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:
- Escape from Stalingrad Z
- Gnomadic Gardeners
- Quests Over Coffee: Favorite Enemies Expansion
- Dungeon Pages: Flynn, Red Glove Knight
Escape from Stalingrad Z
Escape from Stalingrad Z will take you to the most brutal battles the world has ever witnessed. Here in this forsaken place, the unquiet dead stalk the battlefields and hunger for new souls to add to their ranks. Your choices and tactical skills will be tested along with the ingenuity of your survivors. Low ammunition, wounds, lack of food and the bitter cold are your enemies as much as the zombies. The survival of each of your unique combat specialists, depends upon your ability to conserve resources and exploit the zombie’s weaknesses. You will need to choose your tactics wisely; sometimes stealth is more important than firepower. You may fail the first try at escape but with experience and proven tactics, each attempt will bring you closer to achieving victory.
If you like skirmish games, campaigns, and - yes, of course - zombies in your games…you’re going to be delighted by this entry. What you have here is everything you need to play. Much like Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, your printed book has the map you’ll actually play on with your miniatures which helps to streamline setup significantly. All you need is the book, character sheets, and tokens to get started. If you enjoy unlocking threats as you progress, gaining experience to feel stronger as you go, and having both primary and secondary objectives to complete, this is bound to scratch that itch…with zombies.
You are a head gardener at the community garden, with a team of gnomes. However, these free-spirited sprites often switch teams. By running a well-staffed team, fulfill tasks to supply the local food bank and score 77 bliss to win.
A quick little game for 1-2 players where you try and manage your hand of gnomes and assign them to complete tasks. However, your gnomes take time to do a task, and the more it takes the longer you’re probably going to need - and if your opponent’s gnomes do it faster, they get to mark it first. This gives you a lot of space for decisions, as there are three possible tasks to complete and, well, you’ll get to do only one of them and maybe not even the one you hope to accomplish. Oh, and those gnomes you played? They go to your opponent’s hand at the end of the round, providing yet another interesting decision space to consider.
Quests Over Coffee: Favorite Enemies Expansion
While friends and family make this time of year all the more special, having your favorite enemies makes this time of year all the more motivating. What better source of being your best self is available than showing out your competition? Favorite enemies: the cure all for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
It has been a hot minute since the last expansion covered here, but this one is yet another smashing delight to integrate into your Quests Over Coffee experience. With fun video game pop culture references, such as “Want to Play Mario Party?”, the Spotted Egg, and the Aran Hunter, this is an enjoyable expansion. You can really lean into the theme, bringing out an Enemy Bracelet, Mean Candy Hearts, and a Drink With Hair In It. It’s okay, the game won’t mind if you are its enemy. Just be warned: it might just hit you back in an equally evil manner when you play it!
Dungeon Pages: Flynn, Red Glove Knight
The Elders worked with Flynn to appreciate the finer things. A Red Glove specialist looks beyond simple glimmer and gold when eyeing the target of a ‘reclaim’, cultivating a refined taste as they seek out pilfered art and crafted pieces which are one-of-a-kind.
As cool as Flynn is as a character (and he’s pretty awesome), the real star of the show is probably the Villain here: The Maestro. Fight your way through Capital City, including at the Drum & Lyre as well as the Grog Shop. before facing down the boss at the Opera House. But fear not, our plucky hero is able to get a Lute and a Lyre unlocked among his relics, both of which do some pretty fun things. I think this is a must-try for anyone who enjoys the world of music, as well as everyone who (like me) is already hooked on Dungeon Pages.
Game of the Week: Surrealist Dinner Party on sale for $5!
You’re hosting a dinner party! You’ve each invited your six favorite Surrealist artists and writers, and you are responsible for keeping your guests happy and sending them home sated. That’s easier said than done, though, because these Surrealists are colorful characters, and each one has a different checklist of things they need out of the evening.
A dining delight full of writers and artists with varying tastes. Turns are simple, choosing from one of four actions to conduct, and you are trying to collect as many tokens matching a guest’s card as possible - each one banking a point when they get sent home. Sure the please dinner guests and wine & dine folks alike, this game for 2-4 players has ample room for interacting with opponents, a simple set collection mechanic that isn’t going to be as easy to execute as you’d like, and plenty of guest abilities to make the experience unique as you parse through what you can trigger this game.
Check out Games of the Week here: https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/game-of-the-week
See you next week with more information on our newest print and play games!