Friday, April 27, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 4/27/2018

What's New at Labyrinth: April 28th, 2018

Hey everyone! Hope you're excited for Tabletop Day! Here are some of the shiny new games waiting for you:

 Magic the Gathering: Dominaria and Singles
A new set of Magic is always cause for celebration, but this one is something special: for its 25th anniversary, Magic is coming home to the plane of  Dominaria! The set is crammed full of history and legends, with legendary creatures, artifacts, spells, and even the new enchantment type of Sagas, a special card that will have effects over three turns, referring to major events of Magic's history.

A major change is underway here at Labyrinth: We have expanded our singles library to include...everything. That's right! Rather than only buying cards in Standard, we're now setting out to buy any card you want to sell. We're still finding our feet as we make this giant transition, but for out Magic players, you should anticipate a much wider variety of singles available to buy!

 Drop It
Drop It is a fascinating new game from Thames & Cosmos. Rather than place pieces in a board, players must drop their pieces--colored geometric shapes--into a vertical board not unlike a Connect Four game. Points are scored for careful placement of pieces--but be careful! If a piece touches another piece of the same shape or color, it scores nothing! A game of careful strategy and dexterity.

 Space Base 
Space Base is a promising new release that's been getting rave reviews as a game of economic strategy and fleet-building. Each player serves as the commodore of a small fleet of spaceships, who jockey for position in the competitive world of interstellar commerce. Every dice roll produces resources for every player, so keep a sharp eye out on opponent's turns! 

 Santa Maria 
Some worker-placement games are light, simple affairs that offer little in the way of interaction or complexity. Others are multi-hour behemoths, requiring exhaustive rules and dedicated strategies. Santa Maria aims to split the difference, giving players a healthy amount of complexity to work with while not bogging them down in minutiae. Place dice, build your colonies, and employ dozens of viable strategies to sieze glory. Endlessly replayable and fun!

 L5R: Disciples of the Void 
The mystical Phoenix clan stand out from regular Rokugani society. Rather than steel, the Phoenix wield knowledge like a blade, employing the most powerful shugenja known. They are mysterious, powerful--and as of the last Labyrinth tournament, they own the store as a stronghold! Lay claim to this power with the Disciples of the Void clan pack.

 Realms of Terrinoth
Realms of Terrinoth is a brand new, fantasy-themed setting for Fantasy Flight's Genesys RPG system. In a land fallen into darkness and decay, heroes must step forth to push back the night. For fans of  Genesys, this is a must have! And even if you've never tried the system, there's never been a better time than now. 

 Star Wars Legion: General Veers 
Star Wars Legion continues its forward march with the addition of the vaunted General Veers to the Empire's forces! A veteran commander specializing in heavy armor and combined arms operations, his unique command style will break your opponents and scatter them in defeat. Come pick him up, and ride your AT-ATs to victory! 

Botswana is a fascinating and fun tactile trick-taking game, that will entertain young and old gamers alike. The game centers around 5 suits of animals, each with its own set of plastic models in the center of the table and a set of cards. Each animal's cards are numbered 0 through 5, and players gain points for each model of animal they hold at the end of the game. The most recently played card in the suit dictates the value of the animals, so play carefully! A great pick-up for any gaming group of family.

  Yu-Gi-Oh Structure Deck: Lair of Darkness 
Enlist the dark powers with this new Structure Deck! Containing 5 Rare Cards, including 2 Ultra Rares, the Lair of Darkness structure deck is all you need to start playing and winning in Yu-Gi-Oh!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Guild of Heroes Session Reports for 4/14, 4/15

Last weekend the Guild of Heroes went on another four adventures with DMs Joe, Yoni, and Camilla. Players from 10 to 15 join us regularly for our ongoing campaign of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game. Full reports of their adventure are written below.

Our next sessions are fully booked at the moment, but you can signup for our waitlists on Eventbrite. We will have two sessions on May 26th, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Signups for the next session will open up Saturday, May 26th at 4:00 PM.

DM Joe - The King of Bone (Sundrop Isles - The Island of Bones)
Records in the Guild library referred to a mysterious figure known as “The King of Bones”, who was rumored to be the one who taught pirate Captain Bonebeard necromancy. The Guild asked a small group of heroes to find the King of Bones and convince or force him to tell them how to fight Bonebeard.

Entering the King’s tomb on the Island of Bones, the heroes found that it had already been looted by Bonebeard’s raiders. The King had been disassembled and the party had to brave traps, riddles, and undead guardians to retrieve his bones. Once awakened, the King of Bones agreed to show the heroes how to disrupt Bonebeard’s control of his skeleton crews, but only after they had bested his powerful wight lieutenant to prove their determination.

DM Camilla - Frostburn (The Frozen Reach)
As the Isles of Niln began warming for spring, six adventurers set out towards the remote islands of the Frozen Reach, still in the grip of winter. They each took the voyage in different ways; George raced along the rigging with the sailors, Ancestra entertained with music, and Sora kept her output over the railing and into the sea. The Mage’s college in Thaldoon had lost touch with a research station, and sent the party to investigate.

A local trader named Grimtooth had resupplied the mages for some time, meeting at a remote outpost. He pointed them in its direction, not knowing the location of the secret research station. Pearl led their trek across the tundra, through snowstorms and wolf attacks. They investigated the outpost. From the hot ashes of a fire, a surprise attacker emerged! It was a skittering arthropod with a searing hot belly, soon pierced by Tooth’s lightning breath and George’s rapier.

They journeyed even further north with a map they had found, eventually coming to the research station itself. Finding a better entrance through a second story window, they soon discovered the open vent within the central atrium of the research station, and the larger specimen nesting inside. Some careful and quiet exploration confirmed the sooty fate of the mages who once lived there. A clever plan and a close combat eliminated the monster, and the party was able to return home, knowledge in hand.

DM Yoni - Rattling Bones (Sundrop Isles)
The dread dwarf necromancer pirate, Captain Bonebeard, has been terrorizing the seas between Niln and Jotunheim for too long. The Guild of Heroes was tasked with seeking out his lair and putting an end to his piratic reign. Six brave adventurers set out to sea with only vague reports of where to find Bonebeard’s island. Aided by a magical ring of finger bones, they navigated through a heavy, chill fog over unnaturally frozen waters. Fleeing a pirate ship that came upon them, they hit an ice floe and crashed on the rocks, then made a run across the beach to the pirate’s domain.

The heroes fought their way through several rooms of the dungeon, encountering numerous goblins, a fire-slinging goblin shaman, and several members of Bonebeard’s literal skeleton crew. Eventually, they found a room that was even colder than the rest and swarming with Kobolds, and came face to face with a white dragon wyrmling! Luckily, it turned out the young dragon was also trying to make her lair here, and wanted Bonebeard gone more than she wanted to eat the heroes. After a tense negotiation, they were allowed to pass through, and only one obstacle remained: Bonebeard’s bugbear lackey, Kurrash. The heroes defeated Kurrash and his goblins in an epic battle, and finally made their way into Bonebeard’s necromantic laboratory, only to find that the pirate captain and his crew had escaped out a secret passage in the back.

Although the heroes failed to put a stop to Bonebeard’s piracy, evicting him from his base of operations will certainly hamper him for a time. But it is inevitable that he will one day return...

DM Camilla - Toothache (Isles of Niln)
It was a late night at the campsite of six adventurers of the Guild, fairly quiet as the wizards who made up their majority studied spellbooks and rituals. Out of the dark came a young man on a galloping horse. He breathlessly introduced himself as a blacksmith named Carper and spoke of a terrible curse that had befallen his village. In the last few nights they had begun losing teeth left and right!

Foregoing their rest, they hurried through the forest until they reached the sleepy village (quite literally). Their immediate investigation was fruitless, despite closely searching the village tavern and its keeper, Grisham. After some feline observation, and some minor tooth loss on the part of Zealous and Adran, the party had found the horrid fairies who had been prying loose the towns pearly whites (or cheesy yellows in some cases). They followed them to the magic ring of mushrooms they used to get to and fro, and overheard the song that bade their patron Rustyguts to transport them back home.

The party ambushed the fairies the next evening and held one of them captive. When they asked after Rustyguts, he spat in their faces “First you know his name, next you shall know his STEEL!” Taunting his pride, Portia and Roscoe got one of them to reveal their song of travel. Without delay, they danced around the fairy circle, fresh teeth and fairy coins made of tin clasped between their hands.

"Silvered moon, bone, and tin
Rustyguts, Rustyguts, let us in"

The moon swelled in the sky, and the treetops soared as the earth wrapped up behind the stars. It tucked away their forest to the inside of a small sphere. Up above them, on the top of the globe, they could see the ruined tower they knew to be Rustyguts’ lair. The very land itself opposed them. Trees slashed at their flesh, and rivers crawled up the skin to drown. At last, after being harried by blink dogs in the tall grass, they came to the tower, and engaged the fairy, the decrepit Rustyguts. He burst from his tower with a slam, and his iron boots crunched across the stone before slamming the party to the ground one after another. It wasn’t until being stuffed with bolts and thrown through the air by thunderwave that he finally gave in to the party, relinquishing his vault of ill-gotten teeth.

Friday, April 13, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 4/13/2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 4/13/2018

It might be Friday the 13th, but there's nothing unlucky in this week's shipment of new arrivals and restocks!

Century: Golem Edition

Probably the most exciting release this week is the hotly anticipated Century: Golem Edition. Based on Century: Spice Road, Golem maintains the same excellent mercantile game system, but updates it with gorgeous new art and components set in a fantastic world where vast, peaceful golems live and work alongside humanity. It's definitely worth a look.

Xanathar's Guide to Everything Spellcards & Curse of Strahd Tarokka Cards
Back in stock after some time away are Xanathar's Spell Cards and the Tarokka deck. These spell cards expand the arsenal of any spellcaster with new arcane and divine abilities, while the Tarokka deck serves many purposes, including the fate-defining readings enacted in the legendary module Curse of Strahd or as an exciting trick-taking card game. Excellent pickups for any big D&D fans.

Catan: Explorers & Pirates 
After a couple months, Catan: Explorers & Pirates is back in stock! This expansion for Settlers of Catan splits the isle of Catan into three! Set sail with your settlers to explore Terra Incognita, but beware; ruthless pirates prowl the seas between lands!

5 Second Rule 
5 Second Rule is a hyper-popular trivia game recently featured on Ellen. This quick game gives you only five seconds to name as many things from a category as you can.

Game of Thrones LCG: The Faith Militant 
The Faith Militant, the most recent chapter pack for Game of Thrones: The Card Game brings out the force of the faithful. Focused heavily on The Seven, this pack will bring you power in exchange for your faith. But it's not just the Seven that show up in this pack; R'hllor, the Drowned God, and even the Old Gods all raise their own faithful to defy the Sept's dominion. To whom will you pledge your faith? 

Friday, April 6, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth 4/6/2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 4/6/2018

Happy Friday, all! We took an Easter break last week, which means we're back with a double-feature! Tons of exciting new stuff!

Rising Sun
Rising Sun is perhaps the most gorgeous game to release this year. A beautiful and intricate game of strategy, Rising Sun considers itself a spiritual successor to Diplomacy. Set in a Feudal Japan where the divine Kami have returned to guide mankind once more, players will make alliances, betray them, negotiate, battle, and even commit honorable suicide should the situation demand it. Faith, honor, power and commerce all must be balanced in this superb game from the makers of Blood Rage. By the way, the models are stupendous.

Black Orchestra
Black Orchestra is back! In this cooperative game players assume the role of historical members of the Third Reich, who later in the war came together to plot the death of Adolf Hitler. Players must work together to build their plot, aquiring contraband and constructing networks, all the while having to manage the suspicion of the Gestapo. Arrest means interrogation, and should you fail to resist, you might be forced to rat out the whole team! A high-tension game of subterfuge and assasination. 

Tofu Kingdom

Tofu Kingdom is a lighthearted game of social deception set in a whimsical world of dessert people. Each player is secretly assigned a role. The player who draws Prince Mochi must figure out who is secretly his beloved Princess Tofu, but the other players have agendas of their own! Adorable and tons of fun.

Magic The Gathering: Duel Decks and Challenger Decks

Releasing today are a whole slew of new premade Magic decks! The new Duel Decks theme: Elves vs. Inventors has you defend the wilderness with the wild elves, or advance the cause of civilization with the artifact-using inventors. Additionaly, there's something new in MTG today: Four premade decks of a new kind, Challenger decks. Each Challenger deck consists of a Standard-legal 60 card deck and a 15-card sideboard, each filling a viable archetype in the meta. These decks are intended to be viable to buy and play at Friday Night Magic, serving as a gateway into Magic as a whole for newer players. Come take a look!

Starfinder: Pact Worlds 
The Pact Worlds of the Golarian System are the core of known space for the adventurers of Starfinder. In the Pact Worlds supplement, Paizo brings them to life, with detailed descriptions of locations, corporations, governments and more, adding depth to your games. A great pull for any Starfinder fan.

Quixo may, superficially, resemble a game of tic-tac-toe, with two players competing as X's and O's to try and make a line--but the resemblence goes no further. Rotating and pushing rows of cubes, Quixo is an elegant game of strategy worthy of respect.

Pylos is a deceptively simple game of strategy. Players take turns playing spherical pieces on a 16-slot board, each vying to be the one to place the final piece in the pyramid. But from this simple setup emerges a complex game of wits. An attractive addition to any collection. 

Who Did It? 
Who Did It? is a hilarious game of cards and crud. Players race to successfully discard their pet cards and lay the blame on somone else for the mess in the living room. Be quick, or you and Fido might find yourselves kicked out!

Sleepy Princess Pile Up 
Sleepy Princess Pile-Up is a dexterity game for very young gamers. Players take turns helping the princess stack many different mattresses and comfortors upon her bed to mask the uncomfortable pea. A cute game for families.

Katamino Family 
Katamino Family is a versatile puzzle game with three different modes! Players can race to fill up their grids first, fill up a grid simuentaneously, or even play solo. Tons of fun and very replayable.

Distraction is a brain-training game of memory and focus. Players take turns laying down number cards, then reciting the sequence in the stack. Occasionally a Distraction card will pop up and force you to answer a trivia question before you can recite the numbers! How long can you last?

  Age of Rebellion: Fully Operational 
Fully Operational is a sourcebook for the Engineer class in the Star Wars: Age of Rebellion RPG. If you want to play a hero who lives through their wits and skill, Fully Operational will give you a toolbox to take apart the Empire. 

Legend of the Five Rings: Disciples of the Void
The first of the L5R Clan Packs has arrived! Containing 78 cards--3 copies of 25 cards, along with three single cards--this pack focuses on the mighty, mystical Phoenix Clan. Packed to the gills with powerful Shugenja, mighty spells, and more, this is an excellent additon to any Phoenix clan deck.

Game of Thrones LCG: Sands of Dorne
The kingdom of Dorne may have been defeated, but never have they been vanquished. Now, in the Sands of Dorne expansion, their time of vengeance is at hand. Strike with the fury and malice of a wounded viper, and make the Northern powers regret ever having crossed you.  

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: 
Carlton House & Queen's Park
Step back into the shoes of history's greatest detective in the new module for Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective: Carlton House & Queens Park. 

Icons of the Realms: Monster Menace III
For every hero, you need a villain. And for big heros, you need BIG villains. You need monsters. In Icon of the Realms: Monster Menace III, that's what you get: oodles and oodles of monsters. Deranged giants, seige goblins, and even the mighty, mythical Kraken are on offer. Within each box is a random mini--except for the aforementioned Kracken, which is too big so it gets its own box. 

Wizkids: Pools and Pillars 
If you want to add a little flavor to your dungeon delving, you could do much worse than these pools and pillars. From a crumbled ruin to a soaring hall, these miniature scenery pieces will get you into the moment!

 Attack of the Jelly Monster
Attack of the Jelly Monster is a chaotic game of real-time dice rolling. In a future where giant alien jelly monsters falling from space are commonplace, corporations fight over the precious goo they can gather before the army blasts the monster back to space. Players must roll and assign their dice in real time, choosing when to commit their special dice and watching out for their ruthless competitors! 

Crows Overkill
Crows Overkill is a game of balance and peril. Based on an old Japanese poem bemoaning the morning birdsong that signals the poet's parting with his lover, the game consists of the players competing to be the last to leave their bedrooms. Each turn, crows are drawn from one deck, and players use shamisen cards from another to frighten them away. The last player remaining wins!

For those looking for a graceful game of investigation and harvesting, Herbalism might scratch your itch. The players are novice pharmacists, called in to investigate a dangerous plague and finding its cure. Discovering the cure is difficult, and cooperation will speed you on your way--but only one can claim the crown of God Farmer, so be careful what you share!

Shadows in Kyoto 
Shadows in Kyoto is a new entry on our 2-player shelf, a game of strategy and espionage set in Meji-era Japan. The newly risen Meji government must ferret out the spies who remain loyal to the deposed Shogun, who in turn must try and secure a position for a counterrevolution. Victory comes in many forms--whether it be successfully misleading your opponent with a torrent of false intelligence, capturing your opponent's true plans, or having your master plan escape the web of Kyoto and revolutionize Japan a second time. 

Mindo is an entry-level logic puzzle for beginner gamers! Can you arrange the dominoes to match the card? A great way to get kids puzzling.

Dear Leader
Dear Leader puts you in the large shoes of Kim Jong Un himself, in a banter-filled game of absurdity and obsequiousness. Each round, a player must take on the role of Kim Jong Un, who is presented with a problem. The other players, as advisors, offer solutions, which Dear Leader must one-up to prove his supremacy. A party game for grown-ups.

Fairy Tile
Fairy Tile puts the players in the roles of a wayward Princess, a marauding Dragon, and a pursuing Knight, each trying to reach the end of the story first. Players will take turns placing tiles to construct the kingdom, then try and accomplish objectives to advance the story. Beautiful and well-made, this is a great game for families.

Kitty Bitty 
Kitty Bitty is a memory game for small gamers. Each player controls a kitten, trying to sneak out of bed--but watch out, if a mother cat spots you, you're stuck! 

El Dorado 
El Dorado is back! This game sends the players to the dense jungles of South America, seeking the fabled city of gold. Players each must outfit their expedition with supplies and employees, and compete for the prize. The first to reach the golden border wins, so don't fall behind! 

Castles of Burgundy: Dice Game 
Castles of Burgundy is so beloved that it has now spawned two offshoot games: The card game, and now this dice game. Players roll dice, and then everyone bids for the results, using them to complete colored sections on their map. The grandest estate will crown the victor! A quicker-playing, more portable version of a timeles classic. 

Dice Bags! 
Last but not least, we've restocked our dice and recieved a bunch of cool new sets! Come take a look!

That's all for this week. Check in next week for more new arrivals!