by Alexander "Five Cursed Masks" Smith
Abyss is a game where you are trying to gain the most influence in a flavorful underwater civilization. Use pearls to bid on allies that will gain you the favor of the council and lords, but instead of going into the bank...you'll be paying off your opponents! This is a great pseudo-drafting game that is chock full of strategy and has many different paths to victory. If you want to play a deep and interactive strategy game with gorgeous nautical imagery, Abyss will blow your expectations out of the water.
Look out, party goers! Belle of the Ball is here and it's time to show off your skills as an excellent party host by inviting the right mix of guests and, of course, the titular Belle of the Ball. If you can find the right mix of guests and positively redirect the Belle's antics, you'll be sitting pretty with a boatload of points. Using a bidding technique similar to Smallworld where you can pay to skip over guests in the queue, Belle of the Ball will have you divided between dealing with guests, controlling the chaos of the Belle and making absolutely certain that your party is the party to end all parties.
Any chef worth their salt will tell you that it takes a steady hand to make a gourmet meal, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the game play of A La Carte. Each chef has a recipe that they are trying to complete and in order to do so they will have to use dexterity to shake out just enough spice from jars or adjust the heat using a die. Adding too much of one spice or over-salting can ruin your dish and make you have to throw it out, so you will have to balance speed with accuracy...just like in real kitchens! Speaking of real kitchens, this game has amazing components and includes several spice jars, actual metal pans, stove tops and tons of ingredients and recipes. It's a great experience for old and young chefs in the making or anyone who has always yearned for a pancake-flipping game mechanic.
Is Zombie Fluxx not spooky enough for you? Scare up some players for a monster-filled night of terror and wacky fun with Monster Fluxx! Vampires, teenage detectives and gravestones now have their own expansion in the constantly changing game of Fluxx.
For those who want to celebrate all the fall and winter holidays, we also have Holiday Fluxx! So light those candles and fill those mugs with eggnog because it's the season to be jolly! This new version of Fluxx would be great for a family holiday gathering, and includes cards that reference Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Christmas.
Coup: Reformation adds an extra layer of intrigue to your game of Coup. This expansion splits players into factions which will leverage influence against each other before turning to infighting amongst themselves. Think your faction is headed for a downward spiral? Pay some money to the Treasury and you'll swear allegiance to the other faction...loyalty counts for little though because in Coup, the friends of today are the weak and the broken of tomorrow.
This week we have some real gems (get it?) back in stock; Splendor and Istanbul are both back on shelves! These games have been immensely popular at the store, so if you've been looking to acquire some of these games of gem acquisition, now is the time!
New demos added to our game library this week include: A La Carte and Belle of the Ball.