Jun 282013
 

Morels gets you high.  High on board games!

I’m aware how corny that intro was, but this game is, in actuality, about mushrooms, not corn.  Morels is one of the rare entries into the two-player game category, so it’s double the awesome for also being a great game.  Each player controls two decks of cards, a night and day deck.  Each of these contain various types of shrooms to be grown or eaten during these distinct periods of the day.  The types of mushrooms cooked, and what they are cooked with, earns players different points toward a victory goal.

YOU!  ARE!  SPARTACUS!

The Serpents and the Wolf is the first expansion for the board game adaptation of the popular Starz television series, Spartacus.  Within this expansion set are two completely new houses, Varinius and Seppius, as well as hordes of new armors, combatants, and weapons.  In the bloody arenas of Rome, players pit two teams of gladiators against each other in violent combat, until only one team remains standing.

To make sure you don’t have to find out why they smell worse on the inside, you’re going to want to pick up the fourth Force Pack expansion for Fantasy Flight‘s Star Wars LCG card game.  Six original objective sets are included within the pack, focusing the action on Walkers, troops, shields, and careful management of how damage is dealt.  Join the Assault on Echo Base by picking up this newest expansion pack.

Discerning DMs pay heed to Pathfinder‘s NPC Codex Box.

Like the previous token boxes Piazo has released, this one contains over 300 tokens and stands of varying sizes.  Each token is represented in full color art pulled directly from the NPC Codex.  Make sure your game is engrossing and clear by picking up these essential pawns.

It’s all about the bad guys in the Enemies of the Imperium!

The most recent supplemental hardcover for Only War, Enemies of the Imperium details hundreds of NPC beings that stand in the way of the Imperial Guard, along with their methods of combat so that the GM can employ them correctly in battle.  Squad-level combat is also detailed in the book, giving the option for giant formation fights.

One of the many products celebrating the 50th anniversary of the longest running sci-fi series on television, Doctor Who,  is the Cubicle 7 Doctor Who RPG series.  In honor of the event, the company is releasing sourcebooks for each incarnation of the Doctor.  The First Doctor Sourcebook released this weekend, including each of the earliest Doctor‘s companions and villains as well as destinations and gadgets.  Pick up a copy so that you can relive the Doctor‘s early junkyard beginnings and beyond, retold from your own imagination.

Oct 192012
 

If you’ve ever wanted to be Donald Trump…okay, nobody’s ever wanted to be Donald Trump.  If you’ve wanted to be someone who owns as many hotels as Donald Trump, then get ready for a Vegas Showdown!  This new edition of the classic Avalon Hill game retains the same casino construction battle of the previous game, but with an entirely new coat of paint.  If you’ve never played the previous edition, Vegas Showdown pits 3-5 “millionaires” against each other in building the best and brightest hotel on the Vegas strip.  Oh, and if your casino is the most lucrative, you win the entire block.

I am Spartacus!  

That’s what you’ll be screaming at the top of your lungs while standing on your couch with your friends awkwardly avoiding your eyeline.  Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery brings the underhanded sadism and conniving machinations of the Starz show to the board game arena.  Players bid, plan, plot, and battle their way through gladiatorial battles, both from the stands and in the arena’s circle.  After huge amount of promising buzz from Gen Con, this is a property game to pick up.

The Dying Earth Revivification Folio is the only RPG out there actually asking you to play as glib jackasses.  Based off of Jack Vance’s novels, this softcover edition is about eloquent wastrels, beguiling magicians, and perverse enchantments.  If you’re a fan of Vance’s work, you’ll be happy to know the Revivification Folio is both a standalone book, giving new players all they’ll ever need, and a companion expansion to the original core rulebook.  Get jackassin’, folks!

Literally fly your colors with the expansions for the sky pirates miniature warship game, Leviathans.  The French Fleet Box includes the French battleship, light cruiser, and two destroyer plastic miniatures from the core box, but also includes alternate Ship Cards for expanding your fleet.  The British Fleet Box contains the same goodies but for Queen and country.  A high-quality game for the steampunk and wargaming fanatics out there.

Mar 162012
 

If the idea of boxing seems attractive to you, outside of the getting your face punched in thing, then Jab: Realtime Boxing might just be your speed. And speaking of speed, it’s a rather important element in how you play the game. As the game has no strict turn structure, play is based off how fast and how strategically you play your cards/fists. You can either KO you opponent with haymaker punches or wow the officials with your skill. For a quick two-player fighting experience, this is the champ!

Maaaaaaaps! They don’t love me like I love you! Maaaaaaps!

They do however love Steam like Steam loves you. Or so I’m guessing; they’re all inanimate objects. Anyway, insanity aside, the newest Steam Map Expansion Pack has arrived. This time around the pack comes with three new maps, China (2-4 expansion), California 2090 (3 player expansion), and Great Britain (3-4 expansion). Get to shoveling that coal, folks!

Just like the Jimmy Johns of interstellar delivery, the Rocket Jockey makes his supply run in a flash. Unless those pesky aliens get in their way. That’s the premise of the fast to learn, easy to play card game known as Rocket Jockey. With artwork from legendary comic artist Cliff Chiang, Rocket Jockey is a racing game which pits currier against currier for the fastest delivery time. Have you got the nerve?

Using our summoner powers we’ve summoned a hefty restock on Summoner Wars…summon…summoning…sum…um…yeah. So, not only do we have the Summoner Wars Master Set back in stock, but also the rereleases of the Dwarves/Cave Goblins and Phoenix Elves/Tundra Orcs expansion packs. Along with all this, the new Taliya’s Spirit and Piclo’s Magic Reinforcement Packs are in stock.

Team work is put to the test in Mayfair GamesWhitewater. Players control two rowers in two different rafts of four rowers each (try to say that three times fast). So, it becomes a careful decision of how much energy to exert and in which raft, all while trying to avoid obstacles in your path. Quite the family outing.

Pergamemnon travels far, far back in time to a point when the Carthagians, Romans, Hellenes, Egyptians, and Persians ruled the world. They also didn’t get along very well. A card based battle game where players square off, nation to nation, with soldiers, war machines, and creatures of legend. Containing 110 cards and all the rules you’ll ever need, Pergamemnon give you all you’ll need to rule the world.

Another P card game from Iron Games, who made the above Pergamemnon, Pax takes place during the Spartacus uprisings. More on the card management side of things alonside tactical decisiveness. If you’re a fan of 7 Wonders, you should give it a look see.

Apr 092011
 

You know that dark, brooding anti-hero who plays by their own rules as they stop at nothing to take down the baddie?  How about a whole book full of them?  Better yet, you get to control them.

D&D 4.0 released a new Player’s Option hardcover this week with Heroes of  Shadow.  Made as a supplement for Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, and the basic Rules Compendium, this guide allows for players to tap into the (normally reserved for evil doers) power of the shadow.  Much like Batman, the characters contained in this book may look like they’ll stomp you into submission and steal your purse, which they might still do, but for the good guys.  All the basics, races, classes, feats, and powers are held within its shadowy pages.

Magestorm:  Mighty Battles in the Age of Magic is a unique new two player (expansions for four players will be coming soon) wargame that pits pairings of mages (such as fire, druid, air, and fate) and armies against each other.  Might sound weird, but, basically, you pick one of the four mages listed above (for your spells and magic) and then one of the two available armies (humans or elves) to battle with.  Each choice comes with various benefits and negatives, as far as abilities go.  The board can be customized with tile pieces to suit one of the included scenarios or your own tastes.  As two player games can be scarce, it’s nice to see such an epic wargame, with customizable content no less, flesh out the category.

Do you know a saboteur?  Now you can be a saboteur, too.  Or rather, Saboteur 2.  A new expansion for the original mining mayhem game, Saboteur, this time around the idea is that the miners have separated into two groups; each one attempting to beat the other to the pile of riches.  Ah, but it wouldn’t be Saboteur without some new Dwarfs to wreck havoc.  This expansion adds cards like the Boss, (helps both groups), the Profiteer (made deals with all parties), and the Geologist (more concerned with crystals than gold).  Also, by adding this expansion to the original game, the range of players increases to 2-12.

Do you love the Spartacus: Blood and Sand series on Showtime?  Do you love H.P. Lovecraft and Cthulhu?  Have you ever dreamed about them mixing together?  Personally, I hope not; that would be a terrifying dream.  But, if you have, that dream is coming true with the new Call of Cthulhu RPG companion, Cthulhu Invictus.  This three scenario booklet is set in a reality where the Rome’s choice to force religion on its populace begins to clash with the worship of the elder gods, and they are not happy about it.  So, yes, Gladiator with Cthulhu monsters.

Applications for ninja school are being accepted today.  Yes, Pulp has Naruto collectible card game materials!  Arriving this week where a collection of three new “Chibi” tins, each with a unique assortment of cards and boosters.  This three tin set includes Sasori and Deidara, Naruto and Kakashi, and Sasuke and Itachi.  All three include special promo cards and four booster packs (two from Path of Pain and two from Tales of the Gallant Sage).  Get your ninja on, folks!

Since we’re talking CCG’s, how about we continue with World of Warcraft and Legend of the Five Rings.  From its inception, the WoW CCG has been popular, not only for its gameplay, but for the Loot cards that have been included in the booster packs.  These are a desired commodity because they have special promo codes on them that allow you to use them in the online computer game.  The new WoW CCG Archives set is not only exclusive to hobby stores, like Pulp Fiction, but also contains a random assortment of 190 of the best cards (all foil) from the first three sets as well as the possibility of nabbing a number of the most hunted for Loot cards (Spectral Tiger, anyone?).  Along with this release, WoW has gained a new Raid Deck in Icecrown Citadel.  Pulp has a limited amount of both, so swing by before they’re gone.

The Legend of the Five Rings CCG also gets an update with its Celestial Edition collection.  As a new base set for the game, Celestial Edition is completely tournament legal.  Currently, Pulp has a box of boosters, sealed, ready for pick-up.  If that’s wetting your lips, hit us up.

Sneaking it in before the end (that’s what she said), we also received a restock of the base Call of Cthulhu book as well as Call of Cthulhu FictionFederation Commander also got restocked in a big way.

The Heavens of Olympus finishes us out for today.  From Rio Grande Games, Heavens sounds pretty interesting.  Based around Greek mythology, it has players taking control of a single unknown god (out of five) who has been assigned by Zeus to build a new universe.  As day shifts into night, rounds of the game progress and players place and move planets across the stars.  At the end of each round Prestige points are added up.  The god with the most points gets to ascend to known status and live on Mt. Olympus.  Different mechanic, cool theme.