Aug 312012
 

Releasing tomorrow night at midnight (or Friday night, if you look at it that way) is Dark Vengeance, the new Warhammer 40K starter box set. This limited edition version comes with an exclusive Interrogator-Chaplain Serphicus figure (which will only ever be released in this set) as well as all the other essential materials to get started with Warhammer 40K. In place of the Space Marines and Orks of the last set are replaced with Chaos Space Marines and Dark Angels.

Only one Pathfinder book comes stocked full of thousands of weapons, itmes, armors, and gear. It’s Ultimate Equipment and it’s out this week. Like the previous Ultimate volumes for the Pathfinder system, this hardcover editon is chock full of every detail and variation on all the knick knacks and paddywhacks you could ever want in your game.

The best, most authentic Lord of the Rings RPG gains a new volume this week in Tales from Wilderland. Tales from Wilderland contains seven ready-to-play adventures, complete scenarios that can be played separately, or as an epic campaign spanning across a number of years. All adventures are set in the years after 2946, and take place in Wilderland.

Zombies!!! 11: Death Inc., a stand-alone edition to the popular series, plays two to six players and features another alterable map, this time set in a corporate office building. As players move through the building they lay down new tiles, slowly expanding the playing field. Zombies will spawn randomly as you explore, though, so make sure your shotgun is loaded and your chainsaw is primed.

Always a highlight of any New Game Stuff is when a new Dominion expansion comes out. This time it’s Dominion Dark Ages, the seventh addition to the base game this version of the game features Ruin cards (another “bad” option to clog your opponent’s deck), Shelter cards (replaing starting estates), and cards which you can only get via other cards. Oh, and it these cards feature artwork by local artist and Pulp Customer Eric J. Carter.

The brutal beasts of Pathfinder are unleashed with the new Bestiary Box! With over 300 creature tokens for in game use and individual bases for each one, this collection is the easiest way to flesh out your game as well as being way cheaper than collection miniatures for each of these creatures.

Aug 102012
 

Name a blond singer who you wouldn’t take home to your mother.

Yes, I understand there could be a lot of different answer to that description, but that’s exactly the point of Fame Us, a punnily named party game following in the footprints of Apples to Apples. A game that tests your celebrity knowledge, Fame Us has players, either in teams or individually, playing descriptor cards, which build on each other, and trying to name famous folks who fit the more and more detailed description. Those to ten points or an empty hand of cards, wins.

Arabian nights, like Arabian days, more often than not, more hotter than hot. Regardless of what Aladdin may tell you, the new board game, Sidi Baba, though set in the underground world of Arabian thieving, is not, in fact, hot, but, instead, very cool. With real time gameplay, players take on the role of Sidi Baba and his band of thieves as they venture through a maze, facing off against the leader of thieves. Each side has their own objectives to complete in an ultimate goal to be most successful thief.

A new expansion to the retooled Thunderstone Advanced has arrived!

Caverns of Bane is not a reference to The Dark Knight Rises nor a political statement about Bain Capital, it is simply a 250 card addition to the base game. Included within these 250 cards are six new monster groups each with the ability to carry and use treasure against the player. Three new Thunderstone bearers also add a increasing challenge to the overall story and game.

Begin your quest for knowledge in the name of Omnissiah!

Dark Heresy The Lathe Worlds reveals the history of the Lathe worlds while granting access to alternate careers such as Mech-Assassin and Agent of the Lords Dragon. Along with such guarded information, this hardcover includes a thrilling adventure involving a journey to a lost comet station. Learn the secrets of the Machine God!

Jul 202012
 

The Dark Knight is not the only thing rising this weekend, as Pathfinder has released their Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition.

Collecting all six chapters of the original adventure path, this hardcover also contains newly updated creatures in a bestiary section, updated spells, magic items, and point tracking details, along with expanded articles on key locations of the setting. In addition, you’ve got to realize that the individual chapters are becoming harder and harder to locate as they fade out of print. So, if you’re going to take part in one rising this week, make it Rise of the Runelords.

Thought the title Sky Traders may sound like the game’s dealings are on the up and up, the reality is you will get your hands quite dirty. Taking control of various sky ships, players will battle their way to the captain position while dodging pirates (or becoming them), effecting the commodities exchange, and, ultimately, become stupid, stinkin’ rich. Detailed ship boards, character tokens, and game pieces live up to the high standard set by previous Fantasy Flight games, so you know your in for an ARRRRRRRsome time.

Descent receives a new coat of paint this week with it’s Journeys in the Dark Second Edition version. Completely retooling the combat system as well as constructing a new campaign system in which the heroes build their abilities over the course of the crawl as they move closer to a final overlord boss. For a dungeon crawling experience suitable for two to five players, Descent: Journeys in the Dark is the classic returned from the dead.

Apr 212012
 

If you were to ask any self-respecting nerd what the Doctor and a Dalek have in common, they would likely laugh in your face. And then say something about how bow ties are cool.

But they would be wrong to laugh, because the Doctor and the Daleks do actually share a similarity. They can both light up a dark situation! One with his trusty sonic screwdriver and one with his, uh, butt. Yes, folks, Doctor Who flashlights. The first being a replica of the 11th Doctor’s sonic screwdriver, which emits a glowing green light from its tip, and, the second, a Dalek miniature, which shines a ray off light out of its…well, butt really is the best word for it. One can save the universe while the other will destroy it, but they’re both equally timey wimey awesome.

Many consider Ultimatum by Jeph Loeb to be the worst storyline to ever occur in the Ultimate Marvel universe. Sadly, I believe this has kept many readers from checking out his follow up to that series Ultimate X. Constructed as a tight five issue miniseries, this run by Loeb is among the best stories ever told in Ultimate cannon. Focusing on a different mutant with each issue, Loeb works overtime to shape and convey these characters (some new, some old) to the reader. And does with emotional results. A large part of that success, however, is due to Art Adams insane artwork. Adams drew 616 X-Men back in the day with the best of them and his detailed, emotive pencils have only gotten better. Even if you’ve never read a single issue of the Ultimate X-Men series, the Ultimate X: Origins tpb will compel you to read more.

Before he become THE Neil Gaiman thanks to his cult classic Sandman run, the Neil Gaiman wrote a four issue miniseries for Vertigo comics entitled Black Orchid. Now collected in a beautiful oversized hardcover edition, Black Orchid chronicles the revenge tale of a woman who’s reborn as a half-human, half-plant creature. The etherial artwork of Dave McKean spreads across the pages of this collection, a watercolor on steroids. With such a limited library of titles to explore, any fan of Neil Gaiman owes it to themselves to hunt down this new volume in an effort to complete their collection.

Boba Fett is dead.

So begins the new Dark Horse series, Blood Ties. This new four issue series details the fallout from the death of the galaxy’s greatest, most infamous bounty hunter. A son of a Jango Fett clone, Connor Freeman, gets drawn into the hunt for Fett’s killer, finding more action, adventure, and intrigue than he’s ever experienced before. Rich painted interiors coupled with this interesting story will make this a Star Wars miniseries for the ages.

Apr 132012
 

You’ve caught the . And the only prescription is more cowbell…no that’s something else.

The only prescription for Horse Fever is actually fixing races, buying off jockeys, and borrowing money from the mob. Or, at least, that’s the case in the new game…Chicken Pox…okay, no, it’s called Horse Fever. Players control gamblers looking to get rich of each race in three different formats of play. These play levels, set-up as easy, medium, and hard, are a board game version, a family game version, and a party game version of base play. So, you can get into the game however you choose, then work up to a higher level of difficulty as you go along.

Expanding upon the base Ghost Stories board game, the new Black Secret version of the game increases the terror of the original game by kicking the number of players up to 2-5. And that extra player gets to control the villain of the game, Wu-Feng. The other players must face off against his ghost armies and spells, but have magical mantras, which increase by with the level of play, to protect them. If you’re into the original game or Last Night on Earth, give the new Ghost Stories: Black Secret at try.

Space will not be the final frontier for Marvel Heroclix, but it will be one of the most awesome. The new Galactic Guardians Heroclix set hit stores today, full of new cosmic figure goodness for your Heroclix collection. Focusing on characters like Silver Surfer, Nova, Dr. Strange, and Galactus, this new set comes in regular boosters as well as Super Boosters which contain a colossal figure. Collect them all to flesh out your forces with the power cosmic!

If you enjoy your roleplaying dark, demented, and Lovecraftian, you’ll need to pick up the Carcosa RPG hardcover. Made specifically for adults, this system is compatible with old school fantasy adventure games, offering 800 encounters to enact. Come prepared for bone-chilling horror and violence, as this game delivers the gruesome.