Dec 272013
 

It’s all for one and one for all in the newest expansion for The Duke!

The Musketeers expansion includes tiles representative of D’Artagnon, Aramis, Porthos, and four other Musketeer characters.  As well, the expansion alters players’ starting hand as well as particular tile laying mechanics.  Alongside this expansion is the Arthurian Legends set.  As with the former set, Arthurian Legends includes tiles representative of Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, and others, as well as rules which allows asymmetrical opposing forces.

The Pathfinder library grows by three books this weekend.

First up is The Midnight Isles from the Wrath of the Righteous adventure set.  This contains a adventure for twelfth level characters as well as four new monsters.  Second, a player companion entitled The Magical Marketplace, which includes information on shop owners, magical tattoos, as well as descriptions of alternate forms of payment.  Finally, we have the Inner Sea NPC Codex containing over sixty characters, ready-made for game master needs.

A complete revamp of the system, the Malifaux 2nd Edition Rule Manual drops today!

The steampunky miniature battle game receives an update of all its factions, stories, and characters, a perfect entry point for any new player.

Take one down and pass it around, there’s still three new Red Dragon Inns on the wall!

Red Dragon Inn 4, the fourth large expansion for the game, takes the shenanigans of the previous editions out to sea, providing a new set of adventurers in the form of Captain Whitehawk, First Mate Remy, Bryn the Boatswain, and Tara the Navigator.  As well, the expansion allows for encounters to occur during the celebration!

Along with this large expansion come two Allies expansions, including Cormac the Mighty and Witchdoctor Natyli.  Cormac is a human barbarian who gains alcohol content for being capable of striking harder.  Natyli, as a master of wizardry, can weaken other players enabling her to successfully attack from a minimal strength.

Oct 112013
 

Pictionary is so last century.  PIX by Game Works is were all the cool kids are at now.

A party game based around drawing, PIX forgoes the pad and pencil in favor of pixel squares and a magnetic board.  Teams of players take turns using their pixels to (all black except for one red) a picture of the selected word for that turn.  Who’ve has the most discernible picture, wins!

Following the month old Warmachine:  High Command is the aptly named, Hordes:  High Command.  This version, too, is a deck building game set in the universe of Warmachine.  Each player chooses a different faction (Skorn, Circle of Orobos, Legion of Everblight, and Trollbloods), composed of a different deck of cards, then purchases other cards to strengthen their army and conquer terrain.

Become your own Indiana Jones in Days of Wonder‘s new Relic Runners board game!

Players compete against each other by attempting to collect a set of four unique relics.  Taking on the roles of famous archaeologists, each player attempts to make it through a unique trail, acquiring rations on the way in order to move further.  A special toolkit, available to each player only after completing certain tasks, can aid them in winning the game by shifting the rules in their favor.

Agricola‘s two-player game, All Creatures Big and Small incorporates More Buildings, Big and Small.  These twenty-seven new buildings add entirely original ways to house and contain your animals within the game.  Along with the buildings, there is also a fifth stale tile and farm expansion.

Finally, Descent‘s second edition receives another expansion, The Trollfens.  This expansion contains a dungeon’s worth of new loot, including two brand new heroes, a handful of monsters, new shop, relic, and class cards, the latter of which will enhancing hunting and mental talents.

 

Mar 082013
 

Buckle in, folks, because after a week off because of snow trouble, New Game Stuff is back!  And tonight there is a long, long list of newness to discuss, so it’s just the facts.

FoxMind games delivers one of the most inventive train games in a long while with String Railway.  Using bendable pieces of plastic rope, players both build the board and connect train depots.  Two to five players take turns drawing depot tokens, placing them, and attempting to link them with the pieces of string at their disposal.  Easy to learn and very tactile, String Railway is perfect for families or friends.

A tile laying game of the most serene nature, Zen Garden will put your soul at ease.

Mayfair Games, makers of fine family games, adds some enticing dimensions to the standard tile laying scenario.  Up to four players compete against each other by constructing their zen gardens using tiles of trees, mountains, and streams.  Each player, however, has a special pattern they must try and complete by moving their tiles around the board with special lantern tokens.  The game also comes with various levels of play to increase the difficult the more you play.

The front says Gentlemen Thieves, but the back says Arsene Lupin.  And, no, that is not an indication that this game has anything to do with mullets.  Borrowing the world’s most famous thief, Lupin, Gentlemen Thieves has players taking on the role of a thief and joining forces with other thieves (as long as it serves them) to heist valuable items (represented by tokens) from famous locations across Paris.  Just remember to put on your black gloves.

In Ground Floor the building is already built, now you’ve just got to populate it, employee it, advertise your product, cut down on costs, challenge your rivals, and grow your business.  Then, maybe, you get to rest.  Detailed in its level of strategy, Ground Floor involves bartering, resource management, organization, and any number of other mechanics.  If you’re an Agricola or Puerto Rico fan, get in on the Ground Floor.

The game is a foot, Watson!

Lady Alice is a recently released Sherlock Holmes themed board game allowing players to take on the rolls of kids studying under the tutelage of Holmes himself.  During the game players make deductions about evidence, placing their guesses in a folder.  When the round is over, each guess is revealed to either be true or false, with every player marking down the results in order to solve the mystery.  If you picked up the recently released Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, this game is a perfect companion piece.

The reprint steamroller continues to roll from Dungeons & Dragons with the brand new hardcover edition of Dungeons of Dread.  This classic AD&D tome collects the original “S” series of adventure models, three of which were written by Gary Gygax himself.  For those out there who know the history, these are some of the most well known dungeons in D&D history, perfect for players learning the system by playing these reprint copies.  As usual all the original material is reprinted in its original format.

It’s going to be Easter soon and that means bunnies.  And bunnies mean violent murder of bunnies.

Wait, what?!!  Steve Jackson changes the meaning of Easter with the newest Munchkin booster pack, Easter Eggs.  Evil rabbits are running around all over the place and its your duty to smack’em down while wearing a Sundae Dress and Bunny Slippers.  But watch out for Peter Cottonmouth and Little Bunny ‘Thulhu.

There are four doors, but no exits.

That’s the premise of Room-25.  One to six players are locked in rooms, running from room to room, trying to find the one and only door which leads to rumored exit that is Room-25.  In gaming formats ranging from solo to group cooperative, players attempt to coordinate actions in order to find the mythic room and escape.  But beware, because some students may turn out to be undercover guards, ready to stop the players at the most inopportune moment.

Me matey, there be Pirate Dice off the coast of Pulp Fiction Isle!

By rolling and strategically placing customized D6′s, players sail the seven seas, doing battle with their rivals and searching for sunken and lost treasure.  Each die controls attacks and movement as players sail across the provided map.  Control the direction and speed of your ship carefully, though, as you don’t want to overshoot or undershoot that last hooray!

The recently released Archipelago pirate game receives a rare Solo Player Expansion this week.  Unlike any other expansion, this one allows players to convert the game into a one-player mode.  The pack contains 27 scenarios, each with a different time limit and win condition.  You are also allowed to choose whatever character you wish in order to play.

A game of ancient Egypt, Kemet has players competing over a succession of rounds, divided into categories of night and day.  Within the day phase, players enact their magical abilities in order to defeat your opponent, while at night your regroup and build up your mystical energies.  Wizards can even spend special Prayer Points to bring additional creatures into their armies.

Feb 082013
 

Unearthed Arcana has once again been unearthed.

In line with the previous Dungeons & Dragons reprint editions, this version of the original first edition Unearthed Arcana hardcover comes printed on shiny golden print pages in a lovely embossed version of the original cover.  This special edition, though reprinting the artwork and original text, also comes with the Dungeon Magazine errata.  All proceeds for this edition of the book go towards the Gary Gygax fund, as well.  And best of all, you don’t have to cast any spells to get it.  Though that might help.

You’ve stayed in the mansion too long, now it’s time to venture outside.

Mansions of Madness:  Call of the Wild expansion features eleven new map tiles that allow you to leave the titular mansion and face off against the unspeakable evils lurking outside.  Of course, new tiles wouldn’t do you much good without additional stories to go along with them, thus the game comes with five brand new story paths.  Each story changes the dynamics of the game like never before, with one even allowing the keeper to explore and solve puzzles.  As with previous expansion packs, the game also comes with entirely new monster and investigator miniatures.

The RuneWars are back on!

After being out of print for an extended period of time, the epic miniature battle game, RuneWars is back in print and better than ever.  This new RuneWars Revised Edition comes with all the same materials of the previous game, but at a cheaper price.  Within the world of the game, two to four players utilize their vast armies, which they’ve recruited, to conquer vast stretches of land and their opponents.  But it’s not all brawn in this game.  Players also must utilize diplomatic skill to negotiate with the land’s inhabitants for assistance.  But at the end of the day, whoever has claimed the most sacred dragon runes becomes the ruler of Terrinoth.

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.