Mar 112016
 

Tiny Epic DefendersCapital City is under attack!  Tiny Epic Defenders of the realm assemble!  Yes, Tiny Epic Defenders is a new tower defense game from Gamelyn Games out this weekend.  In the game, players will work together to defend Capital City from attack by multiple hordes.  These vile villains are encroaching from surrounding towns and must be stopped before they overrun those hamlets on their way to the main city.  Study their patterns, strategize, and collect artifacts to help you fight them off!A Prophecy of Dragons Time Stories

The popular group storytelling/roleplaying-light board game, T.I.M.E. Stories, adds another expansion pack this weekend.  A Prophecy of Dragons includes another ninety minute session for players to incorporate into the base game.  In A Prophecy of Dragons, the time traveling adventures of the game that you control will actually be jumping dimensions, moving to a parallel universe where the middle ages were overrun with magic users.  The world you encounter is drastically different from the one described in our history books.

Happy PigsLast week we had My Happy Farm.  This week, we narrow that down to just Happy Pigs.  A buying and selling family game, Happy Pigs is quick-to-learn and easy-to-play for ages ten and up.  Players compete to purchase, raise, and sell their porcine livestock.  Use funds to purchase baby pigs at the beginning of the game, feed them into adulthood, get them to reproduce, then sell the top choice piggies.  Outside of the cutely designed pig tokens used in the game, Happy Pigs also has a special two player variant those farming inclined couples.  And if pigs aren’t your bag, don’t worry because, for a limited time, each purchase comes with a special Penguins expansion.  La Granja

Farming must be the theme for tonight, because La Granja is our next highlighted game.  From Stronghold Games, La Granja finds players operating farms across the lake from the Spanish village of Esporles.  Over six rounds, will maintain and grow their farm, hiring workers and adding new fields in order to grow produce that will be sold back to the residents of Esporles for a profit.  Keep a close eye on the strategies of other players, however, as turn order can be Smash Up It's Your Fault expansioneffected by dice rolls in order to change the direction of the game.

Everyone loves a new Smash Up expansion, but, in this case, everyone actually contributed to a new Smash Up expansion.  AEG put out a call for factions that fans would like to see incorporated into the popular card game, then chose the winners and released them in the It’s Your Fault expansion.  If you’ve cruised around the Internet for a few short minutes, you might be able to guess the winners that ended up in this expansion.  The four new factions include Sharks, Superheroes, Greek Myths, and Dragons!

Mar 042016
 

The Godfather An Offer You Can't RefuseIDW‘s going to make you an offer you can’t refuse:  a deception card game based off of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy.  The Godfather:  An Offer You Can’t Refuse is playable with five or more players in its base version, so it’s perfect for parties or large gatherings.  Basically, players are secretly assigned the role of either a member of the Corleone family or a cop hot on their trail.  No one knows who is who, but over the course of the game everyone has to figure out each others’ identity.  The game also includes a quick-play ruleset for three players!The Siblings Trouble Pocket Adventures

Part The Goonies, part Sandlot, and part of your own childhood, The Siblings Trouble:  Backyard Adventures is a cooperative storytelling game that recreates the wild, imaginative adventures of adolescence.  A quick-to-play, thirty minute experience, two to four players select one of the pre-designed characters from the game or build their own based off of themselves.  Each player controls their own Adventure Deck as they progress My Happy Farmthrough a “story” using various cards and dice to decide the outcome.

Another quick-to-learn, quick-to-play family game has sprouted up this weekend.  My Happy Farm‘s art design is approachable for all ages of players, from eight and up.  The ruleset matches the artwork, with three simple stages to gameplay.  Players plant seeds, harvest what grows, and then use those crops to feed various animals.  Each animal requires certain crops to be feed properly, so you’ll have to strategically purchase the seeds you need.Star Realms Colony Wars

Star Realms has received numerous booster pack expansions, but with Star Realms Colony Wars the popular deck-building game now has its first full-deck expansion.  Colony Wars, like the base game, is initially playable with two players, but can scale up with each successive deck you purchase.  Colony Wars provides 128 additional cards that explore the outer worlds and all of the tempting resources that await there.  Also out for Star Relams is the Cosmic Gambit booster expansion.  This pack includes New Dawnfifteen new cards that can be incorporated into either of the Star Realms base decks.

A thematic expansion to Among the Stars, New Dawn drops this weekend and provides a new cosmic gaming experience for eager players.  Set in a galaxy where a peaceful Alliance set out to bring prosperity and peace to the systems under its sway, New Dawn actually finds that peace has never arrived.  Instead, desolate star systems and planets lay desolate, ready to be revived.  Over the course of five rounds, players will take on the roles of different races, all part of the Alliance, traveling around the galaxy to establish bases, take control of dormant facilities, and culminate resources.  Do not let the five rounds limit convince you that New Dawn is a short game, however, as the entire experience can take up to two full hours to play.

Feb 122016
 

Tokaido MatsuriThe road grows ever longer with the newest Tokaido expansion. Tokaido Matsuri requires both the base Tokaido game and the Crossroads expansion, but combining all three of them allows players to stop off at the Matsuri or festival. Triggered by the arrival of the Travelers at the intermediate inns, these additions puncture the path with new and unique events. Additionally, the expansion adds sixteen new travelers.Firefly Tall Card

Straight out of the verse, Firefly Tall Card is the authentic card game played by the crew of the Serenity. With rules and artwork taken from the game played by the crew, Tall Card contains over forty five core cards along with an additional fifty cards that allow players to design their own variations on the game. Stick a few rounds of Tall Card in between games of The Firefly Board Game and you’ll practically be a real space smuggler.

Monopoly CthulhuPulp doesn’t often go in for Monopoly games, but when we came across an H.P. Lovecraft inspired version, we couldn’t resist. In the Cthulhu edition of Monopoly, the mythos of Lovecraft comes to life as you travel the board facing elder gods such as Dagon, Yog-Sothoth, and Azathoth. Collect the most insanity points to win the game! Of course, the traditional Monopoly pieces have been replaced, this time with a Cthulhu statuette, the Dagon Dagger, the Necronomicon, and more.

Back to the verse, we have Firefly: Fistful of Credits. A two to four player Firefly Fistful of Creditscooperative game, Fistful of Credits has players stepping into the boots of the Serenity’s crew to pull off a series of dangerous heists in order to gain fortune. The game features three distinct heist scenarios, inspired by the episodes Bushwacked, The Train Job, and Ariel, each with their own highly-detailed board, tokens, and heist cards. Players pair up any two of the nine crew members, to form teams that must race against the clock to complete the job.

Megaman The Board GameFans of retro gaming, pay heed to Mega Man the Board Game, out this weekend. The Blue Bomber must battle against Dr. Wily and his nefarious robots in this adventure board game for two to six players. In the game, players will take control of Mega Man, traversing the gameboard in a similar fashion to classic levels. Of course, the real exciting characteristic of the game is that it includes fully painted models of all your favorite Mega Man characters! And if you have more than six friends wanting to play, just wait a couple of months for the forthcoming Time Man and Oil Man expansion that will increase the total number of players to eight!

Jan 152016
 

Race for the Galaxy Xeno InvasionBuilding an empire is a hard day’s work all on its own, but try doing it with an evil alien race attacking you!  The most recent expansion set for Race for the Galaxy challenges you to do just that.  Xeno Invasion is two games in one box, including both new start world cards that can be added to the base game to expand play options along with the Invasion Game scenario that can be incorporated to up the difficulty.Secret Santa card game

Yes, we all know Christmas was nearly a month ago, but game distributors are a little less certain.  Hence, Secret Santa, a festive card game of competitive gift giving.  Underneath all of the holiday cheer, everyone really is just giving away presents to feel that rush of approval when the receiver joyfully exclaims “This is the best present ever!  You know me so well!”  Secret Santa is all about that moment, as players compete to give away all of their present cards.  Alter the game a little by adding in Santa’s Elves, where players have to give away their gold rings and avoid being stuck with the dreaded fruitcake.

Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes Set 4Officially intended for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, the Iconic Heroes sets are more commonly used for the traditional Pathfinder roleplaying game.  Icon Heroes Set 4 contains miniatures for the Human Bloodrager, Half-Elf gunslinger, Dwarf Shaman, Stone Spirit Animal, Human Skald, and Half-Elf Swashbuckler.  Each one of the miniatures is fully painted and ready for use in-game.  For those who are actually using these in conjunction with the Adventure Card Game, the set also includes six exclusive cards to be incorporated into the game.Escape Zombie City

Though Escape:  Zombie City has been out on the shelves for nearly a month, we some how never mentioned it in a New Game Stuff post.  Tonight that is rectified.  A spin-off of Queen Games‘ popular Escape series, Zombie City deposits players into a zombie apocalypse and demands that they outrun the hordes of undead clamoring to eat them.  The catch?  You only have fifteen minutes to get out of town!  With everyone working together, players start a fifteen minute counter included with the Bang Duelgame, then rapidly attempt to flee the confines of the city.

Bang!, the popular, Western deception card game, puts a couple more bullets into its six-gun this weekend.  First up are two expansion decks, High Noon and The Valley of Shadows .  High Noon includes a new character card, the Judge, and a few new event cards, like Ghost Town and Gold Rush.  The Valley of Shadows is a dangerous place, full of snake and tornadoes (and possibly snake-nados), all represented by twenty-four additonal cards.  Finally, the biggest draw of the three is Bang! the Duel, a two player only version of the game.  Each player controls two different gunslingers, one in front, one in back, then uses their abilities to compete against one Fluxx Diceanother.

As if the fluctuating party card game, Fluxx, was not already a heap of shenanigans, Looney Labs has found a way to increase the randomness.  Meet Fluxx Dice.  This expansion set can be incorporated into any version of Fluxx (base, Batman, Zombie, Monty Python, etc.), as it includes five new cards and two dice that complicate card draws and win conditions even further.

Nov 272015
 

Munchkin Christmas LiteWith the holiday season just beginning in earnest this weekend, it’s time to start thinking about that one important question that everyone raises during the season:  can you play Munchkin?  Okay, maybe not the most important question, but still valid.  Well, Steve Jackson games has made it easier than ever to get into Munchkin with Munchkin Christmas Lite.  An inexpensive deck of Christmas themed cards, Christmas Lite has all of the Munchkin Kittensmaterials for three or four players to learn the basics of Munchkin.

Possibly the greatest Munchkin expansion ever, Munchkin Kittens is on shelves this weekend!  Included in this booster expansion are thirty adorable kitty cards illustrated comic artist Katie Cook that can be incorporated into any of the Munchkin base games.

Bottlecap VikingsBottlecap Vikings may seem like a cross between Fallout and the popular television show (which would be pretty great), but, instead, it is a fun, family friendly resource management game.  In Bottlecap Vikings you will sail, loot, and plunder your way around a bottlecap shaped game board.  Build your village and gain glory until the Valkyries come to claim the fallen across a variable action rondel, two victory conditions, and individual player ability trees.Melee

Styled after 16-byte video games of yore and a pinch of Minecraft, Melee is an army battle game for two to four players.  In the world of Melee, the king has died without an heirs to the throne.  Each player will control one of four different armies (each sitting astride either a parrot, mouse, pig, or dinosaur), fighting from their own castle, to attain the throne.  You will use money and other Operation Faustresources to build your armies and pit them against each other to decide ultimate dominance.

Think Coup or Bang! during WWII and you’ve got Operation F.A.U.S.T., a new deception game from Grey Fox Games.  In this highly social game, players will find themselves in occupied France during WWII, tasked with a mission to recover Europe’s most valuable pieces of art before they are looted by Hitler.  To win the game you must gather intelligence, locate Europe’s most at risk treasures, and recover them before your opponents.  Use your network of spies, double agents, and more to achieve your goals, but take care not to reveal information to others.Bomb Squad

Remaining on the field of battle, but updating it to a modern era, Bomb Squad is a cooperative game with high stakes.  In Bomb Squad players control members of the Retro City Bomb Squad, and their trusty bomb disposal robots in order to defeat dastardly villains that threaten the world.  Help program a robot to navigate buildings, rescue hostages, and defuse bombs in real time.  You cannot see your hand of Command cards, so you’ll have to help your partners figure out which cards to play.  Using a special timer app, the game plays out in real time, with bombs going off every ten minutes unless you defuse them!

TerraCombining a party game experience with factual trivia, Terra pits players against each other in a competition where being close counts.  Faced with world trivia questions like “How long is the Golden Gate Bridge?” or “How many sculptures are on Easter Island?” players will attempt to make educated guesses, marking them with cubes on a slider.  If you don’t know the answer, use your opponents knowledge against them by guessing just a little bit less or more than what they do.  It can’t hurt, as being closer is the goal.

Aperture Science welcomes players to a board-based cake acquisition enrichment activity, Portal the board game.  Yes, Cryptozoic and Valve have adapted the popular Portal video game series into a board gaming experience.  Players control test subjects who are attempting Portal board gameto traverse the testing lab, represented by a modular board, using high tech portal guns.  Tiles will fall off the board over the course of the game, causing players to leap forward as fast as they can in hopes of not getting caught in a disappearing tile.  And at the end:  cake!  Of course, the cake is a lie, so Cryptozoic has given you an exclusive Steam redemption Warhammer Quest Adventure Card Gamecode for Portal 2 instead.

Fantasy Flight does what the company is best at by remaking and relaunching the classic Warhammer Quest the Adventure Card Game.  This card game is a cooperative game of heroic dungeon adventures for one to four players.  Players assume the roles of some of the Old World’s most iconic heroes, then venture into the shadows to battle goblins, trolls, orcs, ghouls, ratmen, and other creatures.  Can you survive their relentless onslaught?  There are only two ways for your quest to end – in death or in glory!