Tabletop 101 Winter Schedule Announced

Tabletop 101 has been growing in popularity since we started it last September.  For those of you that don’t know, in Tabletop 101, we take some of our favorite games, both new and old, and teach them to anyone who comes in each Monday night.  We’ve got a kids and adults, and some parent / child groups that have been coming in and everyone is having a great time.

I’m here today to  announce the Winter schedule that will carry us through until the end of March:

  • Jan 12th Sheriff f of Nottingham and Coup
  • Jan 19th Love Letter suite
  • Jan 26th Imperial Assault
  • Feb 2nd Zombie 15′
  • Feb 9th King of New York
  • Feb 16th Carcassonne
  • Feb 23rd Adventure Maximus
  • Mar 2nd Ticket to Ride Europe
  • Mar 9th D&D Attack Wing
  • Mar 16th Biblios
  • Mar 23rd Epic Resort
  • Mar 30th Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert

As always, you can find a list of what events are happening at Gryfalia’s on our events calendar located at www.gryfaliasaerie.com/events

See you soon for some boardgames!

 

Top 7 Stocking Stuffers for Christmas 2014!

It’s the Monday before Christmas, and most of you have your gifts bought for Christmas (well, except for the husbands out there…).  I’m on top of my game this year, and already picked up presents for Kelly, got the wrapping paper, bows, and everything I need.

Except every year I forget about stocking stuffers for her!

For those of you like me, who are looking for those stocking stuffers for your favorite gamer, this post is for you.  Here are my favorites for this year:

1.  Hanabi.  Yes, I know Hanabi was on last year’s list, but it’s still super popular and a great game.  That’s probably why it was the 2013 Game of the Year!  It’s quick, it’s cooperative, and it’s fun!

hanabi

2.  Letters to Santa – Letters to Santa is a holiday themed version of Love Letter (which is one of the best selling games of the year).  If you don’t already have Love Letter (or Munchkin Loot Letter) then this is another great stuffer!  The game play is easy to teach anyone and a round can take less than 5 minutes to play.  First person to win 4 rounds wins!

letters to santa

3.  Cheaty Mages – Which of the wizards betting on the monster fight can cheat the best to make his monster win?  I’ve been pleasantly suprised at the response to Cheaty Mages since it came out.  People laugh and bicker as they try to best the other players at the table.  Great fun for all!

Cheaty Mages

4.  Coup – Coup is actually a couple of years old, but with the reprinting earlier this year and really taken off as a great party game.  Again, it’s very easy to teach, quick to play, and yet hard to master.  It’s all about bluffing, so if you’re playing with someone who can’t hold a straight face…  For those that are already fans of Coup, don’t forget than the first expansion, Coup: Reformation just came out a couple months ago.

coup

5.  Timeline: Americana – Timeline is a hugely popular card game that is accidentally educational.  The basic concept is that you have to correctly play one of your cards into the timeline on the table in order of year.  (did the Wright Brothers fly at Kitty Hawk before or after the American Revolution?)  The really cool thing about Timeline is there is different versions of it, that can be played independently or mixed together.  Timeline Americana is the newest version, but I also like Timeline:  Music & Cinema, and Timeline: Inventions.

timeline TimelineAmericanaGroup

6.  Roll For It! – Roll For It! is against ridiculously easy to teach, and a lot of fun.  I’m noticing a theme here…  Players are trying to roll their dice to match the face up cards on the table – if you get the three 2s first, you take the card and get the points.  There is actually a Roll For It! Red set, and a Purple set, and if you combine them, you can play up to 8 players.

roll for it box roll for it

7.  Crabs Adjust Humidity – This adults only game is a self described “crappy third-party expansion” to Cards Against Humanity (which we also carry).  There are actually 4 different volume of Crabs, each designed to be shuffled into your CAH game.  I have to tell you that this cards might be even more wrong and raunchy than the regular game.  If you know a gameer who has Cards Against Humanity and is up for that kind of a challenge, then Crabs Adjust Humidity might just be the perfect gift!

crabs

And if nothing else, we always have booster packs for Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, and Vanguard that slide right down inside a stocking for a nice surprise.

And dice sets!  So many sets of dice for those of you shopping for role-playing gamers!

dice chessix

Gryfalia’s Aerie is going to be open normal hours Dec 22nd and 23rd, and until 6pm on Christmas Eve.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

King of New York improves on an already wonderful King of Tokyo

Iello Games has done it again! In King of Tokyo, a GA favorite, families could have ridiculous fun as giant monsters slapping each other silly trying to take over Tokyo.  With King of New York, Iello brings us all new monsters still slapping but also playing up their celebrity as they duke it out over all 5 boroughs of New York City.

King of New York is everything King of Tokyo should have been. You and up to 5 other friends get to choose from the six new monsters in the game:

  • Kong –  The Giant Albino Ape
  • Drakonis –  The Armored Dragon
  • Rob – The Giant Robot
  • Sheriff – The T-Rex
  • Mantis – The Giant Saw-Wielding Praying Mantis
  • and Captain Fish – the…errr. fish who wields a titanic-like ship attached to a chain on his arm.

cap fish

(Of course it is possible to throw all of your King of Tokyo favorites into the battle of the Big Apple as well.)

A nice new addition to the game is that instead of having the one location for players to choose from, those who aren’t in Manhattan can move out to Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, or the Bronx. Also the dice have changed up for King of New York –  there is still the heart, the slap, and the energy symbol, but in place of the 1, 2, and 3s, we now have Destruction, Celebrity, and Ouch!

Another new mechanic is that each borough gets 3 stacks of 3 buildings to destroy.This is where the Destruction face of the die comes in. For each Destruction you roll you can assign one point of damage to a building in your borough.  If you end up dealing enough damage to wreck the top building in a stack, it flips over and becomes a military unit, which can also be killed using destruction points (not on the same turn the unit is revealed though). Military units are also where the Ouch! face of the die comes in – if you roll one Ouch! you take 1 damage per unit in your borough, 2 Ouch! makes the military units attack every monster in your borough, and 3 Ouch! die results causes all military units in all boroughs to attack any monsters in their boroughs. Also rolling 3 ouch! allows you to take the Statue of Liberty card, which gives you 3 Victory Points (VP).  We aware though that if someone else rolls 3 Ouch! results later,  they take the card from you and you lose 3 VP.

The Celebrity face of the die is how you score VP off a roll, when you roll 3 Celebrity results, you get 1VP and the Superstar card which gives you an additional VP for each Celebrity over 3 you rolled that turn. Also from then on as long as you are the superstar you get 1VP per Celebrity you roll.

Manhattan is the main borough in the game and functions just like Tokyo, meaning you gain 1VP entering Lower Manhattan, and while in Manhattan you Damage all other monsters, and their attacks all hit you. A new Mechanic is that Manhattan has 3 levels, lower, midtown, and upper. Starting your turn in Lower Manhattan gets you 1VP and 1 Energy, Midtown gives 2VP and 1 Energy, Upper gives 2VP and 2 Energy.

This game can run from 10-40 min depending on the players style. Recommended age is 10 and up however i have played King of Tokyo with 6 year old family members and it worked just fine.

 

 

Ticket To Ride

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a Railroad mogul? Think you’ve got what it takes to reach your destinations faster than your friends and family? Then you’re in luck – Ticket to Ride is just what you need. Gameplay is straightforward — your job is to connect your destinations together. The more routes you successfully connect, the more points you get. Of course, your opponents are trying to do the same thing. Barcelona to Constantinople via Berlin? It isn’t how you get there… just that you do.

Several available expansions (including various continents and timeframes) prevent the game from becoming stale.

Want to take a ride before buying a ticket? We understand. Bring some friends into the store and pick it up off our demo rack. Sit down at one of our tables and play a game! But be forewarned… it’s addictive!

Settlers of Catan

Trade some sheep for some wood? This game is a classic. It’s been around since 1995 and once you’ve played it, it is easy to see why. This is another easy to learn game with some complex strategical possibilities. You play as settlers moving into a new land. You have to claim land wisely, as each type of land generates unique resources which you’ll need to accomplish… well…. everything. (It’s tough to build without wood, for instance. No grain means you go hungry. You get the idea.) The object is to reach the required number of victory points before your opponents do. One interesting spin to the game is the ability to trade. While it’s fun to stick it to your oppnents every chance you get (and you do get some), you’re going to need them (well, their resources anyway) at some point. A typical game lasts somewhere in the neighborhood of 60-90 minutes. You can play with 3 or 4 players with the base set. Numerous expansion sets are available, allowing you to increase that to 5 or 6, or even play with 2.

You may have seen it being played on The Big Bang Theory. 

Splendor

This is a great card game that is very easy to learn. It’s fairly quick, with a game lasting somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes. The object is simple: get the required number of victory points before your opponent does. To do this, you use your coins to buy cards and more coins which you then use to buy cards and more coins and so on. The problem is that your opponents are trying to do the same thing! It’s easy to play and would be a great choice for friends as well as families. You can play with 2-4 players. Unlike a lot of games, the 2 player option is quite satisfying. You don’t need a group to make it worthwhile. (A larger group actually adds to the complexity of the strategy since even more people are taking the cards you want to buy.)