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Star Wars Expansion Universe

Heaps of expansions are in this week and an all new limited edition poker set.
What’s new? 

A new poker chip set from Cartamundi boasts light saber poker chips and an awesome Death Star dealer chip.

Expansions for that awesome 2 player Card Revolver is in stock. Hunt the Man Down and Ambush on Gunshot Trail

War of the Ring is expanded with the Lords of Middle Earth Expansion mellon!

A Game of Thrones the Board Game is expanded with a print on demand expansion from FFG: A Dance with Dragons which reportedly spoils some of the story!

Cutthroat Caverns has a new expansion with the good old fit-all box that more publishers should look forward too.


What’s restocked?

Dungeon! , the Wizards of the Coast remake is back in stock. Its frantic push your luck mechanism is a great way to introduce people to rpg’s or board gaming in general.

Can of Worms is back in stock just in time for Christmas.

No Resisting Monopoly

What’s New?

Need more gamer fuel? Sonic the Hedgehog and Street Fighter Collectors Edition Monopoly in stock! 
Update for Starcraft Risk: should be in next week so get ready for some mutaling action. This reminds me to play the actual Starcraft the Boardgame: Board game edition as it was a pretty cool and brutal 4X game.
Ugg – Tect! for head bonking action. This could be the party game of choice to the barbarically inclined.

New Yu Gi Oh Structure deck to change up the metagame. This one is the Realm of the Sea Emperor

What’s Back In?

Seasons and The Resistance is back In Stock so quickly snap those up before they disappear again.

What did we play?

 

Finally won my first game of War of the Ring. The fellowship was annihilated on the steps of Mordor, losing 3 members in the first three steps. In the last

turns it was all in on Rivendell but Frodo dropped his elven cloak on to slam dunk the possessed finery in sweet fashion.

Heaps more Return to Ravnica draft, it is easily one of the more intriguing drafts to play though this is coming from back to back core set and the much maligned Avacyn Restored draft.

Finally Netrunner, playing some ungodly ice destroying anarch brew. This game is quite hard to handle as it is completely different to every other card game out there. Haas Bioroid for a big ice corp deck seems to play very slow and steady.

Monopoly Madness!

Monopoly Madness

If you ever want to get a gamer into a discussion, mention Monopoly, that apogee of boardgame popularity that, like it or not, is the game that comes to the average punter’s mind when you mention ‘boardgames’. There’s a lot more to the world of boardgaming, but Monopoly is probably the most popular boardgame in the world, and definitely the game that has been released in more versions than any other, which—let’s face it—can sometimes seem a little strange considering that it’s a game about buying and selling on the property market.

Why is it so popular? Probably because it has become such a core part of our popular culture, and that everyone has cherished memories of playing Monopoly with their family as a kid. Plus, there’s a version or edition of Monopoly to suit virtually every taste: according to Hasbro, more than 275 million Monopoly games have been sold worldwide, it’s available in 111 countries, in 43 languages, and since 1935 more than one billion people have played the game.

A search for Monopoly on the Games Paradise site brings up a huge variety of Monopoly variations. There’s sure to be a themed version of Monopoly perfect for you or a friend or family member.

If you like films, relive your favourite movie moments and characters with the Superman Returns Collector’s Edition, the Chronicles of Narnia Edition, Pirates of the Caribbean or Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides editions. TV shows aren’t forgotten either: how about The Office Collector’s Edition or the Seinfield Edition?

If you’d like something different from the usual American or London placenames, you could try a little virtual traveling with the Las Vegas Edition, or head to the east coast with Monopoly New York City.

Your favourite hobby is sure to be represented in Monopoly form: what lover of our furry feline friends could resist the Cat Lovers Edition, for example, or perhaps you’d prefer the Fishing Edition (just don’t let one near the other!) Or perhaps the Harley Davidson Legendary Bikes Edition is more your speed.

Music fans will go crazy over The Beatles Collector’s Edition and the Elvis 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, which both celebrate the greatest music-makers of our times.

There’s even a Monopoly game to fit right into your sleek modern decor—the Onyx edition, featuring cool black and silver accents throughout!

Kids can get started playing the world’s favourite game early with My First Monopoly, that includes a talking Mr Monopoly who guides you around the Monopoly town; and Monopoly Junior, a specially-designed version that turns the board into an amusement park!

Monopoly LiveMonopoly isn’t just about specially themed editions however; the game keeps appearing in new forms, portable, electronic, and even an iPhone and iPad version.

Monopoly Here And Now: The Australian Electronic Version brings Monopoly into the 21st century by using debit cards instead of cash and features an Electronic Banking unit and collectable gold tokens. If you prefer something a little more portable, check out the Monopoly Deal Card Game, a fast-paced, addictive card game where you collect three complete property sets—but beware Debt Collectors, Forced Deals and the dreaded Deal Breakers, which could change your fortunes at any time!

Monopoly really got a big makeover with Monopoly Revolution: not only does it come with a rocking soundtrack with sounds and music from the past five decades, the property values on the board have skyrocketed. Lucky you collect a cool two million every time you pass GO! It also features added hi-tech features like sound effects and an electronic banking unit to track your growing fortune. But the main change is a round board! This super-stylish Monopoly is full of fun features that will bring your favorite property-trading game to life.

The latest new version is Monopoly Live, and it’s something pretty special. For a start, the game’s classic Monopoly Money and the nomination of a Banker have been removed—even the dice have gone, all to be replaced by a computer tower that runs the game. This ten-inch high tower sits in the centre of the board, keeping its eye on the game via IR technology. It rolls the dice, counts the money, and makes sure your counters remain where they should be! Players interact with the game by waving their hands over sensors on the board—making dice rolling unnecessary. Plus, the tower can initiate surprise events such as races and auctions as you play.

So, even if your a ‘hardcore’ gamer, it’s time to have another look at good old Monopoly. There’s a reason it’s the best selling boardgame of all time!

What’s Hot: Qwirkle

QwirkleIf you’re looking for a simple, fun, but challenging game that all the family will love, look no further than Qwirkle—now at a special price!

Spiel des JahresI tend to go on and on about ‘gamers’ and ‘gaming’, but there are plenty of people out there who haven’t heard of any game beyond Scrabble and Monopoly, but would really enjoy playing a game with family and friends. That’s not the time to bring out a copy of Earth Reborn or Starcraft; that’s the time to bring out something easy to learn, clever, and with an award-winning reputation for fun for all ages—Qwirkle for instance!

Qwirkle is as simple as matching colours and shapes, but this game also requires tactical manoeuvres and well-planned strategy. You earn points by building rows and columns of blocks that share a common shape or colour. Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes. The player with the most points wins!

But Qwirkle is not just another abstract strategy game game, it’s the winner of the 2011 German ‘Game of the Year’ award, the prestigious Spiel des Jahres. It has also won numerous awards, including the Mensa Select, Parents’ Choice and Major Fun awards, plus the US National Parenting Center Seal of Approval and the Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award.

QwirkleThe rules are simple and quick to learn, and there are plenty of opportunities for skilful play and strategic thinking. It’s one of those rare games that appeals as much to adults as it does to kids. It’s simple, yet the possibilities are nearly infinite. And don’t worry if you lose, because the game plays quickly and you’ll definitely be asking for a rematch!

In fact, it’s a bit like the classic favourite Scrabble; but instead of making words, you are joining colours and shapes a bit like dominos to score points, and trying to reach six in a row for the big score. You can play as simple or as tactically as you like and there are plenty of engaging choices to make. You can manage your tiles so you play them at just the right time, and plan for the increased chance of those tiles you want coming out towards the end of the game. Or you can just go for the obvious move and trust to luck!

Whichever way you play, you’re sure to agree with the organisations that have heaped awards on this game—Qwirkle is an instant classic!

Quirkle comes with 108 blocks and rules. And it’s on special right now at Games Paradise for $29.95, so grab a copy of this award-winning game now!

Gaming in the Wild Wild West

Wild West

Howdy pardner! It’s time to head way out for some rootin’ ‘n tootin’ gaming fun set in the wild wild west, where gunslingers shoot it out in the main street, cowboys roll dice and roustabout in the saloon, and a man’s best friends are his gun and his horse. There’s games in them thar hills!

Carson CityCarson City is a gun totin’ game of cowboys ’n the wild and wooly life of the west. Over four rounds, players choose a character from the seven available, each of which gives them certain advantages—for example, the sheriff prevents any duels from happening wherever he is placed. After selecting characters, your cowboys are placed on action track locations that allow you to construct buildings, houses or roads, claim ground, earn money, or score victory points. When more than one player is on the same location, get ready because it’s time for a duel! Roll the dice and see if you are the last one standing to lay claim to the goods!

During the game, you can take various actions that earn you victory points for your plots, pistols (the hired help) and buildings. At the end of the game, your buildings, houses, mountains and money contribute to your victory points and the person with the most points wins. So go round up your posse of gunslingers and get ready for some Wild West action in Carson City!

Or why not take a trip to Dice Town, the city of luck and prosperity! Picture a gold mine surrounded by beautiful fields; a place that attracts pioneers like bears to honey. Here, you’re cowboys willing to bet their future on a dice roll! But you’ll find that being clever also pays well, if you know how to adapt and bring your own luck to the table.

The big question is, who’s going to own the Dice Town when all is said and done? Opportunities are everywhere: gold nuggets are knee deep in the mine, the bank has too many dollars and the mayor is a quick dealer when it comes to handing out property claims. Well pardner, if you haven’t got weights on your feet and aren’t afraid of ending up with a little lead in your guts, this is your chance to stake your claim or leave the table!

Well, what this here genre needs is a Munchkin game—hold on thar, here’s one! The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin opens a whole new frontier! Forget dragons and goblins—Jackalopes and Davy Croc have just as much treasure. Those plains may seem wide open, but there’s always lots of monsters to kill, and lots of stuff to take. Become a Cowboy with a Twenty-Gallon Hat, or an Indian on a Catamount, and Fight Wild Bill Hiccup, the Killer Jalapeño, and a Barber Shop Quartet. Take The Annual Bath for an extra level. Or just pal around with your sidekick the Greenhorn (until you sacrifice him to distract a monster, that is).

The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin is a stand-alone Munchkin game. Steve Jackson and John Kovalic have teamed up again to put puns to paper like no one else can. Head ’em up and move ’em out, and get ready to wander the Grim Roper into somebody else’s combat…

MonopolyOf course you Monopoly fans aren’t left out on the prairie; you can saddle up for an adventure with the Duke in the Monopoly: John Wayne Edition! Celebrate the life and career of one of the most beloved actors of our time, John Wayne. Known best for his roles as a cowboy, he also was an athlete, rancher and outdoorsman who represented the adventurous spirit of America. As you attempt to bankrupt your opponents by buying, selling and trading the most significant properties in John Wayne’s life, kindly heed these words: “You can take everything a man has as long as you leave him his dignity.” Includes six collectible tokens: Cowboy Hat, Belt Buckle, Cowboy Boot, ‘Duke’ the dog, John Wayne’s Director’s Chair and a Stagecoach.

The card game Bang! recreates an old-fashioned spaghetti western shoot-out, with each player randomly receiving a character card to determine special abilities, and a secret role card to determine their goal. Be the sheriff and kill all the outlaws and the renegade; or the deputy whose job is to protect the sheriff and kill any outlaws. If you’re an outlaw you’ll be wanting to kill the sheriff, and if you’re the renegade—well, you just want to be the last person standing! In the draw deck, BANG! cards let you shoot at another player, and the target player can play a MISSED! card to dodge the shot. Other cards can provide temporary boosts and one-time effects to help you or hinder your opponents (like Beer to restore health, or Barrels to hide behind during a shootout). If you’re lucky you might draw The Gatling, a deadly gun that targets all other players at the table!

The special edition Bang! The Bullet! comes in a fantastic bullet-shaped package and includes a pile of expansions.

So climb up in the saddle, push past the swinging doors into the saloon, roll them dice and loosen your Peacemaker in its holster. It’s time to head out west! Yee-haaa!

What’s Hot: Games to Go

Games to GoNow you can take your favourite classic game with you, wherever you go!

The Games to Go range from Hasbro are miniature versions of classic games perfect for when your travelling in the back seat of the car, on a train or plane, camping or when just relaxing with friends at home. They’re just like playing the regular-sized games, only smaller and more compact!

Check out the Games to Go versions of Battleship, Connect 4, and everybody’s favourite, Monopoly.

What’s Hot: Elvis 75th Anniversary Monopoly Collector’s Edition

Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll with the King in this special 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of the Monopoly game.

Celebrate Elvis’ music and live performances as you buy, sell and trade his most memorable albums and concerts such as Blue Hawaii, G.I. Blues and Madison Square Garden. Recall Elvis’ movie career with music from King Creole and Jailhouse Rock. Don’t pass GO without visiting Memphis and Vegas in an attempt to own it all!

The first-ever Monopoly game dedicated to a rock ‘n’ roll legend comes with custom pewter tokens, Elvis’ Sunglasses, Guitar, Vintage Record Player, Leather Jacket, Army Tags, and Microphone. The Monopoly: Elvis 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition is officially licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Board games are hot property in Tinseltown

How does the American film industry dig up inspiration for its constant stream of Hollywood blockbusters? Traditionally, books and plays were their main source but more recently, T.V. Series such as Sex and the City as well as best-selling toys like Transformers and Lego inspired them. And now there’s another source that’s rapidly gaining ground. Board games!

Board games soon to become movies.

Board games are now hot property in Tinseltown. Soon to hit the big screen in the near future are many successful, classic favourites that are tested brands movie studios can capitalise on.

Sony Pictures and Overbrook will be co-producing Risk, while Universal Pictures has partnered with Hasbro to produce a swag of movies including Monopoly (with Ridley Scott directing), Ouija, Candy Land, Battleship, Magic: The Gathering and Clue (a re-make of the 1985 release).

These board game concepts have already been tested in the marketplace with proven popularity, so how can the movie studios lose!

Board game movies: What’s next?

So what’s next? I’d like to see the following board games become box-office classics.

1. Pictionary: The Race for Hitler’s booty

Synopsis
A crack team of artists are brought out of retirement to find clues hidden in Hitler’s doodles, that lead to a huge stash of Nazi treasure plundered during the war. Stars Salma Hyek, Kirk Douglas, Ed Harris and Gerard Depardieu as the artists with Tom Cruise as Hitler.

2. Snakes and Ladders on a Plane

Synopsis
A sequel to Snakes on a Plane, Samuel L. Jackson again battles deadly snakes on a plane loaded with an urgent shipment of ladders bound for Afghanistan. Also stars Sarah Marshall.

3. Word Up: The Scrabble Movie

Synopsis
An idealistic teacher transforms the lives of a group of mixed-up dyslexic kids from the wrong side of town, by teaching them to read and write hip-hop songs through the power of Scrabble. Stars the cast of Glee.

What board game do you think would make a great movie and why? Who knows – maybe Hollywood will come knocking!

Monopoly: Talkin’ bout a Revolution

A classic game’s anniversary is something to look forward to, because it usually means a new, improved edition is waiting in the wings. To celebrate Scrabble‘s recent diamond anniversary, a slick, portable version hit the shelves and Scrabble fans have never looked back. Monopoly’s 75th anniversary this year will also be a date to remember. Monopoly: Revolution Edition has already been unveiled by Hasbro and it’s a complete contemporary update targeting Gens Y and Z.

Monopoly Anniversary: Revolution Edition and more

There are a whole range of Monopoly variations already on the market. We even have our very own 25th Anniversary edition of Australian Here & Now Monopoly. Or how about an Anti-Monopoly Edition or the popular Dog Lovers Monopoly? There’s also a whole host of re-branded editions to choose from, such as Garfield Monopoly, GI Joe Monopoly, Elvis Monopoly, Muppets Monopoly, Las Vegas Monopoly, Beatles Monopoly and the nostalgic Retro Monopoly, to name just a few.

Hasbro mantra – Innovate or detonate

So is there really a strong demand for another version? For me, the answer is yes, yes, yes, and many other die-hard fans will agree. Monopoly is a classic game, which means it has what it takes to never go out of style. This latest edition however cleverly targets the savvy youth market in an attempt to prise them from their computer and video game screens. Hasbro has put the digital age mantra – innovate or detonate – into practice.

Pass GO and get – 2 million dollars!

Monopoly: Revolution Edition has not only been updated, but reshaped. As the name implies, the board is now round instead of square. This is either a stroke of genius or just a novelty factor. Players now wheel and deal using debit cards and an ATM instead of cash. An electronic banker oversees the game from a centralised pod, making cheating impossible. To catch up with 75 years of inflation, you now get $2,000,000.00 for passing GO instead of $200.00! Sound effects and music clips by performers like Beyonce, Rihanna and Elton John (“Elton who?” Gen Y might ask), are also brave attempts to connect with younger players.

Generations Y and Z

Time will tell if everyone is thrilled with this latest anniversary edition, but its development reflects the reality of the age that Gen Y and future generations will live in – for better or worse. In an increasingly cashless society with more leisure time and greater spending power, Monopoly: Revolution Edition may yet capture the imaginations of a wider, younger audience.