Starjammer

Starjammer is rules for Pathfinder in space—different, by the way, than Paizo’s soon-to-be Starfinder game. Starjammer includes new player races, class archetypes, feats, and spells. There are rules for customizing spaceships, using skills with advanced technology, classifying planets, and adjudicating environmental hazards. The equipment section features such items as magnetic shields, misfortune lanterns, hardsuits, dwarven steam suits, and star marine armor.

The Starjammer Core Rules ebook is 238 pages published by d20pfsrd.com and available via DriveThruRPG for $15.

As part of a broader effort to revitalize its steampunkish, super-science Dystopian Wars miniatures battle game, Spartan Games is turning the series’ main line of battleships in to modular figures. Parts provided for the different variants of each nation’s ships will also be magnet-friendly so players can switch out components as needed.

Other changes to the refreshed game include new Core Nation Expansion Box packaging, additional Alliance Nation factions, and a Dystopian Wars Core Rule Book version 2.5 with Fleet Action alternate fast play rules and a World Builder campaign construction system.

D&D Weapons as More Than Damage Dice

Beyond Damage Dice is a new Dungeons & Dragons supplement from Kobold Press that’s meant to provide players more flavorful options in the choice of weapons for their characters. The 11 page, $3 ebook presents a variety of maneuvers and special actions tied to specific weapons, including, for example, the ability to disarm, disorient, or trip an opponent. No magic required.

 

Wasteland Express Delivery Service from Pandasaurus Games arrives on store shelves this May with a MSRP of $79.95.

In the game players on the role of the insane drivers for the last delivery company left on earth, the Wasteland Express Delivery Service. Deliveries of guns and other goods must be made to settlements throughout the wastelands. There’s also other missions from the world’s factions to complete while trying to stay alive. Players will be able to outfit their trucks, snag better weapons, and even recruit allies as they ride through the raider-infested hell trying to eek out a living.

Sounds like my kind of game!

Wasteland Express Delivery Service is designed by Jon Gilmour (Dead of Winter), Matt Riddle (Fleet), and Ben Pinchback (Fleet), with art by comic artist Riccardo Burchielli (DMZ, Batman Black and White)

 

Mind Flayer Trophy

Look out this May for the Dungeons & Dragons Mind Flayer Trophy Plaque from WizKids. This is a follow-up to the company’s Red Dragon Trophy head and should be similarly priced, around $400. It’s no small tchotchke, though. The plaque weighs around 15 pounds and WizKids recommends professional installation.

 

New from Turn One Gaming Supplies, a series of Space Invaders themed card sleeves ($5 for 50 sleeves), deck boxes ($4), play mats ($21), and dice ($7 for 6d6)—each in multiple designs.

 

 

Reaper 25th Anniversary Miniatures

This year marks the 25th anniversary for Reaper Miniatures. In celebration, the company is producing a special series of figures and giving them away to customers—one figure for every $40 ordered direct.

A new figure in the series will be revealed each month. The one for February is a reimagined Domur, High Mage from the Dark Heaven Legends line.

 

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.Back in November I had posted about the release of Asmodee’s Mysterium in the digital realm. I’ve had some time to play the game, and I’m more than impressed!

Let me start off by saying that I had never played Mysterium until recently, so I wasn’t familiar with how great of a game it already way. Asmodee Digital made sure that even complete novices can jump right into the game with a story mode that introduces the elements of play a bit at a time. That, combined with an excellent interface, really makes playing Mysterium a pleasure. Another note here is that I’m playing the PC version through Steam. I haven’t tried the iOS or Android versions of the game.

For those who aren’t familiar with Mysterium is has players taking the role of psychics trying to figure out the person, place, and weapon used to kill the ghost player, who also player controlled. The ghost player can give hints through abstract artwork and the other players have to make their best guesses. Once all the psychics have guessed correctly (each has a different set of “correct” answers) then all the players try to figure out which combination is the correct one with a final round and paintings. It’s a clever game that feels like a mixture of Clue and Dixit.

The digital version of Mysterium let’s you play on either side, though the Story mode dictates what side you play on as it progresses. As with many other table-to-digital games, there’s the usual multiplayer options available to play locally or online, and leader boards to compare yourself to other players.

The Steam version of the game is $9.99 and I highly recommend it. I’ve become a bit addicted to the game, which is part of the reason my review of it is going up later than it should have. If you’d rather carry around the game in your pocket you can snag the iOS and Android versions for $6.99. As of this time you can also grab the Potions expansion for the mobile versions, but not the Steam version.

A Steam copy of Mysterium was provided free for review by Asmodee Digital

Open Call For Chess Commentator

World Chess Events Limited, which holds the broadcast rights to FIDE’s World Chess Championship cycle (including the Grand Prix series and Candidates Tournament), has issued an open call for a Chess commentator. World Chess is looking for someone to anchor live video coverage of the highest level Chess tournaments, as well as “to play a key role in shaping a new way for chess to be broadcast.”

We are looking to create a chess media superstar… He or she must have a deep understanding of the game. But we are also looking for someone who can engage with a wider audience who are perhaps not chess experts.

To be considered for the position (which includes a “competitive salary” and significant world travel), applicants will need to submit a resume and 5 minute test video.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesApparently Eagle-Gryphon Games is tired of winter. The company has already launched its Spring Cleaning Sale.

A bundle of 60 Pathfinder RPG ebook products from Legendary Games is going for just $30 on DriveThruRPG. That’s 90% off the unbundled price.

Also at DriveThruRPG is a bundle for the Dying Earth Roleplaying Game, at 70% off.

For 15% off Trolls items direct from Hasbro, including a Trolls Trouble and a Trolls Operation games, use promo code “TROLLS2017”.

Victory in Europe is 20% off direct from Columbia Games but the discount ends today.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away a handmade copy of Jutaku from Dark Flight Games and three copies of Blend Off from Thunderworks Games.

The Make Room Special from High Flying Dice Games features a free Pocket Battle game, buy-two-get-shipping-free, and $5 discounts on Professional Series games.

All in-stock items are 20% off from Dog Might Games.

UNO, Pictionary, and Apples to Apples games are 20% off at Toys “R” Us.

ACD Distribution is giving away Element from Rather Dashing Games.

Lily’s Little Learners is giving away Yeti in My Spaghetti from University Games (UK residents only).

The Giveaway Geek is giving away The Blood of an Englishman from Renegade Game Studios.

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