Nov 222014
 

Hipster DiceLike mustaches, lattes, kale, and thick framed glasses before it, Hipster Dice is the new game that you need to be playing before everyone else figures out how cool it is.  We’d explain how it plays, but you probably wouldn’t understand the rules, they’re based off of a traditional German dice game from the early thirties.

Before the Gods, there were the Titans.  Cyclades:  Titans is the second expansion for Cyclades, Cyclades Titansthe game of mythological battle.  This expansion features an entirely new board containing six separate island nations for players to fight on.  As well, the expansion contains two separate play styles, including an up to five player competitive mode and a team version for up to six players.

My Little Pony Theme Deck Crystal CasteAnother My Little Pony CCG set is on the horizon and to herald its arrival, Enterplay released two new Theme Decks this weekend.  The Opening Ceremonies deck is built around the Cutie Mark Crusaders while the Special Delivery deck is built around Spike.  Both decks come with nearly sixty cards, ready to play as a pre-built deck, as well as a rule booklet and playmat with instructions.Planes

You know that scene in Home Alone where the entire family is sprinting to the airport terminal in a desperate effort to catch their plane?  Yeah, well, AEG has turned that into a game.  Planes, a sequel to the successful Trains, has players squabbling against each other to make it through an overcrowded terminal, check their luggage, and get through security before anyone else.  Oh, and you have to make sure your entire family makes it to the Mars Attacks The Dice Gameplane.

Ack ack ack ACK!  Or in terrestrial language, the new Mars Attacks Dice Game is out.

A tactical dice game of world domination, players take on the role of invading martians, rolling dice to determine which landmarks you destroy, how many humans you eviscerate, and whether you take any photos on this vacation.  Based off of the cult classic trading cards and the Tim Burton film, Steve Jackson‘s Mars Attacks Dice Claustrophobia Furor SanguinisGame is an easy, quick game for fans!

The dungeon crawl board game, Claustrophobia (which is set in the Hell Dorado universe), gains an expansion this weekend in Furor Sanguinis.  Including tiles, a miniature, tokens, dice, and another squamata board, Furor Sanguinis allows players to control Kartikeya in a three Dungeons Dragons Miniatures Tiamatplayer variant of the game.

Dungeons and Dragons Next‘s dragon miniature count increases by two this weekend with the release of the Tiamat and Bahamut premium miniatures.  These fully painted, epic sized figurines are usable within the roleplaying system and will shortly be made available for the Attack Wing battle game.Letters to Santa

Just in time for the holidays, AEG has released another, yule tide variation of Love Letter.  Letters to Santa overlays the popular mechanics of Love Letter by having players struggling to get a letter to Santa and avoid Krampus in the process.  This easy Shadowrun Beginner Box Setto learn, all ages card game even comes in Santa’s own, red sack.

Cyberpunk and the fantasy of D&D collide in the world of Shadowrun!

Until now, this long running roleplaying system has been resigned to core rulebooks and supplements, but, as of this weekend, the Shadowrun Beginner Box has just made it that much easier to get into the game.  This inexpensive box set includes all of the essential materials to teach new players how to run and play in a Shadowrun game.  Those materials include a condensed book about the world, a quick-start rulebook, a character booklet with pre-generated sheets, and dice, allowing for up to four players and one game master.

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.
Oct 182014
 

Firefly Role Playing Game RPG Core BookTake its love, take its land, but you can’t take roleplaying from Firefly.

A revamped version of the previous Firefly RPG, this new hardcover core book utilizes an updated version of the Cortex Plus System.  Players are thrown out into the black, given the chance to play members of a Firefly crew crusin’ the verse and misbehaving.  Every episode of the series is detailed in this hardcover, acting as adventures groups can play through.  An entirely new “episode” is also presented as a fourteenth adventure.Cypher

Another AEG produced, Love Letter-like quick card game has hit the scene and it is Cypher.  At its core, Cypher is a drafting game, with players starting out with either three, two, or one card in hand.  Each turn, players draw, play, and trade a card, with everyone attempting to be the person holding the highest value card at the end of the game.  When the draw pile runs out (or a special endgame card is played) the game ends.

Lords of XiditLords of Xidit is the newest release from Asmodee Games and it sends the player to a fantastical realm of lizard riding knights and magically possessed townsfolk.  Each player controls the equivalent of a knight, wandering the countryside in hopes of curing the dark mysticism that has overrun it.  In order to do so, players race to sections of the board where they will collect squires and resources.  The catch is, it’s all about timing, as only certain resources will be given out depending on the order of when a player arrives.  Abyss

Set in a Bioshock-ish, Rapture-esque underwater city, Abyss, from Asmodee, is a game of influence and power struggle with a little card drafting thrown in.  Featuring four different styles of box art, Abyss requires players to compete for influence on the council of lords.  In order to do this, players must work through a three stage process, first gaining allies, then using them to influence lords, then using the lords to take over sections of the city.  Cards are drafted that allow Tammany Hallplayers to work through these steps, but, beware, once a card’s power is used that ability is closed off forever.

And speaking of corruption and political influence, there’s nearly no greater historical instance of political power plays than New York’s Tammany Hall!  In this backstabby game of underhanded favor buying, players fight to earn the votes of recent immigrants as means of acquiring the mayoral seat.  However, don’t expect to hold on to it for long, as everyone will be at the ready double cross you and take it.Through the Breach Fate Master's Almanac Wyrd RPG

Malifaux, the cult hit steampunky, horror, little bit of everything miniature game, is being converted into a roleplaying system this weekend.  Two core rulebooks, one for players and one for game masters, arrive this weekend.  First up is The Fate Almanac softcover, the essential guidebook for players, containing all the pertinent information about how to create and run a Fated character.  The accompanying rulebook is the Trains Rising SunFatemasters Almanac, the essential guide running a game set in the Malifaux universe.

AEG‘s third gaming release this weekend is an expansion/standalone addition to the Trains board game.  Trains Rising Sun can be incorporated into the original version or played on its own.  Included this edition are three entirely new game boards, one for head-to-head play and two for two to four players.  Legendary Guardians of the Galaxy

Time for everyone to do the whole standing up in a circle thing, because Guardians of the Galaxy is the newest expansion to the Legendary card game.  This expansion adds on character cards for everyone of the Guardians, including Star Lord, Gamorra, Rocket, Drax, and Groot as well as villain decks for the Kree Supreme Intelligence and Thanos!

Sep 272014
 

Netrunner Data Pack The Spaces BetweenDave Matthews must have just been hired on as a game designer at Fantasy Flight, because the newest Netrunner LCG Data Pack is named The Spaces Between.  The second expansion in the Lunar Cycle, The Spaces Between lives up to its name by exploring the limbo status of used up events and operations.  What after effects do these cards have once they are discarded?

Doesn’t matter what class you play in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Paizo has Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Rogue Class Deckyou covered.

This weekend, the publisher is unleashing Class Decks for seven different class types, with each being capable of incorporation into the base Adventure Card Game.  The seven class types presented are the Bard, Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, and Wizard.  Each deck contains 109 cards that apply to four different archetypes for each class and spells, allies, and weapons to be used with any of them.

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Skull Shackles Raiders of the Fever SeaAlso out for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game this weekend are the first two card expansions for the Skull and Shackles adventure path.  First up,  the Character Add-On Deck, like with the base game, supplies three entirely new class types, including Witch, Alchemist, and Warpriest, as well as the cards to expand the game up to six players.  Raiders of the Fever Sea is the second expansion, containing 110 cards that introduce five scenarios that progress the adventure, as well as adding loot, monster, location, villain, and ship cards. Run Fight or Die board game

While zombie-based content my vary from television to film to comics to board games, there is only one consistent option when you face them down:  Run, Fight, or Die.  This new board game changes up the growing subgenre of zombie survival board games by pitting each player (1-4) against their own undead horde.  Players race around a special game board attempting to collect supplies and survivors while not being bitten or letting too many followers become zombified.  Those who outlast the rest with the most life survive to fight another day, while those Smash Up Monster Smash expansionwho don’t shamble away into the darkness.

The pun is so obvious it was only a matter of time before AEG released a Smash Up expansion that used it.

Monster Smash (yup, like monster mash) is the newest expansion for the popular card game where players blend together all sorts of different creatures and character types to form one absurd deck.  Included in the expansion are four original factions, each with a movie monster theme to them.  The four are Werewolves, Vampires, Mad Scientists, and, of course, Giant Ants.  Monster Smash can be played as either a two player game or a four player game, if incorporated into the base Smash Up game.   Rebel Aces Star Wars X-Wing

Many Bothans died to bring you the Rebel Aces Star Wars X-Wing expansion.

Like the Imperial Aces expansion, this set comes with two ship miniatures, an alternate paint job A-Wing and B-Wing, along with four original pilot characters and all the standard maneuver cards, tokens, and upgrade cards.  In addition, the set comes with a special mission suited to the skills of both ships.

Sep 202014
 

Pathfinder Adventure Time Card Game PlaymatThe Pathfinder Adventure Card Game gets organized this weekend, thanks to a new playmat.

Featuring a layout that helps to show new and old players how to arrange the various important cards piles.  As well as being a guide for placement, the mat also helps organize the game (heading off clutter) and keep the cards from shifting about the table.  The layout is made to cover up to six players.Villainy

With the superheroes getting all the love in games like Sentinels of the Multiverse, Legendary, and Heroes Wanted, it’s time for the bad guys to have their day!  Villainy puts players into the role of a supervillain attempting to destroy the hero of the metropolis they call home.  In order to do this players will need to complete three distinct secret plans, made possible by hiring henchmen.  Each game plays Khans of Tarkir Card Sleevesdifferent, as the objectives and story alters.

Many readers out there will know that this weekend was the Magic the Gathering prerelease event for Khans of Tarkir, the start of the newest card block.  Anyone who knows this will also likely know that means the sleeves, binders, and card boxes for the set are also out.  Boosters, fat pack, and intro Talisman Woodlandsdecks will go on sale next Friday.

Over the hill and through the woods to Talisman‘s expansion we go.

Another large sized expansion for the Talisman 4th Edition board game, The Woodland provides an entire new board to place adjacent to the main board, five new characters, and an added fate mechanic that gives you the option of bettering Hour of the Wolf Warhammer 40K Sanctus Reachyour chances or lessening those of an opponent.

The sequel to the recently released Warhammer 40K Red Waaagh! hardcover, The Hour of the Wolf, is out this weekend.  Contained within its glossy, hardcover-bound pages are details on various skirmishes between the Orc and Space Wolf factions, along with formation templates and more.

The major Warhammer release this weekend, however, is a blast from the past.Space Hulk Warhammer 40K

Once again, Games Workshop has re-released the classic 40K universe board game, Space Hulk.  If you remember the last time this game was released, you’ll also remember the incredibly short amount of time it stayed on shelves and the astronomic price hikes that occurred after it vanished.  This new version comes complete with the same miniatures and accessories as the last, but with one important alteration.  The 2014 version includes an entirely new set of tiles, allowing players who own the previous version to combine them and create one, Five Tribes board gameover-sized game board.

Days of Wonder, publisher of Ticket to Ride, Smallworld, and Cargo Noir, has released a new board game designed by Bruno Cathala (Shadows Over Camelot).  Five Tribes is a meeple placement game, but in reverse.  The game begins with a selection of meeple figures, each from one of the five titular tribes, arranged across the board and it is the players’ challenge to rearrange them.  How they are moved and where they are moved is the strategic challenge of Five Tribes, with the best player gaining the most points from their movements.Netrunner First Contact Data Pack

The third Data Pack in the Lunar Cycle of the Android Netrunner LCG has been downloaded to the Pulp Fiction shelves this weekend.  First Contact’s sixty card expansion intensifies the conflict between the runners and the corps on a number of fronts.  A new meat space is introduced along with new regions, Anarch identities, traps, resources, and mythic ice.

Star Wars Force and DestinyFinally, the force is strong with you.

Fantasy Flight expands its roleplaying galaxy far, far away with the Force and Destiny Beta softcover, a third  system to add to the Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion systems.  This long awaited edition incorporates force based abilities into the universe, providing information on character creation and a fully playable adventure.  And because this system is set in the same universe as the two previous systems, they are all fully compatible.Chinatown

Long out-of-print and going for insane money online, Chinatown has been revived by Z-Man Games.  A truly antagonistic experience, Chinatown is based around bidding, bartering, and negotiating with your opponents.  Players attempt to lay business tiles onto the game board, hoping to group as many like tiles together as the can for greater payouts.  But players can also attempt to convince others to sell or trade for tile Monster Manual D&D 5th Edition Next HCand spaces, requiring a sharp skill for salesmanship and strategic dealing.

Eagerly awaited, the second major core hardcover for Dungeons and Dragons 5.0 is out this week!

The Monster Manual for D&D Next follows hot on the heels of the Player’s Handbook, containing beasties and creatures from the long history of the famous fantasy roleplaying game, all illustrated with beautiful new artwork and provided with easy-to-use rules and statistics.  An essential volume for any Dungeon Master.