Apr 082016
 

Firefly FluxxTake my love, take my land, but don’t you dare take my Firefly Flux from me!  Out last weekend, Looney Labs newest conquest is the Firefly license, which means the cult favorite Sci-Fi series receives its own Fluxx edition.  Perfect for two to six players, Firefly Fluxx includes completely new keepers, action cards, and creepers to be played stand-alone or combined with any other version of Fluxx.  Also, while supplies last, each purchase of Firefly Fluxx comes with an Alliance creeper promo card.Dice Masters Dungeons Dragons Faerun Under Siege

Dice Masters continues to churn out expansion/Starter Sets for their various properties and this weekend sees the release of Faerun Under Siege for Dungeons & Dragons.  Like the previous Starter Sets for Dice Masters, Faerun Under Siege includes the materials for two players to go head-to-head.  The materials included are forty-four, thirty-eight cards, a rule book, and two dice bags.  This set can also be combined with any of the A Game of Thrones Wolves of the Northprevious Dice Masters sets.

With a title like Wolves of the North, you know that the newest expansion set for the A Game of Thrones card game has to be about the Stark family.  Wolves of the North includes character, event, location, attachment, and plot cards to expand and flesh out your Stark deck.  In addition to the Stark-centric cards, the expansion also contains materials for all the other factions in the game, totally up to over 150 cards.Shadows Over Innistrad Intro Packs Booster box Fat Pack

Innistrad has returned to the world of Magic the Gathering with the most recent set, Shadows Over Innistrad.  Out this weekend, the new set focuses on vampires, werewolves, and other horror creatures and colors.  Like all other Magic launches, the materials released this weekend include booster boxes (each with thirty-six packs), Intro Packs, Fat Packs, and Deck Building Toolkits, all including booster packs or constructed decks for the set.  For anyone looking to begin playing Magic the Gathering, any of these materials are ideal entry points.

Oct 042014
 

Red Dragon Inn Brother BastionWelcome, welcome, to ye ole Red Dragon Inn!  Come in, ye two new travelers, and have a Red Dragon Inn Ozrik the Adeptseat.

The Red Dragon Inn:  Allies expansions enlist two brand new characters this weekend, one the honored Brother Bastion, the other the mystical Ozrik the Adept.  Brother Bastion comes with special prayer cards that can be expended at specific times during the game for major benefits.  Ozrik the Adept favors hand management, as certain cards increase in power after other cards are discarded.  Both of these expansion can be incorporated any of the Red Dragon Inn base games.

Lord of the Rings The Road DarkensThe Lord of the Rings LCG series from Fantasy Flight gains another Saga Expansion, called The Road Darkens.  This expansion puts the player directly into the Fellowship of the Ring plot, allowing you to play through three original scenarios adapted from the novel.  The Road Darkens also includes additional hero characters that increase replay value of the game.Dark Eldar Codex HC

The Warhammer 40K hardcover library grows by one this weekend with the updated edition of the Dark Eldar Codex.  As is standard with this gorgeous line of hardcover volumes, the Dark Eldar Codex contains a detailed history of the faction, a glossy page showcase of paint schemes for the miniatures as well as an army list, and, of course, a list of rules for the army and their weapons.

Call of Cthulhu card game The Sleeper BelowThe eldar god, Cthulhu, has been awoken from his slumber and he is not happy.  Containing 165 cards to be incorporated into the base Call of Cthulhu LCG, The Sleeper Below, is the newest oversized expansion for the popular card game.  Focusing on the Cthulhu faction for the game, this expansion contains support and event cards for the faction.  As well, new society cards add other factions for the game.

From Iello, the makers of King of Tokyo, comes a quick play family horror game Night of the Grand Octopusthat melds together Lovecraftian mythos and Harry Potter.  Night of the Grand Octopus is a thinly veiled homage to Cthulhu and his cultist followers, tasking players to break into a famous school of the mystical arts to steal enchanting materials that will be used to wake the sleeping octopus god.  Ideal for three to five players, Night of the Grand Octopus is easy to learn and fast to play.

Student BodiesFinally a zombie game that doesn’t even feign at cooperative play!

Student Bodies pits up to five players against each other in life or death combat set in the hallowed halls of high school.  Nearly the entire graduating class has been turned into zombies, now scattered throughout the building, and you and all your friends have already been bitten.  Your only hope is making it to the science lab for the antidote, but to do so you’re going to have to screw over all of the other players.  Oh, and to win, you’re going to need to get out of the building and lock everyone else in.  Like I said, not cooperative.Warhammer Conquest 40K card game

Fantasy Flight and Games Workshop have teamed-up once again for a new addition to the popular line of LCG games, this time set in the Warhammer 40K universe.  Warhammer 40K Conquest is a two player, head-to-head card game that adapts the rules of the miniature game onto cards.  Each player controls armies represented by a card deck, which they then manage as either fighting forces or resource gatherers.  As this base game is the beginning of another LCG line, expect regular deck expansions to grow the game.

Feb 152013
 

Summoner Wars asks the one eternal question!

Guild Dwarfs or Cave Goblins?

Wait, wait!  Or, Phoenix Elves or Tundra Orcs?

Okay, these are not nor have they ever been eternal questions, but they are important questions if you plan to start up a Summoner Wars game.  These two new starter packs give players everything they need  to begin playing one of the most popular card-based war games out there.  Each pack comes with two faction decks as well as rules, tokens, and other necessaries.  Choose your deck carefully, however, as each faction specializes in a different form of attack.

Cook yourself a box full of fishsticks, call up your buddy, and get ready to play the freshly caught two player version of Le Havre, Le Havre: The Inland Port.  Incorporating the same building mechanic of the original Le Havre, this version adds a new dial mechanic where each player bases their actions off of the round indicator noted each turn.  Because of its unique design and easy-to-learn gameplay, Le Havre: The Inland Port is the perfect two player game for husbands and wives, two friends, a cat and a dog, a pigeon and an aardvark, or any other pairing that wishes to find a game they can share.

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Jan 042013
 

Can you believe it’s been ten years since BANG! came out?

To celebrate, the BANG! 10th Anniversary edition of the base game has come riding into town.  Unlike the base version of the game, this edition comes with a number of additional extras that enhance gameplay.  Wooden bullets and premium player boards organize the life totals and card arrangement, respectively.  Also included are a “Most Wanted” rogues gallery of character cards from the various expansions for the game, which include two cards from the Valley of Shadows expansion which was only released in the Czech Republic.  A completely new character is also held within the metal confines of the box, one featuring a cowgirl.  Giddy on it, liddle doggies.

Rule one is:  Don’t let the natives get restless!

In Archipelago the colonists players control have to walk a tightrope of resource management and worker placement, while also carefully choosing to side with or backstab their opponents.  As you mine Carribean settlement for resources, you must also transform these natural commodities into cash by selling them at market or overseas in the homeland.  Construction of temples, markets, and whole cities must also be carefully balanced as to not leave the natives unsatisfied or organized because they will rise up.  And though that may sound like a way to unseat your opponent, a violent uprising will end the game for everyone, so it’s in your best interest to quell them as they sprout up.

Core Worlds receives its first expansion set this weekend in Galactic Orders.  Alliances are beginning to form in this galaxy-spanning war, a development that has brought in various Galactic Orders represented by oversized cards.  Each Order possesses unique abilities, all of which are laid out clearly on their adjoining card.  As players utilize cards with faction distinctions on them, they in turn place their faction tokens onto Galactic Order cards, either to gain points at the end of the game or activate the Galactic Order abilities for your benefit.  If you’ve ever been party to any galactic politics (and who hasn’t?), you’ll realize that Core Worlds: Galactic Orders recreates such discussions perfectly.

Judging from the box description, Panic On Wall Street! will have you punching your friends in their faces with glee.  Sounds amazing to me!  A party game unlike any other, Panic On Wall Street! has players yelling across each other to win intense bidding wars, attempting to collect the most money possible.  Use speculation!  Use intimidation!  Use force!  Use a large mallet to smack others in the naughty bits!  Warning, the application of alcohol may result in bloody murder.