Weekly Newsletter 28/09/2018
Friday, 28 September 2018 | Russ
Welcome to our weekly newsletter!
Russ and Ty are attending Tabletop Gaming Live at Alexandra Palace in London tomorrow. We are not exhibiting, we are just there as visitors like you, but Russ will be wearing his snazzy new The Board Game Hut T-Shirt, if you see him feel free to stop him and say 'Hi!' :)
Oh....and apologies for some of the links being wrong in last week's newsletter, I got distracted and hit send before I'd checked them all....I'll try not to let it happen again :)
Next week's new arrivals follow below and are available to order now...
In the 15th and 16th century, Portugal is thriving under its leading role during the Age of Discovery. Nestled in the heart of Portugal, the city of Coimbra serves as a cultural center of the country. As the head of one of Coimbra's oldest houses, you seek to earn prestige by deepening relationships with nearby monasteries or funding expeditions of the era. To reach this goal, you must vie for the favors of the city's most influential citizens, even if you must offer a bit of coin or some protective detail.
Coimbra introduces an innovative new dice mechanism in which the dice players draft each round are used in multiple different ways and have an impact on many aspects of their decision making. While there are many paths to victory, players should always seek to optimize their opportunities with every roll of the dice. Combined with ever-changing synergies of the citizens, expeditions, and monasteries, no two games of Coimbra will ever be the same!
In the game Reef, players take on the role of the reef itself, alternating turns in which they carefully select the colors and patterns in which to grow and expand — the more beautiful the reef, the more points they score!
Reef is suited for players aged 8 and up. While it could take thousands of years for a coral reef to grow, a game of Reef should take only 30-45 minutes.
Welcome to... Your Perfect Home
As an architect in Welcome To..., you want to build the best new town in the United States of the 1950s by adding resources to a pool, hiring employees, and more.
Welcome To... plays like a roll-and-write dice game in which you mark results on a score-sheet...but without dice. Instead you flip cards from three piles to make three different action sets with both a house number and a corresponding action from which everyone chooses one. You use the number to fill in a house on your street in numerical order. Then you take the action to increase the point value of estates you build or score points at the end for building parks and pools. Players also have the option of taking actions to alter or duplicate their house numbers. And everyone is racing to be the first to complete public goals. There's lots to do and many paths to becoming the best suburban architect in Welcome To...!
Because of the communal actions, game play is simultaneous and thus supports large groups of players. With many varying strategies and completely randomized action sets, no two games will feel the same!
The Lost Expedition : The Fountain of Youth & Other Adventures
The Lost Expedition: The Fountain of Youth & Other Adventures expands the base game with four new, modular additions.
In The Fountain of Youth & Other Adventures, Francisco de Orellana and his band of conquistadors traveled deep into the Amazon and were never seen again. Centuries later, unbelievable reports of men clad in ancient armor armed with sword and arquebus have surfaced. If the rumors are true, de Orellana found the Fountain of Youth and guards it dearly...
Other reports have emerged from the area of a mysterious mountain deep in the jungle, pulling planes crashing down from the sky. There are whispers, too, of a dark curse that the locals call only the Mark. For those foolhardy enough to still journey into the depths of the continent, they best not travel alone.
In Wendake, you step into the shoes of the chief of a Native American tribe. You will have to manage the most important aspects of your tribe’s daily existence, thereby earning points on the Economic, Military, Ritual, and Mask tracks. The core of the game is the action selection mechanism: you will have the opportunity to choose better and better actions over 7 years (i.e., rounds), and the winner will be the chief who finds the best combinations of actions and uses them to lead their tribe to prosperity!
You've studied the footage, connected the dots, and gathered what meager evidence you could. You're close — soon the whole world will know the truth behind the Cryptid. A group of like-minded cryptozoologists have come together to finally uncover the elusive creature, but the glory of discovery is too rich to share. Without giving away some of what you know you will never succeed in locating the beast, but reveal too much and your name will be long forgotten!
Cryptid is a unique deduction game of honest misdirection in which players must try to uncover information about their opponents' clues while throwing them off the scent of their own. Each player holds one piece of evidence to help them find the creature, and on their turn they can try to gain more information from their opponents. Be warned; give too much away and your opponents might beat you to the mysterious animal and claim the glory for themselves!
The game includes a modular board, five clue books, and a deck of set-up cards with hundreds of possible set-ups across two difficulty levels. It is also supported by an entirely optional digital companion, allowing for faster game set-up and a near-infinite range of puzzles.
Folded Space Game Inserts (In Stock Now)
I mentioned last week that these were coming this week... these inserts are amazing! I bought 3 for games in my collection and have assembled two of the so far (see my video here : https://youtu.be/IK_9oVchUNc)
We've already sold out of the Terraforming Mars ones (and so has the distributor), so if you're thinking about it, you'd best make up your mind.
These 14 inserts are from Wave 1, there may be a restock in November. Wave 2 of these isn't expected until maybe December.
We have quite a few preorders which I'll be adding to the website next week, but I added a couple that I am particularly excited about...
Chronicles of Crime & Optional VR Module
Chronicles of Crime is cooperative game of crime investigation, mixing VR experience and board gaming.
With the same physical components (board, locations, characters and items), players will be able to play plenty of different scenarios and solve as many different crime stories.
They will start the app, choose the scenario they want to play, and follow the story. The goal being to catch the killer of the case they have been given in the shortest short time possible.
Using the Scan&Play technology, each component (locations, characters, items, etc.) has a unique QR code, which, depending on the scenario selected, will activate and trigger different clues and stories. That means players will be able to get new stories way after the game is release simply by downloading the app's updates, without any shipping of new physical components involved.
The VR experience only requires a mobile phone. Players simply put the optional extra VR glasses (sold separately) onto their mobile device, and put the VR glasses on their nose, holding their mobile device in front of their eyes, to immerse themselves in the game's universe and search for clues in a virtual world.
Each session last around 1h to 1h30 minutes and many scenarios are connected to each others in order to tell a much bigger story.
£24.99 (+£11.99 for the VR Module)
Railroad Ink Bundle (Deep Blue & Blazing Red)
These highly anticipated Roll & Write games are also available individually, but we have a great price when you buy both!
£37.99 (£20.99 each)
Best Wishes, Russ & Kelly