New Games for April 7th, 2023 - The Royal Gift of the Lawless Deckula

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It's New Game Friday! David Wiley (Cardboard Clash) is here to tell us about the new games.


Here’s what is new this week:

  • Deckula
  • The Royal Limited
  • Dungeon Pages: Mira, Lawless Ranger


After a century of slumber, you awaken to discover your castle in a disgraceful state. This will not do! Vampires are, after all, connoisseurs of the very best that (un)life has to offer. Renovate the most imposing rooms of your lair! Fill the halls with ghoulish servants! Drink a fine wine, pose dramatically on the highest tower, and write dreadful poetry! But beware the curious and bold locals that might wander by… Perhaps they should join you for…a drink?

An exciting solo game where you are trying to get through the entire deck of cards, buying cards, spending energy, and dealing with events. With several difficulties to play, based on the cards you put into the deck, you’re sure to get plenty of mileage out of this system. Not only that, but the cards themselves reference other cards in the deck, meaning that as you play the game more often, you’ll be able to prepare better for what might be on the next card you flip over and can make better decisions. If a highly replayable solo game sounds like your cup of tea, you won’t want to let this pass on by.


The Royal Limited

You operate the most well-known luxury train on the continent. To win, you must outfit your train with the right cars, call on the best passengers, and - most of all - leave on time!

A delightful little solo game where you are trying to build out your train car and fill the cars with passengers. All of this has to be done within a limited number of rounds, and the cards you didn’t get to use by the end count as points against you in a game where a lower score is desired. If you enjoy a nice puzzle, including when to trigger events on the trains (which happens when a passenger is added), then you won’t want to miss out on this little title from the acclaimed Scott Almes.


Dungeon Pages: Mira, Lawless Ranger

Whether in human or wolf form, Mira is a tireless hunter. Relying on her trained eye and steel resolve, no foe is too fierce for this warrior. With her companion, Gael, the eagle she raised, the two travel the land in search of purpose and balance. 

As you might suspect, I’m already excited about our next installment for Dungeon Pages. Mira is a fun one, with a Wolf Shape and an Eagle Friend weapon that can be unlocked across the game. The dungeons are really unique, as most contain Gargoyles which get weaker as you fill columns, and the final dungeon has serpents that are inactive until you enter their row or column. So come along and explore the Sunset Quarter this week and enjoy another edition of Dungeon Pages.


Game of the Week: Gift of Tulips on sale for just $4!

In Gift of Tulips, tulip enthusiasts explore Amsterdam’s Tulip Festival to build colorful bouquets and give tulips to their friends.

Don’t let the floral theme fool you, there’s some room for some really interesting gameplay inside of this little card game. You’ll take two actions each turn, and you can’t do the same action twice. You have three options to choose from, so you’ll see a lot of the same actions occurring - some of them will score you points now and others will score points later. However, there’s also ways to adjust what points will be scored for each type at the end of the game - and since you can add cards toward that end scoring criteria...and choose to play it face-down - you can really mess with someone’s plans while furthering your own agenda.  This promises to be fast and entertaining fun - something that comes as little surprise to me considering the publisher of this one.

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See you next week with more information on our newest print and play games!

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