Mar 202015
 

Alchemists board gameA recurring trend in board gaming lately is the incorporation of phone apps into the mechanics of the game.  Alchemists is the newest example of this tactic as players compete as rival alchemists attempting to publish successful formulas.  An app randomizes the possible outcomes for each formula every time the game is played, resulting in a unique play experience on every replay.

Fans of Akira Kurosawa’s magnum opus, Seven Samurai, should take a look at one of Samurai Stylethe newest cooperative gaming experiences on the market, Samurai Spirit.  In this co-op card game, one to seven players take on the roles of brave samurai defending a poor farming village.  Over the course of multiple turns, each player must decide whether to fight a bandit, defend the village, or aid another samurai.  The delicacy of the game is coordinating a balance between the actions every player takes.  Too many bandits will be let through if the team aids each other too often, but other samurai may perish if they’re not helped.  These are the decisions that will lead to victory.

Batman Love LetterLast week we had Hobbit Love Letter, this week is Batman Love Letter.  Another version of the highly popular card game, like Hobbit Love Letter, actually changes up the gameplay.  In this version of the game, the point values per card remain the same, but the goal is to “capture” the highest cost villain at the end of the round.  The deck is comprised of famous Batman baddies like The Joker, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, and some good guys, too, like Batman and Robin.

Finally tonight, we’ll venture off into a galaxy far, far away.  After the well received arrival of the StaImperial Assault expansion packsr Wars Imperial Assault miniature battle game, Fantasy Flight has been quick to turn some individual miniature expansion packs.  Each of these Ally and Villain Packs contain an individual miniature accompanied by new missions to run and unique cards.  Out these weekend on the Ally side are Han Solo, Chewbacca, rebel sabetours, and rebel troopers and on the Villain side are IG-88, General Weiss, and the Royal Guard Champion.

Dec 062014
 

Descent Manor of RavensOctober may be long past, but the newest expansion for Descent is all about haunted houses.

Manor of Ravens is another expansion for Descent‘s second edition, including an entirely new scenario where players venture into a creepy old mansion to battle the evil guardian that waits within.  This is an expansion geared toward beefing up the overlord’s abilities, containing additional class and monster cards, as well as relic weapons that can be wielded by monsters. Doomtown Reloaded New Town New Rules The overlord also gains a character similar to the heroes’ familiar called a servant.

A new sheriff comes to Doomtown in the first expansion for the recent remake of the popular Western card game.  New Town, New Rules for Doomtown Reloaded contains four copies of twenty-one that feature playable material for all four outfits within the game.

RattlebonesFeaturing an aesthetic similar to a Tim Burton movie, Rio Grande GamesRattlebones is a strangely unique experience.  Players attempt to track down the ringleader of a deranged sideshow, named Rattlebones, by rolling various six-sided dice.  The trick is that throughout the game players will be able to augment their dice, removing sides and replacing them with different symbols and side amounts.Magic the Gathering Duel Decks Anthology MTG

Magic the Gathering collectors pay close attention to the next item!  Wizards of the Coast has concocted another highly limited, highly collectible release with the Duel Decks Anthology set.  This allocated release has gone immediately out-of-print, with store’s only receiving a limited number.  Inside this hefty box are the first four duel deck releases, including Elves vs. Goblins, Divine vs. Demonic, Jace vs. Chandra, and Garruk vs. DC Deck Building Game Forever Evil expansionLiliana.

The villains are running the asylum with the newest big box expansion for the DC Deck Building Game!

Forever Evil contains 206 cards to be incorporated into any of the base versions of the game.  Since the theme of this expansion is bad guys, the new playable character cards are all famous villains from the DC Universe, including Harley Quinn, Sinestro, and Lex Luthor.  The Forever Evil set is also largely about the discarding ability, as villains will be able to use up their henchmen cards in order to escape and fight another day.

Aug 312013
 

Forever Evil #1 / Villain’s Month

-After the ending of Trinity War, America is in utter chaos thanks to certain outsider visitors.  And the villains are in charge!

-Geoff Johns and David Fincher do what they do best and construct the FIRST event miniseries since the start of the New 52.  Forever Evil is told from the bad guys’ perspective as the Justice League and most of the world’s other heroes are missing or dead!

-Kicking off the beginning of the miniseries (and commemorating the second anniversary of the New 52), every DC comic this month is villain-centric.  That means instead of Batman we get Joker, instead of Superman we get Zod, instead of the Justice League we get Darkseid.

-Each Villain’s Month issue comes in both special, collector 3D covers as well as standard 2D covers, and only with a dollar difference.

God is Dead #1

-From the writer of Avengers, New Avengers, Manhattan Projects, Infinity, and East of West (and if that’s not a distinguished list of titles, I don’t know what is)!

-Jonathan Hickman has worked for Marvel and Image, but Avatar Press, publisher of Crossed and Extinction Parade, is allowing him to truly cut loose as far as content is concerned.

-Humanity’s time in charge of Earth is over.  Now it’s the time of the Gods.

-Zeus, Odin, Horus, and all the various Gods of world religions have descended upon the Earth and it’s up to those who survive their arrival to fight back!

The Star Wars #1 (of 8

-Star Wars like you’ve never seen it before!

-Based on the original draft of George Lucas’ script (you know, back when he could write)!

-Forget Luke Skywalker.  Welcome Annikin Starkiller.  Forget human Han Solo.  Get to know the giant, green alien version.

-Knowing that this miniseries is a huge deal, Dark Horse have assigned artist extraordinaire Mike Mayhew, who’s painted style transformers the classic George Hildebrandt posters into comic form

Batman Black & White #1

-A Batman anthology series in the color palette the character deserves!

-Contains five stories, each in black and white, by a slew of popular and acclaimed artists and writers.

-If you’ve been keeping up with The Wake or Daredevil, you’ll want to check out Sean Murphy and Chris Samnee, respectively, offering their take on the Caped Crusader.

-Neal Adams, writer of Batman Odyssey, also contributes a story as both writer and artist.

Jul 262013
 

Speed round tonight.  The descriptions all come from the noted websites.

Fluxx the Board Game

“The board game that’s all about change: changing rules, changing goals and now changing tiles. Occupy the right tile spaces to claim the current goal and reveal the next goal… getting you one step closer to victory!”

“It’s more strategic than the original card game and delivers everything you’d expect from a name like Fluxx: The Board Game.  The ever-shifting landscape is made of tiles that can be rotated or uprooted elsewhere on the table.  To win, players must position their pieces on spaces shown on the goal.  Victory requires accomplishing several goals but the exact number needed is subject to change!  Rules changes are tracked on a comprehensive new pegboard.  It’s a game about change where everything can change—from the rules to the gameboard to the color of your pieces!” – www.looneylabs.com

Bushido: Way of the Warrior

“In Bushido: Der Weg des Kriegers (the subtitle means “Way of the Warrior”) players take on the roles of Daimyo, feudal lords in medieval Japan, and compete to become the next shogun of the empire, who gets appointed by the emperor.”

“This game is all about resource management and conflict, but unlike other games in this category you won’t necessarily win, if you conquer the most areas. Your main goal is to earn enough honor, which can be achieved in different ways. There are two kinds of honor. ‘Daimyo-Honor’ is the victory condition and can be directly gained by holding provinces, and indirectly by transforming ‘Samurai-Honor’ at a set rate. ‘Samurai-Honor’ is gained by winning a defensive or offensive battle. It can be transformed into ‘Daimyo-Honor’ with a tea ceremony.” – Board Game Geek

Star Wars LCG: Edge of Darkness expansion

Edge of Darkness is the first deluxe expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game. Its twenty-two new objective sets add 132 total cards that allow players to battle for the fate of the galaxy as either of two new affiliations, the dark side’s Scum and Villainy or the light side’s Smugglers and Spies.”

“Both of these affiliations live at the outskirts of Imperial law, and Edge of Darkness draws heavily from the original Star Wars trilogy as it builds themes centered around the remote planet of Tatooine and the independent mining colony of Cloud City. Edge of Darkness allows you to expand your games of Star Wars with Jawas, Tuskens, bounties, captives, and sabotage. You’ll also find such notable heroes and villains as Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Greedo, Bossk, and Jabba the Hutt, and you’ll be able explore unheralded new events within the expanded Star Wars universe.” – fantasyflightgames.com

D&D Magic Item Compendium

“The 3.5 Edition Premium Magic Item Compendium collects the most popular magic items in the D&D game and presents them in one easy-to-reference tome. This premium reprint also features an attractive new cover and includes errata.” – wizards.com

Dec 292012
 

Anything Finn can do, Fionna can do better.  And in knee socks.

The highly successful Adventure Time comic series gains another tie-in miniseries this Wednesday!  Written by co-creator and storyboard artist from the television show, Natasha Allegri, Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake brings the girl power!  Spinning out of a stand-alone episode where the regular protagonists, Finn and Jake, where gender bent into women, this miniseries gives them the spotlight for six whole issues!  As the previous Adventure Time series have sold out as fast as the Ice Queen sliding down a snowy slope, if you want a copy be sure to put your name on the pull before Wednesday or be at the store early!

Vampires have been the new hotness for quite some time now, but they’ve never been Marvel NOW!  Uh, until now.

With this week’s Morbius, the Living Vampire #1, another of Spidey‘s villains gets an empathetic make over.  After breaking out of The Raft prison in Spider-Man #699.1, Michael Morbius is attempting to find his inner good guy and satisfy his natural hunger.  Written by Joe Keatinge, up-and-coming author of Hell Yeah and Glory for Image Comic, the first issue showcases his unique blend of stylistic indy paneling and catchy, quick dialog as well as moody horror.  As is often the case, C-list characters commonly make for the best reads at the big two comic companies (for evidence, see Swamp Thing and Hawkeye), given that the writers have a leeway to put the characters through their paces in ways that the A-list characters can’t be.  Trust me, it won’t suck.  Except, you know, in the ways that a vampire book should.

The other Marvel NOW! release for this next week is Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers companion book, New Avengers #1. Like FF to Fantastic Four, this series will share characters with the main title, as well as some plot elements, making them a shared story, of sorts.  And if you’ve read Hickman’s first issue of Avengers or any of his Manhattan Projects series, you know he’s capable of giant sci-fi craziness and incredible plot twists, both qualities which he will bring to characters of New Avengers.  Starring The Illuminati, the secretive, behind-the-scenes puppet masters of the Marvel Universe, the series will feature Black Panther, Iron Man, Reed Richards, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Beast desperately struggling to halt the collision of two universes.  And fans of the New Universe concept of yesteryear should take note, as it’s rumored to return in this book.

Thanks to a little timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly stuff, the third series of Doctor Who Character Builder Miniatures materializes in the store this Wednesday!  Yes, we know series two hasn’t arrived yet, but, you know, time travel.  Anyway, it really doesn’t matter as each set features different characters or key characters in unique costumes.  Set three includes the Doctor in his fancy green longcoat (circa season five), Amy with Silence marks on her face, an alternate universe Rory, River Song, an Ood, and many more (check them all out to the right).  Each figure is compatible with Lego’s, if you wish to build your own Doctor Who adventure set, or feel free to pick up one of Doctor Who Character Builder playsets currently at the store.