New Games for July 16, 2021 - Brilliant Taelmoor Rails

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:

        • Handsome: The Brilliant Expansion
        • Off The Rails
        • Taelmoor

        Off the Rails

        Goblins, as you may or may not know, are not a particularly patient, considerate or generous race. So when vast deposits of riches were discovered in the ground under the great plains, the greenskin clans flooded there, vying to retrieve more treasures than their rival brethren. In their haste, however, the mines they dug and tracks they laid disturbed the fragile foundations of the plains, causing the ground to collapse into a chasm below, burying goblins and jewels alike…

        If you like racing against your opponents, laying down pieces to advance your own agenda which might just foil their plans along the way, then you should check this one out. Lay down track, convert track to different pieces, and increase or decrease the speed of your rail cars in order to collect jewels and try to get them to the surface for points. These jewels are varied in value, and come out randomly each round onto the deposit spaces. Sounds fun, right? Get out that green skin dye and channel your inner goblin as you race to score the most points.


        It was an age of wonders. The nine guilds worked in harmony to make the sprawling city-state of Vale the envy of the world, and the whole continent of Taelmoor prospered. The Desolation changed that. Ever hungry for more arcane knowledge, the experiments of the Melokai grew reckless, and the resulting explosion devastated the Magic Quarter. Today, the Stoutsmen maintain a tenuous peace over a broken city, the Inquisition hunts what few magic users remain, and the wilds of Taelmoor grow ever more untamed without Vale’s calming influence. The Marvels of the past age have been replaced by danger, intrigue, and unspeakable horrors. And, for the intrepid adventurer, perhaps opportunity…

        Got a smart phone with a QR code scanner? Good, because you’ll need it for this cooperative adventure of exploration, discussion, and decision-making. Tired of the hack-and-slash dungeon crawl? Try this one on for size which emphasizes exploration, reading the choices presented (and resolution) aloud to the group, and even allows you to undo the last action when you hit a game over decision. It’s certain to be an immersive experience unlike most games you have on your shelf, and sounds like a blast to play with the right group of people who are in it for the stories the game has to tell.

        Handsome: The Brilliant Expansion

        The pocket-sized word game that is unlike any other you’ve played before gets expanded in fun and interesting ways with this 5-card expansion. Add a Hyphen into the mix to form compound words, keep it fancy with the Tiebreaker, or add incentive to form a specific sort of word for bonus points each round. This expansion will take the game to the next level, adding layers of dynamic wordsmithing to your experience.

        This week's new games are all available at


        Game of the Week: In Vino Morte

        In the first course, it was definitely in the soup. After that, it's not as clear. Perhaps in the Béarnaise sauce?

        Regardless, two things are abundantly clear: someone is poisoning the guests at this party, and the wine that is being poured may be the last you ever taste.

        This one can support larger groups, and is sure to be a hit. One person gives each player a face-down card that is either wine or poison. Then, in order, players either drink the card in front of them or swap it with someone who hasn’t drank yet - including the dealer. Wine and you’re fine, poison and it’s the end of your time at the table. After each player gets the option to drink or swap, everyone flips their card over and reveals who remains. At least one card each round has to be wine, and at least one has to be poison - so someone will survive and someone will die. That ratio, of course, is up to the dealer who gets to watch it all unfold...

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


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