Dec 182015
 

For Sale board gameEverything’s for sale!  Or, at least, that’s the idea behind Stefan Dorra’s For Sale:  The Game of Property and Prosperity.  In this fast-paced game of bidding and bluffing to get the highest-ranking properties, it isn’t how much you pay for the properties, it is how much you sell them for.  Manage your money wisely during the bidding and property acquisition phase, then outsmart your rival tycoons during the selling phase.  Be the richest real estate mogul at the end of the game to win!Medieval Academy

While school might be the last thing you’re thinking about over the holidays, Medieval Academy provides an education that is a pleasure to attain.  Over the course of six rounds, players will compete as squires attempting to impress their respective knights.  Master the arts of jousts and tournaments, complete dangerous quests, and polish your education by drafting cards to strategically play.  By the end, the best squire will be knighted by King Arthur, himself.

Deception Murder in Hong KongFans of Betrayal at House on the Hill, Letters from White Chapel, and Fury of Dracula will want to closely examine Deception:  Murder in Hong Kong.  In the game, players find themselves in a scenario of intrigue and murder.  One player is the murderer, secretly choosing their weapon and the evidence they leave behind.  Another is the forensic scientist who holds the key to convicting the criminal, but is only able to express their knowledge through analysis of the scene.  Everyone else plays investigators, interpreting the clues, all while the killer is among them.Star Wars Edge of the Empire Mask of the Pirate Queen

Almost as if there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out or something, Fantasy Flight drops two supplemental hardcover books for their Star Wars roleplaying system.  First up, for the Force and Destiny system, Keeping the Peace.  In Keeping the Peace, players will find additional materials for Guardians, including character options, force powers, signature abilities, lightsabers, armor, and much more.  Out for the Edge of the Empire system is the Mask of the Pirate Queen adventure module.  A multi-part tale for both seasoned and starting players, Schrodinger's CatsMask of the Pirate Queen sends players on a hunt for the eponymous Pirate Queen.

What’s in the box?  In Schrodinger’s Cats, the answer to that question is always indeterminate.  A pseudo-scientific card game for two to six players, Schrodinger’s Cats has players running experiments, forming hypotheses, and trying to one-up each others research.  Taking on the role of one of many cat physicists, like Isaac Mewton or Neil Degrasse Tabby, players will use their special abilities to prove their hypotheses and debunk those of other players.

Jul 312015
 

Hostage NegotiatorYou’ve seen it in countless cop films:  the hostage stand-off!  Now play it, in Hostage/Negotiator.  In the game, players uses Conversation Cards to carry out several conversation with the Abductor.  You’ll resolve cards by rolling dice and your success or failure largely depends on yoru ability to control the Abductor’s Threat Level.  In the meantime, you’ll need to acquire more Conversation points so that you can buy more cards.  Above all, you must save the hostages!  After each conversation you’ll resolve a Terror Card My First Bohnanzamaking your objective even more difficult.

With My First Bohnanza, even younger children will be able to learn the popular bean collecting card game in small steps.  We introduce ten new types of beans – just for The Lord of the Rings Escape from Mount Grimkids – and they can begin their bean farmer journey earning gold coins.

Escape from Mount Gram is the newest adventure pack for the Lord of the Rings Living Card Game.  In this Adventure Pack, players will find sixty cards that expand the Angmar Awakened series.  The contents of the pack are designed to augment existing decks and add an entirely new scenario for players.

The DC Deck Building universe expands doubly this weekend with both the Teen Titans and Justice Society of America expansions.DC Deck Building Game Teen Titans

First up, the Teen Titans Go! expansion contains over two hundred new cards as well as a new “ongoing” mechanic.  With this mechanic, players can now save their best cards for when they really need them and when ready, unleash everything they’ve got.  As is standard anymore, this big box expansion also DC Deck Building Game Justice Society of Americacontains a special promo card.

A smaller, cheaper expansion, the JSA Crossover Pack can be added to any previous or future DC Deck Building expansion.  This smaller Crossover Pack only contains additional character cards to be added to the game, including Doctor Fate, Jay Garrick Flash, Alan Scott Green Lantern, Power Girl, Stargirl, Mr. Terrific, and Wildcat!Quantum board game

Quantum is an epic game of strategy and conquest for two to four fleet commanders (players).  Each die is a starship; a six is a swift but fragile scout, while a one is a slow but devastating battlestation.  To win players will need to construct quantum cubes that will evolve your fleet as you go.  Endlessly customizable, players can create their own maps or Litko Game Accessoriesplay on any of the thirty unique ones included in the game.

Not entirely official, yet no less beneficial, Litko Game Accessories has released a set of plastic markers, tokens, and rulers for the Fantasy Flight X-Wing miniature game.  Out this weekend, these accessories include a deluxe gauge set, space shield tokens, focus tokens, target lock tokens, ion tokens, and stress tokens, some in a variety of colors.Star Wars Force Destiny core rulebook

Lastly, but nowhere near least(ly), we’ve got a trio of long overdue Star Wars Roleplaying Game items.

First up, the hardcover core rulebook for the Force and Destiny expansion to the Star Wars RPG.  This complete tabletop RPG dives into the struggle between light and dark sides Star Wars Force Destiny GM Kitof the Force.  Craft a lightsaber, free the oppressed and downtrodden, and duel dreaded agents of the Sith in the conflict to bring balance to the Force.

Supporting that hardcover core rulebook is the Force and Destiny Game Master’s Kit.  Included in this Kit are complete construction rules for building lightsabers, brand new rules concernging Knight-level play, and a deluxe GM’s screen with the most commonly-referencedForce Destiny Star Wars Imperials Rebels Adversary Deck rules.

The final release rounding out the Force and Destiny barrage are the Adversary decks.  Six in total, these card packs include a minimum of twenty cards that represent various NPC characters that can be encounter in-game.  Out this weekend are the Imperials and Rebels, Scum and Villany, and Citizens of the Galaxy decks, as well as the Critical Hit and Injury decks.

Jun 262015
 

SpyfallFor three to eight players, Spyfall from Cryptozoic is a one-of-a-kind conversation-based game.  Players have a few minutes to identify a spy in on of the numerous locations – a day spa, a space station, a submarine, and so on.  Observation, concentration, nonchalance, and cunning – you’ll need all of them in this game!Nevermore

In the game of Nevermore, players must collect the cards to success.  Build your hand each round, drafting cards you want and poisoning your opponent’s hand by passing along cards you think they can’t use.  Whoever has the most of a suit, gains the power of that suit – doing damage, healing, gaining Light and Shadow magicks and scoring victory points.  Will you transform all your rivals into ravens – or can they regain their human form in time to score enough Victory to Dark Angels Codex 2015win?

The updated Dark Angels Codex is out this weekend alongside a slew of other Dark Angels product.  The Codex contains information on the history of the faction, a showcase of Citadel miniatures, a comprehensive army list, and an appendix.  Also out this weekend are the Dark Angel Datacards and the new Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain.Forbidden Stars

We’ll continue to stick around the 40K universe with the next board game release, Forbidden Stars.  Released by Fantasy Flight, Forbidden Stars has two to four players take the helm of a mighty faction from the Warhammer 40K universe.  Dominate rich planetary systems and use their resources to fuel your engines of war.  Brave the madness of the Warp, transform your worlds into Pafumeimpenetrable bastions, and slaughter your foes.

Another in the long line of family friendly Queen Games, Parfum is out this weekend.  Parfum transports players to the wonderful world of fragrances, which dates back hundreds of years to when aromatic scents were first used in the Orient in myriad ways.  As master perfumers, players distill precious essences and create unique perfumes using ingredients like vanilla and lavender.  But each customer has their own preferences, so even the most charming symphony of fragrances must satisfy the tastes of the wealthy clientele.  Choose your aroma dice skillfully and mind well your client’s desires in order to become the most successful Peloponnesperfumer.

In Peloponnese, players will take control of a powerful civilization of ancient Greece.  You’ll develop your civilization through the eight game rounds, add territory and build prestigious buildings.  These increase your civilizations’ inhabitants, luxury, wealth, and power.  Some buildings also offer protection against the destructive disasters.  Only through a good balance between inhabitants, Fairytale Gloomland, and buildings you claim victory and join the gods of Peloponnese.

A new variation on the popular Gloom format, Fairytale Gloom where players control the gruesome fates of famous literary characters like Jack, Gretel, and Puss in Boots.  Unique transparent cards stack on top of each other to make scoring easy.  The points you can see are the points in play!Albion's Legacy

Albion’s Legacy is a fully cooperative adventure board game that pits a team of players against a legion of enemies.  As King Arthur and his allies travel to complete difficult quests, they must explore a kingdom that changes each time the game is played, while despair threatens to overtake the land.  It will take all of your combined wit to complete your quest and save Albion.  Worth a Walking Dead the Prisonlook for fans of Shadows Over Camelot.

A new expansion for the comic book based Walking Dead game, Walking Dead The Prison is both a stand alone edition and an expansion for the original base game.  Take on the role of a survivor who has just found the perfect place to start a new life in a world full of zombies.  With only two companions at the start of the game, players must struggle to find resources and rescue other survivors, while also working together to secure the prison…but only one survivor will ultimately get to be in charge.  Can you find enough resources, secure enough Ice King Marceline Card Wars Adventure Timeareas and kill enough zombies to become the leader of the survivors?

Holy stuff!  Check out the new decks for Adventure Time Card Wars!  In this Collector’s Pack, there is Ice King’s IcyLands deck and Marceline’s useless swamp/NiceLands deck.  Also included are oversized hero cards for Star Wars Force and Destiny Beginner Gameeach character, the introduction of the IcyLands landscape, and math loads of new art.

The year of Star Wars continues with the long awaited Force and Destiny Beginner Game edition for the Star Wars roleplaying game.  This Beginner Game box includes a complete, learn-as-you-go adventure that introduces force powers into the roleplaying system.  Pre-generated character folios keep rules right at their fingertips.  Custom dice and an exciting narrative gameplay system make every roll a story.  Detailed rules provide for hours of entertainment as you creat your own adventures and tell your own stories.

Sep 202014
 

Pathfinder Adventure Time Card Game PlaymatThe Pathfinder Adventure Card Game gets organized this weekend, thanks to a new playmat.

Featuring a layout that helps to show new and old players how to arrange the various important cards piles.  As well as being a guide for placement, the mat also helps organize the game (heading off clutter) and keep the cards from shifting about the table.  The layout is made to cover up to six players.Villainy

With the superheroes getting all the love in games like Sentinels of the Multiverse, Legendary, and Heroes Wanted, it’s time for the bad guys to have their day!  Villainy puts players into the role of a supervillain attempting to destroy the hero of the metropolis they call home.  In order to do this players will need to complete three distinct secret plans, made possible by hiring henchmen.  Each game plays Khans of Tarkir Card Sleevesdifferent, as the objectives and story alters.

Many readers out there will know that this weekend was the Magic the Gathering prerelease event for Khans of Tarkir, the start of the newest card block.  Anyone who knows this will also likely know that means the sleeves, binders, and card boxes for the set are also out.  Boosters, fat pack, and intro Talisman Woodlandsdecks will go on sale next Friday.

Over the hill and through the woods to Talisman‘s expansion we go.

Another large sized expansion for the Talisman 4th Edition board game, The Woodland provides an entire new board to place adjacent to the main board, five new characters, and an added fate mechanic that gives you the option of bettering Hour of the Wolf Warhammer 40K Sanctus Reachyour chances or lessening those of an opponent.

The sequel to the recently released Warhammer 40K Red Waaagh! hardcover, The Hour of the Wolf, is out this weekend.  Contained within its glossy, hardcover-bound pages are details on various skirmishes between the Orc and Space Wolf factions, along with formation templates and more.

The major Warhammer release this weekend, however, is a blast from the past.Space Hulk Warhammer 40K

Once again, Games Workshop has re-released the classic 40K universe board game, Space Hulk.  If you remember the last time this game was released, you’ll also remember the incredibly short amount of time it stayed on shelves and the astronomic price hikes that occurred after it vanished.  This new version comes complete with the same miniatures and accessories as the last, but with one important alteration.  The 2014 version includes an entirely new set of tiles, allowing players who own the previous version to combine them and create one, Five Tribes board gameover-sized game board.

Days of Wonder, publisher of Ticket to Ride, Smallworld, and Cargo Noir, has released a new board game designed by Bruno Cathala (Shadows Over Camelot).  Five Tribes is a meeple placement game, but in reverse.  The game begins with a selection of meeple figures, each from one of the five titular tribes, arranged across the board and it is the players’ challenge to rearrange them.  How they are moved and where they are moved is the strategic challenge of Five Tribes, with the best player gaining the most points from their movements.Netrunner First Contact Data Pack

The third Data Pack in the Lunar Cycle of the Android Netrunner LCG has been downloaded to the Pulp Fiction shelves this weekend.  First Contact’s sixty card expansion intensifies the conflict between the runners and the corps on a number of fronts.  A new meat space is introduced along with new regions, Anarch identities, traps, resources, and mythic ice.

Star Wars Force and DestinyFinally, the force is strong with you.

Fantasy Flight expands its roleplaying galaxy far, far away with the Force and Destiny Beta softcover, a third  system to add to the Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion systems.  This long awaited edition incorporates force based abilities into the universe, providing information on character creation and a fully playable adventure.  And because this system is set in the same universe as the two previous systems, they are all fully compatible.Chinatown

Long out-of-print and going for insane money online, Chinatown has been revived by Z-Man Games.  A truly antagonistic experience, Chinatown is based around bidding, bartering, and negotiating with your opponents.  Players attempt to lay business tiles onto the game board, hoping to group as many like tiles together as the can for greater payouts.  But players can also attempt to convince others to sell or trade for tile Monster Manual D&D 5th Edition Next HCand spaces, requiring a sharp skill for salesmanship and strategic dealing.

Eagerly awaited, the second major core hardcover for Dungeons and Dragons 5.0 is out this week!

The Monster Manual for D&D Next follows hot on the heels of the Player’s Handbook, containing beasties and creatures from the long history of the famous fantasy roleplaying game, all illustrated with beautiful new artwork and provided with easy-to-use rules and statistics.  An essential volume for any Dungeon Master.