Century: Spice Road and Century: Golem Edition
Hello everyone, today I want to give you a rundown of a fun pair of (mechanically identical) games, Century: Spice Road and Century: Golem Edition. For purposes of not having to hedge every sentence I’ll address the Golem Edition, but understand that everything except the theme is the same. Instead of paying tribute to big cute golems you’re making big cool trade deals in the spice road and instead of trading shiny crystals you’re trading shiny(?) spices.
So you’ve got a bunch of shiny crystals and you’re trying to leverage them into getting giant helpful golems to like you. Each golem likes different combinations of crystals, so you’ll have to figure out how to generate, trade for and upgrade your crystals to match the golems’ tastes. Trouble is, everyone else is doing the same, so you also have to keep track of which golems other players are courting and whether you’ll be able to race them.
Most of what you’re doing is playing cards from your hand for their simple effects (upgrade gems you already have, generate some new gems, trade some gems for other gems) and buying new cards out from under your opponents’ noses. Timing is everything in this one. As simple as the game’s mechanics are, there’s an interesting layer of player interaction, satisfying engine building, and optimization.
Steamrollers in stock now
Good afternoon beautiful people, let’s talk about Steamrollers. First off, it’s a pretty rare Kickstarter title, and we’re one of two stores in Canada selling it.
What we’re lookin’ at here is a fast playing game for 1-5 players in which you’re racing to construct rail lines, deliver goods and build your engines (ha). It’s an excellent, light introduction to genres of board games called “crayon rail” and “roll and write”, in which players draw their own routes on the board (or in this case on their player sheets).
Players take turns tossing a set of dice, then choosing one of the dice to spend for themselves. A die can be spent to build a rail in the section matching the dice result, to upgrade your engine’s power and delivery range, to deliver goods if they have a suitable route built, or to grab a special power tile.
You’ll constantly be paying attention to what other people are doing, deciding which die to draft based on the always-changing situation, assessing and reassessing what your opponents are capable of. The growth curve of your engine and capabilities is very satisfying, and evokes feelings of playing Catan with regards to the constant improvements you’re making. That said, Steamrollers is primarily about managing and mitigating the luck of the dice, and you’ll always find something to do with your turn.
Closed for Easter
We will be closed Friday March 30 for Easter. Happy egg hunting.
Gloomhaven in stock at last!
Good afternoon, beautiful people! We’re happy to announce that Gloomhaven, the exceedingly popular cooperative fantasy adventure in a 14-pound box has finally arrived in store. Come grab your copy while it’s in stock!
Further good news is that the superb decolonization game, Spirit Island, has returned as well! What’s more, Terraforming Mars has gotten a reprint just in time to complement the release of its second expansion, Venus Next! It’s a good time to like board games, friends.
Sale on all game expansions this holiday season!
From December 1st through 31st we’re offering discounts on every expansion in the store! Each expansion will be discounted 20%* on its own, or 30%* if you buy it with a copy of its base game!
*Exceptions include expansions published by Fantasy Flight Games and other publishers under the Asmodee umbrella due to their MAP policy, but we’ll still discount 10%-15% in those cases!