New Games for February 4, 2022 - I Guess This Bittyburg Is Under the Winter Spell of Karth

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:

        • Bittyburg
        • Heroes of Karth
        • I Guess This Is It (Kickstarter Preview)
        • Under Your Spell


        Heroes of Karth


        In Heroes of Karth: Deathmatch, you and your opponent are either part of the Allegiance (Elf) or the Shard (Goblin) faction. Use one of the 12 balanced starter decks to begin playing with a strong deck-build. Advanced players can build their own decks to suit their own particular strategy. Choose 2 hero cards to lead your unit cards! Arm yourselves with spell and treasure cards!! Hire and position your cards onto the Battlefield and fight a death match, with victory coming to the player with the best strategy or most luck!


        There will be several other game modes forthcoming, but right now you can grab a trial with two premade decks to put and play against each other. Move around a grid of location cards, deploying troops onto your Spawn locations, and react tactically to your opponent’s actions. Tired of the 1v1 dueling games were you summon creatures and it doesn’t matter where they are? This one makes it all matter, giving a much richer decision space while you engage in some other familiar concepts to try and reach your winning objectives - including just killing a whole ton of units.




        Bittyburg is a minimalist city planning game designed flippantly as the result of an offhand challenge to make a game of this type without using the concept of "adjacency". Bittyburg Civic Pride Edition is a more refined take on the original game, with plenty more municipal buildings, a reconsidered approach to residential buildings, and some extra rules that make building placement matter more. 

        If you love roll-and-write games, especially ones where all players share the same die results, then you will not want to miss this bitty game. This one has some really fun placement rules, and penalties if you need to place a building where there’s no room. It seems like for every choice you make on what to build, there’s going to be some aspect that it improves and another it negatively impacts, so your task is going to be to strike a balance while trying just to end up with a net positive score - something that might be easier said than done considering 20 looks like a great solo score and 30 an excellent one - although this game is not just for the solo gamers (but it does give you campaign rules for solo players!)


        I Guess This Is It (Kickstarter Preview)


        We had such a good run. We were great together. Now we stand in front of each other, just minutes before our last goodbye. There’s so much to say. And so much we know will be left unsaid.


        If you enjoy the experience of a game - the immersion of theme, the stories it has to tell - moreso than pushing for maximizing points or slaying hordes of plastic miniatures…then you won’t want to miss this unique title. You’ll be playing cards, sure, and connecting them to try and get bonuses along the way. But those are more in the form of unlocking more fragments of a conversation, and then reflecting at the end on the things left unsaid. If you think board games are just boring euros or dungeon crawls, then I Guess This Is It will be here to challenge your expectations with something truly special.


        Under Your Spell


        Under Your Spell is a postcard word game for two players, and the perfect dessert for your Valentine date! Each player takes turns writing a letter on a chocolate. When the chocolates are full, players have 2 minutes to write down as many words as they can find by connecting adjacent chocolates. When the time is up, compare lists and remove all words that were found by multiple people. Whoever has the most unique words wins! 


        A quick and simple word game contained on a postcard? Who would have thought it’d work? Regardless of the Valentine’s theme, this one can be enjoyed at any time where you’d be happy to have a box of chocolates as a theme. You’ll take turns writing a single letter on a chocolate of your choice, then when they are all done you will set a timer and each write down as many words as you can make with the letters. The catch? The chocolates used for the word must be a chain of adjacent chocolates, and none used more than once in each word. A delightful spacial element that will be replayable endlessly, and eventually even the opening of placing the letters will become as competitive as the game itself.

        Pick up all the new games here:



        Game of the Week: Paper Pinball: Fight Back the Winter

        Paper Pinball is a dice game that tries to capture the feeling of playing pinball. All you will need is a pencil, three dice, and about five minutes.

        Each round, roll two dice and fill in one of the scoring zones. Some zones need to be filled in a certain way, and most will cause some sort of effect, so the order you fill them in is important. If you ever can't fill a zone, you'll lose a ball. Lose three balls and the game is over. Try to fill as many scoring zones as possible while triggering multipliers, opening tunnels, and getting the coveted multiball.

        It’s been a hot minute or two since we saw some Paper Pinball here, so I know you’re all burning with desire to hear about this blazing-fast game. And if you’re like me, by February you are so OVER winter that you’re ready to do anything you can to send it packing, making this the perfect theme on the cold, snowy nights. In this case, Winter is a big and scary-looking monster and it definitely needs slaying so pull out your pencils and start dropping the proverbial quarter into the machine to rake up a high score.

        Check out Game of the Week here:

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



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