May 042012
 

Draw them pistols!

A new two player head-to-head card game has mosied into town, pards. This here game goes by the name’a Revolver. A simple game for a simpler time, Revolver has players choosing sides between lawmen and outlaws. Both sides receive different cards and victory goals, so choose wisely. And be quick on the draw!

If cowboys aren’t your bag, then maybe archaeologists are. Lost Temple barrows the style and thematic elements of games like Lost Cities and Jambo for a kid friendly board game that plays two to eight people. Each explorer has the goal of reaching the sacred temple before anyone else, conferring with natives and backstabbing their opponents along the way. With famous game creator Bruno Faidutti (Citadels, Key Largo) behind the game, you can bet it’ll be a good time.

If you’re into exploring the undiscovered and enjoy the ancient nerd past time known as Dungeons and Dragons, you might find some joy in the newest Survival Handbook for 4.0, Into the Unkown. A hardcover volume full of information helpful to both game masters and players in building or navigating the dark reaches of a fantasy horror-based dungeon. Along with the normal inclusion of new feats, equipment, powers, and such, this volume also introduces the kobold and goblin as player races. Grab a flashlight and get exploring!

If you had not previously invested in the A Song of Ice and Fire, now is the time too! The new A Game of Thrones edition of the core rulebook includes all the information present in the previous volume, excepted update through magical means…called editors. But that’s not all, the entire Peril at King’s Landing is also included.

Battletech is probably one of the most asked about miniature games I’ve ever encountered up at the store, so it gives me great pleasure to say that a new Battletech Introductory Box Set is currently in the store. This new box set comes with 26 miniatures, a rulebook, a booklet of record sheets, a longer 80-page rulebook, and every other notable element players will require to jump head first into robot mayhem.

In other words: BIG FREAKIN’ ROBOTS! PICK IT UP!

Apr 132012
 

You’ve caught the . And the only prescription is more cowbell…no that’s something else.

The only prescription for Horse Fever is actually fixing races, buying off jockeys, and borrowing money from the mob. Or, at least, that’s the case in the new game…Chicken Pox…okay, no, it’s called Horse Fever. Players control gamblers looking to get rich of each race in three different formats of play. These play levels, set-up as easy, medium, and hard, are a board game version, a family game version, and a party game version of base play. So, you can get into the game however you choose, then work up to a higher level of difficulty as you go along.

Expanding upon the base Ghost Stories board game, the new Black Secret version of the game increases the terror of the original game by kicking the number of players up to 2-5. And that extra player gets to control the villain of the game, Wu-Feng. The other players must face off against his ghost armies and spells, but have magical mantras, which increase by with the level of play, to protect them. If you’re into the original game or Last Night on Earth, give the new Ghost Stories: Black Secret at try.

Space will not be the final frontier for Marvel Heroclix, but it will be one of the most awesome. The new Galactic Guardians Heroclix set hit stores today, full of new cosmic figure goodness for your Heroclix collection. Focusing on characters like Silver Surfer, Nova, Dr. Strange, and Galactus, this new set comes in regular boosters as well as Super Boosters which contain a colossal figure. Collect them all to flesh out your forces with the power cosmic!

If you enjoy your roleplaying dark, demented, and Lovecraftian, you’ll need to pick up the Carcosa RPG hardcover. Made specifically for adults, this system is compatible with old school fantasy adventure games, offering 800 encounters to enact. Come prepared for bone-chilling horror and violence, as this game delivers the gruesome.

Nov 112011
 

Who doesn’t want a tiny version of themselves?  What about a tiny version of yourself in your Pathfinder game?

If you’re an avid player or a beginner (especially if you’ve picked up the Beginner Box) this set of four miniatures, each representing a core class (Cleric, Wizard, Fighter, and Rogue), can come in mighty handy as a distinct way to distinguish your character on the map.  Each character has been carefully painted and crafted so that they are easily recognizable.  Be our hero and pick up a copy of the Beginner Box Heroes.

Moving from tiny to giant, if you always thought your copy of Cthulhu Dice was fun but not quite big enough, Steve Jackson has a solution for you.  Springing from the Giant Foam Cthulhu Dice demos displayed at conventions, you too can have your own 4″ wide, foam Cthulhu Die in one of four colors.  Regardless of the size, the game plays exactly the same as its smaller counterpart, except for a new bracelet substitute for the sanity chits.  Also safe to throw at fellow players without causing permanent damage!

While we’re on the whole dice topic, how about something for the hunting buff in your family?  How about a Trophy Buck?  Yuuup, Steve Jackson has done zombies, Cthulhu, and now hunting.  Structured similarly to Zombie Dice, Trophy Buck is a set of 12 dice that players take turns rolling to see if they can nab the most deer.  The dice have various symbols that indicate different amounts of deer as well as deer tracks, ultimately leading players to the decision of whether to continue hunting or stop so that you don’t scare the deer away.  Plus, you get a swanky camo dice bag!

For those more interested in the storytelling sensibilities of roleplaying, the dice-less system of Nobilis releases its 3rd edition today. Set in an anime-esque world where half-human, half-god spirits live in an ethereal world around ours, Nobilis: The Essentials is the core rulebook for any prospective player.  Within this beautiful slipcase edition you’ll find all the information about creating characters and dealing with all their godly abilities.  Designed by Jenna Katerin Moran, any crossover fan of anime and roleplaying needs to give this a go.

The Dead Marshes may not be the most relaxing place to take a vacation, but, as far as the Lord of the Rings LCG is concerned, they’re pretty dang awesome.  Yes, the newest Adventure Pack for the LotR LCG core set, Dead Marshes contains 60 new cards (that is cards 95-115 of the Shadows of Mirkwood cycle) to be incorporated into your base game.  

Supplanting famous Internet sensation webcomic, Axe Cop, onto the equally popular card game, Munchkin, Steve Jackson has created Munchkin Axe Cop.  Didn’t see that name coming.  As you might imagine, there is lots of chopping and lots of stuff taking.  Taking characters from the comic and turning them into cards, Munchkin Axe Cop allows you to play Axe Cop‘s partners, the Dinosaur Soldiers and Sockarang, along with battling infamous baddies like Giant Robot Zombie and Dr. Stinky Head.  As the webcomic is based off the writings of a five year old boy, one cannot comprehend the insanity hidden in this box until they have purchased it, chopped it open with an axe, and blown it to bits with their awesomeness.

Oct 212011
 

City folk don’t know how ta tussle with vampires, no sir.  Y’all best come on down to Blood Country, learn yo’self how ta stake’em and bake’em.

That right there is the idea behind the newest expansion for the popular deck building game, Nighfall.  Nightfall: Blood Country contains 168 blood-soaked cards (note: cards are not actually drenched in blood; the aforementioned statement was for effect only) that introduce new vampires, werewolves, hunters, ghouls, and special powers for all your scratching and staking needs.  Plus, the quaint little box they come in has a set of tidy, decorated dividers that allow the game’s owner to separate all of their cards into one, easy-to-transfer box.  Y’all come bite now, ya hear?

Serious question time:  how long have you wanted to play dwarfs as a primary force in Battlelore?  Part two of that question:  how long have you wanted to play dwarfs that can ride on bears, in general?  Whether the amount is a day to twelve years, the newest Battlelore expansion set allows players to do both.  Bearded Brave is a Dwarven Army Pack that contains 40 dwarf figures that can be used in conjunction with units from the core to give players the ability of running a Dwarven army.  Now to the part about the bears.  Not only to these figures add the new Mighty Bolt Throwing units, but also the Dwarven Bear Riders.  Dwarfs.  On bears.  All over it.

You wouldn’t walk out of a riveting movie during the final act, would you?  Okay, maybe if there’s a fire.  Or an obnoxious jerk on their cell phone.  Or an obnoxious fire on their cell phone.  Whatever the case, Thunderstone:  Heart of Doom has no fires or cellphones (or, at least, no real ones anyway), but is most definitely the final act of the Thunderstone saga.  Capitalizing on the roleplaying allusions present in the game, this expansion is the culmination of the “campaign” that has been building since the beginning of the game series.  As such, Heart of Doom expands on the base game with new hero, village, and monster cards to aid players in working through the final, unique scenario to defeat the ultimate evil known only as Doom.

MERCS goes nuclear today!  Literally.  That level of atomic insanity is due to the new Keizai Waza faction.  These advance play style figurines come equipped with a tiny nuclear device embedded in their armor, which makes them a difficult faction to master.  If you haven’t picked up on it yet, the Keizai Waza are not made for players just getting into MERCS.  Not only does it take some careful timing and coordination to activate the nuke, but you also have to have your accuracy down to a careful degree once you do activate it.  If you’ve been looking to add a new level of challenge to your MERCS experience, level up and try the Keizai Waza.

So, the monkey has a knife, the room is filled with hornets, and you’re being covered in chocolate syrup while your buddy loads a bazooka next to you.  Most would consider this scenario a Fiasco, which is exactly why these are the kind of insane combinations that arise in the newest RPG from Jason Morningstar.  From personal experience, I can safely say this is a brilliant recipe for a good time!  Fiasco is constructed in such a way that whatever your players’ level of experience, they will be able to devour this game and end with a happy belly.  Basically, everyone involved picks a particular “world” to play in (these can include 30′s New York, the old west, gangsta London, etc.), assigns a name to their character, then picks random-ish elements that tie characters together and give them goals.  The rest of the game progresses as a movie, with players trading off “scenes” until they reach the climax.  I dare you to play through a game of Fiasco and not collapse to the ground in a fit of laughter.

Continuing with the RPG-centric falling action of this post, lets move on to Part-Time Gods.  A new setting from designer Eloy Lasanta, Part-Time Gods creates a mystical world of fantasy and adventure for the philosophical D&D player.  Player’s search for various relics and artifacts on their mystical quest to balance their soul.  Sounds deep, right?  That’s ’cause it is.  Each character begins as a normal being who is granted the abilities of a god.  As the adage goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Or maybe it doesn’t, that is the choice you have to make.  Which way will you go?

Halloween’s on the horizon so the creepy, crawly campaign settings are coming out of the Lovecraftian woodwork.  This particular Cthulhuian booklet is called Realms of Crawling Chaos.  A campaign supplement for Labyrinth Lord and the Advanced Edition Companion, this booklet introduces new races, from Lovecraft’s sordid universe, such as white apes, sea blood, and subhumans, along with new spells, monsters, artifacts (plus a system for designing artifacts), and rules for psionics.  Now you know what you’re doing for Halloween (unless you want to play in our Call of Cthulhu game).

And now to round out this riveting romp, here’s a little segment we’ll be calling Restock Roundup!

These include:

-Arcana Revised card game

-Lord of the Rings LCG Adventure Packs (ALL OF THEM!!!!)

-Rare Earth Magnets

-Family Business

-Quarriors! (sweet, sweet Quarriors!)