Jan 242015
 

Small World Royal BonusSmall World is really becoming a misnomer at this point.

Days of Wonder has released two more expansions for the popular Risk-like board game, including Small World:  Royal Bonus and Leaders of Small World.  The former expansion features three new races and powers, including the Behemoth race which are giant Hippos in ties and dresses.  And, yes, they are as awesome as they sound.  The Leaders of Small World expansion adds an entirely new ability to the game where players can opt into a leader token whenever they purchase their race/power combo.

Get ready to have that theme song stuck in your head, because IDW Games released The X-Files: Board Game this The X-Files Board Gameweekend.  Playing similarly to Letters from White Chapel and Last Night on Earth, two to four players control agents solving paranormal cases across America, while another player controls the Cigarette Smoking Man, who throws obstacles in the path of the agents at every turn.  With a possible reboot of the cult favorite series around the corner, now’s the time to sample this new board game.

Fate Reforged Fat Pack Intro DeckLike clockwork, the newest Magic the Gathering set, the first for 2015, is out this weekend.  The second set in the Khans of Tarkir block, Fate Reforged also features tri-color clans as a foundation mechanic for the set.  As usual, this release weekend sees the arrival of not only boxes of Fate Reforged boosters, but the standard Fat Pack and Intro Deck materials, as well.  A newer addition to the launch weekend releases is the Clash Pack, a halfway point between the Event Decks and the Duel Decks.Trieste_Slipcover_v2

Coup, The Resistance, and Avalon have skyrocketed in popularity recently, so every gaming company wants to get in on the deception card game, uh, game.  Victory Point Games is the first company throwing their hat in the ring with Trieste.  Trieste is a three player deception card game, where players select one of three roles (Thief, Merchant, or City Watch) to command.  Each role comes with their own deck of cards and specialty win conditions, as well.  All turns are played simultaneously, with each player not knowing what their opponents will play until it is played.

DiamonstersIDW is diving head first into their gaming division with not only the X-Files game mentioned earlier, but also the new Diamonsters card game.  A good family game, Diamonsters is a set collection game where players start out with the exact same hand, but attempt to collect sets of different cards.  The choices are either three monsters of one kind or five diamonds, but beware some of the monsters will devour your diamonds.  As well, the game is designed and illustrated by the artists behind Machi Koro.Machi Koro Harbor expansion

And speaking of Machi Koro and IDW. . .

Development continues in the quirky, colorful town of Machi Koro with the Harbor expansion.  The first expansion for Machi Koro, Harbor adds thirteen new cards, including seaports and airports.  As well, the win condition for the game is no longer four, but six landmarks.  Grab a copy and get up to five players building up the town.

Dec 062014
 

Descent Manor of RavensOctober may be long past, but the newest expansion for Descent is all about haunted houses.

Manor of Ravens is another expansion for Descent‘s second edition, including an entirely new scenario where players venture into a creepy old mansion to battle the evil guardian that waits within.  This is an expansion geared toward beefing up the overlord’s abilities, containing additional class and monster cards, as well as relic weapons that can be wielded by monsters. Doomtown Reloaded New Town New Rules The overlord also gains a character similar to the heroes’ familiar called a servant.

A new sheriff comes to Doomtown in the first expansion for the recent remake of the popular Western card game.  New Town, New Rules for Doomtown Reloaded contains four copies of twenty-one that feature playable material for all four outfits within the game.

RattlebonesFeaturing an aesthetic similar to a Tim Burton movie, Rio Grande GamesRattlebones is a strangely unique experience.  Players attempt to track down the ringleader of a deranged sideshow, named Rattlebones, by rolling various six-sided dice.  The trick is that throughout the game players will be able to augment their dice, removing sides and replacing them with different symbols and side amounts.Magic the Gathering Duel Decks Anthology MTG

Magic the Gathering collectors pay close attention to the next item!  Wizards of the Coast has concocted another highly limited, highly collectible release with the Duel Decks Anthology set.  This allocated release has gone immediately out-of-print, with store’s only receiving a limited number.  Inside this hefty box are the first four duel deck releases, including Elves vs. Goblins, Divine vs. Demonic, Jace vs. Chandra, and Garruk vs. DC Deck Building Game Forever Evil expansionLiliana.

The villains are running the asylum with the newest big box expansion for the DC Deck Building Game!

Forever Evil contains 206 cards to be incorporated into any of the base versions of the game.  Since the theme of this expansion is bad guys, the new playable character cards are all famous villains from the DC Universe, including Harley Quinn, Sinestro, and Lex Luthor.  The Forever Evil set is also largely about the discarding ability, as villains will be able to use up their henchmen cards in order to escape and fight another day.

Nov 262014
 

Pulp Fiction Logo

Forget Scrooge and the ghosts of past, present, and future, Pulp Fiction will be presenting you with Three Sales of Black Friday, starting at 10am on November 28th:

1.  The first sale to appear to you on Black Friday, will be one of special Door Busters items, including an exclusive AEG Black Friday Black Box

2.  Next, you will find a special assortment of board games at Door Buster prices materializing before you!  Sale items, like Scrooge’s ghosts, are in limited supply!

3.  Finally, the third and most impressive sale of the trio is the traditional Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Off discount that applies to all items in the store!*

Fine Print:
Discounts and specials don’t combine.  Discounts and specials don’t apply to current comic issues, snack & drinks, consignment and certain limited edition items, or items priced less than a dollar.

*Half-price applies to the lower priced item.

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.