Jun 212014
 

Ascension Realms UnraveledLike the collectible card game it is based off of, Magic the Gathering, Ascension continues to expand its deck building universe.  Realms Unraveled is the newest expansion for the game, this time around adding Multifaction and Multi-Unite cards that create special deck combinations.Hobbit Tales card game

From the makers of the One Ring roleplaying system comes a storytelling game, akin to Once Upon a Time, set in the Lord of the Rings universe.  Acting as hobbits hanging out at the local watering hole, those playing Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn utilize story cards to begin constructing a tall tale only The Heart of the Wild One Ringto be interrupted by other players.

While we’re stopping in Middle Earth, let’s take a look at The Heart of the Wild, a new supplement for the One Ring roleplaying game.  A setting supplement, The Heart of the Wild expands descriptions of locations like Mirkwood Forest as well as adding a bestiary full of creatures lurking in these shadowy realms.Cards of Cthulhu

A card game for one to four players, Cards of Cthulhu plays off of the gothic horror of the Lovecraft universe to deliver a deck-based battle game.  Players compete against the AI of the game, which controls the creatures and other baddies, in an attempt to halt the release of the Elder Gods.  Also included in the game is a booklet of original stories set in the universe, crafted by Pagoda board gameauthors like Matt Forbeck, Daniel Keys Moran, and David Gerrold.

A new dexterity game from AEG, Pagoda is a family friendly, easy-to-learn, two player only game of building construction.  Each of the two players utilize cards to add colored pillars to various levels of their pagodas, but once a certain color has been used on a level, that is the only color that can be used.Istanbul game

Another quick, family game from AEG out this week is Istanbul (not Constantinople).  Players navigate their merchant and assistants from market stall to market stall.  On each stall are rubies and goods of various sorts and players utilize their assistants carefully in order to attain more of these items than the other players.

Romance of the Nine Empires Arcane FireOkay, see if you can follow this:  Romance of the Nine Empires is a card game based off of a fictional card game from an independent film called The Gamers:  Hands of Fate that is now real.  Got it?  Good.  Now it has an expansion called Arcane Fire that contains enough cards to create two entirely new factions to be incorporated into the base game.Shadowrun Run and Gun HC

If you’re going to battle against the evil corporations that dot the landscape of the Shadowrun universe you’re going to need a bigger gun.  And maybe, like, forty of them.  To alleviate this problem Catalyst Game Labs has just released a beautiful hardcover of Run and Gun for Shadowrun 5th Edition.  This supplement contains all the information you’ll ever need Galactic Strike Forcefor gun, knife, hand-to-hand, and any other form of combat within the system.

From the makers of Sentinels of the Multiverse comes Galactic Strike Force, another cooperative card game, but this time set in the far reaches of the galaxy.  Players each take control of a spaceship and a crew comprise of scoundrels and questionable types (Firefly, anyone?) as they try to save the universe.  Like Sentinels, players will control a unique deck against an AI-run set of villains.  The first expansion for the game is also out this weekend.

Feb 222013
 

We’ve trudged through the snow and ice just to bring you, dear readers, the newest installment of New Game Stuff.  Okay, fair enough, it’s not that bad out now and, yes, we could have posted this from home, if need be, HOWEVER, there is new gaming stuff and we are going to tell you about it.

First up, with Magic Game Day arriving on the morrow, it’s time for the Gatecrash Event Decks to show up.  For this set, the decks focus on Boros and Simic, meaning red/white and blue/red/green, respectively.  The Simic Guild deck comes packed with killer green cards, like a Thragtusk and a Wolfir Silverheart, while the Boros deck includes ton of money cards, like Clifftop Retreat, Champion of the Parish, Spark Trooper, Silverblade Paladin, and more.  So, lets do the math, not only can you play these competitive decks in tournaments and do well, but you’ll also make off like a bandit with all the money rares included in them.

Expand your spellcasting playbook with the Forcemaster vs. Warlord expansion set for Mage Wars.  Within this set are all the spell cards, mage cards, spellbooks, markers, and rules that you’ll need to incorporate these powerhouses into your base game of Mage Wars.  And, whoo boy, these two robed wizard-types are packed full of the butt-kicking.  Forcemaster likes to kick other players in the face with her mind and whip them about like a ragdoll with her telekentic prowess.  On the other hand, the Warlord has his minions soldier on for him while he brings the death from above with his brutal war magic.  Either way, you’re going to be challenging your opponent like never before.

If you just can’t wait to see how Peter Jackson ends his Hobbit saga (or you can’t read…but then you’d probably not be looking at this), create your own ending with the second Hobbit saga expansion for the Lord of the Rings LCG game, On the Doorstep.  Within this expansion are three additional scenarios that take two players across the Wilderlands, pitting them against giant spiders, Smaug, and the armies of Bolg on a cooperative journey.  Of course, to topple these challenges, you’re going to need new heroes, treasures, and player cards.  Luckily, you don’t have to venture across the Misty Mountains cold to find them, because they’re all contained within.

But maybe hobbits aren’t your flavor (they do have all that hair).

If not, the newest release for the Dungeon Command miniature game, Blood of Gruumsh, is chock full of Orcs for your battling pleasure.  This boxset contains an entire Orc faction, ready to play directly out of the box.  That means there are twelve prepainted figures depicting an owlbear, an Orc Chieftain, a wereboar, and much, much more.  Or if you’re feeling random, slap your Orc faction together with a bit of Elf and Goblin and have an old fashioned D&D hoedown!

Finally, this evening we’re going to write a lot of words.  But we’re going to do it in an order that turns them into a sentence.  And from those sentences, we’re going to tell you the names of four fresh additions to the Pathfinder universe. First up is the Shattered Star Poster Map Folio which provides detailed maps for Varisia, Magnimar, and Kaer Maga.  Next is the Animal Archive which details the fauna of the Pathfinder universe, including armor-wearing triceratops.  The Snows of Summer begins a new Adventure Path known as Reign of Winter.  And, finally, Pathfinder Online: Thornkeep provides GMs all the information they need to run adventures in and under Thornkeep, as well as details on the upcoming Pathfinder MMORPG.

Nov 162012
 

Far over the misty mountains cold lies The Hobbit Heroclix Starter Set and individual boosters.

First, the new Epic Campaign starter set applies the same stand-alone adventure format that was featured in the previous Lord of the Rings starter set, including an individual campaign, maps, dice, and eight miniatures of core characters like Bilbo, Gandalf, and Thorin Oakenshield.  Pick up this set for a complete adventure in a box!  And anyone who does pick up a copy will receive a promo Golem miniature!  Or pick up a single figure booster to add other extra characters to your party.  So says Smaug!

Start prepping your hand/eye coordination, because Dixit Jinx is going to take it to push it to the limit.  Combining the wild fun of the popular Jungle Speed party game with the visual intensity of Dixit, this new version of the original game.  Players take turns giving a verbal cue of an image, then laying down (at various speeds) nine cards, each decorated with beautifully designed pictures, one of which will be the image the player described.  Everyone else attempts to grab that card as fast as they can, laying waste to any hand in their way!  If you’ve got three to six people (inebriated or not) hanging around, Dixit Jinx is just about the best way to kill some time and have fun doing it.

Wizards of the Coast is already getting into the holiday spirit by releasing their first ever Magic the Gathering Holiday Gift  Box.  Inside this magical box are tons of wonderful contents for a low price.  There are four Return to Ravnica booster packs, full-art card dividers, stickers to personalize these dividers any way you like, a stack of land, a special promo art version of Dreg Mangler, and all of these goodies come stocked within a giant card box capable of holding 2,000 cards.  I don’t think it’ll fit in a stocking, but don’t let that stop you from buying it for you favorite Magic player.

You don’t have to own a round table to play this next game, but it doesn’t hurt.  Shadows Over Camelot, the popular Days of Wonder cooperative game set in Arthurian times, now exists in a card game format.  Shadows Over Camelot: The Card Game brings the same cooperative gameplay of the original down to a easy-travel, quicker to play format.  Players band together to complete quests within a time limit, battling Morgan le Fay and looking to Merlin for assistance.  The fate of the round table is decided by the amount of white and black swords the valiant knights accumulate.  Of course, some knights might not be as trustworthy as others.

Munchkin Apocalypse now!

After all the worst events known to humankind descend upon the planet, you are a weary survivor, fighting for your life.  New disaster card types keep you on your feet while four new classes give you plenty of options to out last them.  As usual you can reach level 10 or, special to this version of Munchkin, you can choose to open seven seals and bring about the end of the world.  Plus, for a little extra insanity, Axe Cop‘s Ethan Nicolle provides a guest Monster for the game.  Don’t be an errand boy sent by grocery clerks by avoiding the newest Munchkin set, instead love the smell of napalm in the morning and pick a copy up.

Ascension:  Immortal Heroes brings the strategy and tactics of Magic the Gathering to a board game environment, thanks to Pro Tour creators Rob Dougherty and Brian Kibler.  Wield the power of the new Soul Gems to gain access to powerful heroes form the past.  You can play the game as either a two player stand-alone game or as an expansion to Ascension:  Storm of Souls.

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.