New Games for April 8, 2022 - Squabblin Beastmen in Rube's Twisted Tunnels

Jason Tagmire

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:

        • Four Against Darkness - The Tunnels of Kendras Posters
        • Four Against Darkness - Lair of the Horned Beastmen Poster
        • Four Against Darkness - Twisted Hoards
        • Squabblin Goblins

        Twisted Hordes


        Not Just Another Sword +1. This book is a long, random table of mundane, magic and special items for your Four Against Darkness adventures. All the items may be used for all levels of play. From food items to kitchen silverware, from explosive pumpkins to wearable werewolf fangs, this book has a little for everyone. Find enclosed: leprechaun shoes of self propulsion, masterwork lockpicks, amulets against all types of dangers and foes, pocket-sized fireballs, elven and dwarven purses, eternal breadbaskets, quintessential honey, and a full subset of optional rules for mapping. 35 pages, PDF.


        Let’s face it, you need this. It might be the most bland thing on the desk, but the trove of things it contains is essential for any Four Against Darkness player, regardless of skill level or experience. We all need some pocket-sized fireballs to use in case of emergency, and wearing some werewolf fangs is sure to come in handy the next time you need to try and influence someone to see things your way in the adventure. Almost guaranteed that you’ll find a minimum of one thing on this table that’ll make you squee with delight.


        Lair of the Horned Beastmen Poster


        Chaos-worshipping horned beastmen are invading the land. You must enter their lair and slay their warlock. But what dangers lurk in the dark ruins, and which evil entity empowers the beastman warlock? Lair of the Horned Beastmen is a dungeon delve poster for Four Against Darkness, for levels 2-4. A copy of Four Against Darkness is required to play. The poster prints out to 12x18 inches - or A3 size.


        A fascinating innovation with the poster-sized adventure, this provides an exciting adventure for lower level characters. Your goal is simple: find and slay a Beastman Warlock. Failure to do so will mean failure in your quest. However, it isn’t that easy…especially since the lair is overrun with regular beastment who will come at you in great numbers. Check it out for the novelty of the poster, but I am certain you’ll end up enjoying the adventure just as much (if not more!)


        The Tunnels of Kendras Posters


        The Tunnels of Kendras is an adventure in three parts for Four Against Darkness, for characters of level 3+. The text of the adventure is printed on three 12x18 color posters. Your party has found an incomplete map and is tasked with mapping an underground complex and retrieving as much information as possible about the race of giants that originally inhabited the tunnels. But what is waiting for you in the bowels of Norindaal? This adventure is intended for expert players. The following Four Against Darkness books are required to play: Four Against the Abyss, Fiendish Foes, and Crucible of Classic Critters. (the books are used to generate some creatures and treasures in addition to those detailed on the posters).


        If you liked the idea of that poster adventure, how about an adventure done in three parts with three different posters? Be sure to pay heed that this is for expert players, but is certain to provide a very fun and unique experience. Will you encounter the remains of a civilization of giants? Will you find them still very much alive and well and hostile to outsiders? Or will something even more dangerous and sinister be found lurking in this new area? There’s only one way to find out, right…


        Squabblin Goblins


        Goblins just can’t resist shiny things. These little schemers will stop at nothing to end up with the biggest hoard of treasure. From sharpened forks to secret bombs, everything goes with these greedy goblins!


        If you like fast and furious games with two, where what you planned is unlikely to be how things actually unfold, then don’t miss this little game. Cards are played either face-up or face-down into one of the stacks on your side of the 2x3 grid of cards, and at the end you’ll score each of the face-down ones on your side…but effects may (and probably will) shift some of those cards around both during gameplay and at the end. So while that card you banked on might start where you wanted, it might end up giving your greedy opponent the victory instead. Chaotic fun in a small package, this one is bound to be a delightful addition to any collection.

        Pick up all the new games here:


        Game of the Week: Rube


        Reuben “Rube” Goldberg was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor, remembered today for his cartoons depicting needlessly elaborate contraptions that perform simple tasks. These intricate collections of springs, marbles, pulleys, and countless other components are at once pointless and fascinating, silly and inspiring.

        A favorite thing of mine in 2-player gaming is when you have multi-use cards and are facing the tough decision of how to use them most effectively. This somewhat has it, with a 9-card game where you take turns adding a card to the 3x3 grid. The catch? The orientation that the card is played determines who uses the action of the card and who scores the points on the card. That has to be as delightful of a decision as it sounds, with quick gameplay to rival other Button Shy 2-player greats such as Circle the Wagons for passing that small window of time together.


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



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