Game Arrivals: Week of Aug. 28th – Sept 3rd

Here is this week’s exciting game arrivals:

   New Game Arrival!

America, a trivia game where being close counts. If your opponents know something that you don’t, you can leverage their knowledge to your advantage.

Players vie to score the most points over the course of 6 rounds. Central to play is the USA game board with the states, a Year track and a Number track. There are 160 double-sided trivia cards. Each card contains a state, a year, and a number question. Players will take turns placing their markers on the board to mark their answers. At the end of the round the answers are revealed and players will score 7 points for each correct answer and 3 points for each answer that is adjacent to the correct answer.  No points for not being close.

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  New Game Expansion!
Smash Up
Cease and Desist is the latest expansion to the popular Smash Up.  And similiar to all the Smash Up expansions, Cease and Desist can be played as a stand-alone game or combined with other Smash Up.

With a nod to certain movies and TV shows, you get these 4 new factions:
Astroknights – use the power of the Fours to defeat your enemies.
Star Roamers – on a multi-year mission to seek out fun, and explore new combos you will move about space teleporting your minions.
Changerbots – transmorph into various forms including small appliances with new abilities and strengths.
Ignobles – fight over the king’s seat, mistrust, pay debts, and wait for winter.  Oh yeah and unexpected dragons.

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  Now In!
Above And Below
Red Raven Games
Above And Below is a board game that blends town building and storytelling.   You will build your village above ground and explore the cavern below. You’ll have a group of unique villagers with skills and abilities that you’ll send out to perform tasks – explore caves, harvest resources, construct homes, train other villagers, etc.  It is while you are exploring the vast cavern below that the storytelling through the Book of Encounters comes into play. Here you will be given an adventure narrative and choices to make.

Compete with up to 3 others to build the most well developed village for the win.

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  Back In!
Z-Man Games
Arboretum is a 2 to 4 player strategy card game of developing a garden of different types of trees.  There is a deck of 80 cards in ten different colors, with each color featuring a different species of tree; each color has cards numbered 1 through 8.

During game play, players will create a pathway of trees face up in front of them of increasing value, where the first and last cards are of the same color. Players will also need to collect in their hand as many of the trees that match their tree path.  You must choose wisely which trees to place in your arboretum and which to keep in your hand, as this balance is critical to scoring.

Castles Of BurgundyThe Card Game
Fans of the strategy board game, Castles of Burgundy will surely like Stefan Feld’s new card game format.

Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game, is a set collection game at it’s core.  The game is played over 5 rounds with 6 turns in each round. The object is to maximize victory points through strategic actions. Playing cards serve as “dice” that provide the possible actions players can make.  Will you trade or buy livestock, build city buildings or invest in scientific progress?  There are many paths to prosperity and prestige.

Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game has enough similarities to the board game version that it’s easy to pick up the rules. However, there are enough differences to make it a different game.

Z-Man Games

Enter the oniverse through a mysterious labyrinth. 

Onirim is a solo/cooperative card game: you must work against the game, and find the oneiric doors before you run out of cards. Will you wander in each room, hoping to find the door that will take you further, or will you let chance sort things out and trust in your luck? In both cases, you will have to deal with the slithering nightmares that haunt the hallways of the labyrinth.

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  • San Juan
  • Archaeology
  • Dream Cakes
  • Make-N-Break
  • Scotland Yard

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