Spiel : Boardgames in the UK

25 September 2011

Out This Week - w/c 26 September 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 9:53 am

The Adventurers: Pyramid of Horus
Boardgame for 2-6 players, ages 13+
Playing time approximately 45 minutes.
Published by Fantasy Flight, designed by Guillaume Blossier & Frederic Henry

Star Fluxx
Card game for 2-6 players, ages 8+
Playing time approximately 15 minutes.
Published by Looney Labs, designed by Andrew Looney

Timeline: Inventions
Card game for 2-8 players, ages 8+
Playing time approximately 15 minutes.
Published by Asmodee, designed by Frederic Henry

Grave Business
Boardgame for 2-4 players, ages 13+
Playing time approximately 45 minutes.
Published by Minion Games, designed by Andy van Zandt

20 September 2011

Deutscher Spiele Preis 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 8:34 am

The result of this year’s voting for the other German game award has just been announced. And 7 Wonders picks up another win after its Kennerspiel des Jahres victory. Here is the list of the top ten:

1. 7 Wonders, by Antoine Bauza (Repos Production)
2. Die Burgen von Burgund, by Stefan Feld (alea)
3. Troyes, by Sébastien Dujardin, Xavier Georges and Alain Orban (Pearl Games)
4. Navegador, by Mac Gerdts (PD-Verlag)
5. Asara, by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling (Ravensburger)
6. Mondo, by Michael Schacht (Pegasus Spiele)
7. Pantheon, by Michael Tummelhofer (Hans im Glück)
8. Lancaster, by Matthias Cramer (Queen Games)
9. Luna, by Stefan Feld (H@ll Games)
10. Strasbourg, by Stefan Feld (Pegasus Spiele)

19 September 2011

Chester (Deeside Defenders) Gaming Weekend: 23-25 September 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 10:08 pm

A bit like buses, you wait for ages and then two come along together. Hot on the heels of last Sunday’s Bolton games day, this weekend sees the gaming action transferred to Chester. Here’s some info from John Roach:

I know that this is the weekend after the Bolton all-dayer but some of you may be interested in this gaming opportunity.

It is mainly a chance for the club’s wargamers to play some epic games but there will be a boardgaming presence and you are welcome to join us.

Deeside Defenders have secured the use of a hall at the Airbus factory in Broughton near Chester from Friday pm until Sunday evening. There is a cheap bar and food available. I am not aware of any entry fees but I will provide more details as I get them. In the meantime, it would be helpful if you are interested in coming along so we can ensure that we have sufficient tables available.

For directions etc please visit the Deeside Defenders website.

Opening times are Friday noon to 11pm, Sat 9am to 11pm, Sun 9am to 11pm.

18 September 2011

Out This Week - w/c 19 September 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 10:27 am

Only one item on Esdevium’s list this week:

Talisman: The Dragon Expansion
Boardgame expansion for 2-6 players, ages 13+
Playing time approximately 90 minutes.
Published by Fantasy Flight, designed by John Goodenough

12 September 2011

Bolton all-day gaming 18 September 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 6:19 pm

The next gaming event in the calendar is an all-day gaming session from the GNOME guys. Here’s the lowdown:

Gamers North of Manchester England (GNOME) are holding another of our famous and increasingly popular all-dayers on Sunday 18th September 2011 at St Mary’s Church Hall, Horwich. Access to the car park is from Richmond st (BL6 5QT for you Satnavvies). Doors open at 10:30AM 11AM and we need to be out by 11PM.

As previously, we have the hall to ourselves and the bar is open from 12 Noon to 11PM. There are shops and takeaways within easy walk but we will be providing some light grub at around 6PM to keep you going.

Everyone is welcome of course, from newbies to old hands and including kids (so long as they are gamers and not run-around-and-knock-things-over-ers). Bring your own games or come and play ours. Over 70 gamers turned up last time (despite an emergency change of venues, promise it won’t happen again this time) and there is a genuinely friendly atmosphere.

Entry is £3 (£1 for under 16s) which includes free hotpot/soup at 6:00PM. There is no such thing as a free lunch, but consider this a free tea (or free dinner for any soft Southerners out there).

More information can be found on this BGG thread, including a list of expected attendees.

11 September 2011

Out This Week - w/c 12 September 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 9:47 am

Order of the Stick Adventure Game Deluxe
Boardgame for 2-6 players, ages 12+
Playing time approximately 180 minutes.
Published by APE Games, designed by Kevin Brusky & Rich Burlew

The Boss
Card game for 2-4 players, ages 10+
Playing time approximately 40 minutes.
Published by Asmodee, designed by Alain Ollier

Hornet
Boardgame for 2-5 players, ages 10+
Playing time approximately 40 minutes.
Published by Asmodee, designed by Jani & Tero Moliis

A Journey to Rhosgobel Adventure Pack
Lord of the Rings LCG Expansion  for 1-4 players, ages 13+
Playing time approximately 60 minutes.
Published by Fantasy Flight Games, designed by Nate French

Elder Sign
Boardgame for 1-8 players, ages 13+
Playing time approximately 120 minutes.
Published by Fantasy Flight Games, designed by Richard Launius & Kevin Wilson

Hey, That’s My Fish (new edition)
Boardgame for 2-4 players, ages 8+
Playing time approximately 20 minutes.
Published by Fantasy Flight Games, designed by Gunter Cornett & Alvydas Jakeliunas

Bears
Boardgame for 2-4 players, ages 7+
Playing time approximately 20 minutes.
Published by Fireside Games, designed by Anne-Marie De Witt

The Dwarf King
Cardgame for 3-5 players, ages 10+
Playing time approximately 30 minutes.
Published by IELLO, designed by Bruno Faidutti

Nitro Dice
Boardgame for 2-6 players, ages 9+
Playing time approximately 60 minutes.
Published by Minion Games, designed by David E Whitcher

Ranking
Boardgame for 3-5 players, ages 8+
Playing time approximately 30 minutes.
Published by Rio Grande Games, designed by Stefan Dorra & Ralf zur Linde

Gnomes of Zavandor
Boardgame for 2-4 players, ages 10+
Playing time approximately 75 minutes.
Published by Z-Man Games, designed by Torsten Landsvogt

7 September 2011

Essen 2011: Poseidon’s Kingdom

Filed under: — Garry @ 7:33 pm

The good news is that Fragor Games have released details of the Lamont Brothers’ new game: Poseidon’s Kingdom. The bad news is that the limited run of 1,000 games is already sold out on pre-order after 11 days. There may be a few available for sale at Essen, depending on how many actually are delivered by the printers (their margins of error are +/-10% and Fragor stopped taking pre-orders at 900). However, unless you got in early, you’re likely to be disappointed. Here’s a description of the game:

Poseidon has lost his treasured trident. Your friends have disappeared while trying to find it. It turns out they have been captured by evil Hans the Kraken. Suckers ! The Kraken plans to make a nice stew out of them. Can you prise open his tentacles, release your friends and defeat him ? You had better hope so. Oh, its probably not a good time to mention the shark …

Now, the game has a number of interesting features but, to be fair to those that won’t be seeing a copy of the game, I’ve added an alternative description:

1. A wave which crashes dice onto the board, or a cheap cardboard gimic that adds nothing to the game
2. Pieces (or THE FANTASTIC ANIMAL CREATURES ARE BACK !), although none of them are animals and sea creatures can’t be cute
3. Engaging gameplay for both gamers and non-gamers or a design that tries to cater for both but satisfies neither.
4. Possibly some of the worst “fishy” puns imaginable (we put them in for the halibut), or possibly some of the worst “fishy” puns imaginable (we put them in for the halibut).
 

So, I hope that makes everyone feel better.  

 

 

4 September 2011

Out This Week - w/c 5 September 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 10:08 am

Discworld: Ankh Morpork
Boardgame for 2-4 players, ages 10+
Playing time approximately 60 minutes.
Published by Treefrog Games, designed by Martin Wallace

Gears of War: The Board Game
Boardgame for 1-4 players, ages 13+
Playing time approximately 180 minutes.
Published by Fantasy Flight  Games, designed by Corey Konieczka

Kingsport Dreams Asylum Pack
Expansion for Call of Cthulhu Living Card Game for 2 players, ages 13+
Playing time approximately 20 minutes.
Published by Fantasy Flight Games, designed by Nate French & Eric M Lang

Fiery Dawn Battle Pack
Expansion for Warhammer: Invasion Living Card Game for 2 players, ages 12+
Playing time approximately 60 minutes.
Published by Fantasy Flight Games, designed by James Hata & Eric M Lang

Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game
Boardgame for 1-8 players, ages 12+
Playing time approximately 90 minutes.
Published by Flying Frog Productions, designed by Jason C Hill

Devil’s Dice
Dice game for 2-5 players, ages 5+
Published by Mongoose Publishing

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