Sunday, September 30, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 9/28/18

What's New at Labyrinth: 9/28/18
Hi everyone! Fall has arrived. Get ready for the cold weather by checking out these new arrivals!


Reef is the newest game from Emerson Matsuuchi, designer of the Century series, and Next Move Games, publisher of the most popular game of the year: Azul. Reef lives up to this illustrious legacy, as a colorful, beautiful game that's easy to get into but has plenty of depth to explore. Players each construct their own reef out of colorful pieces. The cards that let you claim pieces also give you new ways to score, so plan carefully to win big.

Brass: Birmingham
The sequel to the 2008 game Brass: Lancashire (which popped up in a recent edition of What's New at Labyrinth). Taking place in an all-new location, with new actions and buildings available, Birmingham retains its predecessor's core of excellent economic strategy, while shaking up the formula and enhancing it with a rebalanced economy and new options. Worth checking out! 

 Coimbra is a card-drafting game set in Renaissance Portugal, within the cultural center of Coimbra. As scions of the city's most prominent families, players compete for influence and status by improving the city's circumstances. Will you fund a new expedition to the New World, or look closer to home and help build a new monastery? There's many different paths to victory in Coimbra.

Overlight is a brand-new fantasy RPG from Renegade Games. Describing itself as "kaleidoscope fantasy" inspired by the prog-rock albums of the 1960s and 70s, Overlight is set in a fantastic cosmos where 7 floating continents hover above a sea of stars and below an unblinking sun called the Overlight. This broken world is not as it should be, and heroes who can manipulate the spectrum of the Overlight, the Skyborn,  must use their powers to heal its scars. A brand new take on the fantasy genre, this is worth looking at by any gaming group. 

Forbidden Sky
Forbidden Sky is the newest entry in the Forbidden series, and the most ambitious to date. Trapped aboard a mysterious floating platform in the midst of a raging lightning storm, players must explore the station for supplies to construct a circuit. This is a real circuit, too--each piece conducts electricity and you must complete the loop in order to launch the escape rocket. Fans of Forbidden Island and Desert, don't miss this one!

Problem Picnic
Problem Picnic is a hilarious new dice-rolling game where the players come together to ruin a lovely day out. Take on the role of one of several competing colonies of ants, roll your dice onto the food plates. Each die is an ant, and you must cast your workers carefully to seize the delectable prizes on display. Satisfy your queen to win!

Deja Vu
Deja Vu is a new twist on memory games, experimenting with the mind's ability to fool itself. The center of the game is a 36-card Item Deck, with each of the 18 items having two cards. Each round you go through the deck, revealing items, then discarding them. If you think that you've seen the item before in the round, then race to grab its corresponding tile. If you're right, then you get its points at the end of the round. But if you were wrong and an opponent calls you on it, you're out! Each round gets harder as you have to remember what's come out this round versus previous rounds. A devious challenge.

Eye Sea
Eye Sea is a game of speed, word association, and improvisation. Each round, two picture cards are flipped, and whoever can speak a word or phrase that combines themfor example, the titular "Eye Sea"gets to claim the cards as points. Inventiveness and an adaptable mind are the keys to victory here.

MTG: Creature Forge
Magic: The Gathering is getting in on the blind-box miniature racket with their Creature Forge set. Each blind box contains a fully painted miniature representing one of the Tokens in a recent set, along with a card representing that same token. Don't underestimate the competitive edge that a miniature dinosaur on your side can bring! Grab some blind boxes and see.

Wizard of Oz & Alice of Wonderland Puzzle Sets
Finally, we have two new sets of themed ring puzzles. Return to the lands of Oz and Wonderland while challenging your hands and brain with one of these 10 new ring puzzles. Great for fans of the classics in question, or just puzzlers.

Deja Vu
Deja Vu is a new twist on memory games, experimenting with the mind's ability to fool itself. The center of the game is a 36-card Item Deck, with each item having two cards. Each round you go through the deck, revealing items, then discarding them. If you think that you've seen the item before in the round, then race to grab its corresponding tile. If you're right, then you get its points at the end of the round. But if you were wrong and an opponent calls you on it, you're out! Each round gets harder as you have to remember what's come out this round versus previous rounds. A devious challenge.

And that's all we have for this week. Check back next week for more What's New at Labyrinth!

Friday, September 21, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 9/21/18

What's New at Labyrinth: 9/21/18
Hey there, everyone! We've got two major restocks in, along with some new finds. Stop by and see:

Secret Hitler
We've finally managed to grab a restock on the most sought-after social deduction game on the market: Secret Hitler. In this beautifully made game of deception and power, the Liberals and Fascists struggle for control of the Weimar Republic. Each round, players elect a Chancellor and a President, who then must pass a policy. Five passed Liberal policies secures a future of free democracy for Germany--but the lurking Facists, in liberal garb, will aim to pass their own, authoritarian policies. And if Hitler manages to get himself elected Chancellor, the game is instantly over! 

Also returning to Labyrinth is the beloved card game Parade! Set in the fantastical world of Lewis Carroll, players must assemble a parade of characters from Wonderland. Chain cards together with colors and numbers, but beware crowding people out of the Parade, because lost cards are negative points. The most riotous parade wins!

5-Minute Marvel
Arriving at Labyrinth is the sequel to 5 Minute Dungeon, 5 Minute Marvel. This real-time cooperative card game has players assume the roles of one of ten Marvel superheroes who battle against one of six super villains.  Work together to save the day, but beware: you only have 5 minutes to win!

Dinosaur Tea 
Dinosaur Tea Party is an amusing new entry into the social deduction genre, centered around high-society etiquette and dinosaurs. Everyone is attending a high saurian society soiree, only--how embarrassing--you've forgotten everyone's names! Inquire around the problem discreetly, and try and figure out who's who before you commit a fatal faux pas.

Welcome To: Your Perfect Home 
Welcome To is a roll-and-write game of neighborhood development...without dice! Players flip cards to determine the character of the houses they build, marking out house numbers on the neighborhood charts in this simultaneous game. House numbers must be played in ascending order, but the distribution isn't even, so without care you can lock yourself out-or trap your rivals! Tons of people can play at the same time, making this an excellent party game. 

Pokemon TCG: Dragon Majesty Elite Trainer Box
The next step in the Dragon Majesty set, this box has everything you need to summon the power of these majestic Pokemon. It contains ten packs, sixty-five card sleeves, and forty-five energies.  Also included are twenty Dragon type Pokemon, six new Pokemon GX, two Prism Star Cards, and six full art cards. This is a must have!

Catch & Count Fishing Game
Catch & Count is a new game for our young players. Featuring colorful wooden fish and two magnetic rods, players will have a blast learning colors and counting. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Guild of Heroes Report for 9/15/18

Guild of Heroes Adventures 9/15/18

The Guild's foes continue to threaten Niln! Here are some of the adventures our heroes undertook this month...

Morning - Bonebeard's Revenge with Dungeon Master Yoni

Captain Bonebeard, the necromancer pirate, had been terrorizing the seas again, and his plundering had reached the shores of Niln. The heroes embarked on a quest to put a stop to his piracy. They came upon a vessel crewed by some of Bonebeard's skeleton and zombie minions. After bravely boarding the ship and defeating it's crew, they took both ships to fight a brave sea battle against Bonebeard's flagship.

Both smaller ships were capsized by cannonfire as the heroes boarded the flagship and fought valiantly against Bonebeard and his crew. Ultimately, the crew was defeated, but Bonebeard himself managed to teleport to retreat to fight another day. The heroes returned to the Guild victorious with a new ship, somewhat in need of repair but far fitter than the one they had set sail on.

Afternoon - Lions and Tigers and (Were)Bears, Oh My! with Dungeon Master Ben

Fresh-faced recruits to the Guild are put to the test when a sudden call for aid finds Ft. Stonespur empty save for themselves and the veteran Dragonborn, Anclagon. A Dmarran colony of settlers from the Imperial island of Breghuin are under threat from a band of ruffians. With the hope that aiding the colonists will give the Guild a foothold in the heartland of the Empire, the party set forth.

The colonists were initially wary of the visitors, but were won over by a quick lie from Reed and a show of power from Patryck. They wasted no time telling the party of the impending attack. With only a week to prepare, the players focused on fortifying the approaches to the town, constructing siege weapons and traps, and training what villagers were willing to take up arms.

The bandits arrived and revealed themselves to be a pack of lycanthropes, led by a wereboar, weretiger, and the dreaded werebear, Grizzle. A costly melee ensued. The beasts were more than a match for the adventurers and, if it weren’t for the defenses they had prepared, our heroes would have been quickly overrun.  Even after most of his bandits had been routed, Grizzle felled warriors with a single blow. Only a charm spell from Lute ended his rampage. The village mourned their losses, but celebrated the Guild’s victory and promised their aid if ever the Guild required it.

What is the Guild of Heroes? When can I play?

The Guild of Heroes is a group of adventurers aged 10 to 15 who join us regularly for our ongoing campaign of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game. They go on quests to defend their homeland (the Isles of Niln) and protect those who cannot protect themselves through their fantasy realm.

As the Guild faces new challenges at home on Niln, how will they manage the Mines of Bezad-Gan and the other arcane threats that plague the world? There's only one way to find out! Sign up now for next month's Guild of Heroes adventures now (or hop on the waitlist, once we fill up) for Saturday Morning, October 20th or Saturday Afternoon, October 20th. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 9/15/18

What's New at Labyrinth: 9/15/18
Hey there, folks! Hope everyone enjoyed WashingCon; I know we sure did. A lot of highly anticipated games came out this week, so take a gander!

Dinosaur Island
Dinosaur Island is an utterly shameless and highly entertaining theme park management game. Players collect and sequence ancient dinosaur DNA, resurrecting the ancient beasts for the most noble of pursuits; a Dinosaur Island! Carefully manage and customize your parks. Will you go for the fascinating and deadly carnivores, who draw huge crowds but demand constant vigilance against an escape? Or will you go for the safer, but less interesting herbivores? You can always just build a rollercoaster! The park is yours to shape and build in Dinosaur Island.

X-Wing: Second Edition
X-Wing: Second Edition has arrived in grand style! For players new and old, we've got new ships, new Core Sets, and for collectors of First Edition we have tons of conversion kits! Be you a rookie speeder jockey or a hardened X-Wing veteran, Second Edition is the game for you!

Brass: Lancashire
Brass is a game of economic strategy set in England during the Industrial Revolution. There's only room for one tycoon at the top of the food chain, so the players must jostle for power and wealth as the world revolutionizes around them. Build your factories, lay rail lines, take loans, and do whatever it takes to get an edge on the competition. As time passes, old infrastructure will become obsolete and new improvements are necessary, creating an intricate web of investments and capital.

The Mind 
The Mind is a hotly anticipated cooperative game. Players must work together to play cards in ascending numerical order. The twist? You are unable to communicate with each other in any way! You must play on instinct and trust. People have been clamoring for this one, so grab one while supplies last!

Railways of the World
Railways of the World is a modern classic. Billed as the "ideal medium-weight train game," Railways sends you back to the dawning Age of Steam. With a single steam engine and a dream of greatness players compete to build lines and routes between the many cities of the world. The sheer expansiveness of the game is one of its major selling points: The board is thirty-six by forty-five inches! For those in love with the romance of railways, Railways of the World can't be missed!

Botswana is back! After selling out in record time, we've finally managed to get more of this quick-playing push-your-luck game. Players each hold a hand of cards, representing animals; play a card, and you get to take one of that animal. But the cards also change the animal's final value! Play out your hand too early, and someone might tank the value of your holdings; wait too long and someone else might scoop your targets! Quick to learn and play, Botswana is fun for all audiences.

Suspicion is a game of stealth, theft, and misdirection. Players take the role of jewel thieves at an upscale party. The catch? Everyone there is a thief! The only way to make a profitable score is to out everyone else while making off with your winnings. Keep your identity hidden while you pocket your shiny loot, because your rivals are looking to expose you in turn!

Tags is a fast-paced real-time trivia game. Each player is given a category, or "tag", and 15 seconds to name something within that category. Play moves at a blistering pace and only the quick witted will prevail!

You Gotta Know: Washington Sports Trivia
For trivia fans looking for a more local flavor, You Gotta Know: Washington is the ultimate trivia challenge for D.C. sports fans!  Challenge yourself and your friends!  An excellent gift for local fans!

Dude & More Dude
 Dude and More Dude are games where you say dude. Each player must match their particular spelling of dude with another player, only ever saying dude. Who can truly claim to be the dudeliest?

New Lego!
We've got a ton of new Lego! Come take a look at our Lego Wall, there's always something new. Including this super cool Hogwarts Train Set! 

New D&D Minis!
Last, but certainly not least, is our brand new collection of Dungeons and Dragons miniatures! With new heroes, monsters, and scenery, bringing your adventures to life in three-dimensions has never been easier. 

And that's all for this week. Check in once again next week for more What's New at Labyrinth!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 9/6/18

What's New at Labyrinth: 9/6/18
A super busy week here at Labyrinth! With Washingcon being TOMORROW, let's take a tour of all the new stuff this week!

Nemo's War

Nemo's War is somewhat of a rarity: a deep, complex game focused on solo play. In it, the player (or players, as the game has rules variants to support up to 4 players) take on the role of Captain Nemo, the mysterious captain of the electric submarine, the Nautilus. Undertake a long and lonely war, with multiple scenarios to challenge!

Dungeons and Dragons: Waterdeep Dragon Heist

The newest official published adventure for 5th Edition D&D takes the players into the seedy underbelly of Faer√Ľn. Commissioned by legendary adventurer Volothorpe Geddarm (writer of Volo's Guide to Monsters) to perform a small tasks, players will soon find themselves pulled into a vast conspiracy spanning the ancient and famous city of Waterdeep. Step wrong and you'll land in a shallow grave, but play your cards right and you could win wealth beyond measure. 

The Floor is Lava!
The Floor is Lava is an active new dexterity game for the whole family. Players have to jump between brightly colored squares of cloth, scattered across the floor. Slip up or jump on the wrong color and you'll be out!

Tower of Madness
Kathleen thought that the well of Lovecraftian games had run dry. She was wrong. Tower of Madness takes the classic dexterity game of Kerplunk to new realms of insanity. Within the tower, suspended upon countless tentacles, rest the Marbles of Madness. Each player takes turns removing a tentacle, trying to dislodge as few of these marbles as possible. Each marble that falls has its own, sinister effect!

GoT LCG: Music of Dragons
Music of Dragons is the fourth chapter pack in the Dance of Shadows cycle. Continuing the cycle's them of intrigue, the Shadows keyword features prominently, allowing players to bluff, lay traps, and ensnare opponents in a web of lies. But that's not all: mythical creatures join the fray, with the dire wolf Shaggydog and the dragon Rhaegal entering battle. The shadows of Westeros are deep: enter at your own risk.

Fairy Tale Fluxx
The latest version of Fluxx harkens back to more idyllic times. Fairy Tail Fluxx takes the classic rule-shifting play of Fluxx and sets it amongst the tales of our youth, with bold knights, whimsical faeries, and heroic quests everywhere. A fun new take on a tried and true game.

Patchwork Express
Patchwork Express is a simplified version of Patchwork, aimed at providing shorter games and being accessible to younger players. Like in the original, players must spend time and buttons stitching patches onto their quilt. The player with the best patches and fewest holes in their quilt wins!

Lost Cities Rivals
Lost Cities Rivals is a new take on the original Lost Cities, playable with 2 to 4 players. With the classic ascending card play of the series, this is an excellent game for fans who want to play with more people, or players brand new to the game!

Clank! In! Space! Apocalypse!
Apocalypse! is the first expansion for Clank! In! Space! The cyborg lord Eradikus has hatched a mighty and evil plot to wipe the galaxy clean of all opposition. All that stands between the good people of the galaxy and annihilation is your ragtag team of mercenaries—like it or not! This expansion adds two new board modules, a new deck of Adventure cards, and a whole slew of schemes for you to foil!

Nyctophobia is a game about darkness—genuine, physical darkness. The game is mostly cooperative, with one player becoming a Hunter, and the rest working together to escape as the Hunted. The trick: The hunted players must all wear blackout glasses. Playing and coordinating without sight is a new aspect of gaming, and this exciting new experiment is worth a try.

Ultimate Werewolf Legacy
The classic game of Werewolf gets its own take on the legacy format! This time, the choices you make will impact future generations of this haunted village. Players can earn titles that effect their play in future games, regardless of what side they find themselves on. Wind your way through the 80+ page Diary, uncovering the gory tales of the village's misfortune. Act with careyour choices may come back to bite you!

Catch the Moon
Catch the Moon is a whimsical new dexterity and balance game set within a dream. The Dreamer must reach the Moon, but she is too high for a ladder. The solution: More ladders! Stack and balance countless ladders in bizzare, bird's-nest constructions, trying your best to reach the moon. Only greatest of dreamers will catch her!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 9/1/2017

What's New at Labyrinth: 9/1/2017
Hey all! Another busy week here with new arrivals, so let's dive right in!

Founders of Gloomhaven

Gloomhaven has taken its place among the most popular games of the decade. Founders of Gloomhaven returns you to that world for a new challenge. Centuries before the events of Gloomhaven, an uneasy coalition of races came together to construct a city at the edge of the world. In Founders, each player controls one of these races, competing for influence and prestige within the growing city. However, no one can build the city alone--cooperation is necessary to gain the supplies required to finish construction. Balance your schemes with the uneasy peace and leave your mark on Gloomhaven.


Targi is one of our new two-player only games. Each player heads a desert tribe attempting to master the trade routes. Place your meeples to claim trade goods or perform actions, then spend your profit to grow your family.  Only the canniest merchant can claim victory! 

Blokus Duo 

Blokus Duo is a two-player only reworking of the classic geometric strategy game Blokus. Black and White pieces vye for control of a smaller board in this portable variant of the family favorite. 
Spirits of the Wild 

The third new two-player game we've gotten is Spirits of the Wild. Spirits is a beautiful, elegant game, where players use cards representing the spirits of nature to move and claim colored stones. Each player has a scoreboard with distinct objectives, and certain combinations of the stones will earn you points. Careful movement and bold action will bring you victory.


Scarabya is a game of competitive puzzling. Each player is an explorer in one of the far-flung corners of the earth, seeking out valuable golden scarabs. Everyone has their own player board with scarabs scattered across it. Each player also has a stock of twelve geometric puzzle-pieces. Each round, players place the same shaped piece onto their boards, attempting to form enclosures around the scarabs. Since everyone has the same building blocks, victory will come down to raw skill. 

A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures

A Song of Ice and Fire has finally come to Labyrinth! This starter set contains the armies for  
 Stark and Lannister; totaling over one hundred miniatures for your epic struggles. Choose your commander wisely, rally your heroes, and equip your forces for battle. But don't forget to send your spies and maesters and gain every advantage as you plunge into epic tactical battles with your foes!  


The Great Science Fair is being held and only the best and brightest may come and display their inventions. Gizmos is a marble-based engine-building game. Take actions to aquire power marbles, and use those to improve your actions! Will you prove yourself the greatest inventor at the Fair? 

The Quiet Year

The Quiet Year is an award-winning collaborative story game where players map out the lives and surroundings of a post-apocalypse community. The dangers of the previous year have passed, or at least abated, and they have a year, one quiet year, to build. Each week is represented by a card, drawn from a regular deck of playing cards. As you play, players will hold community discussions, embark on projects, and add detail to the map you all draw together. This wonderful experience is as unique as the players at the table and well worth trying.


Mercado is a game of conspicuous consumption. The players are wealthy members of high society, wandering a market and bidding on valuable trinkets to enhance their prestige. Each turn, players blind-draw three coins from their purse. Each stall requires a specific combination of denominations to buy from, but beware that someone doesn't swoop in and buy your prize out from under you!

Vampire: The Masquerade, 5th Edition

The immortal classic of Gothic roleplay is back! Vampire: The Masquerade, a roleplay staple since the 80s, has returned updated for the modern day in a new edition. The streamlined ruleset serves as an excellent jumping-on point for new players looking for a game of horror and survival. The new  lore provides plenty of material for players returning to the World of Darkness to sink their fangs into. Bound together with beautiful art, this is worth a look for any fan of the genre. 

That's all for this week. The Holiday Stocking rush continues, however, so tune in next week for more What's New at Labyrinth!