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For the second year, Snakes & Lattes made the trek to New York for its annual Toy & Game Fair. This is one of the largest events for the game industry where a number of new titles are introduced.
This ain’t Fan Expo or GenCon, though – there’s no pageantry, no Dealer’s Room – this is about business folk making business deals in business-y ways. Which means we’re here to give you the inside scoop!
First things first: Firefly’s back! At least, as a board game. Battlefront, the fine folks who publish the Flames of War miniatures line is coming out with a game based on the beloved property later this year. When we talked to them, they had just announced its development and had little information to provide from a mechanical standpoint. However, they seemed passionate about staying true to the license and giving fans the kind of game they wanted. So long as you can pilot your own ship, hire your own crew and deliver your cargo, I think we’ll have a lot of folks angling to play Firefly: The Board Game when it releases this fall.
For the many co-operative fans that come to the cafe, Forbidden Desert looks like it is going to be amazing. The sequel to Gamewright’s Forbidden Island, the game begins after a helicopter crash in the desert strands you near an ancient and deserted city. By exploring the city and surrounding desert, you will hopefully discover the missing pieces to the flying machine that will take you to safety. However, sandstorms rage all around and will bury you if you cannot construct your craft in time. We were, sadly, not able to sit down for a full game at Gamewright’s booth, but the components look fantastic. We’re looking forward to launching Forbidden Desert in a big way here at the café, so keep your eyes and ears open in the coming months!
Our good friends at R&R Games were gracious enough to gift us with copies of their new games, Qin and Spectaculum. Both are from the inimitable Reiner Knizia, marking a shift into strategy games for the otherwise party game focus of R&R. Spectaculum plays a little like Through the Desert with a light stock market mechanic attached – I tried several rounds as a two-player game, but am looking forward to trying a slightly more chaotic four-player experience in the near future. Qin is a straight-forward tile-laying game with some area-control elements in it, bolstered by beautiful components. Neither game is overly complex, but both seem like good steps towards the designer’s meatier classics. Look for these on our new games shelf!
And all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. There was far too much to see to write about here, but if the Toy Fair was any indication, 2013 is going to be a pretty darn exciting year for Snakes & Lattes and the board game community at large!
Our current tap offerings, Winter 2013 - Limited Fin du Monde (usually Maudite), Amsterdam Wee Heavy, King Pilsner, Thornbury cider, Mad Tom IPA, Mill St Cobblestone Stout, St Ambroise Scotch Ale (Limited), St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.
Your game of Catan is about to get a whole lot rowdier – we’re excited to announce the addition of craft beer and classic cocktails to your gaming experience. We’ve selected a wide range of beers to satisfy all tastes, and our team of “Beer Gurus” will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. In addition to our craft beers, our bartenders will be serving up classically inspired cocktails with a modern twist. Enjoy a game of Manhattan with a cocktail of the same name or reward your apathy in Cards Against Humanity with a nice civilized pint. Follow us on Twitter to keep abreast of our ever changing draught list and stay tuned for our Cocktail of the Month program.
Make sure to drop in and take advantage of our "Pint 'n' Play" offer, too - join us on Mondays and Tuesdays before 7:00 p.m. and get access to our game collection plus a pint of any of our top-notch craft draughts for only $10. Come with a few friends and conquer the early-week doldrums by pairing drinking with gaming. Our knowledgable servers and gurus are here to help you make informed selections; we hear King Pilsner goes great with King of Tokyo, Cobblestone with Carcassonne, and Wee Heavy with Sumo Ham Slam.