Game Profile: Sagrada

  • Publisher:  Floodgate Games, 2017
  • Players:  1 – 4
  • Time:  30 – 45 minutes

Sagrada is all about creating a beautiful stained-glass window.  Five different colors of dice are used to build your own, hopefully high scoring, colorful window.

Each player has a player board with a 4×5 grid waiting to be filled with dice.  Before the game starts, each player is dealt 2 double-sided window patterned cards.  They chose one of the cards and the side they want to play.  Some are easier to play than others.  Selecting a more difficult card provides more favor tokens that can be spent on helper cards during the game and unspent as victory points at the end of the game.  Each of the ten rounds begins with the start player randomly drawing two dice per player plus one from a bag.  Each player will get to place two dice and the remaining unchosen die will be placed on the round tracker.  The start player rolls these dice and places them in the central play area.  That player then selects one die to put in their window.  Now the fun begins. Some spots on your board require a certain color die.  Some spots require a certain number on a die.  The same color die may not be placed adjacent orthogonally to a die of the same color.  The same applies to the number on the die – cannot be placed adjacent orthogonally to a die of the same number.  However, they can be place diagonally from the same color or number.  One more rule, is when you are placing a die it must be placed adjacent (orthogonally or diagonally) from another die already on your board.

Turn order comes into play because die selection is; 1st player selects and places one die, then 2nd player does the same, then the 3rd player, then 4th player.  For the second die selection, it proceeds in reverse order beginning with the 4th player and ending with the 1st player.  The remaining die is placed on the round tracker and the 1st player token moves left to the next player.  After ten rounds, everyone has had the opportunity to place 2 dice per round and fill their 4×5 grid.  Final scoring is based on three things.  There are three public goals randomly dealt face-up at the start of the game. These cards provide points for certain combinations of colors or numbers. As well, each player is randomly dealt a private goal. This will be a color, and a player scores the sum of the numbers on all of that color dice on their board.  Lastly, there is a 1-point penalty for each vacant spot that could not be filled legally.  Tally the points and the player with the most points wins.

Sagrada is quick at 30 to 40 minutes, colorful, and a little more tactical than it first appears.  This is a great game the family can enjoy.

Sagrada
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Game Profile: Bunny Kingdom

  • Publisher:  Iello, 2017
  • Players:  2 – 4
  • Time:  40 – 60 Min.

Bunny Kingdom is one of those games that plays at a different level that the art and theme would indicate.  The theme sounds young.    The box says ages 14 and up.  This is really a family weight game that can be played by players 10 and up.  Bunny Kingdom is about amassing points by building fiefs with bunny miniatures and accumulating parchment cards for additional game end scoring.

At its heart, Bunny Kingdom is a card drafting game.  In a 4-player game, each player will be dealt 10 cards at the start of each of four rounds.  Players will look at their ten cards, select two to play and pass the remaining eight to the player on their left or right, depending on the round.  Each player, then plays their two cards after which they will select two more cards to play from the cards just passed to them and pass the remaining 6.  Play continues in this manner.  Once all cards have been selected and played, the round moves to the scoring phase.  There are four major types of cards.  One type defines a location on the central game board.  The game board is made up of 10×10 terrain spaces.  Each space has one card with its location. Play a location card and place one of your bunnies on that space.  You want to try to get locations adjacent to each other.  A second card type is buildings.  These provide cities with turrets, sky towers, or resources to place in your fiefs that can increase your scoring potential.  A third type is provision cards and there are only a few.  These allow you to draw and play cards from the card supply deck.  A fourth type are parchment cards, lots of them.  These provide additional end game points if the conditions are met.  Parchment cards are kept secret and when selected are placed face down in the player’s play area and not revealed until end game scoring.  A round’s scoring phase is calculated by multiplying the number of city turrets times the number of different types of resources in each fief controlled by a player.  Scores are kept on the score track located on the game board.  Scores after the first round are typically 1 or 2.  After round 2 they will be more like 7 or 8.  Third round scores could be in the 40’s or 50’s.  Fourth round scores may be well over 100.  After the fourth round is scored, end of game scoring takes place.  Players reveal their parchment cards and tally their additional points.  You can rack up another 50 to 100 points with these.  The player with the most points wins.

The game play in Bunny Kingdom is light and breezy like the name suggests.  However, it is very tactical.  Building fiefs is essential and a player needs to pay attention to where other players are building.  The card drafting is a little tense.  Of the 10 cards dealt at the start of a round, most players will want to hang on to most of them and not want to pass them.  This one is 45 minutes of fun with bunnies.

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Puzzle Arrivals: Cobble Hill

Our latest shipment of Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzles includes 1000 pc, 500 pc, and a 275 pc-large format.

Cobble Hill 1000 pc Puzzles
Cobble Hill 500 pc and 275 pc Puzzles
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New Game: Bonfire

Bonfire

A new Stefan Feld game has arrived! Bonfire is a tile placement, set collection, and point-to-point movement strategy game done in typical Stefan fashion with lots of variability and few available options. – – 1 to 4 players – – 70 to 100 minutes game play.

Players are gnomes competing to re-ignite mystical bonfires bringing light and the return of the Guardians of Light back to the darkened planet. While you can gain a few victory points during the course of the game, the majority of victory points are awarded during final scoring at game end. You gain points, that meet the requirements, from your bonfires, Guardians, portals, and path tiles, as well as from fulfilled common tasks. A lot to get done!

  • publisher description
  • “Ignite the Bonfires, cast out the twilight! The magical Bonfires have died out, the cities of the old are abandoned, the world has sunk into twilight. The Guardians of Light, who once watched over the Bonfire, have withdrawn to distant islands. There they wait for those who prove worthy to banish the darkness.
  • And so, it is up to you, the people of the gnomes, to face this fate:
    • Colonize the empty cities and prepare the path for the Guardians back to their original home.
    • Perform the necessary tasks to reignite the Bonfires and your new home shall shine in bright light!
  • Bonfire is diversified and ambitious, demanding sophisticated strategy as well as short-term adaptability.

For more about Bonfire watch this short video from Cardboard Rhino.

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Games Restock 2.24.2021

Games now back in stock are Camel Up, Isle of Cats, Isle of Cats: Late Arrivals, Dominion: Prosperity, and Wingspan: European Birds.

  • Camel Up – A family friendly crazy camel racing game. Place your bets!  And then they’re off!   Five camels in a quick race around the track. You need to be good at guessing early which will place first and second to maximize your wins.  Things get wild as the camels can end up stacking on top of each other or start off by running in the wrong direction.  It’s mayhem but fun is sure to ensue. – – 2 to 8 players – – 30 to 45 minutes game play.
  • Isle Of Cats – a polyomino tile placement with colorful cats – – 1 to players – – 60 to 90 minutes play time.
  • Isle Of Cats: Late Arrivals – Expansion to the base game. Adds 2 more players, taking the game to up to 6 players, and increasing options with more unique player boards, cat tiles, treasures, and cards.
  • Wingspan: European Birds – Expansion to the base game, Wingspan. These European birds provide new abilities, another color of miniature eggs, and new bonus cards.  Expand your game and expand your bird knowledge. – – 1 to 5 players – – 40 to 70 minutes game play.
  • Dominion: Prosperity – Expansion to the classic medieval deck-building game, Dominion. Prosperity Expansion focuses on wealth providing treasures with abilities, cards that interact with treasures, and powerful cards that are expensive. – – 2 to 4 players – – 30 minutes.
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Game Profile: Glasgow

  • Publisher:  Lookout Games, 2020
  • Players:  2
  • Time:  30 Min.

In Glasgow is a 2-player city building strategy game where both players construct a 4 by 5 grid of buildings representing the city of Glasgow.  Even though both players build a central city together, this is definitely a competitive game.

The game is set up building a random rondel of contract tiles and carefully spaced architect tiles.  Two build tiles are randomly drawn and placed above each of the four architect tiles.  Building tiles are an assortment of shops, parks, train stations, tenements, landmarks, banks, and factories.  Factories produce resources when activated.  All other buildings produce points using different methods to score.  On a turn a player moves their merchant figure clockwise around the rondel to the tile of their choice and takes the action of that tile.  Contract tiles generally yield one of the three resources: stone, steel, or gold.  Architect tiles allow players to buy the buildings above that architect tile.  When purchased, these buildings are immediately placed in the city adjacent to an already existing building.  Game end Is triggered when the 4 by 5 grid of buildings is complete.

The tension in the game starts at the start.  Whichever merchant is furthest behind on the rondel goes next.  If a player skips a few tiles ahead to get to a choice spot, their opponent will have turn after turn to move one tile at a time and load up their warehouse with resources and/or purchase buildings.  Each player’s warehouse has a limited capacity.  There is room to store 5 stone, 4 steel, 3 gold, and 1 whiskey barrel.  There is just one whiskey barrel to be had.  It is a wild resource, so use it or lose it. Glasgow is a 2-player, 30 minute game in a small box that packs some significant pop.

Glasgow
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Game Profile: Viscounts Of The West Kingdom

Viscounts Of The West Kingdom
  • Publisher:  Renegade Games, 2020
  • Players:  1 – 4
  • Time:  60 – 90 min.

Viscounts Of The West Kingdom is the third game in the West Kingdom TrilogyArchitects Of The West Kingdom the first and Paladins Of The West Kingdom the second, each game is a unique stand-alone with different mechanics.  Viscounts features a wide range of mechanics that flows smoothly into a solid whole.  There is a little deck-building, some hand management, a little set collection, some resource management, and some area control all driven by a Viscount on a rondel.

Each turn begins with the placement of a card from a players’ hand of three cards.  Their players’ board has three slots for the cards.  First, push the card in the right-most slot off the board, slide the two cards remaining to the right, and then place the new card in the now available left-most slot.  The distance a player moves their Viscount on the main board is determined by the card played from their hand.  Once the Viscount is moved around the rondel to their chosen location, the action of that location is taken using the action icons on all three cards now on their player board.  In addition, the card pushed off may have a drop off effect as well.  Action spaces can be used to trade for money and/or resources, construct buildings, place workers in the castle, or transcribe manuscripts depending on which type of space the Viscount landed on.  Once that is done, the player can recruit the townsfolk card adjacent to the location of their Viscount to their discard pile for later use.

All points are awarded at the end of the game.  Game end is triggered when one of two different card decks are depleted.  One deck is debt cards and the other is deed cards, both of which are acquired during the course of the game.  Major points are gained by constructing buildings, placing may workers in the castle, and transcribing sets of manuscripts.  The player with the most points is top Viscount.

Viscounts Of The West Kindgom
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Puzzles Arrival: Ravensburger

Ravensburger puzzles arrived today. We received 2000 pc, 1000 pc, and 500 pc sizes. Additionally, in the large format size we received 750 pc, 500 pc, and 300 pc.

Ravensburger 2000 pc Puzzles
Ravensburger 1000 pc Puzzles
Ravensburger 500 pc Puzzles
Ravensburger 750 pc Large Format Puzzles
Ravensburger 500 pc Large Format Puzzles
Ravensburger 300 pc Large Format Puzzles
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Game Profile: Paladins Of The West Kingdom

  • Publisher:  Renegade Games, 2019
  • Players:  1 – 4
  • Time:  90 – 120 min.

Paladins Of The West Kingdom is the second game in the West Kingdom Trilogy.  Architects Of The West Kingdom the first and Viscounts Of The West Kingdom the third; each game is a unique stand-alone with different mechanics.  With Paladins, the theme is all about defending the West Kingdom by using paladins to build outposts and fortifications to commission monks and to confront outsiders at the gate.

This is a game with some interesting and fairly complex mechanics.  It is not hard to play a turn, it is just that everything a player does affects a couple of other things.  A turn begins with everyone drawing the top three cards of their paladin deck.  All decks are the same but shuffled so the order will be different for each player.  Of the three cards drawn, select one card to play, one to place back on the top of your deck, and one to place on the bottom of your deck.  Each paladin, temporarily grants for that round a special ability, two workers, and one or more attribute upgrades necessary to perform actions.  Next, in turn order each player selects a tavern card that provides 4 workers of a varied mix.  There are six different types of workers and twenty-eight different places they can be used to activate actions on a players’ board.  Some spots require a particular type of worker.  The action spaces on the left side of a player’s board concentrate on engine building and gaining resources.  The action spaces on the right side concentrate on scoring and increasing attributes.  There is no direct interaction between players, but turn order can be important in moving monks and buildings from a player’s board to the central game board where additional benefits can be gained.  Actions on the right side of the player’s board require a certain level of an attribute.  There are three types of attributes: influence, strength, and faith.  These actions require a certain level of one attribute type and will provide an increase to the level of a different attribute.

Paladins is played over seven rounds with each round lasting until everyone has passed.  Points can be gained in may ways and the player with the most points wins.  Each of the three attributes scores based on its game end strength level.  There are three public Kings orders that yield points if completed.  The various buildings can score points if enough of one type was constructed.  Outsiders converted to you cause can also yield points.

Paladins Of The West Kingdom

Paladins Of The West Kingdom is a game for gamers.  There are a lot of moving parts and everything is interrelated to other aspects of the game.  These interactions are smooth and make sense once a player unravels what’s going on.  There are no gimme decisions.  Players will need to think about which paladin to play, which tavern card of workers to take, what buildings to build, etc. etc.

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Pomegranate Puzzles: 2.11.2021

More jigsaw puzzles have arrived!  This latest shipment restocks our 1,000 piece and 500 piece Pomegranate line.  Pomegranate is a Portland based company whose puzzles feature the artwork of numerous artists. 

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