Aug 272011
 

Movies are lying to you.

They tell you that if you plan on breaking into a vault you’re going to need a crew of twelve or so people, an array of tools, and a carefully coordinated plan.  In fact, all you need to do is come up to Pulp Fiction and pick up the new From the Vault:  Legends collection.

Any of you familiar with Magic the Gathering know that Wizards of the Coast has been releasing From the Vault collections fairly regularly lately and that they always contain fifteen of the most sought after cards in existence.  The other staple of the Vault collections is an overarching theme between all the cards.  As you may have noticed, this time that theme is Legends, so all the cards are legendary creatures.  These include: (and for those of you not interested in Magic, this is the time to tune out) Sharum the Hegemon, Teferi Mage of Zhalfir, Kresh the Bloodbraided, Progenitus, Mikaeus the Lunarch, Cao Cao Lord of Wei, Oona Queen of the Fae, Doran the Siege Tower, Captain Sisay, Ulamog the Infinite Gyre, Kiki-Jiki Mirror Breaker, Visara the Dreadful, Rafiq of the Many, Sun Quan Lor of Wu, and Omnath Locus of Mana.  Okay, listing over.

Okay, you’ve got miniature terrain.  And you’ve got clips.  What if you put them together?  Terraclips.  Technically created for the Malifaux miniatures game, these 3D terrain pieces could easily be used for any number of miniature games.  The initially released sets include sewers, streets, and buildings, all of which are made of thick, durable cardstock that is cut to carefully fit together with the help of grey connector pieces.  Above all else, though, every piece is interchangeable so you can design your own layered environment design.  They’ve got me saying, “Clip it, clip it real good”.

But I’m an idiot.

Last week we talked about Chaostle, along with some other dungeon crawl games, but this week there’s a new sheriff in town.  And the name is Catacombs.  The reason that this twist on the classic dungeon crawl format so easily dispatched all other contenders is that you play it by flicking little wooden tiles!  Come on, when have you ever played a dungeon crawl game where you flick stuff at stuff?!  Never, that’s when.  As a two to five player game, Catacombs has one player controlling all the monsters while everyone else battles against them.  Each of the sixty-eight tiles are stickered to represent a different hero or creature, so everyone flicks these at each other until the ultimate dungeon overlord is defeated.  Obviously, there’s more to it than that, but my attention was grabbed at the phrase “flick your wizard fireball tile at the dragon tile”.

Fantasy Flight gets in on the deck building craze of recent years with Rune Age, a competitive, scenario-driven game set in the universe of Runebound, Descent, and Dragonquest.  After picking the scenario (each comes with different end goals, cards, and other alterations) all of the two to four players wish to take on they then choose which race they want to represent.  From there play generally works similarly to Dominion, except for one minor alteration:  certain sets of cards can only be played/purchased by certain factions.  Basically, everyone shares from a pool of general cards while also buying from unique card pools that only they can use.  Should be another solid edition to the long (by this point, anyway) tradition of deck building games.

We’ve had Smurfs.  We’ve had Street Fighters.  Now, Green Lantern gets in on the action with the new Green Lantern Heroclix gravity feed.  Rules is simple:  ten different kinds of figures, one per pack, collect’em all.  What more do you need?  Oh, yeah, a picture.

Aug 202011
 

Once upon a time there was a magical land known as Gen Con.  Inside its hallowed, carpeted halls were number upon number of games, both brilliant and beguiling.  It took two valiant, but nerdy kings to whisk away every last one of these playful treasures and deliver them back to their home kingdom of Pulpious Fictione.  It is now that we bring these gaming devices to you, kind folks.

In line with all this fairy tale speak is the impressively organized and designed new game called Chaostle.  Joining the family of dungeon crawl boardgames like Tailsman, Wrath of Ashardalon, and Descent, Chaostle is set-up like a classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure.  Everyone’s character (there’s, like, over 20 to choose from) attempts to fight their way around the dungeon/castle game board, battling off monsters, snake pits, and other nasty die-roll-induced evils.  For a game released by a smaller independent company, the level of detail and craftsmanship put into this game is astonishing.  Thick cardboard character cards, detailed miniatures, a numbered game board/piece layout that makes it easy to assemble the game, and many other nifty features make this a guaranteed bang for buck purchase.

Go, ninja!  Go, ninja!  Go!  At least a couple of people will be screaming this ancient, icy chant when playing Ninja:  Legend of the Scorpion Clan.  The rest of the players will be attempting to suppress the efforts of the black clad ninja as castle guards.  But beware, there is a traitor in their midst who will aid the ninjas at the most crucial moment.  Half boardgame, half card game, this Legend of the Five Rings spin-off plays as a tense game of cat and mouse as ninja players try to avoid any sound or action that will give them away, while guards work to track them down.  Both sides have their own special abilities (like poison sake, creaking boards, and climbing ropes) to aid them in their efforts.  If you enjoy Last Night on Earth or City of Thieves, this is an up-your-alley type of game.

In the new printing of Savage Worlds Deluxe, the titled worlds run the gamut from western bordello to deep space minefield to Amazonian jungles.  Any setting you can think of is playable in Savage Worlds.  More than that, this new deluxe edition contains all the information on rules, character creation, weapons, and game mastering you’ll ever need.  If you’re a young, inexperienced roleplayer, this would be a solid game to start out with as far as being able to play in whatever setting you desire.

Taking it to the streets this week, the new Street Fighter Heroclix.  Sold in a similar drop box to the Smurfs figures, these boosters come one figure to a box.  There are 23 figures to collect overall, some of which are super rares that are already jumping up in price.  The best thing, these little dudes are only $3 a pop!  And collecting isn’t the only thing you can do with them as they are completely usable, playable Heroclix figures.  So, fight’em alone or against any other Heroclix figure!

Dear Pilgrims of the Flying Temple,

Don’t call it a roleplaying game because Do, Pilgrims of the Flying Temple is a beautifully illustrated, endlessly repeatable multi-player storytelling game set in a world of high-flying adventure.  The three to five people playing will assume the role of a pilgrim of the flying temple, who begin their journey with a letter of distress from a neighboring planet.  It is this impetus that leads gamers into the story they will continue on their own.  The artwork in this book is seriously beyond gorgeous; very Disney-esque.  Also, for those lovers of Avatar, the Last Airbender out there (so, basically everyone ever) Do is about as close as you will ever get to owning a RPG version of that show.

Sincerely,

Jayson Quearry, Pulp Fiction Register Monkey

Apr 302011
 

Lists are kinda great.  Lets all celebrate lists with one about the abundance of restock items that Pulp received.

  • Lost Cities bordgame (Yipee!  It’s back in print!)
  • A Game of Thrones LCG (new expansion comes later in the post)
  • Mayday sleeves
  • Savage Worlds Explorers Edition
  • Pathfinder – Gnomes of Golarion, Orcs of Golarion, Halflings of Golarion, Inner Sea Primer (new expansions come later in the post)
  • L5R RPG Emerald Empire & Enemies of the Empire
  • Magic the Gathering Deck Boxes in a multitude of colors, sleeves, and Ultra-Pro 9-Pocket card hardcases
  • A ton of paint
  • Warmachine – Most battlegroups, rule books for most factions, and Ripjaw, Lancer, and Revenger.

Also, not a restock, but a quick blurb for the new issue of White Dwarf.

If you’re picking up any of the Warmachine, Warhammer, or any minis at all, you might want to take a look at the Rare Earth Magnets.  These are designed to hold miniatures onto bases with extreme magnetic force.  Seriously, these things attract each other through the two layers of plastic container they’re held in.  I’d bore you with the dimensions, but there’s a lot.  Basically, whatever size you think you’d need, they make.

¿Dónde está el Fluxx Español? En Pulp Fiction!  Yes, in the long line of Fluxx editions, there is now a Spanish version.  Not only is every card in Spanish, but the art and box are different.  Might I recommend, if you are a Spanish teacher, whether in high school, college, or elementary, this would be a perfect game to use as a teaching aid in class.  Simplemente decir.

A major release for this week, Dwarf King’s Hold drops onto shelves.  Why is this such a big bad?  Well, inside the box there is not only a fantastic two player dungeon crawl/battle game that has players taking control of undead and dwarf forces, but also 32 miniatures.  The game builds on the six included scenarios, each leading up to an epic final battle.  Also, the tiles included can be arranged as the player or scenario deems acceptable to form different maps for each style of play.  Whether you’re looking for an exciting two player game, a bunch of gnarly minis, or both, you should aim your peepers at Dwarf King’s Hold.

You wants some attitude? How ’bout I play Dr. Know and give you some attitude?  Shadowrun Attitude, in fact.  Following in the treads of all the other futuristic criminal enterprising present in the Shadowrun universe, Attitude fleshes out the finer aspects of life.  You’ll find a Scroll’s worth of information on music, sports, and other activities to keep you busy between Shadowruns.  Don’t be a twinkie, buy it today.

Speaking of scrolls gives me a perfect transition into mentioning a semi-new Fresco expansion, Fresco, The Scrolls.  Technically called Expansion Module 7, this new addition to the Fresco gaming series, adds new, uh, scrolls, bestowed upon you by the bishop.  Each one allows players to tailor the fresco to their own desires, all while earning additional victory points.

Do ye wear a kilt, brotha?  Ye should, men wear kilts.  And te find out if yar a real man, brotha, ya need ta play Lords of Scotland.  Aye, comin’ outta Z-Man games, this wee deck’a cards has ya fighting for the approval of the clans’a Scotland.  If ya gain their loyalty, then yer on yar way ta being crowned king, brotha.  Aye, it’s a game’a champions.  And the short on cash.

Warhammer Fantasy RPG releases another invaluable resource this week with the Omens of War box set.  Inside are contents that will benefit the GM and player, alike.  New careers, fighting styles, rules for mounted combat, and much more sit side by side with deep explanations of the Empire, Knightly Orders, and vicious history of the Old World.  On the game master side of things, information on the Ruinous Power Khorne, his minions, a peak into the Blood God’s strategy, and new severe injury rules are included.  This information comes on top of all the numerous tokens, cards, standups, sourcebooks, and other pieces that are spilling out of this beautiful Warhammer Fantasy box set.

Returning to Pulp’s shelves is the QUERP Rulebook.  No, that’s not another Spanish word, it’s an acronym for Quick Easy Role Playing.  Intended for beginning roleplayers or veterans who are looking to run a simple, fast adventure, QUERP contains every detail players and game masters need to build a world, create characters, and play.  Simple, quick, easy fantasy in a well made package.

I said they’d be mentioned up top, well here goes.  Pathfinder has both Faiths of Purity and Rule of Fear coming out this week.  What do these colorful Paizo booklets contain?  Glad you asked.  Faiths of Purity leans toward the kind, honest, generally good religions of the Pathfinder world, giving players the ability to create characters in flavor and mechanics.  Rule of Fear, on the other hand, lives in the dark, shadowy nation of Ustalav by offering information on thirteen counties, gazetteers for seven cities, six conspiracies, and eleven adventure locations.  Can you afford to be caught without them?

A Game of Thrones, not just a popular HBO program anymore.  Haha, right?  Yeah, George R.R. Martin’s been turning out books and other GoT product for a long, long time, the A Game of Thrones LCG being just one of example.  As the LCG (living card game) is based around new expansion coming out periodically (in an effort to continually keep the game fresh) the Queen of Dragons expansion adds components based around House Targaryen.  These include 165 cards, new strategies, tactics, and deckbuilding options to help creat two new decks, Fire and Blood and Hosts of the True-Queen.