Jun 102016

New Game Stuff, what?  Where have you been?  I know, I know.

Cultists and CthulhusIt’s hard to find good help if you’re a cultist nowadays.  Or, at least, that’s what Cultists & Cthulhus would have you believe.  Brimming with the nerdy, cynically tinged humor shared by Munchkin and Chez Geek, Cultists & Cthulhus has players controlling rival cult leaders.  Each player attempts to round up followers, enact rituals, and (with hope) summon their very own old one.  Any two to eight Lovecraft fans will have a great time when they pick up a copy of Cultists & Cthulhus.My Little Pony Marks in Time booster

Eventually, every popular nerd series delves into time travel.  It’s just an unwritten rule.  Well, My Little Pony ventures into that timey wimey realm with the newest expansion set for the MLP collectible card game, Marks in Time.  Since the set is themed around time travel and alternate realities, players will find updated, younger, or irregular versions of classic cards and ponies in the set.

Agricola RevisedWait, Agricola?  That’s been out forever.  But there you would be wrong.  For one, Agricola has been out of print for a good deal a time, so having any version back in print is a good thing.  Second, this version of the game is an updated and revised edition.  Agricola Revised now features wooden game pieces and a streamlined rulebook that allows the game to play quicker and easier for younger players.  Fans of Settlers of Catan, San Juan, and Puerto Rico, if you’ve never played Agricola, now is the time.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters TMNT

Long awaited by all heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dicemasters set is finally out!  This oversized base set includes enough materials for two or four players, depending on how you divide the resources.  Featuring the artwork and character designs from various eras of TMNT, the game is playable by all ages.  As the game features the same popular mechanics of Quarriors and the other Dicemasters editions, TMNT Dicemasters can be combined with any of the previous sets.  So, if you want Star Wars Galactic Ambitions expansonyou can have Leonardo face off against Spider-Man and Harley Quinn!

Another in the line of beloved Star Wars The Card Game expansions, Galactic Ambitions is out this weekend.  Featuring five new objective sets for both the Sith and Rebel factions, Galactic Ambitions is a major addition to the base game.  Not only do the Sith and Rebel factions receive new objectives, but every other faction also gains one extra objective set.  Among those new cards, there is not only another version of Darth Vader, but also Star Wars Rebels‘ Kanan Jarrus!Eternal Masters Magic the Gathering

Finally, if you’re a Magic player and haven’t been living under a rock in the realm of Zendikar, you’ll have been salivating for the release of Eternal Masters.  Out this weekend, Eternal Masters is the follow-up to the two Modern Masters sets that raised such a fuss in the Magic world.  Reprinting cards from the very beginning of Magic the Gathering, but in never-before-seen foil versions, this set is seriously desired by any die hard Magic player.  Boxes are limited and the price point will rise swiftly as the set goes out of print, so grab what you can, while you can.

Apr 292016

Dice City All That GlittersNo one turns down gold, even in the imaginary city of Rolldovia.  Dice City:  All That Glitters is the first expansion for the town building, dice rolling game from AEG.  In All That Glitters players gain the resource of gold, provided by twelve gold tokens.  As well, the expansion contains forty-eight additional cards that all players to use the gold to strike deals, spruce up pre-existing buildings, and have the option of constructing new types of buildings.

Another in the Lost Legacy series of card games, The Werewolf and the Undying Lost Legacy Fourth Chronicle The Werewolf and Undying HeartHeart is the newest stand-alone addition to the game.  Like the other sets, The Werewolf and the Undying Heart can be played independently of the other expansions.  Each deck in this set can also be played solo or combined with each other, depending on the player’s preference.  For two to six players and only lasting ten minutes a round, Lost Legacy is one of the easiest to learn, quickest to play card games on the market.

Munchkin Playmat Spyke Gets SuckeredSteve Jackson Games is nothing if not committed to bringing players every possible iteration on products related to Munchkin.  With that in mind, the Munchkin Playmat drops this weekend.  A valuable tool to help organize any game of Munchkin (and if you’ve played you know all of those cards can get unwieldy), the Munchkin Playmat designates spaces for class, headgear, race, unequipped items, and many other card types in the game.  These spots along with a level gauge help to keep players’ multitude of cards ordered and organized.Epic Card Game Tyrants

In the vein of White Wizard Games other popular deck-based card game, Star Realms, the Epic card game receives four booster pack expansions this weekend.  Epic Tyrants is made up of four booster pack expansions that contribute thirteen new cards to the game, each themed around a Tyrant character.  The four options are Draka’s Rage, Helion’s Deceit, Raxxa’s Doctor PanicRevenge, and Markus’ Command.

You’ve heard of the classic board game Operation.  Well, Doctor Panic is the next generation relative of that game, a blend of app-based, cooperative, and time trial.  Made for families of all-ages, Doctor Panic plays in only twelve minutes!  Yes, you and your other players have twelve minutes to complete a variety of medical procedures and clean-up activities.  Download the free Doctor Panic app and incorporate it into the game as well.Adroid Mainframe

Over the last few years, Fantasy Flight has grown a variety of games around their elaborate, cyberpunk universe of Android.  A spin-off of the popular Netrunner series, Android Mainframe is a completely different take on that universe and game mechanics intended for two to four players.  A placement game at it’s heart, Android Mainframe has players assuming the role of a Runner and using various character tiles, linking rods, and various cards to attempt to gain control of various evil corporations’ computer systems by “hacking in.”

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!

Oct 022015

Why FirstBecause of irony, Why First? seems like the ideal game to discuss at the outset of New Game Stuff.  Resembling the now out-of-print Magical Athlete racing game, Why First? favors those who come in second.  Players will lay down movement cards to propel them around the track, but will have to strategically attempt to lag behind other players in hopes of coming in second.Munchkin Nightmare Before Christmas

Put on your black eye shadow and run an electric current through your hair to get your Tim Burton on!  The Nightmare Before Christmas edition of Munchkin is here!  In a ghoulish twist on the classic game, players will arm themselves with a vampire teddy, the Mayor’s badge, and bat hat, and charge into battle on Santa’s sleigh.  Become a citizen of Halloween Town, Christmas Town, Thanksgiving Town, or Easter Town.  Try to banish foes The Village Cronesuch as Oogie Boogie, Doctor Finkelstein, and Lock, Shock, and Barrel!

You may want to stay away from pyres, but outside of that The Village Crone from Fireside Games (Castle Panic) can be a rewarding experience.  Ever wanted to put a curse on an annoying acquaintance?  Ever wanted to get ahead in life through magical means?  Well, The Village Crone satisfies those urges.  A worker placement and resource management game at its core, one to six players will attempt to met certain win conditions by mixing potions and cursing townsfolk.Paladin Class Deck Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game expands its characters options this weekend with two new character decks.  First up, is the Paladin Class Deck, which includes a new version of Seelah and two brand new Paladin characters.  Second, we have the Monk Class Deck which also includes a new version of Sajan plus two other Monk characters.  Finally, the fifth Dungeon of FortuneAdventure Deck for the Wrath of the Righteous adventure path, which is the penultimate deck.

TMG had a hit with the dungeon crawl dice game, Dungeon Roll, and now they’ve taken that formula and applied it to a push-your-luck format.  For two to six players, Dungeon of Fortune approximates a descent into a traditional dungeon, full of loot.  Players will compete Firefly Kalidasa expansionwith each other to collect great shares of gold and coins, that will increase the deeper you go.

Arguably the most shiny expansion for the Firefly board game yet, Kalidasa is the second rim space expansion set to be released.  In this expansion, players will receive a new section of gameboard that physically extends the game’s play area.  As well, a new ship model called The Operative’s Corvette is included alongside two new contacts (Magistrate Higgins and Fanty and Mingo).

Mar 062015

Rumble in the DungeonPlaying like a smaller scale Munchkin Quest, Rumble in the Dungeon is an inexpensive dungeon crawl game.  Players lay down tiles to represent the dungeon then navigate it’s paths and corridors attacking other players.  Steal treasure and protect your “mystery” characters and you’ll prevail.Witness board game

A murder mystery game, Black and Mortimer:  Witness provides players with sixty-four separate scenarios to play through.  Each player is given various clues and information about a case, then must confer with the other Tiny Epic Kingdomsplayers in order to solve the mystery.

Tiny Epic Kingdoms is a big game in a small package.  Each player takes control of a different faction or kingdom attempting to take control of various regions.  Factions and territories are represented by tiles and stat cards used to compare armies as players attempt to conquer the same lands.The Grasshopper and the Ant

Another in the Iello fables series of board games, The Grasshopper and the Ant is another excellent family game release.  Playable at adult and child levels, The Grasshopper and the Ant sees players alternate back-and-forth playing as the titular Viticultureroles, attempting to steal and horde resources throughout a series of rounds.

Back in print (though the first print run was extremely limited), Viticulture is the strategic game of winemaking.  Placed into the role of vineyard owners, players begin with a few tracks of land, three workers, and a tiny cellar and must grow their industry over a handful of seasons.  Also out this weekend is the new expansion for the game, Tuscany.  This expansion entirely alters the gameplay through a tiered system where new mechanics are revealed over playtime.Assassin's Creed Arena board game

Assassin’s Creed comes to the world of board gaming.  Assassin’s Creed:  Arena converts the gameplay of the popular video game franchise into board gaming mechanics.  Players will take control of one of four historical assassins in order to navigate the streets of Constantinople, using sneaking tactics and weaponry to murder those who deserve it, acquire treasures, and stock-up on gear and gadgets.