By Alexander "Undetonated Feline" Smith
Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu is a new version of Pandemic, but instead of curing diseases, you're quashing cults, sealing portals, and holding on to your sanity. Like the original Pandemic, this is a cooperative game for 2-4 players, meaning you'll all have to work together to defeat the Old Ones that threaten the world.
Cry Havoc is an asymmetric, science fiction war game for 2-4 players. Each player chooses a faction and tries to vanquish their enemies. The miniatures in this game are really cool and I'm excited to send them all into battle.
Royals is a territory control game for 2-5 players. Take on the role of head of a 17th century noble house and expand your influence throughout Europe. Players who can consolidate their power will receive extra bonuses, and skilled diplomats will be able to broker deals and curry favor with their friends.
Mobi is like Bananagrams, but for math. 1-6 players take a handful of numbers and operations tiles and arrange them in a crossword fashion. This is an excellent way for young players to get familiar with basic mathematics, or for older players to craftily use their tiles as quickly as they can. I've personally never been excited about doing math problems until now.
We played Vikings on Board at Washingcon, and we absolutely loved it! 2-4 players load supplies to ships, wager on which clan will control the most vessels, and divvy up the supplies based on who placed the most clan shields on the boat. There is lots of room for trickery and turnabouts, making this game a blast to play.
Lotus is a beautiful card game in which you must collect sets of cards to create flowers. Each flower needs a different number of cards, and both the player who completed the flower and the player who played the majority of those cards will receive points. Completing a flower also grants special powers, so the game evolves as you play it. This is a great one for 2-4 players.
Resistor is a two player strategy card game where where two players try to create circuits between their central processing unit and the opponent's. Swap, flip, and add cards to the line to create an unbroken pathway of your color to score a point. There's a lot of strategy to this game, and being able to adapt to your opponent and foil their plans is especially helpful.
People have been asking us about Exploding Kittens ever since it came out, but now we finally have it in the store! Players draw cards from the deck until they draw the exploding kitten card, and then they're out...unless they play a card to save themselves. Skip your draw, look at the next few cards or defuse the kitten to live another day in this wacky party game for 2-5 players.
DrunkQuest is a fantasy drinking game for 3-6 adults. Players gather treasure and fight monsters by taking drinks or using special item cards to make others drink in their stead. You might never have thought that drinking games and dungeon crawls would have something in common, but they do, and it's called DrunkQuest.
Kaladesh, the newest Magic: the Gathering set, is here! We have booster packs, Deck Builder's Toolkits, sleeves, deck boxes, playmats, and the new Bundles and Planeswalker Decks! Planeswalker decks are new preconstructed decks that revolve around an exclusive planeswalker card. There are lots of really cool new cards, so be sure to check it out.