Apr 122013
 

Begin the snapping because it’s about to get all West Side Story up in here!

But you can throw technicolor and musical numbers out the window, because this gang warfare is in the dystopian city of Gatorum.  Two to four players take on the role of futuristic gang leaders attempting to overrun the city in a power play.  Hire up local toughs, collect some heavy artillery, and build up your home turf.  But beware because your rivals will be ready and waiting to nab anything you do build up.  City of Remnants is basically Agricola or Kingsburg but filthier.

Throw dem bones!

Adding a component long missing from the slew of Vegas themed games out there, Las Vegas is a new dice game where players roll to win it all!  With six different casinos littering the Las Vegas landscape, each player must carefully choose which casino they roll in so that they maximize their rewards.  A fast-paced, easy to learn family game of interactive dice play, Las Vegas will bring lady luck to your house tonight!

The band’s getting back together!  That’s right, you’ve got the gargoyle, the ogre, the prince, the warrior, the ghoul, the enchantress, the centaur, and, above all, the dragon maiden.  Each of these eight new characters appears in the first expansion set for Chaosatle, the Melee Expansion.  Each of these characters adds a new ability to the game, including the ability to ride the centaur or the dragon maiden’s power to call to her aid the mighty red dragon.  The expansion also includes a special conversion for a solo version of the game where clips reconnect the board in different ways.

Why travel the world to see each of the seven wonders when you can pick up the 7 Wonders:  Wonder Pack?

This expansion to the base 7 Wonders drafting game packs in four special wonder boards and their matching wonder card along with a rule book on how to use them.  These wonders include the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, Abu Simbel, and Manneken Pis.  These brand new wonders can be incorporated into the game easily, adding entirely new abilities to the process.

You’ve made it to the surface, you’ve found a raft, you’ve got a broken sword to defend yourself with, but can you Escape from Atlantis?  Survive:  Escape from Atlantis receives a expansion reprinting and a new release this week in the form of The Giant Squid and Dolphins and Dive Dice.  The Giant Squad has been in print before, but it is no less vicious.  Guard your boat carefully, because the five giant squid tokens included within are always ready to attack.  Luckily, if you get the Dolphins and Dive Dice the friendly creatures kept within will help you back to your boat if you fall out.  However, the Dive Dice give a new benefit to the monsters surrounding Atlantis, that of diving below the surface.

Aug 272011
 

Movies are lying to you.

They tell you that if you plan on breaking into a vault you’re going to need a crew of twelve or so people, an array of tools, and a carefully coordinated plan.  In fact, all you need to do is come up to Pulp Fiction and pick up the new From the Vault:  Legends collection.

Any of you familiar with Magic the Gathering know that Wizards of the Coast has been releasing From the Vault collections fairly regularly lately and that they always contain fifteen of the most sought after cards in existence.  The other staple of the Vault collections is an overarching theme between all the cards.  As you may have noticed, this time that theme is Legends, so all the cards are legendary creatures.  These include: (and for those of you not interested in Magic, this is the time to tune out) Sharum the Hegemon, Teferi Mage of Zhalfir, Kresh the Bloodbraided, Progenitus, Mikaeus the Lunarch, Cao Cao Lord of Wei, Oona Queen of the Fae, Doran the Siege Tower, Captain Sisay, Ulamog the Infinite Gyre, Kiki-Jiki Mirror Breaker, Visara the Dreadful, Rafiq of the Many, Sun Quan Lor of Wu, and Omnath Locus of Mana.  Okay, listing over.

Okay, you’ve got miniature terrain.  And you’ve got clips.  What if you put them together?  Terraclips.  Technically created for the Malifaux miniatures game, these 3D terrain pieces could easily be used for any number of miniature games.  The initially released sets include sewers, streets, and buildings, all of which are made of thick, durable cardstock that is cut to carefully fit together with the help of grey connector pieces.  Above all else, though, every piece is interchangeable so you can design your own layered environment design.  They’ve got me saying, “Clip it, clip it real good”.

But I’m an idiot.

Last week we talked about Chaostle, along with some other dungeon crawl games, but this week there’s a new sheriff in town.  And the name is Catacombs.  The reason that this twist on the classic dungeon crawl format so easily dispatched all other contenders is that you play it by flicking little wooden tiles!  Come on, when have you ever played a dungeon crawl game where you flick stuff at stuff?!  Never, that’s when.  As a two to five player game, Catacombs has one player controlling all the monsters while everyone else battles against them.  Each of the sixty-eight tiles are stickered to represent a different hero or creature, so everyone flicks these at each other until the ultimate dungeon overlord is defeated.  Obviously, there’s more to it than that, but my attention was grabbed at the phrase “flick your wizard fireball tile at the dragon tile”.

Fantasy Flight gets in on the deck building craze of recent years with Rune Age, a competitive, scenario-driven game set in the universe of Runebound, Descent, and Dragonquest.  After picking the scenario (each comes with different end goals, cards, and other alterations) all of the two to four players wish to take on they then choose which race they want to represent.  From there play generally works similarly to Dominion, except for one minor alteration:  certain sets of cards can only be played/purchased by certain factions.  Basically, everyone shares from a pool of general cards while also buying from unique card pools that only they can use.  Should be another solid edition to the long (by this point, anyway) tradition of deck building games.

We’ve had Smurfs.  We’ve had Street Fighters.  Now, Green Lantern gets in on the action with the new Green Lantern Heroclix gravity feed.  Rules is simple:  ten different kinds of figures, one per pack, collect’em all.  What more do you need?  Oh, yeah, a picture.

Aug 202011
 

Once upon a time there was a magical land known as Gen Con.  Inside its hallowed, carpeted halls were number upon number of games, both brilliant and beguiling.  It took two valiant, but nerdy kings to whisk away every last one of these playful treasures and deliver them back to their home kingdom of Pulpious Fictione.  It is now that we bring these gaming devices to you, kind folks.

In line with all this fairy tale speak is the impressively organized and designed new game called Chaostle.  Joining the family of dungeon crawl boardgames like Tailsman, Wrath of Ashardalon, and Descent, Chaostle is set-up like a classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure.  Everyone’s character (there’s, like, over 20 to choose from) attempts to fight their way around the dungeon/castle game board, battling off monsters, snake pits, and other nasty die-roll-induced evils.  For a game released by a smaller independent company, the level of detail and craftsmanship put into this game is astonishing.  Thick cardboard character cards, detailed miniatures, a numbered game board/piece layout that makes it easy to assemble the game, and many other nifty features make this a guaranteed bang for buck purchase.

Go, ninja!  Go, ninja!  Go!  At least a couple of people will be screaming this ancient, icy chant when playing Ninja:  Legend of the Scorpion Clan.  The rest of the players will be attempting to suppress the efforts of the black clad ninja as castle guards.  But beware, there is a traitor in their midst who will aid the ninjas at the most crucial moment.  Half boardgame, half card game, this Legend of the Five Rings spin-off plays as a tense game of cat and mouse as ninja players try to avoid any sound or action that will give them away, while guards work to track them down.  Both sides have their own special abilities (like poison sake, creaking boards, and climbing ropes) to aid them in their efforts.  If you enjoy Last Night on Earth or City of Thieves, this is an up-your-alley type of game.

In the new printing of Savage Worlds Deluxe, the titled worlds run the gamut from western bordello to deep space minefield to Amazonian jungles.  Any setting you can think of is playable in Savage Worlds.  More than that, this new deluxe edition contains all the information on rules, character creation, weapons, and game mastering you’ll ever need.  If you’re a young, inexperienced roleplayer, this would be a solid game to start out with as far as being able to play in whatever setting you desire.

Taking it to the streets this week, the new Street Fighter Heroclix.  Sold in a similar drop box to the Smurfs figures, these boosters come one figure to a box.  There are 23 figures to collect overall, some of which are super rares that are already jumping up in price.  The best thing, these little dudes are only $3 a pop!  And collecting isn’t the only thing you can do with them as they are completely usable, playable Heroclix figures.  So, fight’em alone or against any other Heroclix figure!

Dear Pilgrims of the Flying Temple,

Don’t call it a roleplaying game because Do, Pilgrims of the Flying Temple is a beautifully illustrated, endlessly repeatable multi-player storytelling game set in a world of high-flying adventure.  The three to five people playing will assume the role of a pilgrim of the flying temple, who begin their journey with a letter of distress from a neighboring planet.  It is this impetus that leads gamers into the story they will continue on their own.  The artwork in this book is seriously beyond gorgeous; very Disney-esque.  Also, for those lovers of Avatar, the Last Airbender out there (so, basically everyone ever) Do is about as close as you will ever get to owning a RPG version of that show.

Sincerely,

Jayson Quearry, Pulp Fiction Register Monkey