Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Arrivals This Week 9/17/13 to 9/23/13

by Becky "My Ka is a Wombat" Topol

Ia! Ia! The Obligatory Cthulhu Set ftaghn! That’s right, the most obligatory of all gaming themes has now come to Smash Up! This expansion contains four new factions: Minions of Cthulhu, Elder Things, Innsmouth, and Miskatonic University. It also introduces a deck of Madness cards, which can grant you great power at a terrible price: negative victory points. Plus they can seriously gum up your deck if the Elder Things attack you with their Madness-inducing powers. All these new options promise exciting and terrifying combinations with factions from the base game and first expansion, with massive Elder Things, seemingly limitless throngs of Innsmouth Locals, and the Scooby-Doo antics of the Miskatonic faculty. Some cards can even force your opponents to shuffle their discard pile into their deck, which might really pull the rug out from under anyone playing Zombies. If you think you can handle the squamous, mind-numbing horror of it all, The Obligatory Cthulhu Set will add powerful new cards and game-changing strategy to your Smash Up decks.

Merchants and Marauders is finally back! This game drops you into the world of seafaring trade and adventure in the Caribbean’s Golden Age of Piracy, allowing you to choose a seafaring career and search for glory. Will you be a Merchant and rely on clever trades, or a marauding Pirate out for blood and gold? The role you choose seriously affects the strategy you need in order to win. Upgrade your ships (with great miniatures), sniff out rumors, place or collect bounties, and engage in battle at sea!

The newest Yu-Gi-Oh! structure deck is here! Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon centers around the iconic monster and its support cards, including Kaibaman and The White Stone of Legend. Seto Kaiba's signature card and the Ka of Kisara, Blue-Eyes White Dragon is more powerful than the Egyptian gods, and the most famous and feared monster in all of Yu-Gi-Oh! This deck comes with a game mat and dueling guide, and contains the fearsome Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon. With two Ultra Rares and two Super Rares, you'll definitely want this deck on hand when it's time to duel!

Some of our other favorite things have also come back in, after being unavailable for far too long! Ticket to Ride's map collection India & Switzerland, combines two great expansions in one package. India offers two to four players new ways to earn bonus points, and the two-to-three-player Switzerland map challenges rail barons to connect whole countries! Expansions for Small World have also returned. Cursed!, Grand Dames of Small World, and Be Not Afraid... all add new races and special powers that you can mix and match in your quest to take over the (small) world! Be Not Afraid... also comes with a token tray that can hold the components for the previous expansions. The ever-popular Pandemic is back in stock, alongside both of its expansions: On the Brink and In the Lab. If you've been dying to try this challenging cooperative game, now's a great time to pick up the whole Pandemic family! And finally, The Resistance: Avalon is back! This Medieval-themed version of The Resistance adds new powers and roles in the quest to discover who is truly good, and who is secretly an agent of the forces of evil! Can you survive the magic and intrigue of Avalon?

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