Nov 012014
 

Uncanny X-Men Dice Masters Starter SetAfter WizKids left everyone desperately searching for the first Marvel Dice Masters Starter Set, they’ve made up for it (slightly) with the second Starter release.  Uncanny X-Men is the second complete Starter Set for the game, including materials for two players.  Those basic materials include forty-four dice (12 actions, 16 characters, and 16 sidekicks) as well as thirty-eight cards.  In addition to the Uncanny X-Men Starter Sets, the Uncanny X-Men Booster Packs were also released, with each pack containing two dice and cards.Guardians Chronicles

Iello, the makers of King of Tokyo, have released a new superhero board game this weekend called Guardians’ Chronicles.  Playing similarly to Last Night on Earth, two to five players control different superhero characters (represented by miniatures) on a randomly assembled game board.  One player, however, controls the evil Professor Skarov, whose stronghold is located in the middle of the game board.  Each character receives a finite amount of action cards to get them across the board and through the multiple minions that Skarov will throw at them.  Skarov’s own actions are based Say Bye to the Villainsoff of the amount used by players each round, so choose wisely.

From Seiji Kanai, the maker of Love Letter, comes a cooperative card game that will be manly enough for those who think Love Letter is too girly.  Say Bye to the Villains is inspired by seventies Kung-Fu films, like Enter the Dragon, and has three to eight players working together to secretly pass information between each other in order to defeat their vile nemesis.Revolution Anarchy expansion

Steve Jackson’s Revolution gains another expansion this weekend with Anarchy.  Primarily intended to grow the game’s player limit up to six, the expansion includes more bidding boards, board overlays, and other essentials.  As well, Anarchy alters how certain characters, including the Warden, Heretic, and Anarchist, interact, providing them new Munchkin Loot Letterabilities.

Munchkin and Love Letter mix together this weekend like peanut butter and jelly with Munchkin Loot Letter.  Another version of the popular card game, Loot Letter plays the same as all the previous versions of Love Letter, but features the artwork and characters from Steve Jackson‘s popular Munchkin card game.  As this is a Munchkin product, however, it comes with a promo card that can not be found in any other game and is compatible with any version of Munchkin.D&D Attack Wing

Following in the jet streams of Star Wars X-Wing, Star Trek Attack Wing, and Wings of Glory, Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing is a ship-to-ship battle game that replaces the ships with dragons.  Set in the Forgotten Realms universe, the D&D Attack Wing Starter Set includes all the essential materials for two players to begin fighting their dragons.  Players control winged beasts and ground troops, all of which can be equipped with dragon, monster, heroic, equipment, arcane, or divine upgrades.  In addition to the Starter Set, other dragon and troop expansions are also on the shelves.  And if you have no interest in Attack Wing, but are an avid D&D player, then these miniatures are also usable in-game.

Nov 082013
 

Formerly exclusive to a certain big box store that shall not be named, Star Trek Catan has hit warp ten and materialized on the Pulp Fiction shelves!  This version plays like the extremely popular base game excepted for an added mechanic called Support Cards and an entire thematic redesign to accommodate the source material.   The source cards are distributed at the beginning of the game, and add extra benefits to each action.

Another twist in the bend that is railroading board games, Trains and Stations is a massive resource management game from WizKids.  This family friendly railroader has players acting as railroad barons, laying track, constructing buildings, and organizing many other aspects of the business, as they compete (and occasionally work with) other players.

Attention, space cadets!

A classic Sci-Fi double shot is coming your way in the form of the Rocket Age RPG and Space Cadets:  Dice Duel.

Rocket Age from Cubicle 7 operates off of the same Vortex system as their hit Doctor Who and Primeval RPGs, but cobbling together references and settings reminiscent of all the great sixties space adventure films, comics, and television series.

Space Cadets: Dice Duel takes the original Space Cadets board game and turns it into a team based dice rolling game.  Each team of players (up to four a team) control different members of a starship crew, with each rolling dice fast and furious to see if they earn their pay during a ship-to-ship battle.

Mage Knight receives the Heroclix stand-alone treatment with Mage Knight Resurrection.  As with the Star Trek, The Hobbit, and The Dark Knight before it, Mage Knight Resurrection is a complete miniatures adventure battle game in box.  Out as well is a matching blind box expansion tower of miniatures to add to the game.

A new party game from Looney Labs, makers of Fluxx and Chrononauts, Choose One, has players making bets on how much they know their friends.  Each turn consists of a question, such as aisle or window, and players must decide how they think their opponents will answer.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the new hotness, has players taking on the roles of men and women, with the male characters controlling the stock market and the female characters making dresses.  Each side must roleplay their respected character in efforts of accruing extra points all leading up to a looks contest at a culminating dance.  And that’s why it’s extremely popular.

And finally, the lightning round!

-From Chaosium, World War Cthulhu:  The Darkhest Hour RPG supplement for Call of Cthulhu.

-Night Eternal, the competitive True Blood card game from Cryptozoic, makers of both Walking Dead board games.

Jan 182013
 

Antike Duellum sends two players back in time for an epic head-to-head battle!

Taking the rules of the original Antike board game, Antike Duellum modifiers the mechanics for a two player war game of ancient Rome.  Coming with two separate scenarios (Rome vs. Carthage and Persia vs. Greece), the base game lasts between sixty to ninety minutes.  Play your cards right, literally, as carefully playing event cards (25 of which are brand new for this version of the game) changes the pace of the game and entirely decides the outcome.  With an easy to learn rule system, you’ll never be saying, “It’s all Greek to me.”

Uggh errgg mrrgg grrrgg.

That would be caveman for Cavemen, the Quest for Fire.  This simple little Rio Grande card game has two to five players taking on the role of a prehistoric hunter who’s mission is to kill dinosaurs and gain influence in the tribe.  To do this, players draft cards into a common card pool which decides the possible actions for that turn.  If you hold the special conch token, however, you get to choose your action first and take an extra action at the end of everyone else’s turn.  So, I say againg, uggh errgg mrrgg grrrgg.

The popular miniature adventure game Mage Knight gains a new expansion in The Lost Legion.  If you are brave enough to overcome the deadly obstacles in the way of purchasing this expansion (which, basically, is to just have the money to buy it) then you too can acquire all its riches.  Within the box is an entirely new Mage Knight (Wolfhawk), spells, artifacts, skills, locations, scenarios, enemies, and friends.  As usual, each piece and accessory is detailed and designed to the high standards of WizKids.

For the second time tonight dinosaurs have to be mentioned.

Yes, it’s a good night.

In the lost city of Uchronia dinosaurs never died out.  Now players take turns placing and drawing resource cards  in order to build up the ancient city, using their prehistoric lizard pals to assist them.  Building cards are drawn from the center of the table and used by players to continue constructing their palaces and become the patriarch of the city.

Aug 242012
 

Legacy: Gears of Time. Ah, there we go. Okay, hop back in…

Since there’s not many time travel games out there, I’m happy to say there’s a new one on the market. Players lay down technology cards…wait, I never said the name of this time travel game…let me jump in my time machine and…cool, now that that’s done…player’s lay down technology cards on a timeline attempting to influence the advancement of machines or impede and alter them. Lovers of the popular Chrononauts game should take a look.

Something you may want a time machine for is to travel into the future to watch The Hobbit trilogy which starts up this December. Sadly, that’s not going to happen, but at least you can play the story in the new Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill expansion pack for the Lord of the Rings LCG. The expansion contains three new scenarios set during the time period of The Hobbit stories as well as new heroes, treasures, and player cards that customize your gaming options. So, leave Bagend behind and come explore the mist mountains of The Hobbit.

Ph’nglui Mglw’nafth Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

**Cough**

Uh, excuse me, something in my throat. Anyway, who hasn’t wanted to build an eldar god from time to time? No one, that’s who. Well, your wish is Cthulhu’s command with the release of Building an Elder God. Players build their own Cthulhu-y creature to battle against other player’s creatures while healing your own. Playable in fifteen to thirty minutes with two to six players, this is the most fun way to go insane out there.

Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans – The list of threats is endless and no place in the universe is ever truly safe from danger, but there is one man who has made it his mission to defend the defenseless, help the helpless, and save everyone he can: a mysterious stranger, a force of nature who has seen his own planet die, a madman with a box.

In Doctor Who: The Card Game, players act as the Doctor and his companions to defend specific locations while sending the Doctor’s enemies to conquer locations your opponents are trying to protect.

The friends, fiends, and foes of Pathfinder’s Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path invade your gaming table with Rise of the Runelords, the brand new Pathfinder Battles prepainted miniatures set from Paizo Publishing and WizKids! This stunning set features 64 all-new sculpts drawn from the gorgeous art in Paizo’s Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path Anniversary Edition, a hardcover collection of the very first Pathfinder campaign! Designed to enhance the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path, but suitable for any fantasy roleplaying campaign, these figures raise the bar on prepainted miniatures, setting a new standard of excellence and featuring a wide variety of monsters, NPCs, and heroes from the most popular Pathfinder campaign of all time!

Pathfinder Battles Rise of the Runelords miniatures come in two product configurations: Standard Boosters contain 4 Large, Medium, and Small minis, and Huge Boosters contain 1 Huge mini.

Apr 272012
 

Can you believe The Avengers comes out next Friday?

Seems like I’ve been waiting for that movie come out my whole life, but no matter how close it gets it still feels too far away. Luckily, Wizkids a new set of Avengers Heroclix to tide me and everyone else over. Just like they have done with Green Lantern, Lord of the Rings, and Star Trek, The Avengers set is out in a base starter set (containing six of the core team) and individual booster boxes. All of these figures can be simply collected or you can play them as a miniature battle game. The starter set even comes with maps and rules to complete the gaming experience. With sixteen figures to collect overall, you better start now to assemble all The Avengers.

Following last week’s Fantasy Flight Lord of the Rings and Star Wars card sleeves, this week’s new set of sleeves depict another popular Sci-Fi/Fantasy franchise: Game of Thrones. Both sleeve types come with fifty sleeves, one displaying John Snow, the other Melisandre.

Or if you’re not into George R.R. Martin‘s fantasy series, there are new sleeves depicting Cthulhu, DungeonQuest imagery, and artwork from the popular co-op board game, Red November. All of these sleeves are standard sized, designed to fit most common CCGs, LCGs, and basic card game cards.

Popular game designer Reiner Knizia has created a slew of fantastic board games, such as Lost Cities, but his newest game is the Black Sheep of the bunch. A great, easy to learn card-based game intended for the whole family, Black Sheep has players collecting sets of animal cards, trying for better combinations than their opponents, and corralling them in their pens. Ah, but the black sheep is ready at every turn to ruin your hand. In line with family games like Zoolerreto, Black Sheep is a perfect edition for game night.