Jul 302015
 

We’ve had a busy few months here at The Games Store. We’ve moved to a much bigger store, five times bigger to be exact, we’re open more hours – 7 days a week, up to 10pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday – and we’re running a lot more events than ever before, now all in house. One of the things that’s suffered during all the changes is this website. Adding content during this busy period has not been a huge priority, and therefore it’s been pretty dormant.

We’ve been discussing ways we can make the website more interesting and relevant and we’ve decided to start adding more gaming content. This will allow you to see what kind of things we get up to in the shop, and hopefully encourage you to come on down and play. It also gives an outlet to the talented writers and videographers we have in our community.

If you have some content that you think would be appropriate for the site, feel free to drop me a line at karl@thegamesstore.com. We’re always looking for new reviews, discussion pieces, strategy, tournament reports, videos etc.

And if you want to see what’s happening at our games club, why not join up at https://www.facebook.com/groups/thegamesstore/? We’re always happy to welcome new or experienced gamers to our group, we enjoy a wide variety of games and we always have people happy to play.

Mar 052015
 

Some new boardgames and Pokemon sets in this week.

In Samurai Spirit you and your fellow samurai companions are the only standing obstacle between one frightened village and a full horde of blood-thirsty villains. The fight seems unfair as the seven of you might not seem to measure up to the dozens of enemies who want to slice you to pieces — but this comparison doesn’t take into account your strong combat skills and an efficient team spirit that binds your samurai squad enough to face the threat. Above all else, when everything seems desperate and lost, your enemies will discover that inside each of you lies a true beast, a warrior spirit ready to unleash its full power! 1-7 players, cooperative, £15.99

In the drawing game Loony Quest, players study challenging level cards, then try to replicate the outline to meet targets and avoid obstacles on their tracing sheets. Once finished, players place their sheets on top of the level card to see whether the drawings line up with the targets they meant to hit — or avoid. Largely inspired by video games, Loony Quest players discover various worlds, play with 3D and 2D levels, run into loony monsters — Loonies — and big bosses, trigger special stages, collect bonuses, use penalties on opponents, and gather as many Xperience points as possible to win. 2-5 players, £19.99

One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak is a fast game for 3-7 players in which everyone gets a hidden role, each with a special ability. (No plain “villagers” here!) In the course of a single morning, your village will decide who among them is a werewolf…because all it takes is finding one werewolf to win! Daybreak includes eleven new roles, and it can be played on its own or combined with the original One Night Ultimate Werewolf game; when combined, you can have up to ten players in a single game. 3-7 players, £19.99

In Salerno players take their choice of the Western Allies or the German forces and recreate the operations that took the war to the Italian mainland.
Two medium sized mapsheets containing three areas connected by movement tracks join three operations designed to push the German armies out of Italy. The system uses a chit pull combat method that enhances the challenge of combat. Limited knowledge of exact enemy strength make planning combat an undetermined affair, as it always is, and the job of commander more demanding than ever. 2 player wargame, £36.99

Fleets: The Pleiad Conflict is set in 3400 AD, where mankind has colonized the Pleiad star cluster and mighty corporations vie for control and influence. Each player equips fleets with escort ships and upgrades and uses them to control star systems for VPs. Diplomatic leverage, cunning, and brute force will determine the victor. 2-4 players, £47.99

Two new boxed editions of Pokemon TCG are also available, Groudon and Kyogre, just £9.99 each

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Feb 132015
 

We’ve got a crazy amount of stuff coming in today including X-Wing restocks, boardgames, collectible minis, YGO Heroclix, and even an Adventure Time card game.

Boardgames include Five Tribes – Here, in a unique twist on the now-standard “worker placement” genre, the game begins with the meeples already in place – and players must cleverly maneuver them over the villages, markets, oases, and sacred places tiles that make up Naqala. How, when, and where you dis-place these Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants, and Viziers determine your victory or failure.

1944 Race to the Rhine is a new game experience. You can’t win this game without proper planning. Your tanks need gas to move and ammo to fight. But don’t forget to feed your GIs. So what would be your transport priority?

In Adventure Time: Card Wars – BMO vs. Lady Rainicorn each turn, a player has two Action Points to spend on Creatures, Spells, and Locations, and cards cost between 0 and 2 Action Points to play. When you summon a Creature, you choose which lane you want to place it in; some Creatures have FLOOP abilities that allow you to use their special abilities. When you attack with a Creature down a lane, you might find an opposing Creature, or you might get to deal your damage straight to your opponent’s Hit Points. Reduce your opponent’s Hit Points from 25 to 0 and you’re the Cool Guy (and you win the game)!

Splendor is a fast-paced and addictive game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops—all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you’re wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige.

Restocks include 7 Wonders, Legion of Honor, Robinson Crusoe, Russian Railroads, Star Trek Attack Wing, and more!

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Feb 032015
 

New in the shop today we have the latest Pokemon set, XY5 Primal Clash, plus Collectors Albums, The Warhammer Conquest expansion Gift of the Ethereals and the brand new X-Files board game where 1-4 agent players team up against one opponent who controls the Smoking Man and his nefarious network.

Also new in is the Crisis Expansion for the DC Deck-Building Game which introduces co-operative gameplay and “Impossible Mode”

Alchemists, a game where two to four budding alchemists compete to discover the secrets of their mystical art. Points can be earned in various ways, but most points are earned by publishing theories – correct theories, that is — and therein lies the problem.

In The Ancient World, players compete to grow the largest and most influential city-state by managing citizens, treasury, and military and by defeating titans. Players take turns sending citizens to take special actions or using military cards to attack titans. One of the actions a citizen can perform is to build Empire cards, which give more citizens, money, and abilities.

There’s also a new Machi Koro Expansion: The Harbor which expands the Machi Koro base game by adding thirteen new types of cards: ten new establishments, one new starting establishment, and two new landmarks. The expansion adds more complexity to the game, including seaports and airports that can be upgraded with additional boats (in the case of seaports) or facilities. Players also now need to complete six landmarks instead of four. Finally, with more establishments in the game, players choose only ten for use in any single game, mixing up what’s available each time you bring it to the table. It also increases the number of players to 5.

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Nov 262014
 

Lots of new stuff in over the last week, including Star Realms back in stock, Noble Knights of the Round Table for Yu-Gi-Oh!, The Resistance and Bang! back in stock, Star Wars YT-2400 and VT-49, Small World expansion Royal Bonus, Gloom 2nd Ed and various Fluxx versions. Not forgetting all the new Cardfight sets and trial decks, a pony, cuddly toy, sliding doors etc.

Phew!

And there’s even more tomorrow.

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Nov 122014
 

New in the shop this week we have Enemy Coast Ahead: The Dambuster Raid from GMT. In Enemy Coast Ahead, you command a newly formed Lancaster squadron assigned the task of breaching the dams in the Ruhr Valley. Not only are you presented with a variety of decisions, you play the invisible hand of fate as your crews endure the hazards of a dangerous night raid. Play the campaign and you get to organize and train the squadron, or play the historical scenarios. It’s suitable for solitaire or team play and costs £43.99.

Also in this week we have the Magic Holiday Boxes from Wizards. You get Four Khans of Tarkir booster packs, a beautiful storage box that can hold more than 2,000 Magic cards, twenty Khans of Tarkir basic lands, six illustrated plastic dividers, a sticker sheet for customizing the dividers and an alternative-art Sultai Charm from the Khans of Tarkir set. All this for only £16.99!

We’ve also had a restock of Warhammer Conquest starters. This game has been incredibly popular and we got the last four copies from the distributor!

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