Feb 222013
 

We’ve trudged through the snow and ice just to bring you, dear readers, the newest installment of New Game Stuff.  Okay, fair enough, it’s not that bad out now and, yes, we could have posted this from home, if need be, HOWEVER, there is new gaming stuff and we are going to tell you about it.

First up, with Magic Game Day arriving on the morrow, it’s time for the Gatecrash Event Decks to show up.  For this set, the decks focus on Boros and Simic, meaning red/white and blue/red/green, respectively.  The Simic Guild deck comes packed with killer green cards, like a Thragtusk and a Wolfir Silverheart, while the Boros deck includes ton of money cards, like Clifftop Retreat, Champion of the Parish, Spark Trooper, Silverblade Paladin, and more.  So, lets do the math, not only can you play these competitive decks in tournaments and do well, but you’ll also make off like a bandit with all the money rares included in them.

Expand your spellcasting playbook with the Forcemaster vs. Warlord expansion set for Mage Wars.  Within this set are all the spell cards, mage cards, spellbooks, markers, and rules that you’ll need to incorporate these powerhouses into your base game of Mage Wars.  And, whoo boy, these two robed wizard-types are packed full of the butt-kicking.  Forcemaster likes to kick other players in the face with her mind and whip them about like a ragdoll with her telekentic prowess.  On the other hand, the Warlord has his minions soldier on for him while he brings the death from above with his brutal war magic.  Either way, you’re going to be challenging your opponent like never before.

If you just can’t wait to see how Peter Jackson ends his Hobbit saga (or you can’t read…but then you’d probably not be looking at this), create your own ending with the second Hobbit saga expansion for the Lord of the Rings LCG game, On the Doorstep.  Within this expansion are three additional scenarios that take two players across the Wilderlands, pitting them against giant spiders, Smaug, and the armies of Bolg on a cooperative journey.  Of course, to topple these challenges, you’re going to need new heroes, treasures, and player cards.  Luckily, you don’t have to venture across the Misty Mountains cold to find them, because they’re all contained within.

But maybe hobbits aren’t your flavor (they do have all that hair).

If not, the newest release for the Dungeon Command miniature game, Blood of Gruumsh, is chock full of Orcs for your battling pleasure.  This boxset contains an entire Orc faction, ready to play directly out of the box.  That means there are twelve prepainted figures depicting an owlbear, an Orc Chieftain, a wereboar, and much, much more.  Or if you’re feeling random, slap your Orc faction together with a bit of Elf and Goblin and have an old fashioned D&D hoedown!

Finally, this evening we’re going to write a lot of words.  But we’re going to do it in an order that turns them into a sentence.  And from those sentences, we’re going to tell you the names of four fresh additions to the Pathfinder universe. First up is the Shattered Star Poster Map Folio which provides detailed maps for Varisia, Magnimar, and Kaer Maga.  Next is the Animal Archive which details the fauna of the Pathfinder universe, including armor-wearing triceratops.  The Snows of Summer begins a new Adventure Path known as Reign of Winter.  And, finally, Pathfinder Online: Thornkeep provides GMs all the information they need to run adventures in and under Thornkeep, as well as details on the upcoming Pathfinder MMORPG.

Oct 192012
 

If you’ve ever wanted to be Donald Trump…okay, nobody’s ever wanted to be Donald Trump.  If you’ve wanted to be someone who owns as many hotels as Donald Trump, then get ready for a Vegas Showdown!  This new edition of the classic Avalon Hill game retains the same casino construction battle of the previous game, but with an entirely new coat of paint.  If you’ve never played the previous edition, Vegas Showdown pits 3-5 “millionaires” against each other in building the best and brightest hotel on the Vegas strip.  Oh, and if your casino is the most lucrative, you win the entire block.

I am Spartacus!  

That’s what you’ll be screaming at the top of your lungs while standing on your couch with your friends awkwardly avoiding your eyeline.  Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery brings the underhanded sadism and conniving machinations of the Starz show to the board game arena.  Players bid, plan, plot, and battle their way through gladiatorial battles, both from the stands and in the arena’s circle.  After huge amount of promising buzz from Gen Con, this is a property game to pick up.

The Dying Earth Revivification Folio is the only RPG out there actually asking you to play as glib jackasses.  Based off of Jack Vance’s novels, this softcover edition is about eloquent wastrels, beguiling magicians, and perverse enchantments.  If you’re a fan of Vance’s work, you’ll be happy to know the Revivification Folio is both a standalone book, giving new players all they’ll ever need, and a companion expansion to the original core rulebook.  Get jackassin’, folks!

Literally fly your colors with the expansions for the sky pirates miniature warship game, Leviathans.  The French Fleet Box includes the French battleship, light cruiser, and two destroyer plastic miniatures from the core box, but also includes alternate Ship Cards for expanding your fleet.  The British Fleet Box contains the same goodies but for Queen and country.  A high-quality game for the steampunk and wargaming fanatics out there.

Jul 272012
 

If it ain’t broke, reprint it.

Or, at least, that seems to be Wizards of the Coast’s motto. Two weeks ago, all three of the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons books were reprinted in beautiful remastered hardcover packaging. The DM’s Guide, Player’s Handbook, and Monster Manual are untouched rules-wise while also reprinting all the original artwork. Plus, each purchase puts part of the funds toward furthering the Gygax Memorial Fund.

Crossing the street for a visit to Paizo, the new Pathfinder Player Character Folio. Coming with sixteen pages that will help you to organize and track your character’s progression and abilities. Broken into boxes and sections for listing feats, class features, familiars, cohorts, and items, as well as quick reference charts and folder flaps, this folio is all you’ll ever need to stay on top of all your character’s developments.

Chasing dragons is usually not advised as they are regularly unfriendly when caught, however the new Game of Thrones LCG Chapter Pack of the same name actually advises it. As with the other Chapter Packs, the Chasing Dragons pack comes with 60 new cards for the Beyond the Narrow Sea cycle. If you haven’t played any of the LCG games before, each chapter pack is designed to advance the story and alter the gameplay, so, in short, keep the game fresh and interesting.

Agricola is easily one of the best resource management games ever created, but it is a long game and it is intented for multiple players. But don’t worry, Z-Man is on top of it. The new Agricola two player game has parred the playstyle down, adapting Agricola for a quick head-to-head, stand-alone experience. Players compete by working to fence in the most animals over the period of eight turns.

It is, in fact, not a small world after all.

Days of Wonder releases a new addition to their popular Risk-style board (featured on Will Wheaton’s Tabletop) this week, Small World Realms. This edition to the game is a collection of map pieces, tokens, and original rules scenarios, allowing players to create their own board for use by races and powers from either the original Small World or Small World Underground. So, maybe the real answer to whether it’s a small world after all is: it’s up to you.

Two millennia after the dawn of space travel, the galaxy hums with prosperity and peace. But as mankind and its neighbors colonized the stars, the burgeoning need for resources becomes apparent. As a plucky entrepreneur you must explore the edges of space searching for precious minerals. Will you buy the fastest ship in the sector? Can you afford to hire the best pilot in the galaxy? Shall you choose to purchase the latest state-of-the-art gadgets, invest in planetary refineries or pay off your rising debt? The cargo you haul could be worth fortune, so grab your helmet and suit up! So are the stakes in Starship Merchants!

You can’t teach an old war new tricks. But you can update them.

Axis & Allies releases two updated and altered versions of its classic wargame structure today with Axis & Allies 1942 Second Edition and Axis & Allies 1941. The 1942 edition is an updated, heftier version of the previous edition, complete with new units. 1941, however, is an entirely new Axis & Allies release featuring the same popular mechanics in a different theater of war.

Jun 222012
 

How does something go on sale before it goes on sale?

By being the One Ring RPG dice and being located at Pulp Fiction Comics & Games. These speciality dice for the popular roleplaying game do not get released to the general market until August, but because we know people who know people who know the president (or something like that), we’ve got them three months early. This dice set contains six uniquely designed D6′s and a D10, all with special elven writing.

Maybe the biggest release of the week comes from Pathfinder with the Advanced Race Guide. This new hardcover edition details a plethora of different and varied races for the popular fantasy RPG as well as including a section that allows players to create their own race.

In addition to this release, Pathfinder also shipped the Rise of the Runelords Face Card deck coming with over fifty illustrated cards depicting famous characters from the game. The Skull and Shackles Adventure Path also sees the third of six books released, Tempest Rising, as well as a Poster Map Folio.

Finally, the Lord of the Rings LCG sees its newest adventure pack ship this week. Foundations of Stone contains cards 101-127 of the Dwarrowdelf cycle, each of which is designed to augment your existing deck and advance the narrative.

Jan 282012
 

Allow me to level with you all.

Tonight is a busy, busy night up here at Pulp Ficiton. There is what the Magic the Gathering addicted call a Pre-Release. To give you an idea of what these are like, imagine a horde of monkies with jetpacks high on cocaine. That will give you a slight idea of the insanity inherent in running a Magic Pre-Release.

For that reason, I’ll be cutting a few corners with tonight’s New Game Stuff Post. We’re going to play the back of the game box game tonight, so here we go.

Pathfinder Module: The Ruby Phoenix Tournament
An event-based adventure for 11th level characters…compatible with the 3.5 edition of the world’s oldest RPG. Set in the Dragon Empires of the Pathfinder campaign setting, the adventure serves as an ideal introduction to the folk and fighting styles of the lands encompassing the Eastern-inspired continent of Tian Xia, and contains a fully detailed island location and a brand-new monster sure to challenge players in any campaign setting.

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Jade Regent Poster Map Folio
Within this map folio, you’ll find three huge 8-panel maps: one of the frozen reaches of the Crown of the World, one of Minkai’s capital city of Kasai, and one of the entire continent of Tian Xia, home of the Dragon Empires and site of the final chapters in the Jade Regent Adventure Path. Even if you aren’t running the Jade Regent Adventure Path, the maps inside can serve as the surroundings for all sorts of arctic adventures or urban mysteries, or an entire campaign setting for you to detail on your own! The spirit of exploration calls you – are you brave enough to answer?

Legend of the Five Rings RPG: Imperial Histories
*Ten eras in great detail, including The Dawn of the Empire, The Gozoku Era, The Clan Wars, The Thousand Years of Darkness, and more.
*In depth look at the Clans and personalities who shaped those eras.
*All new schools, spells, ancestors, techniques, and more, some thought lost to the ages.
*The 1000 Years of Darkness in great detail. Offering you an opportunity to fully explore this apocalyptic alternate history.

Nexus Ops
…is a board game of fierce sci-fi battles and fantastic alien creatures in which two to four players control factions of corporate troops and strange life forms on an alien moon. This updated edition of the classic title features detailed plastic figure, stunning new art, a clarified rulebook, as well as a host of optional rules and variants. Gather your troops, tame the aliens, and begin the harvest!

Call of Cthulhu the Card Game: Shadow of the Monolith
The sixth Asylum Pack in this cycle that centers on the South Pacific. This chain of islands has flora and fauna that can be found nowhere else on Earth. What else lies hidden and waiting?

Warhammer Invasion the Card Game: City of Winter
The Fifth Battle Pack installment of The Capital Cycle, a linked expansion series for Warhammer: Invasion, a card game of intense warfare, clever kingdom management, and epic questin. This 60 card pack contains 20 different never-before-seen cards designed to augment existing decks and add variety to the Warhammer: Invasion metagame.