Dec 182015
 

For Sale board gameEverything’s for sale!  Or, at least, that’s the idea behind Stefan Dorra’s For Sale:  The Game of Property and Prosperity.  In this fast-paced game of bidding and bluffing to get the highest-ranking properties, it isn’t how much you pay for the properties, it is how much you sell them for.  Manage your money wisely during the bidding and property acquisition phase, then outsmart your rival tycoons during the selling phase.  Be the richest real estate mogul at the end of the game to win!Medieval Academy

While school might be the last thing you’re thinking about over the holidays, Medieval Academy provides an education that is a pleasure to attain.  Over the course of six rounds, players will compete as squires attempting to impress their respective knights.  Master the arts of jousts and tournaments, complete dangerous quests, and polish your education by drafting cards to strategically play.  By the end, the best squire will be knighted by King Arthur, himself.

Deception Murder in Hong KongFans of Betrayal at House on the Hill, Letters from White Chapel, and Fury of Dracula will want to closely examine Deception:  Murder in Hong Kong.  In the game, players find themselves in a scenario of intrigue and murder.  One player is the murderer, secretly choosing their weapon and the evidence they leave behind.  Another is the forensic scientist who holds the key to convicting the criminal, but is only able to express their knowledge through analysis of the scene.  Everyone else plays investigators, interpreting the clues, all while the killer is among them.Star Wars Edge of the Empire Mask of the Pirate Queen

Almost as if there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out or something, Fantasy Flight drops two supplemental hardcover books for their Star Wars roleplaying system.  First up, for the Force and Destiny system, Keeping the Peace.  In Keeping the Peace, players will find additional materials for Guardians, including character options, force powers, signature abilities, lightsabers, armor, and much more.  Out for the Edge of the Empire system is the Mask of the Pirate Queen adventure module.  A multi-part tale for both seasoned and starting players, Schrodinger's CatsMask of the Pirate Queen sends players on a hunt for the eponymous Pirate Queen.

What’s in the box?  In Schrodinger’s Cats, the answer to that question is always indeterminate.  A pseudo-scientific card game for two to six players, Schrodinger’s Cats has players running experiments, forming hypotheses, and trying to one-up each others research.  Taking on the role of one of many cat physicists, like Isaac Mewton or Neil Degrasse Tabby, players will use their special abilities to prove their hypotheses and debunk those of other players.

Jan 242015
 

Small World Royal BonusSmall World is really becoming a misnomer at this point.

Days of Wonder has released two more expansions for the popular Risk-like board game, including Small World:  Royal Bonus and Leaders of Small World.  The former expansion features three new races and powers, including the Behemoth race which are giant Hippos in ties and dresses.  And, yes, they are as awesome as they sound.  The Leaders of Small World expansion adds an entirely new ability to the game where players can opt into a leader token whenever they purchase their race/power combo.

Get ready to have that theme song stuck in your head, because IDW Games released The X-Files: Board Game this The X-Files Board Gameweekend.  Playing similarly to Letters from White Chapel and Last Night on Earth, two to four players control agents solving paranormal cases across America, while another player controls the Cigarette Smoking Man, who throws obstacles in the path of the agents at every turn.  With a possible reboot of the cult favorite series around the corner, now’s the time to sample this new board game.

Fate Reforged Fat Pack Intro DeckLike clockwork, the newest Magic the Gathering set, the first for 2015, is out this weekend.  The second set in the Khans of Tarkir block, Fate Reforged also features tri-color clans as a foundation mechanic for the set.  As usual, this release weekend sees the arrival of not only boxes of Fate Reforged boosters, but the standard Fat Pack and Intro Deck materials, as well.  A newer addition to the launch weekend releases is the Clash Pack, a halfway point between the Event Decks and the Duel Decks.Trieste_Slipcover_v2

Coup, The Resistance, and Avalon have skyrocketed in popularity recently, so every gaming company wants to get in on the deception card game, uh, game.  Victory Point Games is the first company throwing their hat in the ring with Trieste.  Trieste is a three player deception card game, where players select one of three roles (Thief, Merchant, or City Watch) to command.  Each role comes with their own deck of cards and specialty win conditions, as well.  All turns are played simultaneously, with each player not knowing what their opponents will play until it is played.

DiamonstersIDW is diving head first into their gaming division with not only the X-Files game mentioned earlier, but also the new Diamonsters card game.  A good family game, Diamonsters is a set collection game where players start out with the exact same hand, but attempt to collect sets of different cards.  The choices are either three monsters of one kind or five diamonds, but beware some of the monsters will devour your diamonds.  As well, the game is designed and illustrated by the artists behind Machi Koro.Machi Koro Harbor expansion

And speaking of Machi Koro and IDW. . .

Development continues in the quirky, colorful town of Machi Koro with the Harbor expansion.  The first expansion for Machi Koro, Harbor adds thirteen new cards, including seaports and airports.  As well, the win condition for the game is no longer four, but six landmarks.  Grab a copy and get up to five players building up the town.