The weekly update is back, sorry for the missing update last week, my body and brain needed a rest. This week however, I am getting pumped because our 2 year anniversary has arrived. All day tomorrow we will be thanking you, our fans, for helping us get this far by offering 20% off nearly everything in the shop! Be sure to stick around in the evening as well for some snacks, drinks, and of course, games. I know that a game of Mice and Mystics is planned, but feel free to bring others. We’ll see you there, now on to the new games . . . . .
Games of Thrones Card Game, HBO version: The regular Game of Thrones Card Game has been out for some time as a Living Card Game, which basically means that you get all the fun of constructing custom decks without spending wads of dough on booster packs to try for rare and powerful cards. But as fantastic as the Living Card Games are, they still suffer from the problem that plagues all constructible card games: you and at least one other friend need to play the game very regularly to fully appreciate it, which means you will not have time to play the other games in your library. I have had this problem with the Lord of the Rings Living Card game, which is one of my favorite cooperative games on the market, but also one that I rarely get to the table. Well, this has all been a long-winded intro to the new Game of Thrones Card Game based on the HBO cast, which is a 2-player Starks vs. Lannisters experience. In this game, each house has a pre-constructed deck of cards and a separate deck of plot cards. While the house decks always remain the same, the plot decks can be constructed via a draft at the start, so only some mild deck-construction is required. And, unlike the other Game of Thrones games published by Fantasy Flight, it also looks like the rules for this new card game will not scare off most Game of Thrones fans. This game should be a fine way to spend the long winter.
Last Will: Remember the classic 80’s movie, Brewster’s Millions, where Richard Pryor has to spend millions in order to inherit millions more? Now we have a board game that puts you in the shoes of a similar chap who needs to spend a lot of money. This game has received lots of great press and we have finally nabbed some copies. I have tried not to learn much about how this game plays because based on theme alone I want to try it, and be surprised. Of course, I just did a similar thing for the new James Bond flick and was sorely disappointed (what the heck happened to Quantum?). Anyway, look for this one on the rental shelf soon.
Milestones: Another game that has been getting some great press, partly because publisher Stronghold games has sent demo copies to every podcaster and reviewer in the country (still waiting for my copy). This is the first Stronghold Games attempt at a eurogame. While it is being described as a medium weight strategy game appropriate for more casual audiences, it has a few nifty mechanics found in a much heavier games. For starters, each player has a personal board with a circuit track, or rondel, and the actions you perform on the main board are determined by your movement around this circuit, but only in one direction, so to repeat an action you must do a full circuit, and pay taxes on the way around. On the main board, or countryside, you will be building roads and structures, trying to be the best developer, knowing that your roads will help your opponents develop as well. I am curious to see how this mix of seemingly complex mechanics creates what reviewers consider just a medium strategy game.
Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: Same great game night style, now more palatable for the weekday workers. Check out our guild forum for planned games, to reserve a seat, or recruit for a game of your own.
Pathfinder Adventures: Our summer intern, Tam, is looking to run some Pathfinder adventures on Saturday evenings for up to 5 players, ages 13 and up. Strap on your armor and RSVP for this if you are interested.
Monthly RPG night: We are trying to get at least one night a month of roleplaying games going, probably every third thursday at this point. What we need however, is at least one gamemaster. All roleplaying systems are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and when we get enough we’ll officially add it to our schedule.
Friday Afternoon Magic (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading. We want to work our way toward Core level so we can run official prerelease events and tournaments, so bring some friends!
Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges. Unfortunately, Pokemon USA has stopped sending promo cards, so we will now charge $3 per day per person to maintain prize support. Fortunately, this will result in everyone getting much better prize 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.