May 202016
 

Game of Thrones House Stark playmatEven though the members of the various Game of Thrones houses may be dwindling thanks to stabbings, dragon flames, beheadings, and other grisly forms of death, you can still represent them with the brand new Fantasy Flight playmats out this weekend.  Each playmat features the sigil of a house, including Stark, Targaryen, and Lannister.  Perfect for Magic the Gathering, the A Game of Thrones LCG game, or any other card game where you don’t want everything to slide all over the table.Waka Tanka

If you can look past the racism of Waka Tanka (trust us, the previous box art was worse), then you’ll probably have a great time with this bluffing game for three to six players.  In the game, players control shamans from the Sioux Nation, each attempting to conjure spirits in order to commune with them.  Each turn, players lay a spirit card face down in front of that spirit’s totem.  The catch is that a player is allowed to put down a card that does not match, something they’ll get away with Storyline Fairy Talesif no other player calls them on it.  Get rid of all your cards to claim victory.

Once upon a time there was a storytelling game that was not called Once Upon a Time and added mechanics from Apples to Apples.  That game was called Storyline Fairy Tales.  The first in a series of group storytelling games, Fairy Tales allows three to eight build their own fable with over 100 cards labeled with characters, locations, actions, and so forth.  Each player takes turns as the “narrator,” asking other players for a character or place or some other card descriptor.  The other players then place down their selection, leading to the narrator choosing the best one.  In the future, expansions will provide cards for other styles of story outside of fairy tales.My First Stone Age

The resource management game Stone Age is a great time for adults, but a little overly complicated and lengthy for children.  Z-Man games and designer Marco Teubner have solved that problem with My First Stone Age.  A kid friendly version of the game, My First Stone Age still involves two to four players moving figure around the board, collecting cute, wooden resources, and using them to construct their own settlements.  Unlike the original version of the game, My First Stone Age also plays in fifteen minutes, meaning a distracted child doesn’t have to pay attention that long in order to enjoy the experience.

 

Jul 172015
 

Magic The Gathering Origins Fat Pack boosterIt’s that time of year again (yes, again).  Magic the Gathering is launching another set that segues into a whole new era of the popular CCG.  MtG Origins is to be the final core set (reprinting old cards alongside new ones) ever, as the company will be instigating an updated release schedule this Fall.  As usual with a new Magic release, the standard boxes of booster packs, Fat Packs, and Intro Decks all release today.  Alongside those releases, however, there are also new Deck Builder’s Toolkits and Clash Packs.Walking Dead Bang Dice Game

Two, count them, two Walking Dead dice games hit the shelves this weekend!

First up, Bang! follows up its own Dice Game version and the Walking Dead Bang! edition with the Walking Dead Bang Dice Game!  Not only do players take on roles like Walking Dead Dice Game CryptozoicSheriff and Walker, similar to regular Bang!, opponents also compete to collect points while rolling dice.  But be careful, but too many zombies bites will whittle away from your overall score.

Out from Cryptozoic is the succinctly titled, Walking Dead Dice Game.  A competing version to the above Bang! variation, the Walking Dead Dice Game sees players rolling dice in order to acquire supplies and move from region to region on a mini-gameboard.  Essentially a scaled down version of the larger survival-centric Walking Dead board game.Doctor Who 8th Doctor Sourcebook

Yes, the Ninth Doctor Sourcebook came out last week.  Yes, the Eighth Doctor Sourcebook releases this weekend.  Sue us, time travel is weird.  Like each of the Sourcebooks in the Doctor Who RPG line, the Eighth Doctor Sourcebook contains a detailed explanation of this version of the Doctor’s exploits.  But, wait, the Eighth Doctor only starred in a single TV movie!  In place of other episode, Cubicle 7 has written an extended adventure that takes players across the various realms and time periods of the Crabs Adjust HumidityDoctor Who universe, all while controlling the Eighth Doctor and his various companions.

Possibly the most often asked question at Pulp Fiction is “Do you carry Cards Against Humanity?”  Sadly, the answer has always been “no,” because the makers of that game do not sell their product through gaming distributors.  Luckily, the answer has changed to “yes,” because a forward thinking company has released Crabs Adjust Humidity.  An exact copy of the format and style of Cards Against Humanity, Crabs Adjust Humidity contains new cards that can be played as a standalone game (that works exactly like CardsCthulhu's Vault Against Humanity) or incorporated into the original game.

A darker, insanity driven version of the popular storytelling game, Once Upon a Time, Cthulhu’s Vault has players competing to tell a story using classic mythos elements.  However, unlike Once Upon a Time, players must defeat an Eldar God in the game’s final round, akin to Chew Card Game Cases of the FDAthe endgame scenario of Arkham Horror.

Popular Image comic book, Chew, comes to the boardgaming workd in Chew:  Cases of the FDA.  In, Chew:  Cases of the FDA, you’ll work to solve a case pulled straight from the pages of the comic series.  Whether it’s finding clues, recruiting allies with amazing food-related powers, or sabotaging your opponents, each round you’ll work to close the book on your particular investigation before your opponents can swoop in and steal your spot as the top-food-cop in town.

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.
Jun 212014
 

Ascension Realms UnraveledLike the collectible card game it is based off of, Magic the Gathering, Ascension continues to expand its deck building universe.  Realms Unraveled is the newest expansion for the game, this time around adding Multifaction and Multi-Unite cards that create special deck combinations.Hobbit Tales card game

From the makers of the One Ring roleplaying system comes a storytelling game, akin to Once Upon a Time, set in the Lord of the Rings universe.  Acting as hobbits hanging out at the local watering hole, those playing Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn utilize story cards to begin constructing a tall tale only The Heart of the Wild One Ringto be interrupted by other players.

While we’re stopping in Middle Earth, let’s take a look at The Heart of the Wild, a new supplement for the One Ring roleplaying game.  A setting supplement, The Heart of the Wild expands descriptions of locations like Mirkwood Forest as well as adding a bestiary full of creatures lurking in these shadowy realms.Cards of Cthulhu

A card game for one to four players, Cards of Cthulhu plays off of the gothic horror of the Lovecraft universe to deliver a deck-based battle game.  Players compete against the AI of the game, which controls the creatures and other baddies, in an attempt to halt the release of the Elder Gods.  Also included in the game is a booklet of original stories set in the universe, crafted by Pagoda board gameauthors like Matt Forbeck, Daniel Keys Moran, and David Gerrold.

A new dexterity game from AEG, Pagoda is a family friendly, easy-to-learn, two player only game of building construction.  Each of the two players utilize cards to add colored pillars to various levels of their pagodas, but once a certain color has been used on a level, that is the only color that can be used.Istanbul game

Another quick, family game from AEG out this week is Istanbul (not Constantinople).  Players navigate their merchant and assistants from market stall to market stall.  On each stall are rubies and goods of various sorts and players utilize their assistants carefully in order to attain more of these items than the other players.

Romance of the Nine Empires Arcane FireOkay, see if you can follow this:  Romance of the Nine Empires is a card game based off of a fictional card game from an independent film called The Gamers:  Hands of Fate that is now real.  Got it?  Good.  Now it has an expansion called Arcane Fire that contains enough cards to create two entirely new factions to be incorporated into the base game.Shadowrun Run and Gun HC

If you’re going to battle against the evil corporations that dot the landscape of the Shadowrun universe you’re going to need a bigger gun.  And maybe, like, forty of them.  To alleviate this problem Catalyst Game Labs has just released a beautiful hardcover of Run and Gun for Shadowrun 5th Edition.  This supplement contains all the information you’ll ever need Galactic Strike Forcefor gun, knife, hand-to-hand, and any other form of combat within the system.

From the makers of Sentinels of the Multiverse comes Galactic Strike Force, another cooperative card game, but this time set in the far reaches of the galaxy.  Players each take control of a spaceship and a crew comprise of scoundrels and questionable types (Firefly, anyone?) as they try to save the universe.  Like Sentinels, players will control a unique deck against an AI-run set of villains.  The first expansion for the game is also out this weekend.

Mar 082014
 

The great glory of Mankind must be reclaimed!

So say the Sentinels of Terra in the newest Space Marines Codex supplement.  This hardcover release contains information on how to build a Sentinels army, a detailed background of the faction telling how they came to be and what they desire, and an array of mission templates designed to recreate famous battles from the Sentinels history.

Also out from the Warhammer 40K universe this weekend is the Imperial Knights Codex.  Collecting valuable information for the reassembled Knight world faction, this Codex contains the history of the Imperial Knights, extended information about the Knight Errant and Paladin suits, and rules for running an Imperial Knight detachment.

A week late due to these aggravating shipping troubles that continue to pop up recently, the Born of the Gods Event Deck is now available!

A mono black deck, the Underworld Herald Event Deck is designed for competitive tournament play.  An entirely built sixty card deck and fifteen card sideboard, Underworld Herald features a combination of Pack Rat, Doom Blade, Xathrid Necromancer, and Desecration Demon, the latter of which is a nearly ten dollar card.

The highly popular storytelling battle game Once Upon a Time, wherein players jockey for control of a fantasy narrative using their imagination and special story beat cards, gains another expansion this weekend in Knightly Tales.  Focusing on Knights and their honorable bravery, this fifty-five card expansion adds additional story and ending cards.

Two great tastes that taste great together, Drinking Quest the Card Game combines roleplaying games and, well, drinking.

A simple card game styled around the mechanics of classic RPGs, Drinking Quest has players choose stat-ed character cards, just like in RPGs, then face off against monsters (decided randomly by the cards, acting as GM).  Beat the monster and you earn life and glory, lose and you must chug, chug, chug!  If you have the most XP by the game’s end, you win.  The losers drink.  So, really everyone comes out alright.