GAMES & THINGS: November 29, 2013
Each week, Fanboy the Comic Imp spotlights a few of his favorite recent game releases. Here’s what FB’s playing this week:
MARVEL HEROCLIX: THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN
Marvel HeroClix: The Invincible Iron Man introduces the Improved Targeting combat ability to HeroClix, which allows characters to make ranged attacks in new and exciting ways as they shoot through walls and around other characters!
With 60 figures to collect, popular sub-themes include Iron Man’s longtime friends and foes, Alpha Flight, the Wrecking Crew, and more! In this set, there are:
- 14 Common Figures (plus one Prime figure!)
- 13 Uncommon Figures (plus one Prime figure!)
- 12 Rare Figures (plus one Prime figure!)
- 11 Super-Rare Figures (plus one Prime figure!)
- 6 Thematic Chase Figures
If that weren’t enough, HeroClix players can also collect the power of Iron Man’s most dangerous enemy, the Mandarin! Powered by 10 rings of alien design, the Mandarin has long been one of Iron Man’s most feared and deadly adversaries, and now the Mandarin’s power has come to HeroClix! Players will find the Rings of the Mandarin randomly inserted in Marvel HeroClix: The Invincible Iron Man five-figure boosters!
MAGIC: THE GATHERING
MAGIC 2013 HOLIDAY GIFT BOX
You like presents, right? And if you like presents and Magic, but your well-meaning loved ones are stymied by the collision of those two things, you can point them in the direction of the 2013 Holiday Gift Box!
The box itself can hold more than 2,000 Magic cards and is available worldwide in English on November 15, 2013. You do get more than just a beautiful box to store your cards in for the MSRP of $19.99, though! To wit:
- Four Theros booster packs
- Beautiful storage box that can hold more than 2,000 Magic cards
- Twenty Theros basic lands
- Six illustrated plastic dividers
- Sticker sheet for customizing the dividers
- An alternate-art Karametra’s Acolyte from the Theros set
CITADEL SPECIAL EFFECT PAINTS
Citadel introduces a new line of paints guaranteed to make your models pop with gritty detail. Colors include:
- BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD
- NIHILAKH OXIDE
- AGRELLAN EARTH
- NURGLES ROT
- TYPHUS CORROSION
- and RYZA RUST
PATHFINDER PLAYER COMPANION: BLOOD OF THE MOON
A Perfect Night for a Curse!
Channel the power of the moon and turn the curse of lycanthropy into a potent blessing with Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of the Moon! Whether you were born with traces of bestial blood from a lycanthropic ancestor or you were bitten by a werewolf and have transformed into one completely, this volume contains everything you need to embrace the beast within and become a fearsome weapon against your enemies. Become a protector of the natural world as a scion of a werebear, revel in bloodshed with the wolf fighting style created by your ancestors, or find your calling in the witch practices of your werecrocodile forerunners. Even if you do not take directly after these bestial horrors of the night, there is much to learn from associating with them—as either ally or hunter. The choice is yours with Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of the Moon!
Inside this book, you’ll find:
- Rules and information for the all-new skinwalker race—versatile humans distantly descended from lycanthropes, who have the power to take monstrous forms.
- Eight unique skinwalker heritages to choose from, allowing characters to channel the power of such creatures as the mighty wereboar, cunning wererat, or brutal weretiger.
- Tips, suggestions, and new ways to play a lycanthrope, hide your dreaded curse, and even find a cure for your affliction.
- An in-depth examination of the lycanthropic transformation process, as well as a lunar calendar to track the phases of the moon on Golarion and ensure you don’t get caught off guard on the night of the next full moon.
- New feats, spells, magic items, and rules options for characters from all walks of life— including the new lunar oracle mystery, transformative globes of moonlight, and mighty pelts that grant the powers of animals!
- This Pathfinder Player Companion is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be incorporated into any fantasy world.
Written by Tim Akers, Adam Daigle, Neal Litherland, David N. Ross, and Tork Shaw.
Cover Art by Kieran Yanner.
Each monthly 32-page Pathfinder Player Companion contains several player-focused articles exploring the volume’s theme as well as short articles with innovative new rules for all types of characters, as well as traits to better anchor the player to the campaign.
PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME: BESTIARY 4
Confront the creatures that go bump in the night! Bestiary 4 presents hundreds of new monsters for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Within this tome of terrors you’ll find pitiless psychopomps and blood-drinking nosferatu, insectile formians and faceless nightgaunts, and even unique mythological horrors like Spring- Heeled Jack and Grendel himself. Yet not every creature need be an enemy, as mighty empyreal lords, primeval outer dragons, and valorous swan maidens enlist you in their epic battles!
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 4 is the fourth indispensable volume of monsters for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and serves as a companion to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary. This imaginative tabletop game builds upon more than 10 years of system development and an Open Playtest featuring more than 50,000 gamers to create a cutting-edge RPG experience that brings the all-time best-selling set of fantasy rules into the new millennium.
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 4 includes:
- More than 300 different monsters
- Creatures from classic horror literature and monster films, including the colour out of space, elder things, and kaiju
- New player-friendly races like changelings, kitsune, and nagaji
- Entities of mythic might, from despotic demon lords and alien elohim to terrifying Great Old Ones—including Cthulhu!
- New creatures you can construct, like clockworks and juggernauts
- New familiars, animal companions, and other allies
- New templates to help you get more life out of classic monsters
- Appendices to help you find the right monster, including lists by Challenge Rating, monster type, and habitat
- Expanded universal monster rules to simplify combat
- Challenges for every adventure and every level of play
- AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
KING OF TOKYO: HALLOWEEN MONSTER PACK
King of Tokyo: Halloween, which is subtitled “Collector Pack 1″, includes two new monsters for use with the King of Tokyo base game: Pumpkin Jack and Boogey Woogey. What’s more, each monster comes with its own set of eight Evolution cards – first introduced in King of Tokyo: Power Up! – so that each monster can mutate into an even more nightmarish version of itself!
King of Tokyo: Halloween also includes six orange-and-black engraved dice (to fit the Halloween theme, of course) and twelve new Power cards to be shuffled into the deck. These cards are all Costumes, a new type of card that provides a powerful effect, but which can be stolen by any monster that rolls three claws and rips the costume off of you.
STAR TREK: CATAN
Star Trek: Catan takes two well-known media properties and merges them into, well, into something that is 95% The Settlers of Catan glossed with Trek tropes and spiced with a Trek-themed version of a mini-expansion previously only available in German.
In Star Trek: Catan, players start the game with two small Outposts at the intersection of three planets, with each planet supplying resources based on the result of a dice roll. Players collect and trade these resources – dilithium, tritanium, food, oxygen and water – in order to build Starships that connect regions in the galaxy, establish more Outposts and Starbases (upgraded Outposts) at new intersection points in order to increase resource acquisition, and acquire Development Cards that provide Victory Points (VPs) or special abilities.
On a dice roll of 7, a Klingon ship swoops in to prevent resource production on one planet while taxing spacegoers who hold too many resources.
Star Trek: Catan differs from the basic Settlers in one aspect: a set of Support Cards formerly available only in German as Catan Scenarios: Helpers of Catan. Each Support Card features a special ability and one of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Scott, Uhura, Chekov, Chapel, Rand, or Sarek. Some special abilities make basic actions better, such as reducing the costs of Starbase upgrades or allowing the player to trade a resource of their choice at 2:1 for a turn, while others break rules, such as protecting the player from discarding on a 7 or producing a resource when the player rolls a number that wouldn’t otherwise produce for them. Players get a specific Support Card during setup based on turn order, with later players getting generally more useful abilities to compensate for early player advantage. When a player uses a Support Card ability for the first time, they may trade it in for a Support Card of their choice or keep it for a second use, but they may only trade immediately after use.
MONOPOLY: WALKING DEAD COMIC SURVIVAL EDITION
A Previews Exclusive! Despite its post-apocalyptic setting, Monopoly: Walking Dead “Survival Edition” delivers classic Monopoly wheeling and dealing game play. Players vie for, and must then fortify, the prime real estate and resources that will sustain their lives. There’s only one victor that will outlast the others – whether living or undead – when all is said and done. This completely customized game features 6 collectible Walking Dead-themed tokens, optional speed play and a fight to the finish! Ages 13+; 2-6 players.
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