New Games for October 1, 2021 - Atlas of the Flower Woods

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:

        • Four Against Darkness: Dungeon Atlas
        • Tussie Mussie: Expansion Collection
        • Tussie Mussie: Flower Shoppe Customers
        • Winterhaven Woods

        Winterhaven Woods

        Large flakes of snow begin to drift to the ground, and a hush falls over the forest. Winter is almost upon them, and the animals are preparing to settle in. Squirrels chitter to one another in the branches, as the deer roam the forest picking the last signs of autumn off the trees. Rabbits skitter about, as the predators pad quietly through the meadow, hunting for food. Only the hedgehogs seem unconcerned by the cold winds from the north… Welcome to Winterhaven Woods!

        If you enjoy cute themes, clever card drafting games, or thrive on player interaction then you will want to check this one out. Of course, the animals provide all the cuddly theme you can cheer for. There’s drafting of cards in each round, and those decisions can have a huge impact on your overall strategy each round and what you are able to do. And there are cards which can allow you to steal from an opponent - at a cost - making it so no sandbox is truly safe from interruptions. This game also includes rules for solo and 2-player experiences, providing a ton of flexibility in a smallish package. You won’t want to miss this one!


        Tussie Mussie Collection & Flower Shoppe Customers


        You’re working along in the back of the shoppe when you hear the familiar chime of the front door. A customer! Let’s hope they’re in a buying mood. The last one only browsed for ages. A large order now might set you up nicely for the rest of the day - 


        If you own Tussie Mussie, you won’t want to miss these. If you don’t own Tussie Mussie...what are you waiting for? Go pick up Tussie Mussie! The Flower Shoppe Customers adds 6 cards for a solo mode in the game, adding more challenges to do well as a solo player. The Ribbons add extra end-game scoring possibilities. Greenery and Orange Flowers expand the card pool without altering any of the rules for the game - the ideal integration into a game like this since it doesn’t impact gameplay apart from expanding your card pool and making it less likely you’ll see the exact card you need every game.


        Four Against Darkness: Dungeon Atlas


        This is a short collection of pre-drawn dungeons for Four Against Darkness and for other dungeon-exploration games. Each dungeon comes with a map of numbered rooms on the left page and corresponding form on the right page that you fill in as you progress through the maze. You may photocopy or print out the dungeons and reuse them as many times as you want.


        A delightful collection of dungeons, each with themes to give a nice narrative flair to your exploration. If your least favorite part of Four Against Darkness is the exploration and mapping of those dungeons, then this is going to give you everything you need to drop that barrier down. Now you can not only use pre-generated maps with this, but you can partner these with those clever card sets to reduce table-searching as well to really streamline your experience if that is something you’re looking for. If you regularly play 4AD, this is probably already going to be an auto-buy - but even if you do something like D&D there’s some excellent value across game systems.

        Pick up all the new games here:


        Game of the Week: The Cursed Castle

        Lead a party of bounty hunters as they explore the Cursed Castle. Combine dice manipulation with clever management of resources to destroy the undead horde that dwells inside. Find the innermost chamber and face the final foe - the One who started it all.

        Is a castle crawl a legit thing? Well, it is now. This one will feel like a dangerous dungeon crawl as you seek to explore the castle and defeat the boss. Enemies will harry you along the way, sapping your resolve as you battle time and again against increasingly more difficult challenges that culminate in the epic boss battle. There’s ample dice manipulation present, and it has the clever use of both colored spaces and dice allocation - in combat, one of the dice rolled will go to the enemy and deal you damage of a certain color so planning out the best use for your rolls isn’t always as easy as taking what is best for you. Besides, you need certain colored cubes, too, to drop the damage on them...

        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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