New Games for August 5, 2022 - Fishing for Unsurmountable Coffee on Gryphon Galapogos Island

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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:

  • Fishing Lessons
  • Quests Over Coffee
  • Exploring Galapagos

Fishing Lessons

It’s been a year since Leland Williams passed on. A year later, his family remembers his humor, warmth and - especially - his love of fishing. You play a member of his family going out on a solo fishing trip. With a specific sporting goal in mind, you’ll recall lessons and memories from Leland. If you piece together the lessons in just the right order, you’ll have a great day on the lake!

If you enjoy fishing but hate the time commitment, you might just enjoy the relaxing experience of Fishing Lessons. You’re playing cards as Lessons, which will all activate in order each round, to try and manipulate the cards in the lake to match your end-game condition. Having unnecessary cards, or too many of a type of card, showing will cost you the game, though, as fishing requires precision. Or, well, at least these lessons do. If you enjoy the solo line of games by Button Shy, you’ll probably already be inclined to like this one too, as it provides an interesting puzzle that you can play during a work break.


Quests Over Coffee

In a land not so far away, in a town you probably don’t remember, there is a coffee shop that specializes in quests and, well, coffee. They like to tout that they’re the only place where you can get a cup of decent coffee and complete a set of quests (with included fame and fortune) before you finish the last drop. Will you partake in this marketing ploy thinly veiled as a call for adventure?

Speaking of fast-playing solo games, unless you’re the type of person who likes to let your coffee naturally cool to room temperature before drinking it, Quests over Coffee should tell you just how fast you can play this game. I love the concept of a small, portable game that can be played in a handful of minutes, and the artwork on here is quite delightful. With simple, yet solid mechanics to form the backbone of the game, this is the perfect game to keep at hand to fill those idle moments that arise from time-to-time…or to keep right next to that coffee pot for your morning gaming.


Exploring Galapagos

As a field research photographer, follow in Darwin’s footsteps by exploring the Galapagos Islands and cataloging their unique and diverse wildlife.

An interesting game that has elements of pushing your luck combined with drafting, blending with great artwork that brings the theme to life. The players can dictate how soon the round ends by locking in their scoring card early, but once a player does that they are out of the draft. Wait too long, though, and you’re at the mercy of what was available for scoring and there’s a chance it even pushes you to score nothing for the round. A curious game that plays as few as two, or as many as five, that will provide an excellent way to pass time while waiting for others to join into a longer game at a game night.

Game of the Week: Simply Solo Series Sale

Food Chain Island

On this forgotten island in a tiny corner of the ocean the animals are hungry! Your goal is to influence the wildlife - and arrange their meals - so there is only one animal left!

If you like a clever puzzle for your solitaire experience, this game is bound to delight with its gameplay (as much as its artwork!). Can you get the ultimate victory with only one animal remaining of the 16? Each animal can eat the animals up to 3 numbers below its value (all listed on the card), meaning with every move you make to eat an animal, you reduce your options as well as create open space on the grid. This one feels like the sort of game you’d play - and fail at - a dozen times in one sitting as you try to figure out how to move the animals optimally - each play will be different, and every animal has special powers that trigger as they devour.


Ugly Gryphon Inn

You own the questionably prestigious Ugly Gryphon Inn, which is the only Inn within a hundred miles. Your patrons are rowdy and rude, but they are the only ones around. Your goal is to fill your inn with enough patrons to keep the debt collectors at bay, but to do so you must manage some painfully particular, peculiar patrons. In the Ugly Gryphon Inn, you’ll be tasked with managing your patrons’ various needs to ensure they all get a good night’s rest. Each turn, you’ll send one drowsy patron up to their room, then check to make sure all your patrons are sleeping soundly. If something’s irking them, they might raise a fuss, so keep an eye on what they need as you go. Afterwards, you’ll usher in more guests and keep an eye on the bar to make sure there’s no trouble. There’s never a moment to rest in The Ugly Gryphon Inn!

This game sounds as clever and fun as it looks. Smallish footprint, small card count, large fun. What more could you ask for? This one has fun theme plastered all over the game as you watch the patrons get plastered and make sure they are pleased. There’s a lot of consideration to be had, as the patrons come with traits and things that irk them. Get the wrong mix in the wrong place, and they might just leave and trigger their effect causing even more chaos and ruining all of your plans. If you haven’t tried this one yet, you’re missing out on a solo gaming gem.



Because it’s there! Seems a good enough reason to climb the mountain, but are you ready for the challenge? In this game, you must puzzle your way up a mountain in order to get to the highest peak! Plan your route, choose your actions wisely, and use the limited resources you have to get to the top of the mountain!

If you like solo games that offer a puzzly challenge, then take on the task of Unsurmountable. Yes, you’ll be trying to make a mountain with the cards, complete with a path from the bottom to the top of the mountain. Each turn you’ll take the next card in your line of five and either add it to the mountain or use it for its ability. With multiple modes to increase your challenge, there is plenty of replay value to fit with alongside your ability to succeed. Can you brave the challenges presented by this game to overcome the flow of the cards to build a successful mountain path?

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

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