Friday, March 16, 2018

What's New At Labyrinth: 3/16/2018

What's New At Labyrinth: 3/16/2018

This was a quieter week than the last two, but we had a few exciting new arrivals. 

Magic the Gathering: Masters 25!
By far the biggest new arrival this week is Magic's 25th Anniversary Masters set! Containing classic cards from throughout Magic's quarter-century history, this set is a celebration of the game. Alongside the new packs, we've also got new playmats, deck boxes, binders and sleeves. We've also got Master's Drafts on the next two upcoming Tuesdays, so get excited!

New Lego!
We also got a huge shipment of new Lego. We've got Ninjago, Iron Man, and even Black Panther. We have something for every fan of Lego, so come look!

 Table Topics
When you're in the mood for some conversation but don't know where to start, Table Topics has you covered. These decks of conversation starters have something for every situation, be it a family road trip or a rowdy dinner party. 

Illimat, the innovative cardgame inspired by the Decemberists, is back! Collect your cards and change the seasons atop the beautiful cloth playmat. An excellent game for someone looking for something new.

From the award winning designer of Concordia and Trans-Atlantic comes Imperial, a game of influence and power in the Colonial Age. Players act as major international investors, using their bonds to bet on nations, and influence the policies of Europe. As you gain and lose control of nations, tensions will rise and war might break out. Friends become enemies and enemies become allies in the blink of an eye in this deep strategy game.

Roll Player
Returning after a very long time away is Roll Player, a game about character generation! Everyone familiar with tabletop RPGs knows the fun of generating a new character to play.  In Roll Player, that's the whole game! Assign dice, select abilites and traits, and try and craft the best character of the lot!

Pokemon: Necrozoma GX Tin 
The boundless power of the Legendary Pokemon Necrozoma is at your disposal with this new tin! Containing 4 booster packs and a foil Necrozoma GX, this is an excellent pickup for any Pokemon fan.

Wardlings Miniatures 
Size doesn't matter if you have a hero's heart! The start of a new series of miniatures, the Wardlings are prepainted miniatures representing 6 different kid adventurers, each with their own animal companion!

Azul is back! 
After much time and consternation, Azul has finally returned to our shelves! This tile-laying game combines puzzling and strategy to produce a complex and layered experience that keeps people coming back time and again. 

That's all for this week. As always, check back this time next week for the next round of What's New at Labyrinth!

Friday, March 9, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 3/9/18

What's New at Labyrinth: March 9th, 2018

The surge of spring arrivals continues! Look at it all!

Pelican Bay
Pelican Bay is a picturesque game of exploratory tile-laying. Players expand the beautiful archipelago by laying tiles, each vying to build the most attractive environment for the elusive Blue Pelicans. The player who attracts the most wins!

Untold is a narrative story adventure game, powered by Rory's Story Cubes. Using these story dice and decks of story cards, players are able to collaboratively construct a thrilling 5-part narrative in 60 minutes or less. Or, for the dedicated storytellers, you can string together multiple sessions into a grand, unified narrative in campaign mode. Excellent for young and old alike!

In the same team-based code-breaking vein as Codenames comes Decrypto. Each team has a set of code words, hidden from the other team. Each turn, a member of the team must use those code words to clue in their team to the objective numbers, while being vague enough that the enemy team cannot guess their code words. The wiliest cryptographer will win!

Shaky Manor 
Shaky Manor is a goofy dexterity puzzle race for all ages. In this haunted mansion, players race to jostle, jiggle, and slide their tiny pieces from room to room, trying to match the arrangement demanded by the objective card. Completing the objective first 

Follow is a rules-light story game about quests, journeys, missions, and how they affect the participants and their relationships. Your story might be one of the few dozen story seeds that take up half the book, or one of your own devising. This is the third game by designed Ben Robbins, and the simple straightforwards text and mechanics show the experience he's gained from previous titles Kingdom and Microscope.

Mystery Puzzles 
For lovers of puzzles both mental and tactile! Each of these mystery puzzles come with a mystery booklet and a puzzle. Assembling the puzzle will reveal a clue that the clever puzzler can use to unravel the mystery! Wonderful for these cold windy nights.

The Legend of Korra: Pro-Bending Arena 
Avatar was an instant classic of modern animation, and this game adaptation, Pro-Bending Arena, does not look to disappoint. Pro-Bending Arena is a competitive deckbuilding game where the players control two teams of athletes competing in a king-of-the-hill style competition. A strategic game of push and pull.

Pool Party 
Pool Party is a zany game of dexterity and fun in the vein of older classics like Hungry Hungry Hippos. The game takes place in a transparent plastic "pool", shaped like a bowl, suspended nearly a foot over the board by a spring! Each player competes to get all their divers inside the pool, jostling their opponents and sometimes tipping the whole pool out. 

Dungeons & Dragons: Character Binder 
Everyone who's played tabletop RPGs knows the struggle of keeping character sheets neat and organized. Equipment pages, spell lists, spell cards, magic item cheat gets messy! That's where this handy-dandy character binder comes to the rescue. It comes with insert pages for character sheets, notes, and spell cards.

New Wet Erase Markers! 
Slightly more prosaic, but still quite exciting is our new 6-pack of wet erase markers, replacing our old 4-packs. Two brand new colors to map or doodle with, orange and brown!

Blank is a customizable party game that will change with your group. The base game is quite simple--a fast-playing, fun card game where everyone races to get rid of their cards while navigating around a rapidly changing ruleset, a la Fluxx. The twist comes in with the many unfinished cards--at the end of each game, the winner wins the right to write in one of these cards! Over time, your game will evolve to be a reflection of your gaming crew. 

Constellations is a deep, engaging, and educational game about the real constellations that dot our sky. Players compete to assemble constellations, drawing cards that represent the different varieties of star that populate the universe. Each constellation requires a different combination to be assembled, and the assembled constellations must then be pieced into the patchwork heavens forming on the board. An excellent game for budding young astronomers or grizzled old gamers alike.

Blueprints is a dice-based construction game. Players take on the role of architects, each using various dice to physically build towers. Each die you place influences your game! An excellent and original game.

Cat Lady 
A new addition to our ever-expanding list of games for cat-lovers, Cat Lady is a competitive drafting game where the players compete to build the largest collection of adorable, purring fuzzy friends. But be careful--if you expand your kitty collection beyond what you can feed, you'll find yourself losing points instead! Wonderful for any cat-lover.

Making a return after some time away is beloved favorite: Firefly the Game. Players take on the roll of ship captains, customizing their ship and crew as they soar across the verse. Scrabble for jobs, fight for survival--and keep flying.

Tales From The Loop: Our Friends The Machines & Other Mysteries 
Finally, we have the expansion for the exciting new RPG, Tales from the Loop. Our Friends the Machines & Other Mysteries contains three full-sized adventure modules, and a bundle of other goodies, including detailed machine schematics and a guide to creating your own Loop setting. And as always, it's filled to the brim with the gorgeous art that's the signature of Tales from the Loop. A wonderful pickup for any group.

That's all the news for this week. Stop back in next week for another round of What's New at Labyrinth!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 3/2/2018

What's New at Labyrinth: 3/2/2018

As foretold, Kathleen's return from Toy Fair has heralded a storm of new arrivals. Let's take a look:


Explore the post-atomic wasteland in this excellent boardgame adaptation of the beloved Fallout franchise. Each player takes on the role of an intrepid survivor, each competing to leave their mark on the wastelands they explore. A deep, engaging game of post-apocalypse survival and exploration.

The Great Dragon Race

The Great Dragon Race is an exciting venture for young gamers looking to branch-out into strategy. Each racer must ride their dragon through the course, dodging ballistae bolts. 

Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers & Memory Stacking

One of our most popular family games returns with two new skews! Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers takes you out of the jungle and into the treacherous Alps, while Memory Stacking introduces a new dimension of memory-based gameplay.

Smallworld: Power Packs #1 & #2 

Smallworld returns with two new boxes bursting with five expansions. Power Pack #1 collects Be Not Afraid and Spider's Web, while #2 collects Grand Dames, Royal Bonus, and Cursed! An excellent value (and shelf-space saver) for any fan of Smallworld!

Android Netrunner: Council of the Crest
The Kitara Cycle continues with Council of the Crest, adding new tools for corps and runners alike. Runners are more evasive than ever, while the Corps reach out with omnipresent educational programming. Which side will you take?

Wing It
Wing It is a game of extreme improvizational storytelling. Each player takes turns playing as the Judge, who will reveal a Situation that the players must solve. Using the resource cards you hold--for example, "Giraffe Leg-Warmers"--you must improvise a solution for this situation. The best story wins the round. A hilarous game for all ages.

A brightly colored puzzle game, Iquazu takes its players into the Land of Waterfalls, where foul beasts threaten your cache of gems. To protect your hoard, you've decided to hide them beneath the greatest waterfall of them all, the Iquazu! Compete for the grandest position for your own gems, but beware--the waters can be held back for only so long!

America's Favorite Quiz show returns, in board game form. Jeopardy brings the beloved trivia game into your own home. Fun for old fans and new players alike.

This That & Everything
This That & Everything is a high-speed freewheeling triva game for the quick thinking! Each round, a list of six items is revealed, and the players have sixty seconds to name as many of each as they can.

Happy Bunny
Happy Bunny is a game for the young gamers in our lives. The players all take turns carefully selecting carrots from the carrot patch. At the end, they compare carrots, and the one with the most delicious collection wins! For ages three and up.

Igloo Mania
For the fans of dexterity games like Jenga, Igloo Mania is a must-try. Each player takes turns removing blocks of ice from the igloo. Be careful, though--if you're careless, the igloo will collapse on you! The player with the sharpest eye and steadiest hand will claim victory.

Schnipp Schnapp
First released in 1900, Schnipp Schnapp has entertained five generations of players, and now it's here at Labyrinth. A game of speed, everyone takes turns playing animal cards around the watering hole in the center. As soon as two of one animal appears, the players must race to grab the crocodile, and claim all the cards around the watering hole! First one to claim all animals wins.

Memory Games
We've gotten in a new selection of memory games. Help teach your little one to remember animals, or even faces, with these matching games.

Chickyboom is a game of balance and risk for ages 4 and up. The players compete for a group of chickens, hay bales, and wagon wheels, precariously perched atop the barn. The player with the most pieces wins, but beware--take too much, and the whole barn will go CHICKYBOOM!

CONEX is an entry-level, card-based abstract strategy game. Carefully place your cards, matching corners and aim to claim the most points at the end. A great way to get younger gamers into abstract strategy.

 King of the Dice
From all-star publisher HABA comes a kingdom-management dice game. Players recruit citizens, construct buildings, and lead their kingdom to glory--or disaster. Light on words but long on fun, it's an excellent game for players of all ages.

Zero Down
Zero Down is a subtle cardgame of trading and strategy. Players swap cards, grouping cards by number and color. The goal is to cancel out these cards, bringing the total value of your hand to zero--but watch out! That trade that brings you closer to victory might be the one your opponent needed to seal the deal. 

Zoinx is a push-your-luck game of probability and wagers. Players take turns rolling the dice, while others bet on what they think the roll will be. You can keep rolling as long as you meet the target, but push your luck to far and you'll bust, with all the points going to those betting against you!

American Trivia: Family Edition
Along with our more grown-up additions to our trivia lineup, we have this educational new gem. American Trivia: Family Edition is just what it says, a perfect occasion for a family to get together and enjoy themselves while educating the younglings. Includes two separate levels of questions for different ages or skill levels. 

Dragon's Breath

A brand new game from beloved children's designer HABA, Dragon's Breath puts players in the shoes of young dragons scrambling for fallen gems. But you can only grab so many a turn! The dragon that collects the most wins.

Dragonshield Deck Shell 
For our card players, you'll be excited to see our gorgeous new Deck Shells from Dragonshield, each with a beautiful bit of art gracing the cover. Protect your deck in style!

Puzzlebox Astrology
12 unique ring puzzles, each themed after one of the astrological signs. An awesome gift for a friend, or yourself!

New Wood Puzzles
We've gotten in new wooden and ring puzzles, for you 3d puzzle enthusiasts. They make great gifts and desk ornaments.

New Regular Puzzles
We got in a whole bushel of gorgeous new puzzles, some of which are displayed here. Try some out on a cold night.

 New Science Shelf!
And finally, our brand-new, amazing science shelves! We have STEM kits ranging from circutry to chemistry to catapults. If you're looking for a fun and educational gift, look no further!

Whew! That was quite the list. Look back here next week for what's new at Labyrinth!