Aug 302013
 

The star of Gen Con is here!  The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is out!

Blending living card games with roleplaying games, the Rise of the Runelords base set is the first in a series of Pathfinder card game releases.  Players will work through the exact adventure from the RPG game, but in card form, playing their characters as decks of cards.  Each deck contains weapons, actions, spells, and other options, based on the character’s race.  Released alongside this base set is the first expansion for the game, a must-have collection of three new characters (Barbarian, Druid, Monk) as well as method of expanding the game up to five or six players.  Also, the box for the base set is built to hold ALL future expansions!

With the original Shogun dead and his young son in power, the title is up for grabs.  Will your clan be the one to take it?

In Yedo:  Rule from the Shadows, up to five players compete as rival Japanese clans to take control of the Shogun title.  Gaining prestige points leads to victory, but in order to gain them you must complete missions, outwit your opponents, and acquire any needed resources.  Basically, a feudal Japan version of the hit D&D boardgame, Lords of Waterdeep, Yedo has been generating tons of buzz all over the Intro-webs of late!

You gained the four artifacts, you made it back to the helicopter, and you escaped the Forbidden Island before it sank.

Now, your ship has crashed in the Forbidden Desert and the adventure begins anew.  GameWright‘s second use of the Forbidden Island mechanics, Forbidden Desert begins where the previous game left off, but this time you and your crew are stuck in a vast desert contending with sandstorms and drought.  Instead of the board sinking, tiles shift around as you attempt to rebuild your crashed ship with the scattered pieces.  A perfect cooperative gaming option for families and friends, Forbidden Desert quenches your thirst for survival!

After reprinting and updating the previous expansion for Pandemic, On the Brink, Z-Man releases an entirely new expansion today, called In the Lab.  Within this sick (see the level of punery going on there?) expansion, players gain three entirely new ways to approach the classic game.  First up is a lab challenge where viruses are taken back to a decontaminated environment to be investigated for cures.  Second, is team mode, where players group up to compete against rival scientists.  Third, the long awaited solo mode has been activated, leaving you all on your own to contend against a world of sickness.

Warmachine stomps into the realm of board games and deck builders with High Command.

In the tradition of Dominion, Ascension, Thunderstone, and all the rest, High Command has players buying character and action cards from a community pool in the center of the table in order to strengthen their steam-powered decks.  Whether you’re a fan of deck builders or Warmachine, High Command commands you to pay attention!

 

250.

Distinct.  Creature.  Tokens.

Bestiary 2 Box.

In.  Stock.  Now.

Aug 022013
 

Before we get too deep into the actual brand new gaming, a quick shout out to some long out of print games who reappeared on shelves today!

First up, the desperately sought Ghost Stories:  White Moon expansion combines two formerly released, and long out of print expansion, into one redesigned box.  Both of them alter the game experience slightly, by adding an extra task for the monks, that being the protection and saving of villagers.

Planet Steam also receives a make-over this week, along with a price drop.  Now contained within a concise square box, this version of Planet Steam still delivers the same steampunk resource management experience, with players competing to build dirigibles, overtake territory, and collect resources.

Since we’re already talking about steampunky stuff, why not continue with the new Kings of Air and Steam?

Structured similarly to Wings of War and the Star Wars X-Wing miniature game, Kings of Air and Steam has players controlling giant steam-powered ships by placing four movement cards per turn.  Each card is revealed one at a time, interspersed with actions, until all of them have been flipped.  However, the plot thickens as an added element of resource management spices up the miniature battle gameplay.

The recently released hit, Village, receives its first expansion this weekend in Village:  Inn.  Literally expanding the village, this addition provides two new buildings, the brewery and the titular inn.  The brewery, not shockingly, produces a beer craft, while the inn allows players to meet other residents of the town (in the form of cards).  Life is always more interesting with a couple friends and a couple beers!

More Munchkin is never a bad thing, especially when it comes to organizing the game better.

Munchkin Level Playing Field is another Munchkin accessory, allowing players to more easily track their character’s levels with a unique tracking board and specially colored male/female tokens.  As will all Steve Jackson expansion, this addition also includes four entirely original cards to be added to the base game.  Also, absent from last week’s post, but totally on the shelves, is the Munchkin Dragons booster pack expansion.

What if John Wilkes Booth simply stole Lincoln’s stovepipe hat instead of shooting him through it?

The successfully Kickstarted Pixel Lincoln deck building game sets out to answer that very question.  The simple answer is that Lincoln will follow him through the farthest reaches of time in order to get it back!  Players collect cards to enhance their decks, all so that they can restore the space time continuum.  Four score and seven years ago, Lincoln got pixelated!

The pulpy adventuring of the Spirit of the Century RPG system now bombard the world of board gaming!  Race to Adventure:  The Spirit of the Century Exploration Game (possibly the most concisely descriptive title I’ve ever seen) is exactly what it sounds like:  a race across the globe facilitated by wacky pulp-influenced devices.  Along the way, players also collect unique artifacts and equipment in every country they land in.  Get to the end before you’re vaporized by a coal powered ray gun.

Finally, the first deluxe expansion for the mega-popular Netrunner redux has shipped.

Creation and Control includes 165 new cards, nearly thirty of which are entirely faction neutral, able to influence and enhance any deck.

Don’t let those fat cat bureaucrats at Haas-Bioroid win!

Jun 282013
 

Morels gets you high.  High on board games!

I’m aware how corny that intro was, but this game is, in actuality, about mushrooms, not corn.  Morels is one of the rare entries into the two-player game category, so it’s double the awesome for also being a great game.  Each player controls two decks of cards, a night and day deck.  Each of these contain various types of shrooms to be grown or eaten during these distinct periods of the day.  The types of mushrooms cooked, and what they are cooked with, earns players different points toward a victory goal.

YOU!  ARE!  SPARTACUS!

The Serpents and the Wolf is the first expansion for the board game adaptation of the popular Starz television series, Spartacus.  Within this expansion set are two completely new houses, Varinius and Seppius, as well as hordes of new armors, combatants, and weapons.  In the bloody arenas of Rome, players pit two teams of gladiators against each other in violent combat, until only one team remains standing.

To make sure you don’t have to find out why they smell worse on the inside, you’re going to want to pick up the fourth Force Pack expansion for Fantasy Flight‘s Star Wars LCG card game.  Six original objective sets are included within the pack, focusing the action on Walkers, troops, shields, and careful management of how damage is dealt.  Join the Assault on Echo Base by picking up this newest expansion pack.

Discerning DMs pay heed to Pathfinder‘s NPC Codex Box.

Like the previous token boxes Piazo has released, this one contains over 300 tokens and stands of varying sizes.  Each token is represented in full color art pulled directly from the NPC Codex.  Make sure your game is engrossing and clear by picking up these essential pawns.

It’s all about the bad guys in the Enemies of the Imperium!

The most recent supplemental hardcover for Only War, Enemies of the Imperium details hundreds of NPC beings that stand in the way of the Imperial Guard, along with their methods of combat so that the GM can employ them correctly in battle.  Squad-level combat is also detailed in the book, giving the option for giant formation fights.

One of the many products celebrating the 50th anniversary of the longest running sci-fi series on television, Doctor Who,  is the Cubicle 7 Doctor Who RPG series.  In honor of the event, the company is releasing sourcebooks for each incarnation of the Doctor.  The First Doctor Sourcebook released this weekend, including each of the earliest Doctor‘s companions and villains as well as destinations and gadgets.  Pick up a copy so that you can relive the Doctor‘s early junkyard beginnings and beyond, retold from your own imagination.

Jun 212013
 

Walkers are running rampant and its your duty to shoot’em down.

The Walking Dead Card Game from Cryptozoic is a brand new way to experience the post-zombie lifestyle, coming with two ways to play:  Hero and survival mode.  Hero mode has players taking control of a character from the show in an effort to earn more zombie points than the other 2-6 players.  Survival mode, on the other hand, pits 3-11 players against each other, but, instead of trying to nab the most points, everyone is trying to accumulate the least.  Perfect for parties full of Walking Dead fans, this new card game is easy to learn and fun to play.

Marvel‘s Legendary becomes a little more, uh, legendary-er this week thanks to Dark City, the deck building game’s first expansion.  Not only does this expansion offer seventeen new characters and five villains (like Cable, Colossus, Moon Knight, Blade, Kingpin, Loki, and Apocalypse), but also augmented game rules.  These include expanded abilities for bystanders, giving them autonomy, as well as character artwork that clarifies who has power when.

Lovers of Apples to Apples should take note of Word Whimsy.  This party game of wordplay is structured similar to the aforementioned game, but around phrases instead of single words.  Players take turns drawing prompt cards, like “My Professional Wrestling Name” or “Favorite Bar”, then proceed to arrange cards from their hand into the wackiest answer to that prompt.  And while this version can serve 3-7, there are also other variants included that alter the entire game.

Just when you thought they were done, there’s more Dominion.

Dominion Guilds is the eighth expansion released for this mega-popular deck building series.  This time around, the theme revolves around jobs and what citizens of the township need to do to get them.  Thirteen new kingdom cards as well as coin tokens to wile away for use later.  Other cards come with a starting cost, but can be bought for more money in order gain the user further abilities.

We’ll cover the next two games in the order the original books were released, just to play it like OG nerds.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey board game is a one to four player game that lasts up to an hour, ferrying players through the events of Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit film.  A cooperative experience, players take control of Bilbo and his dwarf companions, attempting to collect gems and gold as you out maneuver and defeat the monsters in your path.  Designed by Reiner Knizia, this is no simple property game.

The second Tolkien/Cryptozoic collaboration out this week, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Deck Building Game enters the deck building arena, telling the rest “They CAN NOT PAAAAAAASSSSS!”  Structured identically to the DC Deck Building Game, players take on the roles of either Frodo, Samwise, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, or Boromir, facing off against the forces of Sauron.  Players purchase cards from the center of the table to build-up their own decks in an effort to defeat orcs, Balrogs, and Nazgûl.  Also, in an absurdest twist, this game can be combined the DC Deck Builder for Gollum vs. Superman battles.

Apr 122013
 

Begin the snapping because it’s about to get all West Side Story up in here!

But you can throw technicolor and musical numbers out the window, because this gang warfare is in the dystopian city of Gatorum.  Two to four players take on the role of futuristic gang leaders attempting to overrun the city in a power play.  Hire up local toughs, collect some heavy artillery, and build up your home turf.  But beware because your rivals will be ready and waiting to nab anything you do build up.  City of Remnants is basically Agricola or Kingsburg but filthier.

Throw dem bones!

Adding a component long missing from the slew of Vegas themed games out there, Las Vegas is a new dice game where players roll to win it all!  With six different casinos littering the Las Vegas landscape, each player must carefully choose which casino they roll in so that they maximize their rewards.  A fast-paced, easy to learn family game of interactive dice play, Las Vegas will bring lady luck to your house tonight!

The band’s getting back together!  That’s right, you’ve got the gargoyle, the ogre, the prince, the warrior, the ghoul, the enchantress, the centaur, and, above all, the dragon maiden.  Each of these eight new characters appears in the first expansion set for Chaosatle, the Melee Expansion.  Each of these characters adds a new ability to the game, including the ability to ride the centaur or the dragon maiden’s power to call to her aid the mighty red dragon.  The expansion also includes a special conversion for a solo version of the game where clips reconnect the board in different ways.

Why travel the world to see each of the seven wonders when you can pick up the 7 Wonders:  Wonder Pack?

This expansion to the base 7 Wonders drafting game packs in four special wonder boards and their matching wonder card along with a rule book on how to use them.  These wonders include the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, Abu Simbel, and Manneken Pis.  These brand new wonders can be incorporated into the game easily, adding entirely new abilities to the process.

You’ve made it to the surface, you’ve found a raft, you’ve got a broken sword to defend yourself with, but can you Escape from Atlantis?  Survive:  Escape from Atlantis receives a expansion reprinting and a new release this week in the form of The Giant Squid and Dolphins and Dive Dice.  The Giant Squad has been in print before, but it is no less vicious.  Guard your boat carefully, because the five giant squid tokens included within are always ready to attack.  Luckily, if you get the Dolphins and Dive Dice the friendly creatures kept within will help you back to your boat if you fall out.  However, the Dive Dice give a new benefit to the monsters surrounding Atlantis, that of diving below the surface.