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9 Lives Card Game (Pre-Order)

9 Lives Card Game (Pre-Order)

A trick taking game where you always know what suits your opponents are holding.

Have you ever heard the myth about cats having nine lives? In this trick-taking game you?ll put that to the test. Each round, you?ll bet how many tricks you can win. Are you confident you'll win four hands? Or, do you think you'll be able to sneak one win and tank the other hands?

Be careful, because every victory will add a card back into your hand! Can you outwit the other players and earn nine lives before they do?

9 Lives builds on the rich trick-taking foundation (Spades, Heart, etc), but then turns it sideways.

  • The backs of the cards show what suit they are. It REALLY affects the way you plan a trick taker when you know what suits people have.
  • You take a card from that trick into your hand, after you win said trick. You'll want plenty of plays to understand all the strategies this unlocks.
  • There aren?t any ?bad? hands. As long as you can predict how many tricks you are going to take, you can score.
  • Basketboss Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Basketboss Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Basketball isn't all earth-shaking slam dunks, ankle-breaking crossovers, and rainbow 3-pointers. It's business. Competition is fierce. Money is tight. Your critical task as team manager is to build a dream lineup of basketball superstars.

    Basketboss is a tight, competitive auction game. Each season, you?ll be responsible for managing all the complexities of a professional basketball team. Hire the right team advisors, win auctions to offer contracts to talented new players, and avoid crippling injuries!

    Will your lineup be stacked with Hall of Famers and your shelves full of gleaming trophies?

    Different strategies are viable! Will you be more conservative and bide your time and money until exactly the right moment? Or, will you be aggressive and go for the biggest opportunities as fast as possible? In Basketboss, either method can lead you to the Hall of Fame. This leads to interesting and dynamic auctions every round!

    If you end up with players that don't bring in enough money, you might get stuck! A bad player can lock you into a tough position where you can only afford a team that compromises your strategy.

    Bear Raid Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Bear Raid Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Part of the 1-Minute to Teach series

    Who's in control of the market?

    In Bear Raid, you?ll put on your power suit, pajamas, or prison jumper and start buying and shorting stocks. Like every successful trader, your goal is to try and make the most money you can.

    Event cards with clever news headlines determine how each stock changes.

    Use (and manipulate!) the 42 dice with clever play to influence the market. Can you bend the stock prices to your advantage?

    The winner is the one who's made the most money!

    It's not just a matter of chucking the dice and moving the prices. You can get a glimpse of what might happen next turn, but it won?t be a perfect picture!

    Do you leave dice on a company or take them back? Will you leave dice behind your screen or add them to the bag? These decisions are as important as buying or shorting the stock!

    Big Top Board Game

    Big Top Board Game

    Come one, come all to Big Top! Hire the wildest and most wonderful acts to attract crowds of delighted spectators.

    In this fast-paced auction game, you?ll be bidding on show-stopping acts for your Big Top to draw in the crowds. Beware - each winning bid will make your competition that much richer.

    BUT WAIT - that?s not all! Even the attractions you?ve already won will affect bids in future auctions. For those attractions to score, you'll have to fill in all their circles. Do this by bidding specific amounts in future auctions.

    To create the best circus, you'll have to keep a close eye on both your winnings and your opponents' bids!

    Bites Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Bites Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Bites is an indirect-conflict commodity speculation game based on Big Points, a Spiel des Jahres Recommeded game in 2008, refreshed with a new theme, more engaging components, and rule-tweaking cards.

    Gather Up The Most Delicious And Valuable Snacks!

    Shared incentives, changing rules; pick up the best collection of cheese, bread, apples, and other delicious picnic scraps to win in Bites! Ants are marching down a trail of wonderful dual-layered food pieces. You don't control a single ant ? instead, choose any color to move. The ants land on their matching color, and you get to pick up one of the surrounding pieces.

    By itself, that food doesn't have any value! Their point values change when their matching ant reaches the end of the trail. Changing rule cards make every play different!

    Shared incentives mean you are always trying to figure out what the other players are up to. Sometimes, you?ll want to eat all the green peppers. Other games you might go after grapes. You might try and collect all the apples only to have them be worthless at the end!

    Only take what you can chew; Players can only loosely anticipate how much the food is going to be worth at the end of the game.

    The point values are only determined once the matching ant makes it to the ant hill at the end of the trail. This creates shared incentives! Players might work together to advance some ants and hold others back.

    The thrilling element of the game is planning how you can maximize the food tokens you collect, while also remaining flexible to the positions of the other ants as well as the tokens the other players have gathered.

    Bites Board Game: Double Bites Expansion (Pre-Order)

    Bites Board Game: Double Bites Expansion (Pre-Order)

    Bites is an indirect-conflict commodity speculation game based on Big Points, a Spiel des Jahres Recommeded game in 2008, refreshed with a new theme, more engaging components, and rule-tweaking cards.

    If you're looking for a longer game, with a little more time for the story and strategies to develop, then Double Bites will give you a second set of those lovely double layer food tokens. And then you can play Bites with a trail that is twice as long.

    Bites Board Game: New Recipes Expansion (Pre-Order)

    Bites Board Game: New Recipes Expansion (Pre-Order)

    Bites is an indirect-conflict commodity speculation game based on Big Points, a Spiel des Jahres Recommeded game in 2008, refreshed with a new theme, more engaging components, and rule-tweaking cards.

    Bites: New Recipes adds exciting game changing possibilities to the core game of Bites. One of the things that made the original game so exciting and replayable were the variable scoring cards.

    This expansion takes them to an entirely different level. You'll be able to play with over a dozen new rule cards that have noticeably larger effects than the cards in the base game. In addition to the rule cards, you'll have new characters and objects to play with. With this expansion, it can feel like you are playing a completely different game!

    Chomp Board Game

    Chomp Board Game

    Can you keep your dinosaurs fed?

    Layered tile placement, where your tiles might eat each other!

    It?s eat or be eaten. Are you ready to feed some dinos AND stop them from CHOMPING each other? The era of the dinosaurs is here!

    Form herds of dinos and make sure they are all fed. Herbivores and carnivores both need food. Careful! If the carnies are not fed, they won?t mind chomping an herbie to fill their bellies.

    Chomp is a quick game where you only get eight turns. Make the most of them! Every card in the game has a point-scoring goal on one side and a dinosaur landscape on the other side.

    Each turn, you'll get to choose from rows of 3 goal cards and 3 dino cards. If you take a goal, it will help direct your strategy to score points at the end of the game. If you take a dino, add it to your dino-land. As you add cards, you'll be trying to form herds, make sure they are all fed, and maximize your scoring!

    Chomp Board Game: Flyers And Scavengers

    Chomp Board Game: Flyers And Scavengers

    Sail: Seafarers introduces a variety of brand new content to the base game. Included are four new scenarios that challenge players with new hazards they?ll need to overcome, such as whirlpools and pirate ships. Seafarers also introduces four new pirate characters with new pirate powers that add even more ways to strategize and work together.

    Couture Card Game

    Couture Card Game

    Rock the Funway, multiple auctions at once!

    Take on the role of a fashion model as you hit the runways in New York, Paris, and Tokyo to build your career! It's hard to be everywhere at once. Bid wisely and become a fashion icon! Or, spread yourself too thin and end up a fashion flop!

    Every turn, there are three simultaneous auctions. You can?t win them all. But, can you win the right ones? Compete to model different types of fashion, each with their own scoring criteria.

    Each turn, new cards will be available in each of the three cities. Simultaneously, all players make secret bids in each city using their influence card. The player who bids the most in a particular city gets the first pick in that city. Second most, second pick, and so on.

    Some of the cards you collect will give you immediate points. Others will replace influence cards in your hand, giving you more bidding power. However, most of the cards help you compete for magazine covers through set collection. These score big points at the end of the game.

    The model with the highest score after seven rounds wins the game!

    Dandelions Board Game (On Order)

    Dandelions Board Game (On Order)

    Part of the 1-Minute to Teach series.

    Beautiful gardens await, where will you plant your dandelions?

    Transform into a dandelion, and float through clear blue skies on a pleasant breeze in this dice-rolling, area-majority game with a little direct-competition edge. Your quest is to find the best spots for your seeds to grow across a variety of vibrant, beautiful, and cozy gardens.

    In Dandelions, players roll a group of dice, then choose one to move to a beautiful garden. Along the way, you can harness the power of the wind with three special actions ? float, puff, and gust ? to get the most points. The game ends after all the dice are used, and whoever receives the most victory points as combined from two different scoring methods wins.

    All players roll all 11 of their dice and sort them in front of themselves.

    Each turn, pick one of your dice, and move your pawn that many spaces. If you land on the same space as another player, don't stop there. Repeat your movement.

    Put the die you used in the garden you land in. If that garden already has other dice with the same number, blow those dice into an adjacent garden.

    Repeat these steps until you've used all 11 of your dice.

    Score each die based on the value of the garden it is in. Additionally, for each garden, if you have the most dice, score your pips.

    The rules might sound simple, but the interactivity and the two scoring conditions make for interesting strategy and decisions.

    Factory Funner Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Factory Funner Board Game (Pre-Order)

    A puzzle game where you lay pipe and daisy-chain machines together.

    Put on your hard hat and install machines, pipes, supply tanks, and reservoirs in this fast, furious, and fun game of factory planning!

    Factory Funner is a refresh of the cult-classic tile-laying puzzle game from Cwali. We've kept the gameplay the same, but added a variant for those that want to play a more relaxed style. Beautiful and zany new artwork adds polish; we love the quirky, colorful style!

    Your goal is to purchase the best machines and make the most profitable factory. Putting down tiles might seem straightforward, but your mind will start bending as much as the pipes when you try to install machines that seemingly have no place. It?s full of unexpected delights and surprises!

    With the standard play mode, snatch up pieces quickly! You don't have the luxury to take time and analyze. When the machines are flipped over at the start of the turn, you have to decide which one you want in a flash. Too slow, and someone will take your machine. Too fast, and you might grab a piece that you think can work... but won't.

    If real-time gameplay isn't for you, no problem. We've also developed a turn-based variant. We realize that the quick version isn't fun or possible option for everyone. This alternative ruleset encourages a different, more deliberate style of play.

    Ghosts of Christmas Card Games (Pre-Order)

    Ghosts of Christmas Card Games (Pre-Order)

    Part of the 1-Minute to Teach series

    Grab that Victorian outfit from your closest and join the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future on a time traveling adventure. You'll play tricks to each time period as you try to outwit your fellow travelers and collect enough wreaths to decorate all the holiday doors.

    Ghosts of Christmas is a new version of the acclaimed hard-to-find Japanese game "Time Palatrix" by Taiki Shinzawa. Have you ever played "spades" or "hearts" and thought "I wish this game had time travel?

    Some trick taking games are relaxing affairs where you play your highest card and hope for the best. Ghosts of Christmas will challenge you, there are multiple ways to approach each round and navigate through the other players.

    For example, when you don't have the cards to win in a straightforward way, sometimes you can engineer a change in who wins the "Past" trick in order to make the "Present" and "Future" trick work out better for you.

    Or, if you want either a lower stress evening or are just learning, there?s the option to play the variant without bidding. On the flip side, you make it even more challenging by adding the fourth "Beyond" variant.

    Habitats Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Habitats Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Majestic animals need special habitats. Can you build a beautiful preserve?

    Welcome to the jungle! Habitats is a tile-laying game. Drive your jeep around and choose the best animals for your wildlife preserve. A successful preservation is more than a working habitat. You'll also have to build tourist destinations, campgrounds, and watchtowers!

    Your goals change every year and you?ll have to get what you need before other rangers snatch them up first!

    Keep moving forward; Habitats is a game that moves both quickly and slowly - which is reflective of the dual strategy gameplay. First, you have to navigate to the tile you want. Second, you need to place the tile in the preserve, in a spot that makes the most sense.

    It moves quick in the sense that other players can get the tiles you want before you can get them, but more slowly in the sense that in-between the public market moves, you can analyze both your place in the market as well as the layout of your preserve.

    When you start the game, think about A) Not just your next move in the public market, but where you'd like your jeep to be 3 or 4 turns in advance. Sometimes a short sacrifice will position you for better tiles. B) How you can use point multipliers from watchtowers and photo spots to extend a lead or recover deficits.

    Kabuto Sumo Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Kabuto Sumo Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Take on the role of a beetle with a bad attitude and something to prove. Battle for supremacy in the ring and your place in the pantheon of legendary wrestlers!

    Kabuto Sumo is a physical, interactive puzzle of a game where your goal is to push your opponents out of the ring.

    Be careful! The way the discs move can result in some very unexpected physics. If you've ever played one of those coin pushers at the arcade, you know what we're talking about!

    You might not realize that you?ve left yourself vulnerable to an opponent?s attack. You?ll need a little dexterity and a lot of strategy to win!

    It?s?quite simply?the greatest disc-pushing insect sumo wrestling game ever made.

    Kabuto Sumo Board Game: Insect All-Stars Expansion (Pre-Order)

    Kabuto Sumo Board Game: Insect All-Stars Expansion (Pre-Order)

    Come one, come all to Big Top! Hire the wildest and most wonderful acts to attract crowds of delighted spectators.

    In this fast-paced auction game, you?ll be bidding on show-stopping acts for your Big Top to draw in the crowds. Beware - each winning bid will make your competition that much richer.

    BUT WAIT - that?s not all! Even the attractions you?ve already won will affect bids in future auctions. For those attractions to score, you'll have to fill in all their circles. Do this by bidding specific amounts in future auctions.

    To create the best circus, you'll have to keep a close eye on both your winnings and your opponents' bids!

    Kabuto Sumo Board Game: Total Mayhem Expansion (Pre-Order)

    Kabuto Sumo Board Game: Total Mayhem Expansion (Pre-Order)

    Kabuto Sumo: Total Mayhem is an expansion to the base game Kabuto Sumo.

    This expansion provides all wrestlers with a variety of what pro-wrestlers call "foreign objects". Each of these objects - think ladders, chairs, coffins - are put into play both in and around the sumo ring to enhance the wild physics of all the different shapes that push each other around! Plus, each object introduces new victory conditions that can expedite the game and add more strategic depth.

    Loot Of Lima Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Loot Of Lima Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Part of the 1-Minute to Teach series.

    Can you find the gold? Get clues. Find buried treasure.

    Become a treasure hunting pirate in 1820?s Peru, searching Cocos Island and piecing together information to find a magnificent bounty before opponents get to it first.

    Loot of Lima is a deduction game where you ask questions and try to solve the mystery as fast as possible. During your search, you?ll utilize a clever coordinate system that provides the feeling of actually navigating the island and helps you eliminate the wrong locations on your quest for buried treasure. Three special ability tokens and a Co-Op play option add extra factors to consider and make each game as exciting as possible.

    The rules may be straightforward but piecing together all the clues makes this the ultimate head scratching and thrilling puzzle.

    Ask your questions carefully! How do you make sense of something when you have no definitive information? You ask questions!

    Each turn, players roll three 12-sided dice. You pick two dice, and use them to ask another player how many tokens they have in a certain range.

    Use the answers to these questions to build overlapping clues, figure out the locations that have already been searched, and deduce where the treasure is hidden. Make sure to use the notepad to keep track of all your notes - there's a lot of information to process!

    That is the real challenge. The real fun. By being able to interact with the other players, you get overlapping points of data. Rarely do just one or two questions tell you anything. But you can start to piece together questions from multiple angles, and multiple people. Squint your eyes. Think hard. Figure a few things out. The puzzle will come together.

    Mind Space Card Game

    Mind Space Card Game

    Where Is Your Mind? A Mindful Polyomino Roll & Write

    Breathe in?Breathe out? Achieve serenity! Mind Space is a roll-&-write game in which players try to seek calm and peacefulness by adding pursuits to their brains. Each pursuit is a polyomino shape of a certain color.

  • Purple: Friendship
  • Orange: Hobbies
  • Pink: Romance
  • Blue: Self Improvement
  • Green: Finances

    How does anyone fit all of that in?

    Five pursuit (polyomino) cards are available each round. You roll five dice to assign colors to those shapes. Then, you have to decide which shape to draw on your brain board.

    Along the way, you can earn points by fitting different aspects of your life together.

    After 12 rounds, the game's over! Receive points by completing sections of the brain, achieving public goal cards, and meeting the criteria of each color.

  • Mountain Goats Board Game (Pre-Order)

    Mountain Goats Board Game (Pre-Order)

    It's a wild race to the top! Will you be greatest goat or get kicked off the top spot?

    In Mountain Goats, roll dice to move your goats to the top of 6 different mountains. If you're at the top, score points as long as you stay there.

    You can share spaces with other goats on the way up, but there is only room for one goat at the top of each mountain! If someone else's goat moves to the mountaintop, they kick you off and you'll have to start your trek over. Mountain Goats is a combination of luck and strategic planning. Plus, we've got the best goat meeples this side of the Matterhorn!

    Mountain Goats is a game about timing. Not only do you need to get to the top of the mountain, but get there when no one else is in position to knock you off. Depending on the rarity of the roll, the mountain's elevation is different. Should you use those harder rolls, even though other goats are right behind you?

    Keep an eye on your opponents! Maximize your score, but also making sure you don't let anyone else score too much.

    Knocking each other off the top doesn't feel too mean because you can only knock back goats that are in a scoring position. It isn't a devastating setback, but a normal part of the cycle of the game.

    On Tour Board Game: Paris And New York (Pre-Order)

    On Tour Board Game: Paris And New York (Pre-Order)

    On Tour: Paris & New York is the standalone sequel to On Tour: USA & Europe. Both new maps keep the same base roll & write mechanic. But, each adds a new way to connect distant regions and score thematic bonus points.

    Your band is going on a 100-day summer tour. Flip cards to see what venues you can book. At the same time, roll dice to see what dates you can visit.

    Your goal is to plot the longest and most efficient route through these two magnificent cities where you are musicians in the 1920's trying to play in as many jazz clubs as possible. Each turn two ten-sided dice are rolled to make two two-digit numbers that determine where you visit (a roll of 3 and 7 creates the numbers 37 and 73). All players write each of those numbers in a location on their map. The regions they can write in are restricted by cards turned up in the middle of the table.

    New abilities to take riverboats and ferries will help you tour the city and become a jazz legend.

    At the end of the game, each player draws a route on their map, starting with a low number and visiting adjacent locations with higher and higher numbers. Players get a point for every venue they visit.

    On Tour Board Game: USA And Europe (Pre-Order)

    On Tour Board Game: USA And Europe (Pre-Order)

    Your band has gone platinum! Travel to as many US states or European countries as possible

    On Tour is a 20 minute route-building, roll-and-write board game with large, premium components that's good for 1 to 8 players (but can be played with as many people who have maps!). Each turn, dice determine which numbers you write while cards restrict the places you can visit.

    In On Tour, players compete to take their band to as many states as possible. You'll be writing a number in each state to book it for that date on your 100-day tour.

    Each turn, dice determine which numbers you write and cards restrict where you can write. Players write simultaneously on their own maps, all using the same dice rolls and cards flips. Everyone is getting the same inputs, but how you choose to deal with them will determine your success.

    There are also wilds, opportunities for bonus points, and a variable setup phase to make every game different.

    Sail Board Game

    Sail Board Game

    Strap on your eye patch! Navigate your ship through turbulent waters in this cooperative trick-taking 2-player game. Steer your boat and fight the Kraken with cards and winning tricks. Avoid taking damage and sail with great teamwork (or your crew will be sleeping with the fishes!).

    Work through four difficulty levels in the scenario book. Or, build your own on the customizable map.

    Each round, you and your partner will play tricks until one of you wins four tricks.

    Play a card that follows suit. Attempt to play icons that pair with what your partner plays to move your ship or fight the Kraken. Playing icons that form the wrong kind of pair makes the Kraken attack you!

    No talking allowed!

    Can you get on the same page as your partner and make it to the finish before the end of the 5th round? If you don't, you're fish food!

    Sail Board Game: Seafarer's Expansion

    Sail Board Game: Seafarer's Expansion

    Sail: Seafarers introduces a variety of brand new content to the base game. Included are four new scenarios that challenge players with new hazards they'll need to overcome, such as whirlpools and pirate ships. Seafarers also introduces four new pirate characters with new pirate powers that add even more ways to strategize and work together.