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.

Jan 222016
 

One Night Werewolf VampireIf there’s something that goes together even better than peanut butter and chocolate, it’s vampires and werewolves.  Well, the smash hit One Night Werewolf has released a new, stand-alone version of the game entitled One Night Ultimate Werewolf:  Vampire.  Guess what it adds?  For three to ten players, Vampire assigns various roles to all the players, including the vampire, cupid, the assassin, and more, then asking players to deduce who the vampire is.  Adding everyone in there search are special powers that can be utilized to suss out the nefarious bloodsucker!Tanto Cuore Oktoberfest

Tonto Cuore is all about the Manga cheesecake.  Yes, the lady maids players are collecting in this deck building game are well endowed and scantily dressed, but, if you can look past that, the gameplay is superb.  Tonto Cuore Oktoberfest is the newest expansion/stand-alone version of the game, containing over two hundred cards themed with drinking, schnitzel, and barroom songs!  Combine the cards with the base game or play them alone, either way Oktoberfest is ready-to-play for two to four players!

Magic the Gathering Oath of the GatewatchLast weekend was the prerelease, so that means this weekend is the release of Oath of the Gatewatch, the newest set for Magic the Gathering.  Expanding on and working in conjunction with the Battle for Zendikar set, Oath of the Gatewatch, like all new Magic releases, launches with assorted buying options.  First up, the standard booster packs contains fifteen randomly assorted cards from the second.  Second, Intro Packs provide a completely build sixty card deck and new booster packs, making it the perfect entry point for new players.  Third, there are Fat Packs that contains nine booster packs, a full-art deck box, one hundred mana, a spin-down counter, and a booklet that lists all the cards in the set.  By the way, the Fat Packs are already out of print and also contain full art lands, two factors that will cause them to rapidly increase in price!

Jan 082016
 

Watchmen DC Deck Building GameEveryone’s worried about Who Watches the Watchmen, but the real question should be:  Who Plays the Watchmen?  A new Crossover Pack for the popular DC Deck Building Game, Watchmen adds six new playable characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s landmark miniseries to any base version of the game.  In addition to these new characters, the expansion also adds a new mechanic that generate suspicion within the gameplay.Carcassonne Over Hill and Dale

Carcassonne:  Over Hill and Dale is a rustic new variant of the original Carcassonne tile laying game that includes new decisions to be made and tactics to be enacted.  As players lay tiles, connecting roads and landscaping gardens, they will also be able to plant and harvest crops to gain further points.  As with other games in the Carcassonne series, Over Hill and Dale is easy to teach to younger or new players, making it a perfect rollftg_boxfront_v1.inddintroductory game experience for families.

Empires continue to be build in the new expansion for Roll for the Galaxy.  Roll for the Galaxy:  Ambition explores sets of new factions that have been added to the game, accompanied by new strategies and game tiles.  New Leader and Entrepreneur dice are also added to the existing dice pile, offering possibilities to recruit workers and other factions that can assist in growing your empire.A Study in Emerald Neil Gaiman

There are few products that have Neil Gaiman‘s name plastered on them that are not worth a look.  A Study in Emerald is definitely in the “worth a look” category!  Based off the award winning short story by Gaiman, the A Study in Emerald board game throws players into the author’s fictional world, one that combines Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft.  The Old Ones have taken over the Earth, running it for centuries, but a dedicated few are inclined to resist and restore power to the people.  Players will control those “Restorationists” as they attempt to overturn the Old Ones’ rule with covert assassinations and attacks.  Whether you use dynamite or espionage, the Arena of the Planeswalkers Battle for Zendikargoal is to restore power to humankind.

Built out of the ruins of the popular Heroscape miniature battle game, Arena of the Planeswalkers takes the Magic the Gathering mythos and uses it to provide miniature characters based off of Magic cards that can be pitted against each other.  Battle for Zendikar is the first expansion for the base game, including entirely new Planewalkers, heroes, and squads, as well as a special battlefield scenario to play through.  Bringing that scenario to life is an additional gameboard expansion that can connect to the previous board.  Ob Nixilis and Kiora are the two featured Planeswalkers in this set.Eldritch Horror Under the Pyramids

Stop a fanatical cult from returning a Dark Pharaoh to power in 1920s Egypt in the new Eldritch Horror expansion, Under the Pyramids.  This expansion features an Egypt side board enabling invetigators to explore the nation’s bustling cities, barren deserts, and mysterious archaeological sites.  Eight intrepid new investigators join the struggle against the Ancient Ones, aided by invaluable Relics, powerful Glamour Spells, and legendary allies including the archaeologist Enoch Bowen and the illusionist Erich Lanterns the Harvest FestivalWeiss.

Both a tile laying and card collection game, Lanterns the Harvest Festival will be the next easy-to-learn, but endlessly playable game you and your friends get addicted to.  In the game, players will be competing as artisans who are attempting to plan a beautiful lantern display on the palace lake.  Each player will take turns laying down tiles with assorted arrangements of different colored lanterns, attempting to connect a portion of the tile with another, matching tile.  By doing so, players will also earn lantern cards that can be collected to win the game.  For a limited time, anyone who purchases the game at Pulp Fiction will also receive a promo tile packet!

Dec 112015
 

Mafia de Cuba Revolucion expansionGrasping Cuba with an iron hold, the mafia has yet to let loose in the first expansion for Mafia de Cuba, Revolución.  In this mini-expansion, players will find the proper materials to add six new character types to the game, including a dirty lawyer, revolutionaries, and more.  As well, a fake diamond token is included, which can be stolen, but has the possibility of getting you caught later in the game.Viticulture Essential Upgrade Pack

It is time for the vineyards to combine in the Viticulture Essential Upgrade Pack.  This compact upgrade pack contains materials originally found in the Tuscany expansion, allowing players to change their original edition of Viticulture into the ultimate version of the game, without having to purchase the expansion.

Car Wars ArenasAs this has been the year of Mad Max:  Fury Road, a new version of the vehicular battle card game, Car Wars, seems appropriate.  Car Wars Arenas gives players more exciting locations to showcase their skills and blow away their opponents.  This boxed set contains five two-sided arena maps and a booklet detailing the special features of each arena.Baseball Highlights 2045

Baseball Highlights 2045 requires some explanation.  So, in 2032 baseball games were shortened to six innings and cybernetic implants are standard.  Then in 2041 fully robotic players became a standard.  Now, in 2045, human players still exist (called Naturals), but they are outnumbered by robotic players.  Pit your team against another opponent in this one to four player game, but make sure to have a balance of athletic abilities, as naturals can do certain things that robots can not.

Power Play Schemes and SkullduggeryIn Power Play you begin with some grand design and some supernaturla powers and connections.  How you will accomplish your goals, who you will use, and what you will need to are dependent on your actions.  A competitive narrative game, which means you will use traditional RPG-style actions, Power Play does not require a game master, just a group of four to eight players to act as villainous masterminds vying for control.Timeline Challlenge

Building upon the highly popular, educational card game series, Timeline, Timeline Challenge is a full-on board game experiences using a similar rule system.  In the game, players strive to win the different tests littered around the game board.  Not only is Timeline Challenge a standalone game, but the cards included are capable of being used in conjunction with any of the other previously released Timeline games.

Legendary Secret Wars Volume TwoSecret Wars may be struggle to conclude in the comic medium, but, in the board game world, Upper Deck has just this weekend completed its Secret Wars expansions for Legendary.  Secret Wars Volume 2 contains over 350 new cards to be added to the Legendary base game and combined with the previous Secret Wars expansion.  This time around, players not only gain new henchmen, villains, and schemes, but never-before-playable characters, like Flash Thompson Venom, Spider-Gwen, Captain Britain, and Howard the Duck.

Oct 162015
 

The GrizzledOne of history’s deadliest wars has just been turned into a two to five player cooperative card game.  And it is awesome!  The Grizzled is an inexpensive card game that drops players into the roles of tattered WWI soldiers in the mud and muck of the trenches.  All the players will need to work together to survive a barrage of mortars, gas, and enemy fire, but will also need to keep their own safety in mind.  Finding that balance between group unity and personal survival will keep you coming back for more.One Night Revolution

The first of two products set in the popular cyberpunk universe of The Resistance card game, One Night Revolution is a new spin on that popular deception game.  With the combined mechanics and game designers of  The Resistance and One Night Ultimate Werewolf, One Night Resistance has three to ten players attempting to discover the government spies hidden among their revolutionary forces.  Like One Night Coup RebellionUltimate Werewolf, this version plays in a swift fifteen minutes!

The second Resistance universe game out this weekend is Coup Rebellion G54.  Not an expansion for the original Coup, but instead a sequel to that game, Coup Rebellion builds on the original game’s deception rules by adding character options.  These twenty-five new characters are able to be selected at the beginning of each game, each adding a unique ability to the gameplay.  Epic card game

From the makers of Star Realms, the popular, cheap, expandable deck building game, Epic the Card Game is another spin on Magic the Gathering from former pro players.  Epic allows two to four players to play sealed, draft, or constructed out of the materials contained in one box.  Unlike Magic, players do not require mana to power their Legion of Super-Heroes DC Deck Building Gamecards, but instead the game operates off of a simple one or none power system.

As with the previous Arrow and Justice Society of America expansion packs, the new Legion of Super-Heroes Crossover Pack for the DC Deck Building Game is a cheap set of additional cards for the game.  Included in the pack are six playable heroes not seen in previous expansions as well as new super-villain, hero, equipment, and other cards.Super Motherload

Based off of the online game written by comic author Kurtis J. Wiebe (Rat Queens), Super Motherload is the card/tile adaptation recently released by Roxley Games.  Super Motherload serves as a revolutionary game design, combining both deck building and tile laying.  Each player, taking on the role of a Mars colonist, will play cards from their own deck that will allow them to dig and attain materials on the planet’s surface.  Over the course of the game, however, players will purchase and add Survive Space Attacknew cards to their deck in order to dig for rarer resources.

Launching from Atlantis into the atmosphere, Survive:  Space Attack! adapts the basic rules of the original Survive: Escape from Atlantis! for an entirely new environment.  In the game, players will be taking on the role of astronauts who are desperate to escape their space station, as it is currently under attack by alien forces.  It will be up to each player to choose their own route and method of escape, but do so quickly, as the clock is ticking.Time Stories

Combining group storytelling, board gaming, and roleplaying, T.I.M.E. Stories is an original experience dropping this weekend from Asmodee Games.  T.I.M.E. Stories is set in a world where time agents exist to travel back to the past in order forestall temporal incursions.  Before each game, players will select a specific time agent to control, then they will be launched into the story scenario and attempt to play their way out.  In this initial release, the Asylum scenario sends players to a mental hospital in 1920s Paris.  Later expansions will add new scenarios to continue the gameplay.