Best New Games of 2018

January 8, 2019

2018 brought a lot of new games to Dragon’s Lair! Below is the short list of games available in 2018 that hit our top-sellers list. Be the first to introduce your friends and family to this hit new games and pick up a copy at Dragon’s Lair soon!

7. Pitch Deck

Pitch Deck

Ever wanted to start your own company? Pitch Deck gives you the opportunity! Filled with plenty of culturally relevant company ideas, you pair a “company” card with a “pitch” idea to make the worst or funniest company combination. Like, “LinkedIn for narcissists,” and “WedMD for male tears.” Who will have the best-worst company?

6. Red Flags

Red Flags Card Game

The new Cards Against Humanity-style party card game that’s taken off is Red Flags: The Game of Terrible Dates. The judge each round must pick the most dateable single with the best white “perk” cards, and most bearable “red flag” negative trait cards. Great for larger groups of up to 10 players, and further theme selection with expansions such as Nerdy, Festive, Sexy, Fairy Tale, etc.

5. Master Thief

Master Thief Box

Master Thief is a great little card game of a museum heist! Spread cards in a random, messy pile face-down. Take turns drawing from the pile with a goal of collecting the most Black Market Credits to win the game!

A small, nearly cube-shaped box, and great graphic design makes this an easy 15-30 minute game for a group of 3-6 players. Part press-your-luck and part take-that – can you escape the museum, and your friends, with the most points at the end of the game?

Master Thief Cards

4. Unstable Unicorns

Ready to build a unicorn army? Who isn’t?!

From baby unicorns, to hipster unicorns, battle unicorns, unicorn-on-the-cobs and more! Players collect their hand of unicorns and take revenge on other players while trying to build their stable! Get it? Stable?!

Full of puns, cute-as-heck art, and easy to get into, Unstable Unicorns is another great 2-8 player party game to have on hand. Grab the NSFW and Dragons Expansions for even more chaos and fun!

3. The Tea Dragon Society Card Game

Based on the adorable graphic novel of the same name by Katie O’Neill, The Tea Dragon Society Card Game has been one of our favorite family-friendly best-sellers this year.

A very straightforward 2-4 player deck building game. Each player is caring for their own tea dragon with its own preferences and pleasures. You take turns either buying a market or a season card that’s face-up on the table, or playing cards from your hand into your play area or “hold.” Once all 4 seasons have passed, you tally up victory points according to each card’s instructions!

A beautiful and inclusive game, this is worth picking up along with the book for a great gifting pair!

2. Spaceteam

Spaceteam Can you and your crew-mates work together and communicate on top of each other to repair your ship in just 5 minutes?

This card-based cooperative game gives 3-6 players a Spaceteam experience where each person has their own hand of cards. All are trying to work together to get the right tools to fix the correct part of the ship. Since there are no turns, everyone is frantically trying to communicate the needs of their sector to reveal the 6 hidden System-Go cards before time is up!

Don’t forget to add in the Not Safe for Space and Triangulum Expansions to add up to 9 or 12 players!

1. Azul

  • 2018 Spiel des Jahres Winner
  • 2018 Origins Awards Best Family Game Winner
  • 2018 Mensa Select Winner


If those awards aren’t reason enough for you, Board Game Geek users have ranked Azul as the #1 game in the Abstract and Family game categories. If you haven’t seen this game yet – you can be the first to introduce is to your friends in 2019!

In Azul, players take turn drawing tiles to place in their player board. Points are awarded at the end of the game for filling certain tile patterns and using tiles efficiently.

And if you’ve missed the tile version, you can grab the stained glass version instead with the recently-released Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra!

Azul Stained Glass of Sintra