We have lots of new games in today including:
Unlock!: Ages 10+, 7.7 BGG rating. Unlock! is a cooperative card game inspired by escape rooms that uses a simple system which allows you to search scenes, combine objects, and solve riddles. Play Unlock! to embark on great adventures, while seated at a table using only cards and a companion app that can provide clues, check codes, monitor time remaining, etc.
Monster Trap: For players 6 & up. In Monster Trap, players use the sliders to push the monster as quickly as possible to the middle of the mansion and into the monster trap! You will have to work together on teams to do this: one player controls the monster’s lateral movements, the other the longitudinal movements. Whoever has pushed the most monsters into the trap by the end of the game is the best monster catcher — and wins the game.
Ghosts Love Candy: Ages 8+ This super cute game by Steve Jackson Games is fun and easy. Object: Use your team of ghosts to possess Trick-or-Treaters and gobble up the candy you crave. The player whose ghosts earn them the most candy points after 8 rounds wins. But be careful! When a Trick-or-Treater eats too much candy they get sick and become your burden if you were the one to push them past their candy limit.
Shiba Inu House: Ages 6+ In Shiba Inu House, players race to place cards properly in order to create doghouses for the shiba inu that match the patterns shown on their goal cards. After eight rounds, the player with the highest score wins.
Brutal Kingdom: The King is dead; long live the Queen! Or vice versa, really, as in the intriguing game Brutal Kingdom it’s hard to tell what everyone is up to and who will have the greatest impact until it all ends. Yes, the bishop’s poison has been touched, but has it been administered to the abbot or is it still waiting to be used? What’s happening with the witch? And the executioner is waiting for his next job…
First Class: BBG rating 7.7! In First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express, players try to score as many fame points as possible by building a rich network of rails, by building luxurious train cars, or by serving well-paying passengers.
Word Slam: BGG rating 7.1 In the communication game Word Slam, two teams compete against one another simultaneously. In each round, one player on each team tries to get their teammates to guess a hidden word or phrase using only the 105 explanatory cards available in the box. Speaking and acting is absolutely forbidden for the storytellers! They must tell their stories using only 105 cards, each with one word on it: a noun, verb, adjective, or preposition. A player can use as many explanatory cards as desired, and whichever team guesses correctly first scores a point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins!
It’s no surprise that couples with common interests have stronger relationships. Studies have shown this to be true. The Berkeley Science Review says “Engaging in these activities with your partner involves cooperation and provides a shared experience that can bring you closer together.”
One of the best ways to do something fun together is to play games – specifically Tabletop Games. With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite games for two players.
Hive (BoardgameGeek rating 7.3)
With it’s eye-catching design and simple, elegant rules, Hive is a battle of the Queens similar to Chess. Unlike Chess, there is no board, so Hive can be played anywhere. Each insect piece has specific movement rules which means strategy is everything. Surround your opponent’s Queen Bee and you’re the winner. With it’s portability and quick play time (20 minutes), this game can go with you anywhere.
Ticket to Ride (BoardgameGeek rating 7.5)
Ticket to Ride has been around since 2004 when it won Germany’s Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) and it hasn’t dropped in popularity since. This best-selling train game is easy to learn (15 minutes) and fun to play over and over. While it plays up to five, it is perfect for two. Collect train cars in different colors to claim routes between cities and ultimately complete tickets to far-off destinations.
Lost Cities (BoardgameGeek rating 7.1)
This fantastic 2-player game was designed by Reiner Knizia and true to form, it is simple in its rules and complex in it’s strategy. Build expeditions to far away lands with cards in ascending order to score points at the end. This one can be addictive!
Patchwork (BoardgameGeek rating 7.9)
Yep, you’re making a quilt and buttons are both your currency and your victory points. In Patchwork two players compete to build the most aesthetic (and high-scoring) patchwork quilt on a personal 9×9 game board. On your turn, you can choose to buy and place a quilt piece by choosing one of the three available pieces, paying the price in time and/or buttons and placing it on your board. Fill in your board with the highest scoring pieces before time runs out. This game is easy to learn and really fun to play.
Fuse (BoardgameGeek rating 7.2)
Fuse is a real-time, cooperative game for 1-5 players in which players are working together to defuse the bombs before time runs out. With only 10 minutes to complete your cards, players have to work together closely sometimes taking one for the team. The time limit makes this game super fun and slightly stressful! Each bomb is represented by a card which needs a certain combination of dice in order to defuse it. A player will draw a number of dice equal to the number of players out of a bag and roll them. Players must then decide who will get which dice, but each player must take one and only one. No pressure!
Carcassonne (BoardgameGeek rating 7.4)
Carcassonne is a pastoral tile-laying game that plays up to five, but is really great with 2 players. Players take turns laying tiles featuring roads, grasslands, cities, or cloisters and choose whether to claim one of these with a Meeple (yes, Meeple was coined in this game, which makes it one of our favorites!) in their color. When the area is complete, the player removes their Meeple and scores points. This game is easy, fun and can be very strategic. Can I get in on that giant city my opponent is working on by placing this tile here now and that tile there when I get it? Should I take the easy points on this road or continue to work on my cloister? There are many variations of Carcassonne and each is great fun.
Jaipur (BoardgameGeek rating 7.55)
Jaipur, a game about trading goods in India, comes up in every list of great 2-player games. In fact, it’s perhaps the perfect realization of the form. It’s a snap to teach, it plays in about 30 minutes, and it’s interactive in the best of ways. On your turn, you’re presented with a deceptively simple choice: get new goods or sell the goods you already have. Seems simple, but those choices can be very strategic and you have a new one to make each turn. The tug-of-war provides a surprising amount of tense decisions within a small decision space.
Agricola (BoardgameGeek rating 8.6!!)
Agricola is Uwe Rosenburg’s seminal worker placement game. While it plays up to five, it’s just great with two players. It’s a classic worker placement game where the goal is to build the most efficient, well-balanced farm. Players spend each turn deciding what chores they’re going to complete in order to build up the stockpiles they need to feed their families and build their farm. Only one person can do a chore at a time, which means that you need to plan carefully and adapt if you find yourself blocked by another player. While each player is playing their own game on their own game board, there are ample opportunities to block other players creating a good amount of player interaction.
Dominion (BoardgameGeek rating 7.7)
Dominion is the Granddaddy of all deckbuilding games and won 2009’s Speil des Jahres award. While many other deckbuilders are out there, you can’t go wrong with Dominion. In this game, players start with a deck of 10 cards that they use to buy other new cards
Magic: the Gathering (BoardgameGeek rating 7.44)
I know you’re thinking Magic?? But, Magic is one of the best 2-player games ever invented. Couples can not only participate in playing Magic, but also deckbuilding which is an activity all by itself. Since 1993 players have been battling it out with decks of every ilk with this Mensa select game. From the Wizards of the Coast website: In the Magic game, you play the role of a planeswalker—a powerful wizard who fights other planeswalkers for glory, knowledge, and conquest. Your deck of cards represents all the weapons in your arsenal. It contains the spells you know and the creatures you can summon to fight for you.
We’re Three Years Old!
We’re super excited to have been a part of the West Seattle Community for three whole years! The time has flown by. Three years ago we were just starting out with this crazy idea of a game shop and cafe and now we’re thriving thanks to you! We’re having a great time getting to know such amazing people and meeting new friends. We’re especially proud to be able to help the great folks at the West Seattle Food Bank!
We’re saying Thank You with a little party and a sale!
Join us for cake Saturday at 3:00!
Sale: Sat, Sun, Mon 5/27-29
40% Off Selected Games
- Purchase marked games at 40% off – no limit
- Purchase one non-sale board game or non-collectible card game and get 1/2 off another non-sale board game or card game of equal or lesser value.
- Does not include RPGs, Miniatures, Accessories or Collectible Card Games (Pokemon, Magic, etc)
- One per customer per day
- Bring an item for the West Seattle Food Bank and get an additional 5% off the marked 40% off Sale Games
- Cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers
• Friday 11:30 am – Midnight
• Saturday 10:00 am – Midnight
• Sunday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
• Monday – Thursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Two sessions of D&D Summer Camp – one for Middle School and one for High School!
Join host Jason Nelson for a week long learning and playing session of Dungeons and Dragons!
Date: June 26-30 (High School) and July 31-8/4 (Middle School)
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Cost: $225 for the week (due upon registration)
***Space is limited to 8, so register early
- Writing paper
- Set of dice and dice bag
- Character sheets
- Meeples merchandise coupon
- Legendary Games merchandise coupon
- Shopping bag
- Name tag
Overview: Tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs) like Dungeons and Dragons ™ offer creative and cooperative gaming experiences whose only limits are the players’ imaginations. Players choose their own adventures as they explore fantastic worlds, confronting epic challenges and unraveling mysteries, working together to solve problems through strategy, skill, cleverness, and collaboration using the unique abilities they and their characters possess. Tabletop gaming promotes reading and math skills, finding creative and team-based solutions, and building social trust and confidence. This beginner camp is designed to last five days and will cover all the essentials from introductory to the light experienced level of play.
What: Kids will learn the basics of Dungeons and Dragons and Role Playing Games in general. They’ll learn about Character Creation, exiting in the fantasy world, etiquette, conflict, leveling up, teamwork and getting into character.
Dungeon Master Biography: Jason Nelson is an author, publisher and entrepreneur who has worked in the gaming industry for 14 years, and been playing RPGs since he was 10 years old. A proud father of three, he has shared his passion and love for gaming with his own children. As a former elementary teacher, he recognized the value of tabletop RPGs for youth and saw the need for more RPG content for all ages, and his company Legendary Games has begun creating a line of introductory products for new and younger gamers.
Runewars Miniatures Game is new from Fantasy Flight Games and is their first foray into an unpainted model-based tactical miniatures game. In this game, you get the amazing game play of a tactical miniatures game while skipping the ‘put together the models’ phase. You can play right out of the box! The miniatures are A-Mazing! and you can paint them to add your own unique spin on your armies.
If you don’t know how to paint miniatures, we’ll teach you! Join our Learn to Paint Miniatures event the fourth Sunday of each month!
From Fantasy Flight:
For years, the armies of Waiqar the Undying have stayed within their borders, launching only minor raids across the border. But now, a nameless threat stirs within the Mistlands, and legions of undead cross into the realm of Terrinoth under Waiqar’s command! The Daqan Lords have sounded the call to war, and their finest generals lead armies of warriors and golems to take up defensive positions in the border territory of Roth’s Vale. The first battles of the next great war are about to begin.
RuneWars: The Miniatures Game is a two-player miniatures game of battles between the great powers of Terrinoth. In each game, you and your opponent will gather armies of miniatures and lead them into battle—blocks of infantry will maneuver for position, cavalry wings will wheel and slam into a weakened flank, and monstrous rune golems or carrion lancers will smash through formations of lesser warriors. Innovative command tools, two distinct factions, and countless ways to customize your experience combine to offer an unparalleled miniatures gaming experience in RuneWars. Finally, with forty-eight beautifully sculpted, unpainted figures, you’ll be able to paint and customize your armies to bring an entirely unique touch to your games and enter the hobby of miniatures painting!