We’re altering our hours on the following days in order to spend time with our families:

Dec 24th, Christmas Eve: 12pm – 5pm

Dec 25th, Christmas Day: Closed

Dec 26th, Boxing Day: 12pm-7pm

Dec 31st, New Year’s Eve: 12pm – 5pm

Jan 1st, New Year’s Day: Closed

Thanks to your rampant consumerism this Christmas, we have donated 20 games to Toy Mountain and another 40 to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.  We will continue counting games sold up to the 24th but we will have to wait until next year to donate those games.  Thanks everyone for your support.

Looking for gift ideas for the gamers in your life?  Here’s a quick list of some games we recommend for your holiday!

None of these boxes are big enough to hold a board game

None of these boxes are big enough to hold a board game

For kids or families

We’re privileged to live in an age where there are loads of games that can be enjoyed by everyone in a family.  For younger children, The Magic Labyrinth has your wizards navigating a labyrinth of hidden walls which you can only discover through trial and error.

For kids a little older, Dixit and Mysterium both test your ingenuity in giving hints and challenge players to interpret beautifully illustrated cards.

For something a little more fast-paced, Pictomania is full of frantic fun with everyone drawing and guessing at each others drawings at once, and Escape: Curse of the Temple is a real-time dice-chucking romp through an ancient temple, where you and your partners have to grab as many riches as you can and escape.

More sedate, Tokaido puts players in the shoes of vacationers walking the Tokaido road in Japan, sightseeing and collecting souvenirs, competing to have the nicest vacation.


For two

Great for gaming couples or just you and a pal on a lunch break, some of these games are designed with two in mind, and some just shine when played as a pair.

Onitama is a quick abstraction of martial arts played on a 5×5 grid.  Playing a card will let your pieces maneuver and capture your opponent’s pawns, but that card then becomes available to them as they learn from your actions.  Another excellent abstract game, The Duke, is a chess-like game where your pieces’ movements alternate between offensive and defensive whenever they’re moved.

For a fantasy twist, Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends pits players of different fantasy factions against each other in a grand melee.  At first your troops will be clashing and trying to capture each other head to head, but if you can position your units into just the right formation, you’ll be able to summon massive monsters and spells that will blow your enemy’s lines wide open.

If sci-fi is more your style, we recommend Android: Netrunner, an asymmetrical card game of hacking and bluffing.  One player is the powerful and wealthy Corporation, going about their business and protecting their servers from intrusion.  The other is the daring Runner, a freelance hacker whose big payday is sure to be hidden somewhere in the Corp’s servers.  Netrunner is made in the Living Card Game format, where new packs of specific cards and expansions are released frequently.

If you’d rather built up a galactic empire, Race for the Galaxy will give you just the cards to do it.  With strategies ranging from constructing a massive economic engine to becoming a technological powerhouse to conquering your way through the galaxy, you’ll have to adapt and use your resources wisely to come out on top.

Finally, if the theme doesn’t throw you off (or if it appeals to you), Patchwork is a clever little game where players snag patches of cloth to make their personal quilts, Tetris-style.  It’s more fun than it sounds!


For parties

So you’re entertaining a large group or looking for something to play at a big family get-together.  These picks will provide the fun, you and your gang can bring the ingenuity, the cleverness and the laughter!

First, there’s no excuse to pass up Codenames.  2016’s Spiel des Jahres winner splits players into two rival spy agencies, with one person from each team being that team’s spymaster and the rest working to interpret the spymaster’s codes to identify their team’s agents.

Harkening back to Arthurian England, The Resistance: Avalon gives everyone a secret role, loyal to either King Arthur or the traitor Mordred.  Players take on missions in groups, with traitors wanting to fail and loyalists wanting to succeed, and what ensues is a marvelous bluffing match with everyone trying to deduce everyone else’s identities.  Compounding the confusion are the variety of special roles that give particular people more information or mess up others’ knowledge.  At the core of the game is Merlin, who knows the identities of the traitors but can’t share his knowledge overtly for fear of being found out himself.

For a darker theme, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong has a lone forensic scientist putting the rest of the players, as investigators, on the track of a murderer.  Unbeknownst to the investigators, one of their number is the very murderer they’re hunting, and he or she will be trying their best to send the rest off the trail without revealing themselves.

You’ve just pulled off a massive heist, but you’re sure not going to share the spoils with the gang! Dead Last is another excellent party game in which each player is given a colour, and a hand of cards of everyone else’s colours.  Each round players will collude, figuring out who they’re going to vote out and turn on.  Make sure you’re voting with the majority, or you’ll be caught in the crossfire.  If the target catches wind of the gang’s plan, they can choose to prepare an ambush and knock out everyone who voted for them!  As always, last man standing takes it all.


For those starting out

If you or your giftee is just getting into games, these recommendations will serve as excellent gateways.  In the interest of keeping it interesting, we’ll steer clear of the classics and name some ones you might not have heard of!

Let’s start with Lotus, a beautiful game of unfurling flower petals and wooing insect guardians to your garden.  At the garden unfolds in front of you, claim the flowers by contributing the most and foil your opponents by finishing theirs!

Potion Explosion will be immediately familiar to anyone who’s played Bejeweled or Candy Crush with its rows of brightly-coloured, cascading marbles.  Pluck marbles from the tray to make your potions and more will rush in to fill their place, causing chain reactions if they match colours!

In Clank, you’re a group of thieves venturing deep into a dragon’s lair.  With a fun spacial twist on the Dominion-inspired deckbuilder style, you’ll buy cards that let you move through the dungeon and battle its inhabitants.  However, many of the best cards make noise, and the noisier you are, the more likely the dragon is to immolate you when it wakes up!

Among the Stars gives you four years to construct an alien space station by drafting room tiles and arranging them strategically.  Everything you incorporate into your station benefits you and interacts with the tiles around it, making it super satisfying to place something just right.

For those with a couple hours and a desire for a wild story, Tales of the Arabian Nights puts you in the shoes of Aladdin, Scheherazade, and Ali Baba.  Much like a choose-your-own-adventure book, as you travel across the land on your quests you’ll encounter many strange and wondrous things, and be given many choices of how to interact with them.  With over two thousand stories to experience, the tales that unfold are unlike any others.


For those delving deeper

Maybe you’re shopping for a hardcore gamer, or maybe you and your loved ones want a game that’s more complex, longer, or more full of plastic miniatures.  These are for you.

We’ll start with Dead of Winter.  Set in a snowed-out zombie apocalypse, your band of survivors are determined to stay alive.  That means scavenging for food, fuel, and weapons, searching for other survivors, and striking back at the zombies so you don’t get overwhelmed.  Those are no easy tasks, and making matters worse is that everyone’s got a hidden motive, something secretive and known only to them.  Maybe you want to stockpile enough fuel to take off in a plane once this blows over, and so you’ll just pretend you didn’t find any at the police station.  Or maybe what you want is to be the only living being to make it out of this mess.

On a similar note, Battlestar Galactica will have everyone working together to make their way back to Earth, while dealing with constant crises and political tensions.  Of course hidden among the crew are a cadre of Cylons, replacing more and more humans and waiting for the right moment to strike and wipe out the humans altogether.  Don’t like your games three hours long and with a TV license attached?  Dark Moon is based on a slimmed down version of Battlestar Galactica with a license-free sci-fi theme.

Scythe has been one of the most anticipated games of the year, and for good reason.  Set in an alternate-history 1920’s soviet bloc where the countries have forged their farming implements into mechs rather than swords, Scythe is an absolutely beautiful game of building, expanding, and protecting your influence.

Blood Rage takes you to Ragnarok and puts you at the head of a viking clan poised for battle over Midgard.  Through cunning, savagery, and the will of the gods you will lead your warriors to glorious victory and become the most storied clan at the end of days.

If you’re in the mood for a globetrotting adventure jam-packed with eldritch horrors from beyond comprehension, look no further than, yes, Eldritch Horror.  With the old gods’ rise imminent and cults and monsters springing up all over the world, it’s up to you and your band of uniquely qualified investigators to prevent the world from becoming undone.

To round out the list, Alchemists is a beautiful riff on the world of academia.  It’s a strong manage-your-time-and-money type game laid over the intellectual puzzle of figuring out which ingredients have which properties.  By rustling up a bunch of potions and either drinking them yourself or making a student drink it for you, you’ll gradually get more and more information and eventually be able to publish definitive treatises on the mandrake root, earning you accolades and plaudits from your peers.  At least until your rival reveals that they know you were bluffing in your publication and debunks your theory for everyone to see.

Happy eternal rain season everyone!  Might I suggest a rousing round of board games as an alternative to spending your hours trapped indoors, staring wistfully through the windows at the spot where the sun should be?  As motivation, here are a few new ones, perhaps you’ve heard of them.


Scythe is here at last, and that alone should be enough to blast away the oncoming winter doldrums.  Not only a rare opportunity to take a look at this thing called “snow”, it’ll also have you claiming territories in an alt-history Soviet bloc, building mechs, and harvesting resources to power your war machine.


Arkham Horror: The Card Game, the new expandable card game from Fantasy Flight Games, produces its own twists as a combination of deck-construction card games and narrative role playing games.  As your investigators brave the horrors of small-town Arkham they’ll grow stronger, learn to work together, and compensate for each others weaknesses.


Colony is a fresh new design from the man who brought us such favourites as One Night Ultimate Werewolf and Suburbia.  Dice are resources in Colony, and you’ll have your hands full managing their mercurial natures as you compete to build the best, most productive futuristic city.



This is a good one, friends.  A great many nerds have been waiting anxiously for this one to hit shelves.  Hop aboard Rob Daviau’s newest legacy game and set sail for exploration, trading and ship-to-ship combat in the long-awaited Seafall!  It’s a big departure from Risk Legacy and Pandemic Legacy, a completely original design and much larger in scale and ambition.  Not an undertaking to be taken lightly!


That’s not all, fellow seafarers.  Not by a long shot.  Have you ever taken a long, hard look at Pandemic and thought to yourself, “this whole disease motif is boring, if only this game was about unspeakable horrors from dimensions beyond our comprehension”?

If you answered yes, there’s a good chance you’ve been following Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu already and to you I say, it’s here at last!  And it’s good!

If you said no, broaden those horizons a bit and take a moment to consider what that might be like.  You might end up with a mental image of a Pandemic board with monstrous miniatures, portals to other worlds, and looming elder gods.  To you I say, it exists, it’s here at last, and it’s good!


Finally, take control of a guild of explorers, merchants, and craftsmen and descend into the mists of the Nebula Valley in Via Nebula!  The Nebula Valley is a mess of disconnected people, untapped resources, and ancient ruins, all crying out for a guild of just your talents.  Those distant villages need a path between them charted through the mist!  Yeah, you can do that.  Those ruins look like a great site for that distillery you’ve been commissioned to build!  No problem chief, you can set that up this turn.  But hey, now someone’s gotta exploit that forest tile for its sweet, sweet lumber!  That could be you too.  Just remember, clearing the mists and freeing up resources give your rivals more tools as well!

Featured Halloween Game: Mysterium


Halloween is upon us yet again! For someone who’s such a wimp, I love playing and talking about games that could cause me to have nightmares. With a huge variety of eerie or horror themed games available, tabletop games are a fun way to celebrate Halloween with a group of friends. This article features a beautifully spooky game: Mysterium.

Think Clue meets Dixit. This cooperative game focuses on solving an old murder mystery by deducing who is the murderer, how the deed was was done and where the slaughter took place. Sounds like Clue, right? The twist is one of the players acts as a ghost helping the other players who are spirit mediums. The ghost is the one who knows the answers but can only communicate by giving the mediums visions (picture cards).

In front of the mediums are a roster of suspects, possible locations and potential murder weapons. The ghost has the task of giving each medium a different vision of who, what and where the murder took place. Once each medium guesses all three aspects of their own vision correctly, the ghost gives one final shared vision to all the mediums to lead them to choose the true scenario (only the ghost knows). Throughout the game, mediums can discuss with each other because if any of them fail at guessing their scenario by the end of the eighth round, everybody loses. There is a huge advantage to brainstorming however, with discussion comes debate. Each medium has tokens with checkmarks or x’s on them which they can put down in support or against each other’s choices. Once the ghost reveals if the choices were correct or incorrect, if your vote was proper, you go up on what is called the “clairvoyance” track. The higher the clairvoyance, the more you can see of the final vision.

In the final round when the ghost reveals the final vision cards, each medium must secretly place a guess of which of all the scenarios contain the true culprit, place and weapon. If the majority of the mediums choose the correct one, everybody wins. The ghost can finally rest in peace. If not… well, nobody wants to know what happens when a ghost is not avenged properly.

It’s honestly a really fun game that people of different gaming backgrounds can get in to. I highly recommend this game. There’s actually an official released soundtrack to aid the mood. I encourage you and your friends to play along side the music to really set the ambiance. That’s enough from me. Happy Halloween to all you ghouls, ghosts, and humans too!

Hello again folks, we’ve recently received some cool new games, here’s a little writeup about each of ’em!


Firstly, we’ve got Clank!.  Yes, the punctuation is part of the title.  This is a smooth deckbuilder in which players are adventurers and looters on a jaunt into a dragon’s lair.  The objective is to grab the most valuable loot and escape to the surface, with the caveat that most of the cards you play and actions you take, whether they’re stumbling down a hallway to progress or fighting a goblin for his treasure, make noise!  The noisier you are, the more likely the dragon is to incinerate you when he stirs from his slumber.  All in all a clever and exciting push-your-luck twist on the deckbuilding genre.


Next up, we’ve got Cry Havoc.  Combining a number of elements from the area control, “dudes-on-a-map”, and deckbuilding genres, this game features four asymmetrical playable races, each lending themselves to a distinct strategy.  Vying for dominance of a mineral-rich planet, you must control territories to harvest resources, leverage your unique skills against your opponents, and puzzle your way through a devilishly constrictive action budget.


Lastly, we have the expansion to the classic adventure game, Betrayal at House on the Hill.  Twelve years in the making, Widow’s Walk features 51 new haunts written by a plethora of amazing guest writers, and an additional floor.  Designer Mike Selinker calls it a love letter to fans of Betrayal, and that’s reflected by many fans having contributed to its creation.  A real treat for lovers of the game.