Feb 072015
 

Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack 2Another party of adventurers joins the Dungeon Roll!

The Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack #2 provides eight entirely new heroes to be mixed into the popular dungeon crawl dice game.  These heroes, however, are far beefier than any of the previous heroes, so make sure to play them against each other or in a situation where other players are looking for a challenge.Deus board game

Deus is Latin for God, making it a perfect name for the new hand management where players pray to their society’s deities through offerings.  Deus begins with players receiving a hand of five cards, randomly featuring one of six colors.  Each color represents a resource (military, trade, temples, etc.), which is then used to construct buildings in honor of the gods.  These buildings are placed on a variable board (whose dimensions are Village Port Expansiondecided by the number of players) in order to acquire points and gain victory.

The boundaries of the popular Tasty Minstrel Game release, Village, continue to grow.  Village:  Port is the newest expansion for the game and it is a sizable one.  Not only does Port give players the option of boarding a skiff and sailing the seas in order to find buried treasure, but also new life goal cards that allow players to choose career options for their characters.Chez Geek Slack to the Future

It’s taken Steve Jackson a bit of time to get another Chez Geek expansion out on the shelves, but, to be fair, the game is about who can be the laziest.  Like a slacker cousin to the popular Munchkin franchise, Chez Geek has players earning slack points for doing as little as they can.  Slack to the Future, the creatively titled expansion that hits shelves this weekend includes fifty-six new jobs, Aqua Spherefriends, food, and activities that can be used to acquire “slack” in the game.

While it may not be as insane as Sealab 2021, AquaSphere is still a frantic game of underwater area control.  Players compete to collect data regarding the ocean.  Every player controls a team of researchers (comprised of a scientist, engineer, robots, and submarines) across to halves of the game board (a lab and headquarters).  Gathering knowledge points moves you closer to winning and to do so players must expend actions to observe octopuses, expand your lab, or increase your team’s abilities.Hanabi Deluxe

Hanabi, among the most popular cooperative games on the market, gains a deluxe edition this weekend.  Deluxe Hanabi plays exactly like the original, with player working together to create a fireworks display.  The trick is that each player can see everyone but their own fireworks, requiring everyone to describe and hint at what each other has.  The Deluxe Hanabi edition replaces the standard cards with Mahjong tiles, reflecting the Eastern influence and setting of the game.

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!

Jan 112013
 

A fool and his money are soon parted, as they say, however you’re no fool if you pick up a copy of A Fool’s Fortune.

In the tradition of Rummy and other set-building card games, A Fool’s Fortune from Rio Grande Games elicits a tarot vibe as it has players deciding the fate of their opponents and themselves.  As you and up to two friends select and play cards, attempting  to build a perfect set, you’ll run across special fortune and character cards with special abilities.  Play them right, and you may just win A Fool’s Fortune.

Monkeys combined with just about anything usually results in both comedy and destruction.  Taking advantage of that equation is the new Spin Monkeys board game from Rio Grande.  A slew of bumper cars have been dropped into the jungle, only to be found by a pack(?) of simians.  With that in place, players attempt to spin their monkeys around the board, using rotation cards, trying to gather fruit and attack other monkeys.  If you hit another monkey, then you get to choose where they spin next.  As you might imagine, humor and destruction follow.

It’s been zero days since an incident at the Monster Factory.  Let’s all try and keep it that way, hmm?

From the creator of Kingdom Builder and Dominion comes Monster Factory.  This family friendly tile laying game of monster creation.  Simple to learn, gameplay revolves around players placing specialized, illustrated tiles, each with a piece of monster body on it, in hopes of completing the largest monster.  However, if your monster is left unfinished by the end of the round, you lose.

Continuing to live up to its name, Innovation: Figures in the Sand is the newest expansion to the popular card game and it continues to advance the gameplay mechanics of the series.  Instead of the cards in this expansion being representations of inventions or concepts, this time around the cards are famous historical figures.  That means Albert Einstein or Napoleon Bonapart could come to your rescue or, if you’re unlucky, to your opponent’s.  Dogma powers here are replaced with Karma, an ability that alters the course of the game by changing rules.  For instance, an instruction to give cards to another player may become an instruction place them in the center of the table.  Decree cards have also been added to the game, accomplishing the same effect as achievements, but with the caveat that they can be stolen.

Let me ease your worries, Village, the new tactical board game from TMG, has absolutely nothing to do with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.

No, instead players take part in a strategy heavy, turn-based game of tactics that covers the length of the village residents lives.  As you play, you will carefully choose where and how your peasant characters make a living and earn their keep.  Will they be a part of the government?  A clergy member?  A farmer?  It’s up to you, but realize that no matter what profession you choose, they all are accountable to the ticking clock of life.  With time not on your side, you’ll have to strategically balance your time and actions for the most benefit.  Or find yourself in a shallow grave.

Greek gods can never just sit down and have a calm, relaxing cup of tea together.

Since that’s the way of things, Athena and Hades are the two combatants in the new Mythic Battles miniature board game.  Each god controls a sizable army of soldiers, monsters, and demigods, pitting them against each other on a field of battle.  Before the fight commences, though, each player gets to assemble their army however they choose.  Once that’s done, players activate their forces with battle cards, then roll dice to complete the interaction.  This combination of cards, dice, and miniatures creates a new system called Building Battle Board gaming that is exclusive to Mythic Battles.