New Games for February 23rd, 2024 - Rescue the Reprint Thieves: Skull Gates of Numbster Rice

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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:
  • Gates: You Will Know a New Darkness
  • The Greatest of Art Thieves
  • Dangerous Spaces: Oliver, Rescue Mission


Gates: You Will Know a New Darkness

Oh fools are you to think the dawn has come,
You rest like filthy pigs covered in flies,

Can you not hear the hollow harp or drum,

The harvest birds still circle in the skies,

You laugh and sing and raise glasses in cheer,

Distracting your minds from your sure fate,

Lurking in the old woods lives your nightmare,

The latches unlocked on my bloody gate,

Oh fools you ignored the prophecy once said,

Horrors and creatures from other worlds arrive,

Your halls and walls are now painted in red,

Not one soul spared or one flesh alive,

For I am the harvester from afar,

Some call me death some call me Zogar!


An exciting expansion to add into your Gate experience! This one adds variety across the board, giving you new Starting Cards, Hero Cards, Enemy Cards, Location Cards, and Citizen Cards…as well as adding in Barricades to help you bolster your defensive efforts. This is one of those easy-to-integrate expansions that gives your game more of what you already know and love about it - without clogging the decks since you’ll remove some random cards to keep things down to the same numbers. Add in a showdown with Zogar, and you’ll be in for a delightful treat when this hits your table.


The Greatest of Art Thieves

A master art thief requires two things: timing and taste. Secure the finest artwork before your rival can to cement your status as a world-class art thief.

I love two-player games and how folks can innovate into the design space with only a few cards and components. This one takes just 9 cards, nothing else (except maybe a scorepad across the rounds, as needed) and has a delightful tension of not knowing when, or if, your opponent will end the round prematurely to score things. Since you’re trying to get to 21 points across multiple rounds, sometimes it might make sense to lock in a decent scoring hand rather than give your opponent time to improve theirs, too. If you like making clever decisions about what to draw, and where to discard, this will trip your trigger and steal time on your table.


Dangerous Spaces: Oliver, Rescue Mission

Oliver likes to take a more considered approach to his dives. Slow and sure finds the prize…alive.

Welcome to another mission that Oliver is very suited to undertake! Use his Sleuth skill like a cheat code, marking mission icons with a 6 so that it is treated as any value. That doesn’t mean this will be a cakewalk, though, as the clock is always ticking and there are still ample threats lurking around the Worc Cruiser, waiting to foil all of your plans. If you haven’t jumped aboard the Dangerous Spaces experience yet, there is no time like now to try it out and see how this weekly game experience fares on your table.



Games of the Week: Button Shy Reprint Campaign

It is time for another exciting reprint campaign, and I’ll let the games below speak for themselves. Needless to say, these are among some of my own favorite titles so I’m happy to see them getting a reprint!


Skulls of Sedlec on sale for just $1!

The Black Plague and Hussite Wars have overcrowded the graveyard. Help the Bone Collector, a half-blind monk, by exhuming graves and arranging the skulls inside the crypt.

You are novice monks, competing to create the best arrangement of skulls. Dig up graves from the graveyard to reveal cards, take cards into your hand to collect skulls, and arrange the cards from your hand into a stack. Whoever better honors the deceased’s last wishes will score more points. The Bone Collector will then declare one player's stack as the most exceptional.

This one I can speak to the fun inside the game’s package. You’re making a pyramid with the cards, each card having a top skull and a bottom skull, and different skull types have varied scoring conditions that center around things such as adjacency in relation to other skulls. For instance, the Lovers’ skull scores when two are adjacent to each other - wherefore art thou, Romeo? Dig up graves, assemble some skulls, and have a ton of fun in 15-20 minutes with 1-2 other players.

Numbsters on sale for just $1!

When hungry Numbsters form a line, arrange them well and you’ll be fine. But when they all begin to munch, avoid the Mouth or you’ll be lunch!

A fun little game that is played in the hand or on the table, where you’re arranging numbers to get eaten each round without letting the mouth card reach the front of the pile. Not only is there the basic premise of a pair of sequential numbers, separated only by the mouth card, allowing cards to get consumed. However, each card also has a special power that’s active when it is at the front, opening up strategies that will change from turn-to-turn as you try and rearrange cards in order to last as long as possible. If you love small games with quick rules and a tiny footprint, you won’t want to miss this little solo game.

Seasons of Rice on sale for just $1!

In Seasons of Rice, Corry Damey’s 18-card tribute to his Cambodian heritage, players are farmers puzzling together paddy cards to expand their family’s “landscape” of rice paddies and ensure the most bountiful of harvests.

Players will be drafting cards and placing them into their expanding landscape area to close off paddies in order to score the most points by the end of the game.

Do yourself a favor: if you haven’t played this, grab the game. It is an outstanding 2-player game with an interesting blend of drafting, terrain building, and leveraging unique player powers/scoring to build the best rice paddies. There’s a good amount of depth, variety, and interaction all wrapped up in a relatively short playtime. You’ll need a few cubes to track the score, but there is near-endless replay value within this little package with each card’s back providing a different player scoring condition.

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

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