May 312014
 

Confederacy Union Pocket BattlesPocket Battles gets historical with Confederacy vs. Union, the newest addition to the Pocket Battles franchise!  A portable, tile-based wargame, Pocket Battles sees players lying down tiles that represent their armies, here being Union and Confederacy forces,  into three columns and two rows.  Units can be redistributed as you play and order is controlled by tokens.Ascension Theme Packs

The Ascension deck-building game, which is designed by former Magic the Gathering pro players, barrows from Munchkin‘s playbook by releasing a set of four theme packs.  These include the Leprechaun, the Rat King, Samael Claus, and the Rat Queen.  Each pack can be added to any of the base Ascension games, providing an extra, themed mechanic to Munchkin Apocalypse 2 Sheep Impactthe regular game.

Steve Jackson takes you back to the dystopic future with Munchkin Apocalypse 2:  Sheep Impact!

This 106 card expansion adds weapons like Patriot Axe and Ketchup Gas, but also make sure to avoid too much conflict with Disaster! Velocirapture! or The Thawed Reich.Zombie Dice 3 School Buss

Wake, time for school, little zombie!

Zombie Dice gains a third expansion this week with School Bus!  This expansion adds a twelve sided dice that represents a school bus full of brain-filled children.  But be careful because some My Little Pony Canterlot Nights booster boxsides have both brains and shotguns as well as the possibility of being run over by the bus.

Bronies unite!

The My Little Pony trading card game, which has become a huge success since its release, has expanded with its second set, Canterlot Nights!  This set adds 204 new cards to the CCG game.Magic the Gathering Modern Event Deck

Following in the footsteps of the Magic the Gathering Event Decks, the Modern format gains its own Event Deck, one which contains over a hundred dollars worth of cards.  Among the cards that are included in this ready-to-play, pre-built deck are Elspeth, Knight Errant, Sword of Feast and Star Wars Knowledge and Defense Force PackFamine, and Inquisition of Kozilek.

Another Star Wars LCG Force Pack has jumped out of lightspeed to appear on the Pulp Fiction shelves this weekend.  Knowledge and Defense includes sixty new cards Mummy's Mask Shifting Sands Pathfinder Adventure Pathto be incorporated into the base game, ten of which are entirely new objective sets.

Among the new Pathfinder supplement books out this weekend, the three major releases include the Shifting Sands expansion to the Mummy’s Mask adventure path, The Harrow Handbook player Viking Boardgamecompanion, and the Occult Mysteries Campaign Setting.

Not entirely new, Vikings is finally back in print after many years of out-of-print limbo.  This creative game has players purchasing meeples and resources with each other, but based on a fluctuating price system determined by a rotating wheel.Firefly board game Pirates and Bounty Hunters

The Firefly board game gets shinier with its second expansion, Pirates and Bounty Hunters.  Missions are included within this expansion that allow players to board other ships and steal cargo and crew for rewards.  New playable characters include Jubal Early from “Objects in Space” and Sash from “Out of Gas”.

Mar 292014
 

Find a crew.  Find a job.  Keep flying.

Back in stock after a couple weeks is the Firefly:  Out of the Black card game!  The famous idiom above is also the basic mechanics of the game.  A cooperative card game by design, players play different members of a Firefly class ship with everyone working together to beat the random obstacles generated by the game’s AI.  Overcoming these obstacles gains everyone honor and credit, which can also be taken from you.  If it’s all gone, the game ends.

It’s all about the rocks in Splendor!

A card collection game, Splendor is a two to four player game with accessible rules.  On each turn, players can perform three various actions, each with their own unique consequences.  Gems can be acquired, cards can be collected, and other cards can be reserved for pick-up on a later turn.  Gems and cards can be turned in for bigger points, with the hope of attaining the most by game’s end.

Fantasy Flight keeps the printing presses busy yet again with two more pack expansions for Netrunner and the Star Wars LCGs.

First up is the final Data Pack expansion in the Spin Cycle for Netrunner, Double Down.  This sixty card expansion adds special double event cards that require players to spend a click in addition to the card’s normal play cost, making them a bold gamble with a possible major payoff.

The Force is becoming stronger with the first expansion Force Pack in a new cycle of the Star Wars LCG.  Heroes and Legends increases the power of the force on both the Imperial and Rebel sides.

Formula D:  Circuits 5 – New Jersey & Sotchi is the newest set of board expansion for the highly popular racing game.  Included in this expansion are new tracks for the Sotchi Winter Olympics village, designed and illustrated by Herman Tilke, an actual architect of Formula D race tracks, as well as the New Jersey board, which has nineteen high-speed turns.

The largely popular dungeon crawler Descent receives four new miniature figures to add to the base game.  Each of these figures comes equipped with fortune and threat tokens and character cards.  The four miniatures out this weekend are Rylan Olliven, Verminous, Tristayne Olliven, and Gargan Mirklace.

An underdog surprise hit, Fleet, the fish boat card game, gains its first expansion this weekend in Arctic Bounty.  Outside of including variant one and two player rules, Arctic Bounty allows players to combine the new license and boat cards with the base Fleet game.  This combination allows for a large amount of variety, keeping the game as challenging and inventive as you want.

A second enchanting expansion to the mage battle game, Seasons, as appeared in the store this weekend.  Path of Destiny includes over sixty expansion cards, including forty new power card and ten enchantment cards, as well as six additional special ability tokens.

Feb 212014
 

Topps and Steve Jackson have combined forces to ward off the alien invaders of Mars Attacks!

This fifteen card booster pack combines with Munchkin Apocalypse, specifically, pitting brave survivors against Monster Bugs and Heat Ray Saucers!  But don’t worry, you’ll have Martian Ray Guns and Giant Spiky Feet to ward them off with.

Control how the world’s inhabitants evolve in Origin, from Matagot Games.

Expanding outward from Africa, players strategically lay tiles representing various technologies and resources across the globe.  Dependent on size, thickness, and color, these tiles will contribute different effects to the game and each player.  Set collection and area management combine within the rise of the human species!

Four new lieutenant miniature packs for the Descent board game arrive this weekend, including:

-Raythen

-Serena

-Ariad

-Queen Ariad

A diplomacy game revolving around five different aspects, Moral Conflict 1939 pits nations, i.e. players, against each other in a battle on various fronts.  Players have to balance their control in the theaters of war, economics, diplomacy, technology, and internal balancing or morally honest and corrupt acts.

Fear and loathing in Netrunner Vegas is not the official name of the most recent Data Pack release, but it totally should have been.  Regardless of the lack of Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing does include sixty new cards to add to the base game and expand the ever-present hacker battle.

We’re taking the hobbits to Isengard, to Isengard, to Isengard!

The Lord of the Rings:  The Voice of Isengard is the third deluxe expansion for the Fantasy Flight LCG series!  It’s time to shift over to the dark side in this expansion, as players join with Saruman the White in three entirely new scenarios relying on two new hero cards.

The zombie pandemic spreads even further with Last Night on Earth:  Blood in the Forest!

This expansion can be added to the original base game or Timber Peak, continuing to explore Experience system as well as expanding the forest itself with new board pieces and zombie types.

Straight from the Land of Ooo into your own home, comes the original Adventure Time card game, Card Wars!

Coming out this week are two beginner deck sets, including Finn vs. Jake and BMO vs. Lady Rainicorn!  Each of these feature two forty card decks that can be combined or played as is!

Jan 172014
 

Got eight minutes to spare?

Why not play Eight-Minute Empire: Legends?  The second stand-alone release in this line, Legends is literally playable in eight minutes, ready-made for quick gaming in between gaming.  The game involves players picking cards off of six piles, with each card providing a special action to perform immediately after.

Three new ships pull into the Star Trek Attack Wing docking bay this weekend, including the USS Excelsior for the Federation, RIS Vo from the Romulan alliance, and Dominion’s Koranak vessel.

Who you gonna call?  Yourself!

Ghooost! is family friendly, easily travel-able card matching game where players try to get rid of their hand of cards by matching suits with cards previously laid down.  Players pull from their “mansion” for new cards, hoping for cards with special abilities that allow them to lay more cards or enact other actions.  The whole game also comes in a handy carrying box that folds out into the game board.

Gamer couples searching for a new two player experience need look no further than Pixel Tactics and Pixel Tactics 2.

Head-to-head battling is the name of the game, stemming from each player controlling an identical deck of cards, but assigning a specific leader card to the deck that entirely alters how each card plays.  This allows for twenty-five different variations on the standard deck.  And don’t worry about picking these initially releases up in order, they are both stand-alone and can be played in any order.

The fifth large expansion for the Warhammer:  Invasion LCG card game, Hidden Kingdoms, fleshes out the remaining factions that have, up until now, not seen play in the game.  These include Skaven, Lizardmen, Wood Elves, and Undead, each of which has been built-up to a full faction.

The Mayan apocalypse may never have come, but that hasn’t stopped Tzolk’in from producing an expansion to end all expansions.  Tribes and Prophecies not only adds enough pieces to include a fifth player, but also alters the gaming experience entirely by allowing each player to take command of tribe leaders that grant them abilities beyond the normal selection.

Space is a vast and endless place, which means Rio Grand Games has plenty of universe to produce a fifth Race for the Galaxy expansion from.  Alien Artifacts adds a fifth playable deck onto the base game, as well as five additional start worlds.  Along with these extra pieces, the expansion contains another gaming mode where players map an alien “orb” searching for artifacts that gain them extra powers.

For the penultimate game item, Pathfinder, like a Pokemon trainer on a winning spree, continues to evolve their dragons.  This time around, it’s the Red Dragon Evolution set of miniatures.

And, basically, that’s kinda it…

Like there’s three dragons.

And some are bigger than others.

But they’re all red…

Yup…

Anyway, the ‘verse is never done offering up rewards for determined, swindly captains, especially ones experienced in Breakin’ Atmo.

The first expansion deck for the beloved Firefly board game, Breakin’ Atmo, supplies players with twenty-five new jobs, supply cards, and shiploads of gear!  Shiny don’t even begin to describe this valuable bobble!

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.