Jan 152016
 

Race for the Galaxy Xeno InvasionBuilding an empire is a hard day’s work all on its own, but try doing it with an evil alien race attacking you!  The most recent expansion set for Race for the Galaxy challenges you to do just that.  Xeno Invasion is two games in one box, including both new start world cards that can be added to the base game to expand play options along with the Invasion Game scenario that can be incorporated to up the difficulty.Secret Santa card game

Yes, we all know Christmas was nearly a month ago, but game distributors are a little less certain.  Hence, Secret Santa, a festive card game of competitive gift giving.  Underneath all of the holiday cheer, everyone really is just giving away presents to feel that rush of approval when the receiver joyfully exclaims “This is the best present ever!  You know me so well!”  Secret Santa is all about that moment, as players compete to give away all of their present cards.  Alter the game a little by adding in Santa’s Elves, where players have to give away their gold rings and avoid being stuck with the dreaded fruitcake.

Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes Set 4Officially intended for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, the Iconic Heroes sets are more commonly used for the traditional Pathfinder roleplaying game.  Icon Heroes Set 4 contains miniatures for the Human Bloodrager, Half-Elf gunslinger, Dwarf Shaman, Stone Spirit Animal, Human Skald, and Half-Elf Swashbuckler.  Each one of the miniatures is fully painted and ready for use in-game.  For those who are actually using these in conjunction with the Adventure Card Game, the set also includes six exclusive cards to be incorporated into the game.Escape Zombie City

Though Escape:  Zombie City has been out on the shelves for nearly a month, we some how never mentioned it in a New Game Stuff post.  Tonight that is rectified.  A spin-off of Queen Games‘ popular Escape series, Zombie City deposits players into a zombie apocalypse and demands that they outrun the hordes of undead clamoring to eat them.  The catch?  You only have fifteen minutes to get out of town!  With everyone working together, players start a fifteen minute counter included with the Bang Duelgame, then rapidly attempt to flee the confines of the city.

Bang!, the popular, Western deception card game, puts a couple more bullets into its six-gun this weekend.  First up are two expansion decks, High Noon and The Valley of Shadows .  High Noon includes a new character card, the Judge, and a few new event cards, like Ghost Town and Gold Rush.  The Valley of Shadows is a dangerous place, full of snake and tornadoes (and possibly snake-nados), all represented by twenty-four additonal cards.  Finally, the biggest draw of the three is Bang! the Duel, a two player only version of the game.  Each player controls two different gunslingers, one in front, one in back, then uses their abilities to compete against one Fluxx Diceanother.

As if the fluctuating party card game, Fluxx, was not already a heap of shenanigans, Looney Labs has found a way to increase the randomness.  Meet Fluxx Dice.  This expansion set can be incorporated into any version of Fluxx (base, Batman, Zombie, Monty Python, etc.), as it includes five new cards and two dice that complicate card draws and win conditions even further.

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.

Feb 172012
 

Lately, it’s been a bit of a challenge to be involved in a Cosmic Encounter.

Fantasy Flight has come to the rescue, however, and reprinted the game, yet again. For those unfamiliar with Cosmic Encounter the game is, at base, a colonization game. Each gamer controls a different alien race attempting to spread their empire across the universe, eventually claiming victory if they have colonies on five planets not within their own system. This base version of the game offers a varied amount of alien options, each coming with their speical abilities. Also, as somewhat of an added bonus, this version of the game includes a handful of new alien races to multiply the variety. Snag it before it leaves the galaxy again.

You know that mamby pamby magic guys like Harry Potter and Gandalf like to throw around?

Yeah, this ain’t that. This is EPIC SPELL WARS OF THE BATTLE WIZARDS: DUEL AT MOUNT SKULLZFYRE (and, yes, it has to be in all caps because it’s that amazing)! Not only is every card in this bloody, vicious, heart-stomping, brain-stabbing, lung impaling game drawn by the psychotic artist of the Super Jail cartoon, Nick Edwards, but they also serve your every whim in eviserating your opponents. How does this magical madness work? Simple. Two to six players match firery wits by way of creating spells by combining three cards, ultimately attempting to reduce their enemies to a quivering pile of mush. Dark, demented, and a darn good bit of fun.

Like a darker, deadlier version of Munchkin, the new Locke & Key board game will satisfy both readers of the exceptional comic and lovers of board games. Though play starts cooperatively, by the end of the adventure you may be looking behind you to see who’s stabbing that knife in your back. Keeping with the story of the comic, players will explore Keyhouse, gathering verious keys, then using their abilities to conquer evil ghoulies.

Fun for the whole undead family.

Feb 112012
 

Image Comics has been turning out bold, inventive series after bold, inventive series this last year and it shows no sign of stopping. However, when you have that many great series coming out at one time, some get lost in the shuffle. Pigs is one of those series.

An espionage book at its core, Pigs revolves around a sleeper cell of Cuban assassins who were assigned to positions in America during the Cold War. None of them have received word from their supervisors…until now. A mysterious notice awakens each member of the team, but for what nefarious purpose? Lovers of The Losers or Sleeper should definitely take a stab at this intriguing thriller.

What’s with all this Avengers merchandise lately? It’s like there’s a movie or something. But that’d be crazy, no one could ever make an Avengers…what? They’re what? Ohhhhhhh.

Well, in that case, gear up for the Avengers movie by reading the first thirty issues of the original series, created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. These thirty issues contain some of the most important, classic moments in Avengers history. Can you say, thawed Captain America? There is no better way to collect these key issues, in color, in hardcover, than in the first volume of the Avengers Omnibus. ASSEMBLE!!!!

Speaking of the Sentinel of Liberty, there’s no better way to light your Avengers Omnibus as you read it than with the new Captain America Neon Sign.

Glowing hot with justice and freedom, this sign, shaped as Cap’s classic shield, can be hung from a wall or placed, upright on a special dispaly stand that comes with the sign. Lighten up your man cave with this symbol of truth, justice, and nerdom.

You’ve read The Stand. You’ve read The Shinning. You’ve read Locke & Key. You’ve loved them. You’ve craved more.

Now, read the mind meld of these two horror geniuses. Yes, folks, father and son, Stephen King and Joe Hill, have combined talents for a new comic series based off a short story the two co-wrote. This comic is called Road Rage and it is made of awesome. A group of rough and tumble bikers are taken to their limit by a crazy truck driver leads them on a made chase across the open road. Sound a little familiar to Duel? That’s probably becasue Richard Matheson’s short story was an inspiration for this tale, oh, and the fact that Matheson himself is working on the title too. This powerhouse of writing talent must be read to be believed!