Jan 032014


Hot on the hooves of the My Little Pony CCG boosters and starter decks, comes matching playmats featuring Pinkie Pie in a scene from the season two episode with Discord.

And if you’re tired of your playmat flopping around in your bag or getting cheesy stains on it when your bag of chips rips open while you travel, then the new Ultra Pro Playmat Tube is here to rescue you.  A thick plastic tube, this casing will keep your playmat clean and secure even if you play Magic in a live volcano.

Not a brand new game, but new to the store is Monopoly Millionaire Deal card game.

If you’re tired of playing overlong games of economic warfare in the traditional version of Monopoly, then Millionaire Deal is for you.  Fast paced and converted for easy travel, this card game version of the popular original has players gathering money through card collection.

Historical gamers take note of the Expedition:  Northwest Passage board game out this week.

Players man sailing barges circa 1845 as they explore and chart the board in search of the Northwest Passage.  Seasons will change, causing parts of the map to close off as they freeze over, requiring that players carefully chart their progress in an attempt to collect victory points.

From popular game designer, Reiner Knizia, comes a new resource management game of Utopian architecture, Prosperity.  A game of metropolitan construction, Prosperity pits players against each other in a tile laying/resource management competition where they pull tiles from a chronologically organized pile that they then apply to their own miniature playing board.  Each tile has distinct markings for capital, energy, ecology, prosperity, and research that must be managed.

A new location, but the same popular family-friendly mechanics return in Carcassonne South Seas.

Unlike the original game, however, players lay their meeples on thin tracks of land, oceans, and dock planks.  As well, their is an added component where players collect bananas, shellfish, and fish which they then ship to other players for points.

The successful Power Grid series of board games gains a new map collection this weekend with Australia and the Indian Subcontinent.

Each board adds another element to the game.  Australia‘s board does not have a centrally connected power grid, so players may choose to connect different sources for a connection cost, while also adding a mining element unseen in previous versions.  India‘s board suffers from frequent outages when players extend their networks too fast, but also provides a more limited resource market for players to buy from, adding a layer of difficulty.

Galaxy Trucker expands its fleet with Latest Models, a board expansion for two to five players, each with new Model C ships.  Each board features ships in classes 1C to 4C, denoted by coloration and possessing various different beneficial abilities.

Finally, for all of the Legend of the Five Rings fanatics out there looking to get their buddies in on the game there is A Matter of Honor.  This two player starter features Lion and Crab decks as well as all of the materials to learn and play your own head-to-head battle.  Players may also incorporate other cards from other, previous sets.

Dec 202013

Forget cars, fast food, computers, guns, and every other piece of technology you’re familiar with.  The Hillfolk RPG is getting primitive up in here!  Running off of the DramaSystem designed by Robin D. Laws (a system which favors interpersonal mechanics and storytelling), Hillfolk pits small tribes of primitive humans against one another, with the goal of survival hanging overhead.

Hot on the hooves of last week’s My Little Pony boosters and theme decks comes the two-player starter deck set.  This MLP Card Game beginner set comes with all the materials two players need get into the game and play against each other.

Got a ticket?  TO THE GUN SHOW!

The War Machine High Command deck building game gains an expansion pack this weekend with Big Guns, an eighty-four card add-on pack.  Contained within these eighty-four cards are five copies of sixteen different cards as well as four new Warcaster cards, ready for all factions.

Another in the Tempest line of city building games from AEG, Canalis puts you in the role of a city constructor pitted against others.  You will attempt to connect important sections of the town by building canals, enlist workers from the populace, and construct buildings, all in effort of gaining the most architectural success!

Those damn Capulets and Montagues!

In Council of Verona, players have formed a city council to manage the ongoing skirmishes between these two dominate families.  Players attempt to add more characters to the council in order to gain influence, as well as strategically place influence tokens in order to sway the council in the direction you wish.

The ever popular Pathfinder Adventure Card Game gains its third expansion pack this weekend in the from of The Hill Mount Massacre.  Adding new opponents, locations, loot, and more, The Hill Mount Massacre runs players through the five scenario adventure from the original RPG, pitting the party against Ogre vileness!

Designed by former Magic the Gathering pro players, Ascension has risen to the top of the deck building pile with a number of great expansions and appealing mechanics.  If you haven’t gotten into the game, don’t fret though, the Ascension Apprentice Edition has just dropped.  This is a special two-player starter set that offers the materials for a head-to-head battle using the Ascension game mechanics.  A perfect entry point.

Paradise Fallen is a new card game from Crash Games built around the premise of explorers making their way through a storm-wrecked beach resort.  Two to four players manage a hand of cards, collecting rations and other equipment that will aid them in exploring and surviving.

Nations will rise and nations will fall in Nations the board game (and just for good measure, nations!)

A Civilization-style game, Nations has one to five players each taking on the role of a different world nation and leading them from the dawn of time to the present day.  You will build cultures, fight others, and attempt to gain Heritage Points through all of it, leading to an eventual victory by whoever has gained the most.

In homage to classic Japanese monster movies and the like comes Rampage.

On the board sits perilously constructed buildings (tiles supported by meeples) that each player, controlling monstrous lizard creatures, must knock over and destroy.  Along with this task, monster-on-monster fighting must also commence.  Each turn players choose two of four actions, accumulating points for causing destruction, stomping slowly to the title of Rampage King!

Dec 212012

It’s not quite to midnight yet (as I start writing this), but I’m calling it in favor of us all outlasting the Mayan apocalypse.  If you didn’t get enough of the end-of-the-world conspiracy theory, then Tzolk’in:  The Mayan Calendar is here to supply you with more.  The oft talked about Mayan calendar plays into the mechanics of the game, as players carefully place their Mayan Meeples onto interlocking gears which rotate around the board, moving the pieces to different action zones.  To accomplish placement and conduct other key actions, players must spend corn, ultimately attempting to please the gods or constructing underground temples.  So, until the next apocalypse myth comes along, make mine Tzolk’in.

Is the force strong with you?

Or have you given into the dark side?

Either way, you’ve got a side to play in the new two-player Star Wars LCG card game from Fantasy Flight.  Set-up like many of their other popular LCGs (but with more X-Wings and stuff), Star Wars has players choosing sides in a head-to-head battle for galactic domination.  Players then balance objective decks (containing mission cards) and player decks (containing character and equipment cards) in order to complete their assigned tasks.  As with Magic the Gathering or most other CCG-style games, players place/play their cards into the center of the table in order to activate them.  Of course, the real question of the game will be, who shot first?

I’m going bet that many who read this have fantasized about manning a starship at one time in their life.  Be careful what you wish for, however.  Space Cadets fulfills that wish by assigning each player an important role on the bridge of a freshly minted starship.  This cooperative game for three to six players enlists a captain, helmsman, engineer, and weapons, shield, and sensor officers.  Each member of the crew has a specific  task to complete in order for the entire team to win, so make sure you staff your bridge wisely, or else it’ll be your final frontier.

Bad guys need friends, too.  Eclipse:  Rise of the Ancients is the first expansion for the epic space battle game, Eclipse, introduces tons of ancient adversaries which can assist all the baddies from the original game.  Along with these foes, the expansion also includes original rare technologies, developments, alliances, ancient homeworlds, and warp portals.  Three brand new player boards also offer four new alien races to choose from.  And with the game’s modular design, all or some of these additions can mixed in with the contents of the base game, completely at your discretion.

Jun 082011

So, here we are on Friday, with our normal…wait, what’s that?  It’s Wednesday?  Huh.

Well, uh, welcome to our Wednesday New Game Stuff post!

The first couple of items we’re going to start out with, it should be noted, won’t actually be available for purchase until Friday.  So, don’t get too jumpy, just yet.

First up, is all the new D&D items that are hitting this Friday.  The new Witchlight Fens Dungeon Tiles are another in the long line of D&D tile sets.  Specifically, Witchlight adds onto The Wilderness pack, focusing on swamps.  Also shipping is, The Monster Vault:  Threats of Nentir Vale hardcover which includes within its glossy pages a number of creatures from the titled region.  Creatures like the Raven Roost Bandits, stand as perfect challenges for heroic and paragon-tier characters.  The book also includes the standard pages of monster tokens and maps that you expect.

Also dropping Friday are the New Phyrexia Event Decks.  If you remember the Mirrodin Besieged Event Decks, these are extremely strong, vastly playable decks constructed to dominate your opponents.  Most of the people I’ve seen play with these have come in somewhere in the top five players of the night.  These two New Phyrexia decks, War of Attrition and Rot from Within, are built around white and green, respectively.  Even if you don’t want to use the decks, some of the cards they contain are worth it alone.  For instance, War has two Stoneforge Mystics, one Mirran Crusader, and a Puresteel Paladin while Rot has an Inkmoth Nexus, a Green Sun’s Zenith, and a Putrefax.  These are also limited; once we’re out, we’re out.  So, get’em while you can.

Okay, now for some stuff that you can actually buy today!

If you weren’t aware, this year marks the 10th anniversary of one of our favorite games, Carcassonne.  We like to call it a “tent-pole” game, as it is one of our consistent sellers and an all around enjoyable game for the whole family.  As part of the anniversary celebration, Rio Grande Games has released a new Carcassonne 10th Anniversary edition, which contains ten new tiles for the Festival expansion as well as the new, clear, “phantom” meeples.  Speaking of meeples, there is also a new “Phantom” meeples mini-expansion.  Inside this clear meeple-shaped case are enough pieces for up to six players and a new “phantom” rule set.  Finally, a new anniversary edition of the Carcassonne Dice Game has also shipped.  It comes in a quaint meeple-shaped tin, as well, and includes a pad, pencil, and the rule booklet.

One of two Godzilla-related games that came in today, Godzilla Stomp! is a card based game where players choose control of either Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla, Battra, or Destoroyah and battle to see who destroys the most buildings through fighting or rampaging.  Simple destruction, what could be better?

Second up, is Godzilla, Kaiju World Wars.  Basically, a grander, boardgame version of Godzilla Stomp!, players choose from Godzilla, Rodan, Gigan, or King Ghidorah.  From there you choose one of the many scenarios contained in the game and begin crushing buildings, fighting off the army, and battling other monsters.  Each creature has special abilities that they can whip out when needed.

Don’t call it an expansion!  The Struggle for Catan Card Game follows in the footsteps of the previous Rivals of Catan that made for two to four players.  Working off of the mechanics popularized by the Settlers of Catan boardgame, Struggle has players managing resources as they build cities, knights, roads, and so forth.  The twist is that certain roads and knights can change hands.  As usual, the first player to ten victory points gets the win.

An important restock note, Citadels has come back in stock.  That is all.  No, wait, that’s not all.  There’s also two new sets of prepainted miniatures (in the vein of the Arkham Horror miniatures from a couple months back) for City of Thieves.  If you’ve played the game, you know that the miniatures included in it are gorgeously sculpted, but lack a nifty paint job.  These are equally well sculpted, but also are painted to match.  Plus, there is one special miniature not included in the game called the Duke of Cadwallon that introduces a new rule set to the game.

Last but nowhere near least.  Like, miles away.  Like, here’s least and way over there on the moon is this.  That this is the new Dominion expansion Cornucopia.  This is not a stand alone game like base Dominion or Intrigue, but it adds a completely new element of play.  That element is a reward for variety; the more types of cards in your hand, the more you gain.  If you have the cards that allow such a thing, though.  Dominion really needs no introduction at this point, so we’ll leave it at that.