Cryptozoic has announced that in a few months you will be able to purchase DC Comic themed deck protector sleeves.
Justice League, Batman, and Joker sleeves in 80 count packages will ensure that your DC Comic Deck Building Game stays well kept for longer.
• Registration is now open
for the 2nd Annual Fantasy Strike Expo in San Francisco, June 6-8th. Casual play for all Sirlin Games as well as tournaments for Yomi, Puzzle Strike, and the first tournament ever for Pandante. A beta version of Codex will be playable there too, it’s a non-collectable card game that works quite differently than usual.
• For those who missed Pandante on kickstarter
, it’s now available for pre-order
and ships just after Kickstarter orders in May. Pandante is a panda-themed gambling game that’s an alternative to human poker. It can be played as a fun social game, or as a seriousface gambling game for real money.
• The iPad version of Yomi is now finished except for the final phase of bug testing. It’s coming soon, finally. It will have cross-platform play with web version at fantasystrike.com
Fantasy Flight Games released a preview of the upcoming expansion for Android: Netrunner, Honor and Profit.
Honor and Profit is the second deluxe expansion for Android: Netrunner The Card Game. Its 165 cards (three copies each of 55 different cards) focus on the struggles between the different divisions of the megacorp, Jinteki, and those Runners who associate themselves with the game’s Criminal faction. This is not a standalone product. A copy of Android: Netrunner The Card Game Core Set is required to play.
The preview for Honor and Profit introduces us to the new runner identities:
- Ken Tenma, who will gets a free credit each turn he plays a run event.
- Silhouette, who exposes a card on a successful HQ run.
- Iain Stirling, who receives two credits at the start of a turn where the Corp has more points.
Currently pre-orders are being taken for Honor and Profit with an expected release next month.
Epic Resort unique take on deck-building and worker placement with a fantasy theme. Build a resort, lure in heroes and defend against monsters! After a long run of dungeon delving and monster slaying, the heroes need a vacation and you have set out to build an Epic Resort worthy of their presence. Players leverage their worker’s talents and attraction’s abilities to draw in hapless tourists (who are ready to spend some gold) and fantasy heroes (ready to get much needed rest). However, the more you lure in the more likely pirates, two-headed giants and other relentless monsters will attack! Heroes may defend an attraction (losing precious health), or dodge out of the way… letting the monsters devour a bevy of unsuspecting tourists. By earning points from attractions and heroes, cleverly managing your resources, and finding just the right time to throw your lazy peons into the jaws of a hungry dragon, you will be victorious by building the most Epic Resort!
The closing date on Kickstarter is Apr 6 2014, the funding goal for the project is $20,000 and the current pledged amount is $12,759. Pledge $40 or to get one copy of the base game Epic Resort, shipped anywhere in the US. The estimated delivery date is Sept 2014.
Coming Soon From Steve Jackson Games
Munchkin Board of Health
It’s a gameboard for Munchkin Cthulhu and Munchkin Zombies — a dungeon room for every level, plus spaces for the decks and discards, so you can instantly see who’s surging ahead recklessly and who’s hanging back to eat your brains. Includes two sets of male/female tokens in six colors, and matching colored markers with special in-game bonuses for each player! And you get eight brand-new cards, four for Munchkin Cthulhu and four for Munchkin Zombies.
Ogre Pocket Edition
The giant tank rumbles toward its target . . . its guns are destroyed, its movement crippled, but only a few defenders are left. Will they stop the robot juggernaut, or will it crush the Command Post beneath its gigantic treads?
Ogre was Steve Jackson’s first game. First released in 1977, it set a new standard for fast, exciting boardgame play. Over 25 years after its release, Ogre earned a spot in James Lowder’s popular book Hobby Games: The 100 Best.
In 2012, Steve Jackson Games launched the “Designer’s Edition” of Ogre on Kickstarter. . . a 24-pound box with giant maps and several hundred counters, retailing for $100.
Now Ogre Pocket Edition takes the game back to its roots. A small rulebook, 140 counters, and the same bare-bones map Steve drew himself for the very first printing. And the price is the same as it was in 1977: $2.95. ($2.95 in 1977 dollars translates to be over $10 today when adjusted for inflation; this is Steve’s way of saying ‘thank you’ for your support for Ogre over the last three decades.)
Despite its “pocket” size, Ogre Pocket Edition will have more than enough counters to play all five of the “Ogre vs. Command Post” scenarios. It includes two different conventional forces (a Black force and a White force), with a whopping eight White Howitzers! That’s a whole lot of gameplay for $2.95.
Munchkin Legends 2 – Faun and Games
Did You Myth Us?
Faun and Games adds 56 more cards to the Munchkin mythology. You can use the Spear of Density to fight J.R.R. Trollkin, or fend off the Wendigo with yourHell Toupee. Play a new Race, the Faun, and caper out of danger . . . or into it!
Based on the underground German phenomenon, Nichteinechteswürfelspiel, and updated with vintage rules, Hipster Dice is poised to be the perfect game to play while you’re waiting in line at the second-hand clothes store. Get it before it’s cool.
Ares Games announced they will be previewing two (Battle of Five Armies & Dino Race) of their upcoming releases at GAMA trade show next week.
“The Battle of Five Armies is a two-players game that allows you to re-create the epic conclusion of The Hobbit, the world-renowned masterpiece by J.R.R. Tolkien. One player is in command of the Shadow armies, led by Bolg, son of Azog, the King of the Goblins of Mount Gundabad, and a second player controls the Free Peoples army, composed of Elves, Dwarves and Men. Based on the acclaimed mechanics used in the War of the Ring boardgame, the game merges action dice and event cards, and the system has been further enhanced by the addition of the “Fate Track” mechanic, handling the arrival of the allies and the triggering of special events.”
“Dino Race is a new simple and fun boardgame, for 2 to 4 players, enhanced by cute painted dinosaur miniatures by Michelangelo Ricci and captivating artwork by Francesco Mattioli. Trying to save their dinosaurs from extinction, players run as fast as possible through plains, deserts, swamps and jungles while avoiding the nasty tricks of the opponents. Each player must bring his dinosaur couple to the end of the race track, scoring points when one of his dinos finishes the race. Players also score points bringing the dino egg to safety. More information about Ares’ new game will be available at the show.”
Roughly how I feel when I play Netrunner
“Try on this definition of “mature” and see what you think of it: Maturity means running toward new things, to see what you can learn, where before you ran away from them,” writes Leigh Alexander for Shut Up & Sit Down, in an absolutely essential and excellent long-form piece detailing one woman (and her mentor friend, Su&Sd’s Quinns) journey as she waded into the murky and vast world of Android: Netrunner.
Alexander takes a good, long look into learning what is arguably a very hardcore game with a strong, and ever-shifting meta, as well as a personal take on struggling with learning a fairly technical style of game in the face of a learning disability. The article marks both an impressive journey from struggling newbie to self-assured gamer for the author, and a friendly glance into just what Android: Netrunner is really all about.
Appropriately Inappropriate Hilariously Fun to Play Again and Again The Most Fun You Will Ever Have While Being a Terrible Human Being! Unlike other lame comparison games that try to be cleverly ‘edgy’, Personally Incorrect was designed specifically so that every round will offend people! Why play a tiring game that makes generic statements? Personally Incorrect attacks the people you are playing with – and no one is safe!
One player reads a Question Card out to the group, replacing “Insert Name” with the name of a person at the table. The other players then pick a highly-offensive answer card from their hand to give to the reader. The reader then reads the card again, one-by-one, filling in the blanks with the provided answers. Once everyone is done pissing their pants laughing, players then vote on the answer they want to win! No dictator B.S. here; every one of the terrible people playing the game gets a say!
In Ninja Dice, a push-your-luck dice game with a Japanese theme, players compete to see which of them is the greatest Ninja.
To play, each player rolls House dice to create unique combinations of challenges. Players roll their Skill dice to come up with ways to beat these challenges. Players can also roll special Fortune faces that boost dice, but only if the dice they are boosting lie in specific positions on the table, a system that is new and unique to games of this kind.
Releasing with the base game is the Location Cards expansion.
Normally, in Ninja Dice, the House dice are rolled to create the House and its challenges for you to play against in your turn (while all the other players frantically try and stop you). These Location cards represent unique places with additional challenges, special rules, and thematic artwork to really enhance your Ninja experience. Choosing to use these Location Cards in a round adds to the difficulty of the round but increases the reward if you succeed. Sometimes there are more Guards, harder Locks, or new rules entirely!