For those of you who are curious about how logistics for a game company works, the honest answer is it doesn’t. No matter how one plans shipments and plot and spaces things out… you can’t control the shipping pipeline and while the best planning does mitigate things to an extent, sometimes it all just arrives at once.
This is one of those times.
The New Arrival shelf is absolutely brimming with piles of new stuff, including the long-awaited return of a slab of Avalon Hill Classics. Meanwhile, the football manager board game Eleven bursts back onto the scene with expansions to keep even the most jaded of coaches happy. Those seeking a more solitary gaming experience can pore over the details with the return of all three MicroMacro: Crime City sets while legacy game fans can look into the massive undertaking that is Oath.
In Oath, one to six players guide the course of history in an ancient land. Players might take the role of agents bolstering the old order or scheme to bring the kingdom to ruin. The consequences of one game will ripple through those that follow, changing what resources and actions future players may have at their disposal and even altering the game’s core victory condition.
In Oath, the game can be reset at any time and doesn’t require the same play group from one game to the next. There are no scripted narratives or predetermined end points. The history embedded in each copy of Oath will grow to be as unique as the players who helped build it.
The year is 1941 and the World is at War! Five major powers struggle for supremacy. Germany and Japan are aligned against the great alliance of the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the United States.
Axis & Allies 1941 is designed for 2–5 players and set in 1941 where the Axis powers have great momentum on their side and are expanding in both Europe and Asia. Controlling one of the Axis or Allied powers, you will command both your country’s military forces and its war-time economy. Victory goes to the side that conquers its opponents on the field of battle and liberates or occupies the greatest cities of the world. Change the course of history in a few short hours!
As a powerful real estate tycoon, there are only seven hotel chains in the world worthy of your attention. Using nothing but your wealth and wits, you must vie against other business magnates to manipulate construction and capitalize on mergers — buying, trading, and selling stocks in order to get the greatest return on your investments.
Acquire challenges you to pit your resources and resolve against other players in this high-finance game of speculation and strategy. In Acquire, each player strategically invests in businesses, trying to retain a majority of stock. As the businesses grow with tile placements, they also start merging, giving the majority stockholders of the acquired business sizable bonuses, which can then be used to reinvest into other chains. All of the investors in the acquired company can then cash in their stocks for current value or trade them 2-for-1 for shares of the newer, larger business. The game is a race to acquire the greatest wealth.
Gentle-Robots… Start Your Microprocessors!
If you thought that factory robots took the weekend off like you do (well, most of you), then you haven’t seen a ROBO RALLY yet. When the supervisors are gone and the cameras have been angled to watch the ceiling, the robots take charge and participate in exciting and deadly race-battles.
Enter the world of mad machines and dangerous schemes in the Robo Rally board game. Players control their robot with game cards which reveal directions on how the robots can move through the hectic Robo Rally automobile factory. Use strategy to outsmart rival robots while racing towards each checkpoint in your chosen course in numerical order. Beware of factory obstacles such as industrial lasers, gaping pits, and moving conveyer belts that can make or break the race.
With MicroMacro: Crime City – All In, the next district of the crime-ridden black-and-white metropolis Crime City now opens up for the players. On a new, huge city map, which seamlessly follows the previous plans, 16 tricky crime cases are again waiting to be solved by one to four amateur detectives. These are brand new stories, more sophisticated and criminal than ever before! The aim is to determine motives, find evidence and convict the perpetrators.
An attentive eye is just as much in demand as creative powers of deduction to unravel everything on the 75 x 110 cm game board. As a little help, a magnifying glass is included in the game and the individual cases are again marked with symbols, so that parents can decide which cases even the youngest investigators may investigate and uncover. MicroMacro: Crime City, MicroMacro: Crime City – Full House and MicroMacro: Crime City – All In can be played completely independently, no previous knowledge from the other two parts is required.
Eleven: Football Manager Board Game is an economic strategy game set in a world of sport. Your task is to manage and grow your own football club over the course of a season.
The Stadium expansion adds 24 new custom shaped Stadium Infrastructure tiles and 50 cards including new Objective, Staff, Sponsor, and Board Meeting cards that are related to the Infrastructure tiles from this expansion. Get new Sponsors, hire new Staff members and make your Stadium a cultural center for the whole city! Build new elements, run concerts and national team matches, and more!
The Solo Campiagn consisting of 8 scenarios tied together by an overarching story. Play a series of games throughout several seasons with the goal of reaching the big league. Whatever happens in one scenario may influence the scenarios that follow. This expansion adds 36 Solo cards that affect gameplay and your progress in the campaign, as well as 14 new cards for the multiplayer mode including new Objective, Director, and Board Meeting cards, increasing the overall variability in the base game.
New Board and Card Games:
Acquire (2023 Edition)
Axis & Allies 1941 (2023 Edition)
Eleven – The Solo Campaign Expansion
Eleven – The Stadium Expansion
MicroMacro: Crime City – All In
Robo Rally (2023 Edition)
Board and Card Game Restocks:
Horizons of Spirit Island
MicroMacro: Crime City
MicroMacro: Crime City – Full House
Race for the Galaxy (2E)
The Resistance Avalon
Ultra Tiny Epic Kingdoms
Undaunted: The Battle of Britain
Gaming Accessory Restocks:
Chessex D6 Dice Sets
Chessex RPG 7-Die Sets