Sep 062014
 

Carcassonne Minis expansionCarcassonne gets small this weekend.

Z-Man Games is re-releasing six popular Carcassonne Mini expansions in cheap, redesigned packaging.  Included in the display are (1) Flying Machines, (2) Messengers, (3) Ferries, (4) Gold Mines, (5) Mage & Witch, and (6) Robbers.  Each of these mini expansions can be added to the base version of Carcassonne, adding extra, side mechanics to the regular rules.Carcassonne Hills and Sheep

Usually we wouldn’t tell customers to act like sheep and join the herd, but in the case of Carcassonne: Hills and Sheep that’s exactly what we’re going to recommend.  This expansion contains three distinct tile and meeple additions to the game, including hills (which are placed on top of other tiles), vineyards (which are placed around monasteries), and shepherds (who Star Trek Attack Wing Wave 8are placed in fields and combined with sheep for points).

Star Trek Attack Wing log, star date Wave 7:  Three new ships crest the horizon, ready to charge and fire photons.

Included in this wave are the glossy Enterprise NX-01 for the Federation forces, the Ni’Var cruiser for the Coalition forces, and another figure that makes resistance futile, the Borg Scout Cube.Black Fleet board game

It’s all out war on the high seas in Black Fleet!

A card driven board game, Black Fleet is a pirate game unlike any other.  Players each control three different types of ships, each with their own goals and abilities.  These three types are merchant ships (ferrying goods about), pirate ships (stealing those goods), and Navy ships (that blow-up the pirate ships).  With each player playing all three different types, each game gets heated and strategy heavy very quickly.

Smash Up Big Geeky BoxTired of lugging around all your Smash Up expansions?  Well, AEG has a solution to your woes.

The Big Geeky Box is the newest release for the highly popular card game where players slam together unrelated sci-fi, fantasy, and horror characters (like aliens, ninjas, and dinosaurs) into a single card deck.  The Big Geeky Box is not only an extra sturdy container, big enough to house the original Smash Up game and all of its expansions, but also an expansion, in and of itself.  Contained inside the hefty box is the exclusive Geek and Sundry faction, ready-made to mix in with any of the previous factions.

Oct 082011
 

Master of puppets
I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams

-Metallica

Never doubt the foresight of James Hetfield, because he completely called the premise of the new Malifaux-related game, Puppet Wars.  Spun out of the dark, patchwork themes present in Malifaux, Puppet Wars is a two to four player miniature based battle game.  Each player gathers their army of puppets around one central “puppet master” (see where the Metallica mention comes from?) who controls them in attempts to protect their master and destroy their enemy.  The base game set comes with all the materials for two players to dive into play immediately, but various booster packs allow players to add other puppet miniatures to their army and/or alter the game to support up to four players.  If you’re looking to get into a miniature game that doesn’t break the bank nor require a ton of purchases just to build a basic army, Puppet Wars will twist your mind but keep your dreams nice and cozy.

I think it’s written in the book of life somewhere that if you come across someone who carries a pair of swords that they’ve given names to, you need to run the opposite direction.  Such is the case with the new Tannhauser miniature pack for Mizu Kage.  Working for the Shogunate or Reich teams, Mizu is in the assassin department either way, as she is extremely talented at using her swords, Willow and Winding Stream, to, let’s say, diminish the competition.  Mizu‘s box o’ goodness comes complete with the mini, the character sheet, 12 game tokens, 10 equipment cards, a rulebook, and a dedicated scenario.  Or if slinky ninja assassins ain’t your speed, you can try hulking Itami.  Again playable with both Shogunate and Reich teams, Itami is chock full of mysterious magic, which is exactly what his special scenario focuses on.  He too comes with all the regular bells and whistles any Tannhauser miniature pack supplies.

The new Battle Pack for Warhammer Invasion has been dubbed The Inevitable City.  One might think that this title has something to do with the city setting for this first chapter in the Capital Cycle, but I’m going to suggest that it actually has to do with the inevitable butt kicking that players who purchase this pack will give their opponents.  Specifically, players who favor the Chaos faction, as half of the sixty cards held within it are associated with Ruinous Powers.

How would you feel if there was no Return of the Jedi?  Or Last Crusade?  Or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?  I think I’d feel a little incomplete.  Which is exactly the way you should feel if you’ve picked up all the first two books in the Rogue Trader RPG trilogy from Games Workshop and haven’t yet picked up the third, and final, book, Fallen Suns.  Capping off the series, Fallen Suns includes all the contents you will need to finish off your party’s final adventures as they attempt to save the Koronus Expanse while defeating the Faceless Lord.  If you haven’t yet started the trilogy, what are you waiting for?!

If you’ve ever gotten drunk over a gaming session and suggested a combination of Starcraft and Pitch Car then laughed and laughed and laughed because it sounds crazy, you have been proven wrong.  That is because Z-Man Games has found a way to combine the two.  Maybe they too drink and design.  Anyway, Ascending Empires is the Frankenstein-ed game in question, set in a universe where the Earth has been destroyed and humanity has expanded far out into the stars hoping to find sanctuary.  It is from this starting point that players enter the game.  From each of the four corners of the board, players flick ships out among the various planet tokens scattered across the universe, hoping to land in their orbit so they may build colonies, develop technologies, mine, or enact other such actions.  As usual, players gain points by complete each of these actions (all of which are explained on a handy-dandy cheat card).  An inventive combination of play methods, Ascending Empires offers a unique gaming experience, to be sure.

And the hope that you flick a token into an opponent’s eye.

Jun 182011
 

I know Atlas held the world on his shoulders, but there’s no way he could have lifted all the Atlas Games restock we received this week.

I’m talking games like Pieces of Eight, Gloom (and its expansions), Mad Scientist University (and its expansions), Lunch Money, Beer Money, Once Upon a Time (and its expansions), Let’s Kill! (and its expansions), Recess, Letter Head, Grand Tribunal, and Spammers.  A good portion of these games are card based and pocket-sized, much like a number of popular Z-Man games.

To hand choose a couple of the finest options, here’s a brief rundown on Letter Head, Recess, Let’s Kill!, and Once Upon a Time.

Letter Head is a blend of word and bluffing games.  A good fit for anyone who’s played and loved Quiddler, players gain cards that contain letters and point values as they attempt to create words.  The difference here is that you can barter and lie to your opponents to gain cards you don’t have.  But it doesn’t stop there, Letter Head also contains rules for 14other letter-based gaming scenarios.  Good bang for your

buck.

Recess transports you back to the school playground as players race their boy and girl tokens across the playground attempting to have them meet (and kiss *Gross*) within a time limit.  If you land on a space with another player’s token, though, some bullying ensues with only the winner walking away with lunch money.  And beware the nuns roaming around the playground who will whip your butt into detention so fast you won’t even see theruler coming at you.  A perfect kids/family game.

This next one is a rosy little ball of sunshine called, Let’s Kill!.  Man, with games like this and Gloom (equally dark, equally hilarious) Atlas might not be a gaming company you want to run into in a dark alley.  Anyway, the title pretty much says it all as the game revolves around players drawing victim cards from one deck and weapons from another in an attempt to murder as many people as you can in the most gruesome ways possible.  And if that isn’t enough bloody mayhem for you, there’s always the Crime

Scene Instigation and A Pretty Corpse expansion decks to add more victims, weapons, and other interesting cards to the mix.

Once upon a time there was a great game called Once Upon a Time.  I know, cheap.  Sue me.  Once Upon a Time uses elements of storytelling and roleplaying to create a game where players via for control of a fairy tale-esque by playing cards that shape the direction of the tale.  However, if another player interrupts you, they can gain control of the story’s flow.  Certainly a game where having a sharp imagination comes in handy.  Plus, you can always add the Dark Tales expansion (with a grimmer set of cards with trolls, goblins, and darker elements) or get really creative with the Create-Your-Own Storytelling Cards (blank cards that allow you to draw in the story elements).

As a period to this tale of Atlas, you should also know that we received the entire line-up of Dungeoneer card games.

Going boldly where no Heroclix game has ever gone before is the new Star Trek Expeditions cooperative boardgame.  Updated with the likenesses of the most recent J.J. Abrams film, the storyline of this game has players juggling three objectives, working together to solve all of them in a thirty day (one day=one turn) time limit.  Classic Heroclix-style dials are utilized, but in a different fashion that before; characters’ dials rotate, not from damage but, from choices and successes they make.  As far as using the license to its fullest, most enjoyable extent, this game knocks it out of the park.  Come play test it on any of our Sunday game nights, if you feel inclined.

Camelot Legends helps you get your knight on!  Players build up their own round tables in an effort to complete tasks and missions in the lands of Camelot, Cornwall, and the Perilous Forest.  The game contains 100 different cards, giving players a ton of options from which to build their cavalry

of knights.  Whichever team of knights completes the most tasks by the end of the game wins.

Another expansion in the ever expanding Warhammer Invasion card game, Legends, introduces new legend card types to be used with each race.  What are legend cards, though?  Representing one of the more powerful characters in your army, these cards can be placed in the center of your play field, allowing for cards in all your other three zones to utilize their powers.  Basically, Legends adds another layer of play in the already diverse two-player battleground that is Warhammer Invasion.

Last, but most creative, is the card expansion for Dixit.  Called Dixit 2 (okay, that’s not too creative), this hefty little expansion box adds eighty four new, full art cards to the existing game.  If you haven’t played Dixit, shame.  But, past the reprimanding, here’s how it works:  much like a Pictionary version of Apples to Apples, Dixit has players laying down cards decorated with gorgeous artwork in the center of the table and having one player guess who laid down what based on a prompt.  If nothing else (and there’s plenty else), the game is beautiful!

May 142011
 

Hopefully you have about a month to kill, because this post is going to be like the War and Peace of game posts.

Let’s jump right in with a restock (sort of) on the freshly reprinted Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG.  The classic Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone created series has been picked up by Arion Games, updated, and reprinted.  Based around single player adventuring, this core rulebook contains everything you’ll need to start up.  That’s hero creation rules, game rules, spells, powers, and all the monsters, dungeons, and adventures you could shake a battle axe at.  A perfect way to get into roleplaying, if you’re looking to start.

Just in time for the Thor movie, YggdrasilZ-Man games (so you know it looks a’very nice) releases this one, which has players taking on the role of gods in the defense of the world tree, Yggdrasil.  Yes, Ragnarok is on the way and you have to take three actions each time your turn comes up.  Actions include conversing with dwarfs, elves or Valkyries for benefits, fight frost giants, and/or venture to Asgard and fight against the baddies.  If you dig Norse mythology and smashing things, this is for you.

Okay, here’s a short one.

Age of Steam:  Germany & France Expansion pack.  It combines the maps of Germany and France for you to play on…that’s it.  Done.

D&D The Shadowfell:  Gloomwrought and Beyond has dropped onto the shelves.  Inside its box-y confines are all the contents giving you the ability to play in the city of Gloomwrought.  These contents include:  a campaign guide, a 32-page book of encounters, a lovely map of the city and other areas, character and monster tokens, and 30 cards to enhance your encounters.  D&D knows what’s up, so these box sets always treat you right.

Very inventive game here.  Pastiche revolves around art and its creation.  Players select a card that displays a famous work of art, underneath it is a set of colors that were used in the palette.  Players then attempt to “mix” colors by placing tiles.  Simple yet strategic and, yet, still fun for the whole family.

Another Call of Cthulhu offshoot, The Legacy of Arrius Lurco is set in the Cthulhu Invictus universe.  The story follows Arrius Lurco who has vanished and returned recently only to start having nightmares.  This softcover contains a campaign divided into four sections set in ancient Rome, Rome, and Cyrenaica.  Expect all the creepy, disturbing monsters and horror of any Lovecraft offshoot.

If you’re Jonesing for a good screw-your-opponent game, then you’ve just found FaceEater.  A card game, FaceEater involves time travel, face melting, nerve gas, and a number of other horrible tortures.  Each player tries to earn the most points while screwing their opponents up as much as they can.  Inside the box are 192 cards to create a deck from.  Dark, funny, and addictive.

The rulebook for Mercs, a new futuristic miniature game, shipped, along with a number of the stats cards that are necessary for play.  As always, the rule book, through detailed instruction and bright, stylish pictures and artwork.  Why not check it out?

Merkator is next.  Players control merchants during the Thirty Years’ War who are working to complete contracts based around requested goods.  After you finish a contract, you gain another, more lucrative, one.  But you’ll find that global travel may be necessary to locate the goods you need.  Above all, though, time is of the essence.

More traveling in this travel game about traveling called Travel Blog:  Europe & USA.  That’s lots’a travel.  And, as I said, the game is about traveling across the world, but hinges on your knowledge of the globe.  You pick up cards that link countries, basically choosing the route of your trip, and attempted to do it quicker than your opponent.  The game can be used as a learning tool, as well, because it focuses heavily on world geography and the names of countries.

Troyes is a game divided into card and dice control.  Centered around the construction (over four centuries) of Troyes, France, the game has players controlling a portion of the population (the dice) which will fall into one of three categories, civil, religious, or military.  Through them, players choose what options to perform that will assist them in building the city.

Another perfect family game, Simpatico, is all about strategic movement of cards.  The game consists of 84 cards that have various images and colors on them.  Placed on a game mat divided into three sections, gamers move the cards up to the top row, where they’ll gain points, by placing them on top of other cards that have the same shape, color, or quantity.  A fast, portable game like Treehouse, Fluxx, or Archeology.

Winner of a New Worlds of Gaming Spiel Des Jahres award, Space Alert is a game that demands your attention.  Suitable from one to five players (always nice to see a single player game), Space Alert is similar to Red November, but with one major change:  CDs.  Yes, included CDs control how the space mission the players are on occurs.  Also, the game is team based, so the crew of the ship needs to work together if they have any hope of surviving.

An investment, currency control game, at heart, Airlines:  Europe has gamers bidding, buying, and controlling the beginning stages of the commercial aviation business in Europe.  If your airline performs better than others, investors will flock to you, earning you further influence and success.  Of course, the most impressive profit is always the end goal.

The Secret of Monte Cristo builds off of Alexandre Dumas’ famous story.  The game’s premise revolves around searching for hidden treasure in that the Count left in his former prison.  Turn order fluctuates, giving one active player the chance to place explorers, based off a new marble rolling system.  The game may sound a bit odd, reading it on here, but once you’ve seen it in person you’ll realize the genius in its design.

Another game based on a classic literary tale, The Three Musketeers:  The Queen’s Pendants offers a hell of a lot more fun than reading words.  Heh, who does that any…Oh.  Uh, keep reading.  Anyway, some players take on the roles of the Musketeers while one controls Cardinal Richelieu.  As the Musketeers fight to make it through the Louvre so that they may give the diamonds back to the Queen Mother, Richelieu chases them, attempting to find and steal the diamonds first.  Action, adventure fun.

Bueller?  Bueller?

Apr 302011
 

Lists are kinda great.  Lets all celebrate lists with one about the abundance of restock items that Pulp received.

  • Lost Cities bordgame (Yipee!  It’s back in print!)
  • A Game of Thrones LCG (new expansion comes later in the post)
  • Mayday sleeves
  • Savage Worlds Explorers Edition
  • Pathfinder – Gnomes of Golarion, Orcs of Golarion, Halflings of Golarion, Inner Sea Primer (new expansions come later in the post)
  • L5R RPG Emerald Empire & Enemies of the Empire
  • Magic the Gathering Deck Boxes in a multitude of colors, sleeves, and Ultra-Pro 9-Pocket card hardcases
  • A ton of paint
  • Warmachine – Most battlegroups, rule books for most factions, and Ripjaw, Lancer, and Revenger.

Also, not a restock, but a quick blurb for the new issue of White Dwarf.

If you’re picking up any of the Warmachine, Warhammer, or any minis at all, you might want to take a look at the Rare Earth Magnets.  These are designed to hold miniatures onto bases with extreme magnetic force.  Seriously, these things attract each other through the two layers of plastic container they’re held in.  I’d bore you with the dimensions, but there’s a lot.  Basically, whatever size you think you’d need, they make.

¿Dónde está el Fluxx Español? En Pulp Fiction!  Yes, in the long line of Fluxx editions, there is now a Spanish version.  Not only is every card in Spanish, but the art and box are different.  Might I recommend, if you are a Spanish teacher, whether in high school, college, or elementary, this would be a perfect game to use as a teaching aid in class.  Simplemente decir.

A major release for this week, Dwarf King’s Hold drops onto shelves.  Why is this such a big bad?  Well, inside the box there is not only a fantastic two player dungeon crawl/battle game that has players taking control of undead and dwarf forces, but also 32 miniatures.  The game builds on the six included scenarios, each leading up to an epic final battle.  Also, the tiles included can be arranged as the player or scenario deems acceptable to form different maps for each style of play.  Whether you’re looking for an exciting two player game, a bunch of gnarly minis, or both, you should aim your peepers at Dwarf King’s Hold.

You wants some attitude? How ’bout I play Dr. Know and give you some attitude?  Shadowrun Attitude, in fact.  Following in the treads of all the other futuristic criminal enterprising present in the Shadowrun universe, Attitude fleshes out the finer aspects of life.  You’ll find a Scroll’s worth of information on music, sports, and other activities to keep you busy between Shadowruns.  Don’t be a twinkie, buy it today.

Speaking of scrolls gives me a perfect transition into mentioning a semi-new Fresco expansion, Fresco, The Scrolls.  Technically called Expansion Module 7, this new addition to the Fresco gaming series, adds new, uh, scrolls, bestowed upon you by the bishop.  Each one allows players to tailor the fresco to their own desires, all while earning additional victory points.

Do ye wear a kilt, brotha?  Ye should, men wear kilts.  And te find out if yar a real man, brotha, ya need ta play Lords of Scotland.  Aye, comin’ outta Z-Man games, this wee deck’a cards has ya fighting for the approval of the clans’a Scotland.  If ya gain their loyalty, then yer on yar way ta being crowned king, brotha.  Aye, it’s a game’a champions.  And the short on cash.

Warhammer Fantasy RPG releases another invaluable resource this week with the Omens of War box set.  Inside are contents that will benefit the GM and player, alike.  New careers, fighting styles, rules for mounted combat, and much more sit side by side with deep explanations of the Empire, Knightly Orders, and vicious history of the Old World.  On the game master side of things, information on the Ruinous Power Khorne, his minions, a peak into the Blood God’s strategy, and new severe injury rules are included.  This information comes on top of all the numerous tokens, cards, standups, sourcebooks, and other pieces that are spilling out of this beautiful Warhammer Fantasy box set.

Returning to Pulp’s shelves is the QUERP Rulebook.  No, that’s not another Spanish word, it’s an acronym for Quick Easy Role Playing.  Intended for beginning roleplayers or veterans who are looking to run a simple, fast adventure, QUERP contains every detail players and game masters need to build a world, create characters, and play.  Simple, quick, easy fantasy in a well made package.

I said they’d be mentioned up top, well here goes.  Pathfinder has both Faiths of Purity and Rule of Fear coming out this week.  What do these colorful Paizo booklets contain?  Glad you asked.  Faiths of Purity leans toward the kind, honest, generally good religions of the Pathfinder world, giving players the ability to create characters in flavor and mechanics.  Rule of Fear, on the other hand, lives in the dark, shadowy nation of Ustalav by offering information on thirteen counties, gazetteers for seven cities, six conspiracies, and eleven adventure locations.  Can you afford to be caught without them?

A Game of Thrones, not just a popular HBO program anymore.  Haha, right?  Yeah, George R.R. Martin’s been turning out books and other GoT product for a long, long time, the A Game of Thrones LCG being just one of example.  As the LCG (living card game) is based around new expansion coming out periodically (in an effort to continually keep the game fresh) the Queen of Dragons expansion adds components based around House Targaryen.  These include 165 cards, new strategies, tactics, and deckbuilding options to help creat two new decks, Fire and Blood and Hosts of the True-Queen.