Aug 302013
 

The star of Gen Con is here!  The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is out!

Blending living card games with roleplaying games, the Rise of the Runelords base set is the first in a series of Pathfinder card game releases.  Players will work through the exact adventure from the RPG game, but in card form, playing their characters as decks of cards.  Each deck contains weapons, actions, spells, and other options, based on the character’s race.  Released alongside this base set is the first expansion for the game, a must-have collection of three new characters (Barbarian, Druid, Monk) as well as method of expanding the game up to five or six players.  Also, the box for the base set is built to hold ALL future expansions!

With the original Shogun dead and his young son in power, the title is up for grabs.  Will your clan be the one to take it?

In Yedo:  Rule from the Shadows, up to five players compete as rival Japanese clans to take control of the Shogun title.  Gaining prestige points leads to victory, but in order to gain them you must complete missions, outwit your opponents, and acquire any needed resources.  Basically, a feudal Japan version of the hit D&D boardgame, Lords of Waterdeep, Yedo has been generating tons of buzz all over the Intro-webs of late!

You gained the four artifacts, you made it back to the helicopter, and you escaped the Forbidden Island before it sank.

Now, your ship has crashed in the Forbidden Desert and the adventure begins anew.  GameWright‘s second use of the Forbidden Island mechanics, Forbidden Desert begins where the previous game left off, but this time you and your crew are stuck in a vast desert contending with sandstorms and drought.  Instead of the board sinking, tiles shift around as you attempt to rebuild your crashed ship with the scattered pieces.  A perfect cooperative gaming option for families and friends, Forbidden Desert quenches your thirst for survival!

After reprinting and updating the previous expansion for Pandemic, On the Brink, Z-Man releases an entirely new expansion today, called In the Lab.  Within this sick (see the level of punery going on there?) expansion, players gain three entirely new ways to approach the classic game.  First up is a lab challenge where viruses are taken back to a decontaminated environment to be investigated for cures.  Second, is team mode, where players group up to compete against rival scientists.  Third, the long awaited solo mode has been activated, leaving you all on your own to contend against a world of sickness.

Warmachine stomps into the realm of board games and deck builders with High Command.

In the tradition of Dominion, Ascension, Thunderstone, and all the rest, High Command has players buying character and action cards from a community pool in the center of the table in order to strengthen their steam-powered decks.  Whether you’re a fan of deck builders or Warmachine, High Command commands you to pay attention!

 

250.

Distinct.  Creature.  Tokens.

Bestiary 2 Box.

In.  Stock.  Now.

Jun 082012
 

We’ve practically had to fight off the descending hoards of rabid Quarriors fans this week in anticipation the new expansion.

Well, we’re still alive and Quarmageddon is here. This new add-on expansion for the base game offers not only 40 original dice which power 6 new creatures, a new immunity ability, and 2 new spells, but an entirely new set of rules to be applied to the game. And if Quarriors is an insane made up word to you, because, one, it is, and, two, you’ve never played the game, it’s deck building with dice combined with a fair amount of snark.

Bandai takes the skills it acquired developing their hit Resident Evil Deck Building Game and apply them to another popular gaming franchise, Uncharted. In the Uncharted card/board game players take on the role of characters from throughout the three existing Uncharted games. While collecting and battling against various action, treasure, and enemy cards, players acquire victory points, eventually leading to a winner. Borrowing elements from the Resident Evil games, Uncharted spins them in a fresh way, recreating the feel of the video games.

It’s that time again, the time when Dungeons & Dragons adds a new edition to their vast mansion of tiled dungeons. This time around Wizards presents them in a stunning Urban Underdark hue, coming with six sheets of flooring material for to add a layer of cozy, dank creepiness to your next campaign.

What game through yonder RPG breaks? Or something like that.

The works of The Bard (that’s Shakespeare to you uncouth individuals) have been applied to a witty, brilliant new Indy storytelling game called The Play’s the Thing. Similar to Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple and Fiasco, The Play’s the Thing revolves around a playwright/actor structure where one gamer takes on the role of the playwright, assigning roles and constructing the story. Each actor (Hams, Leads, Villains, and Ingenues) suggest and act out alterations to the story as they play through, often altering classic tales for the wackier.

Queen Games keeps their streak of inventive strategy games going with Edo. Set in the Japan landscape of 1603 to 1868. Each player takes on the role of a Daimyo, building houses and castles, trading goods, and increasing their reputation to the Shogun. Beautifully laid out and designed, Edo should find a good home next to your copies of Samarkand and Fresco.

Bad guys have all the fun. Luckily, you can get in on all the Hobbit murdering shenanigans of Sauron’s Nazgul in the new Lord of the Rings: Nazgul Heroclix game. Taking on the role of the hooded riders, players build allegiances, strategize, and, ultimately, keep the One Ring from falling into the pits of Mount Doom. And, if you own the previously released LotR Heroclix, you can incorporate them into the game.

Jul 272011
 

What say we blow through this one today, chappies?  ‘Cause who wants to be reading on a lovely day like this with the sun out and…what?  You just saw a person spontaneously light on fire as they stepped out their door?

Oh.

Ah, who the heck needs the outside, let’s get to some reading!

Munchkin proves that size does matter this week with the release of Munchkin Deluxe (that last part needs to be said in a booming announcer’s voice, by the way).  But what’s so deluxe about it, anyway?  Well, existing as almost a midway point between the base Munchkin card game and the Munchkin Quest boardgame, Munchkin Deluxe contains a helping of handy whozits not in either game.  These include a game board that is labeled to show players where their cards go, colored pawns that can keep track of players’ leveling, and associated cards that help with keeping track of who is what color.  Also, you may have seen us mention it on Facebook, we currently have a “very special” Munchkin product in-stock that we can not tell you about, but will be happy to show it to you if you come into the store.  Ha ha, coyness!

Are you ready to regain your honor, gamer-san?  Good, then the new updated/re-release of Shogun is the game for you.  Ikusa is the new name (and don’t make the mistake of searching for that under Google Images like I did; file that under “stuff you do not want to see”), but gameplay is essentially the same.  Like a more elaborate Risk, Ikusa (aka Shogun, aka Samurai Swords) has been about using samurai, daimyo, and ashigaru warriors to gain control of feudal Japan since its original inception at Milton Bradley.  What the updated version offers over the previous releases is quality design elements; the game pieces are detailed, the board is beautiful, and every player gets a swanky tray to hold their figures in as well as a stat card.  Another fact:  if you don’t purchase Ikusa, you have to perform seppuku.

It’s not quite a card game, it’s not quite a boardgame, but Bloodsuckers is certainly an inventive game.  Created by one of the designers of Castle Panic, Bloodsuckers is a vampire-themed game that pits the titled bloodsuckers against an army of vampire hunters.  Gameplay revolves around placing vampire and hunter cards on a playmat that represents five locations in the town of Blackwood.  These locations are also present on a nifty game board, where each location comes with a dial that players turn to indicate the location’s current state; a clock dial is also included to keep track of the time of day.  As we’re talking about humans and vampires here, the powers of each wax or wane depending on whether it’s night or day and what type of character you are playing.  If you enjoy Nightfall and/or Last Night on Earth, you might want to have a sip or two of Bloodsuckers juicy filling.

How about ending with a Magic trick, eh?  Or a bunch of Magic tricks, in this situation.  As a way of supporting all the Planeswalker-y goodness that is present in the new 2012 Core Set, Wizards shipped a bunch’a 2012 gaming materials today.  These include, new Garruk sleeves and deck boxes, new 2012 Planeswalkers sleeves and boxes, new Magic logo-backed Commander-sized sleeves, new Planeswalkers 9-Pocket binder, and a new Planeswalkers playmat.  Whew, that’s a lotta new. 

It don’t stop there, though.  The new Commander deck boxes were also released.  These are oversized boxes that fit over 25 large Commander cards, as well as 100 standard cards.  Take a look at the picture to the right.  Magic trick over.