Here’s our box opening video for Holland ’44 from GMT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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!
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.
We received a bumper selection of boardgames and more in the delivery today.
First up is Dungeon Lords: Happy Anniversary. In Dungeon Lords, you are an evil dungeon lord who is trying to build the best dungeon out there. You hire monsters, build rooms, buy traps and defeat the do-gooders who wish to bring you down. Each turn, players use a hand of cards to choose where to place their worker imps. Actions vary from mining gold, hiring monsters, buying traps etc. The Happy Anniversary edition comes with the base game, Festival Season expansion plus more. 2-4 players, £74.99
Also new in is Rivals: Batman and Joker, an expansion for the DC Deck-Building game which introduces confrontation rules that allow you to attack an opposing character and block cards that ward off confrontations. 2 players, £16.99
Roll for the Galaxy is a dice game of building space empires for 2-5 players. Your dice represent your populace, whom you direct to develop new technologies, settle worlds, and ship goods. The player who best manages his workers and builds the most prosperous empire wins! It’s based on the incredibly popular Race for the Galaxy. 2-5 players, £47.99
Onward to Venus is the latest game from popular designer Martin Wallace and is an empire building game, but instead of Africa, you’re trying to colonise the Solar System. 2-5 players, £29.99
In Castles of Mad King Ludwig you are tasked with building an amazing, extravagant castle for King Ludwig II of Bavaria…one room at a time. You see, the King loves castles, having built Neuschwanstein (the castle that inspired the Disney theme park castles) and others, but now he’s commissioned you to build the biggest, best castle ever — subject, of course, to his ever-changing whims. Each player acts as a building contractor who is adding rooms to the castle he’s building while also selling his services to other players. 1-4 players, £47.99
Also in today is the Deluxe DM Screen for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition screen. If you’re a DM you’ll want to get this, it’s packed full of info and helps you hide all your secrets! £9.99
The new civilisation game, Deus, arrives in shop this week. The game has been on top of the BoardGameGeek hotness charts recently and has already sold out at the distributors, even before it went on sale. We’ve got 4 (well 3 cause I’m having one) and they’re £39.99. More info at http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/162082/deus
I’ve posted another one of my What’s In the Box videos covering Deus
Included in the new items released this week are:
– Small World Realms, the latest in this excellent boardgame series, £27.99
– Pokemon TCG: Kyurem Figure Box,
Four boosters of Black and White, a Kyurem foil card and figure for Pokemon TCG, £17.99
– Sky Traders, a board game of adventure, commerce, and intrigue, £39.99
Take on the role of one of six key characters from The Walking Dead. Each player must struggle to gather resources, find other survivors, and eventually find a refuge. But wherever a player moves, the zombie hordes are always right behind them!
1-6 players, age 13+, 30-60 mins playing time.
There are multiple scenarios for both solitaire and team play in this new space game which can be completed in one sitting.
1-4 players 60+ mins playing time