Apr 032015
 

Dragon's GoldTell me if this sounds familiar.  A group of adventurers journey into a shadowy cave in an effort to steal a mountain of gold, but they must do all of this without awakening the ire of the dragon that guards it.  Created by Bruno Faidutti, known for Citadels, Dragon’s Gold is both a cooperative and antagonistic experience where players work together to defeat various dragons, but struggle against each other to divide the loot.

Three expansion packs for two of Fantasy Flight’s LCG series have dropped in the last Star Wars LCG Ready for Takeoffcouple weeks and we’ll cover both of them here.

First up, the Star Wars LCG receives a sixty card Force Pack called Ready to Takeoff.  These sixty cards grant players the opportunity to pilot famous ships from both sides of the galaxy while also adding ten new objective sets to expand the The Threat Beyond Warhammer 40K Conquestgameplay.

Second up, is a new War Pack for the Warhammer 40K Conquest LCG series, called The Threat Beyond.  As usual, this War Pack includes sixty cards to be added into the base game included a new Warlord and his eight card signature squad.  Lord of the Rings LCG The Lost Realm

Wrapping up a tripartite of Fantasy Flight living card game expansions is the newest big box expansion for the game, The Lost Realm.  The Lost Realm focuses on Bree-land and the battle between the Rangers and the Orcs.  The 165 cards included in the expansion add new heroes and player cards that provide new cooperative Castle Panic Dark Titanopportunities for players to explore the world of Middle Earth.

As if Castle Panic wasn’t already built to induce a cold sweat, Fireside Games has released a new expansion to be added onto the base game or The Wizard’s Tower.  The Dark Titan is a small expansion that contains all the tiles and cards for a new army lead by the eight-point Agranok!  But you’re not going in completely unarmed, as the expansion also includes new forces to fight back with, including the Cavalier and Boiling Oil.

Nov 152014
 

7 Wonders BabelAsmodee released another 7 Wonders expansion this weekend and this one requires some heavy labor.  7 Wonders:  Babel contains two separate gaming expansions that can be added singularly are together.  First, is the tower component, which adds an extra beginning drafting phase.  During this phase, players draft tower tiles, each of which features a special law that affects all players.  Second, are a set of law cards that tax players for using certain colored cards.Ace Detective A Noir Card Game

It wandered in out of the cold, a cigarette hanging from its box lid, a fedora covering its corner.  Ace Detective was its name.  A storytelling card game in the vein of Once Upon a Time, Ace Detective has players utilizing plot cards to tell a group narrative.  Each turn players lay down story cards in an attempt to keep the yarn flowing, but must battle against each other to take control of the plot’s direction. Catan Ancient Egypt Settlers of And, if you can’t tell from the title, Ace Detective is all noir, all the time.

Another in Settlers of Catan line of standalone spin-offs, Catan:  Ancient Egypt pairs the same great Catan mechanics with an Egyptian setting.  Oxcarts are used to move resources like papyrus, stone, and cattle from town to town.  This standalone edition also features two alternate play scenarios, increasing the replay value of the game and keeping players interested.Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor's Secret Adventure Pack

As Sauron’s forces draw ever closer, the fellowship must venture into the mines of Celebrimbor to discover the only three rings of power untouched by the dark lord.  This is the story for Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor’s Secret, the newest Adventure Pack for the LotR LCG.  Adding sixty new Magic the Gathering Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Boxcards to the game, Celebrimbor’s Secret includes Galadriel as a playable hero character.

With the holidays just around the corner, Magic the Gathering has, for the second year in a row, released a special gift box to ease your shopping distress.  The Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Box is an inexpensive 2000 count card box that also happens to contain four Khans booster packs, special card dividers, stickers to personalize the dividers, land, and a special promo card.  Check your favorite Magic player off your “To Buy” list.My Little Pony Celestial Solstice

Nearing closer to the newest My Little Pony booster pack set, Enterplay has released their equivalent of an MtG Fat Pack.  The MLP Celestial Solstice box contains materials for two players, including a twenty-four card pack of rare, foil promos, three Premiere Edition boosters, three Canterlot Nights boosters, and a Pandemic The Cure dice gamedurable card box.

The popular Pandemic strain of virus fighting cooperative games has mutated this weekend.  Pandemic:  The Cure is a dice variation of the original game, converting all the regular mechanics to dice rolls.  Each player still takes on a different role, now represented by a unique set of dice.  The outbreak is also represented by dice, which are rolled, then placed on the gaming board.  A quicker variation of the original, Pandemic:  The Cure can be set-up and played in around thirty minutes.Rarrr card game

With Godzilla and Pacific Rim recently stomping all over movie theaters, Kaiju in demand.  Rarrr!!! is a drafting card game that answers that demand, giving players the chance to control powerful, monstrous creatures.  Broken into two drafting rounds and a bidding round, players first build and power their monster, then use the power cards they’ve attained to outbid others in an effort to destroy the most buildings.

Sheriff of NottinghamThe first release in a series of board games given the seal of approval by Dice Tower, Sheriff of Nottingham puts players into the roles of Nottingham’s merchants and the greedy Sheriff, himself.  Each turn players attempt to enter the city with various goods and products for sale.  However, they may choose to mix legal and illegal products together in their carts.  But, beware, the Sheriff will be allowed to pick through each merchant’s stash and weed out items or punish players.Till Dawn

Both a drafting and Push-Your-Luck game, Till Dawn is a vampire game with style.  Contained within a creatively designed coffin-shaped box, Till Dawn has players taking over the role of a horde of competitive vampires.  Over the course of three rounds, players pass around a deck of cards, drawing one, then following its command.  The goal is to collect the most blood tokens and return to your coffin before the sun rises, but vampire hunters and other obstacles Titanium Wars Confrontationcan make that a difficult possibility.

A short and sweet expansion, Titanium Wars:  Confrontation adds some appealing extras to the base game.  Included within this expansion are new arsenal cards, planets, leaders, and events, as well as cards that replace previous cards.  In addition, Confrontation includes a Versus Mode variation that can be played individually or in teams.Trajan

Stefan Feld, game designer for Bora Bora and Bruges, releases a new game this weekend entitled Trajan.  Players attempt to build-up their own corner of Rome through the use of special ability tiles.  Tiles are distributed around the table through a special mechanic where they are placed in bowls, then used by each player Voyage of the Beagle Robinson Crusoe expansionstrategically.

The first expansion for Robinson Crusoe, Voyage of the Beagle is here!

Containing a set of original scenarios that can be paired with the base game to extend its playability, each of these scenarios link together, serializing events so that what occurred during the last play session remains into the next session.King of New York

Hottly anticipated, Richard Garfield’s sequel to King of Tokyo is finally here!  King of New York is bigger and more intense than its predecessor, just like a game set in America should be!  Like King of Tokyo, players take control of monsters, attempting to gain the most victory points by beating the crap out of each other.  However, the game board for King of New York is double the size, providing multiple zones for players to fight from.  As well, the game adds a “fame” component that allows one player to take the spotlight and gain special abilities.
Nov 152013
 

While there is only one ring to rule them all, there are a ton of Lord of the Rings games to rule them all!

The Lord of the Rings:  The Battle for Middle-Earth from Playroom Entertainment is a new edition to the extensive LotR card game options.  A fast-paced, two to four player game, Battle for Middle-Earth has players competing to form the strongest fellowship in order to fight off the armies and minions of Sauron.

You can never only eat one fortune cookie, you have to have all the Cookie Fu!

The newest take-out expansion for the stylish dice fighting game is called The Grand Buffet Pack and features dice for an entirely new faction, the Caramel Crane.  This complete two-player set contains new rules for multiplayer, special moves, and all the secret moves of the agile Caramel Crane.

All those chemistry classes you had to take in high school will finally pay off in Compounded!

Acting as lab managers, players work against the clock and their opponents to construct elements off of the periodic table.  But remember that your opponent may be looking for the same compounds you’re looking for.  Oh, and some of those can be rather flammable, capable of blowing you up if you don’t complete them in time.

Remember what the ancient monks always say:  Be the mechanic squirrel.

Or, at least, that’s what the monks within the FATE System RPG say.  The FATE System Toolkit book that released today with allow you to hack the rules of the game for your own nefarious purposes, especially when combined with the newly released Worlds books.  Worlds on Fire and Worlds in Shadow offer, between the two of them, twelve campaign settings, tailor-made to a number of different genres.

 Fantasy Flight keeps the living card game market alive with two more releases in the Netrunner and The Lord of the Rings series.

As per usual, both decks come with sixty cards total, with the Second Thoughts Data Pack enhancing Corp and Runner decks while The Morgul Vale Adventure Pack provides an original scenario for players to work through.

As if the trailer park was not weird enough already, Terror in the Trailer Park adds a whole new layer of creepy to the cult hit Trailer Park Wars game.  Including purple “variable” flamingos and over one hundred cards to expand the base game in a horrifying way.

Dungeons and Dragons‘ second encounters adventure pack, Legacy of the Crystal Shard, is out this weekend.  An adventure for characters from first to third levels and compatible with 3.5. 4.0, and D&D Next systems.  The adventure can also be played as a weekly encounter campaign path, if you are so inclined.

LIGHTNING  ROUND

-Warmachine Convergence of Cyriss figures, including Accretion Servitors and Steelsoul Protector.

-Restock on the Lupin III miniature game, based of of the hit anime.

-Cheap Shot, a rummy insult party game, and its expansion are both back in stock.

Sep 062013
 

Who you gonna call?

Well, in the case of The Phantom Society, the ghosts.

The Phantom Society is a fresh take on the haunted house game from Asterion Press.  Playable from two to four players, the game gives you the option of controlling the ghosts or the ghost hunters, both trapped in an aging hotel.  The former group is hellbent on causing destruction and haunting the guests, while the latter what to get famous by trapping some poltergeists.  Just don’t play it with the lights off…cause, you know, it’d be hard to see.

In Trains, the new edition designed by Hisashi Hayashi, players start with a small set of cards, but by building a more effective deck throughout the game, they will be able to place stations and lay rails over the maps of Osaka or Tokyo.  Gain enough points from your railways and you will ultimately manage the most powerful railroads in modern Japan.

Zombies!!! 12:  Zombie Zoo not only adds a new challenge to the Zombies!!! universe, in the form of a zoo challenge, but also six new types of zombies, including lions, tigers, polar bears, hyenas, monkeys, and gorillas.  Each of these undead animals will come between you and your goals, so work quickly!

Survive the Battle of Helm’s Deep!

The Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers deck-building game expansion allows players to continue playing through the popular film franchise in card form.  This expansion introduces special cards that are automatically given to the starting hands of each Fellowship member, as well as card combos and a Wall of Helm’s Deep gaming scenario that adds a new layer to the gameplay.

Control the rise of six new civilizations in Civilization:  Wisdom and Warfare!

The fates of the Aztecs, English, French, Japanese, Mongols, and Zulu lie within your grasp.  Social policy cards give governments greater depth and power, while a new combat system makes battles more tactical and tense than ever before.  This expansion also adds new map tiles, new relics, and a new type of building.

The Heroes vs. Monsters Duel Deck contains ten rare cards and two mythic card, including Figure of Destiny, Sun Titan, and Deus of Calamity, as well as a preview card of Polukranos, World Eater, a mythic rare from Theros.  As usual, each of these decks is fully built and ready to play out of the box, a perfect set to learn on if you’re a new player!

With the Veterans of the Seas, the newest Tsuro expansion, you’ll be able to add more excitement to your game with the Tsunami and Uzushio (whirl pool) tiles.  However, this tile set also provides you with hope in the form of Cannons and the Mystic Portal may help you to overcome the devastation and be victorious!

Fire up your hyperdrive and embark on a journey to the farthest regions of the Star Wars galaxy.  Intrepid explorers, scrappy smugglers, and adventuresome academics must harness every skill in their arsenal to evade Imperial forces, thwart their competition, and finally explore – and survive – an uncharted world.  This full length adventure includes all-new adversaries, vehicles, and location ready for play in the Edge of the Empire RPG.

Jun 212013
 

Walkers are running rampant and its your duty to shoot’em down.

The Walking Dead Card Game from Cryptozoic is a brand new way to experience the post-zombie lifestyle, coming with two ways to play:  Hero and survival mode.  Hero mode has players taking control of a character from the show in an effort to earn more zombie points than the other 2-6 players.  Survival mode, on the other hand, pits 3-11 players against each other, but, instead of trying to nab the most points, everyone is trying to accumulate the least.  Perfect for parties full of Walking Dead fans, this new card game is easy to learn and fun to play.

Marvel‘s Legendary becomes a little more, uh, legendary-er this week thanks to Dark City, the deck building game’s first expansion.  Not only does this expansion offer seventeen new characters and five villains (like Cable, Colossus, Moon Knight, Blade, Kingpin, Loki, and Apocalypse), but also augmented game rules.  These include expanded abilities for bystanders, giving them autonomy, as well as character artwork that clarifies who has power when.

Lovers of Apples to Apples should take note of Word Whimsy.  This party game of wordplay is structured similar to the aforementioned game, but around phrases instead of single words.  Players take turns drawing prompt cards, like “My Professional Wrestling Name” or “Favorite Bar”, then proceed to arrange cards from their hand into the wackiest answer to that prompt.  And while this version can serve 3-7, there are also other variants included that alter the entire game.

Just when you thought they were done, there’s more Dominion.

Dominion Guilds is the eighth expansion released for this mega-popular deck building series.  This time around, the theme revolves around jobs and what citizens of the township need to do to get them.  Thirteen new kingdom cards as well as coin tokens to wile away for use later.  Other cards come with a starting cost, but can be bought for more money in order gain the user further abilities.

We’ll cover the next two games in the order the original books were released, just to play it like OG nerds.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey board game is a one to four player game that lasts up to an hour, ferrying players through the events of Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit film.  A cooperative experience, players take control of Bilbo and his dwarf companions, attempting to collect gems and gold as you out maneuver and defeat the monsters in your path.  Designed by Reiner Knizia, this is no simple property game.

The second Tolkien/Cryptozoic collaboration out this week, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Deck Building Game enters the deck building arena, telling the rest “They CAN NOT PAAAAAAASSSSS!”  Structured identically to the DC Deck Building Game, players take on the roles of either Frodo, Samwise, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, or Boromir, facing off against the forces of Sauron.  Players purchase cards from the center of the table to build-up their own decks in an effort to defeat orcs, Balrogs, and Nazgûl.  Also, in an absurdest twist, this game can be combined the DC Deck Builder for Gollum vs. Superman battles.