Lair

Lair is a building game where you are in charge of constructing an underground HQ—inside a volcano, no less—for your nefarious boss. It is a small-box strategy game that plays more like a big-box game.

The card layout represents the ant-farm view of the lair, with the mouth of the volcano at the top. The score track—represented as an elevator shaft—extends as players excavate deeper.

It has a unique worker placement mechanic where you have two types of workers—the lowly henchmen that you use to claim a room, and the lieutenant that can command a henchmen to activate the ability of the room. You spend order tokens to command a henchmen, but if you command another player’s henchmen, you have to give that player the order token. It also has a unique expanding score track that doubles as the elevator shaft, which affects your build options and game strategy in interesting ways.

 

Located at the heart of the base, The Core powers the super weapon that Big Boss will unleash upon the unsuspecting world.

The game is highly thematic, from the tongue-in-cheek art style, to the streamlined gameplay that rewards villainous actions.

Players: 2-4
Time: 45-60 mins

Awards

Finalist, The Game Crafter Worker Placement Challenge

What People are Saying...

Lair's self-aware, light-hearted humor stood out from the rest.

Read the entire article from Bago Games (2014)

... an incredibly polished game with a cool mix of stab-your-neighbor and base building.

Read the entire article from Indie Hangover (2014)

You've got a shark tank!!

Watch the full video interview from Guys, Games and Beer (2014)

My favorite new game at Gen Con!!

Doug Levandowski, Game Designer,  Gen Con 2015

... tears rolling down my face from laughing so hard at trying to kill Charlie Winkler. A great game!!

Nicole Kline, Game Designer, Gen Con 2015