New Hobby Releases In Stores & PDF Spotlight: 2nd October 2017

A rundown of the New Releases that should be hitting games stores this coming week! Board games, card games, RPGs, Wargames, Miniatures and collectible games... hopefully something for everyone! In addition to the games hitting your local store we’re also now listing a few RPG PDF releases from the last week that we hope may be of interest. For more information about any of the physical products please contact your local games store.

ROLE PLAYING GAMES

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Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting
5th Edition Campaign Setting
By Green Ronin

Critical Role has taken the roleplaying world by storm. Now, you can join the adventure! Until now, the wondrous and dangerous lands of Tal’Dorei have been the sole stomping grounds of the show’s adventuring company, Vox Machina. But now, you can explore these realms in a tome from the pen of Game Master Matt Mercer himself! Will you find one of the revered Vestiges of Divergence or perhaps discover part of the Chroma Conclave's legacy? Can you help the Ashari in their sacred charge to prevent the elemental vortices from overwhelming the world, or will you find yourself embroiled in the machinations of the Clasp? This setting book takes an in-depth look at the history, people, and places of Tal’Dorei, and includes new backgrounds, magic items, and monsters for the Fifth Edition rules.

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The Book of the Righteous
5th Edition Supplement
By Green Ronin

The most comprehensive pantheon in roleplaying games is back in a new edition for 5E. This massive tome provides more than 20 pick-up-and-play churches, whose organization and beliefs are described in lavish detail. These churches can be used in any campaign setting to bring a whole new level of detail to the religious characters. Plus, for those who don't have a complete cosmology in their game, The Book of the Righteous provides a comprehensive mythology that unifies all of the gods in the book. The original edition of Book of the Righteous was one of the most critically acclaimed books of the d20 era. Now Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition designers Robert J. Schwalb and Rodney Thompson have brought the new edition up to date with the 5E rules and the whole book is in glorious full color. The Book of the Righteous is truly a divine sourcebook like no other.

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Six of Swords
Blue Rose Adventure Anthology
By Green Ronin

Six of Swords is an adventure anthology for Blue Rose: The AGE RPG of Romantic Fantasy. Set in the fantastic world of Aldea, these six adventures provide Narrators with ready to go scenarios for characters of various levels. They include ruined mansions, masquerade balls, vampiric curses, mysterious masks, sorcerous secrets, ghostly hauntings, lost loves, looming threats, and tragic quests where heroes are called upon to make the right choices. Six of Swords has hours of adventure, excitement, and entertainment for your Blue Rose game. The Kingdom of the Blue Rose needs heroes, will you answer the call?

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Deadlands Classic: 20th Anniversary Edition
Core Rulebook
By Pinnacle Entertainment
This is the best version of Deadlands Classic, including both the original Player’s Guide and Marshal’s Handbook, with Full Color art lovingly re-colored by Pinnacle’s top artists!
(If you already have the original Deadlands Classic Player's Guide and Marshal's Handbooks, this book does not present new material. It is a re-release of the original with a little cleanup and all the art re-rendered in gorgeous full-color.)

Deadlands Classic was a surprise hit when it was originally released at GenCon '96. The setting, the character types, the art, and even the poker-inspired mechanics combined to make an experience that won every major award the industry had to offer...and then some!

One book has all the information needed to play. Players and Marshals read the front and the Marshal reads the last half to figure out what makes the West so Weird.
This book does not require Savage Worlds or Deadlands Reloaded to play. It is a stand-alone game compatible with all the books labeled Deadlands Classic. Deadlands Reloaded is the later edition of the game that uses the Savage Worlds core rules. Some material, such as the four "Plot Point Campaigns" for Deadlands Reloaded can be coverted using the free rules found here.

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Festival of Lights
Tales of Equestria Adventure
By River Horse

Step into Umberfoal, an ancient city beneath the Badlands in the southern reaches of Equestria. Umberfoal is sheltered from the world, but plagued by threats from deeper in the darkness – and it needs your help! Can you delve into deepest lakes and darkest cave to face the dangers within? Will you be able to help the ponies of Umberfoal hold their ancient and magical ritual, the Festival of Lights?

The Festival of Lights explores the mysterious city of Umberfoal, and is perfect for pony characters levels 2 to 5. Players will encounter new creatures, new friends and lots of classic dungeon delving adventures all in the exciting and perilous depths beneath Equestria.

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Bestiary of Equestria
Tales of Equestria Supplement
By River Horse

The Bestiary of Equestria is the perfect visual guide to all the creatures and characters players can experience in My Little Pony: Tails of Equestria storytelling game. This 128 page hardback book contains all the creatures of Equestria from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic! Within these full-color pages players will also discover how to create their own critters for the storytelling game, new player races and ponies of Equestria, as well as new Talents & Quirks to use when playing Tails of Equestria.

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Pugmire RPG
Core Rulebook
By Onyx Path

Be a Good Dog. Protect Your Home. Be Loyal To Those Who Are True. These are the words of the Code of Man. Dogs have inherited the world, building the kingdom of Pugmire thousands of years after the Ages of Man. These dogs have been changed to use tools and language, and they (along with other races of uplifted animals) seek to rediscover the world they’ve inherited. Some dogs use the leftover technology of humanity, but they believe it all to be magic handed to them by their dead gods. Others seek to create an ideal civilization, using a Code of Man compiled from ancient, fragmentary lore. The world is dangerous and mysterious, but courageous and loyal dogs will persevere.

Pugmire is a light-hearted and family-friendly fantasy world. It’s one of the first of Onyx Path’s creator-owned games, produced in a partnership with Eddy Webb and Pugsteady. Combining the ideas, passion, and creativity of experienced designers with decades of experience in producing quality roleplaying game products, these creator-owned games push the boundaries of the “Onyx Path brand” in new and diverse directions.

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The Complete Trog
Shadowrun Supplement
By Catalyst Game Labs

Big, Bad and Awesome

They can call you a trog. Sure they can. Let ’em think it’s smear. Let them show you what they don’t know. Let them ignore history, the great accomplishments orks and trolls have made in every field in the Sixth World, the homes and enclaves they’ve built out of nothing. There’s enough talent in the trog population to punch, hack, rig, charm, or enchant that smug smile right off their face. You know what you are. They’ll learn—fast, if they know what’s good for them.

The Complete Trog is the definitive guide for ork and troll characters in Shadowrun. With information on what it’s like to be an ork or troll in dozens of spots across the globe, details on working in corps as a trog (including in ork- and troll-dominated corps) and the heroes and enemies of trog culture, the book helps players add flavor and depth to their characters and the world around them. On top of that, it has gear, qualities, and life modules compatible with both Shadowrun, Fifth Edition and Shadowrun: Anarchy. Plunge into the rich culture of trogs and watch them turn that slur on its head.

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Battlemech Manual
Battletech Sourcebook
By Catalyst Game Labs

Your Avatar Awaits!

• Standing from seven to sixteen meters tall, and weighing from twenty to one hundred tons
• Powered by an armored and shielded fusion reactor
• Skeleton of honeycombed, foamed aluminum core wrapped with stressed silicon carbide monofilament and sheathed by a rigid, titanium-steel shell
• Locomotion generated via bundles of polyacetylene-fiber myomer muscles
• Protected by aligned-crystal steel over a layer of boron nitride impregnated with diamond monofilaments Mounting a swath of powerful weapons from charged particle beams to lasers, missiles to rapid-fire autocannons
• All at the command of the noble elite, the MechWarriors
The modern BattleMech is the end result of more than three thousand years of battlefield technology development. Combining awesome destructive power and unparalleled maneuverability, the BattleMech is perhaps the most complex machine ever produced. The undisputed master of thirty-first century warfare, the BattleMech seems destined to reign supreme for centuries to come.

—Excerpts from a promotional pamphlet originally distributed by Defiance Industries of Hesperus, Lyran Commonwealth, 3007

Using the most up-to-date rules text, the BattleMech Manual has been designed from the ground up to cater to the BattleTech player wanting to engage in an all-’Mech battle. Includes a variety of optional rules, terrain and more. Welcome to the most table-usage-friendly BattleTech rulebook ever published!

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Technical Readout – Succession Wars
Battletech Sourcebook
By Catalyst Game Labs

KING OF THE BATTLEFIELD

On February 5, 2439, the Mackie obliterated all opposition during its first combat trial, ushering in a new era of warfare. The BattleMech—King of the Battlefield—was born. BattleMechs reached their pinnacle during the golden age of the Star League. The fall of the Star League and the Succession Wars that raged for centuries afterward took their toll and by the Fourth Succession War, the technology employed on the battlefields was a mere shadow of what it once was. However, the discovery of the Helm Memory Core unlocked the technological potential to develop new BattleMechs and experimental technologies for the first time in centuries.

Technical Readout: Succession Wars is the perfect “first Technical Readout” companion to the BattleMech Manual. Combining the ’Mechs previously found in Technical Readout: 3039, Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, and Technical Readout: 3075, this volume features some of the most common ’Mechs from the Age of War to the Succession Wars. Each machine is illustrated in detail, and accompanied by a description of its history, capabilities, game stats, along with their most famous pilots.

Note: This is a compilation volume. The entries in this book are reprinted from Technical Readout: 3039, Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, and Technical Readout: 3075. Players who own those Technical Readouts will find the same units presented in Technical Readout: Succession Wars.

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Knights of the Dinner Table 247
Comic & Magazine
By Kenzer & Co


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ROLE PLAYING GAMES PDF SPOTLIGHTS

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Dungeon Crawl Classics #95: Enter the Dagon
DCC Adventure
By Goodman Games

The Isle of Dagon: to common folk, it presages death, pestilence, and woe. To warlocks, witches, and wizards, the isle offers a wealth of occult power, forbidden knowledge, and spells beyond the ken of mortal man. But before you can lay claim to the island’s secrets, first you have to survive its fabled spell duels — a series of death matches where only one caster may reign supreme.

Wizards and elves will be tested to the fullest of their abilities. To triumph, parties must also survive the machinations of the other contenders and their wicked retinues. For when vying for the title of Master of Dagon, and battling against some of the most powerful sorcerers to tread the Known Worlds, you will need every advantage you can glean. Will you and your companions sit passively by, awaiting whatever fate befalls you? Or will you take the fight to your foes?

And when your life — and those of your companions — hangs on the casting of a single spell, will you have the courage to accept Dagon’s challenge?

The time for questioning has passed. Black-sailed ships have come to ferry you and your companions to the fabled death matches. It is time to Enter the Dagon.

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Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium
Pathfinder Setting
By Legendary Games

Into the Woods!

Step under the shadowed boughs of the forest realm to find a wild world of magic, mystery, monsters, and more! From the misty boreal taiga of the cold northern reaches to wondrous glades of enchanting fey beauty, the Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium from Legendary Games offers a wealth of amazing expansions for your wilderness campaign using the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Within you will find:​


  • [*=center]Dozens of new character options for your campaign on the borderlands, including archetypes like the explorer ranger and darkwolf druid alongside the jester bard and cavalier order of the woodlands! Plus new faerie bloodlines, talents, infusions, and more!
    [*=center]Over 40 spectacular spells perfect for wilderness adventuring, from bloodspear and faerie form to fey crossroads and threefold thunder!
    [*=center]New rules for faerie feats, including nearly 30 new feats from Fairy Blessing and Feral Companion to Cloak of Coiling Thorns and Tidalwave of Rot!
    [*=center]Over 60 incredible creatures, from friendly fey like pixies and satyrs to frightful foes like barrow wights to wendigos, plus forest dragons from taiga linnorms to jungle kongomato, and fanciful creatures like the jabberwock, jubjub bird, and frumious bandersnatch!
    [*=center]Dozens of new magic items ideal for trailblazing in the wild, like the scout's spyglass, plow of the abundant harvest, and staff of the fey queen!
    [*=center]Eight richly developed wilderness-themed characters are contained here as well, each with a detailed history and connections to the official kingdom-building Adventure Path but easily usable in any wilderness campaign as rivals or allies.
    [*=center]Two complete adventures, with your heroes braving bloody vengeance among the barbarian tribes on Cold Mountain for 4th-level characters and saving unicorns from an unseelie fate in Horns of the Hunted for 6th-level PCs.
    [*=center]Plus chapters on running forest- or fey-themed campaigns and building your own border kingdom in the wilderness, including love and bargains between mortals and the fey, the incursion of faerie magic into the natural world, tournaments and festivals, jousting and archery, villains in nature, and even sample kingdoms!

If your heroes are heading into the woods, this is richly detailed and lavishly illustrated book is a resource you don't want to be without! The Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium is packed with great material for players and GMs alike, the perfect companion for any wilderness campaign to help Make Your Game Legendary!

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Halcyon City Herald Collection
Masks: A New Generation Supplement
By Magpie Games

Halcyon City has been the epicenter of the earth’s superhuman madness for close to a century. The city is built on a history of heroes, villains, and the battles they bring with them. And the Halcyon City Herald has been there since the beginning, your eyes and ears on the ground.

Now Keandra Hunt, editor-in-chief of the Herald, is revealing her personal collection of articles pointing to Halcyon’s greatest truths and notorious secrets...

The Halcyon City Herald Collection is a sourcebook for Masks: A New Generation that fleshes out Halcyon City with new places, new faces, and new mysteries. Masks: A New Generation is a ENnie-award winning superhero roleplaying game in which a team of young heroes fights villains, saves lives, and tried to figure out who they are—noble paragons? Dark avengers? Or regular kids? All against the backdrop of Halcyon City, the greatest city in the world. Here, you’ll find everything you need to spice up your version of Halcyon City at a moment’s notice.

In this book, you get:
• A collection of articles detailing many of Halcyon’s greatest catastrophes and characters
• A slew of new moves fleshing out those people and places with mechanical weight
• Five new limited edition playbooks to add to your game of Masks, along with advice for using them in your game

Does your team of heroes have what it takes to investigate Halcyon’s greatest stories? Time to find out.

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Into the 80’s
Urban Knights Sourcebook
By C Michael Hall

This sourcebook for the Urban Knights 1970s cop show RPG takes the action from the mean streets of the 1970s to the glitz and dazzle of the 1980s! Rev up your imported sports car and crank the synth-pop soundtrack, because it's time to bust perps '80s style!

Includes detailed setting information, optional rules (including options for grittier, more realistic combat), and tips for transitioning your ongoing Series from the '70s to the '80s.

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Escape from the Jade Colossus
Numenera Adventure
By Monte Cook Games

Trapped in a prior-world ruin!

Five years ago, a hidden prior-world installation woke up after aeons of somnolence. The night of its awakening, the land screamed and shuddered. After the tremors subsided and the day crept back, something enormous was revealed: a massive new structure, many miles in diameter, had burst up through the ground. It had been expelled to the world’s surface—or did it move under its own power?
A dangerous contagion in Ballarad has led the PCs into the Jade Colossus, where the healer Gerob knows of key ingredients to a cure. But when a collapse blocks their escape route, can the players find their way out of the massive structure? And when Gerob becomes more a liability than an ally, is there any hope of bringing the cure to the stricken city?
Escape from the Jade Colossus was the official Numenera adventure for Gen Con 2017. It begins in media res and includes pregenerated characters, making it perfect for one-shot use—but it also introduces the massive structure detailed in Jade Colossus: Ruins of the Prior Worlds, and is easily adapted into campaign play.

Note: The total page count of 30 pages includes the 17-page adventure, plus 6 double-sided pre-generated characters.

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Infected Manual
Era: Survival Supplement
By Shades of Vengeance

Humanity battles for survival in the dangerous world of Gaia, where Infection and Mutation are a daily threat. Organising itself into factions with different ideas about how to best survive the dangerous world they inhabit, they clash with each other as often as Infected.

The Infected Manual is an enhanced list of possible Infected mutations that characters might encounter. This book contains random generation options with 100 varieties of Mutation.

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Heroes Unlimited RPG, 2nd Edition
Core Rulebook
By Palladium Books

Virtually every type of hero imaginable, whether inspired by comic books, pulps, novels, film or television, is waiting to be created and played. The stuff of action-packed adventure!​


  • [*=center]Over 100 super abilities, plus scores of sub-powers.
    [*=center]Over 40 psionic powers.
    [*=center]Over 100 magic spells, plus Enchanted Weapons and Objects.
    [*=center]Robot and cyborg creation rules.
    [*=center]Super-Vehicles, gimmicks and gizmos.
    [*=center]Aliens, mutants, cyborgs, robots, martial artists, wizards, experiments, super-geniuses, vigilantes, and more, plus the optional Mega-Hero™.
    [*=center]Skills, special abilities, fast playing combat, and more!
    [*=center]Written by Kevin Siembieda.
    [*=center]A complete role-playing game.
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BOARD & CARD GAMES

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Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game
2 players, ages 14+, 45-60+ minutes
By Fantasy Flight Games

Welcome to the realm of Rokugan: a land of samurai and mystics, mad dragons and divine beings — a land where honor is stronger than steel. Here, the clans serve the Emperor and engage in courtly deceptions and power plays, even as they wage war against each other and the evil forces that plague their realm. This is the world of Legend of the Five Rings!

Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game is a Living Card Game set in the world of Rokugan, the original setting for the Legend of the Five Rings collectable card game. To play a Living Card Game, players create individual decks of cards from a base game with a fixed set of cards; they can then add supplemental card packs to this game world, with each pack also having a fixed set of cards, in order to vary their game experience.

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Massive Darkness
1-6 players, ages 14+, 90-180+ minutes
By CMON/Guillotine Games

Massive Darkness brings the classic fantasy RPG experience to modern board gaming, with an action-packed campaign chock full of gorgeous miniatures and a streamlined system that keeps the focus on the heroes' actions, with no need for a game master to control the enemies.

Using the popular Zombicide system as a starting point, Massive Darkness adds all the richness of a dungeon crawl RPG. Pick your hero, choose a class, decide on which skills to spend your XP, and get loot by searching the dungeon or killing special enemies that can use the equipment against you! Face a multitude of different enemy types, coming in all shapes and sizes, whose behavior is resolved automatically...or you can try to sneak around enemies by taking advantage of dark areas of the map.

Players begin their adventure in Massive Darkness by picking a Hero – each with two special starting skills – and pair them with a Class of their choosing. Depending on the combination, another skill can be unlocked, giving players a wide range of choices and play styles. In Massive Darkness, the created Heroes go on Quests, killing monsters, collecting loot, and gaining XP. Players spend their XP to unlock new Skills, growing more powerful as the Quest progresses.

Throughout the game, players encounter different monsters, including Minions, Agents, Roaming Monsters, and Bosses. An unique mechanism of the game is the Guardian. Any of the monster types have a chance of spawning as a Guardian, meaning it will use a random piece of equipment in the fight against Heroes. However, if players are able to overcome this difficult encounter, they will acquire that piece of loot!

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Wartime: The Battle of Valyance Vale
2 players, 10+ minutes
By WizKids

Valyance and Firebrand have gone to war! Units clash in the skirmishes, but the fight is gritty, with little time to think and plan as sand timers dictate the activation of your units. When a unit moves, attacks, cast spells, or uses a special ability in Wartime: The Battle of Valyance Vale, a sand timer is flipped. The unit cannot be used again until the sand timer is drained, then that sand timer (or another one) can be used to activate the unit again. Manage your sand timers, as well as your unit actions, wisely. Sand timers come in different times: 30 seconds, 60 seconds, 90 seconds. Scenarios use other timers in time-sensitive missions.

Wartime: The Battle of Valyance Vale features scenario-based play, with branching missions depending on the outcome of the previous mission. Configure your own units to fight in player-designed missions or mix up the unit configurations when playing the game's missions.

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The Mountain of Fire
Lord of the Rings: The Game Expansion
By Fantasy Flight Games

"We come now to the very brink, where hope and despair are akin. To waver is to fall."
–Aragorn, The Return of the King

Dire, world-shattering stakes. Epic Multiplayer Mode. The fate of all Middle-earth… Mountain of Fire is the sixth and final The Lord of the Rings Saga Expansion for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game!

Three epic scenarios grant you the opportunity to adventure alongside Aragorn and Frodo Baggins as they march to the Black Gate, carry the One Ring into the heart of Mordor, and climb the final steps to the fires of Mount Doom. These scenarios are inspired directly by The Return of the King, and their apocalyptic, world-altering stakes are reflected by the introduction of the dire keyword, which raises the threat elimination level to "99," and by rules that allow you play the final two scenarios simultaneously in Epic Multiplayer Mode, either in standalone play or as the climactic finale to your The Lord of the Rings Saga Campaign!

And it's not just the scenarios that are bigger and more fantastic than ever. Mountain of Fire is loaded with new heroes, allies, events, and attachments that truly convey the awesome resolve of those noble and daring Men, Elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits that stood at the end against the forces of Mordor.

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Gateway: Uprising
2-4 players, ages 13+, 45-60+ minutes
By CMON

Players of the deck-building card game Gateway: Uprising take on the roles of insurgent wizards determined to reclaim the Great City of Gateway.

Each player begins with the game with the same starter resources of basic insurgent wizards, merchants, and a magical Runestone - but from there the similarities end. Players will draft new wizards, heroes, and magical creatures into their ranks, building up an army to defeat and defend the different districts of Gateway.

After successfully liberating a district, the player gains access to its unusual power, such as cheaper resources, additional defenses, or even the ability to magically damage foes from afar. Be warned: Not only will other rebel insurgents attempt to steal your districts away from you, but you'll also have to battle against the forces of Chancellor Gideon and an invading onslaught of terrible monsters called the Drueggar.

To aid you in this are Runestones - powerful one-time-use spells that can turn the tide of battle instantly or provide the player with a temporary boost to his coffers. However, once used, Runestones become empty shells and are discarded for the remainder of the game.

To win the game, players must collect victory points by defeating the city guard and Drueggar Horde, controlling important districts, or through special insurgent abilities they draft into their ranks. Don't delay and play the waiting game -- if the Drueggar manage to take all the city districts, it’s game over for both the insurgents and the innocent citizens of Gateway!

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Death Incarnate
Cutthroat Caverns Expansion
By Smirk & Dagger

Enter the Realm of the Incarnations. Face the very essence of Anguish, Pride, Hope and Despair. Take up sword against all four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — including Death himself. If Fortune is by your side, you may just come out alive and wealthy beyond imagining.

Welcome back to Cutthroat Caverns, the semi-cooperative game of kill-stealing and backstabbing in a deadly dungeon. Death Incarnate is an expansion dedicated to the most feared encounters in the game, the Incarnations. Here their numbers are more than doubled, new events are themed for their spheres of influence, and legendary relics are imbued with their incredible powers — one for each Incarnation since you first braved the caverns.

Embark on a quest and see whether you are cutthroat enough to become its very Incarnation.

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10 Minute Heist: The Wizard’s Tower
2-5 players, ages 14+, 10+ minutes
By Daily Magic Games

In 10 Minute Heist: The Wizard's Tower, players take turns moving their pawns from room to room stealing items. Players compete for most paintings, artifacts, jewels, and fossils. Players also compete for the most items valued at 3, 4, and 5. The first player to exit receives bonus points, so it's a race to the finish while simultaneously trying to get sets of items to maximize points. Be careful not to accumulate too many cursed items because they're worth negative points at the end of the game!

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Slimer Sea Fright
Ghostbusters II Board Game Expansion
By Cryptozoic

For the first time ever, play as Slimer as he fights against Jack Higgins and his skeleton crew in this campaign containing 4 scenarios, 4 new map tiles, 9 new minis, and more tokens! Slimer is the first playable Ghost character in Ghostbusters: The Board Game II and has new interesting skill sets that come from his vaporous state of being. Slimer gets abilities that allow him to move in ways no other Ghostbuster can. He’s handy with a Slime Blower or Proton Pack, and other Ghosts might not see him as an immediate threat.

Trick shots and sneak attacks are a pirate’s specialty, and with the Gold Doubloon token, you can make shots with your weapon that weren’t possible before.

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Beeeees!
2-5 players, ages 14+, 30+ minutes
By Action Phase Games

The buzz around the meadow is the High Queen seeks an heir. A grand test of skill and dexterity will be held to determine which fledgling queen will inherit the throne! So assemble your hive and make a beeline for the meadow!

BEEEEES! is a buzzing real-time dice rolling game for 2-5 players where brains matter as much as speed. Players frantically roll dice to claim hive tiles in front of them and their neighbors. The player with the most dice on the tile strategically places it into their burgeoning hive. At the end of the game, the player that has built the best hive wins!

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Pirate 21
2-6 players, ages 14+, 15+ minutes
By Indie Boards & Cards

Avast ye, mateys! Lookit thar! It be a chest of gold! But how to divvy up th' loot? Aye! Draw yer cards and watch out for yer hornswagglin' mateys! Gamblin' be th' pirate way!

Pirate 21 is competitive card game for 2-6 players. Each player tries to get 21 without going over. Sound familiar? It is, but in this version of 21 you have pirates that can knock an opponent out of the round, mates and captains that can swap cards, and princesses to defend you. Draw your cards, and bring your best trash-talking pirate voice to the table.

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Pairs: Deluxe Edition
2-8 players, ages 12+, 15+ minutes
By Cheapass Games

Pairs is the name of the game, and pairs of cards are what players want to avoid.
The game uses a 55-card deck that contains one 1, two 2s, three 3s, and so on up to ten 10s. At the start of the game, shuffle the deck, then remove five cards from play unseen. Deal one card face-up to each player.

Whoever has the lowest card is the first active player. She decides whether to "hit" — that is, be dealt another card — or forfeit the round. If she hits and is dealt a card that doesn't match a card she already has in front of her, then the next player clockwise becomes the active player; if the card does match, then the round ends, she keeps one of these matching cards as penalty points, then everyone else discards their cards and a new round begins with each player being dealt a card.

If the active player forfeits, the round ends and she takes the lowest-valued card visible on the table as penalty points, then a new round begins. Penalty cards remain set aside, even if the deck is shuffled to continue play. If a player acquires more penalty points than the predetermined threshold, then the game ends and this player loses. (Alternatively, players can use coins to track scores between games, with the loser paying everyone one coin, paying her score in coins to the player with the lowest score, etc.)

There are many versions of Pairs from Cheapass Games. The base game play is identical, but the artwork (and artist) vary across the versions. Some include special game rules relevant to the theme of the deck. In general, you can find new/experimental/user-submitted rules at the Cheapass website, and many non-English versions of Pairs also include rules for additional games to play with this deck.

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Dead Last
6-12 players, ages 14+, 10-90+ minutes
By Smirk & Dagger

Stay alive, gain a fortune...

Dead Last — originally known as Tontine — is a "social collusion" game of shifting alliances, betrayals, and murder for profit in which players must conspire and vote upon whom to kill each round. Any means of overt or covert communication is allowed — a glance, a nod, pointing under the table, flashing a card, anything – but make sure you don't tip off the target or they could ambush you instead! In the end, one or two players will remain, either claiming all the gold or squaring off in a final showdown before starting the next round of play. The first player to score 24 points of gold wins.

Thematically, the inspiration for the game is one of the oldest pulp fiction/detective novel tropes: the Tontine, a financial investment that accrues, but pays out only to the last surviving member of the group. This practice is now largely illegal as it famously had the tendency to lead to murder.

But it is the subtle art of communication that delivers the fun of the game and you conspire with each other. If you are the target of the most votes, you're dead, and if you did not side with the popular vote, you are also dead, so you constantly have to stay informed or deceive your target to band together without letting the target know. Wink, smile, kill — that's the whole game. As soon as someone asks, "Hey, wanna play Dead Last?", the game has already begun — and if you don't know who the target is, it very well could be you...

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Atari: Centipede Boardgame
2-4 players, ages 12+, 30-45+ minutes
By IDW Games

In Atari’s Centipede, 2 or 4 players venture into the world of the classic Atari arcade game. On one side, a Player controls the Gnome, exploring the forest and trying to defeat the Centipede.

On the other side, the Centipede player, eager to destroy the Gnome, must wiggle their way to the other end of the board.

The Gnome Player rolls and spends their dice to perform actions, while the Centipede Player uses a deck of cards to spawn Fleas, Spiders and Mushrooms, trying to control the game board.

The first Player to eliminate their opponent wins the game!

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Glass Road 2nd Edition
1-4 players, ages 12+, 20-80+ minutes
By Mayfair Games

Glass Road leads you into the Bavarian Forest of the 18th century. With two Production wheels at your disposal, you will be tasked with the production of glass and bricks as well as managing other resources. You will need to develop your very own landscape and build upon it a variety of buildings that will grant you many benefits. At the heart of the game is your set of 15 specialists, of which you will only use 5 during each of the game's building periods. But it is not as simple as that, for your opponents also have access to the same cards, and if one of them plays a card you've chosen, your options will be reduced drastically. In this game about glass making, flexibility will be your best asset to seize victory!

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Zombie Slam
2-6 players, ages 13+, 15+ minutes
By Mercury Games

An app-assisted card game!

You must survive 4 days by scavenging a new location, exploring the rooms and collecting supply cards to fill your backpack. Listen carefully and use your hand to slam a stack where the top supply card matches the request. If you fail to fill a backpack or overcome the hazards you've encountered by the end of the day, you become a Zombie.

That doesn't mean your game is over as the undead can rise again and win by infecting the most Stragglers! Zombie Slam is played over four rounds with all players acting simultaneously. Each round consists of 10 turns.

There is also an optional smart device app to guide the play, which also turns Zombie Slam into a movie-like experience!


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MINIATURES & MINIATURE GAMES

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Codex: Adeptus Mechanicus
Warhammer 40,000 Supplement
By Games Workshop

The Adeptus Mechanicus are the keepers and manufacturers of technology for the Imperium of Mankind. It is a role they guard jealously, using their own standing armies, engines of war and god-machines. It is within their power to unleash the most arcane weaponry in the Imperium, and they do so without mercy. Grim processions of soldiers stride in perfect unison, each one a disturbing fusion of man and machine. Behind them stomp soulless automata, and towering over them are enormous walkers. An Adeptus Mechnicus army marching to war is a sight both terrifying and glorious.

Codex: Adeptus Mechanicus contains a wealth of background material and rules. This 104 page book is the definitive book for Adeptus Mechanicus collectors.

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First Strike Starter Set
Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set
By Games Workshop

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Know No Fear Starter Set
Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set
By Games Workshop

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A Clash of Eagles
Black Powder Supplement
By Warlord Games

Re-create epic moments of the 1812 campaign: the battles of Smolensk and Borodino, the numerous smaller affairs involving Napoleon’s allies and the long, protracted retreat from Russia culminating in the crossing of the Berezina, all of which left the Grand Armée reduced to a shadow of its former self.

Within the pages you will discover how Napoleonic armies fought differently from preceding Black Powder armies; including background detail focusing on the campaign, the numerous nations that took part in the campaign, as well as their armies and statistics on over a hundred different troop types.

You will find information on how to reflect Napoleonic battles using the Black Powder rules as well as a few new rules that are pretty standard among wargames communities across the globe.

Running alongside this you will encounter numerous national characteristics for France, Russia, Austria and Prussia to name a few, that will give your gaming experience more of a Napoleonic feel.

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Latari Elves Command Unit Upgrade
RuneWars Miniature Expansion
By Fantasy Flight Games

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Maegan Cyndewin
RuneWars Miniature Expansion
By Fantasy Flight Games

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Deepwood Archers
RuneWars Miniature Expansion
By Fantasy Flight Games

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Leonx Riders
RuneWars Miniature Expansion
By Fantasy Flight Games

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Aymhelin Scions
RuneWars Miniature Expansion
By Fantasy Flight Games

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WZK72577 Minotaur (2)
D&D Nolzur’s Marvelous Minis
By Wizkids

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WZK72586 Evil Wizards (2)
Pathfinder Deep Cuts Unpainted Miniature
By Wizkids

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WZK72587 Bugbears (2)
Pathfinder Deep Cuts Unpainted Miniature
By Wizkids

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WZK72590 Chests (4)
Pathfinder Deep Cuts Unpainted Miniature
By Wizkids

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WZK72595 Keg Barrels (3)
Pathfinder Deep Cuts Unpainted Miniature
By Wizkids

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WZK72608 Elf Male Paladin (2)
Pathfinder Deep Cuts Unpainted Miniature
By Wizkids

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WZK72617 Dwarf Female Fighter (2)
D&D Nolzur’s Marvelous Minis
By Wizkids

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WZK72622 Elf Male Wizard (2)
D&D Nolzur’s Marvelous Minis
By Wizkids

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WZK72624 Dwarf Male Cleric (2)
D&D Nolzur’s Marvelous Minis
By Wizkids

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WZK72640 Human Female Druid (2)
D&D Nolzur’s Marvelous Minis
By Wizkids


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WARGAMES

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Triumph of the Will: Nazi Germany vs Imperial Japan, 1948
1-2 players, ages 12+, 60-900+ minutes
By Compass Games

This game allows two players to game an alternate history where Germany and Japan have won WWII. Three years after that victory in 1948 they square off against each other for a final battle for world domination. The map of the game joins along the equator to depict the entire world.

Game mechanics recreate dilemmas and challenges inherent in grand-strategic warfare and the issues involved with controlling the entire planet. Movement switches rapidly back and forth between players keeping you fully involved in the game with no long waits between players. In any order you want, you can: enter reinforcements; bring back into play previously eliminated units; move an army, air force, fleet or elite corps on the map via land, sea or air; launch a conventional attack or launch a nuclear attack. Both conventional and nuclear attack options are available to players.

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Modern War #32: Operation Musketeer, Suez 1956
Magazine + Wargame
By Strategy & Tactics Press

Operation Musketeer is a wargame based on the assumption that the 1956 Anglo-French-Israeli invasion of Egypt turned into a major superpower confrontation in which the forces of the Soviet Union and United States became involved. Historically, the invasion was ended because both the USSR and USA opposed the Allied invasion. But, the assumption here is that, instead, both Moscow and Washington were drawn into the conflict and deployed combat forces to support their respective camp. The game system emphasizes command control. Each side is composed of different contingents. Players activate their contingents through the use of Command markers. This models the historical command-control factors involved in multi-national operations during the 1950s. Players command ground and air forces, and there is the possibility of nuclear war breaking out. There are two players: the Allies (including France, Britain, Israel and the US); and the East Bloc (Egypt, USSR).

Components: One 22" x 34" map on one sheet & 228 counters

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COLLECTIBLE CARD, MINIATURE & DICE GAMES

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Shining Legends Elite Trainer Box
Pokemon TCG Expansion
By Pokemon

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Legendary Dragon Decks
Yu-Gi-Oh TCG Expansion
By Konami​



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