Friday, February 2, 2018

Game Arrivals: Week of Jan. 26th - Feb 2nd

Here is this week's exciting game arrivals:

Whistle Stop
Bézier Games
Lay track. Deliver goods. Expand west. That's what you'll do in Whistle Stop, a 2-5 player pick up and deliver, tile placement game.

Description from publisher
Players will make their way west across the country, using their fledgling railroad company to build routes. As players move their trains west and pick up goods, they can deliver those goods to small towns to gain shares in railroads, or hold on to them for a bigger payout when they reach the west coast. At the same time, they will be trying to optimize their actions (and gain extra ones), lay down new track tiles, block the other players, gather and use valuable whistles for special moves and abilities, and carefully manage their coal resources.

Whistle Stop

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Indian Summer
Stronghold Games
Indian Summer another game designed by Uwe Rosenberg using the puzzly mechanic with tetris-like pieces (Patchwork and Cottage Garden).

In Indian Summer each player has a forest floor player board that is divided into 6 areas with different types of treasures depicted. The goal is to be the first person to cover your entire board with leaf tilesThe leaf tiles are of different configurations and each has 1 hole somewhere on it. Ideally, you'll try to place your leaf tiles so that you're not only covering your spaces on your board but also in such a way that the treasures are visible through the holes.These holes are then covered with treasure tokens from the common supply. Each time you completely cover one of your six areas, you take the treasure tokens that area of your board. The Treasure tokens gain you new options to cover your board faster.

Indian Summer

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Spirit Island
Greater Than Games
Spirit Island a cooperative, settler-destruction strategy game set in an alternate-history world around A.D. 1700. 
Players are different spirits of the land, each with their own unique elemental powers, forced to defend their island home from colonizing Invaders spreading blight and destruction. Work with your fellow spirits and the Dahan (local islanders) to increase your power and drive the invading colonists from your island in this deep and complex area-control game.

Watch this video to learn more about Spirit Island.

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Tavern Masters
Dann Kriss Games
Tavern Masters is a tableau-building card game of running a tavern. Each player is a new tavern owner, setting up shop in a thirsty village full of thugs and soldiers, mages and nobles. There are three phases to game play: 
Day Phase: players purchase and trade goods and hire Staff from the cards. 
Night Phase: players play patrons from their hand which want something in their Tavern.

Counting The Till: players count up the Gold they earn for the round, then discard any Patrons who aren't staying.

Tavern Masters can be played competitively, cooperatively, or as a solo game.

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Adding to our selection of children's games are these from Blue Orange Games:

Battle Sheep

Battle Sheep is a 2-4 player game for ages 7+.  While being fun this game emphasizes abstract thinking and strategy. 

Battle Sheep

Opposing sheep herds go head to fluffy head in a strategy game the whole family will love. The goal is to occupy the most pastures with your sheep. Each turn, players split a stack of their sheep and move a portion as far is it can go in a straight line to a new pasture. Watch out for sneaky sheep and plan your moves carefully to fence out your foe! A different playing board is assembled before every game, so Battle Sheep is full of new challenges every time you play.

Dr. Eureka

Dr. Eureka is a 1-4 player game for ages 8+.  While being fun this game emphasizes fine motor skills, and visual perception.

The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete. Pick a challenge card, 3 test tubes and 6 colorful balls to solve his scientific formula. Carefully move your materials from tube to tube without touching or dropping them, and position them as illustrated on the challenge card. It's a brain teaser and a race.

Dice Stack

Dice Stack is a 1-6 player press-you-luck dice game.  While being fun this game emphasizes visual perception and problem solving.

Roll the tilted dice and stack them up in numerical order. Stop at any time while you are building your stack and win the sum of the values you stacked. Carefully place the dice and don’t let them fall, or you’ll lose it all.

The drawstring bag and compact game pieces make this a great travel game.

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