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FNM To-Go! A little Magic for Fridays from Gnome Games

Starting June 5th, Gnome Games is bringing a little Magic back to Fridays!

Due to Covid-19 we are all experiencing similar feelings of loss of community as gathering for events, leagues and Planeswalker Power program have had to be put on hold. Gnome Games wants to give you some opportunities to safely earn some rewards and remind the community that Magic is still going strong!

There are Two ways you can help:

1. Stop and shop at Gnome Games on Friday

Gnome Games is OPEN 10am – 6pm every Friday for limited shopping (masks required) and curbside pickup! Every purchase of sealed Magic: The Gathering will come with a reward* as a thank-you for showing your support to us and Magic!

  • Any New Sealed Magic purchase – 1 Random Promo card
  • Purchase $35 or more new Magic – 1 Normal Promo pack of your choice from available Promo Packs
  • Purchase $70 or more new Magic – 1 additional Normal Promo pack of your choice from available Promo Packs
  • Purchase $100 or more new Magic – 1 premium Promo pack from available Premium Promo Packs
  • You can earn up to 3 total Promo Packs (2 regular, 1 Premium, plus 1 promo card each Friday!)

Sealed products include: Booster packs (collectors and draft), Boxes, Bundles, Commander decks, Planeswalker decks and Box sets for Magic The Gathering.

*While supplies last. Each customer can earn each reward only once per week.

Interested in pre-ordering Core 2021? Preorder and save HERE

2. Play Arena and Share with the community

Play Arena Online – Every Friday Magic: Arena has a special Friday Event where you can earn digital in game rewards! Wizards of the Coast has given us reward codes to distribute to players who share their play experiences with the community!

Magic: Arena can be downloaded for PC HERE

How to get your Free Arena code: Play Magic: Arena’s Friday format (see below for formats). You will earn prizes for your first two wins within the game. Share a Screenshot and Tag your favorite Gnome Games Store to either your personal Facebook wall, or any Public Magic the Gathering Facebook page like Green Bay Magic.

Here are the Gnome Games Page links to use in your tags

Gnome Games Green Bay West
Gnome Games Green Bay East
Gnome Games Appleton

 

When you tag us it will send us a notification and we will get your prize code sent via private message. Then just redeem it and enjoy some in game perks!

Upcoming Arena FNM formats:

June 5 – Historic

  • Bring a 60-card deck from among any cards available on MTG Arena.

June 12 – Momir

  • You’ll have a deck of all basic lands and an emblem you can click to discard a card and pay X to make a token copy of a random creature card with converted mana cost X.

June 19 – Historic Brawl

  • Not quite Commander at home, but close. Build a 60-card Brawl deck with your Standard and Historic cards, then battle others.

Thank You!

We miss having you all at our tables and we look forward to a time when we can all get together safely. If you have any questions or comments about this program we want to hear from you! Message us on facebook or email us at [email protected]

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What’s new – Warhammer 40K New Edition preview and Adeptus Mechanicus Preorders

New Adeptus Mechanicus available at Gnome Games

What’s new for Warhammer 40K – New Edition Preview and Adeptus Mechanicus Preorders!

Saturday morning is made for Warhammer 40K and Age of Sigmar at the Gnome, and it’s time for a look at what’s new!  This week we have a sneak peek at what awaits in the next edition of Warhammer 40K and some new miniature choices for an old favorite – Adeptus Mechanicus.  Don’t forget to preorder online before Tuesday June 2nd to take advantage of the Gnome Games preorder special as well!

Warhammer 40K New Edition

Last week Games workshop shook things up a bit with the announcement of a new edition of Warhammer 40K.  While we don’t have a date for it yet, and many of the details are still a long way off we do know a few things.

First you can learn about all of the news as it happens on the new Warhammer 40K site.  Don’t worry that you won’t be able to get the cool stuff from Gnome Games – if Games Workshop has it – we can get it for you, and with the Gnome Games Preorder program we’ll save you a little bit of cash as well .  Every Saturday we’ll give you a preorder for the following week (we can’t share that information before Saturday or the folks in Nottingham will send some suit with a chainsword to wreak havoc) and when you preorder online by Tuesday 9 AM – we’ll take at least 10% off your preorder.   Your miniatures will be available Saturday morning at release, waiting for you to assemble paint and play with!

Now here’s a Sneak Peek at the new Warhammer 40K edition trailer

The cool things we already know –

  • Current Codexes and troops will all be playable in the new edition.
  • Narrative play experience – battle experience can be used to improve and harden your troops!
  • Tanks are back!
  • Terrain matters!
  • Combat Patrols to Apocalypse – it’a ll in here
  • New Strategic Reserves
  • The Head Gnomes favorite – Artillery and big guns on the table!
  • Up in the air! YES! – Watch the video to learn more!

Gnome Games will be ready for the new edition and get your armies to you!

What’s New – Adeptus Mechanicus New releases – June 6

Adeptus Mechanicus is getting some new firepower, new troops and a Psychic Awakening on June 6.  Preorder your miniatures and books from Gnome Games before 9 AM June 2 and we’ll have them waiting for you on Saturday June 6, and when you preorder online, you’ll save 10%!   It’s our way of saying thank you for preordering with us (and doing all the data entry work).  Just head over to the Preorder page and grab what you want!

Adeptus Mechanicus newrelease available at Gnome Games

Here’s the new Adeptus Mechanicus releases –

The Rules

Psychic Awakening – Engine War – all the rules and information you;ll need to assemble, deploy and command your Adeptus Mechanicus forces.

The Troops

Warhammer 40K Start Collecting! Adeptus Mechanicus – a new start collecting box with a lot of great options to get started or reinforce your army.

In the Air

Adeptus Mechanicus  Pteraxii – The 5 figure Pteraxii kit builds two new units – the Sterylizors and Skystalkers – to expand the tactical options of the armed forces of the Omnissiah.

Adeptus Mechanicus Archaeopter – the design of the Archaeopter can be assembled in 3 different configureations – the Transvector, Stratoraptor and Fusilave; as a troop transport,  a gunship or as a tactical bomber!

Calvary and Scouts!

Adeptus Mechanicus Serbery’s Raiders – 3 mounted cavalry that can be assembled to be Serberys Raiders or the Serberys Sulphurhounds and are the scouts and shock cavalry of the Adeptus Mechanicus.

The Leader

Adeptus Mecahnicus Tech-Priest Manipulus – on a 50mm base this new tech priest cyber-bad boy knows all, sees all and leads all to victory!

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Friday Night Board Games – February at Gnome Games Green Bay West

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!

Friday Night Board Games are free and we play every Friday from 6 – 9 at Gnome Games Green Bay West

February 7 – Oceans

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!

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Yu-Gi-Oh Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero arrives January 17th!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero will hit the tables at Gnome Games Tuesday January 17

It’s time for the first Yu-Gi-Oh! release of the decade, and Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero brings some super cards to the decks. We’ll see these on January 17, but you can reserve your booster displays today at any Gnome Games store! Preorder before January 10 for special in store pricing.

What’s in the Legendary Duelists Magical Hero Set?

Yu Gi Oh! Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero features Yugi’s Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl in the ultimate magical team-up!

Duelists aiming to walk in Yugi’s footsteps and become the next master of these magicians can find a treasure trove of amazing new cards for Dark Magician Decks as well as another chance to get high-demand cards like Apprentice Illusion Magician in this 56-card booster set! Many Spell and Trap cards have featured the duo together in their art. For the first time ever Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl will be able to battle alongside one another as a single Fusion Monster: The Dark Magicians! Together, they excel in both might and magic, with 2800 ATK and the ability to draw a card when a Spell or Trap is activated.

Draw another Spell or Trap and you can Set it directly to the field and activate it that same turn if it’s a card you can normally use at that time – even if it’s your opponent’s turn! Even though it’s a Fusion Monster, destroying this one card doesn’t defeat both Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl at the same time – you’ll get to Special Summon both of them to the field from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard!

The Heart of the Cards allows Yugi to get the cards he needs to Summon Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl at will, but you might want a card that guarantees you can Summon them when you need them too! Magicians’ Souls is a new effect monster that can be used from your hand to send a Dark Magician or Dark Magician Girl from your Deck to the Graveyard, then Summon it back to the field.

Once you have one of the two masters of magic on the field, Magicians’ Combination is a new Trap Card that lets you Tribute your on-field Dark Magician or Dark Magician Girl to Special Summon the other one from your hand or Graveyard and negate any card effect your opponent activates!

Wait there’s more?

While Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero puts Yugi front and center, he’s far from the only heroic figure whose Deck is getting an upgrade. This set marks the return of the protagonists from the first five Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series! Join your favorite heroes as they begin the next chapter with brand-new cards for their signature strategies. Regardless of which protagonist you prefer, Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero is the fan service you have been waiting for!

The complete set of Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero contains 56 cards:

  • 29 Commons
  • 10 Rares
  • 8 Super Rares
  • 9 Ultra Rares
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Gnome Games Holiday Staff Picks Part 2 – Here are some more of our favorite games!

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.

 

 

 

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Friday Night Board Games for December at Gnome Games Green Bay West

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!

Friday Night Board Games are free and we play every Friday from 6 – 9 at Gnome Games Green Bay West

December 6 – Harry Potter Death Eaters Rising

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!

 

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Gnome Games Black Friday, Small Business Saturday – Just Desserts Sale!

Black Friday - Small Business Saturday at Gnome Games

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!

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Gnome Games Holiday Staff Picks Part 1 – Here are some of our favorite games!


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!

 

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Gnome Games Stocking Stuffer of the Year for 2019 – Astro Trash!

 

Gnome Games announces the 2019 Stocking Stuffer of the Year – Astro Trash by USAopoly

You’re going to need a slightly bigger stocking this year for the Stocking Stuffer of the Year!

Gnome Games is happy to announce that Astro Trash from the OP Games (USAopoly) has been selected as the 2019 Stocking Stuffer of the Year.

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. We do occasionally bend some of the rules in favor of a wonderful choice, as seen in this year’s pick.

Astro Trash

Astro Trash is a game in which each player must get rid of all the trash on their planet at the expense of the players to their left and right. Players simultaneously roll three dice and rapidly move the “trash” according to the direction, quantity, and color indicated on the dice. There is no turn taking, so it’s a mad frenzy to try to move all the trash off your planet. The first player to clear all their trash wins the round and is awarded a “Trash Trophy”. Play until someone has 3 trash trophies and they are the winner!

Bonus Stuffer – Bob’s Burgers – Belcher Family Food Fight

There is also a Bob’s Burgers themed version called Belcher Family Food Fight! Same great game, just with burgers instead of planet trash.

For ages 6+ and up to 5 players, Astro Trash is playable in 15 minutes. It’s a great game to play with all ages, but you might need a slightly bigger stocking this year!

Congratulations Astro Trash on being the Gnome Games Stocking 2019 Stuffer of the Year!

Honorable Mentions go out to:

Furry Foodies by the OP Games (Usaopoly)

Bubble Tea by Renegade Game Studios

Point Salad by AEG

So many good games this year! Thank you to all who helped us vote for the Stocking Stuffer of the Year – Astro Trash!

You can find the Stocking Stuffer of this Year and the previous years along with many other great games at any Gnome Games!

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Friday Night Board Games for November – Help us pick the Stocking Stuffer of the Year!

Board Game Friday Nights this November at Gnome Games Green Bay West is all about the new and upcoming! Help us pick the Stocking Stuffer of the Year, play some brand new games, and even one that isn’t released yet! 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!

Friday Night Board Games are free and we play every Friday from 6 – 9 at Gnome Games Green Bay West

November 1 – Help Us Pick the Stocking Stuffer of the Year

Every year Gnome Games picks a Stocking Stuffer Game of the Year. There are a few criteria: it must be easy to teach and quick to play, it can be played by a wide range of people, it’s $20 or under, and it fits in a stocking (we’ve been flexible on that last one, we’ve seen stockings that will fit an entire Gnome Games staff in). We’re going to put out all the nominees we have so far and ask your help to pick a favorite, or nominate one we may have missed. Your votes will be combined with the staff votes and the winner will be announced during Thanksgaming on November 16th!

November 8 – Ishtar

From the award-winning designer Bruno Cathala, Ishtar is a game in which you play the role of a gardener aiming to transform the dry desert into the Lost Hanging Gardens of Babylon. To accomplish your mission, you will have to plant flowers, which, if you place them well, can help you gather precious gems and activate actions. Whether to buy Trees (which will block the link between two Flower spots, as well as earning you points) or to purchase upgrades (such as getting two more points per Tree card at the end of the game), collecting gems will be a crucial part of the game. Get them before your opponents, recruit apprentices, send them to earn points in the copses of flowers you have created, block others and think carefully of the upgrades to purchase if you want to become the best gardener at the end of the game!

November 15 – Gloom of Thrones

From the frozen lands of the Snark to the torrid intrigues of the Bannisters, there is one truth that echoes through the Umpteen Kingdoms: Gloom is coming…

Gloom of Thrones, a standalone card game, spreads the misery and suffering of Gloom to the ill-fated land of dead monarchs, dead knights, dead brothers, dead sisters, dead heirs, dead grandmothers, dead chambermaids, and almost-dead bastards. Wrest control of a noble family, guide them through lives of satirically-riddled sadism, and deliver them to their ultimate fate. Which is, of course, more death.

Printed on transparent plastic cards, Gloom of Thrones allows multiple cards to be played on top of the same character, determining their ultimate fate while still allowing you to see straight through their machinations, just like Lil’ Finger, advisor to his seventeenth – whoops! eighteenth! – king and/or queen. As your characters seek a moment of respite on the Porcelain Throne, your goal is to plague them with horrible mishaps like being Seduced by a Sibling or Tumbled from a Tower, while filling the lives of the other noble families with happy events like w̶e̶d̶d̶i̶n̶g̶s̶ and family reunions that will raise their Self-Worth score. The player with the lowest-scoring, most tragedy-afflicted family wins!

When you aim for the Porcelain Throne, you’d best not miss…

November 22 – Lander

Lander is a 2-4 player, space-themed strategy game that emphasises area control (resource collection), tableau building (crew development) and set collection (missions). You and your friends will assume the roles of corporations, competing to prepare Kaimas-2 (the first planet outside of our solar system capable of supporting human life) for a large-scale colonization effort. The corporation that contributes the most will become the market leader going forward!

This is an advance copy of the game. The Kickstarter for Lander won’t launch until March, but you get to try it here first!

November 29 – Dragonrealm

Pack your lucky socks and get ready for an adventure exploring Dragonrealm! Sneak into the Witch’s Cabin, search the Ogres’ Treehouse, or storm the Dragon’s Lair. Add adventurers to different locations in the hopes of getting the most treasure. But watch out for goblins who might get there first and grab the treasure before you! In the end, the player with the most treasure wins.

Using the same thematic world as Dragonwood, players now take on capturing locations using adventurer pawns.

Players will play card melds of straights and sets (color or number) to roll dice to attempt to place units on locations. Once a location is full, it is scored.

New locations are revealed to be captured. Players continue in this manner until a certain number of locations are captured. Each location is worth a value in points and additional points are awarded for other events.

 

 

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October Friday Night Board Games at GBW – SPECIAL EVENT: Play with the Creator of Vampire Hunter the Card Game!

SPECIAL HALLOWEEN EVENT – PLAY WITH THE CREATOR OF VAMPIRE HUNTER THE CARD GAME!

Friday October 11
6 to 9 pm
Gnome Games Green Bay West

Come meet Ryan Krippendorf, the creator of Vampire Hunter the Card Game and learn to play his brand new game! Become a member of the Knights of Saint Benedict, collect items and weapons from the city and fight vampires that look to harm the innocent. Win the game by being the first to collect fifteen fangs—or the last player left with blood in your veins.

There’ll be Halloween treats and costumes are welcome!

Friday Night Board Games are free and we play every Friday from 6 – 9 at Gnome Games Green Bay West. They’re always be a Gnome to help you learn the game of the week.

October 4 – Doodle Games – Patchwork Doodle and Deadly Doodles

Patchwork Doodle is a roll-and-write version of Patchwork, with each player having their own 9×9 grid to fill in over the course of the game. Each round a number of cards are played and a roll of the dice tells you which one to use. Once a certain number of cards have been played, the round ends, players score points, then you lay out more cards for the next round. At the end of the game you lose a point for each space that you don’t cover, so try to pack everything in as tightly as possible!

In Deadly Doodles, 1-4 players simultaneously draw paths through a dangerous dungeon. Draw cards, draw a path through your dungeon, and rack up points! Collect loot and fight monsters…or run away screaming! Can you defeat the dragon for the big score?

October 11 – Vampire Hunter the Card Game PLAY WITH THE CREATOR!!!

Vampire Hunter is a single deck card game where players try to become the best Vampire Hunter by killing undead blood suckers and collecting their fangs.

As a player, you’ll take on the role of one of the Knights of Saint Benedict, collect items and weapons from the city and fight vampires that look to harm the innocent. Win the game by being the first to collect fifteen fangs—or the last player left with blood in your veins.

Come learn to play this game with Ryan Krippendorf, the creator and have some spooky Halloween game fun!

October 18 – Architectura

The most eminent architects came here to erect a magnificent city with the best theaters, greenhouses, and taverns. Each architect wants to make the most significant contribution to the city construction, but their ambitions will inevitably lead to a challenging competition.

In Architectura, your table turns into a grid of city streets and blocks. Each building you construct affects the value of the adjacent buildings, or even destroys them! Let’s say you’ve just built a magnificent temple. A vulgar market around the corner doesn’t belong there anymore and has to be shut down right away — but a park near the temple’s entrance will definitely be a good match and will even profit from the divine proximity.

Rotate the cards to change their values, resolve their special effects, and do your best to carefully manage your options to become the best architect of the city!

October 25 – Parks

PARKS is a celebration of our National Parks featuring illustrious art from Fifty-Nine Parks.

In PARKS, players will take on the role of two hikers as they trek through different trails across four seasons of the year. While on the trail, these hikers will take actions and collect memories of the places your hikers visit. These memories are represented by various resource tokens like mountains and forests. Collecting these memories in sets will allow players to trade them in to visit a National Park at the end of each hike.

Each trail represents one season of the year, and each season, the trails will change and grow steadily longer. The trails, represented by tiles, get shuffled in between each season and laid out anew for the next round. Resources can be tough to come by especially when someone is at the place you’re trying to reach! Campfires allow you to share a space and time with other hikers. Canteens and Gear can also be used to improve your access to resources through the game. It’ll be tough to manage building up your engine versus spending resources on parks, but we bet you’re up to the challenge. Welcome to PARKS!