Mar 182016
 

Zany PenguinsAsmodee relies on board gaming rule #356, which states that adding cute penguins to any product immediately improves it.  That cuteness would be deceiving, however, as the penguins of Zany Penguins are slowly marching their way to world domination.  Problem is, on the way to conquering the globe, they’ve split amongst themselves.  A set collection and area control game, Zany Penguins has players gathering hands of penguins cards, each with their own value and abilities, then using them strategically to occupy various zones.  Waddle your way to victory!Hoax

Like every Agatha Christie murder mystery (or Clue, if you’re my age), Fantasy Flight‘s new deception game, Hoax, is set at a posh mansion after the death of its wealthy owner.  Players are given one of seven character cards, each with an identity and specific abilities, but then have to discover who everyone else is.  The twist:  you can claim to be whomever you want to be.  Using accusations and deductions, players will attempt to uncover the lies and expose their opponents.  Fans of Bang! or Spyfall Loot N Runshould make sure to try their hand at Hoax.

Get your Indiana Jones on with Loot’n'Run from Iello.  A card game for two to six players, Loot’n'Run is comprised of fifty-four different room cards that players will simultaneously sift through.  Everyone is vying for the best loot, but dangerous guardians can be awoken and turned on other players at any time.  Bluff your way to fortune and glory to claim the win!

This weekend sees the newest expansion for Elder Sign, Omens of Ice.  In the Elder Sign Omens of Iceexpansion players will find an entirely original adventure to the icy ranges of Alaska.  When a blanket of endless snow has covered the planet, investigators must travel North in hopes of discovering the source.  On their adventure they will encounter new Ancient Ones and other hardships.  Complete with new allies, spells, and items, Omens of Ice can be incorporated into the base Elder Sign board The Pied Pipergame to expand the experience.

Another in the popular Tales and Games series (frequently featured on Tabletop), The Pied Piper is another affordable game for families of all ages.  With variants for less and more experience players, The Pied Piper sees two to five gamers attempting to fill their opponents house board with as many rats as possible.  Lure the rats out of your house and place them into the houses of your challengers, but, beware, they can do the same to you.  Like all of the previous Tales and Games releases, The Pied Piper not only includes the game, but also the entire original story it is based off of.

You don’t have to give into the dark side to purchase them but it might help, the newest wave of Star Wars X-Wing ships are out this weekend.  Already sold out at multiple locations, this wave of ships was hotly anticipated. Star Wars X-Wing Ghost Mist Hunter Tie Inquisitor For one reason, the set includes two ships pulled directly from the Star Wars Rebels cartoon series.  First up, are the two new large ship expansions, the Punishing One and the Ghost (complete with the Phantom shuttle).  Second, the small ship expansions include the Mist Hunter, the ship used by bounty hunter Zuckuss, and the second ship from Rebels, the Tie Inquisitor.  Make sure to lose that annoying droid, Chopper, then head up to get a hold of the newest additions to your fleet.

Nov 302012
 

Que up the Jaws music.

Get Bit!, a recent topic of Will Wheton’s Tabletop, is currently sending beach goers fleeing from the ocean.  Playing like a reverse Guillotine, Get Bit! has players jockeying for position in order to be the last to be eaten by the shark.  By the way, each of the players and the hungry shark are represented by legally distinct Legos, which means as each character is being chewed upon, they actually lose body parts.  Play your cards right and you’ve escaped certain death.  Fumble a a draw and you’re chum, chum.

For all those couples looking for a compelling two-player game with a healthy dose of strategy, it’s time to get into some Pink Hijinks.  I’m sorry that sounds so dirty; there’s just no way to get around it.  Anyway, Pink Hijinks is based off of the popular Looney Labs Pyramids game.  In this version, players roll a special die which determines which pieces you move where.  Ultimately, each player is attempting to fill their row entirely.  Simple, but elegantly strategic.

Pandakai is coming!

Since we didn’t get to mention it last week, what with that whole Black Friday thing, we’ve got to talk about the Power Up! expansion for King of Tokyo.  The popular, but constantly out-of-print, game receives this epic expansion which provides not only a new monster in the form of the kung-fu panda known as Pandakai, but also the ability to mutate your previous monsters into more powerful creatures.

Bring on the bad guys!

Super Dungeon Explorer has just switched over to hard mode with three new monster expansion packs!  First up is Caverns of Roxor, featuring the big baddie Roxor and all his twisted minions.  Coming out at the same time are the The Rock Top Gang, a tough as granite band of rumblers, and Fireflow Denizens, a spicy hot selection of sizzling scoundrels.  These expansions come with a combined total of 57 fully assembled miniatures along with all the stat cards and extras that make them work.  If you are a lover of 16-bit RPGs, Super Dungeon Explorer is like your peanut butter and chocolate.

Oct 262012
 

If you’re one of those aggressive Cthulhu Dice players who actually goes crazy when they lose sanity in the game, your buddies may not want to play the new Cthulhu Dice Metäl version with you as you could take their eye out by tossing across the room. ‘Cause, yeah, it’s solid metal. Same great game, just heavy and bad-umlaut A-ss enough to be called Metäl.

Gabe and Tycho have taken over Steve Jackson’s headquarters and are printing mass quantities of Penny Arcade Munchkin boosters. As with the previous Munchkin booster pack releases, this card pack contains fifteen set cards, all of which feature artwork from Mike Krahulik and an be incorporated into any version of Munchkin you own. So, next time you play Munchkin, bring the flamethrower to the table for some slayage!

Made popular by Will Wheaton and his Tabletop YouTube show, Tsuro has released a new version. Tsuro of the Sea is not only a saltier version of the first game, it’s gained daikaiju tiles, or sea monster tiles, which crawl around the board based on dice rolls and remove any ship, wake tile, or other sea monster tile that they hit. Otherwise, the game progresses as usual with players laying tiles down to attempt keep their ship from falling off the board. As the game can sustain 2-8 players and only lasts for up to 40 minutes, Tsuro of the Sea is a perfect family game that anyone can learn quickly and play just as fast.

And finally, the final event tonight is the two new Return to Ravnica Event Decks. This time around the decks are mono-colored red and green decks. Wrack and Rage, the red deck, contains a Mizzium Mortars, Stromkirk Noble, and a Dragonskull Summit to beef out the build. The second deck, Creep and Conquer, is the big baddie with a Thragtusk, four Vampire Knighthawks, a Woodland Cemetery, and more, totaling up to $40 worth of cards. As usual, these are competitive tournament decks, so grab a copy and come play in tonight’s Game Day event.
Jul 272012
 

If it ain’t broke, reprint it.

Or, at least, that seems to be Wizards of the Coast’s motto. Two weeks ago, all three of the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons books were reprinted in beautiful remastered hardcover packaging. The DM’s Guide, Player’s Handbook, and Monster Manual are untouched rules-wise while also reprinting all the original artwork. Plus, each purchase puts part of the funds toward furthering the Gygax Memorial Fund.

Crossing the street for a visit to Paizo, the new Pathfinder Player Character Folio. Coming with sixteen pages that will help you to organize and track your character’s progression and abilities. Broken into boxes and sections for listing feats, class features, familiars, cohorts, and items, as well as quick reference charts and folder flaps, this folio is all you’ll ever need to stay on top of all your character’s developments.

Chasing dragons is usually not advised as they are regularly unfriendly when caught, however the new Game of Thrones LCG Chapter Pack of the same name actually advises it. As with the other Chapter Packs, the Chasing Dragons pack comes with 60 new cards for the Beyond the Narrow Sea cycle. If you haven’t played any of the LCG games before, each chapter pack is designed to advance the story and alter the gameplay, so, in short, keep the game fresh and interesting.

Agricola is easily one of the best resource management games ever created, but it is a long game and it is intented for multiple players. But don’t worry, Z-Man is on top of it. The new Agricola two player game has parred the playstyle down, adapting Agricola for a quick head-to-head, stand-alone experience. Players compete by working to fence in the most animals over the period of eight turns.

It is, in fact, not a small world after all.

Days of Wonder releases a new addition to their popular Risk-style board (featured on Will Wheaton’s Tabletop) this week, Small World Realms. This edition to the game is a collection of map pieces, tokens, and original rules scenarios, allowing players to create their own board for use by races and powers from either the original Small World or Small World Underground. So, maybe the real answer to whether it’s a small world after all is: it’s up to you.

Two millennia after the dawn of space travel, the galaxy hums with prosperity and peace. But as mankind and its neighbors colonized the stars, the burgeoning need for resources becomes apparent. As a plucky entrepreneur you must explore the edges of space searching for precious minerals. Will you buy the fastest ship in the sector? Can you afford to hire the best pilot in the galaxy? Shall you choose to purchase the latest state-of-the-art gadgets, invest in planetary refineries or pay off your rising debt? The cargo you haul could be worth fortune, so grab your helmet and suit up! So are the stakes in Starship Merchants!

You can’t teach an old war new tricks. But you can update them.

Axis & Allies releases two updated and altered versions of its classic wargame structure today with Axis & Allies 1942 Second Edition and Axis & Allies 1941. The 1942 edition is an updated, heftier version of the previous edition, complete with new units. 1941, however, is an entirely new Axis & Allies release featuring the same popular mechanics in a different theater of war.