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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.

Jan 172015

Miniature Battles Game MatsGetting tired of playing your X-Wing and Star Trek Attack Wing games on a boring, plain kitchen table?  Well, HCD Game Supplies has finally released two specialized playmats that are intended to be used with the previously mentioned, space-based miniature games.  These 3′ x 3′ game mats come in a Star Field (vast blackness with dots of stars) and Space Battles (planets) designs.Settlers of Catan Convertible game board

Another gaming accessory for an even popular game is also on shelves this weekend.  The Settlers of Catan Convertible Game Board is an official release from the makers of Settlers of Catan that will help to stop your Catan tiles from sliding all over the table or game pieces getting knocked over.  This hard plastic template piece houses the gaming tiles, while also providing enough space in between tiles to build roads.  This board will also Sons of Anarchy Grim Bastards Club Expansionsupport a six player game of Catan.

The board game adaptation of FX‘s popular motorcycle gang series, Sons of Anarchy, receives an expansion this weekend.  The Grim Bastards Club Expansion is an add-on pack that, when added to the base Sons of Anarchy:  Men of Mayhem, can expand the game for up to five players (or six if you already have the Calaveras Club Expansion).Kitsune of Foxes and Fools

Pulling from Japanese culture, Kitsune:  Of Foxes and Fools is a new hand management card game that puts players into the role of an ancient fox spirit.  These Kitsune punish the foolish, sinful mistakes of humans, earning their tails when they do.  Players will uses cards to reprimand humans, attempting to earn nine tails as a means of attaining victory.

Carcassonne Gold RushCarcassonne Around the World is a recent themed set of Carcassonne expansions that take the base tile-laying and meeple placement from the original game and drop them into different times and locals.  Gold Rush is the second release in this set, sending players back to late 1800s America.  Instead of castles and roads, players will be hunting for gold in mines and placing tents.  Of course, you can always choose to steal your opponent’s gold if your digging isn’t turning a profit.

Long awaited, the third deluxe expansion for the Fantasy Flight Star Wars LCG game is Star Wars Between the Shadowsout!

In Between the Shadows players received cards that highlight the Jedi and Scum & Villainy factions.  Included in the expansion are twenty-six entirely new objective sets.  Among the characters that players will be allowed to use are fan favorites like Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Dec 202014

Hidden Agenda Hostile Intent ResistanceIndie Board Games has enlisted two new expansion for The Resistance.

The popular bluffing game adds its first two expansions in Hidden Agendas and Hostile Intent.  Hidden Agendas adds three entirely new modules of play to the game, including Assassin, Defector, and Trapper.  Hostile Intent also adds three separate modules, including Hunter, Reverser, and Inquisitor.Flashpoint Honor Duty

Among the many popular cooperative games on the market today, Flash Point is certainly the hottest (yes, I made that pun on purpose).  Flash Point:  Fire Rescue Honor and Duty, like the previous expansion, includes two new double-sided game boards.  Among these new scenarios are an airplane fire mission and a subway train disaster.  Keep in mind, a copy of the base game is Ninja Dicerequired.

Since the dawn of the art of ninjitsu, an ancient artform has passed from generation to generation.  It’s name?  Ninja Dice!  Okay, so maybe it’s not that ancient, but this push-your-luck dice game (similar to Zombie Dice and Martian Dice) has players taking on the role (or is that roll?) of a ninja.  By rolling dice, players establish a scenario they are attempting to sneak into, then roll another set of dice to determine how they will accomplish the goal.Dungeons Dragons Attack Wing Wave 2

Hot on the wings of the first series of Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing miniatures, Wizards of the Coast has released a second series.  Out this weekend, Attack Wing Series Two includes the Black Shadow Dragon, Movanic Deva Angel, and Aarakocra Troop expansion Star Trek Attack Wing Borg Cubepacks.  Each of these miniature packs include cards and all other materials to incorporate the figure into the base game.

Resistance is futile.  If you’re a die hard Trekkie (which means you’re likely a die hard Star Trek Attack Wing player), then you’re going to have to get a copy of the oversized Borg Cube miniature that releases this weekend.  Like the Deep Space Nine model that came out a couple weeks back, this miniature is to scale with the other Attack Wing miniatures.Holiday Fluxx

Just in time to save those awkward post-diner moments at every family’s holiday party, Loony Labs has released another new version of their popular card game, Fluxx.  Holiday Fluxx, like the other versions of Fluxx, throws players into a scenario where win conditions and rules change every turn.  Cards for this version of the game are themed toward not only winter holidays, like Hanukkah and Christmas, but also Mice and Mystics Downwood TalesHalloween, Arbor Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.

The adventures of the valiant mice knights of Mice and Mystics continues in the second expansion for the popular narrative board game, Downwood Tales.  Included in this hefty addition are a selection of new villains, characters, and story options to continue the adventures of the previous two games.  Among the new characters is a crafty gecko named Jakobe.Firefly RPG Things Don't Go Smooth

If you’re a captain in the verse, the obstacles that crop up between you and something shiny are numerous and varied.  The first supplemental sourcebook for the Firefly RPG, Things Don’t Go Smooth, focuses on these obstacles, detailing four additional types of villainous bosses as well as over fifty distinctions and assets, enemy boats, and two additional Star Wars Imperial Assault“episodes” to play through.  Keep flying.

Fantasy Flight had such a success with Descent: Journeys in the Dark that they decided to take the mechanics to a galaxy far, far away.  Star Wars Imperial Assault is the fourth major gaming release from Fantasy Flight that uses the Star Wars license.  In this epic board game, players take on the roles of either the Galactic Empire or the Rebel forces.  These two factions are distinguished by two separate game modes (Campaign and Skirmish) that each play differently for up to five players.  Fans of the classic Hero Quest system will find numerous similarities within Imperial Assault.