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Stocking Stuffers for Christmas!

Not only is this the time of year for big holiday game purchases, like Star Wars Armada from Fantasy Flight Games, Castles of Mad King Ludwig from Bezier Games (our favorite game for most of 2015!) or Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calith from Games Workshop, any of which will set you back $40 – $100 or more, but the season also calls for smaller presents as well, for stocking stuffers, secret Santas or gift exchange.  For these, you want a game that provides a lot of fun without melting down your pocketbook. Here are some suggestions:

1.  Love Letter from AEG.  This is our favorite stocking stuffer of the year for several reasons.  First, Love Letter is a lot of fun, plays quickly and offers quite a bit of replay value, especially with the number of variants that AEG has released.  In addition, it boasts a great price point at $10.00 for the basic game and only $11.00 for the Batman, Hobbit and Adventure Time variants.  There’s even a Letters to Santa version if you want to get really thematic.  Add in that the game is attractively packaged in both boxed and clamshell versions and you have a great stocking stuffer.

2.  Timeline from Asmodee.  Timeline comes packaged in an attractive tin that fits neatly into a stocking, has an equally attractive $15.00 price point and offers plenty of replayability.  Add in the fact that it actually teaches a bit of history and you have an all-around great choice.

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3.  Fluxx from Looney Labs.  At $16 to $20, Fluxx is a bit more expensive than the first two options but still comparatively cheap and comes in a wide variety of variations.  You can buy Star Fluxx, Monty Python & the Holy Grail Fluxx, Cthulhu Fluxx, Pirate Fluxx, Batman Fluxx or even, should your tastes run that way, just plain Fluxx.  The number of Fluxx games make it relatively easy to find a version that would appeal to anyone on your Secret Santa or gift exchange list.  In addition, since the rules change with every game, or even with every hand, Fluxx, whatever version you buy, offers immense replayability.

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4.  Tenzi by Carma Games is one of the fastest and most frentic games we carry at Red Raccoon Games.  This super simple game is easy for people of all ages to learn, and is a game that younger children especially like to play (the age range is 6 and up and the game can handle up to 4 players, making it good for family get-togethers).  Each pack comes with 40 dice, and the basic play is that each player takes 10 dice of the same color.  Someone yells go, and everyone starts rolling their dice as fast as possible.  Players are looking to get combinations of numbers agreed upon before the start, and the first one to accomplish this goal wins!  Super simple, super fun, and you have one more great stocking stuffer.

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

 

Merry Christmas!