January Staff Picks!

by: on January 13, 2021  |  

The holidays have come and gone, but we are still here to give you a few of our favorite games and expansions! All of these games/expansions can be picked up in store or via our online store.

Nichole Davis-Charms and Potions Expansion for Hogwarts Battle

  • Name of Game/Expansion: Charms and Potions Expansion for Hogwarts Battle
  • Publisher: The OP
  • Year Published: 2020
  • Type of Game: Co-op Deckbuilder
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium depending on how many people are playing
  • Play Time: 30-45 min
  • Number of Players: 2-5
  • Bits: Great!
  • Overall Rating: 5 Meeples

I really like this expansion to my favorite game of all time. It adds in two new components: Charms and a Potions Cupboard. Each player gets a new ability (a Charm) that they slot to the top of their player board that gives them a new ability that changes depending on their current health, there are a lot of them included in the box so there is lots of variety to mix up play throughs. The Potions Cupboard gets placed next to the main board and you need to meet certain conditions (play 3 spells, heal another player, ect.) to get ingredients for it to brew potions that can be added to your deck or discarded from the game for an additional effect. There are also new events added to up the difficulty that act somewhat like the Horcruxes from the main game. I’ve been having a lot of fun with this expansion, it’s really nifty when you manage to brew a potion and the element of trying to keep your health in a certain range to use a specific Charm ability add a lot to the already fun gameplay of the original. It also meshes very well with the Monster Box of Monsters expansion and I can’t wait to see what they come up with for the next one!

Boyce Asquith- Catch the Moon

  • Name of Game/Expansion: Catch the Moon
  • Publisher: Asmodee
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Type of Game: Kids/Family Dexterity Game
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Play Time: 20 mins
  • Number of Players: 2-6
  • Bits: Wooden ladders and stylistic plastic base
  • Overall Rating: 4.5 Meeples

Catch the Moon is a manual dexterity game where the players take on the role of dreamers reaching for the moon. Each player rolls a die that dictates how they will place their ladder on the growing tower of ladders. But beware, failing to place your ladder as the die dictates will cost you a tear. Three tears and you are out. The last player standing wins. An easy and light-hearted game, Catch the Moon can be played by all audiences ages 5 and up.

Dani Kennedy- Letter Tycoon

  • Name of Game/Expansion: Letter Tycoon
  • Publisher: Breaking Games
  • Year Published: 2015
  • Type of Game: Economic/Word Game
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Play Time: 30 mins
  • Number of Players: 2-5
  • Bits: Cool steampunk styled cards and an aeroship first player token
  • Overall Rating: 4 Meeples

Letter Tycoon is Scrabble meets the best parts of Monopoly!  Each player starts with 7 letter cards in their hand and on their turn using those cards  plus 3 public letters they spell a word. Players score money and stock options based on their word.  Players can use their money to patent letters, if patented every time that letter is used the patent holder earns money from the bank!

I am usually terrible at word spelling games.  But this one is super fast and easy to play.  I love the steampunk styled cards and the overall play style.  Will you earn enough to make yourself the Letter Tycoon?

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