Nov 152014
 

7 Wonders BabelAsmodee released another 7 Wonders expansion this weekend and this one requires some heavy labor.  7 Wonders:  Babel contains two separate gaming expansions that can be added singularly are together.  First, is the tower component, which adds an extra beginning drafting phase.  During this phase, players draft tower tiles, each of which features a special law that affects all players.  Second, are a set of law cards that tax players for using certain colored cards.Ace Detective A Noir Card Game

It wandered in out of the cold, a cigarette hanging from its box lid, a fedora covering its corner.  Ace Detective was its name.  A storytelling card game in the vein of Once Upon a Time, Ace Detective has players utilizing plot cards to tell a group narrative.  Each turn players lay down story cards in an attempt to keep the yarn flowing, but must battle against each other to take control of the plot’s direction. Catan Ancient Egypt Settlers of And, if you can’t tell from the title, Ace Detective is all noir, all the time.

Another in Settlers of Catan line of standalone spin-offs, Catan:  Ancient Egypt pairs the same great Catan mechanics with an Egyptian setting.  Oxcarts are used to move resources like papyrus, stone, and cattle from town to town.  This standalone edition also features two alternate play scenarios, increasing the replay value of the game and keeping players interested.Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor's Secret Adventure Pack

As Sauron’s forces draw ever closer, the fellowship must venture into the mines of Celebrimbor to discover the only three rings of power untouched by the dark lord.  This is the story for Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor’s Secret, the newest Adventure Pack for the LotR LCG.  Adding sixty new Magic the Gathering Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Boxcards to the game, Celebrimbor’s Secret includes Galadriel as a playable hero character.

With the holidays just around the corner, Magic the Gathering has, for the second year in a row, released a special gift box to ease your shopping distress.  The Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Box is an inexpensive 2000 count card box that also happens to contain four Khans booster packs, special card dividers, stickers to personalize the dividers, land, and a special promo card.  Check your favorite Magic player off your “To Buy” list.My Little Pony Celestial Solstice

Nearing closer to the newest My Little Pony booster pack set, Enterplay has released their equivalent of an MtG Fat Pack.  The MLP Celestial Solstice box contains materials for two players, including a twenty-four card pack of rare, foil promos, three Premiere Edition boosters, three Canterlot Nights boosters, and a Pandemic The Cure dice gamedurable card box.

The popular Pandemic strain of virus fighting cooperative games has mutated this weekend.  Pandemic:  The Cure is a dice variation of the original game, converting all the regular mechanics to dice rolls.  Each player still takes on a different role, now represented by a unique set of dice.  The outbreak is also represented by dice, which are rolled, then placed on the gaming board.  A quicker variation of the original, Pandemic:  The Cure can be set-up and played in around thirty minutes.Rarrr card game

With Godzilla and Pacific Rim recently stomping all over movie theaters, Kaiju in demand.  Rarrr!!! is a drafting card game that answers that demand, giving players the chance to control powerful, monstrous creatures.  Broken into two drafting rounds and a bidding round, players first build and power their monster, then use the power cards they’ve attained to outbid others in an effort to destroy the most buildings.

Sheriff of NottinghamThe first release in a series of board games given the seal of approval by Dice Tower, Sheriff of Nottingham puts players into the roles of Nottingham’s merchants and the greedy Sheriff, himself.  Each turn players attempt to enter the city with various goods and products for sale.  However, they may choose to mix legal and illegal products together in their carts.  But, beware, the Sheriff will be allowed to pick through each merchant’s stash and weed out items or punish players.Till Dawn

Both a drafting and Push-Your-Luck game, Till Dawn is a vampire game with style.  Contained within a creatively designed coffin-shaped box, Till Dawn has players taking over the role of a horde of competitive vampires.  Over the course of three rounds, players pass around a deck of cards, drawing one, then following its command.  The goal is to collect the most blood tokens and return to your coffin before the sun rises, but vampire hunters and other obstacles Titanium Wars Confrontationcan make that a difficult possibility.

A short and sweet expansion, Titanium Wars:  Confrontation adds some appealing extras to the base game.  Included within this expansion are new arsenal cards, planets, leaders, and events, as well as cards that replace previous cards.  In addition, Confrontation includes a Versus Mode variation that can be played individually or in teams.Trajan

Stefan Feld, game designer for Bora Bora and Bruges, releases a new game this weekend entitled Trajan.  Players attempt to build-up their own corner of Rome through the use of special ability tiles.  Tiles are distributed around the table through a special mechanic where they are placed in bowls, then used by each player Voyage of the Beagle Robinson Crusoe expansionstrategically.

The first expansion for Robinson Crusoe, Voyage of the Beagle is here!

Containing a set of original scenarios that can be paired with the base game to extend its playability, each of these scenarios link together, serializing events so that what occurred during the last play session remains into the next session.King of New York

Hottly anticipated, Richard Garfield’s sequel to King of Tokyo is finally here!  King of New York is bigger and more intense than its predecessor, just like a game set in America should be!  Like King of Tokyo, players take control of monsters, attempting to gain the most victory points by beating the crap out of each other.  However, the game board for King of New York is double the size, providing multiple zones for players to fight from.  As well, the game adds a “fame” component that allows one player to take the spotlight and gain special abilities.
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!

Oct 112013
 

Pictionary is so last century.  PIX by Game Works is were all the cool kids are at now.

A party game based around drawing, PIX forgoes the pad and pencil in favor of pixel squares and a magnetic board.  Teams of players take turns using their pixels to (all black except for one red) a picture of the selected word for that turn.  Who’ve has the most discernible picture, wins!

Following the month old Warmachine:  High Command is the aptly named, Hordes:  High Command.  This version, too, is a deck building game set in the universe of Warmachine.  Each player chooses a different faction (Skorn, Circle of Orobos, Legion of Everblight, and Trollbloods), composed of a different deck of cards, then purchases other cards to strengthen their army and conquer terrain.

Become your own Indiana Jones in Days of Wonder‘s new Relic Runners board game!

Players compete against each other by attempting to collect a set of four unique relics.  Taking on the roles of famous archaeologists, each player attempts to make it through a unique trail, acquiring rations on the way in order to move further.  A special toolkit, available to each player only after completing certain tasks, can aid them in winning the game by shifting the rules in their favor.

Agricola‘s two-player game, All Creatures Big and Small incorporates More Buildings, Big and Small.  These twenty-seven new buildings add entirely original ways to house and contain your animals within the game.  Along with the buildings, there is also a fifth stale tile and farm expansion.

Finally, Descent‘s second edition receives another expansion, The Trollfens.  This expansion contains a dungeon’s worth of new loot, including two brand new heroes, a handful of monsters, new shop, relic, and class cards, the latter of which will enhancing hunting and mental talents.

 

Oct 042013
 

Nightfall airlines welcomes you to another leg in the global tour of terror with Eastern Skies.

Set in India, Eastern Skies sees the Nightfall encroaching on a barely touched city, but one which is beginning to see the arrival of ghouls from the depths.  A deck-building game featuring monstrous creatures, like werewolves, vampires, ghouls, and the like, facing off against those that hunt them.  This expansion adds new wound effects, starting minions, and link abilities, leading to faster play.

Catalyst Game Labs have cooked up a head-to-head tile game that rivals chess.  Meet The Duke.

Players move armies of soldiers toward their opponent’s Duke, attempting to capture him.  How these armies are moved across the field is the unique bit.  Each troop is indicated by a tile, designated with a special movement ability (side-to-side, forward-and-back, etc.), but each also has an entirely different ability on the back which is activated after the tile is moved.

Hanabi, an impressively popular cooperative card game released over the last couple weeks, is back in stock.

Players work together to try and construct the most impressive fireworks show in all of Japan by laying down cards in a particular order.  Where it gets tricky is that everyone holds their cards outward, facing the other players, so that their holder can not see them.

Forget second life, first life is where World of Warcraft Trivial Pursuit is at!

Applying the classic Trivial Pursuit format (roll, move, answer question in a category, rinse, repeat) to the World of the Warcraft, players compete against each other in a game of nerdy knowledge, attempting to out fact those who they would normally spear within WoW.

The Legend of the Five Rings RPG expands its boundaries a little further with Naishou Province.  This supplemental book contains a map of the Province, a special heavily detailed section onthe Province’s capital city (Toshi no Naishou), as well as a complete history of the Lion Elite Spearman School.

Earn some frequent flyer miles with the new beta edition of Age of Rebellion for the Star Wars RPG.  This entirely new rulebook details what players need to control pilots, soldiers, spies, and fighters among the Rebel Alliance.  For a short time, each copy comes with seven extra pre-built character sheets, including Dero Jin, the pilot to ride into battle with Lando Calrissian in Return of the Jedi.

Warhammer 40K isn’t the only Warhammer putting out codex lately.

Warhammer Fantasy releases an updated, brand new Dark Elves Codex this weekend!

Side-scrolling video games always end with a menacing boss monster, but those poor, lonely, hard-working soles never get any respect. 

Until Boss Monster the card game!

A popular Kickstarter endeavor, Boss Monster has players controlling the boss monster at the end of an 8-bit side-scrolling level, but the twist is that you get to assemble the level.  Balancing appealing loot with deadly challenges, players attempt to make their level more appealing to would-be heroes than their boss monster peers.  Just remember to leave that axe away from that bridge line.

Sep 062013
 

Who you gonna call?

Well, in the case of The Phantom Society, the ghosts.

The Phantom Society is a fresh take on the haunted house game from Asterion Press.  Playable from two to four players, the game gives you the option of controlling the ghosts or the ghost hunters, both trapped in an aging hotel.  The former group is hellbent on causing destruction and haunting the guests, while the latter what to get famous by trapping some poltergeists.  Just don’t play it with the lights off…cause, you know, it’d be hard to see.

In Trains, the new edition designed by Hisashi Hayashi, players start with a small set of cards, but by building a more effective deck throughout the game, they will be able to place stations and lay rails over the maps of Osaka or Tokyo.  Gain enough points from your railways and you will ultimately manage the most powerful railroads in modern Japan.

Zombies!!! 12:  Zombie Zoo not only adds a new challenge to the Zombies!!! universe, in the form of a zoo challenge, but also six new types of zombies, including lions, tigers, polar bears, hyenas, monkeys, and gorillas.  Each of these undead animals will come between you and your goals, so work quickly!

Survive the Battle of Helm’s Deep!

The Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers deck-building game expansion allows players to continue playing through the popular film franchise in card form.  This expansion introduces special cards that are automatically given to the starting hands of each Fellowship member, as well as card combos and a Wall of Helm’s Deep gaming scenario that adds a new layer to the gameplay.

Control the rise of six new civilizations in Civilization:  Wisdom and Warfare!

The fates of the Aztecs, English, French, Japanese, Mongols, and Zulu lie within your grasp.  Social policy cards give governments greater depth and power, while a new combat system makes battles more tactical and tense than ever before.  This expansion also adds new map tiles, new relics, and a new type of building.

The Heroes vs. Monsters Duel Deck contains ten rare cards and two mythic card, including Figure of Destiny, Sun Titan, and Deus of Calamity, as well as a preview card of Polukranos, World Eater, a mythic rare from Theros.  As usual, each of these decks is fully built and ready to play out of the box, a perfect set to learn on if you’re a new player!

With the Veterans of the Seas, the newest Tsuro expansion, you’ll be able to add more excitement to your game with the Tsunami and Uzushio (whirl pool) tiles.  However, this tile set also provides you with hope in the form of Cannons and the Mystic Portal may help you to overcome the devastation and be victorious!

Fire up your hyperdrive and embark on a journey to the farthest regions of the Star Wars galaxy.  Intrepid explorers, scrappy smugglers, and adventuresome academics must harness every skill in their arsenal to evade Imperial forces, thwart their competition, and finally explore – and survive – an uncharted world.  This full length adventure includes all-new adversaries, vehicles, and location ready for play in the Edge of the Empire RPG.