May 132016
 

World's Fair 1893Gather ’round, gather ’round!  Come win tickets to the spectacular World’s Fair of 1893!  Okay, you don’t need an actual ticket to purchase the game, but if you’re playing it you will want to go ticket happy.  A forty minute play experience for two to four players, World’s Fair 1893 has players collecting stacks cards from different regions of the game board.  Each region correlates with a different exhibition, so choose wisely and make sure you don’t pollute your hand.Abyss Kraken

When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.  That’s the conceit of the first expansion for Asmodee‘s Abyss, Kraken!  Intended to be added to the base game, this expansion contains a new rule book, over forty new cards and tokens, and adds black pearls to the game.  These black pearls come with a strategic decision:  do you corrupt yourself for greater power or stay pure to avoid possible destruction.  Beware, though, if you choose not take the Onitamablack pearls from the Kraken, your opponents may not be as cautious.

One of the Dice Tower Essential games, Onitama acts as a variant form of chess for head-to-head play.  In the game, players have a miniature playmat, featuring a 5×5 grid.  They also have five pawns that are moved by a variety of cards.  On each turn, players use a card to move a pawn, discard that card, then draw another one from a community discard pile.  Thus, players will be sharing movement cards.  The goal is to move your pawn onto the same space as an opponent in order to conquer that space and eliminate that pawn.The Little Prince Rising to the Stars

Even though the film’s release was delayed, Asmodee has produced a board game for The Little Prince, based off of the popular children’s book.  The Little Prince:  Rising to the Stars is a simple family gaming experience for two to six players that relies on various racing elements.  Players control planes that are charting a course to the planet of the Little Prince.  Using movement cards, players jockey for prime position on the gameboard in order to make it to the planet first, but also to collect Star Trek Five Year Missionstars and more movement cards.

You’ve beamed aboard, hopefully not wearing a red shirt, and now you and your crew mates have to solve the worst problems of the universe.  Star Trek:  Five-Year Mission is a cooperative experience for three to seven players set in either the original Star Trek or Next Generation time periods.  Each player receives a crew member role, with its own unique abilities, then must work together to solve various threats that arise.  Finding solutions gains the whole crew points, leading to victory, but if any crew member parishes, everyone loses.Krosmaster Quest

Building on the world of Krosmaster, Krosmaster Quest is a tactical adventure game that expands not only on the world, but the mechanics.  For two to six players, Krosmaster Quest uses a modular game board to expand the play space of the game, but still uses chibi-style figurines (including two exclusive figures only found here) in the gameplay.  Players travel around the world of the gameboard, vanquishing monsters, acquiring treasures, and allying with others to increase their power.  Even though Krosmaster Quest is a Histriostand-alone experience, figures and other components from previous Krosmaster games can be combined with it.

The show must go on in the Histrio board game!  For two to five players, Histrio is all about assembling the best cast for your play.  Each player represents a touring troupe of performers on the cusp of presenting a new play in front of the kings of various realms.  You will need to recruit actors for your play, but make sure to balance tragedy and comedy in order to provide the fullest experience.  Your casting will result in better financial return and the respect of the kingdom!Back to the Future board game

Building off of the popular films, IDW‘s Back to the Future board game does not have to reach 88mph to be fun!  Using elements of the Chrononauts game, Back to the Future requires players to competitively transport Doc Brown and Marty through three time periods in order to maintain the proper timeline.  Whoever repairs time the quickest, gets to joyride TIME Stories Under the Maskin the DeLorean whenever they wish!

The growing popularity of the fluctuating storytelling adventure game series, T.I.M.E. Stories, means more expansions.  Like the previous expansions for the game, Under the Mask, adds new cards and environments to progress the stories of the various adventurers participating in the game.  Under the Mask sends the participants far back in time the age of the pharaoh’s in order to uncover an ancient secret.

Jan 152016
 

Race for the Galaxy Xeno InvasionBuilding an empire is a hard day’s work all on its own, but try doing it with an evil alien race attacking you!  The most recent expansion set for Race for the Galaxy challenges you to do just that.  Xeno Invasion is two games in one box, including both new start world cards that can be added to the base game to expand play options along with the Invasion Game scenario that can be incorporated to up the difficulty.Secret Santa card game

Yes, we all know Christmas was nearly a month ago, but game distributors are a little less certain.  Hence, Secret Santa, a festive card game of competitive gift giving.  Underneath all of the holiday cheer, everyone really is just giving away presents to feel that rush of approval when the receiver joyfully exclaims “This is the best present ever!  You know me so well!”  Secret Santa is all about that moment, as players compete to give away all of their present cards.  Alter the game a little by adding in Santa’s Elves, where players have to give away their gold rings and avoid being stuck with the dreaded fruitcake.

Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes Set 4Officially intended for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, the Iconic Heroes sets are more commonly used for the traditional Pathfinder roleplaying game.  Icon Heroes Set 4 contains miniatures for the Human Bloodrager, Half-Elf gunslinger, Dwarf Shaman, Stone Spirit Animal, Human Skald, and Half-Elf Swashbuckler.  Each one of the miniatures is fully painted and ready for use in-game.  For those who are actually using these in conjunction with the Adventure Card Game, the set also includes six exclusive cards to be incorporated into the game.Escape Zombie City

Though Escape:  Zombie City has been out on the shelves for nearly a month, we some how never mentioned it in a New Game Stuff post.  Tonight that is rectified.  A spin-off of Queen Games‘ popular Escape series, Zombie City deposits players into a zombie apocalypse and demands that they outrun the hordes of undead clamoring to eat them.  The catch?  You only have fifteen minutes to get out of town!  With everyone working together, players start a fifteen minute counter included with the Bang Duelgame, then rapidly attempt to flee the confines of the city.

Bang!, the popular, Western deception card game, puts a couple more bullets into its six-gun this weekend.  First up are two expansion decks, High Noon and The Valley of Shadows .  High Noon includes a new character card, the Judge, and a few new event cards, like Ghost Town and Gold Rush.  The Valley of Shadows is a dangerous place, full of snake and tornadoes (and possibly snake-nados), all represented by twenty-four additonal cards.  Finally, the biggest draw of the three is Bang! the Duel, a two player only version of the game.  Each player controls two different gunslingers, one in front, one in back, then uses their abilities to compete against one Fluxx Diceanother.

As if the fluctuating party card game, Fluxx, was not already a heap of shenanigans, Looney Labs has found a way to increase the randomness.  Meet Fluxx Dice.  This expansion set can be incorporated into any version of Fluxx (base, Batman, Zombie, Monty Python, etc.), as it includes five new cards and two dice that complicate card draws and win conditions even further.

Dec 112015
 

Mafia de Cuba Revolucion expansionGrasping Cuba with an iron hold, the mafia has yet to let loose in the first expansion for Mafia de Cuba, Revolución.  In this mini-expansion, players will find the proper materials to add six new character types to the game, including a dirty lawyer, revolutionaries, and more.  As well, a fake diamond token is included, which can be stolen, but has the possibility of getting you caught later in the game.Viticulture Essential Upgrade Pack

It is time for the vineyards to combine in the Viticulture Essential Upgrade Pack.  This compact upgrade pack contains materials originally found in the Tuscany expansion, allowing players to change their original edition of Viticulture into the ultimate version of the game, without having to purchase the expansion.

Car Wars ArenasAs this has been the year of Mad Max:  Fury Road, a new version of the vehicular battle card game, Car Wars, seems appropriate.  Car Wars Arenas gives players more exciting locations to showcase their skills and blow away their opponents.  This boxed set contains five two-sided arena maps and a booklet detailing the special features of each arena.Baseball Highlights 2045

Baseball Highlights 2045 requires some explanation.  So, in 2032 baseball games were shortened to six innings and cybernetic implants are standard.  Then in 2041 fully robotic players became a standard.  Now, in 2045, human players still exist (called Naturals), but they are outnumbered by robotic players.  Pit your team against another opponent in this one to four player game, but make sure to have a balance of athletic abilities, as naturals can do certain things that robots can not.

Power Play Schemes and SkullduggeryIn Power Play you begin with some grand design and some supernaturla powers and connections.  How you will accomplish your goals, who you will use, and what you will need to are dependent on your actions.  A competitive narrative game, which means you will use traditional RPG-style actions, Power Play does not require a game master, just a group of four to eight players to act as villainous masterminds vying for control.Timeline Challlenge

Building upon the highly popular, educational card game series, Timeline, Timeline Challenge is a full-on board game experiences using a similar rule system.  In the game, players strive to win the different tests littered around the game board.  Not only is Timeline Challenge a standalone game, but the cards included are capable of being used in conjunction with any of the other previously released Timeline games.

Legendary Secret Wars Volume TwoSecret Wars may be struggle to conclude in the comic medium, but, in the board game world, Upper Deck has just this weekend completed its Secret Wars expansions for Legendary.  Secret Wars Volume 2 contains over 350 new cards to be added to the Legendary base game and combined with the previous Secret Wars expansion.  This time around, players not only gain new henchmen, villains, and schemes, but never-before-playable characters, like Flash Thompson Venom, Spider-Gwen, Captain Britain, and Howard the Duck.

Sep 042015
 

Bravest Warriors Red Blue DeckLeave the holojohn behind and dive into the new gaming world of Encounters! Bravest Warriors.  A separate game from the previous Bravest Warriors Dice Game, this game is currently structured around two separate decks of cards and dice.  The Blue Deck contains the playable characters of Chris, Wallow, Plum, and Impossibear, while the Red Deck contains Danny, Beth, Catbug, and Jelly Kid.  Take control of these characters to fight off monsters, baddies, and threats of all sorts of varying degrees.Red Tide Penny Arcade

Inspired by the Penny Arcade web comics, Red Tide combines the intensity of global nuclear war and table tennis.  Yes, you read that right.  Featuring a thrilling combination of card play and dice rolling, Red Tide contains two full sixty card decks ready for head-to-head action.  Also included is The Card Game of Ozthe Escalation Index:  a special eight card deck that administrates each perilous volley.

In The Card Game of Oz, you, as an “author,” get to rewrite the epic stories in new and imaginative ways.  This game utilizes the innovative storyline game system which creates new, strategic, challenging, and fun adventures throughout the Land of Oz.  Your characters will visit the wondrous locations, meet interesting characters, and face a multitude of dangers, all straight out of the original Oz books.A Duel Betwixt Us

I say, sir or madame, have at me!  A Duel Betwixt Us is a two player card game designed to test your manly worth through the ancient and sacred art of violence.  Select a duelist, purchase offensive item cards (like fish, hammers, axes, or maces ), gather defensive cards, and begin settling the question of who the finder Chaos and Alchemyspecimen of man (or woman!) truly is!

Test your luck and alchemy skills in the dice and card based Chaos and Alchemy.  Players will conduct experiments by rolling dice against the luck of the Fortune Dice, which will decide if your experiments are a success or not.  If successful, players will draw or play cards that allow them to construct laboratories, heap misfortune upon opponents, and enact actions to counteract the mounting chaos generated by the game.Vici

Vici is a two player game of strategy and tactics.  Players take on the personas of military generals, leading their battle-hardened men on an ancient battlefield.  Under each general’s command is an army of varying strengths and abilities.  By mastering their legion’s power and judiciously maneurvering their soldiers down the field, the stronger general will Karnagannihilate their enemy’s camp.

Evil hordes of demons and monsters threaten the Earth from the sunken city in Karnag.  Players control druids who are battling against the rising armies of creatures by erecting energy shields and capturing creatures to obtain victory points.  But be careful, the energy it takes to perform these actions is finite, so players will need to create potions to refuel their power bars.  Gameplay is broken up into rounds, with six stages to each round.  12 Realms

A league of famous folktale and fantasy characters, such as Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and D’Artagnan, join forces in the new 12 Realms miniature board game!  Each player controls one of these characters (each represented by a detailed miniature) in order to defeat the Lords of Darkness.  A cooperative experience, players ban together to defeat the bad guys and traverse the various realms of the game to do so.  Each realm contains unique creatures and threats, so be prepared for whatever realm your group Legendary Encounters Predatordecides to attack.

Don’t forget to watch for the telltale shimmer of the Predator in the new Legendary Encounters base game.  Like the Alien Legendary deck building game, this Encounters expansion plays as a semi-cooperative experience where players control both predators and human strike teams as they work through the events of both Predator and Predator 2.  Using the mechanics of previous Legendary deck building games, this version will pit players against characters and creatures from the film universe.

Jul 032015
 

Rumpelstiltskin card gameIf you’re looking to have a board game filled Fourth of July, here’s the new arrivals for this weekend!

First up, we have the Rumpelstiltskin card game.  From AEG, the makers of Love Letter, Rumpelstiltskin uses similar mechanics while having players take on the roles of Fey who have entered into a name-guessing game with the titular character.  For two players only, Rumpelstiltskin plays in ten minutes as players attempt to guess their Lord of the Rings The Wastes of Eriadoropponent’s secret name while also using magical abilities to make that goal more difficult.

The newest Adventure Pack for the Lord of the Rings LCG is out this weekend!  The Wastes of Eriador contains sixty cards for the Angmar Awakened expansion set. Martian Dice Ten Minute Takedown The cards provide an entirely new scenario for their heroes can adventure through.

Steve Jackson Games has already released a larger Mars Attacks Dice Game, but now they are following it up with the quick-to-play Mars Attacks:  Ten-Minute Takedown dice game.  In the game, players each control a martian fleet, flicking dice across the table to gain points.  Players flick the dice from their own saucer disk onto other players’ disks, gaining points depending on where they land and which side of the die is facing up.Doctor Who Ninth Doctor Sourcebook

New Who gets its due with the Ninth Doctor Sourcebook for the Chris Eccleston version of Doctor Who.  Like all of the Doctor Who RPG Sourcebooks, the Ninth Doctor volume contains detailed adventures built around each episode of the Ninth Doctor’s tenure.  As well, the volume provides stats and playable character information for Rose, Mickey, Jack Star Trek Attack Wing USS Pasteur expansionHarkness, and tons of other companions and villains.

The newest wave of Star Trek Attack Wing ship expansions is out this weekend.  Included in the new wave are the USS Pasteur that can reach Warp 13 and is commanded by Captain Beverly Crusher, the USS Dauntless which is camouflaged to resemble and Enterprise, and the Kreechta, a Ferengi O’Kora-class ship.Pandemic State of Emergency

Finally, Pandemic:  State of Emergency is the newest expansion for the popular cooperative game.  This expansion adds five new roles and seven new events to complicate the original base game.  In addition, there are also Hiterlands Challenge, where the disease spreads from animals to humans, an adjustable difficulty mechanic that uses quarantine zones to slow down the spread of the pandemic, emergency event cards that complicate the game, and the superbug challenge that adds a fifth disease that can not be cured.