Dec 052014
 

Spider-Man and the X-Men #1Spider-Man and the X-Men #1

-With Wolverine dead, someone has to take over the day-to-day operations at the Jean Grey School.

-A relaunch of the previous Wolverine and the X-Men series, Spider-Man and the X-Men continues with all the same, fan favorite characters.

-Take a chance on a new Marvel writer, as Elliott Kalan takes over authorial duties.

-Peter desperately tries to keep his students alive while the school is attacked by Sauron!

Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1

-Part of DC‘s plan to have a Harley Quinn for every season!

-The writers of the ongoing Harley Quinn series, Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti, deliver another oversized special, like they did with the scratch-n-sniff annual.

-Similar to Harley Quinn #0, this Holiday Special is full of astounding comic artists, each lending their interpretation of the mad maiden!

-As is common with the series, this special issue comes with two different covers, both at the same price!

Bitch Planet #1Bitch Planet #1

-Fan favorite writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) delivers another Image series!

-Bitch Planet, if you can’t tell, blends together Sci-Fi and prison exploitation genres for a raunchy, violent, and unreal ongoing series!

-When one prisoner gets framed for murder, she has to enter into a deadly prison-on-prison sport to survive!

-Jamie McKelvie (Young Avengers, Phonogram, X-Men Season One) also provides an afro-tastic, seventies influenced variant cover for issue one!

The Valiant #1 (of 4)

-Over the last few years, Valiant has been gaining a reputation as one of the most inventive, original comic The Valiant #1publishers around.  If you haven’t read any Valiant comics, THIS IS THE ONE TO PICK UP!

-Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Rai) and Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man, Trillium) combine their writing talents for this prestige format miniseries with the intention of making this the Watchmen of Valiant!

-Starring a line-up of Valiant‘s most popular characters, The Valiant‘s four oversized issues will follow the The Eternal Warrior, an immortal being who protects the Earth, in his battle against an everlasting evil.  Problem is, The Eternal Warrior has lost three times before, each time slipping the world into a dark age.  Will he and his team of Valiant mainstays win this round?

-Exceptional artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man, Batman: Black and White) raises the bar with the series, as his smooth line and rich characters make this an epic not to be missed.

Nov 152014
 

7 Wonders BabelAsmodee released another 7 Wonders expansion this weekend and this one requires some heavy labor.  7 Wonders:  Babel contains two separate gaming expansions that can be added singularly are together.  First, is the tower component, which adds an extra beginning drafting phase.  During this phase, players draft tower tiles, each of which features a special law that affects all players.  Second, are a set of law cards that tax players for using certain colored cards.Ace Detective A Noir Card Game

It wandered in out of the cold, a cigarette hanging from its box lid, a fedora covering its corner.  Ace Detective was its name.  A storytelling card game in the vein of Once Upon a Time, Ace Detective has players utilizing plot cards to tell a group narrative.  Each turn players lay down story cards in an attempt to keep the yarn flowing, but must battle against each other to take control of the plot’s direction. Catan Ancient Egypt Settlers of And, if you can’t tell from the title, Ace Detective is all noir, all the time.

Another in Settlers of Catan line of standalone spin-offs, Catan:  Ancient Egypt pairs the same great Catan mechanics with an Egyptian setting.  Oxcarts are used to move resources like papyrus, stone, and cattle from town to town.  This standalone edition also features two alternate play scenarios, increasing the replay value of the game and keeping players interested.Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor's Secret Adventure Pack

As Sauron’s forces draw ever closer, the fellowship must venture into the mines of Celebrimbor to discover the only three rings of power untouched by the dark lord.  This is the story for Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor’s Secret, the newest Adventure Pack for the LotR LCG.  Adding sixty new Magic the Gathering Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Boxcards to the game, Celebrimbor’s Secret includes Galadriel as a playable hero character.

With the holidays just around the corner, Magic the Gathering has, for the second year in a row, released a special gift box to ease your shopping distress.  The Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Box is an inexpensive 2000 count card box that also happens to contain four Khans booster packs, special card dividers, stickers to personalize the dividers, land, and a special promo card.  Check your favorite Magic player off your “To Buy” list.My Little Pony Celestial Solstice

Nearing closer to the newest My Little Pony booster pack set, Enterplay has released their equivalent of an MtG Fat Pack.  The MLP Celestial Solstice box contains materials for two players, including a twenty-four card pack of rare, foil promos, three Premiere Edition boosters, three Canterlot Nights boosters, and a Pandemic The Cure dice gamedurable card box.

The popular Pandemic strain of virus fighting cooperative games has mutated this weekend.  Pandemic:  The Cure is a dice variation of the original game, converting all the regular mechanics to dice rolls.  Each player still takes on a different role, now represented by a unique set of dice.  The outbreak is also represented by dice, which are rolled, then placed on the gaming board.  A quicker variation of the original, Pandemic:  The Cure can be set-up and played in around thirty minutes.Rarrr card game

With Godzilla and Pacific Rim recently stomping all over movie theaters, Kaiju in demand.  Rarrr!!! is a drafting card game that answers that demand, giving players the chance to control powerful, monstrous creatures.  Broken into two drafting rounds and a bidding round, players first build and power their monster, then use the power cards they’ve attained to outbid others in an effort to destroy the most buildings.

Sheriff of NottinghamThe first release in a series of board games given the seal of approval by Dice Tower, Sheriff of Nottingham puts players into the roles of Nottingham’s merchants and the greedy Sheriff, himself.  Each turn players attempt to enter the city with various goods and products for sale.  However, they may choose to mix legal and illegal products together in their carts.  But, beware, the Sheriff will be allowed to pick through each merchant’s stash and weed out items or punish players.Till Dawn

Both a drafting and Push-Your-Luck game, Till Dawn is a vampire game with style.  Contained within a creatively designed coffin-shaped box, Till Dawn has players taking over the role of a horde of competitive vampires.  Over the course of three rounds, players pass around a deck of cards, drawing one, then following its command.  The goal is to collect the most blood tokens and return to your coffin before the sun rises, but vampire hunters and other obstacles Titanium Wars Confrontationcan make that a difficult possibility.

A short and sweet expansion, Titanium Wars:  Confrontation adds some appealing extras to the base game.  Included within this expansion are new arsenal cards, planets, leaders, and events, as well as cards that replace previous cards.  In addition, Confrontation includes a Versus Mode variation that can be played individually or in teams.Trajan

Stefan Feld, game designer for Bora Bora and Bruges, releases a new game this weekend entitled Trajan.  Players attempt to build-up their own corner of Rome through the use of special ability tiles.  Tiles are distributed around the table through a special mechanic where they are placed in bowls, then used by each player Voyage of the Beagle Robinson Crusoe expansionstrategically.

The first expansion for Robinson Crusoe, Voyage of the Beagle is here!

Containing a set of original scenarios that can be paired with the base game to extend its playability, each of these scenarios link together, serializing events so that what occurred during the last play session remains into the next session.King of New York

Hottly anticipated, Richard Garfield’s sequel to King of Tokyo is finally here!  King of New York is bigger and more intense than its predecessor, just like a game set in America should be!  Like King of Tokyo, players take control of monsters, attempting to gain the most victory points by beating the crap out of each other.  However, the game board for King of New York is double the size, providing multiple zones for players to fight from.  As well, the game adds a “fame” component that allows one player to take the spotlight and gain special abilities.
Nov 152013
 

While there is only one ring to rule them all, there are a ton of Lord of the Rings games to rule them all!

The Lord of the Rings:  The Battle for Middle-Earth from Playroom Entertainment is a new edition to the extensive LotR card game options.  A fast-paced, two to four player game, Battle for Middle-Earth has players competing to form the strongest fellowship in order to fight off the armies and minions of Sauron.

You can never only eat one fortune cookie, you have to have all the Cookie Fu!

The newest take-out expansion for the stylish dice fighting game is called The Grand Buffet Pack and features dice for an entirely new faction, the Caramel Crane.  This complete two-player set contains new rules for multiplayer, special moves, and all the secret moves of the agile Caramel Crane.

All those chemistry classes you had to take in high school will finally pay off in Compounded!

Acting as lab managers, players work against the clock and their opponents to construct elements off of the periodic table.  But remember that your opponent may be looking for the same compounds you’re looking for.  Oh, and some of those can be rather flammable, capable of blowing you up if you don’t complete them in time.

Remember what the ancient monks always say:  Be the mechanic squirrel.

Or, at least, that’s what the monks within the FATE System RPG say.  The FATE System Toolkit book that released today with allow you to hack the rules of the game for your own nefarious purposes, especially when combined with the newly released Worlds books.  Worlds on Fire and Worlds in Shadow offer, between the two of them, twelve campaign settings, tailor-made to a number of different genres.

 Fantasy Flight keeps the living card game market alive with two more releases in the Netrunner and The Lord of the Rings series.

As per usual, both decks come with sixty cards total, with the Second Thoughts Data Pack enhancing Corp and Runner decks while The Morgul Vale Adventure Pack provides an original scenario for players to work through.

As if the trailer park was not weird enough already, Terror in the Trailer Park adds a whole new layer of creepy to the cult hit Trailer Park Wars game.  Including purple “variable” flamingos and over one hundred cards to expand the base game in a horrifying way.

Dungeons and Dragons‘ second encounters adventure pack, Legacy of the Crystal Shard, is out this weekend.  An adventure for characters from first to third levels and compatible with 3.5. 4.0, and D&D Next systems.  The adventure can also be played as a weekly encounter campaign path, if you are so inclined.

LIGHTNING  ROUND

-Warmachine Convergence of Cyriss figures, including Accretion Servitors and Steelsoul Protector.

-Restock on the Lupin III miniature game, based of of the hit anime.

-Cheap Shot, a rummy insult party game, and its expansion are both back in stock.

Sep 202013
 

Not by the hair on your chiny chin chin should you miss The Three Little Pigs board game.

From Iello, this family game comes packed in its very own storybook casing, with fanciful wonders held within.  A dice rolling game, The Three Little Pigs revolves around players rolling dice to acquire building materials.  And take a guess at what those are.  Yup, sticks, brick, and straw.  Build your house the tallest and most sturdy, and you win the game.

Keep it secret, keep it safe!  The new Lord of the Rings LCG expansion is out!

The Black Riders Saga Expansion contains three entirely original scenarios, each of which recreate epic moments from the Lord of the Rings novels.  Containing 165, this oversized expansion allows players to customize their cooperative experience, as they face off against Sauron and his evil minions.

Maybe the best named gaming expansion I have ever come across, Smash Up, the card game based around slamming together two random, monstrous factions to build a deck, releases The Obligatory Cthulhu expansion today!  The Elder Gods have blessed this set with four exclusive factions, including Cthulhu cultists and Elder Things, to add to your already demonic decks.

Okay, follow this.  A fake card game from inside a film now becomes a real card game based on the fake one.  Got it?

Romance of the Nine Empires is born from a fan film, premiered at Gen Con 2012 (The Gamers:  Hands of Fate), which featured this Magic-esque card game.  Within Nine Empires players struggle against one another and the environment of Countermay as they attempt to cure an ailing planet.  You decide the outcome of the world with you actions.  Will it survive?

In Bruges stars Colin Ferrel and Brendon Gleasson. . .no, wait, that’s the movie.

Bruges the game has nothing to do with Colin Ferrel, but it does have a lot to do with player interaction.  Created by Stefan Feld, Bruges pits influential members of the city against each other, each bidding to obtain the support the local population.  Once supporters are found, your goal will be to enforce the city’s safeguards, while gaining further influence within the town hall.

The Omega Protocol has been enacted!

Level 7 receives an entirely new, stand-alone edition in Omega Protocol.  Once again, genetic mutations have overrun Subterra Bravo and a well organized team of soldiers has been sent out to solve the problem.  One player will control the monsters, the rest will control the soldiers  Who will live?

The wait is over!  Fudge Dice are back!

These Fate or Fudge Dice from Centurion apply to all Fate and Fudge system games, designed and colored specially to match the Dresden Files, Atomic Robo, and Spirit of the Century.

Jun 212013
 

Walkers are running rampant and its your duty to shoot’em down.

The Walking Dead Card Game from Cryptozoic is a brand new way to experience the post-zombie lifestyle, coming with two ways to play:  Hero and survival mode.  Hero mode has players taking control of a character from the show in an effort to earn more zombie points than the other 2-6 players.  Survival mode, on the other hand, pits 3-11 players against each other, but, instead of trying to nab the most points, everyone is trying to accumulate the least.  Perfect for parties full of Walking Dead fans, this new card game is easy to learn and fun to play.

Marvel‘s Legendary becomes a little more, uh, legendary-er this week thanks to Dark City, the deck building game’s first expansion.  Not only does this expansion offer seventeen new characters and five villains (like Cable, Colossus, Moon Knight, Blade, Kingpin, Loki, and Apocalypse), but also augmented game rules.  These include expanded abilities for bystanders, giving them autonomy, as well as character artwork that clarifies who has power when.

Lovers of Apples to Apples should take note of Word Whimsy.  This party game of wordplay is structured similar to the aforementioned game, but around phrases instead of single words.  Players take turns drawing prompt cards, like “My Professional Wrestling Name” or “Favorite Bar”, then proceed to arrange cards from their hand into the wackiest answer to that prompt.  And while this version can serve 3-7, there are also other variants included that alter the entire game.

Just when you thought they were done, there’s more Dominion.

Dominion Guilds is the eighth expansion released for this mega-popular deck building series.  This time around, the theme revolves around jobs and what citizens of the township need to do to get them.  Thirteen new kingdom cards as well as coin tokens to wile away for use later.  Other cards come with a starting cost, but can be bought for more money in order gain the user further abilities.

We’ll cover the next two games in the order the original books were released, just to play it like OG nerds.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey board game is a one to four player game that lasts up to an hour, ferrying players through the events of Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit film.  A cooperative experience, players take control of Bilbo and his dwarf companions, attempting to collect gems and gold as you out maneuver and defeat the monsters in your path.  Designed by Reiner Knizia, this is no simple property game.

The second Tolkien/Cryptozoic collaboration out this week, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Deck Building Game enters the deck building arena, telling the rest “They CAN NOT PAAAAAAASSSSS!”  Structured identically to the DC Deck Building Game, players take on the roles of either Frodo, Samwise, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, or Boromir, facing off against the forces of Sauron.  Players purchase cards from the center of the table to build-up their own decks in an effort to defeat orcs, Balrogs, and Nazgûl.  Also, in an absurdest twist, this game can be combined the DC Deck Builder for Gollum vs. Superman battles.