Nov 292013
 

With Black Friday soaking up most to all of the attention of whoever stood at the computer today, New Game Stuff is going to be a swift, bullet point style rundown of this week’s

arrivals.  And by that I mean, here’s some names and pictures of awesome games.

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Playmats – They come in seven or four pack
assortments.

Dungeon Twist Card Game - A two-player card game variation of the original

Eldritch Horror - A fresh edition to the Arkham Horror Dungeon Twist board game.

cannon of cooperative board games, featuring more investigative monster fighting and puzzle solving.

Bang! Dice Game - The deceptive, Western shenanigans of the original Bang! card game are applied to this fast paced dice rolling travel game.

Flash Point Veteran and Rescue Dog - A mini expansion for the fire rescue

 cooperative game, Flash Point, that supplies two new characters to play.

The Castle of the Devil - A werewolf variation about passengers in a carriage, secretly divided into two opposing teams, attempting to knock each other off before getting to Devil’s Castle.

Quest:  A Time of Heroes - An adventure game of heroes and villains, wherein select players control the roles

adventures while others throw obstacles in their path as the evil antagonists of the game.

Black Spy - A noir version of hearts where players acquire spies to combat the nefarious black spies.

Parade - Similar to Guillotine, players place cards in an ordered, linear parade, attempting to
push out others out of the parade, all in the theme of Lewis Carroll’s famous novels.

Legend of the Five Rings RPG: Secrets of the Empire HC

Descent Lieutenant Miniature Assortment

Jan 072012
 

Planning a trip to New York?

Before you book tickets on a plane or bus, maybe you should consider another method on how to get there. Web line.

Or at least that’d work if you lived in the world of Spider-Island. Of course then you’d also have to contend with giant spider people who want to gnaw your soft bits. However, you don’t have to content with that kind of terror to pick up a copy of the new Spider-Island HC. The big Spider-Man event of the year, Spider-Island follows the webslinger and New York’s other resident superheroes as they battle off a spider plague infecting the city which is slowly giving the city’s residents spider powers. Then they start growing extra legs and pincers. Yeah, not good. With hyper expressive artwork from industry legend Humberto Ramos and brilliant story construction from Spidey veteran, Dan Slott, this is a must read for Marvel fans.

Considering it spins (Ha, spins! Get it? Web? Spins?) out of Spider-Island, now might be a good time to mention the new Scarlet Spider seris starting up this week. I won’t explain exactly how the Scarlet Spider crawls out of Spider-Island, but it’s certainly interesting. Where this new series begins, though, is with Kaine (one of the numerous Peter Parker clones) having left New York to atone for his countless wrong doings, he’s now wandering across the country solving crimes where they arise. And not in the gentle handed way the original Peter Parker would.

Speaking of characters who are coming to terms with their misdeeds, this next indie series from one of the popular Luna brothers has that kind of conflict in spades. Whispers is the first solo series from Joshua Luna, who is part of the creative team behind cult favorites such as Girls and Sword. In it, he ventures into the suspense and horror genres by weaving a tale of terror and romance focusing on a young man, afflicted with OCD, who discovers an ability to turn himself into a ghost. As he’s recently been broken up with by his girlfriend he attempts to use this power to gain her back. Or will he decided, simply, to get even?

Finally, a personal plea from your author.

Pick up the trade paperback for Mystic.

This series, one of the titles from Marvel‘s Cross Gen imprint, is a joyful read, full of vibrant artwork depicting a vivid alternate reality adventure that feels like a Disney feature release more than a traditional comic offering. Beginning with two orphaned girls (where so many Disney features start) the story follows them as they break free of the prison-like orphanage they reside in only to end up wandering two divergent paths: an Aether Magician (this worlds energy resource) and a revolutionary. Each girl must come to terms with the two vastly separate social classes dividing the city and eventually come face-to-face with each other after having be altered irrevocibly. Written by one of the few female creators in the industry, G. Willow Wilson (Air), Mystic delivers a light, bouncy narrative that most superhero books can’t match. So, please, give it a try.

Jan 062012
 

Fantasy Flight has a number of game expansions which they print only on demand.

Well, we’re demanding, so they’ve been printing. And shipping…to us.

Originally release at last year’s Gen Con, The Massing at Osgiliath deck for the Lord of the Rings LCG has now become a print-on-demand edition. That means they are some what rare. And the only thing standing in your way of owning every release for the game. Even if you aren’t on that sort of obsessive quest, this mini-expansion can still offer value as it includes all the cards you’ll need for an entirely new adventure that increases in difficulty parallel to the number of players. A niffty release indeed!

And if you’re going to make print-on-demand items for one game, you may as well do it for two others. Or so Fantasy Flight seems to believe.

Two PoD packs, in fact, were released this week for the Death Angel Card Game. One is a Mission Pack, which includes entirely original location cards that can be incorporated into the base game to offer a completely new mission. The second is the Space Marine Pack, which includes set of new combat teams, including their coordianting action cards.

Of course everything works better in threes, so a new Mansions of Madness PoD also got lumped in with the above culprits. The ‘Til Death Do Us Part expansion does the same thing as the previous Mansions of Madness PoD expansions (which we also receive a restock on), that being supply all the essential elements for an entirely new scenario where players investigate a serial killer’s victims with their ghostly assitance.

Since I’m getting tired of typing PoD, lets talk about a game that actually had a regular print run.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue adds a new option to the minimal line of cooperative games on the market. Like Pandemic, Forbidden Island, or Red November, Flash Point: Fire Rescue requires players to work together or they will all suffer the consequences. Each player takes on the role of a specific rescue specialist (like paramedic or fire captain) in an effort to save victims from a burning building. The game is intended for beginners, veterans, or players of all ages and experiences as it allows for four differing levels of play, including family, recruit, veteran, or heroic. As there’s not enough cooperative games out there, I’m happy to see a new, inventive edition to the genre.