Daily Game Deals – October 5, 2015

Relic Expedition – $35 with FREE shipping – Deal ends TODAY!

From BGG:
“Relic Expedition is a jungle exploration game with a variable board, hand management, collectible treasures, and dangerous wild animals!”

Splendor – $35 with FREE shipping – Ends October 12, 2015.

From BGG:
“Splendor is a game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops—all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you’re wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige.”

Space Pirates – 67% Off!

From BGG:
“In deep space all players are pirates on the run for merchants with precious load.
All fight to become the most famous pirate of the galaxy and be first to own a space station.”

Black Gold – 45% Off!

From BGG:
“The year is 1922 and the Texas Oil Boom is in full swing. Prepare to head West, surveying the Permian Basin for profitable gushers and gaining more wealth than your fellow prospectors. Are you part of a burgeoning oil family fixed on becoming a dynasty, or a shrewd yankee, tired of watching southerners making their fortune? Whatever your reasons, join the race to become the wealthiest son of a gun in West Texas.

Black Gold is a board game of drilling and discovery for 2-5 prospectors, and play can last from 1-2 hours. Competitors attempt to claim the best wells, bid wisely against their neighbors, and sell their oil at the highest price in order to finish the game with the most money when the Oil Baron’s train reaches the last track.

To secure wealth, players explore the terrain of the provided map tiles for oil wells, and they survey and build their derricks. Map tiles are double-sided and modular, ensuring a unique experience every time. Money is made if a player can transport his oil to one of three oil companies, and win the right to sell at auction. The Oil Baron’s train moves nearer every turn, counting down the rounds of the game’s thrilling ride; all the while it begs you and your fellow prospectors to ask the question: Am I making enough money?

The landscape of the Texas Oil business can be fickle and lonely as it is arid. Players can strategize against their opponents, and upset their play through special actions. During auctions, players can even lie about the value of their Sales Licenses in order to force their neighbors to bid more! But careful, you future tycoons – if you’re caught bluffing, you’re penalized.

Although Black Gold is a satisfying bidding game, it is also an exciting contest of strategy and exploration. Every game variable can offer an advantage or variation in play each round. The round’s starting player has the first choice for powerful Action cards, which dictate his options for that round. Subsequent prospectors can be savvy and alter their exploration based on other players’ surveying, or the last player could choose to sell his oil at a different company than his neighbors and find an easier auction at which to bid.

Black Gold is easy to learn, but offers an abundance of intriguing game play choices. Black Gold also provides players with optional rules that can shorten or extend game play, increase the challenge, give inexperienced players a handicap, or even reduce the randomness of well distribution. With all of these options players will discover that Black Gold is a new experience every time, even offering unique variation depending on player number, map tile setup, and well placement.”

Olympus – 45% Off!

From BGG:
“In the Ancient Greece, the poleis (city-states) thrived increasing their population and culture, occasionally waging war against each other, erecting buildings and celebrating ceremonies to get the favour of the deities abiding on Mount Olympus. The players will lead one of these city-states (like Athens, Sparta, Corinth, Thebes, Argos and others) expanding it and worshipping the various gods in order to become the hegemonic power of the Peloponnesus!

Olympus is a deterministic (i.e., non-random) strategy game, based on worker-placement, resource management and building an efficient engine to score victory points (VPs). It also features a few more aggressive options than the average game based on the same premises (but the savvy player knows how to defend against them, if he prefers to quietly develop his own position).

Each player leads a city-state that is defined by six values representing population, culture, military and productivity of the three resources (grain, venison and fish). During your turn, you send one of your three priests to worship one of the ten deities (Zeus, Hera, Demetra, Artemis, Poseidon, Athena, Aphrodite, Ares, Hephaestus or Apollo). Each opponent can now send one of his priests to celebrate the ceremony with you. After that, the deity grants his favor to whoever has sent a worshipper: the favor is larger for the leading priest (the one of the active player) and smaller for all the others (for example, Athena boosts culture by two points for the city of leading priest and by one point for the others; of course no boost is given to those who refused to send a priest to worship her). That deity cannot be chosen again in the current turn.

Since almost all deities are specialized in a certain field, the players must choose which ones they prefer to worship sooner (also guessing which ones may be of interest for the opponents and which ones are safer to skip as they will not be chosen until later) and when it is better to get a smaller benefit following the priest of another player rather than saving a priest to get a greater boon but in a field that may not interest them as much (sort of quality over quantity).

The resources your city produces (worshipping the correct deities) can be spent (worshipping other deities) to create buildings giving a variety of effects (and VPs), thus offering a lot of different strategic approaches to the game. Victory can be achieved with a plethora of buildings but also with very few ones. There are 45 different buildings: 33 can be built by anyone (even if someone else already did), while the other 12 are unique as only one copy of each can exist (introducing another element of contention between the players). You can also wage war to steal the resources of the other cities (if they were so foolish to keep their warehouses full and their military underdeveloped, it’s just what they deserve) or invoke a terrible plague to decimate their population.

All the actions (development, production, building, war, scoring, etc.) are done by worshipping the proper deity (and some gods give you a choice like “do you develop your grain productivity – thus receiving more grain the next time you will produce it – or do you produce it now even if you won’t get much?”, adding crucial tactical decisions to the game).

When all the priests have been used, there’s a brief upkeep to check some simple conditions (e.g., players with more than five unused resources must discard those in excess) and then a new turn begins (all priests return home and all deities can be worshipped again).

Being the first to reach the maximum value in a certain field (e.g. culture 10) gives you an award worth two VPs. When four of these awards are claimed, the game ends. Each player receives bonus points based on how developed his city is and the highest score wins.”

Chez Geek: Slack to the Future Expansion – 50% Off!

From BGG:
“Technology hasn’t made us any more productive. In fact, it’s made slacking off easier than it’s ever been! Chez Geek: Slack to the Future celebrates the bleeding edge of carefree, codependent laziness with 56 new cards of activities, people, jobs, food, and other stuff from the digital revolution.

Just remember, when your roommate and his S.O. keep you up all night: You can’t throw them out. They live here.”

Civility – 40% Off!

From BGG:
“Rise in status and lead your city to greatness in a unique game that combines wizards with wooly mammoths, thieves with tanks, and the absolute with the archaic. Use your city’s exclusive abilities to wage war, make allies, and achieve objectives while gaining power. Fantasy, Early Men, Thief, Modern, Utopian, and Medieval cities are all brought together in a race to victory while vying for the honor to lead this new extraordinary world.

Will you choose hostility, or be the model of civility?

Civility is a board game for 2 to 4 players where players get to choose a city to control. There are 6 cities to choose from – Early Men, Fantasy, Modern, Utopian, Thief, and Medieval. Each city has 4 unique abilities and different starting strengths. Different cities will require completely different strategies and planning. The goal of the game is to reach status 5. This is done by claiming status cards that have specific goals associated with them. Each status card is unique so the victory conditions will vary with each play creating a vastly different experience every time.”

Munchkin Gloom – 47% Off!

From BGG:
“In Gloom, from Atlas Games, you take control of a family of miserable people and make them more miserable, trying to become the most miserable family of all before you kill your family off.

The world of Munchkin, by contrast, contains plenty of happy people. Warriors who slay monsters, adventurers who grab loot, heroes who level up. Heck, halflings who stay at home eating pie all day. But the world of Munchkin is also sad and benighted, a place where those very same Munchkins are all too often backstabbed by buddies, dined on by dragons, and discovered by doom ducks. Heroes delve too deep, plummet down pits, and lose their loot — and that’s before they die.

Now what if you combined Gloom with Munchkin? Keith Baker of Atlas Games is doing just that!

In Munchkin Gloom , players shepherd their parties through terrible travails and troublesome tribulations until — inevitably — they perish in pain. Naturally, the most miserable fellowship wins.”

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