Jan 172014
 

Got eight minutes to spare?

Why not play Eight-Minute Empire: Legends?  The second stand-alone release in this line, Legends is literally playable in eight minutes, ready-made for quick gaming in between gaming.  The game involves players picking cards off of six piles, with each card providing a special action to perform immediately after.

Three new ships pull into the Star Trek Attack Wing docking bay this weekend, including the USS Excelsior for the Federation, RIS Vo from the Romulan alliance, and Dominion’s Koranak vessel.

Who you gonna call?  Yourself!

Ghooost! is family friendly, easily travel-able card matching game where players try to get rid of their hand of cards by matching suits with cards previously laid down.  Players pull from their “mansion” for new cards, hoping for cards with special abilities that allow them to lay more cards or enact other actions.  The whole game also comes in a handy carrying box that folds out into the game board.

Gamer couples searching for a new two player experience need look no further than Pixel Tactics and Pixel Tactics 2.

Head-to-head battling is the name of the game, stemming from each player controlling an identical deck of cards, but assigning a specific leader card to the deck that entirely alters how each card plays.  This allows for twenty-five different variations on the standard deck.  And don’t worry about picking these initially releases up in order, they are both stand-alone and can be played in any order.

The fifth large expansion for the Warhammer:  Invasion LCG card game, Hidden Kingdoms, fleshes out the remaining factions that have, up until now, not seen play in the game.  These include Skaven, Lizardmen, Wood Elves, and Undead, each of which has been built-up to a full faction.

The Mayan apocalypse may never have come, but that hasn’t stopped Tzolk’in from producing an expansion to end all expansions.  Tribes and Prophecies not only adds enough pieces to include a fifth player, but also alters the gaming experience entirely by allowing each player to take command of tribe leaders that grant them abilities beyond the normal selection.

Space is a vast and endless place, which means Rio Grand Games has plenty of universe to produce a fifth Race for the Galaxy expansion from.  Alien Artifacts adds a fifth playable deck onto the base game, as well as five additional start worlds.  Along with these extra pieces, the expansion contains another gaming mode where players map an alien “orb” searching for artifacts that gain them extra powers.

For the penultimate game item, Pathfinder, like a Pokemon trainer on a winning spree, continues to evolve their dragons.  This time around, it’s the Red Dragon Evolution set of miniatures.

And, basically, that’s kinda it…

Like there’s three dragons.

And some are bigger than others.

But they’re all red…

Yup…

Anyway, the ‘verse is never done offering up rewards for determined, swindly captains, especially ones experienced in Breakin’ Atmo.

The first expansion deck for the beloved Firefly board game, Breakin’ Atmo, supplies players with twenty-five new jobs, supply cards, and shiploads of gear!  Shiny don’t even begin to describe this valuable bobble!

Jul 192013
 

Always ready to pimp out Pulp customers who’ve got work coming out, the recently Kickstarted game Exile Sun has arrived on the shelves featuring an entire art design by Eric J. Carter.  Eric has been a customer since our original location, building a reputation as a go-to artist for deck building games like Dominion and Eminent Domain.  Exile Sun is, as well, a deck-builder, but with a ticking-clock twist.  At the end of each player’s turn, after they’ve finished, they progress a ticker on a special timer track, activating special events for the game as players progress.

Apparently the name Ultimate Werewolf was a misnomer as there are two new expansion packs out for the famous party game, making it more ultimate-er than before.  The first is Ultimate Werewolf Artifacts, which adds forty artifact cards to the deck, completely changing the method of play.  Now, instead of simply having a character designation (human or werewolf) each player also possesses an artifact that gives them special abilities and motivations.  The second, Ultimate Werewolf Inquisition is a standalone version of the original game with some altered rules for a smaller group play.

Trick taking games becomes a TICK taking in You Suck.

Players take turns laying down cards from a suited deck onto special tick cards, each granting special abilities to each player.  These bids will earn you even more points and abilities based on whether your bid is matched or not, gaining the player the possibility of earning a unique tick card.

If you’ve built up your stable of creature miniatures for Pathfinder, you may want to add an extra wing on it for the triplicate of dragons in the White Dragon Evolution set.  As you can see in the picture, this set includes the three growth stages of the legendary White Dragon.  Basically, the White Album of Pathfinder, this set will go down in history and away from shelves very shortly.

Finally, the big product for the evening, the release of Magic the Gathering’s newest Core Set, 2014.  As per usual, the release of a new set is accompanied by a veritable range of ways to purchase cards.  These include, Deck Builder’s Toolkits (the best value to get into Magic), Fat Packs (a 9 booster box set), Intro Decks (pre-build decks and two boosters), and, of course, booster packs in a variety of languages (English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Korean).

Jun 212013
 

Walkers are running rampant and its your duty to shoot’em down.

The Walking Dead Card Game from Cryptozoic is a brand new way to experience the post-zombie lifestyle, coming with two ways to play:  Hero and survival mode.  Hero mode has players taking control of a character from the show in an effort to earn more zombie points than the other 2-6 players.  Survival mode, on the other hand, pits 3-11 players against each other, but, instead of trying to nab the most points, everyone is trying to accumulate the least.  Perfect for parties full of Walking Dead fans, this new card game is easy to learn and fun to play.

Marvel‘s Legendary becomes a little more, uh, legendary-er this week thanks to Dark City, the deck building game’s first expansion.  Not only does this expansion offer seventeen new characters and five villains (like Cable, Colossus, Moon Knight, Blade, Kingpin, Loki, and Apocalypse), but also augmented game rules.  These include expanded abilities for bystanders, giving them autonomy, as well as character artwork that clarifies who has power when.

Lovers of Apples to Apples should take note of Word Whimsy.  This party game of wordplay is structured similar to the aforementioned game, but around phrases instead of single words.  Players take turns drawing prompt cards, like “My Professional Wrestling Name” or “Favorite Bar”, then proceed to arrange cards from their hand into the wackiest answer to that prompt.  And while this version can serve 3-7, there are also other variants included that alter the entire game.

Just when you thought they were done, there’s more Dominion.

Dominion Guilds is the eighth expansion released for this mega-popular deck building series.  This time around, the theme revolves around jobs and what citizens of the township need to do to get them.  Thirteen new kingdom cards as well as coin tokens to wile away for use later.  Other cards come with a starting cost, but can be bought for more money in order gain the user further abilities.

We’ll cover the next two games in the order the original books were released, just to play it like OG nerds.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey board game is a one to four player game that lasts up to an hour, ferrying players through the events of Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit film.  A cooperative experience, players take control of Bilbo and his dwarf companions, attempting to collect gems and gold as you out maneuver and defeat the monsters in your path.  Designed by Reiner Knizia, this is no simple property game.

The second Tolkien/Cryptozoic collaboration out this week, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Deck Building Game enters the deck building arena, telling the rest “They CAN NOT PAAAAAAASSSSS!”  Structured identically to the DC Deck Building Game, players take on the roles of either Frodo, Samwise, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, or Boromir, facing off against the forces of Sauron.  Players purchase cards from the center of the table to build-up their own decks in an effort to defeat orcs, Balrogs, and Nazgûl.  Also, in an absurdest twist, this game can be combined the DC Deck Builder for Gollum vs. Superman battles.

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.

Jan 112013
 

A fool and his money are soon parted, as they say, however you’re no fool if you pick up a copy of A Fool’s Fortune.

In the tradition of Rummy and other set-building card games, A Fool’s Fortune from Rio Grande Games elicits a tarot vibe as it has players deciding the fate of their opponents and themselves.  As you and up to two friends select and play cards, attempting  to build a perfect set, you’ll run across special fortune and character cards with special abilities.  Play them right, and you may just win A Fool’s Fortune.

Monkeys combined with just about anything usually results in both comedy and destruction.  Taking advantage of that equation is the new Spin Monkeys board game from Rio Grande.  A slew of bumper cars have been dropped into the jungle, only to be found by a pack(?) of simians.  With that in place, players attempt to spin their monkeys around the board, using rotation cards, trying to gather fruit and attack other monkeys.  If you hit another monkey, then you get to choose where they spin next.  As you might imagine, humor and destruction follow.

It’s been zero days since an incident at the Monster Factory.  Let’s all try and keep it that way, hmm?

From the creator of Kingdom Builder and Dominion comes Monster Factory.  This family friendly tile laying game of monster creation.  Simple to learn, gameplay revolves around players placing specialized, illustrated tiles, each with a piece of monster body on it, in hopes of completing the largest monster.  However, if your monster is left unfinished by the end of the round, you lose.

Continuing to live up to its name, Innovation: Figures in the Sand is the newest expansion to the popular card game and it continues to advance the gameplay mechanics of the series.  Instead of the cards in this expansion being representations of inventions or concepts, this time around the cards are famous historical figures.  That means Albert Einstein or Napoleon Bonapart could come to your rescue or, if you’re unlucky, to your opponent’s.  Dogma powers here are replaced with Karma, an ability that alters the course of the game by changing rules.  For instance, an instruction to give cards to another player may become an instruction place them in the center of the table.  Decree cards have also been added to the game, accomplishing the same effect as achievements, but with the caveat that they can be stolen.

Let me ease your worries, Village, the new tactical board game from TMG, has absolutely nothing to do with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.

No, instead players take part in a strategy heavy, turn-based game of tactics that covers the length of the village residents lives.  As you play, you will carefully choose where and how your peasant characters make a living and earn their keep.  Will they be a part of the government?  A clergy member?  A farmer?  It’s up to you, but realize that no matter what profession you choose, they all are accountable to the ticking clock of life.  With time not on your side, you’ll have to strategically balance your time and actions for the most benefit.  Or find yourself in a shallow grave.

Greek gods can never just sit down and have a calm, relaxing cup of tea together.

Since that’s the way of things, Athena and Hades are the two combatants in the new Mythic Battles miniature board game.  Each god controls a sizable army of soldiers, monsters, and demigods, pitting them against each other on a field of battle.  Before the fight commences, though, each player gets to assemble their army however they choose.  Once that’s done, players activate their forces with battle cards, then roll dice to complete the interaction.  This combination of cards, dice, and miniatures creates a new system called Building Battle Board gaming that is exclusive to Mythic Battles.