Nov 152013
 

While there is only one ring to rule them all, there are a ton of Lord of the Rings games to rule them all!

The Lord of the Rings:  The Battle for Middle-Earth from Playroom Entertainment is a new edition to the extensive LotR card game options.  A fast-paced, two to four player game, Battle for Middle-Earth has players competing to form the strongest fellowship in order to fight off the armies and minions of Sauron.

You can never only eat one fortune cookie, you have to have all the Cookie Fu!

The newest take-out expansion for the stylish dice fighting game is called The Grand Buffet Pack and features dice for an entirely new faction, the Caramel Crane.  This complete two-player set contains new rules for multiplayer, special moves, and all the secret moves of the agile Caramel Crane.

All those chemistry classes you had to take in high school will finally pay off in Compounded!

Acting as lab managers, players work against the clock and their opponents to construct elements off of the periodic table.  But remember that your opponent may be looking for the same compounds you’re looking for.  Oh, and some of those can be rather flammable, capable of blowing you up if you don’t complete them in time.

Remember what the ancient monks always say:  Be the mechanic squirrel.

Or, at least, that’s what the monks within the FATE System RPG say.  The FATE System Toolkit book that released today with allow you to hack the rules of the game for your own nefarious purposes, especially when combined with the newly released Worlds books.  Worlds on Fire and Worlds in Shadow offer, between the two of them, twelve campaign settings, tailor-made to a number of different genres.

 Fantasy Flight keeps the living card game market alive with two more releases in the Netrunner and The Lord of the Rings series.

As per usual, both decks come with sixty cards total, with the Second Thoughts Data Pack enhancing Corp and Runner decks while The Morgul Vale Adventure Pack provides an original scenario for players to work through.

As if the trailer park was not weird enough already, Terror in the Trailer Park adds a whole new layer of creepy to the cult hit Trailer Park Wars game.  Including purple “variable” flamingos and over one hundred cards to expand the base game in a horrifying way.

Dungeons and Dragons‘ second encounters adventure pack, Legacy of the Crystal Shard, is out this weekend.  An adventure for characters from first to third levels and compatible with 3.5. 4.0, and D&D Next systems.  The adventure can also be played as a weekly encounter campaign path, if you are so inclined.

LIGHTNING  ROUND

-Warmachine Convergence of Cyriss figures, including Accretion Servitors and Steelsoul Protector.

-Restock on the Lupin III miniature game, based of of the hit anime.

-Cheap Shot, a rummy insult party game, and its expansion are both back in stock.

Jul 062011
 

Hear ye, hear ye, come one, come all!  Today beith the New Game Stuff Special!  And, boy, is it new, special, and stuffy.

You sunk my space battleship!

Just getting that out of the way, because, at some point, it was going to need to be said for the new Battleship Galaxies from Hasbro.  Initially, you might think this is just a re-themed version of the original Battleship, but you would be wrong.  With a careful rearrangement of the bingo style number/letter grid battle format, Hasbro has created an exciting new game that the ever knowledgeable THEY have claimed may replace Heroscape.  Here’s how it works:  2-4 players select sides and a scenario to play through, then players utilize energy to perform actions, movements, and the like for their spaceships.  What’s creative is that combat is solved by rolling two dice (one letters, one numbers) and dealing out damage based on the matching combination listed on the ship’s info card.  Not only does this behemoth of a box contain the multiple gameboards, miniatures, cards, pegs, tokens, and rules, but also a 48-page graphic novel that details the backstory of the factions.  You’re granpappy’s Battleship didn’t have that, did it?

From ship to ship, this time being a pirate ship.  But not your traditional wooden vessel, no, instead one made of coins.  K’wha?  Yes, Pieces of Eight is a creative little game based around using a set of metal coins to represent your pirate ship.  Those who you’re playing against will also have a coin ship and both of you are using the coins’ abilities to fight and, eventually, destroy the other ship(s).  Players have complete control over which coins they use to build their ship and in what order they place them (similar to the construction of a fighter in Cookie Fu).  And don’t worry about the $19.95 MSRP on this buried treasure, because Pulp is selling them at $9.99; that’s, basically, a dollar a coin.  The two versions (different coins) of the game, The Cursed Blade and The Maiden’s Vengeance, are in stock currently.

Pathfinder finds itself with a new Player Companion called Faiths of Balance this week.  This book is all about straddling the fence post as it details all the neutral religions and faiths in the Pathfinder setting.  Basically, if you want to find religion in Pathfinder, this is the “good book”.  There’s an overview of Green Faith, feats for holy warriors, god-specific spells, information on religious organizations and military orders, and faith-based character elements.  So, here, the good word is “Pathfinder“.

Our already extended Fluxx family (not to be confused with Family Fluxx) got a little bit larger today as we restocked on a number of the Fluxx promo cards and materials.  That includes the Christian and Jewish expansions (each with 7 new cards), the Monty Python Castle expansion (also 7 new cards, include a the Second Taunting action and We Already Got One rule), and the Zombie Fluxx Flame-Thrower expansion (which includes the titled flame-thrower and six zombie creepers).  The Fluxx Blanxx (one blank version of each of the five card types in the game) has also returned.  And lastly, the sweet Zombie Fluxx wooden box & Promo Card are in.  As you can see to the left, this expansion consists of a nice wooden box to hold your Zombie Fluxx game in and a promo card called Zombie Boss.

May 282011
 

Can’t think of a Bond villain that played this game off the top of my head, but it certainly seems like Khet 2.0 would fit perfectly with a pool of piranhas.

Why?  Lasers, sir, lasers.

Two opponents face off on a chess-style board with Egyptian-themed pieces which have either two, one, or no mirrors attached to them.  Strategically maneuvering theses pieces around the board, players attempt to refract the lasers being emitted by each others’ pharaoh figure.  If you get your laser to touch your opponent’s pharaoh, you win; if a laser beam does not touch the mirror side of a piece, then it is eliminated.  To do this, you move your pieces one space in any direction or rotate them a quarter turn.  The one downside:  the lasers are to small to affix them to the moon.

Like a grim, dystopic speeding bullet, Wild Talents the Essential Edition drops the budget boo-ya.  This little digest sized RPG is only $9.99 but contains all the usual elements found in a regular sized RPG book.  Thematically, it is a superhero game, but set in a dark, futuristic environment (it  follows, chronologically, the Godlike RPG that was set in WWII).  But the real kicker here is that it utilizes the One-Roll Engine, which eliminates multiple rolls during combat and the like.

Call the exterminator, ’cause we’ve got Horned Rats.  Doubt there are any exterminators in the Warhammer Chaos of the Old World series, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out the new The Horned Rat expansion.  Inside, you’ll find the new playable Skaven faction.  All the miniatures, rules, threat dials, tokens, and other Horned Rat goodies are included, as well.  Plus, new rules that allow the addition of a fifth player.  Oh, and plus number two, a bunch’a new Chaos, Upgrade, and Old World cards to challenge all involved.

Ultimate is an adjective that gets thrown around a fair amount in the comic book and gaming circles, but, rarely, is it as fitting as with Pathfinder‘s new Ultimate Magic hardcover.  If you’re jonesing for magical might to flesh out your character, this tome is for you.  Introducing the new magus (a magical warrior) base class is only the first ultimate step the book takes.  It also introduces 100 new spells, a spellcasting system called words of power, new caster options, and many, many more magic enhancers.  Not just saying this, they are going fast here, so magic, and by that I mean drive, your way on over to Pulp for a copy.

Judging by the new Cookie Fu boxes, Pulp is getting into the take-out business.  Yes, this creatively themed game comes in swanky Chinese delivery cartons.  And you do get a fortune cookie with your meal.  But I’m getting ahead of myself, what is Cookie Fu?  Well, think of a combination between Zombie Dice and Yomi.  Players build their fighters based off of a handy “Nutritional Info”-style chart that explains the type and number of dice that are required.  Some die are covered in unique symbols that indicate fighting moves, like block, grab, or throw, while others represent “initiative” that decides who goes first.  Best of all, in each starter or booster there are actual edible fortune cookies that give players special abilities.  Talk about a game that takes advantage of its theme!