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 082014
 

EvolutionIt’s survival of the fittest in North Star GamesEvolution.

During the set-up phase, players draw random cards that will decide what sort of creature they will play.  Each turn sequence involves phases where food resources are laid out then devoured.  Those players who did not receive any food go extinct.  Players can choose to control carnivores or herbivores, however, so some players may end up being food themselves.Bang Heroes of the Storm

Your favorite characters from the various Blizzard video game properties have invaded the board game with Bang!: Heroes of the Storm!  The popular deception mechanics of Bang!, where players take on secretive roles, each with their own purpose, combine with characters from Yugioh The New ChallengersWorld of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft.

Hot on the heels of Duelist Alliance, the Yu-gi-oh CCG receives its second set in its ninth consecutive series, The New Challengers.  The New Challengers consists of eighty new cards, including six ultra rares, ten super rares, twenty rares, fifty-four commons.  Booster packs for the set are on shelves now!Hypberborea

A  new spin on the civilization game, Hyperborea, from Asmodee, sends players into a newly discovered realm of myth and magic.  The goal of the game is to construct your own kingdom using various colored cubes, each representing different resources.  Where Asmodee has changed the dynamic up is with how players receive the cubes.  Each turn, players dig into a bag and pull out three Car Wars Steve Jacksonrandom cubes.

Steve Jackson‘s classic car versus car game has been reprinted this weekend in a new, updated version.  Car Wars basically allows players to live out the Road Warrior or Death Race 2000 by constructing their own dystopic roadsters and beating the crap out of each other.  Two to eight players construct their cars from the components included in the game, then battle for thirty minutes to decide the victor!Knightmare Chess

Steve Jackson‘s second rerelease this weekend is the updated version of Knightmare Chess.  Essentially, a variation of chess played with cards, Knightmare Chess does require a foreknowledge of chess to play.  However, those familiar with chess will love how the game is changed-up with the inclusion of cards.  During, after, or before turns players are allowed to Castles of the Mad King Ludwigplay cards from the set, with some drastically altering the move capabilities of pieces.

The Castles of Mad King Ludwig are renowned for their extravagance and grandeur, and now you have to surpass them all.  In Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players attempt to construct the most elaborate castle possible one room (one tile) at a time.  A single player takes the role of the Master Builder, who gets to decide the cost of each room tile, while the other players attempt to purchase the best option.  However, the Master Builder can only use the leftover tiles.  Walled City Londonderry and Borderlands

Walled City:  Londonerry and Borderlands finds players building a city from the ground up.  Divided into two separate rounds of gameplay, Walled City begins with a round of laying streets tiles, which separate the game board into sections.  Players then populate the sections with citizens.  During round two, walls are constructed and guarded by watchmen meeples.  Whoever has the most populated section reigns victorious.  And for more replay value, the game includes two Koryo card gameentirely different maps.

Set in a steampunk universe, Koryŏ, from Asmodee Games, is an easy to learn and expedient card game for two to four players.  Lasting only eight turns, has players laying down cards each turn, but only from a particular political family.  Each family is comprised of a certain number of cards, which can be utilized for powerful abilities and victory points.

The Doctor Who Roleplaying Game has regenerated again!Sixth Doctor Sourcebook Doctor Who

Out this weekend, the Sixth Doctor Sourcebook contains the same great materials as each of the previous volumes.  Providing the materials necessary for game masters to run a game involving the Sixth Doctor,  his companions, and enemies, the sourcebook has detailed outlines of every episode starring the Sixth Doctor, each playable as an adventure.  As well, stats are provided for key characters, monsters, and Commander Decks 2014companions, along with setting details.

Another set of five Commander Decks have been released for Magic the Gathering.

These Commander Decks are each structured around the five mana colors (black, red, white, green, blue), but include a new variant for the popular format.  Only included in these decks are special Planeswalker cards that can be used as Commanders, a possibility that was previously illegal.  As per usual, these decks contain 100 cards for a deck that is playable in the EDH/Commander format.

Sep 202014
 

Pathfinder Adventure Time Card Game PlaymatThe Pathfinder Adventure Card Game gets organized this weekend, thanks to a new playmat.

Featuring a layout that helps to show new and old players how to arrange the various important cards piles.  As well as being a guide for placement, the mat also helps organize the game (heading off clutter) and keep the cards from shifting about the table.  The layout is made to cover up to six players.Villainy

With the superheroes getting all the love in games like Sentinels of the Multiverse, Legendary, and Heroes Wanted, it’s time for the bad guys to have their day!  Villainy puts players into the role of a supervillain attempting to destroy the hero of the metropolis they call home.  In order to do this players will need to complete three distinct secret plans, made possible by hiring henchmen.  Each game plays Khans of Tarkir Card Sleevesdifferent, as the objectives and story alters.

Many readers out there will know that this weekend was the Magic the Gathering prerelease event for Khans of Tarkir, the start of the newest card block.  Anyone who knows this will also likely know that means the sleeves, binders, and card boxes for the set are also out.  Boosters, fat pack, and intro Talisman Woodlandsdecks will go on sale next Friday.

Over the hill and through the woods to Talisman‘s expansion we go.

Another large sized expansion for the Talisman 4th Edition board game, The Woodland provides an entire new board to place adjacent to the main board, five new characters, and an added fate mechanic that gives you the option of bettering Hour of the Wolf Warhammer 40K Sanctus Reachyour chances or lessening those of an opponent.

The sequel to the recently released Warhammer 40K Red Waaagh! hardcover, The Hour of the Wolf, is out this weekend.  Contained within its glossy, hardcover-bound pages are details on various skirmishes between the Orc and Space Wolf factions, along with formation templates and more.

The major Warhammer release this weekend, however, is a blast from the past.Space Hulk Warhammer 40K

Once again, Games Workshop has re-released the classic 40K universe board game, Space Hulk.  If you remember the last time this game was released, you’ll also remember the incredibly short amount of time it stayed on shelves and the astronomic price hikes that occurred after it vanished.  This new version comes complete with the same miniatures and accessories as the last, but with one important alteration.  The 2014 version includes an entirely new set of tiles, allowing players who own the previous version to combine them and create one, Five Tribes board gameover-sized game board.

Days of Wonder, publisher of Ticket to Ride, Smallworld, and Cargo Noir, has released a new board game designed by Bruno Cathala (Shadows Over Camelot).  Five Tribes is a meeple placement game, but in reverse.  The game begins with a selection of meeple figures, each from one of the five titular tribes, arranged across the board and it is the players’ challenge to rearrange them.  How they are moved and where they are moved is the strategic challenge of Five Tribes, with the best player gaining the most points from their movements.Netrunner First Contact Data Pack

The third Data Pack in the Lunar Cycle of the Android Netrunner LCG has been downloaded to the Pulp Fiction shelves this weekend.  First Contact’s sixty card expansion intensifies the conflict between the runners and the corps on a number of fronts.  A new meat space is introduced along with new regions, Anarch identities, traps, resources, and mythic ice.

Star Wars Force and DestinyFinally, the force is strong with you.

Fantasy Flight expands its roleplaying galaxy far, far away with the Force and Destiny Beta softcover, a third  system to add to the Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion systems.  This long awaited edition incorporates force based abilities into the universe, providing information on character creation and a fully playable adventure.  And because this system is set in the same universe as the two previous systems, they are all fully compatible.Chinatown

Long out-of-print and going for insane money online, Chinatown has been revived by Z-Man Games.  A truly antagonistic experience, Chinatown is based around bidding, bartering, and negotiating with your opponents.  Players attempt to lay business tiles onto the game board, hoping to group as many like tiles together as the can for greater payouts.  But players can also attempt to convince others to sell or trade for tile Monster Manual D&D 5th Edition Next HCand spaces, requiring a sharp skill for salesmanship and strategic dealing.

Eagerly awaited, the second major core hardcover for Dungeons and Dragons 5.0 is out this week!

The Monster Manual for D&D Next follows hot on the heels of the Player’s Handbook, containing beasties and creatures from the long history of the famous fantasy roleplaying game, all illustrated with beautiful new artwork and provided with easy-to-use rules and statistics.  An essential volume for any Dungeon Master.

Aug 162014
 

Star Realms deck building gameJust when you think there’s no new way to improve or augment the standard deck building game format, one company figures out how to go boldly where no company has gone before.  Star Realms is an inexpensive deck builder whose base set is ready-to-play for two people, but scales up by twos each time you buy another one (2 copies = 4 player, 3 copies = 6 players, etc).  Designed by Magic the Gathering hall-of-famers, Star Realms has players trading materials for ships, building armadas, then pitting them against their foes!Zombicide Storage box

When stocking up for the zombie apocalypse, you’re going to need plenty of steel containers for ammo, medical supplies, and rations.  That’s why Zombicide has kindly supplied these for you.  Out this weekend are three different color storage boxes for Alien Uprising base gameyour Zombicide miniatures and game pieces.  Color options are red, blue, and green.

The last situation anyone wants to be in is crash landed on an alien planet with a bunch of untrustworthy crew members.  Alien Uprising is a new, sci-fi survival cooperative board game that drops the players onto a dangerous alien world with a defective starship.  Players roll dice to choose actions, working to either outlast the vicious bug-like lifeforms on the planet’s surface until rescue arrives or to repair the ship for launch.  Miniature expansion packs, including Crew Member, Zothren, and X-14 miniatures are also out this weekend.Dark Heresy 2nd Editon RPG HC

Fantasy Flight and Warhammer 40K‘s bleak roleplaying system, Dark Heresy, receives a major dystopic revision this weekend with the release of the second edition core rulebook.  This newly illustrated hardcover edition features a beautifully illustrated cover, the essentials for gameplay (including character creation, background fluff, and adventure paths), and a redesigned layout.

ImpulseFrom Asmadi Games and the creators of Innovation comes a space exploration game entitled Impulse.  Constructed out of cards, the game board displays random sets of action options that players will utilize by combining them with the cards in their hand.  Each card has six interlinking points that can be joined with other cards on the board in order to earn victory points and conquer this uncharted portion of the galaxy!Age of Rebellion Onslaught at Arda 1

The Force is very much with Pulp Fiction this weekend as two new supplemental hardcovers Edge of the Empire Far Horizonshave arrived for Star Wars Age of Rebellion and Edge of the Empire, respectively.  Onslaught at Arda 1 is a ninety-six page adventure supplement for the system, focusing on large-scale battles at a secret rebel base.  Far Horizons is a sourcebook for the colonist class within the Edge of the Empire system, including talents, spaceships, and gear as well as entrepreneur, performer, and marshal specializations, new to the game.

Riding onto the scene in a sled pulled by ravenous wolves, Logan Grimnar is about the most awe-inspiring Space Wolves miniatures ever!  The Champions of Fenris codex supplement adds material to Champions of Fenris HCthe previously released Space Wolves Codex, including the history of Logan Grimnar, himself, additonal rules, wargear, and formations, and two new missions.  The Logan Grimnar miniature is also out this weekend.

Golem Arcana base game setA miniature battle game across three different mediums, Golem Arcana is an entirely unique gaming experience.  Players field armies based in three separate factions, including knights, ancient ones, relics, and golems.  The twist is that each faction is represented a different way.  The relics are card based, while the golems are miniatures, and, most unusual, the knights and ancient ones are digital.  The base set includes a bluetooth tool that keeps the latter factions connected to the gaming experience.DC Deck Building Game Crisis Expansion Pack 1

The skies of the DC Universe are turning red as the first Crisis Expansion Pack for the DC Deck Building Game has arrived.  This mini-expansion is packed with new material for use with the base game, including six additional characters (Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Robin, and Green Arrow), eight Crisis versions of previous heroes, co-op challenge cards, and impossible mode supervillains that increase the complexity of the game.

Jul 192014
 

D&D Dungeons Dragons Icons of the Realms Starer Set MiniaturesSince most of tonight’s post is mostly populated by Magic the Gathering product, we’ll start out with the two non-Magic related items.

First up, is the second item release for Dungeons & Dragons aka D&D Next aka D&D 5.0 is out this weekend.  The Icons of the Realm miniature set for the D&D Starter Set includes pre-painted miniatures for each of the six character classes, including cleric, fighter, wizard, and more.

The second non-Magic release for the week is the new Stormclaw box set for Stormclaw 40K WarhammerWarhammer 40K.

Acting like a semi-starter kit, Stormclaw features two playable armies, one for Orks, one for Space Wolves.  Outside of a condensed, digest sized version of the 40K core rules, the box set also includes an exclusive Stormclaw campaign booklet and two exclusive figures for each army.  Grukk Face-Rippa, for the Orks, and Krom Dragongaze, for Space Wolves, also come with rules for play.

M15 Core Set 2015 Fat Pack BoostersNow to the Magic stuff.

In case you’ve been asleep for a month or so, the 2015 Core Set for Magic the Gathering is out.  As is the case with all set releases for Magic, the standard booster boxes, Fat Packs, and Intro Decks have been released.  Fat Packs contain nine booster packs of M15, two mini-deck boxes, one larger one, a spindown counter, and more.  Intro Decks are pre-built sixty card decks and two booster packs.M15 Core Set Clash Pack 2015

For the first time, Wizards has also released a Two-Player Clash Pack.  This dual deck set includes two entirely pre-built, playable decks, making it perfect for two friends to pick up and play.  Similar to the previously released Event Decks, the Clash Pack contain a number of high dollar MtG Core Set M15 Sleevesrares, including Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Temple of Mystery, Genesis Hydra, and  Courser of Kruphix.
Finally, if you’re going to be gaining a ton of new M15 singles, you’re going to want sleeves to go with them.  Each of the six major Planeswalkers for the set have each received the sleeve treatment, so no matter what color you play, Wizards has you covered.  As well, new playmats and binders have also been released.