Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
New Arrivals and Restocks, November 10th
Winter weather has finally arrived. Stay cozy inside with one of our new arrivals!
New Unlock Trilogy
Explore a haunted house, escape a predatory giant squid, and find hidden treasure in these three new self-contained Unlock scenarios. From beginner-friendly to fiendishly difficult, there's something here for every Escape the Room fan!
Legend of the Five Rings: Tears of Amaterasu
Return to Rokugan with the first pack of the Living Card Game rerelease of the classic CCG.
Tiny Epic Galaxies & Quest
Old favorites return with our restock of Tiny Epic Galaxies and Tiny Epic Quest. Extremely cute, extremely fun.
We've got what you're looking for in playmats-- from serious and sober blacks to rainbows, kittens, and even the legendary Three Wolf Moon.
Magic the Gathering Duel Deck: Merfolk vs Goblins
The new duel decks are here! Perfect for casual play, these decks are super fun to pick up and try out against each other, or experimenting on your own.
Mansions of Madness: Streets of Arkham
Streets of Madness is the first expansion for 2E Mansions of Madness to break from 1E and bring something brand-new to the table, with new locations, scenarios, and horrible things from beyond the stars. See that which man was not meant to know! A must-get for any Lovecraft fan.
The moment you've been waiting for is finally here! Much-requested long-awaited, Secret Hitler is finally available. Defend your fledgling democracy from the insidious forces of facism--or undermine it from within. Tons of fun for grown-up gamers.
Children's Activity Books
Finally, for our smaller fans, we've got two new books to keep them entertained (and quiet) on family trips. An engaged kid is a happy kid!
Thursday, November 2, 2017
New Arrivals, Restocks, and Re-Organizations
Just in time for November, here's what's new at Labyrinth!
Axis and Allies: Anniversary Edition
Star Trek Adventures RPG and Dice Sets
Brand-New Puzzle Bookshelf
Dry-Erase Interlocking Dungeon Tiles
London & Iron Curtain
New Pokemon Swag
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Labyrinth is excited to announce a significant expansion to our youth Dungeons and Dragons program, incorporating the elements of a dynamic, long-term campaign. A major portion of this effort is the creation of an epic fantasy world that will be the center of our ongoing adventures. Our staff has been working diligently (and having a ton of fun) outlining some of the general aspects of the world, but most of the details will actually be developed by the players during the gaming sessions. On Sunday, October 22, 2017, during our last Kids' D&D event, two groups of young adventurers were first introduced to the Isle of Niln. Here are reports from Camilla and Ben, our staff who served as the DMs for the games. Eventually, we hope that some of the kids will help us record the games, and that they will be shared here on the Labyrinth blog, so that friends, families and other Guild members can stay updated on the stories.
Table 1: Camilla's Table
In their first quest in the Isle of Niln, one of our groups of adventurers set out to explore Fort Stonespur, a potential headquarters for the Guild. The party arranged a rendezvous with the ranger Davdri, deep in the Razorback forest. From there, they made their way along the riverbank to the fall where Stonespur was said to be found. They investigated the fort, finding it to be an ancient Elven outpost, overrun with troglodytes and a gelatinous cube. A magically sealed door was opened with a riddle, revealing a large arcane artifact installed inside. The adventurers decided that the fort was perfect, and preparations are underway to make it the Guild's first home.
Table 2: Ben's Table (They were unfortunately not quite as lucky.)
Friday, October 27, 2017
By Ben Hain. Position: Sorcerer Supreme. Years working at Labyrinth: 1 year
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
For those who do not know, this is one of the most popular games currently on the market. It is a cooperative game that is fashioned after the super popular Pandemic, but in this game you play through a changing story and face new challenges with each game. Stop by and we can explain in further details. No spoilers allowed!
Commander 2017 decks are back in stock for the time being. We didn't get a ton, so if you want one, come and get them quickly.
Friday, October 20, 2017
D&D Tomb of Annihilation Board Game, Cutthroat Kingdoms, 4D Map Puzzles, Starfinder: Alien Archive, Star Wars Force and Destiny: Ghosts of Dathomir, Mysterium: Secrets and Lies, Alphabet Go Fish, Pokemon Mad Libs, Ultra Pro Eclipse Sleeves, Legendary Marvel: Spider-Man Homecoming, 10 Minute Heist: Wizard's Tower
Photosynthesis, Ethnos, Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty, Chess, Go, Backgammon
Thursday, October 19, 2017
After the sad departure of our beloved blogger, Alex, we've been laying low on the whole regular internet journaling thing. Well, today we burst forth from our cocoon. The Labyrinth blog will once again be the best place to see what's new and exciting in the store. We're also introducing a slew of new features and posts, including a new segment on what we're playing. This week, the woman who puts the "Queen" in Queendomino, the incomprable Kathleen Donahue herself kicks us off with her thoughts.
The first is Sidereal Confluence. I honestly have no idea how to actually pronounce the name of this game, but I’m completely obsessed with it. This game is complex, and there’s a chance that it may be overwhelming to someone who doesn’t have much gaming experience. Once understood, however, it is actually pretty easy to play. It is an asymmetrical trading and negotiation game for 4 to 9 players. Each player plays an alien race who must trade with others in an intergalactic trading federation to survive. The game is competitive, but it is set up so that you must collaborate with others because no race can function on its own. Pretty much the entire game is played simultaneously, so there is very little down time. You are trying to make profitable trades to earn resources to run converters to gain more resources that can then be used to develop technologies and colonize planets. The game consists of a set number of rounds, with each round being made up of a trading phase, an economy phase, and a confluence phase (where you can bid and win planets and technologies). You earn victory points in multiple ways but mostly from discovering technologies. There is a lot of engine building and resource management, but the heart and soul of the game is negotiation. I cannot think of another negotiation game that I’ve enjoyed more. I absolutely love it. We’ve played several times now, with 4 to 6 players. The game takes a while, averaging about 2 to 2.5 hours for us, but the duration is very dependent on how long you allow the negotiation phases to last. If trading bricks for sheep thrills you, but is getting a bit old, and you’re ready to settle something much larger than Catan, this might just be the game for you.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
We have a lot of new games this week, so come and check them out!
Unearth, Mountains of Madness, Flamme Rouge, Photosynthesis, Lisboa, Codenames Duet, Fantasy Realms, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: The Monster Box of Monsters, Sonar: Upgrade One, Broom Service Card Game, Nano Fictionary, Fabled Fruit, Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium, Secrets, Paul and the Moon, Pipsquigz
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Cottage Garden is a tile-laying garden puzzle game for 1-4 players. Similar to Patchwork, another one of our favorites, players must acquire and place shaped pieces to fill their personal boards. Each garden board will have its own set of challenges as you plant around spaces filled with pots or cat tokens lazing in the sun.
Pathogenesis is a card game for 1-4 players where you take the role of bacterial pathogens in the body. To win, you must draft cards to create the deadliest pathogen, with abilities based on real life. This game can be played solo, cooperatively, or competitively, so you'll always be able to play this scientific game any time you want to.
The Godfather: Corleone's Empire is an area control and worker placement game for 2-5 players, based on the classic movie series. You control a crime family and your goal is to exert your influence on the city, put powerful allies into your pocket, and have the most cold, hard cash by the end of the day. The miniatures in this game are so detailed that it just makes it all the harder when you see your dead characters face down in the river.
Finally back in print, 1960: The Making of the President is a two-player card-driven area control game by Jason Matthews and Christian Leonhard. You may know Matthews and Leonhard from other games like Sola Fide or Founding Fathers. If you're looking for a historically rooted strategy game about the presidential campaign between Kennedy and Nixon, this is the game for you!
Modern Art is a 3-5 player bidding game by famous game designer Reiner Knizia . Throw your hat into the art world by buying and selling paintings, trying to turn a profit by the end of the day. Do you think you have an eye for art and the savvy to see which pieces will be popular? Try this game and find out!
If there's something I love more than logic and deduction games or the H.P. Lovecraft mythos, it's good wordplay. Enter Lovecraft Letter. As a variant of Love Letter by Seiji Kanai, this standalone set adds a few new twists to the game. Select cards will have special insanity powers that you can use instead of the regular power, but by doing so will run the risk of being removed from the round. There's a lot more to the game that meets the eye, but do dare you dig deeper into the unknown?
The Fox in the Forest is a two player trick taking game that will surprise you with its unconventional mechanics. Each player is dealt a hand of cards and tries to play a higher card of the suit their opponent led with or any card in the trump suit. Certain cards will have special effects that will change the course of the game, but the real trick is how winning too many tricks will actually lose you points. Striking a careful balance will be key if you want to walk away victorious.
The Networks is a card drafting game for 1-5 players where you're a budding television network trying to fill the screens of viewers with quality programming. To so so, you'll need to develop shows, hire actors, and generate revenue though advertisements. Your stars can be picky, and different ads will be better suited for different time slots, so make sure to schedule accordingly. The theme works incredibly well with the game play, and this is a lot of fun to play. For extra fun, try renaming your shows and describing the pilot episode to your friends as you play.
Deal or Duel is a 2-6 player card game about everyone's favorite Secretary of the Treasury turned subject of a hit musical. Play cards representing the founding fathers and mothers in your bid to earn the most money or die in a duel trying.
HMS Dolores is a quick prisoner's dilemma style card game where you and up to three others must divide the loot found aboard a sunken ship. Each round you will be presented with the option to take everything, take one of your choice, or split. You'll only score the treasures you have the most or least of, so make sure that the treasures you take are the ones you actually want.
Joking Hazard is an adult party game for 3-10 people by the folks behind the Cyanide and Happiness web cartoon. Apparently, making new comic strips day after day has taken its toll and it's us to you to add panels and make the comedy flow. The cards are open ended enough that they can be used in many different scenarios, and their meaning can change depending on the context.
Go Nuts for Donuts! is a cute card collecting game for 2-6 players. Each round, a new batch of donuts are presented and each player secretly chooses the one they want. If any player chooses the same treat as another, neither get to take it. Each card has different points or bonuses, making them lucrative to different people. Despite being aimed primarily at kids, this game is compelling enough that even adults will want to play it.
The Offbits are colorful robot miniatures you can put together out of spare nuts and bolts. Each pack has a step-by-step guide to building your bot, but don't let that put you off from getting creative and making your figure something special! You can even combine several sets into bigger projects.
Carcassone: Under the Big Top is a new expansion for Carcassone that adds new ways to play your favorite tile-laying game. Stack meeples up in human pyramids for big points, or astound the villagers with a circus filled with animals. It's hard to imagine that this is the tenth expansion for Carcassone, but it's nice to see that Klaus-Jürgen Wrede still hasn't lost his touch.
The new Icons of the Realms: Tomb of Annihilation miniatures are the go-to product to fill out your Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Each box comes with 4 of the 44 possible figures that you can use for your heroes, non-player characters, or enemies in battle. While velociraptors, mantraps and Batiri goblins are great additions to campaigns on the jungle peninsula of Chult, these figures can be incorporated into any campaign you create.
The Yu-Gi-Oh Link Strike Starter Deck is a new premade deck that features the new Link Summoning introduced in the latest rules update. These new Link monsters are plenty powerful, but you'll need to make sure you can create unbroken chains that follow the directional arrows on the cards to summon them, which can be quite the challenge.
Back in Stock: Concordia, Terraforming Mars, Acquire, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
New Demos: Dice Forge, Fox in the Forest, Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game, Notre Dame, Go Nuts for Donuts!