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What’s Hot: Top Games of May 2021

What’s Hot: Top Games of May 2021

5. Marvel Champions: Star Lord Hero Pack

Marvel Champions: Star Lord Hero Pack Cards

Number of Players 1-4
Playtime 45 Min
Suggested Ages 14+
Designer(s) Michael Boggs, Nate French, Caleb Grace
Publisher Fantasy Flight Games
Base Game Marvel Champions: The Card Game

Fans of the Marvel Champions card game are well aware that most months a new card pack is released. This month does not disappoint with the release of the Star Lord Hero Pack.

Although born on Earth, Peter Quill has spent his life with the stars, leaping from planet to planet. Now, as Star-Lord, he protects our world from numerous alien dangers while leading a team of superheroes—the Guardians of the Galaxy!

Lead the Guardians of the Galaxy into war against the villain in the Star-Lord Hero Pack for Marvel Champions: The Card Game, offering Star-Lord as a brand-new playable hero, along with his 15 signature cards. Suitably, Star-Lord uses the Leadership sphere, and you will discover a full collection of new Leadership cards, as well as lots of cards that compensate you for uniting the Guardians of the Galaxy. With the new Guardian synergies unlocked, and a new player card for every sphere that rewards you for using the Aerial trait, don’t let the Star-Lord Hero Pack fly past you.

Buy the Marvel Champions: Star Lord Hero Pack online now!

4. Red Rising

Red Rising by Jamey Stonemaier

Number of Players 1-6
Playtime 45-60 Min
Suggested Ages 14+
Designer(s) Alexander Schmidt (II), Jamey Stegmaier
Publisher Stonemaier Games

If you have not yet secured your copy of Red Rising through Board Game Bandit’s Pre-Order option, no worries, check your Bandit emails to see when Red Rising will be available on our site this month.

1-6 players are representatives of a rising house, rising up the ladder of power. Earn influence and collect followers to boost your social reputation, but once you’ve reached the top of the pile; decide to break the chains of injustice or guarantee your place in the caste system by joining the highest rank of the "Golds".

Buy Red Rising online now!

3. Lost Cities: Roll and Write

Lost Cities: Roll & Write Board Game

Number of Players 2-5
Playtime 30 Min
Suggested Ages 8+
Designer(s) Reiner Knizia
Publisher Kosmos

We love Lost Cities! If your gaming group are fans of Lost Cities or Lost Cities: Rivals check out the new Lost Cities: Roll & Write for 2-5 players.

In this new game you begin your expeditions on the 6 colored paths with the smallest possible numbers on the dice. Each turn, choose to continue with an expedition or begin a new one. Acceleration fields and artifacts offer ways to proceed quickly, however, consider which paths to take on which roll. If you make good headway, victory is calling — if an expedition becomes stuck, you will lose points as fast as you got them!

In this Roll and Write version, players have their own score sheet, showing 8 columns: 6 colored matching the colors of Lost Cities (red/orange/yellow/green/blue/purple), 1 artifact column, and 1 dice column. Players fill or mark all columns from the bottom up.

Bonus Tip – Like most Roll and Write games, Lost Cities: Roll & Write would make the perfect virtual game night game!

Buy Lost Cities: Roll & Write online now!

2. Wingspan

Wingspan Board Game Setup

Number of Players 1-5
Playtime 40-70 Min
Suggested Ages 10+
Designer(s) Elizabeth Hargrave
Publisher Stonemaier Games

Restock! Yes, you read that correctly!  All of us at Board Game Bandit have been anxiously waiting for this amazing game to come back into stock. With it’s long list of awards this 1-5 player family game is everyone’s favorite!

In Wingspan, you are bird enthusiasts— bird watchers, researchers, ornithologists, and collectors, all looking to uncover and bring together the finest birds to your system of wildlife preserves. Each bird gives a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats. These habitats focus on a number of key phases of growth, including earning food tokens through custom dice in a birdfeeder dice tower, laying eggs with egg miniatures in a variety of colors, and drawing cards with hundreds of unique birds and play them.

The winner has most points after 4 rounds.

Buy Wingspan online now!

1. Sleeping Gods

Sleeping Gods Storytelling Board Game

Number of Players 1-4
Playtime 60-840 Min
Suggested Ages 13+
Designer(s) Ryan Laukat
Publisher Red Raven Games

Sleeping Gods has been a hugely popular preorder game. We are all anxiously anticipating this release date!

This thematic 1-4 player game by Ryan Laukat incorporates some hand management, luck and some storytelling. Each new location offers a wild adventure, hidden treasures, and stunning characters. Your selections affect the characters and the plot of the game, and could assist or hinder your chances of getting home!

Players become Captain Sofi Odessa and her crew, lost in a bizarre world set in 1929 on your steamship, the Manticore. Like all cooperative games you must work together to survive, discover exotic islands, meet new characters, and try to find the totems of the gods so that you can return home.

Sleeping Gods is a campaign game. Each session lasts as long as you choose. Take a break when you want simply by marking your progress on the journey log sheet. Your objective is to discover at least 14 totems concealed throughout the world. Like reading a book, you'll accomplish this journey 1 or 2 hours at a time, finding new lands, stories, and challenges along the way.

Your book operates as your board and an atlas, each page of the atlas represents a small fraction of the world you may explore. When you arrive at the edge of a page and you wish to continue in the same direction, you turn to a new page and sail onward.

Buy Sleeping Gods online now!

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