Gnome Games announces the 2020 Stocking Stuffer of the Year – L.L.A.M.A. by Amigo Games!
Each year Gnome Games selects one game as the Stocking Stuffer of the Year. The selection criteria include fun factor, replayability, value, and of course the ability to fit inside the normal stocking. The Gnomes do not accept rewards, payment or consideration from the manufacturer in the selection of this award, and evaluate the games by playing them with friends, family, customers, and most importantly with kids as part of the Gnome Games Community Outreach and Family Game Night Program.
The 2020 Stocking stuffer of the Year is L.L.A.M.A – from Amigo Games.
Try to get rid of all your cards so you don’t take any markers, but if you can’t you have a real dillama—should I pick another card or quit? Maybe you can play that card later, but if not you’ve just hurt your score. The player with the fewest markers wins in this game with the name that says it all: Don’t Let Llamas And Markers Accumulate!
Nominated for the 2019 Spiel des Jahres
Unique scoring system adds strategy and risk
From well-known inventor Reiner Knizia (600+ games published)
Made in Germany—European quality and tariff-free!
Ages 8+ 20 Minutes to Play 2 – 6 Players
How to Play LLAMA
Don’t forget that we have other years Stocking Stuffer of the Year available too! Games like Astro Trash, Fluxx, Timeline and others that continue to provide hours of fun for families.
Wonder what the Gnomes would pick if they got to choose their favorite for Friday Night Board Game? Find out March 13th when Anthony picks one of his favorites for Friday Night Board Games!
Want to learn a new game? Then come to Friday Night Board Games every Friday at Gnome Games Green Bay West. There will be a friendly Gnome always on hand to teach you the game of the night and sometimes we even have some special promo items to give away. Stop in and play a new game every Friday!
In Kodama 3D, players will grow trees in three-dimensional space. Players move their kodama pieces around a 4×4 grid of branch tiles in order to pick the branches they want to add to their tree. When a player adds a branch to their tree that doesn’t match what it is touching, they choose a goal card from the ones available. After all players have placed 12 branches on their tree, players score all of their goal cards. The player with the most points wins.
March 13 – Anthony’s Staff Pick!
This Friday we’re letting the Gnomes choose! It’s Anthony’s turn to pick a game for Friday Night Board Game. Come learn to play what he picks! Stop in and see what he’s got on the table!
March 20 – Bees
Bees: The Secret Kingdom is family game based on Bees. In the game, players will choose between creating a honey card, or playing a flower card to get pollen tokens. This simple game has 2 modes, the first is for families and younger players, and second, the advanced one, is for adults.
The basic rules are really simple – players can draw two Gathering cards and play one of them, or make Honey using their gathered Resources. Playing Gathering cards grants all the players Resources tokens, but the player who was using this card will gain the greatest benefit. Despite the small coop erative touch, this is a fully competitive game and only the player who gains the most points wins.
March 27 – Nagaraja
Twin temples of two forgotten divinities containing ancient relics have been discovered in India. You set off on a treasure hunt, racing to find them before your rival, but your progress is slowed by a constantly shifting maze of paths… And eternal damnation awaits anyone foolish enough to uncover the three cursed relics of the evil god Garuda!
MOVE QUICKLY…CHOOSE WISELY! A treasure race packed with tough choices, twists & turns!
In this 2-players game, each player moves around their own temple, which has spaces for room tiles and hiding places for 9 sacred and cursed relics around. These relics are placed randomly, facedown, around the temples and worth victory points once flipped face up. The first player to score 25 victory points wins the game. However, a player loses if they reveal all three cursed relics! Each round, the players compete to win a new room tile by using cards allowing them to throw fate sticks. The player with the most fate points showing on their sticks wins the room tile and places it in their temple. Each player attempts to create paths leading to their relics, enabling them to flip them face up and score victory points. Naga symbols on some sticks let you activate cards with powerful effects, so that you can never take anything for granted…
What’s one of the best ways to spend time with those you love? Playing board games, of course!
Want to learn a new game? Then come to Friday Night Board Games every Friday at Gnome Games Green Bay West. There will be a friendly Gnome always on hand to teach you the game of the night and sometimes we even have some special promo items to give away. Stop in and play a new game every Friday!
The foundation of the oceanic food chain are billions of one-celled organisms that capture the sun’s energy through photosynthesis. Every other oceanic species is a predator, each bigger than the next, all the way up to the dreaded apex predator. And even bigger than apex predators are enormous filter feeders that gently swim through the ocean scooping up everything in their path with their baleen.
The foundation of Oceans is a simple turn structure and a deck of 12 traits, making it easy to learn all of the cards and wade effortlessly into the first game. Additionally, there are 2 randomly chosen scenario cards that activate (and sometimes deactivate) at various points in the game.
This foundation loosely mimics a scientific oceanic ecosystem.
Oceans also includes something which will break the seams of the scientific reality you’ve come to accept: The Deep. The Deep is a deck of 75 unique power cards that require an additional cost to play. These power cards range from things you might discover in nature to the fantastical Kraken or Leviathan.
Oceans is an engine builder where the world of science is disrupted at the seams by scientific phenomena too outlandish to be believed. Players must adapt to the changing environment with an interconnected ecosystem that can survive the march of time, and the natural struggle of predators seeking to survive.
February 14 – Games for Two!
This Friday will be a little different. Instead of one game we’ll be teaching a bunch! Tonight’s games will all be two player games. Patchwork, Mandala, Blossoms….perfect for Valentine’s Day! Come try a bunch of different games of all types.
February 21 – Runes and Regulations
Runes & Regulations is a 2-4 player strategic card game that combines the aggressiveness of a horde of dragons with the passive-aggressiveness of a suburban unicorn.
Immerse yourself in this world of magic and the mundane by summoning mythical pets and casting powerful spells, all within the comfort of your own home.
Goal: Collect 5 Mythical Creatures on your lawn to win.
To do this, you will draw cards from the main deck and add them to your hand. Then use the cards to:
Cast Powerful Spells
Summon Fantastical Creatures
Activate Enchanted Runes
Follow HOA Regulations
You can hex a neighbors creatures, destroy them or even steal them away.
February 28 – Wayfinders
Engines purring, goggles down—the seaplane is set for take-off! Welcome to the whimsical world of Wayfinders, where intrepid explorers race to chart new paths through the skies.
You will need to think on your feet and outfit your planes with the right gear to arrive safely. But building hangars on islands and stocking them with parts can help you zip around with ease! Be sure to be keen in your planning and you will unlock the charms of the islands. Wayfinders is the enchanting route-building game by Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance (Decrypto). Wheels up—adventure awaits!
Cabin fever setting in? Come beat the winter blues with Friday Night Board Games at Gnome Games Green Bay West. There will be a friendly Gnome always on hand to teach you the game of the night and sometimes we even have some special promo items to give away. Stop in and play a new game every Friday!
If you’ve ever dreamt of being an astronaut, Astronomy Fluxx is for you! This version of Fluxx takes you to outer space, but this time it’s not sci-fi. Featuring stunning NASA photographs of planets and other astronomical objects, you’ll have a blast while learning about space and humankind’s space flight history in this latest installment in the educational Fluxx series.
Fluxx is a game about change. It begins very simply, with a couple of core rules, and gradually becomes more complex as cards are played that change the rules. Even how you win will be constantly shifting, so you’re never sure who will win until someone does. With the perfect blend of luck and strategy, every game is different!
Gnome Games has an advance copy of Astronomy Fluxx. It’s not available until January 9th, so come and try it out before anyone else and reserve your copy for the release day!
January 10 – Tsuro Phoenix Rising
Long ago, a vengeful god stole the stars from the night sky. To illuminate the night, hopeful people sent glowing paper lanterns floating toward the heavens. Out of nowhere, clever magical phoenixes appeared, soaring through the sky. As they flew from lantern to lantern, their enchanted touch changed the lanterns into new stars! The phoenix who can create a constellation of seven new stars will be the champion of a world looking for light!
Tsuro: Phoenix Rising is a new entry in the classic Tsuro series. The game shares a bond with the foundations of the venerable original: play tiles, move pawns, and stay in play, but it introduces a revolutionary board that allows for the double-sided tiles to flip and rotate throughout the game, creating diverging paths and opening up new strategies.
Featuring gorgeous phoenix miniatures, beautiful lantern tokens, and unique gameplay elements such as life tokens that allow your phoenix to be reborn from the ashes once per game, Tsuro: Phoenix Rising is a new chapter in the legacy of Tsuro!
January 17 – Ravine
Ravine is a strategic and cooperative survival card game. You and your friends survived the plane crash, but will you survive the night? Work together to forage for food, craft a fire, and build shelters, but be wary: every step you take in the ravine could be one step closer to madness.
During the Day, players risk their hearts to leave camp and forage for food and supplies. Before sunset, players work together, share what they found, and craft supplies. If you prepare well enough, you may survive the Night.
Be prepared for more than just bumps in the night. Weather, animals, and other wild things will put you and your team to the test. BEWARE: Fall below two hearts and you will go mad.
Lose all of your hearts to risk or the elements, and you lose the game. Survive all of the Night cards in your deck, and you win.
January 24 – Dust in the Wings
Dust in the Wings is a family game of perception, planning, and picturing the beauty of nature. Built on the wisdom of Mancala — a beloved game known for thousands of years — Dust in the Wings creates an experience that is light on rules, engaging in its gameplay, and wondrous to the eye!
At the beginning of the game, Butterflies are placed on each flower in the Meadow, a 5×5 grid on the main game board. During each turn, a player attempts to fulfill the requirements of various objectives in order to score victory points.
The board is manipulated Mancala style. The active player will choose a single Meadow space and pick up all Butterflies from that space. One by one, these Butterflies are dispersed. The first Butterfly is placed onto any one Meadow space adjacent to the space which the Butterflies were picked up from. The next Butterfly is placed onto any one Meadow space adjacent to that space, and so on.
The goal is to place the last Butterfly onto a Meadow space so that the space fulfills the requirement of a Gathering objective or Composition objective. At the end of the game, a player’s score is calculated. Each Composition card is worth a number of points as indicated on the card. The values of various Scoring markers, which were collected when completing Gathering objectives, are also added to the final tally.
The player with the most points is the winner!
January 31 – Quirky Circuits
Quirky Circuits is a game of robot programming silliness in which each player contributes to the programming of an adorable robo-friend. But be warned — no one knows which commands the other players will be tossing in! Will you be able to help the little robot complete its task, or will you unleash automated mayhem? Be careful for you’ll have to work together before your robot’s battery is drained! With 21 scenarios of increasing intensity, Quirky Circuits is guaranteed to provide hours of brain-bending fun.
St. Nick comes tonight, have you put your stocking out? Here’s a few more of our Gnomes’ favorite holiday games from their Christmas Stockings!
Akeem’s Pick – The Resistance Avalon
This is a great game to play with 5 people, but also great game to play with 10 people!! I have played this game with adult friends, my 4th grade students, and in non gaming circles, and it has always been a hit. It’s an engaging social deduction game, that is quick to play and never looks the same with each round you play! A bluffing game that really makes you think, where alliances can be made and broken instantly!
In this hidden role game, players are randomly assigned to a team of either good or evil and have to work together to achieve their team’s objective. With a King Arthur theme, all players will go through a quick dialog to start that sets the tone for the game. Although few, the Evil Team (minions of Mordred) get to know who each other are. Unfortunately, the Good Team is left in the dark to start and unsure of who to trust. One player will assume the role of Merlin (servant to King Arthur). He knows the identity of the evil servants, but must remain hidden or the game is lost. The Evil Team will attempt to stop the Good Team (servants of King Arthur) in their efforts to complete quests without giving it away that they are playing for the evil side. If a minion of Mordred manages to get themselves on a quest mission, they can cause it to fail. Three failed quests or three successful quests determines the winner. Servants of Arthur must use a healthy amount of discussion, accusation, and deduction to determine who is loyal to whom.
Emery’s Pick – Uno
My staff holiday pick this year is Uno! The reason that I love Uno so much is because it’s a classic that I grew up playing, and it’s a game that’s easy to learn. The goal of Uno is to be the first player to get rid of all the cards in your hand. The way to achieve this is to match the color or number of the card that the person laid down before you. If you don’t have any matching cards, you have to draw cards until you are able to do so. You can also attempt to thwart your opponents by playing cards which cause them to draw more cards or skip their turn. Don’t forget to yell out “Uno!” when you have one card left in your hand.
The fast pace and simple rules makes Uno the perfect game for anyone to join in on. I’ve played this game with both friends and college roommates, and its level of enjoyment has held up for well over a decade. There are also endless versions of Uno to choose from such as Unocorns, BTS Uno, Harry Potter Uno, Super Mario Uno, Captain Marvel Uno, Minecraft Uno, Flip Uno, and much more!
Sam’s Pick – Bang!: The Dice Game
Bang!: The Dice Game is a push-your-luck social deduction game. This game does a really nice job of combining mechanics prevalent in a lot of dice games and adding social deduction elements. At the beginning of the game each player gets a character and a role. The character will give you some small bonus ability to help stack the odds in your favor. There are four different roles in the base game, Sheriff, Deputy, Outlaw, and Renegade. Sheriff is trying to defeat the Outlaws, Deputy tries to protect the Sheriff, Outlaws try to defeat the Sheriff and the Renegade tries to be the last man standing.
After each player has a character and role, the game begins! The game starts with the Sheriff rolling all five of the dice. Each side of the dice has an action tied to it, basically you can shoot other players, heal yourself, get shot with arrows, or have dynamite explode in your hands! The game ends once The Sheriff dies, all outlaws are dealt with, or the Renegade is the last one surviving.
This game works well for all groups of people. It is one of those games that is just engrossing enough to keep you entertained but allows for conversation around the table. It is not a hard game to learn, but there is a good balance between luck and skill involved. After mastering the base game; the expansion Bang! The Dice Game Old Saloon, offers a lot of new content including new roles (and role abilities), characters, and dice!
Dillon’s Pick – Gloom (of Thrones)
Gloom is a great game for those that don’t want to let go of the month of October just yet. In it you are tasked with making your family as miserable as possible before their untimely demise, you also must try to make other families as happy as possible while doing this. For even more fun, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, theirs a new edition of Gloom “Gloom of Thrones” where you get cards and families based off the books\show (maybe you can make a better ending than the show). I usually play this with my wife and friends whenever we can and have a few of the expansions to go with it.
Shelby’s Pick – Red Dragon Inn
The red dragon inn is a PG-13 game centering around a group of adventures who have just returned from a long day of dungeon crawling and looting. After getting healed up and cleaned up they have decided to spend a night partying at the Red Dragon inn. The aim of the game is to be the last adventurer conscious with gold in their pouch, as you and your party mates enjoy a night of rough-housing, drinking and gambling.
I normally play this game with a group of 6 or more friends. Although the box says 2-4 characters, the game comes with many expansions and quirky characters to get bigger parties and more exciting events, one of which being a villain vs heroes play style available with some expansions. We all love the game simply for its complex but easy to follow mechanics and its funny characters with their own unique decks and abilities. This game is an all around fun experience with a lot of replay ability, making it perfect for group of friends or a (teenage kid) family game night.
Board games are always fun for the holidays! Want to learn some brad new games for this holiday season? Then come to Friday Night Board Games every Friday at Gnome Games Green Bay West There will be a friendly Gnome always on hand to teach you the game of the night and sometimes we even have some special promo items to give away. Stop in and play a new game every Friday!
Harry Potter: Death Eaters Rising captures the difficulties and terrors Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger face during their fifth year at Hogwarts as they scramble to persuade the wizarding world of Voldemort’s return.
In Harry Potter: Death Eaters Rising, each player must assemble teams of witches and wizards from the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore’s Army, and Hogwarts to fight against the growing threat of the Dark Lord. Starting with either Harry Potter or Hermione Granger representing Dumbledore’s Army, Minerva McGonagall or Albus Dumbledore from Hogwarts, or Nymphadora Tonks or Sirius Black from the Order of the Phoenix, players will be able to rally a variety of year-5 characters to their cause, such as Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Alastor Moody, Mrs. Norris, Severus Snape, and Rubeus Hagrid. The collective armies and players must then work together to stop the spread of dark influence throughout the wizarding world.
Players have to battle Dark Wizards Peter Pettigrew, Bellatrix Lestrange, Lucius Malfoy, and others who bear the dark mark for control of key wizarding world locations, including the Ministry of Magic, Diagon Alley, and Hogsmeade Village. To be successful, players must vanquish Voldemort’s Death Eaters and eventually defeat You-Know-Who before they corrupt and take control the wizarding world.
December 13 – Aquicorn Cove
When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a big storm, Lana remembers how much she’s missed the ocean — and the strong, reassuring presence of her aunt. As Lana explores the familiar beach, she discovers something incredible: a colony of aquicorns, small magical seahorse-like creatures that live in the coral reef. Lana rescues an injured aquicorn and cares for it with the help of her aunt, who may know more about these strange creatures than she’s willing to admit. But when a second storm threatens to reach the town, choices made many years ago about how to co-exist with the sea start to rise to the surface. Lana realizes she will need to find the strength to stand on her own, even when it means standing up to the people who she has always relied on to protect her.
In the co-operative game The Aquicorn Cove Board Game, 2-4 players take on the roles of members of a small fishing village struggling to survive while maintaining a balance with the natural world. To win, the villagers must feed and grow their village, while helping to restore the health of the reef and aquatic ecosystem. The villagers are fortunate, though, and the waters of their cove are home to the beautiful and benevolent aquicorns, as well as the wondrous reef guardian Aure, who can help them both to understand the impact humans are having on the environment and to save the village.
December 20 – Clip Cut Parks
ClipCut Parks is a first of its kind, innovating roll-and-write gameplay as the first roll-and-cut game!
The city needs your help! The mayor has called on you to create a set of gorgeous parks with greenery to beautify the urban landscape. With a pair of scissors and a plan, use your snipping talents to clip a park full of dazzling multi-colored features. The first player to complete five park cards wins!
December 27 – Paranormal Detectives
You open your eyes to discover the most horrible truth of a lifetime… It has just come to an end and you are a ghost, floating in the air! Terrified, you look at your own body. A group of strange individuals have gathered around your mortal remains, watching it closely with sparks of fascination in their eyes. They want to communicate with you to discover how your life ended. You need to talk to them and reveal the truth so the culprit can be judged!
Paranormal Detectives is a deduction party game. One player takes the role of a Ghost. All other players work as Paranormal Detectives and need to discover how the victim died. Using paranormal abilities they will communicate with the Ghost, asking open questions about the details of the crime. The Ghost answers in a variety of ghostly ways – by arranging a hangman’s knot, playing chosen cards, creating a word puzzle on a board, drawing by holding the hand of a detective and many more!
At the beginning of the game, the Ghost player receives a story card with a full description of the murder. Each card depicts all the details of the case. Each Detective receives asymmetrical, pre-constructed set of interaction cards, player investigation sheet, and a player screen.
On their turn, each Detective asks the Ghost any open question they want and plays a single interaction card. The card implies the way the Ghost may answer the question. There are 9 different interactions total, most of them giving information to all Detectives. Since Detectives may ask any open questions and interaction cards vary, the game allows for lots of creativity for both the Ghost and Paranormal Detectives.
Detectives may try, twice during the game, to guess what has actually happened to the victim stating who was the killer, where did it happen, what was the motive, how was it done and what was the murder weapon. Then the Ghost writes down secretly on this Detective’s investigation sheet how many of their answers are correct.
The game can end in two ways:
If a Detective gives all correct answers. In this case, they win, together with the Ghost player.
If all Detectives run out of interaction cards. In this case, if no one has guessed everything correctly then, whoever guessed correctly the most information is the sole winner of the game!
Gnome Games Black Friday, Small Business Saturday – Just Desserts Sale! Friday November 29 – Sunday December 1st
Looking for great deals, free gift wrapping, the best customer service in the world and lots of fun and games? Gnome Games has it for you during our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Just Desserts Sale this weekend at all Gnome Games stores
Gnome Games invites you to stop in and grab the latest games and accessories for everyone on your list. We offer Free Gift Wrapping all season long as well as special ordering for those hard to find games.
This weekend we also invite you to stop in for a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or cider while you relax and play one of the games from our game library. You’ll also find some great deals on a lot of games all weekend long.
Plus all weekend long you’ll get your Just Desserts after you spend $40 or more in a single purchase!
FREE BOX BANDS!
Get a FREE BOX BAND with every board game over $40!
Here’s some of the deals you’ll find this weekend:
Watch as we add more goodies to this list – then check it twice, and when they are gone they are gone!
It’s a tradition every year for Gnome Games staff to choose one among the many, many games they see every day as their Holiday Game Pick. It’s hard to select just one when you see so many great games on our shelves, but here are some of our Gnomes’ favorites this year!
Jen’s Pick – Qwixx
Looking for a quick game that the entire family can play together? Check out Qwixx!
Qwixx is a fast-paced dice-rolling game with simple rules – players use the roll of the dice to cross off numbers from their score sheet. The more numbers they cross off, the more points they score, but there’s a catch: the active player has extra dice to use.
Qwixx is a great family game with the perfect blend of luck and decision-making that everyone can enjoy. Qwixx comes in a standard version that accommodates 2-5 players, which is small enough to throw in a purse or backpack for fun on the go; there’s also a Deluxe version that lets up to 8 people play and includes dry-erase boards, markers, and an alternate version for even more fun!
Qwixx is one of those games that sees play at our house quite often. With its simple rules, fast pace, and just enough strategy to keep everyone thinking, it’s easy to get hooked on Qwixx! – Jen
Mike’s Pick – Pathfinder Second Edition
The second edition of Pathfinder brings a bevy of character choices to help any group of role-players tailor their character ideas to the fun, new mechanics of Paizo’s game. Do you want to bring a furious warden who guards the dead and punches ghosts? A scoundrel of a rogue smoothly talking their friends out of trouble they most assuredly got themselves into? A goblin champion of the goddess of beauty, who finds the best thing in life is redeeming those the world thought lost to evil’s grasp? A former barkeep, forced to take up the sword and shield after one too many barfights burned down your livelihood and left only a life of adventure to locate those responsible and bring them to justice?
The possibilities that Pathfinder’s second edition allows for in the RPG skeleton that they provide lets players and GM alike to flesh out their game into a fantastic shared experience. Don’t get me wrong, I love first edition Pathfinder. Both allow for a degree of customization in mechanics that provides a platform for creative ideas and unique problem-solving tools for those who pick up their dice to play. Diving into the new edition has been exciting and rewarding in play, allowing for the moments of joy and reward that I’ve always looked for in a RPG. I highly suggest giving the new edition a chance at your game table soon! – Mike
Hannah’s Pick – Spell Smashers
Use your vocabulary as your weapon in Spell Smashers!
Slay monsters by spelling creative words that take advantage of your enemy’s weakness but be careful – every fight brings the risk of being wounded! Wounds force you to use tricky combinations of letters in your upcoming battles. After you emerge victorious, you can spend your hard-earned loot in town on new weapons and equipment, take on quests for fortune and fame, stop at the tavern to brag about your battle scars, or pay the local doctor to patch you up.
Spell Smashers can be played with up to five players, but if you can’t find anyone to spell your way to victory with, this game does have a solo variant that plays just as well as the multiplayer version. As a game that balances both competitive and cooperative strategy as well as wordplay, Spell Smashers will appeal to all types of players. – Hannah
Robin’s Pick – Godsforge
Roll dice, craft creations and spells and try to eliminate your opponents to take control of the Godsforge! Choose your cards carefully; as you’re attacking the player to your left, the player to your right will be attacking you. Once a player is eliminated, remaining players take significant damage every round, speeding the game to a conclusion so everyone can join back in for another round. Best of all, players take their actions simultaneously, so no waiting around for your turn!
The stunning illustrations of this game are unconventional and perfectly capture the feel of the game’s tone and setting. The artist, Diego L. Rodriguez was discovered by a fortuitous mistake. A different artist with the same name had been recommended, but the team found this artist and his style was a great match! – Robin
Anthony’s Pick – Terraforming Mars
Giant corporations, sponsored by the government on earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, oxygen level, and ocean coverage of the planet Mars until the world is inhabitable. You are one of the corporations earning victory points, awarded for your contribution to the terraforming, and advancing human infrastructure in the solar system. Once, Mars has reached its desired levels of temperature, oxygen level, and ocean coverage, the game is over, and players tally their points to see which corporation is victorious.
I play Terraforming Mars because I am a huge nerd and love Cosmology and resource-based strategy games. I play with my friends and twice a year all of my cousins get together to play and catch up with each other.
There are plenty of expansions to keep adding new aspects to the game. They are: Terraforming Mars Prelude, Terraforming Mars Colonies, Terraforming Mars Turmoil, Terraforming Mars Venus Next, Terraforming Hellas & Elysium: The other side of Mars.
This is only part one – keep an eye out for the rest soon!
The Gnomes are headed to Minnesota for Anime Fusion and a weekend of fun and games!
It’s time for Anime Fusion – Friday October 18 – Sunday October 20 and Gnome Games will be there with all of your favorite tabletop games. We have a full weekend of play opportunities scheduled and will have our traveling game library available for you to play from 10 AM until midnight every day!
Anime Fusion is celebrating 8 years this year with the theme of Infinite Possibilities and we are excited to be back for our second year with the convention. We’ll be playing in Conference Room F in the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Anime Fusion Registration Information
You can get badges and register at the door
Walk-Up (At the Door) Registration:
Full Weekend: $45
Friday Only: $20
Saturday Only: $30
Sunday Only: $15
Children ages 5 and under are FREE and do not need to register for a badge. Parents/guardians are responsible for their children at all times.
What’s the Gnome Games Tabletop Room Schedule
We have a full weekend of fun and games scheduled for Anime Fusion. This includes a Pokemon Cosmic Eclipse Prerelease, several Magic the Gathering events, Yu-Gi-Oh! And other card games. Plus there’s a little late night gaming with Werewold, CAH, Red Flags and Heebie Jeebies, along with one of the largest traveling game libraries for you to enjoy all weekend long.
Would your convention or event like to have the Gnomes excite your guests with a complete Tabletop solution? Email us at HQ (at) GnomeGames.com and let’s get the conversation started! We’ve been hosting tabletop at events for up to 17,000 people for over 15 years and can take all the work out of providing play for your guests!
Calling all Archons! Æmbershards are up for grabs!
The day is still young, but there are now many more Vaults awaiting your discovery. Within them? Many secrets… and a myriad of valuable Æmbershards, which you may exchange for prizes at Vault Tours and any other keyforge events that feature a Prize Wall.
And now—in the Time of Triumph —you can enrich your Master Vault account with even more of these elusive Æmbershards by participating in the ChainBound events held at all Gnome Games locations!
In order to play in chainbound events players are REQUIRED to have a Master Vault QR code (can be printed or on phone). If you need help finding or setting up your account stop in early for your event!
Gnome Games Green Bay East (GBE) 1683 E. Mason Street, Green Bay, WI, 54302 Every Friday at 5:30pm Formats: Each week will be Single Archon Best of One, except the fourth week in each month which will be Sealed Archon Best of One. Cost: $5 for Single Archon, $15 for Sealed Archon
Gnome Games Green Bay West (GBW) 2160 S. Ridge Road, Green Bay, WI, 54304 Every Saturday at 2pm Formats: Each week will be Single Archon Best of One, except the seccond Saturday in each month which will be Sealed Archon Best of One. Cost: $5 for Single Archon, $15 for Sealed Archon
Gnome Games Appleton East (APE) W3192 County Rd KK Suite H, Appleton, WI 54915 Every Sunday at 1pm Formats: Each week will be Single Archon Best of One, except the third Sunday in each month which will be Sealed Archon Best of One. Cost: $5 for Single Archon, $15 for Sealed Archon
What are these fabulous Prizes?
Prizes include the following:
1 Æmbershard will be added to your Master Vault for entering a Chainbound Event
1 Æmbershard will be added to your Master Vault for each game you win
1 Archon Deck will be added to the prize pool for every 2 players entered. Half of the prize decks will be given to top finishing players, the other half will be given out randomly – determined by the TO.
Participation – House specific Promo Cards for Æmber, Power and Stun (depending on season, while supplies last!)
How do I improve my Power?
Power level and Handicap Chains are an awesome way to prove your skill as well as balance the local meta! Chains will be assigned or reduced at the end of each event using the following charts. Your decks power rating (based on accumulated chains is listed in column 3). Will you get your favorite Archon to power level 4!?
There are so many interesting games that come out every year it’s often hard to narrow our choices down to one! Whenever you stop into any Gnome Games store you can ask the staff what their favorite game is, and you’ll probably get a different answer every time. Sometimes even within the same day! All of our staff play different games, and we always talk to each other about what we saw that looks cool, so there is always something new to see when you come in.
Nate’s Staff Pick – Sword Crafters
30 minutes 2-5 players Ages 8+
Have you ever wanted to make your very own 3-D magic sword? Now you can!
In Sword Crafters, each player starts with a hilt. Then take turns dividing and selecting materials. Combine them to forge the highest scoring blade. Blades are judged on length, quality and magic so make sure to select the best materials!
This game is a great quick game that brings all ages to the game table. Younger players will love matching gems and building their awesome swords and more experienced players will enjoy the strategy of dividing and selecting crafting materials! Pick up this Gem and Forge some holiday memories! – Nate
Colby’s Staff Pick – Concept and Concept for Kids
Take Pictionary and Charades, smash them together and what do you have? Concept! Concept is a fantastic party game that can either be played cooperatively or competitively. The objective is to grab a card, decide on a topic and then get everyone to guess what it is. Sounds a bit like charades huh? The only difference, you are using pictures instead of words! Use tokens to help get the point across. There are tons of different pictures to use including pictures of colors, objects, shapes, etc.
Perhaps you are looking for a game you can play with the young ones too. After all, who doesn’t love a good family game night? Concept for Kids takes the… concept… of Concept and makes it easier for kids to understand. It removes all other topics and focuses exclusively on animals. Instead of reading a word, you have a picture of the animal. Beyond that, the game plays relatively similar! Get the table to guess what animal you have a picture of!
This is the best game you will play with your family and your friends! – Colby
Based on the game Button Men the Sailor Moon Crystal Dice Challenge offers new ways to play with lots of fun dice in a quick battle game. Choose a character (there are over 20 in the box!), battle another character, capture their dice or use power ups wisely to win the challenge, and move on to the next challenger! Most matches are quick and last only around 5 minutes. There are optional rules for team play and even rules for larger social play at conventions or parties (even includes a couple lanyards for social play). Lots of cards with beautiful character art from the new series and colorful dice make it a pretty game as well.
Sailor Moon was one of mine and my friends favorite shows. She’s recognized around the world and every fan has their favorite character. In Sailor Moon Crystal Dice Challenge you can battle as your favorite character, or team up with your friends! I think one of the most interesting parts is the way it can be played with large groups at events. I can’t wait to try that out! There haven’t been many Sailor Moon themed games released outside Japan, so if you are a Sailor Moon fan, or like quick play dice games, this is the one – the one named Sailor Moon! – jocelyn
Adam’s Staff Pick – Star Wars Role Playing Game
For over four decades, the Star Wars Cinematic Universe has captured the imagination of Average Joes and Sci-Fi Nerds alike. Play your own role in shaping that universe with the Fantasy Flight Games: Star Wars RPG! Using FFG’s Narrative Dice System you and your friends can play through scenes and create a dynamic story that puts a personal twist on the adventures you grew up with! Help destroy the original Death Star, lead an imperial strike force to capture the Rebel’s base on Hoth, or lead a band of smugglers through endless shenanigans in the Outer Rim. With three different core books to choose from, you can start with the style that best suits your group. Give it a shot, roll some dice, and may the force be with you! – Adam
Beckie’s Staff Pick- Dixit
Once we got word from the military that my husband would be stationed in California, we made it a priority to explore and find a good local gaming store. Through luck, some other Wisconsin friends also happened to live in the area, and they showed us a spot to go and relax and meet new people to enjoy our time with. Dixit was the first game we played with new people that really broke the ice and opened conversation about other games the players enjoyed. It was a gateway game to get to know our new group better and also explore the titles that caught our attention. It was great getting to hear favorite times playing other games. Dixit to me was so much more than just the game, it opens people up to happy memories. – Beckie
Wonder what the Gnomes like this year? Look no further – here is the annual Christmas Staff Picks (Part 1)! You can always come into any Gnome Games store and we will be happy to share all our current and old favorites, but here are some of our special games for the holidays.
Dale’s Staff Pick – Betrayal at the House on the Hill
Betrayal at the House on the Hill: Do you like haunted house movies? How about episodes of Scooby-Doo? Then this is the game for you.
Work together to search the House on the Hill. But BEWARE! One of you will turn on the others.
Walk through the house, flipping tiles for each new room. Most rooms will contain events. And while you start out working together, eventually one of you will BETRAY the others Mwahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!
(There’s a great legacy version now available too!) – Dale
Hannah’s Staff Pick – Sunset over Water
Sunset over Water is a beautiful game that puts players in the shoes of a travelling artist, hiking across the countryside to paint the perfect landscape. Each landscape contains a mixture of different features, from flowers to mountains. In order to turn a profit from their paintings, each artist must try to appeal to the tastes of current commissioners – this is how a player earns points.
At the beginning of each round, each player chooses when they want to wake up. The early birds get to go before anyone else gets a chance, snatching up the most desirable painting spots; but they’re still tired, so they can’t move as far or paint as much. Those who sleep in, on the other hand, may not get first dibs but they do have the chance to take a long walk and paint several landscapes in one day.
As a single person game, Sunset over Water feels like a logic game where the player must plan their moves out carefully, deciding what needs to be done and in what order before they run out of time. With several people pitted against each other, strategies for cutting off your opponents or claiming the resources your opponents want become important. – Hannah
Jen’s Staff Pick – Bring Your Own Book
Bring Your Own Book is a great game for families and groups. Each player grabs a book – any book, fiction, non-fiction, auto repair manual, cookbook, it doesn’t matter. Every player flips through their book to find a phrase to best satisfy the prompt for the round. Find the name of an action film in your psychology textbook. Does your cookbook have a good line from a country song? What would Shakespeare have to say to graduating seniors?
Bring Your Own Book is a great way to exercise creativity and make unusual connections. It’s also an enjoyable way to break the ice in a group of people.
Bring Your Own Book is listed for 3+ players, ages 12 and up (although I’ve had success with younger players also). – Jen
Mike’s Staff Pick – A Song of Ice & Fire Tabletop Miniature Game
A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game is an exciting back and forth strategy game that pits the various houses and factions of the world of “A Game of Thrones” against each other for military dominance. With the core game providing multiple scenarios for play, terrain, miniatures for Houses Lannister and Stark two players can launch into deciding who would really win if The Mountain were to face Robb Stark.
Expansions add additional factions, with each faction being its own colored plastic: allowing for game play directly out of the box as well providing excellent figures for a hobbyist to bring to life. A Song of Ice & Fire is my staff pick this year because I’ve wanted the opportunity to conquer the battlefield with the Starks or the Night’s Watch since reading the books years ago. Plus I can help prepare myself for the massive battles coming in the final season of the show! – Mike
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