First up, we play an abstract game of push and pull and shove right off in SHŌBU.
Next, we go head to head and fist to face as villians and heros with changeable dice in Kapow!
And lastly, we solve mysteries the cosmically interconnected way … in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Everything is Connected.
Designed by: Manolis Vranas, Jamie Sajdak
Published by: Smirk & Laughter Games (2019)
Ages: 8 & up
Playing time: 20 minutes
In SHOBU, 2 players square off on 4 wooden boards, each board with 4 natural river stones per player.
On your turn; First, move one of your stones up to two spaces in any direction, including diagonally, in what is called a passive move. Second, match that move with another of your stones on the opposite color board, but this second move allows you to push your opponent’s stone off the board’s edge.
Remove all four of your opponent’s stones from any ONE of the four boards to win.
Designed by: Larry Bogucki, Douglas Hettrick, Carl Van Ostrand
Published by: 2 Ton Porcupine (2018)
Ages: 13 & up
Playing time: 20 – 30 minutes
In Kapow!, it’s Superhero vs. Supervillain in this buildable dice game.
Behind a player screen, the dice are rolled and then strategically allocated to attack, defense, and/or power up abilities. Players must decide how to build their dice pool and build Action Dice, with removable faces that you customize to your liking!
The fun is fast and furious — The first player to K.O. their opponent wins the game!
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Everything is Connected
Designed by: Matt Fantastic
Published by: IDW Games (2017)
Players: 3 – 8 players
Ages: 16 & Up
Playing time: 20 – 60 min
In Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Everything is Connected the players take turns assuming the roles of detective and holistic detective, respectively, to spin two different explanations of the clues to tell their story of the crime. The assistants then select which version of the truth is more believable. The winner is the player that solved the most cases correctly.
To solve the case, you have to think on your feet and remember that “everything is connected”.