In Takenoko players attempt to care for the Emperors favored panda by cultivating land plots, irrigating them, and growing bamboo. Players all work to fulfill a set number of objective cards and the player to earn the most victory points in the end wins! Featuring a few Catan-esque elements, some delightfully stackable bamboo, and a comic book instruction manual—Takenoko is a gateway game that you just can't overlook.
MOD X is an abstract strategy game from Cryptozoic. In it, up to four players take turns placing plastic Xs on the board, trying to create specific scoring patterns. Making strategic use of the joker pieces, blocking others from scoring, and trying to prevent your point markers from getting covered by your opponents all help make Mod X feel like a serious upgrade to games like Connect 4 and Checkers. While being easy enough for kids to learn and enjoy, Mod X offers some chess-level strategy and its replayability feels pretty much endless!
T.I.M.E. Stories is the new hotness! A co-op,"desksploration" game, where player explore a themed module looking for clues, gathering items and solving puzzles in order to change the past and avoid a world-altering time ripple. It's great fun and adventure for 2 to 4 players.
In Codenames two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their secret agents first. Based on the one-word clues, given by their Spymaster, players have to "guess who" the agents are that are on their team. The first team to tag all of their colored agents (and avoid the assassin) wins!
The Grizzled is a cooperative WWI themed card game about surviving in the trenches. You'll have to play your cards strategically in order to navigate the grueling threats dealt your way. Lend support to your fellow soldiers, work as a team, and with a little luck you might come out alive.
Grab your spoon and frying pan and get ready for a lighthearted adventure! Food Fighters is a raddly illustrated battle game for two players. Roll the dice and knock out your opponent (veggies vs. meats) as fast as you can and prove your dominance at the table.
Shadows Over Camelot is a 3-7 player semi-cooperative game, from Days of Wonder, in which players work together to complete quests before Camelot falls. In today's episode we provide a Quick Setup Guide for how everything should be laid out and setup before heading out to defeat the Black Knight and find the Holy Grail.
Firefly is a 1–4 player game, from Gale Force Nine, in which players pickup and deliver goods in their Firefly-class transport ship. In today's episode we provide a Quick Setup Guide for how everything should be laid out and setup before traveling the 'Verse.
Tides of Infamy is a tile-flipping, treasure collecting, piratey adventure for 2 to 4 players. Using your movement cards and small fleet of ships to navigate the map, you'll face currents and rocks, ghost ships and maelstroms, as well as your fellow pirates. Earn the most marks of infamy to prove that you are the most dastardly pirate and win!
Pandemic is a cooperative game in which players attempt to eradicate disease from the map. In Pandemic Legacy new challenges, characters, and mutated viruses appear each "month" (or time) that you play. With new cards, permanent stickers, and constant surprises, Pandemic Legacy will keep you hopping for a full year!
Fluxx is a crazy little card game in which the cards you play actually determine the current rules for the game. At the beginning of the game the rules are simple: draw one and play one--but as the game goes on you find that everything is in flux.
Can you build a space ship durable enough to weather the meteor field? Armed enough to defend against space pirates? Big enough to carry your crew and valuable cargo? And fast enough to make your delivery first? Find out in Galaxy Trucker. This tile placement game has tons of great components and packs a light-speed punch! Oh, and did we mention that our wives did the review on this one? Check it out!
In Rise of Augustus players race to complete "objective" cards in order to gain special powers and ultimately to claim victory points. In similar fashion to Bingo, tokens are randomly drawn from a bag and players place their meeple "legionnaires" on corresponding symbols. When all of their symbols are covered they declare "Ave Caesar." Choosing which objective cards to complete and building your set add a nice layer of strategy to this simple and enjoyable game.
In this card collecting game players use gold bars to bid on priceless artifacts that have been stored in wooden crates and housed in the mysterious Warehouse 51. With some interesting mechanics, a humorous storyline, and some great card art, Warehouse 51 is a treasure to be discovered.
In Small World, players strive for world domination using a cast of wacky fantasy races with special powers. Conquering adjacent territories and collecting points for the spaces they own, players stretch their race to the breaking point and then throw them into decline and select a new race in hopes of carrying them to victory!
Elysium is a new deck drafting game in which players gather heroes and powerful artifacts in an attempt to please the gods and earn their favor.
Use your colored columns to collect cards from the Agora and build combinations with different powers in order to earn gold and victory points. Transfer your cards to the Elysium to form an epic legend. A game of balance and opportunity with simple action, but constant dilemmas and complex strategies--Elysium is sure to keep even Hermes on his toes.
Scythe is a 2-5 player board game coming to Kickstarter October 13, 2015. I am super excited about this 4x game set in an alternate 1920's European history! (4x stands for eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate). Stonemaier built the world of Scythe around the magnificent artwork of Jakub Rozalski. His art and the impressive miniatures combine for a gorgeous game. Make sure you back it before the campaign ends on November 5! Link to Scythe Kickstarter Campaign.
Dixit is an imaginative group game where players try to match their cards to clues given by the "Storyteller". It's bit like Apples to Apples but with fanciful images instead of words. Choose your cards and words carefully and cleverly and you'll be the first around the board and win the game! Great for groups, families, and creatives (...and the rest of you too!).
I Hate Zombies is an easy party game for 2-12 players. It's the first micro-game by BoardGameGeek and funded on Kickstarter Summer, 2015. The simple mechanics of Rock, Paper, Scissors combined with the Zombie theme make it a game anyone can learn and even share with their non-gamer friends.
In Mundus Novus (meaning "new world") players act as ship owners in search of great wealth. Using their hand of dealt resource cards players must charter fleets of caravels to collect valuable goods and then trade sets of cards in order to expand their fleet, their crew and their collection of gold doubloons. The game is played using two decks of cards: a deck of resource cards, and a deck of development cards. The game is played in rounds, with each round consisting of four phases. The first ship owner to earn 75 doubloons wins the game!
Diamonds is a trick-taking card game in which players try to collect plastic diamonds and put them into their vault. It's easy to learn and fun to play. Whether you're a card-shark, a strategist or new to the hobby of board gaming this seems to be an all-around crowd pleaser.
Bring honor to your Emperor during the annual Harvest Festival while playing Lanterns. This tile based game pits you against 2 or 3 others in an attempt to collect beautifully illustrated lantern cards and exchange them for honor tiles. Lay your tiles wisely to gather lanterns for yourself while denying your opponents. The player to collect the most honor when the tiles run out wins!
News@11 is a cooperative storytelling game where players act as anchors putting together the daily news. The game is played over 3 rounds (the morning, noon and evening edition) in which players take turns making up news stories using the words they've been dealt (on player-generated cue cards). It's a wild game of creative, impromptu speaking that's sure to delight your next party attenders. It's still being play-tested right now, but you can follow its progress by clicking the button below.
Mysterium, a cooperative game for 2-7 players, is a murder mystery game that plays a little like a smashup of Clue and Dixit. In the game one player acts as the ghost, handing dream cards to the rest of the players in order help them determine which weapon, room, and murderer were involved in the crime. The team has 7 nights to try and narrow the suspects and free the trapped soul. Lots of surmising, stumbling, and satisfying game play are sure to ensue!
Smash Up is a "shuffle-building" card game in which players select two decks of cards and smash them together. Each deck represents a different faction: Pirates, Zombies, Dinosaurs, Ninjas, Ghosts, Aliens, Wizards and Gnomes. Players use their combined minions to try and smash up bases before their opponents can. Simple mechanic. Great art. It's a smashing good time.
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