Nov 082014
 

EvolutionIt’s survival of the fittest in North Star GamesEvolution.

During the set-up phase, players draw random cards that will decide what sort of creature they will play.  Each turn sequence involves phases where food resources are laid out then devoured.  Those players who did not receive any food go extinct.  Players can choose to control carnivores or herbivores, however, so some players may end up being food themselves.Bang Heroes of the Storm

Your favorite characters from the various Blizzard video game properties have invaded the board game with Bang!: Heroes of the Storm!  The popular deception mechanics of Bang!, where players take on secretive roles, each with their own purpose, combine with characters from Yugioh The New ChallengersWorld of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft.

Hot on the heels of Duelist Alliance, the Yu-gi-oh CCG receives its second set in its ninth consecutive series, The New Challengers.  The New Challengers consists of eighty new cards, including six ultra rares, ten super rares, twenty rares, fifty-four commons.  Booster packs for the set are on shelves now!Hypberborea

A  new spin on the civilization game, Hyperborea, from Asmodee, sends players into a newly discovered realm of myth and magic.  The goal of the game is to construct your own kingdom using various colored cubes, each representing different resources.  Where Asmodee has changed the dynamic up is with how players receive the cubes.  Each turn, players dig into a bag and pull out three Car Wars Steve Jacksonrandom cubes.

Steve Jackson‘s classic car versus car game has been reprinted this weekend in a new, updated version.  Car Wars basically allows players to live out the Road Warrior or Death Race 2000 by constructing their own dystopic roadsters and beating the crap out of each other.  Two to eight players construct their cars from the components included in the game, then battle for thirty minutes to decide the victor!Knightmare Chess

Steve Jackson‘s second rerelease this weekend is the updated version of Knightmare Chess.  Essentially, a variation of chess played with cards, Knightmare Chess does require a foreknowledge of chess to play.  However, those familiar with chess will love how the game is changed-up with the inclusion of cards.  During, after, or before turns players are allowed to Castles of the Mad King Ludwigplay cards from the set, with some drastically altering the move capabilities of pieces.

The Castles of Mad King Ludwig are renowned for their extravagance and grandeur, and now you have to surpass them all.  In Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players attempt to construct the most elaborate castle possible one room (one tile) at a time.  A single player takes the role of the Master Builder, who gets to decide the cost of each room tile, while the other players attempt to purchase the best option.  However, the Master Builder can only use the leftover tiles.  Walled City Londonderry and Borderlands

Walled City:  Londonerry and Borderlands finds players building a city from the ground up.  Divided into two separate rounds of gameplay, Walled City begins with a round of laying streets tiles, which separate the game board into sections.  Players then populate the sections with citizens.  During round two, walls are constructed and guarded by watchmen meeples.  Whoever has the most populated section reigns victorious.  And for more replay value, the game includes two Koryo card gameentirely different maps.

Set in a steampunk universe, Koryŏ, from Asmodee Games, is an easy to learn and expedient card game for two to four players.  Lasting only eight turns, has players laying down cards each turn, but only from a particular political family.  Each family is comprised of a certain number of cards, which can be utilized for powerful abilities and victory points.

The Doctor Who Roleplaying Game has regenerated again!Sixth Doctor Sourcebook Doctor Who

Out this weekend, the Sixth Doctor Sourcebook contains the same great materials as each of the previous volumes.  Providing the materials necessary for game masters to run a game involving the Sixth Doctor,  his companions, and enemies, the sourcebook has detailed outlines of every episode starring the Sixth Doctor, each playable as an adventure.  As well, stats are provided for key characters, monsters, and Commander Decks 2014companions, along with setting details.

Another set of five Commander Decks have been released for Magic the Gathering.

These Commander Decks are each structured around the five mana colors (black, red, white, green, blue), but include a new variant for the popular format.  Only included in these decks are special Planeswalker cards that can be used as Commanders, a possibility that was previously illegal.  As per usual, these decks contain 100 cards for a deck that is playable in the EDH/Commander format.

Oct 122013
 

Batman v.3 HC “Death of the Family”

-Scott Snyder’s second Batman arc since the beginning of the New 52 finally receives the deluxe hardcover treatment!

-After having his face cut off months ago, Joker has returned and he’s out for revenge against his archenemy.  Strategically striking at each member of the Bat-family, Joker slowly chips away at the unity of the group, testing their bonds.

-Snyder utilizes his skill for transferring horror to the comic page by having Greg Capullo illustrate some of the most creepy Joker moments you’ll ever read.  You’ll never look at cats the same way, trust me.

-The edition which releases this Wednesday is a limited print run which will not be orderable after it sells out, featuring a gatefold cover of the Clown Prince of Crime himself.

Adventure Time Fionna & Cake tpb

-Boys are so gross.  That’s why Fionna and her best lady pal, Cake, are here to punch you in the face-mouth with some algebraic action.

-The entire six issue series of this hit, hard-to-find Adventure Time spin-off is collected within the covers of this beautifully designed, packed-with-extras, trade paperback volume!

-You know it’s globbin’ for real, ’cause it’s written and illustrated by Fionna and Cake creator, Natasha Allegri!

-Far from simple Ice King fan fiction, this story will blow your mathematical mind!

And because last week had ALL the comics, here’s two Blast from the Past issues that you may have missed.

Secret Society #1

-Yes, this came out weeks ago!  However, many people skipped it thinking it would be unimportant.  Oh, how wrong.

-Billed as a story about The Outsider’s recently assembled Secret Society, the actual story focuses on the origins of The Outsider and his compatriots, Owlman and Talon, from Earth 3.

-If you’ve been reading Forever Evil, this issues is the most essential Villain’s Month issue for understanding what’s going on in the Forever Evil miniseries.

-Why is Nightwing important to the Crime Syndicate?  Why does The Outsider laugh?  How did Earth 3 get destroyed?  All these and questions you did even think to ask are answered in this one-shot.

Magic the Gathering: Theros #1

-IDW is at it again with an entirely new Magic the Gathering comic miniseries, based off of the mythological creatures of Theros.

-As always, this issue comes with a special promo card, only found with issue one of this series.

-After Dack Fayden has eliminated the Planeswalker who killed his family he’s back to thieving.  But his most recent acquisition comes with an unsuspected price:  a one-way trip to Theros!

-The High Tide promo included in this issue will, like other the previous promos, go up in value quickly, which means copies will disappear off the shelves fast!

Jan 282012
 

Magic the Gathering, now in comic flavor.

Yup, coming with special playable promo cards, the new Magic the Gathering series from IDW will not only give its readers free swag, but the tale behind the Planeswalkers and worlds of the famous CCG. Collect all four issues to follow the story and acquire each of the limited edition cards featured in the book.

If you enjoy your comic series inventively insane, then you’re in luck with the new Xombi trade paperback. John Rozum spins a yarn full of regenerating superheroes, shrinking nuns, undead trick-or-treaters, floating skull-shaped islands, and bad@$$ Rabies. If those ideas alone don’t hook you, a little background information might. Xombi is a lazy, slacker vigilante who gets drawn into a world of mystical hi-jinks revolving around the chase for a lost fortress in the sky. But the piece de resistance of this little miniseries is the artwork. Completely illustrated by Frazer Irving (Gutsville, Batman & Robin, Return of Bruce Wayne, etc.) in his famous painterly style, this book is simply gorgeous!

Though the Superman Ice Cube Trays from a couple weeks ago are sweet, but the primary question I get asked about them is, “Do they make a Batman one?”

Usually I just guess and say, “Yeah, probably, but it’s not out yet.” Well, the guessing is over. As of this Wednesday, there will be Batman Ice Cube Trays in the world. Of course, that also means they will disappear about as fast as they appear.

Finally, we’ll end with a little moment of statue zen. Enjoy.

Sep 032011
 

Tell me, oh Magic D20 of Destiny, where do we begin?

With you?  Well, that’s rather biased.

Nonetheless, who can deny a Magic D20 of Destiny?  ”Not Valid in 4th Edition”?  Wait, no, did you think I was asking another question?  What do you mean, “Roll for Initiative”?  No, wait, stop answering my questions!

Okay.  As you might be able to tell from that ridiculous little skit, the Magic D20 of Destiny is just like a Magic 8 Ball, but D20 shaped.  That and the answers are roleplaying related.  Let it be your gaming conscience.

Speaking of Magic (that transition never gets old), there’s this new Duel Deck out on the town this weekend.  Though the Duel Decks are always a great bet for anyone looking to jump into Magic and have two immediately playable decks, this one is especially noteworthy because of its two heavy hitting planeswalkers.  Those being Ajani Vengeant and Nicol Bolas, the original planeswalker.  Both stand at the forefront of separate 60 card decks that’ll pose a challenge to any opponent.  Word to the wise, grab a copy of this guy before they disappear, because when they do, they are gone.

One thing you should never be in denial about is how addictive Nile can be.  It’s not just a river in Egypt, people.  But that begs the question, what is Nile?  At base a card game, Nile has players drawing and playing cards, each labeled with a particular crop, in an attempt to collect the highest number of complete sets out of all the players.  But that’s the base game, what we’re here to discuss tonight is the new expansion for the game, Nile Deluxor!  If you played the original game until your cards became ragged and worn, then this is the what the doctor prescribed.  Not only does the game contain all the original cards (now made of better stock), come in a bigger box that can hold all the cards (even sleeved), and expands the game for up to six players, but it also includes new expansion cards called Monuments.  If you love card games like Guillotine, Gloom, or Archaeology, don’t deny Nile Deluxor.

If it’s going to be your birthday, then better make it a Crappy Birthday!  Think about all the horrible gifts you’ve been given in your life, multiply them by a hundred and you’ve got the contents of Crappy Brithday.  If you’ve ever played Apples to Apples, then you know the drill:  every player starts with five cards, when it’s your turn/birthday everyone gives you the present they think you’ll hate the most.  As you might imagine, this makes for a superb party game.  So, make your birthday a crappy one.

Hail to the king, baby.  Hail to The Dwarf King.  You can only say this with any kind of confidence, though, after you’ve played the new game from Bruno Faidutti with the same name.  A new version of the classic trick taking game, three to five players start and follow tricks with suits of dwarf, goblin, and knight cards.  Certain special cards, hidden in the deck, allow players to play lay down cards they normally wouldn’t be able to.  If you’re a fantasy fan and avid lover of Tichu, then you’ve found the chocolate and peanut butter of the gaming world.

Another Apples to Apples style game, Dixit expands on its first two wonderful releases.  Dixit Odyssey is both a standalone game and an expansion to the original Dixit.  Duel nature of that sort is the basis for the game as players take turns laying down beautifully illustrated cards in an effort to adequately match the phrase, sound, or word given to them.  As you might imagine, new cards are a necessity in this game, so it’s lucky that Odyssey contains 84 gorgeously illustrated ones.  The new, larger, box also is big enough to hold ever card released for the game thus far.  On top of all that, the game is a Spiel des Jahres winner, so it’s got that going for it.

We began with dice and we end with them.  If there was a roleplaying bible, I’m sure that would be in there somewhere.  And this LED Critical Hit D20 would definitely considered the holy light.  Never be unsure about a critical hit ever again!

Jul 272011
 

What say we blow through this one today, chappies?  ‘Cause who wants to be reading on a lovely day like this with the sun out and…what?  You just saw a person spontaneously light on fire as they stepped out their door?

Oh.

Ah, who the heck needs the outside, let’s get to some reading!

Munchkin proves that size does matter this week with the release of Munchkin Deluxe (that last part needs to be said in a booming announcer’s voice, by the way).  But what’s so deluxe about it, anyway?  Well, existing as almost a midway point between the base Munchkin card game and the Munchkin Quest boardgame, Munchkin Deluxe contains a helping of handy whozits not in either game.  These include a game board that is labeled to show players where their cards go, colored pawns that can keep track of players’ leveling, and associated cards that help with keeping track of who is what color.  Also, you may have seen us mention it on Facebook, we currently have a “very special” Munchkin product in-stock that we can not tell you about, but will be happy to show it to you if you come into the store.  Ha ha, coyness!

Are you ready to regain your honor, gamer-san?  Good, then the new updated/re-release of Shogun is the game for you.  Ikusa is the new name (and don’t make the mistake of searching for that under Google Images like I did; file that under “stuff you do not want to see”), but gameplay is essentially the same.  Like a more elaborate Risk, Ikusa (aka Shogun, aka Samurai Swords) has been about using samurai, daimyo, and ashigaru warriors to gain control of feudal Japan since its original inception at Milton Bradley.  What the updated version offers over the previous releases is quality design elements; the game pieces are detailed, the board is beautiful, and every player gets a swanky tray to hold their figures in as well as a stat card.  Another fact:  if you don’t purchase Ikusa, you have to perform seppuku.

It’s not quite a card game, it’s not quite a boardgame, but Bloodsuckers is certainly an inventive game.  Created by one of the designers of Castle Panic, Bloodsuckers is a vampire-themed game that pits the titled bloodsuckers against an army of vampire hunters.  Gameplay revolves around placing vampire and hunter cards on a playmat that represents five locations in the town of Blackwood.  These locations are also present on a nifty game board, where each location comes with a dial that players turn to indicate the location’s current state; a clock dial is also included to keep track of the time of day.  As we’re talking about humans and vampires here, the powers of each wax or wane depending on whether it’s night or day and what type of character you are playing.  If you enjoy Nightfall and/or Last Night on Earth, you might want to have a sip or two of Bloodsuckers juicy filling.

How about ending with a Magic trick, eh?  Or a bunch of Magic tricks, in this situation.  As a way of supporting all the Planeswalker-y goodness that is present in the new 2012 Core Set, Wizards shipped a bunch’a 2012 gaming materials today.  These include, new Garruk sleeves and deck boxes, new 2012 Planeswalkers sleeves and boxes, new Magic logo-backed Commander-sized sleeves, new Planeswalkers 9-Pocket binder, and a new Planeswalkers playmat.  Whew, that’s a lotta new. 

It don’t stop there, though.  The new Commander deck boxes were also released.  These are oversized boxes that fit over 25 large Commander cards, as well as 100 standard cards.  Take a look at the picture to the right.  Magic trick over.