New board game arrivals

We’re always looking for new and interesting games to add to our collection. Here are a few we’ve added recently, with a little something for everyone.

Monopoly Cheater’s Edition

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Oh, Monopoly. The game designed to be more of a lesson than a game. Did you know that Monopoly was created by an American anti-monopolist called Lizzie Magie, who hoped her invention would explain the single tax theory of Henry George?

Are you excited to play yet?

Here’s what I remember of playing Monopoly as a kid: cheating. It was the only way to make it fun. The folks at Hasbro have now embraced the practice with Monopoly Cheater’s Edition. It plays much like typical Monopoly, with the addition of cheat cards. Several are placed on the board at the start, each listing a way to cheat, like taking money from the bank, stealing someone else’s property, lying about what that Community Chest card said, and so on. Anyone can cheat at any time, if they get away with it, the get the reward on the back of the cheat card. Get caught, and it’s off to jail with you…complete with handcuff! It takes what is typically a slog of a game and makes it fun. Plus, additional rules change things so that the game lasts about 60 minutes.

Root

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Root is an adventure and war game in which two to four players battle for control of a sprawling wilderness. Each faction of cute animals has its own agenda and game play style, which creates lots of opportunity for fun interaction between players.

The Marquise de Cat, for example, starts off controlling pretty much everything, and they aim to develop the forest with industry and buildings. Meanwhile the birds (deposed rulers of the forest) are on the march to take back what they believe is theirs while The Woodland Alliance work to rally the people against the mustering armies, biding their time in secret until a full-blown rebellion is incited.

If that’s not enough, the artwork is SO CUTE YOU MIGHT DIE. It so fun to get lost in your faction’s M.O. that the game becomes a much deeper experience than you’re expecting.

This Game Goes to Eleven

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This simple, press-your-luck card game is inspired Nigel’s amp which was, of course, one louder. It’s a race to have cards that total exactly eleven, so you can hand them off. Go over eleven and be forced to take the entire pile. Be the first to get rid of all of your cards.

You can play any or all of these games with us as we pop up across Cape Cod:

Stay on top of where we’ll be next by joining our Meetup group. See you soon.

This week's featured game: Dragoon

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Dragoon. Verb. To coerce (someone) into doing something: she had been dragooned into helping with the housework.

Or, in the case of Dragoon from Lay Waste Games: “The villagers and been dragooned into paying tribute to the huge dragon, lest their village be reduced to a smoking crater.”

Dragoon is a light strategy game for 2-4 players in which vengeful, feuding dragons threaten each other as well as the populations of the growing villages and cities on their shared, tiny island. As players it’s your job to horde the most gold (dragons love gold) anyway you can get it: stealing it from other dragons in combat, robbing their caves or demanding it from terrified villagers.

There’s also a thief about, stealing gold for himself. If you’re lucky enough to catch him, you can shake him down for a bit of his stash.

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Dragoon is played in rounds, and each round has three phases: populate, actions and tribute. In the populate phase, players roll dice to see where new villages or cities appear on the map. During the actions phase, dragons spend their three actions to do things like move, claim a village or city as their own, fight or raze villages to the ground. Finally, during the tribute phase, the terrified humans who are still alive try to appease their winged overloads with offerings of gold. Play continues like this until one dragon has amassed 50 pieces of shiny gold.

The game is fast-paced, fun and so pretty. Look at those metal pieces! Metal dragons, metal dragon caves, metal dice, metal scoring markers. It all happens on an attractive, hand-drawn map that folds up nicely when play is finished.

We’ll be teaching Dragoon this Saturday and Sunday at Cape Cod Coffee in Mashpee Commons (map) from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Come down and give it a try. Our game days are just $5 per person for four hours of gaming.

See you soon. There are villages to raze!

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