Summer is here and the new game drought is over. Not that older games are to be ignored, but hey, we’re all human, and we love new shiny stuff. Come take a look at them today, but watch out for the electrician on the ladder installing ceiling fans, finally!
Now, a disclaimer before you read further. I am trying to make these posts both informative and fun to read, which means I can get a bit snarky for entertainment purposes. Please don’t take anything I write too seriously, and feel free to flame away in the comments section.
We have some sad news, it looks like we are going to have to reschedule the Netrunner League since we have very few signed up, and every one of those folks can’t make half the sessions. While we know that week nights would work best for all the players, it just would not be profitable for our silly little operation, so we’ll see what we can do. If you are interested at all, we can take your email and keep you posted on any developments.
Speaking of silly, I’d like to discuss an interesting little ironic tidbit. We have always been outcast from the larger Portland board gaming community because of our commitment to a family-friendly environment and product selection. Now, with our implementation of a pay-to-play punch card system for game nights, we have officially reached pariah status. Despite this status, we know more about the board game products we carry than any other store in the city, and we personally host some of the best game nights in the city. Our life would be so much easier if we just decided to be a serious game store, but we enjoy games too much to compromise, so we’re staying silly!
Munchkin Legends: This is a new expansion for Munchkin, wait.. wait.. wait.. just got word, we can’t carry this new Munchkin game, its a Target exclusive, apparently a thank you gift to Target for all the hard work they’ve done promoting modern tabletop games. Hobby game shops will just have to work harder I guess.
Dominion Guilds: This is it folks, the epic deck-building franchise finally comes to a close with the release of the Guild expansion. I’m sure there will be beer mugs, keychains, and T-Shirts to keep the name alive, but apparently no more card sets will hit the shelves following this one. Love it or hate it, Dominion has had a major impact on the accelerated growth of the modern board game hobby, and it really hasn’t even hit the big box stores yet. Maybe Steve Jackson could help Rio Grande with this. Seriously though, Dominion is one of 5 older games that lead to my current profession, the other 4 are Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Agricola, and El Grande. I know, such a silly list, where’s Caylus and Puerto Rico? Oh yeah, collecting dust on my shelves.
Kings of Air and Steam: This is the latest release from Tasty Minstrel Games, perhaps one of the best publisher names ever. This baby was Kickstarted, so you probably heard a lot about it last year and have now lost all interest (part of a smart strategy by TMG, as explained here) or you already have your copy with a few extra cards and your name in the rulebook. But this game actually looks cool, essentially a steampunkish pick up and deliver game with some very interesting elements. Despite their reliance on Kickstarter, Tasty Minstrel has brought some quality products to store shelves and this looks to be no exception. We’ll have it for demo this Saturday, then it hits the rental shelf.
Finally, 3 new expansions have been released: Marvel Legendary: Dark City, Manhattan Project: Second Stage, and Spartacus: The Serpent and the Wolf.
Happy Friday everyone!