Dec 132014
 

Cross Hares Testing GroundAction, adventure, and. . .bunnies?  Yup, Cross Hares: Testing Grounds is out this weekend and it drops players into a fantasy world wherein they control their very own badass bunny.  The goal of the game is simple:  move your rabbit down a path (using dice rolls) that leads to an evil factory they must defeat.  Along the way, players will fight off baddies, collect actions and abilities, and mess with their opponents.  The coolest part?  Each bunny is represented by a full-sized miniature!  The version at the store also contains the Kickstarter mystery characters!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Looney Labs is wishing everyone a happy holiday with a special edition Fruitcake Fun Pack expansion for a range of their popular card games!  Included in this cheap expansion is a Fruitcake creeper card for Fluxx, a Great Cake card for Chrononauts, a Blood Angels DatacardsFruitcake or Egg Nog card for Choose One!, and five fruitcake cards for Loonacy!

If you haven’t heard, every time a Space Marine dies, a Blood Angel gets its wings.  And many Blood Angels are getting their wings this week because Games Workshop has unloaded a plethora of miniatures and goodies for the faction.  Included in this line-up is the Blood Angels Codex, the Datacards,  the special Bespoke Blood Angels dice tin, and the Sanguinary Priest miniature.

The Engines of Destruction are churning in the world of Warmachine!Engines of Destruction Warmachine High Command Faith and Fortune

Another expansion deck for the Warmachine High Command deck building game is out this weekend and it has been dubbed Engines of Destruction!  This eighty-four card expansion contains materials for the Retribution of Scyrah, Convergence of Cyriss, Highborn Covenant, and Four Star Draco MagiSyndicate factions, including four new Warcaster cards.

A dragon-based hand management game from Grey Fox Games, Draco Magi puts players in control of a stable of powerful, uniquely skilled dragons.  Each player is assigned a hand of different dragons, all with different colors and abilities, that they then will place into various regions.  The dragon’s abilities will be beneficial or detrimental based on which region they are placed, but players only have so many dragons and so many turns to place their cards.Akrotiri

Looking for a strategic, but easy-to-learn two player game?  Z-Man Games has your back with Akrotiri.  A combination of hand management and tile laying games, Akrotiri is set in ancient Greece with players controlling explorers venturing out to chart the Aegean Sea.  Each player is given a map that they must build from by pulling and laying Small World A Spider's Webtiles randomly.  As the map is constructed, players will also raise temples that gain them points, especially the further out they build.

It’s not such a Small World anymore, as Days of Wonder continues to release further expansions for the popular area control game.  A Spider’s Web is the newest mini-expansion, containing three new races and three new powers.  The races that are included are Ice Witches, Skags, and Slingmen along with their respective powers, Copycat, Lava, and Soultouch.  As well, the box for the expansion contains a specialized tray to hold all these materials as well as those of other recent expansions.

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.