Since Marvel’s Dice Masters game has been more than reasonably popular, WizKids and Asmodee have followed it up another starter set featuring characters from the anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh. Like the previous releases, this starter set features enough dice and materials for two players to go head-to-head. Each set of dice represent a character and players build-up teams of multiple characters by purchasing more dice. And, yes, this set can be incorporated into any of the previous Dice Masters sets.
George R.R. Martin may not be getting the next Game of Thrones novel out in 2015, but Fantasy Flight is certainly continuing to release Chapter Packs for the A Game of Thrones LCG. The newest, A Deadly Game, is the second release in the Wardens cycle. This cycle is emphasizing traits, bonuses for using noteworthy characters, and limited responses, all of which is continued in this release.
Do you get frustrated when you’re playing a game and someone accidentally knocks all the tiles or cards all over the table? Well, you don’t have to worry about that if you pick up a GripMat. Out this weekend, the Nebula and Starfield GripMats are durable, textured, fully illustrated mats that are intended to be used with a number of board games. The texture on the mats keeps your tiles, cards, and game pieces from sliding around the table. They also come in a variety of sizes and can be used with X-Wing and either version of Attack Wing.
Speaking of Attack Wing, WizKids has released the newest Star Trek Attack Wing wave of ships this weekend. Included within this wave are the Romulan IRW Drone, the Federation Fighter Squadron 6 (comprised of three ships), and the Hirogen Alien Hunter. Each expansion pack includes a model of the ship and the cards needed to field it.
Like yin and yang, order and chaos balance each other out, especially in the third deluxe expansion for Netrunner LCG. Named Order and Chaos, this expansion contains one hundred and sixty-five additional cards for use with the base game and any other expansions. These cards introduce three new Anarchs that can be pitted against the machinations of the Weyland Corporation.
The popular XCOM PC game comes to the world of board gaming this weekend. However, the game has not far from the digital world as it has incorporated a special app that controls certain mechanics, scenario options, and acts as the board game’s rulebook. As you might imagine, the game increases in replay value as the app will keep every gameplay fresh with new arrangements of aliens and scenarios. If you aren’t familiar with the original XCOM, players will assume the roles of an strikeforce organized to defend the planet against alien invasion.
From the makers of other popular two player card games, including Jambo and Waka Waka, Asante (African for thank you) is another in the two player Kosmos line. A set collection and hand management game, Asante puts players into the roles of vendors dealing in various resources. Outside of collecting sets of resources for points, players can also loose animals (i.e. points) or visit holy relics to gain extra abilities.
Another new deck building game hits the market this weekend in the form of Mythotopia. The standard deck building mechanics of a starting hand, a random assortment of cards to purchase, and various victory points are still present. However, a set of variable providence cards provides the possibility of altering the rules and win conditions of the game. Depending on which of these providence cards are activated, the game can also shift from a individualistic play experience to an aggressive one.
The wait is over, the Necron Codex has finally been updated. This new hardcover edition features one hundred and twenty pages of material geared toward the newest iteration of Warhammer 40K rules. Included in those pages are sections detailing the Necron Legions, new information on warlord traits, wargear, and tactical objectives, rules for the Decurion Detachment, datasheets, and the usually gallery of painted miniatures.