Order up! Diner is a fast-paced game about waiters in a competition to make the most money in tips. Players compete to create orders (cards that link together) that, ultimately, cost the most money. Diner won the Dice Hate Me Games 54-card Challenge, which is a competition where game designers must create a game using only 54 cards and minimal components.
The high seas are only semi-cooperative, or, at least, that’s the case with Jolly Roger. A game for four to ten players, Jolly Roger is set aboard a scurvy pirate ship where players take on the roles of crew and captain. At the beginning of each game, a player is elected captain. She will then lead the rest of the players into a battle where they will attempt to steal loot. Spoils are split up among players, and can be hidden safely away on Treasure Island, but if a certain crew member feels they aren’t getting an even share, they can always instigate a mutiny.
While it may sound ominously like some version of Saw, The Game from IDW is a spin on the cooperative card game where players can not openly communicate with each other. Players each have a hand of numerical cards, ranging from 0-100, and must stack them in one of four separate piles. The goal is to order them as close to ascending and descending orders as possible, which is where the lack of communication causes problems. A 2015 Spiel Des Jahres nominee, IDW hopes that you will not hate The Game, but hate player.
The holidays are upon us, and that means Wizards of the Coast is getting into the present buying spirit. Like the last three years, Magic the Gathering has just released a new Holiday Gift Box. This year, the Battle for Zendikar Gift Box includes five booster packs, dividers, twenty full-art lands, dividers, a promo card, and, of course, the titular 2,000 count card box.
Creator of the popular Mouse Guard comic, David Petersen, has branched into the realm of board games with Swords and Strongholds. A less intensive version of chess, Swords and Strongholds is derived from the Mouse Guard universe and features Petersen’s distinct artwork. A head-to-head game, players must capture all four of their opponent’s pawns or build a stronghold in either player’s back corner. Also out this week is an updated, boxed edition of the Mouse Guard RPG. This Mouse Guard RPG Boxed Set contains a core rulebook, GM screen, dice, maps, action cards, and other essential components.
Spinning out of the popular novel series (and less popular film), Ender’s Game: Battle School the Board Game adapts the head-to-head wargames from the book. Each player controls an army that is doing battle in an anti-grav arena. Soldiers can be moved across the battlefield, but will continue moving unless they are stopped by debris or an opponent, due to the anti-grav. Victory can be attained by freezing your opponent’s gates or commander.
Following hotly on the heels the Superfight base game are a plethora of expansion decks. This weekend, Pulp received not one, not two, but all nine of the Superfight expansion decks! These include a range of cards that can be added to the base game, each distinguished by theme. So, you can go with the anime deck or maybe the adult content deck or, if you’re feeling particularly brutal, the Walking Dead deck!