Monthly Archives: March 2015

Kickstarter: Raiders of the North Sea

Raiders of the North Sea Board Game| The Boarding Kennel |Garphill Games

Calm down, it’s not a new Indiana Jones adventure. New Zealand-based Garphill Games has followed up the 2014 success of its viking-themed Kickstarter with… an almost identically-named viking-themed Kickstarter!

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Game News: Tea-trading Euro Yunnan set for imminent US release

Horsies GeekInsightAfter months of wrangling with distributors and a recent production delay, the brewing period for a US distribution of China tea-trading board game Yunnan is almost complete. Brewing period! You see! Now look here, I’m English, I’ll decide whether the tea puns are any good or not.

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Kickstarter: Soulfall

Soulfall Board Game| The Boarding Kennel | Small Box Games

 

Ploop! Mwoooaargh! Sploooosh! So goes the great Lord Ekkonox as he heaves his bulk from the waters to scare the willies out of anyone nearby. That’s what the picture above tells me anyway – isn’t it beautiful? This and a string of other ridiculously gorgeous art describes the land of Soulfall in the latest game from pint-sized publishing company Small Box, which is now up on Kickstarter.

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Should you buy… Love Letter?

Love Letter Board Game Card Game | The Boarding Kennel | AlderacThe notion that the hot, sultry summer months are a natural aphrodisiac can be traced all the way back to the year 1991, when little-known hip hop duo Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince received a Grammy for their dedicated research into the matter. More than two decades later and their seminal work has yet to be disproved by the wider rap community, leading to the inevitable question – what game should you get your clammy hands on for the dog days, which satisfies the need to bake your body outside while carrying with it the inestimable promise of a febrile carnal encounter? Bestill your beating heart, dear reader, for the answer to your urges lies in the velvety pouch of Love Letter.

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Interview: Matt Leacock’s back to chat about Pandemic Legacy

Matt Leacock Board Game Pandemic | The Boarding Kennel | Matt Leacock everybody! Just three weeks after chatting to The Boarding Kennel about his Kickstarter success with the new Thunderbirds board game, the prince of Pandemic was back in the news amid revelations about the latest incarnation of the virus-busting co-op smash. Never ones to miss out on a hot scoop, we got straight on the MattPhone and picked his brains about the forthcoming Pandemic Legacy.

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FEATURE: CREATING ORDER FROM CHAOS WITH THE NEW NETRUNNER BIG BOX (PART THREE)

Netrunner Order and Chaos Board Game Card Game| The Boarding Kennel | Fantasy Flight GamesPart Three of a feature looking at some of the ace new Netrunner cards just released in the Order and Chaos big box. With tournament day looming, discover what made the cut into my final Anarch and Weyland decks, and try to work out which parts were sure gambles and which were utter trash.

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Game News: Pandemic Legacy prepares for major outbreak

Pandemic Legacy Board Game Card Game| The Boarding Kennel | Z-man GamesMutations. When it comes to diseases it’s those pesky mutations you really need to worry about. Chickens with colds are pretty low on the list of the world’s problems, but if that disease changes into something which can spread to humans then you’ve got fully-fledged, mask-wearing panic swarming across the globe. Something big. Something powerful. Something far greater than the original.

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Game News: Quick! Carcassonne is free on the Android app store

CarcassonneHappy Monday you gorgeous lot. What better way to kick off the week than with a free game? Free if you’re on an Android phone, that is, but I’m sure loads of you are.

Carcassonne sounds like exactly the sort of board game your mum warned you about – set in medieval France, it has you laying square cardboard tiles to create towns, fields and monasteries, and populating them with plastic people to represent things like knights and farmers.

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Should you buy… A Game of Thrones: The Board Game?

Game of Thrones Board Game Winterfell Stark Lannister| The Boarding Kennel | Fantasy Flight GamesNight night my little princeling, don’t let the snarks and grumpkins bite. What? Well it’s a little late for a story lad, but if it’ll help you settle I suppose a few minutes can’t hurt. Pull your covers tight and let me tell you a tale of treachery and deceit, of friendships crushed and a rulebook so long and complicated it rivals the histories of the great houses themselves… 

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Feature: Bringing board games to life

3D Game of Thrones Kings LandingLast weekend I spent some time with a farmer who’d managed to somehow get trapped in his own field. What a dick. Hemmed in by a fast-flowing river on one side and a traffic-heavy road on the other, the poor fellow had no way to get his produce to any of the nearby towns, leaving him nothing to do but laze around in his own wheat and bask in the spring sunshine.

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