Tak has been getting a lot of good buzz. It’s a two player abstract strategy game with a ton of great reviews, landing it at number 16 on BGG for abstract games. One thing about the game though is that it’s not small, nor is it exactly cheap, both aspects which Cheapass Games has aimed to fix. In late February they will be releasing Tak: University Edition, which features the full game, but in a smaller and more affordable package. The game itself has a deceptively easy goal, just create a road connecting your side of the board to the opponent’s side. But accomplishing that goal is much more difficult because they can block you with walls, cover your pieces with their pieces, and even lock pieces in place. But manage to out smart your opponent and you can claim victory.
Next is an expansion for Dropmix, a game being talked about not so much because of how good the game is, but because of the cool technology involved in game play. The main component of the game is an electronic board that connects to your phone via bluetooth, and it’s on this board that all the magic happens. In the various game modes you will be playing down cards onto the board, and depending on where you play them you will pull in different aspects of that song into the mix. You might pull in vocals, the bass, the drums, and so on, all coming together to create a unique mix of music. So far there have been cards produced in the pop, hip-hop, rock, and electronic genres for use in the game, but now they are adding something new, country. This new pack will be like the others and include 15 cards along with one hidden track card, allowing you to pull your favorite country songs into the mix. Look for this pack to be on store shelves at the start of February.