Asmodee 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.
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. 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.
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 cards 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.
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 durable 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.
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.
The 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.
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 can 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.
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 strategically.
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.
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.