Thursday, September 19, 2019

Guild of Heroes Report for September

Guild of Heroes Adventures
September 2019

Summer heat holds strong in the Guild's new home of the Sundrop Isles, and its days are still full of adventure!

We are excited to see many of you for a one day Guild of Heroes School Break Camp on October 11th, DCPS parent teacher day. For more details and registration, see our event website.

After that, our next Guild of Heroes sessions will be October 27th. Both sessions are currently full, but you can sign up for the waitlists of the morning or afternoon session.

Return to Tortle Island with Joe
The adventurers returned to Tortle Island in hunt of Lord Edbert Windwood’s lost family treasure. After meeting Erp the Tortle (leader of the island), and discovering odd blue mangoes in the jungle, they made their way to the South end of the island, then to the nearby island where the Aldani live.

The Aldani initially wanted to kill the heroes but agreed to release them and tell them where the treasure was if they could defeat two fearsome monsters. After fighting the dreaded Sharktocrab and Krakcrab, the Guild recovered the family heirlooms. They were rewarded with fine silver weapons, as well as a blue mango sapling to plant at the Guild headquarters.

Farfalle's Race with Camilla
"A race, a race!" Lady Farfalle beckoned, inviting members of the Guild of Heroes for her annual fete, a destruction derby on the waves! She promised a naval artifact of great power to the victors, so we chose to accept. Experienced guildmembers Adrie Moonleaf and Akida Aaldizz led the expedition. They brought four trainees alongside, each of them hoping to prove their heroism to the guild and win membership. They included Firelord the fighter, Lockhart the cleric, Connor the Rogue, and Alexis the fighter.

After some nighttime shenanigans before the starting bell, they were off, splitting up between two ships to pursue different objectives simultaneously. One group, pursued by Ragnar Flamebeard, went north, scaled a rocky precipice covered in angry gulls and their droppings, and recovered the infinitely slippery Lugubrious Orb. The other went East, fending off a Kobold attack from the Red Scale Fleet before landing on the atoll of Quellyn, a gargantuan jeweled crab. There was a secret password only he could divulge, with the help of an entertaining joke.

Minor objectives complete, they raced back to Moon Harbor to claim points for first place, fearing a newly invented Dwarven submarine would secretly take the lead. The password was shouted down to shore as one boat's crew sprinted up the steps, securing victory and a prize: The haunted, fog-summoning bow of the Soaring Breghuiner.

Friday, September 13, 2019

What's New at Labyrinth 09/13/2019

Come in to see these new and newly restocked games!

ArtSee


ArtSee is a card drafting and set collection game in which two to five players build out their art gallery, competing to have the most aesthetically-pleasing display. During the game, you will build out the art gallery with new exhibits among the four wings of your gallery. With enough prestige, you will earn the right to display prominent works, drawing in even more visitors. In the end, the curator with the most prestigious gallery wins! 



X-Wing



Come check out these newly released X-Wing add-ons (released 09/13/2019). 



The Duke: Lord's Legacy


The Duke: Lord's Legacy is now back in stock at Labyrinth. This is the new edition that changes none of the rules from the original, The Duke,  but instead features upgraded components and art as well as the Arthurian Legends expansion and five new tiles.



Whitehall Mystery


Whitehall Mystery is now back in stock at Labyrinth. Come check out this deduction game in which one player takes on the role of Jack while the rest of the players become investigators bent on stopping his evil plans.



Crusoe Crew


In The Crusoe Crew (a.k.a. Baiam or Kuala), you embody a character in an immersive story in which your choices guide your progress. You have a character sheet akin to those used in role-playing games that tracks your possessions, your special abilities, your coins, and your victory points. In general, gameplay consists in following the comic's panels — which contain clues, riddles and traps — and making choices about where to go and what to do, while using your visual perception to collect clues and be smart enough to resolve the riddles. As in any game, you can lose — sometimes really badly!



Indie Press Revolution: RPGs



We recently received a shipment of Indie Press Revolution RPGs so come on down to see what has been restocked!



Western Legends


Western Legends is an open-world sandbox tabletop adventure for 2-6 players set in the American Wild West. Players assume the roles of historical figures of the era, earning their legendary status in a variety of ways: gamble, drive cattle, prospect for gold, rob the bank, fight bandits, pursue stories, become an outlaw, keep the peace. The possibilities are darn near endless.

Friday, September 6, 2019

What's New at Labyrinth 09/06/2019

Come into Labyrinth to check out these new and newly re-stocked games!


Machi Koro: Legacy


Revisit the same mechanics that had you fall in love with the original Machi Koro in the legacy version while admiring the new story campaign element. With all new artwork by the original artist, Nobura Hotta, Machi Koro: Legacy is as beautiful as its predecessor and sure to be as beloved. The game's campaign contains ten games and then an eleventh game that is infinitely re-playable based on players' decisions in previous sessions. Every player will have a one-of-a-kind experience with their copy of Machi Koro: Legacy; the only guarantee is that each experience will be charming and entertaining.



Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale 


Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale is a fun way to learn about the "Precession of Simulacra," as players take the role of mapmakers vying for fame and renown by meeting the demands of the Queen's edicts. As the Queen seeks to reclaim northern territory, your goal is to create the map of the things she is most interested in having mapped. But, you must watch out for the Dragul, who seek to contest your kingdom's claim to territories through their outposts. You must draw your zoning lines very carefully in order to reduce the Dragul's power and earn the highest reputation.  



Clank! Expeditions: Temple Of The Ape Lords!


Come grab this hot new expansion to Clank! the deck-building, push-your-luck game that lets you steal from the evil dragon. In Clank! Expeditions: Temple of the Ape Lords! players will receive two new maps, four new meeples, and a new Ape Lord boss token. If you thought stealing from the dragon was hard just wait until you try to steal from the infamous Ape Lord mech.   



Diamonds Second Edition


This is a second edition printing of the classic, Diamonds. It is still a trick-taking game in which players attempt to accumulate acrylic diamond pieces. The new edition features all-new Art Deco styling and design, and it comes with the mini-expansion, "The Thief," which previously was only available through other sellers. 



Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne


Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne is a deck-building game for two to four players. It is a light to middle-weight game brought to you by the makers of the amazing Clank! You take the role of one of the many royal scions attempting to wrest control of the currently empty throne. In order to accomplish your goal, you must build out your deck in order fend off opponents attacks, make some attacks of your own, and stake your claim.



Mental Blocks


Mental Blocks is a nail-biting game full of puzzling challenges for two to nine players. Work together as a team to try and solve 60 different puzzles of two different degrees of difficulty while racing against the clock. Each player is given a different card with a different visual perspective of the puzzle. They must use these cards to complete the puzzle as quickly as possible but are not allowed to share their card with other players and are restricted from touching certain pieces depending on their perspective.



Gloomhaven


Gloomhaven is back in stock and, for those who have not heard, it is a massive RPG that DMs itself and contains boatloads of content. Literally. The box weighs about 20 pounds. The world of Gloomhaven is immersive and exciting, and the dungeons provide a plethora of crunchy challenges. It is a game that can be started by one player and picked up by someone else several scenarios in, making it easier to hop in and out of sessions.



Near and Far


One of Ryan Laukat's beautiful creations Near and Far is in stock and ready to be given a good home. This is a beautiful, story-driven game for those interested in a medium to heavy-weight experience for two to four players.



Lorenzo il Magnifico


Lorenzo il Magnifico is a beloved CMON game in which players take the role of the head of a noble family attempting to gain fame and prestige. The game is a heavier weight experience that can be played with two to four players; it involves card drafting, dice rolling, and worker placement, as well as some asymmetric powers. 



Blueprints


Blueprints is a dice-rolling, pattern-building, and set-collection type game in which two to four players attempt to be the most successful architects by discovering their new blueprints each round and building those blueprints from the available dice.



New Pokemon! Stuff



We have a bunch of new and newly restocked Pokemon product for you voracious Pokemon players and collectors to peruse. In particular, we have some new tins and restocked Poke Balls, so come on down to check it all out.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

What's New at Labyrinth 08/30/2019

Come in this week for these new games!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Gold Sarcophagus



The Gold Sarcophagus is not only an aesthetically pleasing way to store your Yu-Gi-Oh cards but also comes with some very special add-ons. Inside the Gold Sarcophagus there are five Prismatic Secret Rare variant cards, as well as three 16-card Mega-Packs that contain cards from popular 2018 booster sets. Which cards will you open?



Black Angel



Black Angel is a medium to heavy-weight game for one to four players in which each player controls an Artificial Intelligence attempting to transport humanity's genetic heritage to a new planet since the Earth has become uninhabitable. While players do cooperate insofar as they work together to help the flagship, Black Angel, reach its destination, ultimately players who choose their actions most logically will accumulate more points and earn the title of head AI.



Time Chase



Time Chase is a trick-taking game for three to six players in which you play a scientist who has just discovered--time travel! However, jealous colleagues are now trying to exploit your genius by traveling back in time to claim credit for your invention. The game centers around traveling back to previous tricks in order to take control of three events (or tricks) in order to win the right to claim credit for inventing time travel and thwart your rivals.



Pathfinder: Lost Omens World Guide




This second edition guide contains ten diverse regions and acts as a guide to the Age of Lost Omens in the Pathfinder universe. The guide also contains beautiful illustrations and detailed timelines of in-universe events. Additionally, the guide comes with a giant double-sided map.



Dungeons & Dragons: Baldur's Gate Descent into Avernus




For those on the lookout for cool minis, we have these new Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus miniatures. These introduce some really interesting miniatures but each box is randomized, so who's to say what you will open up?



Clack! Categories Game



Clack! Categories Game takes the classic game of magnetic stacking and clacking and scales its difficulty for an older audience. Come into Labyrinth and rediscover your love of this tactile and sensate game!



Detective Club



Detective Club is a bluffing and deduction game for four to eight players in which players take on the role of detectives with one exception. Each turn one player secretly writes down a word in each other player's journal with the exception of one player. The player who does not receive the secret word then becomes the Conspirator for that turn. Every player must then play a card which they think expresses the secret word best and provide an explanation for their choice. The Conspirator must think quickly to explain their choice of card lest they are discovered. If you enjoy Dixit and Spyfall this game might just be for you.



Carnival of Monsters



In Carnival of Monsters players compete to gain the only open spot in the Royal Monstrological Society. In this card-drafting game by Richard Garfield players will hunt for strange and rare beasts to add to their showcase over the course of several hunting seasons. The player with the most interesting showcase by the end of the hunting seasons will win that coveted spot in the Society.



Kingdomino Duel



Kingdomino Duel is a new unique experience and a standalone game from the Kingdomino series. In Kingdomino Duel two players will compete to bring in the highest-scoring dice to their kingdom. Players may choose from two different dice among the options to form what is equivalent to one domino and bring that set into their kingdom. This game is uniquely two-player oriented and will provide a new experience for both lovers of the original,  Kingdomino and new players alike.



Grimm Masquerade



The Grimm Masquerade is a new bluffing and deduction branching off from the Grimm Forest universe. In The Grimm Masquerade players have been invited to attend the Beast's masquerade party, but the Beast has decided to enchant everyone to appear as a different Grimm character. Players must trade and bluff to obtain the artifacts they need to win while avoiding the artifacts that can cause them to lose. Those artifacts are unique for every character and players will have to find new and interesting strategies to prevent other players from outing their true identity.

Friday, August 23, 2019

What's New At Labyrinth 8/23/19

Come in this week for these great new games!

Watergate



In this two-player game, one player will take on the role of Nixon attempting to subvert the press and stay in power, while the other player takes control of the Washington Post and attempts to collect enough evidence to take Nixon down. Who will win this historical tug-of-war?


Tribes: Dawn of Humanity



Tribes: Dawn of Humanity is a light to medium-weight game for two to four players, in which players will help their respective tribes to survive, thrive, and evolve.  Each player will have the options to grow their tribe, explore new lands, and extract rich valuables. This game is a fun, fast-paced civilization-esque romp that will still offer opportunities for deep strategy.

Mission X-Code



In Mission X-Code two to eight players will attempt to crack an encrypted code while taking action simultaneously. The game requires cooperation and communication between players and comes with an hourglass that sets the fast-pace of the game. If you all play your cards right you can even earn extra time to solve the code.

Marvel and Jumanji Fluxx



Two new takes on the popular franchise, Marvel Fluxx and Jumanji Fluxx both bring whole new cards and collectible coins into play. In these games players get to encounter beloved Marvel heroes and villains and traverse the treacherous world of the classic Jumanji. As with previous Fluxx installments, the cards determine the majority of rules and play in these fast-paced, adventurous games. 


Pinnacle


On top of being simply gorgeous, Pinnacle is a fun game of stacking and balancing. The game can be played by two to six players and usually each game plays out in about fifteen minutes, making for a good game to play over and over again with friends. However, if things come tumbling down, then it is game over!


New Minis!


Hey, Minis-Lovers, check out our new stock of minis that just came in! We've got several new minis out on display and in need of good homes, so please feel free to come check them out.



Friday, August 16, 2019

What's New At Labyrinth 8/15/19

Good luck to all those competing in the Pokemon World Championships this weekend! If you're looking, we have plenty of Unified Minds boxes and packs at the ready.
For everyone not competing (or who missed out on getting a badge to the sold out event), come check out what's new in stock!

Bargain Quest + The Black Market Expansion



This game has been hotly anticipated! Take on the role of a shopkeeper in a fantasy setting where adventuring heroes are looking for the best items to defeat the monsters around town. Draft your items, show off your wares in the window, and earn prestige when heroes use the wares they bought from you to defeat their foes!

Space Base: Command Station


This new expansion for Space Base adds components for 2 new players (up to 7), and adds "pre-deployed" ship cards to adjust for balance and gameplay with more than five players. The box is also large enough to hold the original Space Base, the Shy Pluto expansion, and future expansions as well!

L.L.A.M.A. Card Game


L.L.A.M.A. is a fun Uno-like game for 2-6 players. Players use a hand of cards numbered 1-6 with llama cards that go in-between 6 and 1. Play cards to a pile that are either minus 1, plus 1, or equal to the current card showing and try to get rid of all your cards! If you get stuck with them you gain that many points (though multiples of the same card are just counted as one card!) and the first player to 40 points ends the game. Have the fewest points and you win!

Dragonrealm


Dragonrealm takes the ideas found in Dragonwood and expands upon them. Players will attempt to explore and capture various locations using card sets and straights (by color or number) to roll the most dice they can to attempt to place adventurers in a location. Once a location is full, you score it, and the player with the most points after a certain number of locations (depending on number of players) wins!

DC Deck Building Game: Rebirth


Rebirth is a new evolution of the DC Deck-Building Game, breaking fresh ground by adding linked Campaign Scenarios, character progression, and movement between iconic locations from the DC Universe! Position matters! Players must move their characters around the board to find the cards they want for their deck and to interfere with the Villain’s dastardly plans. When you defeat a Villain, you get a reward, and the Villain is removed from the game. Staying close to your allies will allow them to play Assist cards to help you during your turn.

Passtally


In passtally, you take turns placing tiles on the game board to create a line connecting your player markers. The more tiles the line passes through, and the higher those tiles are stacked, the more points you score!

What The Heck?


To win this game, you'll need to read your opponents' minds--when you figure out which card they're about to play you'll have your chance to win. On each turn, players flip over a point card and compete to take it (if it's a positive number) or avoid it (if it's a negative number). The catch is that everyone starts with the same cards, so you'll need to psyche out your opponents and play your cards carefully. But if you guess wrong and tie with another player, you both miss out. It's a game filled with highs . . . and lows.

BACK IN STOCK

Letter Tycoon


In the game, players take turns forming a word using a seven-card hand and a three-card community card pool, scoring money and stock rewards based on their word. Players may use their earned money to buy one letter "patent" in the word they make. In the future, whenever another player uses one of your owned letters on their turn, you earn money from the bank. Letters that are used less frequently have special abilities, increasing their power. When enough of the alphabet has been claimed, players finish the current turn, then score all money, stock and letter patents owned. Create the most valuable empire and you can become the letter tycoon!

Friday, August 9, 2019

What's New At Labyrinth 8/6/19

A massive thank you to all who came out last week to make our Celebration of Gaming Week such a success! But just because it's over doesn't mean there aren't any new games to celebrate. Come check out these new titles!


Mountains


In Mountains, you will undertake hikes of various difficulty, making sure you have the proper equipment or otherwise borrowing it from other players with favor tokens. Each hike will reward you with favor tokens, summit stamps, or both! The player with the most summit stamps at the end of the game wins.

Band of Blades


This military fantasy RPG is set in the same universe as the critically acclaimed Blades in the Dark. The Legion is in retreat following a failed battle against the armies of the undead. You are a member of the Legion, your bonds to one another forged in the dark by bone and blood. But time is running out as more fall to the indomitable forces of the Cinder King. As Legionnaires, you must make it to Skydagger Keep before you’re cut off or overtaken by the undead. Paying horrifying costs, you’ll employ offensives, maneuvers, unwise bargains, and desperate gambits as the ever-ticking clock nears its final hour. Do you have what it takes to outwit, outrun, and outlast the endless hordes of the undead, or will your band of blades break beneath the Cinder King’s iron fist?

Underwater Cities


The earth is overpopulated. As one of the best scientific brains in the world, you have been tasked with creating the best and most livable underwater city possible. Play cards in color coded slots to intake raw materials; to build and upgrade city domes, tunnels and production buildings such as farms, desalination devices and laboratories in your personal underwater area; to move your marker on the initiative track (which is important for player order in the next turn); to activate your "A-cards"; and to collect cards, both special ones and basic ones that allow for better decision possibilities during gameplay. Gain the most victory points to win!

Tricks and the Phantom


Tricks and the Phantom is a simple deduction game using only ten (or eleven) cards with a little bluffing element. Deduce the culprit from among the four persons. However, there may be a "phantom" who attempts to confuse you. In the base game, ten cards are dealt to four players, so players have hands of only two or three cards. As in a trick-taking game, each player plays one card face down in turn order. While doing this, each player forecasts who has the highest card (that is, the culprit). Each card has a color (suit), and you have to show that color when you play the card; this allows opponents to narrow down the number of your card, but some cards have a special effect, so big numbers don't win automatically. Points are awarded to whoever played the highest card (the culprit) and to whoever correctly forecasted that player winning. Tricks and the Phantom is not just card luck. It is a strategy inference game that requires you to read each other's psychology.

Imhoptep: The Duel



In this two-player version of Imhotep, players take on the competing roles of Nefertiti and Akhenaten. Use six boats to unload the most valuable tiles and build monuments to gain as many fame points as possible!

Processing


Processing is a game of terrible democracy. Aliens have conquered Earth, but that's not the worst of it. As a survivor, you've been enslaved to figure out who gets "Processed," "Probed," and "Freed." There's one more wrinkle, the Aliens think cows are people too. The Confederated Alien Overlords (or CAO's) demand you work to appease them all, but since they all want different things that will be tough. Your goal is to have the most victory points (VPs) by the end of the game (three rounds) by appealing to different alien agendas each round.

Patchwork Doodle


Patchwork Doodle is a roll-and-write version of Patchwork, with each player having their own 9x9 grid to fill in over the course of the game. Each player sets up by drawing a unique polyomino card from the starting deck, then drawing that on their sheet. In each round, players lay out a number of polyomino cards in a circle, then place the rabbit between two cards. On a turn, someone rolls the die, moves the rabbit forward, then removes the card indicated by the rabbit. Each player must draw the polyomino indicated on this card in their grid. Once a certain number of cards have been played, the round ends, players score points, then you lay out more cards for the next round.

Deadly Doodles


In this quick-playing doodle game, 1–4 players simultaneously draw paths through a dangerous dungeon. Draw cards, draw a path through your dungeon, and rack up points! Collect loot and fight monsters . . . or run away screaming! Can you defeat the dragon for the big score?

Dizzle


In Dizzle, players want to fill their scorecards with dice collected each round. Players take turns selecting dice from the center of the table, and the next die they collect must match the others. At the end of a round, mark all boxes on your scorecard filled with dice. This might sound simple, but of course others will compete for the dice you need...

5211


The name of the game tells you everything! Players start with 5 cards in hand, play 2 and reveal both, then fill up their hand and repeat twice, but only revealing 1 card each time. 5-2-1-1. Players earn points depending on the majority color, but if there's too many of that color, it busts and is worth nothing. Rounds repeat until the deck runs out, and whichever player earns the most points wins!

BACK IN STOCK


Lisboa



On November 1, 1755, Lisbon suffered an earthquake of an estimated magnitude of 8.5–9.0, followed by a tsunami and three days of fires. The city was almost totally destroyed. The King put the Marques of Pombal in charge of the reconstruction of Lisbon. The Marques gathered a team of engineers and architects and you, the players, are members of the nobility; members who will use your influence in the reconstruction and business development of the new city. You will work with the architects to build Lisbon anew, with the Marquis to develop commerce and with the King to open all the buildings, but the true reason you do all this is not for greatness or fame or even fortune, but for the most important thing of all in that time: wigs.

Baseball Highlights 2045


In this quick and interactive game, two players build their teams as they play, combining both strategy (building your team) and tactics (playing the game) without any of the downtime. During each "mini-game", each player alternates playing six cards to simulate a full game's highlights. The mini-game includes defensive and offensive actions, and your single card play may include elements of defensive and/or offensive plays. Do you try to thwart your opponent's pending hits, put up strong offensive action of your own, or use your better players to do both? Players buy new free agents after each mini-game to improve their roster, and the team who wins the most mini-games in the series is the champ!