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Dragon Shield - Card Codex 360 Portfolio - Fuligo

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Dragon Shield - Card Codex 360 Portfolio - Fuligo
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
439

Ultimate trading card protection.

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Very sturdy and high quality with stunning artwork. It will protect your cards and look good doing it. Both my Pokemon and MTG cards fit perfectly.

Sleeve Kings - Card Sleeves - Standard Card Game (110 Sleeves)

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Sleeve Kings - Card Sleeves - Standard Card Game (110 Sleeves)
Dispatched in 15 to 20 working days
Price
40

An affordable top quality sleeve

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Nothing much more to say really. The sleeve lives up to its claims. Don't get bogged down by thinking that more is always better. Yes slapping some 110 micron sleeves sounds amazing, but in reality you don't need that unless the cards will be put through hell. These are affordable, clear and the seams are tight! I tried their 2 finger pull test and it worked as advertised. The sleeve stretched and deformed long before it tore.

Glad this company got off the ground and their KickStarter was successful. Great sleeves for a great price.

Do note these are NOT matte and are smooth. Tall stacks will slip and slide.

The Resistance: Avalon (Party Game)

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The Resistance: Avalon (Party Game)
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
381

Good party game

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If you know and like games like Werewolves and Mafia but hate being voted out or killed Avalon has the answer. I have used this game to entertain a couple of youth groups form differing ages and all of them learned it quickly and enjoyed it immensely. Adults also find it entertaining.

Star Realms: Frontiers (Card Game)

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Star Realms: Frontiers (Card Game)
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
317

Some practical stuff

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The box is one of the only I know off that seems to be made with card sleeves in mind. Most card game boxes are useless once you protect your precious cards with sleeves, but not this one. The sleeved cards fit perfectly into box without having to do anything to it. I used Mayday Games card sleeves.

Mayday Games - Small Square Card Sleeves (100 Sleeves)

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Mayday Games - Small Square Card Sleeves (100 Sleeves)
Dispatched in 15 to 20 working days
Price
36

Works

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Fits perfectly on King of Tokyo/New York evolution cards.

Star Wars: Destiny - Two-Player Game (Collectible Dice Game)

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Star Wars: Destiny - Two-Player Game (Collectible Dice Game)
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Price
422

Good starter

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If you need a starter set for two this is a good place to begin your collection. It has all you need and it is more than enough for anyone who is not going to play this game competitively. However more booster packs or starter sets are required if you want to build stronger playing decks.

Sleeve Kings - Card Sleeves - Standard USA (110 Sleeves)

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Sleeve Kings - Card Sleeves - Standard USA (110 Sleeves)
In Stock
Price
40

Worth it.

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Cheap and plentiful. That is all you need for most card games. These are slightly thicker than standard Mayday Games Card Sleeves.

Ambition (Card Game)

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Ambition (Card Game)
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
317

An Interesting and Fun Game

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The concept for this game is fairly simple as you try to get more coins than your friends, however the mechanics make it far more tense and interesting than you would think. The cards and abilities have been well thought out to create a great game of bluffing and memory.

Infinite Black - Set of 9 Polyhedral Dice - Mark of Necronomicon

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Infinite Black - Set of 9 Polyhedral Dice - Mark of Necronomicon
Out of Stock
Price
278

THE IMAGE IS MISLEADING

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The image on this product is NOT what the actual product is.
It shows a lovely book styled container with a full set of polyhedral dice, but what you actually get is a plastic tube of d6's.

Do NOT buy this unless that is what you actually want.

Raru Admin Note: Images are for illustrative purposes only. We will however look to update the image to something more generic.

Chessex - 12mm D6 36 Dice Set - Vortex Bright Green with Black

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Chessex - 12mm D6 36 Dice Set - Vortex Bright Green with Black
Dispatched in 15 to 20 working days
Price
221

Nice dice

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Very vibrant colour, and the dice seem to be well balanced. Great if you're rolling a bunch of damage using D6s. Our party wizard loves them.

Chessex - Dice Bag: Suede - Burgundy (Small)

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Chessex - Dice Bag: Suede - Burgundy (Small)
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Price
28

Alright

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Decent dice bag. Very cheap, one-sided suede with the inside being more plasticy, but for the price it's fantastic. Does what it needs to do.
The drawstrings work without issue to close the bag, which is more than I can say for some more expensive bags.

Chessex - Pound-O-Dice (100 Dice)

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Chessex - Pound-O-Dice (100 Dice)
In Stock
Price
551

Worth the order!

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Only criticism is that there were one or two dice that had a bit of damage, but not to the point of being unusable.

Overall though these are some really great dice with some really beautiful ones, and I love the inclusion of a single full set of dice. If you don't have any dice or you're just getting into games like D&D or Pathfinder with a new group, I highly recommend this.

Raiders of the North Sea - Playmat (Board Game)

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Raiders of the North Sea - Playmat (Board Game)
Out of Stock
Price
483

Excellent

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This is fantastic playmat. The colours are bright and vibrant and incorporates both expansions which is very welcome. The ‘trim’ around the edge of the playmat looks fancy and is very cool. If you like Raiders of the North Sea I would definitely pick this up too.

Dragon Shield - Standard Sleeves - Matte Clear (100 Sleeves)

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Dragon Shield - Standard Sleeves - Matte Clear (100 Sleeves)
In Stock
Price
178

Best Card Sleeves

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I was surprised how much I love these clear ones, even with the matte finish you can see through it but it gives it a luscious texture. These are my favourite Dragon Shield sleeves so far.

Dragon Shield - Standard Sleeves - Matte Black (100 Sleeves)

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Dragon Shield - Standard Sleeves - Matte Black (100 Sleeves)
In Stock
Price
178

Can't beat this quality.

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Dragon shield knows what they are doing. These are the best sleeves on the market.

Fate of the Elder Gods (Board Game)

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Fate of the Elder Gods (Board Game)
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
1,048
Normal Price
R 1,310
(-20%)

Excellent Game

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Great switch on the mythos theme. Now you are the cultists working to wake the elder gods. Love this game.

Tiny Epic Zombies (Board Game)

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Tiny Epic Zombies (Board Game)
Out of Stock
Price
459

Super cost-to-quality ratio

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This is a stunning little game and worthy installment in the Tiny Epic series.

I already owned Tiny Epic Galaxies, Tiny Epic Kingdoms and Tiny Epic Defenders (1st and 2nd Editions) when I received this game as a gift. It did not fail to impress.

The production quality for all games in the Tiny Epic series maintains a high standard. But Tiny Epic Zombies hits a new high in terms of the quality of its components.

In terms of gameplay, this game is a gem. The fact that you choose between co-op and competitive modes adds a ton of value. The the replay-value is tremendously high since you have access to a wide range of characters to play and zombies to fight.

Setup takes somewhat longer than is normal for the Tiny Epic series, but in my view the extra time is well worth it. Seriously, go for it. Get this one. And get the other Tiny Epics while you are at it. They are all worth it.

To view a rules explanation go to Watch It Played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9u8VXz8u80&t=796s

Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure - Expeditions: Gold and Silk Expansion (Card Game)

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Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure - Expeditions: Gold and Silk Expansion (Card Game)
Out of Stock
Price
315

New Board ONLY

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If you are a Clank! fan, get this expansion, BUT beware. Unlike the Sunken Treasures (absolutely brilliant addition) and Mummies Curse expansion sets, this set has no new cards, and it doesn't even come with a nice cardboard box with artwork on it to pack your board in and keep it safe - only the plastic one. It feels like the developers just got lazy and wanted to cash in without spending too much money or effort.

Dungeons & Dragons RPG - Essentials Kit (Role Playing Game)

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Dungeons & Dragons RPG - Essentials Kit (Role Playing Game)
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
393
RRP
R 465
(-15%)

Perfect for Pros and for Beginners

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I'm actually surprised by how much comes in this pack. The dice set is a beautiful ruby gem red. The map you get is huge. I didn't even know it came with a DM screen, and the cards you get are so beautifully printed, especially the ones with illustrations on them. Going to spend tonight reading the two books.

Monster of the Week - Tome of Mysteries (Role Playing Game)

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Monster of the Week - Tome of Mysteries (Role Playing Game)
Dispatched in 15 to 20 working days
Price
394

Wonderful book, wonderful game.

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This book expands the MotW game in all the ways I was hoping, and has some great mysteries to try run yourself. Some of the mysteries look a little less fleshed out than they need to be but if you're able to think on your feet and keep the story moving it ends up being more than enough.

Ultimate Guard - Precise-Fit Japanese Size Card Sleeves (100 Sleeves)

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Ultimate Guard - Precise-Fit Japanese Size Card Sleeves (100 Sleeves)
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
55

Made for Storage

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These little clear sleeves are amazing, especially if you have a collection and intend on keeping them safe, they're thin and can easily double sleeve into other sleeves for play. Also a must for your trade folder where the constant moving and opening by other people can damage the borders of your cards.

Affordable and definitely worth it.

Oakie Doakie - Set of 7 Polyhedral Dice - Metal: Matrix

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Oakie Doakie - Set of 7 Polyhedral Dice - Metal: Matrix
Out of Stock
Price
550

Nice

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The picture doesn't do these dice justice. Thought they were matt finish but the a nice deep gloss.
Definitely worth the wait

Terraforming Mars (Board Game)

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Terraforming Mars (Board Game)
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
1,264

Fantastic Game!

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So here's the thing... This game isn't for everyone: If you want action
If you want fast turns
If you want to build armies & attack someone else
If you want to play in under 2 hours
And if you don't want to think or calculate too much...
Then I would NOT recommend this game for you

However, if you don't mind any of the above then read further!
The game starts with you owning a corporation with some unique abilities that has to complete projects (cards that you pick up) in order to make mars liveable (modifying/terraforming it) by increasing oxygen, temperature levels and adding water sources (ocean tiles)

It is sooooo satisfying to see yourself start with nothing and each card you pick up can help your corporation gain more & more resources or modifications until you accomplish great feats like bringing down an icy meteor to create a crater filled with water!

The game itself is moderately complicated to learn.
I dropped new players in the deep end and just started playing with them without any tutorial.
It was wonderful to see the light of understanding suddenly switch on in their eyes after we were about 25% into the game and see the gears turning as they start planning (better than before) what to do with their cards...

One has to really plan ahead & think hard which cards to keep, which cards to play and in which order, when to play them and keep track of all your resources & how you're going to spend them
As you do actions that increase mars' viability, you will earn Terraforming points (which will count as money each turn & victory points at the end of the game) and other cards or groups of cards you own will provide victory points as well
Obviously s/he who has the most points wins the game

I also LOVE the simplistic resource system they have where you use copper, silver & gold cubes as money or any other resource e.g. steel/titanium (Copper = 1, silver = 5, gold = 10)

There are hundreds of cards that allow for a lot of replayability and there are expansions available to mix things up even more!

This game hasn't been on boardgamegeek's top 10 list for over a year or 2 for nothing!
It is GOOD!
This game is on my top 5 list & absolutely wonderful!
And one that I will come back to play again & again!

Ticket to Ride (Board Game)

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Ticket to Ride (Board Game)
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
684
Normal Price
R 760
(-10%)

Great Game!

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If you were ever looking for a game that doesn't take too long (usually plays in under 2 hours once everyone knows what to do in their turns), that is simple to learn and is lots of fun to play with many players and ESPECIALLY if the players are new to the boardgaming genre; then this is the game to play!

A seasoned boardgame player should consider adding this game to his/her collection for the time when you want to introduce boardgaming to new players who are not well acquainted with the different kinds of boardgames out there. (As a co-op beginner boardgame experience I would recommend Forbidden Island or Pandemic)
[In fact, I would consider these 3 games: Ticket to Ride, Forbidden Island & Pandemic the new STANDARD for games one should have instead of monopoly or chess]

It's a game for up to 5 players that doesn't take too long and the rules are learnable by the second round of the game (when there is 1 player that already know the rules)

I'm not gonna go into how it is played as another review already covered it, but I will say this:
EVERY person that played this game with me ENJOYED the experience, whether they were seasoned boardgame players or not.

This is definitely a game for the whole family, friends and extended family as Children up to the Elderly will enjoy this game tremendously.

Few games set the bar for what is considered a standard that other games are compared to, Ticket to Ride is one of them.

Star Realms: Frontiers (Card Game)

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Star Realms: Frontiers (Card Game)
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
317

The Most Complete Base Game Yet

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If you're looking to make your first Star Realms purchase, this is the one!
It contains everything you need for up to 4 players to enjoy a fantastic version of the game, all in a sturdy and portable box.

The new artwork is fresh and of high quality, with the actual prints and card stock remaining top-notch.
The gameplay itself has seen a slight change since the original base set, with cards generally being more potent for less cost, and an incentive for building your deck around a particular faction. Overall, this makes for a more interesting and fun experience.

Great value for money. If you're contemplating it, I highly recommend the purchase.
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