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!

Jan 242015
 

Small World Royal BonusSmall World is really becoming a misnomer at this point.

Days of Wonder has released two more expansions for the popular Risk-like board game, including Small World:  Royal Bonus and Leaders of Small World.  The former expansion features three new races and powers, including the Behemoth race which are giant Hippos in ties and dresses.  And, yes, they are as awesome as they sound.  The Leaders of Small World expansion adds an entirely new ability to the game where players can opt into a leader token whenever they purchase their race/power combo.

Get ready to have that theme song stuck in your head, because IDW Games released The X-Files: Board Game this The X-Files Board Gameweekend.  Playing similarly to Letters from White Chapel and Last Night on Earth, two to four players control agents solving paranormal cases across America, while another player controls the Cigarette Smoking Man, who throws obstacles in the path of the agents at every turn.  With a possible reboot of the cult favorite series around the corner, now’s the time to sample this new board game.

Fate Reforged Fat Pack Intro DeckLike clockwork, the newest Magic the Gathering set, the first for 2015, is out this weekend.  The second set in the Khans of Tarkir block, Fate Reforged also features tri-color clans as a foundation mechanic for the set.  As usual, this release weekend sees the arrival of not only boxes of Fate Reforged boosters, but the standard Fat Pack and Intro Deck materials, as well.  A newer addition to the launch weekend releases is the Clash Pack, a halfway point between the Event Decks and the Duel Decks.Trieste_Slipcover_v2

Coup, The Resistance, and Avalon have skyrocketed in popularity recently, so every gaming company wants to get in on the deception card game, uh, game.  Victory Point Games is the first company throwing their hat in the ring with Trieste.  Trieste is a three player deception card game, where players select one of three roles (Thief, Merchant, or City Watch) to command.  Each role comes with their own deck of cards and specialty win conditions, as well.  All turns are played simultaneously, with each player not knowing what their opponents will play until it is played.

DiamonstersIDW is diving head first into their gaming division with not only the X-Files game mentioned earlier, but also the new Diamonsters card game.  A good family game, Diamonsters is a set collection game where players start out with the exact same hand, but attempt to collect sets of different cards.  The choices are either three monsters of one kind or five diamonds, but beware some of the monsters will devour your diamonds.  As well, the game is designed and illustrated by the artists behind Machi Koro.Machi Koro Harbor expansion

And speaking of Machi Koro and IDW. . .

Development continues in the quirky, colorful town of Machi Koro with the Harbor expansion.  The first expansion for Machi Koro, Harbor adds thirteen new cards, including seaports and airports.  As well, the win condition for the game is no longer four, but six landmarks.  Grab a copy and get up to five players building up the town.

Oct 252014
 

Power Grid DeluxeSimilar to the Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary edition that came out a couple months back, Power Grid Deluxe is a board game collector’s dream.  This edition of the highly popular game comes with an oversized game board that features all of the United States and Europe, wooden pieces, and updated resource refill cards.  This edition of the game will not be in print long, so grab it now if you want it.

Swear to these!Batman Arkham City Miniature Game

An entirely new Batman miniature game has just appeared out of the shadows and onto the Pulp Fiction shelves.  These 35mm miniatures are metal and unpainted, allowing players to customize their own versions of Batman, The Joker, Black Mask, and other characters.  As well, these Knight Models are, in large part, based off of the extremely popular Arkham Asylum, City, and Origins video game Timeline Americanaseries.  Become the night!

Asmodee‘s successful, educational card gaming series Timeline, where players attempt to accurately build a historical timeline of events, gains two additional versions this weekend.  First up, Timeline Americana includes cards featuring famous American popular historical events.  Second is Timeline American History, which narrows down the focus of the game to important dates that shaped American culture, including the Salem Witch Trials, Watergate, and the founding of Harvard.Pathfinder Monster Codex

A rather hefty bag of holding filled with new Pathfinder materials was dropped off at the store today and we thought we’d share with all of you what was in it.

Leading the way is the Pathfinder Monster Codex.  Contained within its glossy pages are detailed descriptions over over twenty creatures from the Pathfinder mythos, including information on their ecologies and habitats.  The Monster Codex is a perfect companion to the Bestiary volumes.  As well, the Pathfinder Player Companion:  Advanced Class Origins hardcover hit shelves.  This volume contains ten new classes as well as archetypes that can be integrated into your Pathfinder Map Pack Starship Corridorsgame.  Third up is the Pathfinder Campaign Setting:  Ships of the Inner Ships softcover volume, which details seven sailing barges that can be played in the Skull and Shackles Adventure Path or any other game scenario.

Now to the Pathfinder accessories!

First up, we have the Pathfinder Map Pack for the Starship Corridors, which includes eighteen different 5” x 8” tile sets for cosmic vehicles.  Second, we have the a new set of Pathfinder Pawns for the Mummy’s Mask Adventure Path.  This box set contains over one hundred full color, cardstock pawns for use within the Mummy’s Mask Adventure Path.Rukus the Goblin Army Game

Ruckus The Goblin Army Game is a goofy, light-hearted tactical card game featuring Munchkin-esque artwork and humor.

Ruckus begins with a drafting phase, where players via for specific soldiers in unique factions.  But draft carefully, as every player only has a limited amount of points to purchase soldiers with.  Each faction has special abilities that assist them in the next phase of the game, which is all out fighting.  The game is designed to be accessible to LotR LCG Nin-in-Eilph Adventure Packbeginners, but complicated enough for multiple replays.

The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game gains its newest Adventure Pack this weekend with The Nin-In-Eilph.  Watch you step carefully as you travel through the marshes of Nin-In-Eilph with this sixty card expansion.  Contained within is an entirely new hero card as well as a brand new scenario.Coup Reformation expansion

Coup, the third card game in the Resistance series, gains its first expansion this weekend.  Reformation includes additional cards that allow for faction and team play for up to four players.  One new mechanic sees players declare allegiance to either the Catholic or Protestant faiths, which allows them to target other members of the faith.

Falling card gameFalling slowly is the name of the game in the appropriately named card game, Falling.

Four to eight players, including a dealer, compete to see who among them hits the ground last after falling from an incredible height.  Going splat is inevitable, so the goal is to do so last, keeping your opponents in the air with the most dastardly methods possible.   Dixit Daydreams

Absent in the gaming world for a awhile, Dixit is back with another card expansion.  Daydreams includes eighty-four additional art cards that can be incorporated into any previous version of the party card game.  For those unfamiliar with Dixit, the game operates off of mechanics similar to Apples to Apples, with players laying down various illustrated cards to try and convey a word, sound, or gesture given by another Subdivision board gameplayer.

Bezier Games releases another version of Suburbia this weekend called, Subdivision.  Operating off of similar mechanics to the original game, players attempt to build the most contemporary, advanced subdivision, constructing buildings, roads, houses, and other structures while also trying to keep them up to code.  Subdivision complicates things, however, by keeping players located into a small, constrained section of the gaming board.Core Worlds Revolution

Core Worlds, the universe spanning deck building game, expands further this weekend with Core Worlds:  Revolution.  A one hundred card expansion for the game, Revolution gives players the ability to construct Advancements on conquered worlds along with new Hero Tactic abilities that are linked to specific hero cards and located in Among the Stars The Ambassadors expansiona separate Hero Deck.

Along with Core Worlds, the Among the Stars drafting game gains a 150 card expansion called Ambassadors.  Among these 150 cards are twenty brand new locations, objectives, an Alien race, conflicts (replacing the original set), and the ability to play with a fifth or sixth player.

Sentinels of the Multiverse, the highly popular cooperative superhero card game, takes itsSentinels Tactics The Flame of Freedom basic rule set and themes and rearranges them for Sentinel Tactics:  The Flame of Freedom.  This entirely new board game version of the Sentinels universe has players selecting teams of heroes to fight against each or a team of villains.  The gameplay takes place on a hex map, with players moving D&D Rise of Tiamattheir teams across the board and engaging other players with their own unique superpowers.  Not entirely cooperative like the card game, Sentinel Tactics still requires teamwork in order to conquer your foes.

Dungeons and Dragons Next continues to expand its catalog of hardcover editions with this weekend’s The Rise of Tiamat.  This adventure for characters levels eight to fifteen, sees Munchkin Panicplayers attempt to halt the return of the dragon lord Tiamat to the Forgotten Realms.

Finally tonight, the Munchkin series of games crosses over with the popular Castle Panic series.  Munchkin Panic is a Steve Jackson infused version of Castle Panic that incorporates some unique new rules and the artwork of John Kovalic.

Nov 222013
 

Wasn’t happy with the ending to the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline?  Play it out yourself with the new Avengers and X-Men Vs. Heroclix starter sets.  These two individual sets, one X-Men, one Avengers, each contain the essentials for playing a head-to-head game of Heroclix, allowing you and your friend to pit Avenger against X-Man!

If zombie films have taught us anything, it’s that the undead never stop coming.  Steve Jackson takes this concept to heart with his extremely successful Zombie Dice game.  Releasing this weekend is the Zombie Dice Brain Case, a special dice container with a heavy-duty screw-on cap and a score pad to keep track of your brains.

Have at me, Spirit of the Century!

The famous FATE-centric RPG gained a dirigible’s worth of new product today, including a supplemental edition called Strange Tales of the Century, written and designed to appear like a classic pulp novel, but actually providing new material.  Three actual SotC novels were released, however, including Khan of Mars, King Khan, and Sally Slick and the Steel Syndicate.

Forget Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, and Slytherin.

Mage Wars is all about Druid vs. Necromancer!

This new two Mage expansion to the base game introduces forces of magic not originally included in the base game.

The Horn that Wakes becomes the most recently released Game of Thrones LCG Adventure Pack, including sixty cards that return to the Night’s Watch, Wildings, and North themes.

One of the hottest (pun intended) cooperative games on shelves right now, Flash Point:  Fire Rescue, is about to get a little hotter.  Excuse the lame burns (sorry!).

Anyway, Extreme Danger, the newest expansion for the game, adds two new levels, basement and attic, to extend the difficulty of the game, requiring that players climb further.  Also included in Extreme Danger are an entire set of unique miniatures which now are sculpted to represent each type of firefighter rather than having a single mold in different colors.

A new deception based card game, Coup (not coop), has players attempting to get their opponents to reveal their two secret identity cards, each laid out face down in front of them, throughout the game by using their own, hidden, special abilities.

After the release of Shadowrun fifth edition earlier this year, players have been clamoring for supplemental material.  No longer do you have to hack corporations to get it, either, because Shattered States, an introductory level adventure for beginner players, is on shelves this weekend.

Munchkin gets a double shot of new this weekend with two distinct booster pack expansions.  First up is Munchkin Gets Promoted, a collection of formerly impossible to find special edition promo cards from throughout Munchkin‘s history.  Second is a goblin-centric booster expansion for Munchkin Pathfinder, Gobsmacked.

Sixty beautifully illustrated cards, ready-made to expand the existing Dixit party-style games arrive in the form of Dixit Origins.

The train keeps a rollin’ all night long with Ticket to Ride‘s newest map expansion, Nederland!

Considering the country is littered with bridges (and accompanying tolls to use them), Nederland adds a distinct element to the game where players must pay tokens to access certain bridge pathways.  The second player to use one of these double bridges, then must pay back those tokens to the first player if they are to cross.

Finally, Mice and Mystics receives its first expansion in the form of Heart of Glorm.  This direct sequel to the original game adds new miniatures, cards, and especially chapters to continue the quest of the mice knights after they have defeated Vanestra.