Nominations for Best Welcoming Games

by: on May 1, 2022  |  

Dice Tower has put out their lists of game nominees in different categories. This is their picks for Best Welcoming Games. You can see all of their categories here.

7 Wonders Architects

  • BGG Rating-7.1
  • Ages-8+
  • Time-25 mins
  • Player Count-2-7 players

In 7 Wonders: Architects, players race to become a leader of the ancient world by completing an architectural wonder that will last through the ages.

Players receive an unconstructed wonder at the beginning of the game and must collect resources to build their society, develop military might to navigate conflicts, oversee resource management, research science improvements, and collect civil victory points as they race to leave their mark on world history.

Canvas

  • BGG Rating-7.5
  • Ages-14+
  • Time-30 mins
  • Player Count-1-5 players

In Canvas, you play as a painter competing in an art competition. Players will collect art cards, layering 3 of them together to create their own unique painting. Each card contains a piece of artwork as well as a set of icons used during scoring. Icons will be revealed or hidden based on the way players choose to layer the cards making for an exciting puzzle. Paintings are scored based on a set of Scoring cards which will change each game. Once players have created and scored 3 paintings the game ends.

Cascadia

  • BGG Rating-8.1
  • Ages-10+
  • Time-45 mins
  • Player Count-1-4 players

Cascadia is a puzzly tile-laying and token-drafting game featuring the habitats and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. In the game, you take turns building out your own terrain area and populating it with wildlife.

Picture Perfect

  • BGG Rating-7.1
  • Ages-10+
  • Time-50 mins
  • Player Count-2-4 players

How do you take the perfect picture of a group of people if you only have one try? In Picture Perfect, each character has different wishes. Some want to be at the front of the picture; some want to stand next to another; and some really don’t want to be next to that one particular person by any means. Do your best to make everyone happy – even if you don’t actually know all the characters’ preferences. Players need to arrange fourteen characters to take the perfect photograph. Each of them has three specific desires that you want to fulfill. Unfortunately, these desires are hidden in envelopes.

You’re Invited to New Capenna!

by: on April 18, 2022  |  

Well, well, well…fancy seeing you here.  Welcome to New Capenna! This here city was built by angels, but now these streets are run by the five families. Trust me, you won’t want to cross any of ’em.

You didn’t hear it from me, see, but the word on the street is that a new speakeasy has opened in town. The music is swingin’, the drinks are pourin’, and most importantly the cards are being dealt. 

The Meeples Family (the silent sixth family of Capenna) has graciously volunteered to host our party behind the Suspicious Bookcase in their home. Here’s what you’ve gotta do, follow the links below to sign up for the events you will be attending. 

When: Friday, April 22nd-6:30pm 
Saturday, April 23rd- 12:30pm
Saturday, April 23rd- 5:00pm
Sunday, April 24th- 1:00pm (2 Headed Giant)

Format: Sealed
Cost: $30 per player

Sign up today here! There are a limited amount of in store sign ups available. 

New Games!

by: on February 22, 2022  |  

Check out some of the new games to hit our shelves in the past few weeks.

Whistle Mountain

  • Players: 2-4
  • Ages: 14+
  • Time: Hour+

In Whistle Mountain, take your company’s massive profits from all of that railroading and invest them in new technologies, deep in the Rocky Mountains where there is an abundance of resources. Your workers build crazy arrays of scaffolds and machines, upgrading your abilities and collecting resources. As you build with the help of your airship fleet, the mountain’s melting snow causes the water below to rise higher and higher, putting workers in danger and increasing the tension on the dynamically-changing board.

Stella: Dixit Universe

  • Players: 3-6
  • Ages: 8+
  • Time: 30+ mins

Stella is a competitive game in the Dixit universe. In each round, players interpret Dixit cards on a board after receiving a common clue word. Each player observes the Dixit cards and secretly associates these cards with the clue word, marking on their erasable personal slates the cards that they choose. Selecting the same cards as the other players allows you to score more points. Conversely, selecting a card that no one else chooses may cost you dearly.

Welcome to…The Moon

  • Players: 1-6
  • Ages: 10+
  • Time: 30+ mins

Welcome to the Moon uses the same flip-and-write game mechanisms as the earlier title Welcome To…, but now you can play in a campaign across eight adventure sheets. On a turn, you flip cards from three stacks to create three different combinations of a starship number and a corresponding action, then all players choose one of these three combinations. You use the number to fill a space in a zone on your adventure sheet in numerical order, and everyone is racing to be the first to complete common missions.

Tinners’ Trail

  • Players: 1-5
  • Ages: 14+
  • Time: Hour+

In Tinners’ Trail, set in 19th century Cornwall, you represent a mining conglomerate at the height of the tin and copper mining industry. You must buy plots of land across Cornwall in auctions and survey them for tin and copper, always managing your “work points” and money effectively. Once you have a mine in place, it’s time to extract the ore and make a profit, but the deeper your mine goes, the more expensive the process gets. To reduce the cost of mining, you can place developments, such as ports, train stations, and adits (drainage tunnels), but there’s only so many improvements to go around. Once you have made your money trying to time the market to sell when prices are high you can invest it in industries outside of Cornwall, which gains you victory points. The earlier you invest, the better the return.

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Pre-release Events!

by: on January 29, 2022  |  

Calling all MAAAGIC PLAAAYERS! It’s time to head back to Kamigawa!

Neon Dynasty is set in the current era on Kamigawa, more than 1200 years after conclusion of the original Kamigawa block in 3326 AR. The plane’s feudal past has met futuristic modernity, with ninjas and samurai now carrying a cyberpunk aesthetic.

We are hosting 4 different Pre-release events! Here’s what you need to know…

When/What:

  • Friday, February 11th – 6:30pm (Sealed)
  • Saturday, February 12th – 12:30pm, 6:00pm (Sealed)
  • Sunday, February 13th – 1:00pm (2-Headed Giant)

Cost:

Event Fee is $30 per player

Where:

With us, your favorite board game cafe!

Other info:

  • Masks and proof of vaccination (negative COVID test) for everyone 12 years and up will be required.
  • We suggest arriving at least 30 mins early to get signed in and ready for the event.
  • Events on Friday and Saturday are capped at 36 players, Sunday is capped at 16 teams.
  • When signing up for 2-Headed Giant, please have your partners information ready.

For more information, or to sign up for an event, please give us a call (206.535.7896) today!

Games We are Playing!

by: on January 21, 2022  |  

Everyone knows that the best games, are the games that the staff won’t stop talking about! Here’s a list of the games that we can’t stop playing.

The Quacks of Quedlinburg

  • Ages: 10+
  • 2-4 players
  • 45 mins
  • 7.8 rating on BGG

In The Quacks of Quedlinburg, players are quack doctors, each making their own secret brew by adding ingredients one at a time. Take care with what you add, though, for a pinch too much of this or that will spoil the whole mixture! This bag building, push your luck game has become a store favorite.

Lizard Wizard

  • Ages: 10+
  • 2-6 players
  • 90+ mins
  • 7.4 rating on BGG

In Lizard Wizard, players compete to recruit wizards from seven unique schools of magic, build mystical towers, research powerful spells, summon helpful familiars, and search dark dungeons for gold and items of power. Only one Arch-Mage will rise above the rest and control the land. Will it be you? This game has been making it’s rounds through the Meeples gang. It has an aspect of push your luck, set collecting, and resource management that we all really like.

Space Park

  • Ages: 14+
  • 1-4 players
  • 25 mins
  • 7.3 rating on BGG

Ride a rocket to extraordinary destinations across our galaxy. During your travels you will gather exotic crystals that further our understanding of what’s out there. Use these crystals to complete exploration badges and turn them in at the mysterious Outpost 13 to prove yourself as the galaxy’s next great space explorer! Space Park is a beautiful game that features resource management, set collecting and an awesome solo mode.

Unmatched

  • Ages: 9+
  • 2-4 players
  • 20-40 mins
  • 7.9 rating on BGG

Unmatched is a highly asymmetrical miniature fighting game for two or four players. Each hero is represented by a unique deck designed to evoke their style and legend. Tactical movement and no-luck combat resolution create a unique play experience that rewards expertise, but just when you’ve mastered one set, new heroes arrive to provide all new match-ups. You will often catch the Meeples gang talking about their match-ups when it comes to Unmatched. We may even break out a quick 2 player game with you if it’s slow.

7 Wonders: Architects

  • Ages: 8+
  • 2-7 players
  • 25 mins
  • 7.2 rating on BGG

In 7 Wonders: Architects, players race to become a leader of the ancient world by completing an architectural wonder that will last through the ages. Players receive an unconstructed wonder at the beginning of the game and must collect resources to build their society, develop military might to navigate conflicts, oversee resource management, research science improvements, and collect civil victory points as they race to leave their mark on world history. What we love about Architects is the simple game play and the awesome organizations! This game is so easy to break out and play for even the newest of board gamers.