Oct 302015

Dixit MemoriesThere are plenty Apples to Apples clones on the shelves, but few that are as gorgeously illustrated as Dixit.  Each card in the game features a meticulously drawn, dreamlike illustration.  Dixit Memories is the newest expansion for the popular party game, featuring eighty-four additional cards to be mixed in with your Dixit base game.Netrunner Data and Destiny

Hotly awaited by avid Android Netrunner players, Data and Destiny is the newest oversized expansion pack to be released.  A deck-based, head-to-head card game set in a cyberpunk future, Netrunner is one of Fantasy Flight‘s most popular Living Card Games.  The Data and Destiny expansion provides over 160 additional cards for both the Runner and Corporation factions.  This expansion also introduces three entirely new Secrets Castles of Mad King LudwigRunner factions!

Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a tile laying game where each player is trying to build the perfect castle, subject to the whims of the King.  The Secrets expansion, out this weekend, provides more building opportunities, additional options for strategy, and a dash of intrigue to every decision in the game.  Among these latter additions are moats, swans to be collected, and mazes.Meow

You thought Asmadi Games could not out cute themselves after releasing Adorable Pandaring, but they may have with Meow.  A simple deception game, similar to Ultimate Werewolf or Bang!, Meow has players draw cards that say “Meow” or “Not Meow.”  On each turn, players will look at their cards and making a meow sound.  Other players can call them out as being “Not Meow,” upon which the player must reveal their cards.  If the accuser Elfenroadswas correct, that player is out.  If the accuser was wrong, they are out.

Reprinting the long defunct fantasy game, Elfenland, Elfenroads simultaneously expands and updates the original.  Included in the hefty box is a double-sided game board, each used in an entirely different version of the game.  In each version, players take on the role of a teenage elf that must pass through a maturation rite by traveling across the land, stopping at as many landmarks as you can.  To do so, you will ride various modes of transport, including wagons, dragons, and unicorns, attempting to get to the end of the journey faster than anyone else.Fury of Dracula reprint

Long out of print, Fury of Dracula has been revived by Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight.  Featuring updated miniatures, artwork, and game mechanics, Fury of Dracula recaptures the hunt for the famous vampire lord from the original.  In Fury of Dracula, up to four players take on the roles of the Van Helsing family and one player takes on the role of Dracula.  The Van Helsing’s must use clues and evidence left by Dracula to hunt him across the board in an effort to eventually capture him.  Dracula, however, may strike back at them, The Red Dragon Inn 5 The Character Trovetaking them out of the game.

There’s been a lot of rounds in the popular drinking game, Red Dragon Inn.  Realizing this, Slugfest Games has released The Red Dragon Inn 5:  The Character Trove, which, in addition to including four new characters, is also a gigantic box that can hold every single expansion for the game.  As well, the box includes storage bags, player mats, and money tokens.  Immediately giving you something to store in said box, Red Dragon Inn also receives three new characters expansions this weekend, sporting the sub-heading of Allies.  Each character is able to call upon a familiar to aid them in the game.Castle Dice

Castle Dice is a unique one to four player game that centers around the custom resource dice.  Each player takes on the role of a prince or princess who has been sent to construct a castle.  During a game, you will roll a lot of dice, but due to the dice drafting mechanic, what you roll isn’t nearly as important as how you react to the combined rolls of all of the players.  Game play is fast, but with tons of tactical choices Mysteriumevery turn, and due to the dice, each game is different.

Combining elements of two games discussed above, Dixit and Fury of Dracula, Mysterium is an asymmetric cooperative game about ghosts and the supernatural.  Up to six players take on the roles of ghost hunters, while a seventh player takes on the role of the ghost.  The hunters will need to work in tandem with the invisible ghost, following clues and hints left by her, in order to lay her spirit to rest.  Illustrated to the same incredible degree as Dixit, the cards from Mysterium may also be used as expansion cards for the Dixit games.

Oct 162015

The GrizzledOne of history’s deadliest wars has just been turned into a two to five player cooperative card game.  And it is awesome!  The Grizzled is an inexpensive card game that drops players into the roles of tattered WWI soldiers in the mud and muck of the trenches.  All the players will need to work together to survive a barrage of mortars, gas, and enemy fire, but will also need to keep their own safety in mind.  Finding that balance between group unity and personal survival will keep you coming back for more.One Night Revolution

The first of two products set in the popular cyberpunk universe of The Resistance card game, One Night Revolution is a new spin on that popular deception game.  With the combined mechanics and game designers of  The Resistance and One Night Ultimate Werewolf, One Night Resistance has three to ten players attempting to discover the government spies hidden among their revolutionary forces.  Like One Night Coup RebellionUltimate Werewolf, this version plays in a swift fifteen minutes!

The second Resistance universe game out this weekend is Coup Rebellion G54.  Not an expansion for the original Coup, but instead a sequel to that game, Coup Rebellion builds on the original game’s deception rules by adding character options.  These twenty-five new characters are able to be selected at the beginning of each game, each adding a unique ability to the gameplay.  Epic card game

From the makers of Star Realms, the popular, cheap, expandable deck building game, Epic the Card Game is another spin on Magic the Gathering from former pro players.  Epic allows two to four players to play sealed, draft, or constructed out of the materials contained in one box.  Unlike Magic, players do not require mana to power their Legion of Super-Heroes DC Deck Building Gamecards, but instead the game operates off of a simple one or none power system.

As with the previous Arrow and Justice Society of America expansion packs, the new Legion of Super-Heroes Crossover Pack for the DC Deck Building Game is a cheap set of additional cards for the game.  Included in the pack are six playable heroes not seen in previous expansions as well as new super-villain, hero, equipment, and other cards.Super Motherload

Based off of the online game written by comic author Kurtis J. Wiebe (Rat Queens), Super Motherload is the card/tile adaptation recently released by Roxley Games.  Super Motherload serves as a revolutionary game design, combining both deck building and tile laying.  Each player, taking on the role of a Mars colonist, will play cards from their own deck that will allow them to dig and attain materials on the planet’s surface.  Over the course of the game, however, players will purchase and add Survive Space Attacknew cards to their deck in order to dig for rarer resources.

Launching from Atlantis into the atmosphere, Survive:  Space Attack! adapts the basic rules of the original Survive: Escape from Atlantis! for an entirely new environment.  In the game, players will be taking on the role of astronauts who are desperate to escape their space station, as it is currently under attack by alien forces.  It will be up to each player to choose their own route and method of escape, but do so quickly, as the clock is ticking.Time Stories

Combining group storytelling, board gaming, and roleplaying, T.I.M.E. Stories is an original experience dropping this weekend from Asmodee Games.  T.I.M.E. Stories is set in a world where time agents exist to travel back to the past in order forestall temporal incursions.  Before each game, players will select a specific time agent to control, then they will be launched into the story scenario and attempt to play their way out.  In this initial release, the Asylum scenario sends players to a mental hospital in 1920s Paris.  Later expansions will add new scenarios to continue the gameplay.

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.

Nov 152014

7 Wonders BabelAsmodee released another 7 Wonders expansion this weekend and this one requires some heavy labor.  7 Wonders:  Babel contains two separate gaming expansions that can be added singularly are together.  First, is the tower component, which adds an extra beginning drafting phase.  During this phase, players draft tower tiles, each of which features a special law that affects all players.  Second, are a set of law cards that tax players for using certain colored cards.Ace Detective A Noir Card Game

It wandered in out of the cold, a cigarette hanging from its box lid, a fedora covering its corner.  Ace Detective was its name.  A storytelling card game in the vein of Once Upon a Time, Ace Detective has players utilizing plot cards to tell a group narrative.  Each turn players lay down story cards in an attempt to keep the yarn flowing, but must battle against each other to take control of the plot’s direction. Catan Ancient Egypt Settlers of And, if you can’t tell from the title, Ace Detective is all noir, all the time.

Another in Settlers of Catan line of standalone spin-offs, Catan:  Ancient Egypt pairs the same great Catan mechanics with an Egyptian setting.  Oxcarts are used to move resources like papyrus, stone, and cattle from town to town.  This standalone edition also features two alternate play scenarios, increasing the replay value of the game and keeping players interested.Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor's Secret Adventure Pack

As Sauron’s forces draw ever closer, the fellowship must venture into the mines of Celebrimbor to discover the only three rings of power untouched by the dark lord.  This is the story for Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor’s Secret, the newest Adventure Pack for the LotR LCG.  Adding sixty new Magic the Gathering Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Boxcards to the game, Celebrimbor’s Secret includes Galadriel as a playable hero character.

With the holidays just around the corner, Magic the Gathering has, for the second year in a row, released a special gift box to ease your shopping distress.  The Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Box is an inexpensive 2000 count card box that also happens to contain four Khans booster packs, special card dividers, stickers to personalize the dividers, land, and a special promo card.  Check your favorite Magic player off your “To Buy” list.My Little Pony Celestial Solstice

Nearing closer to the newest My Little Pony booster pack set, Enterplay has released their equivalent of an MtG Fat Pack.  The MLP Celestial Solstice box contains materials for two players, including a twenty-four card pack of rare, foil promos, three Premiere Edition boosters, three Canterlot Nights boosters, and a Pandemic The Cure dice gamedurable card box.

The popular Pandemic strain of virus fighting cooperative games has mutated this weekend.  Pandemic:  The Cure is a dice variation of the original game, converting all the regular mechanics to dice rolls.  Each player still takes on a different role, now represented by a unique set of dice.  The outbreak is also represented by dice, which are rolled, then placed on the gaming board.  A quicker variation of the original, Pandemic:  The Cure can be set-up and played in around thirty minutes.Rarrr card game

With Godzilla and Pacific Rim recently stomping all over movie theaters, Kaiju in demand.  Rarrr!!! is a drafting card game that answers that demand, giving players the chance to control powerful, monstrous creatures.  Broken into two drafting rounds and a bidding round, players first build and power their monster, then use the power cards they’ve attained to outbid others in an effort to destroy the most buildings.

Sheriff of NottinghamThe first release in a series of board games given the seal of approval by Dice Tower, Sheriff of Nottingham puts players into the roles of Nottingham’s merchants and the greedy Sheriff, himself.  Each turn players attempt to enter the city with various goods and products for sale.  However, they may choose to mix legal and illegal products together in their carts.  But, beware, the Sheriff will be allowed to pick through each merchant’s stash and weed out items or punish players.Till Dawn

Both a drafting and Push-Your-Luck game, Till Dawn is a vampire game with style.  Contained within a creatively designed coffin-shaped box, Till Dawn has players taking over the role of a horde of competitive vampires.  Over the course of three rounds, players pass around a deck of cards, drawing one, then following its command.  The goal is to collect the most blood tokens and return to your coffin before the sun rises, but vampire hunters and other obstacles Titanium Wars Confrontationcan make that a difficult possibility.

A short and sweet expansion, Titanium Wars:  Confrontation adds some appealing extras to the base game.  Included within this expansion are new arsenal cards, planets, leaders, and events, as well as cards that replace previous cards.  In addition, Confrontation includes a Versus Mode variation that can be played individually or in teams.Trajan

Stefan Feld, game designer for Bora Bora and Bruges, releases a new game this weekend entitled Trajan.  Players attempt to build-up their own corner of Rome through the use of special ability tiles.  Tiles are distributed around the table through a special mechanic where they are placed in bowls, then used by each player Voyage of the Beagle Robinson Crusoe expansionstrategically.

The first expansion for Robinson Crusoe, Voyage of the Beagle is here!

Containing a set of original scenarios that can be paired with the base game to extend its playability, each of these scenarios link together, serializing events so that what occurred during the last play session remains into the next session.King of New York

Hottly anticipated, Richard Garfield’s sequel to King of Tokyo is finally here!  King of New York is bigger and more intense than its predecessor, just like a game set in America should be!  Like King of Tokyo, players take control of monsters, attempting to gain the most victory points by beating the crap out of each other.  However, the game board for King of New York is double the size, providing multiple zones for players to fight from.  As well, the game adds a “fame” component that allows one player to take the spotlight and gain special abilities.
Nov 082014

EvolutionIt’s survival of the fittest in North Star GamesEvolution.

During the set-up phase, players draw random cards that will decide what sort of creature they will play.  Each turn sequence involves phases where food resources are laid out then devoured.  Those players who did not receive any food go extinct.  Players can choose to control carnivores or herbivores, however, so some players may end up being food themselves.Bang Heroes of the Storm

Your favorite characters from the various Blizzard video game properties have invaded the board game with Bang!: Heroes of the Storm!  The popular deception mechanics of Bang!, where players take on secretive roles, each with their own purpose, combine with characters from Yugioh The New ChallengersWorld of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft.

Hot on the heels of Duelist Alliance, the Yu-gi-oh CCG receives its second set in its ninth consecutive series, The New Challengers.  The New Challengers consists of eighty new cards, including six ultra rares, ten super rares, twenty rares, fifty-four commons.  Booster packs for the set are on shelves now!Hypberborea

A  new spin on the civilization game, Hyperborea, from Asmodee, sends players into a newly discovered realm of myth and magic.  The goal of the game is to construct your own kingdom using various colored cubes, each representing different resources.  Where Asmodee has changed the dynamic up is with how players receive the cubes.  Each turn, players dig into a bag and pull out three Car Wars Steve Jacksonrandom cubes.

Steve Jackson‘s classic car versus car game has been reprinted this weekend in a new, updated version.  Car Wars basically allows players to live out the Road Warrior or Death Race 2000 by constructing their own dystopic roadsters and beating the crap out of each other.  Two to eight players construct their cars from the components included in the game, then battle for thirty minutes to decide the victor!Knightmare Chess

Steve Jackson‘s second rerelease this weekend is the updated version of Knightmare Chess.  Essentially, a variation of chess played with cards, Knightmare Chess does require a foreknowledge of chess to play.  However, those familiar with chess will love how the game is changed-up with the inclusion of cards.  During, after, or before turns players are allowed to Castles of the Mad King Ludwigplay cards from the set, with some drastically altering the move capabilities of pieces.

The Castles of Mad King Ludwig are renowned for their extravagance and grandeur, and now you have to surpass them all.  In Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players attempt to construct the most elaborate castle possible one room (one tile) at a time.  A single player takes the role of the Master Builder, who gets to decide the cost of each room tile, while the other players attempt to purchase the best option.  However, the Master Builder can only use the leftover tiles.  Walled City Londonderry and Borderlands

Walled City:  Londonerry and Borderlands finds players building a city from the ground up.  Divided into two separate rounds of gameplay, Walled City begins with a round of laying streets tiles, which separate the game board into sections.  Players then populate the sections with citizens.  During round two, walls are constructed and guarded by watchmen meeples.  Whoever has the most populated section reigns victorious.  And for more replay value, the game includes two Koryo card gameentirely different maps.

Set in a steampunk universe, Koryŏ, from Asmodee Games, is an easy to learn and expedient card game for two to four players.  Lasting only eight turns, has players laying down cards each turn, but only from a particular political family.  Each family is comprised of a certain number of cards, which can be utilized for powerful abilities and victory points.

The Doctor Who Roleplaying Game has regenerated again!Sixth Doctor Sourcebook Doctor Who

Out this weekend, the Sixth Doctor Sourcebook contains the same great materials as each of the previous volumes.  Providing the materials necessary for game masters to run a game involving the Sixth Doctor,  his companions, and enemies, the sourcebook has detailed outlines of every episode starring the Sixth Doctor, each playable as an adventure.  As well, stats are provided for key characters, monsters, and Commander Decks 2014companions, along with setting details.

Another set of five Commander Decks have been released for Magic the Gathering.

These Commander Decks are each structured around the five mana colors (black, red, white, green, blue), but include a new variant for the popular format.  Only included in these decks are special Planeswalker cards that can be used as Commanders, a possibility that was previously illegal.  As per usual, these decks contain 100 cards for a deck that is playable in the EDH/Commander format.