Mar 112016
 

Tiny Epic DefendersCapital City is under attack!  Tiny Epic Defenders of the realm assemble!  Yes, Tiny Epic Defenders is a new tower defense game from Gamelyn Games out this weekend.  In the game, players will work together to defend Capital City from attack by multiple hordes.  These vile villains are encroaching from surrounding towns and must be stopped before they overrun those hamlets on their way to the main city.  Study their patterns, strategize, and collect artifacts to help you fight them off!A Prophecy of Dragons Time Stories

The popular group storytelling/roleplaying-light board game, T.I.M.E. Stories, adds another expansion pack this weekend.  A Prophecy of Dragons includes another ninety minute session for players to incorporate into the base game.  In A Prophecy of Dragons, the time traveling adventures of the game that you control will actually be jumping dimensions, moving to a parallel universe where the middle ages were overrun with magic users.  The world you encounter is drastically different from the one described in our history books.

Happy PigsLast week we had My Happy Farm.  This week, we narrow that down to just Happy Pigs.  A buying and selling family game, Happy Pigs is quick-to-learn and easy-to-play for ages ten and up.  Players compete to purchase, raise, and sell their porcine livestock.  Use funds to purchase baby pigs at the beginning of the game, feed them into adulthood, get them to reproduce, then sell the top choice piggies.  Outside of the cutely designed pig tokens used in the game, Happy Pigs also has a special two player variant those farming inclined couples.  And if pigs aren’t your bag, don’t worry because, for a limited time, each purchase comes with a special Penguins expansion.  La Granja

Farming must be the theme for tonight, because La Granja is our next highlighted game.  From Stronghold Games, La Granja finds players operating farms across the lake from the Spanish village of Esporles.  Over six rounds, will maintain and grow their farm, hiring workers and adding new fields in order to grow produce that will be sold back to the residents of Esporles for a profit.  Keep a close eye on the strategies of other players, however, as turn order can be Smash Up It's Your Fault expansioneffected by dice rolls in order to change the direction of the game.

Everyone loves a new Smash Up expansion, but, in this case, everyone actually contributed to a new Smash Up expansion.  AEG put out a call for factions that fans would like to see incorporated into the popular card game, then chose the winners and released them in the It’s Your Fault expansion.  If you’ve cruised around the Internet for a few short minutes, you might be able to guess the winners that ended up in this expansion.  The four new factions include Sharks, Superheroes, Greek Myths, and Dragons!

Feb 052016
 

Mafia VendettaFantasy Flight is getting in deep with the family.  A spin on the classic Mafia card game, Mafia:  Vendetta is a deception game in the vein of Bang! and Ultimate Werewolf.  However, in Mafia:  Vendetta, players are attempting to weed out the mobbed up individuals within the group.  Over the rounds, players will pose accusations in an effort to uncover the covert culprits, but players will also be eliminated, slowly parring down the number of players.A Game of Thrones Road to Winterfell chapter pack

Adding cards twenty-one to forty of the Westeros cycle, The Road to Winterfell is a chapter pack of sixty new cards for the A Game of Thrones LCG.  These cards are meant to augment existing decks and add variety to the base game and expansions from the series.

Pixel Tactics DeluxeMuch like Smash Up’s Big Geeky Box, Pixel Tactics Deluxe simultaneously acts as an expansion, a base game, and a container for your cards.  In addition to a complete set of never-before seen heroes, Pixel Tactics Deluxe gives you a large storage box to keep your whole collection in one, a bonus minipak expansion, and a big rulebook that introduces new play modes, including Large-Group League Play.  Deluxe is also fully playable on its own, but combining multiple Pixel Tactics games together gives you a ton of new ways to play.The End of the World Alien Invasion

Another in the popular The End of the World RPG series, Alien Invasion drops this weekend.  Like the other apocalypse scenarios, Alien Invasion has players actually playing themselves in the campaign, with the stats to reflect their own (so you might want to start training now).  Outside of the instructions for the rule system, this hardcover volume also includes character creation rules and five different scenarios that homage various alien invasion plots (such as giant Villains Sentintels of the Multiverseinsects, alien infiltration, and the class flying saucers).

Everyone knows that the bad guys have all the fun in comic books, so Sentinels of the Multiverse is giving players a chance to experience what it’s like to be villainous.  Villains of the Multiverse is a mega expansion for the game, using the villain team gameplay mechanics introduced in Sentinels of the Multiverse:  Vengeance to group villains together as a team fighting against a hero team.  Ten new villains are included, which can be faced in any configuration, as well as four new environments.Pokemon Breakpoint booster

Much like Magic the Gathering, a new Pokemon set is always a moment for celebration if you’re an avid CCG player.  Pokemon Breakpoint is the newest set, including 120 cards that expand on the storyline regarding the rift between worlds.  In addition to the regular booster pack release, there is also a Elite Training Box for the set that includes eight booster packs, card sleeves, dice, tokens, and a card box with King's Forgedividers.

Somewhere between Quarriors and a resource management game, King’s Forge is a fantasy-based dice game for two to four players.  In the game, players will collect and utilize various different dice to build items or trade for better dice.  In order to do this, players will traverse nineteen realms, each with their own dice opportunities, and decide whether to keep their dice or construct one of thirty-two different creations.  And if that sounds slightly disorganized, don’t worry, because this edition also comes with a game board to help organize everything.Cat Tower

Cats are big business in the gaming world right now, so IDW has jumped on the bandwagon with Cat Tower.  This dexterity game is not only extremely cute, but also an excellent party game.  For two to six players, Cat Tower involves the stacking of foldable cat cards, much like a furry Jenga.  The order and position of the cats is decided by the roll of a die, but do be careful rolling that die, because each fallen cat goes directly into the guilty player’s deck.  The more you have, the less points you gain.

Jan 152016
 

Race for the Galaxy Xeno InvasionBuilding an empire is a hard day’s work all on its own, but try doing it with an evil alien race attacking you!  The most recent expansion set for Race for the Galaxy challenges you to do just that.  Xeno Invasion is two games in one box, including both new start world cards that can be added to the base game to expand play options along with the Invasion Game scenario that can be incorporated to up the difficulty.Secret Santa card game

Yes, we all know Christmas was nearly a month ago, but game distributors are a little less certain.  Hence, Secret Santa, a festive card game of competitive gift giving.  Underneath all of the holiday cheer, everyone really is just giving away presents to feel that rush of approval when the receiver joyfully exclaims “This is the best present ever!  You know me so well!”  Secret Santa is all about that moment, as players compete to give away all of their present cards.  Alter the game a little by adding in Santa’s Elves, where players have to give away their gold rings and avoid being stuck with the dreaded fruitcake.

Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes Set 4Officially intended for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, the Iconic Heroes sets are more commonly used for the traditional Pathfinder roleplaying game.  Icon Heroes Set 4 contains miniatures for the Human Bloodrager, Half-Elf gunslinger, Dwarf Shaman, Stone Spirit Animal, Human Skald, and Half-Elf Swashbuckler.  Each one of the miniatures is fully painted and ready for use in-game.  For those who are actually using these in conjunction with the Adventure Card Game, the set also includes six exclusive cards to be incorporated into the game.Escape Zombie City

Though Escape:  Zombie City has been out on the shelves for nearly a month, we some how never mentioned it in a New Game Stuff post.  Tonight that is rectified.  A spin-off of Queen Games‘ popular Escape series, Zombie City deposits players into a zombie apocalypse and demands that they outrun the hordes of undead clamoring to eat them.  The catch?  You only have fifteen minutes to get out of town!  With everyone working together, players start a fifteen minute counter included with the Bang Duelgame, then rapidly attempt to flee the confines of the city.

Bang!, the popular, Western deception card game, puts a couple more bullets into its six-gun this weekend.  First up are two expansion decks, High Noon and The Valley of Shadows .  High Noon includes a new character card, the Judge, and a few new event cards, like Ghost Town and Gold Rush.  The Valley of Shadows is a dangerous place, full of snake and tornadoes (and possibly snake-nados), all represented by twenty-four additonal cards.  Finally, the biggest draw of the three is Bang! the Duel, a two player only version of the game.  Each player controls two different gunslingers, one in front, one in back, then uses their abilities to compete against one Fluxx Diceanother.

As if the fluctuating party card game, Fluxx, was not already a heap of shenanigans, Looney Labs has found a way to increase the randomness.  Meet Fluxx Dice.  This expansion set can be incorporated into any version of Fluxx (base, Batman, Zombie, Monty Python, etc.), as it includes five new cards and two dice that complicate card draws and win conditions even further.

Dec 182015
 

For Sale board gameEverything’s for sale!  Or, at least, that’s the idea behind Stefan Dorra’s For Sale:  The Game of Property and Prosperity.  In this fast-paced game of bidding and bluffing to get the highest-ranking properties, it isn’t how much you pay for the properties, it is how much you sell them for.  Manage your money wisely during the bidding and property acquisition phase, then outsmart your rival tycoons during the selling phase.  Be the richest real estate mogul at the end of the game to win!Medieval Academy

While school might be the last thing you’re thinking about over the holidays, Medieval Academy provides an education that is a pleasure to attain.  Over the course of six rounds, players will compete as squires attempting to impress their respective knights.  Master the arts of jousts and tournaments, complete dangerous quests, and polish your education by drafting cards to strategically play.  By the end, the best squire will be knighted by King Arthur, himself.

Deception Murder in Hong KongFans of Betrayal at House on the Hill, Letters from White Chapel, and Fury of Dracula will want to closely examine Deception:  Murder in Hong Kong.  In the game, players find themselves in a scenario of intrigue and murder.  One player is the murderer, secretly choosing their weapon and the evidence they leave behind.  Another is the forensic scientist who holds the key to convicting the criminal, but is only able to express their knowledge through analysis of the scene.  Everyone else plays investigators, interpreting the clues, all while the killer is among them.Star Wars Edge of the Empire Mask of the Pirate Queen

Almost as if there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out or something, Fantasy Flight drops two supplemental hardcover books for their Star Wars roleplaying system.  First up, for the Force and Destiny system, Keeping the Peace.  In Keeping the Peace, players will find additional materials for Guardians, including character options, force powers, signature abilities, lightsabers, armor, and much more.  Out for the Edge of the Empire system is the Mask of the Pirate Queen adventure module.  A multi-part tale for both seasoned and starting players, Schrodinger's CatsMask of the Pirate Queen sends players on a hunt for the eponymous Pirate Queen.

What’s in the box?  In Schrodinger’s Cats, the answer to that question is always indeterminate.  A pseudo-scientific card game for two to six players, Schrodinger’s Cats has players running experiments, forming hypotheses, and trying to one-up each others research.  Taking on the role of one of many cat physicists, like Isaac Mewton or Neil Degrasse Tabby, players will use their special abilities to prove their hypotheses and debunk those of other players.

Dec 112015
 

Mafia de Cuba Revolucion expansionGrasping Cuba with an iron hold, the mafia has yet to let loose in the first expansion for Mafia de Cuba, Revolución.  In this mini-expansion, players will find the proper materials to add six new character types to the game, including a dirty lawyer, revolutionaries, and more.  As well, a fake diamond token is included, which can be stolen, but has the possibility of getting you caught later in the game.Viticulture Essential Upgrade Pack

It is time for the vineyards to combine in the Viticulture Essential Upgrade Pack.  This compact upgrade pack contains materials originally found in the Tuscany expansion, allowing players to change their original edition of Viticulture into the ultimate version of the game, without having to purchase the expansion.

Car Wars ArenasAs this has been the year of Mad Max:  Fury Road, a new version of the vehicular battle card game, Car Wars, seems appropriate.  Car Wars Arenas gives players more exciting locations to showcase their skills and blow away their opponents.  This boxed set contains five two-sided arena maps and a booklet detailing the special features of each arena.Baseball Highlights 2045

Baseball Highlights 2045 requires some explanation.  So, in 2032 baseball games were shortened to six innings and cybernetic implants are standard.  Then in 2041 fully robotic players became a standard.  Now, in 2045, human players still exist (called Naturals), but they are outnumbered by robotic players.  Pit your team against another opponent in this one to four player game, but make sure to have a balance of athletic abilities, as naturals can do certain things that robots can not.

Power Play Schemes and SkullduggeryIn Power Play you begin with some grand design and some supernaturla powers and connections.  How you will accomplish your goals, who you will use, and what you will need to are dependent on your actions.  A competitive narrative game, which means you will use traditional RPG-style actions, Power Play does not require a game master, just a group of four to eight players to act as villainous masterminds vying for control.Timeline Challlenge

Building upon the highly popular, educational card game series, Timeline, Timeline Challenge is a full-on board game experiences using a similar rule system.  In the game, players strive to win the different tests littered around the game board.  Not only is Timeline Challenge a standalone game, but the cards included are capable of being used in conjunction with any of the other previously released Timeline games.

Legendary Secret Wars Volume TwoSecret Wars may be struggle to conclude in the comic medium, but, in the board game world, Upper Deck has just this weekend completed its Secret Wars expansions for Legendary.  Secret Wars Volume 2 contains over 350 new cards to be added to the Legendary base game and combined with the previous Secret Wars expansion.  This time around, players not only gain new henchmen, villains, and schemes, but never-before-playable characters, like Flash Thompson Venom, Spider-Gwen, Captain Britain, and Howard the Duck.