Oct 182014
 

Firefly Role Playing Game RPG Core BookTake its love, take its land, but you can’t take roleplaying from Firefly.

A revamped version of the previous Firefly RPG, this new hardcover core book utilizes an updated version of the Cortex Plus System.  Players are thrown out into the black, given the chance to play members of a Firefly crew crusin’ the verse and misbehaving.  Every episode of the series is detailed in this hardcover, acting as adventures groups can play through.  An entirely new “episode” is also presented as a fourteenth adventure.Cypher

Another AEG produced, Love Letter-like quick card game has hit the scene and it is Cypher.  At its core, Cypher is a drafting game, with players starting out with either three, two, or one card in hand.  Each turn, players draw, play, and trade a card, with everyone attempting to be the person holding the highest value card at the end of the game.  When the draw pile runs out (or a special endgame card is played) the game ends.

Lords of XiditLords of Xidit is the newest release from Asmodee Games and it sends the player to a fantastical realm of lizard riding knights and magically possessed townsfolk.  Each player controls the equivalent of a knight, wandering the countryside in hopes of curing the dark mysticism that has overrun it.  In order to do so, players race to sections of the board where they will collect squires and resources.  The catch is, it’s all about timing, as only certain resources will be given out depending on the order of when a player arrives.  Abyss

Set in a Bioshock-ish, Rapture-esque underwater city, Abyss, from Asmodee, is a game of influence and power struggle with a little card drafting thrown in.  Featuring four different styles of box art, Abyss requires players to compete for influence on the council of lords.  In order to do this, players must work through a three stage process, first gaining allies, then using them to influence lords, then using the lords to take over sections of the city.  Cards are drafted that allow Tammany Hallplayers to work through these steps, but, beware, once a card’s power is used that ability is closed off forever.

And speaking of corruption and political influence, there’s nearly no greater historical instance of political power plays than New York’s Tammany Hall!  In this backstabby game of underhanded favor buying, players fight to earn the votes of recent immigrants as means of acquiring the mayoral seat.  However, don’t expect to hold on to it for long, as everyone will be at the ready double cross you and take it.Through the Breach Fate Master's Almanac Wyrd RPG

Malifaux, the cult hit steampunky, horror, little bit of everything miniature game, is being converted into a roleplaying system this weekend.  Two core rulebooks, one for players and one for game masters, arrive this weekend.  First up is The Fate Almanac softcover, the essential guidebook for players, containing all the pertinent information about how to create and run a Fated character.  The accompanying rulebook is the Trains Rising SunFatemasters Almanac, the essential guide running a game set in the Malifaux universe.

AEG‘s third gaming release this weekend is an expansion/standalone addition to the Trains board game.  Trains Rising Sun can be incorporated into the original version or played on its own.  Included this edition are three entirely new game boards, one for head-to-head play and two for two to four players.  Legendary Guardians of the Galaxy

Time for everyone to do the whole standing up in a circle thing, because Guardians of the Galaxy is the newest expansion to the Legendary card game.  This expansion adds on character cards for everyone of the Guardians, including Star Lord, Gamorra, Rocket, Drax, and Groot as well as villain decks for the Kree Supreme Intelligence and Thanos!

Dec 202013
 

Forget cars, fast food, computers, guns, and every other piece of technology you’re familiar with.  The Hillfolk RPG is getting primitive up in here!  Running off of the DramaSystem designed by Robin D. Laws (a system which favors interpersonal mechanics and storytelling), Hillfolk pits small tribes of primitive humans against one another, with the goal of survival hanging overhead.

Hot on the hooves of last week’s My Little Pony boosters and theme decks comes the two-player starter deck set.  This MLP Card Game beginner set comes with all the materials two players need get into the game and play against each other.

Got a ticket?  TO THE GUN SHOW!

The War Machine High Command deck building game gains an expansion pack this weekend with Big Guns, an eighty-four card add-on pack.  Contained within these eighty-four cards are five copies of sixteen different cards as well as four new Warcaster cards, ready for all factions.

Another in the Tempest line of city building games from AEG, Canalis puts you in the role of a city constructor pitted against others.  You will attempt to connect important sections of the town by building canals, enlist workers from the populace, and construct buildings, all in effort of gaining the most architectural success!

Those damn Capulets and Montagues!

In Council of Verona, players have formed a city council to manage the ongoing skirmishes between these two dominate families.  Players attempt to add more characters to the council in order to gain influence, as well as strategically place influence tokens in order to sway the council in the direction you wish.

The ever popular Pathfinder Adventure Card Game gains its third expansion pack this weekend in the from of The Hill Mount Massacre.  Adding new opponents, locations, loot, and more, The Hill Mount Massacre runs players through the five scenario adventure from the original RPG, pitting the party against Ogre vileness!

Designed by former Magic the Gathering pro players, Ascension has risen to the top of the deck building pile with a number of great expansions and appealing mechanics.  If you haven’t gotten into the game, don’t fret though, the Ascension Apprentice Edition has just dropped.  This is a special two-player starter set that offers the materials for a head-to-head battle using the Ascension game mechanics.  A perfect entry point.

Paradise Fallen is a new card game from Crash Games built around the premise of explorers making their way through a storm-wrecked beach resort.  Two to four players manage a hand of cards, collecting rations and other equipment that will aid them in exploring and surviving.

Nations will rise and nations will fall in Nations the board game (and just for good measure, nations!)

A Civilization-style game, Nations has one to five players each taking on the role of a different world nation and leading them from the dawn of time to the present day.  You will build cultures, fight others, and attempt to gain Heritage Points through all of it, leading to an eventual victory by whoever has gained the most.

In homage to classic Japanese monster movies and the like comes Rampage.

On the board sits perilously constructed buildings (tiles supported by meeples) that each player, controlling monstrous lizard creatures, must knock over and destroy.  Along with this task, monster-on-monster fighting must also commence.  Each turn players choose two of four actions, accumulating points for causing destruction, stomping slowly to the title of Rampage King!

Dec 142012
 

Managing to actually beat the next Star Wars films into the world, the Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG base set has, shockingly, arrived earlier than expected.  Copying the Pathfinder Beginner Box method of release, Star Wars Edge of the Empire is also released in a beginner box format, coming with all the essentials for play.  Included in the box is a quick-to-learn rule booklet that will teach anyone, even the most uninitiated roleplayer, how to play the game.  Dice, pre-generated character sheets (which are ready-to-play), an adventure book, tokens, and much more are also included.  Create your own galaxy far, far away by picking up this one, catch-all Beginner Box.

Maybe you haven’t heard, but there’s this movie called The Hobbit coming out this weekend.  I don’t know, people are excited.  In a brilliant stroke of cross-marketing, Fantasy Flight has released a new Hobbit trick-taking card game.  A head-to-head battle of good versus evil, The Hobbit card game has players taking on the roles of Bilbo, Gandalf, and Thorin to take on the forces of Smaug and Bolg.  Each card has its own special abilities as well as associations with good or evil, which will benefit or harm them depending on the items being attached to them.  Trust me, you’re going to need something to keep you and your five friends busy while your sitting in line waiting for tickets.

In an effort to make an RPG system for every corner of the Warhammer 40K universe, the Only War Core Rulebook drops today.  Focusing on the Imperial Guardsmen, Only War allows players to control any of the twelve specialties, whether that’s the powerful Heavy Gunner or the beneficial Medic.  The game also supports all forms of interaction with easy-to-understand rules capable of handling conversations to mass battles.  Also, by the weird possibility that you’re playing a 40K game without knowing anything about the universe, this rulebook comes with complete background details on the Imperial Guard and all their enemies.

The fire is rising, brother.  And you just read that in Bane’s voice.

Though he, technically, has nothing to do with Dominare, Bane’s general revolutionary plan does share some similarities with the gameplay.  It’s all about influencing the citizens of Tempest with secret backdoor dealings, underhanded treachery, and cunning.  Each player controls different agents of the underworld, sending them into eight different city districts to begin spreading rumors of a conspiracy that will upset the city’s balance.  In the end, its all about control and who possesses it.

Ticket to Ride continues to trek across the globe for its most recent map expansion packs, this time landing in Africa.  Ticket to Ride: The Heart of Africa (beside being a minor reference to Joseph Conrad’s famous short story) features an entirely original map of the country, complete with new terrain cards which specific different track colors for different geographical regions.  Players can multiply their points by using them in conjunction with particular routes.  As Ticket to Ride is one of the best family games on the stands since forever, so keep it fresh and interesting for yours by picking up this new expansion.

Wares!  Fine wares!  Get your fine wares right here!

Continuing from Catan Histories previous releases, Merchants of Europe is the newest stand-alone Catan edition.  This augmentation of the basic Settlers of Catan rules has players controlling merchants and trading posts in various cities in Europe, attempting to expand their mercantile reach ever further.  Ultimately, your goal should be to recruit as many new merchants as you can in an effort to build trading posts further from your original locations and acquire different commodities (i.e. sugar, wood, sheep, etc.) for trade and sale.  Along with this, players must also build trading routes over which they will need to transport their goods, hoping they’ve built them in safe areas or else have their product pillaged from under them.

Mar 302012
 

The odds are in your favor today, dear readers, for we have two Hunger Games…uh, games…freshly in stock.

The Hunger Games: District 12 is strategy heavy survival game where you and up to three other players attempt to remain alive in the harsh conditions of District 12. Fight to collect clothing, food, and other items as you try to avoid The Reaping. Or be sent to the Hunger Games as punishment.

Or, option 3, you could try the Jabberjay game. This Hunger Games…game (there’s no good way to say that) is two card games in one. The first game is similar to BANG! in that players each control a different Capitol or District Citizen, hiding their identity from all other players as they also attempt to make them flee. As the first game plays 5-12 people, a second 2-4 player game is also included. It is a cooperative game where players work together to protect citizens from the Peacekeepers.

If you remember the instantly addictive tile battling game, Pocket Battles, from a year or so back, you’ll be excited to hear there’s a new expansion deck out today. This time around it’s Macedonians versus Persians. If you haven’t played the game, it’s based around opponents creating armies out of their various tiles, then pitting against each other on three separate fronts. Pocket Battles is an easy game to pick up, in large part due to the fact that you can begin with any of the Versus Packs.

Next up we have two new additions to the insanely popular Agricola. These two individual decks of cards add a completely new experience to the classic board game. First, is the World Championship WM Deck. This deck was created at the first ever Agricola World Championship by its very own fans and players. The deck contains 115 new cards divided into five individual decks comprised, overall, of 60 Minor Improvements and 55 Occupations. Second, we have the NL Deck with 120 new cards. This deck adds a whole new thematic setting to the game, introducing players to the Netherlands. Both of these will expand and enliven the game, adding a whole new level of play.

Booze can also enliven any gaming experience, especially a full glass of wine. But what about a game about wine? Vinhos is just that game, being a resource control scenario where each player builds a wine empire over the course of 6 years/rounds by purchasing vineyards, gaining a reputation, and establishing a market. If you’re a lover of games like Belfort and Le Havre, Vinhos is you cup of…wine.

Similar in mechanics, but vastly different in theme is Lords of Waterdeep, a Dungeons & Dragons board game. Controlling a Lord of Waterdeep, players compete by purchasing buildings in the city, assigning agents to do your bidding, and spreading your influence further over the city. Offering a play style you’ve never experienced in the world of D&D, Lords of Waterdeep combines fantasy with strategic gaming.