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.

Jan 232015

Munchkin #1Munchkin #1

-Steve Jackson and John Kovalic have dominated gaming with their Munchkin card series for years.  Now they’re coming to comics.

-Another quirky, humorous series from the growing Boom! Box line of comics (Lumberjanes, Teen Dog, Adventure Time)!

-A crunchy, snarky, dungeon crawly comic series, Munchkin takes all the fantasy parody from the card game and weaves them into short stories by a slew of up-and-coming writers and artists.

-Also, for those avid Munchkin collectors out there, every new issue will come with an original Munchkin promo card that can be incorporated into the base card game.

The Dying and the Dead #1The Dying and the Dead

-Jonathan Hickman, writer of East of West and Manhattan Projects, launches another new ongoing series from Image Comics.

-Pulpy storytelling akin to Five Ghosts blended with the surreal science of Manhattan Projects, The Dying and the Dead is Hickman’s ode to serial adventures of old!

-When a dead friend of The Colonel (this world’s version of Indiana Jones) is killed at their wedding, he’s propelled into the hunt for an ancient artifact that could spell doom for the entire world.

-One of the first Must Read series of 2015!

Effigy #1Effigy #1

-Celebrity scandals and murder mysteries slam together in this new Vertigo series!

-Tim Seeley, creator of Hack/Slash and writer of Batman Eternal and Grayson, launches this new ongoing series.

-After an embarrassing sex tape scandal, former child star, Chondra Jackson, returns to her hometown only to get wrapped up in a murder mystery that resembles an episode of the show she used to star on.

-When you’ve got a cult of wackos wanting to sacrifice you for your magical celebrity blood, you realize it’s tough being famous.

Uncanny Avengers #1 Uncanny Avengers

-Seems like only yesterday that Rick Remender launched the Marvel NOW! flagship title, Uncanny Avengers.  Well, everything old is new again.

-Spinning out of the events of Avengers vs. X-Men Axis, this relaunched Uncanny Avengers series is a fresh jumping-on point for new readers.

-What an unusual team!  Sabertooth takes over the role of Wolverine, while Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Sam Wilson’s Captain America, and the Vision.  Oh, and the fan favorite Brother Voodoo also makes his triumphant return!

-Joining Remender in relaunching this flagship title is Daniel Acuña and his fluid, painterly artwork.

Jan 102015

Sentinels of the Multiverse Wrath of the CosmosJust as the title advertises, Sentinels of the Multiverse expands into the far reaches of the galaxy with its newest expansion.  Wrath of the Cosmos is another expansion for the highly popular superhero cooperative card game, coming with two new space-based heroes, four galactic-level baddies, and environments where no one can hear you scream.  Arcadia Quest Super Dungeon

From the company behind Super Dungeon Explorer comes another dungeon crawler with an anime flare!  Arcadia Quest pits guilds of explorers against each other as they traverse the lair of the vampire lord.  Each guild is tasked to complete various scenarios, only moving onward when they have been accomplished.  However, guilds can mess with each other in an attempt to deter opponents.

Camel Up CupA rare two to eight player game, Camel Up is a bidding and dice rolling game centered around a pack of racing camels.  Five camels race around a pyramid while players roll dice to determine the amount of spaces each camel moves.  In between dice rolls, players can bet on their favored camel, earning more points at the end of the game based on how early they placed their bet.  But beware, the camels have a few tricks up their sleeves, including jumping on top of each other. Doomtown New Town New Rules

Ole Doomtown‘s fillin’ up mighty quickly, pardner.  The newly remade Doomtown:  Reloaded card game receives its second expansion decks this weekend.  Following up on New Town, New Rules, Double Dealin’ explores the fallout of Gomorrah’s first mayoral election with four copies of twenty-one new cards that can be incorporated into the base game.

Roll for the GalaxyIf you can’t tell from the title, Roll for the Galaxy is Rio Grande Games‘ dice variation on the popular Race for the Galaxy card game series.  Roll for the Galaxy uses dice to represent interplanetary settlers as the populated local star systems.  Two to five players will roll their dice in an attempt to manage their settlers in relation to technology and other resources, hopefully coming out on top.Firefly Blue Sun expansion board game

The Verse is a big place and Firefly:  The Game – Blue Sun aims to explore it.  This third expansion for the board game based off of the cult favorite series provides a board extension called The Rim.  This dangerous edge of the galaxy is rough terrain, but comes populated with new missions, crew opportunities, and a new supply planet for players to misbehave in.  And, of course, a new nav deck steers your ship through all of this Reaver populated Dungeon Master's Screen D&D Next 5.0 Dragonsterritory.

Since Gale Force Nine had difficulty keeping their D&D Next/5.0 Dungeon Master‘s screen in print, Wizards of the Coast stepped in and made one themselves.  Frankly, there’s is better.  A four panel, fold-out screen, this hard cardstock accessory provides all of the essential stats and tips a game master needs to keep his players spellbound and struggling along.Star Realms Crisis booster expansion

Following in the footsteps of Steve Jackson‘s Munchkin series, Star Realms (the exponentially expandable deck building game) receives four new, non-randomized booster pack expansions this week.  Each of these four packs can be incorporated into any amount of the base game.  Star Realms:  Crisis – Bases & Battleships includes a new ship for each faction as well as eight additional ships.  Star Realms:  Crisis – Heroes provide an entirely new card type called the Hero.  Star Realms:  Crisis – Fleets & Fortresses contains a new base for each faction, plus eight new ships.  And, finally, Star Realms:  Crisis – Events also adds a new card type called Events.