August 4, 2016
NOW ALSO ON THURSDAY EVENINGS FOR BOARD GAME NIGHTS!
Our Gotta-Play series is a regular spotlight on particular games that we think are exceptionally fun and that we believe everybody should try, whether brand-new or old classic. On most every Saturday afternoon and now on Thursday evenings we’ll have a game laid out on one of our tables, and we’ll be offering free demonstrations and a chance for you to give it a shot.
If you try it and find that you simply must have a copy, we’ll be offering a 10% discount on that title through the demo period. So it’s great way to build up your library of the very best games we have in the store – while saving a few bucks along the way!
Each month’s games will be announced at the end of the previous month, so make sure you check the calendar for all the latest info. We also try our best to post reviews for many of the Gotta-Play games that we host, and you can check out the archive of them here.
August’s Gotta-Play sessions are described below, and will be running on Saturday afternoons through the month @ 1-4 pm. The new line-up of Thursday evening demos will take place at our regular Board Game Nights @ 6-9 pm.
Thursday, August 4th
Welcome to Costa Rica! This land is renowned for its rich diversity of insects and animals, and you are part of several teams that will explore and record the wildlife on this rainforest paradise. Each turn, you and your fellow explorers will reveal what is hiding. Will you take your data back, or keep pushing on, even though another explorer might take credit for your hard work? The game is a tense race to catalog as many of the rainforest animals as they can while also trying to view each of the animals being researched. Avoid mosquitos, discover animals and prove that you are the best explorer in Costa Rica!
Saturday, August 6th
Blue Orange Games
The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! Pick a challenge card, three test tubes and six colorful balls to solve his scientific formula. Carefully move your materials from tube to tube without dropping them, and position them as illustrated on the challenge card. This brainteasing party game can be played solitary or competitively. The high quality components and the creative concept make it a challenging game for the whole family.
Thursday, August 11th
Tyrants of the Underdark
Gale Force Nine
Tyrants of the Underdark is a competitive board game in which you play as a Drow house recruiting monsters, cultists, and demons to aid you in controlling locations such as Menzoberranzan and Blingdenstone. Using power and influence as resources, Tyrants of the Underdark features multiple strategies you can use in crafting your deck of minions. Be the spymaster infiltrating your enemy’s strongholds or the deadly war-leader concentrating on assassinating enemy troops. No matter how you decide to play, whoever controls most of the Underdark at the end of the game wins, unless there’s some hidden strategy in play.
Saturday, August 13th
It’s late at night and you hear a rustling at the foot of your bed. As you peek out from your covers, you see that your room is filled with terrifying monsters! Luckily, you have discovered that each monster is afraid of a different toy. Using your toys and acute memory skills, you must banish these beasts to the closet! Monster Chase is a cooperative memory game where players must unite their forces to find the toys that will frighten the monsters and lock them into the closet.
Thursday, August 18th
In Mystic Vale, two to four players take on the role of druidic clans trying to cleanse the curse upon the land. Each turn, you play cards into your field to gain powerful advancements and useful vale cards. Use your power wisely, or decay will end your turn prematurely. Score the most victory points to win the game! The innovative Card Crafting System creates a game experience like you’ve never played before!
Saturday, August 20th
Blue Orange Games
Line up four in a row on a whole new level in this one of a kind strategy game! Players build their wall to victory with vibrantly colored blue and orange bricks engraved with white Xs and Os. The first player to align four of their symbol or color in a row wins the game and claims the wall! But watch out! Each brick contains both your symbol and color as well as those of your opponent. So each time you add a new piece, you risk helping your opponent win the game! Brix is a uniquely creative game that is fast to learn but employs a complex strategy that older children and adults will love!
Thursday, August 25th
Machine of Death
Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination is a storytelling game set in a world in which a machine can predict how a person will die with 100% accuracy with only a small blood sample. However, the machine delights in being vague and twisted. A card reading “Old Age” could mean you die in your sleep at age 120, or it could mean you’re run over tomorrow by an elderly driver who forgot to take his pills today. Players of the game take the role of assassins, who must use the various tools at their disposal – from storytelling to a slew of items available from specialty Black Market shops – to create a situation in which a target is killed in a way in line with their Death Prediction.
Saturday, August 27th
King of Tokyo 2nd Ed.
Play mutant monsters, gigantic robots and other monstrous creatures, rampaging the city and vying for position as the one and only King of Tokyo! Combine your dice to gather energy, heal your monster or just slap the other monsters down! Spend your energy to trigger permanent or one-shot special powers: a second head, body armor, nova death ray, etc. Stop at nothing to become the King of Tokyo…but that’s when the real trouble begins for you!