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New Board Games: October 9th, 2015

October 9th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

Crabs Against Humidity: Volume Five
Dark Tales
Dark Tales: Snow White Expansion
Doomtown Reloaded: Light Shine
Firefly: A Fist Full of Credits
Mob Town
Mob Town: City Limits
Pandemic: Legacy
Shadowrun Crossfire Deck Building Game Mission Expansion Pack 1 – High Caliber Ops
Spielbox Magazine: Issue 4 (2015)
The Village Crone
The Grizzled
War of Ashes RPG: Fate of Agaptus

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New Board Games: October 1, 2015

October 1st, 2015 Posted in new releases | No Comments »

Bad Medicine
HackMaster: Wrath of Vohven
HackMaster: Game Masters Guide
Adventure Time Fluxx
Smash Up: Munchkin
Villagers & Villains: City Builder
Munchkin: Nightmre Before Christmas
Dungeon of Fortune
Why First?
Retro Loonacy
Pathfinder Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous Deck 5
Pathfinder Card Game: Monk Class Deck

Steam Works
Space Cadets Away Missions
Good Cop Bad Cop: Bombers & Traitors
Little Red Riding Hood
Munchkin: Dragon’s Trike
Dungeon of Fortune
Gold West
Lone Wolf Adventure Game Boxed Set
Fool’s Gold
SMOG: On Her Majesty’s Service

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New Board Games: September 25th, 2015

September 25th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

Dark Stories
Dark Stories 2
Dark Stories: Real Crime Edition
Dungeons and Dragons RPG: Elemental Evil – Princes of the Apocalypse
Dungeons and Dragons RPG: Out of the Abyss
Evolution: The Flight Expansion
Five Cucumbers
Fresh Fish
Firefly: A Fist Full of Credits
Force of Will CCG: Booster A1 Alice Cluster – The Seven Kings of The Land
Heroes of Normandie: Battleground Terrain Pack
Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game – Predator Expansion
Love Letter: Adventure Time
Mage Wars: Arena Battleground – Domination
Munchkin Gloom
My First Bohnanza
Super Dungeon Explore: Dungeon Tiles – Dungeons of Crystalia
Super Dungeon Explore: Kunoichi Candy
Super Farmer
The Lord of the Rings LCG: Treachery of Rhuduar Adventure Pack
UFO Farmer
Warfighter: United Kingdom Expansion #6
Warfighter: Russian Federation Expansion #7
Warfighter: Eastern European Adverseries Expansion #8
Warfighter: Footlocker Storage Case
Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG – The Great Devourer

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New & Restocked: September 22nd, 2015

September 22nd, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

35mm Mega Metal D20: Gold
35mm Mega Metal D20: Antique Silver
35mm Mega Metal D20: Copper
35mm Mega Metal D20: Silver
7 Count Mini Dice Set: Red/Blue with White Numbers
7 Count Mini Dice Set: Light Blue/Dark Blue with Gold Numbers
7 Count Mini Dice Set: Orange/Green with Black Numbers
7 Count Mini Dice Set: Pink/Black with White Numbers
Carcassonne Inns & Cathedrals (New Edition)
Carcassonne Traders & Builders (New Edition)
Catan: Explorers and Pirates – 5+6 Player Expansion (5th Edition)
Catan: Explorers and Pirates (5th Edition)
Cities and Knights of Catan 5+6 Expansion 5th Edition
Cities and Knights of Catan 5th Edition
DC Dice Masters: War of Light Team Box
DC Dice Masters: War of Light Collectors Box
DC Dice Masters: War of Light Dice Building Game Starter Set
DC Dice Masters: War of Light Dice Building Game Foil Pack
DC Dice Masters: War of Light Dice Play Mat
Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game (Restock)
Moongha Invaders: Mad Scientists and Atomic Monsters Attack the Earth!
Personally Incorrect Expansion
Catan: Seafarers 5+6 Player Expansion (5th Edition)
Catan: Seafarers (5th Edition)
Settlers of Catan: 5+6 Player Expansion (5th Edition)
Star Wars: Roleplaying Critical Injury Deck
Star Wars: Roleplaying Critical Hit Deck
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (Restock)
Traders and Barbarians of Catan 5+6 Player Expansion (5th Edition)
Traders and Barbarians of Catan (5th Edition)

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The Spiel (Essen) 2015 Games of Interest

September 19th, 2015 Posted in business, pre-orders | 7 Comments »

As I mentioned, we’ve created this list by going through the hundreds of games compiled by Eric W. Martin here. This is the first of what will be our ‘buy’ list and obviously, we aren’t going to get all these games. In fact, we’ll probably only get 30 or 40 at most. Games listed here will be further reviewed n more detail and potentially left for final decision at the convention. In addition, many of these games might not be purchasable at our normal discount (or even open to being purchased at the fair by retailers); so won’t be brought in.

Lastly, we’ve avoided listing games from publishers who have shown the ability to get their ‘hot’ games at Essen into mainstream distribution fast (e.g. most Asmodee Games, Z-Man Games, Rio Grande Games) since thes games will be available at a much lower cost very soon after the show. Okay, enough explanation, here’s the list.

I had to delete the BGG links that I had here originally to make this a lot easier to read.

Game Why Cost
Magecraft Good graphics
Small City Doodle City
Lembitu UK Good review
Euro Crisis Funny
504 Stronghold Games has English
Power Grid: The Stock Companies 2F-Spiele
Hanabi: Die Bonus-Plättchen FREEE!!!!
Portal of Moth Tower Defense
Among Nobles 2013 Fastaval Best Board Game Nominee
The Producer Looks like a fun game
Kampen om Fredriksten Need to pre-order
Project:Elite Very expensive so definitely maybe
The Pursuit of Happiness Interesting and 300 limited copies
Stellar Conflict Among the Stars
Clacks: A Discworld Game
7 Ronin Plays very well
Waste Knights Just looks fun
Chenghuang: Guardian of the City Pretty
Haru Ichiban
Celestia Reprint of Cloud 9
The Curse of the Black Dice
I Hate Zombies No discount
The Dome fighting game
Sherlock 13 Deductive party game like Codenames?
Mafia Casino Looks interesting, decent ranks for something unreleased
Sly Dice Bluffing dice game, Coup like?
Ikonikus Great sales in Spain
Faith the SciFi RPG Core Set RPG so very iffy
Siggil Capsicum game so probably aviable soon in our stores
Internal Affairs Deduction party game
Crossing Language independent dexterity game
Unusual Suspects Deduction / Murder Mystery
Council of Four Check out first for sure
Samara Look vaguely interesting. These guys produce good games
Shuffle Heroes Czech Board Games
Galaxy Trucker: Missions CGE
The Prodigals Club CGE
Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends – Nethervoid CGE
Through the Ages CGE
Double Mission Expensive but looks interesting
Amphipolis Reiner Knizai Game
Oath of the Brotherhood Pretty
Shadows over Normandie Might be in in mass
Orleans Might already get a copy here by this time
Black Hat
Burano Pretty
A Game of Gnomes Great game
Dommus Domini
Terraforming Mars
Coup from these guys Coup & Coup Reformation with different artwork. Definitely a seller
Zombie Terror
Andromeda Need artwork
Thrash ‘N Roll
Taverna Lots of likes..
The Foreign King
Prime Time Pre-orders will add Kickstarter items
Expo 1906
Carcassonne: Star Wars
Spyfall Promo Cards Or as many as you can get!!!!
The Arabian Pots Very cute components
Minerva Good buzz
Sheep & Thief Card drafting game, quite cute
CS Files Very interested
Eight Epics Looks good
Coup: Guatamela – Anarchy Expansion to Coup 1954
Coup: Guatamela 1954 Sold very well last year
Vampire Panic
Eclipse: Black Hole
Eclipse: Shadow of the Rift
MULE The Board Game
Perfect Alibi
Grand Austria Hotel 43
Hengist 18
… and then we held Hands Really interesting 20
[microfilms] Redacted mini game 10
Colt Express: Postkutsche & Pferde Expansion to Colt Express 20
Watson & Holmes 30
Kemet Ta Seti 40
Lignum 49
Simurgh 38
They Come Unseen 45
Royal Goods 7
The Bloody Inn 25
Tail Feathers
Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot 50
Flick ‘Em Up Stallion Canyon
Carson City: Horses & Heroes
Inhabuit the Earth 45
Barking Up The Wrong Tree 15
DRCongo 40
Hereoes 32
Swords & Bagpipes Looks interesting but no data
Cornwall 18
Dilluvia Project
Food Chain Magnate 75
Guilds of London If available. Might not be 40
Ships Limited Edition 45
A Study in Emerald 2nd Ed 30
Alien Artiffacts Looks vaguely interesting 35
Nippon Maybe in mass?
Signorie Maybe in mass?
Germania Magna
Dojo Kun 45
Beasty Bar: New Beasts in Town Great filler game 15

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The Spiel (Essen) 2015 Pre-Order List

September 18th, 2015 Posted in business | 4 Comments »

We are taking expressions of interest / pre-orders for the the Spiel (Essen) show on Oct 1 – 8, 2015.

This year, with a better understanding of the costs involved; we’ll actually be putting up games for pre-order when a customer expresses interest. All pre-orders for Essen games will be charged immediately so that we can secure the funds for the event ahead of time. For an idea of the games available, these are the games that are showing in Essen this year –

Let us know ASAP what games you’d like either by commenting below or sending us an e-mail.

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New Board Games: September 17th, 2015

September 17th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

Animal Upon Animal: Small and Yet Great!
Camel Up: Supercup
Clockwork Wars
Don’t Turn Your Back
Doomtown: Reloaded – Immovable Object, Unstoppable Force
Flashlights & Fireflies
Mottainai Mini
Sneaky Cards
Star Wars X-Wing: Force Awakens Core Set
Unicorns in the Clouds
Warband: Emerging Races
WWE Superstar Showdown

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New Board Games: September 11th, 2015

September 11th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

Apocalypse Chaos
Code of Nine (aka OWACON)
Battlefield in a Box: Crimson Gas Battlemat 6′ x 3′
Battlefield in a Box: Frozen Star Battlemat 6′ x 3′
Dungeon Fighter: Rock and Roll Expansion
Dead Mans Draw
Encounters: Bravest Warriors – Blue
Encounters: Bravest Warriors – Red
Firefly: the Game – Kalidasa Rim Space Expansion
The Lord of the Rings LCG: Across the Ettenmoors Adventure Pack
Naruto Shippuden Deck Building
Nautilus Industries
Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes Set 3
Shadowrun 5th Edition: Chrome Flesh
Star Wars LCG: Jump to Lightspeed Force Pack
Tides of Time
Tragedy Looper : Midnight Circle (Expansion)
Trap! Nimble Ninjas
Yashima: Legend of the Kami Masters
Warband: Against the Darkness
Wrath of Dragons

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New & Restocked: September 9, 2015

September 5th, 2015 Posted in business, new releases | No Comments »

Robotech RPG: the Masters Sourcebook
Exodus: Edge of Extinction
Battlecon War of Indines: Extended Expansion
Battlecon War of Indines: Remastered
Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways into Darkness Terrain Set
Shadows of Brimstone: Caverns of Cynder Expansion
Age of Ultron Team Box
Magic the Gathering: Duel Decks Zendikar vs Eldrazil
Machi Koro: Deluxe Edition

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Now Hiring – Logistics Assistant

September 1st, 2015 Posted in business | No Comments »

Starlit Citadel / Fortress Geek is hiring again in Vancouver, BC!

This is a year-round part-time position that works in our warehouse and conventions as needed. We are an e-commerce business that sells directly to consumers and offers both shipping and in-person pickup of customer orders.

The Logistics Assistant’s main role will be shipping and receiving, and they will also be expected to assist with basic warehouse organization and customer service. In their primary role, they will be responsible for processing and invoicing customer orders, and picking and packing them in preparation for shipping. We receive new stock weekly, and they will be expected to assist with the restock process, unpacking, inspecting and shelving all new items, as well as confirming the accuracy of the received shipment and updating store inventory as needed.

In addition to these regular duties, the Logistics Assistant will undertake general administrative tasks in the warehouse including cleaning, sorting and inventory counts. They will also be required to provide basic customer service to Local Pickup customers.  Work at conventions will be required from time-to-time which will require in-person selling. Additional projects and one-off tasks will also be assigned from time to time, according to the needs of the company.

The Logistics Assistant will be provided hands-on training and written procedure guides for all of the above tasks, and will be expected to follow them in order to reduce errors and ensure consistency of service in the company.  As a small, growing company; we are constantly changing our procedures as the business changes.

This job will be 12 to 18 hours of work during the majority of the year, with 30 – 40 hours worth of work during the Christmas rush period (mid-November to end-December generally).


  • Part-time availability on Weekdays
  • Occasionally on weekends
  • Familiarity and comfort with computers and data entry
  • Detail oriented and focused
  • Valid class 5 driver’s license

Nice to Haves:

  • Gaming knowledge (specifically board games) and general geek culture knowledge
  • Previous pick-and-pack and/or warehouse experience
  • Knowledge of Magento backend

If you are interested, please send your resume to with your hours of availability. The starting wage is $10.50 per hour.


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