Jul 082016
 

Smallworld Pocket EncyclopediaWe know everyone is working to flesh out their Pokedex on Pokemon Go, but this weekend Days of Wonder is dropping their own encyclopedia for Small World.  The Small World Pocket Encyclopedia is a must-buy for all of the Small World purists and collectors out there.  A smartly designed, pocket sized  hardcover volume, the Small World Pocket Encyclopedia contains not only a full set of easy-access rules for the game, but also an FAQ, designer notes, and, most importantly, sixty-three individual entries detailing every race and special power from the base game and all of the expansions.The Grizzled At Your Order

Only the truly rough, tough, and resilient survived during the Great War.  The same applies to The Grizzled.  A strategic cooperative card game set during World War I, The Grizzled receives its first expansion set this weekend.  At Your Orders! provides additional special missions for players to complete during gameplay, both in experienced and novice versions to satisfy new and old gamers alike.  Even more exciting, At Your Orders! also provides expanded rulesets for two player or solo play for the original base game.

Stellar ConflictLike an expanded, card game version of Galaga, Stellar Conflict is another card game set in the Among the Stars universe.  Taking place over two tense, speedy rounds, Stellar Conflict plays for ten minutes with two to four players.  In round one, players swiftly select ships from a variety of options, choosing them based off of their abilities and availability.  Once that round is complete, these ships are deployed against an invading fleet of alien cruisers that must be vanquished by the armada you have chosen.  Hopefully you haven’t chosen poorly.Mysterium Hidden Signs

You thought you’d solved the mystery and escaped the Mysterium.  You were wrong.  Mysterium:  Hidden Signs is the first expansion for the popular horror tinged game, Mysterium.  Expanding the options and gameplay, this set includes six suspects, six locations, and six objects to deepen the gameplay.  Forty-two new vision cards are also included in order to provide players with a range of new communication options.  Also, if you manage to grab the first printing of this expansion, you’ll receive three promo cards that can be used in the base game.

Rick and Morty Total RickallCryptozoic capitalizes on the extreme popularity of Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty series with the first card game based on the show.  Featuring a quick learning curve, Rick and Morty:  Total Rickall plays well with two to five players over the course of twenty to thirty minutes.  Always ready to skewer pop culture, Rick and Morty:  Total Rickall is a play off of The Thing, with Rick and Morty attempting to cleanse their house of shapshifting parasites that have disguised themselves as friends and family.  Work your way through these opponents, but be careful not to eliminate the real versions!Kitty Paw

There is never enough cute cat games in the world.  Proving that fact, Kitty Paw is a new dexterity and reaction game out this weekend.  For audiences young and old, Kitty Paw is a one to four player game that can take anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes to play.  In the game, players rush to draw and play various cat cards in order to match a designated pattern assigned at the beginning of the round.  Of course, that’s too simple.  Players also will be forced to use only one “cat paw” when drawing and playing X-Wing Star Wars Imperial Veteransthese cards as well as pulling from the same draw pile as all other players.

Be ready to get those Tie-Fighter sound effects stuck in your head, because Fantasy Flight has just released another Empire expansion for the X-Wing miniature game.  In Imperial Veterans, players receive two ships, the Crimson Tie and the Tie-Bomber.  The former is all about nimble movement and swift attacking, while the latter hits opponents with a painful barrage of explosives.  This expansion contains all of the materials for players to use either or both ships in their next X-Wing game.

Apr 152016
 

Chez Geek Spring BreakFor those layabouts still building up slack in the world of Chez Geek, Steve Jackson Games has another way for players to continue to be lazy.  The Chez Geek Spring Break expansion can be added to the base game in the form of forty entirely new cards, all themed around traveling for the Spring Break holiday.  In addition to those cards, the expansion also contains Event Cards, which are an entirely new element that changes up gameplay.Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game

Cryptozoic has built up quite an empire of property-based deck building games, including DC, The Lord of the Rings, and Street Fighter.  Well, this weekend they add another conquest to that list with the Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game.  In this version of the game, players are controlling and building decks around popular Cartoon Network shows, like Dexter’s Laboratory, Regular Show, Samurai Jack, and Adventure Time.  As always, this version of the game is completely compatible with other Cryptozoic deck builders, so if you want you can have Finn face off with Superman while Frodo waits in the wings.

Rory's Story CubesSay you’re writing your first novel.  Or game mastering an RPG for your buddies.  Or maybe just killing time with friends around a campfire.  No matter the case, Rory’s Story Cubes are designed to randomly generate story ideas and elements to help fire the imagination.  Out this weekend are six mini-expansion packs for the series, each with three dice featuring a single theme.  For example, the Enchanted box features story elements related to fairytales and fantasy while the Clues box is all mystery related.Talisman Cataclysm

A new big box expansion for the popular dungeon crawl board game, Talisman, drops this weekend.  Talisman The Cataclysm introduces an entirely new main board to replace the one found in the base game.  In addition to the replacement game board, the expansion also contains over 150 extra cards and miniatures that Munchkin Marvelintroduce five original characters into the game, including ones inspired by Viking and Indian mythology.

Marvel is in the air as Captain America:  Civil War is on the horizon.  Understanding their fan base, Steve Jackson has made another coup by acquiring the rights to Marvel‘s popular line of characters in order to release Munchkin Marvel.  A new base game for the popular series, Munchkin Marvel uses the same mechanics from the other Munchkin games, but applies the heroes and villains of Marvel to them.  You’ll still be fighting monsters and acquiring treasures, but now those monsters will be Thanos, The Red Skull, and the like while you’ll be using Mjolnir or Cap’s shield to take them down.

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.

Jul 172015
 

Magic The Gathering Origins Fat Pack boosterIt’s that time of year again (yes, again).  Magic the Gathering is launching another set that segues into a whole new era of the popular CCG.  MtG Origins is to be the final core set (reprinting old cards alongside new ones) ever, as the company will be instigating an updated release schedule this Fall.  As usual with a new Magic release, the standard boxes of booster packs, Fat Packs, and Intro Decks all release today.  Alongside those releases, however, there are also new Deck Builder’s Toolkits and Clash Packs.Walking Dead Bang Dice Game

Two, count them, two Walking Dead dice games hit the shelves this weekend!

First up, Bang! follows up its own Dice Game version and the Walking Dead Bang! edition with the Walking Dead Bang Dice Game!  Not only do players take on roles like Walking Dead Dice Game CryptozoicSheriff and Walker, similar to regular Bang!, opponents also compete to collect points while rolling dice.  But be careful, but too many zombies bites will whittle away from your overall score.

Out from Cryptozoic is the succinctly titled, Walking Dead Dice Game.  A competing version to the above Bang! variation, the Walking Dead Dice Game sees players rolling dice in order to acquire supplies and move from region to region on a mini-gameboard.  Essentially a scaled down version of the larger survival-centric Walking Dead board game.Doctor Who 8th Doctor Sourcebook

Yes, the Ninth Doctor Sourcebook came out last week.  Yes, the Eighth Doctor Sourcebook releases this weekend.  Sue us, time travel is weird.  Like each of the Sourcebooks in the Doctor Who RPG line, the Eighth Doctor Sourcebook contains a detailed explanation of this version of the Doctor’s exploits.  But, wait, the Eighth Doctor only starred in a single TV movie!  In place of other episode, Cubicle 7 has written an extended adventure that takes players across the various realms and time periods of the Crabs Adjust HumidityDoctor Who universe, all while controlling the Eighth Doctor and his various companions.

Possibly the most often asked question at Pulp Fiction is “Do you carry Cards Against Humanity?”  Sadly, the answer has always been “no,” because the makers of that game do not sell their product through gaming distributors.  Luckily, the answer has changed to “yes,” because a forward thinking company has released Crabs Adjust Humidity.  An exact copy of the format and style of Cards Against Humanity, Crabs Adjust Humidity contains new cards that can be played as a standalone game (that works exactly like CardsCthulhu's Vault Against Humanity) or incorporated into the original game.

A darker, insanity driven version of the popular storytelling game, Once Upon a Time, Cthulhu’s Vault has players competing to tell a story using classic mythos elements.  However, unlike Once Upon a Time, players must defeat an Eldar God in the game’s final round, akin to Chew Card Game Cases of the FDAthe endgame scenario of Arkham Horror.

Popular Image comic book, Chew, comes to the boardgaming workd in Chew:  Cases of the FDA.  In, Chew:  Cases of the FDA, you’ll work to solve a case pulled straight from the pages of the comic series.  Whether it’s finding clues, recruiting allies with amazing food-related powers, or sabotaging your opponents, each round you’ll work to close the book on your particular investigation before your opponents can swoop in and steal your spot as the top-food-cop in town.

Jun 262015
 

SpyfallFor three to eight players, Spyfall from Cryptozoic is a one-of-a-kind conversation-based game.  Players have a few minutes to identify a spy in on of the numerous locations – a day spa, a space station, a submarine, and so on.  Observation, concentration, nonchalance, and cunning – you’ll need all of them in this game!Nevermore

In the game of Nevermore, players must collect the cards to success.  Build your hand each round, drafting cards you want and poisoning your opponent’s hand by passing along cards you think they can’t use.  Whoever has the most of a suit, gains the power of that suit – doing damage, healing, gaining Light and Shadow magicks and scoring victory points.  Will you transform all your rivals into ravens – or can they regain their human form in time to score enough Victory to Dark Angels Codex 2015win?

The updated Dark Angels Codex is out this weekend alongside a slew of other Dark Angels product.  The Codex contains information on the history of the faction, a showcase of Citadel miniatures, a comprehensive army list, and an appendix.  Also out this weekend are the Dark Angel Datacards and the new Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain.Forbidden Stars

We’ll continue to stick around the 40K universe with the next board game release, Forbidden Stars.  Released by Fantasy Flight, Forbidden Stars has two to four players take the helm of a mighty faction from the Warhammer 40K universe.  Dominate rich planetary systems and use their resources to fuel your engines of war.  Brave the madness of the Warp, transform your worlds into Pafumeimpenetrable bastions, and slaughter your foes.

Another in the long line of family friendly Queen Games, Parfum is out this weekend.  Parfum transports players to the wonderful world of fragrances, which dates back hundreds of years to when aromatic scents were first used in the Orient in myriad ways.  As master perfumers, players distill precious essences and create unique perfumes using ingredients like vanilla and lavender.  But each customer has their own preferences, so even the most charming symphony of fragrances must satisfy the tastes of the wealthy clientele.  Choose your aroma dice skillfully and mind well your client’s desires in order to become the most successful Peloponnesperfumer.

In Peloponnese, players will take control of a powerful civilization of ancient Greece.  You’ll develop your civilization through the eight game rounds, add territory and build prestigious buildings.  These increase your civilizations’ inhabitants, luxury, wealth, and power.  Some buildings also offer protection against the destructive disasters.  Only through a good balance between inhabitants, Fairytale Gloomland, and buildings you claim victory and join the gods of Peloponnese.

A new variation on the popular Gloom format, Fairytale Gloom where players control the gruesome fates of famous literary characters like Jack, Gretel, and Puss in Boots.  Unique transparent cards stack on top of each other to make scoring easy.  The points you can see are the points in play!Albion's Legacy

Albion’s Legacy is a fully cooperative adventure board game that pits a team of players against a legion of enemies.  As King Arthur and his allies travel to complete difficult quests, they must explore a kingdom that changes each time the game is played, while despair threatens to overtake the land.  It will take all of your combined wit to complete your quest and save Albion.  Worth a Walking Dead the Prisonlook for fans of Shadows Over Camelot.

A new expansion for the comic book based Walking Dead game, Walking Dead The Prison is both a stand alone edition and an expansion for the original base game.  Take on the role of a survivor who has just found the perfect place to start a new life in a world full of zombies.  With only two companions at the start of the game, players must struggle to find resources and rescue other survivors, while also working together to secure the prison…but only one survivor will ultimately get to be in charge.  Can you find enough resources, secure enough Ice King Marceline Card Wars Adventure Timeareas and kill enough zombies to become the leader of the survivors?

Holy stuff!  Check out the new decks for Adventure Time Card Wars!  In this Collector’s Pack, there is Ice King’s IcyLands deck and Marceline’s useless swamp/NiceLands deck.  Also included are oversized hero cards for Star Wars Force and Destiny Beginner Gameeach character, the introduction of the IcyLands landscape, and math loads of new art.

The year of Star Wars continues with the long awaited Force and Destiny Beginner Game edition for the Star Wars roleplaying game.  This Beginner Game box includes a complete, learn-as-you-go adventure that introduces force powers into the roleplaying system.  Pre-generated character folios keep rules right at their fingertips.  Custom dice and an exciting narrative gameplay system make every roll a story.  Detailed rules provide for hours of entertainment as you creat your own adventures and tell your own stories.