demands in a timely and efficient fashion is what will help you to defeat the other players!

Via Nebula
Players: 2-4
Time: 45-60 Minutes
Ages: 12+
Type: Territory Building

Tyrants of the UnderdarkYou want all the flavor of a D&D adventure, packed into a 60-minute experience? Tyrants of the Underdark is Wizards newest big box take on the world of Forgotten Realms, as each player heads a drow house attempting to recruit their way to victory. Using power and resources, players craft a deck of minions and use it to manipulate the board and assassinate enemy troops. In the end, whoever controls the most territory will be crowned the victor!

Tyrants of the Underdark
Players: 2-4
Time: 60 Minutes
Ages: 13+
Type: Area Control, Deck Building

Eldritch MoonThe horror of Lovecraft expands into the realm of Magic: the Gathering this week, as MtG’s newest set, Eldritch Moon hits our shelves! This set expands on the themes of Shadows Over Innistrad bringing the grand-Cthulu of them all — Emrakul — back into MtG lore! Pick up some boosters to draft, or add these powerful new cards straight into your standard deck!

May 132016
 

World's Fair 1893Gather ’round, gather ’round!  Come win tickets to the spectacular World’s Fair of 1893!  Okay, you don’t need an actual ticket to purchase the game, but if you’re playing it you will want to go ticket happy.  A forty minute play experience for two to four players, World’s Fair 1893 has players collecting stacks cards from different regions of the game board.  Each region correlates with a different exhibition, so choose wisely and make sure you don’t pollute your hand.Abyss Kraken

When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.  That’s the conceit of the first expansion for Asmodee‘s Abyss, Kraken!  Intended to be added to the base game, this expansion contains a new rule book, over forty new cards and tokens, and adds black pearls to the game.  These black pearls come with a strategic decision:  do you corrupt yourself for greater power or stay pure to avoid possible destruction.  Beware, though, if you choose not take the Onitamablack pearls from the Kraken, your opponents may not be as cautious.

One of the Dice Tower Essential games, Onitama acts as a variant form of chess for head-to-head play.  In the game, players have a miniature playmat, featuring a 5×5 grid.  They also have five pawns that are moved by a variety of cards.  On each turn, players use a card to move a pawn, discard that card, then draw another one from a community discard pile.  Thus, players will be sharing movement cards.  The goal is to move your pawn onto the same space as an opponent in order to conquer that space and eliminate that pawn.The Little Prince Rising to the Stars

Even though the film’s release was delayed, Asmodee has produced a board game for The Little Prince, based off of the popular children’s book.  The Little Prince:  Rising to the Stars is a simple family gaming experience for two to six players that relies on various racing elements.  Players control planes that are charting a course to the planet of the Little Prince.  Using movement cards, players jockey for prime position on the gameboard in order to make it to the planet first, but also to collect Star Trek Five Year Missionstars and more movement cards.

You’ve beamed aboard, hopefully not wearing a red shirt, and now you and your crew mates have to solve the worst problems of the universe.  Star Trek:  Five-Year Mission is a cooperative experience for three to seven players set in either the original Star Trek or Next Generation time periods.  Each player receives a crew member role, with its own unique abilities, then must work together to solve various threats that arise.  Finding solutions gains the whole crew points, leading to victory, but if any crew member parishes, everyone loses.Krosmaster Quest

Building on the world of Krosmaster, Krosmaster Quest is a tactical adventure game that expands not only on the world, but the mechanics.  For two to six players, Krosmaster Quest uses a modular game board to expand the play space of the game, but still uses chibi-style figurines (including two exclusive figures only found here) in the gameplay.  Players travel around the world of the gameboard, vanquishing monsters, acquiring treasures, and allying with others to increase their power.  Even though Krosmaster Quest is a Histriostand-alone experience, figures and other components from previous Krosmaster games can be combined with it.

The show must go on in the Histrio board game!  For two to five players, Histrio is all about assembling the best cast for your play.  Each player represents a touring troupe of performers on the cusp of presenting a new play in front of the kings of various realms.  You will need to recruit actors for your play, but make sure to balance tragedy and comedy in order to provide the fullest experience.  Your casting will result in better financial return and the respect of the kingdom!Back to the Future board game

Building off of the popular films, IDW‘s Back to the Future board game does not have to reach 88mph to be fun!  Using elements of the Chrononauts game, Back to the Future requires players to competitively transport Doc Brown and Marty through three time periods in order to maintain the proper timeline.  Whoever repairs time the quickest, gets to joyride TIME Stories Under the Maskin the DeLorean whenever they wish!

The growing popularity of the fluctuating storytelling adventure game series, T.I.M.E. Stories, means more expansions.  Like the previous expansions for the game, Under the Mask, adds new cards and environments to progress the stories of the various adventurers participating in the game.  Under the Mask sends the participants far back in time the age of the pharaoh’s in order to uncover an ancient secret.

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.

Oct 162015
 

The GrizzledOne of history’s deadliest wars has just been turned into a two to five player cooperative card game.  And it is awesome!  The Grizzled is an inexpensive card game that drops players into the roles of tattered WWI soldiers in the mud and muck of the trenches.  All the players will need to work together to survive a barrage of mortars, gas, and enemy fire, but will also need to keep their own safety in mind.  Finding that balance between group unity and personal survival will keep you coming back for more.One Night Revolution

The first of two products set in the popular cyberpunk universe of The Resistance card game, One Night Revolution is a new spin on that popular deception game.  With the combined mechanics and game designers of  The Resistance and One Night Ultimate Werewolf, One Night Resistance has three to ten players attempting to discover the government spies hidden among their revolutionary forces.  Like One Night Coup RebellionUltimate Werewolf, this version plays in a swift fifteen minutes!

The second Resistance universe game out this weekend is Coup Rebellion G54.  Not an expansion for the original Coup, but instead a sequel to that game, Coup Rebellion builds on the original game’s deception rules by adding character options.  These twenty-five new characters are able to be selected at the beginning of each game, each adding a unique ability to the gameplay.  Epic card game

From the makers of Star Realms, the popular, cheap, expandable deck building game, Epic the Card Game is another spin on Magic the Gathering from former pro players.  Epic allows two to four players to play sealed, draft, or constructed out of the materials contained in one box.  Unlike Magic, players do not require mana to power their Legion of Super-Heroes DC Deck Building Gamecards, but instead the game operates off of a simple one or none power system.

As with the previous Arrow and Justice Society of America expansion packs, the new Legion of Super-Heroes Crossover Pack for the DC Deck Building Game is a cheap set of additional cards for the game.  Included in the pack are six playable heroes not seen in previous expansions as well as new super-villain, hero, equipment, and other cards.Super Motherload

Based off of the online game written by comic author Kurtis J. Wiebe (Rat Queens), Super Motherload is the card/tile adaptation recently released by Roxley Games.  Super Motherload serves as a revolutionary game design, combining both deck building and tile laying.  Each player, taking on the role of a Mars colonist, will play cards from their own deck that will allow them to dig and attain materials on the planet’s surface.  Over the course of the game, however, players will purchase and add Survive Space Attacknew cards to their deck in order to dig for rarer resources.

Launching from Atlantis into the atmosphere, Survive:  Space Attack! adapts the basic rules of the original Survive: Escape from Atlantis! for an entirely new environment.  In the game, players will be taking on the role of astronauts who are desperate to escape their space station, as it is currently under attack by alien forces.  It will be up to each player to choose their own route and method of escape, but do so quickly, as the clock is ticking.Time Stories

Combining group storytelling, board gaming, and roleplaying, T.I.M.E. Stories is an original experience dropping this weekend from Asmodee Games.  T.I.M.E. Stories is set in a world where time agents exist to travel back to the past in order forestall temporal incursions.  Before each game, players will select a specific time agent to control, then they will be launched into the story scenario and attempt to play their way out.  In this initial release, the Asylum scenario sends players to a mental hospital in 1920s Paris.  Later expansions will add new scenarios to continue the gameplay.

May 292015
 

Nations the Dice GameAsmodee has whittled down the massive, strategy heavy Nations board game into a manageable, quick-to-play dice game!  Nations the Dice Game is a game for one to four players that takes ten to fifteen minutes per player and shares many concepts with the civilization-building game Nations while still offering its own challenges.Welcome to the Dungeon

Someone call Axel Rose, because it’s time for Welcome to the Dungeon!  A low difficulty, family and new gamer friendly card game, Welcome to the Dungeon is essentially “chicken” with monsters.  To see who has the guts to enter the dungeon, players take turns setting aside equipment or adding monsters to the dungeon pile.  Players have to make strategic choices about when to venture into the dungeon from there.

Star Realms deck boxEvery great card game needs and equally awesome deck box!  Legion Supplies has joined with White Wizard Games to produce high quality flip-top deck boxes for the popular deck building game, Star Realms.  Not only will these boxes hold an entire base set with sleeves on it, the box also contains dividers and a unique promo card that can only be attain by purchasing the deck box.Warhammer Relic Halls of Terra expansion

The future of the Antian Sector is at stake in the newest expansion in the Warhammer 40K Relic card game series.  Halls of Terra features a new side board depicting Holy Terra and the red planet Mars and three game changing scenario sheets.  Dozens of Threat, Mission, and Corruption cards bring these treacherous Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Wrath of the Righteousworlds and their ruthless politics to life.  In addition to the new board and cards, the expansion also contains four highly detailed plastic player pieces.

The newest base set for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Wrath of the Righteous is out this weekend.  Wrath of the Righteous supplies cooperative gaming for one to four players against all the regular fantasy creatures and baddies, adapting the roleplaying system to a card game mechanic.  Included in this edition are more than 500 cards, all of which contribute to the beginning of an entirely new adventure path.  Also out this weekend is the matching character expansion pack and its exclusive promo card!