Game of the Week - Five Tribes. Hot off the press, Five Tribes arrived in store this week looking gorgeous - these board game artists are unreal! - and sounding just as awesome. For 2-4 players, this Days of Wonder beauty comes with a unique twist on the good ol' meeple system, in that they begin the game in set places. Your job is to move them around the villages, markets and notable places that feature in the setting of Naqala, the Sultanate you're desperate to seize control of! Although a straightforward game to learn, to play it is to use the powers of calculation and cunning to make clever moves until small wins amount to massive victories! Nothin' easy 'bout that!
Girl Power is in full dice-rolling swing! Although there's always a lot of talk about the under-representation of women in video games, there's also a general consensus that it exists in our board game world, too. Elisa Teague, a game designer/industry consultant from Los Angeles, has created a Kickstarter to fund a book called 'Girls on Games', that covers the realities of being a woman in the game industry, advice for women who want careers in game companies, being taken seriously in a male-dominated category and much more! The book will feature essays and chapters written by other women in the industry, including the CEO of Looney Labs and a game developer for Pathfinder. Check it all out here!
(Note: the desperate need for this book to be published should be highlighted by the fact that when I searched 'girls board games' and 'girls on games' in Google images for an appropriate photo, I was met with games like 'Mall Madness', 'Perfect Wedding' and 'Dream Phone'. Bleugh.)
That's where I left those dice! Ancient dice and gaming tokens have been discovered at a Bronze Age burial site. The pieces, dated as being from between 3,100 and 2,900 B.C.E, come as a complete set, which is more than we can say for our own board games. The archaeologists also swear that when they uncovered the dice, they heard a faint, ghostly wail that proclaimed; 'Everyone else keeps getting sixes except me! It's not fair, I hate this game.' For the full details and an interesting list of other historical dice discoveries, click here!
Our X-Wing Summer Tournament is in store this Sunday, from 11am to 4pm! There's a bunch of prizes for the winner, plus a pamphlet with information on running your own tournament - if you think you can hack it! Click here for the official Facebook event.
Gaming @ The Gate is back this month on Monday 8th September! August's Bank Holiday muddle means that there are now TWO of these events in just 30 days - September's a good month for gaming! As usual, we'll be bringing along our bucket loads of games, but if you'd like to bring along a game or even suggest one from our stock that you'd like to see us bring, then feel free!
For a full list of events, check out the whole page! As always, if you want it and we're not doing it, SHOUT!
New Releases / Restocks / Coming Soon!
New In Store From Next Week - get your guns out, we'll have Doomtown: Reloaded; a wooden-legged adventure with Pathfinder - Skulls and Shackles; superhero surprises in Heroes Wanted; a race to be Mayor in City Hall; be a Great Gatsby-styled socialite in Elevenses; Naruto Shippuden Deck-Building Game; Shadowrun Street Grimoire; and two versions of Valiant Universe - the normal and the shiny sparkly red and gold limited edition one!
New Releases Available Now - gorgeous anime-styling in Shinobi Wat-Ahh!; this week's game of the week, Five Tribes; two different character versions of Adventure Time Card Wars; Space Cadets Dice Duel; the ever-impressive Shadowrun Crossfire; family-friendly pirate action that unfortunately isn't full of sweets, Pina Pirata; the new Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook and Hoard of the Dragon Queen, the first part of the epic new D&D adventure, Tyranny of Dragons; the long-awaited second edition of Dark Heresy; Province, the miniature 2 player worker placement game; big tuff 'n' ruff bikers in Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem; gorgeous miniatures and co-op fantasy adventure in the marvelous Myth; Thunder Alley, the awesome new racing game from GMT, and the return of the party-game-king, Cash N' Gun$!!!
Arriving Soon - Christmas is coming early in the form of 3 new Pandemic expansions, including dice-based quick co-op The Cure, the competitive Contagion and the hotly anticipated Pandemic: Legacy; cooold, cooooold zombies in Dead of Winter; Fantasy Flight's LCGs take on the mighty legions of Warhammer 40K in Conquest;Dungeons and Dragons shrinks to miniature in a collaboration between Wizkids and Wizards of the Coast for the new Attack Wing Starter Set; From a galaxy far far away comes new Star Wars miniatures games, fleet-based Armada and ground-based Imperial Assault; city-building and Mayor-becoming in the clever and quick Machi Koro; family-friendly bluffing and bribery in Sheriff of Nottingham, and come closer and see, see into the trees in Talisman: The Woodland.... PRE-ORDERS FOR ALL THESE BEING TAKEN NOW!