Jan 152016
 

Race for the Galaxy Xeno InvasionBuilding an empire is a hard day’s work all on its own, but try doing it with an evil alien race attacking you!  The most recent expansion set for Race for the Galaxy challenges you to do just that.  Xeno Invasion is two games in one box, including both new start world cards that can be added to the base game to expand play options along with the Invasion Game scenario that can be incorporated to up the difficulty.Secret Santa card game

Yes, we all know Christmas was nearly a month ago, but game distributors are a little less certain.  Hence, Secret Santa, a festive card game of competitive gift giving.  Underneath all of the holiday cheer, everyone really is just giving away presents to feel that rush of approval when the receiver joyfully exclaims “This is the best present ever!  You know me so well!”  Secret Santa is all about that moment, as players compete to give away all of their present cards.  Alter the game a little by adding in Santa’s Elves, where players have to give away their gold rings and avoid being stuck with the dreaded fruitcake.

Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes Set 4Officially intended for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, the Iconic Heroes sets are more commonly used for the traditional Pathfinder roleplaying game.  Icon Heroes Set 4 contains miniatures for the Human Bloodrager, Half-Elf gunslinger, Dwarf Shaman, Stone Spirit Animal, Human Skald, and Half-Elf Swashbuckler.  Each one of the miniatures is fully painted and ready for use in-game.  For those who are actually using these in conjunction with the Adventure Card Game, the set also includes six exclusive cards to be incorporated into the game.Escape Zombie City

Though Escape:  Zombie City has been out on the shelves for nearly a month, we some how never mentioned it in a New Game Stuff post.  Tonight that is rectified.  A spin-off of Queen Games‘ popular Escape series, Zombie City deposits players into a zombie apocalypse and demands that they outrun the hordes of undead clamoring to eat them.  The catch?  You only have fifteen minutes to get out of town!  With everyone working together, players start a fifteen minute counter included with the Bang Duelgame, then rapidly attempt to flee the confines of the city.

Bang!, the popular, Western deception card game, puts a couple more bullets into its six-gun this weekend.  First up are two expansion decks, High Noon and The Valley of Shadows .  High Noon includes a new character card, the Judge, and a few new event cards, like Ghost Town and Gold Rush.  The Valley of Shadows is a dangerous place, full of snake and tornadoes (and possibly snake-nados), all represented by twenty-four additonal cards.  Finally, the biggest draw of the three is Bang! the Duel, a two player only version of the game.  Each player controls two different gunslingers, one in front, one in back, then uses their abilities to compete against one Fluxx Diceanother.

As if the fluctuating party card game, Fluxx, was not already a heap of shenanigans, Looney Labs has found a way to increase the randomness.  Meet Fluxx Dice.  This expansion set can be incorporated into any version of Fluxx (base, Batman, Zombie, Monty Python, etc.), as it includes five new cards and two dice that complicate card draws and win conditions even further.

Aug 212015
 

Chimera card gameAnother challenging twist on the Tichu card game, Chimera delivers a new experience with a similar feel.  In this three player game, you must place your bet and manage your hand wisely in order to trump your opponents.  Play sequential pairs, triplets, and straights, but beware of the Chimera that could ruin your plans.Adorable Pandaring

An overload of cuteness, Adorable Pandaring is a game where you are on a very simple quest:  to have the most adorable pandas!  To succeed, you must cleverly play your panda cards and manipulate the Laws of Adorableness in your favor.  Adorable Pandaring is from Asmadi Games, the makers of We Didn’t Playtest This at All (don’t worry, Kabuki card gamethis game has been thoroughly playtested) and Red 7.

For family members from ages six and up, Kabuki is a memory and set collection game that throws players into the world of Kabuki theater.  Players will pass and trade special mask cards and tokens, but will need to keep a close eye on who has which cards.  But be careful, as many of the masks look similar.Card Wars Lemongrab Gunter Collector's Pack
Get your Ice King on by picking up the newest Adventure Time Card Wars Collector’s Pack featuring Lemongrab and the Ice King’s right-hand cuddly pal, Gunter.  Like previous Collector’s Packs, the Lemongrab vs. Gunter pack contains oversized hero cards for each of those characters, two complete Five Tribes The Artisans of Naqaladecks, landscape tiles, and tons of tokens.
They say that in the very heart of the mountains of the Sultanate of Naqala, there lives a Tribe that rarely appears in the bazaars and markets in town.  They call themselves the Artisans, and they work day and night crafting precious items.  With The Artisans of Naqala expansion for Five Tribes, players gain the titular tribe, artisan meeples, tiles, djinns, and other items to expand Dark Moonyour gaming experience.
Dark Moon deposits players on Saturn’s Titan moon during the throws of a cataclysmic outbreak.  Players will be secretly divided into camps of infected and uninfected.  Not know who is who, this classic deception style game will then task the uninfected with surviving to the end of the game, while the infected covertly attempt to undermine and destroy their opponents.  Players will roll dice to decide actions, such as throwing friends into the quarantine zone, all in the Imperial Assault Twin Shadowseffort of outlasting everyone else.
Imperial Assault delves into the hives of scum and villainy with the Twin Shadows expansion.  New map tiles display dingy Mos Eisley cantinas, the forbidding Jundland Wastes, and even the daunting bridge of a Star Destroyer.  New heroes, items, classes, and more offer depth to any campaign.  In addition, six entirely new missions invite you to play a self-contained mini campaign or expand the breadth of a full campaign.  Even further into a galaxy far, far away, Imperial Assault also saw the release of the Boba Fett, Kayn Somos, and C3PO & R2D2 figure expansions.Mage Knight Shades of Tezla expansion
Another addition to the popular Mage Knight miniature board game, Shades of Tezla is a new character expansion for the base game.  Shades of Tezla introduces a new playable character, Braevalar the Druid, alongside Zombicide Angry Neighborsscenarios for both cooperative and competitive gameplay.
Like the zombie horde players are tasked against in the game, the Zombicide expansions keep coming.  Out this week are the 3 Angry Neighbors Game Tiles, the Ultimate Survivors #1 character pack, VIP #1 and #2 packs, and the Murder of Crowz expansion.On Her Majesty's Service
No, not the Bond movie with George Lazenby, On Her Majesty’s Service is an impressively designed, steampunk influenced miniature board game.  Players must guide their gentlemen through the shifting board that makes up the Shadow Market.  Buying and selling the different kinds of Ethers will allow them to not only gather enough coin to acquire the precious Artefacts demanded by the queen, but also to activate powerful special actions.  Each player is only able to trade using the items and costs listed on the edges of the tiles that are facing them.  As the board is constantly in flux, this can create quite a challenge.
Dec 202014
 

Hidden Agenda Hostile Intent ResistanceIndie Board Games has enlisted two new expansion for The Resistance.

The popular bluffing game adds its first two expansions in Hidden Agendas and Hostile Intent.  Hidden Agendas adds three entirely new modules of play to the game, including Assassin, Defector, and Trapper.  Hostile Intent also adds three separate modules, including Hunter, Reverser, and Inquisitor.Flashpoint Honor Duty

Among the many popular cooperative games on the market today, Flash Point is certainly the hottest (yes, I made that pun on purpose).  Flash Point:  Fire Rescue Honor and Duty, like the previous expansion, includes two new double-sided game boards.  Among these new scenarios are an airplane fire mission and a subway train disaster.  Keep in mind, a copy of the base game is Ninja Dicerequired.

Since the dawn of the art of ninjitsu, an ancient artform has passed from generation to generation.  It’s name?  Ninja Dice!  Okay, so maybe it’s not that ancient, but this push-your-luck dice game (similar to Zombie Dice and Martian Dice) has players taking on the role (or is that roll?) of a ninja.  By rolling dice, players establish a scenario they are attempting to sneak into, then roll another set of dice to determine how they will accomplish the goal.Dungeons Dragons Attack Wing Wave 2

Hot on the wings of the first series of Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing miniatures, Wizards of the Coast has released a second series.  Out this weekend, Attack Wing Series Two includes the Black Shadow Dragon, Movanic Deva Angel, and Aarakocra Troop expansion Star Trek Attack Wing Borg Cubepacks.  Each of these miniature packs include cards and all other materials to incorporate the figure into the base game.

Resistance is futile.  If you’re a die hard Trekkie (which means you’re likely a die hard Star Trek Attack Wing player), then you’re going to have to get a copy of the oversized Borg Cube miniature that releases this weekend.  Like the Deep Space Nine model that came out a couple weeks back, this miniature is to scale with the other Attack Wing miniatures.Holiday Fluxx

Just in time to save those awkward post-diner moments at every family’s holiday party, Loony Labs has released another new version of their popular card game, Fluxx.  Holiday Fluxx, like the other versions of Fluxx, throws players into a scenario where win conditions and rules change every turn.  Cards for this version of the game are themed toward not only winter holidays, like Hanukkah and Christmas, but also Mice and Mystics Downwood TalesHalloween, Arbor Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.

The adventures of the valiant mice knights of Mice and Mystics continues in the second expansion for the popular narrative board game, Downwood Tales.  Included in this hefty addition are a selection of new villains, characters, and story options to continue the adventures of the previous two games.  Among the new characters is a crafty gecko named Jakobe.Firefly RPG Things Don't Go Smooth

If you’re a captain in the verse, the obstacles that crop up between you and something shiny are numerous and varied.  The first supplemental sourcebook for the Firefly RPG, Things Don’t Go Smooth, focuses on these obstacles, detailing four additional types of villainous bosses as well as over fifty distinctions and assets, enemy boats, and two additional Star Wars Imperial Assault“episodes” to play through.  Keep flying.

Fantasy Flight had such a success with Descent: Journeys in the Dark that they decided to take the mechanics to a galaxy far, far away.  Star Wars Imperial Assault is the fourth major gaming release from Fantasy Flight that uses the Star Wars license.  In this epic board game, players take on the roles of either the Galactic Empire or the Rebel forces.  These two factions are distinguished by two separate game modes (Campaign and Skirmish) that each play differently for up to five players.  Fans of the classic Hero Quest system will find numerous similarities within Imperial Assault.

Aug 022014
 

Cypher Chest NumeneraFor the stressed Numenara game masters out there, Monte Cook Games has released a product that will ease the set-up process.  The Numenera Cypher Chest contains three card decks intended to speed up play and game prep.  One deck contains 120 Cypher cards, twenty of which are different devices, while the other one hundred are power upgrades for them.  The second deck is full of commonly encountered creatures.  And deck three is an XP deck that eases the challenge of keeping track of stats.Hotel Tycoon board game

Anyone looking for vibrantly designed family board games that could ease new players into more complicated resource management games should check out Hotel Tycoon.  A kid friendly resource management-lite game, Hotel Tycoon has players purchasing and developing hotels, with each represented by a plastic, three Box Cover.indddimensional building miniature, in order to attain the most money.

The north is filled with two things:  lumberjacks and Sasquatches.  Flapjacks and Sasquatches plays off of this fact, by pitting the two against each other, as they are natural enemies.  Players are competing to chop down the most trees, marked in the game by tree cards and chop tokens, but beware the dreaded Sasquatch, as he may attack at a moment’s notice!

Press start to play Pixel Tactics 3!Pixel Tactics 3

Another entry in the 8-bit influenced card game series, Pixel Tactics 3, like its predecessors, is entirely stand-alone!  So, if you wish, you can add it to either of the previous releases, but that is not necessary to be able to play it.  As for how the game works, players will select hero cards from a limited amount of options, construct a deck out of them, then pit them against Madame Chingtheir opponent.  Where the strategy lies is in using the right hero, in the right way, for the right situation.

The great pirate captain Madame Ching has enlisted you, a trusted captain among her pirate army, to sail out and capture the most booty, will you succeed?  Each player controls a different captain, each attempting to waylay unsuspecting ships, outrun fellow players, and acquire new skills.  Working Space Wolves Stormfang Gunship miniature 40Kyour way across the board, part of the strategy comes in choosing to push on to Hong Kong or return to Madame Ching first.

Pathfinder Pawns Bestiary Box 4The major Warhammer 40K miniature release for the weekend comes in the form of the Space Wolves Stormfang Gunship.

Another Bestiary hardcover has been released and that means another Pathfinder Pawns Bestiary Box is here.  The Bestiary Box 4, as usual, is the most cost and time efficient way to visually enhance your next Pathfinder game.  This gigantic box contains over 300 individual tokens, fully illustrated with a creature, and accompanying bases.

Jan 242014
 

Dystopias can be so depressing when you aren’t the one in charge.

Luckily, in Euphoria you are in charge of supplying all of the dystopia you can handle!  A worker placement game, in Euphoria players place dice (i.e. workers), whose awareness levels are determined by numbers on each die, in order to expand your empire and acquire the materials to do so.

The path grows ever longer thanks to the Tokaido:  Crossroads expansion.

A first expansion for the game, Crossroads adds additional way-points along your journey, such as gambling establishments, bathhouses, cherry trees, as well as beautiful calligraphy, artifacts, and charms.

Small World ain’t so small any more, as this weekend sees the arrival of the Six Player Board Expansion.

This double-sized board kicks up both base Small World and Small World:  Underground up to six players, turning the games into a team event where three teams of two compete against each other.  The Underground board also adds special places and relics that enhance team play, as well.

Fast and easy to travel, Treehouse is another Looney Pyramids release that plays perfectly with families and kids.  A simple to learn game, players each have stacks of pyramid pieces which they can move, rotate, jump, and rearrange in particular ways in an attempt to match the example in the middle of the game board.