We’ve rounded up a list of new games to hit the shelves the past couple of weeks. Which game are you excited to try?
- Number of Players: 2-4
- Ages: 14+
- Time: 1 hour
- BGG Rating: 7.6
In Dice Realms, players vie to improve and expand their realms. Each game is different, players draw five tiles to determine which extra die faces will be available beyond the five standard lines of faces: lands, farming, commerce, settlement, and progress. Fans of Quacks of Quedlinburg will also be fans of Dice Realms.
Catch the Moon: 2nd Edition
- Number of Players: 2-6
- Ages: 6+
- Time: 20 mins
- BGG Rating: 6.7
Roll the die – place a ladder – Catch the Moon! Climb through the clouds and reach for the moon! All it takes is a few cleverly placed ladders, a steady hand, and a bit of imagination. Reach for the moon, but don’t stretch yourself too thin, or you may lose the ladders under your feet. We love Catch the Moon with it’s wooden pieces, it is fun for the whole family.
- Number of Players: 2-5
- Ages: 13+
- Time: 1 hour+
- BGG Rating: 8.4
In Wonderland’s War, players take the role as a faction leader who has been invited to the Hatter’s tea party. Drink tea and eat cake as you move around the table drafting cards to gather your forces, build your towers, upgrade your leader, and recruit Wonderlandians to your cause, but one must be careful as shards of the Looking Glass are spread throughout Wonderland.
My Father’s Work
- Number of Players: 2-4
- Ages: 14+
- Time: 1 hour+
- BGG Rating: 8.2
In My Father’s Work, players are competing mad scientists entrusted with a page from their father’s journal and a large estate in which to perform their devious experiments. Players earn points by completing experiments, aiding the town in its endeavors, upgrading their macabre estates, and hopefully completing their father’s masterwork.
echoes: The Dancer Audio Escape Room Game
- Number of Players: 1-6
- Ages: 14+
- Time: 1 hour
- BGG Rating: 6.8
echoes is a co-operative audio mystery game. Using the free app, players listen to mysterious noises and voices that are connected to the playing material. Together they look for hints in the sound bites to bring the story parts in order and solve the case.
Dungeons, Dice and Danger
- Number of Players: 1-4
- Ages: 12+
- Time: 1 hour
- BGG Rating: 7.1
Gather your courage, pack your sword, and roll the dice as you journey through the realm in search of treasure and glory. In the roll-and-write game Dungeons, Dice & Danger, you explore deep, dark dungeons filled with treasure — and infested with monsters! Do you have what it takes to be a hero of legend?
As we know, social distancing has put a strain on tabletop gaming. It’s hard to play games when there has to be 6 feet between you and another person. To see how social distancing has affected our community, we asked a few of our customers what they have been doing to continue playing without being with other people.
Friday Night Magic at Home
Wizards of the Coast recently launched FNM at Home via MTG Arena. This has been a great way for our Magic: the Gathering players to continue to play Magic. Last Friday (March 27th) we launched our first FNM at Home and it went very well. Arena is a great way to take Magic into the virtual world.
Dungeons & Dragons
Doug and Zoe Field have been coming to Meeples Games since we opened and participate in a group that meets weekly. They have taken their games online via a combination of Roll20 and Discord. When asked about their adjustment to online play they said there’s a learning curve but they are still having fun.
Similarly, Steve Tanzy, one of our weekly Warhammer players has also taken his D&D games online. Steve had the following to say “The game group I’m currently running for is adventuring through a 5th Edition conversion of the original ‘supermodule’, The Temple of Elemental Evil, and when social distancing became a real necessity, we quickly moved to an online format using Roll20. Over the course of one session, everyone was pretty much getting it, and now I’m learning some of the more advanced parts of DMing through the application. Once we got the ball rolling for that first session, it was nearly as good as playing in-person, and they made significant progress through the dungeon level they’re currently exploring”. As a pretty social person, Steve says he’s still having fun and in fact his group has gone from bi-weekly to weekly.
Other Tabletop Games
Many other people are taking to Tabletop Simulator (available via Steam) to play more casual games. Steve even said that if he were to take any of his miniature games online it would be through Tabletop Simulator (though there is a slight cost). Sarah Auerbach has also been playing an online version of Agricola with friends and has been thinking of taking other games virtual.
It’s great to see our community is still finding ways to connect when we can’t be together. Thank you to Tammy, Doug and Zoe Field, Steve Tanzy and Sarah Auerbach for answering our questions!
Stay safe and keep gaming! And, of course, be kind to each other during this stressful time.
Runewars Miniatures Game is new from Fantasy Flight Games and is their first foray into an unpainted model-based tactical miniatures game. In this game, you get the amazing game play of a tactical miniatures game while skipping the ‘put together the models’ phase. You can play right out of the box! The miniatures are A-Mazing! and you can paint them to add your own unique spin on your armies.
If you don’t know how to paint miniatures, we’ll teach you! Join our Learn to Paint Miniatures event the fourth Sunday of each month!
From Fantasy Flight:
For years, the armies of Waiqar the Undying have stayed within their borders, launching only minor raids across the border. But now, a nameless threat stirs within the Mistlands, and legions of undead cross into the realm of Terrinoth under Waiqar’s command! The Daqan Lords have sounded the call to war, and their finest generals lead armies of warriors and golems to take up defensive positions in the border territory of Roth’s Vale. The first battles of the next great war are about to begin.
RuneWars: The Miniatures Game is a two-player miniatures game of battles between the great powers of Terrinoth. In each game, you and your opponent will gather armies of miniatures and lead them into battle—blocks of infantry will maneuver for position, cavalry wings will wheel and slam into a weakened flank, and monstrous rune golems or carrion lancers will smash through formations of lesser warriors. Innovative command tools, two distinct factions, and countless ways to customize your experience combine to offer an unparalleled miniatures gaming experience in RuneWars. Finally, with forty-eight beautifully sculpted, unpainted figures, you’ll be able to paint and customize your armies to bring an entirely unique touch to your games and enter the hobby of miniatures painting!
There are some fantastic new games out this summer and there are two that we’ve been really enjoying.
Junk Art came out just yesterday and we’ve been playing all day! First of all, the pieces are high quality painted wooden building blocks of multiple colors and shapes. And it comes in a wonderful slide-lid wooden box. I’ll give it 5 Meeples for the quality pieces alone.
The game play is very unique. You are an artist who makes art out of junk and you are traveling the world trying to make the best art. Each city (indicated by a card) has different set up requirements, play methods and win conditions and so the game is always fresh. In game play, you get cards that dictate what pieces you need to add to your sculpture. One of my favorite things about the game is that often you are giving and getting cards from other players. So there’s some strategy around what to keep and what to pass to whom.
This is a great party dexterity game. We’ve added one to our game library, so come check it out.
This game is just fantastic. If you’re a fan of Firefly, you’re going to just love it. It’s a twist on a deckbuilding game in which you play characters from the television series working together to make it through the episodes of the show. In a game session, you play through three episodes trying to meet all of the objectives, keep your characters alive and Serenity flyin’. The art is really good and the ‘feel’ of the game is pure Firefly. And, in classic Legendary style, the board is a long roll-up playmat with space for everything. Give this game a try!
International Tabletop Day benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank!
Bring a non-perishable food item and get a Meeples Buck to spend in our Tabletop Day Store
International Tabletop Day celebrates all things tabletop gaming and we’re going big!
Here’s the schedule of events:
- 10:00 am – Pokemon Fates Collide Prerelease – first come first served – we have 40 slots
- 10:00 am – Open Boardgaming
- 1:00 pm – Games with Tom! Learn to play some super fun games!
- 1:30 pm – Magic: the Gathering Shadows Over Innistrad Game Day (Standard)
- 1:30 pm – Star Wars X-Wing Learn to Play with Brian
- 2:00 pm – Fiasco RPG with Stan
- 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Happy Salmon Learn to Play – it takes only 10 minutes to learn and play!
- 3:00 – 8:00 pm – Games with Connor (of PSI) – Harbour, Ninja Camp, the Resistance and Here Kitty Kitty. The winner takes home a copy of the game!
- 3:30 pm – Sentinels of the Multiverse with Tim
- 5:00 pm – Star Wars RPG with Tim
- 6:00 pm – Star Realms Tournament (win a Star Realms playmat autographed by one of the designers!)
- 7:00 pm – Modern Masters 2015 draft (sold out)
Rather than drawings this year, we’re setting up a little Tabletop Day Store!
You earn coins for participating and can then spend them for cool prizes! Full games, promos, and other goodies!
• Bring non-perishable food items for the West Seattle Food Bank
• Participate in a game, tournament or demonstration
• Run a game or demonstration
• Take your picture with Wil Wheaton and Captain America
• Check in at Meeples Games with a photo
• Tweet about Tabletop Day at Meeples Games
• and more