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April 16, 2014 / Jett

Pick-Up Post: Wizards, Disease Control, and Making it Rain

photo(40)A little while back, Steff and I participated in the World’s Biggest Brain Scan. We strapped these fancy headsets on while scientists tracked our brain activity while we watched commercials. At the end of it, we got paid for our time in cash. With 401 Games just around the corner, guess where our brain scan money went?

The Magic Labyrinth (Buy Now)

This one was Steff’s treat to herself for a job well done. In it, each player is a wizard inside a magical maze. They’re racing to collect specific items, though there are invisible walls that make this harder than it looks. The way in which the game portrays invisible walls is rather clever. The actual board is raised that houses the invisible walls underneath. Each character has a magnetic ball bearing that follows your character underneath the board. If you make contact with a wall, the ball will fall off and roll to one of the exits. If that happens, you need to start from the beginning. Full review on the way, but I think it’s a fast and clever game that will probably appeal most to kids, though Steff makes it clear that the box claims it’s for those between the ages of 6-99. Sorry, 100-year-olds.

Pandemic: On the Brink (Buy Now)

Pandemic: On the Brink is an expansion for one of our favourite board games. This is essentially a collection of different modular bits that can be used in basically any combination to spice up the main game. Included in this set are new role cards, a new purple disease, 5-player support and more. Haven’t had a chance to break this out yet, but once we do, I’ll definitely let you know how it goes!

Lords of Vegas (Buy Now)

Damn you Wil Wheaton. Lords of Vegas is a game I’ve repeatedly dismissed at the store for its garish cover art and a false perception that this was just a collection of casino games. That all changed after watching his episode of Tabletop that covers it. This is actually a game about building casinos on the Vegas strip in hopes of becoming the next Donald Trump. Watching that episode of the show inspired me to buy it, and after a few plays, I really like it. Expect a review for this one soon!


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