Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Arrivals 7/15/2017

by Alexander "Dicesmith" Smith



Dice Forge is a game for 2-4 players that has one of the coolest mechanics we've ever seen: upgradable dice! When this game was first shown to us, we were incredibly excited about dice with changeable sides. As the game goes on, you will be able to physically change the faces of the dice you roll, helping you forge your fate. Every part of this game is incredibly modular, and the feeling of shaping the the game as you play is pretty unique.




Near and Far is a game for 2-4 players and the sequel to Above and Below, one of my absolute favorite games. Players will gather adventurers and gear in their quest to find the Last Ruin. Each game will be different because there are ten different maps that offer an episodic adventure to follow as well as a veritable grimoire of choose-your-own adventure style events that happen during the game.



SiXes is a party game for 3-8 people where your goal is to write down a word in a category that either matches another's or is unique based on which round you're in. Find out how the people around you think and tap into the hivemind...or the exact opposite of that with this game.



Seven7s is a quick strategic card game for 2-4 players. There are 7 suits with cards ranked from 1 to 7 that players will collectively arrange into columns in the center of the play area. Once a single column is filled the game ends, and players see who has the most points in their three-card hand. The trick is that each of the suits have effects that trigger when played or can affect scoring at the end.


Herbaceous is a neat little set-collection card game for 1-4 players about collecting herbs from a garden. Each turn, players will draw cards from the deck and either add them to their hand or put them into the communal pile. Each player also has four containers to put different groups of cards from the communal pile and their personal garden, but once they've filled a container, they cannot add any more cards. While the mechanics are easy to pick up, mastering how long to wait until you start assembling your sets is a little harder.



Fight for Olympus is a two player game where you must rally famous heroes and legends in ancient Greek Mythology to fight for your cause. Each round, players will add cards to the six slots on their side of the board and they will lend their special abilities or fighting skills to your side. If your warriors go unopposed for too long or if you're able to fill up your side completely and hold your position, you win! With so many different characters to choose from, it will be a while before we see everything this game has to offer.



Ghost Court is a social roleplaying game where your favorite daytime television court shows meet the often comedic grievances of the supernatural. Great for groups six or more, this live-action game can be frighteningly funny with the right group of friends.


Blue Rose is a beautifully illustrated and lovingly crafted world that uses the AGE roleplaying system. The game bills itself as a romantic fantasy game, and it is obvious that the focus has been shifted from your run-of-the-mill roleplaying game. Instead of being a combat-oriented, Blue Rose finds its strength in crafting webs of interpersonal connections, tales of star-crossed lovers, and stories of societal shifts.




Catch'n Fish is a card game for 2-4 early gamers. Play is simple; spin the spinner, make a math equation with your cards that matches the number, and catch the cards you used as points! This game is great for reinforcing early math skills such as building number sentences.



Sharks are Wild is a pattern card game for 2-4 children. Can you find the sequence of numbers among all the sea creatures? This game helps children with identifying numerals and learning about number progression.

Back in stock: Not Alone, The Gallerist, Jamaica, Evolution Climate

New Demos: Yamatai, Herbaceous

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Arrivals 6/27/2017

by Alexander "Cow Tipping Game Mechanic" Smith



One Night Ultimate Alien is the new standalone expansion in the series of social deduction games spawned from the ever popular One Night Ultimate Werewolf. 4-10 players are dealt secret roles, and after using special powers throughout the night, the players must collectively decide one person to eliminate. Aliens want to eliminate a human and the humans want to eliminate an alien. The narrating app unlocks special random events and variable powers, so download it if you haven't already!



Yamatai is a 2-4 player game where you chart a course through a resource-rich archipelago. Along the way you will develop the islands with buildings, hire specialists, and earn money. Yamatai is a game that will feel familiar to anyone who has played games like Catan, but with a different style and pace of gameplay. 



In the Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game 1-4 players take on the role of Harry Dresden and his allies in the secret world of the supernatural. Take on the campaign or complete randomized side-jobs as a team by 
managing the shared pool of action points while playing cards that represent the tools and allies of the investigators. This game is great for anyone, but has a number of fun surprises for fans of the books.



Fuji Flush is a card game for 3-8 players where your goal is to get rid of your hand by playing cards with values that your opponents can't beat. Of course, this is difficult because in a multiplayer game you'd expect that at least one of your opponents can beat you for high card. Here's the twist: when two players play the same value card, their values add together! Cooperation is essential to securing the highest values, but remember that only one person can be the ultimate champion!




Qwingo is a dice game where players will have to fill a column of twelve spaces with numbers in ascending order by calling out a number, rolling the die and entering in the number somewhere in that column. Knowing where to put your numbers is essential, because if you put a high number too close to the edge, you might not leave yourself enough space for future plays in the column. Fast and fun, this is a great, compact family game.



PDQ is a quick word game where three letter cards are flipped over and players race to be the first to say a word that includes those same three letters in that order. Wrack your brain for a word that fits the letters in this fast and fun word game.



Think N' Sync is a party game that measures how in sync you are with your friends and family. Two people are paired together, and on the count of three, they must answer a question. If they say the same thing, they get a point. Now you can finally see who really thinks like each other.




Bohnanza: The Duel is a two-player version of the popular bean-counting game, Bohnanza. Pay attention to your own bean fields to grow sets of beans while giving your opponents beans that you can't use. This is a great way to experience the fun of Bohnanza with a friend.



I Got This! is a dexterity and estimation game for 2-12 players. Take turns guessing the measurements of objects, flicking buttons through a ring, or performing one of the many other wacky challenges. So...do you got this?


Onitama: Sensei's Path is an expansion for Onitama that adds 16 new fighting styles, such as the Fox and Rat schools of martial arts. The new movements give more for you and your opponent to choose from and are sure to shake up your game.



Blades in the Dark is a roleplaying game where instead of the valiant heroes, you take the role of a denizen in the seedy underbelly of the city. With character archetypes like The Leech or The Cutter, you know that the stories you weave will be less than wholesome but definitely exciting.



TimeWatch is a roleplaying made for the brave individuals dedicated to keeping history running smoothly. Fight monsters and solve puzzles everywhen you go in this game of and prehistory and paradoxes.




Roller Coaster Challenge is a new puzzle game where you are tasked with the completion of a roller coaster. Assemble the pieces and let the marble go! 40 challenges and four levels of play give you plenty of puzzles to solve.



Magic: the Gathering Commander Anthology is a special, limited-edition collection of Commander products throughout the first four Commander sets. Included in the box are the Heavenly Inferno, Evasive Maneuvers, Guided by Nature, and Plunder the Graves decks as well as four life tracking dials. If you've missed out on the previous years of Commander product, this is an excellent way to catch up or jump into this awesome way to play Magic.



Cackle with delight as you defeat the team of foolish heroes or band together to take down a powerful villain in the new Magic: the Gathering Archenemy Nicol Bolas. One player takes on the role of the villain, Nicol Bolas, and faces off against three other players armed with the Gideon, Chandra, and Nissa decks. The archenemy has access to a special deck of powerful scheme cards, so the heroes will certainly be in for a challenge!





 


Finally, we have some new Pokémon cards in the store! New Battle Arena Decks, Decidueye EX, Primarina EX, and Incineroar EX Premium Collections all offer powerful new Pokémon for trainers to collect and play with.

New demos: Qwingo, PDQ, Think N' Sync

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Arrivals 6/6/2017

by Alexander "Laser Sutures" Smith



Unfair is a set collection game for 2-5 players where you are competing to build the best amusement park using cards that represent different rides. Some rides will be worth more when you have other attractions that share a theme, while others will be worth more the bigger you make them. You can also stoop to sabotaging your opponent's attractions, but remember, it's all fun and games until somebody loses a ride.



Ethnos is a fantasy area control game for 2-6 players where you will assemble bands of creatures to fight for glory in the six regions of the map. Each of the different tribes will have different affinities to the various regions of the land, so your goal is to create the strongest teams to deploy in the right regions. You'll never be able to win everywhere, so picking your battles is essential in this strategic game.



Flatline is a cooperative dice game where you and up to four other players are working in the hospital bay of a spaceship, trying to heal all of the wounded crewmen. You and your team will only have one minute to roll, reroll, and allocate all the dice needed to treat the various afflictions of all the crewmen. It may be frantic, but that's the life of a space doctor.




Fields of Green is a tile based farm building game for 2-4 players. Players will draft and purchase tiles that represent fields, silos, special buildings and more in an attempt to grow crops, and convert their produce into points. How you grow your farm is very important because some tiles will have greater synergies when placed close to one another. The game plays relatively quickly when compared with other games focused on agriculture, so if you're looking for something that you can jump into quickly and have a good time, this is a great option.




First Class is a card based game where your goal is to create a renowned rail network that serves prestigious clientele in luxury train cars. Before starting the game, you will choose two of five optional decks, effectively changing the kind of game you will be playing. This game is incredibly replayable and is sure to be a hit with your gaming group.



In the Year of the Dragon
is a game for 2-5 players where you are rulers in ancient China trying to protect citizens beset with troubles while making enough income to pay tribute to the emperor. This 10 year anniversary edition includes The Great Wall of China and The Super Events expansions, making this version a great addition to your collection.





Unlock! is a series of card-based escape the room games for 2-6 players. In order to escape from each of the three different scenarios, players must solve logic puzzles, combine items to pull new cards from the deck, and keep an eye on the clock. Each of the scenarios feel tonally distinct, and some offer variant mechanics such as team-based play.



Lorenzo il Magnifico is a worker-placement game for 2-4 players set in Renaissance Italy where you are trying to make a name for yourself and your family. Each time you play, the cards that represent your family will be different, leading to different strategies and play experiences. If you've played a lot of Euro-style games, you'll know how welcome this addition is.






March of the Ants is a 1-5 player game where you control a colony of ants searching for food, expanding your colony, and fighting other colonies. Each round, the board will change with the passing seasons, forcing players to adapt to new environments. The mechanics in March of the Ants feel similar to what we felt with Evolution, so if you enjoyed Evolution as much as we have, this is sure to please.
 



The Captain is Dead is a sci-fi cooperative game for 2-7 players. Aliens are attacking, the ship's systems are shot, and, of course...the captain is dead. With no one to lead you, the ship's crew must work together to restore the ship's systems, fend off the aliens, and make it out alive. Each player will have special skills to contribute, but no single player will be able to save the crew, so teamwork is essential in this frantic space struggle.



Go Cuckoo! is a new dexterity game for 2-5 young players that offers a new take on the classic pick-up sticks game. Players must remove and place sticks to create nests for their eggs, but if the nests get disturbed, you might not be able to get rid of your eggs in time. While the game is aimed primarily at kids, this game is interesting enough that it makes for a great evening of play with older players as well.


New demos: Go Cuckoo, Exit

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Arrivals 5/16/2017

by Alexander "Qwitch, Not Quidditch" Smith



Hanamikoji is a strategic two-player card game where you are a geisha trying to earn the favor of seven geisha masters. Players will decide which of the geisha masters they will try to win the favor of and assign corresponding point cards to that geisha master. Many of the ways you assign cards give some amount of control to the opponent or have an element of secrecy to them, so you'll have to outwit your opponent to win.



Honshu is a 2-5 player tile-laying, trick-taking game with some nice feudal Japanese flavor. Each card has blocks of geographical features that you can lay atop of another to expand your territory. Grouping similar features will benefit you, especially when it comes time to deal the next hand. Careful positioning in the turn order will reward you with greater opportunities, but you'll still need to be smart enough to seize them!



Qwitch is a card game for 2-5 players that feels like if Uno was thrown into the Tilt-A-Whirl. Players will try to get rid of their cards as quickly as they can find a card with a letter or number that is one more than, one less than, or equal to the letter or number on the current card. Which direction the card will go fluctuates as the game goes on, so you'll need some good reflexes to master this fun family game.



When we saw the Marbleocity Dragon Coaster and Marbleocity Skate Park we knew that we would have to open one up. Perfect for the mechanically inclined, these 3D marble runs are a blast to put together and even more fun to watch in action.


The Pokémon Lycanroc & Alolan Raichu Trainer Kit is a great way to learn the Pokémon Collectable Card Game. Two 30-card decks are perfect for head-to-head battles or you can combine the two half decks to make one full deck. With new cards, this set is good for both new players and veterans looking to show their friends the game.

Back in stock: Funemployed

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New Arrivals 5/2/2017

by Alexander "Nobody Suspects the Kangaroo Farmer" Smith


10' to Kill is a logic and deduction game where each player is trying to make their way though a list of assassination targets without being caught or killed by other players. Each assassination must follow very specific rules, so if you watch carefully, you just might be able to pick out the opposing hitmen from the crowd!


The Runewars Miniatures Game is an all-in-one package for fantasy war game enthusiasts. Jam-packed with miniatures, two players will be able to square off against each other with the armies of Waiqar versus the armies of the Daqan Lords. This game is worth it for the miniatures alone, but the fact that this is all you need to fight an epic battle against a friend makes it all the better.




Sea of Clouds is a card drafting and set collecting game. 2-4 players take on the role as captain of a sky pirate ship and must divide loot among their fellow pirate captains. Collect items, relics, rum, and crew to score points or maybe even steal treasure from other pirate ships. Very quick to play, and one of the few drafting games that is just as enjoyable with two as it is with more than two.


EXIT: The Game is a series of escape room style adventures for 1-6 players. Use your wits to solve riddles and logic problems to unlock your escape from The Secret Lab, The Pharaoh's Tomb, or The Abandoned Cabin. These games make a wonderful group activity, and with the ingenious solution checking system, you'll never have to worry about accidentally spoiling one of the challenges.


This Belongs in a Museum is a tile-laying game for 2-4 players. As players add tiles to the map, they will build a world of base camps, airfields, and relics ready to be carted back to museums. Think you have what it takes to be the world's premier adventure archaeologist? Give This Belongs in a Museum a try!



Little Bird Big Hunger is a game for 2-4 players aged three and up. Roll the die, feed your bird and watch them grow! This game is a great way to reinforce counting and identification skills.







The newest Magic: the Gathering set is here! We have Booster Packs, Planeswalker Decks, Deckbuilder's Toolboxes, Bundles, and more for the Egyptian-inspired world of Amonkhet. We also will be selling single cards from the set, so if you're interested in making a deck, check out mtg.labyrinthgameshop.com.

New demos: 10' to Kill, Sea of Clouds

Thursday, April 13, 2017

New Arrivals 4/13/2016

By Alexander "Tile Gerrymandering" Smith


Kingdomino is a 2-4 player tile-laying game by the famous boardgame designer Bruno Cathala. While it may seem simple to select and place 1x2 square pieces to create a 5x5 kingdom, there is plenty of strategy choosing the right piece and deciding exactly where to put it. This game's pieces are also incredibly durable, which is good because we're going to be playing this one for a while.


Pyramids is a 2-5 player drafting and tile-laying game where players craftily assemble a pyramid, tomb, and obelisk with various colored stone tiles. Playing later in the turn order opens up extra actions, so you'll have to weigh your options carefully when playing this incredibly sleek game.
 



Hero Realms is the fantasy adaptation of the popular Star Realms deckbuilding game. In Hero Realms, you and up to three other players start with a basic deck of cards, but gain weapons and recruit monsters into your deck to better defeat your foes. We also have character packs available to customize your starting set of cards and make each player feel unique.
 


Twirk is a speed spelling game for 2-7 players aged 7 and up. In Twirk, players will rush to make words that meet the criteria of the cards laid out. Combinations might dictate certain letters or allow any consonant for parts of the word. There are millions of words out there, so how hard can it be to find the one that fits the prompt? Find out in Twirk!

 
Circuit Clay might just be the pinnacle of crafty, brainy toys. You can use this conductive clay to make all sorts of projects with LED lights that can be plugged right into the clay. With this, you'll learn about circuits and electricity while building UFOs, dragons, and whatever your heart desires! We've had kids take one look at this and sum it up with one word: "Awesome!"




Firefly: Big Money is an amazing new supplement for anyone who loves Firefly: the Game. Swap out the small currency pieces found in the game with beautiful, life-sized Federation bills. If money talks, well then these bills absolutely sing.

 


Smash Up: What Were We Thinking is the new Smash Up expansion that adds four new playable groups to the game. Will you rock out with Rock Stars, delve ancient temples with the explorers, curse those young whipper-snappers with the Grannies or just snuggle up with the Teddy Bears? The choice is up to you, and as is the nature of the game, you'll never have to just settle with one group of cards.



We have some new books in stock this week! If you love Lego, you'll want to check out The Lego Ideas Book and 365 Things to Do With Lego. These books contain hundreds of great ideas on how you can use your building bricks, and even if you don't make the models described in the book, you'll see new ideas that will get the brain going for your next big build.

New Demos: Kingdomino