Mar 292014
 

Find a crew.  Find a job.  Keep flying.

Back in stock after a couple weeks is the Firefly:  Out of the Black card game!  The famous idiom above is also the basic mechanics of the game.  A cooperative card game by design, players play different members of a Firefly class ship with everyone working together to beat the random obstacles generated by the game’s AI.  Overcoming these obstacles gains everyone honor and credit, which can also be taken from you.  If it’s all gone, the game ends.

It’s all about the rocks in Splendor!

A card collection game, Splendor is a two to four player game with accessible rules.  On each turn, players can perform three various actions, each with their own unique consequences.  Gems can be acquired, cards can be collected, and other cards can be reserved for pick-up on a later turn.  Gems and cards can be turned in for bigger points, with the hope of attaining the most by game’s end.

Fantasy Flight keeps the printing presses busy yet again with two more pack expansions for Netrunner and the Star Wars LCGs.

First up is the final Data Pack expansion in the Spin Cycle for Netrunner, Double Down.  This sixty card expansion adds special double event cards that require players to spend a click in addition to the card’s normal play cost, making them a bold gamble with a possible major payoff.

The Force is becoming stronger with the first expansion Force Pack in a new cycle of the Star Wars LCG.  Heroes and Legends increases the power of the force on both the Imperial and Rebel sides.

Formula D:  Circuits 5 – New Jersey & Sotchi is the newest set of board expansion for the highly popular racing game.  Included in this expansion are new tracks for the Sotchi Winter Olympics village, designed and illustrated by Herman Tilke, an actual architect of Formula D race tracks, as well as the New Jersey board, which has nineteen high-speed turns.

The largely popular dungeon crawler Descent receives four new miniature figures to add to the base game.  Each of these figures comes equipped with fortune and threat tokens and character cards.  The four miniatures out this weekend are Rylan Olliven, Verminous, Tristayne Olliven, and Gargan Mirklace.

An underdog surprise hit, Fleet, the fish boat card game, gains its first expansion this weekend in Arctic Bounty.  Outside of including variant one and two player rules, Arctic Bounty allows players to combine the new license and boat cards with the base Fleet game.  This combination allows for a large amount of variety, keeping the game as challenging and inventive as you want.

A second enchanting expansion to the mage battle game, Seasons, as appeared in the store this weekend.  Path of Destiny includes over sixty expansion cards, including forty new power card and ten enchantment cards, as well as six additional special ability tokens.

Mar 192011
 

Yeeehawww, cowpokes (an’ cowpokettes)!  ‘Day’s first post gonna be ’bout that rip roarin’ game some folks call Dakota.  Actually all folks call it Dakota, that bein’ its name.

As much as it would please me to do so, I’ll cut the western speak for the rest of today’s entry.  Yes, Dakota (that name again is Mr. Plow) is our first highlight today.  In this western-themed boardgame, gamers choose to control either settlers or native Americans.  This, officially, three to five player game (which, supposedly, can be played by two people just fine) involves resource control and management as the groups move horizontally across plains, mountains, forests, and other geographical locals.  Dakota is bound to lasso you in if you’re someone who fancies the likes of Agricola and/or Settlers of America.

Name’s Ripper.  Jack T. Ripper.  Letters From Whitechapel (a game akin to Fury of Dracula and Van Helsing) pits cops against serial killer, singular, in this historically accurate recreation of the Whitechapel murders of 1988.  One player will be chosen to control good ‘ole Jack while everyone else plays the coppers, hot on his trail.  The goals are obvious:  Jack has to kill five victims (street wanders who automatically move about the game board) and the police have to stop him before he does.  As I mentioned, if you’re a fan of Fury of Dracula or Van Helsing, a lover of history, someone who read and enjoyed Alan Moore’s From Hell, or just hate prostitutes, Letters from Whitechapel offers a solid two hours of sleuthing and stabbing.

Don’t know about you, but whenever murder in London comes up, Gnome conversation isn’t far off.  Okay, that’s not true at all.  Sue me, I needed a transition.

Oh Gnome You Don’t takes players deep into the secretive, and underhanded, world of Gnomes.  Taking control of their selected G-man, gamers move their little guys about the board, digging for gems and trading items.  Ah, but it wouldn’t be a game about Gnomes without a little mischief.  Players are also allowed to set traps, fight, and play tricks on their opponents in an effort to stop them from obtaining resources.  Simple to learn and redonkulous to play, Oh Gnome is an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half with some buddies.

Earth Reborn is a game that’s worth its price tag!  One lift of its massive box and you’ll realize it is stocked full of pieces and parts.  Not only does it include twelve sweet lookin’ miniatures, cards, dice, tiles, cloth bag, tokens, and so forth, but it is extreme re-playability!  The rule book is set up in a unique nine scenario walk-through that allows you to play as you learn.  Along with that, the game board comes as a set of puzzle pieces that can be assembled as you desire.  And, if you haven’t had enough randomization already, the game offers a system of play known as S.A.G.S (Scenario Auto-Generating System) that automatically creates unique scenarios each time you sit down to play.  Apocalyptic future warfare has never looked this sweet.

Finally, a little bit of restock information.  Magic the Gathering Archenemy Decks have returned.  Made to be a standalone game that pits up to four players against one archenemy, each box contains twenty archenemy cards as well as a regular sixty card deck.  Pulp has all four (that’s white/blue/black, red/green, black/red, and green/white), but is only selling them as a group.  Hurry, hurry, they may vanish quickly.