Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Arrivals 1/1/2017

by Alexander "Spam Programmer" Smith

It's been a busy winter so far, and we have tons of new games here at Labyrinth. Take a look at some of our most recent additions and see if there's something for you. Which games are you most looking forward to playing in the new year?

Phase is a card game for 2-5 players that was originally offered as the mystery game in the AEG Black Box this year. You will have to make clever use of your cards because each card you play is double-sided and can flip to reveal a new champion with distinct abilities. How you make use of your cards and knowing when to flip them will mean the difference between victory and defeat in this strategic game.

Grifters is a hand management game for 2-4 players set in the same world as The Resistance and Coup. Players will play specialist cards from their hands to steal money, complete objectives, and grow your criminal organization. We had a customer ask for this game, and after seeing it played, we saw how cool it was and decided to keep it in stock.

Robo Rally just received a brand new version that improves on the classic. This family robot programming game for 2-6 players is all about selecting cards to program a path for your robot while avoiding traps and enemies. The biggest changes from the 1994 version are that now each player has their own deck and instead of player elimination, robots are given 'spam' cards to shuffle into their deck that will make them move unexpectedly.

221B Baker Street Deluxe Edition is the definitive edition for long time fans and new sleuths alike. With 200 mysteries compared to the original 20, a new colorful board, and metal tokens, this version will be a delight for the 2-6 detectives who bring this game to the table.

Alchemists: King's Golem is a a four-in-one expansion that adds new elements to the base game of Alchemists. With special rules such as busy days, startup funding, the golem project and the royal encyclopedia, this expansion revitalizes the play experience and dramatically changes the game as one might change lead into gold.

New Bedford: Rising Tide is the expansion to the recent and popular whaling boardgame, New Bedford. With more ships, more tiles for the town, and even enough pieces for a fifth player, this is a great way to add a little something extra to this already great game.

The Star Wars X-Wing miniatures game has two new ships, the U-Wing and the TIE Striker. With all the excitement from the new Rogue One movie, these ships will help relive the excitement of the silver screen in your own home as well as provide valuable resources for customizing your squad for battle.

New Demos: Robo Rally, Robinson Crusoe

Saturday, December 10, 2016

New Arrivals 12/10/2016

by Alexander "TWO Black Holes" Smith

Starfall is a light bidding game for 2-4 players where your goal is to discover astronomical bodies and claim them before your opponents can. Depending on what is visible in the night sky, your strategy might change. For example, a black hole might be negative points if you only have one, but a second might actually tip the value in your favor.

Sola Fide: The Reformation is a two player card game about Martin Luther and the schism in the Catholic church started in 1517. Created by Jason Matthews, a D.C. area local and co-designer of the critically acclaimed Twilight Struggle, this game is surprisingly informative with cards that represent people and events influential during this period in history.

Don't Mess With Cthulhu is a social deduction game for 4-6 players. Unfortunately, nobody listens to the title in this game, because messing with Cthulhu is what this game is all about. Some players will be investigators while others are cultists trying to summon the dreaded creature and it's your job to discretely figure out who is on your side and who is not.

Nautilion is a 1-2 player dice game that follows in the footsteps of other Oniverse games such as Castellion and Sylvion. In this game you must sail in your submarine to gather crewmates that will grant you special powers while keeping ahead of the phantom submarine that will whittle away your options. The game also includes several expansions that expand the game with extra crewmates, powers, and challenges.

Citadels isn't a new game, but it is certainly one of my personal favorites. Recently released is the new edition of the game that totally revamps this classic 2-8 player drafting game. With new characters, buildings, and artwork, this version feels like a brand new game. Whether you fell in love with the original or wanted to see what all the excitement was about, now is a perfect time to experience this gem of a game.

Scythe: Invaders From Afar is the expansion to the hit of the season, Scythe. With this, you can add two extra players to your game up to a total of seven. We've had a lot of people express interest in this expansion for some time now. Apparently the only thing better than having five people protect farmers with giant mechs is having seven people protect farmers with giant mechs.

Martial Law is the name of the newest datapack for the Android: Netrunner Living Card Game. With new cards for each faction, this pack with augment your decks and allow for new and interesting interactions in the high-tech future of cybercrime.

Experience the highest levels of competitive play with the 2016 Pokémon World Championships Decks! Pilot the decks played by the masters and try archetypes you wouldn't normally be able to without making a major investment in all the expensive cards
with this extremely cool collection.

This week we have also received even more LEGO! In addition to boltering the Minecraft, Marvel Super Heroes, and Ninjago lines, we've added new LEGO sets such as Nexo Nights, City, Classic, Duplo, DC Super Hero Girls, Star Wars, Minifigures, and more! We even have a really cool Star Wars advent calendar that has a new model for each day leading up to Christmas...and I won't lie, two co-workers have already bought them for themselves!

Back in stock: Scythe, Kodama, Robinson Crusoe

Friday, December 2, 2016

New Arrivals 12/2/2016

by Alexander "" Smith

After months of working to get them into the store, we now carry LEGO products! At the moment we have sets from the Friends, DC Comics Super Heroes, Minecraft, and Ninjago lines, and this is only the beginning. We also have the LEGO Medium Creative Brick Box if you're looking to jump right into freeform building.

Pandemic: Iberia is the newest Pandemic game where 2-5 players cure illnesses in 1848 Spain and Portugal. This version changes the game by introducing the players to purified water distribution and various different modes of travel. Variants included with the game will give the viruses special powers or use cubes to represent patients flocking towards hospitals. This is certainly a welcome addition to any Pandemic fan's collection.

Blood Bowl is a game of high-fantasy football played between one player and their team of humans and another player with their team of orcs. Blood Bowl has been around since 1986 in various forms, but this newest version presents a incredibly honed set of rules to guide these beautiful Games Workshop models on the field.

New Angeles is the latest large boardgame from the Android universe in which 4-6 players take on the roles of rival megacorporations in their bid to run the bustling city of New Angeles. Players will leverage their special abilities to gain political and financial advantage throughout the city, but unless they meet the many needs of this futuristic megapolis, crime and civil unrest may surge and ruin the city.

Trekking the National Parks is a game for 2-6 people that guides players through the National Parks of the United States. Players will use trek cards to travel from location to location, with the first to reach each new location earning for themselves the park's stone marker. Visit as many parks as you can to gain points and win!

Hounded is a two player game where one player plays as a hunter and his dogs while the other becomes the crafty fox trying to escape. Players will maneuver their pieces around the board, flipping over tiles and seeing what effects lie in store. Some tiles will trap the fox and allow the hunter to move all their pieces while others will bring the fox closer to victory. Fast and fun, make sure to try this one out.

Istanbul: Letters and Seals is the new expansion to Istanbul. Add new elements to your game such as letters that can be delivered to their recipients or traded as a secret in the black market. Istanbul has always been a fantastic game, and this expansion reinforces some of the mechanics we loved best in the original.

If you haven't heard yet, Star Wars Destiny is the hottest new collectible card and dice to hit the shelves. Pit two characters from the Star Wars universe against each other as they roll dice to shoot blasters and swing lightsabers. Players can use booster packs to add cards and dice to their collection and change their strategey. Roll up and use the Force!

The new Pokémon Mythical Collection: Meloetta is here! Add this legendary singing pokémon to your collection as well as two Generations boosters and a special pin. This is the final Mythical Collection for the year, so if you've been collecting them all, this is the last piece of the puzzle!

There Is My Claim is the name of the newest expansion for the A Game of Thrones Living Card Game. Add a fell set of twenty new cards as you battle for control of Westeros and control of the Iron Throne. There will be something for everyone in this pack, so make sure to check it out.

New Demos: Walls and Warriors, Trekking the National Parks

Friday, November 25, 2016

New Arrivals 11/25/2016

by Alexander "Babe Reminiscent" Smith

The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to crack open an exciting new boardgame to play with your friends and family. Take a look at all the new games we've received this week, there will certainly be lots of cool things for you and your loved ones.

Jim Henson's Labyrinth is a new boardgame for 1-5 players that follows the events of the 1986 cult movie classic. Players will work together to keep their willpower up as they navigate through the titular labyrinth and face Jared, the goblin king. The miniatures in this game are absolutely amazing, and anyone who has seen the movie is sure to be impressed.

Black Orchestra is a cooperative game for 1-5 players conspiring to take down Hitler. Players will gather items, evade the Gestapo and perform actions to further their goal. Events will unfurl in a roughly chronological order, each stage of the war presenting it's own unique obstacles for your plot.

New Bedford is a city building worker placement game for 1-4 players. Gather resources and build a thriving whaling town. As you play, your towns will become larger allowing for more options, but the supply of whales will go down, making turning a profit more difficult. The town building mechanic is one of the coolest I've ever seen and definitely worth a look if you like city building games.

Gather a team of the most brilliant minds in history and patent inventions that will shape the world in the new game, Legendary Inventors. 2-5 players will each hire and assign their inventors to different inventions, each adding their skills to the task at hand. Knowing when to use one inventor over another will be key since whomever contributed the most will reap the largest rewards. Put your mind into gear and you'll be on top before you can say, "Eureka!"

Crush your enemies and see them driven before you in the Conan boardgame! One player will take on the role of the opposition while 1-4 others play the role of the heroes. Players will fight their way though scenarios by spending action points to burst though walls, slice though foes, discover treasure, and then slice though more foes with that treasure! Become a barbarian and embrace this epic adventure!

Last Friday is a slasher film in boardgame form. Echoing the movie Friday the 13th, one player will take on the role as undying psychopath while 1-5 other players flee in terror. Play though your own B horror movie with your friends in this bone chilling thriller of a game.

We were fortunate enough to playtest The Blood of an Englishman before it even came out, and while we liked the playtest version, the retail version is so much nicer to look at. Two players square off against each other as either Jack or the Giant as they maneuver cards to make beanstalks that reach various treasures or spell out, "Fee Fi Fo Fum!" This is a challenging two player puzzle game that will have you coming back for more.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

New Arrivals 11/19/2016

By Alexander "Such Bluff" Smith

Evolution: Climate is the new standalone expansion for one of our favorite games. Anywhere from 2-6 players will use attribute cards to adapt not only predatory opponents, but also a changing climate that will reward some characteristics while punishing others. If you already own the original game, you can buy a smaller conversion pack that adds all the new elements from the expansion to your base game.

Cup of Bluff is a sneaky dice game for 2-5 players. Players will secretly roll dice and take the tile that corresponds to the sum...but only if nobody catches them in a lie. Think you're good at fooling your friends? Then try this game!

Game of Thrones: Iron Throne is a reimpliment of the extremely popular Cosmic Encounter. Between 3-5 players each take on the role of a character from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series in their quest to rule the seven realms. Broker alliances and wrest power away from your enemies using variable special abilities to emerge victorious in this bloody battle of wits and warfare.

Game of Thrones: Hand of the King is a small card game for 2-4 players. Players will try to rally the support of different characters by sending Varys down the rows and columns of cards, collecting all the characters of a single house. Collect the final character in a house to activate special abilities that change from game to game and earn your position as Hand of the King!

Mythe is a game where 2-5 brave young adventurers must recover the sacred cheese that was stolen from the mouse kingdom by an evil dragon. Players will take cards from other players to advance their piece towards the dragon's castle, but if they take an obstacle card they will have to stop. Weigh the risks of taking another card as you embark on your quest to restore the symbol of prosperity to the mouse kingdom!

Ice Cool is a dexterity game where 2-4 penguins will skate around the school trying to pass though doorways, grab fish, and evade the hall monitor. There's something visceral about chasing penguins by flicking them though a high school and the pun in the name is just gravy.

Tuscany: Essential Edition a huge expansion for the wine making boardgame, Viticulture. New visitor cards, asymmetric starting resources, season and special worker meeples will add more dimension to your games. A great pick up for Viticulture fans.

If you like the Pokémon Trading Card Game, we have a lot of new and exciting things for you! Not only do we have the Kangaskhan EX Collection and Gengar EX Collection, but we also have the Alola Collection that features pokémon from the new game like Solgaleo and Lunala.

Just in time for the holidays is the Magic: the Gathering Kaladesh Gift Box. This gift box is not only a handsome way to store your cards, but also a great way to grab five booster packs of the latest set and a promo Chief of the Foundry card. Anyone who loves Magic will love this great gift.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

New Arrivals 11/11/2016

By Alexander "Vincent van Hoax" Smith

Final Touch is a card game for 2-4 art forgers where you must pool different colored paint cards together to recreate a famous painting. Only the player who completes the painting will receive the money, so you might want to try and smear a painting before it can be finished. If you're looking for a fun game to play with friends, pick up your paintbrush and make some forgeries in this game!

Pyramid Arcade is a compilation of games using the iconic Loony Labs pyramids. You'd be amazed at how many games can be played with these simple plastic pieces. With games what can be played by anywhere from 1-10 players, this set of 22 games can be played again and again.

Pop Bottle Science is a fun activity set for young scientists. With this set you can perform all sorts of experiments and projects such as observing a miniature tornado, creating quicksand and even showing how planes fly. If you're looking for a great way to make science fun, check this out!

Love Letter Premium is the definitive version of the classic logic and deduction card game, Love Letter. With quality pieces such as the heart shaped wooden affection tokens and thicker cards, this set looks stunning. Also included in the set are new characters such as the Assassin or the Sycophant allowing you to play up to eight players or try the game with new gameplay.

Arkham Horror: The Card Game is the newest Living Card Game by Fantasy Flight based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. You and up to three friends will work together and investigate the hidden terrors of Arkham as you fight the unknown and wrestle with your own personal demons. Don't worry, just when you think you've seen all the unfathomable sights there are to see, there will always be new terrors just around the corner.

The new Magic: the Gathering Commander Decks are here! Featuring all new cards as well as useful reprints, these four-color decks are a great way to jump into the Commander format or rebuild your decks with awesome new creatures and spells. This is also the first time players have been able to play with four-color decks in the Commander format, and it has been a blast so far!

Now's your chance to catch the new Mewtwo EX Collection Box! This collection comes with a regular and oversized version of this legendary psychic Pokémon as well as four booster packs. You'll want to check this set out if you're looking to catch 'em all!

New demos: Inis, Smart Car 5x5, Munchkin Christmas Lite

Friday, November 4, 2016

New Arrivals 11/4/2016

By Alexander "The Pundertaker" Smith

Inis is a Celtic-themed drafting and area control game for 2-4 players where your goal is to become the King of the Island. In order to do so, you must draft a hand of action cards and achieve one of three different goals. While you are able to fight other clans, a wise ruler will also make use of peaceful negotiation to conserve resources.

7 Ronin is an asymmetric, two-player card game that draws inspiration from the famous Japanese historical drama, Seven Samurai. One player defends the village while the other attacks it. Each side has access to special abilities to help reach their objective.

Lost in R'lyeh is a Lovecraftian card game for 2-6 players. Your goal is to escape the cursed city of R'lyeh, where the dreaded Cthulhu slumbers. Each round players will try to get rid of their cards, unlock mighty powers or fill their hand with discarded cards to give them access to the tools they need to escape. 

Potion Explosion is a marble matching game for 2-4 players where you must collect sets of marbles and turn them into potions. Every time you take marbles from the tray, more marbles roll in to fill their place, opening up new possibilities for the next player. If you like games like Bejeweled and want to have fun with your friends in person, this is an amazing experience.

Vinhos Deluxe Edition is the definitive edition of Vinhos, complete with all the expansions, extras, and new art. This 1-4 player game puts you in the role of a Portuguese wine producer who must grow, improve, and sell wine for maximum profit. There is also a single-player variant included in this version, so you'll be able to enjoy the life of a wine producer whenever you want.

Elevenses is a small tea-time card game for 2-4 players. Each player begins with the same cards, but over the course of the game they will select which cards they would like to play and which powers to take advantage of. Placing a card down will sometimes put other cards into your hand, so you'll have to plan your morning tea carefully in this cute little game.

Punderdome is the pun-filled party card game I have been dying to wordplay. Prepare to groan as all your friends take two prompts and craft amazing and terrible puns (often both at the same time.) If you can take the punishment of hearing groan-inducing puns with your friends, this card game is aces.

OUghGAA aaREnnj...excuse me, I mean, Mouthguard Challenge is a silly party game where you must get other players to guess your secret phrase while your mouth is held open. It's a tougher than it looks, and it looks sillier than you can imagine. You'll be in for a smile, forced or not, when you play this fun party game.

Cheeky Monkey is a fun little animal-themed push your luck game for 2-6 players. We couldn't not get this game after how much our manager Evan was raving about it, and it's a good thing we did! Each time you reach into the plush monkey bag, you'll be risking all your chips, but you might be able to steal a few from your friends before you decide to call it a day. Lots of fun, definitely a great game for risk-takers.

Mansions of Madness: Suppressed Memories is the new figure and tile expansion to the Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition game. With a new scenario to survive, this expansion offers Mansions players horrifying new secrets to uncover.

7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon is the new expansion for the two player 7 Wonders: Duel. Sway deities to your side for powerful bonuses throughout the game and play and invest in new temple cards that replace the guilds of the original game. This expansion does an excellent job at creating an exciting new variant that is steeped in mythology.

Volo's Guide to Monsters is the latest Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook to hit the shelves. With tons of new monsters and playable races, this source book is sure to make your adventure stand out. Also, we've been using the charts in the book to find out what our hag names are! I'm Driftwood Mathilda Titchwillow, so you know.

If you play the A Game of Thrones: the Card Game, we have the new Lannister deluxe expansion, Lions of Casterly Rock, waiting for you. Bolster your forces with some of the most renowned faces in the realm, as well as cunning plots and grand locations.

The new Android: Netrunner datapack, Intervention, has arrived. It adds a full playset of 20 new cards for corporations and runners of all factions. Leverage your assets and technical prowess during the temporary collapse of the world banking system with these new cards.

New demos: Cheeky Monkey