Christmas

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Asmodee has announced an exciting set of games which will be released in December in their Advanced, Core and Family game lines, making them perfect for Christmas presents.

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Abyss Kraken (Advanced Game Line)

Abyss designed by Bruno Cathala and Charles Chevallier set in an undersea world of giant sea creatures will get an expansion called Kraken. Xavier Collette who did the evocative artwork for the base game which won the Dicetower Award for Best Game Artwork 2014 has done the artwork for Kraken.

“The new ally race, the Kraken, are wild but will earn you black pearls. New Locations allow you to raid the loot deck for treasure.”

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Raptor (Advanced Game Line)

Raptor is an asymmetrical two player game by Bruno Cathala and Bruno Faidutti where one player controls a team of scientists tracking down the Raptor babies of the opposing player. This is a fast paced card driven game where the scientists try to capture the Raptor babies whilst evading the mother Raptor.

Zombies vs Cheerleaders (Advanced Game Line)

Zombies vs Cheerleaders is a two player game from Richard Toquet with the Cheerleaders controlled by one player and the Zombies by their opponent. Using an action point system and card based powers, the Cheerleaders aim to defeat the Zombie horde whilst the Zombies try to eat one of the Cheerleaders.

“It will take all your brain power…or lack there of, to win this hilarious, horror-filled battle!”

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Kemet Ta-Seti (Core Game Line)

Hemet Ta-Seti designed by Jacques Bariot and Guillaume Montiage is the first expansion for the Game Kemet, where players battle each other’s Egyptian tribes for control of temples and territories.

“The shadow of Ta-Seti lingers on the black soils of Kemet. Where new and terrifying creatures come into play.”

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Colt Express – Horses and Stagecoach (Family Game Line)

The popular Colt Express game by Christophe Raimbault where you are robbing a train and shooting your way to victory gets an expansion called Horses and Stagecoach. Just like the base game this contains 3D cardboard playing pieces which adds to the theme and makes the game look so enticing on the table.

“Horses will allow you to move around the train and to the Stagecoach to nab one of the Hostage characters. Hostages can earn you ransom, but many of them will give you a negative effect as well.”

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Crossing (Family Game line)

Crossing is a simultaneous action selection game by Yoshiteru Shinohara where players try to collect the most gemstones.

“Each round, players square off in a duel. You can grab Life Stones from mushrooms as they appear or steal Stones from your opponents’ stash.”

 

nightmare before christmas munchkin

Steve Jackson Games’ juggernaut card game Munchkin and Tim Burton’s cult classic film The Nightmare Before Christmas are two properties that need no introduction, so it’s only appropriate that the two are now coming together. The Nightmare Before Christmas Munchkin is a spookily chaotic Take That card game for 3-6 players that plays in 60-120 minutes featuring beautiful Burton-esque artwork. Have you always wanted to bribe and backstab your way through Halloweentown and prove yourself the true Pumpkin King? Then keep an eye for this one – coming soon to a Friendly Local Game Store near you!

Read the full press release below:

Fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Munchkin have an entirely new ghoulish world to immerse themselves in: The Nightmare Before Christmas Munchkin!

Play as a citizen from Halloween Town, Christmas Town, Thanksgiving Town or Easter Town. Battle and banish foes like Oogie Boogie, Doctor Finkelstein and Lock, Shock & Barrel from Halloween Town. Charge into battle on Santa’s Sleigh as you wield new weapons, curses and treasures.

You can play The Nightmare Before Christmas Munchkin on its own, or add it to other Munchkin games for more monster-mashing, treasure-grabbing action!

  • 3-6 players
  • Ages 10+

Contains:

  • 168 cards with custom colorful illustrations featuring favorite Nightmare Before Christmas characters
  • (96 Door cards, 72 Treasure cards)
  • 1 Custom Oogie Boogie movie replica die
  • 1 Instructions

hanabi

Did you get any board games for Christmas?  Or is that a rhetorical question?

Clever Move posted an article last week offering seven possible categories of gifts board gamers tend to get at Christmas.  Quite interesting and admittedly humorous, I found myself relating to some of these.  Examine your board game gift assortment from last week and see if anything falls into any of these categories (the one in parentheses is the example from the article):

  1. The Perfect Little Game (Hanabi)
  2. The High-Priced Game (Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary)
  3. The Expansion You Didn’t Want (Dominion: Alchemy)
  4. The Expansion You Did Want (Settlers of Catan: Traders & Barbarians)
  5. The Game You Already Have (Carcassonne)
  6. The Expansion for a Game You Don’t Own (Thunderstone Advance: Caverns of Bane)
  7. Monopoly (self-explanatory)

Check out the full article here.