Friday Rules: 27.03.2015
Game Of The Week - Jaipur. Ever thought you'd be a natural market seller? I did, until the Great £2 T-Shirt And Sausage Crash of '99. I lost everything, and so did my customers - where else could you buy a hotdog wrapped in a Rolling Stones t-shirt? Luckily, the card game Jaipur came along and I was back in business! The 2 player game pits you as rival traders, each vying for 2 Seals of Excellence so you can meet the Maharajah, who is essentially the Simon Cowell of India. You must sell, exchange and buy stuff at better prices. Think 'The Apprentice', in one of those episodes where the contestants are made to buy gherkins and loincloths in Morocco. You get coloured tokens that correspond to the cards you sell, and bonus tokens when you sell 3, 4 or 5 items. The richest person at the end of the round wins 1 Seal of Excellence, and the first person to gain 2 is the winner and their prize is inheriting my dilapidated £2 T-Shirt And Sausage Stall. Yay!
Lost Games Through History. As we all know, some board games just don't make the cut. They get left behind in the race while stuff like Catan, Dixit and Ticket to Ride blaze ahead to victory. You feel sorry for them, really. Like a gerbil with 3 eyes and a biting problem, they've been thrown in the bin and forgotten about. The people who created them just wanted everyone to have fun *insert teary-eyed emoji here*. Unless the games were made by a multinational company - in which case, it's hard to care at all. Take that, big business! Capitalism sucks! In this article by National Public Radio, the author takes us through 5 board games that fell off the face of the earth. Some, like Big Business: The Famous National Money Game, was dead from the off - it was trying to compete with Monopoly. Ouch. Park and Shop (pictured above) tried desperately to appeal to the American market and their love of buying crap they don't need. Seems this board game was just another item in the basket... Meeeow! Ya got burned!
What's My Score Again? As all of our brains decay slowly and crumble towards inevitable death, we're increasingly becoming more and more involved with 'memory aids'. Stuff like brain training games on Nintendo, and memory tests and sudoku grids - anything to make us feel like our noggins are healthy and still intact. (I'm pretty sure sudoku is the devil and will harm your brain more than it will help it, but whatever floats your self-destructing boat). In this article from NewsMax, we're reminded of 5 Popular Board Games that help you remember where you left your glasses. Do they? What? I have no idea. What was I talking about? For peace of mind, I'll tell you quickly: Uno, Battleship, Scrabble, Chess, and Timeline. After playing these, you'll remember everything! Like what you came in the room for. Or whether you did eat the last of the bacon. Although I feel compelled to tell you, as the article does, that 'this is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.' Now, where did I leave that half-eaten burger?
Shut Up & Sit Down - A Review! In tune with the recent realise of Star Wars Armada (click the link to see it in our online shop!) the guys over at Shut Up & Sit Down have gone and done a review of the game! They've got some great pictures of the pieces and they compare Armada to their already-established love, X-Wing, saying, 'If Armada was a person you lived with, they’d write their name on their eggs and milk. X-Wing is a geek. Armada is a dork.' Don't forget you can purchase your copy with us, today!
The Board Game Bar is back this Monday! Last week we saw Cthulhu Wars being opened for the very first time and we took some Vine videos of various games. Come along to join in the action with a beer and board game! Monday, 5-10pm, Urban Tap House, £3 entry!
This Sunday we're hosting the MTG Dragons of Tarkir 2HG Release Event! Each player receives a pre-release pack, with promos and boosters in the prize pool! This Sunday, in store, 11-4pm, £20 entry!
New Releases / Restocks / Coming Soon!
New Releases Coming Next Week! Run from the big bad wolf in Werewolves of Miller's Hollow - The Pact, which contains the base game plus New Moon, The Village and Characters expansion all together; Fief - France 1729; Star Munchkin Deluxe; Monkeys Need Love Too; and more Star Trek Attack Wing, with Wave 13, with the ISS Enterprise, the Gorn Starship and the Reklar!
New Releases Available Now - Fight for the fate of the galaxy in the 2 player miniatures game of Star Wars: Armada - pre-order it now with us!; the newest set of Magic: The Gathering will arrive with fiery breath in Dragons of Tarkir; become a figure of legend and write your own epic tale of heroes and Gods in Elysium; Flea Market, the game of buying cheap and selling for profit, will arrive, and you can pre-order a copy NOW, with us!; gather the crew, it's Settlers of Catan Family Edition; and Ascension - Year One Collector's Edition!
Arriving Soon - 1 new Pandemic expansion with the hotly anticipated Pandemic: Legacy; Extra! Extra!, the game of fast-paced news and questionable reporting; San Juan (Second Edition), the game based on Puerto Rico; Flea Market, where finding bargains is now a skill to be judged on (woohoo!); Tigris & Euphrates, the new and updated version of the classic tile-placement civilisation game; plus the Temple of Elemental Evil board game from adventure favourite, Dungeons & Dragons! For our complete bunch of pre-order games, check out our 'Coming Soon' collection! PRE-ORDERS FOR ALL THESE BEING TAKEN NOW!
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