Posted Sunday, 24-Dec-2017
Small boxes; big games!
Where will your muse guide you?
A stunningly beautiful game of cryptic clues and surreal imagery, Muse is a party game that can be played co-operatively or competitively in teams.
Each team will have a Muse that will attempt to guide their team to the correct answer – the questions are set by members of the other teams. Lead your fellow teammates to inspiration and collect more correct answers than the others.
…and then we held hands is a co-operative, non-verbal board game of balance, empathy, and understanding.
Lavishly illustrated by the Dixit artist Marie Cardouat, …and then, we held hands sees each player trying and find their way through their own emotional journey – while remaining centered, neither too negative nor too positive. Play cards from either your hand or your partner’s but without discussing your move – and stay balanced.
Be considerate of your partner, and their needs. Reach the center. Find your balance.
A thirty-minute board game, Tiny Epic Galaxies is a pocket-sized game of science fiction conquest!
Send your empire’s ships out through the void, colonize new planets, spread your culture, and initiative diplomatic relations with other empires. The game revolves around dice rolling, but the order that dice are activated is up to the player, letting you surprise your foes with sudden combinations!
As players spread their influence through the tiny epic galaxies, colonizing new planets will give you new abilities and upgrades that improve your empire.
Arboretum is a card game with a unique theme involving creating a beautiful garden path filled with trees. Players must utilize the cards they are dealt to create paths of orthogonally adjacent cards in varying colors to try to score the most points.
Each turn, players draw two cards, play one to their arboretum and discard one. At the end of the game, players with the highest value of cards in their hand of a specific color will be able to score that color of tree in their arboretum.
A mage, a warrior, and elf, and a dwarf walk into a shopping mall…
Four mighty adventurers are stuck in a shopping mall, where they plan to complete a heist! Magic Maze is a real time co-operative board game of finding your way to the right shops, robbing them, then making your way out again. Each player controls one DIRECTION of movement, not a character – so one player is responsible for moving left, another is responsible for moving up, and must direct their attention all over the board.
(Did we mention you can’t talk or point?)
Are you ready to enter the dungeon? One Deck Dungeon is a ‘roguelike’ dungeon delve – different every time, difficult to survive, and designed for multiple quick playthroughs.
With four heroic characters to choose from, players must go deeper into the dungeon, increasing their experience, gear, and skills as they make it further and further while the game gets harder and harder. Can you survive the final boss?
Coup is a card game of deception, bribery, and treachery set in the futuristic universe of The Resistance – where the balance of power is fragile and balanced on the edge of a knife.
In Coup, each player is dealt two character cards, kept face down and secret from the rest of the table. On their turn, players can claim to have any character they wish by performing that character’s action: taking coins from the treasury in order to fund coups, swapping out your characters, or even assassinating another player’s characters.
However, Coup allows players to challenge the legitimacy of an action at any time – do they really have an Assassin, or are they bluffing? Think carefully, because you’re wrong about your challenge, you lose a character – and the last player standing wins.
Chess with insects, and no board.
Hive is a strategy board game for two players that can be played on any flat surface (and is completely waterproof!) Each player takes turns placing an insect tile (ants, grasshoppers, beetles) with the object of surrounding your opponent’s queen bee. Each insect has a different type of movement, and they can never bee (ehehe) captured.
The first player to completely surround your opponent’s queen bee with a hive of your own insects is the winner.
Rise above your enemies – and crush them!
Star Realms is a fast paced deck building game in the vein of games like Dominion and Ascension where players assemble their fleet of spaceships to dominate their opponents in epic fashion.
Recruit each of four unique factions, each with their own special abilities and powers, that can chain and combo together in powerfully destructive ways. Construct space stations and send your ships against the enemy forces to take them out and conquer the Star Realms once and for all.
It’s high noon. Time to saddle up and draw your sixguns – Renegades and Outlaws have taken up residence in that there township and it’s up to the Sheriff and his Deputies to restore order.
Bang! The Dice Game is a hidden role and dice rolling board game with simple rules, yet fun and frantic gameplay. Roll your dice yahtzee style, fire your gatling gun to take out swathes of bad guys, or watch as the dynamite blows up in your face.
Buy Bang! The Dice Game to relive those moments spent playing cowboys and indians in a fast and furious style. Annie, git yer gun.
The Capital calls. Will you answer?
Capital Lux is a strategic card game with decisions balanced on the edge of a razor. Each turn players must play cards from their hand in one of four sublimely illustrated professions – the cleric, the merchant, the scholar, or the agent (pictured on the box) into either their home town or the capital. Playing into the capital lets you use the special ability of each profession – but playing into your home town is the only way to score points.
However! The point value of cards in your home town can never exceed the point value of cards in the Capital – or you will lose all your cards.
It’s the bottom of the 9th inning, and it’s a nail-biter! The underdogs just need one run to win the game, and all the pitching team has to do is get a measly three outs…
Bottom of the 9th is a head to head board game which simulates the intense final moments of a baseball game – from the tension of pitching to the crack of a well struck hit – to the frantic scrambling of players running from base to base! The game comes with plenty of players to include in your lineups, rules for advanced leagues, and solo play.
Intense, fun, and FAST, buy Bottom of the 9th for a compact, high stakes game you don’t need to be a fan of baseball to love.
You are an abbot of a medieval monastery competing with other abbots to amass the greatest library of sacred books. To do so, you need to have both the workers and resources to run a well-functioning scriptorium. To acquire workers and resources, you use a limited supply of donated gold. In addition, you must be on good terms with the powerful bishop, who can help you in your quest.
The animals want to show how good they are at making tall pyramids! They must be skillfully careful: Who will position the penguin on top of the crocodile, the sheep on top of the penguin, the serpent on the sheep? The hedgehog wants to stand on top of the pyramid but the height is making him dizzy
It’s heist time, Burgle Bros. Get your crew together and get ready to pull off the caper of your life.
A three dimensional robbery board game, Burgle Bros. by designer Tim Fowers of Paperback fame, players must co-operative pull off a high stakes robbery starting from the bottom floor and working their way up to the roof where their escape helicopter awaits!
Plan your route through the levels, dodge guards, and make off with the valuables without being detected. Buy Burgle Bros for a high intensity retro heist experience.
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Can we fit all the photos we took at Spiel into this article? No. But we’ll sure try! Here’s your last look at the last day of the biggest board games show in the world.
The tiredness starts to take hold; but we press on toward Day 3! We’ve got dice! We’ve got minis! We’ve got mechs! It’s Spiel!