May 032013
 

Life is full of tough questions.  Paper or plastic?  With or without cheese?  Red pill or blue pill?

Pig or dog?

The correct answer to the latter question is actually both.  And, luckily, when you buy a copy of Pick-a-Dog and Pick-a-Pig you get both.  When combined with each other, these games go from 2-5 players to 6-8 players, blending matching and dexterity games together no matter which version you play.  A grid of cards sits in the center of the table, each with five attributes noted on them.  Players also have a single card in their hand.  Once the game has begun, everyone tries to grab a card with at least four similar attributes, adding it to their hand and continuing from there.  The game stops when one player has no more cards to grab.  As one can imagine this game plays well with family members or friends plus a bottle of scotch.

Is your tower protected?

Not exactly a new game, but one we’ve just gotten back in stock, Batt’l Kha’os is a tile laying game with some fighty bits thrown in.  Players attempt to take control of various tower tiles laid across the table by placing their own army tiles around it.  Each tile intersection point is then totaled up for the amount of humans vs. orcs and whoever has the most takes the corner.  Once all four corners around a tower are calculated, whoever has the most corners (orcs or humans) takes control of the tower.  Though it leaves some letters out of its title, Batt’l Kha’os combines the best of Carcassonne and Pocket Battles.

Nathan Fillion has charmed television, comics, and cinema, but now he’s setting his sights on the world of board gaming. Castle:  The Detective Card Game transformers the comedy and mystery of the hit television series into a clue solving card game.  Players take control of a key character from the show in order to piece together the clues and figure out who the murderer is.  Players can choose to compete in episode mode, finding only one killer to win the game, or season mode, playing through a range of episodes and murderers to see who has solved the most by the end.

In the middle of all this complicated gaming hooha, let me throw in a quick shout-out to the newest Data Pack for the Netrunner LCG from Fantasy Flight.  Humanity’s Shadow includes the standard assortment of sixty new cards to be incorporated into the base game.  Download them into your hand right now.

Tear down your quarantine signs, put aside your rifles, and lay down your machetes, and come out of your reinforced basements because it’s time for the first Zombicide expansion to arrive.  Although, as this expansion, Walk of the Dead (see what they did there?), contains twenty-four additional zombie miniatures, you may still want to guard your brain.  There are also twelve spawn cards include so that these figures can be introduced into the game.  Stay close, lock and load, and make sure to wear a helmet.

Ahoy, maties, it be Catan: Pirates and Explorers!

The newest expansion for the hit Catan game series, Pirates and Explorers, like Cities and Knights, Seafarers, and Traders and Barbarians before it, adds new mechanics to the already popular ones from Settlers of Catan.  Bridging the gap between Catan and Seafarers, Pirates and Explorers starts players out on one island, searching for resources and settlers to build and pilot a sailing vessel to another island.  Once there, players discover a range of new resources to continue building and growing.  This version of the game comes packed with five original scenarios to keep the gameplay fresh and original.

And, because of time and all that stuff, the last three items tonight will be presented in image only.  They do say pictures speak louder than words, right?

Okay, maybe a few words.

There’s Ugg-Tect, a cooperative game where players have to act like cavemen while instructing each other on how to build a prehistoric building.  There are also inflatable clubs included.

Two RPG softcovers also release this weekend.

One, for Call of Cthulhu (Atomic-Age Cthulhu), providing a 50s era setting for Cthulhuian mystery and murder with a nuclear backdrop.

And, two, the newest addition to the Only War Warhammer 40K RPG, Hammer of the Emperor.

Feb 222013
 

We’ve trudged through the snow and ice just to bring you, dear readers, the newest installment of New Game Stuff.  Okay, fair enough, it’s not that bad out now and, yes, we could have posted this from home, if need be, HOWEVER, there is new gaming stuff and we are going to tell you about it.

First up, with Magic Game Day arriving on the morrow, it’s time for the Gatecrash Event Decks to show up.  For this set, the decks focus on Boros and Simic, meaning red/white and blue/red/green, respectively.  The Simic Guild deck comes packed with killer green cards, like a Thragtusk and a Wolfir Silverheart, while the Boros deck includes ton of money cards, like Clifftop Retreat, Champion of the Parish, Spark Trooper, Silverblade Paladin, and more.  So, lets do the math, not only can you play these competitive decks in tournaments and do well, but you’ll also make off like a bandit with all the money rares included in them.

Expand your spellcasting playbook with the Forcemaster vs. Warlord expansion set for Mage Wars.  Within this set are all the spell cards, mage cards, spellbooks, markers, and rules that you’ll need to incorporate these powerhouses into your base game of Mage Wars.  And, whoo boy, these two robed wizard-types are packed full of the butt-kicking.  Forcemaster likes to kick other players in the face with her mind and whip them about like a ragdoll with her telekentic prowess.  On the other hand, the Warlord has his minions soldier on for him while he brings the death from above with his brutal war magic.  Either way, you’re going to be challenging your opponent like never before.

If you just can’t wait to see how Peter Jackson ends his Hobbit saga (or you can’t read…but then you’d probably not be looking at this), create your own ending with the second Hobbit saga expansion for the Lord of the Rings LCG game, On the Doorstep.  Within this expansion are three additional scenarios that take two players across the Wilderlands, pitting them against giant spiders, Smaug, and the armies of Bolg on a cooperative journey.  Of course, to topple these challenges, you’re going to need new heroes, treasures, and player cards.  Luckily, you don’t have to venture across the Misty Mountains cold to find them, because they’re all contained within.

But maybe hobbits aren’t your flavor (they do have all that hair).

If not, the newest release for the Dungeon Command miniature game, Blood of Gruumsh, is chock full of Orcs for your battling pleasure.  This boxset contains an entire Orc faction, ready to play directly out of the box.  That means there are twelve prepainted figures depicting an owlbear, an Orc Chieftain, a wereboar, and much, much more.  Or if you’re feeling random, slap your Orc faction together with a bit of Elf and Goblin and have an old fashioned D&D hoedown!

Finally, this evening we’re going to write a lot of words.  But we’re going to do it in an order that turns them into a sentence.  And from those sentences, we’re going to tell you the names of four fresh additions to the Pathfinder universe. First up is the Shattered Star Poster Map Folio which provides detailed maps for Varisia, Magnimar, and Kaer Maga.  Next is the Animal Archive which details the fauna of the Pathfinder universe, including armor-wearing triceratops.  The Snows of Summer begins a new Adventure Path known as Reign of Winter.  And, finally, Pathfinder Online: Thornkeep provides GMs all the information they need to run adventures in and under Thornkeep, as well as details on the upcoming Pathfinder MMORPG.

Jul 132012
 

Like an atomic bomb of tiny cardboard, Magic the Gathering 2013 Core Set has dropped. This onslaught of Magic rares, uncommons, and commons is a perfect jumping on set for any new players as it is built around an even distribution of colors and types. Choose from new Fat Packs, Intro Decks, Deck Builder’s Tool Kits, and booster packs as entry options or supplemental materials for your existing decks.

A return to the fantasy RPGS of the seventies, Dungeon Crawl Classics is exactly what it claims to be, a good, old fashion pen and paper, D20 based fantasy system of wizards, elves, dungeons, orcs, and goblins. Not at all a new item, but so appealing to those who were around at the beginning of Dungeons and Dragons, we wanted to mention the restock we received. Outside of the core rulebook and limited edition leather bound version of that tome we also have in stock four different adventures ranging from levels 0 to 2.

Rio Grande Games has been incredibly successful at producing continually addicting expansions to their popular deck building series, Dominion. This week they have once again raised the bar by releasing the Dominion Base Cards set. These reprinted, newly illustrated editions of cards essential to the game, such as all the curse, trash, potion, and victory and treasure cards allow players to purchase any of the Dominion expansions without owning any of the base games. Or pick up the box if you want to spruce up your game with some new, beautifully illustrated versions of the games essential cards.

There’s always a bigger fish.

The new Warmachine Colossals rulebook depends heavily on this notion. Introducing the colossal figures, all of which are even bigger than the largest heavy ‘jacks. New warcasters, updated, fully compiled rules, sections of post-Warmachine: Wrath plot, and a painting guide complete the varied contents list of this essential rulebook.

Lets be honest, you can’t play Wings of War without the majorly cool plane models produced for the game. Ares Games is ready to help with your next bombing raid as they’ve released a set of four new WWI era flyers, all of which include a stat base, a stand to distinguish variable altitudes, a management card, maneuver cards, and the essential rules and counters for each plane.

Fleshing out the already flesh-filled, dystopian universes of Rogue Trader and Deathwatch, two new 40K RPG hardcovers are on shelves now. Honour the Chapter contains all the information necessary for players to detail and command a Space Marine Battle-Brother from any of twenty different chapters, each chronicled extensively. The Koronus Bestiary performs a similar task, but for the many, varied beasties and slithery things crawling, floating, and slithering about the galaxy, even coming with a creature generator tool which allows players to make their own deadly monsters.

Mar 162012
 

If the idea of boxing seems attractive to you, outside of the getting your face punched in thing, then Jab: Realtime Boxing might just be your speed. And speaking of speed, it’s a rather important element in how you play the game. As the game has no strict turn structure, play is based off how fast and how strategically you play your cards/fists. You can either KO you opponent with haymaker punches or wow the officials with your skill. For a quick two-player fighting experience, this is the champ!

Maaaaaaaps! They don’t love me like I love you! Maaaaaaps!

They do however love Steam like Steam loves you. Or so I’m guessing; they’re all inanimate objects. Anyway, insanity aside, the newest Steam Map Expansion Pack has arrived. This time around the pack comes with three new maps, China (2-4 expansion), California 2090 (3 player expansion), and Great Britain (3-4 expansion). Get to shoveling that coal, folks!

Just like the Jimmy Johns of interstellar delivery, the Rocket Jockey makes his supply run in a flash. Unless those pesky aliens get in their way. That’s the premise of the fast to learn, easy to play card game known as Rocket Jockey. With artwork from legendary comic artist Cliff Chiang, Rocket Jockey is a racing game which pits currier against currier for the fastest delivery time. Have you got the nerve?

Using our summoner powers we’ve summoned a hefty restock on Summoner Wars…summon…summoning…sum…um…yeah. So, not only do we have the Summoner Wars Master Set back in stock, but also the rereleases of the Dwarves/Cave Goblins and Phoenix Elves/Tundra Orcs expansion packs. Along with all this, the new Taliya’s Spirit and Piclo’s Magic Reinforcement Packs are in stock.

Team work is put to the test in Mayfair GamesWhitewater. Players control two rowers in two different rafts of four rowers each (try to say that three times fast). So, it becomes a careful decision of how much energy to exert and in which raft, all while trying to avoid obstacles in your path. Quite the family outing.

Pergamemnon travels far, far back in time to a point when the Carthagians, Romans, Hellenes, Egyptians, and Persians ruled the world. They also didn’t get along very well. A card based battle game where players square off, nation to nation, with soldiers, war machines, and creatures of legend. Containing 110 cards and all the rules you’ll ever need, Pergamemnon give you all you’ll need to rule the world.

Another P card game from Iron Games, who made the above Pergamemnon, Pax takes place during the Spartacus uprisings. More on the card management side of things alonside tactical decisiveness. If you’re a fan of 7 Wonders, you should give it a look see.

Oct 142011
 

So, here it is Friday again and time for another New Game Stuff post.

Whoa, what?

Fridays are Comic List Highlights, not New Game Stuff!  What’s happening!  My world’s crumbling!  My brain is melting!  Fire is raining from the skies!  MAKE IT STOP!  MAKE IT STOP!

Whew, okay, ready to go.  Yes, you can now expect Fridays to be home to the New Game Stuff posts while Saturdays will become Comic List Highlights.

And for the inaugural gaming item, a new supply to one of our favorite deck building games, Resident Evil.  If you haven’t played it, the Resident Evil Deck Building Game is akin to Dominion and Ascension, featuring a play style centered around selective purchasing and playing of cards.  Anyway, the official playmats for the game are now in stock.  That’s playmats with original game art on them as well as designated spaces for key cards in the game, like the mansion, ammunition cards, combat knife, and handgun.

Oh, ‘ello, chappy.  Are you a discerning Arkham Horror player?  Ah, yes, I can see that.  Well, then you surely have a collection of Litko Game Accessories Arkham Horror compatible accoutrements?  Oh, you don’t!  I wouldn’t spread that around town, if I were you.  It’s okay, though, because we can provide assistance.  In that I mean, Pulp only today received a vast assortment of various markers, tokens, and bases to accompany the game.  These include Iron Gate Markers (able to display in-game iron gate tokens), tentacled Monster Bases (also helpful to display monster tokens), as well as larger, transparent blue Sealed Gate Tokens (improve the small sealed gate tokens that come with the game), among other niceties.  Improve your horror experience, gents and ladies, improve it.

Are you ready for a Blood Bowl!  A Friday night Blood Bowl!  

Ehhhh, too soon?  You don’t have to be Bocephus (actually, you’d probably prefer not to be) to enjoy a the new card game from the makers of Blood Bowl, Team Manger.  Basically the original game in card form, Team Manager runs two to four players through a season of the hard hittingest, blood spillingest, bone crunchingest game ever, as they battle over players, train their team, and via for fans on top of playing each other.  If it hasn’t occurred to you, the fitting pun here is fantasy football as your player options are dwarfs, elves, orcs, and the like.  Lets just say, Hank Williams, Jr.’s recent comments may actually be appreciated in this game.

Summoner Wars enacts their master plan this week by dropping not only a Master Set edition, but two new Reinforcement Decks, Goodwin’s Blade and Hawk’s Strike.  Unlike in the game, you don’t have to use mystical forces to call forth these packs of warrior-y might.  But if you do use the magic of your wallet, you might find some dangerous allies at your finger tips.  For instance, the Hawk’s Strike pack expands upon the Jungle Elves and Cloaks factions while Goodwin’s Blade expands Vanguards and Fallen Kingdoms.  But maybe the most valued of these three is the new Master Set.  Unlike what you might think when you hear that phrase, the Master Set provides six entirely new faction decks!  Not only is this enough to start a prospective player off on the game, but a premium game board is also included, giving players a perfect setting to play their game.