Apr 242015
 

Just DessertsWe begin tonight’s New Game Stuff with dessert.  Just Desserts is the newest card game from Looney Labs, makers of Fluxx and Chrononauts.  Similar to Fluxx, players are drawing and playing cards in an effort to match a goal card in the center of the table.  The goal in this instance, however, is a hungry guest whom you have to feed a specific pairing of desserts.The Lord of the Rings The Treason of Saruman

Much like the film adaptations, the Lord of the Rings LCG Saga expansions keep on coming out.  The Treason of Saruman is the newest Saga expansion, featuring one hundred and sixty-five cards to be incorporated into the base game.  Set during the The Two Towers period of the novels, this expansion contains new heroes and player cards that walk the player Dark Seasthrough the events of Helm’s Deep, Rohan, and the battle with Saruman.

A fresh take on the pirate gaming genre, Dark Seas is a dice-based game where players accumulate a pirate fleet and empire by rolling dem bones.  By rolling sets of custom dice, each player constructs ports, acquires crewmen, sets sail, and hordes treasure, all in effort of becoming the most feared and respected pirate on the seven seas!Argent The Consortium

Ever wish you could pick the next headmaster of Hogwarts?  Well, Argent The Consortium may be legally distinct enough from Hogwarts, but, essentially, that is exactly what players are doing when they play this bartering game.  Coming with thirty-five distinct miniatures (icing on the cake!), Argent has players using spells, leverage, and other resources to get elected the next Warmachine Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebookheadmaster of the Argent University of Magic!

Long awaited and hotly anticipated, the Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebook hits shelves this weekend.  Following the successful launch of the Unleashed Adventure Kit a couple weeks back, the core rulebook introduces the essential rules, character creation mechanics, and other necessary traits to run a roleplaying game set in the vast, steampunk-inspired universe of Warmachine!Dominion Adventures

Other deck building games have been churning out expansions like mad over the last year, but the originator, Dominion, has stayed somewhat silent.  This weekend that changes as the ninth expansion for the popular deck building game arrives.  Dominion Adventures sees the return of a popular mechanic from the Seaside expansion, Duration Cards.  Along with these, Adventures also includes thirty Kingdom cards, twenty Event cards, and new Reserve cards that can be saved for later use.

Apr 172015
 

Bioshock InfiniteOne of the most popular video game experiences of the last ten years comes to the world of board gaming.  Bioshock Infinite:  The Siege of Columbia has recently been released by Plaid Hat Games.  A miniature based battle game, players take on the roles of the Vox Populi and the Founders, controlling each faction with sets of miniatures ripped directly from the video game.  That means you’ll commanded Booker Dewitt, Elizabeth, and Songbird as  you attempt to take control of Columbia, Colossal Caveblock by block.

Adapting classic text-based computer gaming into a board game format, Colossal Cave is a dungeon crawl card game.  The main rule is drawn one, play one, but the actions are in service of exploring and pilfering a cave of treasures.  Players use a basic, fourteen room map to move from room to room and gathering and search for treasure with their Serpent Stonecards.  Whoever drops three treasures in the Well House reigns victorious!

Based off the design of a six hundred year old Aztec game, Serpent Stones attempts to recreate the game as closely to the original as possible.  Reminiscent of chess, players control opposing Aztec armies that are attempting to capture each other’s mystical stones.  Soldiers can utilize the power of the gods in order to capture obstructing Plasma Obliteratoropponents on their way to obtaining the stones.

The heavily allocated Plasma Obliterator miniature for Warhammer 40K is out this weekend.  Each store has only been able to receive a single miniature, meaning these are Netrunner The Valley Data Packhighly, highly sought after and rare.

The epicenter of Netrunner‘s bioengineering empire, The Valley, comes to the Netrunner Deckbuidling Game with the newest Data Pack expansion.  The sixty card expansion contains assets, region upgrades, genetic resources, as well as an entirely new Jinteki identity.

After a bit of a lag period, the Ascension deck building game is back with another stand-alone Ascension Dawn of Championsexpansion, Dawn of Champions.  Following the destruction of the six major realms, a single one, New Vigil, has arisen.  Players control a faction leader, each with their own unique abilities to unlock monster and construct cards as well as powers and effects that only they can use.  Like previous Ascension games, Dawn of Champions plays quickly (around thirty minutes) and comfortably from one to four players.

Apr 102015
 

Skitarii CodexThe hardcover Skitarii codex was released this weekend.  Containing the standard history section, a showcase of miniature paint schemes and designs, as well as a comprehensive army list, this volume is actually cheaper than previous volumes.  That price point makes it an easier faction to pick up if you’re looking to get into 40K.Star Realms Gambit Set

The fifth booster pack expansion for Star Realms releases this weekend!  Star Realms Gambit provides a number of cards that expand the playability of the original deck building game.  Included in these cards are two solo challenge cards that allow players to play the game individually as well as cooperative cards that allow for team play.

Star Wars Draw Their FireFollowing Ready for Takeoff, Draw Their Fire is the second expansion deck for the Star Wars Living Card Game‘s Rogue Squadron cycle.  As with the previous Force Pack, Draw Their Fire includes over sixty cards that include new objectives and pilots to be incorporated into the base game.Doomtown Faith and Fear

After the Election Day cycle of expansion packs for Doomtown, the first Pinebox expansion is released this weekend.  Faith and Fear is an oversized box set expansion that contains four entirely new outfits to be incorporated into the base game as well as Blessed dudes that can utilize spiritual magics.

Bohnanza Princes and PiratesFinally released in English, Bohnanza Princes and Pirates and Bohnanza Ladies and Gangsters are two sets of expansions that were previously only printed in Germany.  Princes and Pirates are each expansions for the base game, providing a new mechanic where players attempt to cross thorny hedges to rescue a princess and buy and sell ships that can be used to acquire beans, respectively.  Ladies and Gangsters provides female and baby beans that earn more points and allow one or two players to compete against the BeanMerchants and Marauders Seas of Glory Mafia, respectively.

Finally, Merchants and Marauders Seas of Glory is out this weekend.  Including eleven new challenges that expand the playability of the base game, Seas of Glory also contains variant scenarios for the game and a handful of additional mechanics that alter how the game is played.

Mar 202015
 

Alchemists board gameA recurring trend in board gaming lately is the incorporation of phone apps into the mechanics of the game.  Alchemists is the newest example of this tactic as players compete as rival alchemists attempting to publish successful formulas.  An app randomizes the possible outcomes for each formula every time the game is played, resulting in a unique play experience on every replay.

Fans of Akira Kurosawa’s magnum opus, Seven Samurai, should take a look at one of Samurai Stylethe newest cooperative gaming experiences on the market, Samurai Spirit.  In this co-op card game, one to seven players take on the roles of brave samurai defending a poor farming village.  Over the course of multiple turns, each player must decide whether to fight a bandit, defend the village, or aid another samurai.  The delicacy of the game is coordinating a balance between the actions every player takes.  Too many bandits will be let through if the team aids each other too often, but other samurai may perish if they’re not helped.  These are the decisions that will lead to victory.

Batman Love LetterLast week we had Hobbit Love Letter, this week is Batman Love Letter.  Another version of the highly popular card game, like Hobbit Love Letter, actually changes up the gameplay.  In this version of the game, the point values per card remain the same, but the goal is to “capture” the highest cost villain at the end of the round.  The deck is comprised of famous Batman baddies like The Joker, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, and some good guys, too, like Batman and Robin.

Finally tonight, we’ll venture off into a galaxy far, far away.  After the well received arrival of the StaImperial Assault expansion packsr Wars Imperial Assault miniature battle game, Fantasy Flight has been quick to turn some individual miniature expansion packs.  Each of these Ally and Villain Packs contain an individual miniature accompanied by new missions to run and unique cards.  Out these weekend on the Ally side are Han Solo, Chewbacca, rebel sabetours, and rebel troopers and on the Villain side are IG-88, General Weiss, and the Royal Guard Champion.

Mar 132015
 

Shadowrun Crossfire Character Expansion Pack 1Like that extra cybernetic eye you had installed last week, the Shadowrun Crossfire Character Expansion Pack 1 extends the usability of the Shadowrun Crossfire Deck Building Game.  Included in this reasonably priced expansion pack are twenty entirely new runner cards, four basic cards, and one hundred (you read that right!) upgrade stickers.The Hobbit Love Letter

If you thought Love Letter had a lot of variations before, then you’ll be shocked to find out another one has hit the shelves.  Love Letter The Hobbit overlays the world of J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth onto the mechanics of this incredibly popular card game.  However, this version of Love Letter provides a twist on the previous versions as players struggle to locate the Arkenstone before Smaug catches on.

Dungeons Dragons Collector's Series Drow War PartyDungeon and Dragons miniatures have not been prevalent after the dissolution of fourth edition, but Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force Nine are changing that this weekend.  The D&D Collector’s Series of miniatures is an extremely limited edition set of unpainted miniature figures to be used in the roleplaying game.  In the initial line are an Eye Tyrant Beholder, Lolth Demon Queen of Spiders, a Illithid Raiding Party, and Drow War Party.Legendary Fear Itself expansion

Another mini expansion for the popular Marvel Deck Building Game, Legendary, is out this weekend.  Legendary Fear Itself incorporates characters from the comic event of the same name, each of which is empowered by an Asgardian hammer akin to Thor‘s Mjolnir.  Included in the expansion are one hundred playable cards, six allies, one commander (Uru-Harlequins CodexEnchanted Iron Man), one adversary group, and three new plots.

The violent tricksters of Warhammer 40K receive their own hardcover codex this weekend.  The awaited Harlequin Codex has arrived, including in its glossy pages a detailed history of the faction, a gallery of paint schemes and miniature options, a comprehensive army list, and an appendix full of rules for fielding the armies of the Harlequin faction.Dungeons Dragons Battle for Faerun Dice Masters

Wizards of the Coast and Asmodee have joined forces to produce the newest version of Dice Masters on the market.  Battle for Faerun is a Dungeon and Dragons themed version of Dice Masters where sets of dice represent characters and creatures from the popular roleplaying game.  Working like a deck building game but with dice, players assemble teams by purchasing assortments dice.  Out this weekend is a two player starter set and the standard Pretty Pretty Smash Up expansionbooster pack assortment.

Objectively the most amazing expansion pack for the Smash Up card game to date, Pretty Pretty Smash Up is out this weekend.  Basically, the grungy, spooky, monstrous factions have had their day in Smash Up and now it’s time for some cute and cuddly options.  Included within this box are four entirely new factions, including Kitty Cats (featuring some familiar furry faces from the Internet), Princesses, Fairies, and, for all the Bronies out there, Mythic Horses.  All your vampires, pirates, and Cthulhus don’t stand a chance!