Aug 272011
 

Movies are lying to you.

They tell you that if you plan on breaking into a vault you’re going to need a crew of twelve or so people, an array of tools, and a carefully coordinated plan.  In fact, all you need to do is come up to Pulp Fiction and pick up the new From the Vault:  Legends collection.

Any of you familiar with Magic the Gathering know that Wizards of the Coast has been releasing From the Vault collections fairly regularly lately and that they always contain fifteen of the most sought after cards in existence.  The other staple of the Vault collections is an overarching theme between all the cards.  As you may have noticed, this time that theme is Legends, so all the cards are legendary creatures.  These include: (and for those of you not interested in Magic, this is the time to tune out) Sharum the Hegemon, Teferi Mage of Zhalfir, Kresh the Bloodbraided, Progenitus, Mikaeus the Lunarch, Cao Cao Lord of Wei, Oona Queen of the Fae, Doran the Siege Tower, Captain Sisay, Ulamog the Infinite Gyre, Kiki-Jiki Mirror Breaker, Visara the Dreadful, Rafiq of the Many, Sun Quan Lor of Wu, and Omnath Locus of Mana.  Okay, listing over.

Okay, you’ve got miniature terrain.  And you’ve got clips.  What if you put them together?  Terraclips.  Technically created for the Malifaux miniatures game, these 3D terrain pieces could easily be used for any number of miniature games.  The initially released sets include sewers, streets, and buildings, all of which are made of thick, durable cardstock that is cut to carefully fit together with the help of grey connector pieces.  Above all else, though, every piece is interchangeable so you can design your own layered environment design.  They’ve got me saying, “Clip it, clip it real good”.

But I’m an idiot.

Last week we talked about Chaostle, along with some other dungeon crawl games, but this week there’s a new sheriff in town.  And the name is Catacombs.  The reason that this twist on the classic dungeon crawl format so easily dispatched all other contenders is that you play it by flicking little wooden tiles!  Come on, when have you ever played a dungeon crawl game where you flick stuff at stuff?!  Never, that’s when.  As a two to five player game, Catacombs has one player controlling all the monsters while everyone else battles against them.  Each of the sixty-eight tiles are stickered to represent a different hero or creature, so everyone flicks these at each other until the ultimate dungeon overlord is defeated.  Obviously, there’s more to it than that, but my attention was grabbed at the phrase “flick your wizard fireball tile at the dragon tile”.

Fantasy Flight gets in on the deck building craze of recent years with Rune Age, a competitive, scenario-driven game set in the universe of Runebound, Descent, and Dragonquest.  After picking the scenario (each comes with different end goals, cards, and other alterations) all of the two to four players wish to take on they then choose which race they want to represent.  From there play generally works similarly to Dominion, except for one minor alteration:  certain sets of cards can only be played/purchased by certain factions.  Basically, everyone shares from a pool of general cards while also buying from unique card pools that only they can use.  Should be another solid edition to the long (by this point, anyway) tradition of deck building games.

We’ve had Smurfs.  We’ve had Street Fighters.  Now, Green Lantern gets in on the action with the new Green Lantern Heroclix gravity feed.  Rules is simple:  ten different kinds of figures, one per pack, collect’em all.  What more do you need?  Oh, yeah, a picture.

Aug 062011
 

Before we begin today, a bit of mood setting.  In that effort, please click below and keep it playing during your reading of the first item.  Thank you all.

Okay, now insert Ultimate Combat when applicable.  That’s right, Pathfinder:  Ultimate Combat has cartwheel kicked its way onto the shelves this week.  Many have perished in its making, but the bloodshed was well worth it as this thick edition expands the Pathfinder universe with more fighty madness than you can shake a katana at.  That includes three completely new classes that every single gamer out there will froth at the mouth to play:  gunslinger, ninja, and samurai.  Enough new equipment and combat information to take down a small army is included side-by-side with a detailing of vehicular combat and over 250 new feats!  If you’re looking to supplement, and by supplement I mean violently beat to a pulp, your Pathfinder Core Rulebook, Ultimate Combat will do so with murderous glee.

Staying with Pathfinder for a second (music is still optional), three other companions and campaign settings arrived this week, as well.  Learn all things goblin (seriously, I think this thing’ll tell you which side of the bed they sleep on) with the Player Companion, Goblins of Golarion.  Follow that up with a chaser of Pathfinder Society Field Guide, which is like an enrollment manual to the Society, laying out for players and GMs alike, all the details about factions, archetypes, Absalom, and everything else needed to flesh out Society characters and campaigns.  Finally, for dessert, Inner Sea Magic, which delves into the nitty-gritty of everything magic related in the Pathfinder world, including spellcaster history, magical schools, variant magic, along with two oracle mysteries.

Since you’ve already got your otherworldly passport handy after the last items, how about a jaunt into the realms of Dungeons & Dragons.  Today we venture to the realm of Neverwinter (sounds like summer in Lee’s Summit) with the new Neverwinter Campaign Setting hardcover.  This supplemental book is like a travel guide to the region, complete with a massive fold-out map.  But it’s not all just pretty pictures here, the hardcover also gets intricate with pages and pages of minute detail about character themes, cleric domains and powers, race variants, and all sorts of adventure-building materials for Dungeon Masters.  Somehow, with all that, the book still manages to introduce a new wizard type known as a bladesinger.  Oh and, uh, if you haven’t noticed, bit of cross promotion, there’s also a new Neverwinter Fortune Card booster expansion.  Hmm, who’da thought?

You remember playing Mouse Trap as a kid?  The Impossible Machine captures that same sense of inventive insanity as players lay down cards in an attempt to build the most inefficient contraption to perform the most menial of tasks.  For instance, maybe you want to pour a glass of water, well in The Impossible Machine players connect cards that represent components like fans, cogs, catapults, and so on toward the eventual goal of completing the overall task.  Each card has an input and an output arrow to indicate what cards can be connected to it.  The game ends when a player has more points than any other player after three machines have been completed.  Would it be too much of a pun to say this is quite the inventive game?

Brush up on your Smurf dialect before reading this next one, folks.  ’Cause it’s gonna get Smurfy up in this Smurf!

Timed perfectly to the release of the new Smurf movie, No Smurf Left Behind is a collectible board smurf that smurfs as a perfect family gaming experience.  Smurfing like a simplified kid-friendly version of Last Night on Earth, players can choose to play one of the five included Smurfs on their way to the portal home or the Smurily Smurf Gargamel as he attempts to Smurf the Smurfs’ efforts.

And if you Smurf to expand your game (this is where the collectible part comes in), Wizkids has also released a bunch of individual boosters that contain a single painted Smurf figure.  There are eight total, so Smurf that allowance money to collect them all.

So who votes for all future posts to be written in that language?  No takers?  Whew, hallelujah!