Sep 132013
 

Why take your kids to the zoo when you can take the zoo to the kids?

Zooloretto: The Dice Game is travel version of the original game, altering the original animal picking to dice rolls.  The short and sweet version of it goes like this:  One, you get animals to score points, two, you roll dice for more animals, and, three, use some of those animals to fill your zoo.  Just make sure to pair like animals together.

The expansion pack to Ascension:  Rise of Vigil, is out today and it unleashes the darkness!

Ascension:  Darkness Unleashed allows players to use Dark Energy Shards in order to power up and transform their their heroes and constructs.  Also, if you do not have the previous base game you can still pick this expansion up and play it as a a head-to-head variation.  If you do have Rise of Vigil, Darkness Unleashed converts it to a six player game.

The captain may go down with the ship, but no one else does.  Or, at least, they hope they don’t.

Lifeboats is all about survival at any means necessary.  Escaping a sinking ship, players gather into lifeboats and attempt to make their way to the nearest shore.  However, disaster lies ahead as the waves pound against the dingy, throwing passengers overboard.  The catch is that players get to choose who goes overboard, negotiating to keep their characters in the ship and playing the Captain’s Hat to overrule a deadly vote.

Following in the footsteps of the D&D Red Box and the Pathfinder Beginner Box, the new Thunderstone Starter Set creates a perfect introduction to the popular deck building game.  Offering the essentials for a two to five player game, this set not only provides the materials to get looting, exploring, and monster fighting, but also scales up to serve the needs of veteran players.

Already sold out at the distributor level, the Kanai Factory edition of Love Letter is a limited version of the extremely popular original.  Including two new promo cards, making the deck total eighteen, this version presents the game in its original Japanese incarnation.  And again, once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Finally, as the force is always with you, the third wave of Star Wars X-Wing ships have arrived!

This wave includes the B-Wing, HWK 290, the Tie Bomber, and the oversized ship for the set, the Imperial Lambda Shuttle.

Aug 172013
 

Chew v.7 tpb “Bad Apples

-Another volume of your favorite cibopathic detective is here!

-This volume picks up with Tony Chu reeling from the tragic events of the last storyline!

-John Layman recently announced the official plans to get Chew on television, so get in on the series while you can (before it goes all Walking Dead and vanishes from the shelves).

-Bad Apples pits the gang against a group of egg-worshiping terrorists who’ve declared war on underground chicken eating restaurants and their patrons.

Batman Beyond Univese #1

-Kyle Higgins (writer of Nightwing) and Christos Gage (Avengers Academy) offer a new spin on Terry McGinnis and his life as the non-caped crusader.

-Terry is now in college and must balance his studies with his life as Batman.  Oh, and the mayor of Gotham was just assassinated!

-The back-up story focuses on the Justice League and Superman from the Batman Beyond reality.

-How are the Justice League going to take down the a near-god, Superman, when his powers are going haywire?

Sacrifice HC

-Sam Humphries, author of Uncanny X-Force, Our Love is Real, and Ultimate Comics Ultimates, has earned rave acclaim for this sophmore miniseries!

-Dark Horse finally collects all six issues of the series in one hardcover volume!

-Is it drugs or time travel or both that sends the series’ young lead hurtling back to ancient Aztec times?  And will he survive?

-A slew of impressive artists, including Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Cliff Chang (Wonder Woman), and Paul Azaceta, contribute to the book!

Amazing Spider-Man “Dying Wish” tpb

-The epic ending to the 700 issue long run of Amazing Spider-Man is included, in its entirety, in this oversized trade paperback!

-Dan Slott brings his legendary run to a close by putting Peter Parker’s life on the line, and if you haven’t read any spoilers of late you might be surprised how events play out.

-With Doctor Octopus on his deathbed, he calls to his side one person, Spider-Man, but not by his hero identity, by his real name.  Why does Doc Ock know Peter’s name?  What has he got to tell him?  Will he live to tell him?

-A truly emotionally satisfying ending, Dying Wish is a landmark Spider-Man story for new or old readers.

May 172013
 

Batman has been in some tough situations throughout his existence, but, as everyone knows, he always manages to get out of them.  Now it’s your turn to try and create an inescapable trap for the caped crusader in Arkham City: Escape.  An epic two-player game that pits The Dark Knight against his greatest foes (all in the Arkham City game design) inside the titular prison city.  What makes the game interesting is that each assortment of villains is chosen randomly, making every game a new experience.  One player tries to kill the Batman while the other tries to punch baddies in the teeth.

In the deep, dark reaches of the jungle exists hidden resources of the best coffee beans in the world.  It’s your job to venture forth and find them.  VIVA JAVA!  In this Coffee Game, players compete against each other as they travel across the globe searching for the finest beans the world has to offer.  If the going gets tough, however, you can choose whether or not you will team up with the other players so that you both come out caffeinated.  For all the coffee lovers out there, here’s a fresh cup o’ Viva Java!

In the fourth-quel to the ever more popular Quarriors! dice game series, Quartifacts, a new set of dice known as Quest Dice.  In this expansion, all the mystical relics of the previous Quarriors! games have disappeared, leaving you, the questor, to venture after them.  Quest cards will allow you to unleash your creatures in order to find them.  In addition, five new creatures, two new spells, The Squire basic, and six Quest cards and dice are also included.  Quet quor Quarriors! quon!

A resource management game with a new spin, Saint Malo blends dice games, resource management, and…drawing?  Players roll dice to decide what villagers, buildings, and so forth that they are allotted, then draw them onto the erasable grid board in front of  them.  But be quick about how you arrange your resources because they’re going to need to protect you from the pirates that are invading the city.

The Conquest of Planet Earth continues.  But now it’s the Apocalypse.

The first expansion to the original Flying Frog Productions game that pits Earth against a horde of invading martians kicks the total number of players up to six.  This increase of playablity comes in addition to an entirely new alien faction, including new miniatures like The Cube!  As much of this expansion’s action takes place over the ocean, a Coastal Resistance Deck is included to boost Earth’s defenses.  The invasion has begun, fight to stop the conquest!

Achieving a huge amount of positive response from their initial reprintings of the Dungeons and Dragons Advanced hardcovers, Wizards decided to reprint the 3.5 edition core books.  Now, it’s 2nd edition’s turn, as the three core books, the Player’s Guide, DM’s Guide, and Monster Manual are all reprinted in beautiful embossed hardcover editions, complete with their original artwork and errata-ed material.  Pick them up to collect the classic versions of D&D in total!

Dec 212012
 

It’s not quite to midnight yet (as I start writing this), but I’m calling it in favor of us all outlasting the Mayan apocalypse.  If you didn’t get enough of the end-of-the-world conspiracy theory, then Tzolk’in:  The Mayan Calendar is here to supply you with more.  The oft talked about Mayan calendar plays into the mechanics of the game, as players carefully place their Mayan Meeples onto interlocking gears which rotate around the board, moving the pieces to different action zones.  To accomplish placement and conduct other key actions, players must spend corn, ultimately attempting to please the gods or constructing underground temples.  So, until the next apocalypse myth comes along, make mine Tzolk’in.

Is the force strong with you?

Or have you given into the dark side?

Either way, you’ve got a side to play in the new two-player Star Wars LCG card game from Fantasy Flight.  Set-up like many of their other popular LCGs (but with more X-Wings and stuff), Star Wars has players choosing sides in a head-to-head battle for galactic domination.  Players then balance objective decks (containing mission cards) and player decks (containing character and equipment cards) in order to complete their assigned tasks.  As with Magic the Gathering or most other CCG-style games, players place/play their cards into the center of the table in order to activate them.  Of course, the real question of the game will be, who shot first?

I’m going bet that many who read this have fantasized about manning a starship at one time in their life.  Be careful what you wish for, however.  Space Cadets fulfills that wish by assigning each player an important role on the bridge of a freshly minted starship.  This cooperative game for three to six players enlists a captain, helmsman, engineer, and weapons, shield, and sensor officers.  Each member of the crew has a specific  task to complete in order for the entire team to win, so make sure you staff your bridge wisely, or else it’ll be your final frontier.

Bad guys need friends, too.  Eclipse:  Rise of the Ancients is the first expansion for the epic space battle game, Eclipse, introduces tons of ancient adversaries which can assist all the baddies from the original game.  Along with these foes, the expansion also includes original rare technologies, developments, alliances, ancient homeworlds, and warp portals.  Three brand new player boards also offer four new alien races to choose from.  And with the game’s modular design, all or some of these additions can mixed in with the contents of the base game, completely at your discretion.

Apr 062012
 

Welcome to Minimalist New Game Stuff Theatre. If you’re unfamiliar, this is where we rush a game post by acting as if it’s purposeful by covering it up with fake snobbery. Also, the sentences will be rather short.

A rainbow of delights, bold, beautiful, ready to apply to the most recent of Warhammer Fantasy miniatures.

Shipping together, bound in plastic and packing peanuts: The Empire Codex and numerous new Warhammer Fantasy miniatures. Pick a paint and create.

Dust and debris flutter through the air as six guns are drawn from the hip. But, alas, the gunfighter’s sex changes mid fire. So is the lot of The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin 2.

Adding three options, a Double Feature Picture Show of zombirific proportions, Zombie Dice 2 expands and expounds upon the mayhem. Santa, the Hunk, and the Babe all must out maneuver certain death.

Once Kickstarted by the masses, the Miskatonic School for Girls now has a new benefactor: YOU. Cards covered in students and teachers battle through the daze of school, all under the watchful eyes of the Eldar Gods.

Herding Cats…the game where cats are herded and family fun is had.

Supplying a Waterdeep dungeon for all to explore, the newest adventure, delivering classic exploring excitement.  Venture forth to the Halls of Undermountain.