What have the Sentry Box staff been playing this week?

Here is a rundown of the games our staff have been playing this past week

Terraforming Mars – You play one of a number of corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

Charterstone – A competitive legacy game where you construct buildings and populate a shared village. Building stickers are permanently added to the game board and become action spaces for any player to use. Thus, you start off with simple choices and few workers, but soon you have a bustling village with dozens of possible actions.

Haettuspil –  Players take on the role of a young person and his or her object is to collect the 25 points needed to win. Collecting points is done by buying items according to each person’s interests. The points can be lost as well, for example if the player gets a drug card.

Monopoly – Players take the part of land owners, attempting to buy and then develop their land. Income is gained by other players visiting their properties and money is spent when they visit properties belonging to other players. When times get tough, players may have to mortgage their properties to raise cash for fines, taxes and other misfortunes.

Lords of Waterdeep – A strategy board game for 2-5 players where you take on the role of one of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, secret rulers of the city. Through your agents, you recruit adventurers to go on quests on your behalf, earning rewards and increasing your influence over the city. Expand the city by purchasing new buildings that open up new actions on the board, and hinder – or help – the other lords by playing Intrigue cards to enact your carefully laid plans.

Harvest – Plant and fertilize your seeds, tend your crops, and utilize the various buildings at your disposal. You’ll need to work smarter, not harder, as harvest season is coming to an end!

Viticulture – Players find themselves in the roles of people in rustic, pre-modern Tuscany who have inherited meager vineyards. They have a few plots of land, an old crushpad, a tiny cellar, and three workers. They each have a dream of being the first to call their winery a true success.

Infinity – A game with 28mm high metal miniatures that simulates combat and special operations in a science fiction environment with Manga aesthetics.

Dungeons & Dragons – The classic roleplaying game. Ask Gord about his campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What have the Sentry Box staff been playing this week?

Here is a rundown of the games our staff have been playing this past week

X-Wing – A tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful Rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE fighters, facing them against each other in fast-paced space combat.

Adapt – Choose your starting guppy, then use an all-new experience point-based drafting system to buy upgraded bodies and all manner of new parts for your guppy. Quickly adapt it to become the most powerful master fish in the sea with any combination of aquatic bodies and parts you can mash up, battling the other master fish to the death along the way for there can be only one master fish in this ocean.

Star Realms – A fast paced deck-building card game of outer space combat. It combines the fun of a deck-building game with the interactivity of Trading Card Game style combat.

Napoleonic Wars – Set in 1805 Europe, you must weigh the strategic dilemmas facing the two alliances in mortal conflict.

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 – An epic cooperative game for 2 to 4 players. Unlike most other games, this one is working against you. What’s more, some of the actions you take in Pandemic Legacy will carry over to future games.

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective – You are presented with a mystery to solve, and it is then up to you to trace the threads of evidence through the byways and mansions of nineteenth century London. You will interview suspects, search the newspapers for clues, and put together the facts to reach a solution.

Exit: The Forbidden Castle – The castle is the highlight of the hike, but hardly have the hikers entered the old walls, when the squeaky doors close. Escape appears impossible — but strange hints may lead players in a new direction. Can they solve the riddles and find the way to freedom?

Exodus Fleet – A resource management and tableau building game with a highly interactive system of role selection and bidding in which players compete to hire miners, spaceship builders, and other groups to piece together their own fleet to escape a dying Earth.

Chimera Station – A new twist to the worker placement genre: customizable workers. Each worker can be modified in-game by splicing claws, tentacles, leafs or additional brains (or any combination of those) on them. These workers are used to gather resources: points, food, credits, and living parts of aforementioned workers!

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire – a tactical arena combat game. This is a system designed for balanced, small-scale tactical games that can be played quickly and easily by anyone

Azul – Players take turns drafting colored tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they’ve placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player’s score.

Dungeons & Dragons – The classic roleplaying game. Ask Gord and Kris about their campaigns.

Space Empires – Space Empires is a game in the finest tradition of 4X space games – eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Each player builds up a space empire and uses it to conquer the other players.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Games Industry News for December 22nd

Here are this week’s news stories and announcements.

New Stuff

  • Announcing Rising 5: Runes of Asteros from Grey Fox Games

Rising 5 is a cooperative deduction game for 1-5 players that’s driven by a digital application. Players take control of a team of five agents with unique powers who must work together to find the right combination of runes and save the planet of Asteros, all while dealing with monsters seeking to stop them.

  • Announcing the Snowtroopers Unit Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

Fantasy Flight Games announce the Snowtroopers Unit Expansion for Star Wars: Legion! Within this Unit Expansion, you’ll find seven unpainted Snowtrooper miniatures, inviting you to field these troopers as a single unit and combat the Rebellion in even the most hostile and adverse environments.

  • Announcing a New Clan Pack for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game

Fantasy Flight Games announce Disciples of the Void, a Phoenix Clan Pack for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game. This Clan Pack contains 78 new cards, primarily focusing on the Phoenix Clan, and features a different spell for every element, a legion of Shugenja with powerful effects, a new Role card, the highest-costed character yet to enter the game, and much more.

  • Announcing the Fourth Data Pack in the Kitara Cycle for Android: Netrunner

Fantasy Flight Games announce The Devil and the Dragon, the fourth Data Pack in the Kitara Cycle for Android: Netrunner. The Devil and the Dragon features three copies each of twenty new cards and continues to explore the Sub-Saharan League in the world of Android through the eyes of new Criminal and Weyland Consortium identities.

 

What have the Sentry Box staff been playing this week?

Here is a rundown of the games our staff have been playing this past week

Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar – Players representing different Mayan tribes place their workers on giant connected gears, and as the gears rotate they take the workers to different action spots.

The Downfall of Pompeii – The year is AD 79. Pompeii, sitting at the foot of Vesuvius, is at the high point in its development. People come to the city from far and wide to try to make their luck in the city. So far nobody has dreamed of the danger that will bury all of their dreams under mountains of ash. Who will survive the eruption of Vesuvius unscathed?

X-Wing – A tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful Rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE fighters, facing them against each other in fast-paced space combat.

The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire – Each player takes control of a nation struggling for power in the latter part of the 20th century. They build up their nation’s industry, commerce, and government by acquiring resources, building structures, and tapping sources of energy.

Century: Golem Edition – A re-themed version of Century: Spice Road set in the world of Caravania. Players are caravan leaders who travel the famed golem road to deliver crystals to the far reaches of the world.

Exit: The Game – The Polar Station – An alarm sounded in the eternal ice, so the polar station has been evacuated and foreclosed, but a small group of researchers has remained behind by mistake — and they have only one hour to find the code that will crack the lock program.

T.I.M.E Stories: Estrella Drive – You and your fellow players are members of the T.I.M.E Agency, sent to investigate a disruption to the Time Stream. This time, you and your fellow agents are sent to 1982 to investigate a temporal anomaly in a supposedly haunted Hollywood mansion.

Cutthroat Caverns – A unique combination of cooperative game play and opportunistic backstabbing. Each round, any monster encountered will have a prestige value of 1 through 6. The player that successfully jockeys for position and lands the killing blow gets the prestige value for the encounter. The surviving player with the most prestige after the 9 encounters is the winner. If the players do not survive all 9 encounters, no one wins the game.

Dungeons & Dragons – The classic roleplaying game. Ask Gord and Kris about their campaigns.

Photosynthesis – Sow your crops wisely and the shadows of your growing trees could slow your opponents down, but don’t forget that the sun revolves around the forest.

Space Empires – Space Empires is a game in the finest tradition of 4X space games – eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Each player builds up a space empire and uses it to conquer the other players

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Games Industry News for December 15th

Here are this week’s news stories and announcements.

New Stuff

  • Coming Soon: The Voyages of Marco Polo: Agents of Venice Expansion from Z-Man Games

This expansion contains two modules that open new paths to adventure for you and your fellow players. In The City of Venice module, you venture back to Marco Polo’s hometown and its famous bazaars, and the Companions module allows you to bring some of your new friends you meet on your travels along with you.

  • Announcing a New Deluxe Expansion for The Lord of the Rings: the Card Game

Fantasy Flight Games announce the upcoming release of The Wilds of Rhovanion, a new deluxe expansion for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game.  This expansion explores the vast untamed country of Rhovanion in three original scenarios that take you from the Vales of Anduin, through Mirkwood Forest, and into the Iron Hills, on an adventure to accompany a group of refugees seeking asylum in the Wilderlands.

  • Announcing the Sixth and Final Mythos Pack in The Path to Carcosa

Fantasy Flight Games announce the upcoming release of Dim Carcosa, the sixth and final Mythos Pack in The Path to Carcosa cycle for Arkham Horror: The Card Game.  Your investigation into the mysterious play The King in Yellow has led you through a maddening series of events, from the darkest corners of Arkham Historical Society, to twisted halls of the asylum, and even the catacombs of Paris. It has all led you here, to dim Carcosa, a place beyond all imagining.

  • Announcing the Holiday Preview Wave for Star Wars™: Destiny Legacies

Fantasy Flight Games announce a special Holiday Preview Wave for upcoming Star Wars: Destiny products!  On January 4th, North American Star Wars: Destiny players will have access to limited quantities of Legacies, the Luke Skywalker Starter Set, and the Boba Fett Starter Set!

Other News

  • CMON to Publish Antoine Bauza and Eric M. Lang’s Victorian Masterminds

CMON announced it will publish Victorian Masterminds in 2018, a game for 2 to 4 players who assume the roles of evil masterminds looking to take advantage of the disappearance of the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. 

What have the Sentry Box staff been playing this week?

Here is a rundown of the games our staff have been playing this past week.

Agricola – You’re a farmer in a wooden shack with your spouse and little else. On a turn, you get to take actions from all the possibilities you’ll find on a farm: collecting clay, wood, or stone; building fences; and so on. You might think about having kids in order to get more work accomplished, but first you need to expand your house. And what are you going to feed all the family?

Tiny Epic Galaxies – Each player controls a galactic empire, aiming to expand their influence by acquiring highly contested planets and increasing their cosmic armada.

Tikal – A game of exploration within the Central American jungles in search of lost temples and the treasures within. Players send their team of explorers into the jungle, exposing more and more of the terrain. Along the way, you find temples that require further uncovering and treasures. Players attempt to score points for occupying temples and holding onto treasure.

Genesis: Empires and Kingdoms of the Ancient Middle East – A game covering the turbulent Late Bronze Age in the Middle East, where kingdoms rose and fell while establishing many of the systems and ways of life that underwrite Western Civilization.

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Something evil stirs in Arkham, and only you can stop it. Blurring the traditional lines between roleplaying and card game experiences, Arkham Horror: The Card Game is a Living Card Game of Lovecraftian mystery, monsters, and madness!

Pandemic Legacy Season 1 – Pandemic Legacy is a co-operative campaign game, with an overarching story-arc played through 12-24 sessions, depending on how well your group does at the game.

Unlock: The House on the Hill – Strange, paranormal activities have surrounded an abandoned house for the past three days. When an investigation uncovers that these occult occurrences center on an excerpt read from The Book of the Dead, you and your companions are tasked to enter the house, find the book, and stop the curse…

Unlock: The Nautilus Traps – When a sea monster attacks your submarine at the outset of the adventure, it’s up to you to make your way through the depths and back to the surface if you’re going to escape…before your oxygen runs out.

Unlock: The Tonipal’s Treasure – The Tonipal’s Treasure sets you at the start of a hunt for the treasure of Captain Smith, hidden somewhere on Tonipal Island. As your adventure begins, you’ve been arrested by the Governor and thrown into prison — you’ll need to escape quickly, especially since Johnson, a famous treasure hunter, is also on his way to Tonipal in search of the very treasure that you seek.

Wind the Film – Time to walk about town and take some pictures! It’s the 1960s in Japan, and you have a half-size camera that lets you take half-size vertical pictures. Let’s see whether you can put together good shots. In Wind the Film!, you’re trying to organize pictures on your roll so that they appear in the right order.

The Climbers – The Climbers / Die Aufsteiger is an easy-to-learn, all-wooden, 3D strategy game.

Dungeons & Dragons – The classic roleplaying game. Ask Kris about his campaign.

Count your Chickens – The baby chicks have flown the coop! All players work together to help Mother Hen collect her chicks and bring them back to the coop.

Animal Upon Animal – The animals want to show how good they are at making tall pyramids! They must be skillfully careful: Who will position the penguin on top of the crocodile, the sheep on top of the penguin, the serpent on the sheep?

Cytosis – A worker placement game that takes place inside a human cell.

Photosynthesis – Sow your crops wisely and the shadows of your growing trees could slow your opponents down, but don’t forget that the sun revolves around the forest.

Tortuga 1667 – The year is 1667 and you are a pirate sailing the waters of the Caribbean. A Spanish Galleon floats nearby, and you’ve talked your crewmates into working together to steal all of its treasure. What you haven’t told your fellow pirates is that you have no intentions on sharing the treasure once you have it. Your crewmates have told you that they share your loyalty and that they’ll help you maroon the greedy pirates on your ship to the rocky island of Tortuga. But you’ve seen your friends’ loaded pistols and heard their whisperings of a mutiny. You know that nobody can be trusted.

A Feast for Odin – Players have to hunt, gather basic materials, refine those materials, develop their production-buildings, build/buy ships, and raid settlements.

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 – An epic cooperative game for 2 to 4 players. Unlike most other games, this one is working against you. What’s more, some of the actions you take in Pandemic Legacy will carry over to future games.

Terraforming Mars – You play one of the giant corporations terraforming Mars.  You work together in the terraforming process, but compete for  victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things

Star Realms – Star Realms is a fast paced deck-building card game of outer space combat. It combines the fun of a deck-building game with the interactivity of Trading Card Game style combat.

Space Empires – Space Empires is a game in the finest tradition of 4X space games – eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Each player builds up a space empire and uses it to conquer the other players.

Napoleonic Wars – Set in 1805 Europe, you must weigh the strategic dilemmas facing the two alliances in mortal conflict.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game Industry News for December 8th

Here is this week’s news stories and announcements.

New Kickstarters

  • Nemo’s War: Nautilus Upgrades Expansion + Reprint from Victory Point Games

Nemo’s War is a single-player board game of underwater exploration and combat. You will search the oceans, combat vessels of all nations, brave the hazards of the seas, find mysterious treasures, behold and chronicle amazing wonders, and travel around the world in your quest for knowledge and vengeance.

  • Capharnaum – The Roleplaying Game from Mindjammer Press

A fantasy roleplaying game set in an imaginary Arabia-like world. It borrows from the tales of the One Thousand and One Nights, as well as semitic legends and the ancient and mediaeval epics.

New Stuff

  • Charterstone from Stonemaier Games

A competitive legacy game scaled for 1-6 players, you construct buildings and inhabit a shared village. Building stickers are removed from cards and permanently added to your charter on the board, becoming action spaces for any player to use

  • Scythe: The Wind Gambit expansion from Stonemaier Games

This expansion for Scythe adds 2 expansions: airships and resolutions.

  • Announcing a New Expansion for Mansions of Madness Second Edition

Fantasy Flight Games is excited to announce the upcoming release of Sanctum of Twilight, a new expansion for Mansions of Madness Second EditionWith previously unseen tiles and cards, a new monster, and two new investigators, this expansion takes a closer look at the wealthy and upstanding members of the Silver Twilight Lodge who wield forbidden arcane powers alongside their city-wide influence.

  • IDW Games Announces Edgar Allen Poe’s Masque of the Red Death

Based on Edgar Allen Poe’s story and Canadian Game Design Award Finalist, Masque of the Red Death pits you and 4 to 7 players against each other as you hobnob with the Prince. But disaster strikes at midnight! Players have to balance their actions carefully between currying the Prince’s favor and discovering what rooms the Red Death will visit. After all, the highest social standing only matters if you survive

What have the Sentry Box staff been playing this week?

Here is a rundown of the games our staff have been playing this past week.

Photosynthesis – Sow your crops wisely and the shadows of your growing trees could slow your opponents down, but don’t forget that the sun revolves around the forest.

Lords of Waterdeep – Players are powerful lords vying for control of this great city. Its treasures and resources are ripe for the taking, and that which cannot be gained through trickery and negotiation must be taken by force!

Timeline – A card game where each card depicts a historical event, invention or discovery, with the year in which that event occurred, invention or discovery was made on one side. Players take turns placing a card from their hand in the row on the table so it is in the correct chronological order with all other cards.

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 – An epic cooperative game for 2 to 4 players. Unlike most other games, this one is working against you. What’s more, some of the actions you take in Pandemic Legacy will carry over to future games.

Terraforming Mars – You play one of the giant corporations terraforming Mars.  You work together in the terraforming process, but compete for  victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

Patchwork – Two players compete to build the most aesthetic (and high-scoring) patchwork quilt on a personal 9×9 game board.

Star Realms – Star Realms is a fast paced deck-building card game of outer space combat. It combines the fun of a deck-building game with the interactivity of Trading Card Game style combat.

Colony Wars – Colony Wars is a deckbuilding game in the Star Realms series which is both a standalone box set for two players and an expansion for the base Star Realms set that allows it to be played as a four-player game

Space Empires – Space Empires is a game in the finest tradition of 4X space games – eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Each player builds up a space empire and uses it to conquer the other players.

Napoleonic Wars – Set in 1805 Europe, you must weigh the strategic dilemmas facing the two alliances in mortal conflict.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Games Industry News for December 1st

Here are this week’s announcements and news stories.

New Kickstarters

  • Bushido from Grey Fox Games

A 2 or 4 player card driven drafting dice rolling game of martial arts combat.

  • Tripods & Triplanes, The War of the Worlds in Wings of Glory from Ares Games

In Wings of Glory – Tripods & Triplanes, the knights of the air of WW1 battle against colossal fighting machines sent by the Martians to invade Earth. Take control of an awesome Martian Tripod, set upon bringing death and destruction on our planet… or fly on the most advanced flying machines created by Mankind during World War One, and try to use them to win the War of the Worlds

  • Book of Dragons from Robert Burke Games

Book of Dragons is not just a card game, but a game system. It includes a deck of large, tarot-sized cards, beautifully illustrated by world-renowned artist Kerem Beyit and Book will release with over 18 games by over 16 designers, including Martin Wallace, Mike Fitzgerald, Jonathan Gilmour, David Short, Daniel Solis, Sen-Foong Lim & Jay Cormier, Ken Shannon, Gil Hova and many more!

Big. Beautiful. Colorful. Dragons!

New Stuff

  • New Warhammer this December

This December the Indomitus Crusade is reinforced by two of the First Founding Chapters, both of which will be spearheaded by a unique Primaris Space Marine Lieutenant.

  • Thundergryph Titles Coming in 2018 from Passport Game Studios

Three games from Thundergryph will be released next year through Passport Game Studios. Tao Long: The Way of the Dragon is a circular abstract-like game in which each action taken leaves different options for your foe.  Pot-de-Vin is an easy to learn trick-taking game, wherein the goal is to collect sets of different guild symbols by winning rounds and claiming the cards of your opponents, and Dead Man’s Doubloons is an action-packed board game in which players take on the role of a legendary pirate ship captain hell-bent on winning the race to endless riches of buried treasure.

  • Announcing a New Deluxe Expansion for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

Fantasy Flight Games announce Sands of Dorne, the fifth deluxe expansion for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game! Sands of Dorne brings House Martell squarely into the sunlight and gives them the cards they need to go toe-to-toe with any other faction in the game.

  • Coming soon: Our American Cousins for World War Cthulhu: Cold War from Cubicle 7

Our American Cousins is a source book for World War Cthulhu: Cold War, a setting for 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu. It provides information about Mythos threats within the borders of the USA and in areas of strategic interest to the American government around the globe.

Other News

  • All the Latest from the Warhammer 40,000 Open Day

Some exciting reveals from the Warhammer 40k Open Day.  From the arrival of some much-awaited kits to new characters for the Angels of Death, to Necromunda’s next plastic gang, there’s a lot to look forward to!

  • CMON and Steve Jackson Games Partner for Munchkin Board Games

CMON announce they have entered into a multi-year deal with Steve Jackson Games to publish board games based on the acclaimed Munchkin franchise.  CMON will bring this playful universe to life on the tabletop in Fall 2018, beginning with a board game inspired by the highly-successful Arcadia Quest.