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April 23, 2014 / Jett

Pick-Up Post: Knights, Dark Knights, Dark Nights and Wild Nights


Board Games

How long can I keep up with “clever” titles that tie together all of my purchases in a post? Probably not much longer, though I’m going to give myself the benefit of the doubt this time. A sale at Snakes & Lattes and a restock on a game Steff’s wanted for months rounds out this pick-up post.

DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Heroes Unite (Buy Now)

Despite my enjoyment of the original, I had my concerns about Heroes Unite, from its B-list hero roster, to the proximity of its release to the Street Fighter deck-building game from the same company built on the same engine. Both of these are still a concern, but were ultimately mitigated through a Snakes and Lattes sale. Haven’t had a chance to play this one yet, but if it plays like the original, then we should be getting another solid deck-building game that works well as an intro to the genre.

Last Will (Buy Now)

Steff has been eying this one for almost as long as we’ve been playing board games. In it, your uncle has died, leaving you and the rest of the family with his inheritance. However, there’s a catch. You’re each given a sum of money and must be the first to blow it all in order to collect the rest of it. Over the course of this game, you’ll buy mansions, throw epic parties, make it rain at the gentlemen’s club and more as a means of squandering your money. We haven’t played enough to properly review it, but from our initial plays, this one has a lot of potential. A combination of a fun theme and interesting gameplay make it feel like a winner for seasoned designer board game players.

The Phantom Society (Buy Now)

Published by the good folks behind King of Tokyo, The Phantom Society clearly takes influence from The Ghostbusters in terms of gameplay. If you’re a ghost, your goal is to destroy the mansion. If you’re a ghost hunter, you want to catch the ghosts before the damages to the mansion become too much. When we get a chance to play this, I’ll certainly review it.

Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords Base Set (Buy Now)

Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords is one of the hottest games in the role-playing genre. Luckily for us, this was also part of the big Snakes and Lattes sale, as we got it for 30% off. Unlike other games of its ilk, this one does not require someone to play as the dungeon master. Instead, all of the action is conveyed through the cards as they’re played. You and your friends can partake in co-operative one-off skirmishes, though the value comes in from building up your character over the course of the full campaign. Having never played a role-playing game before, we probably have our work cut out for us here, but I really hope it’s worth it.

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