A few weeks ago, Laura & Brian went to the GAMA Trade Show, the industry show where game manufacturers let us retailers know what’s up and coming over the next year. We are really excited about a bunch of new games! In Part 1, we talked about some of the upcoming deeper strategy games. In this post, we introduce some of the lighter fare coming this year!
NMBR9 is very simple in concept but was a lot of fun to play, already out in Germany and being brought to the US by Asmodee. We see this as a nice quick game, and one that would go well with having fun beverages. We will definitely add this to our home collection, and take it with us camping and to friends’ gatherings.
The game consists of a deck of cards – each with a number on it – and number shaped tiles (they’re sort of pixelated). Each turn, a card is drawn, and each player takes a corresponding tile and stacks it so that no part of the tile is unsupported by either the table or the tile(s) beneath it. At the end of the game, players collect points for each tile equal to its value multiplied by the level. So the base level doesn’t score any points. Each turn you have to decide – do I make the base bigger to support more tiles, or do I build vertical to get more points? (Bonus: the game box has the perfect tray, organizing the tiles so that the setup time is about 1 second!)
We got to play Braintopia at GAMA, and now it is on the shelves and in the library at Meeples! This is another game that’s fun to play while eating/drinking/socializing with friends and families – recommended ages 8+. From Boardgamegeek.com:
Braintopia is a simple game that will test your skills of observation, quick thinking, and coordination. The game is made up of eight fast-paced challenges that keep you on your toes as you race to refocus your mind and solve each puzzle before your opponents. As you and up to five other players proceed through the challenge deck, you collect the cards you have answered both accurately and most quickly. A correctly identified tactile card or a pair of any other challenge card will earn you a piece of the brain. The first player to four brain pieces wins!
Wizkids has tons of great stuff happening this year! Below are a few of the cool new games & accessories:
- New pre-primed unpainted miniatures for D&D and Pathfinder (in stock now!)
- Rules revamp and new starter sets for Heroclix coming out in Q3!
- New draft packs for Dice Masters – these will make drafting more balanced and you’ll always have enough dice, so even 2 players will be able to draft (priced at $9.99 – each kit will have 12 characters with 2 dice each, and 2 basic actions)
- The Expanse Boardgame, based on the TV show
- Dicebot Megafun (pronounced: MEGAFUN!!) – bring the chaos of arena robot fighting to your table! We played this one and had a blast, er uh, MEGAFUN!! Each turn you pick from a “junkyard” of dice to assemble and arm your robot (in Galaxy Trucker fashion, where you race to grab components before the other players), after which you will pick which weapons you want to fight with and then throw down! Interesting characters/bots and simple mechanics.
- New pieces to customize Agricola (a fabulous game that deserves to have great bling)
By the designer of Castle Panic, a Meeples favorite, in the cooperative game Hotshots, players are wildland forest fighters working to extinguish a wildfire. Crews of 1 to 4 players take on the roles of wildfire fighters (Crew Boss, Spotter, Swamper, and Sawyer) with special abilities and roll dice on burning terrain tiles to match the combinations shown on the tiles. Flame tokens are added at the end of each player’s turn by the draw of a Fire card, which can bring about wind gusts, strengthen the flames on certain tiles, and start fires. Too many Flame tokens will cause a tile to Scorch and be lost, affecting the game play. The press-your-luck mechanic with ratcheting rewards creates a lot of great tension, and the variety of ways to fight the fire makes for interesting choices. The modular tile layout and Fire cards bring high replayability to the game, and the board and bits look great!
Stay tuned for the next part of our GAMA report, and call Meeples Games at 206.535.7896 if you want to order any of these games!
Registration for the 2nd 4-week session is open now!
Join Dungeon Master Lo for a four week session of Dungeons and Dragons for Tweens (kids aged 9-13). Each week we continue the adventure along with fun and learning the game.
How it works:
• Date: 4/17, 4/24, 5/1 and 5/8
• Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
• Cost: $40 for the session due at registration
• Registration required (call 206.535.7896, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or in-store)
• Permission slip filled out by parents is required
• Space is limited to seven
What you get: We’ll teach everyone how to play and run through a short campaign of the course of the session that will allow players to level up and learn about character building, working as a team, etc.
• One poly-7 set of dice for role playing games
• One folder to keep your paperwork safe
• Pre-made character and additional character sheets
What to bring:
• We recommend that each player has a Dungeons and Dragons Players Handbook. We’ll give you a coupon for 20% off the purchase of that book on registration payment.
• A great attitude
• Completed permission slip
• Money for a snack or beverage
We were very excited that Wizards of the Coast was going to live stream their Announcement Day from Meeples Games, but unfortunately, they have cancelled the event. The have rolled their announcement into another event happening this summer.
Friday 3/31 will be a regular FNM Standard event.
But, we have a little something from The Wizards for everyone who attends!
Earlier this month Laura & Brian went to the GAMA Trade Show, the industry show where game manufacturers let us retailers know what’s up and coming over the next year. We are really excited about a bunch of new games! In Part 1, we’ll talk about strategy games.
Element – Rather Dashing Games
Fire, water, earth, wind — these four elements have driven mankind’s mythology, philosophy and science for eons. Now, master the power of these primal forces in this abstract game of capture and area control.
We previewed this game and not only is it high strategy a-la Onitama, but it’s the same designer – Mike Richie! The pieces are heavy resin and the sculpts are great. I can’t wait to actually play this one. And… it’s in stock right now!
Pandemic Legacy Season 2 – Z-Man Games
We can’t wait for Season 2! It’s 71 years later and things are still super bad! It HAS to be great!
Shadowrun Zero Day – Catalyst Game Labs
This new Shadowrun card game looks really cool! You are the contagion. You are the fear. You are the thing that makes the megacorporations of the world tremble. In the world of Shadowrun, the corps think they have everyone and everything under their thumb, but they don’t have you – the hacker in the Matrix, the fly in the ointment.
You know where the world’s deepest secrets are buried, and you have the weapons needed to fight to bring them out.
Wasteland Express – Pandasaurus Games
In Wasteland Express Delivery Service, you take on the role of drivers inhabiting a post-apocalyptic wasteland riddled with outrageous, unhinged, and otherworldly characters who are set on unleashing mayhem at every turn. We loved the graphics (think Borderland video game type graphics), the very cool bits (little trucks with commodities you put in the back), and are fans of pickup and delivery games (e.g. Firefly), especially when there is some chaos involved!
Valletta – Stefan Dorra; Z-Man Games
Valletta is a classic big-box Euro-style game from Z-Man Games scheduled to come out very soon. It looks very fun!
In 1566, Jean Parisot de Valette, 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, laid the foundation for Valletta, the future capital of Malta.
In Valletta, players take inspiration from Jean Parisot de Valette in order to procure raw materials; hire merchants, bricklayers and roofers; and build their own version of the magnificent capital, with its mighty bastions, baroque buildings, and a right-angled street network. Cultivate your contacts with the Order of Malta to improve your reputation.
Players are supervised in their work by de Valette, who patrols his streets as a building inspector. When he reaches the end of his patrol, the game ends and a winner is determined.
Cottage Garden – Uwe Rosenberg
In Cottage Garden, you are a gardener competing to completely fill in your garden plots for points. This is one of Uwe Rosenberg’s (Agricola, Glass Road, Bohnanza) most approachable games. It’s got a 7.2 rating on boardgamegeek.com and the art is amazing. We got to touch and feel this one, but we didn’t get to play – yet! – but this one’s going in our personal library for sure.
Dead of Winter: Warring Colonies – Z-Man Games
Z-Man brings us another expansion for Dead of Winter in the 2nd half of 2017. I can’t imagine what this one is about (lol), but we know it will let you play both the previous base game versions together!
Voyages of Marco Polo – Z-Man Games
Is coming back this year!!!
Stay tuned for the next part of our GAMA report, and call Meeples Games at 206.535.7896 if you want to pre-order any of these games!