Nov 202015

Mafia de CubaJoin the family in Mafia de Cuba.  In the vein of Ultimate Werewolf or Bang!, Mafia de Cuba is a game of deceptive trickery.  Players will pass around the actual game box, which will contain various diamonds and tokens, each of which can be stolen or left in order to choose your allegiance.  As the box is passed around, other players will have to deduce who has taken or not taken what tokens in order to figure out their allegiance.Boss Monster 2

Boss Monster 2 may have already come out, but that was simply the standard edition.  If you know anything about video games, you’ll know that alternate versions and updated editions are a regular occurrence.  That being said, Boss Monster 2 receives a special limited edition variant this weekend.  Including the same twelve new bosses from the original version, this limited edition presents them in shiny, deluxe holofoil!

MLP_CCG_StarterBring home the mystical mysteries of Ponyville and beyond with this exciting new expansion set to the My Little Pony Collectible Card Game.  Each High Magic Theme Deck includes three must-have exclusive cards, including a new Mane Character card that will change the way you play.  With the Steal the Show Theme Deck you’ll use the show-stopping magic of The Great and Powerful Trixie to unlock the Chest of Harmony, travel halfway across Equestria, score fifteen points, and win the game!Code of Nine board game


Heavily influenced by anime and manga, Code of Nine is the newest game from the designers of Tragedy Looper.  In the game, you are an automaton awakening to the ruins of the world 100 years after its destruction.  With no humans alive to guide you, and only having two of the eight important conditions that you must obey, you must wander the ruins to complete the task assigned you.  Each location on the board has a unique effect.  You may gain items, steal items, or look at your opponents’ Memory cards.  You must choose which action to take, but with only fifteen turns to act, choose wisely.

Kingslayer playmat A Game of ThronesFantasy Flight games launches a series playmats this weekend for the Game of Thrones LCG.  Each of these rubber playmats are 14″x24″ in diameter, and feature beautifully illustrated versions of the George R.R. Martin’s most famous characters.  Choose from The Kingslayer, the Mother of Dragons, Ironborn Reavers, the Red Witch, and others.  While these playmats are intended for use with the LCG, they are obviously usable with Magic, My Little Pony, or any other popular card game.Monster Playmat Tube

And if you’re going to be picking up a new playmat, might as well grab a fancy Monster Playmat Tube.  These tubes come in a variety of colors, including red, green, gray, clear, and opaque black and white.  Unlike other brands of playmat tubes, Monsters are triangular, which keeps them from rolling away Dragon Farklewhen you sit them down.

You’ve played Farkle, but have you ever braved the challenge of Dragon Farkle?  The answer is likely “no,” as the game is just coming out this weekend.  Dragon Farkle is like standard versions of Farkle, but with the added mechanics that account for the whole dragon-ness of it all.  Not only will you roll dice to “build your armies,” you will also utilize various magic items and companions, represented by cards, to battle against the menacing dragon.  Shadows Over Normandie Achtung Cthulhu

What game isn’t improved by throwing some Cthulhu into it?  None.  The answer is none.  In Shadows Over Normandie:  Achtung! Cthulhu, two to three players control opposing armies (the Majestic, Deep Ones, or Black Sun) in all out warfare.  Represented by illustrated tokens, each army moves across battlefield tiles that pose obstacles and cover, much like a miniature battle game.  Of course, in this version of Amazing Spider-Man Dice Masters Starter SetWWII, the Elder Gods have fully descended upon the Earth, adding a little extra challenge.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, rolls a die like a spider can!  Yes, The Amazing Spider-Man Dice Masters Starter Sets have finally swung into the store.  Each Starter Set contains forty-four custom dice and thirty-eight cards, enough materials for two players to compete head-to-head.  Included in the game are old favorites like Spider-Man, himself, the Kingpin, and Carnage, alongside new favorites, like Spider-Gwen.  In addition to these affordable Starter Sets, the Amazing Spider-Man booster packs are also on shelves.  Each pack contains a new character that can be incorporated into the main game.

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.

Nov 062015

Diner card gameOrder up!  Diner is a fast-paced game about waiters in a competition to make the most money in tips.  Players compete to create orders (cards that link together) that, ultimately, cost the most money.  Diner won the Dice Hate Me Games 54-card Challenge, which is a competition where game designers must create a game using only 54 cards and minimal components.Jolly Roger The Game of Piracy and Mutiny

The high seas are only semi-cooperative, or, at least, that’s the case with Jolly Roger.  A game for four to ten players, Jolly Roger is set aboard a scurvy pirate ship where players take on the roles of crew and captain.   At the beginning of each game, a player is elected captain.  She will then lead the rest of the players into a battle where they will attempt to steal loot.  Spoils are split up among players, and can be hidden safely away on Treasure Island, but if a certain crew member feels they aren’t The Game card gamegetting an even share, they can always instigate a mutiny.

While it may sound ominously like some version of Saw, The Game from IDW is a spin on the cooperative card game where players can not openly communicate with each other.  Players each have a hand of numerical cards, ranging from 0-100, and must stack them in one of four separate piles.  The goal is to order them as close to ascending and descending orders as possible, which is where the lack of communication causes problems.  A 2015 Spiel Des Jahres nominee, IDW hopes that you will not hate The Game, but hate player.Battle for Zendikar Holiday Gift Box

The holidays are upon us, and that means Wizards of the Coast is getting into the present buying spirit.  Like the last three years, Magic the Gathering has just released a new Holiday Gift Box.  This year, the Battle for Zendikar Gift Box includes five booster packs, dividers, twenty full-art lands, dividers, a promo card, and, of course, the Swords and Strongholds Mouse Guardtitular 2,000 count card box.

Creator of the popular Mouse Guard comic, David Petersen, has branched into the realm of board games with Swords and Strongholds.  A less intensive version of chess, Swords and Strongholds is derived from the Mouse Guard universe and features Petersen’s distinct artwork.  A head-to-head game, players must capture all four of their opponent’s pawns or build a stronghold in either player’s back corner.  Also out this week is an updated, boxed edition of the Mouse Guard RPG.  This Mouse Guard RPG Boxed Set contains a core rulebook, GM screen, dice, maps, action cards, and other essential components.Ender's Game Battle School Board Game

Spinning out of the popular novel series (and less popular film), Ender’s Game:  Battle School the Board Game adapts the head-to-head wargames from the book.  Each player controls an army that is doing battle in an anti-grav arena.  Soldiers can be moved across the battlefield, but will continue moving unless they are stopped by debris or an opponent, due to the anti-grav.  Victory can be attained by freezing your opponent’s Superfight Expansion Decksgates or commander.

Following hotly on the heels the Superfight base game are a plethora of expansion decks.  This weekend, Pulp received not one, not two, but all nine of the Superfight expansion decks!  These include a range of cards that can be added to the base game, each distinguished by theme.  So, you can go with the anime deck or maybe the adult content deck or, if you’re feeling particularly brutal, the Walking Dead deck!

Oct 022015

Why FirstBecause of irony, Why First? seems like the ideal game to discuss at the outset of New Game Stuff.  Resembling the now out-of-print Magical Athlete racing game, Why First? favors those who come in second.  Players will lay down movement cards to propel them around the track, but will have to strategically attempt to lag behind other players in hopes of coming in second.Munchkin Nightmare Before Christmas

Put on your black eye shadow and run an electric current through your hair to get your Tim Burton on!  The Nightmare Before Christmas edition of Munchkin is here!  In a ghoulish twist on the classic game, players will arm themselves with a vampire teddy, the Mayor’s badge, and bat hat, and charge into battle on Santa’s sleigh.  Become a citizen of Halloween Town, Christmas Town, Thanksgiving Town, or Easter Town.  Try to banish foes The Village Cronesuch as Oogie Boogie, Doctor Finkelstein, and Lock, Shock, and Barrel!

You may want to stay away from pyres, but outside of that The Village Crone from Fireside Games (Castle Panic) can be a rewarding experience.  Ever wanted to put a curse on an annoying acquaintance?  Ever wanted to get ahead in life through magical means?  Well, The Village Crone satisfies those urges.  A worker placement and resource management game at its core, one to six players will attempt to met certain win conditions by mixing potions and cursing townsfolk.Paladin Class Deck Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game expands its characters options this weekend with two new character decks.  First up, is the Paladin Class Deck, which includes a new version of Seelah and two brand new Paladin characters.  Second, we have the Monk Class Deck which also includes a new version of Sajan plus two other Monk characters.  Finally, the fifth Dungeon of FortuneAdventure Deck for the Wrath of the Righteous adventure path, which is the penultimate deck.

TMG had a hit with the dungeon crawl dice game, Dungeon Roll, and now they’ve taken that formula and applied it to a push-your-luck format.  For two to six players, Dungeon of Fortune approximates a descent into a traditional dungeon, full of loot.  Players will compete Firefly Kalidasa expansionwith each other to collect great shares of gold and coins, that will increase the deeper you go.

Arguably the most shiny expansion for the Firefly board game yet, Kalidasa is the second rim space expansion set to be released.  In this expansion, players will receive a new section of gameboard that physically extends the game’s play area.  As well, a new ship model called The Operative’s Corvette is included alongside two new contacts (Magistrate Higgins and Fanty and Mingo).

Sep 042015

Bravest Warriors Red Blue DeckLeave the holojohn behind and dive into the new gaming world of Encounters! Bravest Warriors.  A separate game from the previous Bravest Warriors Dice Game, this game is currently structured around two separate decks of cards and dice.  The Blue Deck contains the playable characters of Chris, Wallow, Plum, and Impossibear, while the Red Deck contains Danny, Beth, Catbug, and Jelly Kid.  Take control of these characters to fight off monsters, baddies, and threats of all sorts of varying degrees.Red Tide Penny Arcade

Inspired by the Penny Arcade web comics, Red Tide combines the intensity of global nuclear war and table tennis.  Yes, you read that right.  Featuring a thrilling combination of card play and dice rolling, Red Tide contains two full sixty card decks ready for head-to-head action.  Also included is The Card Game of Ozthe Escalation Index:  a special eight card deck that administrates each perilous volley.

In The Card Game of Oz, you, as an “author,” get to rewrite the epic stories in new and imaginative ways.  This game utilizes the innovative storyline game system which creates new, strategic, challenging, and fun adventures throughout the Land of Oz.  Your characters will visit the wondrous locations, meet interesting characters, and face a multitude of dangers, all straight out of the original Oz books.A Duel Betwixt Us

I say, sir or madame, have at me!  A Duel Betwixt Us is a two player card game designed to test your manly worth through the ancient and sacred art of violence.  Select a duelist, purchase offensive item cards (like fish, hammers, axes, or maces ), gather defensive cards, and begin settling the question of who the finder Chaos and Alchemyspecimen of man (or woman!) truly is!

Test your luck and alchemy skills in the dice and card based Chaos and Alchemy.  Players will conduct experiments by rolling dice against the luck of the Fortune Dice, which will decide if your experiments are a success or not.  If successful, players will draw or play cards that allow them to construct laboratories, heap misfortune upon opponents, and enact actions to counteract the mounting chaos generated by the game.Vici

Vici is a two player game of strategy and tactics.  Players take on the personas of military generals, leading their battle-hardened men on an ancient battlefield.  Under each general’s command is an army of varying strengths and abilities.  By mastering their legion’s power and judiciously maneurvering their soldiers down the field, the stronger general will Karnagannihilate their enemy’s camp.

Evil hordes of demons and monsters threaten the Earth from the sunken city in Karnag.  Players control druids who are battling against the rising armies of creatures by erecting energy shields and capturing creatures to obtain victory points.  But be careful, the energy it takes to perform these actions is finite, so players will need to create potions to refuel their power bars.  Gameplay is broken up into rounds, with six stages to each round.  12 Realms

A league of famous folktale and fantasy characters, such as Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and D’Artagnan, join forces in the new 12 Realms miniature board game!  Each player controls one of these characters (each represented by a detailed miniature) in order to defeat the Lords of Darkness.  A cooperative experience, players ban together to defeat the bad guys and traverse the various realms of the game to do so.  Each realm contains unique creatures and threats, so be prepared for whatever realm your group Legendary Encounters Predatordecides to attack.

Don’t forget to watch for the telltale shimmer of the Predator in the new Legendary Encounters base game.  Like the Alien Legendary deck building game, this Encounters expansion plays as a semi-cooperative experience where players control both predators and human strike teams as they work through the events of both Predator and Predator 2.  Using the mechanics of previous Legendary deck building games, this version will pit players against characters and creatures from the film universe.