New games for March 19, 2021 - Inkalam Death Pool

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:

      • Card Shark Pool
      • Inkalam
      • Death Valley (Kickstarter Preview)

      This week's new games are all available at


      High in the mountains, the realm of Inkalam is known for its fertile cornfields, herds of vigorous llamas, and the beauty of the lacustrine cities. But it’s especially his messengers’ guild, the Chascis, which makes it so famous. Inkalam's prosperity depends on the quality of the messages transmitted by the Chascis. You will have to ensure the messages get delivered during a long day, from dawn to sunset.

      Hopefully you’re excited for the one and only roll-and-write featured this week. This one has an interesting theme with writing values on messages that are being delivered along routes. One of the more interesting things here is the active player rolls 3 dice, chooses one for themselves and the other players get to use one of the remaining 2 values. There’s also a way for players to accelerate, or slow down, the pace of the game with a solar track to mark for each player. This will have mechanics that feel familiar for fans of the genre, while having enough interesting concepts to help it feel fresh at the same time.

      Card Shark Pool

      Plan your shots and clear the table… it’s like pool but with cards.

      I mean, that description doesn’t get much more straightforward than that, right? You’re playing pool against an opponent, and the goal is to get the balls of your type in first and then make the 8-ball. However, it takes a lot less dexterity and coordination in this game than it does to play pool. This has a neat mechanic with giving effects when you make a ball, as well as when you miss the ball. At 18 cards, this is an easy one to print and try out!

      Death Valley (KS Preview)

      The infamous Death Valley National Park is as dangerous as it is beautiful. Document your trip through this scorching landscape in a scrapbook of desert features from landmarks to animals, but be mindful of the heat and other hazards!

      The next Button Shy kickstarter is coming up, and here’s your chance to try it ahead of the campaign. This one has some pretty awesome landscape art, and a cool mechanic with building both your Journey and your Scrapbook to catalog your adventure. However, there’s an interesting press-your-luck mechanic as you can bust and lose some of your cards. This also comes with a solo mode variant for those who prefer to play alone. With some really cool abilities on some of the cards, you may end up having far different scores than you’d suspect during the course of gameplay - plus there’s neat info on each card about the location on the card.

      Check out all of the new games here:


      Game of the Week: SemiFinal Fantasy

      Are you ready for some dungeoncrawling?

      It's time for Semifinal Fantasy, where you (the average townsfolk) get to go down to your local tavern, pick your favorite adventurers, and place bets on which party will survive the nasty Bracket Dungeon!

      From the comfort of your wooden barstool, you will try to convert your coins into a big haul. Now let's get thing rolling...

      Let’s face it, most of us probably have either made a basketball bracket for March Madness or know someone who has. Now imagine being patrons at a tavern where you bet on who will succeed in the dungeon? Intrigued? You bet you are! Name your teams, seed them among the bracket, and then compete to see who can collect the most sets of colored gems along the way. You can spend coins to boost stats of your favorites in the bracket. One this is certain, you won’t have played a game quite like SemiFinal Fantasy, and there’s no better time than now to try it out!

      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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