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Week of August 14, 2020 - Mirror City Racers

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:

    • Chain Mail: Smoke And Mirrors Adventure Kit
    • Cityline
    • Dune Racers
    • Skulls of Sedlec: Scoring Cards

    This week's new games are all available at https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/new-games

    Dune Racers


    You know what day it is, it’s a Race Day!


    A short and simple game of racing around a track, this one will have you doing fun things like secretly and simultaneously choosing which cubes to pass to each of your neighbors, and the combination of cubes a play possesses determines which action(s) they can choose from on their turn for movement. This one is designed for 3-4 players, but has rules and autopilot bots for solitaire and 2-player gaming possibilities. If you are looking for a fast-playing and easy-to-learn racing game, check this out.


    Cityline


    Cityline is a postcard roll and write game. The game takes place over three phases. First is the Construction Phase where you will erect your buildings, followed by the Time Phase where you will determine if it's day or night, and ending with the Occupancy Phase where your buildings are populated. Afterwards, players will score.

    This little postcard/single sheet roll and write game is so simple, yet so CRUNCHY in its decisions. I had the chance to try this one out and was absolutely blown away by the magnitude of decisions you get to make along the way. If you like games where your decision space gets smaller over time and you need to decide if, and when, to press your luck a little on the larger scoring areas...well, this one will be sure to delight. This’ll be hitting my table again soon, which is far more than I expected from this little game.


    Chain Mail: Smoke & Mirrors Adventure Kit


    This expansion includes the following:

    Map: Underking's Domain

    Monsters: Feast Worm/Changeling

    Treasure: Lightning Wand

    Quest: Smoke and Mirrors

    Character: Brute


    More stuff is always welcome for fans of the Chain Mail collection. If you weren’t a part of the Button Shy BGotM club in 2019, this is one of 12 monthly adventure kits that were sent out during the course of the year, each one bringing a new map, a new quest, a new monster pair, and a new treasure. Some months, like this one, also included a new character to rotate into the set of 4 characters you’ll be using as you play. If you have Chain Mail, you probably want this in your collection. If you haven’t tried it, Chain Mail was one of the absolute delights of 2019 releases with a very fun, very replayable game system with a batch of characters that are all unique in their operation in really clever ways.


    Skulls of Sedlec Scoring Card


    A small little addition here, but a highly sought addition for fans of the Skulls of Sedlec game: a scoring card! No more will you be forced to do mental math, leaving it up to chance to make a bad calculation that isn’t caught. There’s two sides, one for the 2-player game and one side for the solo scoring. If you have, or want to pick up, this great little game then this is an add-on you probably want to snag as well.


    Check out all of the new games here: https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/new-games

     

    Game of the Week: POD-X


    The starship is going down. You (and everyone else!) need to find the last working escape pod before it’s too late. You know the ship like the back of your hand, but you also know that most of the pods are either gone or broken. You have to act now or you’ll be going down with the ship.

    In Pod-X, you try to deduce the secret win condition card, while also trying to meet it. You will do this by playing your cards publicly (to the table) or keeping them private (in your hand). The dealer role passes to a new player each round. Only the dealer knows the secret, so players can also examine her actions for clues. Use your best deduction and wile to maximize your score!

    What a mind-melter this game looks to be. 3-4 players are in the game, and you need to try and determine from the cards in your hand and on the table whether to stay in, to play another card, or to fold. Fold in a round where you would have lost, you get a point. Fold in a round where you would have won, though, and you get nothing. Win and stay in to get more points. This game has a lot of room to manipulate and maneuver with just a few cards in the deck - if this game sounds like your sort of game, be sure to check it out.


     

    Check out Game of the Week here: https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/game-of-the-week


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

     


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