Feb 082013
 

Unearthed Arcana has once again been unearthed.

In line with the previous Dungeons & Dragons reprint editions, this version of the original first edition Unearthed Arcana hardcover comes printed on shiny golden print pages in a lovely embossed version of the original cover.  This special edition, though reprinting the artwork and original text, also comes with the Dungeon Magazine errata.  All proceeds for this edition of the book go towards the Gary Gygax fund, as well.  And best of all, you don’t have to cast any spells to get it.  Though that might help.

You’ve stayed in the mansion too long, now it’s time to venture outside.

Mansions of Madness:  Call of the Wild expansion features eleven new map tiles that allow you to leave the titular mansion and face off against the unspeakable evils lurking outside.  Of course, new tiles wouldn’t do you much good without additional stories to go along with them, thus the game comes with five brand new story paths.  Each story changes the dynamics of the game like never before, with one even allowing the keeper to explore and solve puzzles.  As with previous expansion packs, the game also comes with entirely new monster and investigator miniatures.

The RuneWars are back on!

After being out of print for an extended period of time, the epic miniature battle game, RuneWars is back in print and better than ever.  This new RuneWars Revised Edition comes with all the same materials of the previous game, but at a cheaper price.  Within the world of the game, two to four players utilize their vast armies, which they’ve recruited, to conquer vast stretches of land and their opponents.  But it’s not all brawn in this game.  Players also must utilize diplomatic skill to negotiate with the land’s inhabitants for assistance.  But at the end of the day, whoever has claimed the most sacred dragon runes becomes the ruler of Terrinoth.

Jun 292012
 

What is the best in life?

To crush your enemies, see dem driven before you, and to hear de lamentation of der women.

Dat and Munchkin Conan.

Saying more isn’t really necessary, but if you’re completely out of the loop, Munchkin Conan is the newest stand-alone Munchkin game. Earlier last year you may have picked up the special Conan booster pack for the game, but now you can have an entire, separate camel punching Munchkin experience.

There’s been a lot of printing on demand lately in the Fantasy Flight neck of the woods. And we’ve been picking up what they’ve been putting down. With a blend of some restock and some brand new, here’s the most recent Fantasy Flight POD packs we’ve received.

-The new Mansions of Madness House of Fears expansion
-The Gears of War board game Misson Pack 1 card expansion
-Space Hulk Death Angel Deathwing Space Marines Pack & Tyranid Enemy Pack
-Warhammer Fantasy RPG Faith of Sigmar, Faith of Shallya, Bright Order Magic, and Dreadfleet Captains

From Wizards of the Coast, makers of Magic the Gathering, is a new Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh style, deck-based card game. Kaijudo parallels its cartoon predecessor by allowing players to find a the creature companion that best fits their personality and style of play. The Kaijudo Tatsurion vs. Razorkinder set Pulp has in stock contains all the essentials to get started in the game, including playmats and two 40 card decks.

Lets get to the main event here, folks. You’ve all been waiting for it, you’ve all been awaiting the arrival date, but wait no more! As of midnight June 30th, the new Warhammer 40K 6th edition rulebook will go on sale! And, yes, Pulp will be open to those adventurous enough to come snag a copy.

Along with the base rulebook, we will also have in stock the new skull tape measures, Munitorum templates, and psychic powers card decks.

And speaking of miniature war games, how about some Warmachine porn to finish off the night. Annnnnnnd, let’s go with the new Cygnar Stormwall & Lightning Pods, both colossal and solo.

Jan 062012
 

Fantasy Flight has a number of game expansions which they print only on demand.

Well, we’re demanding, so they’ve been printing. And shipping…to us.

Originally release at last year’s Gen Con, The Massing at Osgiliath deck for the Lord of the Rings LCG has now become a print-on-demand edition. That means they are some what rare. And the only thing standing in your way of owning every release for the game. Even if you aren’t on that sort of obsessive quest, this mini-expansion can still offer value as it includes all the cards you’ll need for an entirely new adventure that increases in difficulty parallel to the number of players. A niffty release indeed!

And if you’re going to make print-on-demand items for one game, you may as well do it for two others. Or so Fantasy Flight seems to believe.

Two PoD packs, in fact, were released this week for the Death Angel Card Game. One is a Mission Pack, which includes entirely original location cards that can be incorporated into the base game to offer a completely new mission. The second is the Space Marine Pack, which includes set of new combat teams, including their coordianting action cards.

Of course everything works better in threes, so a new Mansions of Madness PoD also got lumped in with the above culprits. The ‘Til Death Do Us Part expansion does the same thing as the previous Mansions of Madness PoD expansions (which we also receive a restock on), that being supply all the essential elements for an entirely new scenario where players investigate a serial killer’s victims with their ghostly assitance.

Since I’m getting tired of typing PoD, lets talk about a game that actually had a regular print run.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue adds a new option to the minimal line of cooperative games on the market. Like Pandemic, Forbidden Island, or Red November, Flash Point: Fire Rescue requires players to work together or they will all suffer the consequences. Each player takes on the role of a specific rescue specialist (like paramedic or fire captain) in an effort to save victims from a burning building. The game is intended for beginners, veterans, or players of all ages and experiences as it allows for four differing levels of play, including family, recruit, veteran, or heroic. As there’s not enough cooperative games out there, I’m happy to see a new, inventive edition to the genre.

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.

Sep 242011
 

Writing a website post in the middle of a gigantic Magic the Gathering Pre-Release event is kind of like juggling chainsaws while being barraged with sharks fired from cannons.  Okay, it’s not exactly like that, but close.

Either way, I have Magic on the brain.  And the only way to get rid of it is to tell you fine peoples about the new Magic accessories we received this week.  First off there are the new sleeves and deck boxes that coincide with the new Innistrad set.  These include a Liliana Vess deck box and sleeves as well as a regular Innistrad box and sleeves emblazoned with some shadowy wolves.  Along with that, though, there is a rainbow of leather mana deck boxes.  These babies are sweet as they are sturdier than most deck boxes while also having magnetically sealing lids.

As a recent comic stated brilliantly, when there’s a problem, throw dragons at it.  That’s not to say that there is a problem with the fourth edition of Talisman, but it’s always proper to toss dragons about.  And so Fantasy Flight has dubbed their newest expansion, The Dragon.  Inside its hefty packaging are all the pieces to add the Inner Region to your next Talisman experience.  These pieces include over 170 cards, 160 tokens, a rule book, and six plastic figures.  If you guessed that one of the figures is a dragon-related, you win a prize.

If I had a million dollars and was in the market for a spacey mansion, I do not think I would go much further than a tour on the Mansion of Madness.  Each to their own, though.  Especially because most would say that they love playing Mansion of Madness, the Arkham Horror offshoot.  And they’ll say that even louder if they get their hands on the new Season of the Witch and Silver Tablet expansions.  These are print on demand scenario expansions, so very, very, very (did I mention very?) limited expansions.  They both give players an original single-scenario and all the pieces to play it.  And they are a lot cheaper than a million dollars!

There are a bunch of sci-fi RPGs nowadays, but how many of them have gun-totting locust people?  One:  Ashen Stars.  Set in a rough and rowdy universe known as The Bleed, games put players in the role of a unit of freelance space cops settling disputes, chasing baddies, and blowing lots o’ stuff up.  There are seven different, detailed races to choose from, including the kch-thk which are the locusts I mentioned at the beginning.  This hardcover also contains all sorts of information on vehicles and NPC threats.

Do you have the next big game idea?  Okay, say you do, do you know how to design it and then get people to buy it?  There’s a good chance that’ll be a “no”.  For those creative people out there Open Design has just printed The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design.  This nifty pocket-sized edition has entries from some of the top creators today, including Steve Jackson, Richard Garfield, and James Ernest.  Broken into easy to navigate chapters on concepting, design, development, and presentation this should be on the desk of every self-respecting hopeful designer out there.

The Warhammer 40K RPG universe gets much bigger this week with the new Black Crusade hardcover.  It also gets much darker.  Much darker.  Inside players find the instructions on how to make either a Chaos Space Marine or a Disciple of Chaos gunning to bring down the Imperium.  As the book is about 400 pages long, rules for just about every possible situation, be it combat or conversational, are held within.  And instead of dropping you in headfirst, the book offers up a complete adventure for beginners.  Shipping along with Black Crusade this week is the related Game Master’s Kit.  If you’re running a game in the world, you’ll want to have the screen for quick reference of NPCs, base rules, and helpful advice.

Fiction log, stardate 9242011.  A new Star Trek board game has appeared on deck.  The crew has fallen into its trap of epic space battles spread across an, as to this point, undiscovered region of space.  They have selected their sides, being Federation or Klingon, and are currently deploying ships from twelve popular models as strategically as possible so as to defeat rival ships, complete scientific missions, and solve various other obstacles.  This game, Star Trek:  Fleet Captains, not only covers the original Star Trek universe, but Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.  Personal note:  having loved the recent Star Trek Expeditions game from Wizkids and knowing that this is from the same company, has weakened my own resistance, eventually resulting in an out pouring of nerdom.