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Unboxing: Ubongo! 3D

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Ubongo! 3D takes the puzzle game into a whole other dimension adding a new element to its gameplay.

This new take on the game features 3D plastic shapes for you to try to solve the puzzles.

The game features 72 puzzle boards with 671 puzzles.

The game is for 1 to 4 players

We open up and show off what you get in this release!

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Thames & Kosmos Releases 4 New Games, Anno 1800, Fangs, EXIT: The Cursed Labyrinth, and Ubongo 3D

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Anno 1800

For ages 12+ | MSRP: $69.95 | Players: 2-4 | Play Time: 120 minutes

Anno 1800 is an epic city-building strategy board game based on Ubisoft’s popular PC game of the same name. Players strive to build up their industrial might as they develop an island society at the dawn of the industrial age. Investing in their nautical fleets enables trade and expansion to new territories in the old and new worlds, but players must focus above all on maintaining the health and happiness of the citizens of their home islands. While the population is initially satisfied with food and clothing, in time it will demand valuable luxury goods. Players must plan their development strategies and supply chains carefully while keeping an eye on the distribution of specialized roles within their territories. The objective of the game is to plan for an even distribution of farmers, workers, craftsmen, engineers, and investors. But beware, because the competition never sleeps. Players may steal new achievements out from under each other’s noses at any time! Whose island will prosper and whose will fall?

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Fangs

For ages 10+ | MSRP: $19.95 | Players: 5-8 | Play Time: 60 minutes

FANGS is an amped up werewolf-style social deduction game that is playable without a game leader and without an app. With lots of information to suss out and analyze, it elevates the social deduction game to the next level. Each player has a specific role with unique goals and win conditions, forcing players to act in ways others might not expect. On a player’s turn, they choose between multiple actions, but limiting factors make it so there are justifications and excuses for any action. The addition of a strong storyline gives this social deduction game the added feeling of a role-playing game. The design of the gameboard makes the game easy to learn and play, so all your friends and family can get in on the action.

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EXIT: The Cursed Labyrinth

For ages 10+ | MSRP: $14.95 | Players: 1-4 | Play Time: 1-2 hours | Level of Difficulty: 2 of 5 

During a tour of a historic castle, your attention is diverted to an intriguing labyrinth in the middle of the castle’s garden. When the gate slams behind you, the only way out is through. Can you solve the riddles and escape the impenetrable labyrinth?

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Ubongo 3D

For ages 8+ | MSRP: $39.95 | Players: 1-4 | Play Time: 25 minutes 

Stretch your mental muscles into the third dimension! In this version of Ubongo, the hit puzzle game, players race to place three-dimensional blocks so they fit perfectly in a specific area on a puzzle card and completely fill a designated three-dimensional space. Each time you win, you collect colorful plastic gems; the player with the most valuable collection of gems at the end of the game wins. The puzzle cards each have multiple puzzles on both sides: one side is easier, the other more difficult. A total of four difficulty levels makes this the perfect game for beginners and experts alike, allowing the whole family to play together. With four sets of eight durable three-dimensional pieces and 72 puzzle boards featuring a total of 671 puzzles, the game can be played with up to four players — or challenge yourself in solo games. Take your puzzling to the next level with Ubongo 3D.

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Thames & Kosmos Has a Load of Games to Keep You Busy in 2021

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Thames & Kosmos have revealed their releases in 2021 including new editions and expansion of favorite games. Check out below for what you can put on your tabletop this year.

Escape Room Games for the Home!

The EXIT: The Game series allows you to bring the excitement, intensity, and team spirit of an escape room to your living room. In each EXIT game, your team starts out locked in an imaginary room or trapped somewhere or tasked with a mystery to solve. You must solve a series of riddles and puzzles in order to unlock doors and objects, and reveal new riddles. Each correct solution brings you to another riddle and eventually to freedom.

EXIT: THE GATE BETWEEN WORLDS

692879 AGES 12+ MSRP: $14.95
GAME AUTHORS: INKA AND MARKUS BRAND, AND RALPH QUERFURTH
PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 1-2 HRS LEVEL: 3 of 5
AVAILABLE: MAY 2021

An ancient map has led you deep into a cave and through a strange gate to another world. Can you solve the riddles and find your way and back home?

EXIT: THE GATE BETWEEN WORLDS

EXIT: THE CURSED LABYRINTH

692860 AGES 10+ MSRP: $14.95
GAME AUTHORS: INKA AND MARKUS BRAND
PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 1-2 HRS LEVEL: 2 of 5
AVAILABLE: JUNE 2021

During a tour of a historic castle, your attention is diverted to an intriguing labyrinth in the middle of the castle’s garden. When the gate slams behind you, the only way out is through. Can you solve the riddles and escape the impenetrable labyrinth?

EXIT: THE CURSED LABYRINTH

EXIT: KIDNAPPED IN FORTUNE CITY

692861 AGES 12+ MSRP: $14.95
GAME AUTHORS: INKA AND MARKUS BRAND
PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 1-2 HRS LEVEL: 3 of 5
AVAILABLE: OCTOBER 2021

Criminal activity is rampant in Fortune City, and now the sheriff has disappeared. Can you solve the riddles and stop the kidnapping before it’s too late?

EXIT: KIDNAPPED IN FORTUNE CITY

EXIT: THE DESERTED LIGHTHOUSE (WITH PUZZLE)

692878 AGES 12+ MSRP: $24.95
GAME AUTHORS: INKA & MARKUS BRAND
PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 2-3 HRS LEVEL: 4 of 5
AVAILABLE: MAY 2021

You trudge along the dark, rocky coast seeking shelter from the raging storm. Drenched to the bone, you look up to see a brilliant beam of light pierce the curtains of rain. A lighthouse! But suddenly and inexplicably, the light goes out. You glance out into the water and spot a ship. It is heading straight for the cliffs! You realize that it is up to you to race to the top of the lighthouse and turn it on again before the ship crashes on the cliffs! But many puzzling obstacles stand in your way.

In this EXIT game, there are riddles within riddles, hidden within four 88-piece jigsaw puzzles. Like other EXIT titles, The Deserted Lighthouse has no game board, but it also has no riddle cards. Instead, there are four jigsaw puzzles that you will find and assemble, one at a time. Each completed puzzle reveals a location containing more riddles to decipher.

EXIT: THE DESERTED LIGHTHOUSE (WITH PUZZLE)

EXIT: THE SACRED TEMPLE (WITH PUZZLE)

692877 AGES 10+ MSRP: $24.95
GAME AUTHORS: INKA & MARKUS BRAND, JULIANA VOORGANG
PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 2-3 HRS LEVEL: 3 of 5
AVAILABLE: APRIL 2021

Crooked treasure hunters have broken into the office of your university’s archaeology department! Your professor has disappeared without a trace — and so has a book with old records about a hidden temple. You must act quickly and chase down the criminals. Your pursuit will take you deep into a mysterious jungle on a small island. You must find the professor in time and save the revered treasures of the temple before they fall into the hands of the devious robbers!

In this EXIT game, there are riddles within riddles, hidden within four 88-piece jigsaw puzzles. Like other EXIT titles, The Sacred Temple has no game board, but it also has no riddle cards. Instead, there are four jigsaw puzzles that you will find and assemble, one at a time. Each completed puzzle reveals a location containing more riddles to decipher.

EXIT: THE SACRED TEMPLE (WITH PUZZLE)

THE CREW: MISSION DEEP SEA

691869 AGES 10+ MSRP: $14.95
GAME AUTHORS: THOMAS SING
PLAYERS: 3-5
PLAYTIME: 20 MIN.
AVAILABLE: JULY 2021

In this highly-anticipated follow-up to the original cooperative card game — winner of the 2020 Kennerspiel des Jahres — players work together to search for the lost continent of Mu. This new adventure takes your crew deep down into the abyss on a search for the fabled sunken land. How far you get depends entirely on how well you work together as a team. Card by card, trick by trick, your search party will discover the challenges that lie ahead and forge a path to Mu. This new version of The Crew has the same innovative cooperative trick-taking mechanic as the highly lauded original game — but with some exciting new surprises!

While communication between your crew members is severely limited by your submerged state, it is also critical to your success; finding the hidden land in the murky depths depends not only on winning tricks, but also on carefully negotiating the order in which they are won. If things don’t go as planned, you might just be able to salvage the operation. But it will take near flawless execution and perhaps a little luck to finally reach Mu.

THE CREW: MISSION DEEP SEA

UBONGO: THE BRAIN GAME TO GO

696187 AGES 8+ MSRP: $14.95
GAME AUTHOR: GRZEGORZ REJCHTMAN
PLAYERS: 1
PLAY TIME: 20 MIN.
AVAILABLE: JULY 2021

In this fast-paced, addictive, and easy-to-learn puzzle game, your goal is to fit a set of interlocking tiles perfectly into a specific area. Based on the original hit board game Ubongo, this compact version features 15 colorful plastic tiles, 20 puzzle cards with over 200 puzzles, and a plastic game board that doubles as a durable travel case. Slide in a puzzle card and give your brain a workout! The puzzles get progressively more challenging as you go. Pass the game around to challenge your family and friends. Who is the master layout artist and who is spatially challenged?

  • Based on the original worldwide sensational hit board game Ubongo
  • The hit tile-placing puzzle game, now available in a portable plastic carrying case
  • Play solo or in asynchronous multiplayer challenges
  • Solution guide included should you get stumped
UBONGO: THE BRAIN GAME TO GO
UBONGO: THE BRAIN GAME TO GO

UBONGO 3D

694258 AGES 8+ MSRP: $39.95
GAME AUTHOR: GRZEGORZ REJCHTMAN
PLAYERS: 1-4
PLAYTIME: 25 MIN.
AVAILABLE: JULY 2021

Stretch your mental muscles into the third dimension! In this version of Ubongo, the hit puzzle game, players race to place three-dimensional blocks so they fit perfectly in a specific area on a puzzle card and completely fill a designated threedimensional space. Each time you win, you collect colorful plastic gems; the player with the most valuable collection of gems at the end of the game wins. The puzzle cards each have multiple puzzles on both sides: one side is easier, the other more difficult. A total of four difficulty levels makes this the perfect game for beginners and experts alike, allowing the whole family to play together. With four sets of eight durable three-dimensional pieces and 72 puzzle boards featuring a total of 671 puzzles, the game can be played with up to four players — or challenge yourself in solo games. Take your puzzling to the next level with Ubongo 3D.

UBONGO 3D
UBONGO 3D

UBONGO JUNIOR

697396 AGES 5+ MSRP: $24.95
GAME AUTHOR: GRZEGORZ REJCHTMAN
PLAYERS: 1-4
PLAYTIME: 20 MIN.
AVAILABLE: NOVEMBER 2021

Ubongo Junior brings the fun and lively tile-placing play from the original hit puzzle game Ubongo to players ages five and up. Each player starts the game with seven puzzle boards and nine tiles of different shapes and colors, each displaying a different cartoon animal. The players race to place their animal tiles to perfectly fill a specific area on their boards as quickly as possible. The fastest player shouts “Ubongo!” and quickly takes colorful plastic gems from the bag. The other players keep racing; as long as the hourglass is still running, there is still time to place the animal tiles and earn some gems. At the end of the game, the player with the most valuable gem collection wins. Each of the 50 puzzle
boards has an easy side and a more challenging side, for a total of 100 puzzles. Pack in the fun, with Ubongo Junior!

UBONGO JUNIOR
UBONGO JUNIOR

ANDOR: THE FAMILY FANTASY GAME

691747 AGES 7+ MSRP: $34.95
GAME AUTHORS: MICHAEL MENZEL, AND INKA AND MARKUS BRAND
PLAYERS: 2-4
PLAYTIME: 30-45 MIN.
AVAILABLE: APRIL 2021

Venture into a land of fantasy and legend! In this cooperative family role-playing game, each player chooses one of four powerful heroes: the magician, the warrior, the archer, or the dwarf. Your heroic journey begins with a mission to rescue some wolf cubs that are lost in a dangerous mine. But, before embarking on your search, your party must get past Mart, the bridge guard, by completing all of his tasks. Only then will he let your party cross his bridge and enter the mine. However, danger still lurks on the horizon, as a dragon encroaches on the castle Rietburg just as you approach the mine. Should he arrive at the castle before your heroes rescue the wolf cubs, your party will lose the mission — and the game. If your party rescues the cubs first, you win! Andor: The Family Fantasy Game features gameplay that is similar to the popular Legends of Andor, but more approachable to younger players, making it a great introduction to the entire Legends of Andor series of games.

ANDOR: THE FAMILY FANTASY GAME
ANDOR: THE FAMILY FANTASY GAME

THE GRAND HOTEL ABADDON

695134 AGES 12+ MSRP: $19.95
GAME AUTHORS: PHIL WALKER-HARDING, MATTHEW DUNSTAN, UTE WIELANDT
PLAYERS: 1-4
PLAYTIME: 90 MIN. x 3
AVAILABLE: JULY 2021

It’s been a long year, and you’ve been looking forward to a nice, relaxing vacation at the Grand Hotel Abaddon. But what started out as a quiet retreat has become something else entirely. Strange things have been happening all around you. Could ghosts be behind these mysterious incidents, as the other guests and hotel staff seem to believe, or is there a more rational explanation?

The Grand Hotel Abaddon is a cooperative adventure game, played over three chapters. During the game, the choices you make determine what happens next. Explore the hotel, question guests, investigate rooms, and wander hidden passageways. Each player takes on a different role, cooperating to uncover hidden secrets. Only by working together will you be able to solve the mystery of the Grand Hotel Abaddon. With multiple possible endings, your choices will decide how the story ends!

THE GRAND HOTEL ABADDON

ANNO 1800

680428 AGES 12+ MSRP: $69.95
GAME AUTHOR: MARTIN WALLACE
PLAYERS: 2-4
PLAYTIME: 120 MIN.
AVAILABLE: MAY 2021

Anno 1800 is an epic city-building strategy board game based on Ubisoft’s popular PC game of the same name. Players strive to build up their industrial might as they develop an island society at the dawn of the industrial age. Investing in their nautical fleets enables trade and expansion to new territories in the old and new worlds, but players must focus above all on maintaining the health and happiness of the citizens of their home islands. While the population is initially satisfied with food and clothing, in time it will demand valuable luxury goods. Players must plan their development strategies and supply chains carefully while keeping an eye on the distribution of specialized roles within their territories. The objective of the game is to plan for an even distribution of farmers, workers, craftsmen, engineers, and investors. But beware, because the competition never sleeps. Players may steal new achievements out from under each other’s noses at any time! Whose island will prosper and whose will fall?

ANNO 1800

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

680565 AGES 10+ MSRP: $59.95
GAME AUTHOR: MICHAEL MENZEL
PLAYERS: 2-4
PLAY TIME: 60-90 MIN.
AVAILABLE: JUNE 2021

The year is 1193, and the county of Nottingham, England is suffering under the oppressive rule of the corrupt Prince John and his henchmen. In this cooperative family board game, players take on the roles of Robin Hood and his Merry Men as they battle the wicked rulers in the city and throughout Sherwood Forest. Designed and illustrated by Michael Menzel, the award-winning creator of the Legends of Andor game series, this game features a beautifully illustrated gameboard that changes over the course of the game and a gorgeous, faux-leather-bound, 216-page hardcover storybook that narrates the story and advances the gameplay. An innovative game mechanic allows you to move your character figures freely around the gameboard; you do not need to follow one set route. The gameboard also has interactive panels that are flipped to reveal hidden characters and new gameplay elements during play. As your quest progresses, you open these panels and speak to various characters who alter your course. A quickstart game in the rulebook effortlessly launches you into the action. Grab your bow and arrow and join the fight for justice and equity!

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

FANGS

680046 AGES 10+ MSRP: $19.95
GAME AUTHOR: YASUTAKA IKEDA
PLAYERS: 5-8
PLAY TIME: 60 MIN.
AVAILABLE: JULY 2021

Werewolves vs. Vampires vs. Humans

What team is the player sitting next to you on? Are they a blood-sucking vampire? A ferocious werewolf? Or just a
hapless chump trying not to get bitten? And what team do
they think you’re on?!

In FANGS, it’s werewolves v. vampires v. humans. This thrilling social deduction party game challenges players to determine which one of these three secret roles each other player has assumed. Since you don’t know who you can trust when the game begins, you must attempt to conceal your role from the other players while working to identify your allies and your enemies. Werewolves are out to expel vampires from the game; vampires aim to expel werewolves; and the humans are just trying to avoid detection and survive until the end of the game. Throw in some secret weapons and ulterior motives, and this party game for 5 to 8 players makes for a howling good time.

FANGS is an amped up werewolf-style social deduction game that is playable without a game leader and without an app. With lots of information to suss out and analyze, it elevates the social deduction game to the next level. Each player has a specific role with unique goals and win conditions, forcing players to act in ways others might not expect. On a player’s turn, they choose between multiple actions, but limiting factors make it so there are justifications and excuses for any action. The addition of a strong storyline gives this social deduction game the added feeling of a roleplaying game.

The design of the gameboard makes the game easy to learn and play, so all your friends and family can get in on the action.

FANGS

LOST CITIES ROLL & WRITE

680589 AGES 8+ MSRP: $14.95
GAME AUTHOR: REINER KNIZIA
PLAYERS: 2-5
PLAY TIME: 30 MIN.
AVAILABLE: MAY 2021

Get rolling on your next Lost Cities adventure!

Begin your expedition on one of six colored paths by rolling the smallest possible numbers on the dice. Each turn, decide whether to continue an expedition or start a new one. Acceleration fields and artifacts provide opportunities to advance quickly, but you’ll have to carefully consider which paths to take on which roll. If you make good progress, victory beckons — but if an expedition gets stuck, you will lose points just as quickly as you earned them! This small and portable format is the perfect Lost Cities game for on-the-go fun. Simple rules and a short playtime make this game ideal for family game nights.

LOST CITIES ROLL & WRITE
LOST CITIES ROLL & WRITE

Thames & Kosmos Announces new EXIT and Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island

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EXIT: The Enchanted Forest

A relaxing walk in the woods takes a very different turn when you suddenly encounter strange fairytale creatures and even stranger puzzles. Will you ever find your way out?!

For ages 10+ | MSRP: $14.95 | Players: 1-4 | Play Time: 1-2 hours | Level of Difficulty: 2 of 5

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EXIT: The Enchanted Forest

EXIT: The Cemetery of the Knight

According to legend, tonight’s moon is at the right angle to find a priceless red ruby hidden in the tomb of Sir Reginald Wreston. No one has succeeded in finding it yet … will you triumph tonight?

For ages 12+ | MSRP: $14.95 | Players: 1-4 | Play Time: 1-2 hours | Level of Difficulty: 3 of 5

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EXIT: The Cemetery of the Knight

Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island

In this cooperative game, you take on the role of four students traveling together on a remote and mysterious island. You are looking into some strange events that have been happening—incidents that the police believe are natural occurrences, things to be expected on a volcanic island such as this. But is everything really as normal as it seems? Or is there something else behind what is happening at the volcano? How the story ends is entirely up to you.

For ages 12+ | MSRP: $19.95 | Players: 1-4 | Play Time: 75 minutes x 4

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Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island

Quest for Planet Nine with The Crew from Thames & Kosmos

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The Crew

The Crew from Thames & Kosmos is a hit. The cooperative trick-taking card game is one of the most highly regarded games of 2020 and is also the winner of the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres award.

As fans are eager to see the quest for Planet Nine continue, it’s no surprise Thames & Kosmos has plans to franchise the game in 2021. Until then, players can only explore the mysterious planet located at the edge of our solar system with the original game, which is available now. 

Astronauts wanted! The scientific community is abuzz over signs of a mysterious planet located at the edge of our solar system. But despite all of their efforts, so far they have been unable to provide substantial evidence of its existence. Join this exciting space adventure to find out if the theories are just science fiction or if you will discover Planet Nine. In this cooperative trick-taking card game, you need to complete 50 different missions as you travel across the solar system. But you will only succeed if you can work together as a team. To master the challenges and achieve your mission, communication will be essential—but in space, things can be more challenging than expected. It’s not just who wins the hand but also how the hand is won that makes all the difference.

The Crew is for 3 to 5 players ages 10+. Game play time is 20 minutes and the game retails for $14.95.


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Thames & Kosmos Announces The Release Of My City

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My City

Thames & Kosmos has announced that the highly-anticipated tabletop game, My City, is available to pre-order now through Barnes & Noble and will be launching in stores next month. Developed by award-winning game designer Reiner Knizia, My City was named one of three nominees for this year’s prestigious Spiel des Jahres Award (German for “Game of the Year”)—an honor granted to games that represent the best of the best in family-style board games. It’s illustrated by world-famous board game illustrator Michael Menzel of Legends of Andor fame.

The game consists of 24 different games, or episodes, beginning with the development of a city in its early preindustrial stages and progressing through industrialization. Each player has their own game board, which they permanently modify during each episode through the addition of stickers. As such, My City is a legacy game, but its distinction within this category of board games is in the family-oriented rules, play time, and built-in system of handicaps and advantages which provide a balance between players of different skill levels.

Despite being a legacy game, it does offer a secondary repeatable play experience thanks to double-sided game boards.

My City is available to preorder now and will be available for purchase in-store at Barnes & Noble locations nationwide starting July 31, 2020, with distribution in specialty stores slated for October 2020. The suggested retail price is $34.95.

Thames & Kosmos Release 4 New Games, The Crew, The Liberation of Reitburg, and two Exits!

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New for 2020, Thames & Kosmos has released four exciting board game titles including, The Crew, The Liberation Of Rietburg: A Game In The World Of Andor, EXIT: Theft on the Mississippi, and EXIT: The Stormy Flight.

In The Crew, gamers are invited to explore the mysterious planet located at the edge of our solar system, Planet Nine. The Liberation Of Rietburg: A Game In The World Of Andor is the new and highly anticipated title from the Andor series. Finally EXIT: Theft on the Mississippi and EXIT: The Stormy Flight are the newest additions to the top-selling escape the room type games.

The Crew 

Astronauts wanted! The scientific community is abuzz over signs of a mysterious planet located at the edge of our solar system. But despite all of their efforts, so far they have been unable to provide substantial evidence of its existence. Join this exciting space adventure to find out if the theories are just science fiction or if you will discover Planet Nine. In this cooperative trick-taking card game, you need to complete 50 different missions as you travel across the solar system. But you will only succeed if you can work together as a team. To master the challenges and achieve your mission, communication will be essential — but in space, things can be more challenging than expected. It’s not just who wins the hand but also how the hand is won that makes all the difference.

For ages 10+ | MSRP: $14.95 | Players: 3-5 | Play Time: 20 minutes

The Crew
The Crew

The Liberation Of Rietburg: A Game In The World Of Andor

In this stand-alone game set in the fantasy world of Andor, Rietburg Castle has been taken over by evil creatures. Without delay, you — the Heroes of Andor — take on the task of rescuing old King Brandur’s fortress and protecting its remaining inhabitants. But time is of the essence as the dragon Tarok has already set out to destroy the stronghold once and for all. The prophecy foretells that you can only prevent its destruction if you are able to accomplish the four tasks. But which tasks are those? Must you appease the Fire Spirit or kindle the Hadrian Fire? Should you free prisoners from the creatures’ dungeons or submit to the will of the old Skral witch? You are going to have to play to find out.

For ages 10+ | MSRP: $29.95 | Players: 2-4 | Play Time: 40 minutes

The Liberation Of Rietburg: A Game In The World Of Andor
The Liberation Of Rietburg: A Game In The World Of Andor

EXIT: The Stormy Flight

You are crew members on a passenger plane bound for Barbados when you encounter a fierce electrical storm that damages the plane. Can you solve the riddles, repair the plane, and land safely? Solve the riddles, repair the airplane, and try to land safely!

For ages 10+ | MSRP: $14.95 | Players: 1-4 | Play Time: 1-2 hours | Level of Difficulty: 2 of 5

EXIT: The Stormy Flight
EXIT: The Stormy Flight

EXIT: Theft on the Mississippi

A robbery takes place while you’re traveling down the Mississippi on a steamboat. Can your team of investigators find the culprit before the riverboat docks in New Orleans and the thief escapes? Work together and solve all the puzzles together as fast as you can!

For ages 12+ | MSRP: $14.95 | Players: 1-4 | Play Time: 1-2 hours | Level of Difficulty: 3 of 5

EXIT: Theft on the Mississippi
EXIT: Theft on the Mississippi

Brainwave is a New Board Game Line Focused on Improving Memory

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Brainwaves: The Astute Goose

With brain function being a major concern amongst adults, Thames & Kosmos has created Brainwaves, a new board game line that focuses on improving memory and is unlike any other game previously released by the company. The game series was developed by experienced game designers and was scientifically tested by neuroscientists. Their conclusion was, that regardless of the player’s age, Brainwaves: The Astute Goose, The Brilliant Boars, and The Wise Whale all test different parts of the brain, including, fluid intelligence, working memory, and episodic memory. In just 15 minutes, users can train, challenge and test their brains in a fun and exciting way. 

Brainwaves: The Astute Goose

In Brainwaves: The Astute Goose, players must identify a burglar hiding in a crowd. What did the culprit look like? What color were their clothes? And what animal accomplices did they have with them? Suspect cards are assigned a number, from one to six. Players look at these cards, then turn them face down. On a turn, a player rolls the two dice: one showing a number, the other a characteristic of a burglar card. If the player can identify the correct item on the correct burglar card, they claim that card as a reward, and then put a new card in its place. Whoever collects the most cards wins. Ages 8+ MSRP: $14.95.

Brainwaves: The Brilliant Boar

In Brainwaves: The Brilliant Boar, each player takes cards showing different animal portraits on their reverse sides into their hands. They can look at the cards briefly when they draw them, but then must face the cards away from them. On a player’s turn, they can either take the top card from the deck into their hand or play one of their cards onto the table, attempting to make as many pairs as possible from the card just played and those already face-up on the table. Whoever collects the most cards wins. Ages 8+ MSRP: $14.95.

Brainwaves: The Wise Whale

In Brainwaves: The Wise Whale, players lay nine cards showing different colorful sea creatures face down after trying to memorize which creatures are on which cards. During a player’s turn, they reveal a new card from the deck. Then, they must reveal a card that matches either the creature or the color on this new card. If they do, they claim this card and then lay out a new card face down in its place. Whoever collects the most cards wins. Ages 8+ MSRP: $14.95.

Gameplay: Legends of Andor

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We crack open and show off the board game Legends of Andor with some game play!

By Kosmos, Legends of Andor is a cooperative adventure board game for two to four players in which a band of heroes must work together to defend a fantasy realm from invading hordes. To secure Andor’s borders, the heroes will embark on dangerous quests over the course of five unique scenarios (as well as a final scenario created by the players themselves). But as the clever game system keeps creatures on the march toward the castle, the players must balance their priorities carefully.

At the heart of Legends of Andor is its unique narrative, the linked scenarios of which tell an overarching story as the players successfully complete objectives. For each scenario, or “Legend”, a legend deck conveys the plot of an ever-unfolding tale…one in which the players are the protagonists. A wooden marker moves along the board’s legend track at key points during each scenario, triggering the draw of a new legend card, the introduction of new game-altering effects, and the advancement of the story’s plot. In the end, the players must endeavor to guide the fate of Andor through their heroic actions, bringing a happy ending to their epic fantasy tale.

Will their heroes roam the land completing quests in the name of glory, or devote themselves to the defense of the realm? Uncover epic tales of glory as you live the Legends of Andor!

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Gen Con 2015: Thames & Kosmos’ Dimension

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There’s one game that’s sticking with me after Gen Con 2015, and that’s Thames & KosmosDimension. The ball puzzle game has you racing against a clock to build a pyramid of balls based on the rules dictated by the cards drawn. Afterwords, you add up the points you gained and loss.

Check out the video I shot of how you play it. A very fun game that can be played by 1-4 players, and I highly recommend it.

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