Jul 032015
 

Rumpelstiltskin card gameIf you’re looking to have a board game filled Fourth of July, here’s the new arrivals for this weekend!

First up, we have the Rumpelstiltskin card game.  From AEG, the makers of Love Letter, Rumpelstiltskin uses similar mechanics while having players take on the roles of Fey who have entered into a name-guessing game with the titular character.  For two players only, Rumpelstiltskin plays in ten minutes as players attempt to guess their Lord of the Rings The Wastes of Eriadoropponent’s secret name while also using magical abilities to make that goal more difficult.

The newest Adventure Pack for the Lord of the Rings LCG is out this weekend!  The Wastes of Eriador contains sixty cards for the Angmar Awakened expansion set. Martian Dice Ten Minute Takedown The cards provide an entirely new scenario for their heroes can adventure through.

Steve Jackson Games has already released a larger Mars Attacks Dice Game, but now they are following it up with the quick-to-play Mars Attacks:  Ten-Minute Takedown dice game.  In the game, players each control a martian fleet, flicking dice across the table to gain points.  Players flick the dice from their own saucer disk onto other players’ disks, gaining points depending on where they land and which side of the die is facing up.Doctor Who Ninth Doctor Sourcebook

New Who gets its due with the Ninth Doctor Sourcebook for the Chris Eccleston version of Doctor Who.  Like all of the Doctor Who RPG Sourcebooks, the Ninth Doctor volume contains detailed adventures built around each episode of the Ninth Doctor’s tenure.  As well, the volume provides stats and playable character information for Rose, Mickey, Jack Star Trek Attack Wing USS Pasteur expansionHarkness, and tons of other companions and villains.

The newest wave of Star Trek Attack Wing ship expansions is out this weekend.  Included in the new wave are the USS Pasteur that can reach Warp 13 and is commanded by Captain Beverly Crusher, the USS Dauntless which is camouflaged to resemble and Enterprise, and the Kreechta, a Ferengi O’Kora-class ship.Pandemic State of Emergency

Finally, Pandemic:  State of Emergency is the newest expansion for the popular cooperative game.  This expansion adds five new roles and seven new events to complicate the original base game.  In addition, there are also Hiterlands Challenge, where the disease spreads from animals to humans, an adjustable difficulty mechanic that uses quarantine zones to slow down the spread of the pandemic, emergency event cards that complicate the game, and the superbug challenge that adds a fifth disease that can not be cured.

 

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.
Aug 302013
 

The star of Gen Con is here!  The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is out!

Blending living card games with roleplaying games, the Rise of the Runelords base set is the first in a series of Pathfinder card game releases.  Players will work through the exact adventure from the RPG game, but in card form, playing their characters as decks of cards.  Each deck contains weapons, actions, spells, and other options, based on the character’s race.  Released alongside this base set is the first expansion for the game, a must-have collection of three new characters (Barbarian, Druid, Monk) as well as method of expanding the game up to five or six players.  Also, the box for the base set is built to hold ALL future expansions!

With the original Shogun dead and his young son in power, the title is up for grabs.  Will your clan be the one to take it?

In Yedo:  Rule from the Shadows, up to five players compete as rival Japanese clans to take control of the Shogun title.  Gaining prestige points leads to victory, but in order to gain them you must complete missions, outwit your opponents, and acquire any needed resources.  Basically, a feudal Japan version of the hit D&D boardgame, Lords of Waterdeep, Yedo has been generating tons of buzz all over the Intro-webs of late!

You gained the four artifacts, you made it back to the helicopter, and you escaped the Forbidden Island before it sank.

Now, your ship has crashed in the Forbidden Desert and the adventure begins anew.  GameWright‘s second use of the Forbidden Island mechanics, Forbidden Desert begins where the previous game left off, but this time you and your crew are stuck in a vast desert contending with sandstorms and drought.  Instead of the board sinking, tiles shift around as you attempt to rebuild your crashed ship with the scattered pieces.  A perfect cooperative gaming option for families and friends, Forbidden Desert quenches your thirst for survival!

After reprinting and updating the previous expansion for Pandemic, On the Brink, Z-Man releases an entirely new expansion today, called In the Lab.  Within this sick (see the level of punery going on there?) expansion, players gain three entirely new ways to approach the classic game.  First up is a lab challenge where viruses are taken back to a decontaminated environment to be investigated for cures.  Second, is team mode, where players group up to compete against rival scientists.  Third, the long awaited solo mode has been activated, leaving you all on your own to contend against a world of sickness.

Warmachine stomps into the realm of board games and deck builders with High Command.

In the tradition of Dominion, Ascension, Thunderstone, and all the rest, High Command has players buying character and action cards from a community pool in the center of the table in order to strengthen their steam-powered decks.  Whether you’re a fan of deck builders or Warmachine, High Command commands you to pay attention!

 

250.

Distinct.  Creature.  Tokens.

Bestiary 2 Box.

In.  Stock.  Now.

Jan 062012
 

Fantasy Flight has a number of game expansions which they print only on demand.

Well, we’re demanding, so they’ve been printing. And shipping…to us.

Originally release at last year’s Gen Con, The Massing at Osgiliath deck for the Lord of the Rings LCG has now become a print-on-demand edition. That means they are some what rare. And the only thing standing in your way of owning every release for the game. Even if you aren’t on that sort of obsessive quest, this mini-expansion can still offer value as it includes all the cards you’ll need for an entirely new adventure that increases in difficulty parallel to the number of players. A niffty release indeed!

And if you’re going to make print-on-demand items for one game, you may as well do it for two others. Or so Fantasy Flight seems to believe.

Two PoD packs, in fact, were released this week for the Death Angel Card Game. One is a Mission Pack, which includes entirely original location cards that can be incorporated into the base game to offer a completely new mission. The second is the Space Marine Pack, which includes set of new combat teams, including their coordianting action cards.

Of course everything works better in threes, so a new Mansions of Madness PoD also got lumped in with the above culprits. The ‘Til Death Do Us Part expansion does the same thing as the previous Mansions of Madness PoD expansions (which we also receive a restock on), that being supply all the essential elements for an entirely new scenario where players investigate a serial killer’s victims with their ghostly assitance.

Since I’m getting tired of typing PoD, lets talk about a game that actually had a regular print run.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue adds a new option to the minimal line of cooperative games on the market. Like Pandemic, Forbidden Island, or Red November, Flash Point: Fire Rescue requires players to work together or they will all suffer the consequences. Each player takes on the role of a specific rescue specialist (like paramedic or fire captain) in an effort to save victims from a burning building. The game is intended for beginners, veterans, or players of all ages and experiences as it allows for four differing levels of play, including family, recruit, veteran, or heroic. As there’s not enough cooperative games out there, I’m happy to see a new, inventive edition to the genre.