Mar 182016
 

HyperionHyperion #1

-Marvel‘s version of Superman receives his own ongoing series!

-Hailing from an alternate version of Marvel‘s Earth, Hyperion has been a violent despot, an Avenger, and now a drifter.

-When the series begins, Hyperion has decided to take to the open road, driving a truck around America to discover an Earth he’s never known.

-Fans of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run or the current Squadron Supreme series should give this a look.

GI Joe Deviations one shotGI Joe Deviations

-For the month of March, IDW is releasing a series of Deviations one shots that, essentially, act as “What if?” stories for their characters.

-Following on the heels of last week’s Ghostbusters and Transformers one shots, G.I. Joe is out this Wednesday.

-What if Cobra actually won?  What if Cobra Commander ruled the world?  Well, apparently, he’d be really bored.  G.I. Joe Deviations delves into that world, following Cobra Commander as he seeks to rebuild the G.I. Joes just to have someone to fight.

-Deviations has also acted as a showcase for new talent, so Paul Allor (Bravest Warriors, Pathfinder:  Goblins, TMNT), a rising star, will be writing this issue.

The Shadow GlassThe Shadow Glass #1 (of 6)

-Take a chance on a new, exciting miniseries from Dark Horse!

-Coming from Heavy Metal, writer/artist Aly Fell launches this miniseries handling all aspects of its creation.

-Part Shakespeare, part Steampunk, part mysticism, The Shadow Glass will be unlike anything you’ve read this year.

-In a world run by the occult, a young woman discovers that the man she thought to be her father isn’t and that her real dad communes with the devil.  With her life upended, Rose heads out to discover her true origins.

Circuit Breaker #1 (of 5)Circuit Breaker

-Fans of Manga and, specifically, Astro Boy, Circuit Breaker is an Image Comics miniseries to check out.

-Having worked in the industry for decades, working on Batman, X-Men, Deadpool, and nearly any other Marvel or DC property you’ve heard of, Kyle Baker will provide pencils to the entire miniseries.

-Following World War IV, the robot army designed to save the world rebels!  Their inventor designs one last automaton in the image of his granddaughter to save the world.  That is, if she doesn’t rebel like her brothers and sisters!

-Maniacal Chibi mascots, butt-guns, and hidden robot societies await in Circuit Breaker!

Nov 132015
 

String SafariThe String Railway has reached its final stop, and that is the zoo.  From the makers of String Railway comes String Safari, a quick, easy-to-learn family game for three to five players.  In the game, players will attempt to corral wayward zoo animals that have gotten loose.  To do this, players will strategically weave plastic strings around card representing the animals.  Each animal also has a specific value that will result in victory points.Star Wars Age of Rebellion Strongholds of Resistance

Fight back against the oppression of the Galactic Empire with Strongholds of the Resistance.  This sourcebook expansion for Age of Rebellion includes profiles for the major worlds and hidden bases that conceal agents of the Rebellion, three new species options, new weapons, equipment, and vehicles, as well as four modular encounters that include these new supplements.

MottainaiIn Mottainai, each player is a worker in a Buddhist temple, creating works to display and sell to the visitors and tourists who come by.  These works are made of materials of varying value (determining both the difficulty to complete the work and its worth to you).  Completed works can be displayed in your gallery to train your helpers, or in your gift shop to allow you to make sales.  Running off of the Glory to Rome system, Mottainai is a cheap, easy card game for two to three players.Imperial Settlers Atlanteans

The first expansion for Imperial Settlers is out this weekend.  Imperial Settlers:  The Atlanteans gains players access to a brand new faction with its own goals and method of development.  Also included are cards to expand the base game factions, as well as the Magic the Gathering Commander Seize Controlcommon deck with new traits and card types compatible with the Atlanteans.

Expanding the already popular Commander/EDH format for Magic the Gathering, Wizards of the Coast have released five new pre-build Commander Decks for this year.  As with previous releases, each deck represents one of the five mana colors and includes a completely new Commander card.  Outside of using these commanders in that format, players may also incorporate them into their Legacy, Vintage, or casual decks.Kittens in a Blender

Long out of print, Kittens in a Blender is finally back!  Yes, the kittens are cute.  Yes, there is a blender they may fall into.  And, yes, blending could occur.  Make sure that doesn’t happen by competing against your opponents to save your kittens and turn the blender to high speed when their kitties are in it.  Better yet, Kittens in a Blender receives an expansion with its reprinted Fire and Axe A Viking Sagaversion called More Kittens in a Blender (duh!).

The swarthy viking lifestyle is realized in IDW GamesFire and Axe:  A Viking Saga.  In the game, you will vie for glory across a series of epic sagas (i.e. missions).  Each saga is a different journey to raid, trade, and settle territories.  Will you choose the path of diplomacy and trade for victory?  Or will your longship cast a bloody wake?  Start your journey by gathering crew and goods to outfit your boat.  After you launch from bustling ports into the open sea, you must choose your path to power.Poseidon's Kingdom

An inventive family gaming experience, Poseidon’s Kingdom is set under the sea and has players controlling various underwater creatures on a mission to rescue their friends from the evil Kraken.  The dice rolling element of the game is where the inventiveness comes in.  Instead of simply rolling dice, the game implements a “wave” dice tower that literally rolls along the game board, depositing dice as it goes.  The Pirates of the 7 Seasplacement and numerical values determine elements in the game.

Another inventive dice rolling game for the whole family, Pirates of the 7 Seas (also from IDW Games) uses dice to represent pirate ships.  Players roll the dice directly into the lid of the tin box the game comes in.  Where they land and what ships are showing determines whether each player controls vagabond scallywags or government sympathizers.  You’ll then sail around the game board, collecting treasure and consulting with shamans to curse other players.Ghostbusters the Board Game

Mass hysteria, dogs and cats living together!  All because Cryptozoic‘s successfully Kickstarted Ghostbusters Board Game has finally hit shelves.  Similar to Last Night on Earth, players will cooperatively control one to four of the iconic Ghostbusters attempting to catch ghosts and seal spectral gates.  The game is modular, allowing players to build the game board to their liking.  As well, all the 7 Wonders Duelcharacters and ghosts are represented by detailed miniatures.  And, yes, their is a Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.

Even though original 7 Wonders can be played with two players, that mode is more of a learning tool than an actual competitive experience.  7 Wonders Duel, on the other hand, is an exclusively head-to-head, two player variation of the game.  The same drafting mechanics are in play, but altered to suit fewer players.  As well, an original military system has been implemented that incorporates a sliding battle board.  Whether your a fan of 7 Wonders or a couple who needs a new two player game, 7 Wonders Duel is for you.

Nov 012013
 

Fantasy Flight, much like The Khaleesi, continues to march forward with new Adventure Packs.  The Kingsguard is out today and is the third part of the Kingsroad cycle.  As per usual, the deck contains sixty original cards, many of which enhanced the game’s Shadow mechanic.

Piazo unleashed a near truckload of Pathfinder books this weekend, including the Bestiary 4 hardcover.  The rest of this mountain of books includes:

Pathfinder RPG: Reign of Winter Pawn Collection

Pathfinder RPG: Blood of the Moon
Pathfinder RPG: Seedy Tavern Flip-Mat
Pathfinder RPG: Dungeon Corridors Map Pack
Pathfinder RPG: Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path 3: Demon’s Heresy
Pathfinder RPG: Towns of the Inner Sea

As well, the hotly anticipated second expansion pack for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, The Skinsaw Murders, also launched this weekend.  While supplies last, each purchase of The Skinsaw Murders receives a limited edition Blessing of Zarongel promo card.

Nearly a collector’s item before they even go on sale, the Magic the Gathering 2013 Commander Decks are in limited supply and desperately sought after.  These decks come pre-built for the Commander/EDH format, which are comprised of 100 cards (only one of each) and a general/commander card that is in charge of them.  A rising format in MtG, these Commander Decks allow you to catch up without have to hunt down tons of expensive cards.

Hopefully you’ve got some extra space in that airplane hanger in your backyard because Wings of Glory unleashes a full fleet of new plane miniatures.  Included within these three new planes is the much anticipated Mustangs.  For those technical junkies out there, here’s the official titles for each plane:

Wings of Glory WWII: Focke-Wulf FW-190 (German)
Wings of Glory WWII: P-51 Mustang (USA)
Wings of Glory WWII: Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (Fujimoto)

The Walking Dead has pervaded nearly ever aspect of culture since it first showed up on AMC, and so it’s about dang time it received that final test of pop culture-dom:  a Risk game.  If you haven’t played Risk you’re obviously an alien, so it’s pretty easy to imagine how this version is an appropriation of Walking Dead‘s characters and locations by the regional warfare of Risk.

One of the best family games ever created, Carcassonne, receives two new additions this weekend.  First up, another version of the base game, set, however, during a harsh winter instead of the lush spring.  This Carcassonne Winter Edition also includes the Gingerbread expansion.  Along with this is another collection of previously released expansions, including the Count, King, and Robber.

Jun 012012
 

I’m probably the only person left alive who remembers this, but there used to be a line of rubbery action figures called Food Fighters. Each figure was a common piece of food (chicken leg, taco, hamburger) but personified as a soldier. Cryptozoic, makers of the Walking Dead board game, may have had those action figures battling around their subconscious when they created their newest card game, Food Fight. Within the game, players draft tasty combatants to enact war in battlefields like Watermelonloo and Spaghettis-Burg. Two to six players can build their armies and lay down powerful combo attacks on all their flavorful foes.

Mr. Scott…please beam down…all…the..Redshirts. If you’re, in any way, familiar with the classic sci-fi series such a line might emanate from, then you’re also well aware those crew persons are not coming back. The new Redshirts card game capitalizes on that very notion by providing a game where two to seven players command a ship with the main intention of murdering every last redshirt aboard. Looney, Munchkin-like fun and mayhem applied to Star Trek, peoples.

Haggis, not just a delious dish made of sheep’s intestines any more. Thanks to Indie Boards & Cards, Haggis is also an addictive card game. Taking form and function from classic card games like Tichu and Big Two, Haggis would be falls into the category of climbing card games where players fit to be the first with an empty hand. Best part, though: you can wear a kilt while you play.

Anyone up for seconds?

Planechase has returned! This casual format began the cycle that recently ended with the Commander decks that were released last year. As Planechase is a casual format, you can actually play your Commander deck in the format as well as any other deck you would like to play. Up to four players choose decks then play against each other while being effected by the Planechase and Phenomena cards. These cards get placed based on dice rolls and come with damaging or rewarded effects. Four different decks come with ten Planechase cards as well as a regular 60 card deck.

Jul 272011
 

What say we blow through this one today, chappies?  ‘Cause who wants to be reading on a lovely day like this with the sun out and…what?  You just saw a person spontaneously light on fire as they stepped out their door?

Oh.

Ah, who the heck needs the outside, let’s get to some reading!

Munchkin proves that size does matter this week with the release of Munchkin Deluxe (that last part needs to be said in a booming announcer’s voice, by the way).  But what’s so deluxe about it, anyway?  Well, existing as almost a midway point between the base Munchkin card game and the Munchkin Quest boardgame, Munchkin Deluxe contains a helping of handy whozits not in either game.  These include a game board that is labeled to show players where their cards go, colored pawns that can keep track of players’ leveling, and associated cards that help with keeping track of who is what color.  Also, you may have seen us mention it on Facebook, we currently have a “very special” Munchkin product in-stock that we can not tell you about, but will be happy to show it to you if you come into the store.  Ha ha, coyness!

Are you ready to regain your honor, gamer-san?  Good, then the new updated/re-release of Shogun is the game for you.  Ikusa is the new name (and don’t make the mistake of searching for that under Google Images like I did; file that under “stuff you do not want to see”), but gameplay is essentially the same.  Like a more elaborate Risk, Ikusa (aka Shogun, aka Samurai Swords) has been about using samurai, daimyo, and ashigaru warriors to gain control of feudal Japan since its original inception at Milton Bradley.  What the updated version offers over the previous releases is quality design elements; the game pieces are detailed, the board is beautiful, and every player gets a swanky tray to hold their figures in as well as a stat card.  Another fact:  if you don’t purchase Ikusa, you have to perform seppuku.

It’s not quite a card game, it’s not quite a boardgame, but Bloodsuckers is certainly an inventive game.  Created by one of the designers of Castle Panic, Bloodsuckers is a vampire-themed game that pits the titled bloodsuckers against an army of vampire hunters.  Gameplay revolves around placing vampire and hunter cards on a playmat that represents five locations in the town of Blackwood.  These locations are also present on a nifty game board, where each location comes with a dial that players turn to indicate the location’s current state; a clock dial is also included to keep track of the time of day.  As we’re talking about humans and vampires here, the powers of each wax or wane depending on whether it’s night or day and what type of character you are playing.  If you enjoy Nightfall and/or Last Night on Earth, you might want to have a sip or two of Bloodsuckers juicy filling.

How about ending with a Magic trick, eh?  Or a bunch of Magic tricks, in this situation.  As a way of supporting all the Planeswalker-y goodness that is present in the new 2012 Core Set, Wizards shipped a bunch’a 2012 gaming materials today.  These include, new Garruk sleeves and deck boxes, new 2012 Planeswalkers sleeves and boxes, new Magic logo-backed Commander-sized sleeves, new Planeswalkers 9-Pocket binder, and a new Planeswalkers playmat.  Whew, that’s a lotta new. 

It don’t stop there, though.  The new Commander deck boxes were also released.  These are oversized boxes that fit over 25 large Commander cards, as well as 100 standard cards.  Take a look at the picture to the right.  Magic trick over.