Indiana Jones would tell you these artifacts belong in a museum, and as the owner of your own archaeological company in Artifacts, Inc., that’s exactly what you’ll attempt to do. An up to sixty minute playtime dice rolling game for two to four players, Artifacts, Inc. has players rolling dice (which represent adventurers) in order to place them onto cards (that require specific numbers) in order to gain cash and favor with museums.
Staying in the realm of tombs and buried treasure, Valley of the Kings: Afterlife is out this weekend. The second expansion/stand alone addition to this Egyptian themed deck building series, Afterlife can be played with one to four players or added to the original to facilitate six player play.
As there can never be enough games that feature everyone’s favorite elder god or a deck building mechanic, Cthulhu Realms combines the two in a cheap, quick to learn package. Putting a spin on the traditional deck building scheme, Cthulhu Realms allows players to chain cards for a great payoff than if they played them individually. As well, each box contains a special promo character that can be played in the game.
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been combined with zombies before, but never with the mechanics of a card game. Well no more, because the Kickstarter funded Marrying Mr. Darcy card game is on shelves, as of last week. In this literary role-playing card game, players take on the roles of female suitors from the novel, building up their romantic appeal in order to woo a handsome suitor. You’ll attend balls, receive proposals, and cunningly outwit your opponents all in an effort to avoid becoming an old maid.
A possible contender for the minimalist card game spot held by Love Letter, Tides of Time is a card game that consists of only eighteen cards and plays with only two players. Players try to build grand civilizations by combining a set of complimentary cards in their kingdom, while also attempting to sabotage their opponents plans. After three rounds, each player will have either a memorable empire or a pitiful group of random ventures.
A completely standalone addition to the previous Discoveries release, Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis and Clark requests that you get your explorer on! In the game, players will take on the role of either Lewis, Clark, or two of the other members of the famous expedition. Over the course of sixty minutes, players will then compete to collect cards that represent scientific discoveries (as well as victory points). To do that, players will need to roll dice to gain exploration actions.
I think we can all agree that pandas are cute. And more pandas equals greater cuteness. Such is the theory behind Takenoko Chibis, the first expansion for the popular panda gardening game. Pairing this expansion with the base Takenoko game, players will gain a handful of new objectives, new plots (including the discovery of the gardener’s cabin), and an additional figure named Miss Panda. Miss Panda, as well, has the ability of delivering baby pandas, increasing the levels of cuteness to a nearly unbearable degree.