Like 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.
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 to 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.
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 authors 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.
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.
Okay, 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.
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 for 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.