Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Arrivals 6/27/2017

by Alexander "Cow Tipping Game Mechanic" Smith

One Night Ultimate Alien is the new standalone expansion in the series of social deduction games spawned from the ever popular One Night Ultimate Werewolf. 4-10 players are dealt secret roles, and after using special powers throughout the night, the players must collectively decide one person to eliminate. Aliens want to eliminate a human and the humans want to eliminate an alien. The narrating app unlocks special random events and variable powers, so download it if you haven't already!

Yamatai is a 2-4 player game where you chart a course through a resource-rich archipelago. Along the way you will develop the islands with buildings, hire specialists, and earn money. Yamatai is a game that will feel familiar to anyone who has played games like Catan, but with a different style and pace of gameplay. 

In the Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game 1-4 players take on the role of Harry Dresden and his allies in the secret world of the supernatural. Take on the campaign or complete randomized side-jobs as a team by 
managing the shared pool of action points while playing cards that represent the tools and allies of the investigators. This game is great for anyone, but has a number of fun surprises for fans of the books.

Fuji Flush is a card game for 3-8 players where your goal is to get rid of your hand by playing cards with values that your opponents can't beat. Of course, this is difficult because in a multiplayer game you'd expect that at least one of your opponents can beat you for high card. Here's the twist: when two players play the same value card, their values add together! Cooperation is essential to securing the highest values, but remember that only one person can be the ultimate champion!

Qwingo is a dice game where players will have to fill a column of twelve spaces with numbers in ascending order by calling out a number, rolling the die and entering in the number somewhere in that column. Knowing where to put your numbers is essential, because if you put a high number too close to the edge, you might not leave yourself enough space for future plays in the column. Fast and fun, this is a great, compact family game.

PDQ is a quick word game where three letter cards are flipped over and players race to be the first to say a word that includes those same three letters in that order. Wrack your brain for a word that fits the letters in this fast and fun word game.

Think N' Sync is a party game that measures how in sync you are with your friends and family. Two people are paired together, and on the count of three, they must answer a question. If they say the same thing, they get a point. Now you can finally see who really thinks like each other.

Bohnanza: The Duel is a two-player version of the popular bean-counting game, Bohnanza. Pay attention to your own bean fields to grow sets of beans while giving your opponents beans that you can't use. This is a great way to experience the fun of Bohnanza with a friend.

I Got This! is a dexterity and estimation game for 2-12 players. Take turns guessing the measurements of objects, flicking buttons through a ring, or performing one of the many other wacky challenges. So...do you got this?

Onitama: Sensei's Path is an expansion for Onitama that adds 16 new fighting styles, such as the Fox and Rat schools of martial arts. The new movements give more for you and your opponent to choose from and are sure to shake up your game.

Blades in the Dark is a roleplaying game where instead of the valiant heroes, you take the role of a denizen in the seedy underbelly of the city. With character archetypes like The Leech or The Cutter, you know that the stories you weave will be less than wholesome but definitely exciting.

TimeWatch is a roleplaying made for the brave individuals dedicated to keeping history running smoothly. Fight monsters and solve puzzles everywhen you go in this game of and prehistory and paradoxes.

Roller Coaster Challenge is a new puzzle game where you are tasked with the completion of a roller coaster. Assemble the pieces and let the marble go! 40 challenges and four levels of play give you plenty of puzzles to solve.

Magic: the Gathering Commander Anthology is a special, limited-edition collection of Commander products throughout the first four Commander sets. Included in the box are the Heavenly Inferno, Evasive Maneuvers, Guided by Nature, and Plunder the Graves decks as well as four life tracking dials. If you've missed out on the previous years of Commander product, this is an excellent way to catch up or jump into this awesome way to play Magic.

Cackle with delight as you defeat the team of foolish heroes or band together to take down a powerful villain in the new Magic: the Gathering Archenemy Nicol Bolas. One player takes on the role of the villain, Nicol Bolas, and faces off against three other players armed with the Gideon, Chandra, and Nissa decks. The archenemy has access to a special deck of powerful scheme cards, so the heroes will certainly be in for a challenge!


Finally, we have some new Pokémon cards in the store! New Battle Arena Decks, Decidueye EX, Primarina EX, and Incineroar EX Premium Collections all offer powerful new Pokémon for trainers to collect and play with.

New demos: Qwingo, PDQ, Think N' Sync

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