Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Arrivals 2/9/2016 to 2/23/2016

by Alexander "Turning the Nucleotides" Smith

TransAmerica is a route-building game for 2-6 players where you'll have to connect five cities across the United States by placing down railroad track. Unlike another similar game, Ticket to Ride, you'll be able to use the tracks laid down by opponents, so make sure you're not giving someone else the perfect route to victory!

Peptide: A Protein Building Game is a drafting game for 2-6 players where your goal is to assemble the highest scoring amino acids in your peptide chain. All the cards are visible to each player, so you'll be able to make informed decisions on what you want for yourself and what you don't want your friends to have. Each card can be used as either another link in your chain or as an action, so you'll never be stuck with something useless. If you're into science, gaming, or gaming science, give Peptide a shot!

In Ion: a Compound Building Game, you and up to six of your friends will draft elements that you will be able to bond with other elements in order to make compounds. You can take action tiles to change the way you play, but each action tile carries with it a point penalty at the end of the game. See for yourself if you can synthesize the target compounds and emerge victorious.

I think I can safely say that Linkage is the best DNA transcription game out there, bar none. Well, I haven't heard of any other DNA transcription games, but that doesn't stop Linkage from being surprisingly fun. At it's core, this is a pattern game where 2-4 players take turns trying to match a target DNA pattern. Players can add cards to their side to try to complete the pattern, change an opponent's cards, or even mutate the target DNA. The fewer cards you use, the more points you earn, so being efficient is key.

Back Spin is the Oppenheim Award-winning double-sided puzzle where your goal is to return each of the balls to a matching-colored slot. It isn't as easy as it sounds though, because you must swap balls one at a time by rotating the slots on either side of the puzzle. Only one space is open at any given time, making this puzzle quite the challenge. We opened one up so you can try it for yourself... if you can get Kathleen to put it down, that is!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Wing Raiders is the latest expansion for the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game. In this set, you'll find new cards for the Bujin, Gagaga, Gem-Knight, Ghostrick, Harpie, Number, Raidraptor, Rank-Up-Magic, Phantom Knight and Zubaba archetypes. You'll also find the new Super Quant archetype and a new card from the Forbidden series.
 
  
Back in stock: Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!

New demos: Peptide, Back Spin

Friday, February 12, 2016

A wild WashingCon appears!




Labyrinth is so pleased to announce that we've signed a contract for WashingCon's 2016 venue! On September 10 and 11 we will welcome gamers from near and far to the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, This space paves the way for a bigger and better WashingCon. We've been working so hard to plan our second annual gaming con, and we hope you are as excited as we are for two days of games, tournaments, raffles, and fun. We will be announcing the date for ticket sales soon, so start planning for September! We continue to work to make the best event possible. If you are interested in sponsorship or vending space, please contact us at kathleen@labyrinthgameshop.com. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Arrivals 2/2/2016 to 2/8/2016

by Alexander "Degenerate Artist" Smith

Mombasa is a stock holding game for 2-4 players where your aim is to increase your wealth though acquiring shares for trading companies throughout Africa. The actions you choose before your turn must be followed, so make sure you're not spending your time and resources frivolously.


Pax Romana is deep strategy game by GMT that covers the conflicts in Europe from 300 BC to 100 CE. If you're a fan of war games that cover the military and political aspects during eras of conflict, this game is amazing. The game has various scenarios that cover everything from the Punic Wars to the conflicts between the Greeks and the Seleucids as well as an advanced gameplay mode for those who have mastered the basic game.

Operation F.A.U.S.T. is a bluffing and strategy game set during WWII where you are tasked with acquiring precious pieces of art before they can be plundered by the Nazis. Gather intel to find valuable pieces of work, label your opponents' art as degenerate to lower their value, or pass off your forgeries as the real deal.

The Fiasco Companion is a supplementary book that will spice up your games of Fiasco with four new playsets as well as tips on how to make your very own Fiasco resources. The Fiasco Companion also includes helpful advice on how to bring a game of fiasco to the classroom or stage!

Kala Ghoda is the first datapack in the Mumbad Cycle for Android: Netrunner LCGWith flavorful new India-themed programs such as "Panchatantra" and Deva AI breaker, "Sadyojata", this datapack is sure to to spice up your cyber intrusions!

The Road to Winterfell is the second chapter pack for the Game of Thrones LCG. Travel to the North to find more characters, locations and plots for each of the game's factions. With powerful cards such as "Wardens of the West", you'll be able to pursue bold new strategies in your quest for the Iron Throne.


Pokémon Breakpoint is the new expansion for the Pokémon trading card game. More BREAK Pokémon, 11 new Pokémon-EX and 2 new Mega Pokémon make this set chock-full of exciting new cards to discover.





Back in stock: Brewcrafters Travel Card Game, Innovation

New demos: Operation F.A.U.S.T.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Arrivals 1/26/2015 to 2/1/2015

by Alexander "Slap Bracelet Game Mechanic" Smith


Mexica is a territory control game for 2-4 players where you must use action points to move around the board, place buildings, and create districts. Build the most buildings in a district, and you'll earn the most points. The pieces are incredibly evocative of the Aztec theme of the game, and the straight-forward rules make the game accessible to gamers who might not be familiar with territory control games.

One Night Ultimate Vampire is a hidden identity game where villagers try to identify the vampire in their midst. Everything happens over the course of about 10 minutes, and the game is a stand alone expansion for One Night Ultimate Werewolf and One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak, making it great for new players looking to start or experienced players looking to spice up their favorite game.

 
Wild Ways Stacking Elephants and Wild Ways Stacking Monkeys are amazing stacking toys for children. Lock the arms, trunks, and feet of these vibrant wooden animals and create a tower as high as you can stack! These wooden animals are great for developing balance in children.


  

Thumpin' Thingdoodles combines slap braclet technolgy with mallet whacking fun. Spin the spinner and thump the right monsters hard enough to get them to snap around your mallet. With four foam mallets for friends, it'll be a thump frenzy! Just be careful not to thump a Doodledee when you were trying to thump a Doodledoo!


Rearrange colorful wooden pieces in Pattern Play Revolution to solve puzzles or create beautiful patterns of you own design. These techincolor nested rings will have your head spinning with possibility!







Oath of the Gatewatch, the newest set for Magic: the Gathering, is here! We have booster packs, intro decks and fat packs filled with plane-devouring Eldrazi and the allies of Zendikar that fight against them.





The Aurorus EX Box comes with four booster packs, an Aurorus EX card and an oversized display version of this powerful Tundra Pokémon.






The Mega Aerodactyl EX Premium Collection comes with six booster packs, an Aerodactyl EX card, a Mega Aerodactyl EX card, an oversized display version of Mega Aerodactyl EX as well as a special coin and pin of this ancient airborne Pokémon.


The Pokemon BREAK Evolution Box is an excellent way to get your hands on the new BREAK Pokémon cards! These cards augment your existing Pokémon with powerful new attacks and abilities. The set comes with five booster packs, three Pokémon BREAK cards, and an oversized display version of Empoleon BREAK.


Back in stock: Blokus

New demos: Thumpin' Thingdoodles, Pattern Play Revolution, Wild Ways Stacking Elephants, Sleeping Queens, Space Matching Game