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Staff Pick: Power Grid

Monday, Oct 19, 2015 at 3:26pm

Power Grid is the ultimate resource and money management game. As they player you take on the role of power plant manager. You must bid on power plants, buy raw materials to power said plants, and build a network of connected cities.

Players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection, and then bid against each other to purchase the power plants that they use to power their cities.

However, as plants are purchased, newer, more efficient plants become available, so by merely purchasing, you're potentially allowing others access to superior equipment.

Additionally, players must acquire the raw materials (coal, oil, garbage, and uranium) needed to power said plants (except for the 'renewable' windfarm/ solar plants, which require no fuel), making it a constant struggle to upgrade your plants for maximum efficiency while still retaining enough wealth to quickly expand your network to get the cheapest routes.

After playing this game more than 10 times, it has yet to become predictable or repetitive. It plays with up to 6 players, which as a social gamer, is a feature I am always looking for in any game. Power Grid provides a fun, and challenging gaming experience that I would highly recommend for serious and casual gamers alike.

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Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn

Wednesday, Oct 07, 2015 at 5:40pm

You decide who will rise and who will fall… to the ashes

In our October Featured Game, Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, you are a Phoenixborn — a powerful magic wielder battling other Phoenixborn in a duel of wits and magical prowess. Cast spells and summon allies in an effort to destroy your opponents and win the game.

This new offering from Plaid Hat Games features a streamlined card combat system, allowing players to pick their starting hand and using custom dice to generate power for spells. Unbelievable artwork, speedy play (15 minutes per player) for up to four players and six unique Phoenixborn with all the cards necessary for their recommended decks make this a must buy for any strategy game lover.

Ages 14 & up, playing time 30 minutes to 2 hours.

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New in stock: CODENAMES

Tuesday, Oct 06, 2015 at 5:18pm

New in our games section is CODENAMES a new card game where you play the role of spymaster.

Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES.

In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.

The game can be played with 2-8 players, which makes it great for family get togethers, or one on one. It is recommended for ages 14 and up.

CODENAMES: Win or lose, it's fun to figure out the clues.

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New in stock: STAR WARS Armada

Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 at 10:23am

New to our collection is the new two-player miniatures game, Star Wars: Armada.

Take command of the unmatched power of the Imperial fleet, or gain the opportunity to prove your tactical acumen as an admiral in the Rebel Alliance. Massive Star Destroyers fly to battle against Rebel corvettes and frigates. Banks of turbolasers unleash torrential volleys of fire against squadrons of X-wings and TIEs.

Assemble your fleet, survey your objectives, form your battle plan, plot your course, call your shots, and destroy the enemy. Armada balances the awesome scale of the Star Wars galaxy’s ships and space warfare with ship designs and rules that make for accessible, intuitive play experiences. It’s your job to issue the tactical commands that will decide the course of battle and, perhaps, the fate of the galaxy.

The Star Wars: Armada Core Set, which contains everything you need to get started, is required to play. There are also a number of expansion packs -- including extra fighter squadrons and capital ships such as the Rebel's Assault Frigate Mark II and the Imperial Gladiator-class Star Destroyer -- to increase the size and firepower of your personal armada. Look below for a full list of the current expansion packs available at McNally Robinson. A second wave of expansions is also in the works, which we'll be sure to get once released.

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Helios: Let the Sun Shine In with this Game of Strategy

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 1:34pm

Helios is a game that involves 2-to-4 players who assume the roles of high priests in a fantasy world of the sun god Ahau. In the game, players are trying to win by developing the most splendid civilizations through expanding cities and building temples. The most interesting aspect of Helios is that the sun marker on each person’s player board drives the core mechanics of the game.

The limited actions and many scoring methods make for a fascinating combination of easy choices and important consequences. There are many paths to victory.

Helios lasts for four rounds and an average game only takes 60 minutes to finish. Actually, the fast play is why a lot of people really enjoy the game. It offers a lot of tactical and strategic depth in a very concise package. The artwork by Dennis Lohausen is another distinguishing feature of Helios.

For ages 10 & up. Price $65.00.

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