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.
October’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.
Saturday, October 1st
Dare to enter Dragonwood! Deep in the heart of this mythical forest lurk angry ogres, giggling goblins, and even the famed and fearsome fire-breathers themselves! Collect sets of adventurer cards to earn dice, which you will use to roll against your foes. Stomp on some fire ants, shriek at a grumpy troll, or strike the menacing orange dragon with a magical silver sword. Choose your strategy carefully because the landscape of Dragonwood is ever-changing. Only the bravest will overcome the odds to emerge victorious!
Thursday, October 6th
Castles of Burgundy Card Game
The Hundred Years’ War is over and the Renaissance is looming. Conditions are perfect for the princes of the Loire Valley to propel their estates to prosperity and prominence. Through strategic trading and building, clever planning, and careful thought, players add settlements and castles, practice trade along the river, exploit silver mines, farm livestock and more – trade, build, rule the realm!
Saturday, October 8th
Agricola Game Day
Feeding your family is a special kind of challenge and players plant grain and vegetables while supplementing their food supply with sheep, boar and cattle. Guide your family to health, wealth and prosperity and you will win the game! Today’s demo features a bunch of free give-aways and some fun introductory sessions of the new Family Edition of the Euro classic!
Thursday, October 13th
Czech Games Edition
What are these strange symbols on the map? They code for locations where spies must contact secret agents! Two rival spymasters know the agent in each location. They deliver coded messages telling their field operatives where to go for clandestine meetings. Operatives must be clever. A decoding mistake could lead to an unpleasant encounter with an enemy agent – or worse, with the assassin!
Saturday, October 15th
In Targi (meaning “man” in Tuareg tribes), you are the leader of a tribe of these Blue People. Your goal is simple: travel across the desert, looking for oases and camps where you will be able to acquire the goods you need to make your tribe the biggest and the richest. Other tribes are also looking for these precious goods, so you must hasten your travel. Moreover, bands of robbers are also scouring the desert, looking for an easy prey. Always keep your eyes ahead and your mind open, lest they be deceived by a mirage…
Thursday, October 20th
Renegade Game Studios
Covert is a game where players take on the roles of spies working covertly to accomplish missions. Over several rounds, players will collect the equipment needed and deploy their agents all across Europe in an effort to complete these missions. Utilize your assets. Make your move. Don’t let anyone stand in your way.
Saturday, October 22th
In the two-to-eight player card game Citadels, you and your opponents vie to build the most magnificent medieval city. Designed by Bruno Faidutti and first published in 2000, Citadels has become one of the most popular and greatest games of the modern era. It boasts a thoroughly approachable mechanical framework that is easy-to-learn but nevertheless rich in strategy, deception, and intrigue.
Thursday, October 27th
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Together you must activate the magic gems in the temple chambers in order to banish the curse. Look out for one another. Some tasks can be accomplished only as a team – and you have only ten minutes before the temple collapses! Escape is a cooperative real-time game, that is not played in rounds. Instead, each player rolls as quickly and as often as he can with his five dice.
Saturday, October 29th
Go Away Monster!
Being afraid of monsters is a normal part of growing up. One way that children are able to master this fear is by participating in narrative play or by playing games like Go Away Monster! that allow them to take control of the monsters. Go Away Monster! encourages kids to boss the monsters around, but it also let’s them experience some of the apprehension and excitement in deciding what is real and what is imaginary. The game teaches young children shape recognition, cooperation, competence and boosts self-esteem, and is designed to be played with parents and friends.