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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Arrivals 3/28/2017

by Alexander "Smarter Than A Rock" Smith

Box of Rocks is a trivia game that pits any number of human contestants against...a box of rocks! Each question has an answer of zero, one, or two, and the marks on the rocks will randomly provide such an answer. Can you get more questions correct than them? We played this game in the store, and I was pleasantly surprised at how the theme made us more invested in winning a trivia game...against a box of rocks. Light, humorous, and accessible enough for a group of any size, this will be a game you talk about long after you're done with it.

Watson & Holmes is a deduction murder mystery for 2-7 players featuring the adventures of the titular Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sleuthing duo. An innovative bidding mechanic has players expend carriage cards to inspect the various locales of Victorian London, gathering clues and trying to unravel the larger mysteries held in the game. There have been a number of very good Sherlock Holmes games, but Watson & Holmes shows that there is more to being the world's greatest detective than clandestine logic.

Hot Seat is an adult part game that takes cues from Dixit and Cards Against Humanity. Each round, one player is put in the hot seat and answers a question in secret. Each other player writes down an answer to fool the others into choosing their fake answer. After all the answers are pooled together, everyone must try to correctly guess the real answer. If you're looking for an adult party game, but want something with more creativity and opportunities for deception, this is your game.

Mole Rats in Space is a cooperative kids game for 2-4 players. Play as a team of mole rat astronauts trying to get off a snake-infested space station and onto an escape pod. Follow instruction cards as you gather up helpful pieces of equipment, avoid snakes, and scurry to safety together. When you've conquered the game, add in the special challenge cards for extra entertainment!

Getting more roleplaying miniatures into the store is something that Kathleen has been threatening for a long time, and now we finally have some amazing new ones! Deep Cuts Pathfinder Miniatures and Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures are some of the nicest pre-primered plastic miniatures for fantasy roleplaying out there. If you've wanted to add player and monster figures to your dungeon crawling adventure, now is the time to find your party and the foes they might face!

Tales From the Yawning Portal is the newest Dungeons and Dragons adventure book. Included in the book are seven famous dungeons just waiting to be delved into. The book also gives the Dungeon Master running the adventure the tools to include each of the dungeons in different worlds such as Eberron, Dragonlance, the Forgotten Realms, or even Greyhawk. If you've ever heard of The Tomb of Horrors, you'll be pleased (or horrified) to know that it is one of the seven, and that's enough to make many people want to pick this book up.

Modern Masters 2017 Edition is a special reprint set featuring some of the most powerful and sought-after cards in the Modern format for Magic: the Gathering. If you've been looking for staple cards like Snapcaster Mage, Tarmogoyf, enemy-colored fetchlands, and more, this set delivers like no other. Players have really loved drafting this set, so make sure you grab a box before our limited supply is gone.

Station One is the second datapack in the Red Sand cycle for the Android: Netrunner Living Card Game. In this new set you will find new cards for each faction that will help you smuggle data or broker deals on Mars, humanity's new frontier.

The Kingdra EX Collection is the newest Pokémon collection featuring the powerful dragon-type Kingdra! It's Big Storm attack can take care of any meddlesome Stadium cards, but with a lot of electric energy, the Dragon Trail attack can do absurd amounts of damage, making this a very desirable card. Also included in the set are four booster packs and an oversized card, instantly adding tons of new cards to a player's collection.

The Fidget Pros Comet is an oddly satisfying spinning toy that we just received. This can be a valuable tool to regain focus or simply something to idly spin in your hand. Surprisingly weighty, the outer rings give the Comet a nice long spin time that you can feel as you hold it.

Back in stock: Terraforming Mars, Vast: the Crystal Caverns

New demos: Box of Rocks, Mole Rats in Space

Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Arrivals 3/9/2017

by Alexander "Gameocolypse" Smith

We have SO MANY new games this week. Personally, I blame ToyFair and all the super cool games that Kathleen saw there. Best of all, we have new demo copies for almost all the new games we've received, so you can stop by the store to check them out yourself!

In other news, we finally have worked though the long line of people who asked for a copy of Scythe to be set aside for them. Now we finally have copies of this sought-after game on our shelves.

Qboid, Saboteur: The Duel, Scythe, Imagine, The Boss

DrunkQuest, Smallworld River World, Lady Richmond, Meduris

Roll Player, Amun-Re, Monarch

Pyramid Poker, Math Fluxx, A Game of Thrones LCG: All Men Are Fools, Tak

Word on the Street, Word on the Street Junior, Dreams, Royal Roundup, Monkey Around

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty, Loyd's 15, Knot Dice, Flexi Puzzle, LEGO Classic

Go Go Gelato!, Animal Upon Animal: Small and Yet Great!, Flying Kiwis, Splish Splash Catapult, Catch Me!, Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

Bunny Bedtime, Monster Pile-on, Kanoodle Jr., Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty (now in spring colors!), Clear For Takeoff, Tumble Tree, Dr. Microbe, 4-in-1 Game Rug

GeoSmart Mars Explorer, Geosphere, Solar Spinner, and Starship

Color Pie, Dragon Puzzle,  Fit & Play, Fish Parquet, Wigglefants, Stacking Train

New Demos: Flying Kiwis, The Boss, Imagine, Go Go Gelato, Dreams, Word on the Street, Word on the Street Junior, Knot Dice, Pyramid Poker, Math Fluxx, Geosmart, Bedtime Bunny, Dr. Microbe, Clear for Takeoff

Monday, February 27, 2017

New Arrivals 2/27/2017

by Alexander "More Toppings!" Smith

New York Slice is a pizza dividing game for 2-6 players. Players will take turns slicing the 'za and taking whatever section was left by the other players. Using these slices players can score points by collecting the most slices with a particular topping, eating individual slices for points, or assembling sets that match one of the 14 "Today's Specials" that grant special abilities. Be prepared to crave some delicious pizza pie when you play this game, we learned that harsh lesson when we played Sushi Go!

Raise your Goblets is a 2-12 player hidden information game where you play a noble in a court of poisoners. Players take turns adding wine, poison, or antidote into their goblets and passing their cups around. Do you have the mental acuity to keep track of the which goblets are safe and which are poisoned? Special role cards such as Chamberlain Cyanide or Cardinal Arsenic will grant players unique abilities that will help keep their cups slightly less lethal, making the game dynamic and incredibly replayable.

Coal Baron: the Great Card Game is a card-based worker placement game for 2-4 players. This portable version has distilled all of the action and excitement from the original Coal Baron with a plethora of strategies for players to explore. Will you focus on taking train cars, or will you grab valuable coal? Do you want to use your low-value workers first, or is it worth it to use higher-valued workers to take a certain action again? Or maybe you'll want to grab objectives and invest in company stocks. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of this game, and I'm sure you will be too.

Fields of Arle is a game for 1-2 players by Uwe Rosenberg of Agricola fame. This strategic worker placement game will have you managing an estate and crafting materials that will help you expand. There is a lot going on in this game, with actions for almost anything you could do on a farm. If you're a fan of Euro games and want something meaty to play alone or with a friend, this is a great choice.

Around the World in 80 Days is an easy to learn game for 2-6 players about making your way around the world by any means necessary. Players can spend money to speed up their journey, but you'll have to manage your cash if you want to have enough to make it all the way. To make matters more complicated, 50,000 pounds were stolen from the Bank of England just as you left and you'll have to shake off suspicion before you make your way back home.

Back in stock: Stone Age

Saturday, February 18, 2017

New Arrivals 2/18/2017

by Alexander "Pop-up Dungeon" Smith

Dungeon Time is a quick cooperative game for 1-5 players. Players will work together to play mission cards and then add the equipment needed to fulfill that mission to the pile. You will have to work together to leverage special character powers, communicate what cards you have, and properly allocate resources...all in five minutes. Nobody said rushing through a dungeon was easy, but it sure is fun.

Troyes is a German-style worker placement game where players will take turns selecting dice from the segmented center of the board and using them to gain prestige, train workers for future turns, or defeat the enemies of the city. In addition to secret goal cards and stealing dice from opponents, this game has special action cards that slowly get revealed throughout the game, making each game unique. I didn't think that I would be interested in playing a game about a cathedral that took 400 years to build, but Troyes sure has changed that!

Assault of the Giants is a 3-6 player boardgame based on the Storm King's Thunder adventure for Dungeons & Dragons. Each player commands a race of giants with which they can attack villages, pursue their clan's special goal, and even challenge other giants. This game comes with 12 giant miniatures that look fantastic and are a perfect addition to the Storm King's Thunder adventure if you also enjoy the roleplaying game. 

The Complete Pub Quiz Pack has everything you need to run a trivia night from the comfort of your own home. With thousands of questions from a wide range of topics, this kit will provide many a night's of entertainment for you and your friends.

Star Realms: United is a collection of four booster pack expansions for the space-themed deckbuilding game. United Command and United Assault add new dual-faction ships that create new synergies between the different factions while United Heroes adds new heroes that cost more than their previously 1 and 2 costed counterparts, but also pack a greater punch. United Missions adds brand-new card type to the game; Missions. At the beginning of the game, each player is secretly dealt three missions that they can reveal for a bonus when they meet the conditions. When a player completes all three missions, they win as an alternate win condition. We're big fans of Star Realms here, so we're looking forward to all the new content in these packs.

Expedition: Endurance is the new expansion for T.I.M.E Stories that takes your team of time travelers to a 1914 whaling ship headed to Antarctica during World War I. What dangers lie in store for you and your team? Can you unravel the mystery? Find out in this, the fourth supplement to the T.I.M.E Stories game.

Dungeonology is a Dungeons & Dragons themed addition to the "Ology" series of pop-up books which include titles such as Spyology or Alienology. Learn more about the Forgotten Realms with beautiful artwork, informative descriptions and amazing tactile props such as a map that folds out as you turn the page or an origami inspired bag you can open to reveal hidden secrets. We've found that this is especially great for our younger players who are unrelenting in their quest to learn more about the lore and creatures of Dungeons & Dragons.

The Lycanroc GX Box is one of the few ways fans of the Pokémon Trading Card Game can get their hands on the powerful GX Pokémon. These Pokémon have special GX attacks that can only be used once per game, drastically changing the course of the battle. Also included in the set are the new Sun and Moon booster packs, making this a great way to collect new cards.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

New Arrivals 2/4/2017

by Alexander "Subway Spy" Smith

Spyfall 2 is the sequel to the incredibly popular bluffing and deduction game, Spyfall! Players will be given that either shows them who and where they are, or that they are one of the possible two spies. Players will then take turns asking each other questions to either find the spies among their ranks or try to figure out where they are...the trick it to be vague enough that spies can't catch on but not too vague or else others might mistake you as the spy. Of course, spies will try to play into this ambiguity and try to figure out where they are based on what others ask and respond. With enough cards for 12 people and new locations such as the Candy Factory, U.N., Subway, and Cat Show, this version is great, even if you already own the original game.

Adrenaline is a boardgame for 3-5 players that feels like a frantic first-person shooter videogame. Players will go from room to room looking for ammo and power-ups, taking shots at one another. The more damage you take, the faster you become and the harder it'll be for your opponents to take you down. Adrenaline is certainly different from other games you might have played, but maybe a bit more familiar if you're a fan of videogames like Quake or Doom.

Clue Master is a fun new logic puzzle for kids. Learn how to use deductive reasoning as you place magnetic tokens on the board following certain rules. With Sudoku-esque rules similar to another one of our favorite logic puzzles, Chocolate Fix, this portable game offers progressively more difficult challenges with each page.

Fidgety is a high-quality fidget cube that has different attention channeling mechanisms on each side. Flip switches, press buttons, turn gears, or spin dials with this cube in your hand. If you find yourself squirming and needing something to do in long meetings or lectures, this is a great tool to give your hands something to do.

Compose Yourself is a music making activity that lets young composers build their own symphonies using premade bars of music that they can arrange themselves. Once the cards are set, enter them into the app to hear how your music sounds! Our owner's son is absolutely obsessed with making music now, and it's not half bad either.

Tesla vs. Edison Powering Up! is an expansion for Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents that adds a 6th player, special event cards to respond to, the option to build bases, and a new solo-play mode. We also have promotional program cards for the game, so if you pick this game up from us, make sure to ask for the promo cards!

Arkham Horror: The Dunwich Legacy is the first large box expansion for the new Arkham Horror cooperative card game. With two new scenarios, six new Mythos packs and a bevy of new investigators to play as, you'll be in for an adventure that is sure to raise more questions than it answers.

The newest expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card Game is here! We now have Booster Packs, Starter Decks, Elite Trainer Kits and more for the new Sun and Moon set as well as the Arcanine BREAK Evolution Box, Primal Kyogre Collection, Zygarde Complete Forme Pin Collection, and Snorlax GX Collection. AS you can imagine, there is certainly a lot of new Pokémon stuff at Labyrinth!

Back in stock: Cheeky Monkey, Skull

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Arrivals 1/21/2017

by Alexander "Still Stuck in a Twangle" Smith

Karmaka is a card game for 2-4 players where your goal is to gain positive karma and ascend the ladder of reincarnation from a lowly dung beetle all the way to becoming a human. The cards you play might be stolen by opponents to use in their future life to use against you, so watch out! This has recently become our new favorite game, if you're interested definitely give Karmaka a try at one of our Thursday Boardgame Night.

Bruxelles 1893 is a bidding and worker placement game for 2-5 players. Your goal is to become the greatest Art Nouveau architect by gathering supplies, swaying patrons, and completing buildings. The board is modular, so each game will have some actions that aren't available, leading to a diverse range of play experiences.

Clank! is a sneaky press your luck deckbuilding game where 2-4 players try to steal treasure from
 a dragon's den. As you add new cards to your deck, your thieving prowess will grow...but if you try stealing too much, you might incur the wrath of the dragon!

Kanagawa is a set collection game for 2-4 players by renown boardgame designer Bruno Cathala. In it, each player is trying to complete a painting taking into consideration both the focus and season of each section added. You'll have to be clever about which sections you take to use special abilities and which you add to your painting in this strategic game.

The base mechanics of Sapphiro are so simple, you'll wonder why nobody has thought to do it before, but you'll soon realize that there is more to it than the first impression. Players will take turns placing tiles between the colored gems that dot the board, matching the colors of the tile to the gem. When a gem is completely surrounded, the player who placed the tile takes it. A great abstract strategy game for gamers young and old.

Twangled is a game similar to something you might have experienced at summer camp or in gym class. By kicking a spinner on the ground, players will receive instructions on how to tangle themselves between the elastic bands that connect up to eight players together. Once everyone is tangled, you must work together to get untangled!

E-I-E-I Go! is a simple dice rolling game for up to 4 young players. We've already brought this game to our classes to great success. Each player has to quickly match their three dice with the die in the barn silo. When they match their three dice with the animal shown, they can take that animal from the center.

Magnetude is a new magnet toy for toddlers to play with. Keep hands and mind occupied these magnetic plastic blocks that form a variety of shapes.

Eldritch Horror: The Dreamlands is the newest big box expansion for the Eldritch Horror boardgame. Eight new investigators, two new Ancient Ones, and a bevy of new spells, conditions, adventures and more await you in the Dreamlands!

This week we have the new Pokémon Sun & Moon Theme Decks as well as the new Pokémon Mythical Collection Boxes featuring Volcanion and Magearna. With brand-new pokémon to collect and battle with, these new theme decks are a blast to play and the Mythical Collection sets are a great way to get tons of awesome legendary cards for your collection.

Aether Revolt, the newest Magic: the Gathering set is here! Side with the the Renegades as they take on Tezzeret and the oppressive Consulate in open rebellion. With booster packs, Bundles, and Planeswalker Decks, you too can start building new decks with these new cards.

The corporations of Android: Netrunner have been given an ultimatum: bring peace to New Angeles or face the dissolution of the financially lucrative economic free-zone. In the latest datapack, Quorum, you'll be able to find new tools that will help corporations looking to overcome the chaos or help runners take advantage of the situation.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Pendulum Domination Structure Deck showcases Declan Akaba's most fearsome Pendulum Summoning monsters. With creatures such as D/D/D Chaos King Apocalypse and D/D/D Doom King Armageddon, you'll have access to some of the most powerful Pendulum monsters in a convenient ready to play deck.

New demos: Karmaka, Sapphiro, Twangled, E-I-E-I Go!