Monthly Archives: October 2015


Escape the NightmareOh, I like the sound of this. A fast-paced card-swapping set collection game, where each swap might see you lose the use of your arms or have to talk in rhyme, all with a ten-second ‘game over’ countdown which resets whenever you make a swap? That’s the sort of chaos I can get on board with. Continue reading


Corpse KingRunebound! What a name. Does it make anyone else think it’s some fantasy parallel of being eggbound? Some poor adventurer squatting unsuccessfully in the woods, trying to expel the consequences of an evening spent chomping down runic tablets? No? Oh dear. Continue reading

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P1000339Slipping quietly between the towering piles of ‘Top 5 Games to Play at Halloween’ lists like a spooky mist comes the news that stellar 2014 zombie survival game Dead of Winter is getting an app to run the game’s very best bit – its Crossroads cards. Continue reading

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The Bloody Inn, Kingdom Builder, Fortress America – what are YOU playing this weekend?

pic2618699_mdHappy Friday Saturday board gamers! Yesterday we were getting ready to slip into the weekend like an eel into a warm bath when our server crashed, so sorry that you haven’t been able to get on the site until now. Turns out I now can’t upload new pictures, which is why I’ve had to use a completely unrelated one on this article for now. Fixed! Anyway – the weekend’s here now, and there’s gaming action galore!

We’ve got exciting new Essen purchase The Bloody Inn to give a test run, and we’re also looking forward to cracking open Kingdom Builder, Fortress America and the venerable Alhambra from 2003. We’ll totally fit in a skirmish game of Imperial Assault in there somewhere too, and if there’s no Netrunner I’ll eat my console.

What are you playing this weekend? Let us know in the comments below, and show off your pics to us on Twitter or the Facebook.

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Beautiful, intense emotion-balancing game ‘…and then we held hands’ coming to North America

and then we held handsHere’s something a bit special. Last January friends Yannick Massa and David Chircop sweated away over 48 hours to create their first ever board game, ‘…and then we held hands’, as part of the Global Game Jam contest. A game which sees two players attempt to navigate their way though a failing relationship, attempting to balance emotions by playing the right cards from either their own or their partner’s (half obscured) hand to get them both to the centre of the board within one turn of each other. In silence. Continue reading

Midweek news blast: the two Ticket to Ride iOS apps are still free everyone

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I shied away from covering this yesterday as there’s no indication when it might all be over, but the offer to download the iOS edition of Ticket to Ride: Pocket and its European map counterpart for a measly cost of ZERO is still going strong, so hurry up and get on it.

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News time! Mafia becomes a blockbuster movie (really), Fury of Dracula looms large, plus a Mars double

Mafia filmI can’t really believe I’m writing this, but as of this morning the next big tabletop game film franchise we’re all waiting for with bated breath is no longer Hungry Hungry Hippos. No. Ladies and gentlemen, god bless Mother Russia for taking a tilt at a cinematic blockbuster version of… hidden roles card game Mafia.

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Scythe finally hits Kickstarter tomorrow – and we’ve given it a whirl

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You can tell which ones the Scythe demo tables are from some distance away. Among hundreds of stalls, thousands of gaming tables and tens of thousands of board game fans, just a lonely pair of tables in the four aircraft hangar-like halls of the enormous Essen Spiel board game fair are devoted to a copy of the most sought after game of the year – possibly the most hyped board game ever. Scythe. You can spot the tables, often precisely because you can’t see them – of all the tables in the fair, none are so consistently surrounded by spectators, keen to get a passing glimpse of the game in action ahead of its long-awaited Kickstarter, which launches tomorrow. Continue reading

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Return of the Je-DICE: An entire Imperial Assault campaign – Episode 1

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Episode I: Aftermath

**Spoiler alert! You’ll find Imperial Assault is full of surprises, which will invariably be ruined for you to some degree if you read along with our campaign. But! If you’re thinking about buying it, chances are you’ll end up taking control of the Empire side anyway, in which case you’re in control of all the secrets regardless. That said, read on!
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Return of the Je-DICE: An entire Imperial Assault campaign – intro


ImpAss Diary Header Final“I’ve made an impulsive decision.”

That was it – the moment a few weeks back when my friend Alex messaged me to tell me that he’d done it: coughed up the not-insignificant chunk of cash for a copy of the latest Star Wars board gaming hotness, Imperial Assault. A flurry of texts followed, demanding photos, cooing over plastic AT-STs, bemoaning Byzantine rulebooks and quickly jamming a date in the diary to give it a spin. We’ve not shut up about it since. Continue reading

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