Saturday, August 11, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 8/11/18

 What's New at Labyrinth: 8/11/18
Hey there, everyone! This week's got a huge amount of new stuff, so let's skip the preamble and jump right in:

The Rise of Queensdale
Rise of Queensdale is a brand-new legacy-style worker placement game from Ravensburger. Over the course of the campaign, players draft dice and shape the new province of Queensdale into a place worthy of its royal namesake. For the builder in you, Queensdale is an excellent pick.

The Legend of the Cherry Tree
More formally, The Legend of the Cherry Tree that Blossoms Every Ten Years. In this beautiful game of set collection, the players race to collect the blossoms of the mystical tree before they hit the ground. The one that collects the most will have their wish granted by the tree--but beware. Greed is unbecoming of a wish-seeker, and if you push your luck too far the tree will deem you unworthy!

Nimble is a real-time game of quick eyes and quicker hands. Players race through the world of classical fairy tales, competing to empty their hand first. Each card consists of two colors-a frame and a center--and you can only play a card on top of an existing card whose center matches your frame. Simple in writing, chaotic in practice! Nimble is an excellent icebreaker or party game. 

Detective is a unique take on the cooperative mystery game genre. Consisting of 5 cases that must be solved in order, players do not play as a detective, they ARE a detective. You're expected to use every resource at your disposal, from metaknowledge to Google, to solve these cases. If you're an inquisitive soul looking for something new, Detective is the game for you. 

Competitive Kitchen 
Competitive Kitchen is a new party game tailored to fans of cooking shows like Iron Chef. Players take turn being judges, who reveal secret ingredients, while everyone else must somehow combine their absurd ingredients into an appetizing meal. May the best chef win!

Blood Rage
Blood Rage is one of the most highly rated games of the last decade. This strategy game places players in control of Viking clans during Ragnarok, and it's the last chance to earn glory and secure your place in Valhalla! Battle for dominance as the world burns, as only the truly glorious can live forever by Odin's side. 

Tiny Epic Galaxies
Back after months away is Tiny Epic Galaxies! Mighty, interstellar empires clash in this one teeny-tiny box. Roll your dice to decide your actions, and strategically order your turns to maximize your gains. But beware; if your opponents are willing to spend the resources, they can interrupt your turn! Only the mightiest tiny tyrant may rule the galaxy. 

Tumball is a dexterity game with an interesting setup. Players must carefully stack their white beads atop a larger cluster of beads, suspended by wires. Too much weight and the cluster will give way, so watch out and place carefully.

Pathfinder: Playtest
Paizo's Pathfinder RPG has dominated a huge chunk of the market for nearly a decade now. Now, the next step has arrived, the Pathfinder Playtest, the first book of playtest material for the still-in-development Second Edition. If you want to be part of shaping this franchise, pick up the playtest and make your thoughts known!

The Faithful: New Beginnings
The Faithful is an expansion for Guild Ball, a tactical miniatures game of fantasy medieval soccer! This pack contains 6 gorgeous metal miniatures and the associated rules and cards; all you need to field a full team of Guild Ball players!

Warsaw: City of Ruins First Edition (AKA: Capital) 
Warsaw: City of Ruins is an incredible game of history and tragedy. Players work as architects, each constructing a district of Warsaw throughout its history. War and disaster will come to raze your district, and you will rebuild--forming a patchwork of past and present. We should be getting the second edition with the updated title sometime soon, but in the meantime, check out this game--it's not to be missed.

Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying 
One of two new arrivals to our RPG shelf is the Legend of the Five Rings RPG Beginner Game. Rokugan has been the seat of countless campaigns since the RPG first came out in the 90s, and now that the card game has returned, it's never been a better time to adventure in the Emerald Empire. Try out the Beginner Game and see!

Delta Green
The second RPG we've gotten in this week, Delta Green takes your X-Files fantasy and takes it up to 11. Using the same d100 system of Call of Cthulhu, Delta Green takes the Lovecraftian world of dark cults and dead gods and moves it to the modern day, where the overworked, under-budget government agency Delta Green holds the line between sanity and madness at a steep cost. Step into the shadows where dark things dwell with Delta Green.

Trivial Pursuit: Harry Potter
If you're a die-hard Potterhead then this is the game for you. With a mind-boggling 1,800 questions, this will test the limits of even the most devoted fan's knowledge. The perfect trivia game for a geeky gathering!

Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small is a two-player edition of the much larger Agricola. This smaller, streamlined game focuses on the raising of animals, while maintaining the strategic gameplay of its bigger cousin. Purchase and raise livestock, expand your farm, and become the wealthiest farmer in your district through wise and careful management of your holdings.

Paper Tales
Paper Tales is a card-drafting game about heroics and the ravages of time. Played out over the course of two centuries in a fantasy world, players draft heroes and villains to represent them in the struggle. But age bows to no one, and your cards will age, and inevitably vanish, beneath the inexorable flow of time. An innovative new game that's worth a look.

Game of Thrones: Streets of King's Landing
Streets of King's Landing immerses the player in the growing corruption seeping throughout Westeros, expanding upon the ever-popular Shadow keyword. Lay traps, spin plots, and keep your head above water: after all, in the game of thrones, you win or you die.

Pokemon Celestial Storm Theme Decks
Finally, we've gotten a ton of Pokemon in. The new Celestial Storm Theme Decks, starring Sceptile and Swampert, have arrived, bringing a unique flair to the new set. In addition, we've gotten restocks of the Burning Shadows and Crimson Invasion theme decks as well as more Crimson Invasion booster packs. Come take a look!

Phew! That's a lot of announcements. Check back next week for more here at What's New at Labyrinth!

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