Hear ye, hear ye, come one, come all! Today beith the New Game Stuff Special! And, boy, is it new, special, and stuffy.
Just getting that out of the way, because, at some point, it was going to need to be said for the new Battleship Galaxies from Hasbro. Initially, you might think this is just a re-themed version of the original Battleship, but you would be wrong. With a careful rearrangement of the bingo style number/letter grid battle format, Hasbro has created an exciting new game that the ever knowledgeable THEY have claimed may replace Heroscape. Here’s how it works: 2-4 players select sides and a scenario to play through, then players utilize energy to perform actions, movements, and the like for their spaceships. What’s creative is that combat is solved by rolling two dice (one letters, one numbers) and dealing out damage based on the matching combination listed on the ship’s info card. Not only does this behemoth of a box contain the multiple gameboards, miniatures, cards, pegs, tokens, and rules, but also a 48-page graphic novel that details the backstory of the factions. You’re granpappy’s Battleship didn’t have that, did it?
From ship to ship, this time being a pirate ship. But not your traditional wooden vessel, no, instead one made of coins. K’wha? Yes, Pieces of Eight is a creative little game based around using a set of metal coins to represent your pirate ship. Those who you’re playing against will also have a coin ship and both of you are using the coins’ abilities to fight and, eventually, destroy the other ship(s). Players have complete control over which coins they use to build their ship and in what order they place them (similar to the construction of a fighter in Cookie Fu). And don’t worry about the $19.95 MSRP on this buried treasure, because Pulp is selling them at $9.99; that’s, basically, a dollar a coin. The two versions (different coins) of the game, The Cursed Blade and The Maiden’s Vengeance, are in stock currently.
Pathfinder finds itself with a new Player Companion called Faiths of Balance this week. This book is all about straddling the fence post as it details all the neutral religions and faiths in the Pathfinder setting. Basically, if you want to find religion in Pathfinder, this is the “good book”. There’s an overview of Green Faith, feats for holy warriors, god-specific spells, information on religious organizations and military orders, and faith-based character elements. So, here, the good word is “Pathfinder“.
Our already extended Fluxx family (not to be confused with Family Fluxx) got a little bit larger today as we restocked on a number of the Fluxx promo cards and materials. That includes the Christian and Jewish expansions (each with 7 new cards), the Monty Python Castle expansion (also 7 new cards, include a the Second Taunting action and We Already Got One rule), and the Zombie Fluxx Flame-Thrower expansion (which includes the titled flame-thrower and six zombie creepers). The Fluxx Blanxx (one blank version of each of the five card types in the game) has also returned. And lastly, the sweet Zombie Fluxx wooden box & Promo Card are in. As you can see to the left, this expansion consists of a nice wooden box to hold your Zombie Fluxx game in and a promo card called Zombie Boss.