Category Archives: New Arrivals

Join The Fellowship with The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth

Frodo holding the one ring

Prerelease Begins June 16th

Check out the new set a week early at one of our prerelease events. For $35, players will receive a special prerelease pack which includes booster packs, a date-stamped premium promo card and a life counter.

Players will compete in a Swiss Tournament to win additional booster packs. One pack per round win will be awarded.

Available for Early Sale During Prerelease Weekend

We’ll be offering an early sale of the following products during prerelease weekend.

It’s Time to Enroll in Strixhaven: School of Mages!

Welcome to Strixhaven University! Which college will you choose? Will it be the dark and mysterious Witherbloom? The creative flame Prismari? The confident and charismatic Silverquill? Or the adventure driven Lorehold?

Prerelease Begins April 16th!

Each school of Strixhaven features their own prerelease kit. Which will you choose?


Stylish wordsmiths who master the magic of words, from inspiring battle poetry to biting arcane insults.


Artsy elementalists wielding fire and ice with spells that are spectacles of raw creativity.


Witchy biologists who brew herbal concoctions to control the essence of life and death.


Adventurous historians who bring the spirits of the past to life and call forth magic from ancient tomes.


Quirky math magicians who study patterns and fractals to command and multiply the forces of nature.

Can’t choose? Order our 6 pack and receive one kit from each school, a 6th random school, an alternate art Dragonsguard Elite and a special gift with purchase from The Griffin’s Rest. Collector Booster and Set Booster displays will also be available during prerelease and come with the Dragonsguard Elite card.

Dragonsguard Elite is included with purchase of 6 prerelease kits, collector booster displays or set booster displays

Additional Strixhaven products available soon!

We have additional Strixhaven products available for preorder. Commander decks release April 23rd. Preorder a copy of each deck and receive a special Commander related gift. Draft boxes are coming soon as well. New adventures await! Preorder today!

Decrypto, Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealm, Twilight Struggle and more!

We have some new games and restocks of popular favorites in store this week!



Your mission: transmit secret codes to your teammates while preventing interception from the other team.

Decrypto is a party game with awesome retro feel and unique game play. Both teams are actively involved in each turn as one team is trying to transmit the code while the other team actively tries to interpret and intercept the message. The game ends when a team wins by intercepting two messages or loses by failing to successfully transmit two messages.

Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealm

marvel-contest-of-champions-battlerealm-89188Play as your favorite heroes from the popular Contest of Champions mobile game in the new strategy combat dice game. The last hero standing wins.

Roll custom six sided dice to determine the actions available to your hero. Each hero has special abilities and can use additional abilities available on location cards to combat their opponents. A hero is knocked out when their PVP points are reduced to zero.

Do you have what it takes to be the last hero standing?

Twilight Struggle

twilight struggle

“Now the trumpet summons us again — not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need, not as a call to battle, though embattled we are — but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle…”

—John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Speech, January 1961

Twilight Struggle is a two-player game simulating 45 years of the Cold War between the United State and the Soviet Union. Players move units and exert influence to gain allies for their side. Players decide how to best use their cards and units with continually limited resources. There are multiple ways to achieve victory in the end or even end in a draw.

Takenoko, Munchkin: Rick and Morty, Dream Home and much more!

We have some new games and restocks of popular favorites in store this week!


TakenokoGrow bamboo and take care of the Emperor’s panda in this beautifully illustrated board game. Two to four players will take turns completing multiple types of actions to score points and earn the Emperor’s favor. But watch out! Weather plays a key role in how your garden grows. Will rain help your bamboo grow or will a rogue thunderstorm frighten the panda into your plot to gulp down some of your precious bamboo?

With colorful pieces, cute figues and quick to learn rules, Takenoko is a perfect game for casual players and young gamers just starting out. More advanced players will appreciate the rich strategy involved, making this game a great addition to your board game collection.

Munchkin: Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty.jpgGet Schwify! Rick and Morty join the collection of Munchkin monster-slaying card games from Steve Jackson Games. Join Rick, Morty, Jerry and more as they knock down dungeon doors and loot treasure while facing the greatest advisaries from the Rick and Morty universe(s).

Rick and Morty fans will appreciate the characters and items from the Adult Swim TV show that appear throughout game play as they race their friends to reach level 10. Munchkin: Rick and Morty is geared toward fans of the show and appropriate for players age 17+. Have a young player that wants to give Munchin a try? We have the classic version and many other family friendly editions of Munchkin.



Dream Home

dream homeDesign and build the perfect home with two to four players in Dream Home. Players will take turns collecting room cards and outfitting them with the perfect pieces of furniture.

Players earn points by collecting rooms, expanding them, stocking them with furniture and having the most functional home. Top it off with the perfect roof! The player with the most points by the time moving day arrives (after 12 rounds) wins the game!

Dream Home is appropriate for players as young as 7 and will make the perfect edition to family game night.

Gloomhaven, Zany Penguins, Firefly RPG and more

We have some new games and restocks of popular favorites in store this week!


gloomhaven.jpgDescription from Publisher:

Players will take on the role of a wandering mercenary with their own special set of skills and their own reasons for traveling to this remote corner of the world. Players must work together out of necessity to clear out menacing dungeons and forgotten ruins. In the process they will enhance their abilities with experience and loot, discover new locations to explore and plunder, and expand an ever-branching story fueled by the decisions they make. This is a persistent game that is intended to be played over many game sessions. After a scenario, players will make decisions on what to do, which will determine how the story continues, kind of like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book.

Playing through a scenario is a cooperative affair where players will fight against automated monsters using an innovative card system to determine the order of play and what a player does on their turn.

Essentially, every turn a player will play two cards out of their hand. Each card has a number in the center, and the number on the first card played will determine their initiative order. Each card also has a top and bottom power, and when it is a player’s turn in the initiative order, they determine whether to use the top power of one card and the bottom power of the other, or vice-versa. Players must be careful, though, because over time they will permanently lose cards from their hands. If they take too long to clear a dungeon, they may end up exhausted and be forced to retreat.


Zany Penguins

zany penguinsDescription from Publisher:

The ice caps are melting and penguins are panicking! With no more room on the ice, a group of industrious penguins have turned to you to direct them to a new home. The only problem is that they’re not the only group branching out and you’ll have to compete with all of the other penguins to stake claim to new lands. Send your toughest troops to Strategic Zones far and wide or keep them close to help you become Master of the World – whatever you do, it’s sure to be a crazy time!

Zany Penguins is a quick card game in which two to five players compete to become Master of the World. Each player has a hand of cards from which they assign penguins to five Strategic Zones. Gaining control over the zones will determine who gets points from the cards left in their hand at the end of the game. The player with the most points wins the game and earns the title of Master of the World!

At the beginning of each turn, you will draw two cards to add to your hand. You must choose two cards to keep and two to pass along, one each to the players on your right and left. Because your opponents receive any cards you do not keep, you will want to pay attention to their troops when choosing which penguins to send their way. If they are amassing an army of penguins in one of the Strategic Zone, you may want to sabotage their plans by keeping any cards that will support their cause, and giving them unhelpful ones. You might even want to start a land war between the other players by passing cards to one opponent that would be more helpful to the other. Once you’ve chosen and passed your cards, you will receive two in return, which could be exactly what you’re looking for…or not. 


Firefly Role-Playing Game

firefly RPGDescription from Distributor:

The Firefly RPG puts you right in the middle of the action of the wildly popular television series. You and your Crew will trade bullets with fearsome bounty hunters, folk who want what you have, or varmints that try to put out the light of hope you represent. Keep your Browncoat banner flyin` high and dodge Alliance cruisers. Side with the Alliance and track down riff-raff to haul em in for justice. Explore your `Verse to find a crew, find a job, and keep flyin`! Using a freewheelin version of the award-winning Cortex Plus System, the Firefly RPG Core Book is packed with all the shiny goodness you need to bring the `Verse to life online or on your tabletop including character creation rules and Gamemaster NPC`s like Niska, Badger, and Patience, over 30 pre-generated player-characters including Mal and the Serenity crew or one of 24 archetypes, Serenity ship and engine schematics, and dozens of sample ships, plus tips for world building, system maps, and an Episode Guide to teach new players and provide in-depth analysis of Firefly TV show.



Talisman, Star Wars Rebellion, Learn to Paint Kit: Core Skills

We have some new games and restocks of popular favorites in store this week!


TalismanDescription from Distributor:

Enter a mythic world of dragons and sorcery! In Talisman, you’ll embark on a perilous quest for the ultimate treasure, the legendary Crown of Command. You’ll choose the warrior, priest, wizard, or one of eleven other heroes with powers bothmagical and mighty.

This revised version of Talisman Fourth Edition includes plastic figures for each of the heroes, and even plastic figures for the toads! Strength and Craft additions are even easier to track with the new stackablemarkers. But the path to the crown is treacherous. Legends say that onlya fabled Talisman can safeguard you in the lands past the Portal of Power. Yet, finding such an artifact is no small feat: monsters, traps, and evil magic wait to defeat you at every turn. So summon your courage! You will need it to best your opponents, to secure the crown, and to seize your destiny!

Star Wars Rebellion

Star Wars RebellionDescription from Publisher:

The Galactic Empire’s Death Star™ sets a deadly course toward Alderaan™ while Star Destroyers deploy probe droids throughout the Outer Rim. Meanwhile, a young woman risks her life to smuggle invaluable technical data to the Rebel Alliance, and a young farm boy dreams of adventure in the stars, little aware of the role he may someday play in deciding the course of the Galactic Civil War and the fates of countless lives…

The actions of a handful of men and women shape the course of the Galactic Civil War in Star Wars™: Rebellion, a board game of epic conflict between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance for two to four players.

In Star Wars™: Rebellion, you control the entire Galactic Empire or the fledgling Rebel Alliance. You must command starships, account for troop movements, and rally systems to your cause. Featuring more than 150 plastic miniatures and two game boards that account for thirty-two of the Star Wars™ galaxy’s most notable star systems, Star Wars™: Rebellion aspires to be as large and sweeping as the Star Wars™ universe itself.

Learn to Paint Kit: Core Skills

Bones Learn to PaintPerfect paint kit that includes everything you need to start painting your Bones Minatures. This kit includes:

  • 11 Bottles of MSP Core Colors, MSP HD, and MSP Bones Paints (9030-Leather Brown, 9037-Pure Black, 9429-Dragon White, 9452-Blade Steel, 9054-Polished Silver, 9433-Mountain Stone, 9200-Harvest Brown, 9413-Naga Green, 9432-Desert Sand, 9408-Candlelight Yellow, 29815-Dragon Blue)
  • 2 MSP Paint Brushes (#2 Flat, #0 Round)
  • 3 Bones Miniatures (77018 – Skeletal Archer, 77042 – Orc Marauder, 77148 – Mangu, Evil Warrior)
  • Easy to follow instruction guide



Tyrants of the Underdark, Flast Point: Fire Rescue, Bones Minatures and More!


We have several new and exciting games on our shelves to start the New Year!

Tyrants of the Underdark


TotU-Box-3DDescription from Publisher:

Tyrants of the Underdark pits 2 to 4 players against each other to take over territory in the tumultuous Underdark, mashing up deck-building mechanics with board control.

Designed by Peter Lee, Rodney Thompson, and Andrew Veen, and produced by Gale Force NineTyrants of the Underdark is a competitive board game in which you play as a drow house recruiting monsters, cultists and demons to aid you in controlling locations such as Menzoberranzan and Blingdenstone. Using power and influence as resources, Tyrants of the Underdark features multiple strategies you can use in crafting your deck of minions. Be the spymaster infiltrating your enemy’s strongholds or the deadly war-leader concentrating on assassinating enemy troops. No matter how you decide to play, whoever controls most of the Underdark at the end of the game wins, unless there’s some hidden strategy in play.


Flash Point: Fire Rescue

imageFPFR_webDescription from Publisher:

Flash Point: Fire Rescue is a thrilling ride for friends and family, whether they are gamers or just looking for a good, fun time.    Games are about 45 minutes, 2-6 players (solo options), 10+ years – suitable for kids of all ages with appropriate supervision and involvement.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue is a fully cooperative game, everyone plays on the same firefighting team – win or lose together!   Every turn is filled with the tension of having to fight the fire back, rescuing victims or investigating points of interest.  Players can ride the ambulance to safety or fire the engine’s deck gun in a desperate attempt to control the blaze.  No two games are ever the same – and with two rulesets (family, & experienced) and 3 different difficulty levels there is a challenge to be had for all.

Bones Minatures

Ready to help your tabletop campaign look awesome? We now carry amazingly detailed minatures from Reaper Minatures Bones line. These minatutes come with plenty of detail and are ready to paint right out of the box! No priming necessary. We also have a selection of paints and brushes.



Star Wars, Family Games and more!

We have several new and exciting games on our shelves this week!

These are the games you’re looking for…

Can’t wait until Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits to the big screen? Spend the weekend trying out some of our excellent Star Wars games. Don’t forget to stop by on Saturday, December 9th as we host our first Star Wars Day.

Star Wars: Destiny

DestinyDescription from Publisher:

Captain Phasma and Count Dooku battle Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Jango Fett and Jabba the Hutt attack Rey and Finn as they pass through the frozen wastes of Starkiller Base. Play out your own epic, saga-spanning, “what if” battles in Star Wars™: Destiny, a collectible dice and card game for two players!

In every game of Star Wars: Destiny, you’ll gather your small team of iconic characters and battle to defeat your foes, using your dice and the cards in your deck. The last player with characters left standing wins the game, but to successfully outmaneuver your opponent, you’ll need to carefully consider your options and enhance your deck with new dice and cards. If you ever wondered who would win a duel between two teams of heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe, there’s no better way to find out than with Star Wars: Destiny.

At The Griffin’s Rest, we have everything you need to start playing Star Wars: Destiny, from the Two-Player Game that contains all the dice and tokens to sit down and start immediately playing with a friend,  to starter kits for the single player and booster packs to further customize your play.


Star Wars: RPG

AgeofRebellionWe now have all you need to begin an epic Star Wars: RPG table-top campaign. Choose between the light side and dark side in Star Wars: Force and Destiny, join the Rebel Alliance with Star Wars: Age of Rebellion,  or explore the outer rim in Star Wars: Edge of the Empire.

We carry the Core Rulebooks, accessory cards, and Star Wars dice to support whichever adventure you choose.

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game

X-WingDescription from Publisher:

In a galaxy far, far away, powerful starfighters clash in fierce space battles as brave Resistance pilots face off against the dark might of the First Order.

Control the most advanced starfighters and outstanding pilots in the galaxy! In X-Wing, you take the role of squad leader and command a group of merciless First Order or daring Resistance pilots in furious ship-to-ship space combat. Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, X-Wing immerses you in a galaxy full of exciting Star Wars space battles. Enjoy dogfights between X-wings and TIEs, or recreate large conflicts where multiple squadrons clash.

Pick your pilots, build your squadron, and engage the enemy in X-Wing!

Looking for something to play with the family?

We have a variety of games that will appeal to a broad audience. Perfect for family game night!

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens.pngDescription from Publisher:

A card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats

  • Original all-ages game with cards illustrated by The Oatmeal
  • 2-5 Players
  • Includes 56 cards (2.5 x 3.5 inches), box, and instructions
  • Can be played by itself or combined with other decks to accommodate more players


BangDescription from Publisher:

In the wild west, the Outlaws hunt the Sheriff, the Sheriff hunts the Outlaws, and the Renegade plots in secret, ready to join one side or the other.
Before long, bullets start to fly! Which gunmen are Deputies, ready to sacrifice themselves for the Sheriff? And which are the merciless Outlaws, looking to gun him down?
The world’s best-selling wild west card game is back in a new, richer format. Easier to learn and play than ever before!

Sushi Go!

sushi go.jpgDescription from Publisher:

Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value. But be sure to leave room for dessert or else you’ll eat into your score! Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, Run For Your Life Candyman, Dresden Files Accelerated and More Available Now!

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We have several new and exciting games on our shelves this week!

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

Hogwarts Battle

Description from Publisher:

Taking on the role of Harry Potter and his friends, you will defend Hogwarts from Villains and their Dark Arts in order to save the wizarding world. Harry Potter™, Hermione Granger™, Ron Weasley™ and Neville Longbottom™ are all that stand between Hogwarts and the sinister Death Eaters. Together you will gain Influence to master powerful Spells, recruit Allies, and uncover magical Items. With every turn you and your fellow wizards must defend magical locations including Diagon Alley™, the Chamber of Secrets™, and even the Quidditch™ Pitch from villainous attacks and Dark Arts events.

As you advance through Games 1-7 of Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, you will reveal progressively more challenging adventures and unlock new secrets on your journey to save Hogwarts from the Dark Lord!

Run For Your Life, Candyman


Description from Publisher:

Yours is an enchanted land made entirely of candy and confections, but underneath that sugar-frosted veneer lies the disturbing truth. The king has betrayed you all. The sweet, candy citizens throughout the land are being packaged and shipped from the castle to voracious children all over the world. But not you. You’re not going out like that. Time to get your candy buttons out of Dodge!

So, it’s every gingerbread man for himself in a mad dash for the border. And if you have to snap a few ginger limbs to save yourself, well…that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Dresden Files Accelerated

Dresden Accelerated

Description from Publisher:

Welcome to Dresden Files Accelerated Edition, a pared-down, pick-up-and-play RPG set in the world of Jim Butcher’s NYT bestselling novel series. Take a jaunt through the Nevernever, stand up to the Black Court, and sit down for a pint at Mac’s. This book contains all you need to make it happen.

In this book, Ivy the Archive will walk you through everything you need to know to get your game running, including:

  • An introduction to the major supernatural players in the Dresdenverse and the places you might meet them.
  • A new mantle system that speeds up character creation and gets you into the game faster.
  • Faction-based campaign creation that creates immediate drama and action for your group.
  • Easy-to-learn Fate Accelerated-style gameplay, with a few clever Dresdenverse tweaks.
  • A scale system to support interacting with and playing at various power levels.