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.

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

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