Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Arrivals 6/6/2017

by Alexander "Laser Sutures" Smith

Unfair is a set collection game for 2-5 players where you are competing to build the best amusement park using cards that represent different rides. Some rides will be worth more when you have other attractions that share a theme, while others will be worth more the bigger you make them. You can also stoop to sabotaging your opponent's attractions, but remember, it's all fun and games until somebody loses a ride.

Ethnos is a fantasy area control game for 2-6 players where you will assemble bands of creatures to fight for glory in the six regions of the map. Each of the different tribes will have different affinities to the various regions of the land, so your goal is to create the strongest teams to deploy in the right regions. You'll never be able to win everywhere, so picking your battles is essential in this strategic game.

Flatline is a cooperative dice game where you and up to four other players are working in the hospital bay of a spaceship, trying to heal all of the wounded crewmen. You and your team will only have one minute to roll, reroll, and allocate all the dice needed to treat the various afflictions of all the crewmen. It may be frantic, but that's the life of a space doctor.

Fields of Green is a tile based farm building game for 2-4 players. Players will draft and purchase tiles that represent fields, silos, special buildings and more in an attempt to grow crops, and convert their produce into points. How you grow your farm is very important because some tiles will have greater synergies when placed close to one another. The game plays relatively quickly when compared with other games focused on agriculture, so if you're looking for something that you can jump into quickly and have a good time, this is a great option.

First Class is a card based game where your goal is to create a renowned rail network that serves prestigious clientele in luxury train cars. Before starting the game, you will choose two of five optional decks, effectively changing the kind of game you will be playing. This game is incredibly replayable and is sure to be a hit with your gaming group.

In the Year of the Dragon
is a game for 2-5 players where you are rulers in ancient China trying to protect citizens beset with troubles while making enough income to pay tribute to the emperor. This 10 year anniversary edition includes The Great Wall of China and The Super Events expansions, making this version a great addition to your collection.

Unlock! is a series of card-based escape the room games for 2-6 players. In order to escape from each of the three different scenarios, players must solve logic puzzles, combine items to pull new cards from the deck, and keep an eye on the clock. Each of the scenarios feel tonally distinct, and some offer variant mechanics such as team-based play.

Lorenzo il Magnifico is a worker-placement game for 2-4 players set in Renaissance Italy where you are trying to make a name for yourself and your family. Each time you play, the cards that represent your family will be different, leading to different strategies and play experiences. If you've played a lot of Euro-style games, you'll know how welcome this addition is.

March of the Ants is a 1-5 player game where you control a colony of ants searching for food, expanding your colony, and fighting other colonies. Each round, the board will change with the passing seasons, forcing players to adapt to new environments. The mechanics in March of the Ants feel similar to what we felt with Evolution, so if you enjoyed Evolution as much as we have, this is sure to please.

The Captain is Dead is a sci-fi cooperative game for 2-7 players. Aliens are attacking, the ship's systems are shot, and, of course...the captain is dead. With no one to lead you, the ship's crew must work together to restore the ship's systems, fend off the aliens, and make it out alive. Each player will have special skills to contribute, but no single player will be able to save the crew, so teamwork is essential in this frantic space struggle.

Go Cuckoo! is a new dexterity game for 2-5 young players that offers a new take on the classic pick-up sticks game. Players must remove and place sticks to create nests for their eggs, but if the nests get disturbed, you might not be able to get rid of your eggs in time. While the game is aimed primarily at kids, this game is interesting enough that it makes for a great evening of play with older players as well.

New demos: Go Cuckoo, Exit

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