Mar 152014
 

Coming up on Channel A is a new program for fans of anime and manga, ready-made for party gaming!

Recently run through the distributor system following a successful Kickstarter run, Channel A is another in a long line of Apples to Apples style party games.  In the case of Channel A, players are selecting multiple cards, each with a uniquely anime-esque words, and using them to pitch a new anime show to the rest of the group.  Votes are taken and points are assigned based on majority. 

If there’s a cult following bigger than fans of zombie stuff, it’s fans of Cthulhu stuff.

From the makers of Zombies!!!, the highly popular zombie outbreak survival game, comes Cthulhu!!!:  Hastur La Vista Baby!  Similar to Zombies!!!, players control hardened Elder God exterminators attempting to halt the return of an creature from beyond by sanctifying ritual sites.  However, the threat of insanity looms large over everyone thrust into the middle of this horrific setting.  Can you hold out?

Flash Point is jumping in the drink with its newest set of expansion boards, Dangerous Waters.

In this expansion are two double-sided game boards with representations of a submarine and a sunken ship, offering an entirely original environment for players to experience.  Any safety provided by the above-ground buildings of all the previous sets is now out-the-window, so to speak, raising the stakes in this popular cooperative game.

Newly arrived and quickly disappearing from the shelves is Magic the Gathering‘s most recent Duel Deck, Jace vs. Vraska.

Hotly anticipated, this duel deck retails for $19.99, but contains cards with values which far exceed the price.  As well, these duel deck sets are always perfect introductory products for new Magic players, giving them a fully built deck to play as well as one to give an opponent.

A supplement to the Chaos Space Marine’s Codex, the recently released Crimson Slaughter Codex provides information about unique artifacts and options for your existing Chaos Space Marines army.  As well, it provides a unique story that’s never before been told in the Warhammer 40K materials.

Legend of the Five Rings makes a major comeback this weekend with the launch of a freshly designed base set, the Ivory Edition, anchored by four new booster pack releases and a set of nine starter decks.  The classic nine clans are represented, including crab, scorpion, crane, and all the rest.

Somebody really needs to Asmadi Games to start play testing these games they’re releasing.

In the mean time, here’s another We Didn’t Playtest This edition, this time known as We Didn’t Playtest This Pasted-On Theme at All!  Adding another batch of original cards, this expansion also includes stick-on (paste not included) themes like zombie, pirate, elves, and more.  Not only do these themes make each card snazzier than before, they also change the endgame scenario.

While we’re on the topic of expansions, the popular education series, Timeline, gains another themed expansion this weekend.  Timeline: Music & Cinema plays just like the previous versions of the game with players attempting to lay cards from their hand in chronological order without seeing the dates.  In this specific expansion, all the cards relate to major moments or works in the music and film industries.

A loving homage to classic Dungeons & Dragons, Luke Crane’s Torchbearer RPG HC is all dungeon crawling all the time.

Building off of the Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard roleplaying systems, Torchbearer deals in deep, dank dungeons, heroic adventurers, and a hunt for glory.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler has finally swing his way into the Legendary deck-building game, and he’s brought along friends.  Another mini-expansion for Marvel‘s successful DBG, Paint the Town Red (trust us, the contents are better than the title) includes cards for the Black Symbiote Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Black Cat, Scarlet Spider, and Spider-Woman as well as Mastermind cards for Carnage and Mysterio.

Mar 142014
 

Nemo Roses of Berlin HC

-Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil continue weaving their extended League of Extraordinary Gentlemen epic!

-Follow’s up Nemo Heart of Ice as a solo adventure featuring Captain Nemo’s daughter, the current captain of the Nautilus.

-In this graphic novel adventure, Nemo’s daughter must adventure to Berlin to save those she loves during the thick of World War II.

-In Berlin, Nemo must face off with the German equivalent of the British League!

Sovereign #1

-Chris Roberson lends his talents for epic adventure (Memorial, iZombie, Masks) to this new fantasy series from Image Comics!

-Gods, demons, ghosts, and other mystical creatures have been absent from the world of Sovereign for centuries…until now!

-A pair of traveling executioners wonder straight into the catastrophe of these returning creatures, left with their swords and wits to defend themselves!

-Fans of Skullkickers, Pathfinder, Dungeons & Dragons, and any other fantasy series apply within!

Rush Clockwork Angels #1

-Prog rock god Neil Peart joins with BOOM! Entertainment to adapt RUSH‘s Clockwork Angels album into a comic book miniseries event!

-Popular novelist Kevin J. Anderson joins Peart in telling his tale!

-Owen Hardy has been oppressed by the Watchmaker his whole life.  Well, no more.

-Whether you’re a fan of RUSH or simply a steampunk fanatic, Clockwork Angels is worth a look!

Green Arrow v.4 tpb “The Killing Machine”

-Can’t get enough of the television show Arrow?  This volume of Green Arrow reads just like a series of long-lost episodes with a bigger budget than the show.

-Jeff Lemire breathes new life into the New 52 version of Green Arrow with this arc, which was his first on the book.

-Breaking the character down to his basics, Lemire erases all of Oliver’s safety net, pitting him against a new opponent with none of his usual resources.

-Lemire is joined Andrea Sorrentino, one of the best artists in the business, visualizing Green Arrow‘s abilities and battles in a psychedelic, kinetic aesthetic that is nothing like any previous Green Arrow book.

Nov 152013
 

While there is only one ring to rule them all, there are a ton of Lord of the Rings games to rule them all!

The Lord of the Rings:  The Battle for Middle-Earth from Playroom Entertainment is a new edition to the extensive LotR card game options.  A fast-paced, two to four player game, Battle for Middle-Earth has players competing to form the strongest fellowship in order to fight off the armies and minions of Sauron.

You can never only eat one fortune cookie, you have to have all the Cookie Fu!

The newest take-out expansion for the stylish dice fighting game is called The Grand Buffet Pack and features dice for an entirely new faction, the Caramel Crane.  This complete two-player set contains new rules for multiplayer, special moves, and all the secret moves of the agile Caramel Crane.

All those chemistry classes you had to take in high school will finally pay off in Compounded!

Acting as lab managers, players work against the clock and their opponents to construct elements off of the periodic table.  But remember that your opponent may be looking for the same compounds you’re looking for.  Oh, and some of those can be rather flammable, capable of blowing you up if you don’t complete them in time.

Remember what the ancient monks always say:  Be the mechanic squirrel.

Or, at least, that’s what the monks within the FATE System RPG say.  The FATE System Toolkit book that released today with allow you to hack the rules of the game for your own nefarious purposes, especially when combined with the newly released Worlds books.  Worlds on Fire and Worlds in Shadow offer, between the two of them, twelve campaign settings, tailor-made to a number of different genres.

 Fantasy Flight keeps the living card game market alive with two more releases in the Netrunner and The Lord of the Rings series.

As per usual, both decks come with sixty cards total, with the Second Thoughts Data Pack enhancing Corp and Runner decks while The Morgul Vale Adventure Pack provides an original scenario for players to work through.

As if the trailer park was not weird enough already, Terror in the Trailer Park adds a whole new layer of creepy to the cult hit Trailer Park Wars game.  Including purple “variable” flamingos and over one hundred cards to expand the base game in a horrifying way.

Dungeons and Dragons‘ second encounters adventure pack, Legacy of the Crystal Shard, is out this weekend.  An adventure for characters from first to third levels and compatible with 3.5. 4.0, and D&D Next systems.  The adventure can also be played as a weekly encounter campaign path, if you are so inclined.

LIGHTNING  ROUND

-Warmachine Convergence of Cyriss figures, including Accretion Servitors and Steelsoul Protector.

-Restock on the Lupin III miniature game, based of of the hit anime.

-Cheap Shot, a rummy insult party game, and its expansion are both back in stock.

Sep 212013
 

Powerpuff Girls #1

-IDW continues its dominance of the young girl audience (see My Little Pony) with Powerpuff Girls #1!

-Cartoonist and storyboard artist Troy Little brings Littletown to life in this first issue on the ongoing series.

-Each issue will feature two covers in a 50:50 ratio.  All the covers come covered in Chemical X.

Rat Queens #1

-It’s the ladies turn to dungeon crawl!

-Kurtis J. Wiebe, the author behind cult hits like Peter Panzerfaust, Debris, and Grim Leaper, joins with Image Comics once again!

-An all-female group of thieves, clerics, and other fantasy folk are hired out on various missions of mayhem in this new ongoing series!

-Pathfinder readers and D&D players take note, this is every great campaign you’ve ever run crammed into a single comic series!

Trial of the Punisher #1

-The start of a lean, mean two issue miniseries that follows up Greg Rucka’s most recent Punisher series.

-Written by former lawyer Marc Guggenheim, Trial of the Punisher will be a tight, gripping, accurate courtroom drama.

-Leinil Francis Yu, current artist of The Avengers, lends his sketchy, active pencils to the series, rendering Frank as gritty as possible.

-Will Frank avoid jail after he’s turned himself in for murdering the District Attorney?  Join the jury and cast your vote!

Sex Criminals #1

-On the heels of Joe Casey’s lurid Sex miniseries, Sex Criminals brings the raunchy to Image Comics!

-Written by hipster comic creator extraordinary Matt Fraction, Sex Criminals #1 is smart, uncommon, and entirely dirty.

-A woman.  A man.  Both can stop time.  With their naughty bits.  Yup.

-When these two meet, criminal hi-jinks ensue, as does the bumping of said naughty bits.  Certainly the for mature readers only!

Sep 132013
 

Why take your kids to the zoo when you can take the zoo to the kids?

Zooloretto: The Dice Game is travel version of the original game, altering the original animal picking to dice rolls.  The short and sweet version of it goes like this:  One, you get animals to score points, two, you roll dice for more animals, and, three, use some of those animals to fill your zoo.  Just make sure to pair like animals together.

The expansion pack to Ascension:  Rise of Vigil, is out today and it unleashes the darkness!

Ascension:  Darkness Unleashed allows players to use Dark Energy Shards in order to power up and transform their their heroes and constructs.  Also, if you do not have the previous base game you can still pick this expansion up and play it as a a head-to-head variation.  If you do have Rise of Vigil, Darkness Unleashed converts it to a six player game.

The captain may go down with the ship, but no one else does.  Or, at least, they hope they don’t.

Lifeboats is all about survival at any means necessary.  Escaping a sinking ship, players gather into lifeboats and attempt to make their way to the nearest shore.  However, disaster lies ahead as the waves pound against the dingy, throwing passengers overboard.  The catch is that players get to choose who goes overboard, negotiating to keep their characters in the ship and playing the Captain’s Hat to overrule a deadly vote.

Following in the footsteps of the D&D Red Box and the Pathfinder Beginner Box, the new Thunderstone Starter Set creates a perfect introduction to the popular deck building game.  Offering the essentials for a two to five player game, this set not only provides the materials to get looting, exploring, and monster fighting, but also scales up to serve the needs of veteran players.

Already sold out at the distributor level, the Kanai Factory edition of Love Letter is a limited version of the extremely popular original.  Including two new promo cards, making the deck total eighteen, this version presents the game in its original Japanese incarnation.  And again, once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Finally, as the force is always with you, the third wave of Star Wars X-Wing ships have arrived!

This wave includes the B-Wing, HWK 290, the Tie Bomber, and the oversized ship for the set, the Imperial Lambda Shuttle.