Jul 082016
 

Smallworld Pocket EncyclopediaWe know everyone is working to flesh out their Pokedex on Pokemon Go, but this weekend Days of Wonder is dropping their own encyclopedia for Small World.  The Small World Pocket Encyclopedia is a must-buy for all of the Small World purists and collectors out there.  A smartly designed, pocket sized  hardcover volume, the Small World Pocket Encyclopedia contains not only a full set of easy-access rules for the game, but also an FAQ, designer notes, and, most importantly, sixty-three individual entries detailing every race and special power from the base game and all of the expansions.The Grizzled At Your Order

Only the truly rough, tough, and resilient survived during the Great War.  The same applies to The Grizzled.  A strategic cooperative card game set during World War I, The Grizzled receives its first expansion set this weekend.  At Your Orders! provides additional special missions for players to complete during gameplay, both in experienced and novice versions to satisfy new and old gamers alike.  Even more exciting, At Your Orders! also provides expanded rulesets for two player or solo play for the original base game.

Stellar ConflictLike an expanded, card game version of Galaga, Stellar Conflict is another card game set in the Among the Stars universe.  Taking place over two tense, speedy rounds, Stellar Conflict plays for ten minutes with two to four players.  In round one, players swiftly select ships from a variety of options, choosing them based off of their abilities and availability.  Once that round is complete, these ships are deployed against an invading fleet of alien cruisers that must be vanquished by the armada you have chosen.  Hopefully you haven’t chosen poorly.Mysterium Hidden Signs

You thought you’d solved the mystery and escaped the Mysterium.  You were wrong.  Mysterium:  Hidden Signs is the first expansion for the popular horror tinged game, Mysterium.  Expanding the options and gameplay, this set includes six suspects, six locations, and six objects to deepen the gameplay.  Forty-two new vision cards are also included in order to provide players with a range of new communication options.  Also, if you manage to grab the first printing of this expansion, you’ll receive three promo cards that can be used in the base game.

Rick and Morty Total RickallCryptozoic capitalizes on the extreme popularity of Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty series with the first card game based on the show.  Featuring a quick learning curve, Rick and Morty:  Total Rickall plays well with two to five players over the course of twenty to thirty minutes.  Always ready to skewer pop culture, Rick and Morty:  Total Rickall is a play off of The Thing, with Rick and Morty attempting to cleanse their house of shapshifting parasites that have disguised themselves as friends and family.  Work your way through these opponents, but be careful not to eliminate the real versions!Kitty Paw

There is never enough cute cat games in the world.  Proving that fact, Kitty Paw is a new dexterity and reaction game out this weekend.  For audiences young and old, Kitty Paw is a one to four player game that can take anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes to play.  In the game, players rush to draw and play various cat cards in order to match a designated pattern assigned at the beginning of the round.  Of course, that’s too simple.  Players also will be forced to use only one “cat paw” when drawing and playing X-Wing Star Wars Imperial Veteransthese cards as well as pulling from the same draw pile as all other players.

Be ready to get those Tie-Fighter sound effects stuck in your head, because Fantasy Flight has just released another Empire expansion for the X-Wing miniature game.  In Imperial Veterans, players receive two ships, the Crimson Tie and the Tie-Bomber.  The former is all about nimble movement and swift attacking, while the latter hits opponents with a painful barrage of explosives.  This expansion contains all of the materials for players to use either or both ships in their next X-Wing game.

Mar 252016
 

VS System The Defenders VersusOne of tonight’s multiple superhero related games, VS System:  The Defenders is the first expansion pack for the recently relaunched card game.  Who are The Defenders, you might ask?  Well, they may not be as well known as The Avengers, but, within a year or so, you’ll be pretty familiar with them as all of the Netflix solo series will come together as The Defenders.  This 200 card expansion pack focuses on characters related to those series, like Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones, as well as included new card mechanics.  A quick-to-play, exclusively two player experience, VS System is perfect for nerdy couples or friends looking for a head-to-head experience.Ninja All Stars Karate Fight

From Soda Pop Miniatures, creators of Super Dungeon Explorer, comes a very non-miniature style of game, Ninja All Stars Karate Fight.  Made for two to four players, this card game is a dexterity card matching game.  Like Slapjack, players attempt to react swiftly to cards thrown down on the table, hoping that their reflexes are quicker when grabbing for matching cards.  Ninja All Stars Karate Fight is designed Legendary Captain America 75th Anniversary expansionin a cutesy, Chibi fashion with ninja themed illustrations featured on each card.

If you haven’t heard, 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of the creation of Captain America!  In honor of that event, Upper Deck has released a special Captain America 75th Anniversary expansion for Legendary.  Like previous Legendary expansions, this one contains over 100 cards, including five heroes, two masterminds, two villain groups, and four original schemes.  Among the character options are different versions of the Sentinel of Liberty, including Sam Wilson, Bucky, and various versions of Steve Rogers.Master Fox

Sly as a fox is an appropriate refrain for Iello‘s Master Fox board game.  Great fun for young players and families, Master Fox is a twenty minute dexterity game for two to four players.  In the game, players take on the role of foxes vying for dominance in the forest, as the elder fox is moving on to greener pastures.  In the game, various wooden animal tokens are randomly thrown into the box lid, then each player takes turns blindfolding themselves and grabbing for certain animals using nothing but their sense World's Finest Dicemasters expansionof touch.

Appropriately released the same weekend as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Dicemasters drops another starter kit for the DC line.  World’s Finest is another two-player starter set, that includes all of the essential materials players need to get into the game.  Specific to World’s Finest are forty-four dice and thirty-nine new cards, as well as a rulebook and a dice bag.  The heroes and villains you’ll find in this starter are also, fittingly, all Batman and Superman related characters, such as Steel, Power Girl, Robin, and Nightwing.

Feb 052016
 

Mafia VendettaFantasy Flight is getting in deep with the family.  A spin on the classic Mafia card game, Mafia:  Vendetta is a deception game in the vein of Bang! and Ultimate Werewolf.  However, in Mafia:  Vendetta, players are attempting to weed out the mobbed up individuals within the group.  Over the rounds, players will pose accusations in an effort to uncover the covert culprits, but players will also be eliminated, slowly parring down the number of players.A Game of Thrones Road to Winterfell chapter pack

Adding cards twenty-one to forty of the Westeros cycle, The Road to Winterfell is a chapter pack of sixty new cards for the A Game of Thrones LCG.  These cards are meant to augment existing decks and add variety to the base game and expansions from the series.

Pixel Tactics DeluxeMuch like Smash Up’s Big Geeky Box, Pixel Tactics Deluxe simultaneously acts as an expansion, a base game, and a container for your cards.  In addition to a complete set of never-before seen heroes, Pixel Tactics Deluxe gives you a large storage box to keep your whole collection in one, a bonus minipak expansion, and a big rulebook that introduces new play modes, including Large-Group League Play.  Deluxe is also fully playable on its own, but combining multiple Pixel Tactics games together gives you a ton of new ways to play.The End of the World Alien Invasion

Another in the popular The End of the World RPG series, Alien Invasion drops this weekend.  Like the other apocalypse scenarios, Alien Invasion has players actually playing themselves in the campaign, with the stats to reflect their own (so you might want to start training now).  Outside of the instructions for the rule system, this hardcover volume also includes character creation rules and five different scenarios that homage various alien invasion plots (such as giant Villains Sentintels of the Multiverseinsects, alien infiltration, and the class flying saucers).

Everyone knows that the bad guys have all the fun in comic books, so Sentinels of the Multiverse is giving players a chance to experience what it’s like to be villainous.  Villains of the Multiverse is a mega expansion for the game, using the villain team gameplay mechanics introduced in Sentinels of the Multiverse:  Vengeance to group villains together as a team fighting against a hero team.  Ten new villains are included, which can be faced in any configuration, as well as four new environments.Pokemon Breakpoint booster

Much like Magic the Gathering, a new Pokemon set is always a moment for celebration if you’re an avid CCG player.  Pokemon Breakpoint is the newest set, including 120 cards that expand on the storyline regarding the rift between worlds.  In addition to the regular booster pack release, there is also a Elite Training Box for the set that includes eight booster packs, card sleeves, dice, tokens, and a card box with King's Forgedividers.

Somewhere between Quarriors and a resource management game, King’s Forge is a fantasy-based dice game for two to four players.  In the game, players will collect and utilize various different dice to build items or trade for better dice.  In order to do this, players will traverse nineteen realms, each with their own dice opportunities, and decide whether to keep their dice or construct one of thirty-two different creations.  And if that sounds slightly disorganized, don’t worry, because this edition also comes with a game board to help organize everything.Cat Tower

Cats are big business in the gaming world right now, so IDW has jumped on the bandwagon with Cat Tower.  This dexterity game is not only extremely cute, but also an excellent party game.  For two to six players, Cat Tower involves the stacking of foldable cat cards, much like a furry Jenga.  The order and position of the cats is decided by the roll of a die, but do be careful rolling that die, because each fallen cat goes directly into the guilty player’s deck.  The more you have, the less points you gain.

Feb 282015
 

Elspeth vs Kiora Duel DeckYour regularly scheduled Magic the Gathering Duel Deck launch has arrived.

Following the release of Fate Reforged, Wizards of the Coast unleashes its newest Duel Deck pairing in Elspeth vs. Kiora.  Each of the decks included in this boxed set come ready-to-play, specifically against each other.  Anyone looking to get into Magic will find these a perfect starting point as they will provide decks for you and a friend.  Each of the Planeswalkers included also feature alternate artwork that distinguishes them from other printings.Doctor Who Seventh Doctor Sourcebook

Time is never a restraint for The Doctor, so why should it be for Cubicle 7?  Just because the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary was over a year and a half ago doesn’t mean that the Doctor Who roleplaying game sourcebooks should stop.  And so the Seventh Doctor Sourcebook has VWROOP’ed onto the shelf.  Like the previous sourcebooks, this hardcover edition contains character stats for not only the titular Doctor, but also all of his major companions and foes, as well as playable adventures that follow each Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroesof his televised episodes.

With the previous Pathfinder core set of hero miniatures out of print, Paizo has released a new Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes boxed set.  Included within the box are six pre-painted miniatures for use within the Pathfinder RPG system.  The miniatures included are an Iconic Fighter, Paladin, Sorcerer, Monk, Druid, and Snow Leopard Companion.  Each miniature also comes with an exclusive Boon Card (only found in this boxed set) that may be used in-game.Saint Petersburg

Out of print for many years, Z-Man Games has finally reprinted Saint Petersburg.  A set collection game at heart, Saint Petersburg plays in phases.  Each phase brings a new card type up for purchase.  These types include workers, buildings, trading cards, and aristocrats, each with their own ability and benefit toward gaining victory points.  In addition to these original types, this reprinting has also introduced market cards which Chopstick Dexterity Mega Challenge 3000help to incorporate a fifth player.

The hottest new Japanese game show has just hit hobby store shelves!  Chopstick Dexterity Mega Challenge 3000 is just as insane as other Japanese game shows (but without all the crotch shots), forcing one to three players to compete in an extreme dexterity challenge using chopsticks.  On each player’s turn they draw a token that indicates a specific shaped character.  These tokens match wooden meeples that are located in a rice bowl, waiting for players to pick them out using chopsticks.  Each meeple that is successfully pulled out will earn that player the matching token.  The player with the most tokens claims victory!X-Wing Scum and Villany

A long, long time ago in an office building in Northern America. . .Fantasy Flight promised a third faction addition to the popular X-Wing miniature game.  Well, Scum and Villainy, that third faction, has finally been released.  Like the Imperials and Rebels before them, the Scum and Villainy faction features ships piloted by core Star Wars characters, but this time they are the vilest bounty hunters and scoundrels in the galaxy.  The first wave of ships includes the Most Wanted three pack, IG-88′s IG-2000, the M3-A Interceptor, and the StarViper.

Jun 212014
 

Ascension Realms UnraveledLike the collectible card game it is based off of, Magic the Gathering, Ascension continues to expand its deck building universe.  Realms Unraveled is the newest expansion for the game, this time around adding Multifaction and Multi-Unite cards that create special deck combinations.Hobbit Tales card game

From the makers of the One Ring roleplaying system comes a storytelling game, akin to Once Upon a Time, set in the Lord of the Rings universe.  Acting as hobbits hanging out at the local watering hole, those playing Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn utilize story cards to begin constructing a tall tale only The Heart of the Wild One Ringto be interrupted by other players.

While we’re stopping in Middle Earth, let’s take a look at The Heart of the Wild, a new supplement for the One Ring roleplaying game.  A setting supplement, The Heart of the Wild expands descriptions of locations like Mirkwood Forest as well as adding a bestiary full of creatures lurking in these shadowy realms.Cards of Cthulhu

A card game for one to four players, Cards of Cthulhu plays off of the gothic horror of the Lovecraft universe to deliver a deck-based battle game.  Players compete against the AI of the game, which controls the creatures and other baddies, in an attempt to halt the release of the Elder Gods.  Also included in the game is a booklet of original stories set in the universe, crafted by Pagoda board gameauthors like Matt Forbeck, Daniel Keys Moran, and David Gerrold.

A new dexterity game from AEG, Pagoda is a family friendly, easy-to-learn, two player only game of building construction.  Each of the two players utilize cards to add colored pillars to various levels of their pagodas, but once a certain color has been used on a level, that is the only color that can be used.Istanbul game

Another quick, family game from AEG out this week is Istanbul (not Constantinople).  Players navigate their merchant and assistants from market stall to market stall.  On each stall are rubies and goods of various sorts and players utilize their assistants carefully in order to attain more of these items than the other players.

Romance of the Nine Empires Arcane FireOkay, see if you can follow this:  Romance of the Nine Empires is a card game based off of a fictional card game from an independent film called The Gamers:  Hands of Fate that is now real.  Got it?  Good.  Now it has an expansion called Arcane Fire that contains enough cards to create two entirely new factions to be incorporated into the base game.Shadowrun Run and Gun HC

If you’re going to battle against the evil corporations that dot the landscape of the Shadowrun universe you’re going to need a bigger gun.  And maybe, like, forty of them.  To alleviate this problem Catalyst Game Labs has just released a beautiful hardcover of Run and Gun for Shadowrun 5th Edition.  This supplement contains all the information you’ll ever need Galactic Strike Forcefor gun, knife, hand-to-hand, and any other form of combat within the system.

From the makers of Sentinels of the Multiverse comes Galactic Strike Force, another cooperative card game, but this time set in the far reaches of the galaxy.  Players each take control of a spaceship and a crew comprise of scoundrels and questionable types (Firefly, anyone?) as they try to save the universe.  Like Sentinels, players will control a unique deck against an AI-run set of villains.  The first expansion for the game is also out this weekend.