In a dark cathedral, a mage harnesses the power of demons to enhance her spells. In an alchemical laboratory, a diviner inscribes a scroll of destruction. Meanwhile, a bard and beastmaster seek out the prismatic dragon and golden lion to keep these forces of darkness at bay.
Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae adds 4 new Places of Power, 12 artifacts, 4 mages, 4 monuments, and 2 magic items to Res Arcana. It also extends the game to five players, adds scaling rules for fewer players, and introduces two new things: scrolls and demons.
Are you a modern mastermind detective?
The Sherlock Files: Elementary Entries includes three confounding cases for you to solve. First, you need to discover the cause of a fatal heart attack aboard Flight TJ1309. Next, you dig up a cold case from 1923 involving the violent and unexpected death of a famous explorer and archaeologist. Last, unravel the story behind the mysterious body that put a damper on one family's 4th of July party.
Decipher clues to determine which are relevant to the case and which are not. Share the clues you deem relevant with your detective partners. Which theories will you chase?
How will you fare compared to the world's greatest detective? Work together to solve each case to find out!
Star Scrappers: Cave-in is a game for 2 up to 4 players who take roles of Galactic entrepreneurs - some of rival mining bosses who compete in this difficult, sometimes even merciless, industry. Your job is to excavate the Hexis crystals.
The goal of the game is to get as many victory points as possible before the mine collapses!
To overcome your competition you will have to recruit mercenary labourers, use their skills, and collect precious artefacts. However, you’ll have to keep looking over your shoulder! Your competition is only waiting for a chance to buy your trusted men off and steal the bounty from under your nose!
Every turn you can perform two out of four possible actions:
sending mercenaries to collect crystals
sending mercenaries to find artefacts
using special action of a chosen mercenary
Mechanics of Cave-in can be described as "discard building game". With every action players put mercenaries into their discard. Now, the order of the discard also matters, because your top discarded card gives you a special action at the beginning of your next turn. But beware! If your discard grows too interesting, another player may forfeit their entire turn just to steal the discard from you!
The player that collects most Victory Points wins.
Claim victory in the Galactic Civil War in Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion, a fast-paced card game for two players. In every game, you and your opponent match wits and resources over key events. If you can thwart your opponent, you claim the event, bringing you closer to victory. Whether you seek to triumph through military might, or use diplomacy to achieve your ends, the fate of the galaxy rests in your hands.
On one side of this galactic battleground are the heroes of the Rebel Alliance. Only rarely can these heroes go toe to toe with the unlimited reserves of the Imperial Navy and Army. Instead, the iconic characters of Star Wars and the unsung heroes of the Rebellion must work in secret, utilizing diplomacy, reconnaissance, and the Force to achieve their aims. Even when the Rebellion deploys its full military strength to win a battle or destroy a key Imperial emplacement, they need the groundwork put in place by Alliance Special Forces.
Opposing the heroic endeavors of the Rebel Alliance is the massive power of the Empire, led by the twisted Emperor. The dark side of the Force is strong with the Emperor and Darth Vader, and the military might of the Empire is unparalleled across the galaxy. Whether you undertake aggressive negotiations or hire bounty hunters and scum to ferret out Rebel spies, making the Empire the ultimate power in the galaxy rests in your hands.
To successfully win these struggles and reclaim the galaxy in Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion, you will need to utilize all of your resources. Every turn, you can increase your faction’s presence at the current event by drawing the top card from your deck and putting it into play. Each resource card you play give you more power and brings you closer to the objective value of the current event. As an example, the resource card shown to the right has a resource value of five, which it contributes to your total resource value while in play. Playing more resource cards may bring you closer to your target, but it also makes your efforts more obvious. If your total resource value ever passes the event’s objective value, your forces are discovered and your opponent claims the event.
Instead of playing a new resource card, you can also trigger the power of a resource card currently in play, exercising the might of the Empire or the cunning of the Rebel Alliance. To activate a resource card’s power, you must exhaust it by rotating it 90 degrees clockwise. Once a card is exhausted, you can't use its power unless it becomes ready again. In addition, an exhausted card contributes its exhausted resource value, shown in the lower left-hand corner of the card while the resource is ready.
Space! For millennia, humans have marveled at the cosmos. Modern astronomy gives us valuable insight about what’s happening in the universe, but there is still a sense of wonder to be had in looking up at the expanse above us.
In Stellar, you are stargazers, calibrating your telescopes to bring into view celestial objects of various types — planets, moons, asteroids, interstellar clouds, black holes, even satellites — as you create a beautiful display of the night sky!
You have eleven rounds to play cards to your telescope and notebook, building a night sky tableau. After that, you'll calculate your points, and the stargazer with the most point wins!
The Fox in the Forest is a trick-taking game for two players. Aside from the normal ranked- and suited-cards used to win tricks, fairy characters such as the Fox and the Witch have special abilities that let you change the trump suit, lead even after you lose a trick, and more.
You score points by winning more tricks than your opponent, but don't get greedy! Win too many tricks, and you will fall like the villain in so many fairy tales...
In Treachery in a Pocket, players try to manipulate the position of various characters, according to their secret agendas. Using one of their four available actions each turn, they move the character cards up or down on their status grid, wounding or killing them if necessary. At the end of the game, the player who most effectively moved their allies to a high position and lowered their enemies wins.
Each turn in Vikings Gone Wild — a deck-building, resource management game based on the online real-time strategy game — players can either buy permanent buildings sitting in front of them (resource factories, resources containers, etc) or buy units, towers and special cards that improve their deck and offense/defense capacity.
The only way to win is by successfully attacking each other, and each attack involves interesting bluffing mechanisms in which the attacker doesn't know the defense capacity of their opponent...
Guild Wars contains 110 cards and adds a new team play game mode to Vikings Gone Wild.
4 new types of Buildings (Forge, Boost Tower, Guild Tower, and Wall Builder)
3 new types of Units (Fairies, Wall Breakers, and Bear Riders)
1 new Defense Tower (Pig Anti Air)
8 new Odin's Path cards (Cow Trap, Transporter, War Axe, Valkyrie Wings, Mini Cannon, Hero Trap, Dwarf, and Goblin Copter)
1 new Divine Favor (Ragnar)
4 Guild War markers
2 new end-game bonuses
5 new Missions
It's a Kind of Magic contains 110 cards, including a new card type: Spells. When included in the game, Spells replace Defense, Units, or both.
1 new Building (Sorceress Tower)
4 new Units (Shaman, Sorceress, Dreki, and Dreki Eggs)
6 new Spells (Shield, Thunder, Magic Manipulation, Ice Trap, Magic Potion, and Gold Touch)
1 new Divine Favor (Hel)
8 new Odin's Path cards (Necronomicon, Destruction, Sheep Storm, and Zap Trap)
2 new end-game bonuses
5 new Missions
In the land of Vikings, a new kind of warrior has surfaced. The Druids. These mysterious individuals are capable of powerful manipulations. Basing their strength on sacred artefacts, they can invoke terrifying creatures and get them to work on their behalf. Welcome to Vikings Gone Wild – Master of Elements expansion.
This expansion introduces a new type of resource: Elements.
All cards from Units, Odin's Path and the newly introduced Artefacts, provide alternative effects triggered with these Elements.
This expansion offers a completely asymetric start thanks to 3 permanent Artefact picked through a draft mechanic at the beginning of the game, offering a chance to pick some top card and build a strategy early on.
In the two-player game Watergate, one player represents the Nixon administration and tries not to resign before the end of the game while the other player represents The Washington Post and tries to show the connections between Nixon and some of his informers.
Awards & Honors
2019 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Winner
2019 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee
2019 Cardboard Republic Striker Laurel Winner
2019 Cardboard Republic Striker Laurel Nominee
The Swift-Start Promo Pack includes first-round walkthrough guides and specific new bird cards to use with them. For those who already own Wingspan, the swift-start guides are still helpful for teaching new players, and the 10 new cards can be shuffled into the bird deck.
Wingspan is a competitive, medium-weight, card-driven, engine-building board game from Stonemaier Games.
You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions). These habitats focus on several key aspects of growth:
Gain food tokens via custom dice in a birdfeeder dice tower
Lay eggs using egg miniatures in a variety of colors
Draw from hundreds of unique bird cards and play them
The winner is the player with the most points after 4 rounds.
170 unique bird cards (57x87mm)
26 bonus cards (57x87mm)
16 Automa cards (57x87mm)
103 food tokens
75 egg miniatures
5 custom wooden dice
5 player mats
1 birdfeeder dice tower
2-piece Game Trayz custom tray
1 goal mat
8 goal tiles
1 first-player token
40 action cubes (8 per player)
4 clear plastic resource containers
1 scorepad (50 sheets; 1 sheet used for all players each game)
3 rulebooks (core, Automa, and Appendix)