Nov 222013
 

Wasn’t happy with the ending to the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline?  Play it out yourself with the new Avengers and X-Men Vs. Heroclix starter sets.  These two individual sets, one X-Men, one Avengers, each contain the essentials for playing a head-to-head game of Heroclix, allowing you and your friend to pit Avenger against X-Man!

If zombie films have taught us anything, it’s that the undead never stop coming.  Steve Jackson takes this concept to heart with his extremely successful Zombie Dice game.  Releasing this weekend is the Zombie Dice Brain Case, a special dice container with a heavy-duty screw-on cap and a score pad to keep track of your brains.

Have at me, Spirit of the Century!

The famous FATE-centric RPG gained a dirigible’s worth of new product today, including a supplemental edition called Strange Tales of the Century, written and designed to appear like a classic pulp novel, but actually providing new material.  Three actual SotC novels were released, however, including Khan of Mars, King Khan, and Sally Slick and the Steel Syndicate.

Forget Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, and Slytherin.

Mage Wars is all about Druid vs. Necromancer!

This new two Mage expansion to the base game introduces forces of magic not originally included in the base game.

The Horn that Wakes becomes the most recently released Game of Thrones LCG Adventure Pack, including sixty cards that return to the Night’s Watch, Wildings, and North themes.

One of the hottest (pun intended) cooperative games on shelves right now, Flash Point:  Fire Rescue, is about to get a little hotter.  Excuse the lame burns (sorry!).

Anyway, Extreme Danger, the newest expansion for the game, adds two new levels, basement and attic, to extend the difficulty of the game, requiring that players climb further.  Also included in Extreme Danger are an entire set of unique miniatures which now are sculpted to represent each type of firefighter rather than having a single mold in different colors.

A new deception based card game, Coup (not coop), has players attempting to get their opponents to reveal their two secret identity cards, each laid out face down in front of them, throughout the game by using their own, hidden, special abilities.

After the release of Shadowrun fifth edition earlier this year, players have been clamoring for supplemental material.  No longer do you have to hack corporations to get it, either, because Shattered States, an introductory level adventure for beginner players, is on shelves this weekend.

Munchkin gets a double shot of new this weekend with two distinct booster pack expansions.  First up is Munchkin Gets Promoted, a collection of formerly impossible to find special edition promo cards from throughout Munchkin‘s history.  Second is a goblin-centric booster expansion for Munchkin Pathfinder, Gobsmacked.

Sixty beautifully illustrated cards, ready-made to expand the existing Dixit party-style games arrive in the form of Dixit Origins.

The train keeps a rollin’ all night long with Ticket to Ride‘s newest map expansion, Nederland!

Considering the country is littered with bridges (and accompanying tolls to use them), Nederland adds a distinct element to the game where players must pay tokens to access certain bridge pathways.  The second player to use one of these double bridges, then must pay back those tokens to the first player if they are to cross.

Finally, Mice and Mystics receives its first expansion in the form of Heart of Glorm.  This direct sequel to the original game adds new miniatures, cards, and especially chapters to continue the quest of the mice knights after they have defeated Vanestra.

Nov 082013
 

Formerly exclusive to a certain big box store that shall not be named, Star Trek Catan has hit warp ten and materialized on the Pulp Fiction shelves!  This version plays like the extremely popular base game excepted for an added mechanic called Support Cards and an entire thematic redesign to accommodate the source material.   The source cards are distributed at the beginning of the game, and add extra benefits to each action.

Another twist in the bend that is railroading board games, Trains and Stations is a massive resource management game from WizKids.  This family friendly railroader has players acting as railroad barons, laying track, constructing buildings, and organizing many other aspects of the business, as they compete (and occasionally work with) other players.

Attention, space cadets!

A classic Sci-Fi double shot is coming your way in the form of the Rocket Age RPG and Space Cadets:  Dice Duel.

Rocket Age from Cubicle 7 operates off of the same Vortex system as their hit Doctor Who and Primeval RPGs, but cobbling together references and settings reminiscent of all the great sixties space adventure films, comics, and television series.

Space Cadets: Dice Duel takes the original Space Cadets board game and turns it into a team based dice rolling game.  Each team of players (up to four a team) control different members of a starship crew, with each rolling dice fast and furious to see if they earn their pay during a ship-to-ship battle.

Mage Knight receives the Heroclix stand-alone treatment with Mage Knight Resurrection.  As with the Star Trek, The Hobbit, and The Dark Knight before it, Mage Knight Resurrection is a complete miniatures adventure battle game in box.  Out as well is a matching blind box expansion tower of miniatures to add to the game.

A new party game from Looney Labs, makers of Fluxx and Chrononauts, Choose One, has players making bets on how much they know their friends.  Each turn consists of a question, such as aisle or window, and players must decide how they think their opponents will answer.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the new hotness, has players taking on the roles of men and women, with the male characters controlling the stock market and the female characters making dresses.  Each side must roleplay their respected character in efforts of accruing extra points all leading up to a looks contest at a culminating dance.  And that’s why it’s extremely popular.

And finally, the lightning round!

-From Chaosium, World War Cthulhu:  The Darkhest Hour RPG supplement for Call of Cthulhu.

-Night Eternal, the competitive True Blood card game from Cryptozoic, makers of both Walking Dead board games.

Aug 232013
 

Lords of Waterdeep:  Scoundrels of Skullport

Scoundrels of Skullport adds brand new content for the award-winning, bestselling board game, Lords of Waterdeep. It’s not one, but two, complete expansions: the sprawling dungeon of Undermountain and the criminal haven of Skullport.

Each thrilling location has unique characteristics and offers new play options, including new Lords, Buildings, Intrigue and Quest cards.

Owners of Lords of Waterdeep can use one or both of these new subterranean locations to add depth to their game experience. There’s also a new faction, the Gray Hands, so now a sixth player can join in the fun! - http://www.wizards.com

Star Trek Attack Wing

For all the Trekkies out there who’ve gotten tired of hearing their Star Wars fan buddies rant and rave about the greatness of the X-Wing miniature game, now is your time to gloat!  Going boldly where previous miniature games have not, Star Trek Attack Wing applies Heroclix mechanics to a ship-to-ship battle game.  Also, the Trek ships are accurately depicted in both size, speed, and maneuverability.

Keyflower:  Key Celeste

With Key Celeste added to the game, players bid for the Key Celeste tile and obtain the ghost in the same way that they bid for the turn order tiles. The owner of the ghost can use it to frighten away and replace another player’s winning bid. The player who played the ghost takes the replaced worker(s) and places them behind his screen. These workers are now available to play by that player in the usual way. Points are available at the end of the game for the owner of the Key Celeste tile and additionally for the ghost if they own both.

Key Celeste adds more interest and considerations to Keyflower and changes this popular game in more ways than gamers are likely to initially anticipate! - http://www.kickstarter.com

Star Wars:  The Battle of Hoth Force Pack

In The Battle of Hoth, massive and heavily armored Imperial AT-ATs march forward in inexorable waves while Rebel snowspeeder pilots employ daring group tactics to slow their advance. Meanwhile, the desperate fight on the desolate ice planet of Hoth is destined to have tremendous repercussions throughout the galaxy. Will the Empire’s AT-ATs and stormtrooper legions surround, siege, and destroy the last remnants of the Rebellion? Or will the valiant sacrifices of the Rebel Alliance’s rearguard hold the lines long enough for their allies to find safety?

Inspired by the early scenes from The Empire Strikes Back, the five new objective sets in The Battle of Hoth allow players to recreate the movie’s events or to imagine alternate outcomes. This Force Pack could witness the end of the Rebel Alliance, or it could open an opportunity for its noble spies and smugglers to conduct critical espionage while the Empire’s eyes are turned toward Hoth. With the fate of the galaxy on the line, can Rogue squadron’s snowspeeders actually win the day and strike a massive blow to the Empire’s aspirations for galactic domination? – Fantasy Flight.com

Mascarade

The goal of the game is for players to gain the most gold pieces that they will amass either by telling the truth, or alternatively, bluffing. Players each receive a Character card, that they will switch, or not, with their opponents throughout the game play. At each turn, players have the option to either announce who there are, and therefore are able to activate the power of that Character, as long as none of the other players challenge them; to secretly look at their card; or to swap their card with another player. – Asmodee.com

Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Storm expansion

The galaxy is trembling in Cosmic Storm, the newest expansion for Cosmic Encounter. With twenty-five new aliens and thirty-five new cards, Cosmic Storm adds more variety than ever. The addition of space stations, each with unique abilities, shakes up the game even more, with the Space Station Conquest variant introducing a new win condition. One thing’s for sure – after Cosmic Storm, the universe will never be the same. – Fantasy Flight.com

Dungeon Roll dice

A tiny treasure chest full of dungeon crawl-y goodness, Dungeon Roll dice blends classic RPG adventuring with dice rolling and card games.  Similar to Zombie Dice and Martian Dice, Dungeon Roll has players rolling sets of creature and character dice in turns to improve their abilities and fight their way through a dungeon.  Each player also receives a specific character card (with 8 extra hero cards included in the Hero Booster Pack) that can be upgraded throughout the game.

Nov 212012
 

It’s time for the annual singing of the nine announcements of Pulp Fiction Black Friday. Feel free to hum along if you don’t know the words:

On the first announcement of Black Friday, my true store set the tone: Discounts and specials don’t combine; they work alone.

On the second announcement of Black Friday, my true store helped build my brain: A selection of half-priced board games.

On the third announcement of Black Friday, my true store dropped some names: Half-price on Flames of War and Spartan Games.

On the fourth announcement of Black Friday, my true store made some noise: Half off on t-shirts and plush toys.

On the fifth announcement of Black Friday, my true store helped my picks: Half-off on all Superhero HeroClix (Marvel/DC).

On the sixth announcement of Black Friday, my true store said to me: Comic back issues buy-one-get-one-free.

On the seventh announcement of Black Friday, my true store changed its tack: A large selection of half-price comic hard backs.

On the eigth announcement of Black Friday, my true store’s rhymes got lame: Other specials too specific to name.

On the ninth announcement of Black Friday, my true store offered: buy-one-full-price-get-one-half-price most of the rest of the store*

*Half-price applies to the lower priced item. This offer does not include current comic issues and some other items.

Jun 082012
 

We’ve practically had to fight off the descending hoards of rabid Quarriors fans this week in anticipation the new expansion.

Well, we’re still alive and Quarmageddon is here. This new add-on expansion for the base game offers not only 40 original dice which power 6 new creatures, a new immunity ability, and 2 new spells, but an entirely new set of rules to be applied to the game. And if Quarriors is an insane made up word to you, because, one, it is, and, two, you’ve never played the game, it’s deck building with dice combined with a fair amount of snark.

Bandai takes the skills it acquired developing their hit Resident Evil Deck Building Game and apply them to another popular gaming franchise, Uncharted. In the Uncharted card/board game players take on the role of characters from throughout the three existing Uncharted games. While collecting and battling against various action, treasure, and enemy cards, players acquire victory points, eventually leading to a winner. Borrowing elements from the Resident Evil games, Uncharted spins them in a fresh way, recreating the feel of the video games.

It’s that time again, the time when Dungeons & Dragons adds a new edition to their vast mansion of tiled dungeons. This time around Wizards presents them in a stunning Urban Underdark hue, coming with six sheets of flooring material for to add a layer of cozy, dank creepiness to your next campaign.

What game through yonder RPG breaks? Or something like that.

The works of The Bard (that’s Shakespeare to you uncouth individuals) have been applied to a witty, brilliant new Indy storytelling game called The Play’s the Thing. Similar to Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple and Fiasco, The Play’s the Thing revolves around a playwright/actor structure where one gamer takes on the role of the playwright, assigning roles and constructing the story. Each actor (Hams, Leads, Villains, and Ingenues) suggest and act out alterations to the story as they play through, often altering classic tales for the wackier.

Queen Games keeps their streak of inventive strategy games going with Edo. Set in the Japan landscape of 1603 to 1868. Each player takes on the role of a Daimyo, building houses and castles, trading goods, and increasing their reputation to the Shogun. Beautifully laid out and designed, Edo should find a good home next to your copies of Samarkand and Fresco.

Bad guys have all the fun. Luckily, you can get in on all the Hobbit murdering shenanigans of Sauron’s Nazgul in the new Lord of the Rings: Nazgul Heroclix game. Taking on the role of the hooded riders, players build allegiances, strategize, and, ultimately, keep the One Ring from falling into the pits of Mount Doom. And, if you own the previously released LotR Heroclix, you can incorporate them into the game.