Friday, May 24, 2019

What's New At Labyrinth: 5/24/19

What's New At Labyrinth: 5/24/19
It's been a windy week! Shelter from the storm and check out some of our new arrivals here:

Ghosts of Saltmarsh

Dastardly pirates, deadly mermen, danger on the high seas--Ghosts of Saltmarsh has it all and more. The latest published campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Ghosts of Saltmarsh compiles 7 classic D&D adventures from the last 40 years, updated for 5th Edition and united by a common nautical theme. The sleepy fishing town of Saltmarsh serves as a unifying hub for these adventures, and your actions will determine its fate.

Bunny Kingdom in the Sky
The leporine game of kingdom building, Bunny Kingdom, has returned with a new expansion: Bunny Kingdom in the Sky! This deluxe expansion adds an entirely new game board, the Great Cloud, a realm of rainbows and giant beanstalks in the sky. In addition to this new magical land, this expansion adds new mechanics, resources, supplies for a fifth player, and a trading system that allows you to approach the game in new ways. Your kingdom won't build itself--hop to it! 

If you've ever watched Jurassic Park and thought: "I could have designed this better!", Mesozooic is the game for you. In this real-time drafting game, players fight to build the best park by drafting and arranging a series of exhibit cards, maintenance cards, and monorail cards. Careful and quick design is required if you want to shut out the competition! A quick game that can play a wide range of players (2-6) this is a versatile game for any group.

Amazing Tales
Amazing Tales is a new RPG system designed to be played by and with young children. With simple rules even a 4-year old can understand, and tips for how to deal with the specific problems of running a game for children (short attention spans, etc), this product is perfect for parents who want to start their kids off easy in RPGs. 

Ultramodern5 is a third-party supplement for 5th Edition D&D, adding rules and content for a non-fantasy version of the d20 game we all know and love. If you've ever wanted to play D&D without the magic, Ultramodern5 has supporting rules for a variety of settings, from pre-modern to the distant future. This is a supplemental product, so the base Dungeons and Dragons books are required.

Dungeon World
Dungeon World is a loving take on the "dungeon fantasy" genre of RPGs, utilizing the excellent and streamlined Powered by the Apocalypse system. These rules cut down on at-table litigation, and instead allow the players and GM to move directly to the action. With lots of tools for players and GMs alike, Dungeon World is an excellent alternative to D&D for groups looking for a smoother play experience. 

Burning Wheel is a deep, richly detailed, award-winning RPG system that brings mechanical depth and focus to an often-neglected area of the game: the character's arc. While there are players in every RPG who love coming up with rich and detailed backstories, often these are relegated to window dressing, with no mechanical impact on the game. But in Burning Wheel, the events of the game are inseparably intertwined with the past of the characters. Your scars, acquaintances, failures and successes will inform your abilities and motivations moving forward. Burning Wheel: Gold Revised is an excellent game, bound into a gorgeous 600-page book. Highly recommended for any group willing to try something new.

Atmar's Cardography
Finally, we've gotten in a handy set of GM tools: Atmar's Cardography is a series of map packs for RPG scenarios, made up of modular cards! Each card has a room, and by piecing them together in your desired order, you can assemble hundreds of distinct locations, while being able to pack the whole thing up into a box that fits in your pocket. With five different themes, this is a handy addition to any GM's arsenal.

Friday, May 17, 2019

What's New at Labyrinth: 5/17/19

What's New at Labyrinth: 5/17/19
It's hot outside! As the swampy summer  closes in, cool off by dropping by Labyrinth and seeing our new arrivals! Take a look:
Mystic Vale: Harmony
Mystic Vale, the groundbreaking card-crafting game, returns once more with the Harmony expansion. With new advancement and vale cards, such as amulets and leader abilities, Harmony will advance the complexity of your game a step further. Requires the base game Mystic Vale to play.

Miniatures: Townspeople & Accessories 
We've gotten in a giant box of assorted miniatures! Shelves, stalls, tools, tables, and all the random townsfolk your heart desires. Bring the world to life with this set of miniatures!

Kitty Paw
Kitty Paw is a game of speed and dexterity. Players, one-handed, compete to swipe and arrange tiles to match the patterns their cat (card) demands! It happens in real time, so swipe fast and be ready to shout "Meow!" when you finish!

Atlantis Escape
Atlantis Escape is the first of several new logic puzzles we've gotten in. Trapped in a tall tower, you must carefully coordinate the stairs and platforms available to make your way to the exit. An excellent challenge for players 7 and up.

Air Land & Sea
After some months away, Air, Land & Sea returns to Labyrinth. This 2-player wargame requires you to carefully balance the commitment of your forces. Don't be afraid to retreat--strategy sometimes demands it! The more astute commander who claims 12 victory points first wins. 

Iron Curtain 
Another returning 2-player favorite, Iron Curtain allows players to battle through the Cold War in 20 minutes or less. Each round, choose one card to play, each with political consequences--blocking Cuba, for example, or influencing Africa. After 9 rounds, the winner is decided! With simple rules but a deep strategy, Iron Curtain is great game for new gamers and hold hands alike.

Channel A
Channel A is another entry into the pitch-style genre of games, often popular as party games or icebreakers. In Channel A, players need to pitch their own ideas for a new anime, assembling the title out of several word cards from their hand. Improvise a decent pitch and the round's judge will award you a win! Fast, goofy, and low-investment fun.

Brain Train 
A simple logic puzzle for our very youngest players. In Brain Train, kids have to carefully arrange the cargo to fit into the train cars' slots. The large pieces and brightly colored trains make this an excellent gift for young players.

Conflicting Legends 
Rock-Paper-Scissors like you've never seen it before! Conflicting Legends is a card game where players fight for world domination via rock-paper-scissors. Seems arbitrary? Well, each player also has a hand of legendary folks like Napoleon Bonaparte, Frieda Kahlo, and Einstein, who have special abilities to influence the game! Goofy, fast, and fun.

And that's all we have for this week. Check back in next week for more What's New at Labyrinth!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

What's New At Labyrinth: 5/10/19

What's New At Labyrinth: 5/10/19
Don't let the rainy weather get you down. Come by Labyrinth and check out our new stuff!

Godsforge is a brand-new, exciting game of magic and combat. Long ago, the world of Etherium was peaceful and prosperous, with a boundless source of magic fueling the lifestyles of the populace. Now, however, only one such source remains: The Godsforge. The people of Etherium war for its control, and you, the players, will decide the fate of the battle. Players take turns simultaneously, attacking the player to their left and defending to their right. Strategy, wits and speed are required to win!

Paperback is back! This deck-building, word-crafting favorite has been out of the store for a few months, so we're glad to announce its return. Play as struggling novelists and piece together words to earn yourself some cash. Spend your money to improve your repertoire and build more valuable works. To be the remembered as the greatest author demands ambition and skill!

Gimme Gimme Guinea Pigs
Gimme Gimme Guinea Pigs is a goofy, high-speed game of critter collection. Play takes place in real-time as everyone races to collect 7 cards of the same suit (represented by animals), discarding cards they don't want and grabbing the discards from other players. The player who wins the race announces their victory by bellowing, "GOT 'EM!"

Whozit is a wacky party game of profiling and judgement. Each round, one of six characters -- some real, some fictional, running the gamut from Sherlock Holmes to Lady Gaga -- is secretly picked by the round judge to be the subject of the game. The judge will then rate the subject on two qualities, and everyone will try and puzzle out who is the subject! A goofy, fun party game.

1830: Railways & Robber Barons
The classic game of cutthroat business and steam trains has returned to Labyrinth. Originally published in 1986, 1830 is a modern classic in the truest sense. Trade stocks and fight for control of the industry. Only one can become the ruler of the rails! 

Blink purports to be the world's fastest card game, and it makes a strong case for itself. Players compete in real time, trying to slam down cards into the discard pile before the opponent can. Cards can be played if they match the discard pile in color or shape or number. The first to empty the draw pile and their hand wins!

And that's all for this week. Check back in next week for more What's New at Labyrinth!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

What's New at Labyrinth (5/3/19)

What's New at Labyrinth (5/3/19)
Happy May everybody! We've got exciting new arrivals this week, including a new set of Magic and Pokemon! Take a look:

Magic the Gathering: War of the Spark
It's the most magical time of the fiscal quarter, friends: a new set of Magic the Gathering is out! War of the Spark is the culmination of a decades-long story; the Forever Serpent Nicol Bolas finally makes his play for immortal dominion of the multiverse. Assembled with and against him is the largest array of planeswalkers ever printed in a single set: 36 planeswalkers, one in every pack. Don't miss this titanic climax!

Pokemon: Unbroken Bonds 
Not to be outdone, the Pokemon TCG has also released its brand-new set. Unbroken Bonds continues the release of the exciting new Team Up cards, displaying the power of friendship when two Pokemon fight as one. Come check it out!

Museum is a game of set collection, construction, and trading set at the turn of the 20th century. Public interest in history and the colonialist plunder of cultural artifacts worldwide resulted in an explosion of a new type of institution: Museums. Players curate competing museums, sending explorers to collect relics, and trading with other players to find advantage. Only the most elegant museum can claim enduring fame!

Victorian Masterminds
Sherlock Holmes is dead! With the meddlesome detective out of the way, the greatest villains of Europe are free to scheme and plunder as they please--including you! Victorian Masterminds is a worker-placement game where players vie to become archvillain of the world, assigning minions to schemes and using unique abilities to get ahead! Only one can rule the world, after all--can it be you?

Arkham Horror: For the Greater Good
For the Greater Good is the third Mythos Pack in the The Circle Undone cycle. As unnatural sightings and strange disappearances continue, the investigators are forced to make a hard choice: Will you trust the Order of the Silver Twilight, or spurn them as practitioners of unnatural arts? This choice will have grave ramifications on your course, and the fate of Arkham as a whole. 

That's all we have, check back next week for more What's New at Labyrinth!

Friday, April 26, 2019

What's New at Labyrinth: 4/26/29

What's New at Labyrinth: 4/26/29
Welcome back, everyone. This weekend is going to be crazy with our Magic prerelease, but don't miss out on all these sweet new games!

Planets is a brand new world-building game where players each assemble their very own planet. Rather than a board, each player is handed a magnetic dodecahedron: their "planet core". Throughout the game, players attach continental plates to the core, adding mountains, oceans, deserts, forests, and more. Each new feature adds potential habitats for a wide variety of flora and fauna. The player who has the greatest biodiversity by the end of the game wins!

Tiny Towns
Deep in the woods, in hidden, sheltered clearings, the tiny animals of the forest have banded together to raise a society of their own, far from the prying eyes and lumbering feet of us larger folk. Tiny Towns is a hotly anticipated new city building game about making the most of meager space. Players must scrounge resources to build their town, but chose carefully--every empty space at the end of the game elicits a penalty! 

Noctiluca is a colorful game of dice collection. Players are divers competing to collect the phosphorescent noctiluca, mysterious aquatic creatures rumored to have restorative powers. These are represented by translucent dice, scattered through different pools. Careful drafting is required to assemble sets of different colors. Can you arrange these beautiful creatures to win?

Legend of the Five Rings: Masters of the Court 
In the Emerald Empire, the Crane Clan serve as the Emperor's elegant and deadly left hand. Political masterminds and fashion trendsetters, many resent and envy the Cranes for their beauty and their high-handed use of power. But with the deadliest duelists in Rokugan, one would be wise to watch their tongue around the Crane. Now, these political masterminds can lend their wise council to your cause with Masters of the Court, the new Legend of the Five Rings LCG Clan Pack. 

Microbrew is a brand new, award-winning two player game about (you guessed it) brewing beer! The game is a blend of a worker placement and a puzzle game. Players will assign their workers to mash, brew, bottle, sell their product, and more. Unlike normal worker placements, workers can be placed at the same station together. Only with a deliberate action can another worker be ejected from a spot--but use this wisely, as the owner will be able to reassign that worker immediately! While your workers toil over the production, players also have to puzzle out the recipes in their kettle! Perfectly tuning a recipe to a customer will earn their loyalty, but is it worth the expense? A really cool new game in a compact tin.

And that's all for this week. Come back next week for more What's New at Labyrinth!

Friday, April 19, 2019

What's New at Labyrinth: 4/19/19

What's New at Labyrinth: 4/19/19
Another week has come and gone, with a new slew of arrivals!

In the dark jungles of the Indian subcontinent, where civilization has grown around and among the trees for millennia, two temples to the gods stand ancient and proud. Now, you, arrogant and young, seek to plunder these temples and best your rival. Nagaraja is a two-player game of strategy and chance where you play as tomb robbers, attempting to steal the treasures of the ancient temple and beat the other to the punch. Each player will explore their own temple, trying to avoid curses and claim treasure, while using cards to interfere with their opponent. Stylish, cinematic, and with plenty of ways to mess with each other, Nagaraja is an excellent addition to any two-player collection.

Gunkimono is a tile-laying strategy game set in the Japanese Warring States era. Players control the rival feudal lords struggling for power, arranging their armies against each other. Players will place tiles representing armies on the board, forming a web of power and influence. Armies give you victory points, but you can also spend them to reinforce your strongholds. A balance of boldness and strategic is required to win. Quick to learn and with a playtime of about an hour, it's an excellent strategy game for people looking to start out or want a faster game.

Welcome To: Your Perfect Home 
Welcome To is a very popular take on the roll-and-write genre, returning to Labyrinth after a few months of absence. Players work as real estate developers, building the ideal neighborhood. The twist on the roll-and-write formula comes in the cards: Welcome To has no dice! Instead, one flips over cards that represent different buildings and fills in their block. The most valuable property wins!

Cabo is a card game about math and hidden information. Each player has 4 cards. 

Sushi Roll 

Power Grid: Deluxe 



The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth 


New Thinking Putty!

Friday, April 12, 2019

What's New At Labyrinth: 4/12/19

What's New At Labyrinth: 4/12/19
Hey there, folks! Pollen has descended upon our city in force. Whether you're hiding from allergies, the rain, or just boredom, we've gotten some new items that might pique your interest!

Dungeons & Dragons: Stranger Things Starter Set
For fans of the hit show Stranger Things, there's now a Starter Set for you! If you've ever wanted to get yourself or a friend into Dungeons and Dragons, this is a perfect way to get started. Play through Mike Wheeler's own original campaign against the terrifying Demogorgon. A great gift for any starting GM or fan or the series! 

Magic the Gathering: New Challenger Decks
We've gotten in the newest spread of Challenger Decks! These pre-constructed decks imitate some of the most powerful and popular archetypes in Standard, and are intended to be competitive out-of-the-box in Friday Night Magic. These decks are also incredible value for the cards inside, so don't expect them to stick around! Grab your copy while supplies last!

Legend of the Five Rings: Warriors of the Wind & Across the Burning Sands 
Legend of the Five Rings returns with a new Clan Pack focused on the wildest of Rokugan's warriors: the Unicorn clan. Dancing on the edges of Rokugan territory and society, the Unicorn walk a fine edge, often scorned amongst polite society as "barbarians". But these horsemen are the finest riders in the Empire, and now you can claim their strength as your own. Also arrived is a new short story, Across the Burning Sands, which tells the story of the young Unicorn heir, torn between two worlds. The book comes with some unique cards, so don't miss out!

Returning after some time away is staff and store favorite Vye. Fight for control of an expanding and beautiful continent that you form by playing cards, representing the land. Steal control and fortify your territories, because the largest continuous empire wins! And don't miss out: Vye has finished its print run and doesn't have a publisher, so for the foreseeable future what we have is all that's left. 

Blokus Duo
Blokus Duo is back!  With a smaller board built for head-to-head duels, this box condenses the spacial strategy of Blokus into a two-player experience. As an avid Blokus fan, I strongly recommend it! 

Silicon Valley Start Ups 
In the wild world of Silicon Valley, companies are born and fortunes are made on harebrained ideas and shoestring budgets. In Start Ups, players are given a set of cards: A company name (following Mad Libs rules, example: "Wax+A Body Part"), an industry, targeted customers, and a wacky trend. Players must assemble a compelling or at least amusing startup pitch and then pitch it to the rounds judge, who will award precious venture capital to their favorite idea! A hilarious party game. 

Uno: Unocorns
Lastly we have a wacky new variant on Uno: Unocorns. It's the same card game you grew up loving, but with unicorn-based art and the new Narwhal rule: Players play with a card stuck to their forehead. Guessing the color is necessary to win. 

That's all we have for this week. Tune in next week for more What's New at Labyrinth!