May 132016
 

World's Fair 1893Gather ’round, gather ’round!  Come win tickets to the spectacular World’s Fair of 1893!  Okay, you don’t need an actual ticket to purchase the game, but if you’re playing it you will want to go ticket happy.  A forty minute play experience for two to four players, World’s Fair 1893 has players collecting stacks cards from different regions of the game board.  Each region correlates with a different exhibition, so choose wisely and make sure you don’t pollute your hand.Abyss Kraken

When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.  That’s the conceit of the first expansion for Asmodee‘s Abyss, Kraken!  Intended to be added to the base game, this expansion contains a new rule book, over forty new cards and tokens, and adds black pearls to the game.  These black pearls come with a strategic decision:  do you corrupt yourself for greater power or stay pure to avoid possible destruction.  Beware, though, if you choose not take the Onitamablack pearls from the Kraken, your opponents may not be as cautious.

One of the Dice Tower Essential games, Onitama acts as a variant form of chess for head-to-head play.  In the game, players have a miniature playmat, featuring a 5×5 grid.  They also have five pawns that are moved by a variety of cards.  On each turn, players use a card to move a pawn, discard that card, then draw another one from a community discard pile.  Thus, players will be sharing movement cards.  The goal is to move your pawn onto the same space as an opponent in order to conquer that space and eliminate that pawn.The Little Prince Rising to the Stars

Even though the film’s release was delayed, Asmodee has produced a board game for The Little Prince, based off of the popular children’s book.  The Little Prince:  Rising to the Stars is a simple family gaming experience for two to six players that relies on various racing elements.  Players control planes that are charting a course to the planet of the Little Prince.  Using movement cards, players jockey for prime position on the gameboard in order to make it to the planet first, but also to collect Star Trek Five Year Missionstars and more movement cards.

You’ve beamed aboard, hopefully not wearing a red shirt, and now you and your crew mates have to solve the worst problems of the universe.  Star Trek:  Five-Year Mission is a cooperative experience for three to seven players set in either the original Star Trek or Next Generation time periods.  Each player receives a crew member role, with its own unique abilities, then must work together to solve various threats that arise.  Finding solutions gains the whole crew points, leading to victory, but if any crew member parishes, everyone loses.Krosmaster Quest

Building on the world of Krosmaster, Krosmaster Quest is a tactical adventure game that expands not only on the world, but the mechanics.  For two to six players, Krosmaster Quest uses a modular game board to expand the play space of the game, but still uses chibi-style figurines (including two exclusive figures only found here) in the gameplay.  Players travel around the world of the gameboard, vanquishing monsters, acquiring treasures, and allying with others to increase their power.  Even though Krosmaster Quest is a Histriostand-alone experience, figures and other components from previous Krosmaster games can be combined with it.

The show must go on in the Histrio board game!  For two to five players, Histrio is all about assembling the best cast for your play.  Each player represents a touring troupe of performers on the cusp of presenting a new play in front of the kings of various realms.  You will need to recruit actors for your play, but make sure to balance tragedy and comedy in order to provide the fullest experience.  Your casting will result in better financial return and the respect of the kingdom!Back to the Future board game

Building off of the popular films, IDW‘s Back to the Future board game does not have to reach 88mph to be fun!  Using elements of the Chrononauts game, Back to the Future requires players to competitively transport Doc Brown and Marty through three time periods in order to maintain the proper timeline.  Whoever repairs time the quickest, gets to joyride TIME Stories Under the Maskin the DeLorean whenever they wish!

The growing popularity of the fluctuating storytelling adventure game series, T.I.M.E. Stories, means more expansions.  Like the previous expansions for the game, Under the Mask, adds new cards and environments to progress the stories of the various adventurers participating in the game.  Under the Mask sends the participants far back in time the age of the pharaoh’s in order to uncover an ancient secret.

Dec 112015
 

Star Trek Starfleet AcademyStar Trek Starfleet Academy #1 (of 5)

-Set in J.J. Abrams Star Trek universe!

-Hot off the heels of an acclaimed Star Trek/Green Lantern miniseries, Mike Johnson teleports on-board to write this five issue miniseries.

-A prequel to the 2009 Star Trek film, Starfleet Academy stars the lead cast (Kirk, Spock, Uhura) as young recruits!

-Joining the original cast is an entirely new group of Starfleet students who are setting out on their own adventure.

Lucifer #1Lucifer #1

-A spin-off of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series!

-DC‘s Vertigo imprint has been churning out new, inventive titles recently, with Lucifer being the newest!

-Best selling YA novelist of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black, will be writing this series.

-In preparation for the upcoming Fox television series based on Lucifer, this ongoing sees Lucifer and his brother, Gabriel, stuck on Earth, tending bar and attempting to solve the mystery of their father’s murder.  That father, by the way, is God.

Squadron SupremeSquadron Supreme #1

-Following the success of last week’s Scarlet Witch #1, James Robinson launches another ongoing Marvel title.

-Spins out of the Secret Wars tie-in miniseries, Squadron Sinister!

-If you’re not familiar with the Squadron Supreme, they are essentially the evil Justice League of the Marvel Universe!

-In their current iteration, the Squadron Supreme are assembled from survivor’s of dead worlds.  They blame The Avengers and have set out to systematically destroy each  member.

Weirdworld #1Weirdworld

-If something doesn’t have a proper place in the Marvel Universe, it goes to Weirdworld!

-Spins out of Jason Aaron’s Weirdworld miniseries!

-Sam Humphries (Star-Lord, Planet Hulk, Avengers) takes over for Jason Aaron, but the extraordinaire Mike del Mundo continues on as artist.

-Trapped and alone after a plane crash, young teen Becca must learn how to survive in Weirdworld.

Jul 032015
 

Rumpelstiltskin card gameIf you’re looking to have a board game filled Fourth of July, here’s the new arrivals for this weekend!

First up, we have the Rumpelstiltskin card game.  From AEG, the makers of Love Letter, Rumpelstiltskin uses similar mechanics while having players take on the roles of Fey who have entered into a name-guessing game with the titular character.  For two players only, Rumpelstiltskin plays in ten minutes as players attempt to guess their Lord of the Rings The Wastes of Eriadoropponent’s secret name while also using magical abilities to make that goal more difficult.

The newest Adventure Pack for the Lord of the Rings LCG is out this weekend!  The Wastes of Eriador contains sixty cards for the Angmar Awakened expansion set. Martian Dice Ten Minute Takedown The cards provide an entirely new scenario for their heroes can adventure through.

Steve Jackson Games has already released a larger Mars Attacks Dice Game, but now they are following it up with the quick-to-play Mars Attacks:  Ten-Minute Takedown dice game.  In the game, players each control a martian fleet, flicking dice across the table to gain points.  Players flick the dice from their own saucer disk onto other players’ disks, gaining points depending on where they land and which side of the die is facing up.Doctor Who Ninth Doctor Sourcebook

New Who gets its due with the Ninth Doctor Sourcebook for the Chris Eccleston version of Doctor Who.  Like all of the Doctor Who RPG Sourcebooks, the Ninth Doctor volume contains detailed adventures built around each episode of the Ninth Doctor’s tenure.  As well, the volume provides stats and playable character information for Rose, Mickey, Jack Star Trek Attack Wing USS Pasteur expansionHarkness, and tons of other companions and villains.

The newest wave of Star Trek Attack Wing ship expansions is out this weekend.  Included in the new wave are the USS Pasteur that can reach Warp 13 and is commanded by Captain Beverly Crusher, the USS Dauntless which is camouflaged to resemble and Enterprise, and the Kreechta, a Ferengi O’Kora-class ship.Pandemic State of Emergency

Finally, Pandemic:  State of Emergency is the newest expansion for the popular cooperative game.  This expansion adds five new roles and seven new events to complicate the original base game.  In addition, there are also Hiterlands Challenge, where the disease spreads from animals to humans, an adjustable difficulty mechanic that uses quarantine zones to slow down the spread of the pandemic, emergency event cards that complicate the game, and the superbug challenge that adds a fifth disease that can not be cured.

 

Jul 032015
 

Star Trek Green LanternStar Trek / Green Lantern #1 (of 6)

-Star Trek has had a busy couple of years, meeting the Transformers, the Legion of Superheroes, Doctor Who, and now the Green Lantern CORPS!

-Written by Star Trek ongoing writer, Mike Johnson, this miniseries will see the two franchises interacting with each other.

-The J.J. Abrams versions of the original crew come across a buried artifact that sets off a mission that will bring them into contact with Hal Jordan, Jon Stewart, and the Green Lantern villains.

-Of course, if the good guys are teaming-up, that also means villains like the Klingons and Sinestro will join forces, as well!

Secret Wars Week 1 JulyCivil War

-Slightly delay, all the Secret Wars heavy hitters readers have been waiting for are finally here!

-Leading the way is the Civil War miniseries, featuring a world where Captain America leads one half of the country while Iron Man gets the other half.

-Age of Apocalypse is also dropping this Wednesday, depositing readers back into a world where the despotic mutant rules the world!

-Also releasing are 1872, the Western interpretation of the Marvel Universe, and Spider-Island, where all of New York possesses Spider-Man-like powers!

ArchieArchie #1

-Running consistently for over 600 issues, Archie comics is finally getting a reboot!

-Updating the characters and series for the modern age, Archie comics is appropriating a vibrant, adult art style!

-That new, youthful look is provided by Saga artist extraordinaire, Fionna Staples!

-On writing duties is veteran comic creator Mark Waid (Shield, Daredevil, Kingdom Come)!

Invader Zim #1Invader Zim

-Nickelodeon‘s darkly humored alien invader returns in comic form!

-The entire series will be written and overseen by creator Jhonen Vasquez!

-After Zim has been in hiding for years, he’s rearing his oversized green head to cause trouble for Dib once again!

-Issue #1 will feature a variant cover illustrated by Jhonen Vasquez!

Jan 312015
 

Yu Gi Oh Dice Masters Starter setSince Marvel’s Dice Masters game has been more than reasonably popular, WizKids and Asmodee have followed it up another starter set featuring characters from the anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh.  Like the previous releases, this starter set features enough dice and materials for two players to go head-to-head.  Each set of dice represent a character and players build-up teams of multiple characters by purchasing more dice.  And, yes, this set can be incorporated into any of the previous Dice Masters sets.A Game of Thrones A Deadly Game Chapter Pack

George R.R. Martin may not be getting the next Game of Thrones novel out in 2015, but Fantasy Flight is certainly continuing to release Chapter Packs for the A Game of Thrones LCG.  The newest, A Deadly Game, is the second release in the Wardens cycle.  This cycle is emphasizing traits, bonuses for using noteworthy characters, and limited responses, all Gripmat Starfield Sector Oneof which is continued in this release.

Do you get frustrated when you’re playing a game and someone accidentally knocks all the tiles or cards all over the table?  Well, you don’t have to worry about that if you pick up a GripMat.  Out this weekend, the Nebula and Starfield GripMats are durable, textured, fully illustrated mats that are intended to be used with a number of board games.  The texture on the mats keeps your tiles, cards, and game pieces from sliding around the table.  They also come in a variety of sizes and can be used with X-Wing and either version of Attack WingStar Trek Attack Wing Wave 10 11

Speaking of Attack Wing, WizKids has released the newest Star Trek Attack Wing wave of ships this weekend.  Included within this wave are the Romulan IRW Drone, the Federation Fighter Squadron 6 (comprised of three ships), and the Hirogen Alien Hunter.  Each expansion pack includes a model of the ship and Netrunner Order and Chaosthe cards needed to field it.

Like yin and yang, order and chaos balance each other out, especially in the third deluxe expansion for Netrunner LCG.  Named Order and Chaos, this expansion contains one hundred and sixty-five additional cards for use with the base game and any other expansions.  These cards introduce three new Anarchs that can be pitted against the machinations of the Weyland Corporation.

The popular XCOM PC game comes to the world of board gaming this weekend.  However, the game has not far from the digital world as it has incorporated a special app that controls certain XCOM The Board Gamemechanics, scenario options, and acts as the board game’s rulebook.  As you might imagine, the game increases in replay value as the app will keep every gameplay fresh with new arrangements of aliens and scenarios.  If you aren’t familiar with the original XCOM, players will assume the roles of an strikeforce organized to defend the Asanteplanet against alien invasion.

From the makers of other popular two player card games, including Jambo and Waka Waka, Asante (African for thank you) is another in the two player Kosmos line.  A set collection and hand management game, Asante puts players into the roles of vendors dealing in various resources.  Outside of collecting sets of resources for points, players can also loose animals (i.e. points) or visit holy relics to gain extra abilities.Mythotopia

Another new deck building game hits the market this weekend in the form of Mythotopia.  The standard deck building mechanics of a starting hand, a random assortment of cards to purchase, and various victory points are still present.  However, a set of variable providence cards provides the possibility of altering the rules and win conditions of the game.  Depending on which of these providence cards are activated, the game can also shift from a individualistic play experience to an aggressive Necron Codex HCone.

The wait is over, the Necron Codex has finally been updated.  This new hardcover edition features one hundred and twenty pages of material geared toward the newest iteration of Warhammer 40K rules.  Included in those pages are sections detailing the Necron Legions, new information on warlord traits, wargear, and tactical objectives, rules for the Decurion Detachment, datasheets, and the usually gallery of painted miniatures.