Apr 292017
 

Have you ever wanted to get into miniature wargaming but were too daunted by how in-depth the hobby looks? Have no fear, Fantasy Flight Games is here! From the publisher who brought you the X-wing miniatures game and Imperial Assault, comes a new fantasy-based game based on the realm of Terrinoth. In Runewars: The Miniatures Game, two players will play head-to-head in giant battles involving various factions. In this game, you and your opponent will gather armies of miniatures and lead them into fierce battle against one-another!

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By the way, it wouldn’t be a miniature game without miniatures, and this game has a SLEW of them! Forty-eight easily assembled, wonderfully sculpted, unpainted figures, that can be organized in trays to better customize your army and lead it into battle! Can’t say more, because I have some painting to do…

Mar 282017
 

That time of the week, where I mention a game that isn’t exactly new or shiny, but is FUN and should be OWNED and PLAYED! This week: Conan, the Miniatures Game-

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Conan:
Players:2-5
Time: ~1 Hour (scenario dependent)
Genre: Dungeon Crawl semi-cooperative Miniature Game

 

 

 

 

Conan is a scenario-based, semi-cooperative miniatures game, where one player plays the board, and all other players team up to play as Conan and his companions. This game went through years of game design, and it’s publishers even hired a Conan expert to make sure the theme and scenarios are in line with author Robert E. Howard’s novels and short stories. That aside, this game can and will be enjoyed by players who know nothing of Conan or his mythos.

For a miniatures game, this game is short, fast, and wonderfully designed. Rather than being campaign based like many other miniatures board games (see Descent and Imperial Assault), Conan is split up into scenarios where players choose their characters and play against the Game Master in standalone scenarios with a limited number of turns. Each scenario has different objectives and themes for gameplay diversity, and players may choose different characters depending on what they think is needed in each scenario.

each of their turns characters choose different stances based on what they are trying to accomplish.

Gameplay itself in Conan is incredibly simple, but also streamlined and intuitive. When players want to use an action such as moving or fighting, they simply place one of their “stamina” gems into that portion of their player board, and roll dice equal to the amount of gems used. Gems refresh each turn based on what stance a character chooses, so it’s possible that characters may use all their gems in one epic round and stagger around exhausted while they try and refresh themselves, or play more reserved and pace their actions strategically.

Normally my complaint in a dungeon crawl game revolves around me getting stuck managing the game after no one else volunteers for the job, but this game is different. The job of Game master in this game is incredibly fun and interesting, and this is due in large part to the game system the designers came up for you to run it. The Game Master uses eight slidable titles with groups of monsters associated with each tile and one “respawn” tile. The further down the row the tiles are, the higher their cost in gems. On a GM’s turn, they may activate any two of their tiles, and once activated, the tile slides to the end, costing more the next time it would be activated, but making everything else cost less.

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That’s it for Conan. It’s a huge box, Conan is a little busted (as he should be thematically), and although I’ve played the starting scenario over ten times now, I’m STILL not bored with it! (Did I mention it has 74 Miniatures….) #GiveItATry

Apr 152016
 

Chez Geek Spring BreakFor those layabouts still building up slack in the world of Chez Geek, Steve Jackson Games has another way for players to continue to be lazy.  The Chez Geek Spring Break expansion can be added to the base game in the form of forty entirely new cards, all themed around traveling for the Spring Break holiday.  In addition to those cards, the expansion also contains Event Cards, which are an entirely new element that changes up gameplay.Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game

Cryptozoic has built up quite an empire of property-based deck building games, including DC, The Lord of the Rings, and Street Fighter.  Well, this weekend they add another conquest to that list with the Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game.  In this version of the game, players are controlling and building decks around popular Cartoon Network shows, like Dexter’s Laboratory, Regular Show, Samurai Jack, and Adventure Time.  As always, this version of the game is completely compatible with other Cryptozoic deck builders, so if you want you can have Finn face off with Superman while Frodo waits in the wings.

Rory's Story CubesSay you’re writing your first novel.  Or game mastering an RPG for your buddies.  Or maybe just killing time with friends around a campfire.  No matter the case, Rory’s Story Cubes are designed to randomly generate story ideas and elements to help fire the imagination.  Out this weekend are six mini-expansion packs for the series, each with three dice featuring a single theme.  For example, the Enchanted box features story elements related to fairytales and fantasy while the Clues box is all mystery related.Talisman Cataclysm

A new big box expansion for the popular dungeon crawl board game, Talisman, drops this weekend.  Talisman The Cataclysm introduces an entirely new main board to replace the one found in the base game.  In addition to the replacement game board, the expansion also contains over 150 extra cards and miniatures that Munchkin Marvelintroduce five original characters into the game, including ones inspired by Viking and Indian mythology.

Marvel is in the air as Captain America:  Civil War is on the horizon.  Understanding their fan base, Steve Jackson has made another coup by acquiring the rights to Marvel‘s popular line of characters in order to release Munchkin Marvel.  A new base game for the popular series, Munchkin Marvel uses the same mechanics from the other Munchkin games, but applies the heroes and villains of Marvel to them.  You’ll still be fighting monsters and acquiring treasures, but now those monsters will be Thanos, The Red Skull, and the like while you’ll be using Mjolnir or Cap’s shield to take them down.

Jan 082016
 

Watchmen DC Deck Building GameEveryone’s worried about Who Watches the Watchmen, but the real question should be:  Who Plays the Watchmen?  A new Crossover Pack for the popular DC Deck Building Game, Watchmen adds six new playable characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s landmark miniseries to any base version of the game.  In addition to these new characters, the expansion also adds a new mechanic that generate suspicion within the gameplay.Carcassonne Over Hill and Dale

Carcassonne:  Over Hill and Dale is a rustic new variant of the original Carcassonne tile laying game that includes new decisions to be made and tactics to be enacted.  As players lay tiles, connecting roads and landscaping gardens, they will also be able to plant and harvest crops to gain further points.  As with other games in the Carcassonne series, Over Hill and Dale is easy to teach to younger or new players, making it a perfect rollftg_boxfront_v1.inddintroductory game experience for families.

Empires continue to be build in the new expansion for Roll for the Galaxy.  Roll for the Galaxy:  Ambition explores sets of new factions that have been added to the game, accompanied by new strategies and game tiles.  New Leader and Entrepreneur dice are also added to the existing dice pile, offering possibilities to recruit workers and other factions that can assist in growing your empire.A Study in Emerald Neil Gaiman

There are few products that have Neil Gaiman‘s name plastered on them that are not worth a look.  A Study in Emerald is definitely in the “worth a look” category!  Based off the award winning short story by Gaiman, the A Study in Emerald board game throws players into the author’s fictional world, one that combines Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft.  The Old Ones have taken over the Earth, running it for centuries, but a dedicated few are inclined to resist and restore power to the people.  Players will control those “Restorationists” as they attempt to overturn the Old Ones’ rule with covert assassinations and attacks.  Whether you use dynamite or espionage, the Arena of the Planeswalkers Battle for Zendikargoal is to restore power to humankind.

Built out of the ruins of the popular Heroscape miniature battle game, Arena of the Planeswalkers takes the Magic the Gathering mythos and uses it to provide miniature characters based off of Magic cards that can be pitted against each other.  Battle for Zendikar is the first expansion for the base game, including entirely new Planewalkers, heroes, and squads, as well as a special battlefield scenario to play through.  Bringing that scenario to life is an additional gameboard expansion that can connect to the previous board.  Ob Nixilis and Kiora are the two featured Planeswalkers in this set.Eldritch Horror Under the Pyramids

Stop a fanatical cult from returning a Dark Pharaoh to power in 1920s Egypt in the new Eldritch Horror expansion, Under the Pyramids.  This expansion features an Egypt side board enabling invetigators to explore the nation’s bustling cities, barren deserts, and mysterious archaeological sites.  Eight intrepid new investigators join the struggle against the Ancient Ones, aided by invaluable Relics, powerful Glamour Spells, and legendary allies including the archaeologist Enoch Bowen and the illusionist Erich Lanterns the Harvest FestivalWeiss.

Both a tile laying and card collection game, Lanterns the Harvest Festival will be the next easy-to-learn, but endlessly playable game you and your friends get addicted to.  In the game, players will be competing as artisans who are attempting to plan a beautiful lantern display on the palace lake.  Each player will take turns laying down tiles with assorted arrangements of different colored lanterns, attempting to connect a portion of the tile with another, matching tile.  By doing so, players will also earn lantern cards that can be collected to win the game.  For a limited time, anyone who purchases the game at Pulp Fiction will also receive a promo tile packet!

Nov 202015
 

Mafia de CubaJoin the family in Mafia de Cuba.  In the vein of Ultimate Werewolf or Bang!, Mafia de Cuba is a game of deceptive trickery.  Players will pass around the actual game box, which will contain various diamonds and tokens, each of which can be stolen or left in order to choose your allegiance.  As the box is passed around, other players will have to deduce who has taken or not taken what tokens in order to figure out their allegiance.Boss Monster 2

Boss Monster 2 may have already come out, but that was simply the standard edition.  If you know anything about video games, you’ll know that alternate versions and updated editions are a regular occurrence.  That being said, Boss Monster 2 receives a special limited edition variant this weekend.  Including the same twelve new bosses from the original version, this limited edition presents them in shiny, deluxe holofoil!

MLP_CCG_StarterBring home the mystical mysteries of Ponyville and beyond with this exciting new expansion set to the My Little Pony Collectible Card Game.  Each High Magic Theme Deck includes three must-have exclusive cards, including a new Mane Character card that will change the way you play.  With the Steal the Show Theme Deck you’ll use the show-stopping magic of The Great and Powerful Trixie to unlock the Chest of Harmony, travel halfway across Equestria, score fifteen points, and win the game!Code of Nine board game

 

Heavily influenced by anime and manga, Code of Nine is the newest game from the designers of Tragedy Looper.  In the game, you are an automaton awakening to the ruins of the world 100 years after its destruction.  With no humans alive to guide you, and only having two of the eight important conditions that you must obey, you must wander the ruins to complete the task assigned you.  Each location on the board has a unique effect.  You may gain items, steal items, or look at your opponents’ Memory cards.  You must choose which action to take, but with only fifteen turns to act, choose wisely.

Kingslayer playmat A Game of ThronesFantasy Flight games launches a series playmats this weekend for the Game of Thrones LCG.  Each of these rubber playmats are 14″x24″ in diameter, and feature beautifully illustrated versions of the George R.R. Martin’s most famous characters.  Choose from The Kingslayer, the Mother of Dragons, Ironborn Reavers, the Red Witch, and others.  While these playmats are intended for use with the LCG, they are obviously usable with Magic, My Little Pony, or any other popular card game.Monster Playmat Tube

And if you’re going to be picking up a new playmat, might as well grab a fancy Monster Playmat Tube.  These tubes come in a variety of colors, including red, green, gray, clear, and opaque black and white.  Unlike other brands of playmat tubes, Monsters are triangular, which keeps them from rolling away Dragon Farklewhen you sit them down.

You’ve played Farkle, but have you ever braved the challenge of Dragon Farkle?  The answer is likely “no,” as the game is just coming out this weekend.  Dragon Farkle is like standard versions of Farkle, but with the added mechanics that account for the whole dragon-ness of it all.  Not only will you roll dice to “build your armies,” you will also utilize various magic items and companions, represented by cards, to battle against the menacing dragon.  Shadows Over Normandie Achtung Cthulhu

What game isn’t improved by throwing some Cthulhu into it?  None.  The answer is none.  In Shadows Over Normandie:  Achtung! Cthulhu, two to three players control opposing armies (the Majestic, Deep Ones, or Black Sun) in all out warfare.  Represented by illustrated tokens, each army moves across battlefield tiles that pose obstacles and cover, much like a miniature battle game.  Of course, in this version of Amazing Spider-Man Dice Masters Starter SetWWII, the Elder Gods have fully descended upon the Earth, adding a little extra challenge.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, rolls a die like a spider can!  Yes, The Amazing Spider-Man Dice Masters Starter Sets have finally swung into the store.  Each Starter Set contains forty-four custom dice and thirty-eight cards, enough materials for two players to compete head-to-head.  Included in the game are old favorites like Spider-Man, himself, the Kingpin, and Carnage, alongside new favorites, like Spider-Gwen.  In addition to these affordable Starter Sets, the Amazing Spider-Man booster packs are also on shelves.  Each pack contains a new character that can be incorporated into the main game.