New Games for May 6, 2022 - Ugly Innployees at the Retrograde Guesthouse

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:

        • Retrograde
        • Ugly Gryphon Inn: Innployees
        • Ugly Gryphon Inn: The Little Beak Inn


        The local arcade is having a tournament for your favorite video game: Retrograde! Can you get the high score?

        If you enjoy the nostalgia of old arcade games and the fast action of a roll-and-write game, then you won’t want to miss Retrograde. Blast aliens across 8 rounds, roll dice to determine what you can do each round, choose the right card to select the targets you need before anyone else takes it, and work to get trophies, power-ups, and coins. With so many thematic and fun elements, this is sure to please anyone who spent far too many quarters in an arcade.


        The Ugly Gryphon Inn: The Little Beak Guesthouse Expansion

        It’s the busy season at the Ugly Gryphon Inn! The bar is crowded, the inn is rapidly filling up, and you are going to have to take drastic measures - by opening up the adjacent guesthouse. The Little Beak, the quaint little guesthouse next to the inn, is technically liveable and has been free of pyro-rats for several days now. Might as well open it up and collect a few extra coins!

        While puzzling through how to achieve victory in The Ugly Gryphon Inn, you may find yourself desperate for more space. Well, now you have it with this little expansion, which can hold up to 3 patrons and, best of all, the patrons in the guesthouse don’t affect those in the inn and vice versa. This makes for a great way to manage the flow of the guests, but you’ll also need to balance who you put into this guesthouse because, like the inn, things can get out of hand and ruin your best-laid plans in the most enjoyable way possible. Plus this comes with five new patrons, such as the Bard and the Paladin and you won’t want to miss adding them into the mix.


        The Ugly Gryphon Inn: Innployees

        As you carry a tower of twenty filled pint glasses across a bar filled with fighting, smelly patrons you have an epiphany - you need to hire some help!

        Three cards come in this expansion, yet they transform the way the game operates in a very fun and interesting way by letting you hire employees during the game. To win, you’ll need to hire and resolve the special effects of all three employees, adding extra decision-making space on when to hire them and, well, you better hope they don’t cause more issues than they help with by being on the staff. Who wouldn’t want the Skullery Maid lurking around the inn at night?


        Pick up all the new games here:


        Game of the Week: The Ugly Gryphon Inn - On sale for only $1

        You own the questionably prestigious Ugly Gryphon Inn, which is the only Inn within a hundred miles. Your patrons are rowdy and rude, but they are the only ones around. Your goal is to fill your inn with enough patrons to keep the debt collectors at bay, but to do so you must manage some painfully particular, peculiar patrons. In the Ugly Gryphon Inn, you’ll be tasked with managing your patrons’ various needs to ensure they all get a good night’s rest. Each turn, you’ll send one drowsy patron up to their room, then check to make sure all your patrons are sleeping soundly. If something’s irking them, they might raise a fuss, so keep an eye on what they need as you go. Afterwards, you’ll usher in more guests and keep an eye on the bar to make sure there’s no trouble. There’s never a moment to rest in The Ugly Gryphon Inn!

        This game sounds as clever and fun as it looks. Smallish footprint, small card count, large fun. What more could you ask for? This one has fun theme plastered all over the game as you watch the patrons get plastered and make sure they are pleased. There’s a lot of consideration to be had, as the patrons come with traits and things that irk them. Get the wrong mix in the wrong place, and they might just leave and trigger their effect causing even more chaos and ruining all of your plans. If you haven’t tried this one yet, you’re missing out on a solo gaming gem.

        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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