Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Arrivals 5/26/2105 to 6/1/2015

by Alexander "Brain Cage" Smith

In Specter Ops, you'll play as either the guards of a futuristic top-secret facility, or infiltrators trying to complete a sabotage mission. Using hidden movement similar to Scotland Yard and a variety of special abilities, players will have to outsmart one another in order to safe-keep or sabotage the facility. If you like spies and science-fiction, you have to try this game.

Abracada...what? is a new deduction game where you play as wizards in an all out melee. The only problem is that you can't see what spells you're packing, but you can see what everyone else has and make educated guessed based on that. Roll up you robes and let the sparks fly in this cool spellcasting game. Definitely one of our new favorites!

Plunge into the depths and explore the mysteries of the ocean in Stefan Feld's Aqua Sphere. Send out programmable robots to perform research and earn you points. You can expand your lab to open up more options, but if you can make the most of cramped space by thinking ahead, you'll thrive under the sea. 

Paper Nano sets combine the best parts of Nanoblocks and origami by allowing you to recreate famous buildings in miniature paper form. These sets are absolutely adorable.

The Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition Spellbook Cards are out and ready to imbue your adventure with new spells and abilities. With new Cleric, Druid, Bard, Paladin, Ranger, Arcane and Elemental spells at your disposal, evil doesn't stand a chance. Many of these are already gone, but there are still a few left.

As for card games, we have new sets for Yu-Gi-Oh, Android: Netrunner and Doomtown: Reloaded. For Yu-Gi-Oh, we have both the Dark Legion and Saber Force Starter Decks. Chrome City is the newest Netrunner expansion for the SanSan cycle. Finally, Frontier Justice is the latest saddlebag expansion for Doomtown: Reloaded with a slew of new cards and some old favorites with updated wording.

New Demos: Dohdles!, Tigris & Euphrates

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Arrivals 5/19/2015 to 5/25/2015

by Alexander "Modern Master" Smith

Dohdles! is a clay-based guessing game designed by famed Settlers of Catan creator, Klaus Teuber. It's a remake of Barbarossa (1988). Players will select a number of words that they will try to express through small clay models. You will then have your opponents guessing what you've made, so artistic ability isn't always the deciding fact being deliberately vague is good too! Find the right mix of hints and clues to keep your opponents guessing, and score big when they get it right!

 Cacao is a neat little tile-placement game where you'll be placing jungles, cacao fields and markets around your village in order to gather cacao beans and deliver them to temples as tribute. You'll have to manage your workers as they gather water or worship at the temple because having them tied up in one place can lead to a much smaller harvest and less delicious cacao for the gods!

Heralded by many as one of the best games by famous game designer, Reiner Knizia, Tigris & Euphrates has been reprinted by Fantasy Flight! It is a tile-laying and civilization-building board game without peer. Players will build up their agriculture, commerce, politics and religion, but will be scored on their weakest category and so must do so evenly. Connect with other players' tiles to interact and knock out opposing leaders in this classic favorite. 

The third Dresden Files role-playing game book, Dresden Files: The Paranet Papers is out and now you can fill your games with new characters and send them to new places. Think you've got the know-how and equipment to take down the Red Court? Want to investigate strange happenings in South America? Take a look at Dresden Files: The Paranet Papers, but never know who's listening...

Modern Masters 2015 is the new premium set for Magic: the Gathering. Filled with powerful cards from Magic's history for the Modern format, Modern Masters 2015 combines a great drafting format with valuable cards that any Magic player would love to have.

New Demos: New York 1901, Arboretum

Friday, May 15, 2015

New Arrivals 5/12/2015 to 5/18/2015

by Alexander "Pyramid of Minions" Smith

Write yourself into myth and legend in Elysium! Players take on the role of demigods looking to join Zeus's pantheon of gods, but in order to do so they must gain the favor of the gods by writing their own legends. There are several "suits" of cards based on various Greek Gods (Zeus, Athena, Hephaestus, etc.) and you must draft a powerful set (a la Rummy sets and runs). The trick is knowing when to transfer them to your Elysium. Transferring cards means you will no longer get any special benefits for them, but if they are not in your Elysium by the end of the game you will not get points for them. Become a figure of legend and work your way into the realm of the gods when you play this mythological game. 

Defend the dream forest by drafting and placing animals, fountains and trees in Sylvion. The core gameplay is similar to a tower defense game where you must place cards in rows to defend the forest against the oncoming waves of fire elementals. Build your defenses and disrupt your foes to last the longest and win! This is the much anticipated sequel to Onirim.

In Three Cheers for Master, you control a squad of evil minions bent on... entertainment? Your dark master has conquered the world, but has grown weary so it is up to you to cheer him up. Cheer for your master by  creating pyramids of minions to please him. Or you can throw minions at other players' pyramids to knock them down. With minions such as memorabilia-obsessed "Swagamemnon" or the explosives technician, "Seafor", you'll be sure to crack a smile in this fun and wacky game. Really, what could be better than minion cheerleaders?

Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Rumble at Castle Tentakill is a standalone expansion to Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre. With more characters and spells to add to the fray, you'll be able to have even more crazy interactions that will bring your foes to their knees.

Brandon the Brave is a game for kids who want to embark on their very own hero's quest. Lay down tiles and journey across the map to fight witches, giants and dragons to prove yourself as a knight of the realm. Brandon the Brave is a wonderful, simple, tile-laying game that rewards thinking ahead as well as fosters imagination in young ones.

Star Trek: Attack Wing Wave 14 is here and that means now you can play with new ships and cards such as the U.S.S. Pegaus and the Kyana Prime. New upgrades, new crew cards and new solo adventures keep the vibrant universe of Star Trek all that more interesting.

Star Wars Armada has finally received its first wave of expansions! Add a Victory-Class Star Destroyer, Assault Frigate Mark II, Imperial Fighter Squadrons and Rebel Fighter Squadrons to your fleet for new tactics and deeper gameplay.

Adventure DC is an instant scavenger hunt for your family and friends. Take a handful of cards and go around our nation's capitol to find landmarks, take silly pictures and collect trinkets from around town. After you're done, meet back up to share a meal and your stories...this is actually a game rule.

While not new to the store, Discworld: Ankh-Morpork has been one of our favorite games and we've just gotten it back in! Even if you haven't read any of the books by Terry Pratchett (may he rest in peace) that this game is based on, the combination of area control and secret agendas make this game a blast to play.

New Demos: Elysium, Brandon the Brave

Thursday, May 7, 2015

New Arrivals 5/5/2015 to 5/11/2015

by Alexander "Bad Cop" Smith

Bamboleo is a game all about keeping the balance as you remove wooden objects from a teetering platter. The larger the object you remove, the more points you'll get...but beware, taking too much off can cause the platter to tip and fall. Press your luck and grab as much as you can without letting everything come tumbling down in this great dexterity game.

Lanterns is a set collecting game where you'll try to gather sets of different colored lanterns by placing down tiles and taking a lantern cards based on matching colors and colors closest to you. Your opponents will also be taking cards as well, so keep that in mind when placing those tiles!

Lords of Scotland puts you in the middle of a power struggle where each player is a Scottish Lord recruiting allies and sending them into battle. Each skirmish consists of five rounds of choosing between sending in more troops or stockpiling for future battles. At the end of each skirmish, players will take supporters based on how well they did in battle. Gather enough supporters to your cause and you win!

Good Cop Bad Cop is a game where each player is a police officer and your department is riddled with corruption. Some of your fellow officers have the same ideals as you do, but others do not and you don't know who they are. Your job is to investigate the other officers, find the opposing leader and coordinate a strike against them to rid your department of dirty cops...or goody two-shoes if you're one of the bad ones.
Decorate your refrigerator or other metal surfaces with Washington DC Magnetic Poetry! With 200 words about Washington, D.C., you'll be able to express your creativity with verses about monuments and liberty for all to see.

Kingsburg is back! It's a really neat dice rolling, worker placement game where you have to invest your influence wisely to curry the favor of the king. Dice represent your influence in the realm, and you'll have to decide how you want to spend it. Will you go for a military victory or become the master of trade? If you want more, Kingsburg: to Forge a Realm adds five modules that add more options to this already expansive game.

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, its...DC Superhero Mad Libs! Create your own wacky stories featuring all your favorite DC heroes and villains. Will Batman make good use of his trusty bat-sofa? Can Superman's newest power, jello-vision save the day? You'll be laughing out loud when you play this super fun game.

Check out some of the coolest animals with the new Punch-out & Play Animals by Eric Carle. These beautifully drawn and colored animals are a cinch to put together, all you have to do is punch them out and fit the slots together. These animals are great for manual dexterity and they look marvelous.

Pokémon: Roaring Skies is the brand-new expansion for the Pokémon Collectible Card Game. This set is filled with even more dragon-type pokémon and cards like Double Dragon Energy that will keep your dragons soaring! We have boosters, Elite Trainer boxes and the two Intro Decks; Aurora Blast and Storm Rider.

We've received a whole bunch of new RPGs this week! Golden Sky Stories, Night Witches, World Wide Wrestling, Infestation, and Carolina Death Crawl have all joined our collection of roleplaying games. If you're interested in the history of roleplaying games, you can check out Designers & Dragons, the first volume of a history chronicling the early days of roleplaying design and culture.

New Demos: Lanterns 

Friday, May 1, 2015

New Arrivals 4/28/2015 to 5/4/2015

by Alexander "Batman Dice!!!" Smith

The Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game packs all the adventure and excitement of a dungeon crawling role-playing game into a very accessible board game filled with miniatures, scenarios and fearsome challenges. Temple of Elemental Evil is a great way to experience Dungeons & Dragons by yourself or with your friends, and its contents can be combined with the previous games: Castle Ravenloft, The Legend of Drizzt and Wrath of Ashardalon. What are you waiting for? Get out there and smite some evil!

Do you enjoy movies or consider yourself a movie buff? Can you name movies on the fly that fit certain criteria? Double Feature is a new party game where you'll be shouting out movie titles that take place in New York and are in black and white or an action film with Brad Pitt. Props, locations, characters, scenes, setting, production feature, theme and genre are all possible categories you'll have to match, so no two games will ever be the same!

I know after planting your tree last week on Arbor Day, you said, "Boy, I sure wish I had a thematically appropriate game to play." Well, now you do! Arboretum is a game of smart set collection and even smarter placement. In this game, you and one to three other people will plant trees of various species and colors, trying to gather the most trees of a color and then scoring a path that begins and ends with that color and increases in value. It gets tricky when you have to walk the thin line between playing more cards to get more points and keeping cards in hand to be able to score those points at all. A beautiful game with some very interesting mechanics, be sure to give Arboretum a try!

The reprint of Kahuna is finally here! Kahuna is a two-player strategy game where each player builds and destroys bridges between small islands in order to take control of the island. Establishing control of an island allows you to remove an opponent's bridge which can sometimes trigger a cascade effect giving one player control of several more islands. With a variety of strategies to explore, Kahuna is a great addition to any collection.

We've had a lot of people asking for this one lately, so we decided to bring it back. In Family Business, you control one of up to six different crime families looking to eliminate the competition. Gangsters will play cards to put rival members on a hit list, and when that list gets full it's all out warfare. Use deceit and coercion to keep your family off the list, or bring someone down with you in this game of treachery and revenge.

Looking for more Lost Legacy? Lost Legacy: Second Chronicle - Vorpal Sword and Whitegold Spire adds even more space-fantasy logic and deduction into the mix. These two new expansions can be played separately, together or even with other Lost Legacy sets for even more action! If you haven't played Lost Legacy yet, now is the time to check out this cool game made by the famous creator of Love Letter, Seiji Kanai.

Imperial Settlers: Why Can't We Be Friends is an expansion that brings new central and faction cards that increase player interaction. Why not add some cards that allow for open production to your civilization, and allow others to reap the benefits of the land together? If others partake in your resources, you'll nab their workers who you can then send off to someone else if you wish. Who said conquest wasn't also about cooperation?

DC Comics Dice Masters: Justice League is now out and now you can build your own team of heroes and villains with DC universe characters. Team up with DC characters, or cards and dice from different sets. How would the Justice League fare against the Brotherhood of Mutants? Ironman versus the Joker? See for yourself with the newest starter for this popular dice game.
 Breaker Bay is the second datapack of the SanSan cycle for Android: Netrunner. New ice for each corporation that gain strength bonuses when they're in certain servers, taxing assets such as Blacklist or Student Loans that disrupt popular play styles, and a host of collegiate flavored runner cards that do everything from searching for hardware to anonymous terminals that will help you avoid being tagged.