The Mouse Guard RPG hardcover and accessories as seen at New York Comic Con 2011
Ever since its repackaging into a deluxe boxed set earlier this year, the Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game has been pickup up steam. Now, that buzz has manifested itself with sales data, as the entire first print run is now sold out at the distribution level. Not satisfied to leave customers out to dry during the gift-buying season, though, Archaia has already begun a second printing. New copies are expected to hit shelves before the holidays, so the game's brief absence from distribution should be of minor impact to consumers.
As an added bonus along with the reprint news, Archaia has thrown a bone to purchasers of the original hardcover edition by making the boxed set's dice and pawns available for purchase online, although in very limited quantities. You'll want to move fast if you plan on snagging those, and don't forget to pick up a PDF of the new rules and missions for a low $4.99 at DriveThruRPG.
In the meantime, if you absolutely need a copy as soon as possible, you may still have luck at your local game shop or designer Luke Crane's Burning Wheel web store.
I don't know what to tell you guys. You should have bought your copy when you had the chance!
Earlier this year, publisher Days of Wonder held a game design contest: create the next great Ticket to Ride map, and you could walk away with $10,000. Hundreds of submissions later, the results were so good that the company declared two winners.
The first of these winners, François Valentyne and his Legendary Asia map, have been paired up with original Ticket to Ride designer Alan R. Moon and his Team Asia map to create the first map pack for the popular franchise.
But how does a game such as Ticket to Ride continue to produce new versions while preserving the formula that garnered its original success? Read on for the full review to see how Ticker to Ride: Asia met this challenge or originality vs. faithfulness.
Box art for the upcoming Nightfall: The Coldest War expansion set.
These vampires don't sparkle, they just wear furry hats.
Queue the Yakov Smirnoff jokes, because Nightfall is heading to Soviet Russia. Details are sparse at this point, but the set is confirmed to be a stand-alone expansion that adds at least a few new twists to the original game. So far, those include a brand new selection of six different starting minions, as well as new "moon phase" cards that will cause lasting changes to the game's rules. The wound cards will also be fully illustrated for the first time, although it is not clear whether these new wound cards will have any new in-game effects.
AEG's announcement sheds some light on the choice of setting:
Eastern Europe and the former Russian states are known as the birthplace of vampires, werewolves, and many fears that have been realized in Nightfall. Face those fears, and bring tactics used in generations past to fight the darkness.
More information on The Coldest War will be available in January, when AEG is scheduled to post the full rulebook and begin releasing card previews.
The Coldest War follows the original Nightfall, it's first stand-alone expansion Martial Law, and the recently-released small-box expansion Blood Country. Check back soon for a review of Blood Country here on MTV Geek.
For those geeks who consider board gaming their number one hobby, holiday gifts can be a minefield. Once someone is labeled as a hobby gamer, they become numb to the endless march of strange licensed Monopoly games thrown their way. But how can you blame the gift givers when the desirable games are so removed from mainstream consciousness? Strategy board games are a booming industry, but not one exactly at the peak of pop culture — they're not even stocked on the shelves at most stores.
If you're in the position of buying for a gamer friend (and you yourself are geeky enough to be reading MTV Geek) then you are that individuals's last hope to deliver the goods this holiday season. Read on, and I'll tell you exactly what is hot with the hardcore hobby gaming crowd this year.
Thematic Strategy Games:Game of Thrones andThe Walking Dead
Nothing is hotter than these two properties right now, making them both great themes for board games. It should be fairly easy to find out if your gamer friend is a fan, and If so, then these games will form the perfect intersection of geekdoms.
The Game of Thones board game is a timely choice, as the second edition just hit store shelves this week. In this new version, Fantasy Flight Games has completely re-done the graphic design as well as incorporating two existing expansions and some brand new content all in one box.
If your gift target is a big Walking Dead fan, then that poses a tough decision, albeit one that should not deter you. There are competing games published by Z-Man Games (based on the comic book, pictured above) and Cryptozoic Entertainment (based on the television show). Let your friend's preferred media format guide your choice.
Runners up: Discworld games (Ankh Morpork or Guards! Guards!), Penny Arcade the Card Game: Gamers vs. Evil
Thirteen years after starting the Penny Arcade webcomic, writer Jerry Holkins and artist Mike Krahulik have more successes than anyone could have expected. Multi-million dollar charity? Check. Two of the largest gaming conventions in the world? Check.
The list continues, but these satirical critics of the game industry have never had much success making games of their own. Their video game series had a lukewarm reception and the original Fantasy Flight-published card game was a mediocre offering at best. That was then and this is now, though. Cryptozoic Entertainment holds the license and is taking another stab at making a PA-themed card game. Will it put previous offerings in its shadow? Read on for the full review. Read More...