Aug 082016
 

Brick PartyIn our world of Minecraft and 90’s nostalgia, nothing makes me more excited than the possibility of playing with legos! Brick Party is a fun and frenzied game of brick building that takes you and a teammate through a wild round of assembly. Reveal the special rule for the round and build the chosen shape faster than your opponents, using only the directions given by your teammate and the restrictions given by the rules for that round.

 

Players: 2-9
Time: 15-30 Minutes
Ages: 5+
Type: Cooperative, Party Game, Dexterity

Arena of the PlaneswalkersHot off the success of their new card expansion, Magic: The Gathering continues their brand expansion by bringing their Lovecraft inspired universe, Shadows over Innistrad, straight into the realm of board games. In this standalone expansion to Arena of the Planeswalkers, players customize their battlefield by placing different terrain around the map and leading their Planeswalkers and legions of creature allies around, attempting to cast spells and dominate the board. Last Planeswalker standing is deemed the victor!

Players: 2-4
Time: 60 Minutes
Ages: 10+
Type: Fantasy, Grid Movement, Dice Rolling, Miniatures

 

Archer Love LetterArcher: Once You Go Blackmail… is a new variation of the classic Love Letter game engine — except with far more ARCHER! Each player starts the game with a character card in hand. On a turn, a player draws one card, then plays one of their two cards, activating whichever card they chose to play. The goal is to knock other players out of the round, or to have the highest number of cards in hand when the round ends. Win enough rounds, and you win the game! Have I mentioned Archer?

 

Players: 2-4
Time: 10 Minutes
Ages:10+
Type: Card Game, Hand Management, Player Elimination

Aug 012016
 

Dead Last

Looking for a great game to fit that awkward 6-12 player category? Something involving murder and mayhem perhaps? Dead Last is a game of social collusion that rewards betrayal, shifting alliances, and murder for profit! Each round players may use any type of communication — glances, a nod, outright pointing, in order to conspire and vote on who to kill. Try not to make things too obvious, or your whole plan could backfire! Whoever makes it through to the end alive, gets the gold!

 


Players:6-12
Time: 45-60
Ages: 14+
Type: Bluffing, Murder/Mystery, Party Game

Dice Heist 2

Let’s continue this week of questionable morality, by talking about the game Dice Heist. In this game you dive into the role of an international thief, attempting to steal the world’s most valuable artifacts, gems, and paintings. Whether it’s robbing the Louvre in Paris, or the Metropolitan Museum of art in NYC, your job is to get in and get out with the most impressive and valuable collection of priceless treasures! Recruit sidekicks, rip apart some security systems, and roll some dice!

Players: 2-5
Time: 20 Minutes
Ages: 14+
Type: Dice Rolling, Set Collection

Exploding Kittens

“A kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette”. Exploding Kittens is a game that has alluded the shelves of physical game stores for quite some time, but it’s here now! Take turn drawing cards with your comrades until someone draws an exploding kitten and is abruptly eliminated. As the game goes on, few cards are left in the deck, which means a greater chance of drawing an exploding kitten!

Players: 2-5
Time: 15 Minutes
Ages: 7+
Type: Party, Press Your Luck, Hand Management

Jul 252016
 

Via NebulaThis week Asmodee has sent a call out to all builders and artisans to help dispel the mists of Nebula! In Via Nebula, the citizens of the valley need your help opening paths through the terrifying mists in order to help reclaim and rebuild their homes. Cooperation with other players will expedite this process, but don’t forget about your own selfish objectives. Fulfilling contracts with the region’s citizens will bring you both gold and glory, but obliging their demands in a timely and efficient fashion is what will help you to defeat the other players!

Via Nebula
Players: 2-4
Time: 45-60 Minutes
Ages: 12+
Type: Territory Building

Tyrants of the UnderdarkYou want all the flavor of a D&D adventure, packed into a 60-minute experience? Tyrants of the Underdark is Wizards newest big box take on the world of Forgotten Realms, as each player heads a drow house attempting to recruit their way to victory. Using power and resources, players craft a deck of minions and use it to manipulate the board and assassinate enemy troops. In the end, whoever controls the most territory will be crowned the victor!

Tyrants of the Underdark
Players: 2-4
Time: 60 Minutes
Ages: 13+
Type: Area Control, Deck Building

Eldritch MoonThe horror of Lovecraft expands into the realm of Magic: the Gathering this week, as MtG’s newest set, Eldritch Moon hits our shelves! This set expands on the themes of Shadows Over Innistrad bringing the grand-Cthulu of them all — Emrakul — back into MtG lore! Pick up some boosters to draft, or add these powerful new cards straight into your standard deck!

Jul 192016
 

Mystic ValeNew this week is one of AEG’s (Love Letter, Smash Up) most-hyped games! Mystic Vale is a 2-4 player “Card-Crafting” Deck builder, in which players take on the roles of druids attempting to cleanse their tainted homelands. Many have played deck builders where you spend resources crafting together the perfect stack of cards, but in Mystic Vale players get to build the cards themselves. With expansions already in the works, do not miss out on this unique and exciting game!

Ascension, War of ShadowsWhile on the topic of deck building games, the grandfather of them all has a new expansion out! Ascension, War of Shadows pushes players into reawakening heroes and constructs of the past and throws some new mechanics in with it. As the balance between light and dark shifts, cards gain additional powers depending on whether it is day or night. Play this as a stand-alone 1-4* player game, or combine War of Shadows with other Ascension games to play up to 6 players.

Castles of Burgandy Card GameIt’s easy to get stuck inside in the hot summer sun, daydreaming of a better time. Instead of embracing the misery, try reliving the Renaissance with a new and portable take on a Stefan Feld classic! The Castles of Burgundy Card game provides two players the opportunity to propel their European estates into prosperity through strategic trade and commerce! In true Stefan Feld fashion: Tiny Box, Lots of decisions.

Apr 082016
 

Firefly FluxxTake my love, take my land, but don’t you dare take my Firefly Flux from me!  Out last weekend, Looney Labs newest conquest is the Firefly license, which means the cult favorite Sci-Fi series receives its own Fluxx edition.  Perfect for two to six players, Firefly Fluxx includes completely new keepers, action cards, and creepers to be played stand-alone or combined with any other version of Fluxx.  Also, while supplies last, each purchase of Firefly Fluxx comes with an Alliance creeper promo card.Dice Masters Dungeons Dragons Faerun Under Siege

Dice Masters continues to churn out expansion/Starter Sets for their various properties and this weekend sees the release of Faerun Under Siege for Dungeons & Dragons.  Like the previous Starter Sets for Dice Masters, Faerun Under Siege includes the materials for two players to go head-to-head.  The materials included are forty-four, thirty-eight cards, a rule book, and two dice bags.  This set can also be combined with any of the A Game of Thrones Wolves of the Northprevious Dice Masters sets.

With a title like Wolves of the North, you know that the newest expansion set for the A Game of Thrones card game has to be about the Stark family.  Wolves of the North includes character, event, location, attachment, and plot cards to expand and flesh out your Stark deck.  In addition to the Stark-centric cards, the expansion also contains materials for all the other factions in the game, totally up to over 150 cards.Shadows Over Innistrad Intro Packs Booster box Fat Pack

Innistrad has returned to the world of Magic the Gathering with the most recent set, Shadows Over Innistrad.  Out this weekend, the new set focuses on vampires, werewolves, and other horror creatures and colors.  Like all other Magic launches, the materials released this weekend include booster boxes (each with thirty-six packs), Intro Packs, Fat Packs, and Deck Building Toolkits, all including booster packs or constructed decks for the set.  For anyone looking to begin playing Magic the Gathering, any of these materials are ideal entry points.