Oct 042013

Nightfall airlines welcomes you to another leg in the global tour of terror with Eastern Skies.

Set in India, Eastern Skies sees the Nightfall encroaching on a barely touched city, but one which is beginning to see the arrival of ghouls from the depths.  A deck-building game featuring monstrous creatures, like werewolves, vampires, ghouls, and the like, facing off against those that hunt them.  This expansion adds new wound effects, starting minions, and link abilities, leading to faster play.

Catalyst Game Labs have cooked up a head-to-head tile game that rivals chess.  Meet The Duke.

Players move armies of soldiers toward their opponent’s Duke, attempting to capture him.  How these armies are moved across the field is the unique bit.  Each troop is indicated by a tile, designated with a special movement ability (side-to-side, forward-and-back, etc.), but each also has an entirely different ability on the back which is activated after the tile is moved.

Hanabi, an impressively popular cooperative card game released over the last couple weeks, is back in stock.

Players work together to try and construct the most impressive fireworks show in all of Japan by laying down cards in a particular order.  Where it gets tricky is that everyone holds their cards outward, facing the other players, so that their holder can not see them.

Forget second life, first life is where World of Warcraft Trivial Pursuit is at!

Applying the classic Trivial Pursuit format (roll, move, answer question in a category, rinse, repeat) to the World of the Warcraft, players compete against each other in a game of nerdy knowledge, attempting to out fact those who they would normally spear within WoW.

The Legend of the Five Rings RPG expands its boundaries a little further with Naishou Province.  This supplemental book contains a map of the Province, a special heavily detailed section onthe Province’s capital city (Toshi no Naishou), as well as a complete history of the Lion Elite Spearman School.

Earn some frequent flyer miles with the new beta edition of Age of Rebellion for the Star Wars RPG.  This entirely new rulebook details what players need to control pilots, soldiers, spies, and fighters among the Rebel Alliance.  For a short time, each copy comes with seven extra pre-built character sheets, including Dero Jin, the pilot to ride into battle with Lando Calrissian in Return of the Jedi.

Warhammer 40K isn’t the only Warhammer putting out codex lately.

Warhammer Fantasy releases an updated, brand new Dark Elves Codex this weekend!

Side-scrolling video games always end with a menacing boss monster, but those poor, lonely, hard-working soles never get any respect. 

Until Boss Monster the card game!

A popular Kickstarter endeavor, Boss Monster has players controlling the boss monster at the end of an 8-bit side-scrolling level, but the twist is that you get to assemble the level.  Balancing appealing loot with deadly challenges, players attempt to make their level more appealing to would-be heroes than their boss monster peers.  Just remember to leave that axe away from that bridge line.

Oct 082011

Master of puppets
I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams


Never doubt the foresight of James Hetfield, because he completely called the premise of the new Malifaux-related game, Puppet Wars.  Spun out of the dark, patchwork themes present in Malifaux, Puppet Wars is a two to four player miniature based battle game.  Each player gathers their army of puppets around one central “puppet master” (see where the Metallica mention comes from?) who controls them in attempts to protect their master and destroy their enemy.  The base game set comes with all the materials for two players to dive into play immediately, but various booster packs allow players to add other puppet miniatures to their army and/or alter the game to support up to four players.  If you’re looking to get into a miniature game that doesn’t break the bank nor require a ton of purchases just to build a basic army, Puppet Wars will twist your mind but keep your dreams nice and cozy.

I think it’s written in the book of life somewhere that if you come across someone who carries a pair of swords that they’ve given names to, you need to run the opposite direction.  Such is the case with the new Tannhauser miniature pack for Mizu Kage.  Working for the Shogunate or Reich teams, Mizu is in the assassin department either way, as she is extremely talented at using her swords, Willow and Winding Stream, to, let’s say, diminish the competition.  Mizu‘s box o’ goodness comes complete with the mini, the character sheet, 12 game tokens, 10 equipment cards, a rulebook, and a dedicated scenario.  Or if slinky ninja assassins ain’t your speed, you can try hulking Itami.  Again playable with both Shogunate and Reich teams, Itami is chock full of mysterious magic, which is exactly what his special scenario focuses on.  He too comes with all the regular bells and whistles any Tannhauser miniature pack supplies.

The new Battle Pack for Warhammer Invasion has been dubbed The Inevitable City.  One might think that this title has something to do with the city setting for this first chapter in the Capital Cycle, but I’m going to suggest that it actually has to do with the inevitable butt kicking that players who purchase this pack will give their opponents.  Specifically, players who favor the Chaos faction, as half of the sixty cards held within it are associated with Ruinous Powers.

How would you feel if there was no Return of the Jedi?  Or Last Crusade?  Or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?  I think I’d feel a little incomplete.  Which is exactly the way you should feel if you’ve picked up all the first two books in the Rogue Trader RPG trilogy from Games Workshop and haven’t yet picked up the third, and final, book, Fallen Suns.  Capping off the series, Fallen Suns includes all the contents you will need to finish off your party’s final adventures as they attempt to save the Koronus Expanse while defeating the Faceless Lord.  If you haven’t yet started the trilogy, what are you waiting for?!

If you’ve ever gotten drunk over a gaming session and suggested a combination of Starcraft and Pitch Car then laughed and laughed and laughed because it sounds crazy, you have been proven wrong.  That is because Z-Man Games has found a way to combine the two.  Maybe they too drink and design.  Anyway, Ascending Empires is the Frankenstein-ed game in question, set in a universe where the Earth has been destroyed and humanity has expanded far out into the stars hoping to find sanctuary.  It is from this starting point that players enter the game.  From each of the four corners of the board, players flick ships out among the various planet tokens scattered across the universe, hoping to land in their orbit so they may build colonies, develop technologies, mine, or enact other such actions.  As usual, players gain points by complete each of these actions (all of which are explained on a handy-dandy cheat card).  An inventive combination of play methods, Ascending Empires offers a unique gaming experience, to be sure.

And the hope that you flick a token into an opponent’s eye.