May 082015
 

DC Dice MastersThe wait is over, DC fans no longer have to contend with a Marvel-only Dice Masters universe!  Yes, the DC Dice Masters starter and boosters dropped last week, providing materials for players to incorporate DC characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and more into their Dice Masters games.Zeppelin Attack!

Set in the world of Evil Hat‘s Spirit of the Century, Zeppelin Attack! allows players to control villainous masterminds bent on world domination.  Deploy your zeppelins, command your minions, and do whatever it takes to destroy your rivals.  Perfect for two to four players, Zeppelin Attack! Demon Slayer The Siege of Mtwill plays for forty-five to sixty minutes.

Demonslayer:  The Siege of Mt. Kunlun is a deck-building game based on the story of the “Warriors of Magic Mountain.”  Each player takes control of one Sect of the Kunlun Immortals, and they must compete with each other in defeating the dread forces of the Heart-Eaters.  At the end of the game, once all the Heart-Eaters are defeated, the player with the most Cultivation is the winner.  An English translation of a previously released foreign edition, this version includes one of Xenoshyftthe game’s expansions, The Alchemist’s Fortune.

Xenoshyft is a game for one to four players, with each player controlling one of the divisions of the Nortec Military.  Each of these divisions represents one part of the overall Nortec Base, and it is your job as commander of these divisions to protect the base while its field operations are completed.  A cooperative game, Xenoshyft asks My Little Pony Absolute Discordplayers to outlast a horde of aliens over the course of nine rounds.

The third My Little Pony set released from Enterplay, Absolute Discord sees the arrival of Discord to the Pony-verse, throwing the spirit of chaos at players as a means to turn the game upside down.  Cards and actions now can perform the opposite of what they are labeled as doing.  With over two hundred cards in Absolute Discord, players have plenty of new options to add to their decks!Super Dungeon Explore Forgotten King

Bring video gaming to your board game table with Super Dungeon Explore:  Forgotten King!  An entirely original base game set for this popular series of games, Forgotten King includes nearly sixty new miniature figures to battle through and with in the automated dungeon setting!  Inspired by 16-Bit video gaming, Super Dungeon Explore can be Bahamut Attack Wing miniatureplayed in either Classic or Arcade mode, allowing for cooperative play or to be pitted against a GM.  Also out this week is the first Upgrade Kit for this version of the game.

The Bahamut D&D Attack Wing premium figure features powerful upgrades, abilities, and tokens to bring your adventures to epic proportions!  This powerful dragon sits upon a six inch by six inch base and utilize his cold breath attacks to any Netrunner Breaker Bayenemy in his path.

The newest Data Pack for the Netrunner Deck Building Game, Breaker Bay contains sixty new cards designed to augment Corp and Runner decks.  These sixty cards are numbers twenty-one Eight Minute Empires Lost Legendsthrough forty of the SanSan Cycle, all able to be incorporated into the base Netrunner game.

Another expansion for the short film inspired Eight-Minute Empire:  Legends, Lost Lands incorporates new factions and leaders, materials for for a fifth and sixth player, a double-sized island on a folded board, and allows for faster gameplay, as players can now select cards simultaneously.Temple of Elemental Evil D&D

A new release in the popular D&D dungeon crawl cooperative board games, Temple of Elemental Evil puts players in control of a heroic adventurer exploring a treacherous dungeon full of monsters, hazards, and treasures.  Anywhere from one to five players can take part in the adventure, cooperatively navigating the dungeon in no more than an hour.

Feb 072015
 

Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack 2Another party of adventurers joins the Dungeon Roll!

The Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack #2 provides eight entirely new heroes to be mixed into the popular dungeon crawl dice game.  These heroes, however, are far beefier than any of the previous heroes, so make sure to play them against each other or in a situation where other players are looking for a challenge.Deus board game

Deus is Latin for God, making it a perfect name for the new hand management where players pray to their society’s deities through offerings.  Deus begins with players receiving a hand of five cards, randomly featuring one of six colors.  Each color represents a resource (military, trade, temples, etc.), which is then used to construct buildings in honor of the gods.  These buildings are placed on a variable board (whose dimensions are Village Port Expansiondecided by the number of players) in order to acquire points and gain victory.

The boundaries of the popular Tasty Minstrel Game release, Village, continue to grow.  Village:  Port is the newest expansion for the game and it is a sizable one.  Not only does Port give players the option of boarding a skiff and sailing the seas in order to find buried treasure, but also new life goal cards that allow players to choose career options for their characters.Chez Geek Slack to the Future

It’s taken Steve Jackson a bit of time to get another Chez Geek expansion out on the shelves, but, to be fair, the game is about who can be the laziest.  Like a slacker cousin to the popular Munchkin franchise, Chez Geek has players earning slack points for doing as little as they can.  Slack to the Future, the creatively titled expansion that hits shelves this weekend includes fifty-six new jobs, Aqua Spherefriends, food, and activities that can be used to acquire “slack” in the game.

While it may not be as insane as Sealab 2021, AquaSphere is still a frantic game of underwater area control.  Players compete to collect data regarding the ocean.  Every player controls a team of researchers (comprised of a scientist, engineer, robots, and submarines) across to halves of the game board (a lab and headquarters).  Gathering knowledge points moves you closer to winning and to do so players must expend actions to observe octopuses, expand your lab, or increase your team’s abilities.Hanabi Deluxe

Hanabi, among the most popular cooperative games on the market, gains a deluxe edition this weekend.  Deluxe Hanabi plays exactly like the original, with player working together to create a fireworks display.  The trick is that each player can see everyone but their own fireworks, requiring everyone to describe and hint at what each other has.  The Deluxe Hanabi edition replaces the standard cards with Mahjong tiles, reflecting the Eastern influence and setting of the game.

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!

Aug 272011
 

Movies are lying to you.

They tell you that if you plan on breaking into a vault you’re going to need a crew of twelve or so people, an array of tools, and a carefully coordinated plan.  In fact, all you need to do is come up to Pulp Fiction and pick up the new From the Vault:  Legends collection.

Any of you familiar with Magic the Gathering know that Wizards of the Coast has been releasing From the Vault collections fairly regularly lately and that they always contain fifteen of the most sought after cards in existence.  The other staple of the Vault collections is an overarching theme between all the cards.  As you may have noticed, this time that theme is Legends, so all the cards are legendary creatures.  These include: (and for those of you not interested in Magic, this is the time to tune out) Sharum the Hegemon, Teferi Mage of Zhalfir, Kresh the Bloodbraided, Progenitus, Mikaeus the Lunarch, Cao Cao Lord of Wei, Oona Queen of the Fae, Doran the Siege Tower, Captain Sisay, Ulamog the Infinite Gyre, Kiki-Jiki Mirror Breaker, Visara the Dreadful, Rafiq of the Many, Sun Quan Lor of Wu, and Omnath Locus of Mana.  Okay, listing over.

Okay, you’ve got miniature terrain.  And you’ve got clips.  What if you put them together?  Terraclips.  Technically created for the Malifaux miniatures game, these 3D terrain pieces could easily be used for any number of miniature games.  The initially released sets include sewers, streets, and buildings, all of which are made of thick, durable cardstock that is cut to carefully fit together with the help of grey connector pieces.  Above all else, though, every piece is interchangeable so you can design your own layered environment design.  They’ve got me saying, “Clip it, clip it real good”.

But I’m an idiot.

Last week we talked about Chaostle, along with some other dungeon crawl games, but this week there’s a new sheriff in town.  And the name is Catacombs.  The reason that this twist on the classic dungeon crawl format so easily dispatched all other contenders is that you play it by flicking little wooden tiles!  Come on, when have you ever played a dungeon crawl game where you flick stuff at stuff?!  Never, that’s when.  As a two to five player game, Catacombs has one player controlling all the monsters while everyone else battles against them.  Each of the sixty-eight tiles are stickered to represent a different hero or creature, so everyone flicks these at each other until the ultimate dungeon overlord is defeated.  Obviously, there’s more to it than that, but my attention was grabbed at the phrase “flick your wizard fireball tile at the dragon tile”.

Fantasy Flight gets in on the deck building craze of recent years with Rune Age, a competitive, scenario-driven game set in the universe of Runebound, Descent, and Dragonquest.  After picking the scenario (each comes with different end goals, cards, and other alterations) all of the two to four players wish to take on they then choose which race they want to represent.  From there play generally works similarly to Dominion, except for one minor alteration:  certain sets of cards can only be played/purchased by certain factions.  Basically, everyone shares from a pool of general cards while also buying from unique card pools that only they can use.  Should be another solid edition to the long (by this point, anyway) tradition of deck building games.

We’ve had Smurfs.  We’ve had Street Fighters.  Now, Green Lantern gets in on the action with the new Green Lantern Heroclix gravity feed.  Rules is simple:  ten different kinds of figures, one per pack, collect’em all.  What more do you need?  Oh, yeah, a picture.

Jun 182011
 

I know Atlas held the world on his shoulders, but there’s no way he could have lifted all the Atlas Games restock we received this week.

I’m talking games like Pieces of Eight, Gloom (and its expansions), Mad Scientist University (and its expansions), Lunch Money, Beer Money, Once Upon a Time (and its expansions), Let’s Kill! (and its expansions), Recess, Letter Head, Grand Tribunal, and Spammers.  A good portion of these games are card based and pocket-sized, much like a number of popular Z-Man games.

To hand choose a couple of the finest options, here’s a brief rundown on Letter Head, Recess, Let’s Kill!, and Once Upon a Time.

Letter Head is a blend of word and bluffing games.  A good fit for anyone who’s played and loved Quiddler, players gain cards that contain letters and point values as they attempt to create words.  The difference here is that you can barter and lie to your opponents to gain cards you don’t have.  But it doesn’t stop there, Letter Head also contains rules for 14other letter-based gaming scenarios.  Good bang for your

buck.

Recess transports you back to the school playground as players race their boy and girl tokens across the playground attempting to have them meet (and kiss *Gross*) within a time limit.  If you land on a space with another player’s token, though, some bullying ensues with only the winner walking away with lunch money.  And beware the nuns roaming around the playground who will whip your butt into detention so fast you won’t even see theruler coming at you.  A perfect kids/family game.

This next one is a rosy little ball of sunshine called, Let’s Kill!.  Man, with games like this and Gloom (equally dark, equally hilarious) Atlas might not be a gaming company you want to run into in a dark alley.  Anyway, the title pretty much says it all as the game revolves around players drawing victim cards from one deck and weapons from another in an attempt to murder as many people as you can in the most gruesome ways possible.  And if that isn’t enough bloody mayhem for you, there’s always the Crime

Scene Instigation and A Pretty Corpse expansion decks to add more victims, weapons, and other interesting cards to the mix.

Once upon a time there was a great game called Once Upon a Time.  I know, cheap.  Sue me.  Once Upon a Time uses elements of storytelling and roleplaying to create a game where players via for control of a fairy tale-esque by playing cards that shape the direction of the tale.  However, if another player interrupts you, they can gain control of the story’s flow.  Certainly a game where having a sharp imagination comes in handy.  Plus, you can always add the Dark Tales expansion (with a grimmer set of cards with trolls, goblins, and darker elements) or get really creative with the Create-Your-Own Storytelling Cards (blank cards that allow you to draw in the story elements).

As a period to this tale of Atlas, you should also know that we received the entire line-up of Dungeoneer card games.

Going boldly where no Heroclix game has ever gone before is the new Star Trek Expeditions cooperative boardgame.  Updated with the likenesses of the most recent J.J. Abrams film, the storyline of this game has players juggling three objectives, working together to solve all of them in a thirty day (one day=one turn) time limit.  Classic Heroclix-style dials are utilized, but in a different fashion that before; characters’ dials rotate, not from damage but, from choices and successes they make.  As far as using the license to its fullest, most enjoyable extent, this game knocks it out of the park.  Come play test it on any of our Sunday game nights, if you feel inclined.

Camelot Legends helps you get your knight on!  Players build up their own round tables in an effort to complete tasks and missions in the lands of Camelot, Cornwall, and the Perilous Forest.  The game contains 100 different cards, giving players a ton of options from which to build their cavalry

of knights.  Whichever team of knights completes the most tasks by the end of the game wins.

Another expansion in the ever expanding Warhammer Invasion card game, Legends, introduces new legend card types to be used with each race.  What are legend cards, though?  Representing one of the more powerful characters in your army, these cards can be placed in the center of your play field, allowing for cards in all your other three zones to utilize their powers.  Basically, Legends adds another layer of play in the already diverse two-player battleground that is Warhammer Invasion.

Last, but most creative, is the card expansion for Dixit.  Called Dixit 2 (okay, that’s not too creative), this hefty little expansion box adds eighty four new, full art cards to the existing game.  If you haven’t played Dixit, shame.  But, past the reprimanding, here’s how it works:  much like a Pictionary version of Apples to Apples, Dixit has players laying down cards decorated with gorgeous artwork in the center of the table and having one player guess who laid down what based on a prompt.  If nothing else (and there’s plenty else), the game is beautiful!