Apr 242015

Just DessertsWe begin tonight’s New Game Stuff with dessert.  Just Desserts is the newest card game from Looney Labs, makers of Fluxx and Chrononauts.  Similar to Fluxx, players are drawing and playing cards in an effort to match a goal card in the center of the table.  The goal in this instance, however, is a hungry guest whom you have to feed a specific pairing of desserts.The Lord of the Rings The Treason of Saruman

Much like the film adaptations, the Lord of the Rings LCG Saga expansions keep on coming out.  The Treason of Saruman is the newest Saga expansion, featuring one hundred and sixty-five cards to be incorporated into the base game.  Set during the The Two Towers period of the novels, this expansion contains new heroes and player cards that walk the player Dark Seasthrough the events of Helm’s Deep, Rohan, and the battle with Saruman.

A fresh take on the pirate gaming genre, Dark Seas is a dice-based game where players accumulate a pirate fleet and empire by rolling dem bones.  By rolling sets of custom dice, each player constructs ports, acquires crewmen, sets sail, and hordes treasure, all in effort of becoming the most feared and respected pirate on the seven seas!Argent The Consortium

Ever wish you could pick the next headmaster of Hogwarts?  Well, Argent The Consortium may be legally distinct enough from Hogwarts, but, essentially, that is exactly what players are doing when they play this bartering game.  Coming with thirty-five distinct miniatures (icing on the cake!), Argent has players using spells, leverage, and other resources to get elected the next Warmachine Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebookheadmaster of the Argent University of Magic!

Long awaited and hotly anticipated, the Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebook hits shelves this weekend.  Following the successful launch of the Unleashed Adventure Kit a couple weeks back, the core rulebook introduces the essential rules, character creation mechanics, and other necessary traits to run a roleplaying game set in the vast, steampunk-inspired universe of Warmachine!Dominion Adventures

Other deck building games have been churning out expansions like mad over the last year, but the originator, Dominion, has stayed somewhat silent.  This weekend that changes as the ninth expansion for the popular deck building game arrives.  Dominion Adventures sees the return of a popular mechanic from the Seaside expansion, Duration Cards.  Along with these, Adventures also includes thirty Kingdom cards, twenty Event cards, and new Reserve cards that can be saved for later use.

Apr 102015

Skitarii CodexThe hardcover Skitarii codex was released this weekend.  Containing the standard history section, a showcase of miniature paint schemes and designs, as well as a comprehensive army list, this volume is actually cheaper than previous volumes.  That price point makes it an easier faction to pick up if you’re looking to get into 40K.Star Realms Gambit Set

The fifth booster pack expansion for Star Realms releases this weekend!  Star Realms Gambit provides a number of cards that expand the playability of the original deck building game.  Included in these cards are two solo challenge cards that allow players to play the game individually as well as cooperative cards that allow for team play.

Star Wars Draw Their FireFollowing Ready for Takeoff, Draw Their Fire is the second expansion deck for the Star Wars Living Card Game‘s Rogue Squadron cycle.  As with the previous Force Pack, Draw Their Fire includes over sixty cards that include new objectives and pilots to be incorporated into the base game.Doomtown Faith and Fear

After the Election Day cycle of expansion packs for Doomtown, the first Pinebox expansion is released this weekend.  Faith and Fear is an oversized box set expansion that contains four entirely new outfits to be incorporated into the base game as well as Blessed dudes that can utilize spiritual magics.

Bohnanza Princes and PiratesFinally released in English, Bohnanza Princes and Pirates and Bohnanza Ladies and Gangsters are two sets of expansions that were previously only printed in Germany.  Princes and Pirates are each expansions for the base game, providing a new mechanic where players attempt to cross thorny hedges to rescue a princess and buy and sell ships that can be used to acquire beans, respectively.  Ladies and Gangsters provides female and baby beans that earn more points and allow one or two players to compete against the BeanMerchants and Marauders Seas of Glory Mafia, respectively.

Finally, Merchants and Marauders Seas of Glory is out this weekend.  Including eleven new challenges that expand the playability of the base game, Seas of Glory also contains variant scenarios for the game and a handful of additional mechanics that alter how the game is played.

Aug 022014

Cypher Chest NumeneraFor the stressed Numenara game masters out there, Monte Cook Games has released a product that will ease the set-up process.  The Numenera Cypher Chest contains three card decks intended to speed up play and game prep.  One deck contains 120 Cypher cards, twenty of which are different devices, while the other one hundred are power upgrades for them.  The second deck is full of commonly encountered creatures.  And deck three is an XP deck that eases the challenge of keeping track of stats.Hotel Tycoon board game

Anyone looking for vibrantly designed family board games that could ease new players into more complicated resource management games should check out Hotel Tycoon.  A kid friendly resource management-lite game, Hotel Tycoon has players purchasing and developing hotels, with each represented by a plastic, three Box Cover.indddimensional building miniature, in order to attain the most money.

The north is filled with two things:  lumberjacks and Sasquatches.  Flapjacks and Sasquatches plays off of this fact, by pitting the two against each other, as they are natural enemies.  Players are competing to chop down the most trees, marked in the game by tree cards and chop tokens, but beware the dreaded Sasquatch, as he may attack at a moment’s notice!

Press start to play Pixel Tactics 3!Pixel Tactics 3

Another entry in the 8-bit influenced card game series, Pixel Tactics 3, like its predecessors, is entirely stand-alone!  So, if you wish, you can add it to either of the previous releases, but that is not necessary to be able to play it.  As for how the game works, players will select hero cards from a limited amount of options, construct a deck out of them, then pit them against Madame Chingtheir opponent.  Where the strategy lies is in using the right hero, in the right way, for the right situation.

The great pirate captain Madame Ching has enlisted you, a trusted captain among her pirate army, to sail out and capture the most booty, will you succeed?  Each player controls a different captain, each attempting to waylay unsuspecting ships, outrun fellow players, and acquire new skills.  Working Space Wolves Stormfang Gunship miniature 40Kyour way across the board, part of the strategy comes in choosing to push on to Hong Kong or return to Madame Ching first.

Pathfinder Pawns Bestiary Box 4The major Warhammer 40K miniature release for the weekend comes in the form of the Space Wolves Stormfang Gunship.

Another Bestiary hardcover has been released and that means another Pathfinder Pawns Bestiary Box is here.  The Bestiary Box 4, as usual, is the most cost and time efficient way to visually enhance your next Pathfinder game.  This gigantic box contains over 300 individual tokens, fully illustrated with a creature, and accompanying bases.

Mar 152014

Coming up on Channel A is a new program for fans of anime and manga, ready-made for party gaming!

Recently run through the distributor system following a successful Kickstarter run, Channel A is another in a long line of Apples to Apples style party games.  In the case of Channel A, players are selecting multiple cards, each with a uniquely anime-esque words, and using them to pitch a new anime show to the rest of the group.  Votes are taken and points are assigned based on majority. 

If there’s a cult following bigger than fans of zombie stuff, it’s fans of Cthulhu stuff.

From the makers of Zombies!!!, the highly popular zombie outbreak survival game, comes Cthulhu!!!:  Hastur La Vista Baby!  Similar to Zombies!!!, players control hardened Elder God exterminators attempting to halt the return of an creature from beyond by sanctifying ritual sites.  However, the threat of insanity looms large over everyone thrust into the middle of this horrific setting.  Can you hold out?

Flash Point is jumping in the drink with its newest set of expansion boards, Dangerous Waters.

In this expansion are two double-sided game boards with representations of a submarine and a sunken ship, offering an entirely original environment for players to experience.  Any safety provided by the above-ground buildings of all the previous sets is now out-the-window, so to speak, raising the stakes in this popular cooperative game.

Newly arrived and quickly disappearing from the shelves is Magic the Gathering‘s most recent Duel Deck, Jace vs. Vraska.

Hotly anticipated, this duel deck retails for $19.99, but contains cards with values which far exceed the price.  As well, these duel deck sets are always perfect introductory products for new Magic players, giving them a fully built deck to play as well as one to give an opponent.

A supplement to the Chaos Space Marine’s Codex, the recently released Crimson Slaughter Codex provides information about unique artifacts and options for your existing Chaos Space Marines army.  As well, it provides a unique story that’s never before been told in the Warhammer 40K materials.

Legend of the Five Rings makes a major comeback this weekend with the launch of a freshly designed base set, the Ivory Edition, anchored by four new booster pack releases and a set of nine starter decks.  The classic nine clans are represented, including crab, scorpion, crane, and all the rest.

Somebody really needs to Asmadi Games to start play testing these games they’re releasing.

In the mean time, here’s another We Didn’t Playtest This edition, this time known as We Didn’t Playtest This Pasted-On Theme at All!  Adding another batch of original cards, this expansion also includes stick-on (paste not included) themes like zombie, pirate, elves, and more.  Not only do these themes make each card snazzier than before, they also change the endgame scenario.

While we’re on the topic of expansions, the popular education series, Timeline, gains another themed expansion this weekend.  Timeline: Music & Cinema plays just like the previous versions of the game with players attempting to lay cards from their hand in chronological order without seeing the dates.  In this specific expansion, all the cards relate to major moments or works in the music and film industries.

A loving homage to classic Dungeons & Dragons, Luke Crane’s Torchbearer RPG HC is all dungeon crawling all the time.

Building off of the Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard roleplaying systems, Torchbearer deals in deep, dank dungeons, heroic adventurers, and a hunt for glory.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler has finally swing his way into the Legendary deck-building game, and he’s brought along friends.  Another mini-expansion for Marvel‘s successful DBG, Paint the Town Red (trust us, the contents are better than the title) includes cards for the Black Symbiote Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Black Cat, Scarlet Spider, and Spider-Woman as well as Mastermind cards for Carnage and Mysterio.

Mar 292013

Funnel cakes.  Corndogs.  Turkey legs.  Dragon’s toes.  To enjoy these fair delicacies you’re going to have to stop by Dungeon Lords: Festival Season.

This new standalone version of the popular dungeon construction game adds a number of extra elements not in the original.  This time around the game progresses over five rounds, being each of the seasons as well as a special Festival Season.  Having the extra round is both beneficial and complicating as players have time to prepare their dungeon as well as for the adventurers to assemble their posse.  New traps, monsters, rooms, and spells are also included in this edition of the game, along with The New Paladins expansion.  Just don’t jump on the tilt-a-whirl after eating three of those dragon’s toes.  Barf city.

The goblins have gotten restless.

Gosu Tactics 2 returns you to the worn torn reaches of space and the greatest goblin war of all time.  This deck building game takes the mechanics of Dominion and applies it to the hard fought task of assembling goblin armies.  Tactics is an updated augmented version of the original game, gaining sleeker play options and alongside the lose of cumbersome redundancies.  These alterations include the removal of activation tokens and card text, the latter in order to make the game entirely multilingual.  In place of rule text, the game now utilizes symbols which indicate each goblin’s two power levels.

Insert coin for more Super Dungeon Explorer!

Press start for two new Super Dungeon miniature expansions.  These include a the dreaded Vonn Drakk Manor family and their wicked sorcery.  This massive expansion four new heroes, like Sister of Light and Van Wilding, along with new bosses like Death Spectre and Baron Von Drakk.  Also included are nearly thirty monster miniatures.  Alongside this release comes the special promo level boss, Succubus Vandella.  Rather than straight-up bite your face off like other vampire monsters, Vandella likes to confuse and distract her opponents.

IT’S OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***********!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smash Up gets smashier with Smash Up Awesome Level 9000!

Since ninjas, zombies, and pirates are so last year, this expansion adds four new factions including Killer Plants, Steampunks, Ghosts, and Bear Cavalry.  You read that last one right, by the way.  Bears you can ride.  With cossack riders.  The idea is you and another player (or up to four if you combine the base with the expansion) slam two entirely unrelated character classes together for one deck of utterly confusing destruction!

If you missed out on the limited run on Kickstarter, Sentinels of the Multiverse just dropped a dump truck of promo decks and expansions on our doorstep today.  The promo decks released today include two special location decks, one, Silver Gultch, is a western ghost town and the other, The Final Wasteland, a futuristic desert populated by beasties fit right into the time traveling expansion also released today, Shattered Timelines.  Shattered Timelines itself introduces two original time jumping hero characters as well as four equally non-linear Big Bads for them and other heroes to battle.  A hero deck and a villain deck also join these expansions, introducing Miss Information (a secretarial nasty) and The Scholar (scientific superhero).  Finally, a special pack of oversized villain cards rounds out the plethora of SotM product flooding the store today.