Welcome to the links! Have you got the balls it will take to keep the fields green?
You’d better have: You’re the TurfMaster.
From the tundra-ridden courses of Reykjavik and the famous executive course at the Anasazi ruins to the heathland courses of the United Kingdom and the crocodile-kissed resorts of Florida, you and three slightly inferior friends will compete to see who can gain the most prestige by grooming fairways, manicuring putting greens, and polishing the flagstick to within an inch of its life.
If you make your employer’s course profitable enough, consider hiring extra employees to help you with the groundskeeping. If you have the time after work, go that extra mile to impress your employer by advancing your marker up the Cart Maintenance track. He can’t ignore a little free overtime!
When the day of the Open arrives, the course owner will inspect the various courses and links you and your fellow players have graded and pampered. If he finds fault with your work, you may leave the course a double bogey, but if you have impressed him more than anyone else, you’ll be the talk of the Open.
Who will impress the course owner the most? Who will become the TurfMaster?
“Pistol-whippin’ panda poop,” says your grandmother.
You gasp. Grandma has just pulled out a decisive lead. Can you take it back?
“Fscking frack,” says Grandma, clearly on a roll.
Yes, it’s the game you’ve heard so much about, De Vulgari Eloquentia, now available in English translation for the first time: Swearing with Style.
Can you curse with the best of them?
In Swearing with Style, you play motorcycle ganglords in futuristic New New York. With your numbers dwindling thanks to the radioactive fallout in your milk, and with the military police shooting your members wherever they find you, you need to find a new initiation ceremony. No more rumbles, no more assassinations: you’re all in this together.
You’ve appointed a Swear Lord, a ganglord over ganglords fitted to judge between competing gangs in turf battles. Swear with embarrassing excess of style to impress him and gain prestige. Run your opponents out of words, and claim another district for your own. Employ alliteration, metaphor, and even assonance to lay claim to the title of Lord of New New York: The Swearer with Style.
Who can swear with the most style? Will it be you?
“It’s Loni Anderson,” your best friend whispers. “And look—there’s Uwe Boll!”
“That’s right,” you say: “We’re among the stars now.”
It took hard work, a little deckbuilding, and some spatial optimization, but you’re finally here: Hollywood. Among the stars! And now you’re going to hit the big time yourself.
The first thing is to get a bit part in a movie, then in another. And then you’ll move from bit roles to cast parts. Perhaps someday you’ll be a star. Think of the prestige you’ll rake in!
But all that depends on your ability to roll with the punches, to work with the numbers you roll, to build your deck and stick to it, no matter how other agents try to steal you away. But be careful not to typecast yourself! That’s the quickest path to oblivion.
So get some friends together, put on your Dolly Parton wigs, and go put your handprints in the sidewalk. Because in Among the Stars, the sky is the limit.
Who will be the next Fred Astaire? Only you can decide.
In the middle of the trenches, on the islands of the Japanese Main, as the mustard gas wafts yellow overhead, you hear stories. And you don’t want to believe them. They’re too terrible to be true.
But one night, you see it for yourself: The Ghost Panzer.
In this game of retro horror, you and nine other players work together to survive the most horrifying night of your life. As the Ghost Panzer chases inexorably toward you, survive hordes of undead Japanese banzai warriors, wave upon wave of spectral Luftwaffe fighters, and scattered durum squads to get to Home Base, where Old Glory still waves.
Can you survive the Horror of the Ghost Panzer? It all depends on your dice ... and on your nerve.
Look for the upcoming expansion Band of Brothers: All Quiet ... or Is It?
The woman of Timnah has betrayed you! You love her, but she has been married to another. And out of the lion will come nothing sweet today.
In Fields of Fire, you play the Israelite judge Samson, spurned by the Philistine you gave up everything to marry. Outfoxed in love, you will outfox them in the field.
In one hand, you hold a pair of foxes, tied together at the tail.
In your other hand, you hold a firebrand. The fields are already alight.
Fields of Fire is an area-control game that simulates the life of Samson captured in the pivotal moment of his career: the burning of the fields of Timnah. Each player represents one aspect of Samson’s multiple personalities: the lover, the strong man, the berserker, the riddler, the blind man. Accordingly, in what can only be described as a novel gameplay mechanic, one of you will play using only other players’ pieces, one of you will play with twice as many pieces, another of you will play only with his left hand, yet another of you will play with his pieces upside-down, and still another of you will play with his eyes shut.
Who will burn the largest portion of the fields of Timnah? Will you avenge Samson? Will you buy the Delilah expansion?
Set the foxes loose and fulfill your destiny. Burn more fields than anyone else to earn the most prestige and win the game!
Put down that $20,000 Magic deck and get ready for the big leagues.
When Richard Garfield sat down to design a tennis simulator, he knew what he was doing. Building on his experience with Magic: The Gathering and Jyhad, “Dick” Garfield let loose a masterpiece of the tennis art.
In this predecessor of the modern “euro” game, construct a deck of professional tennis players and their gear, and train them all season long until the day of the Wimbledon matches arrives. Practice on shaded English estates, play rough-and-tumble urban matches in Hong Kong, and try your luck at the world-famous Cairo sets. Build your deck, then go head-to-head with another player to see whose team can sweep the week. Can you Grand Slam?
Featuring an innovative mix of deck construction, real-time play, and dexterity elements, Netrunner puts you into the sweaty, high-priced shoes of a professional tennis player. Earn money, buy better gear, and sign with sponsors as you set your sights on the biggest win of all.
Do you have what it takes to impress the judges? Only one player can earn the prestige points to take home the Wimbledon Cup—will it be you?
The hills are alive ... with the sound of freedom.
In this combination dice and card drafting game, roll your way to freedom over the Swiss Alps as Maria von Trapp and her family of fetching singers. But beware of the evil Baroness Schraeder and slippery Uncle Max. For a thaler, they’d sell you out.
So so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, and off you go to follow your own personal rainbow over the Austrian mountains. Take dice in hand and see what YOU can do with the drapes while Captain von Trapp is gone!
Can you dance the Ländler? Do you marionette? Every song you complete before the grand finale earns you extra prestige points to impress the Reverend Mother and the Kaltzberg Festival judges.
But can you reach the final la ti do before the Nazis find you out? Remember not to trust your butler, and let Rolf keep his kisses to himself—he may offer to thin your deck, but the price could be far too high for your family ... and yourself.
Comes thematically wrapped. Also ask for our soundtrack CD and songbook, sold separately.
It’s chuck wagon time on the Ponderosa! And all there is is beans.
Beans for lunch, beans for supper, beans for the roundup.
That’s because beans are the only thing that will grow in this dry heat. You’ve been robbed blind by rustlers, targeted by squatters, and raided by Indians, but you’ve still got beans.
In Bohnanza, players step into the role of cook for the Ponderosa farm. Can Hoss, Adam, and Little Joe keep the Ponderosa running until the rains come? Everything depends on your green thumb for legumes. Mark out your plots, get up early to weed, and speculate in town to turn a profit on “Those Damn’ Beans”.
But don’t forget to feed the boys! Not only do you sell beans, but the boys and Ben Cartwright eat them. Plant the beans that Adam, Hoss, and Joe like best, then try to sell the excess in Virginia City. The player who earns the most money for the ranch while keeping the boys at their fit-and-fartin’ healthiest will be the winner!
Do you have what it takes to be the bean baron of the American West?
You’re in the pits! Feel the oil under your nails as you go head-to-head with up to 16 friends in this down-and-dirty simulation of the pit crew life. Watch as your cars limp into the pit lane with only bolts to spare. Sprint them back onto the track fully fueled and ready to go another hundred.
Can you keep your driver alive and unmaimed? Play Pit, the family game of high-stakes racing and fatal incinerations, to find out today!
And remember: Every time a bell rings, a stock car driver goes to his eternal reward.
Are you rich? Are you dissolute? Do you drop the hankie?
Secret marriages abound in this new deckbuilding game simulating William Shakespeare’s greatest play. Add allegations of cuckoldry to your deck—promote the unworthy—elope with another player. Anything is possible through witchcraft!
In what Tom Vasel is calling “The next Dominion, I swear,” Othello combines realism and deckbuilding with the sensibilities of a literary work. Instead of buying victory point cards, buy Defense Before The Senate cards, and exchange them in the end for Desdemona. But can you keep her? Will you stay sober? Who will get the hankie? Anything is possible when you act like the cad you are!
Kickstart now to receive the promo card Hamlet: The Awakening, an overpowered card that won’t be available through regular channels. It’s the most thematic thing you’ll do all day!
In this variant of chess, a favorite of Bobby Fischer, all pawns and all pieces except the king are replaced with rooks. What better way to learn strategy with the rook than to have no choice but to! Used extensively by the best chess players, Rook transforms chess from a tactical set piece into a real battle of wits.
Who will be the Rook Master? With a little luck, it could be you.
And when you’ve mastered the rook, try out the sequel: Bishops Are Wild!
“Mye Godd,” says the Queen. “Columbus hath returned.” She runs to change her breeches.
Yes, Columbus is back! And before he can step foot off his ship, he’s already caused a breach of the peace. By the time he’s reached the palace, he’s inciting riots just by looking at people with his benevolent smile. It is rumored he found gold; some people say he found the stairway to heaven. Others say pearls.
You just wonder how you can beat him back to it.
In Chaos in the Old World, you play one of an eager group of unscrupulous European investors jostling for position to try to outmaneuver the returning conqueror Columbus as he audiences before Ferdinand and Isabella.
Behind his back, you’re spreading rumors: Columbus has joined forces with the Arabs and is now in league with the Basques. Columbus has returned carrying with him a deadly disease. Columbus lost two ships to a doldrum and was forced to row the rest of the way to the New World himself. Columbus has in fact merely rediscovered the Isle of Man.
The chaos has begun in the Old World.
But you, on the other hand, have your sights set on the New. You are poised for success where you plan to make Columbus fail: You are a successful cartographer, a brilliant oarsman, a revered bishop. You are a soldier of renown, a mystic whose revelations brook no doubt. You are prepared to bring the king and queen back one of the Everglades as an exhibit.
Can you prevail against Columbus and your fellow players to steal the favor of the Portuguese king and queen away from Columbus for yourself instead? Lie, steal, and assassinate your way to success in the New World. What are a few dead explorers when there is gold to be had?
The chaos will not end until Columbus is discredited, the populace riots down the boulevards, and the last man standing has set sail for the Americas with the Portuguese court’s newly bestowed favor. Will that man be you?
Quick! It’s the new real-time game that’s taking the board gaming world by storm!
Good for everyone from eurogamers to wargamers, from grandparents to toddlers, it’s the newest thing from Germany: Just a Box?: Real-time Boxing. Compete to see who can box up a game of your choice first. Compare your chosen game to the JAB? Table of Difficulty to see what your point multiplier is: choose El Caballero for an easy round but low points, or try first-edition Sekigahara for a real challenge.
Can YOU box up Guildhall more quickly than Aunt Kate can box up Earth Reborn? It’s a race to the finish.
Are you one of the few, one of the elite—one of the real-time boxers? Impress your significant other by boxing up an entire set of Dominion in the time it takes him or her to add up the scores. Sort and bag Case Blue for the ultimate challenge!
Available at any reputable game dealer near you, and also on Kickstarter.
You thought you could always stay chaste, but with all the handsome princes who just came to court you, can you really be sure?
In Virgin Queen, take on the role of a medieval queen determined not to marry. Faced with ever more tempting hunks, will you be the last to stay pure? Or will your father force you to a nunnery on pain of death?
Sequel to the wildly popular Here I Lie Stand, Virgin Queen presents all the real-life challenges committed Renaissance virgins faced: aged yet wealthy nobles, perceived illegitimacy because based on gender, randomly appearing Jewish mothers who insist on grandchildren, and a whole host of others.
So go buy a copy and start resisting temptation today!