Site updates and changes

This week is going to be a busy week. Had a lot of fun playing both Ticket to Ride and Louis XIV over the weekend and we will be writing a detailed review of both games soon. Most of you will find that there are quite a few events for us this week:

1) Inventory increase and products restocking– a lot of products that are currently out of stock will go back in stock very soon. Alison will be picking up our latest order on Tuesday and we will update the stock that night or early Wednesday morning.

2) Pricing reduction – with our new products purchased from our US distributor, we expect to reduce the pricing on a large number of our games. Not all games will be reduced as some games are not available via our US distributor, but you will notice that the majority will have significant pricing declines.

3) V-Con – our very first convention. If you’re at V-Con do drop by and say hi – we’ll be the one’s under the large poster saying ‘Starlit Citadel’. We always like to put faces to names.

That’s about it. If you have any questions, as always, do ask.

Predicted Top Selling Christmas Board Games 2007

So, here’s a list from the British Toy Selling Association and their predicted top selling board games.

One scan through the list and you realise that the vast majority aren’t at all interesting. And excluding the purely marketing change of the Monopoly Electronic Editions, you’ll find few actually interesting games. Now, the vast majority are children’s games, but still.

I’m sure we could easily put together a list of better board games for 2007. What would your list be?

From the Classics to Modern Board Games

If you still have fond memories of the classic games such as Risk or Monopoly but want to try a new game, this is the article for you. Here, we list a variety of classic board games and newer board games that have many of the same aspects that made you love the classics in the first place.

Monopoly
Real estate development to make your fortune is the hallmark of Monopoly. Add in a dash (or a ton) of luck, and this venerable board game is probably the game that introduced the world of board gaming to the majority of players. So if you enjoyed Monopoly, try:
Basari – In Basari, players are now merchants competing to purchase the most precious gems to make their fortunes in this 3 round game. With a specific number of rounds, this game has the advantage over Monopoly in that it is unlikely to last for hours on end.
Bohnanza – in Bohnanza, players balance the growing of their beans with its sale. Trading is a huge a part of this game, which is a great for those who would prefer a higher level of interaction than the traditional Monopoly game would like.

Modern Art – Modern Art is an auction based game where players take on the role of art dealers. An extremely different playing system from the classic Monopoly game, this game focuses on the players ability to balance strategic decisions on what art pieces to keep and what to sell. Definitely more dynamic than Monopoly with little luck in the actual game play.
Risk
In Risk, players struggled to take over the world. Globe spanning conquest is the name of the game here, with players in control of vast armies in a true world war. What it lacked in graphics and variation, it more than made up with sheer potential. Too bad it took forever to actually finish a game. So for other world conquering games try:
Battlelore – a two player game, Battlelore zooms in on the conflict between two armies, taking the battle one step down. With multiple units and abilities available, each battle can be made unique and a struggle worthy of any Alexander in the making.

Memoir ’44 – recreate the most significant battles of World War II. If you think you can do better than Rommel, Patton and McCarthy, this is the game for you.
Axis & Allies (Revised) – World War II is in your hands, this time with multiple players involved. The venerated Axis & Allies game system has been updated and made all the better in this game.

Chess
Chess – the game of kings. Few rules but incredible levels of strategy. This is a game where there is no luck, just deep logical thinking required. It’s hard to beat such a classic, but here are a few that bring their own flavor to these deep strategy games:
Blokus – Tetris on a fixed board with competing players. That’s Blokus for you – simple rules dominate how you play the game but long range planning required to both cut-off your competitors as well as score the most points
Ingenious – Reiner Knizai’s award winning game, this game reminds me greatly of ‘Go’. Tons of fun with simple rules for placement but deep complexity in strategy.
Oshi – in Oshi, you attempt to push off 7 points worth of your opponents pieces using pieces of your own. Pieces come in a variety of sizes/points from 1 to 3 with a piece worth more points able to push any piece smaller than it. Simple, elegant rules but quite a high level of strategy. Great fun for all ages.

Pictionary
The classic party game – get a word and draw it, trying to get everyone else on your team to guess what it is you are drawing. Still a crowd favorite, there are other games that are just as fun such as:
Wits and Wagers – Tired of people who know everything? Well, Wits and Wagers lets you even things out with the ability to bet on the answers that you know. A unique way of balancing out the game, now all you need to win is to know what you know.
Apples to Apples – possibly the party game, Apples to Apples requires each player to describe how their adjectives fit the noun just drawn. Guaranteed laughs as players do their best to stretch the plausible.
Bang! – Spaghetti Westerns come alive in this card game. The rules are relatively simple to follow and become even more interesting with fake Western accents thrown in. Will you be the faithful Deputy or the Outlaw? The best part of Bang!? How cheap it is.
Lupus in Tabula – not a drawing game, this card game is great fun for large groups of people as it is relatively fast moving and yet even the ‘dead’ can take part. Hunt down the werewolves and try not to hang too many of the villagers.

Clue
The original puzzle game where the goal is to find the murderer. Part movement oriented, part logical puzzle, Clue has been referenced countless times in popular culture. Now, here a few more games along the same lines:
On the Underground – puzzling out how to build the London Underground better is what this game is about. If you’ve ever had to take public transportation, this is the game for you to show how you would have done it all better.
Mystery of the Abbey – Mystery of the Abbey follows in the footsteps of Clue but improves on it. With the amount of chance affecting the game reduced, Mystery of the Abbey is a true puzzle solving game that’ll push you to the limits.
Tombouctou – described as a logic puzzle, this is a game for those who have a yen for Sodoku. The goal is simple – bring your trade caravan to Timbuktu without having all your goods stolen by the thieves. The problem is, you’re only given a limited set of clues of where the thieves are. More clues are revealed as the game progresses, and of course, the other players have clues you don’t have. Time to put on your thinking cap in this board game.
Kill Dr. Lucky – while this game is very different from Clue with very little puzzle solving, the important part is that you get to come in before the game of Clue starts. It’s time to race against the other players to be the first to Kill Dr. Lucky. A hilarious game that can be followed with Clue.

Free Trial Promotion

Until October 15, 2007 we are running a ‘Free Trial’ promotion. Buy a game, play it and if you don’t like it, return it to us within 14 days and we will refund 100% of the cost of the game. So if you have ever wanted to test out a game, this is the best time to try it out.

All games will be shipped out with a return label included. You need only put the return label on the box and bring it back to the post office for shipping. It’s that easy.

Details on the promotion:

  • The trial period is for 14 days after delivery of the game is confirmed.
  • This free trial program does not include Promotional Packages. All Promotional Packages are sold ‘as is’.
  • You must inform us (e-mail : games@starlitctiadel.com) of all products to be returned within 14 days of receipt of the order. In the e-mail, you must provide the tracking number and initial order number.
  • Products must be returned with all contents and should be in mint condition. That means no coffee or wine stains for example.
  • Your refund will be credited upon receipt of the package and confirmation that the product has arrived in mint condition.
  • All refunds will be for 100% of the product cost excluding shipping charges.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us or leave a comment.

New category and new promotional packages

So, after discussion in-house and receiving comments, we’ve decided to update the index. We’ve added a new category called ‘Kids‘ which is, obviously, for kids games while deleting another category (abstract – all these games have been moved under ‘Family’ games). We’ll also be editing the way products are called up on the site so that products will be shown straight away once a category is clicked. No more multiple clicks.

Another big development that we are working on is a new filtered search system that will let you filter results by prices, categories, ages, etc. Obviously, this is a big project so unfortunately, we don’t have an ETA on it just yet.

What we do have an ETA on are new promotional packages. We’ve added a whole slew of new promotional packages. This includes new packages for Munchkin, Battlelore and Blue Moon. Expect a few more to be added over the next few days.

Welcome to Starlit Citadel

As you can see, we just launched the site and are still in the process of tweaking it and our inventory. For the time being, we will be focused on increasing our inventory in our board games line as much as possible, making it our main focus. We are also looking at adding to our Role Playing Games books but want to make sure that we keep the price as low as possible.

Over the next few weeks, we will be selectively marketing this site and seeing the response and fixing any bugs that might crop up. If you are buying during this time, rest assured we will do our best to ensure your order goes through seamlessly, and if not, well we are in this for the long term so expect us to do our best to fix any problems that might occur.

If you have any suggestions such as new board games, new role playing games, changes to the site or just special orders, feel free to comment or send us an e-mail. Tah!