Feb 072015
 

Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack 2Another party of adventurers joins the Dungeon Roll!

The Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack #2 provides eight entirely new heroes to be mixed into the popular dungeon crawl dice game.  These heroes, however, are far beefier than any of the previous heroes, so make sure to play them against each other or in a situation where other players are looking for a challenge.Deus board game

Deus is Latin for God, making it a perfect name for the new hand management where players pray to their society’s deities through offerings.  Deus begins with players receiving a hand of five cards, randomly featuring one of six colors.  Each color represents a resource (military, trade, temples, etc.), which is then used to construct buildings in honor of the gods.  These buildings are placed on a variable board (whose dimensions are Village Port Expansiondecided by the number of players) in order to acquire points and gain victory.

The boundaries of the popular Tasty Minstrel Game release, Village, continue to grow.  Village:  Port is the newest expansion for the game and it is a sizable one.  Not only does Port give players the option of boarding a skiff and sailing the seas in order to find buried treasure, but also new life goal cards that allow players to choose career options for their characters.Chez Geek Slack to the Future

It’s taken Steve Jackson a bit of time to get another Chez Geek expansion out on the shelves, but, to be fair, the game is about who can be the laziest.  Like a slacker cousin to the popular Munchkin franchise, Chez Geek has players earning slack points for doing as little as they can.  Slack to the Future, the creatively titled expansion that hits shelves this weekend includes fifty-six new jobs, Aqua Spherefriends, food, and activities that can be used to acquire “slack” in the game.

While it may not be as insane as Sealab 2021, AquaSphere is still a frantic game of underwater area control.  Players compete to collect data regarding the ocean.  Every player controls a team of researchers (comprised of a scientist, engineer, robots, and submarines) across to halves of the game board (a lab and headquarters).  Gathering knowledge points moves you closer to winning and to do so players must expend actions to observe octopuses, expand your lab, or increase your team’s abilities.Hanabi Deluxe

Hanabi, among the most popular cooperative games on the market, gains a deluxe edition this weekend.  Deluxe Hanabi plays exactly like the original, with player working together to create a fireworks display.  The trick is that each player can see everyone but their own fireworks, requiring everyone to describe and hint at what each other has.  The Deluxe Hanabi edition replaces the standard cards with Mahjong tiles, reflecting the Eastern influence and setting of the game.

Oct 112014
 

Kill Shakespeare board gameIDW, one of the more popular independent comic book publishers, is getting into the gaming business.  The company released the first two games from it’s new board game line this weekend.

First up is the Kill Shakespeare board game.  Based off of the acclaimed comic book series, Kill Shakespeare is created by the designers behind Yedo.  A semi-cooperative experience, players select specific characters from The Bard’s classic works, including Juliet, Othello, Hamlet, and more.  A resource management game at heart, players bid on resources in order to take back specific realms that have been conquered by Richard III and Lady MacBeth.  Simultaneously, players also must complete their own individual tasks in order to claim victory.

The not-from-IDW game of the week is Lewis and Clark:  The Expedition.  From a first time game designer, this Lewis and Clark the Expeditionhand management game has won and been nominated for a slew of awards over the last year.  The goal of the game is to cross the country and make it to the West coast.  In order to do this, players select members of their exploration party, each with their own abilities, and will collect Native American guides and fur trappers as they cross the country.  To activate resources, players will have to lay down dual-use Machi Korocards, choosing whether to sacrifice a card to use another or wait.  Those who choose poorly may not survive.

The second IDW board game this week is the hotly anticipated Machi Koro.  Both a dice rolling and card placement game, Machi Koro tasks players to build the biggest city in the country.  To do so, players will roll dice to gain buildings, gain income, and steal funds from other players.  Designed with poppy, simplistic artwork and appealing coloring, Machi Koro is a quick play experience for young and 0ld.  If you want to get a better idea of how it plays, check out the video below.