Aug 162014
 

Star Realms deck building gameJust when you think there’s no new way to improve or augment the standard deck building game format, one company figures out how to go boldly where no company has gone before.  Star Realms is an inexpensive deck builder whose base set is ready-to-play for two people, but scales up by twos each time you buy another one (2 copies = 4 player, 3 copies = 6 players, etc).  Designed by Magic the Gathering hall-of-famers, Star Realms has players trading materials for ships, building armadas, then pitting them against their foes!Zombicide Storage box

When stocking up for the zombie apocalypse, you’re going to need plenty of steel containers for ammo, medical supplies, and rations.  That’s why Zombicide has kindly supplied these for you.  Out this weekend are three different color storage boxes for Alien Uprising base gameyour Zombicide miniatures and game pieces.  Color options are red, blue, and green.

The last situation anyone wants to be in is crash landed on an alien planet with a bunch of untrustworthy crew members.  Alien Uprising is a new, sci-fi survival cooperative board game that drops the players onto a dangerous alien world with a defective starship.  Players roll dice to choose actions, working to either outlast the vicious bug-like lifeforms on the planet’s surface until rescue arrives or to repair the ship for launch.  Miniature expansion packs, including Crew Member, Zothren, and X-14 miniatures are also out this weekend.Dark Heresy 2nd Editon RPG HC

Fantasy Flight and Warhammer 40K‘s bleak roleplaying system, Dark Heresy, receives a major dystopic revision this weekend with the release of the second edition core rulebook.  This newly illustrated hardcover edition features a beautifully illustrated cover, the essentials for gameplay (including character creation, background fluff, and adventure paths), and a redesigned layout.

ImpulseFrom Asmadi Games and the creators of Innovation comes a space exploration game entitled Impulse.  Constructed out of cards, the game board displays random sets of action options that players will utilize by combining them with the cards in their hand.  Each card has six interlinking points that can be joined with other cards on the board in order to earn victory points and conquer this uncharted portion of the galaxy!Age of Rebellion Onslaught at Arda 1

The Force is very much with Pulp Fiction this weekend as two new supplemental hardcovers Edge of the Empire Far Horizonshave arrived for Star Wars Age of Rebellion and Edge of the Empire, respectively.  Onslaught at Arda 1 is a ninety-six page adventure supplement for the system, focusing on large-scale battles at a secret rebel base.  Far Horizons is a sourcebook for the colonist class within the Edge of the Empire system, including talents, spaceships, and gear as well as entrepreneur, performer, and marshal specializations, new to the game.

Riding onto the scene in a sled pulled by ravenous wolves, Logan Grimnar is about the most awe-inspiring Space Wolves miniatures ever!  The Champions of Fenris codex supplement adds material to Champions of Fenris HCthe previously released Space Wolves Codex, including the history of Logan Grimnar, himself, additonal rules, wargear, and formations, and two new missions.  The Logan Grimnar miniature is also out this weekend.

Golem Arcana base game setA miniature battle game across three different mediums, Golem Arcana is an entirely unique gaming experience.  Players field armies based in three separate factions, including knights, ancient ones, relics, and golems.  The twist is that each faction is represented a different way.  The relics are card based, while the golems are miniatures, and, most unusual, the knights and ancient ones are digital.  The base set includes a bluetooth tool that keeps the latter factions connected to the gaming experience.DC Deck Building Game Crisis Expansion Pack 1

The skies of the DC Universe are turning red as the first Crisis Expansion Pack for the DC Deck Building Game has arrived.  This mini-expansion is packed with new material for use with the base game, including six additional characters (Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Robin, and Green Arrow), eight Crisis versions of previous heroes, co-op challenge cards, and impossible mode supervillains that increase the complexity of the game.

Sep 132013
 

Why take your kids to the zoo when you can take the zoo to the kids?

Zooloretto: The Dice Game is travel version of the original game, altering the original animal picking to dice rolls.  The short and sweet version of it goes like this:  One, you get animals to score points, two, you roll dice for more animals, and, three, use some of those animals to fill your zoo.  Just make sure to pair like animals together.

The expansion pack to Ascension:  Rise of Vigil, is out today and it unleashes the darkness!

Ascension:  Darkness Unleashed allows players to use Dark Energy Shards in order to power up and transform their their heroes and constructs.  Also, if you do not have the previous base game you can still pick this expansion up and play it as a a head-to-head variation.  If you do have Rise of Vigil, Darkness Unleashed converts it to a six player game.

The captain may go down with the ship, but no one else does.  Or, at least, they hope they don’t.

Lifeboats is all about survival at any means necessary.  Escaping a sinking ship, players gather into lifeboats and attempt to make their way to the nearest shore.  However, disaster lies ahead as the waves pound against the dingy, throwing passengers overboard.  The catch is that players get to choose who goes overboard, negotiating to keep their characters in the ship and playing the Captain’s Hat to overrule a deadly vote.

Following in the footsteps of the D&D Red Box and the Pathfinder Beginner Box, the new Thunderstone Starter Set creates a perfect introduction to the popular deck building game.  Offering the essentials for a two to five player game, this set not only provides the materials to get looting, exploring, and monster fighting, but also scales up to serve the needs of veteran players.

Already sold out at the distributor level, the Kanai Factory edition of Love Letter is a limited version of the extremely popular original.  Including two new promo cards, making the deck total eighteen, this version presents the game in its original Japanese incarnation.  And again, once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Finally, as the force is always with you, the third wave of Star Wars X-Wing ships have arrived!

This wave includes the B-Wing, HWK 290, the Tie Bomber, and the oversized ship for the set, the Imperial Lambda Shuttle.

Sep 062013
 

Who you gonna call?

Well, in the case of The Phantom Society, the ghosts.

The Phantom Society is a fresh take on the haunted house game from Asterion Press.  Playable from two to four players, the game gives you the option of controlling the ghosts or the ghost hunters, both trapped in an aging hotel.  The former group is hellbent on causing destruction and haunting the guests, while the latter what to get famous by trapping some poltergeists.  Just don’t play it with the lights off…cause, you know, it’d be hard to see.

In Trains, the new edition designed by Hisashi Hayashi, players start with a small set of cards, but by building a more effective deck throughout the game, they will be able to place stations and lay rails over the maps of Osaka or Tokyo.  Gain enough points from your railways and you will ultimately manage the most powerful railroads in modern Japan.

Zombies!!! 12:  Zombie Zoo not only adds a new challenge to the Zombies!!! universe, in the form of a zoo challenge, but also six new types of zombies, including lions, tigers, polar bears, hyenas, monkeys, and gorillas.  Each of these undead animals will come between you and your goals, so work quickly!

Survive the Battle of Helm’s Deep!

The Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers deck-building game expansion allows players to continue playing through the popular film franchise in card form.  This expansion introduces special cards that are automatically given to the starting hands of each Fellowship member, as well as card combos and a Wall of Helm’s Deep gaming scenario that adds a new layer to the gameplay.

Control the rise of six new civilizations in Civilization:  Wisdom and Warfare!

The fates of the Aztecs, English, French, Japanese, Mongols, and Zulu lie within your grasp.  Social policy cards give governments greater depth and power, while a new combat system makes battles more tactical and tense than ever before.  This expansion also adds new map tiles, new relics, and a new type of building.

The Heroes vs. Monsters Duel Deck contains ten rare cards and two mythic card, including Figure of Destiny, Sun Titan, and Deus of Calamity, as well as a preview card of Polukranos, World Eater, a mythic rare from Theros.  As usual, each of these decks is fully built and ready to play out of the box, a perfect set to learn on if you’re a new player!

With the Veterans of the Seas, the newest Tsuro expansion, you’ll be able to add more excitement to your game with the Tsunami and Uzushio (whirl pool) tiles.  However, this tile set also provides you with hope in the form of Cannons and the Mystic Portal may help you to overcome the devastation and be victorious!

Fire up your hyperdrive and embark on a journey to the farthest regions of the Star Wars galaxy.  Intrepid explorers, scrappy smugglers, and adventuresome academics must harness every skill in their arsenal to evade Imperial forces, thwart their competition, and finally explore – and survive – an uncharted world.  This full length adventure includes all-new adversaries, vehicles, and location ready for play in the Edge of the Empire RPG.

Apr 052013
 

Tonight’s New Game Stuff will start in traditional card game territory but slowly descend into madness.

You’ve been warned.

For players of traditional card games like Spades and Hearts, Clubs makes an appearance at the store this weekend.  For those who’ve never played these classic card games or are looking for a simple game for the whole family to play, here’s brief, brief, short, limited, minimal, tiny rundown.  Clubs is all about getting rid of cards as fast as possible.  Like how you’d want to get rid of a bag of wet weasels dosed on speed.  This must be balanced with a trick taking (but only on clubs) in order to score points before the end of the game.  It’s simple as simple does.

As Wizards of the Coast continues to reprint its entire library of Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 hardcovers, they have made it to the tome of all wizardry might, the Spell Compendium.  Say you wish to melt off the face of your guild’s resident Baird.  SPELL COMPENDIUM!  Or maybe turn an owl-bear into a poodle.  SPELL COMPENDIUM!  Or maybe just warm up a pot of tea.  Probably use a fire pit for that last one, but otherwise SPELL COMPENDIUM!!  Ultimately, the point here is that the Spell Compendium has every important magic whatzamahoozit in all of D&D, now wrapped in an errata’d hardcover edition.

All seemed peaceful in the world of Vigil.  The villains were dispersed.  War had ended.  And crystals rained from the sky.  But it was only when it was too late that these seemingly ordained gifts turned out to be omens of danger.  Such is the state of Ascension‘s newest edition, Rise of Vigil.  Continuing to make it easy for new players to get into the popular deck building card game designed by Magic the Gathering players, Rise of Vigil is another standalone version of the game.  If you do have any of the previous editions, however, you can combine them with Rise of Vigil for up to six player combat.  This new edition includes nearly 260 cards, a fair portion of which are new heroes and constructs.

Now for the insanity.

First off, look at the picture to the right.  Apologies for the racier content, but that’s seriously the art for the game.  And, yes, the, um, “proportions” are bit unrealistic.

Oh, by the way, the game is called Kanzume Goddess.  Created by the Japanese, in the fashion of every awkward anime you’ve ever seen, Kanzume Goddess is a tin can containing all the most famous Greek and Norse gods.  As you might imagine, having that many gods stuck in a cramped space leads to some fisticuffs.  That’s where you come in.  Each player takes on a specific god in order to battle against their legendary opponents, building their decks by calling upon other warriors and disciples to aid in the fight.  So, do as the game suggests and “Release them from the can!”

Mar 292013
 

Funnel cakes.  Corndogs.  Turkey legs.  Dragon’s toes.  To enjoy these fair delicacies you’re going to have to stop by Dungeon Lords: Festival Season.

This new standalone version of the popular dungeon construction game adds a number of extra elements not in the original.  This time around the game progresses over five rounds, being each of the seasons as well as a special Festival Season.  Having the extra round is both beneficial and complicating as players have time to prepare their dungeon as well as for the adventurers to assemble their posse.  New traps, monsters, rooms, and spells are also included in this edition of the game, along with The New Paladins expansion.  Just don’t jump on the tilt-a-whirl after eating three of those dragon’s toes.  Barf city.

The goblins have gotten restless.

Gosu Tactics 2 returns you to the worn torn reaches of space and the greatest goblin war of all time.  This deck building game takes the mechanics of Dominion and applies it to the hard fought task of assembling goblin armies.  Tactics is an updated augmented version of the original game, gaining sleeker play options and alongside the lose of cumbersome redundancies.  These alterations include the removal of activation tokens and card text, the latter in order to make the game entirely multilingual.  In place of rule text, the game now utilizes symbols which indicate each goblin’s two power levels.

Insert coin for more Super Dungeon Explorer!

Press start for two new Super Dungeon miniature expansions.  These include a the dreaded Vonn Drakk Manor family and their wicked sorcery.  This massive expansion four new heroes, like Sister of Light and Van Wilding, along with new bosses like Death Spectre and Baron Von Drakk.  Also included are nearly thirty monster miniatures.  Alongside this release comes the special promo level boss, Succubus Vandella.  Rather than straight-up bite your face off like other vampire monsters, Vandella likes to confuse and distract her opponents.

IT’S OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***********!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smash Up gets smashier with Smash Up Awesome Level 9000!

Since ninjas, zombies, and pirates are so last year, this expansion adds four new factions including Killer Plants, Steampunks, Ghosts, and Bear Cavalry.  You read that last one right, by the way.  Bears you can ride.  With cossack riders.  The idea is you and another player (or up to four if you combine the base with the expansion) slam two entirely unrelated character classes together for one deck of utterly confusing destruction!

If you missed out on the limited run on Kickstarter, Sentinels of the Multiverse just dropped a dump truck of promo decks and expansions on our doorstep today.  The promo decks released today include two special location decks, one, Silver Gultch, is a western ghost town and the other, The Final Wasteland, a futuristic desert populated by beasties fit right into the time traveling expansion also released today, Shattered Timelines.  Shattered Timelines itself introduces two original time jumping hero characters as well as four equally non-linear Big Bads for them and other heroes to battle.  A hero deck and a villain deck also join these expansions, introducing Miss Information (a secretarial nasty) and The Scholar (scientific superhero).  Finally, a special pack of oversized villain cards rounds out the plethora of SotM product flooding the store today.