May 172013

Batman has been in some tough situations throughout his existence, but, as everyone knows, he always manages to get out of them.  Now it’s your turn to try and create an inescapable trap for the caped crusader in Arkham City: Escape.  An epic two-player game that pits The Dark Knight against his greatest foes (all in the Arkham City game design) inside the titular prison city.  What makes the game interesting is that each assortment of villains is chosen randomly, making every game a new experience.  One player tries to kill the Batman while the other tries to punch baddies in the teeth.

In the deep, dark reaches of the jungle exists hidden resources of the best coffee beans in the world.  It’s your job to venture forth and find them.  VIVA JAVA!  In this Coffee Game, players compete against each other as they travel across the globe searching for the finest beans the world has to offer.  If the going gets tough, however, you can choose whether or not you will team up with the other players so that you both come out caffeinated.  For all the coffee lovers out there, here’s a fresh cup o’ Viva Java!

In the fourth-quel to the ever more popular Quarriors! dice game series, Quartifacts, a new set of dice known as Quest Dice.  In this expansion, all the mystical relics of the previous Quarriors! games have disappeared, leaving you, the questor, to venture after them.  Quest cards will allow you to unleash your creatures in order to find them.  In addition, five new creatures, two new spells, The Squire basic, and six Quest cards and dice are also included.  Quet quor Quarriors! quon!

A resource management game with a new spin, Saint Malo blends dice games, resource management, and…drawing?  Players roll dice to decide what villagers, buildings, and so forth that they are allotted, then draw them onto the erasable grid board in front of  them.  But be quick about how you arrange your resources because they’re going to need to protect you from the pirates that are invading the city.

The Conquest of Planet Earth continues.  But now it’s the Apocalypse.

The first expansion to the original Flying Frog Productions game that pits Earth against a horde of invading martians kicks the total number of players up to six.  This increase of playablity comes in addition to an entirely new alien faction, including new miniatures like The Cube!  As much of this expansion’s action takes place over the ocean, a Coastal Resistance Deck is included to boost Earth’s defenses.  The invasion has begun, fight to stop the conquest!

Achieving a huge amount of positive response from their initial reprintings of the Dungeons and Dragons Advanced hardcovers, Wizards decided to reprint the 3.5 edition core books.  Now, it’s 2nd edition’s turn, as the three core books, the Player’s Guide, DM’s Guide, and Monster Manual are all reprinted in beautiful embossed hardcover editions, complete with their original artwork and errata-ed material.  Pick them up to collect the classic versions of D&D in total!

Feb 262011

MtG Event Decks

I think we can all agree that a brain sounds rather tasty, every now and then.  Or maybe I just think that because of this strange bite on my arm.

Whatever the case, Give Me the Brain, from Steve Jackson Games, sounds incredibly enjoyable.  Players control a group of zombie hamburger joint employees as they attempt to complete their daily tasks.  Only a handful of those tasks actually require a brain, though.  And, by the by, if you don’t want to remove and use a player’s actual brain, the game comes with one.  This card game has made the rounds for a couple of years, but, as we’ve just gotten it back in stock and have a number of rabid Steve Jackson fans out there, we thought we’d point it out anyway.

Another restock comes from Flying Frog Productions, makers of Last Night on Earth.  The game is Conquest of Planet Earth and, though, it has some traits similar to Last Night, overall it becomes a completely different experience.  Conquest has players choosing to play one of ten alien races invading the planet and then using them to battle humanity.  Each race has different abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.  The contents include four different scenarios of play, as well, so that decimating Earth remains fresh and fun.  Also, another Flying Frog regular, a CD of ambient music is included to set the mood.

The sea is a harsh mistress.  Even more so if you’re in an alternate timeline where Dwarfs, Orcs, and other races battle it out in giant ships of doom…on the high seas.  If you’re unfamiliar with this world but interested, you might want to look into the Uncharted Seas Rulebook.  Within its crisp, well-organized pages are the basic fighting rules, sections on hits, ramming, running repairs, and other topics, as well as pages for tokens and templates.  If what you see within strikes your fancy, Pulp carries a healthy number of the ship and monster miniatures you’ll want to follow the rulebook up with.

The dystopian future is a harsh mistress…eh, doesn’t work as well.  But nonetheless true.  Spartan Games not only produces Uncharted Seas, but Dystopian Wars, too.  So, if you’re flavor is less high seas battle and more global warfare (or both) then the Dystopian Wars Rulebook is worth a peruse.  Once again contained in a glossy tome, the rulebook for Dystopian Wars explains everything players will need to know for running land, sea, or air conflicts.  The rules are also constructed to support speedy muli-player gaming with a hefty number of miniatures.  Advanced Victorian realities (lot of those cropping up recently) are also a hoot, so I’d advice giving Spartan’s a try.

We’ve carried it for awhile now, but never like this.  Hive Carbon drops this weekend and, in the process, gives gamers the fastest, easiest way to own all the Hive gaming essentials.  If you’re not familiar with Hive, though, the game has players attempting to surround each others’ queen bee token using other bugs, each with their own movement rules; think bug chess.  Hive Carbon contains the original base game along with the two expansion, Mosquito and Ladybug, that have been released.  Unlike the original versions, Carbon’s pieces are presented in slick black and white.

Or if you’re interested in the original, color base game or the Ladybug expansion, Pulp has recently received a restock on both of them.

Survive:  Escape from Atlantis proves that Atlantis exists, then swiftly blows it up.  Yes, similar to the Downfall of Pompeii boardgame, Survive is a race to live.  Each player controls a number of Atlantean citizens fleeing from their, soon to be, volcanic homeland either by boat or old-fashioned swimming.  Aw, but the waters around Atlantis are filled with numerous monsters that are exceptionally eager to gnaw on passersby.  This newly re-released version of the game includes new Challenge rules as well as an updated board and game pieces.  For anyone who buys the game and enjoys it, there will be a Squid monster expansion coming in very soon, as well.

And now for the Magic the Gathering minute.  Actually, I don’t have any clue how long it will take you to read this, but minute works alteration-wise.  Wizards released a new form of pre-built deck this week in the Event Deck.  Infect and Defile is a blue/black infect deck and Into the Breach is a red fire/lightening deck.  Both contain a main 60 card deck along with a 15 card sideboard, a deck box, and a life counter.  If you want to brush-up on the exact cards included in the deck, click on this link.