Dec 092011
 

If there’s one thing board gamers are required to like, it’s reading.  Like may be better replaced with “tolerate”, but, either way, you’re going to have a tough time getting through the rules of a board game without some interest in reading.  At least the new Settlers of Catan novelization offers more than, “Roll dice.  Count results.  Play your piece.”

Originally written in German (the headquarters of all things board game), The Settlers of Catan by Rebecca Gable takes the general premise of the game and expands it to a Lord of the Flies-style epic that follows Candamir and Osmund as they attempt to construct a society amid conflict with the locals on the island of Catan.

Heroclix has been branching out from the superhero genre this year, the newest edition of which just happens to be Lord of the Rings.  Making it simple to drop into the game, Heroclix has released an Epic Campaign Starter Set that gives prospective players everything they need to get into the game.  That means eight miniatures, maps, rules, tokens, dice, and character cards.  But if you want to continue on from there, you can expand your miniature forces by picking up individual blind booster boxes.  With 21 possibilities in all, you can find yourself being Lord of the Rings…cause Heroclix have ring bases…get it…huh?

Get your space jam on with Star Hero, the newest everything sci-fi edition of Hero System.  Within this volume you’ll find all the rules and structural elements to create the very best space, sci-fi, futuristic game you’ve ever taken part in.  That includes (as they say on the back) sections on creating characters, fleshing out your universe based off the latest real world discoveries, technology and weapons, and psionics and time travel.  You’ll be hunting down intergalactic smugglers in your Mark V star cruiser in no time.

It’s that time again.  Time for another Resident Evil Deck Building Game expansion.  This time Bandai has dubbed it Resident Evil: Nightmare.  Like previous expansions, Nightmare needs to be combined with the base game or Alliance for it to be played.  What it adds to either version of the game are new actions, characters, weapons, and infected cards.  This time around these include the Mine Thrower, Luis Serra, and the infected boss Osmund Saddler.  Along with the new cards, this expansion is contained within a box big enough to fit every previous edition of the game while also including dividers to separate your cards.

If you’re one of those Pathfinder players who wishes the GM would skip over all those boring story beats and, instead, get to the fighty fighty, then Conflict Games has granted your wish.  Completely compatible with the Pathfinder Core Rulebook and any 3.5 system, Conflict Roleplaying is a battle game that allows single players or teams to face off against each other in vicious combat.  This base edition includes maps pre-generated characters, maps, and rules for play.  Combine with the recently released Pathfinder miniature set for the complete package.

The trains are running on time thanks to the new expansion for SteamSteam Barons adds two new maps to the base game along with the ability to expand the game for five or six players.  More than that, the expansion adds a complete new set of rules that add a stock market element to the game where players can buy or sell shares in the railway companies.  On top of all this, the expansion also includes a mass of train miniatures.

Incorporating elements from video games, Risk Legacy introduces new elements to the game as you complete objectives, not over the course of one game, but every game you ever play.  That’s right, each time to play a game of Risk Legacy the rules alter, factions are removed or added, and the map is reshaped.  What you choose to do in one game may effect a future game.  Primarily, this comes into play with the LOCKED rules cards that stay sealed until you complete the objective written on the front.  A Risk game unlike any other, Risk Legacy gives the power to not just conquer the world, but reshape it.

Asara lets players explore their inner architect as everyone races to create the most awe inspiring towers in the  city.  Pull your building blocks from various rare materials in an effort to build the most embellished structure, thus gain prestige and the favor of the ruling class.  But construction isn’t your only concern as you can also thwart your fellow architects from completing their masterpieces.  A family game at heart, Asara should fall in with the likes of Samarkand, Settlers of Catan, and Carcassonne.

How about a little restock blurb to mix things up?  The first expansion to the base game, Okko Yakuza Hazu Akai offers nine new playable characters (mostly Yakuza mercenaries) to be played in the base game as well as their matching player stat cards.  Five new equipment cards are also included.

Wealth of Nations: Clouds of War is yet another expansion (kinda the trend tonight), this time for the original Wealth of Nations game.  Running off the second edition rule set, Clouds of War introduces a slew of new tiles among various rule options for faster play, two player games, and optional game alterations.

Want to know your fortune?  That’s what the new Harrow Deck for Pathfinder Chronicles will tell you.  Both a deck of cards for telling fortunes in any roleplaying setting as well as a gambling-based card game, the Harrow Deck includes 54 harrow cards and 5 divination reference cards.

The most recent deck expansion for the Legend of the Five Rings card game, Second City features three new clan decks.  These three include decks for the Scorpion, Dragon, and Mantis clans.

Oct 142011
 

So, here it is Friday again and time for another New Game Stuff post.

Whoa, what?

Fridays are Comic List Highlights, not New Game Stuff!  What’s happening!  My world’s crumbling!  My brain is melting!  Fire is raining from the skies!  MAKE IT STOP!  MAKE IT STOP!

Whew, okay, ready to go.  Yes, you can now expect Fridays to be home to the New Game Stuff posts while Saturdays will become Comic List Highlights.

And for the inaugural gaming item, a new supply to one of our favorite deck building games, Resident Evil.  If you haven’t played it, the Resident Evil Deck Building Game is akin to Dominion and Ascension, featuring a play style centered around selective purchasing and playing of cards.  Anyway, the official playmats for the game are now in stock.  That’s playmats with original game art on them as well as designated spaces for key cards in the game, like the mansion, ammunition cards, combat knife, and handgun.

Oh, ‘ello, chappy.  Are you a discerning Arkham Horror player?  Ah, yes, I can see that.  Well, then you surely have a collection of Litko Game Accessories Arkham Horror compatible accoutrements?  Oh, you don’t!  I wouldn’t spread that around town, if I were you.  It’s okay, though, because we can provide assistance.  In that I mean, Pulp only today received a vast assortment of various markers, tokens, and bases to accompany the game.  These include Iron Gate Markers (able to display in-game iron gate tokens), tentacled Monster Bases (also helpful to display monster tokens), as well as larger, transparent blue Sealed Gate Tokens (improve the small sealed gate tokens that come with the game), among other niceties.  Improve your horror experience, gents and ladies, improve it.

Are you ready for a Blood Bowl!  A Friday night Blood Bowl!  

Ehhhh, too soon?  You don’t have to be Bocephus (actually, you’d probably prefer not to be) to enjoy a the new card game from the makers of Blood Bowl, Team Manger.  Basically the original game in card form, Team Manager runs two to four players through a season of the hard hittingest, blood spillingest, bone crunchingest game ever, as they battle over players, train their team, and via for fans on top of playing each other.  If it hasn’t occurred to you, the fitting pun here is fantasy football as your player options are dwarfs, elves, orcs, and the like.  Lets just say, Hank Williams, Jr.’s recent comments may actually be appreciated in this game.

Summoner Wars enacts their master plan this week by dropping not only a Master Set edition, but two new Reinforcement Decks, Goodwin’s Blade and Hawk’s Strike.  Unlike in the game, you don’t have to use mystical forces to call forth these packs of warrior-y might.  But if you do use the magic of your wallet, you might find some dangerous allies at your finger tips.  For instance, the Hawk’s Strike pack expands upon the Jungle Elves and Cloaks factions while Goodwin’s Blade expands Vanguards and Fallen Kingdoms.  But maybe the most valued of these three is the new Master Set.  Unlike what you might think when you hear that phrase, the Master Set provides six entirely new faction decks!  Not only is this enough to start a prospective player off on the game, but a premium game board is also included, giving players a perfect setting to play their game.

Oct 012011
 

Show of hands, who wants to be a zombie?  Okay, there’s one…uh, two…all right, just two.  What if I stipulated that you’re not becoming a zombie in real life, just a card game?  And there go the hands.

Yes, the Resident Evil Deck Building Game now comes with more zombifying power thanks to the new Outbreak expansion.  Unlike the last expansion, Alliance, Outbreak follows in Dominion‘s footsteps again by making this expansion a traditional one, i.e. you will need one of the base sets to use it.  As usual, this edition includes a cadre of new zombie fighters, including Kevin Ryman and Mark Wilkins, as well as new weapons, like the stun rod and samurai edge.  Primarily, though, what Outbreak adds is a new Infection play mode.  Basic rules apply, but above the mansion deck sits an infection deck that everyone plays out of in an effort to control their infection level.  If any player rises to 10 infection cards, they become an undead zombie and can attack other players.

How many hands now?

With deck building fresh in the brain pan, how about we look at a the release of the revised version of Arcana.  From Fantasy Flight, Arcana is a card based game where players manage and utilize guilds of thieves to gain control of the city of Cadwallon.  If you’ve played City of Thieves, this might sound like a similar premise and that’s because the two games are similar in many characters and options, but different in mechanics.  One thing that is different here is that the playable guilds are trying to rest power from the citizens of Cadwallon, not treasure.  Everyone vies for stake cards by scraping up and using, resourcefully, location cards, relic cards, and others.  If you’ve played the original version of the game and are curious what this one adds and updates, basically, the cards and materials are all redesigned along with a ton of rules alterations and added play modes.

Never before have I thought that I would receive the opportunity to type in vampire pirate speak.  Thankfully, Games Workshop has given me the chance with its publication of Dreadfleet.  Arrhhggg, matey, I want to suck ye blood.  That just feels right, doesn’t it?  The reason that I’m able to enact one of my dreams by typing that is because Dreadfleet is all about vampire pirates.  Two players command opposing fleets of ships facing off over a five foot by three and a half foot board, strategically maneuvering their vessels against each other.  Each ship has a coordinating card with all its stats and as well as an extremely detailed model to go along with it.  The game also comes with a number of obstacles models to place on the board.  If Dreadfleet turns out anything like the last stand-alone boardgame Games Workshop released, Space Hulk, it will disappear from shelves overnight and increase in value at the drop of a hat.

Can you guess this game’s title with this one clue:  the state I, generally, live my life in?  If you guessed Confusion, you would be correct.  Actually, the real title is Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War, but, come on, who would ever guess that?  Unlike your common Cold War game (is there really such a thing?) Confusion begins with both players having no idea how their pieces move.  Over the course of the game, through trial and error, they attempt to learn each piece’s abilities.  Concurrently, they are also attempting to acquire a special token in the center of the board and escape with it across your opponent’s border.  A classic game reprinted, Confusion is a blend of chess, Clue, and Code 777.

Last time I checked, this is America.  And in America we like our bowls super, our macs big, and our dice jumbo.  To that effect, Steve Jackson has released a line of Jumbo D6s for Munchkin.  Coming in a variety of colors (orange, red, green, blue, yellow, and purple), each package includes a Munchkin D6 and a Monster D6, both with different artwork next to each number.  America also likes to get stuff for buying other stuff.  That is why all of these dice come with two unique treasure cards, one for Munchkin and one for Munchkin Quest.  Now that’s ‘Merica for you!    

This town ain’t big enough for the both of us, pardner.  That one sentence perfectly describes the game Deadwood.  Welp, guess that does it for me, folks.  Okay, a little bit more.  Deadwood embodies that age-old adage by having players compete over various buildings that comprise the titled town.  Each player receives a group of three types of cowboys to do this with, each with their own powers.  Along with that, each building enacts certain game changing abilities, some times when they are initially played and, other times, after they have sat on the board awhile.  Get your Al Swearengen on and pick up Deadwood.

Let’s lower the temperature a bit so that Ice Dice from Looney Labs feels comfortable.  But wait, simply by bringing it into the conversation brings up the temperature in the room.  That’s ’cause it’s sexy.  The reason for that bold statement is that this is an easily portable, easily learned, easily played game using the same translucent pyramid pieces that Looney Labs used for Treetop.  Gamers roll a die to see which size and color pyramid they nab from the center bank in an effort to score three matching sets.  If that exact pyramid is gone, steal it from an opponent.  More sexiness?  How about the ability to play another, completely different game called Launchpad 23?  Did it!

Apr 232011
 

Whoa-o-o, it’s Magic, you kno-o-o-ow.  Never believe it’s not sooooooo!

Be happy you can’t actually hear me sing that.  Not good.

Anyway, it is MagicMagic the Gathering to be specific.  And to be even more specific, it’s a bunch of Magic rares.  Never done this on here before, but as Pulp just picked up a couple of important, sought after rares, figured it might be worth a try to post them up on here.

First off, we currently have three Tezzerets in stock.  That’s three Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas cards.  Also, we’ve got a Mox Opal, Sword of Feast and Famine, Vengevine, Hero of Bladehold, Arid Mesa, Thrun the Last Troll, and Marsh Flats.  If you’ve been needing any of these cards to flesh out a deck, come get to’em before they’re gone.

The Resident Evil Deck Building Game dropped its eagerly awaited second set this week, dubbed Alliance.  Why do I say second set and not expansion?  Because, though this set can be played in conjunction with the original (expanding it to allow for 8 players), it is also a standalone game.  Think Dominion:  Intrigue.  In fact, just think Dominion, because if you’ve played that game, you’re going to be able to understand Resident Evil in a flash.  What it adds to the dynamic is a monster fighting element where players “explore the mansion” to battle zombified baddies and the ability to control a character card (Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, the whole bunch).  Alliance also adds a new “Partner” play system that gives gamers the ability to team-up with others as they fight monsters.  As one would expect, a bunch of new characters, creatures, and weapons are also included.

YOU SHALL NOT PASS…actually, we’d be completely alright if you wanted to pass, like, that’d be fine.  Totally.  If my awkward fumbling hasn’t clued you in, Fantasy Flight‘s new Lord of the Rings Card Game has appeared on sleeves.  A co-op or single player game, LotRCG has players teaming up to complete various scenarios packaged in the game.  This game is in a line of living card games, such as Call of Cthulhu and Warhammer Invasion, which means new expansion decks, with new characters, scenarios, and creatures, will come out on a fairly regular basis.  And, if I might say, the card art is quite fetching.

Finally, an important restock item.  Mouse Guard the RPG is back in stock.  If anyone has been waiting with baited breath for this gorgeous hardcover to come back in print, they are allowed to breath again.  Based on the popular Mouse Guard comic series, Luke Crane has transferred the rich world of the comic into an elegant roleplaying game.  Featuring artwork from David Petersen, the creator of Mouse Guard himself, this book contains all a game master or player will need to know in order to build a world and begin exploring.  The presentation of the book couldn’t be better; the dimensions match those of the comic hardcovers, so this book can sit next to them on your shelf with no shame whatsoever.

Dec 112010
 

Quick and easy tonight, folks.

We mentioned it on here a month or so ago, but the Resident Evil Deck Building game finally hit

stores this last week.  As we said back then, this game plays very similar to Dominion, with players attempting to construct a deck from cards housed in the center of the table called “The Mansion”.  A difference here is that players also run a core character from the game, equipping them with guns, health, and so for to battle zombies and monsters.  If you like Dominion and zombies, this is a no brainer.  Huh, huh?  Get it?

Following up with another deck building game, we have Thunderstone:  Doomgate Legion.  This second expansion for the base Thunderstone game adds two new card types called Mercenaries and Treasures.  A horde of new monsters and baddies steaming from the titled Legion are also introduced.  Overall, the box holds 300 new cards, seven new heroes, and the aforementioned mercs, treasures, and Doomgate Legion.

Gamma World also jumps on the expansion bandwagon as it releases Famine in Far-Go.  If you enjoy chicken puns the text on the back of the box is gonna crack you up.  Like an egg…man, I need to stop.

Anyway, what this edition adds to the base Gamma World game is a flashy new 160-page booklet that includes new hero options, expanded rules, new monsters, and a complete adventure.  You also get two battle maps, four sheets of character and monster tokens, and ten cryptic alliance cards.  Future apocalypse chicken people have never been so much fun.

Take a trip to the treasure filled island of Isla Dorada.  Published by Fantasy Flight games (so you know it looks purdy), this treasure/exploration game has players controlling a group of explorers searching the island for untold riches.  Instead of having single tokens for each player, everyone is encompassed by a group token.  That may sound weird, but as the token lands on particular locations on the map each player receives cards which build into a deck that is used to nab treasure, stopping others from nabbing treasure, and deciding which direction the expedition will take next.  Easy gameplay and vibrant artwork should make this a pretty great game for families with kids older than ten.

Lastly but not leastly, Arkham Horror has officially released a set of individual painted figurines to be played with any of the Arkham Horror boardgames.  There are 48 separate figures in the set, ranging from g-men to mystics to backwoods sheriffs.  All of these figures are extremely collectible as there is a very limited print run of them.

Currently, we have a complete box set put aside, along with another set broken into individual figures, if anyone has an interest.  These guys will be going fast as they are mucho, mucho rare.