Game Arrivals Week Ending Nov.16th

Catching up on recent game arrivals – here’s a peek at the new games that recently hit the shelves as well as some games that have been missing in action for a period of time:

Summer Pavilion
Next Move Games

Azul: Summer Pavilion is the third in the series of abstract games from game designer Michael Kiesling (Azul and Azul: Stained Glass Of Sintra).

In Azul: Summer Pavilion, two to four players return to Portugal to accomplish the task that never began.  As a master artisan, you must use the finest materials to create the Summer Pavilion while carefully avoiding wasting supplies.  Only the best will rise to the challenge to honor the Portuguese royal family.  During the course of the game you will pick the tiles of a matching color and one wild Joker tile.  After all the tiles have been taken players in turn order, will begin placing their collection of tiles onto their player board.  Each color has specific numbered spots indicating how many of that color you must have in order to place.  Remember to use your wild tiles as in future rounds the color changes as to what is considered wild.  When you surround a bonus spot you gain additional tiles from the central game board. You can save up to four tiles each round.  Score points after each placement. Only clever placement of your tiles will yield the most in points and bonuses.

Azul Summer Pavilion

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First Light
Renegade Games – Garphill Games

New in is Circadians: First Light,a one to four player game by game designer Sam MacDonald who co-designed Architects of the West Kingdom and Paladins of the West Kingdom.
publisher description

The aim of Circadians: First Light is to lead a team of researchers on the planet of Ryh. Players need to manage their crew (dice) to visit various parts of the planet for trade, farming, construction and research. Players score points for negotiating with the locals, harvesting resources for the depository, upgrading their research base, exploring the planet, and collecting gems. The game is played over eight rounds. At the end of the final round, the player with the most points wins.

Circadians First Light

With engine building and card combos as well as unique resource harvesting there are multiple paths to victory. Additionally Circadians: First Light includes an intuitive solo mode with 4 different difficulty levels.

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Catan Starfarers
Catan Studio

Brought back to life after being gone for a long time, Catan Starfarers has been completely revised and reissued.  Catan Starfarers is a stand-alone game for three to four players and contains atmospheric illustrations, refined rules, redesigned game components, and an exciting variable game board.

Catan Starfarers

Discover the universe!  It is the middle of the 3rd millennium.  you and your fellow Catanians travel in spaceships to distant planetary systems in search of more resources.  Along the way you befriend alien civilizations who might become valued trading partners. 

Increase your resource production to build new transport ships and spaceports.  Equip yourself against the lurking danger of space pirates.  Many exciting encounters await you.

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The Taverns of Tiefenthal
North Star Games

New from North Star Games is The Taverns of Tiefenthal by Wolfgang Warsch who also designed The Quacks of Quedlinburg

Publisher description

In The Taverns of Tiefenthal, players assume the role of tavern owners who are vying to have the most successful tavern in town.  You need to attract wealthy customers and use their money to expand and improve your tavern.  Do you expand your seating capacity, or the size of your beer cellar?  Hire new staff perhaps?  With the right improvements, you will attract nobles, ensuring your tavern is the talk of the town.The Taverns of Tiefenthal combines dice placement with deck building to create a challenging game for two to four players.  Additionally, included are four expansions to expand the game offering lots of replayability.

Watch this video by Watch It Played to learn more about The Taverns of Tiefenthal.

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Clank! In Space
Cyber Station 11
Renegade Games

Clank! In Space: Cyber Station 11 is the second expansion for the base game Clank! In Space.

Publisher description

Eager to prove her worth to Lord Eradikus, Commander Preon has built a research station on the edge of civilized space. There, she’s developing strange and powerful cyberware — and using all the best of it to augment her own half- mechanical body.

Skulk  around an all-new game board! Install Cyberware for abilities that last the whole game.  And, Evade Commander Preon using her own Executive Escape Pods.

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Targi is another great 2-player game that is back after a long absence.

A Targi is a male member of the Tuareg people, who live in the Sahara desert.  As tribe leaders, you are in competition to build the most prosperous tribe.  To do this, you must trade goods from near and far in order to earn gold and advantages, to ultimately expand your tribes.

In the game, the desert is a 5×5 grid of cards.  You place your Targi figures on the cards that border the desert, and carry out the actions of those cards as well as the cards at the desert crossroads between them.  If you don’t go to the trader, you won’t be able to trade – or even worse, your opponent will.  Or… maybe a caravan will bring the goods you desire.  The desert is a dangerous place, with robbers and rival tribes all vying for the same resources.  There are many choices to consider, and the shifting desert sands bring a different set of choices each round.  You can win only if you plan shrewdly and always keep some gold in your pocket.

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