Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Arrivals 1/6/15 to 1/12/15

by Alexander "Buttons" Smith


There have been a lot of cool new games entering our doors this holiday season, and now that things have calmed down a bit, we finally can tell you about the recent arrivals!

The long-awaited Star Wars tactical board game, Imperial Assault, is here! Two to five players will maneuver though the modular map in an epic campaign and a head to head mode. Rebels, bounty hunters and the Imperial Army are all well represented in this cool tactical miniatures game.

 
Roll for the Galaxy is a 6-sided take on Race for the Galaxy filled with tough decisions on how to allocate your resource dice. Players will use dice to determine which phases will be used in a round, or change what they've rolled by giving up on less desirable actions.

In Tortuga, you are a swashbuckling buccaneer looking to safely bury away your treasure. Players roll dice to see if you'll be engaging enemies, hiring new crew mates or moving closer to the shores of the legendary pirate island. Burying your treasure is good, but taking and burying the treasure of your rivals is even better!

In Johari, you are a merchant in the city of Jaipur and you are competing against your fellow merchants in order to amass the most wealth. Sell your wares to jewelers and noblemen, but make sure you don't have fake jewels when you get hit with an inspection!


No Thanks! is not a new game, but we do finally have it back in stock. This is a favorite classic of many gamers where players can avoid taking high-value cards by paying chips...but you only have so many chips and you'll want to save them for the highest value cards. Picking up cards isn't all bad though, because you'll get the chips paid by everyone who refused the card!

Linko! is a game where you will try to play out sets of same-number cards for points. Opponents can steal away cards by playing a set of their own with the same number of cards, but with a higher value. Players who can't get rid of all their cards will lose points, so you'll have to make sure you're not biting off more than you can chew!

Thirteen factions are all fighting over territories in the pocket-sized Tiny Epic Kingdoms. Each faction has their own technology tree to invest in as they sling spells and cross swords in this aptly named area control game for 3-5 players.

Heat is another awesome game by local game designer Dave Chalker. You have three rounds to draft the perfect heist: you'll be stealing money, laying low, and then stealing some more! Watch the cards you pass, because trying to pull a big bank job at the same time as someone else will leave you both without a payday.  


Paperback is a Scrabble-like deck building game where you must make words from your cards in order to buy points and more letters so you can make better words! A great wordy strategy game. 

Longhorn is a two-player cattle rustling game where you take turns stealing cows and moving to the next pasture. A very strategic game where you will need to always stay one step ahead of the law and the other cattle rustler.

The reprint of The Duke has finally arrived. This head-to-head strategy game is similar to chess, but with a twist. After moving, every wooden tile piece will flip, giving them a new movement pattern!

If you thought quilting wasn't fun, Patchwork will turn your world upside down. A great two-player game where players must choose between covering more of their grid with oddly shaped pieces or moving ahead on the board to take currency in the form of buttons. This is certainly a great economy and spatial reasoning game.

Downwood Tales expands on the original Mice and Mystics adventure with a new storyline and new challenges. Great for the adventure-mouse looking for something new!

For Smallworld fans, we have three new mini-expansions; Spider's Web, Leaders of Smallworld, and Royal Bonus. Spider's Web adds Ice Witches, Skags, and Slingmen races and the Copycat, Lava, and Soul-touch powers while Royal Bonus adds Fauns, Igors, and Shrubmen races and Fireball, Aquatic, and Behemoth powers. Leaders adds Leader tokens, which act as a bonus token but can also be captured. 

Our selection of wooden puzzles has also grown recently. The Double Revolving Century, the Devil's Chessboard, Five Fit, and the Sudoku Cube have all joined the ranks of Labyrinth's extensive collection of wooden mind-benders.

Living card game aficionados will be happy to hear that we have new expansion packs for Android: Netrunner, Warhammer 40K: Conquest,  and Doomtown: Reloaded. Datapack, Warpack, or Saddlebag; we have the newest cards for your favorite LCGs!

Speaking of LCGs, we now have sleeves with art from your favorite Android: Netrunner cards! Now you can sleeve your decks with Pop-up Window, Inside Job, Deep Red, Wotan, Posted Bounty, and Snare! 

The Collector Box for the Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men makes for a great storage solution for your favorite heroes. The box holds up to 300 dice and cards and comes with a promotional card, four foil packs, and special sidekick and action dice.

Lastly, we have a new line of gaming accessories at Labyrinth. With Crit Success Dice Rings, gaming on your finger is no longer a pipe dream. Right now, we have rings that track your score (or Life Points, or days until your birthday, or any other useful number) from 1-100 as well as a randomizer ring for games of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock. Soon we hope to add d20 rings to our selection!

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