Expansion Review – Smash Up: Cease and Desist

If I keep on getting and reviewing Smash Up expansions, I’m going to have to come up with some creative openings that don’t all sound the same. Maybe make up some meta joke that will carry throughout the reviews? Not sure on that one.

I’ll get back to you.

Hot on the heels of the Science Fiction Double Feature expansion review, let’s talk about an even better one.

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Cease and Desist is probably one of the funniest expansions I have seen for this game (I’ve seen them all, just not in action). It comes this close to being copyright infringement, but in such a hilarious way that I’m sure the executives at HBO/CBS/Lucasfilm/Hasbro are laughing their asses off rather than trying to fight through the parody laws.

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GMT Games Time of Crisis expansion – Made the Cut!

Fans of this blog (Hi, Bob!) are aware that I’m a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge fan of GMT Games Time of Crisis. (Editor: Here, have another “u”. They’re free).

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The brilliant game, designed by Wray Ferrell and Brad Johnson, depicts the Roman Empire during the tumultuous 3rd century, a time where if you became Emperor, your days were most likely numbered.

When Wray (or maybe it was Brad, but I think it was Wray) announced that they were working on an expansion, my ears perked up immediately.

When they said that it was now available on the P500 list at GMT, I jumped onto it so fast that there was still an after-image of me standing there gawking at the computer.

The other day, it was announced that they had reached 500 orders and it has officially “made the cut!” Woo!

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Stonemaier Games Announces Viticulture Rhine Visitors

One of the knocks against Jamey Stegmaier’s wine-making opus game, Viticulture, has been the fact that you could potentially win the game without making any wine at all.

Earlier, Jamey had teased the fact that a new expansion would be coming out sometime soon. Today, that announcement came.

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Viticulture: Visit From the Rhine Valley (Pictures on this post taken from this page) will consist of 80 new Visitor cards and it’s considered an alternative to the visitor cards from the base game.

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App News – Race for the Galaxy goes to the Brink of War

I’ve been seriously neglectful of writing about boardgame apps recently, and it’s time to rectify that (I think I’ve been intimidated by Stately Play).

So how about a big announcement (though late, of course, since I was on vacation) about one of the best apps of the year?

That’s right, Candy Crush Saga has something new I’m sure.

But wait! That’s not what I’m talking about.

Race for the Galaxy by Temple Gates Games is certainly in the running for best new app of 2017, and it has a new expansion dropping tomorrow.

That’s right, I said tomorrow! (That’s what a vacation will do to you).

(Editor’s Note: Apparently, a vacation will also make you not able to read dates. December 14th is the release date, and your humble writer thought that was tomorrow)

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“All hail, our Temple Gates Overlords!!!”

Tomorrow will see the release of the Brink of War expansion for Race for the Galaxy (my fingers keep wanting to type “bring of war”) and it looks to be a doozy.

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Onirim updated again – Crossroads & Dead Ends expansion

Aren’t surprises wonderful?

Ok, not always. It sort of sucks to be driving along late at night and then suddenly you’re in a construction hold-up in line with other cars that you weren’t expecting and there’s no way to turn around or bail.

But some surprises are wonderful.

Like when you see the badge on your App Store icon, go in to see what’s been updated, and you find out Onirim has a new expansion available!

Called “Crossroads & Dead Ends,” this expansion adds 16 more cards to your deck.

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Pretty Crossroads card! And horrible Dead End right next to it.

There are 6 Crossroads cards, two of each basic type (Sun, Moon, Key). What’s special about these is that they are multi-coloured, which means that they can be used as any colour.

Which is especially helpful when it’s a key and you draw a door, as it will open any of them.

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Imhotep expansion – Eine neue Dynastie coming in October

I’m a big fan of the 2016 game Imhotep, the quick and easy game where you’re building monuments in ancient Egypt for points. It’s so good and easy that my non-gamer co-worker played it and loved it.

So I was excited to see the news a couple of weeks ago (yeah, I’m on top of things) that a new expansion for the game is coming in October from Kosmos games.

It’s so newly announced that it doesn’t even have an English-translated name yet! Titled Eine Neue Dynastie, this expansion will add a bunch of new things that we can only guess at what they mean.

Ok, five new places and fourteen market cards make sense. Adding to what the game already has.

But what’s this? Chariots? Gods? Mysterious new tiles of great import?

I have no idea what any of those are, and Kosmos isn’t telling us quite yet.

C’mon, Kosmos. It’s only 3 more months until it comes out. Throw us a bone!

Ok, here’s a bone, from the description:

God cards let players predict the progress of different buildings, with them being rewarded at the end of the game if they’re correct and otherwise being punished.

That sounds very interesting.

Until we know more, though, I’ll leave you with the picture of the beautiful cover.

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Expansion Fatigue – Is it Possible?

As boardgamers, we love our expansions, at least most of us do. If we have a favourite game and a new expansion is announced for it, we start drooling like a dog who just noticed that you work at a dog food plant and just might have a treat for him.

Games like Smash Up are always coming out with new faction decks. It seems like each year, an expansion comes out with at least four decks in it and assorted counters that work with those decks. I’m not a follower of the game (I have the base game, but haven’t bought any expansions yet), but I know they came out with the Big Geeky Box (along with yet another faction deck) to store all of your Smash Up cards.

For those fans of the game, I’m wondering if your space is running out in that box?

However, even Smash Up can’t hold a candle to Marvel Legendary.

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Marvel Legendary game board – Complete with Deadpool!

This game is a blast to play. I love it dearly.

But it’s just getting too damned big for its britches.

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