Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What's New at Labyrinth: 11/15/2017

New Arrivals and Restocks: November 15th;

A lot of highly anticipated releases this week! Check them out:


 The game we've all be waiting for is finally here! Live the excitement of the adventuring life in this gorgeous D&D deck-building game! Choose your race, your class, and develop your skills as you evade traps, battle monstrous foes, and claim your magical booty. A thrill!

Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

When it comes to massive space-opera strategy games of war, peace and politics, accept no substitutes: Twilight Imperium is king. The new edition lets you guide one of SEVENTEEN factions in their quest to claim the throne of Galactic Emperor.  

 Legend of the Five Rings: For Honor and Glory

Another new pack for the new edition of Legend of the Five Rings. Seize honor, win glory!

 Xanathar's Guide to Everything

 Technically, Xanathar's released last Friday, but it sold out instantly. So we might as well announce the restock here! With new spells, new items, tons of new tools for a DM to use, and over thirty new subclasses, this is a must-get for the enthusiastic DM or player!

Time Barons

 Returning to print after some time away, it's Time Barons! Take control of one of the mysterious, manipulative Barons, and guide the world from the shadows to fight your rivals for total control! If you've ever wanted to play as the Illuminati, this is your chance!

Harvest Dice

If you feel the call of the soil, Harvest Dice can help you scratch that itch. Grow veggies and feed your pig in this dice drafting game--but keep an eye on the markets, or you might find yourself with a pile of worthless produce!

Magic the Gathering: Iconic Masters

(On Sale This Friday - 11/17)

For the Magic player, casual or competitive, or even just collectors, you can't miss the new Iconic Masters release. Wizards has reprinted dozens of legendary, iconic cards from across Magic history, including plenty that were nearly impossible to grab. Plus, there's a foil in every pack! We've also gotten some themed sleeves, deck protectors, and playmats, so you can protect your new goods in style. Releases on Friday!

New Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh

These are also releasing on Friday, and they haven't arrived just yet, so no pictures until they do. But we'll have a huge array of new Pokemon products, including the Premium Trainer's XY Collection, the World Championships Deck, and the Shining Legends Collector Chest. And for you Duel Monsters players, the Spirit Warriors BD and the Kaiba Collector Box will be available!


Finally, a happy announcement: Santorini has returned to Labyrinth! Lots of you have been asking after it, and here it is. Fun and extremely cute!

And that's what's new this week at Labyrinth. Come down and see!

Friday, November 10, 2017

New Arrivals 11/10/2017

New Arrivals and Restocks, November 10th

Winter weather has finally arrived. Stay cozy inside with one of our new arrivals!

New Unlock Trilogy

Explore a haunted house, escape a predatory giant squid, and find hidden treasure in these three new self-contained Unlock scenarios. From beginner-friendly to fiendishly difficult, there's something here for every Escape the Room fan!

Legend of the Five Rings: Tears of Amaterasu

Return to Rokugan with the first pack of the Living Card Game rerelease of the classic CCG.

Tiny Epic Galaxies & Quest

Old favorites return with our restock of Tiny Epic Galaxies and Tiny Epic Quest. Extremely cute, extremely fun.

New Playmats

We've got what you're looking for in playmats-- from serious and sober blacks to rainbows, kittens, and even the legendary Three Wolf Moon.

Magic the Gathering Duel Deck: Merfolk vs Goblins

The new duel decks are here! Perfect for casual play, these decks are super fun to pick up and try out against each other, or experimenting on your own.

Mansions of Madness: Streets of Arkham

Streets of Madness is the first expansion for 2E Mansions of Madness to break from 1E and bring something brand-new to the table, with new locations, scenarios, and horrible things from beyond the stars. See that which man was not meant to know! A must-get for any Lovecraft fan.

 Secret Hitler 

The moment you've been waiting for is finally here! Much-requested long-awaited, Secret Hitler is finally available. Defend your fledgling democracy from the insidious forces of facism--or undermine it from within. Tons of fun for grown-up gamers.

Children's Activity Books

Finally, for our smaller fans, we've got two new books to keep them entertained (and quiet) on family trips. An engaged kid is a happy kid!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New Arrivals 11/2/2017

New Arrivals, Restocks, and Re-Organizations

Just in time for November, here's what's new at Labyrinth!

Axis and Allies: Anniversary Edition

A giant box for a giant game! Play through WWII as never before on this massive Anniversary board.

Star Trek Adventures RPG and Dice Sets

Boldly go where no man has gone before in the new Star Trek RPG. We've got the dice for it too!


Fight for dominance in Renaissance Italy as a member of a noble family. Will you obey the church or break the law in search of power?

Brand-New Puzzle Bookshelf

We've stocked it with a brand new shipmment of crosswords, sudokus, and much much more!

Dry-Erase Interlocking Dungeon Tiles

Square, interlocking dry-erase boards with gridlines make assembling a map easier than ever. The perfect gift for an aspiring or experienced DM. We've been carrying these for a month or so, but they've been so popular that we decided to bring in a larger selection.

London & Iron Curtain

Feed your Cold War addiction with Iron Curtain, or build a glorious city with London. Look at how gorgeous that box is!

New Pokemon Swag

A new Pokémon set has been released, and we have early access to sell it. New Crimson Invasion boosters, Theme Decks, an Elite Trainer box, and even a mini Collector's Album!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Kids' D&D Session Report: The Isle of Niln

Labyrinth is excited to announce a significant expansion to our youth Dungeons and Dragons program, incorporating the elements of a dynamic, long-term campaign. A major portion of this effort is the creation of an epic fantasy world that will be the center of our ongoing adventures. Our staff has been working diligently (and having a ton of fun) outlining some of the general aspects of the world, but most of the details will actually be developed by the players during the gaming sessions. On Sunday, October 22, 2017, during our last Kids' D&D event, two groups of young adventurers were first introduced to the Isle of Niln. Here are reports from Camilla and Ben, our staff who served as the DMs for the games. Eventually, we hope that some of the kids will help us record the games, and that they will be shared here on the Labyrinth blog, so that friends, families and other Guild members can stay updated on the stories.

Table 1: Camilla's Table

In their first quest in the Isle of Niln, one of our groups of adventurers set out to explore Fort Stonespur, a potential headquarters for the Guild. The party arranged a rendezvous with the ranger Davdri, deep in the Razorback forest. From there, they made their way along the riverbank to the fall where Stonespur was said to be found. They investigated the fort, finding it to be an ancient Elven outpost, overrun with troglodytes and a gelatinous cube. A magically sealed door was opened with a riddle, revealing a large arcane artifact installed inside. The adventurers decided that the fort was perfect, and preparations are underway to make it the Guild's first home.

Table 2: Ben's Table (They were unfortunately not quite as lucky.)

Our adventure began in the Muddy Mule, a cozy tavern in the middle of the Isle of Niln.  Our hearty band of adventurers was greeted by Ander Kingsley, a corpulent dwarf who serves as recruiter for the Guild of Heroes.  He told them the Guild needed their help winning over the population of Niln, who had thus far seen the newly formed organization as outsiders and conquerors.  The Guild seeks only to restore peace and justice to the impoverished Isle, so the willing assistance of the locals is necessary.

Thankfully, Ander had a plan to bring the people of Niln on board.  An ancient relic, the Horn of the Four Winds--an important symbol of the island’s resistance to Imperial conquest 1000 years ago--was rumored to rest nearby in the town of Gullsperch.  After some persuasion, Ander decided to accompany the group and the next morning they rode out, seeking the Horn.

The party arrived in Gullsperch and sought out Mama Gee, the village elder and keeper of the horn.  She brought them to an ancient amphitheater with a statue of the horn at its center.  In order to claim it, she told them, they had to prove themselves worthy of it.  They must pass three tests: the Test of Mind, the Test of Body, and the Test of Spirit.

The group elected to attempt the Test of Spirit first.  One by one, Mama Gee asked the group what they would do if they unlocked the ultimate power of the horn.  Some sought to destroy it, others to use it to end injustice, but most chose to hide it away, where it could do no harm, but where it could be called upon if there was ever great need.  Mama Gee found their answers truthful and wise, and the group passed their first test.

Next, the group attempted the Test of Body.  The plants overgrowing the arena came to life and attacked them.  A nail-biting fight ensued.  Several members of the party were knocked unconscious, but in the end (and thanks to some particularly effective fire spells) the party defeated the Blights and passed their second test.

Angered by the threat to their lives, the party refused to begin the third test, but instead interrogated Mama Gee, demanding to know the purpose of the trials she put them through.  At that moment, an envoy from the Empire appeared. 

Ser Bluto Vel Alrich, a fire giant, and Commandant of Fort Kraos, arrived with a coterie of a dozen armed guards.  He demanded the group stand aside while the Empire claimed the horn.  When pressed for explanations, Vel Alrich told the group the Empire sought to reestablish their foothold on Niln and that the seizure of the horn would be a potent symbol in the heart and minds of the locals.  Outnumbered and outmatched, the party stood aside while Vel Alrich ripped the statue from its plinth and carried it from the arena.

Before the empire could leave, though, the party spotted a dissident prisoner held by the guards.  Seeing an opportunity to gain favor with the empire and hopefully eventually figure out a way to get the Horn back, while also sparing the man a more painful end, one of the members of our party offered to execute him.  Others in the party disagreed, and Onox, the cleric, leaped in the way of the blow.  Wary of the groups' infighting, Vel Alrich carried out the sentence himself and told the group they had much to prove before they earned the trust of the empire.

So, the party returned home, having lost the relic to the empire, having betrayed the trust of the local islanders by attempting to murder one of their own, and having failed to gain favor with the dangerous Vel Alrich.  The Guild has more work to do now than ever before.  But the adventure is just beginning, and who knows where the story might lead.

Our next Kids' D&D adventures will be held on Sunday, November 26 from 2:30 to 5:30pm. Registration is now open on Eventbrite.

Dungeons and Dragons is a legendary, fantasy, "pen and paper" role-playing game played by millions worldwide. Players take on the role of a fantasy hero and help tell a story in collaboration with their fellow players and a Dungeon Master. For more information about Labyrinth's D&D sessions for kids, birthday parties, and camps, please contact the store via e-mail or phone: 202-544-1059.

Friday, October 27, 2017

What We're Playing: Photosynthesis

Image result for photosynthesis board game

By Ben Hain.  Position: Sorcerer Supreme.  Years working at Labyrinth: 1 year

I never really liked chess.  It’s too old, and too dry, and too studied.  I like trees though, and it turns out trees can make me like chess.

I’m talking about Photosynthesis, a brilliant, gorgeous new abstract strategy game from Blue Orange (the company behind the Spiel De Jahres-winning Kingdomino).  Players compete to absorb the most sunlight, grow the biggest trees, and harvest them for the most points.  Careful positioning is key, as a well-placed tree can block the sun from reaching your opponent’s saplings.  But be careful, when the sun swings around to the other side of the board, your tree may be blocked in turn.

The game is deceptively complex.  I was taken in by the beautiful aesthetics and simple layout, thinking I was in for something like a tree-based tic-tac-toe.  What I got instead was a brain-crunching combination of spatial strategy and economic engine building.  Trying to balance the development of my copse while obstructing my opponent was a study in compromises and half-measures.  The game is impeccably balanced, with the most valuable growing plots the easiest to cast in shadow, and you are forced to make difficult decision after difficult decision.  Do I plant in a good spot to shadow my opponent or go for the high-scoring space in the center of the board?  Do I hold a chokepoint with my massive conifer, or harvest it to bank the points?

Photosynthesis is one of the year’s worst kept secrets.  Supplies are limited, so pick up your copy today.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

New Arrrivals and Restocks

We have a ton of highly anticipated new arrivals this week including the second season of Pandemic Legacy - on sale 10/26/17! It is recommended that you play Season 1 first if possible. It's not required, but there are story lines that will reference things that occur in the first game.

 For those who do not know, this is one of the most popular games currently on the market. It is a cooperative game that is fashioned after the super popular Pandemic, but in this game you play through a changing story and face new challenges with each game. Stop by and we can explain in further details. No spoilers allowed!

Lots of other highly anticipated new stuff, like Ex Libris, Clank in Space, a new expansion for Mystic Vale, new expansions for the LCGs Arkham Horror Card game and Game of Thrones Card game, and the long awaited Guns for Hire for the Star Wars X-Wing game!

Commander 2017 decks are back in stock for the time being. We didn't get a ton, so if you want one, come and get them quickly.

We received a restock of Tegu blocks, cute puzzles, and sticker books for kids.

Some really great items for early holiday shopping: 

We received a restock of the super cool new Lego robotics kit for younger children, Boost.

Amazingly cool, big boxes of fancy Pokémon. 

A new Carcassonne Big Box.

A restock of The Networks and Trekking the National Parks.

Restocks on Pub Quiz and puzzle books for kids and adults!

Just in time for Halloween, a restock of one of our favorite large group games, Mascarade. It can support up to 13 players.

There's a new gift pack for Magic: the Gathering that makes a perfect gift for someone you know who plays the game. 

We are definitely opening a copy of this one as a demo. Neat, 3D, abstract strategy game that supports up to 5 players.

Very beautiful, magnetic desk toy from Tegu. A perfect gift for the person that has everything, and suffers through long conference calls.

Speaking of which, we also got a huge restock of wooden puzzles. They make excellent holiday gifts. Start making your lists now. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

New Arrivals, Restocks, and Reprints 10/20

New Arrivals!

Look how shiny they are. Come down and get a closer look!

D&D Tomb of Annihilation Board Game, Cutthroat Kingdoms, 4D Map Puzzles, Starfinder: Alien Archive, Star Wars Force and Destiny: Ghosts of Dathomir, Mysterium: Secrets and Lies, Alphabet Go Fish, Pokemon Mad Libs, Ultra Pro Eclipse Sleeves, Legendary Marvel: Spider-Man Homecoming, 10 Minute Heist: Wizard's Tower

Photosynthesis, Ethnos, Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty, Chess, Go, Backgammon