You thought Christmas was over; so did we! But the man in the brown suit in the panel truck keeps on delivering to the GnomeCon door. Games, more games, and – oh, guess what? – still more games!
A big thank you to Slugfest Games, Publisher Services Inc., Iello, and Atlas Games for their generosity. Here’s a small sampling of some of the games you can look forward to playing at GnomeCon 2016:
• Red Dragon Inn, v. 2, 3 and 4: Alternate versions of the classic Slugfest Game, which can be played individually or combined with the original.
• Red Dragon Inn – Gambling? I’m In!: Nine different gambling games inspired by the world of the Red Dragon Inn. They can be played on on their own or combined with the Red Dragon Inn.
• Red Dragon Inn – Allies: Expansions for the classic Slugfest game, featuring Pooky, Zariah, Wrench, and Halden the Unhinged.
• Fishing for Terrorists v. 2.0: A twisted take on Go Fish. Play this game – now with new color art and more strategic game play – or the terrorists win (well not really).
• Bomb Squad: a cooperative game in which 2-6 players are members of a team operating a disposal robot with the mission to disarm bombs and save hostages. The players work together, racing against the clock to provide the appropriate instructions for the robot to achieve their mission objectives.
• Martian Dice: Your mission, Martians, is to swoop down on the pathetic denizens of the primitive planet Earth and scoop up as many of the inhabitants as you can manage. We are interested in samples of the Chicken, Cow, and Human populations so that we can determine which of them is actually in charge. The Earthlings might manage to put up a feeble defense, but surely nothing that a small taste of your death rays can’t handle. Make Mars proud – be the first Martian to fill your abduction quota!
• Dungeon Roll: The player’s goal is to collect the most experience points by defeating monsters, battling the dragon, and amassing treasure. Each player selects a Hero avatar, such as a mercenary, half-goblin, or enchantress, which provides them with unique powers. Then players take turns being the Adventurer, who boldly enters the dungeon seeking glory.
• Expansion and promo cards for King of Tokyo. Plenty for everybody (Well, not quite. Let’s just say Iello was VERY generous).
• Three Cheers for Master: As a lieutenant in Master’s army — a foreminion — it falls to you to cheer him up. Not the easiest task, even in the best of times. But then it hit you: What better way to cheer Master up than a cheerleading competition? Whichever foreminion builds and scales the most impressive tower of war-hungry minions in Three Cheers for Master will surely win Master’s heart. What could possibly go wrong?
• Ren Faire: You and your friends are newbies at the Renaissance faire. Food, music, mock combat … it sounded like some kind of off-beat rock concert! Problem is, you stick out like a sore thumb. In a crowd of buccaneer hats and faerie wings, you’re the only ones in shorts and t-shirts. Now you and your friends have one afternoon to assemble the ultimate Renaissance costume, but you’re low on cash and the only way to earn more is to perform for the crowd!
• Gloom: In Gloom, you assume control of the fate of an eccentric family of misfits and misanthropes. The goal of the game is sad, but simple: you want your characters to suffer the greatest tragedies possible before passing on to the well-deserved respite of death. You’ll play horrible mishaps like Pursued by Poodles or Mocked by Midgets on your own characters to lower their Self-Worth scores, while trying to cheer your opponents’ characters with marriages and other happy occasions that pile on positive points. The player with the lowest total Family Value wins.
PLUS, Fairy Tale Gloom and Cthulu Gloom
• Lunch Money: This card game simulates children (a little girl is featured on all cards) running around the playground beating up each other and stealing their lunch money. Once you get past the strange theme, there’s a fun little game where players beat each other senseless with cards like ‘Poke in the Eye’, ‘Uppercut’, and ‘Humiliation.’ Not for the weak willed, this game is mean. The last player still standing wins.