December 09, 2016

Game Gifts – Dwarven Miner

Do you dream of unwrapping a tome of wisdom this holiday? Maybe you wish you could give a friend a mithril sword. Then Dwarven Miner is the game gift for you (and them)!

Compete to craft the most desirable items to win the patronage (and special perks) of powerful dwarves in this game of set collection and card drafting, with some press-your-luck rolled in!

Your turn is played in three phases: Mining, Crafting, and Fulfillment.

  1. Roll the resource dice to mine the raw materials needed to craft your items. Re-rolls are permitted and you can bank resources and re-roll the undesired outcomes. Watch out for Orcs as they will block your ability to gain resources.
  2. Commit your resources to create desirable items such as weapons, armor, other gear. The items you choose to craft will depend upon the patrons you are trying to please from the patron cards in your hand. Unused resources may be saved for future use if you have space in your backpack and/or vault.
  3. Fulfill a patron’s desires by having crafted the items required on their card. Gain the patron’s victory points, and trigger their ability.

Choose your patron’s wisely and claim your victory points often, they cannot be taken away once scored, and the first player to 30 points wins.

December 08, 2016

Game Gifts – We Come in Peace

Some people want world peace for the holidays, others want to rule the world. This game is for the latter group.  What’s a little seasonal bah-humbug amongst friends? Get holiday stress out of your system with some intergalactic warfare in We Come in Peace.

Defend your planet from incoming saucer attacks by rolling dice and using your options strategically to counter-attack, rebuild cities, and launch missiles at your opponents.

Your defense rolls increase in value each round, but you add more invasion dice as well, so you’ll need to stay alert as if your life depends on it.

Played in three rounds, this is a frantic, fun, fast game of exponential chaos. It is as much fun to lose this game as it is to win… as long as you go out in a blaze of glory!

They say the best defense is a good offense, and re-rolling for attack missiles instead of protecting your burning planet becomes a very valid game plan.

We Come in Peace is ideal for all players ages 8 and up, in groups up to 6 players! Games play quickly in 15-20 minutes, so be prepared to engage with the enemy several times.

Tip: Protect and rebuild your planet’s core, its worth the most points at the end of the game if it is undamaged.

Price: $29.99

Visit your Friendly Local Game Store for help finding this game and others in their inventory.

December 06, 2016

Games Under $20 – Graveyards, Ghosts & Haunted Houses

Ghosts at Christmas?!? Why of course! Old Ebenezer Scrooge can tell you a thing or two about that. This year why not try to see things from Jacob Marley’s perspective? Today’s “Game Under $20” will let you do that.

Another game in our Drawn & Quartered series (see Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies as well), Graveyards, Ghosts & Haunted Houses lets you be the ghost trying to haunt the largest portion of the play space.

Place your tiles to connect your sections or block your opponents.

Lock in advantageous groupings using your haunted house tile.

Play your special tokens to scare meddling kids for bonus points, expose your opponent to a paranormal investigator, or bury a ghost to negate points.

After the last tile is drawn, add up your score to reveal the scary spook in the graveyard!

This game is for groups of 2-4 players, ages 8 and up, and plays in approximately 30 minutes. Each game plays differently based on how the tiles are drawn and played. Rematches are not uncommon.

It makes a great gift for families at a price of $19.99.

Visit your Friendly Local Game Store for help finding this game and others in their inventory.

Order $50 or more in games from our web store by 12/9/2016 and the shipping is on us! Just use code GAME50 at checkout.

December 05, 2016

Games Under $20 – Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies

Another day, another installment in our Games Under $20 series. We told you there were quite a few options!

Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies is the first in our Drawn & Quartered line of tile-laying games. Choose your side and dominate the landscape by spreading your team’s control over the largest connected area.

Players take turn laying tiles to connect large sections for their team.

Some tiles have icons that confer an additional special action, such as swapping the location of two tiles in play and rotating any tile on the board. You can use those special actions to increase your area or break up an opponent’s section.

Use your opponent’s nemesis to neutralize points in their largest section.

When the last tile is taken from the draw pile, you get one last chance to maximize your score or cripple your opponents.

Find out once and for all who would win the ultimate battle: Pirates, Ninjas, Robots, or Zombies?!

Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies is recommended for 2-4 players, ages 8 and up, and takes about 20 minutes to play.

At the perfect price of $19.99, you can get a copy for your favorite niece or nephew AND one for yourself!

Visit your Friendly Local Game Store for help finding this game and others in their inventory.

Order $50 or more in games from our web store by 12/9/2016 and the shipping is on us! Just use code GAME50 at checkout.

December 02, 2016

Games Under $20 – X Marks the Spot

Avast! Today’s spotlight for games under $20 is X Marks the Spot! This game is perfect for the pirate enthusiast on your gift list.

Channel the cunning of a 19th century pirate in search of treasure. Race the other pirates to create three Xs with your unique pirate flag and claim dominion of the high seas!

There is some honor amongst thieves as you take turns placing your tile cards to create a grid system as the play space. You may place cards over top of other cards or portions of cards to achieve your objective.

Watch out for the Ghost Ship, Kraken, and Open Water tile cards for strategic tile-laying advantages. Or use action cards like the Cannon which allows you to destroy a card and remove it from the grid.

Gather 2-4 players (recommended for ages 10 and up) and spend 30 minutes playing pirates in X Marks the Spot!

Price: $19.99

Visit your Friendly Local Game Store for help finding this game and others in their inventory.

Order $50 or more in games from our web store by 12/9/2016 and the shipping is on us! Just use code GAME50 at checkout.

November 30, 2016

Games Under $20 – Red Hot Silly Peppers

Part of a gift exchange at work or with friends? Have a $20 price limit? We’ve got you covered with four, yes FOUR, options in our games catalog.

We’ll be covering each of our games here for the next week, to help you decide which one is perfect for your intended recipient. Today’s pick: Red Hot Silly Peppers!

Compete to create the perfect bowl of salsa. What makes your salsa perfect? Hitting the right amount of hotness (or sweetness) before anyone else!

  1. Spin the dial to determine the target heat level.
  2. Combine your pepper cards of varying heat values to match the target heat level (within 5 points). Use your fruit cards to lessen the overall heat level of your hand.
  3. Reveal the ingredients you are committing to that bowl of salsa to claim it. (The next player will need to spin for a new target value.)
  4. Watch out for the special cards that let you and other players re-spin the dial, swap cards from their hands, and steal your perfectly crafted bowl of salsa!

Play until you exhaust the draw pile. Games last 15-20 minutes and are a great way to pass the time while you wait for your chimichangas at your favorite restaurant. Red Hot Silly Peppers is ideal for ages 7 and up and groups of 2-5 players, this is a fun way to work on math skills with kids!

Cost: $14.99!

Tip: Try to use as many cards as you can to create your salsa mixes. You get points for cards at the end of the game.

Who is it good for?

Families, casual gamers, kids learning math, and lovers of salsa.

Fun Fact: Did you know there is a ranking system for pepper hotness? It was developed in 1912 by Wilbur Scoville and is named after him. The Scoville Scale is a subjective scale based on capsaicin sensitivity, which varies from person to person. That’s why you can eat jalapeños on your pizza, but your cousin can’t handle anything spicier than standard black pepper.

Visit your Friendly Local Game Store for help finding this game and others in their inventory.

Order $50 or more in games from our web store by 12/9/2016 and the shipping is on us! Just use code GAME50 at checkout.

November 02, 2016

Impossible Decision 2016

Know Your Candidates for Supreme Galactic Leader

Election Day is almost upon us and an informed voter is a dangerous voter, which is exactly what these candidates like –– danger!

Supreme Galactic Leader isn’t a job for the faint of heart. It requires a firm grasp of modern warfare and a diplomatic approach to intergalactic relations.

Residents of the galaxy have a tough choice ahead of them, one could even say it is an impossible decision. We’re here to help by giving you the rundown on each of the candidates. They may not be perfect, but they are ours.

Vote early, vote often, and remember only you can help prevent world peace.

Admiral Octomantis

“Vote for me or don’t, I’ll still win… Hey, at least I’m not Angrypants!”

Overcoming a tragic childhood where none of his three parents ever took him to the circus, Octomantis has proven he can rise above the petty disappointments of every day life. He works tirelessly to achieve his lifelong dream of being the one and only being left in existence.

His fierce rivalry with Captain Angrypants was forged after an unfortunate ice cream incident. When asked why you should vote for him his reply was very focused, “Angrypants cares about small woodland creatures children… I’m not Angrypants.”

We also inquired about his plans for galactic development, to which he replied, “Angrypants voted to end interstellar war and increase economic opportunities for the under privileged… I’m not Angrypants.”

The Admiral supports the carnivorous diet movement and maintains a healthy, balanced died of his enemies. He was proud to remind us he cannot be defeated since he does not have feet.

October 21, 2016

"Element" Release Delayed – Component Sneak Peek

“The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin

Our commitment to providing you with the highest quality games we can produce sometimes means making the hard decision to delay the release of a game to get it just right.

Due to a manufacturing delay and the opportunity to improve some of the component pieces in Element, we are announcing the release of the game has been pushed back to Spring 2017.

We are so excited to get this game into your hands and we want to be sure we are offering you the best version we can. So relax, enjoy the upcoming holiday season with all our other great games currently available, and join us in 2017 as we master the forces of nature together in Element.

The wait will be worth it, we promise. Take a look at this sneak peek of the sages. How cool are they?!?

October 01, 2016

Oktoberfest = beer + gaming, right?

The final weekend of Oktoberfest is upon us. May your tankard be ever-full, and the brew maidens swift in the serving!

Looking for a couple games to play while enjoying your drinks and camaraderie? Check out Dwarven Miner (game pieces pictured above) and Four Taverns.

CAUTION: Fun and bragging rights are common side effects of our games. Please drink (and game) responsibly.

September 24, 2016

Alien Effects – 100+ Years After "The War of the Worlds"

It’s been over 100 years since the serial publication of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds (1898) introduced us to the terrifying concept of alien attacks. The 1938 teleplay version incited panic in the listening public and has become the stuff of legends.

We are still being inspired by the idea to this day.

A plethora of books, games, and movies from scary to silly with settings ranging from Earth to galaxies far, far away have followed in the wake of Wells’ ground-breaking story of extra-terrestrials. In turn these iterations have inspired real-life scientific breakthroughs as well as fantastical imaginings of worlds far away.

Our homage to the alien incursion genre takes a much less serious edge than some, while still embracing that tension and turmoil so essential to capturing the true spirit of the theme.

We Come in Peace is a fast-paced, exciting game of exponential chaos. It’s “no guts, no glory” in this dice-rolling game of aggressive extra-terrestrial warfare.

Available now for your gaming pleasure, We Come in Peace is a great addition to any space fanatic’s collection, no matter what universe they call home!