Aug 092014
 

Wiz-War Malefic Curses ExpansionFantasy Flight‘s remake of the Tom Jolly original, Wiz-War, gains its first expansion this weekend.  Wiz-War Malefic Curse expands on the original wizard versus wizard game, wherein each player attempts to break into their opponent’s stronghold using magic, in a number of ways.  First off, the expansion adds a fifth player option for the game.  Second, a range of new spells, including necromancy, and portals are included.Prophecy board game

Not a new game, but a long overdue restock, Prophecy from Z-Man games is back on the shelves.  A dungeon crawling game without the dungeon, Prophecy is based around the Talisman system with a mythology bent.  Characters move around the board, fighting monsters and obtaining items, but with a unique skill system (wherein players acquire and learn Dungeons and Dragons Next Player's Handbookabilities) that Talisman doesn’t use.

Wizards of the Coast is thick into the release schedule of the newest version of Dungeons and Dragons, having launched the new edition with an acclaimed Starter Box and some great looking miniatures.  Out this week, is the first hardcover volume for the system, the Player’s Handbook.  Building off of the material present in the Starter Box, the Player’s Handbook expands on character creation and other aspects of the new system.Betrayal at House on the Hill

No, this is not a dream.  No, this is not a lie.  No, this is not a joke.  Betrayal at House on the Hill is finally back in print!  Avalon Hill and Wizards of the Coast have been promising a new printing of the desperately sought after horror game, and they’ve finally delivered.  One of the most popular semi-co-operative games on the market, with players exploring a haunted mansion, only to find that one of their members is fated to kill them.  Who, how, and Touch of Evil Dark Gothic Deck Building Gamewhat the other players need to do to avoid dying varies in each game.

Flying Frog Games moves into the deck building arena this weekend with another twist on the classic model.  Touch of Evil the Deck Building Game adds a new dynamic to the traditional deck builder by starting each player with a different hand of cards.  The hands are decided by the character chosen, with each monster hunter possessing different abilities.  All players battle against a stack of monster cards, similar to the Resident Evil DBG, but attain victory points that decide the winner of the game.

Jun 212013
 

Walkers are running rampant and its your duty to shoot’em down.

The Walking Dead Card Game from Cryptozoic is a brand new way to experience the post-zombie lifestyle, coming with two ways to play:  Hero and survival mode.  Hero mode has players taking control of a character from the show in an effort to earn more zombie points than the other 2-6 players.  Survival mode, on the other hand, pits 3-11 players against each other, but, instead of trying to nab the most points, everyone is trying to accumulate the least.  Perfect for parties full of Walking Dead fans, this new card game is easy to learn and fun to play.

Marvel‘s Legendary becomes a little more, uh, legendary-er this week thanks to Dark City, the deck building game’s first expansion.  Not only does this expansion offer seventeen new characters and five villains (like Cable, Colossus, Moon Knight, Blade, Kingpin, Loki, and Apocalypse), but also augmented game rules.  These include expanded abilities for bystanders, giving them autonomy, as well as character artwork that clarifies who has power when.

Lovers of Apples to Apples should take note of Word Whimsy.  This party game of wordplay is structured similar to the aforementioned game, but around phrases instead of single words.  Players take turns drawing prompt cards, like “My Professional Wrestling Name” or “Favorite Bar”, then proceed to arrange cards from their hand into the wackiest answer to that prompt.  And while this version can serve 3-7, there are also other variants included that alter the entire game.

Just when you thought they were done, there’s more Dominion.

Dominion Guilds is the eighth expansion released for this mega-popular deck building series.  This time around, the theme revolves around jobs and what citizens of the township need to do to get them.  Thirteen new kingdom cards as well as coin tokens to wile away for use later.  Other cards come with a starting cost, but can be bought for more money in order gain the user further abilities.

We’ll cover the next two games in the order the original books were released, just to play it like OG nerds.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey board game is a one to four player game that lasts up to an hour, ferrying players through the events of Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit film.  A cooperative experience, players take control of Bilbo and his dwarf companions, attempting to collect gems and gold as you out maneuver and defeat the monsters in your path.  Designed by Reiner Knizia, this is no simple property game.

The second Tolkien/Cryptozoic collaboration out this week, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Deck Building Game enters the deck building arena, telling the rest “They CAN NOT PAAAAAAASSSSS!”  Structured identically to the DC Deck Building Game, players take on the roles of either Frodo, Samwise, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, or Boromir, facing off against the forces of Sauron.  Players purchase cards from the center of the table to build-up their own decks in an effort to defeat orcs, Balrogs, and Nazgûl.  Also, in an absurdest twist, this game can be combined the DC Deck Builder for Gollum vs. Superman battles.

Nov 182011
 

Claim your dominion over the hinterlands by picking up Dominion: Hinterlands!

The newest expansion to the popular deck building game, Dominion: Hinterlands adds twenty-six new cards to the game.  As each expansion set has a theme to them, Hinterlands focuses on cards that give immediate satisfaction by enacting actions the moment you buy them or receive them.

A personal sidenote, regular customer Eric J. Carter created artwork for a number of cards in this set (building off his card from Dominion: Prosperity), so show him some love and pick up a copy.

Are you a refined individual?

Do you like the premium things in life?  Well, Magic the Gathering has the deck for you.  The new Graveborn Premium All-Foil Deck is a pre-built theme deck constructed around zombies, resurrection, and the undead.  With cards like Entomb, Sphinx of the Steel Wind, and Animate Dead, all foils mind you, this sucker’s a force to be reckoned with.

That and, with cards going for around $40 right now, it worth a crap ton of money.  So, even if you don’t want to play the deck, you might find it worth your while to pick up a copy, sit on it, and sell it off for a mint price later.

Speaking of collectible card games, what’s more collectible than the game where you gotta catch’em all?  Yes, Poke fans, we received an new booster box of the most recent Pokemon booster set, Black & White: Noble Victories this past Wednesday.  This set should be noted for a couple of reasons.  One, this is the third set in the Black & White trilogy, two, it introduces new Restored Pokemon cards, and, three, contains the only Rare Ultra Trainer Card ever.

As they should always be mentioned in the same breath (and I know some people will want to kill me after saying that), it should be noted that we also have a new booster box of Yu-Gi-Oh: Photon Shockwave.  Let the CCG rivalry begin!

Of course, the logical place to go after Pokemon is zombies.  Hey, that new set does have a Restored Pokemon card, so it’s not too much of a stretch.

Anyway, it has been a year since Outbreak: Undead made its way onto the indy RPG scene.  In that time, the creators of the game have released a slew of content on their website.  The new Outbreak: Undead Annual volume 1 collects all these expansive supplements, including new missions, horror traits, zombies, and One Big Monsters.

Joining the few and far between collection of co-operative play games in the world, Panic Station might be one of the first to throw horror into the mix.  Set in a futuristic base where an alien threat has broken loose, players have to work together to find the alien hive and destroy it.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Wrong.  Within the group of four to six players will be an infected member who must keep their identity secret as they slowly and purposefully infect the other players, attempting to thwart the humans’ mission altogether.

If you’re looking for a paranoia-filled version of Forbidden Island, this very well might it.

If you’re looking for a pre-generated adventure for you tenth level character in Pathfinder, the new Forest of Spirits can offer it to you.  Containing the aforementioned adventure, crafted by Richard Prett, a mysterious study of the kami, protectors of the forest, crafted by Mike Shel, an equivalent look into the Minkai by Jesse Benner, along with a crap ton of other info on Oda’s gambling house, monsters, and geisha’s.

Let your war banner fly with the new Runewars: Banners of War expansion.

Containing eight new unit types (that’s two for each faction, folks), new development cards that allow you to improve existing units as well as gain faction-specific abilities, and the Commanders of the Battlefield variant that lets you assign certain heroes to lead your forces, this is an expansion to be reckoned with.

Seriously, I saw it knock a dude out the moment it popped out of the shipping box.  

You’ve got your banner, you’ve got your premium deck, and you’re headed to the Hinterlands, but have you got your ticket?

That’s okay, because the new Ticket to Ride: Asia is in stock.  This expansion (you’ll need the base game or Ticket to Ride: Europe to play) supplies two entirely new boards for play.  One being the Team Asia board where players compete against each other in teams as they build railways across greater Asia.  The second is Legendary Asia, which offers easier routes, but beware the mountain routes.  If you’re looking for a way to alter your experience with one of the best board games ever, then board the train and settle down for the journey.