Aug 212015
 

Chimera card gameAnother challenging twist on the Tichu card game, Chimera delivers a new experience with a similar feel.  In this three player game, you must place your bet and manage your hand wisely in order to trump your opponents.  Play sequential pairs, triplets, and straights, but beware of the Chimera that could ruin your plans.Adorable Pandaring

An overload of cuteness, Adorable Pandaring is a game where you are on a very simple quest:  to have the most adorable pandas!  To succeed, you must cleverly play your panda cards and manipulate the Laws of Adorableness in your favor.  Adorable Pandaring is from Asmadi Games, the makers of We Didn’t Playtest This at All (don’t worry, Kabuki card gamethis game has been thoroughly playtested) and Red 7.

For family members from ages six and up, Kabuki is a memory and set collection game that throws players into the world of Kabuki theater.  Players will pass and trade special mask cards and tokens, but will need to keep a close eye on who has which cards.  But be careful, as many of the masks look similar.Card Wars Lemongrab Gunter Collector's Pack
Get your Ice King on by picking up the newest Adventure Time Card Wars Collector’s Pack featuring Lemongrab and the Ice King’s right-hand cuddly pal, Gunter.  Like previous Collector’s Packs, the Lemongrab vs. Gunter pack contains oversized hero cards for each of those characters, two complete Five Tribes The Artisans of Naqaladecks, landscape tiles, and tons of tokens.
They say that in the very heart of the mountains of the Sultanate of Naqala, there lives a Tribe that rarely appears in the bazaars and markets in town.  They call themselves the Artisans, and they work day and night crafting precious items.  With The Artisans of Naqala expansion for Five Tribes, players gain the titular tribe, artisan meeples, tiles, djinns, and other items to expand Dark Moonyour gaming experience.
Dark Moon deposits players on Saturn’s Titan moon during the throws of a cataclysmic outbreak.  Players will be secretly divided into camps of infected and uninfected.  Not know who is who, this classic deception style game will then task the uninfected with surviving to the end of the game, while the infected covertly attempt to undermine and destroy their opponents.  Players will roll dice to decide actions, such as throwing friends into the quarantine zone, all in the Imperial Assault Twin Shadowseffort of outlasting everyone else.
Imperial Assault delves into the hives of scum and villainy with the Twin Shadows expansion.  New map tiles display dingy Mos Eisley cantinas, the forbidding Jundland Wastes, and even the daunting bridge of a Star Destroyer.  New heroes, items, classes, and more offer depth to any campaign.  In addition, six entirely new missions invite you to play a self-contained mini campaign or expand the breadth of a full campaign.  Even further into a galaxy far, far away, Imperial Assault also saw the release of the Boba Fett, Kayn Somos, and C3PO & R2D2 figure expansions.Mage Knight Shades of Tezla expansion
Another addition to the popular Mage Knight miniature board game, Shades of Tezla is a new character expansion for the base game.  Shades of Tezla introduces a new playable character, Braevalar the Druid, alongside Zombicide Angry Neighborsscenarios for both cooperative and competitive gameplay.
Like the zombie horde players are tasked against in the game, the Zombicide expansions keep coming.  Out this week are the 3 Angry Neighbors Game Tiles, the Ultimate Survivors #1 character pack, VIP #1 and #2 packs, and the Murder of Crowz expansion.On Her Majesty's Service
No, not the Bond movie with George Lazenby, On Her Majesty’s Service is an impressively designed, steampunk influenced miniature board game.  Players must guide their gentlemen through the shifting board that makes up the Shadow Market.  Buying and selling the different kinds of Ethers will allow them to not only gather enough coin to acquire the precious Artefacts demanded by the queen, but also to activate powerful special actions.  Each player is only able to trade using the items and costs listed on the edges of the tiles that are facing them.  As the board is constantly in flux, this can create quite a challenge.
Aug 162014
 

Star Realms deck building gameJust when you think there’s no new way to improve or augment the standard deck building game format, one company figures out how to go boldly where no company has gone before.  Star Realms is an inexpensive deck builder whose base set is ready-to-play for two people, but scales up by twos each time you buy another one (2 copies = 4 player, 3 copies = 6 players, etc).  Designed by Magic the Gathering hall-of-famers, Star Realms has players trading materials for ships, building armadas, then pitting them against their foes!Zombicide Storage box

When stocking up for the zombie apocalypse, you’re going to need plenty of steel containers for ammo, medical supplies, and rations.  That’s why Zombicide has kindly supplied these for you.  Out this weekend are three different color storage boxes for Alien Uprising base gameyour Zombicide miniatures and game pieces.  Color options are red, blue, and green.

The last situation anyone wants to be in is crash landed on an alien planet with a bunch of untrustworthy crew members.  Alien Uprising is a new, sci-fi survival cooperative board game that drops the players onto a dangerous alien world with a defective starship.  Players roll dice to choose actions, working to either outlast the vicious bug-like lifeforms on the planet’s surface until rescue arrives or to repair the ship for launch.  Miniature expansion packs, including Crew Member, Zothren, and X-14 miniatures are also out this weekend.Dark Heresy 2nd Editon RPG HC

Fantasy Flight and Warhammer 40K‘s bleak roleplaying system, Dark Heresy, receives a major dystopic revision this weekend with the release of the second edition core rulebook.  This newly illustrated hardcover edition features a beautifully illustrated cover, the essentials for gameplay (including character creation, background fluff, and adventure paths), and a redesigned layout.

ImpulseFrom Asmadi Games and the creators of Innovation comes a space exploration game entitled Impulse.  Constructed out of cards, the game board displays random sets of action options that players will utilize by combining them with the cards in their hand.  Each card has six interlinking points that can be joined with other cards on the board in order to earn victory points and conquer this uncharted portion of the galaxy!Age of Rebellion Onslaught at Arda 1

The Force is very much with Pulp Fiction this weekend as two new supplemental hardcovers Edge of the Empire Far Horizonshave arrived for Star Wars Age of Rebellion and Edge of the Empire, respectively.  Onslaught at Arda 1 is a ninety-six page adventure supplement for the system, focusing on large-scale battles at a secret rebel base.  Far Horizons is a sourcebook for the colonist class within the Edge of the Empire system, including talents, spaceships, and gear as well as entrepreneur, performer, and marshal specializations, new to the game.

Riding onto the scene in a sled pulled by ravenous wolves, Logan Grimnar is about the most awe-inspiring Space Wolves miniatures ever!  The Champions of Fenris codex supplement adds material to Champions of Fenris HCthe previously released Space Wolves Codex, including the history of Logan Grimnar, himself, additonal rules, wargear, and formations, and two new missions.  The Logan Grimnar miniature is also out this weekend.

Golem Arcana base game setA miniature battle game across three different mediums, Golem Arcana is an entirely unique gaming experience.  Players field armies based in three separate factions, including knights, ancient ones, relics, and golems.  The twist is that each faction is represented a different way.  The relics are card based, while the golems are miniatures, and, most unusual, the knights and ancient ones are digital.  The base set includes a bluetooth tool that keeps the latter factions connected to the gaming experience.DC Deck Building Game Crisis Expansion Pack 1

The skies of the DC Universe are turning red as the first Crisis Expansion Pack for the DC Deck Building Game has arrived.  This mini-expansion is packed with new material for use with the base game, including six additional characters (Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Robin, and Green Arrow), eight Crisis versions of previous heroes, co-op challenge cards, and impossible mode supervillains that increase the complexity of the game.

Dec 062013
 

Skull has gone through many editions throughout its existence, but the Silver version dropping this weekend is the purest version hits shelves.  This edition features the same fabulous bluffing mechanics of the classic version (wherein players take turns laying down cards, bluffing how many of a particular suit they have, then having to play them when called on it) but with redesigned artwork and an accompanying playmat.

Place your bets, place your bets!  The mythical battle is about to begin! 

Cheaty Mages puts you smack dab in the middle of an arena battle of mythic proportion, pitting imaginary creatures against one another.  Players, controlling sneaky mages, place bets on who will win the fight.  But beware, as mages, you can influence the outcome in your favor.

Purple Brain games continues its Tales & Games line with Baba Yaga.  Including a complete story to read to the kiddies, Baba Yaga is a excellent family game of observation, wherein players play simultaneously in an effort to collect ingredients to an anti-witch spell.  Also, to better serve kids of all ages, the game scales up based on age.

The Titanium Wars have begun!

A diplomacy game of the farthest reaches, Titanium Wars, from the creators of King of Tokyo, involves players taking control of galactic generals and conquering planets for money.  Once these planets have been colonized, players then populate them with factories and bases in order to grow their fleet and earn more money.

A galaxy far, far away gets closer and closer with another supplemental book for the Star Wars Edge of the Empire RPG with Enter the Unknown.  A hardcover supplement, Enter the Unknown focuses on Explorer characters expanding their motivations, obligations, species, and specializations whiles supplying new equipment, ships, and signature abilities.

Zombicide becomes Zombiciting this weekend with a boat load of expansions and supplements!

Zombicide Prison Break is an entirely stand-alone expansion, which can be combined with the original game or other expansions if you please.  Zombicide Toxic City Mall, however, is exclusively an expansion for either Prison Break or the base game, containing four new survivors, their Zombivor versions, and six Zombivor versions for the original game.  Extra zombie packs of all shapes, sizes, and varieties also dropped today, including Toxic Crowd, Zombie Dogz, Angry Zombies, and Walk of the Dead 2.

May 032013
 

Life is full of tough questions.  Paper or plastic?  With or without cheese?  Red pill or blue pill?

Pig or dog?

The correct answer to the latter question is actually both.  And, luckily, when you buy a copy of Pick-a-Dog and Pick-a-Pig you get both.  When combined with each other, these games go from 2-5 players to 6-8 players, blending matching and dexterity games together no matter which version you play.  A grid of cards sits in the center of the table, each with five attributes noted on them.  Players also have a single card in their hand.  Once the game has begun, everyone tries to grab a card with at least four similar attributes, adding it to their hand and continuing from there.  The game stops when one player has no more cards to grab.  As one can imagine this game plays well with family members or friends plus a bottle of scotch.

Is your tower protected?

Not exactly a new game, but one we’ve just gotten back in stock, Batt’l Kha’os is a tile laying game with some fighty bits thrown in.  Players attempt to take control of various tower tiles laid across the table by placing their own army tiles around it.  Each tile intersection point is then totaled up for the amount of humans vs. orcs and whoever has the most takes the corner.  Once all four corners around a tower are calculated, whoever has the most corners (orcs or humans) takes control of the tower.  Though it leaves some letters out of its title, Batt’l Kha’os combines the best of Carcassonne and Pocket Battles.

Nathan Fillion has charmed television, comics, and cinema, but now he’s setting his sights on the world of board gaming. Castle:  The Detective Card Game transformers the comedy and mystery of the hit television series into a clue solving card game.  Players take control of a key character from the show in order to piece together the clues and figure out who the murderer is.  Players can choose to compete in episode mode, finding only one killer to win the game, or season mode, playing through a range of episodes and murderers to see who has solved the most by the end.

In the middle of all this complicated gaming hooha, let me throw in a quick shout-out to the newest Data Pack for the Netrunner LCG from Fantasy Flight.  Humanity’s Shadow includes the standard assortment of sixty new cards to be incorporated into the base game.  Download them into your hand right now.

Tear down your quarantine signs, put aside your rifles, and lay down your machetes, and come out of your reinforced basements because it’s time for the first Zombicide expansion to arrive.  Although, as this expansion, Walk of the Dead (see what they did there?), contains twenty-four additional zombie miniatures, you may still want to guard your brain.  There are also twelve spawn cards include so that these figures can be introduced into the game.  Stay close, lock and load, and make sure to wear a helmet.

Ahoy, maties, it be Catan: Pirates and Explorers!

The newest expansion for the hit Catan game series, Pirates and Explorers, like Cities and Knights, Seafarers, and Traders and Barbarians before it, adds new mechanics to the already popular ones from Settlers of Catan.  Bridging the gap between Catan and Seafarers, Pirates and Explorers starts players out on one island, searching for resources and settlers to build and pilot a sailing vessel to another island.  Once there, players discover a range of new resources to continue building and growing.  This version of the game comes packed with five original scenarios to keep the gameplay fresh and original.

And, because of time and all that stuff, the last three items tonight will be presented in image only.  They do say pictures speak louder than words, right?

Okay, maybe a few words.

There’s Ugg-Tect, a cooperative game where players have to act like cavemen while instructing each other on how to build a prehistoric building.  There are also inflatable clubs included.

Two RPG softcovers also release this weekend.

One, for Call of Cthulhu (Atomic-Age Cthulhu), providing a 50s era setting for Cthulhuian mystery and murder with a nuclear backdrop.

And, two, the newest addition to the Only War Warhammer 40K RPG, Hammer of the Emperor.

Dec 072012
 

Just like in an Indiana Jones movie, just when you think you’re out of the tomb, the floor collapses and you fall into bed of snakes.

Such is the concept behind the new expansion pieces for Escape.  If you haven’t heard of this popular Queen Game, it’s a real-time adventurer where every player goes at the same time, attempting to collect as many the tomb’s hidden gems as they can before the clock runs out.  Hitting stores after being given out as Kickstarter incentives, The Pit and Doomed are the first expansion pieces for the game.  Both provide new tiles which represent additional deadly rooms in the temple.  The Pit traps players down a deep hole after they’ve rolled five curses.  Doomed provides two new curses and one new tile, all with exciting properties.

The only option is Zombicide.

A co-operative survival game, Zombicide is a catch-22 run amok as players must kill more zombies to earn skill points, but killing zombies only results in more zombies.  The other tricky thing is that there will inevitably be more undead than you have bullets, so you’re really going to want to earn up those skill points to buy more ammo and weapons.  This popular Kickstarter joins and outpaces many of the other zombie games out there.  So, lock and load, folks.

All is fair in love and war.  AEG‘s Love Letter is a reality dating show dropped into the Renascence.  A group of eligible bachelors compete for the hand of a stunning princess who’s locked herself in the castle’s highest tower.  The only way you can lay your flirtatious mojo on her is through alluring prose delivered via letter.  Of course, all the other prospective suitors had the same idea, so you will have to find ways of intercepting and destroying their letters.  But don’t focus all your attention on the other players as your letters can be turned to ash just as quickly.  Start working on those pick-up lines, gentlemen.

The Tome of Blood is at your disposal, Lord Khorne.

The most recent hardcover edition to the Black Crusade line of Warhammer 40K RPG books details every tool you’ll need to praise the Blood God!  That includes four new Heretic archetypes, plus all the weapons, armaments, and Daemon Engines to empower them.  As another added bonus of pain and suffering, players of any alignment can develop Legacy Weapons and fight in Mass Combats.  Along with all this carnage comes new settings like the pits of Kurse, Furia’s savage oceans, Berin and Aspodel, as well as the War Moons of Talax.  Pile up those skulls, cause Khorne needs a seat.

Wallenstein is nothing like Frankenstein.  Word to the wise.

It is however very much like a good game.  This second edition of the game receives a rules touch up as well as the addition of two expansions for the game.  As players compete for points by controlling the largest amount of land and real estate, two years pass (don’t worry, in game time only) wherein shortages of food, peasant revolts, and any number of other hardships will beset your kingdom.  An interesting randomizing element is used to decide when and where these obstacles hit, that being a tower which you roll tokens down, some of which catch, some of which drop to the bottom.  These tokens then decide what happens where.  Players also carefully stratagize about how to use the action cards given them in order to obtain the most property.

Competing with Marvel’s Legacy Deck-Building Game, the new DC Deck Building Game lets players control one of seven famous DC characters.  That means you can be Batman.  Or Wonder Woman.  Or Green Lantern.  Each hero controls a special ability unique to them, giving them advantages toward certain card types.  Those other types include superpowers, heroes, villains, equipment, and locations.  During the game, each player vies cards which will assist their deck against the powers of the villains you all are fighting.  For instance, you might want to be bulletproof if you’re going up against Deathstroke.  Or have super speed if you need to race a bomb out into the ocean.  Basically, you get to play the comics you love.  Yeah, I’m picking up a copy, too.