New games for October 30, 2020 - Metal Planchette for Hire

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:

    • Metal Quest
    • Planchette Cards
    • Squire For Hire
    • Squire For Hire (Mystic Runes)

    This week's new games are all available at

    Squire for Hire + Expansion

    Squire for Hire is a tile-based inventory management game for 1-2 players. Each Squire takes turns completing quests and adding loot to their bag. Keep vital items in your bag for when you need them, pack efficiently, and try to eliminate junk to be the Squire with the highest scoring bag!

    This game is clever. In this one you are constructing a bag of loot by covering spaces so that pieces of loot are added fully into your bag. This promises the same fun, fast-paced card placement and scoring fun that I’ve enjoyed in similar games and did enjoy with my first plays of this one. Bonus points: the cards also have some bits of flavorful story to explain why you need to possess, or use, the items indicated on the card for your placement into your bag! The real star here is an expansion, adding Runes into the mix that can provide game-breaking abilities as long as they remain visible in your bag - including one that lets you place a new card’s items under existing items in your bag.

    Metal Quest

    Metal Quest is set in unknown number of years after the end of modern civilization. The survivors clustered into villages and began to live among the ruins, and those who fought the monsters and robots outside became known as hunters.

    You are one of them. Your job is to complete quest, trade and upgrade your vehicle in order to defeat monsters and outlaws and collect bounties on them

    A game inspired by settings such as Mad Max, you’ll be traveling around buying and selling items while hunting down monsters and bosses. However, if you take too long the doom counter will count down and end the game in a defeat for the players. This one has some really interesting features, including the way in which combat is resolved, that should make it a fun and interesting one to check out and try. I’ve watched a few Mad Max movies over the years, and really enjoyed Borderlands (video game) and Wasteland Express Delivery Service - both of those games seemed to hold some related similarities to the theme of Metal Quest.

    Planchette Cards

    A deck of Ouija cards to use, well, just like you’d probably imagine from the word Ouija. Honestly, this one has me at a loss of words about what to say regarding them, as I can’t describe it any better than that. If you want a portable Ouija, or I suppose one that can be rearranged, this is something you might just want to check out.

    Check out all of the new games here:


    Game of the Week: Stew (on sale for $1)

    Stew is a tasty medley of bluffing, deduction, and press your luck gameplay. As a farmer, you will add items to a collective pot, or feed the vermin lurking around. When a player calls “Stew”, the pot is checked and points are scored.

    A little bit of mental math might be required here to keep track of where the Stew is at because you are all adding ingredients here. A clever game where you either feed unfed wild animals, add to the stew, or call out “Stew” - and if the stew has 12 or more points after unfed animals trigger, you’ll get 2 points (out of 5 needed to win). However, if you are wrong everyone else scores a point. This game plays 2-4, but sounds like it would be best with more players, much like Mint Julep and some of the other great Button Shy titles out there, and this definitely has a theme you won’t see often!

    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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