Jan 032014
 

BEST.  PLAYMAT.  EVER!

Hot on the hooves of the My Little Pony CCG boosters and starter decks, comes matching playmats featuring Pinkie Pie in a scene from the season two episode with Discord.

And if you’re tired of your playmat flopping around in your bag or getting cheesy stains on it when your bag of chips rips open while you travel, then the new Ultra Pro Playmat Tube is here to rescue you.  A thick plastic tube, this casing will keep your playmat clean and secure even if you play Magic in a live volcano.

Not a brand new game, but new to the store is Monopoly Millionaire Deal card game.

If you’re tired of playing overlong games of economic warfare in the traditional version of Monopoly, then Millionaire Deal is for you.  Fast paced and converted for easy travel, this card game version of the popular original has players gathering money through card collection.

Historical gamers take note of the Expedition:  Northwest Passage board game out this week.

Players man sailing barges circa 1845 as they explore and chart the board in search of the Northwest Passage.  Seasons will change, causing parts of the map to close off as they freeze over, requiring that players carefully chart their progress in an attempt to collect victory points.

From popular game designer, Reiner Knizia, comes a new resource management game of Utopian architecture, Prosperity.  A game of metropolitan construction, Prosperity pits players against each other in a tile laying/resource management competition where they pull tiles from a chronologically organized pile that they then apply to their own miniature playing board.  Each tile has distinct markings for capital, energy, ecology, prosperity, and research that must be managed.

A new location, but the same popular family-friendly mechanics return in Carcassonne South Seas.

Unlike the original game, however, players lay their meeples on thin tracks of land, oceans, and dock planks.  As well, their is an added component where players collect bananas, shellfish, and fish which they then ship to other players for points.

The successful Power Grid series of board games gains a new map collection this weekend with Australia and the Indian Subcontinent.

Each board adds another element to the game.  Australia‘s board does not have a centrally connected power grid, so players may choose to connect different sources for a connection cost, while also adding a mining element unseen in previous versions.  India‘s board suffers from frequent outages when players extend their networks too fast, but also provides a more limited resource market for players to buy from, adding a layer of difficulty.

Galaxy Trucker expands its fleet with Latest Models, a board expansion for two to five players, each with new Model C ships.  Each board features ships in classes 1C to 4C, denoted by coloration and possessing various different beneficial abilities.

Finally, for all of the Legend of the Five Rings fanatics out there looking to get their buddies in on the game there is A Matter of Honor.  This two player starter features Lion and Crab decks as well as all of the materials to learn and play your own head-to-head battle.  Players may also incorporate other cards from other, previous sets.

Mar 022012
 

Because we enjoy torturing our customers here at Pulp Fiction, allow me to wave some slick Warhammer 40K miniatures in front of your face then inform you they won’t be on sale until tomorrow.

Yeah, sorry about that.

However, if you are swinging by tomorrow you should look into the new Space Wolves and Necron miniatures for 40K. These include a Wolf Lord on Thunderwolf, Fenrisian Wolf Pack, the Thunderwolf Cavalry, and the new Tyranid Tyrannofex/Tervigon.

Showing its Dungeons & Dragons roots, Thunderstone Advance goes on sale today. Some folks out there may find that surprising to hear because the game isn’t officially scheduled for release until later in the month, but Pulp is allowed to sell the game early as a pre-release benefit. This redesign of the game refines many of the previous version’s elements. Mostly, the game works overtime to give players as many options to tailor their experience as they please. A new two-sided board lets players select the level of difficulty they wish to play as do the new monster card levels. If you’ve never gotten into the game before, but are a fan of D&D and/or Dominion, this is the time to start playing.

Triple the Dominion, triple the fun.

Following in the footsteps of Alhambra and CarcassonneDominion now has its own Big Box edition coming packed with three versions of the now classic deck building game. Those three versions, by the way, are AlchemyProsperity, and the original, base Dominion game. If you’ve never gotten into this hit card game, this is a great way to purchase three of excellent versions of the game for a cheaper price.

Today we also received a restock on some Indy RPGs that need a little love and affection. First up is Umlaut: Game of Metal, a storytelling, GM-less game akin to Fiasco where players create their own heavy metal groups then chart their rise to the top of the heap. On the darker side of things are Hot War and Cold City. Hot War is set after an apocalyptic Cold War-era nuclear barrage, giving gamers a setting of horrific violence and power-jockeying survivors to explore. Cold City is a companion volume set in Berlin after the terrors of WWII. Players command the Reserve Police Agency as they round up monstrous creatures risen from the ashes of the war.

Nov 182011
 

Claim your dominion over the hinterlands by picking up Dominion: Hinterlands!

The newest expansion to the popular deck building game, Dominion: Hinterlands adds twenty-six new cards to the game.  As each expansion set has a theme to them, Hinterlands focuses on cards that give immediate satisfaction by enacting actions the moment you buy them or receive them.

A personal sidenote, regular customer Eric J. Carter created artwork for a number of cards in this set (building off his card from Dominion: Prosperity), so show him some love and pick up a copy.

Are you a refined individual?

Do you like the premium things in life?  Well, Magic the Gathering has the deck for you.  The new Graveborn Premium All-Foil Deck is a pre-built theme deck constructed around zombies, resurrection, and the undead.  With cards like Entomb, Sphinx of the Steel Wind, and Animate Dead, all foils mind you, this sucker’s a force to be reckoned with.

That and, with cards going for around $40 right now, it worth a crap ton of money.  So, even if you don’t want to play the deck, you might find it worth your while to pick up a copy, sit on it, and sell it off for a mint price later.

Speaking of collectible card games, what’s more collectible than the game where you gotta catch’em all?  Yes, Poke fans, we received an new booster box of the most recent Pokemon booster set, Black & White: Noble Victories this past Wednesday.  This set should be noted for a couple of reasons.  One, this is the third set in the Black & White trilogy, two, it introduces new Restored Pokemon cards, and, three, contains the only Rare Ultra Trainer Card ever.

As they should always be mentioned in the same breath (and I know some people will want to kill me after saying that), it should be noted that we also have a new booster box of Yu-Gi-Oh: Photon Shockwave.  Let the CCG rivalry begin!

Of course, the logical place to go after Pokemon is zombies.  Hey, that new set does have a Restored Pokemon card, so it’s not too much of a stretch.

Anyway, it has been a year since Outbreak: Undead made its way onto the indy RPG scene.  In that time, the creators of the game have released a slew of content on their website.  The new Outbreak: Undead Annual volume 1 collects all these expansive supplements, including new missions, horror traits, zombies, and One Big Monsters.

Joining the few and far between collection of co-operative play games in the world, Panic Station might be one of the first to throw horror into the mix.  Set in a futuristic base where an alien threat has broken loose, players have to work together to find the alien hive and destroy it.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Wrong.  Within the group of four to six players will be an infected member who must keep their identity secret as they slowly and purposefully infect the other players, attempting to thwart the humans’ mission altogether.

If you’re looking for a paranoia-filled version of Forbidden Island, this very well might it.

If you’re looking for a pre-generated adventure for you tenth level character in Pathfinder, the new Forest of Spirits can offer it to you.  Containing the aforementioned adventure, crafted by Richard Prett, a mysterious study of the kami, protectors of the forest, crafted by Mike Shel, an equivalent look into the Minkai by Jesse Benner, along with a crap ton of other info on Oda’s gambling house, monsters, and geisha’s.

Let your war banner fly with the new Runewars: Banners of War expansion.

Containing eight new unit types (that’s two for each faction, folks), new development cards that allow you to improve existing units as well as gain faction-specific abilities, and the Commanders of the Battlefield variant that lets you assign certain heroes to lead your forces, this is an expansion to be reckoned with.

Seriously, I saw it knock a dude out the moment it popped out of the shipping box.  

You’ve got your banner, you’ve got your premium deck, and you’re headed to the Hinterlands, but have you got your ticket?

That’s okay, because the new Ticket to Ride: Asia is in stock.  This expansion (you’ll need the base game or Ticket to Ride: Europe to play) supplies two entirely new boards for play.  One being the Team Asia board where players compete against each other in teams as they build railways across greater Asia.  The second is Legendary Asia, which offers easier routes, but beware the mountain routes.  If you’re looking for a way to alter your experience with one of the best board games ever, then board the train and settle down for the journey.

Oct 152010
 

To start with, I’ll get the non-pretty picture stuff out of the way.  Most of these are restock goodies, but figured we’d throw’em up for those of you our there who have been wringing your hands in anticipation of their return.

-Jaipur card game:  A 2-player trading game

-Call of Cthulhu,  Screams from Within the Asylum:  An expansion pack for the CoC card game.

-Warhammer Invasion LCG, March of the Damned:  Expansion for the Warhammer card game.

-Black Stories:  A murder mystery game that can be played alone or with others.  You use the clues to figure out what happened.

-Hex Hex XL:  A self-declared “best of” version of the game that combines cards from the original game and Hex Hex Next.  It also introduces two new variations called Vexed and Stix.

Now onto the shiny stuff.

First up, for any Cthulhu followers out there, the Cthulhu Domain Statue.  It’s to be used in

OH NOOOO, I'M GOING CRAZY...for Call of Cthulu.

conjunction with the Call of Cthulhu card game or, considering it’s a nicely sculpted statue, any shelf, desk, or sitting surface you may want to display it from.

Magical Athlete is the next game up.  Falling in the racing game category, this one involves players drafting teams of mystical

Run, centaur, run.

creatures (trolls, witches, centaurs, etc.), all with their own abilities, then racing them around the track.  Kinda got a quirky anime vibe for those into that kind of thing.

Munchkin hits hard this week with a plethora of items.  There is the Marked for Death expansion booster pack which adds 19 new cards to the game.  There are the boxes of holding, one for doors, one for treasures, and each containing a unique game card.  And finally, there is a bag of six D6s for the game.  Yes, Munchkin is plentiful this week.

Oh, and there is this little expansion for a game, kind flew under the radar, called Dominion.

It's not like you've been waiting for it or anything.

Ha ha ha, sarcasm.  Yes, the Dominion Prosperity expansion is finally out.  If you’ve played any of the other Dominion games or expansions (and if you haven’t I would recommend crawling out from the rock you’re under and doing so) you know what to expect.  Props to one of our friendly customers, Mr. Eric J. Carter, for having a card in this set.  If you want to see which one go check out his website at http://www.ericjcarter.com.