The Best Collectible, Toy and Game Gifts Of 2014

King of New York

King of New York $39: This is the more strategic sequel to one of my favorite games, King of Tokyo. ITs a king of the hill style fight between monsters in the city of New York. If that sounds like fun and you like to roll dice, you’ll probably love this game.

NEW CITY. NEW RULES. NEW MONSTERS. SAME FIGHT… TO BE THE KING! There’s always something happening in the city that never sleeps. Maybe it’s the lights, maybe it’s the energy, or maybe it’s the giant monsters trying to demolish the place! Get ready for Richard Garfield’s follow up to the best-selling King of Tokyo! Who will be the King of New York? King of New York introduces lots of new ways to play, while still keeping the core ideas of King of Tokyo. There are Buildings to Stomp! Vengeful Military Units to Destroy! Six brand new Monsters! Every roll of the dice might mean that your monster feels the OUCH, as military units open fire. Will you grab the spotlight and become a celebrity Superstar? Or will you become the defender of the city and befriend Lady Liberty? Each of New York’s boroughs has its own charms, but to truly rule the Big Apple, you have to control Manhattan. Defeat the other monsters and rule the city…. Become the King of New York!

Zombicide

Zombicide $66 This is a fun thematic minitures game, and its one of the games that got me into board gaming. Its a very cool looking game and is easy to suck tabletop newbies in, and the cooperative nature of the game will keep them fighting til the very end.

Cinelinx

Cinelinx: A Card Game for People Who Love Movies $20: Cinelinx is like the Kevin Bacon game of card games. If you’re a film geek, you’ll love it — you are trying to play cards in your hand by connecting them to cards played on the table.

Cinelinx is a fast paced card game of connecting movies, actors, genres and more together to form cohesive links between them. With a dynamic play area based on every card played, the game constantly adapts itself to film fans of any level of skill or knowledge. Want to throw a wrench into things? Director’s Cut cards can often hinder your friends or change the rules to keep things interesting. Now you finally have an outlet for that wealth of movie trivia building up in your brain! Cinelinx is a new take on movie trivia games and is the perfect way to test your movie knowledge and challenge your friends during your next movie or game night!

Marvel Dicemasters

Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men Dice Building Game Starter Set $13: this is a fun dice drafting and battling game set in the Marvel universe. The box contains a bunch of X-Men heroes and villains and they sell packs for an addictively low price of $1 each to blindly collect more characters and dice to add to the game.

Showcasing fan-favorites like Wolverine, Magneto, Cyclops, Iceman, Psylocke, and the Sentinels, Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men features X-citing game-play that supports two players in epic dice battles! Featuring more than 30 new characters (and their respective dice), Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men brings X-cellent action to your next Dice Masters game! This 2-Player Starter Sets comprised of 44 custom dice, 38 cards, two dice bags, and the complete Dice Masters Core Rulebook – everything two players need to play Marvel Dice Masters.

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Timeline Music & Cinema and Americana $13/each: Timeline is a great and easy card game where you are trying to place all the cards in your hands on the table before the other players. The cards are placed in a timeline from oldest event to happen to newest, and you must place your card correctly in the timeline or else you get another card. They have like 7 different versions of thise game with different themes like Inventions, but I am reccomending Music & Cinema because obviously it fits out pop culture theme but also Americana because it features a lot of American popculture events.

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Cards & Punishment $14:Our friends have created a Cards Against Humanity unofficial expansion called Cards and Punishment. I mention it here because they have quite a few cards that feature pop culture references. Just a heads up, apparently the cards were printed on a very slightly larger cardstock than the normal CAH cards. You can still mix them into your playing deck but they are a very tiny bit larger.

Cards And Punishment is an unofficial, unauthorized, underground, black market expansion pack for the most excellent party game, Cards Against Humanity (TM). This deck includes 35 black cards and 80 white cards. It is not meant for use without the original game. First, buy their game. Next, buy all of their official expansion packs. After that, buy an overpriced sandwich for lunch. If you have any money left over, maybe consider impulse buying this pack. Cards Against Humanity (TM) is a trademark of Cards Against Humanity LLC and is in no way associated with Cards And Punishment.

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Writer Emergancy Pack By John August: Not really a game but a useful tool printed on a deck of cards. Hollywood screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Go, Frankenweenie) kickstarted this project. The deck of cards help writers break through writers block by presenting suggestions and exercises that will get the keyboard clacking agin.

Writer Emergency Pack contains 26 illustrated cards, each featuring a different idea for getting unstuck. The notion of using cards to help you write isn’t new. Writers have long used tarot cards, looking for meaning in the illustrations, or decks like Oblique Strategies, with its koan-like prompts (“Repetition is a form of change”). The ideas in Writer Emergency Pack are designed to be less abstract, and more immediately useful. They’re specifically tailored to people writing fiction, from novels to scripts, poems to plays. The cards focus on story, character, and conflict.


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And one movie related video game entry: Atari ‘E.T.’ cartridges unearthed in landfill are up for auction on eBay

Peter Sciretta and The Muppets

Thanks for reading Part 3 of our Holiday Gift Guide. I spent a lot of time curating this list and am very grateful you made it this far and found it useful! If you’re feeling extra generous this Holiday season, you can send me a gift off of my Amazon Holiday Wishlist. Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

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