Mar 282017
 

That time of the week, where I mention a game that isn’t exactly new or shiny, but is FUN and should be OWNED and PLAYED! This week: Conan, the Miniatures Game-

Conan

 

 

Conan:
Players:2-5
Time: ~1 Hour (scenario dependent)
Genre: Dungeon Crawl semi-cooperative Miniature Game

 

 

 

 

Conan is a scenario-based, semi-cooperative miniatures game, where one player plays the board, and all other players team up to play as Conan and his companions. This game went through years of game design, and it’s publishers even hired a Conan expert to make sure the theme and scenarios are in line with author Robert E. Howard’s novels and short stories. That aside, this game can and will be enjoyed by players who know nothing of Conan or his mythos.

For a miniatures game, this game is short, fast, and wonderfully designed. Rather than being campaign based like many other miniatures board games (see Descent and Imperial Assault), Conan is split up into scenarios where players choose their characters and play against the Game Master in standalone scenarios with a limited number of turns. Each scenario has different objectives and themes for gameplay diversity, and players may choose different characters depending on what they think is needed in each scenario.

each of their turns characters choose different stances based on what they are trying to accomplish.

Gameplay itself in Conan is incredibly simple, but also streamlined and intuitive. When players want to use an action such as moving or fighting, they simply place one of their “stamina” gems into that portion of their player board, and roll dice equal to the amount of gems used. Gems refresh each turn based on what stance a character chooses, so it’s possible that characters may use all their gems in one epic round and stagger around exhausted while they try and refresh themselves, or play more reserved and pace their actions strategically.

Normally my complaint in a dungeon crawl game revolves around me getting stuck managing the game after no one else volunteers for the job, but this game is different. The job of Game master in this game is incredibly fun and interesting, and this is due in large part to the game system the designers came up for you to run it. The Game Master uses eight slidable titles with groups of monsters associated with each tile and one “respawn” tile. The further down the row the tiles are, the higher their cost in gems. On a GM’s turn, they may activate any two of their tiles, and once activated, the tile slides to the end, costing more the next time it would be activated, but making everything else cost less.

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That’s it for Conan. It’s a huge box, Conan is a little busted (as he should be thematically), and although I’ve played the starting scenario over ten times now, I’m STILL not bored with it! (Did I mention it has 74 Miniatures….) #GiveItATry

Aug 082016
 

Brick PartyIn our world of Minecraft and 90’s nostalgia, nothing makes me more excited than the possibility of playing with legos! Brick Party is a fun and frenzied game of brick building that takes you and a teammate through a wild round of assembly. Reveal the special rule for the round and build the chosen shape faster than your opponents, using only the directions given by your teammate and the restrictions given by the rules for that round.

 

Players: 2-9
Time: 15-30 Minutes
Ages: 5+
Type: Cooperative, Party Game, Dexterity

Arena of the PlaneswalkersHot off the success of their new card expansion, Magic: The Gathering continues their brand expansion by bringing their Lovecraft inspired universe, Shadows over Innistrad, straight into the realm of board games. In this standalone expansion to Arena of the Planeswalkers, players customize their battlefield by placing different terrain around the map and leading their Planeswalkers and legions of creature allies around, attempting to cast spells and dominate the board. Last Planeswalker standing is deemed the victor!

Players: 2-4
Time: 60 Minutes
Ages: 10+
Type: Fantasy, Grid Movement, Dice Rolling, Miniatures

 

Archer Love LetterArcher: Once You Go Blackmail… is a new variation of the classic Love Letter game engine — except with far more ARCHER! Each player starts the game with a character card in hand. On a turn, a player draws one card, then plays one of their two cards, activating whichever card they chose to play. The goal is to knock other players out of the round, or to have the highest number of cards in hand when the round ends. Win enough rounds, and you win the game! Have I mentioned Archer?

 

Players: 2-4
Time: 10 Minutes
Ages:10+
Type: Card Game, Hand Management, Player Elimination

Jun 102016
 

New Game Stuff, what?  Where have you been?  I know, I know.

Cultists and CthulhusIt’s hard to find good help if you’re a cultist nowadays.  Or, at least, that’s what Cultists & Cthulhus would have you believe.  Brimming with the nerdy, cynically tinged humor shared by Munchkin and Chez Geek, Cultists & Cthulhus has players controlling rival cult leaders.  Each player attempts to round up followers, enact rituals, and (with hope) summon their very own old one.  Any two to eight Lovecraft fans will have a great time when they pick up a copy of Cultists & Cthulhus.My Little Pony Marks in Time booster

Eventually, every popular nerd series delves into time travel.  It’s just an unwritten rule.  Well, My Little Pony ventures into that timey wimey realm with the newest expansion set for the MLP collectible card game, Marks in Time.  Since the set is themed around time travel and alternate realities, players will find updated, younger, or irregular versions of classic cards and ponies in the set.

Agricola RevisedWait, Agricola?  That’s been out forever.  But there you would be wrong.  For one, Agricola has been out of print for a good deal a time, so having any version back in print is a good thing.  Second, this version of the game is an updated and revised edition.  Agricola Revised now features wooden game pieces and a streamlined rulebook that allows the game to play quicker and easier for younger players.  Fans of Settlers of Catan, San Juan, and Puerto Rico, if you’ve never played Agricola, now is the time.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters TMNT

Long awaited by all heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dicemasters set is finally out!  This oversized base set includes enough materials for two or four players, depending on how you divide the resources.  Featuring the artwork and character designs from various eras of TMNT, the game is playable by all ages.  As the game features the same popular mechanics of Quarriors and the other Dicemasters editions, TMNT Dicemasters can be combined with any of the previous sets.  So, if you want Star Wars Galactic Ambitions expansonyou can have Leonardo face off against Spider-Man and Harley Quinn!

Another in the line of beloved Star Wars The Card Game expansions, Galactic Ambitions is out this weekend.  Featuring five new objective sets for both the Sith and Rebel factions, Galactic Ambitions is a major addition to the base game.  Not only do the Sith and Rebel factions receive new objectives, but every other faction also gains one extra objective set.  Among those new cards, there is not only another version of Darth Vader, but also Star Wars Rebels‘ Kanan Jarrus!Eternal Masters Magic the Gathering

Finally, if you’re a Magic player and haven’t been living under a rock in the realm of Zendikar, you’ll have been salivating for the release of Eternal Masters.  Out this weekend, Eternal Masters is the follow-up to the two Modern Masters sets that raised such a fuss in the Magic world.  Reprinting cards from the very beginning of Magic the Gathering, but in never-before-seen foil versions, this set is seriously desired by any die hard Magic player.  Boxes are limited and the price point will rise swiftly as the set goes out of print, so grab what you can, while you can.

Apr 012016
 

Here Kitty KittyTonight, Pulp Fiction is announcing that we will no longer be selling comics or board games.  Instead, we will be exclusively selling cats and cat-related items.

Okay, that’s obviously an April Fool’s joke, but one that’s not far off.  Pulp has been getting barraged lately with cat themed games, including a couple this weekend.  First up, is Here, Kitty, Kitty!  In the game, your neighborhood is overrun with cuddly, furry felines, which means that everyone is in a frenzy to kidnap them.  Players take turns playing cards that move cats from the center of the table into their house marker.  Beware, though, because some cards can also steal cats from inside others’ houses.Tempurra Tem Purr A

Cat game number two, is Tem Purr A, a push-your-luck game about glutinous cats.  Taking place at an all cat Japanese eating contest, Tem Purr A has three to seven players laying down numbered cards to try and out-eat other players.  However, other players can shove food down your throat and possibly cause you Adventure Time Card Wars Fionna vs Cakeindigestion.  Even worse, pushing your luck too far can lead to death.

Our final cat game (though we have plenty of other human games) is the newest Adventure Time Card Wars collector’s pack.  Much beloved, Fionna and Cake finally receive their own decks!  Like other collector’s packs, Fionna and Cake comes with two completely built forty card decks, each centered around one of the titular characters.  Fans of Adventure Time who have never played Card Wars need not worry, the Fionna and Cake collector’s pack provides everything new players need to begin.Pax Porfiriana

Head on down Mexico way with the Pax Porfiriana Collector’s Edition.  Set before the Mexican Revolution, Pax Porfiriana is a competitive experience for one to six players, where everyone is attempting to take control of the country, using resources to tip the balance of power in their favor.  Use Pancho Villa’s bandits, political allies, pesos, and more to manipulate your way to the top.  This version of the game not only expands the experience for up to six players, but also includes two new gaming boards to help organize everything.

Greedy Greedy GoblinsFrom the makers of Smash-Up and more, AEG, comes Greedy Greedy Goblins.  A fast moving tile-laying game, Greedy Greedy Goblins is a competitive game, but one that has players drawing and laying tiles simultaneously.  Tiles are drawn and placed face down on each player’s respective cave board, then, once the tiles are depleted, players commence using dynamite and other tokens to mine their cave for loot.  If the name didn’t clue you in, the wealthiest goblin wins.Game of Thrones The Trivia Game

Before the next season premieres, brush up on your Game of Thrones knowledge with Fantasy Flight‘s new Game of Thrones:  The Trivia Game.  Set up similar to Trivial Pursuit, Game of Thrones:  The Trivia Game includes over 1200 cards, each with house-centric sets of questions from seasons one to four.  Players will have to ascend their way to the Iron Throne by answering particular progressions of house related questions to move up the board and attain glory.

Eminent Domain BattlecruisersEminent Domain claims plenty of territory this weekend with not one, but two releases.  Eminent Domain:  Exotica is an expansion for the base game that includes thirty tokens that present new technologies, a promo pack that allows players to combine Exotica with Escalation, and optional scenarios.  Eminent Domain:  Battlecruisers, the second release, is a completely stand-alone card game set in the universe.  Designed to be played in twenty minutes with three to five players, Battlecruisers is a bluffing game where cards that are played one turn can still effect the outcome a turn later.

We began with cute, cuddly kittens and we wrap up with terrifying, blood-curdling xenomorphs. Aliens vs Predator The Hunt Begins AVP:  The Hunt Begins is a ton of miniatures, tiles, tokens, and gaming goodness set in the Aliens/Predator universe.  Players take control of either Alien, Predator, or Ultra Marine forces, navigating a dangerous space station.  Each force is gunning for the other, with all of them represented by detailed miniatures.  A gorgeously designed, intricate experience, AVP:  The Hunt Begins is essential for any avid fan of the franchise needs to own.

Star Wars RebellionStar Wars.  Fantasy Flight.  Rebellion.  It’s freaking huge.  You know you want it.  Outside of that, Star Wars:  Rebellion is a massive miniature war game that pits the Empire and Rebellion forces against each other across a galaxy far, far away.  Both forces are represented by carefully crafted miniatures of the Death Star, Star Destroyers, A-Wings, X-Wings, and much, much more.  Balance your forces, choose how to deploy them, and dominate or free the galaxy.  The choice is yours.

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.