New releases for Thursday November 12th 2015

Despite the traffic impediment that the City of Calgary Water Department has put outside the store, our delivery people were here in droves today and we have a bumper crop of new releases to detail.

Icarus by Victory Point Games

New from Reiner Knizia, Icarus is a game for three to seven players who must don their wax-fastened wings to see who can soar the highest without being caught flying too close to the sun.

Icarus players draw one card each from seven different-colored decks and must bid an amount of one of those colors which they believe is less than the sum of every player’s card in that color. At some point bids, which must increase with each player, will reach so high that they are challenged! With a handy game mat and additional play variations included from the developers at Victory Point Games, we’re sure that Icarus will find a happy landing among your gaming group!

Darkest Night expansion #4: In Tales of Old by Victory Point Games

In Tales of Old, the fourth expansion to Jeremy Lennert’s Darkest Night, sends your heroes racing across the kingdom to unravel the mysteries of the holy relics’ resting places.

Instead of searching for keys, you now draw Mystery cards that reveal how to obtain clues to the relic’s location, and perhaps some other rewards. These mysteries may lead you to explore the depths of ancient catacombs teeming with traps, or encounter an antique trader willing to part with old scrolls for the right price.

For the Crown expansion #3: Between Heaven and Earth by Victory Point Games

The third expansion to For the Crown, Between Heaven and Earth, introduces 12 new kinds of variable cards and 10 new types of units that can be trained using the new cards, in addition to an alternate starting card, the Merchant. You can mix and match cards from the original game with any 2nd Edition expansion.

Conquest at Kismet by Victory Point Games

Conquest at Kismet, from new game designer Jay Vales, is a two-player, turn-based, head-to-head card game set in the fictional galaxy of Raccroc, using a lottery-like method of resolving battle. This allows for a very small table footprint while having a healthy mix of tactics and luck, as players battle one another until one of their Motherships is destroyed.

All Things Zombie: Reloaded by LnL Publishing

All Things Zombie: Reloaded is the expanded 2nd edition of our original All Things Zombie board game.  Designer and Developer Ed Teixeira has expanded his zombie world so it’s not just the zombies you need to worry about.
Before you were fighting zombies; now you have to work with and against the other human Survivors, Militia, and Gangers.  Now you must learn how to survive and thrive in this dangerous and ever changing world.
Inside you’ll find:

  • A full set of color counters including Survivors, Gangers, and Militia characters, as well as a wide range of weapons and loot that you can find during your games.
  • A set of Event Cards that provide all the info you need at a glance, from friends, enemies, zombies, loot and more.
  • Newly designed Player Aid cards to help you keep track of your characters and their “stuff”.
  • An easy to use campaign system that ties all your games together where the results of one affects the results of the next.
  • Six 11” x 17” maps that can be laid out in over 50 different ways, making each game unique.
  • Specific objectives that provide ways for your characters to increase in skill and ability when they succeed.
  • All this and more.

All Things Zombie: Reloaded can be played solitaire, cooperatively with everyone on the same side, or competitively with everyone against one another. All Things Zombie: Reloaded can be played as a “one off game” or part of an ongoing campaign.

Warehouse 51 by Fun Forge

The year is 2038. After decades of borrowing money from the rest of the world, the USA finally went bankrupt. In a last desperate move, the federal government decides to auction its most secret treasures: the artifacts and relics stored in warehouse 51. And there’s serious stuff in there, such as Aladdin’s Lamp, The Hammer of Thor, the Golem, and the Philosopher’s Stone.
In Warehouse 51, players are multimillionaires from the entire world who want to buy these artifacts for their collections, but most of these items have strange paranormal effects that can influence the game, and many of them are fakes…

Me Want Cookies! by iello

You are a nice monster with a big appetite for desserts. Each course of the meal, only one monster can eat a dessert and only the right dessert. Spot it before the others devour it!

1. Roll the die to set the first dessert.
2. Follow the licorice up to the dessert at the other end.
3. Grab the right dessert!

Zombies!!! Jr. by Twilight Creations

Playtime is over! Your parents, siblings, and neighbors have all been trying to bite you, and it’s really getting in the way of your playtime. You’ve got a baseball and a narf gun, though, so it’s go time! THEY need a time out!

Zombies!!! Jr. reimplements the Zombies!!! miniatures game with larger, thicker and fewer tiles in the playing area and artwork suitable for the entire family. Game play allows for younger kids to play while still getting the feel of the Zombies!!! game.
Game contains 15 tiles, 30 cards, 50 zombie figures, 6 player pawns, “Pow” and brain tokens and a die.

You can play against each other, with a buddy or as a group. The goal is to get to the center square of the Helipad first or with your buddy or as a group without anyone losing all of their brains!

Nyet! by iello

A trick taking card game with an opening round in which players remove various options, such as trump and super-trump by putting markers on a display, to leave the actual playing conditions for that hand.

Fire & Axe by IDW Games

Glory and blood are at stake in this lauded and highly sought-after grail game. Fire and Axe is a strategy game full of raiding, trading and ultimate control, which can live on reputation alone. But the latest version features striking, completely redone artwork full of grit and beauty—players will transcend into the Viking world, in all of its tempest glory. Included are 70 minis, each new sculpt has striking detail and is sure to make even the most dedicated of gamers delighted.

Fire & Axe seats three to five players, and is playable in roughly 90 minutes. Each round, players take a turn that consists of seven in-game days to load their ships and send them out to trade with or conquer Europe. There is also a unique mission system that gives all players a chance to complete tasks on mission cards, which when completed, awards bonuses that can tip the scales of battle.

Sapiens by iello

The time has come for the tribe to head for new horizons. As clan chief, guide your prehistoric people through the valley. Hunt and gather food, discover safe caves for the upcoming winter, and interact with the other nomad groups. Gather your tribe and discover the valley!

Connect tiles to create a path for your tribe through the valley. Along the way, your tribe will gather food and search for suitable shelter in caves. At the end of the game, players compare the weaker of their two domains: the player with the most points in the weaker domain wins!

Pirates of the 7 Seas by IDW Games

The design team behind the smash-hit Mysterium invites you to enter into unknown waters with Pirates of the 7 Seas! And they mean it: All hands ahoy, because this isn’t you’re average pirate game. In fact, it’s unlike any board game.

Take a turn for the topsy-turvy, where the top of this very tin serves as the board, your dice are your ships and where they land on the board means as much as what you roll! Choose to remain an independent vagabond, or maybe cut a deal with a Governor to become all official-like in your pirating ways. Consult with a Shaman to curse the other pirates or pay a visit to the Cartographer to find a map with some hidden treasure.

The Pirate with the most booty will win the day, but a Pirate’s life isn’t always on the up and up. Savvy?

Frontier Stations by Victory Point Games

Work together to defend a ring of frontier space stations against a variety of growing dangers. Upgrade your systems wisely to maintain a steady flow of the vital resources you’ll need to survive, and allocate them carefully to keep nearby threats in check.

Frontier Stations, from Jeremy Lennert, is a game for 3 to 6 players working together to confront an onslaught of perils. Each player must build up their station, making it better able to deal with the wide variety of threats and function optimally with its two neighboring stations.

Zombie 15′ Left Alone Solo Campaign by iello

Zombie 15′: Left Alone – Solo Campaign consists of fifteen Zombie 15′ scenarios for a single player, with the scenarios being linked and growing progressively more difficult. Each one focuses on a single character, highlighting their special ability, and the scenarios tell the early post-zombie stories of these characters.

Heroes of Normandie Easy Company by Devil Pig Games

Heroes of Normandie: Gazette #3 is the third issue of a quarterly gazette that contains new scenarios, rules, and punchboards with new units, surprises, and other items.

The Gazette #3 includes new rules, three new scenarios, and an exclusive punchboard filled with equipment, options, and surprises for the famous US Paratroopers “Easy Company” with Lt. Winters, William “Wild Bill” Guanere, Lt. Ronald “Crazy Runner” Speirs, Eugene G. “Doc” Roe Sr., and some more.

Runebound Third Edition by Fantasy Flight Games

A land of endless adventure opens before you. There are monsters to slay in the dark places of the world and dangerous quests that have never yet been attempted. You have the unparalleled chance to forge your story into a legend that will be told with fear and awe for hundreds of years. Choose your path and carve your name into the annals of Terrinoth—Runebound is now available at your local United States retailer and online through our webstore!

Every game of Runebound gives you and up to three friends the opportunity to become heroes in the realm of Terrinoth. A terrible threat has arisen and threatens your entire world with destruction. The hero who destroys this nemesis claims unending glory and wins the game, but if no hero manages to successfully defeat the nemesis, all players lose the game together. Along the way, you’ll find countless adventures in the Free Cities and the barren wilds of Terrinoth, alongside the opportunity to customize your hero in whatever ways you want. No matter which hero you play or which enemies you face, Runebound is an invitation to adventure like none other.

Favor of the Pharoh by Bezier Games

In ancient Egypt, even a lowly peasant could seek an audience with the Pharaoh, and in Favor of the Pharaoh 2–4 players vie for the Pharaoh’s favor by working their way up through Egyptian society, gathering influence (represented by dice and powers) to gain entry to the next level of society. Once any player gains the Queen’s influence, a final contest occurs for the Pharaoh’s favor.

Favor of the Pharaoh tasks players with building a dice-rolling engine—not to mention adding and manipulating dice—in preparation for a final roll-off between all players to gain the Pharaoh’s favor and win the game.

Cauldron by Altema Games

Cauldron is a competitive board game set in a fantasy world. It combines the excitement and ease of traditional board games with strategic depth and replayability of modern ones. Taking on roles of powerful mystical characters like the Druid, the Shaman or the Wizard, players will brew potions to grow their magical power, while casting spells to stop others from getting ahead. Cauldron is a resource management game that plays with 2-5 players aged 11+ in just over an hour.

The Game by IDW Games

Nominated for the 2015 Spiel Des Jahrs (Game of the Year) The Game is a co-operative card game for 1-5 players. In The Game, you’ll have to work together with your friends to play cards into one of four different piles, with the hopes of discarding all 98 cards. The trick is, you aren’t allowed to tell anyone else what cards you have, so you’ll constantly be on edge as each card played could upset your best-laid plans.

Survive: Space Attack! – 5-6 Player Mini-Expansion by Stronghold Games

Survive: Space Attack! – 5-6 Player Mini-Expansion enables up to 6 players to attempt escape as aliens attack the space station Atlantis!

In Survive: Space Attack!, you don”t want to leave any of your Spacemen behind.  Now with Survive: Space Attack! 5-6 Player mini-expansion, you don”t have to leave your friends and family behind either!

Play Survive: Space Attack! with up to 6 people for a bigger, crazier and even more fun experience!
Survive: Space Attack! 5-6 Player mini-expansion contains 20 Spaceman (10 in orange and 10 in white).

Survive: Space Attack! – The Crew Strikes Back! by Stronghold Games

Survive: Space Attack! – The Crew Strikes Back!, a mini-expansion for Survive: Space Attack!, introduces the “heroic” crew members of the besieged space station, each with their own unique power to help you escape from the alien attackers!
Well, we”re not sure if the crew is truly “heroic”, but each one has their own special ability. Each player of Survive: Space Attack! will have some members of the crew aboard to help them in their escape of the space station Atlantis!

Survive: Space Attack! The Crew Strikes Back! mini-expansion contains 20 Crew Cards and instructions for playing with them in a variety of new and exciting ways!

NOTE:  You must have the base game “Survive: Space Attack!” to enjoy this expansion.

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