by Alexander "Babe Reminiscent" Smith
The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to crack open an exciting new boardgame to play with your friends and family. Take a look at all the new games we've received this week, there will certainly be lots of cool things for you and your loved ones.
Jim Henson's Labyrinth is a new boardgame for 1-5 players that follows the events of the 1986 cult movie classic. Players will work together to keep their willpower up as they navigate through the titular labyrinth and face Jared, the goblin king. The miniatures in this game are absolutely amazing, and anyone who has seen the movie is sure to be impressed.
Black Orchestra is a cooperative game for 1-5 players conspiring to take down Hitler. Players will gather items, evade the Gestapo and perform actions to further their goal. Events will unfurl in a roughly chronological order, each stage of the war presenting it's own unique obstacles for your plot.
New Bedford is a city building worker placement game for 1-4 players. Gather resources and build a thriving whaling town. As you play, your towns will become larger allowing for more options, but the supply of whales will go down, making turning a profit more difficult. The town building mechanic is one of the coolest I've ever seen and definitely worth a look if you like city building games.
Gather a team of the most brilliant minds in history and patent inventions that will shape the world in the new game, Legendary Inventors. 2-5 players will each hire and assign their inventors to different inventions, each adding their skills to the task at hand. Knowing when to use one inventor over another will be key since whomever contributed the most will reap the largest rewards. Put your mind into gear and you'll be on top before you can say, "Eureka!"
Crush your enemies and see them driven before you in the Conan boardgame! One player will take on the role of the opposition while 1-4 others play the role of the heroes. Players will fight their way though scenarios by spending action points to burst though walls, slice though foes, discover treasure, and then slice though more foes with that treasure! Become a barbarian and embrace this epic adventure!
Last Friday is a slasher film in boardgame form. Echoing the movie Friday the 13th, one player will take on the role as undying psychopath while 1-5 other players flee in terror. Play though your own B horror movie with your friends in this bone chilling thriller of a game.
We were fortunate enough to playtest The Blood of an Englishman before it even came out, and while we liked the playtest version, the retail version is so much nicer to look at. Two players square off against each other as either Jack or the Giant as they maneuver cards to make beanstalks that reach various treasures or spell out, "Fee Fi Fo Fum!" This is a challenging two player puzzle game that will have you coming back for more.