New releases for December 22nd, 2014

A bumper crop of new releases today including miniatures, games and some special RPG items

Akrotiri by Z-Man Games

You’ve not only heard of secret temples hidden around the island of Thera, but you actually have maps that tell you their locations. In order to fund your excavation, you will have to ship resources found on surrounding islands back to the resource-poor island of Thera.

In Akrotiri – which is the dig site on the island of Thera – players place Land tiles in order to make the board match the maps that they have in their hands. Players earn points by excavating bigger temples and by excavating temples that are further away from Thera. Secret goal cards keep everyone guessing who the victor is until the end!

Carcassonne Gold Rush by Z-Man Games

The Far West. It starts with railroads and brings you to small camps that will quickly become cities. Trading with the Native Americans is greatly prosperous, and that’s nothing compared to the lodes that keep being discovered sporadically in the mountains. The only risk is the other prospectors, who are also searching to find the same riches as you are.

Carcassonne leads you into the Far West with Gold Rush, a thrilling adventure for 2 to 5 players of 8 years and up.

Pixel Glory by Zafty Games

You play a wizard who along with a few other wizards are about to embark on a quest to save a village from a dungeon! However, you are a selfish, greedy, fame-driven wizard who is all about their own personal glory, and the other members in your group are equally self-driven. While you and the other wizards may in appearance be working together to kill all the monsters, only the player that deals fatal damage to the monster gets to add the kill to their collection and get the fame for it.

Dust Tactics Operation Babylon Expansion by Battlefront

Dust Tactics Operation Babylon NDAK Army Box by Battlefront

Dust Tactics Operation Babylon USMCArmy Box by Battlefront

Dust Tactics Operation Babylon SSUArmy Box by Battlefront

+6 Bag of Munchkin Legends by Steve Jackson Games

Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack #2 by Tasty Minstrel Games

Dungeon Roll Legends: Hero Booster Pack #2 is a set of eight extra heroes, each with its own special and ultimate powers, for use with Dungeon Roll. The heroes in this pack are already leveled up and more powerful than the previous heroes from the base game and expansions, but are balanced against each other and should only be pitted against one another for a fair game, or put up against previous heroes to give some players a handicap.

Some of the new heroes include Cassandra the Cursed, Tou’lak the Minotaur Chieftan, Szopin the Infamous Warlord, and Marpesia the Amazon Queen.

Cash is King Expansion Pack by Dyskami Publishing Company

Big money jobs are up for grabs, and now with the Worker Placement expansion pack up to 6-8 players can battle for temp agency supremacy in The City! In addition to the extra game cubes, player tokens, and new rules included in this expansion, you’ll also find over 100 new game cards including three new card types:

Patchwork by Lookout Games

In Patchwork, two players compete to build the most aesthetic (and high-scoring) patchwork quilt on a personal 9×9 game board. To start play, lay out all of the patches at random in a circle and place a marker directly counter-clockwise of the 2-1 patch. Each player takes five buttons — the currency/points in the game — and someone is chosen as the start player.

On a turn, a player either purchases one of the three patches standing clockwise of the spool or passes. To purchase a patch, you pay the cost in buttons shown on the patch, advance your time token on the time track a number of spaces equal to the time shown on the patch, move the spool to that patch’s location in the circle, then add the patch to your game board. You’re free to place the patch anywhere on your board that doesn’t overlap other patches, but you probably want to fit things together as tightly as possible. If your time token is behind or on top of the other player’s time token, then you take another turn; otherwise the opponent now goes. Instead of purchasing a patch, you can choose to pass; to do this, you move your time token to the space immediately in front of the opponent’s time token, then take one button from the bank for each space you moved.

Roar-a-Saurus by Indie Boardgames and Cards

Roar-a-Saurus is a beautifully illustrated, family friendly, multi-player dino battle with “easy” and “challenge” modes.

In “easy”, players roll their battle dice as quickly as they can to attack their neighbors, heal themselves, or blow up all the other players. Gameplay is fast and furious, and with super simple rules, everyone can get in on the action as quickly as you can take the game out of the box.

In “challenge” mode, players have more options, but gameplay is still easy to learn and quick to play. Power-Ups make your dino more powerful by increasing its offense or defense. Customize your dino with nine different Power-Ups into a offensive dino of destruction or an armor clad defensive dino of doom — but you’ll still need to be quick as play is always real-time…

Murano by Lookout Games

Murano the game is set in Murano the place, with Murano being a small group of seven islands near Venice that’s well-known by tourists for its glassmaking. As in Venice, the islands of Murano are separated by canals, so gondolas and transportation are at the heart of this game.

The game board depicts the islands of Murano, with the islands being divided up into building sites and walkways. Surrounding the islands is a series of action spaces, with gondolas being present in some number of them at the start of play. On a turn, you move one of the gondolas in the direction of play to an empty space, then take the action shown there. You can’t pass another gondola while moving or land in an occupied space, but for a coin you can move a gondola that’s in front of the gondola you want to move, and you can pay to move multiple gondolas, if needed.

The Resistance: Hostile Intent expansion by Funagain Games

The battle between resistance and imperial has become more intense. It is no longer enough to target facilities in missions – the target has become personal as both sides look to neutralize their opponent’s leaders. This expansion for The Resistance introduces three new modules: “Hunter”, “Reverser”, and “Inquisitor”.

The Resistance: Hidden Agenda expansion by Funagain Games

The battle between resistance and imperial has become more intense. It is no longer enough to target facilities in missions – the target has become personal as both sides look to neutralize their opponent’s leaders. This expansion for The Resistance introduces three new modules: “Assassin”, “Defector”, and “Trapper”.

D&D Attack Wing Wave 2: Aarakocra Troop Expansion by Wizkids Games

D&D Attack Wing Wave 2: Black Shadow Dragon Expansion Pack by Wizkids Games

D&D Attack Wing Wave 2: Movanic Deva Angel Expansion Pack by Wizkids Games

Star Trek Attack Wing Wave Template Set by Wizkids Games

Deep Magic by Kobold Press

It contains some of the strangest, most wondrous, and most powerful arcane and divine magic ever devised, ready for use in any Pathfinder Roleplaying Game campaign.

Deep Magic offers an astounding variety of new magic options by Jason Bulmahn, Wolfgang Baur, Ed Greenwood, Owen K.C. Stephens, Jim Groves, Amber E. Scott, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, and many others!

Memoir ’44 Tactics and Strategy Guide by Days of Wonder

Memoir ’44 fans now have a definitive reference tool with Alexis Beuve’s Tactics & Strategy Guide.

Novices and veterans alike will improve their Memoir ’44 play thanks to this guide’s use of core principles to understand and retain key concepts; and the careful study of the 139 scenarios and 4 annotated games included herein.

You’ll learn to read the battle map, effectively maneuver troops, anticipate opponents’ moves and gauge their relative strengths and weaknesses; as well as discover how to manage the medal count and control the flow of the game – all keys to victory.

Metamorphosis Alpha Deluxe Collector’s Edition by Goodman Games

The very first sci-fi RPG returns in a deluxe oversized hardcover featuring the original 1976 rules plus loads of extras and new material! This is a 136-page compilation of the original 1976 edition of Metamorphosis Alpha, plus the supporting articles from Dragon magazine, introductions by Tim Kask and Jon Peterson, all-new monsters and NPCs by James M. Ward, and new adventure modules by James M. Ward, Michael Curtis, and Jobe Bittman. It features the very first publication ever of Mr. Ward’s original playtest notes for the 1976 edition of the world’s most first science fiction RPG!

Tile Chess by Steve Jackson Games

Tile Chess is chess without boundaries. All you need are the tiles.* Each tile represents a chess piece, and as you place the tiles, you create the board. You can play Tile Chess just about anywhere, and it supports up to four players!

* You need to know how to play chess, of course.

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