Are you having trouble coming up with the perfect gift for the gamer in your life? Well have no fear! We have come up with a handy guide to help you pick out the perfect gift! As of this posting, all of these games are available in store.
“Strategy Steve!” Steve is a big fan of in-depth strategy games. He loves the detail and the thought process of a complex game. For Steve, we suggest the following games:
Discover Lands Unknown
Azul Stained Glass of Sintra
Founders of Gloomhaven
“RPG Robbie!” Whether the “Robbie” in your life is a seasoned roleplayer or not. We have some great suggestions for you.
D&D Starter Set
D&D Players Handbook
Star Wars RPG
Tales from the Loop
Erasable RPG mat
“Cooperative Cindy!” Cindy loves to work together. She likes for everyone that she plays with to be a winner. For Cindy, we suggest the following games:
Dead of Winter
The Lost Expedition
5 Minute Marvel
“Little Sally and Jimmy!” Sally and Jimmy are the best kiddos in the world! They are brand new to gaming and want to learn as much as they can. We suggest the following games for them.
Ticket to Ride- First Journey
“Frannie Family!” Frannie is all about spending time with her family. She wants games that are good for every age. For her, we suggest the following games:
My Little Scythe
Ticket to Ride
The “Party Perkins Family!” The Perkins love to throw exciting parties! They always want their guest to have the most fun. We have some great suggestions for them:
Nut So Fast
Deadpool vs. The World
You’ve Got Crabs
We hope you were able to find the perfect corresponding gamer that fits the person on your list!
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh my! 2-5 players, 10+ mins, 6+
In this fast paced, dice rolling game, each player rolls their dice and scores based on who can boast the best beasts. Kingly lions are worth four points, tigers tally three points, and bears bring two points each. If you roll a blank, oh my!, that die is removed from play.
Treasure Island 2-5 players, 45+ mins, 10+
A classic game of bluffing and adventure in which one player embodies Long John, trying to mislead the others in their search for his treasure. The hunt reaches its climax with Long John’s escape, when he will make a final run to get the booty for himself! Round after round, they question Long John, about the location of his treasure and explore the island following his directions — or perhaps his misdirections? Who knows… The old sea dog is surely planning an escape, after all, after which he will definitely try to get his treasure back.
Direwild 2-4 players, 60+ mins, 13+
Direwild, a fully co-operative, tactical, dungeon-crawling deck-builder where there is no dungeon master; it is purely the players vs. the game. Players assume the role of animists, heroes that can summon creatures both great and small (represented in the cards you build your deck with), then combine those creatures in unique ways. With the creatures’ help, the animists strive to work as a team to defeat the evil forces of Karn.
7 Wonders: Armada 3-7 players, 40+ mins, 10+
7 Wonders: Armada is an expansion for 7 Wonders that can be combined with the base game or any combination of expansions.
With this expansion, each player gets a separate “naval” board at the start of the game in addition to their wonder board. The expansion includes additional red, green, yellow, and blue cards to shuffle into the deck, and each time that you pay for the cost for any red, green, yellow, and blue card — not only the ones added in this expansion — you can pay an additional cost shown on your naval board to advance your ship of the matching color.
Spell Smashers, 1-5 players, 45+ mins, 12+
Harness the power of your vocabulary in this exciting, monster-battling, loot-collecting word game. In Spell Smashers, you combine your letter cards to spell words, smashing fearsome monsters and their even more fearsome adjectives!
Shadows: Amsterdam 2-8 players, 20+ mins, 10+
A crime has been committed, but the police investigation is going nowhere. An anonymous client has called your detective agency to investigate. However, your rivals are on the case as well, so there’s no time to waste.
Your Intelligence Officer will guide your Detectives through the city, by sending pictures to communicate. Each image contains location intel … for those who can understand. But you need to decode the messages faster than your rivals while avoiding the police! Explore the city to find three pieces of evidence, and deliver them to your client before the other team in order to receive payment — and win the game!
Pandemic: Fall of Rome 1-5 players, 45+ mins, 8+
Combining the cooperative gameplay of Pandemic with innovative new mechanisms, Pandemic: Fall of Rome takes players back in history to the time of the world’s greatest empire: Rome. A weakened military has left the borders open to invasion from countless tribes such as the Anglo-Saxons, Goths, Vandals, and Huns. As you march through the Roman Empire, you must recruit armies, fortify cities, forge alliances, and face off against the invading hordes in battle.
Duelosaur Island, 2 players, 30+ mins, 10+
Duelosaur Island is built around a clever hand-management mechanism. Each card in the game serves three potential purposes. They contain the DNA sequences for dinosaurs you could create, the blueprints for attractions you can build, and certain actions that you can take by discarding them. Do you create the dinosaur on the top of the card to attract guests to your park? Or do you build the attraction on the bottom of the card, which can add to a player’s hand-limit, income, and end-game victory points? Or do you discard the card to combine DNA towards creating another dinosaur?
Are you searching for the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list? We have compiled a list of 25 amazing games that are sure to fit each person on your list. Most of these games can be borrowed from our library, so come in and try a few and pick up your favorites.
This 2 player deck-building game is the perfect game for anyone who likes light strategy. In this game, each player takes turns building the perfect deck to combat the other player. Purchase ships, space bases, and outposts to protect yourself from your opponent. Each game takes about 20 minutes to play.
Goatfish is the perfect family game. This spin on Go Fish, was designed by a West Seattle father and daughter team. Much like Go Fish, each player takes turns asking for a type of goat. But make sure to protect your herd, because opposite players can possibly steal them. This game is perfect for 2-4 players and takes about 20 minutes to play! Do you have any fainting goats?
This fast and fun dexterity game is sure to keep everyone thinking about the warm summer weather! 2-4 players race to flip their swimmers into the bouncy pool, as soon as the youngest play yells “CANNON BALL” the race is on. The first player to land 3 swimmers into the pool wins! But make sure to get your swimmers completely into the pool, because other players can knock them out.
Nut So Fast
You gotta be lightning fast in the wildly nutty party game (3-6 players)! Flip two cards and watch for exactly four matching nut pictures. If you see a set of four, grab the nut token with the same face right out from under other player’s noses! But “nut” so fast because if a number card appears, players instead need to strike the correct nutty pose. Nut So Fast is great for ages 8 and up. Fun for the whole family! Who can strike the nuttiest pose?
Another great party game that we carry is Superfight. This 3-10 player game is all about super powers and super problems. The game encourages lively debates with your friends about ridiculous fights. Who’s got the best character to win?
This game is a complex and thematic co-op game about defending your island home from colonizing Invaders. 1-4 players are different spirits of the land, each with its own unique elemental powers.
In this 2-4 player game, players take turns drafting colored tiles to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they’ve placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player’s score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
This sequel to Azul, challenges 2-4 players to carefully select glass panes to complete their windows while being careful not to damage or waste supplies in the process. The window panels are double-sided, providing players with a dynamic player board that affords nearly infinite variability!
In this dice drafting game, 2-4 players will use the tools-of-the-trade to carefully construct a stained glass window masterpiece. Each stained glass window is “constructed” by building up a grid of dice on their player board. Each board has some restrictions on which color or value of die can be placed there. Dice of the same value or color may never be placed next to each other. There is also a 5-6 player expansion available!
This 2-4 player game is an area control and set collection game in which players manage a group of settlers spreading out over the islands of a newly discovered archipelago. This is a great game for players 8 and up with light strategy.
This abstract, family game plays 2-4 players plays much like Tetris, where spacial awareness is key. Numbers don’t count for much unless they are off the ground floor. The game includes twenty cards numbered 0-9 twice and eighty tiles numbered 0-9. After shuffling the deck of cards, draw and reveal the first card. Each player takes a number tile matching the card and places it on the table. With each new card drawn after that, each player takes the appropriate number tile, then adds it to the tiles that they already have in play, with each player building their own arrangement of tiles. This game can be played out of the box for easy clean-up.
Order’s up, so it’s time for a sushi showdown! Balance and arrange the sushi, plates, and soy sauce bottles, and make sure to execute the order exactly as shown on the card. Be careful because one wrong move and everything might tumble over!
Use your fingers as chopsticks to stack pieces, or play in team mode, with each teammate using only one hand and one finger. Maybe you’ll play in blindfold mode, with you guiding your teammate as they blindly build the tower of sushi.
Be the fastest solo chef or culinary team to master the art of sushi stacking and win! Maki Stack is playable by 2, 4, or 6 players.
Sushi Go Party!
This is an expanded version of the best-selling card game Sushi Go! This game is a party platter of mega maki, super sashimi, and endless edamame. 2-8 players earn points by picking winning sushi combos, but now you can customize each game by choosing à la carte from a menu of more than twenty delectable dishes. What’s more, up to eight players can join in on the sushi-feast. Let the good times roll!
New York 1901
Relive the glory of New York City in the early 1900s, in this game 2-4 players are building skyscrapers on a map of New York’s Financial District. Players take location cards from a card’s display and then use 2-3 of those location cards to place Tetris-shaped building tiles on the board. They first build bronze level buildings. Later in the game those buildings can be replaced by silver level and gold level buildings.
In this co-op game, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! 2-4 players work together as disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand. Will you and your friends save the world?
Welcome to the magical lands of Fairy Tile, where a daring Princess, a devoted Knight, and a dreadful Dragon roam looking for adventure. They need your help to discover the kingdom! Help them move further and further to fulfill their destiny and tell their story, page after page. Develop the kingdom by putting new land tiles in play and moving the Princess, Knight, and Dragon across different places such as mountains, forests, and plains.
This game is much like dominoes but with a kingdom building twist. Each turn, connect a new domino to your 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! We also carry Queendomino, as well as Kingdomino: Age of Giants!
In this game, 3-8 players bet on five racing camels, trying to suss out which ones will place first and second in a quick race around a pyramid. The earlier you place your bet, the more you can win — should you guess correctly, of course. Camels don’t run neatly, however, sometimes landing on top of another one and being carried toward the finish line. Who’s going to run when? That all depends on how the dice come out of the pyramid dice shaker, which releases one die at a time when players pause from their bets long enough to see who’s actually moving!
This historical boardgame where 2-8 players face-off in stylized battles of some of the most famous historic battles of World War II including Omaha Beach, Pegasus Bridge, Operation Cobra and the Ardennes. Memoir ’44 includes over 15 different battle scenarios and features a double-sided hex game board for both beach landings and countryside combat. Each scenario mimics the historical terrain, troop placements and objectives of each army. The game is great for players 8 years old and up!
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…bear?
Clouds is a matching game that was made for the wildest of imaginations. 2-5 players turn over a card and quickly search to find the cloud halves that complete the picture. Be the first to find them, and win! Race your friends, or take on the challenges solo.
Before There Were Stars
This 3-6 player storytelling game has each player tell the mythic creation story of “their people”. Inspired by constellation cards, players craft tales about the creation of the world, the origins of civilization, the rise of a great hero, and the end of days. Playing this game is a breath of fresh air that never repeats itself, except in the fun and warmth of emotion it brings to your table.
This is a simultaneous drafting card game. Each turn, 2-5 players draft five units that they then recruit into their kingdom — assuming that they can pay. These choices determine the players ability to shine in battle, generate great income, construct dominant buildings, and earn legend points. This game is a lot of fun, with easy to understand rules and beautiful artwork, it’s sure to be a hit among your friends and family.
3-5 players play as children, representing a village, and face opponents in a joyful competition around a marvelous tree. Anticipate other players’ moves and guess their intentions. Be crafty, collect strange fruits, and dodge the snowballs! Fruits appear randomly on the board at different levels of the tree. The players will try to seize them and therefore will have to choose on which branch they want to climb. Be careful though, a player will only be able to harvest fruits if he is alone on a branch, and if there is not a player in ambush just above him!
This classic 2-4 players Euro-style game introduces an innovative new dice mechanism in which the dice players draft each round are used in multiple different ways and have an impact on many aspects of their decision making. While there are many paths to victory, players should always seek to optimize their opportunities with every roll of the dice. Combined with ever-changing synergies of the citizens, expeditions, and monasteries, no two games of Coimbra will ever be the same!
In this easy-to-learn 2-4 player card game, a party of adventurers are pitted against one another until only one of them remains to claim the treasure. The game includes four decks of cards to represent Sutha the Skullcrusher (barbarian), Azzan the Mystic (wizard), Lia the Radiant (paladin), and Oriax the Clever (rogue).
Just in time for the holiday season! This game is sure to be a hit, and the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, the sequel to Azul, is just as beautiful and fun as the original with a few changes. Unlike the original Azul, the focus isn’t on the floor but more on the columns and panels of a stain glass window.
Players will choose their glass panes – represented by translucent pieces – and work to complete their window while avoiding damage and wasted materials. The players’ panel boards are double-sided for an extra amount of variety between games, which will take about half an hour to 45 minutes to play.
Stop by the store to test play Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra from our library. Get your own copy before supplies run out!
In Camel Up, each player bets on five racing camels, trying to suss out which ones will place first and second in a quick race around a pyramid. The earlier you place your bet, the more you can win — should you guess correctly, of course. Camels don’t run neatly, however, sometimes landing on top of another one and being carried toward the finish line. Who’s going to run when? That all depends on how the dice come out of the pyramid dice shaker, which releases one die at a time when players pause from their bets long enough to see who’s actually moving!
This 2018 edition of Camel Up features new artwork, a new game board design, a new pyramid design, engraved dice, and new game modes, including crazy rogue camels that start the race running in the opposite direction! You never know how a race will end!
Betrayal Legacy 3-5 players • 12+ • 45+ mins
Betrayal Legacy consists of a prologue and a thirteen-chapter story that takes place over decades. Players represent families, with specific members of a family participating in one story, then perhaps an older version of those characters (assuming they lived) or their descendants showing up in later stories.
As with other Betrayal titles, the game is narratively-driven, with elements that record the history of your specific games. The tools mentioned earlier, for example, become attached to specific families. This isn’t just a bucket; it’s my bucket, the one my grandpappy used to feed his family’s pigs when he was a boy, and while you can certainly use that bucket, I know how to wield it best from the time he spent teaching me how to slop. Yes, it’s an heirloom bucket, and when kept in the family, I get a bonus for using it.
Mickey Mouse Collector’s Chess 2 players •7+ •60+ mins
Celebrate 90 years of magic with this amazing Mickey Mouse Chess Set. Enjoy the 32 custom sculpted movers, characters include: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy, Goofy, Pete, Pluto, Figaro, Chip and Dale.
Condottiere 2-6 players • 14+ • 45 mins
The goal of Condottiere is to acquire four connected provinces in renaissance Italy. To do this players auction off different provinces on the board and bid on these provinces with a hand of cards representing mercenaries, seasons, scarecrows, and political figures. However, unlike standard auctions in which only the highest bidder loses their bid, in Condottiere every player loses their bid. Players are, in effect, bidding the number of troops they are willing to lose in order to win a province. However, several special effect cards shake the contests up and keep the players guessing.
Keyforge 2 players • 14+ • 15-45 mins
From the legendary game designer Richard Garfield comes a game where every deck is as unique as the person who wields it and no two battles will ever be the same. KeyForge is a collectable card gae where deckbuilding and boosters are a thing of the past, where you can carve a path of discovery with every deck, where you can throw yourself into the game with the force of a wild wormhole and embrace the thrill of a tactical battle where wits will win the day!
Dominion Renaissance 2-4 players •14+ • 45+mins
This is the 12th expansion to Dominion. It has 300 cards, with 25 new Kingdom cards. There are tokens that let you save coins and actions for later, Projects that grant abilities, and Artifacts to fight over.
Spot it! Holidays 2-8 players • 7+ • 15 mins
Just in time for the holiday season, Spot it! Holidays will make the perfect stocking stuffer! This easy to learn pattern recognition game is fun for the whole family.
Heroes of Terrinoth 1-4 players • 14+ • 30-60 mins
Heroes of Terrinoth is a cooperative card game of questing and adventure that invites you and up to three allies to take on the role of unique heroes, choosing from twelve distinct and powerful heroes, split between four archetypes — healer, warrior, mage, and scout.
Onitama: Way of the Wind 2 players • 8+ • 15-20 mins
Onitama: Way of the Wind, an expansion for Onitama, includes a wind spirit, a neutral game piece that creates a new layer of interaction in the game. Two new move cards are included, as well as eight wind spirit cards.
Clank! Expedition Gold and Silk 2-4 players • 12+ • 30-60 mins
If you have an insatiable thirst for plunder, Clank! Expeditions: Gold and Silk is for you: a series of boards to continue your deck-building adventures. This first expedition begins in a mine abandoned by the Ruin Dwarven Mining Company when it became infested with monsters. But it still holds plenty of gold for those daring enough to enter. Still more wealth awaits in the Spider Queen’s Lair. Surely the Spider Queen herself is just a legend meant to scare people away from such a fancy castle. This expansion requires Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure to play.
Concept Kids: Animals 2-12 players •4+ • 20 mins
Concept Kids Animals is a cooperative version of the game Concept, adapted for children who don’t yet know how to read. In turn, the children attempt to make the others guess an animal by playing pawns on the illustrated icons on the game board. Through this, the child indicates a feature of the animal to be guessed. Draw 12 cards and attempt to find as many animals as possible in order to get the most points together!
Rick and Morty: The Rickshank Rickdemption Deck-building game 2-5 players • 17+ • 45+ mins
In this sequel to Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game, features a set of council cards that cause players to vote to enact new rules, dramatic one-time effects, and other mysterious situations. Access tokens give players votes and chances to devalue the Galactic Federation currency from 1 to 0.
Great Shakespearean Deaths Card Game 2-5 players
A card game depicting various deaths that occur in Shakespeare’s work. Each card shows an illustration of a Shakespearean death and a number of categories: Speed of Death, Gore & Brutality, Fairness, Piteousness, Dramatic Quality and Last Words. Each category is accompanied by a value from one to ten.
Terraforming Mars Colonies 1-5 players •12+ •120 mins
Terraforming Mars: Colonies, an expansion for Terraforming Mars that can be played with only the base game or with any combination of expansions, lets you visit the outer solar system. It features colony tiles where you can build colonies and send your trade fleet. It also includes new cards and corporations.
Fireball Island The Curse of Vul-Kar 2-4 players •7+ • 45+ mins
Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar is a restoration of the classic 1986 game Fireball Island that features a unique 3D island and a host of marble mayhem. This new version boasts an island that is even bigger than the original (and yet fits in a smaller box) and more marbles. Simple card play replaces the random roll-and-move of the original, and the set collection for the treasures offers some interesting choices for players.
Dungeon Mayhem 2-4 players
Dungeon Mayhem is an easy-to-learn card game pitting a party of adventurers against one another until only one of them remains to claim the treasure. The game includes four decks of cards to represent Sutha the Skullcrusher (barbarian), Azzan the Mystic (wizard), Lia the Radiant (paladin), and Oriax the Clever (rogue).
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.”