Aug 162014
 

Star Realms deck building gameJust when you think there’s no new way to improve or augment the standard deck building game format, one company figures out how to go boldly where no company has gone before.  Star Realms is an inexpensive deck builder whose base set is ready-to-play for two people, but scales up by twos each time you buy another one (2 copies = 4 player, 3 copies = 6 players, etc).  Designed by Magic the Gathering hall-of-famers, Star Realms has players trading materials for ships, building armadas, then pitting them against their foes!Zombicide Storage box

When stocking up for the zombie apocalypse, you’re going to need plenty of steel containers for ammo, medical supplies, and rations.  That’s why Zombicide has kindly supplied these for you.  Out this weekend are three different color storage boxes for Alien Uprising base gameyour Zombicide miniatures and game pieces.  Color options are red, blue, and green.

The last situation anyone wants to be in is crash landed on an alien planet with a bunch of untrustworthy crew members.  Alien Uprising is a new, sci-fi survival cooperative board game that drops the players onto a dangerous alien world with a defective starship.  Players roll dice to choose actions, working to either outlast the vicious bug-like lifeforms on the planet’s surface until rescue arrives or to repair the ship for launch.  Miniature expansion packs, including Crew Member, Zothren, and X-14 miniatures are also out this weekend.Dark Heresy 2nd Editon RPG HC

Fantasy Flight and Warhammer 40K‘s bleak roleplaying system, Dark Heresy, receives a major dystopic revision this weekend with the release of the second edition core rulebook.  This newly illustrated hardcover edition features a beautifully illustrated cover, the essentials for gameplay (including character creation, background fluff, and adventure paths), and a redesigned layout.

ImpulseFrom Asmadi Games and the creators of Innovation comes a space exploration game entitled Impulse.  Constructed out of cards, the game board displays random sets of action options that players will utilize by combining them with the cards in their hand.  Each card has six interlinking points that can be joined with other cards on the board in order to earn victory points and conquer this uncharted portion of the galaxy!Age of Rebellion Onslaught at Arda 1

The Force is very much with Pulp Fiction this weekend as two new supplemental hardcovers Edge of the Empire Far Horizonshave arrived for Star Wars Age of Rebellion and Edge of the Empire, respectively.  Onslaught at Arda 1 is a ninety-six page adventure supplement for the system, focusing on large-scale battles at a secret rebel base.  Far Horizons is a sourcebook for the colonist class within the Edge of the Empire system, including talents, spaceships, and gear as well as entrepreneur, performer, and marshal specializations, new to the game.

Riding onto the scene in a sled pulled by ravenous wolves, Logan Grimnar is about the most awe-inspiring Space Wolves miniatures ever!  The Champions of Fenris codex supplement adds material to Champions of Fenris HCthe previously released Space Wolves Codex, including the history of Logan Grimnar, himself, additonal rules, wargear, and formations, and two new missions.  The Logan Grimnar miniature is also out this weekend.

Golem Arcana base game setA miniature battle game across three different mediums, Golem Arcana is an entirely unique gaming experience.  Players field armies based in three separate factions, including knights, ancient ones, relics, and golems.  The twist is that each faction is represented a different way.  The relics are card based, while the golems are miniatures, and, most unusual, the knights and ancient ones are digital.  The base set includes a bluetooth tool that keeps the latter factions connected to the gaming experience.DC Deck Building Game Crisis Expansion Pack 1

The skies of the DC Universe are turning red as the first Crisis Expansion Pack for the DC Deck Building Game has arrived.  This mini-expansion is packed with new material for use with the base game, including six additional characters (Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Robin, and Green Arrow), eight Crisis versions of previous heroes, co-op challenge cards, and impossible mode supervillains that increase the complexity of the game.

Jan 112013
 

A fool and his money are soon parted, as they say, however you’re no fool if you pick up a copy of A Fool’s Fortune.

In the tradition of Rummy and other set-building card games, A Fool’s Fortune from Rio Grande Games elicits a tarot vibe as it has players deciding the fate of their opponents and themselves.  As you and up to two friends select and play cards, attempting  to build a perfect set, you’ll run across special fortune and character cards with special abilities.  Play them right, and you may just win A Fool’s Fortune.

Monkeys combined with just about anything usually results in both comedy and destruction.  Taking advantage of that equation is the new Spin Monkeys board game from Rio Grande.  A slew of bumper cars have been dropped into the jungle, only to be found by a pack(?) of simians.  With that in place, players attempt to spin their monkeys around the board, using rotation cards, trying to gather fruit and attack other monkeys.  If you hit another monkey, then you get to choose where they spin next.  As you might imagine, humor and destruction follow.

It’s been zero days since an incident at the Monster Factory.  Let’s all try and keep it that way, hmm?

From the creator of Kingdom Builder and Dominion comes Monster Factory.  This family friendly tile laying game of monster creation.  Simple to learn, gameplay revolves around players placing specialized, illustrated tiles, each with a piece of monster body on it, in hopes of completing the largest monster.  However, if your monster is left unfinished by the end of the round, you lose.

Continuing to live up to its name, Innovation: Figures in the Sand is the newest expansion to the popular card game and it continues to advance the gameplay mechanics of the series.  Instead of the cards in this expansion being representations of inventions or concepts, this time around the cards are famous historical figures.  That means Albert Einstein or Napoleon Bonapart could come to your rescue or, if you’re unlucky, to your opponent’s.  Dogma powers here are replaced with Karma, an ability that alters the course of the game by changing rules.  For instance, an instruction to give cards to another player may become an instruction place them in the center of the table.  Decree cards have also been added to the game, accomplishing the same effect as achievements, but with the caveat that they can be stolen.

Let me ease your worries, Village, the new tactical board game from TMG, has absolutely nothing to do with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.

No, instead players take part in a strategy heavy, turn-based game of tactics that covers the length of the village residents lives.  As you play, you will carefully choose where and how your peasant characters make a living and earn their keep.  Will they be a part of the government?  A clergy member?  A farmer?  It’s up to you, but realize that no matter what profession you choose, they all are accountable to the ticking clock of life.  With time not on your side, you’ll have to strategically balance your time and actions for the most benefit.  Or find yourself in a shallow grave.

Greek gods can never just sit down and have a calm, relaxing cup of tea together.

Since that’s the way of things, Athena and Hades are the two combatants in the new Mythic Battles miniature board game.  Each god controls a sizable army of soldiers, monsters, and demigods, pitting them against each other on a field of battle.  Before the fight commences, though, each player gets to assemble their army however they choose.  Once that’s done, players activate their forces with battle cards, then roll dice to complete the interaction.  This combination of cards, dice, and miniatures creates a new system called Building Battle Board gaming that is exclusive to Mythic Battles.

Jul 162011
 

If you were off riding giraffes in Kenya earlier this week (I don’t know what you people do in your free time), then you may have missed the New Game Stuff Special post.  A slew of interesting games were mentioned, so you might want to check this link out.  Sorry, though, it’s not giraffe compatible.

Echo…echo…echo!  There an echo in here?  Why, yes, there is!  Innovation:  Echoes from the Past.  This new expansion to the hit game of last year adds new mechanics, cards, and the ability to bump up the amount of players by one.  Echoes is a traditional expansion, requiring the main game to play, but don’t let that scare you folks because Innovation is a great game.  The game revolves around ten stacks of cards which represent various ages.  Players draw the cards and use them to “construct” drawing abilities.  What Echoes enhances is the types of cards in these piles, how many each pile contains (now based on the amount of players), and, most importantly, the ability hide up to one card for future use.  So, don’t hesitate, innovate!  Word to your mother!

Okay, this next one is a restock from a couple weeks back, but it’s a really fantastic game so it gets a mention.  Ren Faire is the name and brilliant play mechanics is the game.  As Ren Faire is from the same company as Gloom (also great) it uses the creative idea of stacking translucent cards.  To elaborate further, let me fill you in on the story of the game.  Players are out of place patrons of a Renaissance festival who need to throw together a costume to fit in.  Apparently, the way to do this is earning money by performing.  So, the goal of the game is to earn the most money and develop the best costume, stacking transparent clothing cards on top of your character card to slowly build the costume as you go.  Good fun for 2-4.

Sadly, I do not have HBO, but I know the people that do have been screaming from the rooftops about the new Game of Thrones show.  Obviously, this is also based off the famous series of novels from George R. R. Martin as is Fantasy Flight‘s A Game of Thrones living card game.  Like the show and the books, the LCG focuses on story by basing the deck building style of play around chapter “booster packs” that hold around 40 to 60 cards that expand the game.  Players build decks that consist of these cards and play against one to three opponents.  And if any of this is sounding interesting to you, you’ll be glad to hear that Pulp just received (and will continue to receive) a shipment of restock on many of the chapter packs.  Oh, and we also have the base game.

This next game is so incredibly awesome…okay, uh, we just sold out of it while I was typing that.

Well, not really.  But (and I’m sure everyone doesn’t believe me when I say things like this, but it’s true) we have been selling these as if they were snow cones on a 100° day.  Have I built it up enough yet?  One more.  This game plays like a faster, more efficient Fluxx.  And it’s called…wait for it…We Didn’t Playtest This At All.  Yup, that’s the name.  Basically, players receive two cards at the beginning and play them in an attempt to win.  The cards say things like, “Count to 3 then throw rock, paper, or scissors”.  What they also say, but the person who played the card doesn’t tell the others, is that if you throw paper you’re out.  Or something like that.  Super, crazy fun quick card game.  And it has expansions:  We Didn’t Playtest This Either and a smaller pack of cards called a Chaos Pack.  We have all three.  Come get them before they are g…oops, too late.

A slightly longer, but equally funny game from the same company, Asmadi Games, that we also just received a restock on is Whack a Catgirl.  Hopefully, you’ve noticed that these guys know how to title a game.  One, because they’re chuckle-inducing and, two, because they’re on the nose.  So, as you might guess, this game is about throwing crap at catgirls.  Oh, and there’s an expansion to this, too.  It’s called Crazy Characters and contains six character cards to be incorporated into the game.  See what I mean about the titles?