Apr 122013

Begin the snapping because it’s about to get all West Side Story up in here!

But you can throw technicolor and musical numbers out the window, because this gang warfare is in the dystopian city of Gatorum.  Two to four players take on the role of futuristic gang leaders attempting to overrun the city in a power play.  Hire up local toughs, collect some heavy artillery, and build up your home turf.  But beware because your rivals will be ready and waiting to nab anything you do build up.  City of Remnants is basically Agricola or Kingsburg but filthier.

Throw dem bones!

Adding a component long missing from the slew of Vegas themed games out there, Las Vegas is a new dice game where players roll to win it all!  With six different casinos littering the Las Vegas landscape, each player must carefully choose which casino they roll in so that they maximize their rewards.  A fast-paced, easy to learn family game of interactive dice play, Las Vegas will bring lady luck to your house tonight!

The band’s getting back together!  That’s right, you’ve got the gargoyle, the ogre, the prince, the warrior, the ghoul, the enchantress, the centaur, and, above all, the dragon maiden.  Each of these eight new characters appears in the first expansion set for Chaosatle, the Melee Expansion.  Each of these characters adds a new ability to the game, including the ability to ride the centaur or the dragon maiden’s power to call to her aid the mighty red dragon.  The expansion also includes a special conversion for a solo version of the game where clips reconnect the board in different ways.

Why travel the world to see each of the seven wonders when you can pick up the 7 Wonders:  Wonder Pack?

This expansion to the base 7 Wonders drafting game packs in four special wonder boards and their matching wonder card along with a rule book on how to use them.  These wonders include the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, Abu Simbel, and Manneken Pis.  These brand new wonders can be incorporated into the game easily, adding entirely new abilities to the process.

You’ve made it to the surface, you’ve found a raft, you’ve got a broken sword to defend yourself with, but can you Escape from Atlantis?  Survive:  Escape from Atlantis receives a expansion reprinting and a new release this week in the form of The Giant Squid and Dolphins and Dive Dice.  The Giant Squad has been in print before, but it is no less vicious.  Guard your boat carefully, because the five giant squid tokens included within are always ready to attack.  Luckily, if you get the Dolphins and Dive Dice the friendly creatures kept within will help you back to your boat if you fall out.  However, the Dive Dice give a new benefit to the monsters surrounding Atlantis, that of diving below the surface.

Nov 302012

Que up the Jaws music.

Get Bit!, a recent topic of Will Wheton’s Tabletop, is currently sending beach goers fleeing from the ocean.  Playing like a reverse Guillotine, Get Bit! has players jockeying for position in order to be the last to be eaten by the shark.  By the way, each of the players and the hungry shark are represented by legally distinct Legos, which means as each character is being chewed upon, they actually lose body parts.  Play your cards right and you’ve escaped certain death.  Fumble a a draw and you’re chum, chum.

For all those couples looking for a compelling two-player game with a healthy dose of strategy, it’s time to get into some Pink Hijinks.  I’m sorry that sounds so dirty; there’s just no way to get around it.  Anyway, Pink Hijinks is based off of the popular Looney Labs Pyramids game.  In this version, players roll a special die which determines which pieces you move where.  Ultimately, each player is attempting to fill their row entirely.  Simple, but elegantly strategic.

Pandakai is coming!

Since we didn’t get to mention it last week, what with that whole Black Friday thing, we’ve got to talk about the Power Up! expansion for King of Tokyo.  The popular, but constantly out-of-print, game receives this epic expansion which provides not only a new monster in the form of the kung-fu panda known as Pandakai, but also the ability to mutate your previous monsters into more powerful creatures.

Bring on the bad guys!

Super Dungeon Explorer has just switched over to hard mode with three new monster expansion packs!  First up is Caverns of Roxor, featuring the big baddie Roxor and all his twisted minions.  Coming out at the same time are the The Rock Top Gang, a tough as granite band of rumblers, and Fireflow Denizens, a spicy hot selection of sizzling scoundrels.  These expansions come with a combined total of 57 fully assembled miniatures along with all the stat cards and extras that make them work.  If you are a lover of 16-bit RPGs, Super Dungeon Explorer is like your peanut butter and chocolate.