Staff Picks August Edition!

by: on August 8, 2020  |  

Everyone’s favorite blog is out! We have compiled another list of our Staff Picks! We play all of these games and have such a great time introducing people to new games. All of these games and many more can be purchased in store or online here.

Slamwich-Maddie Schenck

  • Name of Game: Slamwich
  • Publisher: Gamewright
  • Year Published: 2001
  • Type of Game: pattern recognition and hand-eye coordination card game
  • Play Time: 20 Mins
  • Rule Complexity: Easy
  • Number of Players: 2-6
  • Bits: 55 super cute cards that look like bread slices with toppings, thieves, and munchers
  • Rating: 4 Meeples

I loved Slamwich when I was little. Its rules are VERY similar to the standard card game, Egyptian Ratscrew, which is also a great game. In Slamwich, the deck of bread slices are evenly dealt to all the players face down, and then the players take turns flipping their top bread slices into a communal sandwich. Players slap the communal sandwich when they see two of the same toppings in a row (a double decker) or two of the same toppings separated by a different topping (a slamwich). Whoever slaps first takes the communal sandwich. The goal is to end up with all the bread slices in your own hand. If you see a thief card, you have to slap the bread slice and yell, “Stop thief!” If you draw a muncher card, you get the whole pile, unless the person to your left draws a double decker, slamwich, thief, or another muncher. Overall Slamwich is a silly family friendly game that takes its design to the next level. You can’t go wrong with delicious looking cards and slapping. –Maddie Schenck

5-Minute Dungeon – Reena Asquith

  • Name of Game: 5-Minute Dungeon
  • Publisher: Spin Master
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Type of Game: timed cooperative
  • Play Time: 5-30 mins
  • Rule Complexity: easy
  • Number of Players: 2-5
  • Bits: Average
  • Rating: 5 Meeples

5-Minute Dungeon is a fast paced family game all about working together to defeat five dungeon bosses of increasing difficulty.  Each player picks a hero that uses a unique deck and a special ability. You draw a hand and do your best to get through the minions and defeat each boss within 5 minutes! If you win, you move to the next boss and reset the 5 minute timer. It’s easy to learn and plays with most ages, since you are mostly matching symbols on your cards to the creatures you’re fighting. It’s super quick and fun, the increasing challenge with each boss and five completely different decks leads to a lot of replay. I would recommend it for any group that likes timed games! –Reena Asquith

Memoir ’44 – Boyce Asquith

  • Name of Game: Memoir ’44
  • Publisher: Days of Wonder
  • Year Published: 2004
  • Type of Game: Strategy
  • Play Time: 30-60 mins
  • Rule Complexity: Medium
  • Number of Players: 2-6
  • Bits: Nice Pieces, Dice, Cards
  • Rating: 4 Meeples

Memoir ’44 is a World War II strategy game where you take the side of either the Allies or the Axis fighting some of the famous battles or skirmishes of the D-Day Invasion. The game uses cards to generate special tactics or abilities that you use on your turn and dice that you use to simulate combat. Most battles revolve around some kind of objective, i.e. holding the bridge, capturing the city, holding the line, so you’ll need to keep that in mind as you plan your tactics. Of course, some unfortunate die-rolling and poorly timed cards may have you changing your strategy mid-battle, so you need to stay flexible. Overall, it is a good war-strategy game that can be played by people ages 8 and up. –Boyce Asquith

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle – Nichole Davis

  • Name of Game: Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
  • Publisher: The OP
  • Year Published: 2016
  • Type of Game: CO-OP Deck builder
  • Play Time: About an hour
  • Rule Complexity: Medium
  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • Bits: Good, some nice quality cards and a few metal pieces along with cardboard counters
  • Rating: 5 Meeples

Hogwarts Battle is a cooperative deck builder that is insanely fun to play. It is a really great starting point if you have never played a deck builder before, the rules are simple and easy to pick up and the cooperative nature of the game makes it a good environment to learn in. You get to go through all the years at Hogwarts, working together to defeat the thematic villains of that year and learning new spells and skills the more years you play through. Each player gets a unique ability, item, and pet that corresponds to the character you’re playing. Another thing I love about this game is the care that went into the details of creating the cards that form your decks and the various villain behaviors, it really shows that the creators went in depth with the source material to make as immersive a game as possible. It has so much replayability that I have never gotten bored of it in all the years I’ve owned this game and played it over and over. This may actually be my favorite tabletop game of all time.Nichole Davis

Kid’s Games We Love!

by: on July 29, 2020  |  

Are the kids getting a little stir crazy? We can help you out! Here are 3 of our favorite kid’s games that all age ranges are sure to love.

No Thank You Evil!

  • Age Range: 5+
  • Duration of Game: 30 mins
  • Number of Players: 2-5
  • MSRP: 39.99

No Thank You, Evil! is a tabletop game of creative make-believe, adventure, and storytelling. In No Thank You, Evil!, you create a character based on a couple of cool, descriptive, imagination-firing traits. The Guide (a special role often played by a parent or older sibling) presents a dilemma, and the players set off on an adventure of the imagination. Along the way you use your character’s special skills, companions, and equipment to overcome obstacles. This game is the perfect first steps to any role playing game!

Dragonrealm

  • Age Range: 10+
  • Duration of Game: 20-30 mins
  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • MSRP: 29.99

Pack your lucky socks and get ready for an adventure exploring Dragonrealm. Sneak into the Witch’s Cabin, search the Ogres’ Treehouse, or storm the Dragon’s Lair. Add adventurers to different locations in the hopes of getting the most treasure. But watch out for goblins who might get there first and grab the treasure before you! In the end, the player with the most treasure wins. Using the same thematic world as Dragonwood, players now take on capturing locations using adventurer pawns.

Maki Stack

  • Age Range: 7+
  • Duration of Game: 10-15 mins
  • Number of Players: 2-6
  • MSRP: 24.99

Order’s up, so it’s time for a sushi showdown! Balance and arrange the sushi, plates, and soy sauce bottles, and make sure to execute the order exactly as shown on the card. Be careful because one wrong move and everything might tumble over! Use your fingers as chopsticks to stack pieces, or play in team mode, with each teammate using only one hand and one finger. Maybe you’ll play in blindfold mode, with you guiding your teammate as they blindly build the tower of sushi. Be the fastest solo chef or culinary team to master the art of sushi stacking and win Maki Stack, which is playable by two, four, or six players.

July Staff Picks Round Two!

by: on July 23, 2020  |  

We have picked some of our favorite games for you! All of these games can be purchased in store or via our online store here.

Terraforming Mars- Laura Schneider

  • Name of Game: Terraforming Mars
  • Publisher: Stronghold Games
  • Year Published: 2016
  • Type of Game: Hand Management, Tile Placement
  • Play Time: 120 mins
  • Rule Complexity: Medium
  • Number of Players: 1-5
  • Bits: Nice bits
  • Rating: 5 Meeples

I love Terraforming Mars! It’s one of my favorite games from the past few years and it hits the table at our house often. We’re evenly matched in the game which has a bit of randomness, but really a lot of strategy. I win about half the time, but I always love to play. I like that it’s different every time, that the strategy is interesting and deep, that there’s a bit of player interaction, but no fighting, and I love the theme. In Terraforming Mars, you are a corporation participating in the terraforming of Mars. You start out with a skill or advantage and then play cards as you do things that both get you points at the end of the game and move the three indicators of successful terraforming up. When all three indicators are maxed out, the game ends and the corporation with the highest points wins. The game is played over a series of rounds with phases that include the Research Phase – this is how you get project cards; the Action Phase – do projects (play cards), place oceans, doing standard actions; and the Production Phase – you get resources – MegaCredits, Steel, Titanium, Plants, Energy and Heat. One of my favorite things about the game is that it is different every time. Depending on your corporation and your starting hand, you can choose your direction. Are you going to focus on plants and start with lichen and plants or are you going to focus on heat production and do projects that raise your production level. Oh, and there’s only one copy of each card and the stack is big. It guarantees that the game play is different every time. –Laura Schneider

Sheriff of Nottingham- Maddie Schenck

  • Name of Game: Sheriff of Nottingham 2nd Edition
  • Publisher: CoolMiniOrNot (CMON Limited)
  • Year Published: 2020
  • Type of Game: Bluffing Card Game
  • Play Time: 60 mins
  • Rule Complexity: Easy to Medium
  • Number of Players: 3-6
  • Bits: 1 Rulebook, 110 Gold Coins, 1 Booty Tile, 216 Goods cards, 6 Deputy cards, 6 Black Market cards, 1 Sheriff standee, 2 Deputy standees, 6 Merchant stands, 6 Merchant Bags
  • Rating: 4.5 Meeples

In the game Sheriff of Nottingham, players take the role of merchants trying to make a profit during Prince John’s visit to Nottingham. Merchants have the option to hedge their bets and only sell legal goods to make profit, or take a gamble and try to get past the sheriff with high price black market goods by bluffing. Players take turns playing the role of the sheriff. The sheriff’s job is to stop merchants from smuggling black market items into the city, by trying to decide if merchants are telling the truth about the goods that they have on hand. The sheriff can confiscate goods and take bribes to make profit. Whoever makes the biggest profit wins. Sheriff of Nottingham gets extremely competitive. Whenever I play this game with my roommates there is a lot of lively banter, yelling, and laughing. The 2nd Edition loses half a Meeple for not having as good of a design as the first edition. –Maddie Schenck

Ticket to Ride: London- Dani Kennedy

  • Name of Game: Ticket to Ride London
  • Publisher: Days of Wonder
  • Year Published: 2019
  • Type of Game: Set Collecting
  • Play Time: 15 mins
  • Rule Complexity: Easy
  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • Bits: Similar to Ticket to Ride. The pieces look like little buses!
  • Rating: 4 Meeples

I love Ticket to Ride, so when I saw Ticket to Ride London (and New York) I was so excited! This small box game has all the fun of Ticket to Ride but in 15 minutes. Ticket to Ride is a fun and easy family game perfect for kiddos ages 8+. You collect sets of cards that are the same color in order to place track from one area of London to the next. Player with the most points at the end of the game wins. It really is that simple. The small box of London and New York allows you to easily take this game camping, to a friend’s house, or anywhere for that matter. –Dani Kennedy

Free RPG Day July 25th!

by: on July 21, 2020  |  

Free RPG Day is July 25th! The following are free with a purchase of 10 dollars or more while supplies last. Check out all of the RPGs we currently stock.

Rain of Mercy

Rain of Mercy is an entertaining introduction to the grim darkness of the 41st Millennium and Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay: Wrath & Glory. The booklet is a short primer on the world of Warhammer 40,000, the glorious Imperium and its many foes, and the forsaken Gilead System trapped by the Great Rift.

DICE!

GateKeeper Games Dice is offering, not 1, but 3, unique dice packs they call “dice set upgrade kits”, each containing both a D6 AND a D20! These promo packs, complete with collectible inserts, are designed to upgrade a matching 7 die set to a 9 die Advantage Disadvantage set.

ROOT RPG

The Free RPG Day booklet for Root: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game contains pre-generated characters and a full clearing write up along with all the rules to get you started playing quickly!

KeyForge RPG

Venture into the amalgamated world of the Crucible with Maw of Abraxas, a one shot Genesys RPG adventure told across three episodes.

And so much more…

These three different RPG booklets give you a great introduction into each of the different games. Overlight is a fantasy roleplaying game of kaleidoscopic journeys: a visceral, dangerous, and brightly-colored setting. Characters will search for personal meaning among a fantastic, sometimes violent, and overwhelming world. Kids on Brooms is a collaborative role-playing game about taking on the life of a witch or wizard at a magical school you all attend- a place full of mystery, danger, and thrilling adventure. In the Junior Braves Survival Guide to the Apocalypse game, you take the roles of Junior Braves – young scouts who are learning outdoors skills, good citizenship, and teamwork. They return home to find some sort of doomsday event has brought civilization as they knew it to an end.

This is just a few of the items that will be available! Other items include Pathfinder, Starfinder, miniatures, Dungeon Crawl Classics, and much more!

We can’t wait to celebrate Free RPG Day with you!

Store Hours and Guidelines!

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We have gotten some questions about our new store hours and the guidelines we are taking. So here’s the deal!

We are currently open 7 days a week 12-7pm

Happy Hour runs from 4-6pm every day with $2 off sandwiches, $5 drafts, and $2 off growler fills!

  • We are open for browsing and dine in up to 90 mins.
  • Masks are required, we’ve got you covered if you forgot one
  • Our game library is open and games are sequestered after each play
  • We offer in store pickup as well as curbside pickup