Dead of Winter

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Fans of survival games and co-op games will love Dead of Winter. Set in the zombie apocalypse, players take on the role of survivors who have formed a colony together and must work together to survive. All players are working towards a common goal but, since people often have a personal agenda beyond the greater good, each player is given a secret objective they must complete as well. One player could even be a traitor! The game is played in several rounds and during each round the colony has a smaller objective they must work together to accomplish while also working towards their final objectives. Each round offers numerous opportunities for betrayal and players can vote to exile anyone they feel is not properly contributing. Additionally, players are forced to make difficult moral decisions such as whether to rescue a child and end up with an extra mouth to feed or leave them out in the cold because the colony does not have the resources to feed an extra person. Each decision made has an effect on the game and, combined with the possibility of betrayal, gives the players a sense of desperation and urgency. Dead of Winter has many possible objectives and scenarios that lend it a high replay value since every game is sure to be different. Try it out on your next board game night and see if you will succeed, end up overrun by zombies, or, even worse, betrayed at the last minute by someone you thought you could trust.

-Liza

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Specter Ops

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2-5 Players, 60-90 Minutes, Ages 13+

Specter Ops is a thrilling one vs. all hidden movement game set in a sci-fi dystopian future in which the evil Raxxon Corporation owns everyone and everything and is, in general, a total bummer. For 2-5 players! Luckily for humanity/society a resistance movement has started, and has tasked an Agent to infiltrate a Raxxon Facility, sabotage it, and escape. Obviously Raxxon doesn’t take kindly to its nice things getting broken and have sent up to four genetically enhanced super soldiers to locate and capture the agent.

Agent players record their movements on a separate map included with the game that mirrors the game board. Agents must sneak around and avoid the hunters while completing objectives using only their wits and a few special items. Complete three out of four objectives and escape and the agent wins! Hunters must deduce the agents location, but just because the Hunters cant see the Agent doesn’t mean it’ll be easy. Each Hunter also has three special abilities and car with a motion sensor to help track down the Agent. If the Hunters successful find and deal four hits of damage to the agent, the Agent has been captured and the Hunters win!

I’ve had a lot of fun with Specter Ops. It comes with a six page rule book so its very simple to learn and teach. The game is well balanced with different set up variants depending on how many players. In a four player game, Agents’ objectives are kept secret from the Hunters and the Agent gets to start with more items. In five player games, There is a traitor element, in which one of the Hunters is actually working with the Agent to help hide and break things. Though there are some instances where Hunters may go a whole game without ever finding the Agent, and while might be super fun for the Agent player, it is super boring for Hunters. Luckily those kind of instances are few are far between but they do happen from time to time and it can be a bummer. In general the game takes about a hour and a half to play but be aware some games can go on much longer depending on the person playing the Agent. I’ve found that berating said player helps. Overall Specter Ops is an awesome thrill ride of a board game. It iss a fun and intense experience for all players. Put on the Hackers soundtrack for ambiance and go wild!

-Mikey

Oath of the Gatewatch is Coming!

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The Oath of the Gatewatch prerelease weekend is fast approaching! We will have events all weekend long starting at midnight the night of Friday, January 15 through Sunday afternoon on January 17. Players can preregister for all prerelease events at the store. Preregistration for single player events is $25 and two-headed giant events are $50 (cost of preregistration covers both players). Preregistration for the midnight event closes at 6:00pm on January 15, at the end of the day on January 15 for all Saturday events, and at the end of the day on January 16 for all Sunday events. Entry for single player events will be $30 and $60 for two-headed giant for players registering day-of. Price of entry includes the packs needed for playing in the event as well as a promo and prize support. Our schedule of events for the weekend is as follows:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15TH:

11:59pm: Midnight Release Sealed

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16TH:

10:30am: Two-Headed Giant (registration opens at 10:00)

1:30pm: Sealed

7:30pm (or after the 1:30pm sealed event ends): Two-Headed Giant

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17TH:

12:00pm: Sealed

6:30pm: Two-Headed Giant

It is not too late to preorder booster boxes or fat packs so stop by the store today!