Nov 132015
 

String SafariThe String Railway has reached its final stop, and that is the zoo.  From the makers of String Railway comes String Safari, a quick, easy-to-learn family game for three to five players.  In the game, players will attempt to corral wayward zoo animals that have gotten loose.  To do this, players will strategically weave plastic strings around card representing the animals.  Each animal also has a specific value that will result in victory points.Star Wars Age of Rebellion Strongholds of Resistance

Fight back against the oppression of the Galactic Empire with Strongholds of the Resistance.  This sourcebook expansion for Age of Rebellion includes profiles for the major worlds and hidden bases that conceal agents of the Rebellion, three new species options, new weapons, equipment, and vehicles, as well as four modular encounters that include these new supplements.

MottainaiIn Mottainai, each player is a worker in a Buddhist temple, creating works to display and sell to the visitors and tourists who come by.  These works are made of materials of varying value (determining both the difficulty to complete the work and its worth to you).  Completed works can be displayed in your gallery to train your helpers, or in your gift shop to allow you to make sales.  Running off of the Glory to Rome system, Mottainai is a cheap, easy card game for two to three players.Imperial Settlers Atlanteans

The first expansion for Imperial Settlers is out this weekend.  Imperial Settlers:  The Atlanteans gains players access to a brand new faction with its own goals and method of development.  Also included are cards to expand the base game factions, as well as the Magic the Gathering Commander Seize Controlcommon deck with new traits and card types compatible with the Atlanteans.

Expanding the already popular Commander/EDH format for Magic the Gathering, Wizards of the Coast have released five new pre-build Commander Decks for this year.  As with previous releases, each deck represents one of the five mana colors and includes a completely new Commander card.  Outside of using these commanders in that format, players may also incorporate them into their Legacy, Vintage, or casual decks.Kittens in a Blender

Long out of print, Kittens in a Blender is finally back!  Yes, the kittens are cute.  Yes, there is a blender they may fall into.  And, yes, blending could occur.  Make sure that doesn’t happen by competing against your opponents to save your kittens and turn the blender to high speed when their kitties are in it.  Better yet, Kittens in a Blender receives an expansion with its reprinted Fire and Axe A Viking Sagaversion called More Kittens in a Blender (duh!).

The swarthy viking lifestyle is realized in IDW GamesFire and Axe:  A Viking Saga.  In the game, you will vie for glory across a series of epic sagas (i.e. missions).  Each saga is a different journey to raid, trade, and settle territories.  Will you choose the path of diplomacy and trade for victory?  Or will your longship cast a bloody wake?  Start your journey by gathering crew and goods to outfit your boat.  After you launch from bustling ports into the open sea, you must choose your path to power.Poseidon's Kingdom

An inventive family gaming experience, Poseidon’s Kingdom is set under the sea and has players controlling various underwater creatures on a mission to rescue their friends from the evil Kraken.  The dice rolling element of the game is where the inventiveness comes in.  Instead of simply rolling dice, the game implements a “wave” dice tower that literally rolls along the game board, depositing dice as it goes.  The Pirates of the 7 Seasplacement and numerical values determine elements in the game.

Another inventive dice rolling game for the whole family, Pirates of the 7 Seas (also from IDW Games) uses dice to represent pirate ships.  Players roll the dice directly into the lid of the tin box the game comes in.  Where they land and what ships are showing determines whether each player controls vagabond scallywags or government sympathizers.  You’ll then sail around the game board, collecting treasure and consulting with shamans to curse other players.Ghostbusters the Board Game

Mass hysteria, dogs and cats living together!  All because Cryptozoic‘s successfully Kickstarted Ghostbusters Board Game has finally hit shelves.  Similar to Last Night on Earth, players will cooperatively control one to four of the iconic Ghostbusters attempting to catch ghosts and seal spectral gates.  The game is modular, allowing players to build the game board to their liking.  As well, all the 7 Wonders Duelcharacters and ghosts are represented by detailed miniatures.  And, yes, their is a Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.

Even though original 7 Wonders can be played with two players, that mode is more of a learning tool than an actual competitive experience.  7 Wonders Duel, on the other hand, is an exclusively head-to-head, two player variation of the game.  The same drafting mechanics are in play, but altered to suit fewer players.  As well, an original military system has been implemented that incorporates a sliding battle board.  Whether your a fan of 7 Wonders or a couple who needs a new two player game, 7 Wonders Duel is for you.

Nov 062015
 

Diner card gameOrder up!  Diner is a fast-paced game about waiters in a competition to make the most money in tips.  Players compete to create orders (cards that link together) that, ultimately, cost the most money.  Diner won the Dice Hate Me Games 54-card Challenge, which is a competition where game designers must create a game using only 54 cards and minimal components.Jolly Roger The Game of Piracy and Mutiny

The high seas are only semi-cooperative, or, at least, that’s the case with Jolly Roger.  A game for four to ten players, Jolly Roger is set aboard a scurvy pirate ship where players take on the roles of crew and captain.   At the beginning of each game, a player is elected captain.  She will then lead the rest of the players into a battle where they will attempt to steal loot.  Spoils are split up among players, and can be hidden safely away on Treasure Island, but if a certain crew member feels they aren’t The Game card gamegetting an even share, they can always instigate a mutiny.

While it may sound ominously like some version of Saw, The Game from IDW is a spin on the cooperative card game where players can not openly communicate with each other.  Players each have a hand of numerical cards, ranging from 0-100, and must stack them in one of four separate piles.  The goal is to order them as close to ascending and descending orders as possible, which is where the lack of communication causes problems.  A 2015 Spiel Des Jahres nominee, IDW hopes that you will not hate The Game, but hate player.Battle for Zendikar Holiday Gift Box

The holidays are upon us, and that means Wizards of the Coast is getting into the present buying spirit.  Like the last three years, Magic the Gathering has just released a new Holiday Gift Box.  This year, the Battle for Zendikar Gift Box includes five booster packs, dividers, twenty full-art lands, dividers, a promo card, and, of course, the Swords and Strongholds Mouse Guardtitular 2,000 count card box.

Creator of the popular Mouse Guard comic, David Petersen, has branched into the realm of board games with Swords and Strongholds.  A less intensive version of chess, Swords and Strongholds is derived from the Mouse Guard universe and features Petersen’s distinct artwork.  A head-to-head game, players must capture all four of their opponent’s pawns or build a stronghold in either player’s back corner.  Also out this week is an updated, boxed edition of the Mouse Guard RPG.  This Mouse Guard RPG Boxed Set contains a core rulebook, GM screen, dice, maps, action cards, and other essential components.Ender's Game Battle School Board Game

Spinning out of the popular novel series (and less popular film), Ender’s Game:  Battle School the Board Game adapts the head-to-head wargames from the book.  Each player controls an army that is doing battle in an anti-grav arena.  Soldiers can be moved across the battlefield, but will continue moving unless they are stopped by debris or an opponent, due to the anti-grav.  Victory can be attained by freezing your opponent’s Superfight Expansion Decksgates or commander.

Following hotly on the heels the Superfight base game are a plethora of expansion decks.  This weekend, Pulp received not one, not two, but all nine of the Superfight expansion decks!  These include a range of cards that can be added to the base game, each distinguished by theme.  So, you can go with the anime deck or maybe the adult content deck or, if you’re feeling particularly brutal, the Walking Dead deck!

May 222015
 

Doomtown Reloaded Frontier JusticeIn the most recent Doomtown Reloaded Saddlebag Expansion, Frontier Justice, the sheriff’s finally got his hands on one of Sloane’s Gang, but she’s got a deputy on her own too.  The new expansion contains eighty-four new cards and a story sheet to be incorporated into the base game.Stones of Fate

Stones of Fate is has been brought into American shores from Italy.  In the game, players will use skill, memory, and a bit of luck to move stones around a grid of cards, triggering the powers of the cards to gain points or attack their foes.  By flipping cards at the right time, after your stones have been placed around them, players will score their way to victory.  Do be warned, some of the cards depict nudity, so this is NOT a family game.

ESW_Box_MOCKA standalone sequel to Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards, Rumble at Castle Tentakill is a standalone expansion to that original, absurd card battle game.  Containing over 275 cards, the Rumble at Castle Tentakill expansion introduces new combos, eight new wizards, and the ability to play with two to six players.  Along with those additions, the game also introduces a quick-Tigris and Euphratesmatch mode that speeds up play.

Fantasy Flight has gotten their hands on the classic Reiner Knizia game Tigris and Euphrates and updated it for a new generation.  Tigris and Euphrates is a game of rival dynasties set in ancient Mesoptoami.  Creature a dynamic culture bay balancing commerce, agriculture, housing, and religion while also competing with your opponents for the area’s limited resources, laying claim to developing regions, and amassing as much treasure as Modern Masters 2015 Editionpossible.  The ruler who has cultivated the most balanced and advanced civilizations wins.

Long awaited, Wizards of the Coast has finally unleashed Modern Masters the 2015 Edition on the world.  This set collects cards playable in the modern format, some of which are among the most valuable cards in all of Magic the Gathering.  Grab a box or a handful of packs soon, though, as the previous set went out of print quickly and The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game The Paranet Papersonly went up in value.

Now players can bring the Paranet to their Dresden Files RPG game with the third hardcover volume in the series.  In The Paranet Papers hardcover players will find expanded information from the novels up to Changes, setting detail for Las Vegas, Neverglades, and more, an updated magic s ystem, and character and monster updates.

Mar 132015
 

Shadowrun Crossfire Character Expansion Pack 1Like that extra cybernetic eye you had installed last week, the Shadowrun Crossfire Character Expansion Pack 1 extends the usability of the Shadowrun Crossfire Deck Building Game.  Included in this reasonably priced expansion pack are twenty entirely new runner cards, four basic cards, and one hundred (you read that right!) upgrade stickers.The Hobbit Love Letter

If you thought Love Letter had a lot of variations before, then you’ll be shocked to find out another one has hit the shelves.  Love Letter The Hobbit overlays the world of J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth onto the mechanics of this incredibly popular card game.  However, this version of Love Letter provides a twist on the previous versions as players struggle to locate the Arkenstone before Smaug catches on.

Dungeons Dragons Collector's Series Drow War PartyDungeon and Dragons miniatures have not been prevalent after the dissolution of fourth edition, but Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force Nine are changing that this weekend.  The D&D Collector’s Series of miniatures is an extremely limited edition set of unpainted miniature figures to be used in the roleplaying game.  In the initial line are an Eye Tyrant Beholder, Lolth Demon Queen of Spiders, a Illithid Raiding Party, and Drow War Party.Legendary Fear Itself expansion

Another mini expansion for the popular Marvel Deck Building Game, Legendary, is out this weekend.  Legendary Fear Itself incorporates characters from the comic event of the same name, each of which is empowered by an Asgardian hammer akin to Thor‘s Mjolnir.  Included in the expansion are one hundred playable cards, six allies, one commander (Uru-Harlequins CodexEnchanted Iron Man), one adversary group, and three new plots.

The violent tricksters of Warhammer 40K receive their own hardcover codex this weekend.  The awaited Harlequin Codex has arrived, including in its glossy pages a detailed history of the faction, a gallery of paint schemes and miniature options, a comprehensive army list, and an appendix full of rules for fielding the armies of the Harlequin faction.Dungeons Dragons Battle for Faerun Dice Masters

Wizards of the Coast and Asmodee have joined forces to produce the newest version of Dice Masters on the market.  Battle for Faerun is a Dungeon and Dragons themed version of Dice Masters where sets of dice represent characters and creatures from the popular roleplaying game.  Working like a deck building game but with dice, players assemble teams by purchasing assortments dice.  Out this weekend is a two player starter set and the standard Pretty Pretty Smash Up expansionbooster pack assortment.

Objectively the most amazing expansion pack for the Smash Up card game to date, Pretty Pretty Smash Up is out this weekend.  Basically, the grungy, spooky, monstrous factions have had their day in Smash Up and now it’s time for some cute and cuddly options.  Included within this box are four entirely new factions, including Kitty Cats (featuring some familiar furry faces from the Internet), Princesses, Fairies, and, for all the Bronies out there, Mythic Horses.  All your vampires, pirates, and Cthulhus don’t stand a chance!

Feb 282015
 

Elspeth vs Kiora Duel DeckYour regularly scheduled Magic the Gathering Duel Deck launch has arrived.

Following the release of Fate Reforged, Wizards of the Coast unleashes its newest Duel Deck pairing in Elspeth vs. Kiora.  Each of the decks included in this boxed set come ready-to-play, specifically against each other.  Anyone looking to get into Magic will find these a perfect starting point as they will provide decks for you and a friend.  Each of the Planeswalkers included also feature alternate artwork that distinguishes them from other printings.Doctor Who Seventh Doctor Sourcebook

Time is never a restraint for The Doctor, so why should it be for Cubicle 7?  Just because the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary was over a year and a half ago doesn’t mean that the Doctor Who roleplaying game sourcebooks should stop.  And so the Seventh Doctor Sourcebook has VWROOP’ed onto the shelf.  Like the previous sourcebooks, this hardcover edition contains character stats for not only the titular Doctor, but also all of his major companions and foes, as well as playable adventures that follow each Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroesof his televised episodes.

With the previous Pathfinder core set of hero miniatures out of print, Paizo has released a new Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes boxed set.  Included within the box are six pre-painted miniatures for use within the Pathfinder RPG system.  The miniatures included are an Iconic Fighter, Paladin, Sorcerer, Monk, Druid, and Snow Leopard Companion.  Each miniature also comes with an exclusive Boon Card (only found in this boxed set) that may be used in-game.Saint Petersburg

Out of print for many years, Z-Man Games has finally reprinted Saint Petersburg.  A set collection game at heart, Saint Petersburg plays in phases.  Each phase brings a new card type up for purchase.  These types include workers, buildings, trading cards, and aristocrats, each with their own ability and benefit toward gaining victory points.  In addition to these original types, this reprinting has also introduced market cards which Chopstick Dexterity Mega Challenge 3000help to incorporate a fifth player.

The hottest new Japanese game show has just hit hobby store shelves!  Chopstick Dexterity Mega Challenge 3000 is just as insane as other Japanese game shows (but without all the crotch shots), forcing one to three players to compete in an extreme dexterity challenge using chopsticks.  On each player’s turn they draw a token that indicates a specific shaped character.  These tokens match wooden meeples that are located in a rice bowl, waiting for players to pick them out using chopsticks.  Each meeple that is successfully pulled out will earn that player the matching token.  The player with the most tokens claims victory!X-Wing Scum and Villany

A long, long time ago in an office building in Northern America. . .Fantasy Flight promised a third faction addition to the popular X-Wing miniature game.  Well, Scum and Villainy, that third faction, has finally been released.  Like the Imperials and Rebels before them, the Scum and Villainy faction features ships piloted by core Star Wars characters, but this time they are the vilest bounty hunters and scoundrels in the galaxy.  The first wave of ships includes the Most Wanted three pack, IG-88′s IG-2000, the M3-A Interceptor, and the StarViper.