Saturday, October 24, 2015

New Arrivals 10/20/2015 to 10/26/2015

by Alexander "I Have No Idea Whose Ghost I'm Moving" Smith

Hansa Teutonica is a German board game where you are a trader trying to expand your network. Set up shop in cities, train your merchants and land lucrative deals in this great commerce game for two to five.

Pocket Imperium is a space game that packs a lot of gameplay into such a small box. Build ships, explore the galaxy and wipe out anyone who might oppose you and your fleet. The modular board ensures that your corner of space will never be the same.

Roll For the Galaxy: Ambition is an expansion that introduces new factions and homeworlds, different dice, and optional objectives to your space-age dice game. If you enjoy the base game, this expansion will make you reexamine your play strategy.

Spooky Stairs is a children's game that seems like a simple roll and move, but when all the pieces are eventually covered by ghosts and switched around, you'll be trying to figure out who's who! Be the first one to reach the top of the steps to win, but make sure you're actually moving the right piece!

Pokémon Battle Arena Decks Mewtwo vs. Darkrai contains two 60 card decks, two coins, two sets of damage counters, a playmat and two foil cards featuring Mewtwo EX and Darkrai EX. Playable right out of the box and perfect for those looking to play or fill their collection with powerful Pokémon.

New demos: Spot It! Halloween, Spooky Stairs

Sunday, October 18, 2015

New Arrivals 10/13/2015 to 10/19/2015

by Alexander "Steam Mogul" Smith

T.I.M.E Stories is a cooperative 'decksploring' game where you are charged with the duty of a time agent: to eliminate temporal anomalies by solving the mysteries of the past. Using Time Units will allow you to possess a host from the era and interact with the environment. As you navigate through the location, you'll uncover more information and possibly solve the mystery. While you likely won't solve everything the first time through, you'll be able to apply information you've learned from your previous encounters when you turn back time and start from the beginning again. For those looking for even more mystery, the supplemental T.I.M.E Stories: the Marcy Case adds another scenario to explore.

The Golden Ages is a civilization building game where you decide the future of your civilization's culture. Will you be known as having great armies or producing beautiful works of art? When you've sufficiently advanced your culture, you can begin a Golden Age where you decide which types of advancements earn points for each player. While the other players scramble to earn points in the category of your choosing, you'll earn money until your Golden Age is over.  

In Mission: Red Planet, you'll send steampunk astronauts to Mars in search of precious materials that will fuel the Victorian-era Earth. Players will secretly assign their astronauts to be sent to different locations to mine the valuable materials, but you'll have to be smart if you want to come out ahead. By sending your astronauts to a less bountiful region, they might be able to collect all the goods themselves while other players divvy up what appeared to be a more lucrative region. You'll also have secret actions and a hidden goal that will help you gain a competitive edge over your fellow gentlemen prospectors by messing with their plans.

Mistfall is a cooperative adventure card game for one to four adventurers. One of the biggest draws for this game is the amount of customization and variety offered to the players. Each character starts out with basic equipment and action cards, but these can change if you want your character to specialize in healing friends rather than slinging balls of fire. The adventures and board configuration change as well, using a randomization method that ensures players will never be doing the same thing twice.

Coup Rebellion G54 is the expanded version of one of our favorite secret identities games. Each player will begin with two identities which will give them particular powers additional to the shared basic powers. Players will take turns announcing which power they use throughout the game; however, bluffing about your powers may be beneficial. Other players can call your bluff, and if they do, you'll lose one of your identities. If you were telling the truth, they'll lose one of theirs. If you lose both identities, it's game over. With 25 possible identities, players have quite a few opportunities to take advantage using deception in this clever bluffing game.

One Night Revolution is a dystopian take on One Night Ultimate Werewolf. It is the eve of the revolution that will free the people from the uncaring government, but among the ranks of rebels hide a number of informants who will snub the uprising if given the chance. Using variable powers, each player will gain or manipulate information about the other players. By the end of the night, the players will have to decide who among them is the spy. Rebels will want to use logic and deduction to piece together who is who, but the informants might lead them down the wrong trail and cause confusion in the ranks.

The new Star Wars: the Force Awakens Metal Earth models are here. Assemble and display models from the newest Star Wars movie in your very own home! Fans of the series will be pleased to see the level of detail that has gone into the creation of Kyli Ren's Command Shuttle, the Special Forces TIE Fighter, Poe Dameron's X-Wing Fighter and the First Order Snowspeeder. 

New demos: Dragon Flame, Battle Merchants, Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Manhattan Project, Stratego, Go Ape!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

New Arrivals 10/4/2015 to 10/12/2015

by Alexander "Weird Ghost Dreams" Smith

Mysterium is a game for up to six psychic mediums who must interpret information given to them by a ghost who can only communicate though dream-like vision cards. Each medium must find a suspect, a location and a murder weapon, but their only clues are abstract images that they'll have to interpret. Could the floating islands connected by chains connect to the chain seen in the workshop? Or do they look enough like drain plugs to mean the bathroom? Use your psychic intuition to find meaning in this game of visions and unsolved murders.

Create your own mazes and challenge your friends in Maze Racers. You and a friend must each create a marble maze as quickly as you can using magnetic foam wall pieces. When you're done, swap the puzzles and see who can finish the other player's puzzle first. We opened this game as soon as we got it, and we haven't been able to put it down since.  You'll be impressed at good you'll become at creating puzzles on the fly!

Isle of Skye is a tile laying economy game where you are trying to amass wealth and create the best kingdom on the island. Each tile has various geographic features that you will have to match up with the rest of your tiles in order to place it in your kingdom, but that isn't the hardest part. Each round you'll put tiles up for other players to buy. You can charge as much as you'd like for a tile, but if the other would-be lords of the island decline to purchase them, you'll have to pay for them yourself. Isle of Skye is a great combination of tile placement and clever money management and definitely worth taking a look at.

Mottainai is a Japanese word that represents the concept of not wasting and fully using each object. It also happens to be a great game where you play as Buddhist monks running a gift shop for souvenirs made from materials of varying value. Heralded as the spiritual successor to Glory to Rome, this is a very clever game with a clean aesthetic and deep gameplay.

Meow is a simple bluffing game where you either you're Meow or you're not Meow. Each Meow will draw a card that will tell you if you are a Meow (cat) or a Not Meow (not a cat). Other Meows can accuse you of being a Not Meow, and if they're right, you're out. If they're wrong though, they'll be out. Sound interesting? Come and play it right meow!

Minuscule is a bug race betting game. Each round, players will select a number of different bugs to enter in the race and then bet on which bug will win. You'll have a hand full of action cards that can change the results of the race by helping or hindering certain types of bugs. Become the savviest gambler in this small bug race game.

Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn takes place in a world filled powerful beings called the Phoenixborn. As a Phoenixborn you will rally armies to fight against other Phoenixborn to absorb their power and become the sole protector of the world. You'll use cards and dice to represent units, spells and resources that will help you defeat your foes, making each game different from the last. With tons of powers and abilities to mix and match, the future of the Phoenixborn is for you to decide.

Cardline: Dinosaurs is THE game for dinosaur fans young and old. Each player is dealt a number of dinosaurs which they will have to arrange by either length or weight. Taking turns, you'll place one of your dinosaurs in the line and flip to the other side of the card to see if you have placed it correctly. If you have, it says, but if you didn't, it is removed and you'll draw a new card. The first player to successfully place all of their cards wins!
 Pandemic: Legacy is a game that is unique to each group playing it. Your team of specialists will unite again and again to cure global outbreaks before they wipe out humanity. Each time you pick up the game, actions that have been taken in previous games will bleed over into the next. Heroes can gain experience or become lost and diseases can mutate or be eradicated. This is a great twist to the classic Pandemic mechanics that you know and love.

Ultimate Werewolf: Inquisition takes a bit of a different approach to the classic game of figuring out who among the villagers is actually a werewolf. A group of inquisitors has come to the village to lend their expert werewolf removal services, but there's a problem; some of the inquisitors are werewolves themselves. Vote one which villager you think as a werewolf but be careful not to let the werewolf inquisitors throw you off the trail.

What's this? What's this? It's Munchkin: Nightmare Before Christmas! Play as a citizen from one of the various holiday towns collecting loot from Santa's bag. The Nightmare Before Christmas universe is filled with tons of monsters, curses and treasures that fit perfectly into Munchkin.

Istanbul: Mocha and Baksheesh introduces a new commodity to Istanbul; coffee! Corner the market on this valuable new product and earn valuable rubies. You'll also be able to gain a business advantage by bribing others to do your work for you. New locations, new goods, and new gameplay all await you in this new expansion.

The Game of Thrones LCG is back with a new edition, and it's better than ever! The new edition has two additional factions bringing the total to eight, and now you can create decks that cross factions. The updated rules clean up confusion surrounding timing issues and makes the game more accessible. Game of Thrones 2nd Edition takes the best parts from the original and creates a whole new gaming experience that new and returning players alike are sure to enjoy.

We've also received a slew of new items for our collectible games. The new High-Speed Riders set for Yu-Gi-Oh, Wave 19 for Star Trek: Attack Wing, and TWO pinewood box sets for Doomtown: Reloaded have all hit shelves this week. Star Trek: Attack Wing players will now be able to add the Delta Flyer, the R.I.S. Talvath, and the I.K.S. Rotarran to their fleets. Doomtown fans will be happy to hear that both the Immovable Object, Unstoppable Force and The Light Shineth pinewood box sets are both out at long last.

New demos: Mysterium, Maze Race

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Arrivals 9/29/2015 to 10/3/2015

by Alexander "World's Smallest Joke Nickname" Smith

Mafia de Cuba is a bluffing party game for 6 to 12 players. Each mafioso seated at the table will be passed the Godfather's cigar box filled with diamonds. The players can then choose to steal a diamond, take a role chip to prove their loyalty or become a CIA agent. When the Godfather returns, he'll have to punish the thieves, spare those who were loyal and not get caught by the CIA agent. When you play this game, everyone is sure to have fun...well, unless you get sized for a pair of cement shoes.

Prohis is a game of smuggling alcohol in Prohibition era America, and there is good money to be made if you can evade the prying agents. Players earn money by hiding illegal goods in their cargo of up to four face-down cards going to their warehouse. Other players can play cards that will allow them to inspect a certain number of cards from the shipment, and if they find illegal goods, they'll steal the entire cargo for themselves. Make the most money by deceiving your opponents and catching them breaking the law.

Draw 4 is a set collection game for archaeologists ages five and up. Players take turns excavating tiles from the grid, and it's your job to find four parts of a dinosaur and put them together. You can also excavate action tiles that will help you find more dinosaurs.

World's Smallest Rubik's Cube and World's Smallest Perplexus are miniaturized versions of the original Rubik's Cube and Perplexus. These two puzzles fit in your pocket so you can take them wherever you go. 

It's time to fight the ancient Eldrazi in Battle for Zendikar! This new set for the popular card game, Magic: the Gathering takes place on the plane of Zendikar, a plane now besieged by the monstrous Eldrazi. In addition to the normal contents, a small percentage of boosters contain rare and valuable full art foil 'Expedition Lands'. Will the Eldrazi consume the plane of Zendikar, or will you help fend off the ancient horrors with the help of the Planeswalkers? It's up to you to help decide the fate of Zendikar!

New demos: Prohis, Draw 4