Oct 042013
 

Nightfall airlines welcomes you to another leg in the global tour of terror with Eastern Skies.

Set in India, Eastern Skies sees the Nightfall encroaching on a barely touched city, but one which is beginning to see the arrival of ghouls from the depths.  A deck-building game featuring monstrous creatures, like werewolves, vampires, ghouls, and the like, facing off against those that hunt them.  This expansion adds new wound effects, starting minions, and link abilities, leading to faster play.

Catalyst Game Labs have cooked up a head-to-head tile game that rivals chess.  Meet The Duke.

Players move armies of soldiers toward their opponent’s Duke, attempting to capture him.  How these armies are moved across the field is the unique bit.  Each troop is indicated by a tile, designated with a special movement ability (side-to-side, forward-and-back, etc.), but each also has an entirely different ability on the back which is activated after the tile is moved.

Hanabi, an impressively popular cooperative card game released over the last couple weeks, is back in stock.

Players work together to try and construct the most impressive fireworks show in all of Japan by laying down cards in a particular order.  Where it gets tricky is that everyone holds their cards outward, facing the other players, so that their holder can not see them.

Forget second life, first life is where World of Warcraft Trivial Pursuit is at!

Applying the classic Trivial Pursuit format (roll, move, answer question in a category, rinse, repeat) to the World of the Warcraft, players compete against each other in a game of nerdy knowledge, attempting to out fact those who they would normally spear within WoW.

The Legend of the Five Rings RPG expands its boundaries a little further with Naishou Province.  This supplemental book contains a map of the Province, a special heavily detailed section onthe Province’s capital city (Toshi no Naishou), as well as a complete history of the Lion Elite Spearman School.

Earn some frequent flyer miles with the new beta edition of Age of Rebellion for the Star Wars RPG.  This entirely new rulebook details what players need to control pilots, soldiers, spies, and fighters among the Rebel Alliance.  For a short time, each copy comes with seven extra pre-built character sheets, including Dero Jin, the pilot to ride into battle with Lando Calrissian in Return of the Jedi.

Warhammer 40K isn’t the only Warhammer putting out codex lately.

Warhammer Fantasy releases an updated, brand new Dark Elves Codex this weekend!

Side-scrolling video games always end with a menacing boss monster, but those poor, lonely, hard-working soles never get any respect. 

Until Boss Monster the card game!

A popular Kickstarter endeavor, Boss Monster has players controlling the boss monster at the end of an 8-bit side-scrolling level, but the twist is that you get to assemble the level.  Balancing appealing loot with deadly challenges, players attempt to make their level more appealing to would-be heroes than their boss monster peers.  Just remember to leave that axe away from that bridge line.

Aug 022013
 

Before we get too deep into the actual brand new gaming, a quick shout out to some long out of print games who reappeared on shelves today!

First up, the desperately sought Ghost Stories:  White Moon expansion combines two formerly released, and long out of print expansion, into one redesigned box.  Both of them alter the game experience slightly, by adding an extra task for the monks, that being the protection and saving of villagers.

Planet Steam also receives a make-over this week, along with a price drop.  Now contained within a concise square box, this version of Planet Steam still delivers the same steampunk resource management experience, with players competing to build dirigibles, overtake territory, and collect resources.

Since we’re already talking about steampunky stuff, why not continue with the new Kings of Air and Steam?

Structured similarly to Wings of War and the Star Wars X-Wing miniature game, Kings of Air and Steam has players controlling giant steam-powered ships by placing four movement cards per turn.  Each card is revealed one at a time, interspersed with actions, until all of them have been flipped.  However, the plot thickens as an added element of resource management spices up the miniature battle gameplay.

The recently released hit, Village, receives its first expansion this weekend in Village:  Inn.  Literally expanding the village, this addition provides two new buildings, the brewery and the titular inn.  The brewery, not shockingly, produces a beer craft, while the inn allows players to meet other residents of the town (in the form of cards).  Life is always more interesting with a couple friends and a couple beers!

More Munchkin is never a bad thing, especially when it comes to organizing the game better.

Munchkin Level Playing Field is another Munchkin accessory, allowing players to more easily track their character’s levels with a unique tracking board and specially colored male/female tokens.  As will all Steve Jackson expansion, this addition also includes four entirely original cards to be added to the base game.  Also, absent from last week’s post, but totally on the shelves, is the Munchkin Dragons booster pack expansion.

What if John Wilkes Booth simply stole Lincoln’s stovepipe hat instead of shooting him through it?

The successfully Kickstarted Pixel Lincoln deck building game sets out to answer that very question.  The simple answer is that Lincoln will follow him through the farthest reaches of time in order to get it back!  Players collect cards to enhance their decks, all so that they can restore the space time continuum.  Four score and seven years ago, Lincoln got pixelated!

The pulpy adventuring of the Spirit of the Century RPG system now bombard the world of board gaming!  Race to Adventure:  The Spirit of the Century Exploration Game (possibly the most concisely descriptive title I’ve ever seen) is exactly what it sounds like:  a race across the globe facilitated by wacky pulp-influenced devices.  Along the way, players also collect unique artifacts and equipment in every country they land in.  Get to the end before you’re vaporized by a coal powered ray gun.

Finally, the first deluxe expansion for the mega-popular Netrunner redux has shipped.

Creation and Control includes 165 new cards, nearly thirty of which are entirely faction neutral, able to influence and enhance any deck.

Don’t let those fat cat bureaucrats at Haas-Bioroid win!

Jun 072013
 

Dungeons and Dragons dips back into its much beloved past for their hardcover reprint of AD&D‘s Against the Slave Lords adventure set!  This premium hardcover, wrapped in the standard embossed design that has accompanied these special editions, contains all four of the Classic Adventures from the D&D modules and, as added bonus, the new prequel adventure The Danger at Darkshelf quarry.

THE SLAVES WILL BE FREED!!!!!

Level 7 has been locked down.  You’ve been trapped inside.  And the alien creatures trapped with you are not friendlies.

Level 7: Escape is the first expansion for the hit thriller game of the same title.  Now that Subterra Bravo has been put under lockdown, another batch of aggravated extraterrestrial prisoners have escaped and are ready to do unspeakable things to the soldiers locked in with them.  This expansion includes the enemy tokens and markers for these new baddies, as well extra rule sets, five new scenarios, fourteen additional map tiles, and plenty more to increase the replayability of the base game.

Put on your goggles, pump up your steam powered jetpack, and wrap that scarf around your neck, ’cause you’ve just found yourself in Gearworld!  Gearworld:  The Borderlands is a board game for all the steampunk fanatics out there, applying Risk-like mechanics to a mechanical world, pitting two to four players against each other in a battle for world domination.  Not only to players fight over territory, but also muster resources to build massive weapons to defeat their opponents.  Fantasy Flight‘s remake of the classic Borderlands board game features updated rules and a slick redesign.

The long awaited Magic the Gathering set, Modern Masters, has finally dropped!  And it will likely be sold out by the time your finish reading this sentence.  It’s that sought after.  Containing some of the most expensive cards within the Modern format, this set is valuable.  Also a limited print run, once Modern Masters is gone, it’s gone.  For a limited time, Pulp still has boosters and full boxes for purchase, but, as I’ve tried to iterate, these will be gone quickly!

Apr 202012
 

Close, close in a gaming store not so far away…

STAR WARS CARD SLEEVES!!!!!

Yes, hum the theme song in your head if you must. Fantasy Flight has released an exceptional limited run of specialty Star Wars backed card sleeves. So, play Magic with the man who shot first or catch’em all with Lord Vader or throw them on any other card game that needs some sci-fi spice. But whatever you do, pick them up before an X-Wing comes along and vaporizes them because there will not be any prequels here.

Of course, if space battles and laser swords aren’t your thing, maybe the other limited edition Lord of the Rings sleeves will be. Slip them over your favorite standard sized cards to give them a Samwise Gamgee to their Frodo Baggins. Or grasp the One Ring to rule all other swag-less individuals. Whatever you choose, wield them responsibly.

You want to kick your Warhammer Fantasy RPG game up to level 4? How about level 5? Then let Hero’s Call be Fantasy’s version of the Spinal Tap speaker! Chocked full of new hero and GM options for careers, action cards, talents, spells, and region options, this player’s resource is loaded with must-have ingredients for kicking your game up a couple levels.

Bringing Cthulhu to the deck-building party, Penny Arcade: Rumble in R’Lyeh is both a standalone game and an expansion for last year’s Penny Arcade: The Game, Gamers vs. Evil! So, players can enjoy Eldar God gaming goodness in the base 2-4 player version of the game or combine it with the previous game for excessive nerd overload. Rumble in R’Lyeh specifically adds Gold cards to the gameplay, which must be acquired through the use of Token and Power cards. Totally worth it when they have names like Gunhorse (a horse made of guns, duh!), Sad Zombie, and Gabe’s Gross Mouth.

Bridging books and board games, the Where the Wild Things Are board game from the Tales to Play series, lets families take control of Max’s journey to the land of the Wild Things. Each player controls a different Max miniature game piece on his trek through the becoming king of the Wild Things. Players draw cards and roll dice to decide their success or failure across the illustrated game board. Great gameplay and Wild Thing miniatures for the whole family.

Gamers have been waiting for this next exapnsion since somewhere around the dawn of man. Yes,  has finally arrived. Adding not only a fifth player ability to the game, but a new item dubbed decoration. Players may now trade their resources for this item in an effort to gain further points. Club someone if you have too, fight a t-rex, do whatever you have to for a copy of this valued expansion.

Jan 062012
 

Fantasy Flight has a number of game expansions which they print only on demand.

Well, we’re demanding, so they’ve been printing. And shipping…to us.

Originally release at last year’s Gen Con, The Massing at Osgiliath deck for the Lord of the Rings LCG has now become a print-on-demand edition. That means they are some what rare. And the only thing standing in your way of owning every release for the game. Even if you aren’t on that sort of obsessive quest, this mini-expansion can still offer value as it includes all the cards you’ll need for an entirely new adventure that increases in difficulty parallel to the number of players. A niffty release indeed!

And if you’re going to make print-on-demand items for one game, you may as well do it for two others. Or so Fantasy Flight seems to believe.

Two PoD packs, in fact, were released this week for the Death Angel Card Game. One is a Mission Pack, which includes entirely original location cards that can be incorporated into the base game to offer a completely new mission. The second is the Space Marine Pack, which includes set of new combat teams, including their coordianting action cards.

Of course everything works better in threes, so a new Mansions of Madness PoD also got lumped in with the above culprits. The ‘Til Death Do Us Part expansion does the same thing as the previous Mansions of Madness PoD expansions (which we also receive a restock on), that being supply all the essential elements for an entirely new scenario where players investigate a serial killer’s victims with their ghostly assitance.

Since I’m getting tired of typing PoD, lets talk about a game that actually had a regular print run.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue adds a new option to the minimal line of cooperative games on the market. Like Pandemic, Forbidden Island, or Red November, Flash Point: Fire Rescue requires players to work together or they will all suffer the consequences. Each player takes on the role of a specific rescue specialist (like paramedic or fire captain) in an effort to save victims from a burning building. The game is intended for beginners, veterans, or players of all ages and experiences as it allows for four differing levels of play, including family, recruit, veteran, or heroic. As there’s not enough cooperative games out there, I’m happy to see a new, inventive edition to the genre.