Oct 252014
 

Power Grid DeluxeSimilar to the Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary edition that came out a couple months back, Power Grid Deluxe is a board game collector’s dream.  This edition of the highly popular game comes with an oversized game board that features all of the United States and Europe, wooden pieces, and updated resource refill cards.  This edition of the game will not be in print long, so grab it now if you want it.

Swear to these!Batman Arkham City Miniature Game

An entirely new Batman miniature game has just appeared out of the shadows and onto the Pulp Fiction shelves.  These 35mm miniatures are metal and unpainted, allowing players to customize their own versions of Batman, The Joker, Black Mask, and other characters.  As well, these Knight Models are, in large part, based off of the extremely popular Arkham Asylum, City, and Origins video game Timeline Americanaseries.  Become the night!

Asmodee‘s successful, educational card gaming series Timeline, where players attempt to accurately build a historical timeline of events, gains two additional versions this weekend.  First up, Timeline Americana includes cards featuring famous American popular historical events.  Second is Timeline American History, which narrows down the focus of the game to important dates that shaped American culture, including the Salem Witch Trials, Watergate, and the founding of Harvard.Pathfinder Monster Codex

A rather hefty bag of holding filled with new Pathfinder materials was dropped off at the store today and we thought we’d share with all of you what was in it.

Leading the way is the Pathfinder Monster Codex.  Contained within its glossy pages are detailed descriptions over over twenty creatures from the Pathfinder mythos, including information on their ecologies and habitats.  The Monster Codex is a perfect companion to the Bestiary volumes.  As well, the Pathfinder Player Companion:  Advanced Class Origins hardcover hit shelves.  This volume contains ten new classes as well as archetypes that can be integrated into your Pathfinder Map Pack Starship Corridorsgame.  Third up is the Pathfinder Campaign Setting:  Ships of the Inner Ships softcover volume, which details seven sailing barges that can be played in the Skull and Shackles Adventure Path or any other game scenario.

Now to the Pathfinder accessories!

First up, we have the Pathfinder Map Pack for the Starship Corridors, which includes eighteen different 5” x 8” tile sets for cosmic vehicles.  Second, we have the a new set of Pathfinder Pawns for the Mummy’s Mask Adventure Path.  This box set contains over one hundred full color, cardstock pawns for use within the Mummy’s Mask Adventure Path.Rukus the Goblin Army Game

Ruckus The Goblin Army Game is a goofy, light-hearted tactical card game featuring Munchkin-esque artwork and humor.

Ruckus begins with a drafting phase, where players via for specific soldiers in unique factions.  But draft carefully, as every player only has a limited amount of points to purchase soldiers with.  Each faction has special abilities that assist them in the next phase of the game, which is all out fighting.  The game is designed to be accessible to LotR LCG Nin-in-Eilph Adventure Packbeginners, but complicated enough for multiple replays.

The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game gains its newest Adventure Pack this weekend with The Nin-In-Eilph.  Watch you step carefully as you travel through the marshes of Nin-In-Eilph with this sixty card expansion.  Contained within is an entirely new hero card as well as a brand new scenario.Coup Reformation expansion

Coup, the third card game in the Resistance series, gains its first expansion this weekend.  Reformation includes additional cards that allow for faction and team play for up to four players.  One new mechanic sees players declare allegiance to either the Catholic or Protestant faiths, which allows them to target other members of the faith.

Falling card gameFalling slowly is the name of the game in the appropriately named card game, Falling.

Four to eight players, including a dealer, compete to see who among them hits the ground last after falling from an incredible height.  Going splat is inevitable, so the goal is to do so last, keeping your opponents in the air with the most dastardly methods possible.   Dixit Daydreams

Absent in the gaming world for a awhile, Dixit is back with another card expansion.  Daydreams includes eighty-four additional art cards that can be incorporated into any previous version of the party card game.  For those unfamiliar with Dixit, the game operates off of mechanics similar to Apples to Apples, with players laying down various illustrated cards to try and convey a word, sound, or gesture given by another Subdivision board gameplayer.

Bezier Games releases another version of Suburbia this weekend called, Subdivision.  Operating off of similar mechanics to the original game, players attempt to build the most contemporary, advanced subdivision, constructing buildings, roads, houses, and other structures while also trying to keep them up to code.  Subdivision complicates things, however, by keeping players located into a small, constrained section of the gaming board.Core Worlds Revolution

Core Worlds, the universe spanning deck building game, expands further this weekend with Core Worlds:  Revolution.  A one hundred card expansion for the game, Revolution gives players the ability to construct Advancements on conquered worlds along with new Hero Tactic abilities that are linked to specific hero cards and located in Among the Stars The Ambassadors expansiona separate Hero Deck.

Along with Core Worlds, the Among the Stars drafting game gains a 150 card expansion called Ambassadors.  Among these 150 cards are twenty brand new locations, objectives, an Alien race, conflicts (replacing the original set), and the ability to play with a fifth or sixth player.

Sentinels of the Multiverse, the highly popular cooperative superhero card game, takes itsSentinels Tactics The Flame of Freedom basic rule set and themes and rearranges them for Sentinel Tactics:  The Flame of Freedom.  This entirely new board game version of the Sentinels universe has players selecting teams of heroes to fight against each or a team of villains.  The gameplay takes place on a hex map, with players moving D&D Rise of Tiamattheir teams across the board and engaging other players with their own unique superpowers.  Not entirely cooperative like the card game, Sentinel Tactics still requires teamwork in order to conquer your foes.

Dungeons and Dragons Next continues to expand its catalog of hardcover editions with this weekend’s The Rise of Tiamat.  This adventure for characters levels eight to fifteen, sees Munchkin Panicplayers attempt to halt the return of the dragon lord Tiamat to the Forgotten Realms.

Finally tonight, the Munchkin series of games crosses over with the popular Castle Panic series.  Munchkin Panic is a Steve Jackson infused version of Castle Panic that incorporates some unique new rules and the artwork of John Kovalic.

Mar 082013
 

Buckle in, folks, because after a week off because of snow trouble, New Game Stuff is back!  And tonight there is a long, long list of newness to discuss, so it’s just the facts.

FoxMind games delivers one of the most inventive train games in a long while with String Railway.  Using bendable pieces of plastic rope, players both build the board and connect train depots.  Two to five players take turns drawing depot tokens, placing them, and attempting to link them with the pieces of string at their disposal.  Easy to learn and very tactile, String Railway is perfect for families or friends.

A tile laying game of the most serene nature, Zen Garden will put your soul at ease.

Mayfair Games, makers of fine family games, adds some enticing dimensions to the standard tile laying scenario.  Up to four players compete against each other by constructing their zen gardens using tiles of trees, mountains, and streams.  Each player, however, has a special pattern they must try and complete by moving their tiles around the board with special lantern tokens.  The game also comes with various levels of play to increase the difficult the more you play.

The front says Gentlemen Thieves, but the back says Arsene Lupin.  And, no, that is not an indication that this game has anything to do with mullets.  Borrowing the world’s most famous thief, Lupin, Gentlemen Thieves has players taking on the role of a thief and joining forces with other thieves (as long as it serves them) to heist valuable items (represented by tokens) from famous locations across Paris.  Just remember to put on your black gloves.

In Ground Floor the building is already built, now you’ve just got to populate it, employee it, advertise your product, cut down on costs, challenge your rivals, and grow your business.  Then, maybe, you get to rest.  Detailed in its level of strategy, Ground Floor involves bartering, resource management, organization, and any number of other mechanics.  If you’re an Agricola or Puerto Rico fan, get in on the Ground Floor.

The game is a foot, Watson!

Lady Alice is a recently released Sherlock Holmes themed board game allowing players to take on the rolls of kids studying under the tutelage of Holmes himself.  During the game players make deductions about evidence, placing their guesses in a folder.  When the round is over, each guess is revealed to either be true or false, with every player marking down the results in order to solve the mystery.  If you picked up the recently released Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, this game is a perfect companion piece.

The reprint steamroller continues to roll from Dungeons & Dragons with the brand new hardcover edition of Dungeons of Dread.  This classic AD&D tome collects the original “S” series of adventure models, three of which were written by Gary Gygax himself.  For those out there who know the history, these are some of the most well known dungeons in D&D history, perfect for players learning the system by playing these reprint copies.  As usual all the original material is reprinted in its original format.

It’s going to be Easter soon and that means bunnies.  And bunnies mean violent murder of bunnies.

Wait, what?!!  Steve Jackson changes the meaning of Easter with the newest Munchkin booster pack, Easter Eggs.  Evil rabbits are running around all over the place and its your duty to smack’em down while wearing a Sundae Dress and Bunny Slippers.  But watch out for Peter Cottonmouth and Little Bunny ‘Thulhu.

There are four doors, but no exits.

That’s the premise of Room-25.  One to six players are locked in rooms, running from room to room, trying to find the one and only door which leads to rumored exit that is Room-25.  In gaming formats ranging from solo to group cooperative, players attempt to coordinate actions in order to find the mythic room and escape.  But beware, because some students may turn out to be undercover guards, ready to stop the players at the most inopportune moment.

Me matey, there be Pirate Dice off the coast of Pulp Fiction Isle!

By rolling and strategically placing customized D6′s, players sail the seven seas, doing battle with their rivals and searching for sunken and lost treasure.  Each die controls attacks and movement as players sail across the provided map.  Control the direction and speed of your ship carefully, though, as you don’t want to overshoot or undershoot that last hooray!

The recently released Archipelago pirate game receives a rare Solo Player Expansion this week.  Unlike any other expansion, this one allows players to convert the game into a one-player mode.  The pack contains 27 scenarios, each with a different time limit and win condition.  You are also allowed to choose whatever character you wish in order to play.

A game of ancient Egypt, Kemet has players competing over a succession of rounds, divided into categories of night and day.  Within the day phase, players enact their magical abilities in order to defeat your opponent, while at night your regroup and build up your mystical energies.  Wizards can even spend special Prayer Points to bring additional creatures into their armies.

Feb 222013
 

We’ve trudged through the snow and ice just to bring you, dear readers, the newest installment of New Game Stuff.  Okay, fair enough, it’s not that bad out now and, yes, we could have posted this from home, if need be, HOWEVER, there is new gaming stuff and we are going to tell you about it.

First up, with Magic Game Day arriving on the morrow, it’s time for the Gatecrash Event Decks to show up.  For this set, the decks focus on Boros and Simic, meaning red/white and blue/red/green, respectively.  The Simic Guild deck comes packed with killer green cards, like a Thragtusk and a Wolfir Silverheart, while the Boros deck includes ton of money cards, like Clifftop Retreat, Champion of the Parish, Spark Trooper, Silverblade Paladin, and more.  So, lets do the math, not only can you play these competitive decks in tournaments and do well, but you’ll also make off like a bandit with all the money rares included in them.

Expand your spellcasting playbook with the Forcemaster vs. Warlord expansion set for Mage Wars.  Within this set are all the spell cards, mage cards, spellbooks, markers, and rules that you’ll need to incorporate these powerhouses into your base game of Mage Wars.  And, whoo boy, these two robed wizard-types are packed full of the butt-kicking.  Forcemaster likes to kick other players in the face with her mind and whip them about like a ragdoll with her telekentic prowess.  On the other hand, the Warlord has his minions soldier on for him while he brings the death from above with his brutal war magic.  Either way, you’re going to be challenging your opponent like never before.

If you just can’t wait to see how Peter Jackson ends his Hobbit saga (or you can’t read…but then you’d probably not be looking at this), create your own ending with the second Hobbit saga expansion for the Lord of the Rings LCG game, On the Doorstep.  Within this expansion are three additional scenarios that take two players across the Wilderlands, pitting them against giant spiders, Smaug, and the armies of Bolg on a cooperative journey.  Of course, to topple these challenges, you’re going to need new heroes, treasures, and player cards.  Luckily, you don’t have to venture across the Misty Mountains cold to find them, because they’re all contained within.

But maybe hobbits aren’t your flavor (they do have all that hair).

If not, the newest release for the Dungeon Command miniature game, Blood of Gruumsh, is chock full of Orcs for your battling pleasure.  This boxset contains an entire Orc faction, ready to play directly out of the box.  That means there are twelve prepainted figures depicting an owlbear, an Orc Chieftain, a wereboar, and much, much more.  Or if you’re feeling random, slap your Orc faction together with a bit of Elf and Goblin and have an old fashioned D&D hoedown!

Finally, this evening we’re going to write a lot of words.  But we’re going to do it in an order that turns them into a sentence.  And from those sentences, we’re going to tell you the names of four fresh additions to the Pathfinder universe. First up is the Shattered Star Poster Map Folio which provides detailed maps for Varisia, Magnimar, and Kaer Maga.  Next is the Animal Archive which details the fauna of the Pathfinder universe, including armor-wearing triceratops.  The Snows of Summer begins a new Adventure Path known as Reign of Winter.  And, finally, Pathfinder Online: Thornkeep provides GMs all the information they need to run adventures in and under Thornkeep, as well as details on the upcoming Pathfinder MMORPG.

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.

Dec 142012
 

Managing to actually beat the next Star Wars films into the world, the Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG base set has, shockingly, arrived earlier than expected.  Copying the Pathfinder Beginner Box method of release, Star Wars Edge of the Empire is also released in a beginner box format, coming with all the essentials for play.  Included in the box is a quick-to-learn rule booklet that will teach anyone, even the most uninitiated roleplayer, how to play the game.  Dice, pre-generated character sheets (which are ready-to-play), an adventure book, tokens, and much more are also included.  Create your own galaxy far, far away by picking up this one, catch-all Beginner Box.

Maybe you haven’t heard, but there’s this movie called The Hobbit coming out this weekend.  I don’t know, people are excited.  In a brilliant stroke of cross-marketing, Fantasy Flight has released a new Hobbit trick-taking card game.  A head-to-head battle of good versus evil, The Hobbit card game has players taking on the roles of Bilbo, Gandalf, and Thorin to take on the forces of Smaug and Bolg.  Each card has its own special abilities as well as associations with good or evil, which will benefit or harm them depending on the items being attached to them.  Trust me, you’re going to need something to keep you and your five friends busy while your sitting in line waiting for tickets.

In an effort to make an RPG system for every corner of the Warhammer 40K universe, the Only War Core Rulebook drops today.  Focusing on the Imperial Guardsmen, Only War allows players to control any of the twelve specialties, whether that’s the powerful Heavy Gunner or the beneficial Medic.  The game also supports all forms of interaction with easy-to-understand rules capable of handling conversations to mass battles.  Also, by the weird possibility that you’re playing a 40K game without knowing anything about the universe, this rulebook comes with complete background details on the Imperial Guard and all their enemies.

The fire is rising, brother.  And you just read that in Bane’s voice.

Though he, technically, has nothing to do with Dominare, Bane’s general revolutionary plan does share some similarities with the gameplay.  It’s all about influencing the citizens of Tempest with secret backdoor dealings, underhanded treachery, and cunning.  Each player controls different agents of the underworld, sending them into eight different city districts to begin spreading rumors of a conspiracy that will upset the city’s balance.  In the end, its all about control and who possesses it.

Ticket to Ride continues to trek across the globe for its most recent map expansion packs, this time landing in Africa.  Ticket to Ride: The Heart of Africa (beside being a minor reference to Joseph Conrad’s famous short story) features an entirely original map of the country, complete with new terrain cards which specific different track colors for different geographical regions.  Players can multiply their points by using them in conjunction with particular routes.  As Ticket to Ride is one of the best family games on the stands since forever, so keep it fresh and interesting for yours by picking up this new expansion.

Wares!  Fine wares!  Get your fine wares right here!

Continuing from Catan Histories previous releases, Merchants of Europe is the newest stand-alone Catan edition.  This augmentation of the basic Settlers of Catan rules has players controlling merchants and trading posts in various cities in Europe, attempting to expand their mercantile reach ever further.  Ultimately, your goal should be to recruit as many new merchants as you can in an effort to build trading posts further from your original locations and acquire different commodities (i.e. sugar, wood, sheep, etc.) for trade and sale.  Along with this, players must also build trading routes over which they will need to transport their goods, hoping they’ve built them in safe areas or else have their product pillaged from under them.