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.

Sep 132014
 

Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space Fifth DoctorPin a piece of celery to your lapel, because the Fifth Doctor Sourcebook has materialized.

Continuing last year’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Cubicle 7 is still working through releasing individual source books for each of the twelve Doctors.  The Fifth Doctor hardcover contains character stats for this version of the Doctor, all of his companions, his enemies, and allies.  These volumes also contain a comprehensive description of each episode in their respective Doctor‘s season as well as stats for running each of them as an adventure.  The Third and Fourth Doctor hardcovers have also recently shipped.Sushi Go!

The drafting mechanics of 7 Wonders have been condensed down to a quick, twenty minute two to five player card game, called Sushi Go!  Players pass stacks of cards around the table, drafting individual cards of sushi.  Your hand selection will be vitally important, as the rounds go quickly and what you choose at the beginning will determine what Munchkin Princesses expansionsushi pairings you are going after.

Hopefully your ball gown has been tailored and delivered, because it’s turning into a straight-up royal gala in here!

Munchkin Princesses is ladies night all the time, providing fifteen new cards to be incorporated into any version of the Munchkin card game.  Included in this fifteen card booster are new monsters, new treasures, and two brand new princess character cards.

Jax just rolled up into Pulp Fiction and he has a new game for you to play.Sons of Anarchy board game

The Sons of Anarchy:  Men of Mayhem board game pits three to four players against each other in a ruthless bid to control the town of Charming.  A tile laying game, at base, Men of Mayhem sees players build the town by placing random tiles to unveil new territory to fight over.  Once a tile has been laid, players can occupy it with one of two biker figures (those on bikes and those on foot).  But get ready for a fight, because other players can compete with you to take over the territory.

Age of WarBrush up on your Sun Tzu before playing the new dice rolling game, Age of War.

From Fantasy Flight, Age of War revolves around castle tiles that are laid in the center of the table, each marked with an assortment of specific symbols.  These symbols match a set of seven dice that are passed around the table and rolled by players.  Each player is assigned a certain amount of castles, ranging from one to four, but then competes to control the other players’ castles by rolling the dice and matching symbols to the ones inside their castles.Doomtown Reloaded

The classic Deadlands card game has been re-envisioned as Doomtown:  Reloaded.

This deck building game operates similarly to Dominion, Resident Evil, Ascension, and all the rest, but with a slight twist.  Players attempt to build their decks around one of four different factions, called Outfits.  Also, during the course of the game, players will face off in shootouts that will be decided, like in poker, by Adventure Time Card Wars Princess Bubblegum Lumpy Space Princessthe suits on the cards in their hands.  So, choosing which cards to play when may decide whether you get gunned down or not.

The World of Ooo expands this weekend with another two player starter set.

Princess Bubblegum vs. Lumpy Space Princess features two complete decks of cards intended to be played against each other, but that can also be pitted against any of the decks from the previous two Card Wars releases.  Bubblegum’s deck uses damage to increase its power while LSP’s is the first two color deck to be released for the game.

Sep 062014
 

Carcassonne Minis expansionCarcassonne gets small this weekend.

Z-Man Games is re-releasing six popular Carcassonne Mini expansions in cheap, redesigned packaging.  Included in the display are (1) Flying Machines, (2) Messengers, (3) Ferries, (4) Gold Mines, (5) Mage & Witch, and (6) Robbers.  Each of these mini expansions can be added to the base version of Carcassonne, adding extra, side mechanics to the regular rules.Carcassonne Hills and Sheep

Usually we wouldn’t tell customers to act like sheep and join the herd, but in the case of Carcassonne: Hills and Sheep that’s exactly what we’re going to recommend.  This expansion contains three distinct tile and meeple additions to the game, including hills (which are placed on top of other tiles), vineyards (which are placed around monasteries), and shepherds (who Star Trek Attack Wing Wave 8are placed in fields and combined with sheep for points).

Star Trek Attack Wing log, star date Wave 7:  Three new ships crest the horizon, ready to charge and fire photons.

Included in this wave are the glossy Enterprise NX-01 for the Federation forces, the Ni’Var cruiser for the Coalition forces, and another figure that makes resistance futile, the Borg Scout Cube.Black Fleet board game

It’s all out war on the high seas in Black Fleet!

A card driven board game, Black Fleet is a pirate game unlike any other.  Players each control three different types of ships, each with their own goals and abilities.  These three types are merchant ships (ferrying goods about), pirate ships (stealing those goods), and Navy ships (that blow-up the pirate ships).  With each player playing all three different types, each game gets heated and strategy heavy very quickly.

Smash Up Big Geeky BoxTired of lugging around all your Smash Up expansions?  Well, AEG has a solution to your woes.

The Big Geeky Box is the newest release for the highly popular card game where players slam together unrelated sci-fi, fantasy, and horror characters (like aliens, ninjas, and dinosaurs) into a single card deck.  The Big Geeky Box is not only an extra sturdy container, big enough to house the original Smash Up game and all of its expansions, but also an expansion, in and of itself.  Contained inside the hefty box is the exclusive Geek and Sundry faction, ready-made to mix in with any of the previous factions.