Apr 152016
 

Chez Geek Spring BreakFor those layabouts still building up slack in the world of Chez Geek, Steve Jackson Games has another way for players to continue to be lazy.  The Chez Geek Spring Break expansion can be added to the base game in the form of forty entirely new cards, all themed around traveling for the Spring Break holiday.  In addition to those cards, the expansion also contains Event Cards, which are an entirely new element that changes up gameplay.Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game

Cryptozoic has built up quite an empire of property-based deck building games, including DC, The Lord of the Rings, and Street Fighter.  Well, this weekend they add another conquest to that list with the Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game.  In this version of the game, players are controlling and building decks around popular Cartoon Network shows, like Dexter’s Laboratory, Regular Show, Samurai Jack, and Adventure Time.  As always, this version of the game is completely compatible with other Cryptozoic deck builders, so if you want you can have Finn face off with Superman while Frodo waits in the wings.

Rory's Story CubesSay you’re writing your first novel.  Or game mastering an RPG for your buddies.  Or maybe just killing time with friends around a campfire.  No matter the case, Rory’s Story Cubes are designed to randomly generate story ideas and elements to help fire the imagination.  Out this weekend are six mini-expansion packs for the series, each with three dice featuring a single theme.  For example, the Enchanted box features story elements related to fairytales and fantasy while the Clues box is all mystery related.Talisman Cataclysm

A new big box expansion for the popular dungeon crawl board game, Talisman, drops this weekend.  Talisman The Cataclysm introduces an entirely new main board to replace the one found in the base game.  In addition to the replacement game board, the expansion also contains over 150 extra cards and miniatures that Munchkin Marvelintroduce five original characters into the game, including ones inspired by Viking and Indian mythology.

Marvel is in the air as Captain America:  Civil War is on the horizon.  Understanding their fan base, Steve Jackson has made another coup by acquiring the rights to Marvel‘s popular line of characters in order to release Munchkin Marvel.  A new base game for the popular series, Munchkin Marvel uses the same mechanics from the other Munchkin games, but applies the heroes and villains of Marvel to them.  You’ll still be fighting monsters and acquiring treasures, but now those monsters will be Thanos, The Red Skull, and the like while you’ll be using Mjolnir or Cap’s shield to take them down.

Sep 202014
 

Pathfinder Adventure Time Card Game PlaymatThe Pathfinder Adventure Card Game gets organized this weekend, thanks to a new playmat.

Featuring a layout that helps to show new and old players how to arrange the various important cards piles.  As well as being a guide for placement, the mat also helps organize the game (heading off clutter) and keep the cards from shifting about the table.  The layout is made to cover up to six players.Villainy

With the superheroes getting all the love in games like Sentinels of the Multiverse, Legendary, and Heroes Wanted, it’s time for the bad guys to have their day!  Villainy puts players into the role of a supervillain attempting to destroy the hero of the metropolis they call home.  In order to do this players will need to complete three distinct secret plans, made possible by hiring henchmen.  Each game plays Khans of Tarkir Card Sleevesdifferent, as the objectives and story alters.

Many readers out there will know that this weekend was the Magic the Gathering prerelease event for Khans of Tarkir, the start of the newest card block.  Anyone who knows this will also likely know that means the sleeves, binders, and card boxes for the set are also out.  Boosters, fat pack, and intro Talisman Woodlandsdecks will go on sale next Friday.

Over the hill and through the woods to Talisman‘s expansion we go.

Another large sized expansion for the Talisman 4th Edition board game, The Woodland provides an entire new board to place adjacent to the main board, five new characters, and an added fate mechanic that gives you the option of bettering Hour of the Wolf Warhammer 40K Sanctus Reachyour chances or lessening those of an opponent.

The sequel to the recently released Warhammer 40K Red Waaagh! hardcover, The Hour of the Wolf, is out this weekend.  Contained within its glossy, hardcover-bound pages are details on various skirmishes between the Orc and Space Wolf factions, along with formation templates and more.

The major Warhammer release this weekend, however, is a blast from the past.Space Hulk Warhammer 40K

Once again, Games Workshop has re-released the classic 40K universe board game, Space Hulk.  If you remember the last time this game was released, you’ll also remember the incredibly short amount of time it stayed on shelves and the astronomic price hikes that occurred after it vanished.  This new version comes complete with the same miniatures and accessories as the last, but with one important alteration.  The 2014 version includes an entirely new set of tiles, allowing players who own the previous version to combine them and create one, Five Tribes board gameover-sized game board.

Days of Wonder, publisher of Ticket to Ride, Smallworld, and Cargo Noir, has released a new board game designed by Bruno Cathala (Shadows Over Camelot).  Five Tribes is a meeple placement game, but in reverse.  The game begins with a selection of meeple figures, each from one of the five titular tribes, arranged across the board and it is the players’ challenge to rearrange them.  How they are moved and where they are moved is the strategic challenge of Five Tribes, with the best player gaining the most points from their movements.Netrunner First Contact Data Pack

The third Data Pack in the Lunar Cycle of the Android Netrunner LCG has been downloaded to the Pulp Fiction shelves this weekend.  First Contact’s sixty card expansion intensifies the conflict between the runners and the corps on a number of fronts.  A new meat space is introduced along with new regions, Anarch identities, traps, resources, and mythic ice.

Star Wars Force and DestinyFinally, the force is strong with you.

Fantasy Flight expands its roleplaying galaxy far, far away with the Force and Destiny Beta softcover, a third  system to add to the Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion systems.  This long awaited edition incorporates force based abilities into the universe, providing information on character creation and a fully playable adventure.  And because this system is set in the same universe as the two previous systems, they are all fully compatible.Chinatown

Long out-of-print and going for insane money online, Chinatown has been revived by Z-Man Games.  A truly antagonistic experience, Chinatown is based around bidding, bartering, and negotiating with your opponents.  Players attempt to lay business tiles onto the game board, hoping to group as many like tiles together as the can for greater payouts.  But players can also attempt to convince others to sell or trade for tile Monster Manual D&D 5th Edition Next HCand spaces, requiring a sharp skill for salesmanship and strategic dealing.

Eagerly awaited, the second major core hardcover for Dungeons and Dragons 5.0 is out this week!

The Monster Manual for D&D Next follows hot on the heels of the Player’s Handbook, containing beasties and creatures from the long history of the famous fantasy roleplaying game, all illustrated with beautiful new artwork and provided with easy-to-use rules and statistics.  An essential volume for any Dungeon Master.

Aug 092014
 

Wiz-War Malefic Curses ExpansionFantasy Flight‘s remake of the Tom Jolly original, Wiz-War, gains its first expansion this weekend.  Wiz-War Malefic Curse expands on the original wizard versus wizard game, wherein each player attempts to break into their opponent’s stronghold using magic, in a number of ways.  First off, the expansion adds a fifth player option for the game.  Second, a range of new spells, including necromancy, and portals are included.Prophecy board game

Not a new game, but a long overdue restock, Prophecy from Z-Man games is back on the shelves.  A dungeon crawling game without the dungeon, Prophecy is based around the Talisman system with a mythology bent.  Characters move around the board, fighting monsters and obtaining items, but with a unique skill system (wherein players acquire and learn Dungeons and Dragons Next Player's Handbookabilities) that Talisman doesn’t use.

Wizards of the Coast is thick into the release schedule of the newest version of Dungeons and Dragons, having launched the new edition with an acclaimed Starter Box and some great looking miniatures.  Out this week, is the first hardcover volume for the system, the Player’s Handbook.  Building off of the material present in the Starter Box, the Player’s Handbook expands on character creation and other aspects of the new system.Betrayal at House on the Hill

No, this is not a dream.  No, this is not a lie.  No, this is not a joke.  Betrayal at House on the Hill is finally back in print!  Avalon Hill and Wizards of the Coast have been promising a new printing of the desperately sought after horror game, and they’ve finally delivered.  One of the most popular semi-co-operative games on the market, with players exploring a haunted mansion, only to find that one of their members is fated to kill them.  Who, how, and Touch of Evil Dark Gothic Deck Building Gamewhat the other players need to do to avoid dying varies in each game.

Flying Frog Games moves into the deck building arena this weekend with another twist on the classic model.  Touch of Evil the Deck Building Game adds a new dynamic to the traditional deck builder by starting each player with a different hand of cards.  The hands are decided by the character chosen, with each monster hunter possessing different abilities.  All players battle against a stack of monster cards, similar to the Resident Evil DBG, but attain victory points that decide the winner of the game.

Feb 282014
 

We, the royal monarch of Pulpington, do dub thee the Imperial Knight Titan!

Yes, this hotly awaited Warhammer 40K, super heavy walker is finally in the store, as of today!  As well, the newest issue of White Dwarf, which includes the stats and information for the Titan, is out today!

While the first Boss Monster expansion is called Tools of a Hero-Kind, it also could have been called On Steroids, as the cards contained within this expansion beef-up the base games weaker hero cards beyond what they were.  This expansion contains new item cards that combine with the previous hero cards to make each hero’s defeat that much more lucrative, as each item provides special offensive abilities for those who defeat the hero carrying it.

The Justice League has just run a recruitment drive, and the new members are decided!

The first expansion for the DC Deck Building card game, Heroes Unite, is out this weekend.  Containing seven additional heroes to play and add to the base game, including fan favorites like Nightwing and Booster Gold, heavy hitters like Shazam and Red tornado, and agile femme fighters like Batgirl and Black Canary.

Sprinkle the fairy dust all around because Once Upon a Fable is taking you to a mystical, merry, unicorn-laden land.

A one to six player game, Once Upon a Fable is all about expansion, seeing players build their fairy kingdoms outward through a variety of means.  Whoever has acquired the most points from building by the end of nine rounds wins the game.  Along with the base game, a seven to eight player expansion (New Kingdoms) as well as the Tree of Wonders wooden pieces enhancement expansion, providing wooden versions of the plastic pieces from the base game and New Kingdoms expansion.

The dungeon crawling continues as Talisman gains another expansion pack this weekend.

The Firelands is all about adding new characters, as the pack contains the Dervish, the Warlord, the Nomad, and the Jin Blooded, each with their own unique abilities.  Three new alternate ending cards are also included alongside new terrain cards that allow players to alter the landscape of the game.

Never before has there been such a wretched RPG hive of scum and villainy as the Star Wars Edge of the Empire supplement, Dangerous Covenants.  This hardcover edition contains character options for hired gun characters, as well as expanded options regarding Motivations, Obligations, species, and specializations.  Game Masters are also given information on how to incorporate these types of characters into their game.

Pulp Fiction just received multiple copies of the exceptionally rare Vengeance issue of the highly sought after Sentinels of the Multiverse comic!

Within this expanded issue, the classic hero team that is The Sentinels (now capable of being represented by a single card) must go head-to-head with an equal and opposite team of supervillains (each player must face down their own villain card).

Finally, in tonight’s miniature corner are new expansion figures and ships for Pathfinder and Star Trek Attack Wing, respectively.

For the Pathfinder Miniatures Reign of Winter set there is the Monster deluxe set that includes oversized versions of Svathurim and a frost worm.

And for Attack Wing there is the IKS Someraw, the IRW Gal Gath’thong, a 4th Division Battleship, and the USS Equinox.

Sep 242011
 

Writing a website post in the middle of a gigantic Magic the Gathering Pre-Release event is kind of like juggling chainsaws while being barraged with sharks fired from cannons.  Okay, it’s not exactly like that, but close.

Either way, I have Magic on the brain.  And the only way to get rid of it is to tell you fine peoples about the new Magic accessories we received this week.  First off there are the new sleeves and deck boxes that coincide with the new Innistrad set.  These include a Liliana Vess deck box and sleeves as well as a regular Innistrad box and sleeves emblazoned with some shadowy wolves.  Along with that, though, there is a rainbow of leather mana deck boxes.  These babies are sweet as they are sturdier than most deck boxes while also having magnetically sealing lids.

As a recent comic stated brilliantly, when there’s a problem, throw dragons at it.  That’s not to say that there is a problem with the fourth edition of Talisman, but it’s always proper to toss dragons about.  And so Fantasy Flight has dubbed their newest expansion, The Dragon.  Inside its hefty packaging are all the pieces to add the Inner Region to your next Talisman experience.  These pieces include over 170 cards, 160 tokens, a rule book, and six plastic figures.  If you guessed that one of the figures is a dragon-related, you win a prize.

If I had a million dollars and was in the market for a spacey mansion, I do not think I would go much further than a tour on the Mansion of Madness.  Each to their own, though.  Especially because most would say that they love playing Mansion of Madness, the Arkham Horror offshoot.  And they’ll say that even louder if they get their hands on the new Season of the Witch and Silver Tablet expansions.  These are print on demand scenario expansions, so very, very, very (did I mention very?) limited expansions.  They both give players an original single-scenario and all the pieces to play it.  And they are a lot cheaper than a million dollars!

There are a bunch of sci-fi RPGs nowadays, but how many of them have gun-totting locust people?  One:  Ashen Stars.  Set in a rough and rowdy universe known as The Bleed, games put players in the role of a unit of freelance space cops settling disputes, chasing baddies, and blowing lots o’ stuff up.  There are seven different, detailed races to choose from, including the kch-thk which are the locusts I mentioned at the beginning.  This hardcover also contains all sorts of information on vehicles and NPC threats.

Do you have the next big game idea?  Okay, say you do, do you know how to design it and then get people to buy it?  There’s a good chance that’ll be a “no”.  For those creative people out there Open Design has just printed The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design.  This nifty pocket-sized edition has entries from some of the top creators today, including Steve Jackson, Richard Garfield, and James Ernest.  Broken into easy to navigate chapters on concepting, design, development, and presentation this should be on the desk of every self-respecting hopeful designer out there.

The Warhammer 40K RPG universe gets much bigger this week with the new Black Crusade hardcover.  It also gets much darker.  Much darker.  Inside players find the instructions on how to make either a Chaos Space Marine or a Disciple of Chaos gunning to bring down the Imperium.  As the book is about 400 pages long, rules for just about every possible situation, be it combat or conversational, are held within.  And instead of dropping you in headfirst, the book offers up a complete adventure for beginners.  Shipping along with Black Crusade this week is the related Game Master’s Kit.  If you’re running a game in the world, you’ll want to have the screen for quick reference of NPCs, base rules, and helpful advice.

Fiction log, stardate 9242011.  A new Star Trek board game has appeared on deck.  The crew has fallen into its trap of epic space battles spread across an, as to this point, undiscovered region of space.  They have selected their sides, being Federation or Klingon, and are currently deploying ships from twelve popular models as strategically as possible so as to defeat rival ships, complete scientific missions, and solve various other obstacles.  This game, Star Trek:  Fleet Captains, not only covers the original Star Trek universe, but Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.  Personal note:  having loved the recent Star Trek Expeditions game from Wizkids and knowing that this is from the same company, has weakened my own resistance, eventually resulting in an out pouring of nerdom.