Jun 102016
 

New Game Stuff, what?  Where have you been?  I know, I know.

Cultists and CthulhusIt’s hard to find good help if you’re a cultist nowadays.  Or, at least, that’s what Cultists & Cthulhus would have you believe.  Brimming with the nerdy, cynically tinged humor shared by Munchkin and Chez Geek, Cultists & Cthulhus has players controlling rival cult leaders.  Each player attempts to round up followers, enact rituals, and (with hope) summon their very own old one.  Any two to eight Lovecraft fans will have a great time when they pick up a copy of Cultists & Cthulhus.My Little Pony Marks in Time booster

Eventually, every popular nerd series delves into time travel.  It’s just an unwritten rule.  Well, My Little Pony ventures into that timey wimey realm with the newest expansion set for the MLP collectible card game, Marks in Time.  Since the set is themed around time travel and alternate realities, players will find updated, younger, or irregular versions of classic cards and ponies in the set.

Agricola RevisedWait, Agricola?  That’s been out forever.  But there you would be wrong.  For one, Agricola has been out of print for a good deal a time, so having any version back in print is a good thing.  Second, this version of the game is an updated and revised edition.  Agricola Revised now features wooden game pieces and a streamlined rulebook that allows the game to play quicker and easier for younger players.  Fans of Settlers of Catan, San Juan, and Puerto Rico, if you’ve never played Agricola, now is the time.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters TMNT

Long awaited by all heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dicemasters set is finally out!  This oversized base set includes enough materials for two or four players, depending on how you divide the resources.  Featuring the artwork and character designs from various eras of TMNT, the game is playable by all ages.  As the game features the same popular mechanics of Quarriors and the other Dicemasters editions, TMNT Dicemasters can be combined with any of the previous sets.  So, if you want Star Wars Galactic Ambitions expansonyou can have Leonardo face off against Spider-Man and Harley Quinn!

Another in the line of beloved Star Wars The Card Game expansions, Galactic Ambitions is out this weekend.  Featuring five new objective sets for both the Sith and Rebel factions, Galactic Ambitions is a major addition to the base game.  Not only do the Sith and Rebel factions receive new objectives, but every other faction also gains one extra objective set.  Among those new cards, there is not only another version of Darth Vader, but also Star Wars Rebels‘ Kanan Jarrus!Eternal Masters Magic the Gathering

Finally, if you’re a Magic player and haven’t been living under a rock in the realm of Zendikar, you’ll have been salivating for the release of Eternal Masters.  Out this weekend, Eternal Masters is the follow-up to the two Modern Masters sets that raised such a fuss in the Magic world.  Reprinting cards from the very beginning of Magic the Gathering, but in never-before-seen foil versions, this set is seriously desired by any die hard Magic player.  Boxes are limited and the price point will rise swiftly as the set goes out of print, so grab what you can, while you can.

Oct 042014
 

Red Dragon Inn Brother BastionWelcome, welcome, to ye ole Red Dragon Inn!  Come in, ye two new travelers, and have a Red Dragon Inn Ozrik the Adeptseat.

The Red Dragon Inn:  Allies expansions enlist two brand new characters this weekend, one the honored Brother Bastion, the other the mystical Ozrik the Adept.  Brother Bastion comes with special prayer cards that can be expended at specific times during the game for major benefits.  Ozrik the Adept favors hand management, as certain cards increase in power after other cards are discarded.  Both of these expansion can be incorporated any of the Red Dragon Inn base games.

Lord of the Rings The Road DarkensThe Lord of the Rings LCG series from Fantasy Flight gains another Saga Expansion, called The Road Darkens.  This expansion puts the player directly into the Fellowship of the Ring plot, allowing you to play through three original scenarios adapted from the novel.  The Road Darkens also includes additional hero characters that increase replay value of the game.Dark Eldar Codex HC

The Warhammer 40K hardcover library grows by one this weekend with the updated edition of the Dark Eldar Codex.  As is standard with this gorgeous line of hardcover volumes, the Dark Eldar Codex contains a detailed history of the faction, a glossy page showcase of paint schemes for the miniatures as well as an army list, and, of course, a list of rules for the army and their weapons.

Call of Cthulhu card game The Sleeper BelowThe eldar god, Cthulhu, has been awoken from his slumber and he is not happy.  Containing 165 cards to be incorporated into the base Call of Cthulhu LCG, The Sleeper Below, is the newest oversized expansion for the popular card game.  Focusing on the Cthulhu faction for the game, this expansion contains support and event cards for the faction.  As well, new society cards add other factions for the game.

From Iello, the makers of King of Tokyo, comes a quick play family horror game Night of the Grand Octopusthat melds together Lovecraftian mythos and Harry Potter.  Night of the Grand Octopus is a thinly veiled homage to Cthulhu and his cultist followers, tasking players to break into a famous school of the mystical arts to steal enchanting materials that will be used to wake the sleeping octopus god.  Ideal for three to five players, Night of the Grand Octopus is easy to learn and fast to play.

Student BodiesFinally a zombie game that doesn’t even feign at cooperative play!

Student Bodies pits up to five players against each other in life or death combat set in the hallowed halls of high school.  Nearly the entire graduating class has been turned into zombies, now scattered throughout the building, and you and all your friends have already been bitten.  Your only hope is making it to the science lab for the antidote, but to do so you’re going to have to screw over all of the other players.  Oh, and to win, you’re going to need to get out of the building and lock everyone else in.  Like I said, not cooperative.Warhammer Conquest 40K card game

Fantasy Flight and Games Workshop have teamed-up once again for a new addition to the popular line of LCG games, this time set in the Warhammer 40K universe.  Warhammer 40K Conquest is a two player, head-to-head card game that adapts the rules of the miniature game onto cards.  Each player controls armies represented by a card deck, which they then manage as either fighting forces or resource gatherers.  As this base game is the beginning of another LCG line, expect regular deck expansions to grow the game.

Jul 052014
 

The Seclusion of Orphone of the Three Visions Lamations of the Flame PrincessThere are emporiums, coliseums, museums, and aquariums, but never before have there been Seclusiums!

A supplemental hardcover edition for the absolutely bonkers Lovecraftian roleplaying system, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, the Seclusium of Orphone of the Three Visions details for players and game masters, alike, how to construct, detail, furbish, and augment special wizard dens within the game.  Also for the system is the Visions of Hersesy The Horus Heresy Warhammernew Forgive Us adventure supplement, playable for forth level characters.

A double shot of Warhammer universe dystopian goodness, an illustrated version of the Horus Heresy, dubbed Visions of Heresy, is out and ready to be placed on your coffee table of doom!  Along with this gorgeous tome, comes some more additions to the Orky Ork Ork section of things, including a supplemental volume to the recently released Ork Codex, Wicked Fantasy John WickWaaagh! Ghazghull, as well as new versions of the Ork Trukk Boyz and the Ork Meganobz.

Pathfinder gets a bit indy this weekend with Wicked Fantasy.  This supplemental edition for Pathfinder is written by indy game creator John Wick, who has entirely redesigned ten of the core races for the system, including humans, elves, goblins, orks, and so on.Game of Thrones Resin House Cards Stark

Update your living card game version of Game of Thrones so that it’s suitable to sit on the iron throne in King’s Landing with the new resin house cards out this weekend.  All four of the biggest houses are represented, including Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, and Greyjoy.  Each of these sw_age_rebellionare three dimensional variations of the house crest.

The Rebellion wants you. . .to pick up a copy of the official Age of Rebellion hardcover core rulebook!  Just like the Edge of the Empire core rulebook, this edition contains all the essential information for this sister system set later in the Star Wars timeline.  Along with this volume, Fantasy Flight has also released a matching GM’s Kit and Screen.Legendary Villains

The bad guys always have more fun and Legendary Villains is here to prove it.

Swapping the dynamics of the original Legendary Deck Building GameVillains allows players to control the major baddies of the Marvel universe, including iconic bad guys like Venom and Magneto.  This is a stand-alone addition to the series of Legendary games, but Attack Wing Star Trek Wave 6also an expansion that can be mixed with the base game and other expansions.

Attack Wing continues to go boldly where no other space battle miniature game has gone before by release a sixth wave of expansion ships this weekend!  Within this release are four new ships from various factions, including another Borg ship, the Soong, the Dominion Second Division Cruiser, and the USS Enterprise refit from Star Trek The Motion(less) Picture.Capo de Capi

The creators of Biblios have also released two new games this weekend.  The first, a two player dice game that can be played quickly and efficiently, is Capo di Capi.  Set during prohibition, players roll dice to bribe police, bootleg liquor, and compete in other illegal endeavors to become the big boss of New York.  Also dealing in the seedy Xactika card gameunderworld of crime, Gunrunners sets two to four players into the roles of law enforcers attempting to stop the sale of illegal weapons.

Another dual release from the same company (and makers of Quiddler and Five Crowns) are Karma and Xactika.  Each of these games are trick taking games that are fun for all ages.  Karma has players drawing and placing cards of equal value into various piles until a player has successfully eliminated the draw pile and holds only three cards in their hand.  Xactika can be a different game for different players, revolving around a betting system that has players estimatingMage Wars Forged in Fire the amount of rounds that it will take to clear the table.

Mage Wars gains another expansion this weekend with Forged in Fire.

dnd_starterPrimarily, this expansion adds two entirely new mages to the base game, including the Warlord of the Anvil Throne and the Adramelech Warlock, along with forty-one additional spells.

Dungeons and Dragons Next is finally here!  The wait is over, so players can now experience an entirely new system of D&D that melds together the best qualities of Advanced D&D with alterations and improvements from D&D 3 and D&D 4.  Before the core rulebooks release, prospective players should pick up the cheap introductory Starter Set (reminiscent to the old D&D Red Box) that includes all the materials players will need to learn the system and play a number of adventures for level one to five characters.

Apr 132012
 

You’ve caught the . And the only prescription is more cowbell…no that’s something else.

The only prescription for Horse Fever is actually fixing races, buying off jockeys, and borrowing money from the mob. Or, at least, that’s the case in the new game…Chicken Pox…okay, no, it’s called Horse Fever. Players control gamblers looking to get rich of each race in three different formats of play. These play levels, set-up as easy, medium, and hard, are a board game version, a family game version, and a party game version of base play. So, you can get into the game however you choose, then work up to a higher level of difficulty as you go along.

Expanding upon the base Ghost Stories board game, the new Black Secret version of the game increases the terror of the original game by kicking the number of players up to 2-5. And that extra player gets to control the villain of the game, Wu-Feng. The other players must face off against his ghost armies and spells, but have magical mantras, which increase by with the level of play, to protect them. If you’re into the original game or Last Night on Earth, give the new Ghost Stories: Black Secret at try.

Space will not be the final frontier for Marvel Heroclix, but it will be one of the most awesome. The new Galactic Guardians Heroclix set hit stores today, full of new cosmic figure goodness for your Heroclix collection. Focusing on characters like Silver Surfer, Nova, Dr. Strange, and Galactus, this new set comes in regular boosters as well as Super Boosters which contain a colossal figure. Collect them all to flesh out your forces with the power cosmic!

If you enjoy your roleplaying dark, demented, and Lovecraftian, you’ll need to pick up the Carcosa RPG hardcover. Made specifically for adults, this system is compatible with old school fantasy adventure games, offering 800 encounters to enact. Come prepared for bone-chilling horror and violence, as this game delivers the gruesome.

Dec 162011
 

If you find yourself needing to sprinkle a little Munchkin cheer into the stocking of your special someone, then the new Fairy Dust Dice are your best option. Other than its general glitteriness, this special dice set is sprinkle-worthy for the four exclusive promo cards it contains alongside its two D6′s. And like most other Munchkin expansion stuff, you can combine these cards with the base set, the previous Fairy Deck, or any other Munchkin game you are so inclined to play with. Now that’s some holiday cheer!

If that sounds a bit too effeminate for your grizzled uncle (or aunt; no judgement here), then maybe the new Memoir ’44 Campaign Book Volume 2 will light all the right fires. Picking up where the previous volume left off, volume 2 continues to create scenarios (forty six, in fact) that build off of each other, effecting the game during your next play. Along with the new scenarios the collection also includes 50 punchboard tokens, advanced campaign rules, and new special events that contain information for battles across the Pacific all the way to the frontlines of Germany. So, if you’ve got that wargame loving relative in your clan, put a big smile on their face this season with a new Campaign Book.

Still not dark and grizzled enough for you? Okay, then I’m afraid I’m going to have to pull out the big guns.

That’s right, the new Mansions of Madness: Forbidden Alchemy expansion. Adding on to the Lovecraftian exploration game that’s half-RPG, half-board game, Forbidden Alchemy expands on the dark twisted adventure with loads of new gruesome swag. Included within that heading are not just cards and tokens and things, but all new monster and investigator miniatures. As with the base game, they are beautifully detailed. But don’t let them take away from the over 150 new cards and tokens. That’s new mythos, trauma, and combat cards, folks, along with map tiles, horror tokens, and puzzle pieces. If you’ve survived the slithery, slimy things of the first Mansions of Madness and are ready for round two, Forbidden Alchemy shouldn’t stay forbidden for long.

More of a restock than a new item, but, by golly, it just needs mentioning. From the creator of Dominion (if you don’t know what that is, for shame!), Kingdom Builder brings a similar satisfaction as games like Carcassonne, Samarkand, and Small World, in that it’s a middle skill level game that the whole family can learn and master. Players compete against each other through the strategic building of settlements across a large, hex-filled board. Building adjacent to certain locations (i.e. lakes) gains a player more points. But the rub comes in that building is controlled by sets of cards that players hold in their hands and place on their turn. Each game is different, though, as players select random board pieces and cards at the start of a session. If you’ve played Ticket to Ride or Carcassonne to the breaking point, give Kingdom Builder a try.