Dec 142012
 

Managing to actually beat the next Star Wars films into the world, the Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG base set has, shockingly, arrived earlier than expected.  Copying the Pathfinder Beginner Box method of release, Star Wars Edge of the Empire is also released in a beginner box format, coming with all the essentials for play.  Included in the box is a quick-to-learn rule booklet that will teach anyone, even the most uninitiated roleplayer, how to play the game.  Dice, pre-generated character sheets (which are ready-to-play), an adventure book, tokens, and much more are also included.  Create your own galaxy far, far away by picking up this one, catch-all Beginner Box.

Maybe you haven’t heard, but there’s this movie called The Hobbit coming out this weekend.  I don’t know, people are excited.  In a brilliant stroke of cross-marketing, Fantasy Flight has released a new Hobbit trick-taking card game.  A head-to-head battle of good versus evil, The Hobbit card game has players taking on the roles of Bilbo, Gandalf, and Thorin to take on the forces of Smaug and Bolg.  Each card has its own special abilities as well as associations with good or evil, which will benefit or harm them depending on the items being attached to them.  Trust me, you’re going to need something to keep you and your five friends busy while your sitting in line waiting for tickets.

In an effort to make an RPG system for every corner of the Warhammer 40K universe, the Only War Core Rulebook drops today.  Focusing on the Imperial Guardsmen, Only War allows players to control any of the twelve specialties, whether that’s the powerful Heavy Gunner or the beneficial Medic.  The game also supports all forms of interaction with easy-to-understand rules capable of handling conversations to mass battles.  Also, by the weird possibility that you’re playing a 40K game without knowing anything about the universe, this rulebook comes with complete background details on the Imperial Guard and all their enemies.

The fire is rising, brother.  And you just read that in Bane’s voice.

Though he, technically, has nothing to do with Dominare, Bane’s general revolutionary plan does share some similarities with the gameplay.  It’s all about influencing the citizens of Tempest with secret backdoor dealings, underhanded treachery, and cunning.  Each player controls different agents of the underworld, sending them into eight different city districts to begin spreading rumors of a conspiracy that will upset the city’s balance.  In the end, its all about control and who possesses it.

Ticket to Ride continues to trek across the globe for its most recent map expansion packs, this time landing in Africa.  Ticket to Ride: The Heart of Africa (beside being a minor reference to Joseph Conrad’s famous short story) features an entirely original map of the country, complete with new terrain cards which specific different track colors for different geographical regions.  Players can multiply their points by using them in conjunction with particular routes.  As Ticket to Ride is one of the best family games on the stands since forever, so keep it fresh and interesting for yours by picking up this new expansion.

Wares!  Fine wares!  Get your fine wares right here!

Continuing from Catan Histories previous releases, Merchants of Europe is the newest stand-alone Catan edition.  This augmentation of the basic Settlers of Catan rules has players controlling merchants and trading posts in various cities in Europe, attempting to expand their mercantile reach ever further.  Ultimately, your goal should be to recruit as many new merchants as you can in an effort to build trading posts further from your original locations and acquire different commodities (i.e. sugar, wood, sheep, etc.) for trade and sale.  Along with this, players must also build trading routes over which they will need to transport their goods, hoping they’ve built them in safe areas or else have their product pillaged from under them.

Aug 032012
 

Hold onto your fez!

It’s had to travel through all of time and space to get here, but the second edition of the Doctor Who roleplaying game from Cubicle Seven has arrived. As opposed to the previous 10th Doctor version, all the materials for this edition feature the 11th Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory, and the rest of the season 5-6 cast. And what are these timey-wimey materials, you ask? That’d be a player’s guide, GM’s guide, adventure book, character sheets, tokens, pre-generated characters from the show, and dice. With all that space junk you can assemble whatever time traveling adventuring your mind can imagine. Whether that’s fighting Weeping Angels, running from Daleks, or showing River Song around the cosmos, you can do so as The Doctor, Amy, Rory, or characters of your own design. Geronimo!!!

Fall in, soldiers!

D-Day Dice is enlisting you to action! A cooperative dice game, D-Day Dice has players building their troops over the course of action. Beginning with a limited number of men, everyone works together, rolling dice, to grow their infantry and resources for battle. Succeed or die trying.

Bummed by the fact that you already on the previous version of Descent now that Fantasy Flight has released a shiny new version? Well, don’t be. Alongside the Descent second edition game, there is also the Descent Conversion Kit. Providing all the necessary materials, this kit allows players to adapt their old game and characters to the new system. Inside the box are hero sheets for every character introduced in the previous game, its expansions, and DungeonQuest, along with fifty monster cards representing the creatures from these previous games. Now the only thing to be bummed about is when a hoard of orcs is storming toward you.

Now fans can experience Wonderland in a way no one has ever experienced before as the Zenoscope comic book from Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Raven Gregory comes to life in this exciting, strategy filled game. Experience a vibrant, twisted world, full of surprises!

The board game Wonderland features two separate realms: Earth and Wonderland. The realms are artfully depicted on the double-sided board and switching between them adds a unique twist and an added level of complexity to the game that few other board games offer. Players compete against each other, each player trying to complete specific goals while the other players try to foil their attempts at progressing.

Yarrr, me ratties.

Straight from Germany comes Sewer Pirats, a treasure hunting game where players take on the roles a crew of scallywags comprised of rodents and vermin. Based on how players organize their crew members on board their ships, treasure is collect efficiently or inefficiently. The player with the most booty at the end, wins!

Finally, in preparation for tomorrow night’s 2013 Game Day event (the M13 standard tournament) come the new batch of Event Decks. This time around, they color combos are green/white and red/blue coming with cards like Razorverge Thicket, Green Sun’s Zenith, Thragtusk, Sulfur Falls, and Darkslick Shores.

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!

Mar 092012
 

What’s that clock say? Ten thirty? Yuuuup.

‘Kay, let’s get started.

Two restock items from the same company shipped in today; both are card games, both are colorfully designed.

First up, we’ve got The Big Idea. And what is The Big Idea, you may ask sniddly? Well, I’ll explain. You may be familiar with the game if you ever picked up the previous Cheapass Games version of it. Now, however, The Big Idea has been retooled as a complete party game. Players combine noun and adjective cards to create insane inventions that they then attempt to pitch to the other players. Every secretly votes on the best inventions and who ever ends up with the most approval wins the round. Add drinks and you’re good to go.

For the second I’ll need you pay close attention, ladies and gentlemen. As my lovely assitant takes the stage, please remain utterly quiet.

Yes, Illusio brings the magic, folks! A card game based around a battle of illusion, players choose which famous magician they want to control, then set out to trade off spells, slights-of-hand, and other parlor tricks in an effort to become the top trickster of the 1920′s.

Finally tonight there’s a new Dungeons and Dragons tile set on the block. This time around the setting is Cathedral of Chaos. As always, six tiles, double-sided tile sheets as well as tokens comprise this handy-dandy little supplemental pack.