Mar 202015
 

Alchemists board gameA recurring trend in board gaming lately is the incorporation of phone apps into the mechanics of the game.  Alchemists is the newest example of this tactic as players compete as rival alchemists attempting to publish successful formulas.  An app randomizes the possible outcomes for each formula every time the game is played, resulting in a unique play experience on every replay.

Fans of Akira Kurosawa’s magnum opus, Seven Samurai, should take a look at one of Samurai Stylethe newest cooperative gaming experiences on the market, Samurai Spirit.  In this co-op card game, one to seven players take on the roles of brave samurai defending a poor farming village.  Over the course of multiple turns, each player must decide whether to fight a bandit, defend the village, or aid another samurai.  The delicacy of the game is coordinating a balance between the actions every player takes.  Too many bandits will be let through if the team aids each other too often, but other samurai may perish if they’re not helped.  These are the decisions that will lead to victory.

Batman Love LetterLast week we had Hobbit Love Letter, this week is Batman Love Letter.  Another version of the highly popular card game, like Hobbit Love Letter, actually changes up the gameplay.  In this version of the game, the point values per card remain the same, but the goal is to “capture” the highest cost villain at the end of the round.  The deck is comprised of famous Batman baddies like The Joker, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, and some good guys, too, like Batman and Robin.

Finally tonight, we’ll venture off into a galaxy far, far away.  After the well received arrival of the StaImperial Assault expansion packsr Wars Imperial Assault miniature battle game, Fantasy Flight has been quick to turn some individual miniature expansion packs.  Each of these Ally and Villain Packs contain an individual miniature accompanied by new missions to run and unique cards.  Out these weekend on the Ally side are Han Solo, Chewbacca, rebel sabetours, and rebel troopers and on the Villain side are IG-88, General Weiss, and the Royal Guard Champion.

Mar 062015
 

Rumble in the DungeonPlaying like a smaller scale Munchkin Quest, Rumble in the Dungeon is an inexpensive dungeon crawl game.  Players lay down tiles to represent the dungeon then navigate it’s paths and corridors attacking other players.  Steal treasure and protect your “mystery” characters and you’ll prevail.Witness board game

A murder mystery game, Black and Mortimer:  Witness provides players with sixty-four separate scenarios to play through.  Each player is given various clues and information about a case, then must confer with the other Tiny Epic Kingdomsplayers in order to solve the mystery.

Tiny Epic Kingdoms is a big game in a small package.  Each player takes control of a different faction or kingdom attempting to take control of various regions.  Factions and territories are represented by tiles and stat cards used to compare armies as players attempt to conquer the same lands.The Grasshopper and the Ant

Another in the Iello fables series of board games, The Grasshopper and the Ant is another excellent family game release.  Playable at adult and child levels, The Grasshopper and the Ant sees players alternate back-and-forth playing as the titular Viticultureroles, attempting to steal and horde resources throughout a series of rounds.

Back in print (though the first print run was extremely limited), Viticulture is the strategic game of winemaking.  Placed into the role of vineyard owners, players begin with a few tracks of land, three workers, and a tiny cellar and must grow their industry over a handful of seasons.  Also out this weekend is the new expansion for the game, Tuscany.  This expansion entirely alters the gameplay through a tiered system where new mechanics are revealed over playtime.Assassin's Creed Arena board game

Assassin’s Creed comes to the world of board gaming.  Assassin’s Creed:  Arena converts the gameplay of the popular video game franchise into board gaming mechanics.  Players will take control of one of four historical assassins in order to navigate the streets of Constantinople, using sneaking tactics and weaponry to murder those who deserve it, acquire treasures, and stock-up on gear and gadgets.

Feb 212015
 

Doomtown Election Day SlaughterTragedy comes to the Doomtown mayorial election with the third saddlebag expansion for the popular card game.  Doomtown Election Day Slaughter contains four copies of twenty-one different cards for all four outfits.  This expansion’s story follows Sloan as her gang attempts to outrun the law as they chase her out of town.

Fans of Tolkien and two-player games have an new option to add to their game night The Hobbit Enchanted Goldrepertoire.  The Hobbit Enchanted Gold is a card game for only two players wherein each opponent is on a quest to Smaug’s cave.  Along the way, each player will need to defeat different foes (each represented by cards) with their own strategically played cards.  Various colored gems can add power to each action, but the endgame is to obtain the most victory points by the time you reach Smaug.

Shadowrun Run FasterShadowrun had a big weekend.

The Shadowrun Run Faster player’s handbook was the first of two major releases for the popular cybertech roleplaying game.  This volume expands information on the metatypes for the game, including hobgoblins, giants, centaurs, sasquatches, and the dreaded Infected.  Along with these new metatypes, this hardcover also expands on previous metatypes.  Additional qualities are also detailed, including Hawk Eye, Lightning Reflexes, and Disgraced.Shadowurn Runner's Toolkit Alphaware

Second of the Shadowrun releases was the midpoint between the previously released Beginner Box and the Core Rulebook, the Shadowrun Runner’s Toolkit Alphaware.  Beautifully designed, this hefty box includes fleshed out character dossiers (that detail stats and background information), a fully stocked adventure One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreakbooklet, eight double-sided maps, and much, much more.

Even if you’ve never played Werewolf, you’ve played a version of it.  Among the most popular varitions is One Night Werewolf, the fastest version of the game to date.  One Night Werewolf Daybreak is the first expansion/stand-alone addition to the game, capable of being played in ten minutes or less.  Daybreak includes eleven new roles to be played alone or in addition to those in the original game.  None of these roles are basic humans, however, so everyone has a special ability.

Feb 072015
 

Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack 2Another party of adventurers joins the Dungeon Roll!

The Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack #2 provides eight entirely new heroes to be mixed into the popular dungeon crawl dice game.  These heroes, however, are far beefier than any of the previous heroes, so make sure to play them against each other or in a situation where other players are looking for a challenge.Deus board game

Deus is Latin for God, making it a perfect name for the new hand management where players pray to their society’s deities through offerings.  Deus begins with players receiving a hand of five cards, randomly featuring one of six colors.  Each color represents a resource (military, trade, temples, etc.), which is then used to construct buildings in honor of the gods.  These buildings are placed on a variable board (whose dimensions are Village Port Expansiondecided by the number of players) in order to acquire points and gain victory.

The boundaries of the popular Tasty Minstrel Game release, Village, continue to grow.  Village:  Port is the newest expansion for the game and it is a sizable one.  Not only does Port give players the option of boarding a skiff and sailing the seas in order to find buried treasure, but also new life goal cards that allow players to choose career options for their characters.Chez Geek Slack to the Future

It’s taken Steve Jackson a bit of time to get another Chez Geek expansion out on the shelves, but, to be fair, the game is about who can be the laziest.  Like a slacker cousin to the popular Munchkin franchise, Chez Geek has players earning slack points for doing as little as they can.  Slack to the Future, the creatively titled expansion that hits shelves this weekend includes fifty-six new jobs, Aqua Spherefriends, food, and activities that can be used to acquire “slack” in the game.

While it may not be as insane as Sealab 2021, AquaSphere is still a frantic game of underwater area control.  Players compete to collect data regarding the ocean.  Every player controls a team of researchers (comprised of a scientist, engineer, robots, and submarines) across to halves of the game board (a lab and headquarters).  Gathering knowledge points moves you closer to winning and to do so players must expend actions to observe octopuses, expand your lab, or increase your team’s abilities.Hanabi Deluxe

Hanabi, among the most popular cooperative games on the market, gains a deluxe edition this weekend.  Deluxe Hanabi plays exactly like the original, with player working together to create a fireworks display.  The trick is that each player can see everyone but their own fireworks, requiring everyone to describe and hint at what each other has.  The Deluxe Hanabi edition replaces the standard cards with Mahjong tiles, reflecting the Eastern influence and setting of the game.

Jan 312015
 

Yu Gi Oh Dice Masters Starter setSince Marvel’s Dice Masters game has been more than reasonably popular, WizKids and Asmodee have followed it up another starter set featuring characters from the anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh.  Like the previous releases, this starter set features enough dice and materials for two players to go head-to-head.  Each set of dice represent a character and players build-up teams of multiple characters by purchasing more dice.  And, yes, this set can be incorporated into any of the previous Dice Masters sets.A Game of Thrones A Deadly Game Chapter Pack

George R.R. Martin may not be getting the next Game of Thrones novel out in 2015, but Fantasy Flight is certainly continuing to release Chapter Packs for the A Game of Thrones LCG.  The newest, A Deadly Game, is the second release in the Wardens cycle.  This cycle is emphasizing traits, bonuses for using noteworthy characters, and limited responses, all Gripmat Starfield Sector Oneof which is continued in this release.

Do you get frustrated when you’re playing a game and someone accidentally knocks all the tiles or cards all over the table?  Well, you don’t have to worry about that if you pick up a GripMat.  Out this weekend, the Nebula and Starfield GripMats are durable, textured, fully illustrated mats that are intended to be used with a number of board games.  The texture on the mats keeps your tiles, cards, and game pieces from sliding around the table.  They also come in a variety of sizes and can be used with X-Wing and either version of Attack WingStar Trek Attack Wing Wave 10 11

Speaking of Attack Wing, WizKids has released the newest Star Trek Attack Wing wave of ships this weekend.  Included within this wave are the Romulan IRW Drone, the Federation Fighter Squadron 6 (comprised of three ships), and the Hirogen Alien Hunter.  Each expansion pack includes a model of the ship and Netrunner Order and Chaosthe cards needed to field it.

Like yin and yang, order and chaos balance each other out, especially in the third deluxe expansion for Netrunner LCG.  Named Order and Chaos, this expansion contains one hundred and sixty-five additional cards for use with the base game and any other expansions.  These cards introduce three new Anarchs that can be pitted against the machinations of the Weyland Corporation.

The popular XCOM PC game comes to the world of board gaming this weekend.  However, the game has not far from the digital world as it has incorporated a special app that controls certain XCOM The Board Gamemechanics, scenario options, and acts as the board game’s rulebook.  As you might imagine, the game increases in replay value as the app will keep every gameplay fresh with new arrangements of aliens and scenarios.  If you aren’t familiar with the original XCOM, players will assume the roles of an strikeforce organized to defend the Asanteplanet against alien invasion.

From the makers of other popular two player card games, including Jambo and Waka Waka, Asante (African for thank you) is another in the two player Kosmos line.  A set collection and hand management game, Asante puts players into the roles of vendors dealing in various resources.  Outside of collecting sets of resources for points, players can also loose animals (i.e. points) or visit holy relics to gain extra abilities.Mythotopia

Another new deck building game hits the market this weekend in the form of Mythotopia.  The standard deck building mechanics of a starting hand, a random assortment of cards to purchase, and various victory points are still present.  However, a set of variable providence cards provides the possibility of altering the rules and win conditions of the game.  Depending on which of these providence cards are activated, the game can also shift from a individualistic play experience to an aggressive Necron Codex HCone.

The wait is over, the Necron Codex has finally been updated.  This new hardcover edition features one hundred and twenty pages of material geared toward the newest iteration of Warhammer 40K rules.  Included in those pages are sections detailing the Necron Legions, new information on warlord traits, wargear, and tactical objectives, rules for the Decurion Detachment, datasheets, and the usually gallery of painted miniatures.