Brian and I just got back from a week of hobnobbing with our peeps in the game industry and we’re both exhausted and excited about some of the new things coming out this year. We’ll have some highlights in another post, but this is all about the new games that came in while we were away. There are some really great things both out now and on the horizon!
New Games and Restocks
Tales from the Loop: Our Friends the Machines
This first expansion for the iconic Tales from the Loop RPG, Our Friends the Machines brings more adventure as toys suddenly gain intelligence!
Labyrinth Ocean is the same great Labyrinth game play with a cool Ocean theme!
The In Between
InBetween, a nod to Stranger Things is a game for two players, competing against each other to either protect or devour the inhabitants of Upsideville in a tug-of-war between the Human and Creature dimensions. We have this in the Game Library!
Skull – Back in Stock!
Skull is rated 7.1 on boardgamegeek.com!
Catan Seafarers Secnario – Legend of the Sea Robbers
Catan: Seafarers Scenario – Legend of the Sea Robbers includes four new linked scenarios that tell the “Legend of the Sea Robber” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Catan: Seafarers.
Firefly Adventures Brigands and Browncoats
Firefly: Adventures is a cooperative, mission based, skirmish-level game where the players use the different skills and abilities of Malcolm, Zoë, Jayne, Kaylee and Wash to succeed.
In Sakura, every year the Emperor walks through the imperial gardens to greet the spring, every year he stops beneath the Sakura trees, and every year you try to paint his picture. This will be your year.
Tak University Edition
Tak is a two-player abstract strategy game dreamed up by Pat Rothfuss in “The Wise Man’s Fear” and made reality by James Ernest. In Tak, players attempt to make a road of their pieces connecting two opposite sides of the board. The University Edition is the same great game as the larger, more expensive version, but with a smaller profile while maintaining the nice wooden bits.
Meeple Circus is back in stock! Of course, this is our favorite game!
D&D Summer Camp
Calling all Adventurers! Join Dungeon Master Lo for a full week of D&D fun!
- Two sessions to choose from:
- 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
- Space limited to 8 per session, so register early!
- Kids 10-14
- Work together to build a World in which to play
- Create maps of that World
- Each participant will design a dungeon and then play in that dungeon
- Learn about storytelling and roleplaying
- Create a character
- Choose and paint a miniature of that character
- Learn to play and play tons of D&D
- All materials provided
- Everyone gets a set of dice, a dice bag, coins and other goodies
- Coupon for 20% off a Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook
- Healthy snack each day (Attendees should eat lunch before arriving)
- Additional snacks and beverages are available for purchase in our cafe
- Skills building and teamwork
- Math and probabilities
- Multiple activities per day
- Fun Fun Fun!
Magic: the Gathering Summer Camp at Meeples Games!
Calling all Spellslingers! Join Spell Master Garrett for a full week of Magic: the Gathering fun!!
- Two sessions to choose from:
- 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
- Appropriate for both Beginning and Intermediate players
- Space limited to 12 per session, so register early!
- Kids 10-15
- All materials provided – over $75 of Magic product for each participant!
- Overview of rules and coaching of new players
- Learn to Draft and play in a Draft tournament
- Learn to assess cards and to build a deck
- Make your own Magic Card
- Learn Sealed Format and play in a Sealed tournament
- Get a Planeswalker Deck, prizes, promos, packs, etc
- Learn about Standard Format
- Make a Spin-down D20
- Get expert help on your deck
- Learn about Pauper and build a Pauper deck from Meeples’ cards (take this deck home!)
- Use your Pauper deck to compete in a final Standard Pauper Tournament w/ prizes!
- Healthy snack provided daily (additional snacks and beverages are available in our cafe)
- Participants should eat lunch before arriving
**Participants may bring their own Magic decks for open dueling or cards for trading, but Meeples Games is not responsible for their decks or cards. We will do our best to make sure everyone keeps track of their things.
The Impossible Burger is the latest and best entry into the Meat Substitute market and it’s absolutely amazing! Made entirely from plants, this burger could fool even the biggest burger expert! Seriously, it’s amazing.
We love it not only because it’s vegetarian/vegan (not gluten free), but also because it uses so much less of the earth’s resources to produce. “Compared to cows, the Impossible Burger uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions.”
The key is Heme, a compound found in all living things and is found in high concentrations in animal muscle. Heme is one of the things that makes meat taste like meat and it’s also found in plants. It’s the key ingredient in the Impossible Burger and makes it taste just like meat!
Find out more about the Impossible Burger here then come in and try one! You’ll be amazed!!
We have a lot of new games this week and some reprints of sought-after titles!
Great Western Trail by Eggertspiel is back in stock! Be the best rancher that you can be in this intricate tile and card game.
Great Western Trail, 8.3 on boardgamegeek.com
Stellium by Ankama is a game in which players are architects of the universe just after its creation. They draw celestial bodies from a bag (represented by marbles with different textures, so they can try to pick the one they are looking for) and place them on the universe to complete contracts. Each type of celestial body has an effect on the universe, e.g., the comet takes the place of another one and “pushes them in line”. The bits on this game are really cool!
ShutterBug by Calliope Games is a fast-paced set collection game of opportunity and exploration for 2-6 players, played in eight rounds. Designed by Mike Elliott (Dice Masters, Quarriors), this fun game puts you as a photographer trying to get the best pictures to sell to the right people.
ShutterBug by Mike Elliott
Gloomhaven by Cephalofair Games is a game of Euro-inspired tactical combat in a persistent world of shifting motives. Players will take on the role of a wandering adventurer with their own special set of skills and their own reasons for traveling to this dark corner of the world. Players must work together out of necessity to clear out menacing dungeons and forgotten ruins. In the process, they will enhance their abilities with experience and loot, discover new locations to explore and plunder, and expand an ever-branching story fueled by the decisions they make. We have only a few copies left of this printing, but if you’re interested in a copy, another printing is coming this spring. Get your name on the list today!
Gloomhaven, ranked #1 on boardgamegeek.com!!!
Legacy of Dragonholt by Fantasy Flight Games – Gather your band of heroes and journey to the edge of the Terrinoth in Legacy of Dragonholt!
The first game to use the Oracle system, Legacy of Dragonholt captures the spirit of a roleplaying game without needing a game master. This narrative game for one to six players allows players to build their own unique hero and embark on six noble quests. Battle goblins, foil the plot of an evil lord, and add a new story to your tale!
Legacy of Dragonholt – 7.8 on boardgamegeek.com
Ticket to Ride Map Collection 6 – France & the Old West by Days of Wonder – This expansion for any of the Ticket to Ride base games includes a double sided map with France on one side and the Western US on the other, route cards and other items needed for the expansion. A base game is required. This is the sixth map collection for the favorite Ticket to Ride and this one’s rated 7.9 on boardgamegeek.com!
Ticket to Ride Map Collection 6 – France & the Old West – 7.9 on boardgamegeek.com
Anachrony by Mindclash is a hundreds-of-years-post-apocalypse game that features a unique two-tiered worker placement system. To travel to the Capital or venture out to the devastated areas for resources, players need not only various Specialists (Engineers, Scientists, Administrators, and Geniuses) but also Exosuits to protect and enhance them — and both are in short supply.
Anachrony – 8.2 on boardgamegeek.com
Reworld by Eggertspiel – Players attempt to terraform a newly discovered planet, and to do that they need to use terrabots to establish new cities and shuttles to deliver materials that will populate those locations.
Reworld by Eggertspiel
D&D Dungeon Tiles by Wizards of the Coast
Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Tiles!
Dice Thone by Mind Bottling Games – If you like dice games, this one’s for you! It’s a fast-paced 2-6 player combat game (1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 2v2v2, or free-for-all). Select from a variety of heroes that play and feel completely distinct from one another. Attack opponents and activate abilities by rolling your hero’s unique set of five dice. Accumulate combat points and spend them on cards that have a large range of effects, such as granting permanent hero upgrades, applying status effects, and manipulating dice directly (yours, your teammate’s, or even your opponent’s).
Dice Throne – 8.6 on boardgamegeek.com
Heaven & Ale by Eggertspiel – You have been assigned to lead an ancient monastery and its brewery. Now it’s your time to brew the best beer under God’s blue sky! In Heaven & Ale, you have to overcome the harsh competition of your fellow players. There is a fine balance between upgrading your cloister’s garden and harvesting the resources you need to fill your barrels. Only those who manage to keep a cool head are able to win the race for the best beer!
Heaven and Ale – 7.7 on boardgamegeek.com
Wildcatters by Capstone Games is a tactical and strategic board game set during the booming business of the 19th century oil industry! The players are oil barons who develop oil fields; bid for oil rights; and build rigs, oil tankers, trains, and refineries. Your goal is to deliver more oil barrels to the continents than the other players while also collecting more shares and money then them.
Wildcatters – reprint 7.5 on boardgamegeek.com
Ancestree by Calliope Games – a tile laying game in which players get to build their personal family trees!
Ancestree – Calliope Games
Innovation Deluxe by Asmadi Games is a complete set of Innovation (Third Edition) and its four expansions, all in a new upgraded art style. Innovation is a civilization-building card game that focuses on the ideas and inventions across the ages. There are no maps or battles to fight, and your success is determined by clever use of the special powers granted by the innovations you choose to play.
Innovation Deluxe – 8.4 on boardgamegeek.com