Monthly Archives: February 2015

Friday Tea Break: Crafting the perfect beer game, Rooky errors

Hello you! Alcohol is always on my mind at this point in the working week, but especially so today amid the news that craft beer-based board game Brewing USA is on the cusp of filling up its Kickstarter, with only the foamy top still to go. Like a pint of beer! You see?

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Should you buy… Space Cadets?

Space Cadets Board Game Card Game| The Boarding Kennel | Stronghold GamesSpace Cadets is a belter of a concept. Who doesn’t want to zoom round the galaxy in a spaceship with your friends, tractor beaming space crystals and firing torpedos at all and sundry?

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Interview: Pandemic, Thunderbirds and Forbidden Island designer Matt Leacock

Matt Leacock Thunderbirds Board Game Card Game| The Boarding KennelIt’s only Pandemic creator Matt Leacock everyone! Hot on the heels of the Thunderbirds board game bombing past its Kickstarter target, the brains behind its design was good enough to answer a couple of questions about the game. Continue reading

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Game news: Thunderbirds Kickstarter passes £20k funding target in just an hour

TBcoverThunderbirds are literally GO, as the new co-op board game from Pandemic creator Matt Leacock has soared past its £20,000 target just an hour after hitting Kickstarter.

Unsurprisingly the game has more than a touch of the Pandemics about it, with players each controlling one of the Tracy brothers and flying across the globe – and into space – in the various vehicles to avert disasters and defeat the mysterious Hood.

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Friday Tea Break: Games Workshop history time, big screen Settlers and a Heroclix primer

HobnobsHappy Friday everyone! What a mix of treats for you this afternoon as you sup your cuppa and munch on a Hobnob biscuit. While you’re there, I’d just like to say thank you so much for visiting – The Boarding Kennel got its most visitors ever this week, and every day saw more users than the last. Which is a lovely thing. I’ve got loads of things planned for the site, including some most likely hideously amateurish video of me and my friends playing some of our favourite games. Continue reading

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Game News: Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents

Tesla vs Edison Board Game Card Game| The Boarding Kennel | ArtanaToo many colons in that headline, you’re right, but it’s probably fitting given that Thomas Edison was completely full of shit. After hiring Tesla to fix efficiency problems with his direct current electricity generators in the late 1880s – and offering him $50,000 to boot – Edison famously ducked out of the deal when Tesla cracked it several months later, telling him he obviously didn’t understand American humour.

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Feature: Creating order from chaos with the new Netrunner big box (Part Two)

Netrunner Order and Chaos Board Game Card Game| The Boarding Kennel | Fantasy Flight GamesPart Two of a feature looking at some of the ace new Netrunner cards just released in the Order and Chaos big box. Find out which of the new Weyland cards caught my eye and witness the creation of what could eventually become a below-average deck with a bit of work.

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Kickstarter: Fujian Trader

Selden MapWe’ve all been there. One minute you’re idly glancing over a 17th Century map of East Asia in Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, the next you’ve spotted some faint lines which mark it out as the oldest Chinese maritime merchant map still in existence. Hurrah! But what to do with such a find to capture the attention of people around the world? Step forward discoverer Robert Bachelor, a British History professor, who knew exactly what – he’s only turned it into an effing board game.

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Should you buy… Pandemic?

Pandemic Board Game | The Boarding Kennel | Z-man Games“CAN YOU SAVE HUMANITY?” demands the front cover of Zman Games’ hugely popular Pandemic, which casts you and your friends as scientists, disease experts and various other clever bods teaming up to stop a string of deadly viruses melting the world’s population into grisly pools of gloop. The gentle way the eerie, translucent disease cubes start to spread across the board might initially lead you to think you’ll nail this medical emergency lark at the first attempt. You would be wrong.

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Friday Tea Break: XCOM The Board Game, Victorian Netrunner and Ghostbusters

GhostbustersYou’ve made it to Friday afternoon, congrats! A time to doss around and count down the hours until you can clock off and hit the pub. What better way to wind the clock along than tucking in to The Boarding Kennel’s pick of the week’s most interesting board gaming bits from around the web?

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