Week of Sept 4, 2020 - Boss Island Brawl

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:

    • Back Alley Brawl
    • Food Chain Island
    • Food Chain Island: Friendly Waters
    • Food Chain Island: Tough Skies
    • Paper Pinball: Boss Battle

    This week's new games are all available at

    Back Alley Brawl

    You know the scene; some time after 12, the back alley of a shady part of town, two rival gangs meeting to battle it out in a turf war. Each gang six thugs, each thug a different story, but all equally as fierce and deadly. As gang leader, recruit your thugs in each round for a battle for domination. Who will be the winner in this acrimonious war? Let’s settle this once and for all…

    An interesting game with dice rolling and drafting, hidden information as you allocate who will activate where and with what dice, and reveal to see who wins in each battle. With things to consider such as weapon strength via a rock-paper-scissors method, and a catchup mechanism allowing the player who is behind to get extra perks such as dice manipulation, there’s a lot of good old-fashioned fun in this head-to-head dueling game. I like that players control a team of fighters, meaning even if one takes a bad loss you can still do well on other fronts. If you like the 2-player fighting style of games, this one is bound to be a hit for you. Warning: polyhedral dice set not included.

    Food Chain Island

    On this forgotten island in a tiny corner of the ocean the animals are hungry! Your goal is to influence the wildlife - and arrange their meals - so there is only one animal left!

    If you like a clever puzzle for your solitaire experience,  this game is bound to delight with its gameplay (as much as its artwork!). Can you get the ultimate victory with only one animal remaining of the 16? Each animal can eat the animals up to 3 numbers below its value (all listed on the card), meaning with every move you make to eat an animal, you reduce your options as well as create open space on the grid. This one feels like the sort of game you’d play - and fail at - a dozen times in one sitting as you try to figure out how to move the animals optimally - each play will be different, and every animal has special powers that trigger as they devour.

    Paper Pinball: Boss Battle


    If you thought the previous Paper Pinball entries were great, then you will be sure to enjoy the boss battle on a pinball machine near you. Battle your way through the boss via dice rolls, and be sure to keep an extra quarter (sheet) ready to try again should you meet your pinball demise. The map on this one looks quite good, and has both a full color and a black and white version that is sure to please.

    Check out all of the new games here:


    Game of the Week: Night Class Episode 2 (only $1 this week!)

    Looks like the neighborhood has some new muscle in town. Led by a trigger-happy criminal known as Miss Never, the crooks have already ransacked two local banks. They messed up tonight, because class was cancelled, and your night just opened up.

    It feels like only a few weeks ago when Night Class Episode 1 was mentioned, and I absolutely loved the superhero-themed roll-and-write experience it offered. Rest assured, Episode 2 will be equally enjoyable as it hits your table, letting you take down baddies as the superhero of your imagining (assuming the powers you unlock coordinate with what you always imagined your powers would be). With new layout and graphics, and swappable ability cards, the Night Class series of games just became even more interesting than ever before.

    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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