Friday, April 09, 2010

The Oooo's And Aaaaa's of Games

The April issue of Game Trade Magazine has hit the stands and there are some cool new items in it that I think are worth mentioning...
  • There is a blue Munchkin coin included with the issue. As a member of the Steve Jackson Games demonstration team, I know the rarity of these coins so it is a nice addition to the magazine.

  • I'm a big fan of the post-apocalyptic genre so the new Atomic Highway role-playing game (RPG) caught my interest. Players can "[t]ear along the shattered highway as... road warrior[s], track down monstrous threats as... brave tribal warrior[s], or unearth the wonders of the past as... canny scavenger[s]." It is scheduled to ship in June.

  • In May, Evil Hat Productions will be shipping the Don't Rest Your Head RPG. This sounds like one of those warped settings that appeal to me. It is advertised as "a sleek, dangerous little game, where players are all insomniac protagonists with superpowers, fighting exhaustion and madness to stay alive - and awake - for just one more night."

  • Just in case your Arkham Horror board game isn't big enough, there will be a new expansion released in May, Lurker at the Threshold. It apparently adds Dark Pacts to this popular horror game.

  • Flying Buffalo will be shipping d6 Decision Die in June. This die is intended to be used to determine who is the starting player for any game you're about to play. "For instance, if the elderly man or infant symbol is rolled, the oldest and/or the youngest player goes first."

  • Although I am not so convinced of the usefulness, a Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master's Token Set will be released by GaleForce nine in June. The tokens are placed next to a D&D miniature to denote various conditions, but I gotta wonder how well this will work when a miniature is surrounded, or has a lot of tokens and you need to move it on the map. The set does look very professional though.

  • Another product whose usefulness I question but whose quirkiness appeals to me is the new Gamemastery Map Pack: Swallowed Whole by Paizo Publishing. It contains map packs "that combine to form a variety of monster stomachs and sticky organic interiors ready to be hacked apart by desperate adventurers."

  • In June, Stave Jackson Games will be releasing a new 19 card booster set for the Munchkin card game, Marked for Death. Not only can it be added to your Munchkin card deck, but it includes instructions on how to use it as a super-quick, programmed demo to teach new players.

  • Wizards of the Coast will be shipping an awesome new miniature in June: Orcus, Prince of Undeath. The price I don't like but the miniature sure looks cool... and I could set it next to my Horrorclix Cthulhu mini.

  • The Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual 3 will also be hitting the shelves in June. That means there will be a Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day in June as well!

  • Not to point to anything in particular, but Wyrd Miniatures' line of Malifaux Miniatures are so disturbing that they are just too cool.

If you'd like to check out the description of these games (as well as the numerous others I didn't mention), you can view the Games section of the magazine online at http://www.gametrademagazine.com/... and then order them from Haven Comics, where Josh is guaranteed to happily giggle when placing a new order!

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