Sep 182015

Sylvion card gameSpinning out of the popular cooperative card game, Onirim, Sylvion is another one to two player card game that requires players to work together.  A tower defense game, Sylvion requires players to construct a deck of cards that can successfully fight off slowly approaching rows of villain cards.  The edition of the game Pulp currently has in stock not only contains the base game, but also two expansions.Trap Zany Zombies

From IDW (yes, those cats that publish comics) comes a new dice rolling, card game called Trap!  From Jeffrey Neil Bellinger, the designer of Killer Bunnies, Trap! has players using their memory and a handful of quirky cards to ensnare the biggest set of creatures they can over the course of five furiously frantic rounds.  Currently, the game comes in two versions, Zany Zombies and Nimble Ninjas.  Each version has players collecting zombies and ninjas, respectively, but both include a “link and lock” Open Sesamecard that allows players to combine them.

Open Sesame, also from IDW, is a press-your-luck card game of high-stakes memorization and deduction by world-renowned game designer and multi-Spiel des Jahres winner, Antoine Bauza (7 Wonders, Takenoko, Tokaido, Rampage, Hanabi).  Take turns alternating between the role of Ali Baba or one of the thieves raiding the Cave of Treasures.  As Ali Baba you’ll steal treasure from the cave until you’re trapped or you flee, and as the thieves, it’s your job to carefully observe and recite exactly what it is that Ali is attempting to escape with.Little Red Riding Hood

From one folktale to another, the newest addition to the popular, family-friendly Tales and Games series is Little Red Riding Hood.  In the game, players will work together to help Little Red Riding Hood reach grandma’s cottage before the wolf sticks his nose where it’s not welcome!  Choose from two modes of play, either everyone works together or one player plays as the wolf and the other team plays as Little Red Riding Hood and friends.  And, as always, along with the game is a written booklet telling the Dark Gothic Colonial Horror Deck Building GameRed Riding Hood tale.

Dark Gothic:  Colonial Horror is a stand-alone expansion for the Dark Gothic Deck Building Game.  It can be mixed in with the original Dark Gothic game to add new mechanics and greater variety, or it can be played on its own as a two to three player game that plays at a faster clip.  In Dark Gothic, each player takes on the role of a unique monster-hunting hero, collecting allies and gear to aid them in their journeys Machi Koro Deluxe Editionwhile they root out evil and hunt supernatural creatures back to their lairs.

Introducing a new way to purchase the highly popular city building game, Machi Koro!  Machi Koro Deluxe is a new printing of the original, base game that comes shipped inside a collector’s tin case.  As well, this edition of the game contains the Shadows of Brimstone Caverns of Cynderexpansion sets Millionaire’s Row and Harbor.

Flying Frog‘s supernatural Western board game Shadows of Brimstone (you might know it as the honking huge Western game instead) receives its first expansion set this weekend.  Caverns of Cynder adds an entire “other world” set of map tiles, creatures, and threats for the intrepid players to adventure through.  The Caverns are lava filled, dilapidated mines that are teeming with lava creatures (represented by a new set of miniatures).  An added adventure pits the heroes against a horde of lava creatures who are attempting to cross a bridge intoX-Wing Force Awakens starter box the real world.  They must be stopped at all costs!

Force Friday opened the floodgates for Force Awakens product, and this weekend the popular miniature battle game X-Wing reacts to that marketing machine.  The X-Wing:  The Force Awakens starter kit is out this weekend, including the traditional one X-Wing and two Tie Fighters.  However, these ships have a completely different set of stats and abilities, as they are from thirty years in the future of a galaxy far, far away.  This starter set also has cards for characters from the new franchise, even including the lovable BB-8.  So, make your decision:  The Resistance of The First Order!

Sep 112015

Artifacts Inc.Indiana Jones would tell you these artifacts belong in a museum, and as the owner of your own archaeological company in Artifacts, Inc., that’s exactly what you’ll attempt to do.  An up to sixty minute playtime dice rolling game for two to four players, Artifacts, Inc. has players rolling dice (which represent adventurers) in order to place them onto cards (that require specific numbers) in order to gain cash and favor with museums.Valley of the Kings Afterlife

Staying in the realm of tombs and buried treasure, Valley of the Kings:  Afterlife is out this weekend.  The second expansion/stand alone addition to this Egyptian themed deck building series, Afterlife can be played with one to four players or added to the original to facilitate six player Cthulhu Realmsplay.

As there can never be enough games that feature everyone’s favorite elder god or a deck building mechanic, Cthulhu Realms combines the two in a cheap, quick to learn package.  Putting a spin on the traditional deck building scheme, Cthulhu Realms allows players to chain cards for a great payoff than if they played them individually.  As well, each box contains a special promo character that can be played in the game.Marrying Mr. Darcy

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been combined with zombies before, but never with the mechanics of a card game.  Well no more, because the Kickstarter funded Marrying Mr. Darcy card game is on shelves, as of last week.  In this literary role-playing card game, players take on the roles of female suitors from the novel, building up their romantic appeal in order to woo a handsome suitor.  You’ll attend balls, receive proposals, and cunningly outwit your opponents all in an effort to avoid becoming an Tides of Timeold maid.

A possible contender for the minimalist card game spot held by Love Letter, Tides of Time is a card game that consists of only eighteen cards and plays with only two players.  Players try to build grand civilizations by combining a set of complimentary cards in their kingdom, while also attempting to sabotage their opponents plans.  After three rounds, each player will have either a memorable empire or a pitiful group of random ventures.Discoveries the Journal of Lewis and Clark

A completely standalone addition to the previous Discoveries release, Discoveries:  The Journals of Lewis and Clark requests that you get your explorer on!  In the game, players will take on the role of either Lewis, Clark, or two of the other members of the famous expedition.  Over the course of sixty minutes, players will then compete to collect cards that represent scientific discoveries (as well as Takenoko Chibisvictory points).  To do that, players will need to roll dice to gain exploration actions.

I think we can all agree that pandas are cute.  And more pandas equals greater cuteness.  Such is the theory behind Takenoko Chibis, the first expansion for the popular panda gardening game.  Pairing this expansion with the base Takenoko game, players will gain a handful of new objectives, new plots (including the discovery of the gardener’s cabin), and an additional figure named Miss Panda.  Miss Panda, as well, has the ability of delivering baby pandas, increasing the levels of cuteness to a nearly unbearable degree.

Sep 042015

Bravest Warriors Red Blue DeckLeave the holojohn behind and dive into the new gaming world of Encounters! Bravest Warriors.  A separate game from the previous Bravest Warriors Dice Game, this game is currently structured around two separate decks of cards and dice.  The Blue Deck contains the playable characters of Chris, Wallow, Plum, and Impossibear, while the Red Deck contains Danny, Beth, Catbug, and Jelly Kid.  Take control of these characters to fight off monsters, baddies, and threats of all sorts of varying degrees.Red Tide Penny Arcade

Inspired by the Penny Arcade web comics, Red Tide combines the intensity of global nuclear war and table tennis.  Yes, you read that right.  Featuring a thrilling combination of card play and dice rolling, Red Tide contains two full sixty card decks ready for head-to-head action.  Also included is The Card Game of Ozthe Escalation Index:  a special eight card deck that administrates each perilous volley.

In The Card Game of Oz, you, as an “author,” get to rewrite the epic stories in new and imaginative ways.  This game utilizes the innovative storyline game system which creates new, strategic, challenging, and fun adventures throughout the Land of Oz.  Your characters will visit the wondrous locations, meet interesting characters, and face a multitude of dangers, all straight out of the original Oz books.A Duel Betwixt Us

I say, sir or madame, have at me!  A Duel Betwixt Us is a two player card game designed to test your manly worth through the ancient and sacred art of violence.  Select a duelist, purchase offensive item cards (like fish, hammers, axes, or maces ), gather defensive cards, and begin settling the question of who the finder Chaos and Alchemyspecimen of man (or woman!) truly is!

Test your luck and alchemy skills in the dice and card based Chaos and Alchemy.  Players will conduct experiments by rolling dice against the luck of the Fortune Dice, which will decide if your experiments are a success or not.  If successful, players will draw or play cards that allow them to construct laboratories, heap misfortune upon opponents, and enact actions to counteract the mounting chaos generated by the game.Vici

Vici is a two player game of strategy and tactics.  Players take on the personas of military generals, leading their battle-hardened men on an ancient battlefield.  Under each general’s command is an army of varying strengths and abilities.  By mastering their legion’s power and judiciously maneurvering their soldiers down the field, the stronger general will Karnagannihilate their enemy’s camp.

Evil hordes of demons and monsters threaten the Earth from the sunken city in Karnag.  Players control druids who are battling against the rising armies of creatures by erecting energy shields and capturing creatures to obtain victory points.  But be careful, the energy it takes to perform these actions is finite, so players will need to create potions to refuel their power bars.  Gameplay is broken up into rounds, with six stages to each round.  12 Realms

A league of famous folktale and fantasy characters, such as Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and D’Artagnan, join forces in the new 12 Realms miniature board game!  Each player controls one of these characters (each represented by a detailed miniature) in order to defeat the Lords of Darkness.  A cooperative experience, players ban together to defeat the bad guys and traverse the various realms of the game to do so.  Each realm contains unique creatures and threats, so be prepared for whatever realm your group Legendary Encounters Predatordecides to attack.

Don’t forget to watch for the telltale shimmer of the Predator in the new Legendary Encounters base game.  Like the Alien Legendary deck building game, this Encounters expansion plays as a semi-cooperative experience where players control both predators and human strike teams as they work through the events of both Predator and Predator 2.  Using the mechanics of previous Legendary deck building games, this version will pit players against characters and creatures from the film universe.

Jul 312015

Hostage NegotiatorYou’ve seen it in countless cop films:  the hostage stand-off!  Now play it, in Hostage/Negotiator.  In the game, players uses Conversation Cards to carry out several conversation with the Abductor.  You’ll resolve cards by rolling dice and your success or failure largely depends on yoru ability to control the Abductor’s Threat Level.  In the meantime, you’ll need to acquire more Conversation points so that you can buy more cards.  Above all, you must save the hostages!  After each conversation you’ll resolve a Terror Card My First Bohnanzamaking your objective even more difficult.

With My First Bohnanza, even younger children will be able to learn the popular bean collecting card game in small steps.  We introduce ten new types of beans – just for The Lord of the Rings Escape from Mount Grimkids – and they can begin their bean farmer journey earning gold coins.

Escape from Mount Gram is the newest adventure pack for the Lord of the Rings Living Card Game.  In this Adventure Pack, players will find sixty cards that expand the Angmar Awakened series.  The contents of the pack are designed to augment existing decks and add an entirely new scenario for players.

The DC Deck Building universe expands doubly this weekend with both the Teen Titans and Justice Society of America expansions.DC Deck Building Game Teen Titans

First up, the Teen Titans Go! expansion contains over two hundred new cards as well as a new “ongoing” mechanic.  With this mechanic, players can now save their best cards for when they really need them and when ready, unleash everything they’ve got.  As is standard anymore, this big box expansion also DC Deck Building Game Justice Society of Americacontains a special promo card.

A smaller, cheaper expansion, the JSA Crossover Pack can be added to any previous or future DC Deck Building expansion.  This smaller Crossover Pack only contains additional character cards to be added to the game, including Doctor Fate, Jay Garrick Flash, Alan Scott Green Lantern, Power Girl, Stargirl, Mr. Terrific, and Wildcat!Quantum board game

Quantum is an epic game of strategy and conquest for two to four fleet commanders (players).  Each die is a starship; a six is a swift but fragile scout, while a one is a slow but devastating battlestation.  To win players will need to construct quantum cubes that will evolve your fleet as you go.  Endlessly customizable, players can create their own maps or Litko Game Accessoriesplay on any of the thirty unique ones included in the game.

Not entirely official, yet no less beneficial, Litko Game Accessories has released a set of plastic markers, tokens, and rulers for the Fantasy Flight X-Wing miniature game.  Out this weekend, these accessories include a deluxe gauge set, space shield tokens, focus tokens, target lock tokens, ion tokens, and stress tokens, some in a variety of colors.Star Wars Force Destiny core rulebook

Lastly, but nowhere near least(ly), we’ve got a trio of long overdue Star Wars Roleplaying Game items.

First up, the hardcover core rulebook for the Force and Destiny expansion to the Star Wars RPG.  This complete tabletop RPG dives into the struggle between light and dark sides Star Wars Force Destiny GM Kitof the Force.  Craft a lightsaber, free the oppressed and downtrodden, and duel dreaded agents of the Sith in the conflict to bring balance to the Force.

Supporting that hardcover core rulebook is the Force and Destiny Game Master’s Kit.  Included in this Kit are complete construction rules for building lightsabers, brand new rules concernging Knight-level play, and a deluxe GM’s screen with the most commonly-referencedForce Destiny Star Wars Imperials Rebels Adversary Deck rules.

The final release rounding out the Force and Destiny barrage are the Adversary decks.  Six in total, these card packs include a minimum of twenty cards that represent various NPC characters that can be encounter in-game.  Out this weekend are the Imperials and Rebels, Scum and Villany, and Citizens of the Galaxy decks, as well as the Critical Hit and Injury decks.

Jul 032015

Rumpelstiltskin card gameIf you’re looking to have a board game filled Fourth of July, here’s the new arrivals for this weekend!

First up, we have the Rumpelstiltskin card game.  From AEG, the makers of Love Letter, Rumpelstiltskin uses similar mechanics while having players take on the roles of Fey who have entered into a name-guessing game with the titular character.  For two players only, Rumpelstiltskin plays in ten minutes as players attempt to guess their Lord of the Rings The Wastes of Eriadoropponent’s secret name while also using magical abilities to make that goal more difficult.

The newest Adventure Pack for the Lord of the Rings LCG is out this weekend!  The Wastes of Eriador contains sixty cards for the Angmar Awakened expansion set. Martian Dice Ten Minute Takedown The cards provide an entirely new scenario for their heroes can adventure through.

Steve Jackson Games has already released a larger Mars Attacks Dice Game, but now they are following it up with the quick-to-play Mars Attacks:  Ten-Minute Takedown dice game.  In the game, players each control a martian fleet, flicking dice across the table to gain points.  Players flick the dice from their own saucer disk onto other players’ disks, gaining points depending on where they land and which side of the die is facing up.Doctor Who Ninth Doctor Sourcebook

New Who gets its due with the Ninth Doctor Sourcebook for the Chris Eccleston version of Doctor Who.  Like all of the Doctor Who RPG Sourcebooks, the Ninth Doctor volume contains detailed adventures built around each episode of the Ninth Doctor’s tenure.  As well, the volume provides stats and playable character information for Rose, Mickey, Jack Star Trek Attack Wing USS Pasteur expansionHarkness, and tons of other companions and villains.

The newest wave of Star Trek Attack Wing ship expansions is out this weekend.  Included in the new wave are the USS Pasteur that can reach Warp 13 and is commanded by Captain Beverly Crusher, the USS Dauntless which is camouflaged to resemble and Enterprise, and the Kreechta, a Ferengi O’Kora-class ship.Pandemic State of Emergency

Finally, Pandemic:  State of Emergency is the newest expansion for the popular cooperative game.  This expansion adds five new roles and seven new events to complicate the original base game.  In addition, there are also Hiterlands Challenge, where the disease spreads from animals to humans, an adjustable difficulty mechanic that uses quarantine zones to slow down the spread of the pandemic, emergency event cards that complicate the game, and the superbug challenge that adds a fifth disease that can not be cured.