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International Tabletop Day is April 11th

International TableTop Day was founded three years ago as a way for the world to celebrate tabletop gaming together. Every spring, fans host thousands of events all over the world and every year, the event grows. TableTop Day 2014 was celebrated in 80 countries, over all 7 continents, and had over 3,000 events in total. 2015 is going to be even bigger!

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This year at Gryfalia’s we are going to be running game demos from 10am – 10pm – official schedule to be released in the next couple of days! Or if you don’t want to play a scheduled game, then bring your own, or choose one from our enormous demo games rack!

We also have a ton of raffle prizes that we’re going to be giving away throughout the day, and newly added, we are going to have some bigger prizes that you can bid on silent auction style, with all proceeds to benefit Wishbone Canine Rescue!

International Tabletop Day is a great day to meet new friends and play new games. Parking is free downtown on Saturdays, and if the street is full, both parking garages are free all day Saturday also!

Schedule (more stuff might get added)

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10amDominionMunchkin PanicMunchkin
11amDominionMunchkin PanicMunchkinPathfinder
12pmSplendorPathfinderStar Trek
1pmSplendorStar RealmsSteve Jackson Dice GamesHeroclixPathfinderStar Trek
2pmGeek OutStar RealmsSteve Jackson Dice GamesHeroclixGPT TorontoPathfinderStar Trek
3pmEscapeSheriff of NottinghamStudent BodiesHeroclixGPT TorontoPathfinderCamel Up
4pmSheriff of NottinghamStudent BodiesHeroclixGPT Toronto7 Wonders
5pmDominionSheriff of NottinghamStudent BodiesGPT TorontoPathfinder7 Wonders
6pmDominionGPT TorontoPathfinder
7pmGeek Out:  Pop CultureDead of WinterMice & MysticsPathfinderUltimate Werewolf
8pmCarcassonneDead of WinterMice & MysticsPathfinderUltimate Werewolf
9pmCarcassonneDead of WinterMice & Mystics

Plus we’ll have Fluxx and Batman: Love Letter out all day, and our demo rack will be for open play all day!

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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!

 

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.

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(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.