Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Arrivals 8/23/2016

By Alexander "Ignoblesse Oblige" Smith

Hire a crew, build your city, and search the seas for treasure in the new 2-4 player sailing game, Islebound. The modular board and variety of options available to the players make this game incredibly replayable. We've enjoyed both Above and Below and Artifacts, Inc., both designed by Ryan Laukat, so we're really looking forward to cracking this one open as soon as possible.

Mare Nostrum: Empires is an ancient civilization building game for 2-5 players where you will ally yourself with Caesar, Pericles, Hammurabi, Cleopatra, or Hannibal in your quest for glory. Win through occupying provinces, trading, and building the wonders of the ancient world.

Smash Up: Cease and Desist is the pop-culture parody expansion to Smash Up that you've been waiting for. Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Try the Ignobles faction with their Aunt of Drakes and Red Birthday Party cards. Likewise, Star Wars fans have the Astroknights, Trekkies get Star Roamers, and Transformers aficionados will love the Changerbots. This set is filled with so many clever tongue-in-cheek references that you'll be having fun the moment you draw a card.

Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck Building Game is a standalone expansion to the popular Legendary Encounters series. 1-5 players will have to work together to eke out a meager living by taking on jobs of varying questionable legality. While there are no aliens in the Firefly universe, you can integrate with other Legendary Encounters games for a brand new experience. I'm sure Jayne would be happy to introduce Vera to a Predator or two.

Legendary: Big Trouble in Little China is another standalone expansion to Legendary with characters and scenes from the cult film, Big Trouble in Little China. Use mystical techniques and modern day weaponry to take down Lo Pan...or combine the game with another Legendary set and have Jack Burton face off against Marvel villains instead!

Walls & Warriors is an updated version of a puzzle game called Troy that we used to carry. As in Troy, you will have to place castle walls in such a way that all the blue pieces are inside, the red pieces are outside, and there are no entrances into the castle. This version adds an inner castle that takes up two spaces, doubles the number of puzzles from 40 to 80, and the quality of the pieces and the board look much, much nicer. If you haven't tried it yet, this is definitely worth a look.

Little Red Riding Hood is a puzzle game for children ages four and up. Set up the board pieces in one of 48 different challenges and place the pathway tiles to guide both Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf to Grandmother's house. The game even includes a picture book for those looking to experience the story of Little Red Riding Hood

New demos: Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck Building Game

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