Kickstarter Games We Are Backing!

How to Reserve a Kickstarter Project from us!

If you would like to reserve one of the games that we have backed, email Jake at gupurchasing@gmail.com, or give us a call at Franklin: 414-427-8800 or at Brookfield: 262-786-9800, and a staffer will add you to the list! Note that, especially with older projects, we may no longer have the ability to reserve a copy for you. In-store pickup only (we do not ship).

Return to Dark Tower – (Includes All Stretch Goals)

Return to Dark Tower is a game for 1 to 4 heroes who undertake epic quests, fight fearsome foes, and test their mettle against the looming darkness of the titular tower. Now featuring both cooperative and competitive play. Designed by Rob Daviau and Isaac Childres — designers of the two highest rated games of all time on Board Game Geek — along with Noah Cohen, Brian Neff, and Justin D. Jacobson, the streamlined rules offer players difficult choices about when to advance their objective, gather resources, deal with threats, or level up.

For more information on this beautiful and unique game and what you can expect to receive, click here.

Star Realms Deluxe Nova Collection – (Includes All Stretch Goals)

Star Realms is a fast-paced game of space battles that combines the fun of a deck building game with the interactivity of Trading Card Game-style combat. As you play, you make use of Trade to acquire new Ships and Bases from the cards being turned face up in the Trade Row.

You use the Ships and Bases you acquire to either generate more Trade, or to generate Combat to attack your opponent and their Bases. When you reduce your opponent’s score (called Authority) to zero, you win! Battle your friends or team up to play cooperatively against the game!

The Nova Collection features beautiful foil versions of every card from Promo Pack 1, the Gambit Set, Crisis: Bases and Battleships, Crisis: Events, Crisis: Heroes, Crisis: Fleets and Fortresses, the Cosmic Gambit Set and the Star Realms Base set with 6 starting decks and extra Explorers, and more!

For more information on this beautiful and unique game and what you can expect to receive, click here.

The Tome of Beasts II – (Includes All Stretch Goals)

From the creators of the original Tome of Beasts! Kobold Press is wrangling a new horde of wildly original, often lethal, and highly entertaining 5E-compatible monsters to challenge new players and veterans alike.

The Tome of Beasts II will bring 400 new monsters to 5th edition, from angelic enforcers, sasquatch and shriekbats, to psychic vampires, zombie dragons, and so much more.

For more information on this beautiful and unique game and what you can expect to receive, click here.

Foundations of Rome – (Includes All Stretch Goals)

In Foundations of Rome, each player will have their own pool of buildings, which they will place throughout the game on the City board. By the end of the game, the board will be filled with a unique layout for your city – no tow games are alike!

Turns are simple, fast, and easy to follow; however, this is no light game. Foundations of Rome is deceptively deep, with difficult strategic choices that will have your family coming back for more again and again!

For more information on this beautiful and unique game and what you can expect to receive, click here.

Jurassic Parts – (Includes All Stretch Goals)

This is it! Your first field assignment! Over a dozen dinosaur fossils lie buried in a huge slab of rock. Time and the relentless forces of geology have mixed up the bodies, but that’s a small problem for your team. For now, sharpen your chisels and ready that hammer! It’s time to get cracking and liberate the precious fossils from their rocky tomb. For the good of science (and your own reputation) be sure to claim the biggest and best fossils for yourself!

Jurassic Parts is an area enclosure and set collection tile game featuring dinosaur fossils! The game is designed by Kevin Lanzing (Flash Point Fire Rescue) and illustrated by Andrew Bosley (Everdell, Everdell: Pearlbrook, Tapestry, and The River).

For more information on this beautiful and unique game and what you can expect to receive, click here.

Unsettled Board Game – (Custom Retailer Pledge)

Unsettled® is a 2-4 player cooperative survival adventure set in the wondrous and unnerving fringes of uncharted space. Expeditions take 60-90 minutes. There are no enemies and no combat, only an environment where every step, breath, and particle around you could mean immediate, terrifying, death.

For more information on this beautiful and unique game and what you can expect to receive, click here!

Car Wars Sixth Edition – (Includes All Stretch Goals)

Car Wars is the game of autoduelling; futuristic vehicular combat where the right of way goes to the biggest guns. Players design their cars — complete with weapons, accessories, and crew — and then take them into the arena where one emerges victorious . . . and the others are annihilated.

For more information on this beautiful and unique game and what you can expect to receive, click here!

Root: The Tabletop RPG – (Includes All Stretch Goals)

Root: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game is a game of woodland creatures fighting for money, justice, and freedom from powers far greater than them. Based on the Root: A Game of Woodland Might & Right board game and officially licensed by Leder Games, Root: The TTRPG brings the tales of the Woodland to your RPG table!

For more information on this beautiful and unique game and what you can expect to receive, click here!

Godspeed – (Includes All Stretch Goals)

The Space Race was a lie. From Pandasaurus Games (Dinosaur Island) comes a strategy game set in an alternate 1960s space race.

For more information on this beautiful and unique game and what you can expect to receive, click here!

Trudvang Legends –  (Includes All Stretch Goals)

Trudvang Legends is a storytelling cooperative board game where 1-4 players take on the role of Heroes determined to stop the forces of Darkness. Guided by the Book of Sagas and the Legends System, the story unfolds with no gamemaster in a rich fantasy setting where your actions and choices will directly affect the environment and its inhabitants in a Living World. Based on the award-winning Trudvang Chronicles roleplaying game by RiotMinds and concept and design by Alvaro Tapia and Paul Bonner, the board game brings the myths, sagas, Heroes, and Enemies to life with amazing miniatures.

For more information on this fun and intense new game and what you can expect to receive, click here!

BattleTech: Clan Invasion – (Includes All Stretch Goals) 

It is the 31st Century, a time of endless wars that rage across human-occupied space. As star empires clash, these epic wars are won and lost by BattleMechs, 30-foot-tall humanoid metal titans bristling with lasers, autocannons and dozens of other lethal weapons. Your elite force of MechWarriors pilots these juggernauts into battle, proudly holding your faction’s flag high, intent on expanding the power and glory of your realm. Will you become legend, or a lost casualty on a forgotten world? Only you will determine your fate!

For more information on this new BattleTech adventure and what you can expect to receive, click here!

Magical Kitties Save the Day! – (Standard or Deluxe Editions) 

An all-ages roleplaying game of cute, fierce kitties by Atlas Games. Use your magical powers to solve problems and save humans from terrible troubles! Every Magical Kitty has a human. Every human has a Problem. In Magical Kitties Save the Day, you need to use your magical powers to solve problems and save the day!

For more information on this fun new kitty game and what you can expect to receive, click here!

Adventure Tactics: A Co-Op Tactics Campaign for 1-5 Players – (Base Game)Image result for Adventure Tactics: A Co-Op Tactics Campaign for 1-5 Players

Adventure Tactics: Domianne’s Tower is an encounter-based, campaign-driven, cooperative tactical combat game. Begin your journey as one of 5 Basic Classes and battle your way through a branching campaign where you choose your own path in an attempt to overthrow the evil Queen Domianne. With each encounter, you will level up and unlock over 15 Elite Classes, adding new actions, equipment, and abilities.

For more information on this game and what you can expect to receive, click here!

How to Reserve a Kickstarter Project from us!

If you would like to reserve one of the games that we have backed, email Jake at gupurchasing@gmail.com, or give us a call at Franklin: 414-427-8800 or at Brookfield: 262-786-9800, and a staffer will add you to the list! Note that, especially with older projects, we may no longer have the ability to reserve a copy for you. In-store pickup only (we do not ship).

Note:
We have a limited supply of the games being backed and unfortunately may not be able to fill every order. We also do not back every game on Kickstarter. If there is a game that you find interesting, you may send Jake an email at gupurchasing@gmail.com and he can look into the project. There are reasons we may not be able or willing to back a project, but we are always willing to look into it.

October Board Game Demos

Join us Saturdays at 1p for Board Game Demos in Franklin!

October 5th – Ticket to Ride
The original Ticket to Ride is perfect for an experienced tabletop enthusiast, families, and those new to the hobby. Simple rules and beautiful design make it easy for anyone to play and have fun!

October 12th – Planet
The spark of life is about to jump from your hands to spread out in the world. Deploy your mountain ranges and your deserts, spread out your oceans and your glaciers. Handle wisely your continents to form environments suitable for the apparition of animal life and maybe you’ll manage to create the most densely populated planet!

October 19th – Tiny Epic Mechs
Tiny Epic Mechs is an arena-style player-vs-player action-programming game. It features ITEMeeples with plastic molded power armors and a Mech suit that the ITEMeeples actually go inside of.

 

October 26th – Tiny Towns
You are the mayor of a tiny town in the forest in which the smaller creatures of the woods have created a civilization hidden away from predators.  Cleverly plan and construct a thriving town, and don’t let it fill up with wasted resources! Whoever builds the most prosperous tiny town wins!

Have something you’d like to learn?  Let us know!

New Games To Watch For!

Obscurio – Available Now!

The Grimoire guides their team towards the exit using images, upon which they point at certain details. Working together, the other players have to find the exit as quickly as possible while avoiding picking the wrong cards. However, a member of the team is a traitor looking to lead the other players astray. A wide variety of traps are on your way to the exit of the library, making player communication harder!

Obscurio is a family game, an original mix between an image-based communication game and a secret role game in which the players have to be careful when sharing ideas with their team. Supported by rich contents, Obscurio proposes a fresh new experience in its genre by putting the emphasis on the details of the images and the constant doubt created by the presence of the traitor.

Our team had a chance to get hands on with this game and it is great! It’s from the creators of Mysterium and we have a demo copy at our Brookfield location that you can come check out!

Ecos: First Continent – Available October 25th!

What if the formation of Earth had gone differently?

In Ecos: First Continent, players are forces of nature molding the planet, but with competing visions of its grandeur. You have the chance to create a part of the world, similar but different to the one we know. Which landscapes, habitats, and species thrive will be up to you.

We were able to snag an early copy of Ecos and in early October we will have a demo version of this game for you to check out! The gameplay in Ecos is simultaneous, which is great to keep every player engaged. Each round, one player reveals element tokens from the element bag, giving all players the opportunity to complete a card from their tableau and shape the continent to their own purpose.

Eternal: Chronicals of the Throne – Available Now!

From the makers of the award-winning Clank! A Deck-Building AdventureEternal: Chronicles of the Throne combines deck-building games and strategy card battlers into an intense strategic experience. Summon powerful allies to attack your opponents, or build an unbreakable defense. Will you exhibit patience and seek the power of the Eternal Throne, or forgo such a risky path? The decisions are yours in Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne!

 

This is a fun, fast-paced deck-builder that introduces new ideas and mechanics, and one we suggest!

Harry Potter’s “Everything Potter” Event!

What: Harry Potter’s “Everything Potter” Event!
When: Saturday, August 31st
Where:
GU – Franklin
 
Come join the fun with us while we run a Harry Potter themed event all day! The day will consist of the following items, plus more!
 
HARRY POTTER DISCOUNT – All Harry Potter product will be discounted at 15%!
HARRY POTTER PUNCH and SNACKS!
DEMOS!12pm: Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Demo with Darlene!
3pm: Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Defense Against the Dark Arts 2-Player Demo with Darlene! 
3pm: Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game Demo with Ken! 
COSTUMES are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! – Our staff will be dressed up in various Harry Potter garb and we recommend you join the fun with them!
 
MUSIC – Harry Potter Soundtrack Music played all night.

We cant wait for you to celebrate Harry Potter with us!

We Buy Board Games!

Game Universe is proud to announce that we are now BUYING Used Board Games*!

Game Universe features a Used Games section, full of gently used games at great prices. We are interested in creating a wide and diverse inventory of used board games. So, be sure to stop in any day with your old collection of board games that you want to sell. (You will still be able to sell your game on consignment if you choose.)

Each item (or set of items) has an accompanying condition report, full of helpful information about the games’ condition and completeness. Swing on by and check out the offerings – they change all the time!

Here’s how it works:
1) Bring in your used games
2) We will quote you a price based on condition (No quotes over the phone)
3) Payment will come in the form of a GU Gift Card or a check, whichever you prefer

Want to sell your gently used games on consignment at Game Universe? Read on!

  • We are currently accepting used board games, and war game miniatures to sell. (Novels, toys, dice, and collectibles are currently not being accepted.)
  • A seller is limited to five items for active sale in our Used Games section. Exceptions can be made upon request and by approval of store owner.
  • Within reason, the seller may sell a “set” of items as a single item (such as a game plus expansions). These items will be shrink-wrapped together and presented and sold as a single item.
  • The seller must complete a USED GAME SUBMISSION FORM (a fillable form that you can complete and print ahead of time) for each item sold. You can download this form and bring it in, or we will have copies available at the store. The seller is expected to be honest about the condition of their item. Game Universe staff will review the Submission Form and suggest changes if we deem them appropriate. These forms will be available to view by potential buyers.
  • The seller determines a single asking price for the item. Please mark your sale price in whole dollars if possible (but this is not required). This price will be non-negotiable and Game Universe will only sell that item at that price. We will not break up item sets.
  • Upon submission, within a reasonable amount of time, Game Universe staff will prepare the used game for sale. We will attach a Used Game Sale Sticker (Post-It note adhesive only) to the item and shrink wrap the item before shelving. This note includes the asking price of the game and a summary of the Submission Form condition report.
  • Once shelved, an item will be given at least 60 days to sell. After that time, Game Universe may ask that the seller take the item back. An unsold item may not be submitted for sale again for at least another 60 days.
  • If a seller does not pick up a game within 30 days of being asked to take back their game they will surrender ownership of the game to Game Universe
  • Upon the sale of an item, the buyer will be given 3 days to return the item if he or she does not agree with the Submission Form condition report. This is the only condition under which we will accept a used game return.
  • Three days after the sale (or as soon as possible), the seller will receive a store credit for 80% of the asking price of the item, as submitted by the seller. Game Universe will process any Wisconsin Sales Tax associated with the purchase.
  • Game Universe has the right to refuse to accept any item due to demand, condition, appropriateness, existing copies already for sale, or any other reason.
  • A Used Game is sold on consignment and remains the property of the original owner until such a time as it sells or is removed from circulation. Game Universe does not purchase used games for resale.
  • Game Universe will assume responsibility for the care of item while in our possession.
  • Please note that, due to the nature of how Used Games are made available and sold, the price of a Used Game may not be adjusted. This means that discounts from the use of the membership program and other discounts may not be applied to Used Game purchases.

*GU will be happy to look at any collection and make an offer. Some of the types of games we tend not to be able to pay as much for include: heavily worn games, missing components.

Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress

The Blackstone Fortress Awakens…

Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress is a dungeon-crawling adventure game that puts you in the heart of an unfolding mystery in the 41st Millennium!

Timeless, nigh indestructible and immune to all natural law. The Blackstone Fortresses are one of the 41st Millennium’s most enduring mysteries. They are rumored to be the Old Ones’ last and deadliest gift to the galaxy they once ruled, none can say they know the truth of their origin.

Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress uses an innovative system of procedural generation so no two adventures will be the same and it has new layouts, enemies and more in every playthrough.
Unlock its secrets 11/17!