Aug 162013
 

Grab the boards and nails, because Card of the Dead is here!

A draw and play card game set during the zombie apocalypse, Card of the Dead has players drawing action and item cards, playing them to secure themselves from the undead or to battle against them.  Obtaining and playing escape cards is how players win, activating end game after a specific amount have been played.  Or, if you’re the more gruesome type, you can simply see who outlasts everyone else.

Maximum Throwdown is EXACTLY what its name suggests.  From AEGMaximum Throwdown is a physically active card game where players literally throw cards (maximumly?) onto other cards.  However, this is more than a game of fifty-two card pickup, as each card includes icons and emblems that allow the player who threw them to earn special abilities if they’re uncovered.  As one might assume, the goal here is to cover your opponent’s card icons in order to deactivate their abilities while enhancing your own.

The assault has begun!

The fourth adventure pack in the Against the Shadow expansion set for the Lord of the Rings LCG game, Assault on Osgiliath, is out!  All stages of the battle between the Orcs and the Southrons rages onward, these expansion cards convey and detail the action, allowing players to work through the action in cooperative play!

The first deluxe expansion for the Star Wars living card game may be called Edge of Darkness, but it’s all about the grey side of the universe.  A total of 132 new cards expand the game’s objectives, adding an extra 32.  All of these center around two new factions, scum on the dark side and smugglers on the force side.  In short, that’s bounty hunters versus the colleges of Han Solo.

Emperor’s Chosen, the most recent supplement to Fantasy Flight’s Deathwatch series, separates the men from the boys, the chaff from the wheat, the Deathwatch from the Battle Brothers.  Among the Space Marines there are a faction of veteran warriors so revered, so reviled they have earned the title of Battle Brothers.  These daring few are what this supplemental hardcover is all about.  Let your players live the legacy of these unbeatable soldiers by picking up a copy of Emperor’s Chosen.

Avid science fiction junkies take note of Monte Cooke’s Numenera roleplaying system.  Just released, the core rulebook details the far distant future of the Ninth World, a vast world of ancient and advanced technology that houses what remains the human race.  While the Core Rulebook offers all the information about the setting, characters, adventures, and more (all detailed in eye-popping, painterly artwork), the Player’s Guide condenses the information necessary only to players, offering a concise sixty-four page booklet for players to devour.

Completing tonight’s trifecta of roleplaying books is Pathfinder‘s newest release, Mythic Adventures.  As the structures of mythology are as old as time, Mythic Adventures adapts these tropes and plots to the popular roleplaying system.  Players can adventure through mythic “paths” designed for their character, fighting mythic creatures, and casting mythic spells.  There’s a lot of mythic-ness going on here, basically.

Nov 022012
 

For those that know their Shakespeare, Merchant of Venus might sound slightly familiar. Same for anyone who knows their board game history, because Merchant of Venus is a reboot of the classic Avalon Hill board game. This second edition of Merchant of Venus contains a new re imagined game design as well as Richard Hamblen’s classic design.

In Merchant of Venus, one to four players take roles of intergalactic merchants competing to trade goods with alien cultures. Will pirates, space junk, or sabotage end your business? Or can wheel and deal your way to financial superiority.

Any self-respecting Pathfinder GM needs to pick up a copy of the new NPC Codex. Quickly becoming an essential volume, this hardcover contains information on over 300 characters! A go-to guide to running, equipping, and stating out opponents and allies for your players to face, the NPC Codex will easily alleviate set-up time or on-the-fly awkwardness as you grope for enemies. Plus, the book comes with multiple versions of classic Pathfinder characters for easy pre-generated play. Pathfinder releases a ton of great books over the course of a year, but this is certainly one of the most essential!

Your fleet is growing! Wings of Glory today releases four new WWII fighter planes, each pre-painted, assembled, and packed with all the necessary elements to incorporate it into any Wings of Glory WWII games. This new set includes four miniatures, two American, two German. The North American fighters are B-25 Mitchell model planes, while the Germans are Heinkels. For easy-to-learn, mechanically inventive war games, Wings of Glory is the best out there.

It only gets worse in the world of Thunderstone. After defeating Mowtil and collecting three thunderstones in the Caverns of Bane expansion, players are now faced with an even worse threat as Doom’s ultimate plan is revealed. Root of Corruption is the second expansion for the Thunderstone Advanced base game, this time introducing a co-op as well as six new monster groups, seven new heroes, new village cards, and a new poster map board. If you’re going to continue crawling through this dungeon, you’re going to need to get to the Root of Corruption.

Deathwatch has made it to the Outer Reach.

With this new hardcover edition to the Deathwatch corpus players can take the Dead Stations Vigil and serve alongside the Dead Cabal, learning all their ancient secrets. Face the Necrons Suhbekhar Dynasty, an ageless foe clawing to earn back their fallen empire. And once your done defeating the Necrons, explore worlds beyond the reach of the Achilus Crusade, rich with weapons capable of defeating the coming darkness. This hardcover supplement to the base Deathwatch rule book details all the information GMs and players need to explore and conquer the Outer Reach.

Time to get all shirtless up in this Enterprise!

The captain’s log needed a little Shatner-ing up, so Bandai decided to publish an original series Star Trek Deck Building Game to go along with their Next Generation games. This new base game can be combined and played with the previous two Next Gen releases or simply as a stand alone game. Either way, players begin as a captain of a starship, controlling a standard crew and basic weaponry. From there, however, you choose to improve various aspects of your ship and crew, attempting to complete the mission directives of two diverse scenarios. If you want to go boldly where no other deck builder has gone before, go on a Star Trek.

Jul 132012
 

Like an atomic bomb of tiny cardboard, Magic the Gathering 2013 Core Set has dropped. This onslaught of Magic rares, uncommons, and commons is a perfect jumping on set for any new players as it is built around an even distribution of colors and types. Choose from new Fat Packs, Intro Decks, Deck Builder’s Tool Kits, and booster packs as entry options or supplemental materials for your existing decks.

A return to the fantasy RPGS of the seventies, Dungeon Crawl Classics is exactly what it claims to be, a good, old fashion pen and paper, D20 based fantasy system of wizards, elves, dungeons, orcs, and goblins. Not at all a new item, but so appealing to those who were around at the beginning of Dungeons and Dragons, we wanted to mention the restock we received. Outside of the core rulebook and limited edition leather bound version of that tome we also have in stock four different adventures ranging from levels 0 to 2.

Rio Grande Games has been incredibly successful at producing continually addicting expansions to their popular deck building series, Dominion. This week they have once again raised the bar by releasing the Dominion Base Cards set. These reprinted, newly illustrated editions of cards essential to the game, such as all the curse, trash, potion, and victory and treasure cards allow players to purchase any of the Dominion expansions without owning any of the base games. Or pick up the box if you want to spruce up your game with some new, beautifully illustrated versions of the games essential cards.

There’s always a bigger fish.

The new Warmachine Colossals rulebook depends heavily on this notion. Introducing the colossal figures, all of which are even bigger than the largest heavy ‘jacks. New warcasters, updated, fully compiled rules, sections of post-Warmachine: Wrath plot, and a painting guide complete the varied contents list of this essential rulebook.

Lets be honest, you can’t play Wings of War without the majorly cool plane models produced for the game. Ares Games is ready to help with your next bombing raid as they’ve released a set of four new WWI era flyers, all of which include a stat base, a stand to distinguish variable altitudes, a management card, maneuver cards, and the essential rules and counters for each plane.

Fleshing out the already flesh-filled, dystopian universes of Rogue Trader and Deathwatch, two new 40K RPG hardcovers are on shelves now. Honour the Chapter contains all the information necessary for players to detail and command a Space Marine Battle-Brother from any of twenty different chapters, each chronicled extensively. The Koronus Bestiary performs a similar task, but for the many, varied beasties and slithery things crawling, floating, and slithering about the galaxy, even coming with a creature generator tool which allows players to make their own deadly monsters.

Feb 242012
 

Everyone just get quiet for a second and appreciate the new Dark Ascension Event Decks.
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Okay, that’s a fair amount of appreciation. Now for some words of explanation. The red-centric deck, Gleeful Flames, comes equipped with two Inkmoth Nexuses and a bunch of other strong red cards, while the green-centric deck, Spiraling Doom, includes Grim Backwoods, Myr Battlesphere, and Solemn Simulacrum along with a bunch of other tasty stuff. So grab an Event Deck and get dominating at the next tournament.

Doubtfully the final frontier, Alien Frontiers is the highly demanded Kickstarter success of last year. A cleverly designed, beautiful looking colinization game for up to four players, Alien Frontiers has players battling for resources and building colonies in an effort to take command of this vast planetscape.

Speaking of planetary control,Twilight Imperium Rex does not stray away from the world domination mechanics. Based on the system and mechanics of the classic Dune board game (entirely related to the cult classic novels and movies), Rex is a recreation of the same political power struggle present in the first version of the game. Covering three to six players, Rex needs to simultaneously sought by all of them because it will be gone as quick as a sandworm in a drought.

If your hankering for evil beings isn’t satiated yet, then grab your coat and head on over for Nightfall: The Coldest War. This new stand-alone expansion for the popular horror-centric deck building game comes with a wide range of brand new cards. These include completely original starting minions and moon phase cards that expand the game to a global scale. All the wound cards in this set are also entirely redeisnged and re-illustrated.

Speaking of game heavily populated by werewolves and the like, fans of the spooky and nerdy may be intersted in the restock we received on Vampire Werewolf Fairies. Yes, all three are in the same game. And the ultimate goal is to combine as many character types into one super creature or just beef up a single vampire, werewolf, or fairy until your the top dog. For even more fan-tacular action, combine the game with its expansion Zombie Ninja Pirates. Guess what comes in it?

With the new supplemental edition of Deathwatch, The Jericho Reach, gamers take on the role of border patrol Space Marines who guard the titled reach from utter annihilation. In this hardcover, Deathwatch fanatics will find details on all the planets in the Reach, the races that encompass it, all the special abilities at the Marines disposal, and the beasties of Hive Fleet Dagon. How much more distopia can you ask for?

Lastly, lets mosey on outta all this here dark, futury nonsense and get on back to the days’a the West with the new Bang: Gold Rush expansion. The first new expansion for the game in a spell, Gold Rush adds gold nugget cards that will allow participants to purchase new weaponary and equipment. But beware, the shadow-gunslingers have arrived and they’re aiming to shoot you down. Keep one of the most fun games around fresh and exciting by adding this set of cards to the base.

Nov 252011
 

Black Friday is not a day for words, but for action.  In that spirit, here is the least wordy edition of New Game Stuff you will ever run across.

Game Mastery has deposited in our laps two new wonderful accessory products.  First being the Magic Academy Map Pack.  It’s maps for the Magic Academy, nothing more to say.

Second is the Warehouse Flipmat.  Again, self explanatory.

Also on the quick mention list is the new Small World: Tunnels mini-expansion.  This allows you to combine the boards for Small World and Small World Underground.  But you will have had to purchase a copy of either game at the store to get it.

Super Dungeon Explore is happy good time fun!  Amendment to that last part: especially if you’re an avid fan of 8-bit games and dungeon crawling.

Combining the two, Super Dungeon Explore has players selecting a party (like from a video game select screen) then exploring a multi-roomed dungeon collecting treasures and bashing monsters.  Coming with some absolutely snazzy looking cartoony miniatures, if you’ve got two or more players, this game will supply a good time.

Thinking about getting into Warmachine?  Well, much in line with the Assault on Black Reach box for Warhammer or the Beginner Box for Pathfinder, the new Two-Player Battle Box has everything you’ll need for two folks to get into the game.  That “everything” includes a rules primer, dice, ruler, and 17 miniatures between the Khador and Protectorate of Menoth factions, along with their stat cards.

Put your elves, dwarfs, and gnomes to work in the worker placement game known as Belfort.  This quaint fantasy burg needs some reconstruction, which luckily each of the previously mentioned creatures are uniquely able to provide.  Gnomes can run the city, dwarfs can supply wood, while combinations of these guys can result in other point-earning activities.  From Tasty Minstrel Games (makers of Martian Dice), who have been producing some addictive games of late, Belfort could be considered a Carcassonne on crack.

Heading back to the world of Warmachine, the new Hordes: Domination rulebook brings the new freshness.  Including new rules and information on warlocks, the Hordes saga, and new Theme Forces.  Keep pace with the cool kids and pick up a book!

Speaking of books containing dark, deadly, bleakness, here’s the new Deathwatch: First Foundry hardcover.  This book contains a lot of nines.  Nine Space Marine Loyalist chapters.  Nine Traitor Legions as well.  There’s also four chapters left out of the previous Deathwatch editions.  Futuristic pessimism has never looked so good.

Finally, we end on the first expansion for the popular Quarriors! dice/deck building game.  Rise of the Demons introduces 20 new dice and the corruption mechanic (think curse cards in Dominion) where players attempt to clog up their opponents dice bags with a bunch of useless corruption dice.  It’s on now, peoples!