Board Games Acquisitions during April 2018
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Vast : the crystal caverns
Somerville, David. designer
Newton, NH : Leder Games, 2017
The dragon has been asleep for many long years. In that time, the cave under which it slumbered has changed greatly. Goblins and strange monsters have filled its gloomy depths and there are whispers that the cave itself has begun thinking, shifting, and growing evermore dangerous. Still, stories of peril rarely overshadow the rumors of riches. And riches there may be For where a dragon slumbers, there also lies a fiercely guarded treasure. Fortunately for the slumbering beast, malevolent crystals fill the cave's rooms with spectral light, hiding the entrance to the immeasurable treasure trove. Many have given their lives to the search and over the years the rumors have faded to legend. But the most courageous adventurers will not be discouraged by bloodshed. On this day, a knight steps into the darkness, her gloved hand gripping the hilt of her sword. Her years of quests--all of the victories and defeats--have led to this one final adventure. Knowing the kingdom can never truly be at peace with the dragon beneath the cave, she has come to make a final stand. Little does she know that she will awake everything that slumbers in the shadows and begin the final battle in the darkness. Enter the world of Vast: The Crystal Caverns! Vast takes you and your friends into the torch light of a classic cave-crawling adventure, built on the concept of total asymmetry. Gone are days of the merry band of travelers fighting off evil. In Vast, you will become part of a new legend... Any part you wish! Play as the classic, daring Knight, the chaotic Goblin horde, the colossal, greedy Dragon, or even the Cave itself powerful, brooding, and intent on crushing the living things that dare to disturb its gloomy depths. Each role has its own powers, pieces, and paths to victory...and there can be only one winner.
Jones Media Board Game 1096
Century spice road
Matsuuchi, Emerson, game designer
Rigaud, Quebec : Plan B Games, Inc., 2017
Jones Media Board Game 1091
The world needs a jetpack unicorn
Homes, Joe, game designer
[United States?] : Wyrd Miniatures, LLC, 
"The World Needs a Jetpack Unicorn is an absurdly entertaining party game in which you demonstrate to your friends, family, or random people in line at conventions that you're awesome. Each player is given the task of convincing someone else that certain crazy subjects - such as glitter monsters or magnetic hands - are better, worse, or just plain weirder than others"--BoardGameGeek.com.
Jones Media Board Game 1090
Fryxelius, Jacob, game designer
Somerset, NJ : Stronghold Games ; 
"The taming of the Red Planet has begun! Corporations are competing to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources, and using innovative technology to raise temperature, create a breathable atmosphere, and make oceans of water. As terraforming progresses, more and more people will immigrate from Earth to live on the Red Planet. In Terraforming Mars, you control a corporation with a certain profile. Play project cards, build up production, place your cities and green areas on the map, and race for milestones and awards! Will your corporation lead the way into humanity's new era?"--Box.
Jones Media Board Game 1095
Imhotep : builder of Egypt
Walker-Harding, Phil, game designer,
Providence, RI : Thames & Kosmos, 
"Imhotep. The legendary architect of the Egyptian monuments. His awe-inspiring structures and brutal tactics earned him divine status among ancient Egyptians. Can you match his ruthless determination to build the most revered monuments? To do this, you will need to transport stone blocks on ships from your quarry to different construction sites. But you alone do not choose where the ships go. Your opponents have monumental plans of their own and want to prevent your success. A fierce competition for the precious stone resources plays out. Only with the right strategy and a little luck can you succeed"--Container.
Jones Media Board Game 1094
Sagrada : a game of dice, drafting & window crafting
Andrews, Daryl, designer
[United States] : Floodgate Games, 
As a skilled artisan, use tools of the trade and careful planning to construct the most beautiful stained glass window in the Sagrada Familia. Gain prestige by adapting to the preferences of your fickle admirers, and of course, by adding your own artistic flair while completing your glass masterpiece. Glass pieces are represented by dice, which have a color and shade (indicated by the values on the dice). Each round, players take turns drafting from a pool of dice, and placing them on their window cards within the color and range restrictions. After 10 rounds, players score points based on public and private objectives, and the highest scoring artisan is the winner.
Jones Media Board Game 1093
Cathala, Bruno (Game designer)
France : Blue Orange, 2017
Dominoes with a Kingdom building twist! Each turn, connect a new domino to your existing Kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain Type already in play. The game mechanics for obtaining the tiles is clever: the order of who picks first depends on which tile was previously chosen. Make sure to secure tiles with crowns- these royal treasures help to multiply the worth of your Kingdom at the end of the game! The game ends when each player has completed a 5 x 5 grid, and then points are counted based on number of connecting tiles and crowns.
Jones Media Board Game 1089