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Posted on September 5th, 2013

Well GenCon is finished and the hot new titles are making their way to stores. Here’s a list of what we’ve received during the past few weeks:

Lords of Waterdeep, Scoundrels of Skullport expansion: The fast and fun Dungeons and Dragons themed european style worker placement game just got better with a box of expansion items. The best is the new corruption resource, which will count against you at the end of the game based on the total taken by all players. This adds an interesting wrinkle to the term resource management. The new lords, quests, buildings, and intrigue cards all add to the depth as well. This is one expansion we’ll be playing with every time now. If you have not tried the original game, do yourself a favor. The hardcore gamers stay away from this one, so you know its fun!

Yedo: This game is being described as Lords of Waterdeep in Japan. Just like Lords of Waterdeep, you’ll be gathering resources to complete missions and earn prestige points. You’ll also have the opportunity to do some trading, and of course, mess with other clan leader’s plans. Look for this on the rental shelf soon, and possible a demo session this Sunday, interested?.

Caylus: The classic worker placement and building game is back with a great new look. Again, comparisons have been made between this classic and Lords of Waterdeep. Where Waterdeep is a perfect for a more casual strategy experience, Caylus will push your tiny little neurons to their processing limits. Grab this new version and throw yourself a little Caylabration!

 

Trains: Love deckbuilding? Trains is for you. Take the variety of Dominion and add the ability to use your cards to build train routes on the board and you have Trains. Still light and fast like Dominion, but with more depth. Look for this one on the rental shelf as well.

 

 

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: The folks at Paizo, publishers of the ultimate fantasy roleplying system, have hit a home run with this card game. Experience the Rise of the Runelords campaign as a solo experience, or cooperatively with some buddies. Between each scenario, customize your hero’s deck with some of hte new loot you hopefully collected. Paizo has developed a solid game with very unique card play and interactivity. Working on getting this to the rental shelf as well.

Krosmaster Arena: I’ve talked about this wacky little Japanime game before. I shouldn’t love it but I do. It is a tactical miniatures game, but so much cuter and more colorful. It feels silly to like it as much as I do, but so be it. This one is now on the rental shelf, and it has perhaps the best rulebook we’ve ever seen with built in tutorials. Check this one out for a refreshing change!

 

Happy gaming everyone!

Posted on August 28th, 2013

Our August vacations, both planned and unplanned, are now over, and we’re getting back into the swing of things, just in time because the new games are flooding us. I’m going to try and talk a bit more about those on friday.

Right now though, I want to discuss 2 things: the change in feeling toward Kickstarter and my unexpected love affair with Krosmaster Arena.

So when this whole Kickstarter thing got going for board games, everyone was excited, including me. Alien Frontiers and Eminent Domain were two games that sprang to life via crowdfunding, and I still thoroughly enjoy both of them. In fact, Alien Frontiers is absolutely my favorite Kickstarter game to date. Trouble is, those two games were released over 2 years ago.

Since those releases, we’ve seen a few years of, in my opinion, pretty lackluster games. As a retailer, the past few years of Kickstarter titles are largely no-sellers, but even worse, as a consumer I have found nothing of value to fund.

While I grew increasingly bitter about Kickstarter titles during the past few years, it seemed like everyone else was frantically spending more than their paycheck on every title that popped onto the site, especially anything with miniatures. Even worse, my favorite podcasts were overrun by announcements for new Kickstarter games, and the podcasters were slobbering over how awesome a game looked. I heard almost nothing about how the games played though, largely because none of them were produced yet.

I have felt strangely out of place. I felt guilty about my lack of interest in new Kickstarter projects (which, by the way, was nearly one per day last year). It felt a bit like being in a sci fi or zombie movie where most people turn into slaves to some corporation or infection, but some are able to resist, just to feel very out of place and vulnerable.

Presently, the mood is shifting though. The number of Kickstarter projects that go wrong is increasing, and backers may not receive a refund on their investment. Also, many kickstarter products are finally hitting gamer’s tables, and more and more I am hearing a sense of disappointment after playthroughs. Podcasters are actually now encouraging listeners to hesitate on purchases, or just not fund games. One of my favorite podcasters has now vowed to stop funding games entirely. Even the organizer of a list of top ten Kickstarter titles sounded a little sad when he posted this:

“I am no longer keeping up with this geeklist. I am not interested in Miniature games and since the top ten has been taken over by them this list no longer interests me.” (Despite his disappointment, Kickstarter has positively changed the landscape of the miniatures game market by broadening our choices).

This mood swing feels dramatic to me, it has almost happened overnight. I expected the current attitude to take shape much earlier, but now I realize that it could not because no one had actually played the games they funded. Thousands of dollars had been spent by backers but they had no idea of the true value of their investment. Now many are discovering that they overvalued the products. The games they received are not bad, just maybe not worth the hype, and not worth spending that $10-20 extra per game to get a few extra fancy bits for a game that won’t get played much.

Many Kickstarter games receive high ratings, but I feel they are being compared only to other kickstarter games. A game may get a 7, but in the grander scheme its really a 5, and that 7 rating often just helps with the sense of sadness we feel for funding something we don’t want to play more than once.

The new attitude is healthy. I am not against Kickstarter, but it needs to be viewed and treated accurately. Kickstarter is primarily a tool for people with no professional experience to produce products. Despite the awesome graphics, cool minis, and sometimes flashy videos, the game designs are generally coming from amateurs, people ust like you and me. How many people at your game night have told you that they are working on a game, nearly everyone right? Well that’s who we’re funding. This isn’t a terrible thing, but I am glad that the current mood is shifting towards more serious contemplation before funding a project.

I feel we have some responsibility as investors to weed out the flops. The recent dissapointments and failures are making us better at this. I hope that we can reach, or even surpass, the level of scrutiny that publishers apply.

Having said all this, I am now smitten with a game that by all accounts I should never have purchased for myself. The game is Krosmaster Arena. It is a Kickstarted game, a tactical miniatures game, and a Japanime game, all serious red flags for me. But after playing the tutorials with Mrs. Cloud Cap during our unplanned stay in crappy motels, I am in love, and I will be recklessly adding expansions to my copy of the game. The rulebook shows off deluxe versions of the terrain and special critters used in the game, completely uneccessary, but I want them all because I really think it will add to the already awesome gaming experience.

The game is definitely tactical, but with the luck of dice. In addition to the gameplay, the colors and characters are extremely appealing. I have not yet played a full game, and it will be a pretty long game, but I cannot wait to pull it out.

Whatever your gaming tastes, I recommend giving Krosmaster a try, which will be easier once we get our rental copy. together.

Happy Gaming everyone!

Posted on January 24th, 2013

Well I finally got a chance to play Tzolk’in last night, one the new hot games from the world’s largest tabletop game convention in Essen, Germany. When I first heard about this game I quickly forgot about it because the board was covered in gears that looked to be a gimmicky trick to disguise a crappy game. When the game hit the demo tables in Essen, folks went crazy, not just for the gears, but for the honest to goodness great game that the gears brought to life.

Tzolk’in is a fairly typical euro-style worker placement board game in the sense that you are sending workers out to gather resources, construct buildings, or perform other actions with the ultimate goal of acquiring heaps of victory points. What sets Tzolk’in apart is of course the gear mechanism, which forces you to plan ahead as your worker rides around the gear, and it can take several turns before it is at the right spot to remove it and perform the desired action. This requires a fair bit of planning to get the timing right when your workers are moving along different gears, and the actions on some gears are necessary before you can perform actions on others. While this planning is challenging, it is also a ton of fun, and the execution of it all is so simple that you can focus on the strategy rather than the rules.

As with any great euro, Tzolk’in also offers a variety of paths to victory. Points can be earned by constructing buildings or monuments, advancing along different technology tracks, working on 3 different temples, converting resources, and making sacrifices to different gods. As for buildings and monuments, no two games will have identical sets on offer, providing variety to replays. Each player also starts with a unique and somewhat randomly determined set of resources, adding even more replay value.

While I am a fan of both euro-style and Amerifun games, I am not a fan of blandness in theme and presentation (Dominion and Kingdom Builder are exceptions there). Caylus, for example, is heralded as a masterpiece, but lordy what a drab bit of work that game is. I feel that Tzolk’in is a tight and well-built euro with flavorful theme and artwork. The unique mechanisms and strategic variety leave me hungry for more play. If you like your mid-weight euros, I can highly recommend Tzolk’in.

Posted on September 28th, 2012

Well we’ve got a small lull in the new game releases, but October will be a busy month with Mice and Mystics, the Doctor Who card game, and Smash Up hitting the shelves. Also, many companies are building serious steam as they head towards the largest tabletop game convention in the world this October, the Spiel in Essen, Germany. Whereas our GenCon had about 40,000 attendees this year, the Spiel expects about 150,000, HUGE! Europeans sure love their games, not sure exactly why, possibly because they are far less concerned with ‘wasting time’ than we are here in the states? Here at Cloud Cap, we are very aware that the social act of playing games with others is never a waste of time!

Well, since we have no new games to discuss, we have consulted with our Customer Care department and devised a complete and fantastic schedule for your weekend, here’s the breakdown:

Friday, 6-7:30pm: A wonderful outdoor meal at Zenbu, Okie Rogie Perogies, or one of the many other great food carts on 13th and Lexington. Or for lighter fare, small plates and a fine wine at the Bottle Shop.

Friday, 8pm: Walk on over to Lunacy Stageworks in the old Masons building on Milwaukie Ave for a fantastic performance of The Clean House, a sad and funny examination of how the lives of 4 very different women intertwine. We just saw this last night and highly recommend it.

Saturday, 10-Noon For those with young ones, bring them to the Pokemon League for some playing and trading. If you don’t have kids, sleep in, or grab a coffee at Blue Kangaroo. Either way, lunch at the food carts at noon, you’ll need the fuel for the next event.

Saturday, 4-10pm: MEATY GAMES DAY! That’s right, come sink your teeth into a rich & lengthy gaming experience, though there’s  always room to pop in for a shorter game as well. Our friend Claudia is trying to rally support for a Dominant Species game!

Sunday, noon-6pm: Bring your friends and family for gaming in the shop all day long. Sundays have really been filling up with game players, it has been a blast to see so much table action all day long. We’ve got great coffee and food within blocks of the shop, so grab some long term parking! Join in!

There you have it, a no-brainer weekend fun schedule. And while you are in the shop, check out Kirsten’s awesome new spooky window display! Oh, and check out the new Halloween version of Spot It!

Happy gaming everyone.

Posted on September 21st, 2012

There should be a month between September and October that starts with an ‘L’, because from a retail perspective, this time of year is SLO. But, on the bright side, we now have the opportunity to do some things we did not have time for this summer, like play a bunch of new games and work on a few new projects. One of those projects did happen to include attempting to repair our price gun without realizing how important one screw can be when you have a spring-loaded machine: Ka-Boing! At least my lightbulb changing attempt was successful.

Before I get to the games, I just want to mention one project I’m pretty excited about working on, but may need some advice from the more experienced among all of you reading this. We want to facilitate use of the shop as a meeting place for game playing in small groups. For example, say you want to organize a game of Eclipse at the shop and are looking to fill out the number of players. Or how about organizing a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, or even a Magic the Gathering meeting? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a common site on our website where you could post your plans to organize a game, or just see what others are trying to organize and express your interest in joining? This is what I hope to set up over the next few months, a forum format is probably the most useful, but can also be a bit too much work to manage, I think. Facebook is a bit funky, maybe meetup.com could work though. Anyway, I am VERY open to suggestions and feedback.

As for games, I love trying new ones. Sure, replaying favorites is fantastic, but nothing triggers a Dopamine surge like opening a new box to see some pretty things, then reading the rules to figure out how all the awesome bits will work together to create a fresh experience. So this post-GenCon period is great for me, because every week new games arrive. During the past few weeks, we’ve been able to bring some of these to the table and test-drive them. Most recently, we’ve played Battle Beyond Space, Seasons, Netrunner, Libertalia, Pirates of the Spanish Main card game, Dominion Dark Ages, 7 Wonders Cities, and Ugg-Tect. That is a lot of games, and honestly there is not a bad one in the bunch, I would gladly replay all of them.

I find this incredible though. The quality of game design nowadays is so high that if you want to buy one and take it home, the decision can be a bit overwhelming, you just can’t possibly take all the good ones home (well I guess you could, but then you’d be shopping online and probably not really playing them all). Have no fear though, we have systems in place to help you. All the new games I mentioned are either available to play for free in our demo library, or for a small fee you can take them home with our rental program. So if you are like me and need a hit of newness, come on in!

This week we have one more long awaited new game, Mage Wars. Imagine a smash up between Magic the Gathering and Summoner Wars. Basically, you’ll be summoning allies, in the form of cards, onto a battlefield, then tactically maneuvering those units to battle your opponent’s forces. The neat trick here is that you are not randomly drawing from a deck of cards, you assemble your spellbook before the game, and every turn, all of your spells are available for you to cast. True wizardry! Now this game is HUGE for a 2 player game, and won’t have addicting random rare pulls. So don’t pack away your Magic or Summoner Wars cards, but if you are looking for a rich 2-player fantasy card-driven board game experience, check this one out. We will have a demo copy this afternoon.

OK, no special events this week, but the regular ones are listed below. I would like to mention that a friend wants to run a game of Dominant Species on the next Meaty Game Day, September 29, so let us know if you want to reserve a seat (boy, wouldn’t that forum be great right now?).

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading, or just come to learn the game.

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): One of the best darn game nights in town!

 

Posted on September 7th, 2012

Alrighty gang, let the new games flood the shelves! Mr. and Mrs. Cloud Cap have family in town, so you will not see us in the shop too much over the next few days, but be sure to give trusty Chris a hard time when you visit! I’m also in the middle of preparing the family some breakfast, so I’ll be brief but informative with this update.

First off, the Netrunner Living Card Game is finally here. This is a much anticipated 2-player game where one player is a hacker attempting to steal corporate data, the other player is the corporation, setting up traps and firewalls in the network. The asymmetrical nature of the game, strong hand management possibilities, and variety of both the hacking and protecting options set this game up for lots of interesting replays. We do have a limited number of copies for the weekend after filling our preorders, so if you want this puppy, earlier is better. We will be getting a rental copy ready next week as well.

Z-Man Games has just released 2 of its big GenCon premieres, Atlantis Rising and Battle Beyond Space. I’ve written more about these games in a prior post here, but it is nice that we will finally have them in our hands and get to dive in. We still need to wait for Mr. UPS to deliver the goods this afternoon, so wait until about 3pm if you want to grab a copy of either of these. Again, we’ll try and get rental copies of both of these titles ready for next week for the curious or fence straddlers (I happen to be both).

 

Finally, we received a very unique party style game produced by Fantasy Flight called Ugg-Tect. Now party games are not generally my thing, but this game comes with an inflatable caveman club and provides the opportunity to grunt orders at your opponent as you guide their attempt to build a structure out of blocks. We’ll work on getting a rental copy ready today in case anyone needs some serious silliness this weekend.

 

 

Ok, that’s it for games, here’s a list of upcoming events for the week, have a great weekend:

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading, or just come to learn the game.

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): One of the best darn game nights in town,

Posted on August 31st, 2012

Here we are at the transition from summer to fall, and the last long weekend hurrah for a while. Temperatures will moderate, kids will be trapped inside classrooms once again, and board game lovers will rejoice as awesome new games hit the shelves. A few of those awesome games arrived last week, and one big one will arrive next week.

Before I get into the games though, I wanted to throw out a huge thanks to Josh, our fearless Pathfinder Camp gamemaster. During the past week, Josh has taken a group of eager kids on an adventure that could potentially change their lives forever. A few of the kids were participating in the camp for a second time, so they were already hooked on the fantastic world of roleplaying games, but the other kids had never experienced anything like Pathfinder. Josh has patiently helped these newbies learn the intricacies of their character sheets, the rules of the game, and the importance of creativity and teamwork. Our playroom has not been quiet at all this week, every time we walk in we hear shouts of “I’m doing a perception check” or “Somebody help my velociraptor!” or “Doesn’t anyone have good diplomacy?”. Both camps this summer have really been fun to watch, and sometimes participate in. So thanks Josh, I hope you are enjoying it as much as the tikes are, and I hope you are proud of yourself for setting these guys up for a life of imaginative geekdom!

And now, more roleplaying-related news. After the camp this afternoon, Josh and I will continue deliberations over the possibility of setting up a few different roleplaying events. One may be a once-a-month campaign for kids, probably Pathfinder, but other systems will also be considered. The other event would be a once-a-month roleplaying evening for adults, either on a thursday or saturday evening. These nights, we hope, will be open play, where gamemasters run players through one-off adventures in any system they choose. If you are at all interested in either of these events, contact us and we can set up a mailing list, but also contact us with any ideas we may want to consider. To make these events work, we will really need some gamemasters, any out there?

Alrighty, now for the games. We sold out of our first batches of 7 Wonders Cities, Dominion Dark Ages, and the Glory to Rome Black Box yesterday, but we have more arriving this afternoon, so wait until the evening if you were hoping to pick up any of those titles for the long weekend. I have now played the 7 Wonders Cities expansion a few times and am enjoying the extras. I am always amazed at how the addition of a few minor mechanics can have a potentially profound impact on a game. The price tag of $30 seems a bit high for what’s in the box, but let’s see, so far 3 people have enjoyed the experience for a total of 2 hours, so about the price of a new movie release. But we will put in far more than 2 hours of play over the next few years or more, and we have been socializing the entire time. When looked at this way, meaningful social entertainment does not get much cheaper, unless of course you buy your copy online, which is so droll (I’ll explain that opinion in a later post). I have not tried the Dominion Dark Ages expansion yet, but I have been reading the cards and am imagining all of the really strange new ways to play.

While we are waiting for the small publishers to get their production and distribution issues sorted out to finally ship the games announced at GenCon, the folks at Fantasy Flight, the game lords of 2012, are sitting comfortably in their thrones, issuing their second massive release of the year (Descent was the first). On Thursday of next week we will have the revised edition of Netrunner in our hands. This is a re-imagining of Richard Garfield’s other great collectible card game, with Magic the Gathering being his mint game. Fantasy Flight will be adding Netrunner to its Living Card Game line though, so you’ll get to enjoy the game and not fuss with the whole collecting part. Those of you who pre-recorded this title, keep your phones close to your chests on Thursday!

Well, I thought there would be more new games to talk about, but after reviewing the email from my rep, it looks like no one wants to go up against Netrunner next week. As far as used games, the only fresh ones we’ve acquired are copies of 2nd edition Bang and the Dodge City expansion, as well as a quirky little card game called Who Stole Ed’s Pants. No new rentals this week, but we added the new Dominion expansion to the demo library.

So on to the events. Meaty Games Day was a bust last saturday, probably because everyone was out of town, hopefully the next will work out, mark those calendars now for September 29. Here’s a list of events for the upcoming week, happy gaming everyone:

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading, or just come to learn the game.

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): The best darn game night in town, as evidenced by the amount of friendly smack talking and raucous laughter during last weeks game night. And much of that was over Power Grid and Le Havre, games not typically associated with the word raucous!

Posted on August 29th, 2012

Hey everyone, those of you who read my latest weekly shop update may have noticed my somewhat negative reaction toward the Z-Man and AEG games that were recently released at GenCon. More specifically, I stated that the games from both publishers were “largely forgettable”. Well, after reviewing the expanded info that has made its way from GenCon attendees to the greater digital world, I need to backtrack on that statement a bit, at least for the Z-Man games.

My reaction to the Z-Man games releases was largely based on what I was discovering about their flashiest title, Atlantis Rising, and quite honestly, my initial reaction to this game still stands. Atlantis Rising is a slightly unique cooperative game that uses a worker placement mechanic, which is actually a favorite mechanic of mine, found in games like Lords of Waterdeep and Agricola. But at its core, Atlantis Rising is really a generic cooperative game, bad things continue to happen and the players need to communicate about how best to deal with them while accomplishing a single goal, in this case to construct a cosmic gate to get the heck off of Atlantis. Now there is nothing wrong with the standard cooperative formula, games like Pandemic, Forbidden Island, and Castle Panic use the formula very well. But unlike these games, Atlantis Rising has a $60 price tag, so you are getting more of the same for about twice the price! That makes this puppy largely forgettable in my book, which is not to be confused with it being a bad game though, so definitely give it a go if you are a fan of cooperatives.

OK, so Z-Man’s next game at Gencon was Alcatraz: The Scapegoat. Here is a game with a nice new twist. Everyone is trying to escape the famous prison by forming partnerships to complete tasks, such as digging tunnels or creating shivs. But every turn one person is voted the Scapegoat and that player does not get rewarded as the other players do. The scapegoat, however, can use blackmail cards to mess with the others. There is much more to the game, but the unusual aspect of voting every round for a scapegoat brings something fresh to the cooperative game realm. This game also has a more reasonable price tag of $40, and plays in about an hour. So this game may not be as forgettable as I originally surmised, though it may still lose table time due to the hurt feelings that can develop during scapegoat negotiations.

Finally, Z-Man presented Battle Beyond Space, a very fast tactical space combat game. Originally this game looked like just a miniatures battle game, but the information coming from GenCon suggests much more. Now I’m picturing something like Kingdom Builder with a real theme. At its heart, the game is a combat game, you earn points by destroying other players’ ships, as well as by collecting tokens from the board or occupying specific locations. What makes this game fascinating though is its very limited rule set. Like Kingdom Builder, a very small set of basic rules can lead to some interesting fleet maneuvering choices. Also like Kingdom Builder, the addition of just a few special actions, and the fact that those special actions will be different every game, makes the whole of the game so much more than the sum of its simple rules. I am now actually looking forward to this game, especially since the price is a standard $50, less than I originally thought.

So I apologize Z-Man for being so harsh last week, and I apologize to the Z-Man fans. We’ll know much more about these games in a few weeks when they hit the shelves.

Posted on August 24th, 2012

Howdy Gamers! The big American tabeletop game convention, GenCon, is over, and the new games will be hitting our shelves over the next few months. 7 Wonders Cities will be in our hands this afternoon, come give our demo copy a spin if you are interested. Dominion Dark Ages should be with us on Wednesday, just in time for some game night trial runs.

As for other games from the show, it looks like Fantasy Flight and Asmodee Editions owned Indianapolis. Soon we’ll have the Fantasy Flight re-releases of the fantastic Netrunner and Merchant of Venus games, as well as the X-Wing miniatures game and an interesting looking new coop game, Legend of Andor. I was secretly rooting for a new game from Asmodee Editions, Seasons, to be a hit, and it looks like all of the reviewers were very pleasantly surprised by it, so we’ll keep a strong eye out for that one. The innovative story-telling game, Of Mice and Mystics, by Plaid Hat Games, also received great response. (Notice, I have no links for these games on our website yet, I’m really tight on time today, so check out the publisher websites or boardgamegeek.com to find out more about these titles, or any others I mention but do not have a link for).

Sadly, the other major publishers had ho-hum or no news. AEG and Z-Man largely forgettable titles, but we’re really hoping they turn out better than first impressions suggest. Mayfair announced that Star Trek Catan will be a Target store exclusive for the first 18 months, so please send hate mail to them if you have spare time. Mayfair currently offers a reduced price Catan to Target and recently went exclusive with a single distributor, so it seems they are turning their back on the friendly local game stores that put them on the map to begin with, and they are not alone unfortunately. I guess that’s what you have to do when you are all out of great ideas (Ouch, did I just write that, I mean all of it as a challenge Mayfair!). Thankfully, while the big boys are sacrificing reputation for short term profit, the smaller publishers are rising to take down the comfy old dogs, so expect a slew of great innovative titles coming from publishers all over the country. There are too many games to list, but we’ll keep you posted on their arrivals, and thanks to a regular customer for coming to the shop and showing some photos of what he saw at the show.

We do have a few other new games not specifically related to GenCon releases. The new edition of Glory to Rome has arrived, and it sure looks sleek, come check out our demo of this well-regarded classic by the designer of Innovation. Another Asmodee Editions game that the reviewers have been praising will hit our shelves this afternoon, Libertalia. Again, we’ll have a demo because we love pirate games, and the press on this one is pretty darn good.

 

 

Now on to the upcoming events, starting with one of my favorites, Meaty Game Day, this Saturday starting at 4pm. Here are more:

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): The best darn game night in town, as evidenced by the amount of friendly smack talking and raucous laughter during last weeks game night. And much of that was over Power Grid and Le Havre,  games not typically associated with the word raucous!

Fresh Used Games: Carcassonne Base Set with the River, Settlers of Catan Traders and Barbarians

Posted on August 10th, 2012

Hello everyone and happy Friday. Thanks to everyone who visited last saturday and helped make the Passport event something special. Hope you enjoyed the sweet music in front of the shop, we have Kirsten to thank for getting all of that set up. As awesome as it was, its nice that she’s done with it so I can have my fishing partner back. Alrighty, on to the games.

For those who missed the facebook posts last week, we now have copies of D-Day Dice and Village in stock, as well as copies in the demo room:

D-Day Dice is a cooperative game where your dice rolls determine how well you advance along 1 of 8 different battle maps. I’ve enjoyed the first 2 training missions solo and am anxious for more. Despite the beautiful but unfriendly rulebook, D-Day Dice looks to be a great and somewhat meaty dice game.

Village was just awarded the Kennerspiel des Jahres award, which is given to games that are typically too complex for a casual player but still play in a 2 hours or less. Village definitely has a number of decisions to make every turn, but still offers a very swift experience. I like the reverse worker placement mechanic, where you remove a skill cube from a location to use that locations action, as well as the necessary death of your family members throughout the game. Well worth a try, and the rulebook makes learning the game a breeze.

That is about it for new releases, but we are very excited to have a few more demo games courtesy of our Ravensburger representative. We highly recommend trying Asara, which is now set up on the back demo table; It is beautiful, easy to learn, and hits that sweet spot of being thinky but not too much. One of the designers is Wolfgang Kramer, the designer of one of our all time favorites, El Grande. He’s pretty good at making conceptually easy games with lots of strategic depth. Another demo we are excited about but have not tried yet is Seeland. Again, it is beautiful, and Kramer was involved. Look for it in the demo room.

Upcoming Events:

Pokemon League: Every Saturday from 10am-Noon we host a very casual meeting of Pokemon players. Bring your cards, play, trade, and earn free goodies.

Magic Gathering: We have changed up the Saturday Magic the Gathering events. We’ll now be hosting a meeting time every Saturday from 5-7pm. Tournaments will be arranged if attendance permits, but the primary goal of the events is to foster a community of casual players. If you want hardcore, there’s about 5 other shops in town. We want to provide a time and place to just play the game with some good folks.

Family Game Day: Sunday is for families of all sizes and ages. Grab a game from our library or bring your own.

Wednesday Game Gathering: Good people and good games, mainly modern strategy. Ages 15 and up preferred.

Pathfinder Camp: The last week in August, Josh will run a final adventure for young heroes! We have lowered the price, so check out the page and let us know if you want a spot.

That’s about all for this week folks. I have added a big game called Giants to the rental shelf that looks very cool. Our used game section has been decimated by the laser beam focus of smart shoppers, so bring in those dusty closet fillers and we’ll work out a trade. Have a great weekend!