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The big news this week is the re-release of Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island. That gives us a total of 5 new Z-Man Games releases this month. We’ll be running a demo of this puppy on Saturday if anyone is interested in seeing how she handles.

The other new title this week is Steam Park, an amusement park building game using a real-time dice rolling mechanic that determines the building actions you’ll be able to perform. We’re working on getting a rental of this up and running soon. Tom Vasel of the Dice Tower is calling this one for a Spiel nominee, so we’re looking forward to trying it out.

Now, while all of these new games are flooding the shelves, many of our tried and true titles are having trouble finding their way through the pipeline. This is always a strange time of year for us when it comes to stocking the shelves. We’re emptied out after the holidays, and so are most of the hobby game publishers. On top of that, our non-hobby products come from over 20 different suppliers who require that you purchase products in larger quantities and they often make you pay for shipping. Now these guys do offer sweet deals at the beginning of the year, problem is, those deals are usually only available during 1st quarter trade shows.

So we spend the first month of the new year waiting, staring at bare shelves, and watching our special order list grow and grow. Thankfully, we’ll be travelling to a local show next week to check out new products and take advantage of some specials. Still, all the orders we place at that time will take at least 2 weeks to arrive, so by mid-February the shelves will be full.

Ah well, all this waiting is a perfect excuse to play more games. With so many new ones lately it is tough to choose what will hit the table though. I did get to play a very enjoyable round of Nations, and I started it all off by building Stonehenge. What’s the deal with Stonehenge anyway? (careful, that link leads to lots of silliness and some explicitness).

Seriously though, Nations is a great civilization-building game that easily makes into my top 5 games to have when stranded with Robinson on a cursed island. And yes, Through the Ages is on that list too. I’d love to just spend my time on the island playing each game and fully analyzing which is better, only to come to the conclusion that they are both great fun, but one is a lot shorter.

Alright, I better stop before things get really out of control. Oh, speaking of out of control, check out these fun facts.

Happy gaming everyone!

Posted: January 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm
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