Sunday, November 25, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 11/25/18

What's New at Labyrinth: 11/25/18
Welcome back, everyone! Did you all have a good Thanksgiving? Coming hot off the heels of Small Business Saturday (and the Staff Cookie Battle) we've got a ton of stuff to talk about. Let's dive in!

The River
The River is the latest game from Days of Wonder, a bright and cheerful worker-placement game with a unique twist. Players take on the role of river-boat captains and aspiring mayors, setting out along a bendy stretch of river to build a new town. Placing workers allows you to harvest resources, which can be spent improving your town. Be careful, though--as the town improves, your workers will leave to boat and move in for good, permanently reducing your production capacity! The River is a careful balancing act that will end in victory for the most beautiful and happy town along the riverbanks.

Election Night!
Election Night is a new educational game of math and electoral strategy. In it, players use their dice rolls to do equations, aiming to add up to a state's number and secure its vote. It's a great game for learning math, as well as a lesson on our democracy.

It is the middle of the 17th Century and the Renaissance is in full bloom. Across Europe, universities play host to an unprecedented age of intellectual ferment. In the next few decades, the foundations of modern science will be laid, and the men and women who lay them will become titans, legends of learning. In Newton, players become one of these seekers of truth and glory. From a lowly apprentice, you must hone your theories and develop your career. Through constant effort and brilliant deduction, you can become the next Newton.

Turing Tumble
Turing Tumble is a brilliant new construction toy and logic puzzle that teaches players the basic concepts of programming and computing in a tactile way. The gameboard is a slanted ramp studded with dozens of pins. Players add on gears, gates, and other gadgets that catch and direct the delivery of the "bits:, small plastic marbles falling from above. Quite literally, you construct a physical computer. This gadget is endlessly fascinating for all ages. 

Gravitrax is another new construction toy, this one all about building the most elaborate marble runs you can imagine. Based around metal rails and hexagonal blocks, you can assemble anything from a placid loop to a wild roller coaster. Give it a try!

Altiplano: The Traveller
The high-altitude game of llama trading and development, Altiplano, has received an expansion: The Traveler. The titular Traveler has wandered into the Altiplano plateau, bringing with him strange new ideas and techniques. The Traveler is a set of modular expansions, which  can be added separately or together to the base game. If you want to deepen your copy of Altiplano, The Traveler is the ideal box for you.

Condottiere is an abstract war game set in 1500s Italy. when city states struggled for dominance with the use of vast mercenary armies. Players must control 3 territories to win, but each battle is a tense contest of wills, where players must commit their forces carefully or risk squandering them in a fruitless battle. With simple rules leading to deep strategy, it's an excellent game for fans of the genre. 

Railroad Ink
Railroad Ink is a fascinating game of art and optimization. Each player recieves a dry-erase board, with a grid of empty spaces lined with railway exit. Your objective: to make the most complete railway system of all, connecting the most exits together. This is done by rolling a set of "railway dice": dice with each face depicting a configuration of track. With these common, randomized building blocks, you will all draw your railways, attempting to find the optimal configuration. 
The game comes in two variants: Blazing Red and Deep Blue. Each comes with two unique expansions that add unique edits to the game. If you have an architectural mind or an artistic bent, don't skip this game!

Dice Settlers 
Dice Settlers is another game of town building and wilderness exploration, with a twist. The game centers around your pool of dice, kept in a bag and drawn from each round. Actions rolled with these dice let you take new resources and develop your pool in more specialized directions. Area control, pool building, and resource gathering combine to make an excellent, flavorful game. 

AuZtrailia is a solitaire-style strategy game set in an alternate version of the 1930s. The northern hemisphere has been poisoned by dark powers, and so humanity heads south. But in the outbacks of Australia, the Old Ones are rising. Build your infrastructure across the barren outback and bring the fight to them.

Nusfjord is the latest game from the famed and prolific German designer Uwe Rosenberg. Set in the pastoral Norwegian village of Nusfjord, back in its fishing-boom heyday, players must carefully assign their workers in order to develop their districts to the pinnacle of productivity. Only the wisest mayor may win! 

Fallout: New California
Finally, we come to New California, the new expansion for the Fallout board game. With new quests, characters, items, and entire new location to visit, this massive expansion transforms the game of Fallout. From the gloomy wastelands to the sunny shores of New California, quest for glory and caps through the most memorable locations of the franchise. 

And that's all we've got for this week. Tune in Next Week for more What's New at Labyrinth!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Guild of Heroes Report for 11/17/18

Guild of Heroes Adventures 11/17/18

Frost settles across Niln, and dangers continue to threaten the land... Here are some of the threats our heroes defeated this month!

Morning - Bugs n' Stuff with Dungeon Master Camilla

The forests surrounding Fort Stonespur were revisited by a powerful forest spirit known as Neivara of the South Wind. Shrouded in a mystic fog, six heroes of the guild set out to see what brought their return. One of them, James Hunter, had encountered the creature before, and was able to guide the party in their approach. Neivara was missing a valued member of their court, a cricket named Featherlegs. To find the miniscule creature, the party was shrunk down, some shorter than an inch! When Sauron, Happy, Ancestra, and others investigated a colony of intelligent bugs that lived within a hollow tree stump, they learned of a tarantula called Imperator. Wielding powerful pheromones extracted from others, he commanded a colony of wasps. Thanks to the party’s intervention, they were able to avert a ritual of weathershaping, ensuring the safety of the stump town and the stewardship of the intelligence-boosting plant that gave the bugs sapience.

Morning - Alchemical Infestation with Dungeon Master Yoni

As a rite of passage for joining the Guild of Heroes, three initiates (and one chaperone) were tasked with clearing out a rat infestation in the basement of a local business. They found that these rats were actually gigantic, and a force to be reckoned with. A hole in the wall of the cellar led into the basement if a ruined wizard's tower, where the heroes navigated some traps and fought more enlarged creatures, including giant centipedes and a giant inferno spider. The heroes cleared out the dungeon and found the ancient wizard's potions, which had spilled and caused the abnormalities. Taking what was left, they ensured no more animals would become such an over-sized nuisance again.

Afternoon - Humphrey Hughbert's Hideous House of Horrors with Dungeon Master Nick

The players were called to the bedraggled, mud-splattered and smelly little hamlet of Hogstooth. The town had suffered a bad spate of  pignapping, their prized porkers being picked off by terrible abominations. The players, arriving at the Pig’s Ear tavern, were told of a passel of pigs still poking around out in the wilderness, and formulated a clever plan. With swift tracking skills, the players located the hogs and used them to set a trap, planning to lure the monsters into the field of fire of the portable scorpion they brought along. Soon a swarm of unnatural, stitched-together monsters appeared, but the plan worked. Blackthorn held the bridge with his axe, and Nova blew a hopping head to pieces with the ballista before assuming the form of a bear and mopping up the opposition. Tracking the monsters back to their lair, they encountered, engaged and apprehended Humphrey Hughbert, a mad biomancer and body-modification fanatic. Aside from the arrested biomancer, players also aquired a chest of raw silver ingots and opals, a silver sword bearing an unknown magic, and a number of mysterious, unknown potions.

Afternoon - Spineshatter Grumm and the Unmaker with Dungeon Master Matt

The guild was summoned by their allies in Dmarra to help solve a problem: a vicious warlord named Spineshatter Grumm who had been enslaving the barbarian tribes and slaughtering the innocent. They ventured south and met up with the Lowland barbarian tribes, who directed them to the gruesome Blackmetal Keep in the center of Skullcrush Plains. On the way, our heroes slew a number of glass-shard dragonflies and sand snakes, clearing the vicious monsters from the desert. 

Once in the keep, Sora decided to impress Spineshatter Grumm, wrestling 5 barbarians to the ground before the conqueror himself challenged her to a duel. Theirastra, bearing new glass-spiked fists from her experiments with the dragonflies, riled up the crowd as Sora fought, and upon defeating Grumm, Sora was crowned the new lord of the barbarian hordes. The rest of the heroes returned to the guild with Grumm’s deadly blade, and Sora remained behind to rule her new kingdom.

Want to join in the adventure, or sign back up for next time?

Contrary to our usual schedule, we will be running our two Guild of Heroes sessions for December across two days: 12-3pm on Wednesday, December 26th and 12-3pm on Thursday, December 27th. If you know any young heroes (ages 10+) who will be in town for the holidays, feel free to sign them up now!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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

What's New at Labyrinth: 11/18/18
Hey there, guys! The holiday season seems to have arrived early, and we are SWAMPED with people and new games! Take a look:

Chronicles of Crime

Chronicles of Crime is a revolutionary new mystery game, taking the tradition of games like Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective and remixing it with a companion app. Each card and clue features a QR code that can scan into the app, providing new and dynamic combos of clues for an ever-changing web of mysteries. There's even an optional VR (virtual reality) mode where, with your phone, you can investigate a virtual crime scene! Fans of the mystery genre shouldn't miss this!

Folklore: The Affliction
Folklore: The Affliction is a game of storytelling, strategic combat, and horror. It is a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players, where the players assume the role of one of 6 unique and customized characters that explore the dark world of Folklore. Your duty is to battle the vile Afflictions that plague the land, acquiring lore and discovering the secrets behind them. The session unfolds through chapters, each an hour to two long, and will eventually unveil a full story with branching paths and multiple endings. For fans of strategic combat or story-heavy horror games, this is worth a look. 

Monolith Arena
Monolith: Arena is a tactical combat game set in a blood-soaked Colosseum. In this hexagonal death-pit, your fantastic forces will battle to the death, seeking to obliterate the foe's Monolith. Beware: These stone pillars hold dreadful power, and every level taken off the Monolith releases more power. The closer that you come to defeat, the stronger you will get. Riding the edge between death and glory, can you claim victory in the Arena?

Arkham Horror LCG: Shattered Aeons
Shattered Aeons is the final, climactic chapter of the Forgotten Age storyline. Miles below the surface of the Earth, in black caverns that have never known the sun, a strange blue light suffuses the air as unknown power bends time and space to the breaking point. Everything you have built is coming to its end. This is the final hour. Will you solve the mystery before you, or will the age we know be shattered and cast into the abyss?

Dominion: Renaissance
Dominion: Renaissance is the newest expansion to the ever-growing classic Dominion. Adding 300 new cards including 25 kingdom cards, this is an excellent way to expand your Dominion collection. 

We got two whole pallets of LEGO, including a lot of exiting new stuff. BB-8, Ninjago, and Advent Calendars are now available. Build some holiday fun with LEGO!

Magic the Gathering: Gift Pack 
The new Magic Gift Pack is an excellent way to expand your collection. Containing 4 M19 booster packs, a 20-sided spindown die, and 5 lands, the major attraction of this pack are the 5 unique rares, unobtainable anywhere else. The box also contains a code to unlock the 5 rares in MtG: Arena, the only way to get them in the electronic format. An excellent gift indeed for any player, old or new. 

Pokemon 2018 Collector Chest Tin, Salamence GX, Kyurem GX
We've also received 3 new Pokemon boxes. The Salamence and Kyurem boxes bring two popular and powerful Dragon-type Pokemon into rotation; each with a giant foil version for display. The Collector's Chest, meanwhile, brings you a battle kit, tokens, flip-dice, a mini-binder, 5 boosters and 3 foil promo cards depicting the Legendary Birds. Excellent for collectors or new players alike. 

And that's all we've got for this week. Tune in next week for more What's New at Labyrinth!

Friday, November 9, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 11/09/18

What's New at Labyrinth: 11/09/18
Hey guys! Thanksgaming is upon us, so if you're dropping by to donate cans and try some pie, check out our new arrivals!

Betrayal: Legacy
Betrayal: Legacy takes the classic favorite Betrayal at the House on the Hill to new heights. Each player represents a family, returning to the house, again and again, each time jumping forward a few decades in time. Over the course of the game you will change the house, and the house will change you. Even after you complete the fourteen session campaign and uncover the final mysteries, you'll be left with a fully playable, customized, and unique game of Betrayal you can play with dozens of new haunts. This game is absolutely worth a look.

D&D: Dungeon of the Mad Mage, Maps, and Dice
In the legendary city of Waterdeep lies the famed tavern, the Yawning Portal, so named for the gaping black well in the center of the establishment. 140 feet below the light and laughter of the inn lies the entrance to the Undermountain, a vast and sprawling dungeon that even the bravest spelunkers fear. Lurking in the shadows, giggling insanely, is the Mad Mage himself, the deranged architect of the labyrinth. Vast wealth and power lie below, but those who go in search of it rarely return...

Dungeon of the Mad Mage is a gigantic adventure path for characters levels 5 to 20, set in the megadungeon of Underhill. With dozens of detailed encounters and beautiful illustrations, it's a whole campaign worth of material for any dungeon-delving party! Along with the book, we also have a maps pack, with an array of dry-erase maps printed with the various environs of the dungeon, and custom Waterdeep dice for those really looking for the full experience. 

D&D: Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, Maps, and Dice
Ravnica, the City of Guilds. A vast, planet-spanning metropolis, Ravnica is home to billions of citizens and ruled by the byzantine politics of the Guilds. Angelic police forces, undead spies, draconic mad scientists: the vast city is a place of wonder and terror, a natural home of adventure. Wizards of the Coast has opened this vast landscape up to us with the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, a sourcebook made for playing D&D 5th Edition in Ravnica. With maps, NPCs, monsters and more, this is everything a GM could want to run the City of Guilds.
And just like Dungeon of the Mad Mage, the Guildmaster's Guide has released alongside a map pack and custom set of dice. These are super helpful for any group who like using maps!

Ice Cool 2
Ice Cool 2 is a standalone expansion for the original Ice Cool, adding a whole new set of mission cards and rooms to the game. You can assemble and play it on its own, or combine it with the first game to form a massive labyrinth to send your penguins skating through. 

Potato Pirates
Potato Pirates is a hilarious new card game from Thinkfun, where players battle it out as potatoes on the high seas. The gimmick: Your attacks must be programmed, using things like conditionals, loops, and functions to execute your plans. Balancing logic, strategy and hilarity, Potato Pirates promises to be a new favorite. 

Bards Dispense Profanity & Dick
If you're a fan of the inappropriate, madcap humor of Cards Against Humanity, but want to season it with something more sophisticated, Why So Ever Games has come out with two games to scratch that itch: Bards Dispense Profanity and Dick. Based, respectively, on the collected works of Shakespeare and Moby Dick, these games juxtapose quotes of these classic works with modern questions and problems, with hilarious (and filthy) results. An excellent game for any geeky grown-up party.

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 11/2/18

Western Legends
It's big, it's bold, and it's brand-new. Western Legends, a sandbox Spaghetti Western game where you make your own destiny, has landed at Labyrinth. It's the age of legends, out past the Mississippi, where fortunes can be made and myths born. Players scrape and scrabble for gold and fame, with more paths to glory than hogs in a sty. Will you herd cattle for spare cash, or rustle them for the whole pot? Or maybe you pitch a claim in the mountain hills, prospecting for the motherlode? Heck, you could gamble it all on the poker table and see where Lady Luck takes you. Watch your reputation; become too infamous a desperado and other players might start gunning for your bounty! Manage your wealth and fame to claim victory as the greatest Legend of the West.
Also arriving alongside Western Legends are two expansions: A Fistful of Extras and The Good, the Bad, and the Handsome. Each of these contain a stable of new characters to play, quests to complete, and items to fight over. 

Arkham Horror 3rd Edition
The seminal horror game of imminent doom and desperate defiance, Arkham Horror has returned, reborn with the brand new Third Edition! Retaining the core gameplay and atmosphere that has kept Arkham a classic for over 30 years, the new edition streamlines the rules and adds a modular board, allowing dozens of configurations for dramatically increased replayability. For fans of Lovecraftian horror and crunchy co-op games, Arkham Horror 3E can't be missed. 

Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection
Liberty or Death is the fifth entry in GMT's COIN (counter-insurgency) strategy series. This one is set in a historical insurgency very near and dear to our hearts: the American Revolution. Playing up to four, the warring factions of the British, the Continentals, the Native Americans and the French ally and break up as you all strive for victory. With the signature intricate strategy of GMT games, Liberty or Death is an excellent addition to any serious gamer's library.

For The People: The American Civil War, 1861-1865
In contrast to Liberty or Death, For the People  is a two-player experience, replacing political machinations with raw military strategy and tactics. Playing as the Union or the Confederacy, players must manage their internal governments, military buildup, and forces on the field. With incredibly detailed systems, this game is a masterwork of strategy. 

Game of Thrones LCG: Daggers in the Dark
The shadows have blades in the latest chapter pack from Game of Thrones, Daggers in the Dark. The Shadows Cycle continues, with the masterminds of the many plots ensnaring Westeros emerging. Varys the Spider and Cercei begin their endgames, and, in the far North, the Watch Commander Jon Snow is threatened by dissent from within. Above it all drifts the first few flakes of snow. Winter is upon Westeros, and all the plots and plights of mortal men and women may well soon come to naught in the face of the Long Dark. Take your place in the struggle for the future with Daggers in the Dark.

Onirim is a singleplayer or cooperative game in which the players must escape a nightmare labyrinth. Within this twilight realm, players must find their way out through the 8 Doors of Dreaming, before time runs out and they never wake up again. This Second Edition version of the game comes with 7 modular expansions, which can be added into the game on their own or in any combination you please to customize your game. 

Hacker is Thinkfun's newest logic game, set in the complex world of cyber security. As a white-hat hacker, you must program your digital agents to solve the puzzles before you. With 40 puzzles from beginner to expert, this is a great game to get a child acquainted with the logic of coding. 

Show & Tile
Show & Tile is an artistic party game based around Tangrams, those ever-useful plastic polygons. Players each get a secret objective card, and 90 seconds to try and "draw" their object with tangrams. The best artist wins!  

Just One
Just One is a cooperative party game where players, in teams, have to try and clue each other in to the hidden words. Each round, players take turns giving their teammate a simple clue to round's secret word. Beware--if you give the same clue as someone else, you're knocked out of the round! Play continues through 13 rounds, with the goal being to hit the high score of 13. 

Engine No. 9
Engine Engine No. 9 is a tricky train game for toddlers and tots. Don't worry, though, players of all ages can enjoy this one. Players have to carefully guide their trains into their personal depots, passing through a twisted and treacherous trainyard. Moving junctions, unfinished tracks, fallen trees and your competitor's trains all threaten to force you off the rails and into defeat. Careful strategy is required to pick your way through the perils ahead and make yourself the number-one conductor!

Big Pokemon Arrival Bonanza! 

The last week's seen an absolute explosion in new Pokemon stuff! Most prominently, the Lost Thunder block has had a full release, bringing two new Theme Decks and over 210 new cards: the biggest set in Pokemon history! The Dragon Majesty box set has also released their final components, meaning that the window to claim these majestic beasts is closing fast. The Island Guardians GX box brings Tapu Leli and Tapu Fini GX to the table, adding world-class support to any Pokemon deck. Finally, the Pikachu & Eevee Pokeball Collection celebrates the release of Let's Go Pikachu & Evee with a card set dedicated to the adorable pair. There's so much Pokemon. Pokemon forever. 

Dungeons & Dragons: Gargantuan Dragon Miniatures and More
Finally, our Dungeons and Dragons miniatures collection continues to expand, dramatically, with our new Huge and Gargantuan minis (that might be an oxymoron). From Firbolgs to T-Rexes, these titanic beasts will threaten even the mightiest adventurers. If that isn't enough for your group, bring out the stars themselves--the Gargantuan Dragon Minis! After all, you can't have a proper game of D&D without a good dragon!