Apr 292016
 

Dice City All That GlittersNo one turns down gold, even in the imaginary city of Rolldovia.  Dice City:  All That Glitters is the first expansion for the town building, dice rolling game from AEG.  In All That Glitters players gain the resource of gold, provided by twelve gold tokens.  As well, the expansion contains forty-eight additional cards that all players to use the gold to strike deals, spruce up pre-existing buildings, and have the option of constructing new types of buildings.

Another in the Lost Legacy series of card games, The Werewolf and the Undying Lost Legacy Fourth Chronicle The Werewolf and Undying HeartHeart is the newest stand-alone addition to the game.  Like the other sets, The Werewolf and the Undying Heart can be played independently of the other expansions.  Each deck in this set can also be played solo or combined with each other, depending on the player’s preference.  For two to six players and only lasting ten minutes a round, Lost Legacy is one of the easiest to learn, quickest to play card games on the market.

Munchkin Playmat Spyke Gets SuckeredSteve Jackson Games is nothing if not committed to bringing players every possible iteration on products related to Munchkin.  With that in mind, the Munchkin Playmat drops this weekend.  A valuable tool to help organize any game of Munchkin (and if you’ve played you know all of those cards can get unwieldy), the Munchkin Playmat designates spaces for class, headgear, race, unequipped items, and many other card types in the game.  These spots along with a level gauge help to keep players’ multitude of cards ordered and organized.Epic Card Game Tyrants

In the vein of White Wizard Games other popular deck-based card game, Star Realms, the Epic card game receives four booster pack expansions this weekend.  Epic Tyrants is made up of four booster pack expansions that contribute thirteen new cards to the game, each themed around a Tyrant character.  The four options are Draka’s Rage, Helion’s Deceit, Raxxa’s Doctor PanicRevenge, and Markus’ Command.

You’ve heard of the classic board game Operation.  Well, Doctor Panic is the next generation relative of that game, a blend of app-based, cooperative, and time trial.  Made for families of all-ages, Doctor Panic plays in only twelve minutes!  Yes, you and your other players have twelve minutes to complete a variety of medical procedures and clean-up activities.  Download the free Doctor Panic app and incorporate it into the game as well.Adroid Mainframe

Over the last few years, Fantasy Flight has grown a variety of games around their elaborate, cyberpunk universe of Android.  A spin-off of the popular Netrunner series, Android Mainframe is a completely different take on that universe and game mechanics intended for two to four players.  A placement game at it’s heart, Android Mainframe has players assuming the role of a Runner and using various character tiles, linking rods, and various cards to attempt to gain control of various evil corporations’ computer systems by “hacking in.”

Mar 252016
 

VS System The Defenders VersusOne of tonight’s multiple superhero related games, VS System:  The Defenders is the first expansion pack for the recently relaunched card game.  Who are The Defenders, you might ask?  Well, they may not be as well known as The Avengers, but, within a year or so, you’ll be pretty familiar with them as all of the Netflix solo series will come together as The Defenders.  This 200 card expansion pack focuses on characters related to those series, like Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones, as well as included new card mechanics.  A quick-to-play, exclusively two player experience, VS System is perfect for nerdy couples or friends looking for a head-to-head experience.Ninja All Stars Karate Fight

From Soda Pop Miniatures, creators of Super Dungeon Explorer, comes a very non-miniature style of game, Ninja All Stars Karate Fight.  Made for two to four players, this card game is a dexterity card matching game.  Like Slapjack, players attempt to react swiftly to cards thrown down on the table, hoping that their reflexes are quicker when grabbing for matching cards.  Ninja All Stars Karate Fight is designed Legendary Captain America 75th Anniversary expansionin a cutesy, Chibi fashion with ninja themed illustrations featured on each card.

If you haven’t heard, 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of the creation of Captain America!  In honor of that event, Upper Deck has released a special Captain America 75th Anniversary expansion for Legendary.  Like previous Legendary expansions, this one contains over 100 cards, including five heroes, two masterminds, two villain groups, and four original schemes.  Among the character options are different versions of the Sentinel of Liberty, including Sam Wilson, Bucky, and various versions of Steve Rogers.Master Fox

Sly as a fox is an appropriate refrain for Iello‘s Master Fox board game.  Great fun for young players and families, Master Fox is a twenty minute dexterity game for two to four players.  In the game, players take on the role of foxes vying for dominance in the forest, as the elder fox is moving on to greener pastures.  In the game, various wooden animal tokens are randomly thrown into the box lid, then each player takes turns blindfolding themselves and grabbing for certain animals using nothing but their sense World's Finest Dicemasters expansionof touch.

Appropriately released the same weekend as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Dicemasters drops another starter kit for the DC line.  World’s Finest is another two-player starter set, that includes all of the essential materials players need to get into the game.  Specific to World’s Finest are forty-four dice and thirty-nine new cards, as well as a rulebook and a dice bag.  The heroes and villains you’ll find in this starter are also, fittingly, all Batman and Superman related characters, such as Steel, Power Girl, Robin, and Nightwing.

Mar 182016
 

Zany PenguinsAsmodee relies on board gaming rule #356, which states that adding cute penguins to any product immediately improves it.  That cuteness would be deceiving, however, as the penguins of Zany Penguins are slowly marching their way to world domination.  Problem is, on the way to conquering the globe, they’ve split amongst themselves.  A set collection and area control game, Zany Penguins has players gathering hands of penguins cards, each with their own value and abilities, then using them strategically to occupy various zones.  Waddle your way to victory!Hoax

Like every Agatha Christie murder mystery (or Clue, if you’re my age), Fantasy Flight‘s new deception game, Hoax, is set at a posh mansion after the death of its wealthy owner.  Players are given one of seven character cards, each with an identity and specific abilities, but then have to discover who everyone else is.  The twist:  you can claim to be whomever you want to be.  Using accusations and deductions, players will attempt to uncover the lies and expose their opponents.  Fans of Bang! or Spyfall Loot N Runshould make sure to try their hand at Hoax.

Get your Indiana Jones on with Loot’n'Run from Iello.  A card game for two to six players, Loot’n'Run is comprised of fifty-four different room cards that players will simultaneously sift through.  Everyone is vying for the best loot, but dangerous guardians can be awoken and turned on other players at any time.  Bluff your way to fortune and glory to claim the win!

This weekend sees the newest expansion for Elder Sign, Omens of Ice.  In the Elder Sign Omens of Iceexpansion players will find an entirely original adventure to the icy ranges of Alaska.  When a blanket of endless snow has covered the planet, investigators must travel North in hopes of discovering the source.  On their adventure they will encounter new Ancient Ones and other hardships.  Complete with new allies, spells, and items, Omens of Ice can be incorporated into the base Elder Sign board The Pied Pipergame to expand the experience.

Another in the popular Tales and Games series (frequently featured on Tabletop), The Pied Piper is another affordable game for families of all ages.  With variants for less and more experience players, The Pied Piper sees two to five gamers attempting to fill their opponents house board with as many rats as possible.  Lure the rats out of your house and place them into the houses of your challengers, but, beware, they can do the same to you.  Like all of the previous Tales and Games releases, The Pied Piper not only includes the game, but also the entire original story it is based off of.

You don’t have to give into the dark side to purchase them but it might help, the newest wave of Star Wars X-Wing ships are out this weekend.  Already sold out at multiple locations, this wave of ships was hotly anticipated. Star Wars X-Wing Ghost Mist Hunter Tie Inquisitor For one reason, the set includes two ships pulled directly from the Star Wars Rebels cartoon series.  First up, are the two new large ship expansions, the Punishing One and the Ghost (complete with the Phantom shuttle).  Second, the small ship expansions include the Mist Hunter, the ship used by bounty hunter Zuckuss, and the second ship from Rebels, the Tie Inquisitor.  Make sure to lose that annoying droid, Chopper, then head up to get a hold of the newest additions to your fleet.

Mar 042016
 

The Godfather An Offer You Can't RefuseIDW‘s going to make you an offer you can’t refuse:  a deception card game based off of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy.  The Godfather:  An Offer You Can’t Refuse is playable with five or more players in its base version, so it’s perfect for parties or large gatherings.  Basically, players are secretly assigned the role of either a member of the Corleone family or a cop hot on their trail.  No one knows who is who, but over the course of the game everyone has to figure out each others’ identity.  The game also includes a quick-play ruleset for three players!The Siblings Trouble Pocket Adventures

Part The Goonies, part Sandlot, and part of your own childhood, The Siblings Trouble:  Backyard Adventures is a cooperative storytelling game that recreates the wild, imaginative adventures of adolescence.  A quick-to-play, thirty minute experience, two to four players select one of the pre-designed characters from the game or build their own based off of themselves.  Each player controls their own Adventure Deck as they progress My Happy Farmthrough a “story” using various cards and dice to decide the outcome.

Another quick-to-learn, quick-to-play family game has sprouted up this weekend.  My Happy Farm‘s art design is approachable for all ages of players, from eight and up.  The ruleset matches the artwork, with three simple stages to gameplay.  Players plant seeds, harvest what grows, and then use those crops to feed various animals.  Each animal requires certain crops to be feed properly, so you’ll have to strategically purchase the seeds you need.Star Realms Colony Wars

Star Realms has received numerous booster pack expansions, but with Star Realms Colony Wars the popular deck-building game now has its first full-deck expansion.  Colony Wars, like the base game, is initially playable with two players, but can scale up with each successive deck you purchase.  Colony Wars provides 128 additional cards that explore the outer worlds and all of the tempting resources that await there.  Also out for Star Relams is the Cosmic Gambit booster expansion.  This pack includes New Dawnfifteen new cards that can be incorporated into either of the Star Realms base decks.

A thematic expansion to Among the Stars, New Dawn drops this weekend and provides a new cosmic gaming experience for eager players.  Set in a galaxy where a peaceful Alliance set out to bring prosperity and peace to the systems under its sway, New Dawn actually finds that peace has never arrived.  Instead, desolate star systems and planets lay desolate, ready to be revived.  Over the course of five rounds, players will take on the roles of different races, all part of the Alliance, traveling around the galaxy to establish bases, take control of dormant facilities, and culminate resources.  Do not let the five rounds limit convince you that New Dawn is a short game, however, as the entire experience can take up to two full hours to play.

Jan 082016
 

Watchmen DC Deck Building GameEveryone’s worried about Who Watches the Watchmen, but the real question should be:  Who Plays the Watchmen?  A new Crossover Pack for the popular DC Deck Building Game, Watchmen adds six new playable characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s landmark miniseries to any base version of the game.  In addition to these new characters, the expansion also adds a new mechanic that generate suspicion within the gameplay.Carcassonne Over Hill and Dale

Carcassonne:  Over Hill and Dale is a rustic new variant of the original Carcassonne tile laying game that includes new decisions to be made and tactics to be enacted.  As players lay tiles, connecting roads and landscaping gardens, they will also be able to plant and harvest crops to gain further points.  As with other games in the Carcassonne series, Over Hill and Dale is easy to teach to younger or new players, making it a perfect rollftg_boxfront_v1.inddintroductory game experience for families.

Empires continue to be build in the new expansion for Roll for the Galaxy.  Roll for the Galaxy:  Ambition explores sets of new factions that have been added to the game, accompanied by new strategies and game tiles.  New Leader and Entrepreneur dice are also added to the existing dice pile, offering possibilities to recruit workers and other factions that can assist in growing your empire.A Study in Emerald Neil Gaiman

There are few products that have Neil Gaiman‘s name plastered on them that are not worth a look.  A Study in Emerald is definitely in the “worth a look” category!  Based off the award winning short story by Gaiman, the A Study in Emerald board game throws players into the author’s fictional world, one that combines Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft.  The Old Ones have taken over the Earth, running it for centuries, but a dedicated few are inclined to resist and restore power to the people.  Players will control those “Restorationists” as they attempt to overturn the Old Ones’ rule with covert assassinations and attacks.  Whether you use dynamite or espionage, the Arena of the Planeswalkers Battle for Zendikargoal is to restore power to humankind.

Built out of the ruins of the popular Heroscape miniature battle game, Arena of the Planeswalkers takes the Magic the Gathering mythos and uses it to provide miniature characters based off of Magic cards that can be pitted against each other.  Battle for Zendikar is the first expansion for the base game, including entirely new Planewalkers, heroes, and squads, as well as a special battlefield scenario to play through.  Bringing that scenario to life is an additional gameboard expansion that can connect to the previous board.  Ob Nixilis and Kiora are the two featured Planeswalkers in this set.Eldritch Horror Under the Pyramids

Stop a fanatical cult from returning a Dark Pharaoh to power in 1920s Egypt in the new Eldritch Horror expansion, Under the Pyramids.  This expansion features an Egypt side board enabling invetigators to explore the nation’s bustling cities, barren deserts, and mysterious archaeological sites.  Eight intrepid new investigators join the struggle against the Ancient Ones, aided by invaluable Relics, powerful Glamour Spells, and legendary allies including the archaeologist Enoch Bowen and the illusionist Erich Lanterns the Harvest FestivalWeiss.

Both a tile laying and card collection game, Lanterns the Harvest Festival will be the next easy-to-learn, but endlessly playable game you and your friends get addicted to.  In the game, players will be competing as artisans who are attempting to plan a beautiful lantern display on the palace lake.  Each player will take turns laying down tiles with assorted arrangements of different colored lanterns, attempting to connect a portion of the tile with another, matching tile.  By doing so, players will also earn lantern cards that can be collected to win the game.  For a limited time, anyone who purchases the game at Pulp Fiction will also receive a promo tile packet!