Even though the members of the various Game of Thrones houses may be dwindling thanks to stabbings, dragon flames, beheadings, and other grisly forms of death, you can still represent them with the brand new Fantasy Flight playmats out this weekend. Each playmat features the sigil of a house, including Stark, Targaryen, and Lannister. Perfect for Magic the Gathering, the A Game of Thrones LCG game, or any other card game where you don’t want everything to slide all over the table.
If you can look past the racism of Waka Tanka (trust us, the previous box art was worse), then you’ll probably have a great time with this bluffing game for three to six players. In the game, players control shamans from the Sioux Nation, each attempting to conjure spirits in order to commune with them. Each turn, players lay a spirit card face down in front of that spirit’s totem. The catch is that a player is allowed to put down a card that does not match, something they’ll get away with if no other player calls them on it. Get rid of all your cards to claim victory.
Once upon a time there was a storytelling game that was not called Once Upon a Time and added mechanics from Apples to Apples. That game was called Storyline Fairy Tales. The first in a series of group storytelling games, Fairy Tales allows three to eight build their own fable with over 100 cards labeled with characters, locations, actions, and so forth. Each player takes turns as the “narrator,” asking other players for a character or place or some other card descriptor. The other players then place down their selection, leading to the narrator choosing the best one. In the future, expansions will provide cards for other styles of story outside of fairy tales.
The resource management game Stone Age is a great time for adults, but a little overly complicated and lengthy for children. Z-Man games and designer Marco Teubner have solved that problem with My First Stone Age. A kid friendly version of the game, My First Stone Age still involves two to four players moving figure around the board, collecting cute, wooden resources, and using them to construct their own settlements. Unlike the original version of the game, My First Stone Age also plays in fifteen minutes, meaning a distracted child doesn’t have to pay attention that long in order to enjoy the experience.