Friday, January 10, 2020

What's New at Labyrinth 01/10/2020! Also, Some of My New Favorite Games

Check out what's new to Labyrinth this week!



Fox in the Forest Duet


Fox in the Forest Duet is a new cooperative, trick-taking game by Renegade Games in which two players work together to collect all the gems without running out of time or getting lost. Like in many trick-taking games, each round a player will either win or lose the trick, but the result of the tricks played will effect how certain tokens and markers move around the forest. During the round players cannot reveal their cards, they cannot ask revealing questions, and they cannot discuss strategy (i.e., they can't discuss who should win the trick and what suit they are going to play). It is an interesting take on the trick-taking genre and it has a solid fairy tale theme and gorgeous art.



Astronomy Fluxx 


Astronomy Fluxx is now out at Labyrinth. For all you Fluxx enthusiasts and astronomy enthusiasts, this fun, rule-changing game might just be for you.



Caylus 1303


A classic game is back! As one of the first worker placement games, Caylus stands among the true board game classics of the 2000s. The original designers' team, together with the Space Cowboys, have now created a revamped version! The mechanisms of Caylus 1303 have been streamlined and modernized for an intense and shorter game. Don't be fooled, though, as the game has kept both its depth and ease of play while a lot of new features have been added, including: variability of the starting position for a virtual infinity of possibilities; no more pre-set strategies; characters with special abilities, with a wavering loyalty, offer their services to the players; and of course, brand new graphics. The King calls you again, so it's time to go back to Caylus!



Unlock: Exotic Adventures


Unlock: Exotic Adventures includes three new adventures for players to engage with. Those three new adventures include: "The Night of the Boogeyman," "Scheherazade's Last Tale," and "Expedition Challenger." If you are a fan of the Unlock! series or the Escape the Room series, then you should come check this one out.



Barrage


Barrage is an interesting worker placement game for 1-4 players, in which each player takes on the role of a company attempting to provide hydroelectric in a 1920s to 1930s dystopia where fossil fuel usage has been used to its limits. The game involves elements of route-building as well as action drafting. A couple key mechanics that make the game unique are the Construction Wheel, which must be used wisely, as it is where players' available actions are stored, and the shared water represented on the board. Players must compete for control of the water and attempt to intercept the water flow before other players to harness its potential.



Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae


Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae adds 4 new Places of Power, 12 artifacts, 4 mages, 4 monuments, and 2 magic items to Res Arcana. It also extends the game to five players, adds scaling rules for fewer players, and introduces two new things: scrolls and demons.



Lord of the Rings: The City of Ulfast


The City of Ulfast is the second Adventure Pack in the Vengeance of Mordor cycle for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game! This 60 card pack contains an entirely new scenario for players to continue the adventures they started in the A Shadow in the East deluxe expansion and the Wrath and Ruin  Adventure Pack, as well as new cards to help players deal with these challenges. 



A Game of Thrones: The Things We Do for Love


A new age of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game begins with the The Things We Do for Love! This expansion contains 88 cards that draw on the game’s rich history as both a CCG and LCG, bringing powerful and iconic cards from earlier eras of the game’s life to the second edition of the A Game of Thrones LCG. Whether it be the return of iconic characters like Mad King Aerys, or fan-favorite locations and plots, players will find plenty to be excited about.



Arkham Horror: Dark Side of the Moon


Dark Side of the Moon is Scenario 3–A of The Dream-Quest campaign for Arkham Horror: The Card Game. This scenario can be played on its own in Standalone Mode or combined with the other expansions in The Dream- Eaters cycle to form a larger four or eight-part campaign. 



Significant Restocks



Watergate


Watergate is finally back! This popular two-player-only game is sure to entertain anyone who enjoys a little history with their gaming.



Game Color


We have received a huge restock of many of our Game Colors and Game Inks, so if you're looking to paint up some of your miniatures, then swing by to check out which colors and effects are now back in stock.


 Ravine


One of my personal favorite cooperative games is back in stock after the holiday rush. If you'd like to know more about Ravine, then swing by and check it out. Several of our staffers really enjoy this one and are happy to talk about it.



Oh My Goods!


The popular hand-management, economic, card game, Oh My Goods! is back in stock!



Haven


Haven is another beautiful game by Ryan Laukat that is made specifically for the two-player-only genre. While not a new game per se, Haven is now at Labyrinth and we're pretty psyched about it. It is an asymmetrical game that takes around 45 minutes to play. One player takes control of the City's forces, as they seek to invade and conquer the Forest. Meanwhile, the other player takes control of the Forest's inhabitants, attempting to defend their home from the City.



My New Personal Favorites



Era: Medieval Age


I recently picked up a copy and played Era: Medieval Age with my significant other and found it to be a delightful, well-made dice-pool, roll-and-build game. In the game players are given a starting pool of dice and a privacy screen which they must roll their dice behind. That privacy screen contains a chart with all the building types, their costs, and their grid layout available in front of the player. The screen also contains a list of possible disasters that can take place in the city players are building. When players roll their dice behind the screen, they have two chances to re-roll as many or as few dice as they wish, except for any dice that land on skulls. Skulls cannot be rerolled and will result in a disaster at a later point in the round; however, skulls can either result in disaster for the player's own board or, depending on the number of skulls, for their opponent's board, so skulls can be used strategically. Players use a grid board with peg holes to build their cityscape and keep track of resources as well as negative points resulting from skulls. The game also actually took 45 minutes, as advertised. My significant other and I had a blast playing with these beautiful pieces, tetrising them into place and trying to score as many points as possible by fully enclosing our city. Matt Leacock (the game's creator) has made other really good games as well. Other titles Leacock is known for are Space Escape (another favorite of mine) and the hugely popular, Pandemic



Nanty Narking


Nanty Narking is another game I recently added to my collection, as it is a reprint and retheme of a game I have wanted for forever. The original theme of the game was Terry Pratchett's Discworld: Ankh Morpork. While they lost the IP rights for that version of the game, they reprinted it with a new theme that is equally fun. Nanty Narking is a game in which players are randomly dealt an identity with a specific victory condition. The identities are all characters from the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens, and players are given a chart that lets them know what the victory conditions for every possible character are, so that part of the game is trying to figure out your opponent's identity in order to better thwart their plans while advancing your own. Nanty Narking's mechanics are very simple in that players, on their turn, play down a card of their choice from their hand. Each card may contain various symbols that allow players to place new agents in the city, assassinate enemy agents, gain money, build a building, or even play a second card. In my first play through with my significant other, I was Lord Bellinger and he was Moriarty. Suffice it to say that Moriarty got away with his evil plans, but we both had a blast playing so it was overall a great experience. This is a game by Martin Wallace, who is also known for his work on the Brass series.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Some Things You May Have Missed During the Holiday Rush


Terraforming Mars: Turmoil


Terraforming Mars: Turmoil includes new corporations, new projects, and a new type of cards — Global Events, from dust storms to riots to rising alloy demand — that give you something to plan for 3 generations in advance. At the heart of this is the political arena of the Terraforming Committee. A new action allows players to add delegates to different parties, the first delegate each generation being free, and additional ones costing 5 MC. Neutral delegates are added by the global events, representing the wishes and trends of society. When a player(even the neutral player) has more delegates in a party than any other player, that player takes over the party leader seat for that party, and when a party has more delegates than any other party, it becomes dominant. The dominant party will become ruling during the next generation, imposing its one-time bonus, its ongoing policy, and granting chairmanship for its party leader, awarding that player 1 terraform rating.



Witchburner RPG


Witchburner is an interesting RPG in which players take on the role of witchfinders attempting to find and burn the witch or witches in the town.



Pokemon: Meowth V-Max


Meowth is known as a persistent little Pokémon, a teensy bit grumpy, and loaded with tricks and schemes. Now make it gigantic and power it up as a Pokémon VMAX, and all of Meowth's big dreams get a little closer to coming true! You get both Meowth V and Meowth VMAX in this special collection, making this the first opportunity to get your hands on the amazing new Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX cards. You also get an oversize foil card of Meowth VMAX—a suitably sized card for a Pokémon of Meowth's stature. There's even a selection of Pokémon TCG booster packs to add to your collection. See if you can make the Scratch Cat Pokémon's plans pay off with the Pokémon TCG: Meowth VMAX Special Collection.



Klask


Klask is a fun, air-hockey-like game in which two players take control of their magnetic pieces, moving their piece with the bottom half underneath the board. Players attempt to hit the ball into their opponent's goal, while trying to block their opponent's attempts to do the same. It is super fun and the components are really high quality. This one is definitely a new favorite.



Battle Line Medieval


This is a newly re-themed version of a Reiner Knizia classic, Battle Line. The new theme is Medieval and this comes with 60 new cards with new art by Roland MacDonald, as well as ten full-color tactics cards. It is a great small war game for two.



Dungeon Doggies


All doggos are good doggos, and these ones are no different. These Dungeons & Dragons-themed dog miniatures come with a code and instructions for downloading a digital story module to go along with them. They also each have a different D&D class assigned to them.



The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen


This not-quite-a-role-playing-game requires players to sit around telling fantastic (but completely true!) stories. Players may attempt to trip up another player's story by wagering a token ("But the Prussian Army had dissolved by that time, m'lord, so you could not have possibly fought it single-handedly"), whereas the storyteller must counter with another token (and an excuse) or swallow their pride and incorporate it into their story (with another excuse). There are also a few, minor details, mostly used to get boring storytellers to stop. The game is won after each player has told one story. Each player, in turn, gives *all* their tokens to another player they believe has told the best story--so collecting the most tokens doesn't make you the winner, it makes you be able to choose the winner. Of course, the best story-telling wins the game. It is considered one of the best RPGs to play while drinking wine with friends and, while not new, is certainly noteworthy.



Dragon Age RPG Core Rulebook


We currently have a copy of the Dragon Age RPG rulebook, and it is gorgeous. If you're a fan of the video games or extended universe, then you should definitely check this out. It has great lore as well as some awesome designs.



More Playmats!


We now have a bunch more playmats to look through! Come on down to check them out.



Dual Scroll of Rolling 


From Die Hard Dice comes the Dual Scroll of Rolling. It is a gorgeously crafted dice-rolling mat that unfolds like a dual scroll and has two pouches for dice storage.



Sand Timers!


Sand timers are now in stock at Labyrinth. We have both 1 minute and 3 minute timers that are great for anyone workshopping a game with a time-based mechanic or for anyone who needs a sand-timer replaced.



Colors of Paris


You are a painter in Colors of Paris, and you've decided to participate in "Bateau Lavoir", a friendly competition between several painters in a workshop in Montmartre, Paris. The newspapers know about this challenge, so perhaps this is a good opportunity to become famous, following the path of Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, or Renoir...Colors of Paris is a management game in which you must take care of your paint tubes, mixtures, and time to create works, all the while anticipating others to perform as needed within a rotating set of actions.



The Castles of Burgundy 20th Anniversary Ed.


This is the 20th Anniversary Edition of the game. This edition of The Castles of Burgundy includes eight expansions, seven of which were previously released as promotional items and one new to this release.



Castle Dice Tower and DM Screens


We just got these awesome dual dice towers and DM screens in and they are amazing. If you're looking for a present for the Dungeon Master who has it all, this would be a good one.


Throne of Eldraine Brawl Decks


We got brawl decks back! Come grab them while supplies last.



Throne of Eldraine Holiday Bundles


We have more MTG Throne of Eldraine Holiday bundles in stock.



Yu-Gi-Oh! Booster Packs


These are our currently available Yu-Gi-Oh! boosters, now including Mystic Fighters.




Friday, December 27, 2019

New Year's Eve Party Game Highlights

Come check out these titles for great games to play on New Year's Eve!

Great Sections for New Year's Eve Games


For any adults looking to have fun this New Year's Eve, the games in our 18 years-old and up section are great for a party or get-together with friends. 



Check out these great party games! These are perfect for large groups, looking to celebrate the New Year.




For those who enjoy word games and story games, come check some of these titles out. We have classic word games as well as some modern titles that are sure to bring everyone together.




We also have a whole section dedicated to hidden identity and social deduction games that are great for gatherings of all sizes.



New Year's Eve Game Highlights


The following is a list of games that are great for all sorts of parties and get-togethers and would work great for ringing in the New Year.



Bards Dispense Profanity


This fun and interesting take on the Cards Against Humanity-style from our 18 and up games uses modern questions and fill-in-the-blank statements but with responses directly quoted from the works of Shakespeare. While it was not necessarily intended to be combined with the base game of Cards Against Humanity, it is a really fun combination. This game is easy-to-learn and great for parties.



Point Salad


Point Salad is a fun and fast set collection, drafting, and card combination game for 2-6 players looking to stack some veggies this New Year's Eve. The game requires just enough strategy to stay interesting, while providing players with easy-to-jump-into mechanics that make this game a hit.



Exploding Kittens



Exploding Kittens is a raucous and hilarious game of hot potato in which 2-5 players attempt to stave off drawing an exploding kitten. They may do so by playing cards that allow them to defuse an exploding kitten, to re-position an exploding kitten inside the deck, or even pass the kitten off to the next player. I have played this game at several parties and always enjoyed it.



Happy Salmon


Happy Salmon is a fun and fast game in which 3-6 players (or even up to 12 players with both the green and blue salmons) call out the actions on their cards. If someone else calls out the same action, then both players must perform that action and discard those cards. The first person to discard all of their cards wins. However, there are no turns. Everyone is calling out actions simultaneously and has to listen up for the actions being called if they want to find a match and start discarding.



Yikerz!


Yikerz! is a fun magnet game in which one or more players receives an equal stack of magnets and has to lay them out on the mats. The first player to put down all their magnets wins, but they have to be careful. If a player puts down a magnet that zaps other magnets onto it, then they have to add all of the collected magnets back to their stack. This fun, push-your-luck game is fantastic and a great game for bringing everyone together.



Anomia


For those who prefer trivia games, Anomia is a go-to classic for 3-6 players. Anomia involves all the random knowledge that is constantly going around our brains. In the game, a player draws and reveals a card. If the card they draw has a symbol matching another player's card, then that player must quickly face-off against the other player, naming a person, place, or thing associated with the card's category. Whoever manages to blurt out a correct answer first wins their opponents card.



Letter Jam


Letter Jam is a co-op word game for 2-6 players in which players receive a set of face down letters. Each player puts a face down letter in front of them on a stand that faces away from their sight. No one should see their own letter. A player's current letter should only be visible to other players. Each turn players work together to form the longest word possible from the visible letter. Whoever comes up with the longest possible word from the letters available becomes the clue-giver and is tasked with assisting the current player. This is a fun, tricky word game that can bring everyone together and is sure to be a blast. We already posted about Letter Jam when it originally came to our store, but I felt it was worth highlighting as a word game of choice for larger gatherings.



Someone Has Died


Someone Has Died is both silly and macabre in the best ways possible. In this story-telling game, 3-6 players each vie for their right to someone's stuff post-death. The setting is at a will arbitration and each player receives a few different cards that help them to form their character's backstory, identity, and personality. One player takes the role of Estate Keeper who gets to establish the deceased's background and gets to decided who argues best. This is a good party game for those with a macabre sense of humor.



One Night Ultimate Werewolf


One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a hidden identity and social deduction game that will liven up any party. It's one of my personal favorites for large gatherings and is a great way to ring in the New Year. The game takes place over the course of one night and players must try to suss out who among them are the werewolves.



Schummel Hummel


To win Schummel Hummel, you must get rid of your cards before any other player, and unlike in most other games, you can cheat to dump cards from your hand. Toss them over your shoulder, hide them in your shirt! One of the players represents the watchman, though, and if they catch you cheating, then you have to both keep your original card and take one of the watchman's as well, while also taking on the role of the watchman. This game is a great way to enjoy your New Year's celebrations with 3-5 friends.



Great Games for both Kids and Adults

The following are some highlights from our kids' section that are enjoyable for both children and grown-ups alike.



Battle Sheep


In Battle Sheep (first released as Splits), players from ages 7 and up start the game by constructing the board from identical four-hex tiles, then each player places his/her tall stack of discs on one of the border hexes. Players take turns removing some number of discs from the top of one of their stacks, moving that new stack of discs as far away as it can go in a straight line. Players must leave at least one disc behind when moving, so the board gradually fills up and movement opportunities become more and more scarce. The player occupying the most spaces at the end of the game wins!



Who Did It?


Who Did It? is the ultimate blame game in which 3-6 players attempt to divert blame from their animals onto other animals for who did it. But if a player attempts to blame an animal who has already been absolved then they are caught in a lie and stuck with the blame. This silly party game is perfect for an evening of light-hearted fun, while also being accessible for any kids celebrating the New Year.



 Spot It Classic


Spot It! is a game of spotting matching symbols between different cards. The game can be played with 2-8 players and is fast, fun, and simple. This is a great family game for New Year's Eve that will keep everyone entertained.



If you're looking for a game to play as the ball drops this year, then come on down and check these titles out or get a personal recommendation from one of our staffers.