Good news, folks!  The reprints of Terraforming Mars and Concordia are finally here, and Concordia’s received shiny new box art!

We’ve also got some sweet new games in stock, so let’s talk about those.

Near and Far is the brand new game from celebrated designer, artist and writer, Ryan Laukat.  This time you explore a world map by map, discovering cool stories and vignettes, and having crazy adventures.  It’s a heavy box, but don’t let that fool you.  It’s still a straightforward game, it’s just packed full of pieces, booklets and all manner of great stuff!

Cottage Garden is the younger sibling of 2014’s Patchwork.  It’s a less tight, gentler game featuring plants and cats instead of Patchwork’s patches and button economy, and its less tense nature and 2-4 player count makes it more widely accessible while sacrificing only a bit of strategic depth.  In short, Cottage Garden is a charming horticultural dalliance that’s satisfying for meganerds and non-gamers alike.

Dice Forge plays with a novel mechanism that’s been explored only a couple times before: dice crafting.  Everyone’s dice have removable faces, so that you can use the results of your rolls as currency or power or purchase more profitable faces for your dice!  Dice Forge has a familiar feeling of progression and managing luck to classic deckbuilders (Dominion, Legendary) and bag builders (Orléans, Quarriors), but the novelty of popping off the satisfyingly chunky old faces and clicking the new ones into place is just great.

The Gallerist is an elegant, thinky game in a huge box.  There’s so much to it, so much depth, but it still manages to deliver a sleek and smooth gameplay experience.  As a gallerist, it’s your job to discover and patronize new artists, fill your gallery with their works, sell off their art to fulfill contracts, hire assistants and send them jetting off across the world to make sure you’re being talked up in the right circles, and coercing VIPs, investors and collectors into your gallery with the promise of free tickets so that you can throw parties and have them tweet about it.

It’s a worker placement game, but there are only four spaces to head to, and you can’t stay in the same place you just were, so in most cases you only have three choices!  Of course, those three choices cascade immediately, with each spot offering two actions and each action being tightly tied to everything else that’s going on, so what appears to be simple never truly is!  Some games manage to be extremely intricate and extremely elegant at the same time, and The Gallerist knocks that feeling out of the park.

 

Oh, and one last thing: we have some brand new board game mystery boxes from our lovely local distributor, Universal Distribution, full of underappreciated games, damaged boxes, demo copies in good condition, and more!  Guaranteed to have over $120 retail value, priced only at $52.99!  While we don’t know what’s in them, ask about the boxes in store and you can give ’em a shake, gauge their weight, and pick your favourite!

Hello everybody! First off an important heads up. They are finally getting rid of the huge hump in the sidewalk in front of our building, which is great, it does however mean the sidewalk in front of the store is closed, likely for the weekend. The store is still open however and you can still access it, it’s just a little bit more convoluted. Be persistent and you’ll make it in though, then maybe I’ll finally have some company!

Now onto the exciting news, the new Magic set is out tomorrow. I don’t even need to talk about it too much as I’m sure you’ve all already checked out all the spoilers and everything. We’ve got lots of boosters and some fat packs, should be a good one!

We’ve been ordering a lot lately, it’s a never ending deluge of awesome new games to get excited about. But I’m running out of clever things to say about it, so I’m going to have to go meta and talk about how I can’t think of what to talk about. Yup, onto the list of new games!

imag1000 Scotland Yard: It’s been so long since I’ve played this game, man it’s sure bringing back a lot of awesome memories. Hunt down and catch the elusive Mr. X before it’s too late and he escapes forever.
index Space Cadets: You and your crewmates are fresh out of Space Academy and excited for your first mission. Work together in this fast paced real time game to save the day.
TheRivalsForCatan_1_1024x1024 Rivals for Catan: A two player card game variant of Catan. I was very impressed by this game, it manages to capture much of the feel of regular Catan while adding some new intriguing mechanics. And 2 players! I keep a copy in my backpack at all times cause you never know.
ThreeCheersForMaster Three Cheers for Master: Your Evil Master is down in the dumps, he’s already conquered all the lands and is bored, and when the Master is bored, the minions suffer. Thankfully, you’ve got a brilliant idea, surely a cheerleading competition can’t fail to cheer the Master up! Build the best cheer tower of minions to impress the Master and win in this… oddly adorable game.
pic1961827 Castles of Mad King Ludwig: A neat game by the guy who did Suburbia. A tile placement game in which you attempt to meet the whims of the mad King Ludwig in building an elaborate and extravagant castle.

Games on the Drive is happy to announce that we now carry jigsaw puzzles.

We have a variety of puzzles, from typical 500 and 1,000 piece puzzles to family oriented puzzles with varying piece sizes, and child-friendly puzzles with larger pieces and colourful artwork.

Come on by and check out our selection of puzzles and new games!

 

 

A small order arrived today, but I knew had to post about it because I’m super duper stoked for one of the games that is new to us!

Restocks:

  • Sheriff of Nottingham: After being on Tabletop this game sold out within a week. But we’ve got a bunch more copies now
  • Tokaido: Another Tabletop game, I can’t get over how pretty this game is

New Stuff:

EvolutionEvolution: So I’m a Biology Major, taking a course right now called Evolution, and I want to be an Evolutionary Biologist someday. So naturally I think this is just about the greatest game ever. You need to make sure your creatures are adapted properly to the environment or they face extinction if they can’t get enough food. Use traits like burrowing to escape predators, or ambush hunting to get the jump on those pesky herbivores. Adapt and survive!

HanabiDeluxeHanabi Deluxe: A game in which you can see everybody’s hand but your own. Work together to make sure your teammates pick the right things to play in order to build an amazing fireworks display. We’ve had this game for a while, but now with the Deluxe version out, you could play it with boring paper cards, or with gorgeous solid plastic tiles! With the game being all about making pretty things, you need to have a pretty version of the game itself!

 

First up, a quick note. We will be closed on Monday February 9th for Family Day (Aka we want to play games with our families. D’aww.)

Two big orders arrived today, got a few games we’ve been waiting to get back in for a while now. (Smash Up, Survive, Ticket to Ride) Who cares about that though? I’m totally stoked about all the new games that we are carrying now, including a few from Tabletop Season 3.

dead_of_winterDead of Winter: A Crossroads Game, soon to be featured on Tabletop, it’s a story-centric game about surviving through a harsh winter in an apocalyptic world. The survivors are all dealing with their own psychological imperatives, but must still find a way to work together to fight off outside threats, resolve crises, find food and supplies, and keep the colony’s morale up.

 

 

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Robot Turtles, a game about teaching programming to preschoolers. I could not be more excited about this game. Kids just seem to take to it like candy without even realizing they are actually learning the fundamentals of Computer Science.

 

 

 

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Kingdom Builder, this game started its life as a potential sequel for Dominion (my favourite game) so you know it’s going to be good. To me it kind of feels like what Catan would be if it had been designed by Donald X. Vaccarino. It’ll be shown on Tabletop but not until June 🙁

 

 

 

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Roll for the Galaxy, a dice version of the already very popular Race for the Galaxy. They managed to capture the feel of the original game fantastically well.

 

 

 

 

escape_big_boxEscape Big Box: The Curse of the Temple, If Indiana Jones was a board game. ‘Nuff said.

 

 

 

 

sheriff_of_nottinghamSheriff of Nottingham, Another Tabletop game (The episode aired today actually, go check it out!) that simulates the exciting world of Customs Inspections! Each turn one player will step into the shoes of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Players declare goods they wish to bring into the city, and which goods they will secretly store in their burlap sack. The Sheriff must then determine who gets into the city with their goods, who gets inspected, and who may have their goods confiscated.

 

 

KhansFirst off a quick note for all the Magic players who have waited patiently, we got more Khans of Tarkir boosters and two fat packs in, as well as a ton of card sleeves to keep them safe.

Christmas is a couple months away and things are getting crowded here in the shop. We’re starting to ramp up our stock levels and bring in new and exciting games. This week we got two large orders in and quite a few new products to share with you today.

  • Munchkin Panic, a Munchkin version of the tower defense game Castle Panic, takes the best of both worlds (though mainly Castle Panic) and combines them to make an awesome game (And currently occupies the top spot of my personal Christmas list)
  • NHL Power Play: A team building card game, create a dream team of your favorite players then see how it performs. Designed specifically with the casual gamer in mind this game is perfect for any NHL fan!
  • Coup Reformation, Coup is immensely popular as it is, now there is an expansion for it that adds new characters, new artwork and most interestingly, team gameplay. How does that fit into a game like Coup? You’ll have to check it out and see. (Hint, your allegiance will be flip flopping faster than you can blink)
  • Machi Koro, a simple dice game with fast intense gameplay, compete with your friends to build landmarks and grow the small city of Machi Koro into a thriving metropolis.
  • Mousetrap,  a childhood classic, we all know just how *ahem* reliable this game is. Well, this is the Elefun version and you’ll find that it actually works as designed.
  • Once Upon a Time Expansions, are your stories getting a little dry and repetitive? Add some variety with either the Seafaring, Enchanting, or Knightly tales expansion pack.
  • Wits and Wagers Family Edition, a trivia game that you can win without knowing the answer to any of the questions at all, this version is designed with more general questions to appeal to a wider range of people.
  • Hive Carbon: The Pillbug, adds a new bug to the hive and changes the game in a big way, the pillbug moves like the queen one space at a time or has the option of forcing any adjacent piece (regardless of colour) to move and then rendering it immobile for a turn.

Also a few items are back in stock, including some we’ve been waiting a while for.

  • Munchkin: Adventure Time
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos (We seriously cannot keep this game in, it just flies out the door)
  • The Game of Life
  • Hive Carbon
  • Poo (Why am I not surprised this sold out within a week of us bringing it in)
  • Power Grid: The First Sparks
  • Taboo
  • Smash Up Expansions (Monster Smash, Science Fiction Double Feature, Obligatory Cthulhu)

I can’t count how many times someone grabbed the Marvel Deck Building game off the shelf and asked “Do you have the DC version of this?” Well ask no more!

Now in Stock! DC Deck Building Game

Now in Stock! DC Deck Building Game

We also restocked some of our out of stock items, including our top sellers Coup and Love Letter. We just can’t keep them on the shelves.

Back in Stock This Week:

  • Coup
  • Catan: Cities and Knights
  • Forbidden Desert
  • Love Letter
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Smash Up Expansions (All of them)
  • Batman Arkham City Escape
  • Ninja Versus Ninja
  • Civilization: The Board Game

 

Available this weekend, the 10th anniversary edition of Ticket To Ride. Now with 50% more game board and  custom trains in tin boxes for more of the “old timey” feel.  Call or email now to reserve your copy.

This special 10th Anniversary Edition is a “must-have” for Ticket to Ride fans. The game play remains faithful to the original classic US map version – but the new design, illustrations, oversized map and especially the new custom trains and tin storage boxes – take the Ticket to Ride experience to a whole new level.

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