So, here we are on Friday, with our normal…wait, what’s that? It’s Wednesday? Huh.
Well, uh, welcome to our Wednesday New Game Stuff post!
The first couple of items we’re going to start out with, it should be noted, won’t actually be available for purchase until Friday. So, don’t get too jumpy, just yet.
First up, is all the new D&D items that are hitting this Friday. The new Witchlight Fens Dungeon Tiles are another in the long line of D&D tile sets. Specifically, Witchlight adds onto The Wilderness pack, focusing on swamps. Also shipping is, The Monster Vault: Threats of Nentir Vale hardcover which includes within its glossy pages a number of creatures from the titled region. Creatures like the Raven Roost Bandits, stand as perfect challenges for heroic and paragon-tier characters. The book also includes the standard pages of monster tokens and maps that you expect.
Also dropping Friday are the New Phyrexia Event Decks. If you remember the Mirrodin Besieged Event Decks, these are extremely strong, vastly playable decks constructed to dominate your opponents. Most of the people I’ve seen play with these have come in somewhere in the top five players of the night. These two New Phyrexia decks, War of Attrition and Rot from Within, are built around white and green, respectively. Even if you don’t want to use the decks, some of the cards they contain are worth it alone. For instance, War has two Stoneforge Mystics, one Mirran Crusader, and a Puresteel Paladin while Rot has an Inkmoth Nexus, a Green Sun’s Zenith, and a Putrefax. These are also limited; once we’re out, we’re out. So, get’em while you can.
Okay, now for some stuff that you can actually buy today!
If you weren’t aware, this year marks the 10th anniversary of one of our favorite games, Carcassonne. We like to call it a “tent-pole” game, as it is one of our consistent sellers and an all around enjoyable game for the whole family. As part of the anniversary celebration, Rio Grande Games has released a new Carcassonne 10th Anniversary edition, which contains ten new tiles for the Festival expansion as well as the new, clear, “phantom” meeples. Speaking of meeples, there is also a new “Phantom” meeples mini-expansion. Inside this clear meeple-shaped case are enough pieces for up to six players and a new “phantom” rule set. Finally, a new anniversary edition of the Carcassonne Dice Game has also shipped. It comes in a quaint meeple-shaped tin, as well, and includes a pad, pencil, and the rule booklet.
One of two Godzilla-related games that came in today, Godzilla Stomp! is a card based game where players choose control of either Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla, Battra, or Destoroyah and battle to see who destroys the most buildings through fighting or rampaging. Simple destruction, what could be better?
Second up, is Godzilla, Kaiju World Wars. Basically, a grander, boardgame version of Godzilla Stomp!, players choose from Godzilla, Rodan, Gigan, or King Ghidorah. From there you choose one of the many scenarios contained in the game and begin crushing buildings, fighting off the army, and battling other monsters. Each creature has special abilities that they can whip out when needed.
Don’t call it an expansion! The Struggle for Catan Card Game follows in the footsteps of the previous Rivals of Catan that made for two to four players. Working off of the mechanics popularized by the Settlers of Catan boardgame, Struggle has players managing resources as they build cities, knights, roads, and so forth. The twist is that certain roads and knights can change hands. As usual, the first player to ten victory points gets the win.
An important restock note, Citadels has come back in stock. That is all. No, wait, that’s not all. There’s also two new sets of prepainted miniatures (in the vein of the Arkham Horror miniatures from a couple months back) for City of Thieves. If you’ve played the game, you know that the miniatures included in it are gorgeously sculpted, but lack a nifty paint job. These are equally well sculpted, but also are painted to match. Plus, there is one special miniature not included in the game called the Duke of Cadwallon that introduces a new rule set to the game.
Last but nowhere near least. Like, miles away. Like, here’s least and way over there on the moon is this. That this is the new Dominion expansion Cornucopia. This is not a stand alone game like base Dominion or Intrigue, but it adds a completely new element of play. That element is a reward for variety; the more types of cards in your hand, the more you gain. If you have the cards that allow such a thing, though. Dominion really needs no introduction at this point, so we’ll leave it at that.