by Calvin Wong
5 Minute Mystery is a follow up game from the absolutely amazing 5-Minute Dungeon, which used to be my go-to game for introducing people to board games. The formula has changed this time, instead of matching cards to monsters in real time, you have to work together to solve a puzzle before the timer ends.
If you enjoy high-pressure situations and working together with your friends, this game should be a real hoot. I really loved 5-Minute Dungeon and 5-Minute Mystery seems to be a whole new take on the real time genre. Go back.
Ducks in Tow
Feed ducks, get them to follow you, and take photos of them in Ducks in Tow, a set collection game illustrated by Everdell's Andrew Bosley.
Particularly of interest to me are THE LITTLE PLASTIC PIECES THAT LET YOUR MEEPLE HAVE DUCK MEEPLES FOLLOWING THEM AROUND.
sorry where was it? I couldn't get over the ACTUAL PIECE FOR HAVING DUCKS FOLLOW ME AROUND ok go back it.
Dawn of Madness
A co-operative horror experience with over 250,000 words of in-game story (thankfully in book form), Dawn of Madness is leaning heavily into the spook. The box is jam-packed, with a thousand cards (minis are optional) and 4 different (presumably for mature audiences) adventures to play.
The designers previously made 2018's Deep Madness, an scifi/horror Alien-inspired adventure under the sea, and this game pits you against further otherworldly horrors and ghastly beings of all sorts. A core set will set you back $79 but there's the usual optional add ons, mainly additional content, apart from the 40+ miniatures to complement your core set.
You can back Dawn of Madness here.