Monday, July 06, 2009

UP-COMING GAME PICKS

This is my first attempt at a topic that may become a regular with the Haven Comics blog. Assuming I don't get distracted by other shiny objects (a real possibility), I will post up-coming game products that have grabbed my attention each month. Generally, these picks will be based on the descriptions posted in each month's Game Trade Magazine, so the products will probably not yet be released and will not be available for 1-2 months. Of course, I'm sure Josh will be more than willing to place a pre-order for ya. Now enough blog-talk, let's talk about GAMES!

* Cthulhu Britannica will be released in August and is a collection of five adventures for the Call of Cthulhu game, centered around England. Each scenario focuses upon a different time period, from the streets of Victorian London to the far future when the End is almost nigh.

* Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs contains nearly fifty blog posts from dozens of RPG blogs. I'm really undecided about this product, but it does sound kinda interesting to me. It is scheduled to ship in September.

* Dungeons & Dragons: Dragon Magazine Annual Volume 1 collects the best Dragon magazine content from the past year. In addition to the articles, the book contains notes from the designers, developers, and editors. Look for it in September.

* Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Master's Guide 2 is a new core rulebook containing advice and rules for Dungeon Masters of all levels of experience, with a particular focus on running adventures and campaigns in the paragon tier (levels 11–20). Among the other content is a fully-described "home base" for paragon-tier adventurers: the interplanar city of Sigil. (You fans of the old Planescape setting might like that.) This book will be released in September (and be heralded by another Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day).

4 comments:

Jonathan said...

Thanks for the bump! Retail distribution of Open Game Table is scheduled for September, but it is actually available now from Amazon, Lulu, Barnes and Noble and Borders. Hopefully that helps! =D

cameron said...

Here are some more with less of an RPG flavor:

Dominion: Intrigue (expansion to the 2009 SdJ winner that can be played as a stand-alone) - ships in July

Tales of the Arabian Nights (remake of an older game, sort of a multiplayer choose-your-own-adventure game) - ships in July and Josh has already ordered this one for me

Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium (expansion for another popular card game, but you need the base first) - ships today and Josh has already ordered this one for me

Middle-Earth Quest is shipping in August and is done by Fantasy Flight, so you know it will have high production standards.

This one is not new, but one I really want to find players for: Call of Cthulhu LCG. This is a remake of the CoC CCG but with a fixed card distribution. The mechanics are exactly like the CCG but there are no more boosters so you have to buy hundreds of dollars chasing all the cards. I have plenty for lots of folks if I can find some interested in playing.

cameron said...

This is as good a place as any. If one of you guys wants to post something like this on the front page, that would be nice.

Haven is a great place for comics and trades. It is probably a good place for RPGs (there are regular groups there for this). Why don't we see if we can add regularly scheduled board games? If anyone is interested, check BGG for descriptions of the following games, all of which are available:

Agricola (Eurogame, up to 5 ppl., ranked #1 on BGG)
Amazonas (Eurogame, 3-4 ppl.)
Arkham Horror (Ameritrash, up to 8 ppl., Cthulhu theme, ALL expansions, ranked #49 on BGG)
Blokus (abstract strategy game, up to 4 ppl.)
Bohnanza (card game, up to 7 ppl.)
Bombay (Eurogame, up to 5 ppl)
Carcassonne (Eurogame, tile-laying, up to 6 ppl, many expansions, ranked #58 on BGG)
Citadels (card game, up to 7 ppl., expansion, ranked #92 on BGG)
Cuba (Eurogame, up to 5 ppl, ranked #109 on BGG)
Dominion (card game, up to 4 ppl. but I've played more, ranked #6 on BGG, 2009 German game of the year)
Ghost Stories (cooperative game, up to 4 ppl., ranked #146 on BGG)
Ingenious (abstract strategy game, up to 4 ppl, ranked #70 on BGG
Jamaica (Eurogame/race, up to 6 ppl)
Le Havre (Eurogame from the maker of Agricola, up to 5 ppl, ranked #8 on BGG)
Pandemic (cooperative game, up to 4 ppl, 2009 German Game of the Year nominee, ranked #22 on BGG)
Race for the Galaxy (card game, up to 5 ppl, ranked #11 on BGG)
Red November (cooperative game, up to 8 ppl)
San Juan (card game, up to 4 ppl, ranked #65 on BGG)
Small World (better than risk, up to 5 ppl, ranked #33 on BGG)
Stone Age (Eurogame, up to 4 ppl, ranked #29 on BGG but should be even higher)
Thebes (Eurogame, up to 4 ppl., ranked #95 on BGG)
Call of Cthulhu (card game, only 2 player without modification, IMO one of the best card games)

If anyone is interested in playing any of these (or anything like these that you might have) leave me a note in box 122.

Josh said...

Cameron,

I'd be happy to host organized game days at Haven. We could do organized board game days - that would be cool. Maybe every other Sunday or something?

There's currently a board game group in Huntsville that meets at the food court at Parkway Place Mall. It would be nice if we could lure some of those folks in.

Joshua