by Becky "TONS OF STUFF SHORT WEEK GO FAST" Topol
Eldritch Horror is a new cooperative game in the world of H.P. Lovecraft. As evil stirs beneath the thin layer of sanity that holds society together, you and your comrades must travel the world to save our reality. Solve mysteries and gather clues, all of which will vary based on the Ancient One who is threatening the world in your particular game. Dreadful fortune may strike you, and all manner of physical and mental traumas await you on your journey but you must press on, battle monsters, close otherworldly gates, and ensure that the Eldritch Horror does not enter our world and consume us all!
Coup is a hidden-role game of bluffing and deduction in which everyone starts out with two characters, each with their own special powers to gain you more precious influence. Each turn you may take the special action of any character, assuming that another player doesn’t call your bluff. A Mascarade-style game with a player elimination element, Coup is a whole new twist in the Resistance family.
Firefighter co-op game Flash Point: Fire Rescue has a new expansion- Extreme Danger! This new box includes six building configurations, as well as firefighter-specific miniatures, and tokens for explosive objects, hazards, chemicals, and fireproof doors. With all these new obstacles and dangers, can you still save everyone from the fire in Flash Point: Fire Rescue - Extreme Danger?
Templar: The Secret Treasures lets you help the Knights Templar hide their many treasures inside an abbey. Armed with characters and treasures, players must move through the abbey and secret away their treasures with the help of the kindly Abbott. Avoid Vitus and Prior Severus, refill your stash of treasures from the harbor, and score points whenever you can!
Stefan Feld’s Amerigo, like Templar, is being made available in brick-and-mortar stores before it can be bought online. To help Amerigo Vespucci secure trading routes and build settlements in the South American islands, you must use actions from the specialized cube tower. Different colors of cubes represent different actions, and are added to the tower throughout the game. Some will fall immediately, and some will get trapped for a time, meaning that players must make tactical choices based on the cubes they know are in the tower. The board changes size based on the number of players, making Amerigo a well-balanced tactical game for two to four players.
Munchkin Gets Promoted is a new booster pack for the ever-popular Munchkin card game. The pack contains three new cards - “Billiard Ball of Nonexistence”, “Get A Head”, and “Get Promoted”, along with a dozen previously released promo cards that are now out of print!
Unspeakable Words is Game Magazine’s 2007 Word Game of the Year, but is new to our shelves. It will be featured on this week's Tabletop You Tube show with Wil Wheaton. This card-based word game has a Cthulhu theme, and as such is unlike any of its less-Eldritch brethren. Points are awarded based on how many angles the letters in your words form, so an O is worth no points while an A will net you five. It’s fast, fun, easy to learn, and you have to win a sanity check against your powerful words before you can score! With 30 miniature Cthulhu pawns, Unspeakable Words is monstrous fun for all ages!
Majority Rules is a party game of crazy situations. At the beginning of every round, each player nominates a person, animal, or thing as a Candidate. Then, a question is drawn: Which candidate would be most likely to cheat on a test? Report a UFO sighting? Get recruited for the CIA? Each person must then attempt to defend why their candidate would be most likely to act that way in that situation. “Of course Einstein would report a UFO sighting! He’s a SCIENTIST!” “Jaime Lannister would definitely be recruited to the CIA - spies need to be charming!” But of course, the majority rules, so whoever nominated the Candidate with the most votes wins the round!
ConeZILLA is a fast and charming game of numbers and memory. Players race to build their ice cream cone into a ten-scoop ConeZILLA by playing cards in numerical order. Each scoop of ice cream is numbered from 2 to 49 and placed face down, and players must flip over one card each turn and decide whether to add it to their cone. A scoop can only be added if the number is higher than that on the highest scoop currently on the cone, so you must judge carefully and remember where each number is if you want to build a ConeZILLA!
The Catan: Explorers & Pirates 5-6 Player Extension is finally here! Explorers and Pirates includes five scenarios and three missions on three islands with secret terrain. This extension allows two more players to participate in the game, bringing the maximum player number up from four to six. Build ports and cities, mine resources, and sail the seas with even more friends with the 5-6 Player Extension for Catan: Explorers & Pirates!
Haggis is back after being out of print. This two-to-three player climbing card game challenges you to be the first to empty your hand of cards while also trying to capture specific cards by winning tricks. You can also play special card sequences called Bombs, which automatically beat any cards that have previously been played. With a betting mechanic that keeps tension high throughout the game, Haggis is a brilliant and compact game for two to three players!
Six is also back. This clever two-player game involves just placing hexagonal tiles. Each player has a different color, and may place one tile per turn in an attempt to create one of the three possible winning shapes. Defensive play is just as important is offense in the compact yet deceptively strategic game of Six.
On top of all that, we’re thrilled to say that Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport and A Game of Thrones: The Board Game are both back in the store! Scoundrels adds a Corruption resource and raises the stakes of the popular worker-placement game Lords of Waterdeep, and A Game of Thrones places you at the head of one of the warring families of Westeros, on the war path to glory!
Added to our Game Demo Library this Week: ConeZILLA, Majority Rules, Tricky Track, Smart Cookie