Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Essen 2013 Round-Up!

Hot Games from Essen SPIEL 2013:This year at Essen many new games made their debut! Some of the hit titles are not for sale yet, only available as preorders, while others are recent releases or recent expansions to existing games!Check 'em out!

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AEG 5104         Love Letter       
All of the eligible young men (and many of the not-so-young) seek to woo Princess Annette of Tempest.
Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the palace, and you must rely on others to bring your romantic letters to her. Will yours reach her first? Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2-4 suitors.

AEG 5601         Guildhall        
 Progress! That`s what these Dark Ages need, someone with a little get-up-and-go. You`ve been a serf in this one-pig town long enough, and it`s time to shake things up. You`ve opened a guildhall for like-minded professionals from all over Europe to work together, build their trades, and get some economic stability. Now if only everybody else didn`t have the same idea! Well, you`ll just have to do it faster than those other guys! Gather professionals into chapters, and use their combined might to reach for victory. 

ASM SPYR01   Spyrium        
Rooted in an imaginary world where England has been transformed into a Steampunk society, the goal of players in Spyrium is to erect factories, using workers to produce Spyrium, a rare and highly coveted substance that powers the world. An alternative to producing Spyrium is buying it - and players will need to be wealthy (and crafty) to procure the expensive commodity. Build lucrative factories and acquire the most Spyrium in your quest for power and prosperity!

DOW 8301        Relic Runners    
The ancient relics had lain dormant in the darkest reaches of the jungle since time immemorial. But, once word of their discovery broke out, all manner of would-be archeologists rushed in! The retired university professor, the bombastic explorer, the lithe (but daring) heiress, and a shadowy former Army captain all yearned to be first to lay their hands on the precious loot! In Relic Runners, players portray fearless Explorers traveling the jungle in search of lost temples full of forgotten treasures and relics. Armed with nothing more than your trusty Pith Helmet and a nose for rare antiquities, you`ll explore Temple Ruins and Shrines and undertake Expeditions in a race to unearth the most treasure!

WZK 71161       Trains and Stations        
All Aboard for Excitement! It is the height of the Steam Age and the whistle of the Iron Horse harkens the boom of small towns across the country into major hubs of transportation and economic growth. In Trains and Stations, players must make deliveries, develop buildings, and profit from their decisions while working with (and against) their competitors. Will you focus on establishing mining operations in an attempt to gain a monopoly on coal, silver, and gold? Or, focus on laying tracks across the landscape and helping other players move their goods taking your cut, of course!

WZK 71400       Mage Knight: Krang Character Expansion     
The Krang Character Expansion for the Mage Knight Board Game includes everything players need to add the mysterious and dangerous Orc Chaos Shaman, Krang, as a new playable character, complete with a pre-painted miniature, unique starting cards, and skill tokens.

WZK 70495       Mage Knight Board Game
The Mage Knight Board Game throws you and up to three other Mage Knights into the sprawling and ever changing world of the Atlantean Empire, a land that is but a distant memory since your transformation into a mysterious Mage Knight. Build your armies, defeat bands of marauding enemies, and eventually conquer cities in the name of the mysterious Void Council.

Available for Preorder Only 


ASM NAT01      Nations 
Become the most powerful Nation on earth! How will you lead your Nation? Conserve your resources, or spend on military? Send your people to work, or invest in their national heritage? Avoid famine and war, hire workers and architects, and raise wonders that will stand the test of time. In the end, only one Nation can rise to the top!

ASM RAM01     Rampage    
Sow Terror in Good Fun... or Not! In Rampage, players control one of four rampaging (and hungry) monsters with a singular objective: cause the most damage to the metropolis (oh, and devour meeple citizens)! Attack buildings, hurl trucks, or unleash your "Monster Breath" to rain havoc upon the panic-stricken populace to earn your spot atop the heap of destruction and mayhem!


MFG 3501         Caverna: The Cave Farmers     
From designer Uwe Rosenberg, creator of the smash-hit Agricola! In Caverna, players take on the role of cave-dwelling, dwarven farmers and miners trying to lead their family to success and prosperity by furnishing the communal cave, mining ore to forge weapons, and clearing the nearby forest to make room for farming and a little animal husbandry. 

RGG 499           Concordia        
2,000 years ago, the Roman Empire ruled the lands around the Mediterranean Sea. With peace at the borders, harmony inside the provinces, uniform law, and a common currency, the economy thrived and gave rise to mighty Roman dynasties as they expanded throughout the numerous cities. Guide one of these dynasties and send colonists to the remote realms of the Empire, develop your trade network, and appease the ancient gods to curry their favor - all to gain the chance to emerge victorious in Concordia.

RRG 330           Coal Baron      
Get Your Hands Dirty! Reap riches as operators of a coal mine in Coal Baron! Essen, on the verge of the 20th Century: a time when endless supplies of coal are abundant in the earth, ripe for the taking! As owners of a coal mine fulfilling contracts for various grades of deposits, players dig deep into their pockets and tunnels to unearth the precious mineral and expand their profits.

ZMG 71360       Glass Road   
From acclaimed game designer Uwe Rosenberg (Agricola, Ora & Labora) comes Glass Road, commemorating the 700-year-old tradition of glass making in the Bavarian Forest. In Glass Road, players must skillfully manage their resources and recuit specialists to assist them in order to build the right structures to keep the business flowing.   

ZMG 71370       Bruxelles 1893  
In Bruxelles 1893, you represent one of the famous architects who established the reputation of Art Nouveau in the Belgian capital. Your assistants help you perform actions such as the construction of Art Nouveau buildings, or creating the works of art that decorate these beautiful homes, which in turn allows you to fund your most beautiful masterpiece! Develop your renown as an architect, increase your influence at the Royal Palace or City Hall, and benefit from public figures that you meet during your theater outings. The architect who gains the most fame wins the game!

 ZMG 71390       Russian Railroads   
In Russian Railroads, players compete in an exciting race to build the largest and most advanced railway network. Who will ride into the future full steam ahead and who will be run off the rails? Whose empire will overcome the challenges ahead and emerge victorious?    

ZMG 71400       Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends     
Tash-Kalar is the ancient art of magical combat perfomed in arenas and brawling pits throughout the known world.Tash-Kalar is also the name of the oldest and most famous arena, the place where the game began.And Tash-Kalar is also a well-known board game that confronts players with the same intellectual challenges that dueling mages have faced for centuries.You can play the game with 2, 3, or 4 players, in teams or individually. Whether you are playing the High Form or a Deatchmatch, all games of Tash-Kalar have the same basic rules: Players take turns creating magical stones and placing them in patterns that allow them to summon fantastical beings. Your beings can move around the arena, disrupt opponents patterns, and form new patterns that allow you to summon more beings. Each form of Tash-Kalar has its own means of scoring and deciding on a victor.

RRG 869 Hanabi  
Still hot from the Spiel des Jahres win, Alliance is taking pre-orders for R & R Games' upcoming reprint of Hanabi!
From 7 Wonders designer Antoine Bauza comes this innovative, cooperative card game where players race against the clock to build a dazzling fireworks finale. Trouble is, you can see the cards that everyone holds - except your own! Working together, players exchange vital information in order to play their cards in the proper launch sequence. Build and light each firework correctly to win the game and avoid a fizzling fiasco!

Halloween Customer Engagement Ideas

The Marketing Department here at Alliance stumbled across an article this morning which breaks down the social media engagement strategies during the Halloween season. We think the article hits on some really amazing ideas for small businesses to use on their Facebook profiles.

Will your hobby/game store be holding a Halloween costume contest in store? If you don't have time to plan something in-store use your online presence to get your followers engaged!

The infographic below breaks down the ways your small business can engage with customers online this spooky season.
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Article Referenced and Image Resource: http://socialmediatoday.com/socialbarrel/1847131/halloween-facebook-marketing-ideas-infographic#!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween Special!


It's getting to be the end of October, and you know what that means: Halloween is just a week away! Make sure you're stocked up with all the spooky, scary, and terrifying games you can get your hands on!

Horror games are great fun for everyone! These games run the gamut from fun and playful, to mysterious and spooky, to intense and frightening, depending on what kind of audience and mood you're aiming for! Whether you want C'thulu, vampires, ghosts, or werewolves, we've got it!

AEG 5301 Nightfall
ASM GHOMU01 Ghost Stories Board Game
ASM WER01 The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow
ATG 1250 Gloom Card Game
CZE 01289 Locke & Key: The Game
DOW 7001 Mystery of the Abbey
FFG CT59 Call of Cthulhu LCG: Seekers Of Knowledge Deluxe Expansion
FFG CT60 Call of Cthulhu LCG: The Key and the Gate Deluxe Expansion
FFG CT61 Call of Cthulhu LCG: Terror in Venice Deluxe Expansion
FFG EH01 Eldritch Horror (Pre-order Only)
FFG MAD06 Mansions of Madness: Forbidden Alchemy Expansion
FFG MAD09 Mansions of Madness: Call of the Wild Expansion
FFG SL15 Elder Sign: Unseen Forces Expansion
FFG VA32 Arkham Horror: Dunwich Horror Expansion
FFG VA45 Arkham Horror: King in Yellow Expansion
FFG VA53 Arkham Horror: Kingsport Horror Expansion
FG VA56 Arkham Horror: Black Goat of the Woods Expansion
FFG VA57 Arkham Horror: Innsmouth Horror Expansion
FFG VA63 Arkham Horror: Lurker at the Threshold Expansion
FFG VA70 Arkham Horror: Miskatonic Horror Expansion
FFG VA78 Arkham Horror: Curse of the Pharaoh Revised Expansion
IEL 51077 Ghooost!
IMP GMG7004 Age of Cthulhu 4: Horrors Fromyugooth
LOO 019 Are You A Werewolf?
LOO 052-S Cthulhu Fluxx 
RPR 01416 Halloween Sophie (25mm)
SJG 131327-D Cthulhu Dice Display (6)
SJG 1419 Munchkin Bites
SJG 1443 Munchkin Bites 2: Pants Macabre
SJG 1447 Munchkin Cthulhu
SJG 1453 Munchkin Cthulhu 2: Call of Cowthulhu
SJG 1455 Munchkin Cthulhu 3: Unspeakable Vault
SJG 1465 Munchkin Cthulhu 4: Crazed Caverns
SJG 4218-D Munchkin Tricky Treats Booster Display
TLC 1001 When Darkness Comes 
TLC 3900 Little Dead Riding Hood
TOY 12514 Do You Worship Cthulhu? Card Game
WOC 26633 Betrayal at the House on the Hill
WYR PW011 Puppet Wars Unstitched
ZMG 7053 Spectral Rails
ZMG 71100 Pandemic (New Edition)

Brains! Zombies are huge right now, with the success of things like The Walking Dead, and we've rolled out a horde full of games for you to enjoy! If you're looking for strategy or card games, if you want serious or silly, we have you covered!

CZE 01212 The Walking Dead Board Game (TV)
DV1 027 Rise of the Zombies
FFP 0101 Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game
LLP 7000 All Things Zombie
LOO 033-S Zombie Fluxx: Deck
MDG 4297 Eaten by Zombies
PSI FSD1003 Dead Panic (Pre-order Only)
SCU 0002 Undead States of America 
SJG 131313 Zombie Dice Game
SJG 1481 Munchkin Zombies
SJG 5563 Munchkin Zombies: Decay D6 Dice
TLC 2010 Zombies!!!: 2nd Edition
TLC 2200 Humans!!!
TLC 2410 Zombies!!! Dice Game: Roll Them Bones
TLC 3500 Zombies!!!: Zombie Town
TLC 3800 Zombie Survival Game
USO DIA525242 Walking Dead Comic Edition Monopoly    
VPG ZEDS2NDBOX Dawn of the Zeds: The Battle For Farmingdale 2nd Edition Box
ZMG 7087 The Walking Dead: The Board Game (Comics)    

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

NSKN Games: 80% off Select Titles

NSKN Games and Alliance Game Distributors are proud to announce an offer on NSKN’s leading game titles. Through the end of November, retailers may purchase copies of Warriors and Traders *and* Wild Fun West at 80% off of the MSRP.

NSK 002 Wild Fun West

Players are working together to build a town in the Wild West, making decisions based on the amount of money they are willing to invest. While the players appear to be building the town together, each of them has a secret agenda.

The Wild West just got a little more fun! In this strategic bidding game, players are competing magnates, seeking to work together to erect a town in the American Wild West by investing in Post Offices, Saloons, Jailhouses, and other prominent properties and expanding their status, influence, and voting power among the professional community, while simultaneously achieving the secret goal to construct four out of the six buildings listed on their objective card. 

NSK WT01  Warriors and Traders

Warriors & Traders is a pure strategy game that combines economy, negotiation and war. 2 to 6 players strive to build their empire in the Dark Ages of Europe, managing scarce resources, fighting and negotiating their way to victory.

Rewrite history! Forge your destiny! Conquer your opponents - or outwit them - to build the most prosperous kingdom in Warriors & Traders!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Best of the Game Trade Award Winners Announced!

It's been a little over a week since the winners of the Best of the Game Trade Awards were announced October 5th at the Saturday Reception at Alliance Open House. We are very pleased and excited to finally announce the winners! Thank you to each and every one of the 75+ stores who nominated their store for one to seven of the award categories!

Best Board and Family Game Section
Games & Stuff - Glen Burnie, MD

Best Collectible Card Game Section
Games & Stuff - Glen Burnie, MD

Best Gaming Area
Comic Quest - Evansville, IN

Best Miniature Game Section
Little Shop of Magic - Las Vegas, NV

Best Organized Play
Books, Comics, and Things: Georgetown - Fort Wayne, IN

Best Roleplaying Game Section
Games & Stuff - Glen Burnie, MD

Best Tabletop Display
The Dragon's Den - Glen Allen, VA

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Best of the Game Trade Awards! 
Thank you to all the stores who nominated themselves for the awards this year - our most successful one yet!