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World's Fair 1893Gather ’round, gather ’round!  Come win tickets to the spectacular World’s Fair of 1893!  Okay, you don’t need an actual ticket to purchase the game, but if you’re playing it you will want to go ticket happy.  A forty minute play experience for two to four players, World’s Fair 1893 has players collecting stacks cards from different regions of the game board.  Each region correlates with a different exhibition, so choose wisely and make sure you don’t pollute your hand.Abyss Kraken

When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.  That’s the conceit of the first expansion for Asmodee‘s Abyss, Kraken!  Intended to be added to the base game, this expansion contains a new rule book, over forty new cards and tokens, and adds black pearls to the game.  These black pearls come with a strategic decision:  do you corrupt yourself for greater power or stay pure to avoid possible destruction.  Beware, though, if you choose not take the Onitamablack pearls from the Kraken, your opponents may not be as cautious.

One of the Dice Tower Essential games, Onitama acts as a variant form of chess for head-to-head play.  In the game, players have a miniature playmat, featuring a 5×5 grid.  They also have five pawns that are moved by a variety of cards.  On each turn, players use a card to move a pawn, discard that card, then draw another one from a community discard pile.  Thus, players will be sharing movement cards.  The goal is to move your pawn onto the same space as an opponent in order to conquer that space and eliminate that pawn.The Little Prince Rising to the Stars

Even though the film’s release was delayed, Asmodee has produced a board game for The Little Prince, based off of the popular children’s book.  The Little Prince:  Rising to the Stars is a simple family gaming experience for two to six players that relies on various racing elements.  Players control planes that are charting a course to the planet of the Little Prince.  Using movement cards, players jockey for prime position on the gameboard in order to make it to the planet first, but also to collect Star Trek Five Year Missionstars and more movement cards.

You’ve beamed aboard, hopefully not wearing a red shirt, and now you and your crew mates have to solve the worst problems of the universe.  Star Trek:  Five-Year Mission is a cooperative experience for three to seven players set in either the original Star Trek or Next Generation time periods.  Each player receives a crew member role, with its own unique abilities, then must work together to solve various threats that arise.  Finding solutions gains the whole crew points, leading to victory, but if any crew member parishes, everyone loses.Krosmaster Quest

Building on the world of Krosmaster, Krosmaster Quest is a tactical adventure game that expands not only on the world, but the mechanics.  For two to six players, Krosmaster Quest uses a modular game board to expand the play space of the game, but still uses chibi-style figurines (including two exclusive figures only found here) in the gameplay.  Players travel around the world of the gameboard, vanquishing monsters, acquiring treasures, and allying with others to increase their power.  Even though Krosmaster Quest is a Histriostand-alone experience, figures and other components from previous Krosmaster games can be combined with it.

The show must go on in the Histrio board game!  For two to five players, Histrio is all about assembling the best cast for your play.  Each player represents a touring troupe of performers on the cusp of presenting a new play in front of the kings of various realms.  You will need to recruit actors for your play, but make sure to balance tragedy and comedy in order to provide the fullest experience.  Your casting will result in better financial return and the respect of the kingdom!Back to the Future board game

Building off of the popular films, IDW‘s Back to the Future board game does not have to reach 88mph to be fun!  Using elements of the Chrononauts game, Back to the Future requires players to competitively transport Doc Brown and Marty through three time periods in order to maintain the proper timeline.  Whoever repairs time the quickest, gets to joyride TIME Stories Under the Maskin the DeLorean whenever they wish!

The growing popularity of the fluctuating storytelling adventure game series, T.I.M.E. Stories, means more expansions.  Like the previous expansions for the game, Under the Mask, adds new cards and environments to progress the stories of the various adventurers participating in the game.  Under the Mask sends the participants far back in time the age of the pharaoh’s in order to uncover an ancient secret.

Mar 112016
 

Tiny Epic DefendersCapital City is under attack!  Tiny Epic Defenders of the realm assemble!  Yes, Tiny Epic Defenders is a new tower defense game from Gamelyn Games out this weekend.  In the game, players will work together to defend Capital City from attack by multiple hordes.  These vile villains are encroaching from surrounding towns and must be stopped before they overrun those hamlets on their way to the main city.  Study their patterns, strategize, and collect artifacts to help you fight them off!A Prophecy of Dragons Time Stories

The popular group storytelling/roleplaying-light board game, T.I.M.E. Stories, adds another expansion pack this weekend.  A Prophecy of Dragons includes another ninety minute session for players to incorporate into the base game.  In A Prophecy of Dragons, the time traveling adventures of the game that you control will actually be jumping dimensions, moving to a parallel universe where the middle ages were overrun with magic users.  The world you encounter is drastically different from the one described in our history books.

Happy PigsLast week we had My Happy Farm.  This week, we narrow that down to just Happy Pigs.  A buying and selling family game, Happy Pigs is quick-to-learn and easy-to-play for ages ten and up.  Players compete to purchase, raise, and sell their porcine livestock.  Use funds to purchase baby pigs at the beginning of the game, feed them into adulthood, get them to reproduce, then sell the top choice piggies.  Outside of the cutely designed pig tokens used in the game, Happy Pigs also has a special two player variant those farming inclined couples.  And if pigs aren’t your bag, don’t worry because, for a limited time, each purchase comes with a special Penguins expansion.  La Granja

Farming must be the theme for tonight, because La Granja is our next highlighted game.  From Stronghold Games, La Granja finds players operating farms across the lake from the Spanish village of Esporles.  Over six rounds, will maintain and grow their farm, hiring workers and adding new fields in order to grow produce that will be sold back to the residents of Esporles for a profit.  Keep a close eye on the strategies of other players, however, as turn order can be Smash Up It's Your Fault expansioneffected by dice rolls in order to change the direction of the game.

Everyone loves a new Smash Up expansion, but, in this case, everyone actually contributed to a new Smash Up expansion.  AEG put out a call for factions that fans would like to see incorporated into the popular card game, then chose the winners and released them in the It’s Your Fault expansion.  If you’ve cruised around the Internet for a few short minutes, you might be able to guess the winners that ended up in this expansion.  The four new factions include Sharks, Superheroes, Greek Myths, and Dragons!