Jun 242016

S Petersen's Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors Call of CthulhuWhether you’re a fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s horror mythos or just a roleplayer who is looking for a chilling, supernatural setting to run your players through, the seventh edition of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying system will supply everything you need.  In the Call of Cthulhu Keeper’s Rulebook, players will find all the rules they need to begin a game in the setting.  You will control detectives exploring the dangerous, cult-ridden, eerie realms that others dare not enter.  Complement your core rulebook with S. Petersen’s Field Guide to Lovecraftain Horrors, a dense volume of creatures, stats, and habitats that will flesh out your gaming experience in the most skin-crawling ways.Kill Doctor Lucky new print

Having been reprinted countless times, Kill Doctor Lucky is back in its newest version!  Over nearly twenty years, this reverse murder mystery board game has attracted first-time players with each reprinting and this time is no different.  For two to eight players, Kill Doctor Lucky is, essentially, reverse Clue.  Various guests attempt to isolate the roaming Doctor Lucky in a secluded room in order to off him and inherent his vast fortune.  Excellent for larger groups of friends with a Naruto Shippuden board gamedarkly tinged humorous streak.

Fans of Naruto now have a new way to experience the cult favorite anime series.  Naruto Shippuden The Board Game drops players into the world of the series, letting them use detailed miniatures to control characters from the show as they track down the Akatsuki organization as they lay waste to the countryside.  Travel the world and use your ninja skills to thwart the evildoers in each town.Star Trek Panic

You might have heard that there is a new Star Trek movie coming out.  Or that it’s the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved sci-fi series.  Capitalizing on those facts, Fireside Games has released Star Trek Panic, another version of the popular Castle Panic.  In this version of the game, players will control crew members of the USS Enterprise, including Kirk, Spock, and “Bones,” as the ship is assaulted by Romulans, Klingons, and other alien races.  Your challenge is to coordinate as a crew to keep your shields up and dispatch your enemies.

Dominion EmpiresCan you believe Dominion has made it to ten expansions?  With Dominion: Empires, the world of the popular deck building game expands far beyond its previous realms.  In this three hundred card expansion, players receive a range of new and exciting cards, including ones that players buy during one round, but pay for in the next, dual cards, and landmarks that exponentially increase your scoring power.  As well, VP tokens and Events from previous versions of the game gain additional materials.  Combine Empires with either base Dominion game or any of the other nine expansions to alter gameplay and enhance your experience!

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.

Jun 072014

Gorkanaut Morkanaut Warhammer 40KNanoo, nanoo!

Yes, the 40K Orks gain the Gorkanaut/Morkanaut beast of a tank this weekend.  This transport accounts for up to five unites and can be built as either the Gorkanaut, which equips a gatling gun, or the Morkanaut, which equips a burna.  The figure can also optionally be painted pink for a Mindynaut.

Voluspa receives an expansion this weekend with Order of the Gods.Voluspa Order of the Gods

Adding twenty-five new tiles for four new characters (including the Raven, Niohogger, Freya, and Dwarf) that can be played together or mixed with the tiles from the base game.  Each of the four adds its own unique ability to the game, for example how the Dwarf taps the power of neighboring gods.

Sail to India card game AEGA three to four player, hour-long resource management game, Sail to India is a cheap, quick complex game.  Players control noble’s who are in charge of managing ship routes to the Indian coast.  Turns only offer players two actions to use in order manage various resources and become the most successful explorer on the board.  Get Lucky card game

Dr. Lucky just won’t stay dead.  Cheapass Games returns to the reverse murder mystery game that made them famous with Get Lucky, a Kill Doctor Lucky card game.  In this variation of the base game (which played like reverse Clue), each player controls two different characters who are met by Dr. Lucky in turn order.  When meeting with Lucky, players have a number of options (including attempted murder) that they can perform.

Oct 012011

Show of hands, who wants to be a zombie?  Okay, there’s one…uh, two…all right, just two.  What if I stipulated that you’re not becoming a zombie in real life, just a card game?  And there go the hands.

Yes, the Resident Evil Deck Building Game now comes with more zombifying power thanks to the new Outbreak expansion.  Unlike the last expansion, Alliance, Outbreak follows in Dominion‘s footsteps again by making this expansion a traditional one, i.e. you will need one of the base sets to use it.  As usual, this edition includes a cadre of new zombie fighters, including Kevin Ryman and Mark Wilkins, as well as new weapons, like the stun rod and samurai edge.  Primarily, though, what Outbreak adds is a new Infection play mode.  Basic rules apply, but above the mansion deck sits an infection deck that everyone plays out of in an effort to control their infection level.  If any player rises to 10 infection cards, they become an undead zombie and can attack other players.

How many hands now?

With deck building fresh in the brain pan, how about we look at a the release of the revised version of Arcana.  From Fantasy Flight, Arcana is a card based game where players manage and utilize guilds of thieves to gain control of the city of Cadwallon.  If you’ve played City of Thieves, this might sound like a similar premise and that’s because the two games are similar in many characters and options, but different in mechanics.  One thing that is different here is that the playable guilds are trying to rest power from the citizens of Cadwallon, not treasure.  Everyone vies for stake cards by scraping up and using, resourcefully, location cards, relic cards, and others.  If you’ve played the original version of the game and are curious what this one adds and updates, basically, the cards and materials are all redesigned along with a ton of rules alterations and added play modes.

Never before have I thought that I would receive the opportunity to type in vampire pirate speak.  Thankfully, Games Workshop has given me the chance with its publication of Dreadfleet.  Arrhhggg, matey, I want to suck ye blood.  That just feels right, doesn’t it?  The reason that I’m able to enact one of my dreams by typing that is because Dreadfleet is all about vampire pirates.  Two players command opposing fleets of ships facing off over a five foot by three and a half foot board, strategically maneuvering their vessels against each other.  Each ship has a coordinating card with all its stats and as well as an extremely detailed model to go along with it.  The game also comes with a number of obstacles models to place on the board.  If Dreadfleet turns out anything like the last stand-alone boardgame Games Workshop released, Space Hulk, it will disappear from shelves overnight and increase in value at the drop of a hat.

Can you guess this game’s title with this one clue:  the state I, generally, live my life in?  If you guessed Confusion, you would be correct.  Actually, the real title is Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War, but, come on, who would ever guess that?  Unlike your common Cold War game (is there really such a thing?) Confusion begins with both players having no idea how their pieces move.  Over the course of the game, through trial and error, they attempt to learn each piece’s abilities.  Concurrently, they are also attempting to acquire a special token in the center of the board and escape with it across your opponent’s border.  A classic game reprinted, Confusion is a blend of chess, Clue, and Code 777.

Last time I checked, this is America.  And in America we like our bowls super, our macs big, and our dice jumbo.  To that effect, Steve Jackson has released a line of Jumbo D6s for Munchkin.  Coming in a variety of colors (orange, red, green, blue, yellow, and purple), each package includes a Munchkin D6 and a Monster D6, both with different artwork next to each number.  America also likes to get stuff for buying other stuff.  That is why all of these dice come with two unique treasure cards, one for Munchkin and one for Munchkin Quest.  Now that’s ‘Merica for you!    

This town ain’t big enough for the both of us, pardner.  That one sentence perfectly describes the game Deadwood.  Welp, guess that does it for me, folks.  Okay, a little bit more.  Deadwood embodies that age-old adage by having players compete over various buildings that comprise the titled town.  Each player receives a group of three types of cowboys to do this with, each with their own powers.  Along with that, each building enacts certain game changing abilities, some times when they are initially played and, other times, after they have sat on the board awhile.  Get your Al Swearengen on and pick up Deadwood.

Let’s lower the temperature a bit so that Ice Dice from Looney Labs feels comfortable.  But wait, simply by bringing it into the conversation brings up the temperature in the room.  That’s ’cause it’s sexy.  The reason for that bold statement is that this is an easily portable, easily learned, easily played game using the same translucent pyramid pieces that Looney Labs used for Treetop.  Gamers roll a die to see which size and color pyramid they nab from the center bank in an effort to score three matching sets.  If that exact pyramid is gone, steal it from an opponent.  More sexiness?  How about the ability to play another, completely different game called Launchpad 23?  Did it!

Jan 082011


I hope there’s no rule about yelling “murder” on a crowded blog post like there is shouting “fire” in a crowded movie theater.

What’s the reason for doing it in the first place?  Well, the new edition of Kill Doctor Lucky, of course.  This newest version of the game includes the previously released “…And His Little Dog, Too!” expansion.  Three new rules variants are also included, focusing on the Doctor’s pooch.  Along with all that, this version of the game does away with the generic colored player pieces by replacing them with character standees so that you may choose which potential murder you wish to control.

If you’ve never played any version of the Dr. Lucky games, they are basically a reverse version of Clue.  Players attempt to catch Dr. Lucky unaware in a room and kill him with a deadly weapon.  As his name hints at, though, the good doctor is rather elusive.

If you already own the game, you might think about checking out the new release Save Doctor Lucky.  A reverse scenario from the original game, this prequel has players on a sinking cruise ship attempting to save Dr. Lucky’s life in front of other passengers.

Who doesn’t love monsters, eh?  Pathfinder:  Bestiary 2 adds over 300 new creatures, creeps, and crawlies to their already expansive horde.  With the base addition of monsters, the book also offers extra templates to be used in game.  If you’re a fan of D&D 3.5 and haven’t tried Pathfinder yet, you might want to give it a try as it offers some of the same mechanics that 4.0 does not.

The tastiest version of Killer Bunnies has to be the new chocolate booster.  This box adds 55 new cards including Psi, Omega, Arrow Kite, and Nu cards.  Cards like the Indiana Clones card help to improve your weapons while Through the Looking Glass will up your water and cabbage.  As with any of the Killer Bunnies releases this booster is off the wall goofy and full of knowing pop culture shout-outs.

A couple of important restock items to mention this week, as well.  We got stocked up on many of the Z-Man Games favorites, including Chaos, Pocket Battles, Mountain of Inferno, and Fairy Tale.  The Pocket Battles games, if you’ve never heard of them are, basically, a tile war game in a box.  The two versions of them we currently have are the Orcs vs. Elves box and the Celts vs. Romans box.  Mountain of Inferno is also a game of note.  Based off an ancient Chinese fable, the game has players carefully laying character cards (each with special abilities) so that they eventually succeeded at getting a complete set in a row, either horizontally or vertically.  Colorful anime-esque artwork adds to the total package.

For those who’ve been chomping at the bit, we also were able to get a new copy of Descent’s base game back in this week.  As some of you might be aware, this game has been hard to come by as of recently, so if you’ve been looking to get a hold of it, do it while you can.

And so we end with the Elder Gods.  Call of Cthulhu the Card Game adds another expansion to its repertoire.  This time around it’s The Order of the Silver Twilight.  The Order is the 8th faction to show up in the game and, as is often the case with H.P. Lovecraft, is secretive, shadowy, and subservient to the dark ones.  40 of the 55 new cards are centric to the Order, but all the other previous 7 factions are represented, as well.