Oct 302015
 

Dixit MemoriesThere are plenty Apples to Apples clones on the shelves, but few that are as gorgeously illustrated as Dixit.  Each card in the game features a meticulously drawn, dreamlike illustration.  Dixit Memories is the newest expansion for the popular party game, featuring eighty-four additional cards to be mixed in with your Dixit base game.Netrunner Data and Destiny

Hotly awaited by avid Android Netrunner players, Data and Destiny is the newest oversized expansion pack to be released.  A deck-based, head-to-head card game set in a cyberpunk future, Netrunner is one of Fantasy Flight‘s most popular Living Card Games.  The Data and Destiny expansion provides over 160 additional cards for both the Runner and Corporation factions.  This expansion also introduces three entirely new Secrets Castles of Mad King LudwigRunner factions!

Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a tile laying game where each player is trying to build the perfect castle, subject to the whims of the King.  The Secrets expansion, out this weekend, provides more building opportunities, additional options for strategy, and a dash of intrigue to every decision in the game.  Among these latter additions are moats, swans to be collected, and mazes.Meow

You thought Asmadi Games could not out cute themselves after releasing Adorable Pandaring, but they may have with Meow.  A simple deception game, similar to Ultimate Werewolf or Bang!, Meow has players draw cards that say “Meow” or “Not Meow.”  On each turn, players will look at their cards and making a meow sound.  Other players can call them out as being “Not Meow,” upon which the player must reveal their cards.  If the accuser Elfenroadswas correct, that player is out.  If the accuser was wrong, they are out.

Reprinting the long defunct fantasy game, Elfenland, Elfenroads simultaneously expands and updates the original.  Included in the hefty box is a double-sided game board, each used in an entirely different version of the game.  In each version, players take on the role of a teenage elf that must pass through a maturation rite by traveling across the land, stopping at as many landmarks as you can.  To do so, you will ride various modes of transport, including wagons, dragons, and unicorns, attempting to get to the end of the journey faster than anyone else.Fury of Dracula reprint

Long out of print, Fury of Dracula has been revived by Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight.  Featuring updated miniatures, artwork, and game mechanics, Fury of Dracula recaptures the hunt for the famous vampire lord from the original.  In Fury of Dracula, up to four players take on the roles of the Van Helsing family and one player takes on the role of Dracula.  The Van Helsing’s must use clues and evidence left by Dracula to hunt him across the board in an effort to eventually capture him.  Dracula, however, may strike back at them, The Red Dragon Inn 5 The Character Trovetaking them out of the game.

There’s been a lot of rounds in the popular drinking game, Red Dragon Inn.  Realizing this, Slugfest Games has released The Red Dragon Inn 5:  The Character Trove, which, in addition to including four new characters, is also a gigantic box that can hold every single expansion for the game.  As well, the box includes storage bags, player mats, and money tokens.  Immediately giving you something to store in said box, Red Dragon Inn also receives three new characters expansions this weekend, sporting the sub-heading of Allies.  Each character is able to call upon a familiar to aid them in the game.Castle Dice

Castle Dice is a unique one to four player game that centers around the custom resource dice.  Each player takes on the role of a prince or princess who has been sent to construct a castle.  During a game, you will roll a lot of dice, but due to the dice drafting mechanic, what you roll isn’t nearly as important as how you react to the combined rolls of all of the players.  Game play is fast, but with tons of tactical choices Mysteriumevery turn, and due to the dice, each game is different.

Combining elements of two games discussed above, Dixit and Fury of Dracula, Mysterium is an asymmetric cooperative game about ghosts and the supernatural.  Up to six players take on the roles of ghost hunters, while a seventh player takes on the role of the ghost.  The hunters will need to work in tandem with the invisible ghost, following clues and hints left by her, in order to lay her spirit to rest.  Illustrated to the same incredible degree as Dixit, the cards from Mysterium may also be used as expansion cards for the Dixit games.

Dec 132014
 

Cross Hares Testing GroundAction, adventure, and. . .bunnies?  Yup, Cross Hares: Testing Grounds is out this weekend and it drops players into a fantasy world wherein they control their very own badass bunny.  The goal of the game is simple:  move your rabbit down a path (using dice rolls) that leads to an evil factory they must defeat.  Along the way, players will fight off baddies, collect actions and abilities, and mess with their opponents.  The coolest part?  Each bunny is represented by a full-sized miniature!  The version at the store also contains the Kickstarter mystery characters!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Looney Labs is wishing everyone a happy holiday with a special edition Fruitcake Fun Pack expansion for a range of their popular card games!  Included in this cheap expansion is a Fruitcake creeper card for Fluxx, a Great Cake card for Chrononauts, a Blood Angels DatacardsFruitcake or Egg Nog card for Choose One!, and five fruitcake cards for Loonacy!

If you haven’t heard, every time a Space Marine dies, a Blood Angel gets its wings.  And many Blood Angels are getting their wings this week because Games Workshop has unloaded a plethora of miniatures and goodies for the faction.  Included in this line-up is the Blood Angels Codex, the Datacards,  the special Bespoke Blood Angels dice tin, and the Sanguinary Priest miniature.

The Engines of Destruction are churning in the world of Warmachine!Engines of Destruction Warmachine High Command Faith and Fortune

Another expansion deck for the Warmachine High Command deck building game is out this weekend and it has been dubbed Engines of Destruction!  This eighty-four card expansion contains materials for the Retribution of Scyrah, Convergence of Cyriss, Highborn Covenant, and Four Star Draco MagiSyndicate factions, including four new Warcaster cards.

A dragon-based hand management game from Grey Fox Games, Draco Magi puts players in control of a stable of powerful, uniquely skilled dragons.  Each player is assigned a hand of different dragons, all with different colors and abilities, that they then will place into various regions.  The dragon’s abilities will be beneficial or detrimental based on which region they are placed, but players only have so many dragons and so many turns to place their cards.Akrotiri

Looking for a strategic, but easy-to-learn two player game?  Z-Man Games has your back with Akrotiri.  A combination of hand management and tile laying games, Akrotiri is set in ancient Greece with players controlling explorers venturing out to chart the Aegean Sea.  Each player is given a map that they must build from by pulling and laying Small World A Spider's Webtiles randomly.  As the map is constructed, players will also raise temples that gain them points, especially the further out they build.

It’s not such a Small World anymore, as Days of Wonder continues to release further expansions for the popular area control game.  A Spider’s Web is the newest mini-expansion, containing three new races and three new powers.  The races that are included are Ice Witches, Skags, and Slingmen along with their respective powers, Copycat, Lava, and Soultouch.  As well, the box for the expansion contains a specialized tray to hold all these materials as well as those of other recent expansions.

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.

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.

Aug 232014
 

Cash and GunsLong awaited, but finally back in print, Cash’n'Guns is back on shelves!

For those unfamiliar, Cash’n'Guns recreates the class stand-off scenario from Reservoir Dogs, pitting four to eight players against each other.  Every player is given a foam pistol which they must load and point at other players (using cards) in an attempt to get them to lower their own weapon.  The second edition version has been updated with new artwork, new guns, and additional rules.Regular Show Fluxx

Fluxx continues to scoop up every nerd property available with the launch of this week’s Regular Show Fluxx!

If you’ve never touched a version of Fluxx, the gist is that the rules change as you play, beginning with the simple draw a card, play a card rule, but going crazy from there.  For the Regular Show version, Looney Labs has tailored the cards to reflect characters Grey Knights Codex hardcoverand catchphrases from the show, including Yeahuh!, Doing Donuts in the Park, and Do Me a Solid.  For a limited time, Pulp also has the No Rules Guy promo card to accompany the base game.

You though it would never happen, you thought the third edition codex would never be replaced, but Games Workshop has finally released a seventh edition codex for Grey Knights.  This hardcover volume contains new stats and rules for the related miniatures (new and old) as well as back story fluff for the faction.World of Tanks Rush

Cue up Tom Sawyer, because World of Tanks: Rush has rolled into the store!

Based on the popular online game, this board game adaptation incorporates artwork from the online version and has players selecting cards to build up their squadron of tanks.  Two to five players then defend their headquarters against their opponents, Kaos Ballbringing in reinforcements when necessary in order to attain victory.

From the makers of Rivet Wars comes the most violent, brutal sports board game you’ve ever put kneepads on for.  Kaos Ball covers the gamut of the sporting season, having players draft, train, and form teams (four different teams are represented by elaborately designed sets of miniatures) as well as play through rugby-style game play focused around area control mechanics.Icons of the Realms Dungeons Dragons miniatures

Anything Pathfinder can do, Dungeons and Dragons can do, too.

With that in mind, Wizards of the Coast has released the first set of miniatures for fifth edition/D&D Next.  These oversized boxes of miniatures contains four randomized figures Star Wars LCG Darkness and Lightfrom a selection of forty-four possible options.

Following hot on the heels of the last two expansion pack releases for their respective games, Fantasy Flight‘s Lord of the Rings and Star Wars LCGs each receive new add-on packs this weekend.

Darkness and Light is the last expansion pack for the Echoes of the Force storyline, feature ten additional objective cards that allow players to explore the Sith, convince people your a god with C-3PO, and fly the Empire’s biggest, baddest ships.  Lord of the Rings Trouble in Tharbad LCG

The third expansion pack in the Ring-Maker cycle, Trouble in Tharbad adds sixty new cards to the base game, including cards that walk players through a journey through the infamous Dwarf city, fighting off Orcs and saving the Dwarf informant, Legendary EncountersNalir.

No one can hear you scream in Legendary:  Encounters.

Based off of the mechanics of the highly popular Marvel Legendary card game, Encounters adapts the Alien franchise into another cooperative experience.  Players work together to outlast hordes of Xenomorphs as Ripley, Bishop, Dallas, and other characters from the franchise.  But, beware, if you spawn a chest-burster, you become a Xenomorph and attack your former teammates.