New Games for May 27, 2022 - The Grand Ukiyopreneurs Life as a Castaway

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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:

Beach Life
Grand Opening

Beach Life

While building a giant sandcastle you notice that you are sharing the beach with a variety of sea-dwellers. You discard your bucket and spade to give the creatures a helping hand.

If you like mini games, the Beach Life has you covered. There are five different ones to play over the course of a game of Beach Life, each featuring a different sea animal. If you ever wanted to tickle a starfish (who hasn’t?) then this game is perfect for you. I also appreciate that three dice get rolled each round, and you choose two of them to use (and can sometimes use all three!) to determine the game you play and what you’ll use to mark off. This game is fun, fast, and easy to get played.


You are stranded on a desert island. Use the resources at your disposal to make life more comfortable and/or increase your chances of rescue.

Sharpen your axes, tighten your belt, and get ready to be stranded on an island. You’ll be pillaging shipwrecks, chopping down or planting trees, and setting yourself up for either rescue or self-sustainment on the island. In addition to the dice helping choose where you work each round, you’re also trying to complete projects in order to score more points because hitting an end game condition merely triggers the final scoring, and does not guarantee that player wins. Balance survival with scoring and prove to be the best of the castaways.


Your life-long dream of opening your own restaurant will soon become a reality. But first you must work on the menu, hire some staff, find a location, choose some fixtures and fittings and get the word out across the town. You have money in three different accounts at the bank. Use them wisely, or you may run out of money before you’re ready to open.

Balance three different bank accounts as you work to make your dream come true! Remember those mini games from the Beach? Well, there’s some of those in here as well as you use all three dice to determine your mini game, the die used to play that game, and the last one determines what comes out of your bank account. As soon as one account overdrafts your game will end, so balancing the funds is possibly even more important than making tremendous progress on the games, giving a nice balance of things to juggle effectively.

The Grand Opening

You’ve worked toward this moment for so long. You’ve spent countless hours on the menu, perfected the decor and spread the word far and wide…now it’s time to fling the doors open and welcome the first customers to your new cafe. But can you get the right food to the right customers at the right time? Or will unserved dishes pile up while fussy customers get increasingly hangry?

This is a dream week for any roll-and-write fan, and this one might just be the most interesting of them because you have three actions to take each turn, and they must both be used for the same action either separately or combined into a single use of that action. Seat customers, make food, and serve food of a value high enough to score their points. Risk it all with special customers who will score double if you feed them, but cost you double if you fail to do so. This game is delightfully crunchy in such a small space.

Game of the Week: Ukiyo

Ukiyo is a highly replayable, puzzle-based 18-card game that can be played solo or with 2-4 players. It'll take just a minute to learn but will keep you amused and challenged for hours.'Ukiyo' means 'Floating World' and refers to a state of being detached from life's troubles, living in the moment. We hope this simple but absorbing game can help you forget your troubles for a while!

If you like spatial puzzles of overlapping cards but hate how sprawling they can become, then Ukiyo is designed for you. Players are all building on the same area, and it can not exceed a 6x6 grid of icons, meaning this is as much about building up effectively as anything. Solo gamers will rejoice at having a ton of puzzles to challenge their skills, whereas playing with others can be cuthroat since the game ends when each player has a single card left in hand…and that card in your hand is the task you score upon. If you enjoy the chaos of all players gunning for a different objective to win, then you won’t want to miss this one!

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

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