We have received these new games, as well as restocked some classics, within the last week. All of these can be picked up in store Monday-Sunday 12-7pm or via our online store. We still offer curbside pickup!
Fast Sloths is a race game that at its core is a classic pick-up-and-deliver game — except that we ourselves are the cargo being delivered. Get carried along the way and never take a single step on your own! Play with six out of twelve different animal species, and the giant game board can be in four different combinations. On a turn, draft 2-3 cards of different animal types from the top of their face-up decks, then play as many animal cards as you like of a single type. Each animal provides a different type of movement or interaction with its package (that’s you!), with ants carrying you along in a chain and the elephant throwing you with its trunk. Fast Sloths is a game free from randomness that evolves only through the interaction between the players, doing so without any “take that” mechanisms — except for you snatching an animal from under the other players’ noses because you need to use it yourself.
Your succulent garden is amazing! Through thoughtful selection, delicate pruning, and tireless care, you’ve earned a reputation as a master horticulturist. In Succulent, compete against your peers for lucrative and prestigious projects that will cement your place as the community’s premier succulent gardener. The game is played over a series of turns during which players collect succulent cuttings from their gardens along with water crystals and use them to complete projects which grant various benefits, including earning points. Most victory points at the end of the game wins!
Sheriff of Nottingham 2nd Ed.
The bustling market in Nottingham is filled with goods from all over the kingdom. Most of it is entirely legal, however, Prince John is looking to make sure no contraband gets sold. He’s tasked the Sheriff to inspect Merchant’s wares, looking for any illicit goods. The Sheriff’s shrewd, but not above taking a bribe to look the other way. In Sheriff of Nottingham 2nd Edition, players take turns playing the Sheriff, looking for contraband goods, and the Merchants trying to stock their stall with the best goods. The Sheriff can inspect any bag they want, but be careful, as they’ll have to pay a penalty if they find the Merchants were telling the truth. This new edition includes updated rules, as well as expansions such as the 6th Merchant, Black Market, and Sheriff’s Deputies.
Grand Austria Hotel
In the thick of the Viennese modern age, exquisite cafés are competing for customers. Inspiring artists, important politicians, and tourists from all over the world are populating Vienna and in need of a hotel room. This is the opportunity to turn your little café into a world famous hotel. Hire staff, fulfill the wishes of guests, and gain the emperor’s favor. Only then will your café become the Grand Austria Hotel. With 116 different cards and a new set-up in each game, Grand Austria Hotel provides a huge replay value. Each game stands on its own and demands new tactics and strategies.
Check out some of the new games that have come in this past week! All of these games are available for in store pickup Monday-Sunday 12-7pm, or via our online store (we are still offering curbside pickup).
It’s Telestrations, but Upside Down! This take on the award winning Telestrations game gives a whole new meaning to laugh out loud miscommunication. Telestrations: Upside Drawn puts a teamwork spin on “The Telephone Game Sketched Out” by putting the pen in one person’s hand, and control of the board in another’s! Only through “Up” or “Down” directives can the team put the pen and board together to guess the clue first!
A Crossroads Game set in a world of fantastical pirate adventure. In it, players take on the role of pirates sailing together on a ship, attempting to further their own personal stories as well as a common goal. The world of Forgotten Waters is silly and magical, with stories designed to encourage players to explore and laugh in delight as they interact with the world around them. It’s a game in which every choice can leave a lasting impact on the story, and players will want turn over every rock just to see what they find.
In the center of the universe hangs the Crucible, an enormous artificial world created by the enigmatic Architects and home to countless beings and cultures. Here, impossibly advanced technologies mix with arcane powers to make for a setting unlike any other. Uncovering the secrets of this mysterious, artificial world will take all your skills—but the possible rewards are boundless…Secrets of the Crucible contains new character creation options, unique weapons and armor, new skills revolving around the mysterious Æmber permeating the world, bizzare adversaries, and a new adventure builder that puts all these aspects together!
Ticket to Ride: London features the familiar gameplay from the Ticket to Ride game series — collect cards, claim routes, draw tickets — but on a scaled-down map of 1970s London that allows you to complete a game in no more than 15 minutes.
Bits: AWESOME! The cards are beautiful, the minis of each villain are sturdy and great.
Rating: 4 Meeples
If you’re a Disney buff at all, this game is definitely up your alley! In Disney Villainous, you play as a Disney villain from a range of different animated movies. The play style of this game is asymmetrical, which means that each villain has it’s own win condition. First villain to complete their win condition wins, but other villains can play the heroes to your villain stopping you from gaining resources. Another great feature to this game is that each new “expansion” is a 3 person starter set! I love this game, and tend to play it with a Disney soundtrack in the background. -Dani Kennedy
Rule Complexity: Easy – Medium (gets progressively more difficult)
Number of Players: 2-4
Bits: Good, the boards and bits are nice and the dice are great quality
Rating: 4 Meeples
I like this game because it is Co-Op and you really have to work together in later stages to win. You are trying to get all the Fantastic Beasts back in Newt’s magic suitcase by rolling dice and assigning them to different actions . You can lend other players dice if you meet certain criteria. The dice themselves are really nice and the personal character boards all have their own strengths and weaknesses. Each beast has their own way of fighting back/running away and you have to change up your strategy a bit for each one. There is a surplus of beasts to choose from so there is a lot of replay-ability. I feel this is a must have for any Harry Potter fan, or Co-Op game fans in general. -Nichole Davis
Bits: Average, all cardboard. The awesome art is by Kyle Ferrin, and unique on most cards.
Rating: 4.5 Meeples
Bring on the chaos! In Dungeon Mayhem you compete directly against all the other players in a bid to be the last person standing. There are 4 decks to play, each based on a D&D class with a completely different style of play. The Paladin’s defensive capabilities are probably my favorite if I’m actually trying to win, but the wizard’s is pretty fun if I’m feeling a more chaotic play-style. The Barbarian is brutal with her attacks and the Rogue is quite the thief! It’s easy to pick a favorite deck and stick to it, so I would recommend deciding decks randomly for maximum replay. Make sure to set your life total to 10 on your tracking card, and then fight! Last one standing wins! I felt that it was slightly clunky to learn, but after the first game it was all smooth sailing. Remembering to draw cards at the right time and keeping track of the different symbols just took a little practice. I’ve played with kids as young as 8 with little difficulty and lots of silly fun, I’d imagine as long as they can do a little bit of reading most children could easily take part. Overall I think of Dungeon Mayhem as a great party or quick family game. As long as you don’t mind the strong competitive aspect it’s fun for all ages, offers plenty of replayability and of course the best part; sassy table talk. –Reena Asquith
Bits: Wood track, 10 wooden pucks, and drawstring pouch
Rating: 5 Meeples
FastTrack is a fast action puck slinging game powered by your fingers. It allows its players to hone in on their eye coordination and fine motor skills. The goal is to fire all 5 of your pucks through the slot to the other side of the track before your opponent. The bits are a graphically pleasing wood board and pucks, painted red, black, and white, with some exposed wood. It has a beautiful minimalistic design reminiscent of a race-car track. I like how competitive and heart racing this game has the potential to become. The game is suggested for players 5-9 years old, however the hand eye coordination element makes this a good drinking game for those of us over the age of 21. There is nothing I dislike about this game. –Maddie Schenck
Hey Meeps. We’ve decided to close for Curbside Pickup on Saturday June 6, 2020. There will be a demonstration and march down California Ave Saturday afternoon and both in support of the event and because you won’t be able to get here, we’ve decided to close. The online store will still be open for pickup on Monday.