Do you enjoy Azul, but find yourself wanting to branch out and try some new games? We have hand selected the following games that seem to fall into the same “drafting” category that Azul does.
Kingdomino is a tile drafting game where during each turn, a player connects a new domino to their existing kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type already in play. The game mechanics for obtaining the tiles is clever: the order of who picks first depends on which tile was previously chosen. Make sure to secure tiles with crowns- these royal treasures help to multiply the worth of your kingdom at the end of the game! The game ends when each player has completed a 5×5 grid, and then points are counted based on number of connecting tiles and crowns.
In the game Reef, players take on the role of a coral reef, carefully selecting colors and patterns in which to grow and expand. On each turn, players can choose to pick up a new card from a choice of four, or play a card that is already in hand. Each card provides two reef pieces and a pattern that scores points if the existing reef has it. Whoever has the most points when the reef pieces run out wins! Unlike Azul, Reef does not have much of a “drafting” process, but it still is a good game to try if you’re looking of something a little different than Azul.
Carcassonne is a tile-placement game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads. Having placed a tile, the player can then decide to place one of his meeples on one of the areas on it: on the city as a knight, on the road as a robber, on a cloister as a monk, or on the grass as a farmer. When that area is complete, that meeple scores points for its owner.
Perhaps the most like Azul, Sagrada is a dice drafting game where players try to fill in their individual stain glass windows. Each board has some restrictions on which color or value of die can be placed there. Dice of the same shade or color may never be placed next to each other. Dice are drafted in player order, with the start player rotating each round, snaking back around after the last player drafts two dice. Scoring is variable per game based on achieving various patterns and varieties of placement…as well as bonus points for dark shades of a particular hidden goal color.
This Saturday July 20th, California Ave SW will be closed due to the West Seattle Grand Parade, but that doesn’t mean we will be closed! We will be open at our normal hours and running our Magic:the Gathering drafts at their usual times (1:30 and 5:30p). If you plan on being here for the drafts, we suggest leaving early to navigate your way around California Ave SW. We will see you on Saturday!
A new wave of Star Wars X-Wing 2nd Edition ships have dropped! Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful Rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE fighters, facing them against each other in fast-paced space combat. Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, the X-Wing Miniatures Game recreates exciting Star Wars space combat throughout its several included scenarios. Select your crew, plan your maneuvers, and complete your mission! Remember, you can join us on Wednesdays at 5:30 for our weekly X-Wing nights!
Expedition: The Roleplaying Card Game is a fast RPG that expedites character creation and combat, allowing adventurers to immediately jump into the action. Expedition uses an open source, cross-platform app that is free on iOS, Android, and web browsers. The app comes with a variety of pre-built adventures and also provides tools for you to create and tell your own stories. The game makes use of a unique card-based system for combat.
n Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky, players act as artisans, decorating the palace lake with floating lanterns and launching fireworks to light up the sky. The player who earns the most honor has made the best impression on the emperor and wins. In more detail, roll dice and choose which colored lanterns players can fill on their scoresheets. Earn gifts to perform special actions, fill in additional colored lanterns, and create powerful combinations. Cover completed shapes with fireworks tiles to score points and put on a spectacular show!
Who knew sleeping dogs and bagels could have such striking similarities? Flip cards quickly and be the first to call out “beagle” or “bagel” depending on which one is showing the most on the table. After a while, you won’t know if you are looking at a furry friend in a ball, or a yummy bread roll! The goofy card game Beagle or Bagel? offers three ways of playing to challenge your visual perception in fun and unpredictable ways!
Century: A New World is the third and final installment of the Century series. Century: A New World sends players to the Americas at the dawn of the 16th century. Braving the wilderness, players are forced to explore new lands, trade with local inhabitants, journal their findings, and hunt/gather to survive! The game integrates the compelling and incredibly fun resource trading mechanisms found in the Century series with a worker placement mechanism with a twist!
Ticket to Ride: New York features the familiar game-play from the Ticket to Ride game series — collect cards, claim routes, draw tickets — but on a scaled-down map of Manhattan that allows you to complete a game in no more than 15 minutes.
Under a blazing sun in 4th century BCE, traders come from all corners of the Mediterranean Sea to Corinth to sell their goods; Persian carpets, Cretan olive oil, Roman grapes, and Egyptian spices are highly prized by traders. Players have a few weeks to secure their place in Corinthian lore as its most savvy trader! Corinth is a roll-and-write game akin to a dice-only version of the board game Yspahan. At the start of a turn, the active player rolls nine dice, then places all the dice with the highest value on the gold space at the top of the chart, then starts placing dice from the bottom of the chart up, with each value of dice being on a separate level. The active player takes all the dice on one level, then the action associated with that level. The top level gives the player as many gold as the number of dice they took; the bottom level gives goats instead of gold; and the middle levels allow a player to deliver goods to a number of market stalls on their personal player sheet equal to the dice claimed.
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. The
three scenarios are…
“Sherlock Holmes” — The master detective faces a most bizarre
affair and could use your assistance as he pursues his investigation.
“In Pursuit of the White Rabbit” — Discover Wonderland and its strange characters, helping Alice to escape in time.
“Insert Coin” — Complete the levels of a virtual adventure, and avoid “Game Over” to escape!
New Brews on Tap! Pumpkin Spice Cider and Octoberfest
It’s that time of year to enjoy something warm and earthy – even in a cold, bubbly beverage! We have two new brews on tap.
Lazy Boy Brewing, Everett, WA
This fall ale is perfect for cuddling up with a nice game! It’s not too dark or rich – surprisingly light for an Octoberfest. Check out the Lazy Boy Brewing website!
Seattle Cider Company, Seattle, WA
Pumpkin Spice Cider
I love this cider. It’s not too spicy, nor is it too pumpkin-y. It’s really delicious! From Seattle Cider Company’s website: “This semi-sweet cider is copper in color and perfect for fall. Fermented with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, it offers hints of the season’s favorite spices followed by just a touch of pumpkin.”