Nov 272015
 

Munchkin Christmas LiteWith the holiday season just beginning in earnest this weekend, it’s time to start thinking about that one important question that everyone raises during the season:  can you play Munchkin?  Okay, maybe not the most important question, but still valid.  Well, Steve Jackson games has made it easier than ever to get into Munchkin with Munchkin Christmas Lite.  An inexpensive deck of Christmas themed cards, Christmas Lite has all of the Munchkin Kittensmaterials for three or four players to learn the basics of Munchkin.

Possibly the greatest Munchkin expansion ever, Munchkin Kittens is on shelves this weekend!  Included in this booster expansion are thirty adorable kitty cards illustrated comic artist Katie Cook that can be incorporated into any of the Munchkin base games.

Bottlecap VikingsBottlecap Vikings may seem like a cross between Fallout and the popular television show (which would be pretty great), but, instead, it is a fun, family friendly resource management game.  In Bottlecap Vikings you will sail, loot, and plunder your way around a bottlecap shaped game board.  Build your village and gain glory until the Valkyries come to claim the fallen across a variable action rondel, two victory conditions, and individual player ability trees.Melee

Styled after 16-byte video games of yore and a pinch of Minecraft, Melee is an army battle game for two to four players.  In the world of Melee, the king has died without an heirs to the throne.  Each player will control one of four different armies (each sitting astride either a parrot, mouse, pig, or dinosaur), fighting from their own castle, to attain the throne.  You will use money and other Operation Faustresources to build your armies and pit them against each other to decide ultimate dominance.

Think Coup or Bang! during WWII and you’ve got Operation F.A.U.S.T., a new deception game from Grey Fox Games.  In this highly social game, players will find themselves in occupied France during WWII, tasked with a mission to recover Europe’s most valuable pieces of art before they are looted by Hitler.  To win the game you must gather intelligence, locate Europe’s most at risk treasures, and recover them before your opponents.  Use your network of spies, double agents, and more to achieve your goals, but take care not to reveal information to others.Bomb Squad

Remaining on the field of battle, but updating it to a modern era, Bomb Squad is a cooperative game with high stakes.  In Bomb Squad players control members of the Retro City Bomb Squad, and their trusty bomb disposal robots in order to defeat dastardly villains that threaten the world.  Help program a robot to navigate buildings, rescue hostages, and defuse bombs in real time.  You cannot see your hand of Command cards, so you’ll have to help your partners figure out which cards to play.  Using a special timer app, the game plays out in real time, with bombs going off every ten minutes unless you defuse them!

TerraCombining a party game experience with factual trivia, Terra pits players against each other in a competition where being close counts.  Faced with world trivia questions like “How long is the Golden Gate Bridge?” or “How many sculptures are on Easter Island?” players will attempt to make educated guesses, marking them with cubes on a slider.  If you don’t know the answer, use your opponents knowledge against them by guessing just a little bit less or more than what they do.  It can’t hurt, as being closer is the goal.

Aperture Science welcomes players to a board-based cake acquisition enrichment activity, Portal the board game.  Yes, Cryptozoic and Valve have adapted the popular Portal video game series into a board gaming experience.  Players control test subjects who are attempting Portal board gameto traverse the testing lab, represented by a modular board, using high tech portal guns.  Tiles will fall off the board over the course of the game, causing players to leap forward as fast as they can in hopes of not getting caught in a disappearing tile.  And at the end:  cake!  Of course, the cake is a lie, so Cryptozoic has given you an exclusive Steam redemption Warhammer Quest Adventure Card Gamecode for Portal 2 instead.

Fantasy Flight does what the company is best at by remaking and relaunching the classic Warhammer Quest the Adventure Card Game.  This card game is a cooperative game of heroic dungeon adventures for one to four players.  Players assume the roles of some of the Old World’s most iconic heroes, then venture into the shadows to battle goblins, trolls, orcs, ghouls, ratmen, and other creatures.  Can you survive their relentless onslaught?  There are only two ways for your quest to end – in death or in glory!

Feb 252012
 

In your never ending quest for diamond, the Foam Minecraft Pick Axe is your best friend, but don’t let it distract you from the hissing sound of the Creeper running up behind you. For that, you’ll need the Foam Minecraft Sword. With both of these necessary life tools in tow, you’ll find yourself building towers of glass and combating all the mobs of the nether.

You’re sitting on your couch, reading this post, and you’re thinking, “I’ve read all the interesting Punisher stories. They can’t do anything new or inventive with him.” And you would be wrong. That’s because Greg Rucka can do no wrong. This first hardcover volume of the recently restarted Punisher series collects the first six gritty issues, each better than the last. Painting Frank Castle as a silent, stalking serial killer, Rucka enlivens the book while balancing it with a riviting police drama following the cops hot on his tail. Taking the best parts of Garth Ennis’ run on PunisherMAX and blending them with his procedural work on Gotham Central, Rucka weaves a Punisher tale with the best of them.

It’s already been presented here in a many number of forms, but the trade paperback collection of Key of Z is certainly the ultimate version. Collecting all four issues of the alternative zombie/revenge miniseries, this softcover volume stands next to any Walking Dead tpb out there. Centered in a zombie infested New York, Key of Z chronicles the struggle for control between three rival “houses” of survivors. Sadly, not everyone makes it out alive which starts Nick Ewing on a quest for vengeance against those who let his wife and child perish. Lucky he has a special harmonica that controls the undead. Written by prog rock god, Claudio Sanchez (Coheed & Cambria), this zombie yarn is bound to become a cult classic.

Finally, if you’ve been keeping up with Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain’s Carnage USA series and loving the painterly artwork and dark writing, you need to pick up the first volume, Carnage: Family Feud. Returning from the great beyond, Carnage unleashes a murderous rampage upon New York, forcing Iron Man and Spider-Man to come to the rescue. Wells has a knack for crafting Spider-Man tales as he’s currently writing Avenging Spider-Man and previously wrote for Amazing Spider-Man during Brand New Day, so he’s quite familiar with this neck of the Marvel Universe.