Mar 132015
 

Shadowrun Crossfire Character Expansion Pack 1Like that extra cybernetic eye you had installed last week, the Shadowrun Crossfire Character Expansion Pack 1 extends the usability of the Shadowrun Crossfire Deck Building Game.  Included in this reasonably priced expansion pack are twenty entirely new runner cards, four basic cards, and one hundred (you read that right!) upgrade stickers.The Hobbit Love Letter

If you thought Love Letter had a lot of variations before, then you’ll be shocked to find out another one has hit the shelves.  Love Letter The Hobbit overlays the world of J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth onto the mechanics of this incredibly popular card game.  However, this version of Love Letter provides a twist on the previous versions as players struggle to locate the Arkenstone before Smaug catches on.

Dungeons Dragons Collector's Series Drow War PartyDungeon and Dragons miniatures have not been prevalent after the dissolution of fourth edition, but Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force Nine are changing that this weekend.  The D&D Collector’s Series of miniatures is an extremely limited edition set of unpainted miniature figures to be used in the roleplaying game.  In the initial line are an Eye Tyrant Beholder, Lolth Demon Queen of Spiders, a Illithid Raiding Party, and Drow War Party.Legendary Fear Itself expansion

Another mini expansion for the popular Marvel Deck Building Game, Legendary, is out this weekend.  Legendary Fear Itself incorporates characters from the comic event of the same name, each of which is empowered by an Asgardian hammer akin to Thor‘s Mjolnir.  Included in the expansion are one hundred playable cards, six allies, one commander (Uru-Harlequins CodexEnchanted Iron Man), one adversary group, and three new plots.

The violent tricksters of Warhammer 40K receive their own hardcover codex this weekend.  The awaited Harlequin Codex has arrived, including in its glossy pages a detailed history of the faction, a gallery of paint schemes and miniature options, a comprehensive army list, and an appendix full of rules for fielding the armies of the Harlequin faction.Dungeons Dragons Battle for Faerun Dice Masters

Wizards of the Coast and Asmodee have joined forces to produce the newest version of Dice Masters on the market.  Battle for Faerun is a Dungeon and Dragons themed version of Dice Masters where sets of dice represent characters and creatures from the popular roleplaying game.  Working like a deck building game but with dice, players assemble teams by purchasing assortments dice.  Out this weekend is a two player starter set and the standard Pretty Pretty Smash Up expansionbooster pack assortment.

Objectively the most amazing expansion pack for the Smash Up card game to date, Pretty Pretty Smash Up is out this weekend.  Basically, the grungy, spooky, monstrous factions have had their day in Smash Up and now it’s time for some cute and cuddly options.  Included within this box are four entirely new factions, including Kitty Cats (featuring some familiar furry faces from the Internet), Princesses, Fairies, and, for all the Bronies out there, Mythic Horses.  All your vampires, pirates, and Cthulhus don’t stand a chance!

Jan 312015
 

Yu Gi Oh Dice Masters Starter setSince Marvel’s Dice Masters game has been more than reasonably popular, WizKids and Asmodee have followed it up another starter set featuring characters from the anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh.  Like the previous releases, this starter set features enough dice and materials for two players to go head-to-head.  Each set of dice represent a character and players build-up teams of multiple characters by purchasing more dice.  And, yes, this set can be incorporated into any of the previous Dice Masters sets.A Game of Thrones A Deadly Game Chapter Pack

George R.R. Martin may not be getting the next Game of Thrones novel out in 2015, but Fantasy Flight is certainly continuing to release Chapter Packs for the A Game of Thrones LCG.  The newest, A Deadly Game, is the second release in the Wardens cycle.  This cycle is emphasizing traits, bonuses for using noteworthy characters, and limited responses, all Gripmat Starfield Sector Oneof which is continued in this release.

Do you get frustrated when you’re playing a game and someone accidentally knocks all the tiles or cards all over the table?  Well, you don’t have to worry about that if you pick up a GripMat.  Out this weekend, the Nebula and Starfield GripMats are durable, textured, fully illustrated mats that are intended to be used with a number of board games.  The texture on the mats keeps your tiles, cards, and game pieces from sliding around the table.  They also come in a variety of sizes and can be used with X-Wing and either version of Attack WingStar Trek Attack Wing Wave 10 11

Speaking of Attack Wing, WizKids has released the newest Star Trek Attack Wing wave of ships this weekend.  Included within this wave are the Romulan IRW Drone, the Federation Fighter Squadron 6 (comprised of three ships), and the Hirogen Alien Hunter.  Each expansion pack includes a model of the ship and Netrunner Order and Chaosthe cards needed to field it.

Like yin and yang, order and chaos balance each other out, especially in the third deluxe expansion for Netrunner LCG.  Named Order and Chaos, this expansion contains one hundred and sixty-five additional cards for use with the base game and any other expansions.  These cards introduce three new Anarchs that can be pitted against the machinations of the Weyland Corporation.

The popular XCOM PC game comes to the world of board gaming this weekend.  However, the game has not far from the digital world as it has incorporated a special app that controls certain XCOM The Board Gamemechanics, scenario options, and acts as the board game’s rulebook.  As you might imagine, the game increases in replay value as the app will keep every gameplay fresh with new arrangements of aliens and scenarios.  If you aren’t familiar with the original XCOM, players will assume the roles of an strikeforce organized to defend the Asanteplanet against alien invasion.

From the makers of other popular two player card games, including Jambo and Waka Waka, Asante (African for thank you) is another in the two player Kosmos line.  A set collection and hand management game, Asante puts players into the roles of vendors dealing in various resources.  Outside of collecting sets of resources for points, players can also loose animals (i.e. points) or visit holy relics to gain extra abilities.Mythotopia

Another new deck building game hits the market this weekend in the form of Mythotopia.  The standard deck building mechanics of a starting hand, a random assortment of cards to purchase, and various victory points are still present.  However, a set of variable providence cards provides the possibility of altering the rules and win conditions of the game.  Depending on which of these providence cards are activated, the game can also shift from a individualistic play experience to an aggressive Necron Codex HCone.

The wait is over, the Necron Codex has finally been updated.  This new hardcover edition features one hundred and twenty pages of material geared toward the newest iteration of Warhammer 40K rules.  Included in those pages are sections detailing the Necron Legions, new information on warlord traits, wargear, and tactical objectives, rules for the Decurion Detachment, datasheets, and the usually gallery of painted miniatures.

Jan 242015
 

Small World Royal BonusSmall World is really becoming a misnomer at this point.

Days of Wonder has released two more expansions for the popular Risk-like board game, including Small World:  Royal Bonus and Leaders of Small World.  The former expansion features three new races and powers, including the Behemoth race which are giant Hippos in ties and dresses.  And, yes, they are as awesome as they sound.  The Leaders of Small World expansion adds an entirely new ability to the game where players can opt into a leader token whenever they purchase their race/power combo.

Get ready to have that theme song stuck in your head, because IDW Games released The X-Files: Board Game this The X-Files Board Gameweekend.  Playing similarly to Letters from White Chapel and Last Night on Earth, two to four players control agents solving paranormal cases across America, while another player controls the Cigarette Smoking Man, who throws obstacles in the path of the agents at every turn.  With a possible reboot of the cult favorite series around the corner, now’s the time to sample this new board game.

Fate Reforged Fat Pack Intro DeckLike clockwork, the newest Magic the Gathering set, the first for 2015, is out this weekend.  The second set in the Khans of Tarkir block, Fate Reforged also features tri-color clans as a foundation mechanic for the set.  As usual, this release weekend sees the arrival of not only boxes of Fate Reforged boosters, but the standard Fat Pack and Intro Deck materials, as well.  A newer addition to the launch weekend releases is the Clash Pack, a halfway point between the Event Decks and the Duel Decks.Trieste_Slipcover_v2

Coup, The Resistance, and Avalon have skyrocketed in popularity recently, so every gaming company wants to get in on the deception card game, uh, game.  Victory Point Games is the first company throwing their hat in the ring with Trieste.  Trieste is a three player deception card game, where players select one of three roles (Thief, Merchant, or City Watch) to command.  Each role comes with their own deck of cards and specialty win conditions, as well.  All turns are played simultaneously, with each player not knowing what their opponents will play until it is played.

DiamonstersIDW is diving head first into their gaming division with not only the X-Files game mentioned earlier, but also the new Diamonsters card game.  A good family game, Diamonsters is a set collection game where players start out with the exact same hand, but attempt to collect sets of different cards.  The choices are either three monsters of one kind or five diamonds, but beware some of the monsters will devour your diamonds.  As well, the game is designed and illustrated by the artists behind Machi Koro.Machi Koro Harbor expansion

And speaking of Machi Koro and IDW. . .

Development continues in the quirky, colorful town of Machi Koro with the Harbor expansion.  The first expansion for Machi Koro, Harbor adds thirteen new cards, including seaports and airports.  As well, the win condition for the game is no longer four, but six landmarks.  Grab a copy and get up to five players building up the town.

Dec 132014
 

Cross Hares Testing GroundAction, adventure, and. . .bunnies?  Yup, Cross Hares: Testing Grounds is out this weekend and it drops players into a fantasy world wherein they control their very own badass bunny.  The goal of the game is simple:  move your rabbit down a path (using dice rolls) that leads to an evil factory they must defeat.  Along the way, players will fight off baddies, collect actions and abilities, and mess with their opponents.  The coolest part?  Each bunny is represented by a full-sized miniature!  The version at the store also contains the Kickstarter mystery characters!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Looney Labs is wishing everyone a happy holiday with a special edition Fruitcake Fun Pack expansion for a range of their popular card games!  Included in this cheap expansion is a Fruitcake creeper card for Fluxx, a Great Cake card for Chrononauts, a Blood Angels DatacardsFruitcake or Egg Nog card for Choose One!, and five fruitcake cards for Loonacy!

If you haven’t heard, every time a Space Marine dies, a Blood Angel gets its wings.  And many Blood Angels are getting their wings this week because Games Workshop has unloaded a plethora of miniatures and goodies for the faction.  Included in this line-up is the Blood Angels Codex, the Datacards,  the special Bespoke Blood Angels dice tin, and the Sanguinary Priest miniature.

The Engines of Destruction are churning in the world of Warmachine!Engines of Destruction Warmachine High Command Faith and Fortune

Another expansion deck for the Warmachine High Command deck building game is out this weekend and it has been dubbed Engines of Destruction!  This eighty-four card expansion contains materials for the Retribution of Scyrah, Convergence of Cyriss, Highborn Covenant, and Four Star Draco MagiSyndicate factions, including four new Warcaster cards.

A dragon-based hand management game from Grey Fox Games, Draco Magi puts players in control of a stable of powerful, uniquely skilled dragons.  Each player is assigned a hand of different dragons, all with different colors and abilities, that they then will place into various regions.  The dragon’s abilities will be beneficial or detrimental based on which region they are placed, but players only have so many dragons and so many turns to place their cards.Akrotiri

Looking for a strategic, but easy-to-learn two player game?  Z-Man Games has your back with Akrotiri.  A combination of hand management and tile laying games, Akrotiri is set in ancient Greece with players controlling explorers venturing out to chart the Aegean Sea.  Each player is given a map that they must build from by pulling and laying Small World A Spider's Webtiles randomly.  As the map is constructed, players will also raise temples that gain them points, especially the further out they build.

It’s not such a Small World anymore, as Days of Wonder continues to release further expansions for the popular area control game.  A Spider’s Web is the newest mini-expansion, containing three new races and three new powers.  The races that are included are Ice Witches, Skags, and Slingmen along with their respective powers, Copycat, Lava, and Soultouch.  As well, the box for the expansion contains a specialized tray to hold all these materials as well as those of other recent expansions.

Nov 222014
 

Hipster DiceLike mustaches, lattes, kale, and thick framed glasses before it, Hipster Dice is the new game that you need to be playing before everyone else figures out how cool it is.  We’d explain how it plays, but you probably wouldn’t understand the rules, they’re based off of a traditional German dice game from the early thirties.

Before the Gods, there were the Titans.  Cyclades:  Titans is the second expansion for Cyclades, Cyclades Titansthe game of mythological battle.  This expansion features an entirely new board containing six separate island nations for players to fight on.  As well, the expansion contains two separate play styles, including an up to five player competitive mode and a team version for up to six players.

My Little Pony Theme Deck Crystal CasteAnother My Little Pony CCG set is on the horizon and to herald its arrival, Enterplay released two new Theme Decks this weekend.  The Opening Ceremonies deck is built around the Cutie Mark Crusaders while the Special Delivery deck is built around Spike.  Both decks come with nearly sixty cards, ready to play as a pre-built deck, as well as a rule booklet and playmat with instructions.Planes

You know that scene in Home Alone where the entire family is sprinting to the airport terminal in a desperate effort to catch their plane?  Yeah, well, AEG has turned that into a game.  Planes, a sequel to the successful Trains, has players squabbling against each other to make it through an overcrowded terminal, check their luggage, and get through security before anyone else.  Oh, and you have to make sure your entire family makes it to the Mars Attacks The Dice Gameplane.

Ack ack ack ACK!  Or in terrestrial language, the new Mars Attacks Dice Game is out.

A tactical dice game of world domination, players take on the role of invading martians, rolling dice to determine which landmarks you destroy, how many humans you eviscerate, and whether you take any photos on this vacation.  Based off of the cult classic trading cards and the Tim Burton film, Steve Jackson‘s Mars Attacks Dice Claustrophobia Furor SanguinisGame is an easy, quick game for fans!

The dungeon crawl board game, Claustrophobia (which is set in the Hell Dorado universe), gains an expansion this weekend in Furor Sanguinis.  Including tiles, a miniature, tokens, dice, and another squamata board, Furor Sanguinis allows players to control Kartikeya in a three Dungeons Dragons Miniatures Tiamatplayer variant of the game.

Dungeons and Dragons Next‘s dragon miniature count increases by two this weekend with the release of the Tiamat and Bahamut premium miniatures.  These fully painted, epic sized figurines are usable within the roleplaying system and will shortly be made available for the Attack Wing battle game.Letters to Santa

Just in time for the holidays, AEG has released another, yule tide variation of Love Letter.  Letters to Santa overlays the popular mechanics of Love Letter by having players struggling to get a letter to Santa and avoid Krampus in the process.  This easy Shadowrun Beginner Box Setto learn, all ages card game even comes in Santa’s own, red sack.

Cyberpunk and the fantasy of D&D collide in the world of Shadowrun!

Until now, this long running roleplaying system has been resigned to core rulebooks and supplements, but, as of this weekend, the Shadowrun Beginner Box has just made it that much easier to get into the game.  This inexpensive box set includes all of the essential materials to teach new players how to run and play in a Shadowrun game.  Those materials include a condensed book about the world, a quick-start rulebook, a character booklet with pre-generated sheets, and dice, allowing for up to four players and one game master.