Mar 282017
 

That time of the week, where I mention a game that isn’t exactly new or shiny, but is FUN and should be OWNED and PLAYED! This week: Conan, the Miniatures Game-

Conan

 

 

Conan:
Players:2-5
Time: ~1 Hour (scenario dependent)
Genre: Dungeon Crawl semi-cooperative Miniature Game

 

 

 

 

Conan is a scenario-based, semi-cooperative miniatures game, where one player plays the board, and all other players team up to play as Conan and his companions. This game went through years of game design, and it’s publishers even hired a Conan expert to make sure the theme and scenarios are in line with author Robert E. Howard’s novels and short stories. That aside, this game can and will be enjoyed by players who know nothing of Conan or his mythos.

For a miniatures game, this game is short, fast, and wonderfully designed. Rather than being campaign based like many other miniatures board games (see Descent and Imperial Assault), Conan is split up into scenarios where players choose their characters and play against the Game Master in standalone scenarios with a limited number of turns. Each scenario has different objectives and themes for gameplay diversity, and players may choose different characters depending on what they think is needed in each scenario.

each of their turns characters choose different stances based on what they are trying to accomplish.

Gameplay itself in Conan is incredibly simple, but also streamlined and intuitive. When players want to use an action such as moving or fighting, they simply place one of their “stamina” gems into that portion of their player board, and roll dice equal to the amount of gems used. Gems refresh each turn based on what stance a character chooses, so it’s possible that characters may use all their gems in one epic round and stagger around exhausted while they try and refresh themselves, or play more reserved and pace their actions strategically.

Normally my complaint in a dungeon crawl game revolves around me getting stuck managing the game after no one else volunteers for the job, but this game is different. The job of Game master in this game is incredibly fun and interesting, and this is due in large part to the game system the designers came up for you to run it. The Game Master uses eight slidable titles with groups of monsters associated with each tile and one “respawn” tile. The further down the row the tiles are, the higher their cost in gems. On a GM’s turn, they may activate any two of their tiles, and once activated, the tile slides to the end, costing more the next time it would be activated, but making everything else cost less.

Conan 2

That’s it for Conan. It’s a huge box, Conan is a little busted (as he should be thematically), and although I’ve played the starting scenario over ten times now, I’m STILL not bored with it! (Did I mention it has 74 Miniatures….) #GiveItATry

May 292015
 

Nations the Dice GameAsmodee has whittled down the massive, strategy heavy Nations board game into a manageable, quick-to-play dice game!  Nations the Dice Game is a game for one to four players that takes ten to fifteen minutes per player and shares many concepts with the civilization-building game Nations while still offering its own challenges.Welcome to the Dungeon

Someone call Axel Rose, because it’s time for Welcome to the Dungeon!  A low difficulty, family and new gamer friendly card game, Welcome to the Dungeon is essentially “chicken” with monsters.  To see who has the guts to enter the dungeon, players take turns setting aside equipment or adding monsters to the dungeon pile.  Players have to make strategic choices about when to venture into the dungeon from there.

Star Realms deck boxEvery great card game needs and equally awesome deck box!  Legion Supplies has joined with White Wizard Games to produce high quality flip-top deck boxes for the popular deck building game, Star Realms.  Not only will these boxes hold an entire base set with sleeves on it, the box also contains dividers and a unique promo card that can only be attain by purchasing the deck box.Warhammer Relic Halls of Terra expansion

The future of the Antian Sector is at stake in the newest expansion in the Warhammer 40K Relic card game series.  Halls of Terra features a new side board depicting Holy Terra and the red planet Mars and three game changing scenario sheets.  Dozens of Threat, Mission, and Corruption cards bring these treacherous Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Wrath of the Righteousworlds and their ruthless politics to life.  In addition to the new board and cards, the expansion also contains four highly detailed plastic player pieces.

The newest base set for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Wrath of the Righteous is out this weekend.  Wrath of the Righteous supplies cooperative gaming for one to four players against all the regular fantasy creatures and baddies, adapting the roleplaying system to a card game mechanic.  Included in this edition are more than 500 cards, all of which contribute to the beginning of an entirely new adventure path.  Also out this weekend is the matching character expansion pack and its exclusive promo card!

Apr 172015
 

Bioshock InfiniteOne of the most popular video game experiences of the last ten years comes to the world of board gaming.  Bioshock Infinite:  The Siege of Columbia has recently been released by Plaid Hat Games.  A miniature based battle game, players take on the roles of the Vox Populi and the Founders, controlling each faction with sets of miniatures ripped directly from the video game.  That means you’ll commanded Booker Dewitt, Elizabeth, and Songbird as  you attempt to take control of Columbia, Colossal Caveblock by block.

Adapting classic text-based computer gaming into a board game format, Colossal Cave is a dungeon crawl card game.  The main rule is drawn one, play one, but the actions are in service of exploring and pilfering a cave of treasures.  Players use a basic, fourteen room map to move from room to room and gathering and search for treasure with their Serpent Stonecards.  Whoever drops three treasures in the Well House reigns victorious!

Based off the design of a six hundred year old Aztec game, Serpent Stones attempts to recreate the game as closely to the original as possible.  Reminiscent of chess, players control opposing Aztec armies that are attempting to capture each other’s mystical stones.  Soldiers can utilize the power of the gods in order to capture obstructing Plasma Obliteratoropponents on their way to obtaining the stones.

The heavily allocated Plasma Obliterator miniature for Warhammer 40K is out this weekend.  Each store has only been able to receive a single miniature, meaning these are Netrunner The Valley Data Packhighly, highly sought after and rare.

The epicenter of Netrunner‘s bioengineering empire, The Valley, comes to the Netrunner Deckbuidling Game with the newest Data Pack expansion.  The sixty card expansion contains assets, region upgrades, genetic resources, as well as an entirely new Jinteki identity.

After a bit of a lag period, the Ascension deck building game is back with another stand-alone Ascension Dawn of Championsexpansion, Dawn of Champions.  Following the destruction of the six major realms, a single one, New Vigil, has arisen.  Players control a faction leader, each with their own unique abilities to unlock monster and construct cards as well as powers and effects that only they can use.  Like previous Ascension games, Dawn of Champions plays quickly (around thirty minutes) and comfortably from one to four players.

Mar 062015
 

Rumble in the DungeonPlaying like a smaller scale Munchkin Quest, Rumble in the Dungeon is an inexpensive dungeon crawl game.  Players lay down tiles to represent the dungeon then navigate it’s paths and corridors attacking other players.  Steal treasure and protect your “mystery” characters and you’ll prevail.Witness board game

A murder mystery game, Black and Mortimer:  Witness provides players with sixty-four separate scenarios to play through.  Each player is given various clues and information about a case, then must confer with the other Tiny Epic Kingdomsplayers in order to solve the mystery.

Tiny Epic Kingdoms is a big game in a small package.  Each player takes control of a different faction or kingdom attempting to take control of various regions.  Factions and territories are represented by tiles and stat cards used to compare armies as players attempt to conquer the same lands.The Grasshopper and the Ant

Another in the Iello fables series of board games, The Grasshopper and the Ant is another excellent family game release.  Playable at adult and child levels, The Grasshopper and the Ant sees players alternate back-and-forth playing as the titular Viticultureroles, attempting to steal and horde resources throughout a series of rounds.

Back in print (though the first print run was extremely limited), Viticulture is the strategic game of winemaking.  Placed into the role of vineyard owners, players begin with a few tracks of land, three workers, and a tiny cellar and must grow their industry over a handful of seasons.  Also out this weekend is the new expansion for the game, Tuscany.  This expansion entirely alters the gameplay through a tiered system where new mechanics are revealed over playtime.Assassin's Creed Arena board game

Assassin’s Creed comes to the world of board gaming.  Assassin’s Creed:  Arena converts the gameplay of the popular video game franchise into board gaming mechanics.  Players will take control of one of four historical assassins in order to navigate the streets of Constantinople, using sneaking tactics and weaponry to murder those who deserve it, acquire treasures, and stock-up on gear and gadgets.

Feb 072015
 

Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack 2Another party of adventurers joins the Dungeon Roll!

The Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack #2 provides eight entirely new heroes to be mixed into the popular dungeon crawl dice game.  These heroes, however, are far beefier than any of the previous heroes, so make sure to play them against each other or in a situation where other players are looking for a challenge.Deus board game

Deus is Latin for God, making it a perfect name for the new hand management where players pray to their society’s deities through offerings.  Deus begins with players receiving a hand of five cards, randomly featuring one of six colors.  Each color represents a resource (military, trade, temples, etc.), which is then used to construct buildings in honor of the gods.  These buildings are placed on a variable board (whose dimensions are Village Port Expansiondecided by the number of players) in order to acquire points and gain victory.

The boundaries of the popular Tasty Minstrel Game release, Village, continue to grow.  Village:  Port is the newest expansion for the game and it is a sizable one.  Not only does Port give players the option of boarding a skiff and sailing the seas in order to find buried treasure, but also new life goal cards that allow players to choose career options for their characters.Chez Geek Slack to the Future

It’s taken Steve Jackson a bit of time to get another Chez Geek expansion out on the shelves, but, to be fair, the game is about who can be the laziest.  Like a slacker cousin to the popular Munchkin franchise, Chez Geek has players earning slack points for doing as little as they can.  Slack to the Future, the creatively titled expansion that hits shelves this weekend includes fifty-six new jobs, Aqua Spherefriends, food, and activities that can be used to acquire “slack” in the game.

While it may not be as insane as Sealab 2021, AquaSphere is still a frantic game of underwater area control.  Players compete to collect data regarding the ocean.  Every player controls a team of researchers (comprised of a scientist, engineer, robots, and submarines) across to halves of the game board (a lab and headquarters).  Gathering knowledge points moves you closer to winning and to do so players must expend actions to observe octopuses, expand your lab, or increase your team’s abilities.Hanabi Deluxe

Hanabi, among the most popular cooperative games on the market, gains a deluxe edition this weekend.  Deluxe Hanabi plays exactly like the original, with player working together to create a fireworks display.  The trick is that each player can see everyone but their own fireworks, requiring everyone to describe and hint at what each other has.  The Deluxe Hanabi edition replaces the standard cards with Mahjong tiles, reflecting the Eastern influence and setting of the game.