It’s not quite to midnight yet (as I start writing this), but I’m calling it in favor of us all outlasting the Mayan apocalypse. If you didn’t get enough of the end-of-the-world conspiracy theory, then Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar is here to supply you with more. The oft talked about Mayan calendar plays into the mechanics of the game, as players carefully place their Mayan Meeples onto interlocking gears which rotate around the board, moving the pieces to different action zones. To accomplish placement and conduct other key actions, players must spend corn, ultimately attempting to please the gods or constructing underground temples. So, until the next apocalypse myth comes along, make mine Tzolk’in.
Is the force strong with you?
Either way, you’ve got a side to play in the new two-player Star Wars LCG card game from Fantasy Flight. Set-up like many of their other popular LCGs (but with more X-Wings and stuff), Star Wars has players choosing sides in a head-to-head battle for galactic domination. Players then balance objective decks (containing mission cards) and player decks (containing character and equipment cards) in order to complete their assigned tasks. As with Magic the Gathering or most other CCG-style games, players place/play their cards into the center of the table in order to activate them. Of course, the real question of the game will be, who shot first?
I’m going bet that many who read this have fantasized about manning a starship at one time in their life. Be careful what you wish for, however. Space Cadets fulfills that wish by assigning each player an important role on the bridge of a freshly minted starship. This cooperative game for three to six players enlists a captain, helmsman, engineer, and weapons, shield, and sensor officers. Each member of the crew has a specific task to complete in order for the entire team to win, so make sure you staff your bridge wisely, or else it’ll be your final frontier.
Bad guys need friends, too. Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients is the first expansion for the epic space battle game, Eclipse, introduces tons of ancient adversaries which can assist all the baddies from the original game. Along with these foes, the expansion also includes original rare technologies, developments, alliances, ancient homeworlds, and warp portals. Three brand new player boards also offer four new alien races to choose from. And with the game’s modular design, all or some of these additions can mixed in with the contents of the base game, completely at your discretion.