New Game Arrivals - March 10, 2016

Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer's Manor

What are “Escape the Room” games? Escape the Room games began as digital adventures and quickly turned into real-life events all around the world where players are locked in a room and must uncover clues and hidden objects to escape. ThinkFun’s version of Escape the Room allows you to bring all the excitement of these experiences into your very own home!  The Mystery: It’s 1869 and the town’s well-respected astronomer has not been seen since the untimely passing of his wife. Recently, strange things have been happening at his manor – loud and unfamiliar noises, an unpleasant smell, and smoke billowing from the observatory. It’s up to you and your guests to solve the mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor!

 

Dungeons & Dragons: Curse of Strahd

Unravel the mysteries of Ravenloft® in this dread adventure for the world’s greatest roleplaying game! Under raging storm clouds, the vampire Count Strahd von Zarovich stands silhouetted against the ancient walls of Castle Ravenloft. Rumbling thunder pounds the castle spires. The wind’s howling increases as he turns his gaze down toward the village of Barovia. A lightning flash rips through the darkness, but Strahd is gone. Only the howling of the wind fills the midnight air. The master of Castle Ravenloft is having guests for dinner—and you are invited. A fantasy-horror adventure for characters levels 1 – 10, Curse of Strahd provides everything a Dungeon Master needs to create an exciting and memorable play experience.

 

Smash Up: It's Your Fault

Smash Up turns over the wheel to all of you! Through a huge nomination and run-off process, players from all over the world helped choose the four factions that will take part in Smash Up: It's Your Fault!. The winning four factions have been announced as Sharks, Superheroes, Greek Myth, and Dragons.

 

 

 

 

 

Pretense

Pretense is a game night social metagame. Players are dealt roles and have the entire night to complete their secret objectives. By the end of the night, the truth will come out.  The goal of Pretense is to obtain the most role cards over the course of the night and to avoid being caught and removed from the game. This is played during the entire game night. There are no rounds, no turns and there is no time limit!

 

Crossing

In Crossing, you have to collect gemstones, but players make their choices simultaneously and not everybody will get what they want when desires clash - and even if you are lucky during the initial confrontation, you aren't safe from the greediness of other players.  Through bluffing and cunning, you want to collect more gemstones than your opponents. To do this, you place a set of cards side by side on the table, with each card featuring a varying number of gems. When signaled, each player simultaneously places a finger on one of the cards. You collect the stones only if you are alone on the card!

 

Netrunner: Business First

In the future of Android: Netrunner, the world's economy relies heavily upon the cheap labor provided by andoids. These include the artificially intelligent bioroids manufactured by megacorp Haas-Bioroid and the millions of genetically customized clones grown and distributed by Jinteki. Their labors have helped control the prices on all manner of goods and services, from agriculture and textiles to the tech industry and solar exploration. They have also made Haas-Bioroid and Jinteki two of the world's richest and most powerful organizations.  Now, in the Mumbad Cycle, Jinteki faces a looming crisis as clone rights have become a central point in the Indian Union's national elections. Business First introduces sixty new cards (including a full playset each of nineteen different cards) that explore the tensions and conflicts within this tumultuous environment.

 

Foodfighters

Foodfighters is a fun and light two-player battle game - each player controls a team of foods trying to win a food fight against the opposing team. First player to knock out three matching foods from the other team wins!  You and your opponent each control a faction of fighting foods. On your turn, you can move a Foodfighter, or roll dice to attack an opponent (that your Foodfighter is thinking about and that is in reach), or roll for Beans (cash). After that you can spend your Beans to buy awesome gear from the store or Power cards that are unique to your team. Then it's the other guy's turn. Keep going until you've knocked out three of a kind on your opponent's team, and you've won!

 

Flock

 Lead the most impressive flock through feeding, nest building, and hatching. Selecting the actions is simple, but when one bird flies, so do all the others! Can you time your actions to take advantage of when the flocks fly?  During the game Flock, players try to expand their flock with the goal of scoring the most victory points after three rounds of play. Victory points are scored by controlling the action cards at the end of each round. Also, be sure to have enough tasty worms to feed your birds at the end of each round, or otherwise they will fly away. Will your flock be on top of the pecking order?

 

Ravenous River

In Ravenous River, each player takes the role of an animal trying to cross the river. The roles are hidden, so you don't know which players are predator or prey. Be careful not to end up on a boat with the wrong animal, or you'll end up as its lunch! Use your feral cunning to trap your prey on the same boat for a tasty treat while you cross the river. The player who scores the most points by crossing the river, eating their prey, and avoiding being eaten themselves wins!