Oct 182014
 

Firefly Role Playing Game RPG Core BookTake its love, take its land, but you can’t take roleplaying from Firefly.

A revamped version of the previous Firefly RPG, this new hardcover core book utilizes an updated version of the Cortex Plus System.  Players are thrown out into the black, given the chance to play members of a Firefly crew crusin’ the verse and misbehaving.  Every episode of the series is detailed in this hardcover, acting as adventures groups can play through.  An entirely new “episode” is also presented as a fourteenth adventure.Cypher

Another AEG produced, Love Letter-like quick card game has hit the scene and it is Cypher.  At its core, Cypher is a drafting game, with players starting out with either three, two, or one card in hand.  Each turn, players draw, play, and trade a card, with everyone attempting to be the person holding the highest value card at the end of the game.  When the draw pile runs out (or a special endgame card is played) the game ends.

Lords of XiditLords of Xidit is the newest release from Asmodee Games and it sends the player to a fantastical realm of lizard riding knights and magically possessed townsfolk.  Each player controls the equivalent of a knight, wandering the countryside in hopes of curing the dark mysticism that has overrun it.  In order to do so, players race to sections of the board where they will collect squires and resources.  The catch is, it’s all about timing, as only certain resources will be given out depending on the order of when a player arrives.  Abyss

Set in a Bioshock-ish, Rapture-esque underwater city, Abyss, from Asmodee, is a game of influence and power struggle with a little card drafting thrown in.  Featuring four different styles of box art, Abyss requires players to compete for influence on the council of lords.  In order to do this, players must work through a three stage process, first gaining allies, then using them to influence lords, then using the lords to take over sections of the city.  Cards are drafted that allow Tammany Hallplayers to work through these steps, but, beware, once a card’s power is used that ability is closed off forever.

And speaking of corruption and political influence, there’s nearly no greater historical instance of political power plays than New York’s Tammany Hall!  In this backstabby game of underhanded favor buying, players fight to earn the votes of recent immigrants as means of acquiring the mayoral seat.  However, don’t expect to hold on to it for long, as everyone will be at the ready double cross you and take it.Through the Breach Fate Master's Almanac Wyrd RPG

Malifaux, the cult hit steampunky, horror, little bit of everything miniature game, is being converted into a roleplaying system this weekend.  Two core rulebooks, one for players and one for game masters, arrive this weekend.  First up is The Fate Almanac softcover, the essential guidebook for players, containing all the pertinent information about how to create and run a Fated character.  The accompanying rulebook is the Trains Rising SunFatemasters Almanac, the essential guide running a game set in the Malifaux universe.

AEG‘s third gaming release this weekend is an expansion/standalone addition to the Trains board game.  Trains Rising Sun can be incorporated into the original version or played on its own.  Included this edition are three entirely new game boards, one for head-to-head play and two for two to four players.  Legendary Guardians of the Galaxy

Time for everyone to do the whole standing up in a circle thing, because Guardians of the Galaxy is the newest expansion to the Legendary card game.  This expansion adds on character cards for everyone of the Guardians, including Star Lord, Gamorra, Rocket, Drax, and Groot as well as villain decks for the Kree Supreme Intelligence and Thanos!

Sep 202014
 

Pathfinder Adventure Time Card Game PlaymatThe Pathfinder Adventure Card Game gets organized this weekend, thanks to a new playmat.

Featuring a layout that helps to show new and old players how to arrange the various important cards piles.  As well as being a guide for placement, the mat also helps organize the game (heading off clutter) and keep the cards from shifting about the table.  The layout is made to cover up to six players.Villainy

With the superheroes getting all the love in games like Sentinels of the Multiverse, Legendary, and Heroes Wanted, it’s time for the bad guys to have their day!  Villainy puts players into the role of a supervillain attempting to destroy the hero of the metropolis they call home.  In order to do this players will need to complete three distinct secret plans, made possible by hiring henchmen.  Each game plays Khans of Tarkir Card Sleevesdifferent, as the objectives and story alters.

Many readers out there will know that this weekend was the Magic the Gathering prerelease event for Khans of Tarkir, the start of the newest card block.  Anyone who knows this will also likely know that means the sleeves, binders, and card boxes for the set are also out.  Boosters, fat pack, and intro Talisman Woodlandsdecks will go on sale next Friday.

Over the hill and through the woods to Talisman‘s expansion we go.

Another large sized expansion for the Talisman 4th Edition board game, The Woodland provides an entire new board to place adjacent to the main board, five new characters, and an added fate mechanic that gives you the option of bettering Hour of the Wolf Warhammer 40K Sanctus Reachyour chances or lessening those of an opponent.

The sequel to the recently released Warhammer 40K Red Waaagh! hardcover, The Hour of the Wolf, is out this weekend.  Contained within its glossy, hardcover-bound pages are details on various skirmishes between the Orc and Space Wolf factions, along with formation templates and more.

The major Warhammer release this weekend, however, is a blast from the past.Space Hulk Warhammer 40K

Once again, Games Workshop has re-released the classic 40K universe board game, Space Hulk.  If you remember the last time this game was released, you’ll also remember the incredibly short amount of time it stayed on shelves and the astronomic price hikes that occurred after it vanished.  This new version comes complete with the same miniatures and accessories as the last, but with one important alteration.  The 2014 version includes an entirely new set of tiles, allowing players who own the previous version to combine them and create one, Five Tribes board gameover-sized game board.

Days of Wonder, publisher of Ticket to Ride, Smallworld, and Cargo Noir, has released a new board game designed by Bruno Cathala (Shadows Over Camelot).  Five Tribes is a meeple placement game, but in reverse.  The game begins with a selection of meeple figures, each from one of the five titular tribes, arranged across the board and it is the players’ challenge to rearrange them.  How they are moved and where they are moved is the strategic challenge of Five Tribes, with the best player gaining the most points from their movements.Netrunner First Contact Data Pack

The third Data Pack in the Lunar Cycle of the Android Netrunner LCG has been downloaded to the Pulp Fiction shelves this weekend.  First Contact’s sixty card expansion intensifies the conflict between the runners and the corps on a number of fronts.  A new meat space is introduced along with new regions, Anarch identities, traps, resources, and mythic ice.

Star Wars Force and DestinyFinally, the force is strong with you.

Fantasy Flight expands its roleplaying galaxy far, far away with the Force and Destiny Beta softcover, a third  system to add to the Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion systems.  This long awaited edition incorporates force based abilities into the universe, providing information on character creation and a fully playable adventure.  And because this system is set in the same universe as the two previous systems, they are all fully compatible.Chinatown

Long out-of-print and going for insane money online, Chinatown has been revived by Z-Man Games.  A truly antagonistic experience, Chinatown is based around bidding, bartering, and negotiating with your opponents.  Players attempt to lay business tiles onto the game board, hoping to group as many like tiles together as the can for greater payouts.  But players can also attempt to convince others to sell or trade for tile Monster Manual D&D 5th Edition Next HCand spaces, requiring a sharp skill for salesmanship and strategic dealing.

Eagerly awaited, the second major core hardcover for Dungeons and Dragons 5.0 is out this week!

The Monster Manual for D&D Next follows hot on the heels of the Player’s Handbook, containing beasties and creatures from the long history of the famous fantasy roleplaying game, all illustrated with beautiful new artwork and provided with easy-to-use rules and statistics.  An essential volume for any Dungeon Master.

Aug 302014
 

Munchkin Adventure TimeOH!  MY!  GLOB!  Munchkin Adventure Time is flippin’ here!

Replacing character cards from other editions of Munchkin with characters from the hit Cartoon Network show, Munchkin Adventure Time drops three to six players into the world of Ooo!  Like every version of Munchkin, this mathematical addition of the game is playable as a stand-alone experience or slammed together with any previous version!Warhammer Fantasy Nagash The End Times Hardcover

Warhammer 40K gets a lot of love on here, so it’s time to swing that spotlight in Warhammer Fantasy‘s direction.  Another in a line of exquisite, deluxe hardcover volumes, the Nagash: The End Times hardcover is out this weekend.  Collected in this slipcase, double volume edition are the details of Nagash’s return to the land of the living (explained in a full-art 296 page booklet) and the rules and scenarios to field Nagash and his followers.

Heroes WantedWho cares that you never went to college or that you’re five months past due on rent, anyone can be a superhero!

Heroes Wanted is a hand management card game for one to five players about the process of becoming Zeta City’s most beloved crime fighter!  Players design their own personal costumed vigilante with the selection of two unique hero cards, then set out to defeat major bad guys and their hordes of evil minions.  The player who does the best, gaining the most victory points, will become the champion of Zeta City!  The Extra!  Extra! and Champions and Masterminds expansions are also available!Among the Stars board game

Taking place in the wreckage of a post-interstellar war, Among the Stars is about rebuilding the galactic alliance.  Two to four players represent various alien races attempting to keep the peace by constructing trade-based space stations.  Players draft cards in order to attain important components for the space station’s construction, which then are represented by a tile-laying Shadowrun Crossfirecomponent.

Hot on the heels of Pathfinder the Adventure Card Game and D&D Lords of Waterdeep, Shadowrun Crossfire is the newest board gaming experience born from a popular roleplaying system.  Shadowrun Crossfire is a cooperative deck building game where players work together as a ragtag group of shadowrunners completing shady missions and taking down evil corporate entities.  Players earn upgrades for their characters as they progress and complete missions.Pathfinder Skull and Shackles Adventure Card Game

Speaking of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Skull and Shackles, the newest base expansion for the highly popular RPG card game releases this weekend.  If you’re unfamiliar with the game, Piazo Publishing has adapted their popular RPG system into card game mechanics, with a group of players using decks of cards to represent their characters.  As the players fight their way through the adventure path (competing against NPC decks of cards), their decks grow by gaining additional stat cards.  The Skull and Shackles base set provides the additional cards needed to begin running this particular adventure path.

Jul 052014
 

The Seclusion of Orphone of the Three Visions Lamations of the Flame PrincessThere are emporiums, coliseums, museums, and aquariums, but never before have there been Seclusiums!

A supplemental hardcover edition for the absolutely bonkers Lovecraftian roleplaying system, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, the Seclusium of Orphone of the Three Visions details for players and game masters, alike, how to construct, detail, furbish, and augment special wizard dens within the game.  Also for the system is the Visions of Hersesy The Horus Heresy Warhammernew Forgive Us adventure supplement, playable for forth level characters.

A double shot of Warhammer universe dystopian goodness, an illustrated version of the Horus Heresy, dubbed Visions of Heresy, is out and ready to be placed on your coffee table of doom!  Along with this gorgeous tome, comes some more additions to the Orky Ork Ork section of things, including a supplemental volume to the recently released Ork Codex, Wicked Fantasy John WickWaaagh! Ghazghull, as well as new versions of the Ork Trukk Boyz and the Ork Meganobz.

Pathfinder gets a bit indy this weekend with Wicked Fantasy.  This supplemental edition for Pathfinder is written by indy game creator John Wick, who has entirely redesigned ten of the core races for the system, including humans, elves, goblins, orks, and so on.Game of Thrones Resin House Cards Stark

Update your living card game version of Game of Thrones so that it’s suitable to sit on the iron throne in King’s Landing with the new resin house cards out this weekend.  All four of the biggest houses are represented, including Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, and Greyjoy.  Each of these sw_age_rebellionare three dimensional variations of the house crest.

The Rebellion wants you. . .to pick up a copy of the official Age of Rebellion hardcover core rulebook!  Just like the Edge of the Empire core rulebook, this edition contains all the essential information for this sister system set later in the Star Wars timeline.  Along with this volume, Fantasy Flight has also released a matching GM’s Kit and Screen.Legendary Villains

The bad guys always have more fun and Legendary Villains is here to prove it.

Swapping the dynamics of the original Legendary Deck Building GameVillains allows players to control the major baddies of the Marvel universe, including iconic bad guys like Venom and Magneto.  This is a stand-alone addition to the series of Legendary games, but Attack Wing Star Trek Wave 6also an expansion that can be mixed with the base game and other expansions.

Attack Wing continues to go boldly where no other space battle miniature game has gone before by release a sixth wave of expansion ships this weekend!  Within this release are four new ships from various factions, including another Borg ship, the Soong, the Dominion Second Division Cruiser, and the USS Enterprise refit from Star Trek The Motion(less) Picture.Capo de Capi

The creators of Biblios have also released two new games this weekend.  The first, a two player dice game that can be played quickly and efficiently, is Capo di Capi.  Set during prohibition, players roll dice to bribe police, bootleg liquor, and compete in other illegal endeavors to become the big boss of New York.  Also dealing in the seedy Xactika card gameunderworld of crime, Gunrunners sets two to four players into the roles of law enforcers attempting to stop the sale of illegal weapons.

Another dual release from the same company (and makers of Quiddler and Five Crowns) are Karma and Xactika.  Each of these games are trick taking games that are fun for all ages.  Karma has players drawing and placing cards of equal value into various piles until a player has successfully eliminated the draw pile and holds only three cards in their hand.  Xactika can be a different game for different players, revolving around a betting system that has players estimatingMage Wars Forged in Fire the amount of rounds that it will take to clear the table.

Mage Wars gains another expansion this weekend with Forged in Fire.

dnd_starterPrimarily, this expansion adds two entirely new mages to the base game, including the Warlord of the Anvil Throne and the Adramelech Warlock, along with forty-one additional spells.

Dungeons and Dragons Next is finally here!  The wait is over, so players can now experience an entirely new system of D&D that melds together the best qualities of Advanced D&D with alterations and improvements from D&D 3 and D&D 4.  Before the core rulebooks release, prospective players should pick up the cheap introductory Starter Set (reminiscent to the old D&D Red Box) that includes all the materials players will need to learn the system and play a number of adventures for level one to five characters.

Jun 212014
 

Ascension Realms UnraveledLike the collectible card game it is based off of, Magic the Gathering, Ascension continues to expand its deck building universe.  Realms Unraveled is the newest expansion for the game, this time around adding Multifaction and Multi-Unite cards that create special deck combinations.Hobbit Tales card game

From the makers of the One Ring roleplaying system comes a storytelling game, akin to Once Upon a Time, set in the Lord of the Rings universe.  Acting as hobbits hanging out at the local watering hole, those playing Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn utilize story cards to begin constructing a tall tale only The Heart of the Wild One Ringto be interrupted by other players.

While we’re stopping in Middle Earth, let’s take a look at The Heart of the Wild, a new supplement for the One Ring roleplaying game.  A setting supplement, The Heart of the Wild expands descriptions of locations like Mirkwood Forest as well as adding a bestiary full of creatures lurking in these shadowy realms.Cards of Cthulhu

A card game for one to four players, Cards of Cthulhu plays off of the gothic horror of the Lovecraft universe to deliver a deck-based battle game.  Players compete against the AI of the game, which controls the creatures and other baddies, in an attempt to halt the release of the Elder Gods.  Also included in the game is a booklet of original stories set in the universe, crafted by Pagoda board gameauthors like Matt Forbeck, Daniel Keys Moran, and David Gerrold.

A new dexterity game from AEG, Pagoda is a family friendly, easy-to-learn, two player only game of building construction.  Each of the two players utilize cards to add colored pillars to various levels of their pagodas, but once a certain color has been used on a level, that is the only color that can be used.Istanbul game

Another quick, family game from AEG out this week is Istanbul (not Constantinople).  Players navigate their merchant and assistants from market stall to market stall.  On each stall are rubies and goods of various sorts and players utilize their assistants carefully in order to attain more of these items than the other players.

Romance of the Nine Empires Arcane FireOkay, see if you can follow this:  Romance of the Nine Empires is a card game based off of a fictional card game from an independent film called The Gamers:  Hands of Fate that is now real.  Got it?  Good.  Now it has an expansion called Arcane Fire that contains enough cards to create two entirely new factions to be incorporated into the base game.Shadowrun Run and Gun HC

If you’re going to battle against the evil corporations that dot the landscape of the Shadowrun universe you’re going to need a bigger gun.  And maybe, like, forty of them.  To alleviate this problem Catalyst Game Labs has just released a beautiful hardcover of Run and Gun for Shadowrun 5th Edition.  This supplement contains all the information you’ll ever need Galactic Strike Forcefor gun, knife, hand-to-hand, and any other form of combat within the system.

From the makers of Sentinels of the Multiverse comes Galactic Strike Force, another cooperative card game, but this time set in the far reaches of the galaxy.  Players each take control of a spaceship and a crew comprise of scoundrels and questionable types (Firefly, anyone?) as they try to save the universe.  Like Sentinels, players will control a unique deck against an AI-run set of villains.  The first expansion for the game is also out this weekend.