Weekly Newsletter 02/12/2018
Sunday, 2 December 2018 | Russ
Welcome to our weekly newsletter!
It's December and there's just 23 sleep until Santa comes down your chimney! Kel and the kids are away with their grandparents this weekend at a Winter Wonderland event so what do I do with my lazy Sunday? I work of course lol
A highlight of next week's new arrivals for me is the next wave of Folded Space inserts and I've just finished adding them to the website. I'm particularly looking forward to the Lords of Waterdeep and Village ones and I've already got my order in :D
This week's new releases which will all be in stock in a few days and are available to order now are...
Thunderstone returns with Thunderstone Quest. Recruit your heroes, arm your party, then visit the dungeon — and the dungeon has new perils not seen in prior Thunderstone releases. All-new dungeon tiles create new challenges and rewards as you explore deeper and deeper in the dungeon. Each quest brings new dungeons as well as new side adventures!
Thunderstone is a fantasy deck-building game. Each player starts with a basic deck of cards that they can use to purchase, or upgrade to, other, more powerful cards. Thunderstone Quest brings new play modes to the table. The game will tell a specific story with a series of pre-set dungeon tiles, monsters, heroes and support cards. Each will come with a series of mini-adventures and a story booklet that tells players what happens as they progress through the scenarios.
Once players have completed the quests they will be able to enjoy great replay value with the available selection of monsters, heroes, and support cards, as well as the new dungeon tiles, by choosing random set-ups before the start of play. Aside from heroes such as wizards, fighters, rogues, and clerics, cards will include supplies that heroes need like weapons, spells, items, or light to reach further into the dungeon.
China, 1570. China is under the reign of the Longqing Emperor, of the Ming Dynasty. He inherited a country in disarray after years of mismanagement and corruption. He resided in the Forbidden city, which was the seat of many emperors under the Ming Dynasty. Constructed from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (over 180 acres). It is also under the Ming Dynasty that the Great Wall of China was rebuilt, fortified and expanded. Around this period, China was under heavy attack from the Mongols, so maintaining the Great Wall was essential. Most of what we now have left of the Great Wall, we owe it to the Ming dynasty.
The country was already famous for its very intricate bureaucracy, but this also led to a lot of corruption. Even though the penalties for corruption were very high, the highest Officials of the Forbidden City would pretend to uphold the ban on corruption, by accepting gifts of petitioners, and returning one of seemingly lower value.
Gùgōng uses this extraordinary custom as its basis. Players take on the role of powerful Chinese families trying to gain influence and power by exchanging gifts with Officials. The gift cards you offer as a player has to be of a higher value than the one you receive, forcing you to make strategic choices regarding which actions you want to take each turn. You will travel around China, sail down the Grand Canal, purchase precious jade, help construct the Great Wall, secure advantages through decrees, influence the game through intrigue, and ultimately, receive an audience with the emperor. If only 1 player succeeds in doing so, he wins. If several players succeed, the player with the most VPs among those players wins the game.
Gentes (Standard Edition)
It is the first Millenium, BC. The location is the Eastern Mediterranean. Groups of people banded together in city-states, and through conquest and commerce, they rose to prominence. It was an era where many separate kingdoms and individuals each had their own distinct moment “in the sun”. This is the world of Gentes, where players will guide their civilization through the ups and downs of history, trying to make sure they are the one who makes a permanent mark in the annals of history!
Designed by Stefan Risthaus (Arkwright), this civilization game is for 2-4 players and will last around 90 minutes. While training priests, soldiers, merchants, artisans, and scholars, players will establish and populate significant cities, while creating monuments that will glorify their greatness to those who see them in the future.
(We do have a couple of copies of the Deluxified version from Kickstarter available to preorder on the website still, but it's looking like that won't be here until next year due to production delays)
Pandemic : Fall of Rome
At the height of its power, the Roman Empire held more than two million square miles of territory containing over a hundred million people. Throughout the centuries of its existence, the Empire brought major advancements in engineering, architecture, science, art, and literature. By the beginning of the 5th Century, decades of political corruption, economic crisis, and an overburdened military had exacted a severe toll on the stability of the Empire. This paved the way for severe incursions from aggressive barbarian tribes, leading to a decline from which Rome would not recover. Now citizens, soldiers, and allies of Rome must unite to protect the Empire.
Combining the cooperative gameplay of Pandemic with innovative new mechanisms, Pandemic: Fall of Rome takes players back in history to the time of the world's greatest empire: Rome. A weakened military has left the borders open to invasion from countless tribes such as the Anglo-Saxons, Goths, Vandals, and Huns. As you march through the Roman Empire, you must recruit armies, fortify cities, forge alliances, and face off against the invading hordes in battle.
Simply defending Rome is not enough; players must find a way to stop the incursions and find peace with their neighboring peoples. Players collect sets of matching-colored cards to forge an alliance with the different tribes. In doing so, they gain the ability to use cards matching the tribe to convert other members of that tribe into Roman soldiers, furthering their ability to hold the line against other invaders.
Take on unique roles with special abilities to improve your team's chances to protect against the invaders. Work together, use your skills wisely, and stop the fall of Rome!
Pandemic: Fall of Rome includes a solitaire mode in which the player takes on the burden of being the Emperor and commands three different roles to try to protect the city from the invading hordes. Players who want a more difficult game can try the "Roma Caput Mundi" challenge by adding more Revolt cards to the deck; they must also respect the law in Rome that Roman legions are not allowed in the city.
Potion Explosion (2nd Edition)
It’s senior year at the Horribilorum Sorcery Academy for Witty Witches and Wizards. All the hard work and studying comes down to this: the final exam! Under the helpful tutelage of the Headmaster, players have learned how to handle volatile ingredients and turn them into fantastical potions! But only one will be at the head of the class when grades are posted.
In Potion Explosion 2nd Edition, players take on the role of students trying to pass their final exam for the year. To do this, they’ll be creating potions by pulling marbles from the new plastic dispenser. These represent ingredients in the various potion recipes. When a marble is taken, the rest slide down the ramp. If two same-color marbles touch, an explosion happens, and the player can take those marbles, too! More explosions mean more marbles and faster potion-making. Each completed potion also grants a special ability when drunk. At the end of the game, the player that scores the most points is deemed head of the class and graduates with top honors. The new edition is 100% compatible with all previous expansions. It adds in a new plastic dispenser, complete with storage drawer to hold the marbles between sessions.
One Week Ultimate Werewolf (Standard Edition)
One Week Ultimate Werewolf takes the gameplay of One Night Ultimate Werewolf and twists it up in a knot, with ever-increasing tension as you venture into the special rooms of Ludwig Castle. Each room provides a special power, and those powers are the key to figuring out the mystery of who among you is a werewolf. Roles can be viewed and switched several times before all is said and done, then the final vote takes place.
As in One Night Ultimate Werewolf, your goal is to figure out the secret roles of your opponents as well as your own role by the end of the game. Each day, you enter a different room with a unique ability, and each night you interact with the other players in that room. In addition to the 3-7 players, three staff members roam the castle, and each of them also has a secret role. After a week's investigation (which should take about 45 minutes), it all comes down to a vote. If you're a werewolf, you're trying to remain undiscovered. If you're a villager, you're trying to find those sneaky werewolves. And if you're a Tanner, well, you're trying to get caught!
One Week Ultimate Werewolf comes with more than a dozen unique rooms. You play with just a few each game, making each game different.
We do have 1 copy left of the Essen Edition with the replacement resin counter holders
Introduced by the Moors, azulejos (originally white and blue ceramic tiles) were fully embraced by the Portuguese when their king Manuel I, on a visit to the Alhambra palace in Southern Spain, was mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the Moorish decorative tiles. The king, awestruck by the interior beauty of the Alhambra, immediately ordered that his own palace in Portugal be decorated with similar wall tiles. As a tile-laying artist, you have been challenged to embellish the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora.
In the game 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. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
This is a restock of the first (and I think superior) Azul game
Folded Space Inserts / Organisers
Wave 2 of Folded Space's board game inserts / organisers is arriving this week as well as a restock of some from Wave 1 that sold out.
These inserts are incredibly easy to put together and massively assist with keeping your game organised as well as reducing set up and tear down time....I own 6 of them myself now, well worth checking out!
Best Wishes, Russ & Kelly