There are plenty Apples to Apples clones on the shelves, but few that are as gorgeously illustrated as Dixit. Each card in the game features a meticulously drawn, dreamlike illustration. Dixit Memories is the newest expansion for the popular party game, featuring eighty-four additional cards to be mixed in with your Dixit base game.
Hotly awaited by avid Android Netrunner players, Data and Destiny is the newest oversized expansion pack to be released. A deck-based, head-to-head card game set in a cyberpunk future, Netrunner is one of Fantasy Flight‘s most popular Living Card Games. The Data and Destiny expansion provides over 160 additional cards for both the Runner and Corporation factions. This expansion also introduces three entirely new Runner factions!
Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a tile laying game where each player is trying to build the perfect castle, subject to the whims of the King. The Secrets expansion, out this weekend, provides more building opportunities, additional options for strategy, and a dash of intrigue to every decision in the game. Among these latter additions are moats, swans to be collected, and mazes.
You thought Asmadi Games could not out cute themselves after releasing Adorable Pandaring, but they may have with Meow. A simple deception game, similar to Ultimate Werewolf or Bang!, Meow has players draw cards that say “Meow” or “Not Meow.” On each turn, players will look at their cards and making a meow sound. Other players can call them out as being “Not Meow,” upon which the player must reveal their cards. If the accuser was correct, that player is out. If the accuser was wrong, they are out.
Reprinting the long defunct fantasy game, Elfenland, Elfenroads simultaneously expands and updates the original. Included in the hefty box is a double-sided game board, each used in an entirely different version of the game. In each version, players take on the role of a teenage elf that must pass through a maturation rite by traveling across the land, stopping at as many landmarks as you can. To do so, you will ride various modes of transport, including wagons, dragons, and unicorns, attempting to get to the end of the journey faster than anyone else.
Long out of print, Fury of Dracula has been revived by Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight. Featuring updated miniatures, artwork, and game mechanics, Fury of Dracula recaptures the hunt for the famous vampire lord from the original. In Fury of Dracula, up to four players take on the roles of the Van Helsing family and one player takes on the role of Dracula. The Van Helsing’s must use clues and evidence left by Dracula to hunt him across the board in an effort to eventually capture him. Dracula, however, may strike back at them, taking them out of the game.
There’s been a lot of rounds in the popular drinking game, Red Dragon Inn. Realizing this, Slugfest Games has released The Red Dragon Inn 5: The Character Trove, which, in addition to including four new characters, is also a gigantic box that can hold every single expansion for the game. As well, the box includes storage bags, player mats, and money tokens. Immediately giving you something to store in said box, Red Dragon Inn also receives three new characters expansions this weekend, sporting the sub-heading of Allies. Each character is able to call upon a familiar to aid them in the game.
Castle Dice is a unique one to four player game that centers around the custom resource dice. Each player takes on the role of a prince or princess who has been sent to construct a castle. During a game, you will roll a lot of dice, but due to the dice drafting mechanic, what you roll isn’t nearly as important as how you react to the combined rolls of all of the players. Game play is fast, but with tons of tactical choices every turn, and due to the dice, each game is different.
Combining elements of two games discussed above, Dixit and Fury of Dracula, Mysterium is an asymmetric cooperative game about ghosts and the supernatural. Up to six players take on the roles of ghost hunters, while a seventh player takes on the role of the ghost. The hunters will need to work in tandem with the invisible ghost, following clues and hints left by her, in order to lay her spirit to rest. Illustrated to the same incredible degree as Dixit, the cards from Mysterium may also be used as expansion cards for the Dixit games.