New Games for March 22nd, 2024 - Rid the Ritual Beards and Rattle the Mussie Rescue

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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:
  • Ritual XCG - Woodcut CoreSet
  • Beards and Booty
  • Rid & Rattle
  • Rid & Rattle: Free Preview Version
  • Dangerous Space: Dee, Rescue Mission

Ritual XCG - Woodcut CoreSet

Once upon a time, the Fae frolicked amongst Mankind, playing cruel pranks and reveling in the blood and tears of their victims. This continued until humans learned their own tricks, ones of burning iron and snarling hounds that drove the Fae from the world. Not amused by the reciprocity, the Green Court planned one final game to play with their vengeful toys. In a single night, the children of man were snatched from their beds by the score, and were whisked away to the Faerealm. 

Centuries later, the Faerealm now hosts a number of human settlements populated by the descendants of the stolen, who tolerate the pranks and the games of their captors. Under the surface however, the humans carry the legends of their ancestors that tell of a world that drove the Fae from their borders. Knights quest in search of a way back to that old world, while rebels plot to overthrow the Fae and their puppet monarchs. Others still seek power within the systems of this uncanny place, and the Fae themselves ready a great force to crush the dissidents once and for all.

An expandable card game with decks of just 18 cards, fans of competitive card games will enjoy the theming and simple mechanics within this one. You’re trying to either get to 7 rituals, or else get your opponent below 0 in order to lock down victory. Deploy your agents, scheme successfully with them, and work against your opponent to delay their own plans while ensuring yours are victorious.


Beards and Booty

Many tides ago, the seas shook to the sound of cannon fire, the roar of Captains bellowing orders, and the creaking of unfurled sails. These Captains took to the decks of mighty Sloops, Schooners, Brigantines, and Galleons in their search for freedom, wealth, and glory in a time known as the Golden Age of Piracy! But who amongst these fine figures of fortune was the greatest of them all? Well now, that’s what we’re here to find out!

This game offers some great replay value in the variety of characters, each having their own unique sets of powers and attacks. A lot of the mechanics will feel simple in rolling (and rerolling) dice to form sequences or patterns with the dice in order to trigger an effect off your board, trying to reduce the opponents to 0. Gain gold to spend to boost your effectiveness on a turn, and try to outwit the competition in order to prove yourself as the most prestigious Captain to have ever sailed the Seven Seas.


Rid & Rattle

This may look like another kiddie-numbers game but, strategy abounds! Guess where your opponents are headed and beat them to the punch. Better yet, dash their hopes and dreams before their turn even starts. Shed cards as fast and as best as you can because your opponents, looking for revenge, are about to wreck you at any given moment. Take that, taken to the limit, will undoubtedly make you giggle on the giving end and groan on the receiving end. Simultaneous play will keep players engaged at all times as no play is a sure thing until it lands where it belongs. You won't be able to blink, sip, or hiccup without losing ground. Easy to learn but difficult to master. In fact, you'll likely misplay more than play in the learning process but feel free to prove us wrong. If we (the designers) did our job right, every game will leave you looking back with some modicum of regret. Thereby, wanting more.

An interesting game where you are trying to shed all of your cards before your opponents, this will ramp up to a frantic pace thanks to simultaneous play of having Rid cards playable during your turn, and Rattle cards to play during an opponent’s turn. Some rules are integrated here to stop players from batch-dumping, such as a need to play the cards one-at-a-time with a suggested touching your leg beneath the table between playing a card to allow opponents a chance to process and react. If you enjoy games like Uno but wished for a faster pace, you won’t want to miss out on Rid & Rattle.


Rid & Rattle: Free Preview Version

Be the first player to play all of the Rid cards in your rid pile to win the game.

Not quite convinced that you want to invest in the game? There is also a free preview version of the game to give you a taste of the quick-moving chaos that can ensue when this game hits the table. Shed those Rid cards, and have your Rattle cards at the ready when your opponents take a turn in order to throw a figurative wrench into their plans. 


Dangerous Space: Dee, Rescue Mission

Dee lost part of her leg when a rescue mission went sideways. The grateful family financed her unique drone backpack which earned the cadet her apt callsign.

The task in this mission is simple: rescue two of the four survivors in the Mother’s Woe before too much time has passed. Dee seems fairly suited to this sort of a mission with her strong mobility, enhanced through skills and upgrades. However, there is her backstory to consider, where she lost her leg on a rescue mission. Does she fear losing the other during this mission? Perhaps that dwells in the back of her mind, explaining away some of her poor rolls that come about as you race against time. Can you help her overcome her past and save the survivors?



Game of the Week: Tussie-Mussie on sale for just $2!

Coming from an era full of fads such as using tear catchers to determine the length of mourning, Tussie-Mussie is based on the Victorian fad that assigned meanings to the flowers that friends and lovers exchanged. Famous authors such as William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Emily Bronte all utilized the meaning of flowers in their writings, and now you can experience the language of flowers in this game from Wingspan designer Elizabeth Hargrave and artist Beth Sobel.

This clever game with an I Cut, You Choose mechanism is sure to delight you with its brilliant gameplay and provide a nice way to spend the evening together with a friend. If you enjoy games like Hanamikoji, or want a game with a clever floral theme that’ll teach you what flowers mean when given as a gift, then look no further than this excellent game. And even if you are alone, there is a great solo expansion for the game that is worth scooping up for fun with flowers.

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

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