REVIEW | The Lost Expedition

Films like Jumanji, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Tomb Raider in romanticise the exploration of deep jungles and lost civilisations. It’s thrilling, exciting and awe-inspiring. Yes, there’s difficulty to overcome… but at the same time you’ll be exploring the world, seeing amazing sights, whilst building camaraderie with your fellow adventurers.

The Lost Expedition (published by Osprey Games) follows the same formula as the films above but depicts the brutality and risks of exploring the Amazon in much more detail. It’s inspired by Percy Fawcett, a British surveyor, who in 1925 embarked on his final expedition into the Amazon in search of the ruins of an ancient city (The Lost City of ‘Z’). Percy, along with his son (Jack) and his son’s friend (Rayleigh) disappeared during the expedition – it’s assumed they lost their lives.

The Lost Expedition is a cooperative game, where players embark on their own adventure into the Amazon in search for the Lost City of Z. Players are confronted with challenge after challenge as they face the dangers of the jungle. Can they find The Lost City of Z and succeed where Percy did not…

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EVENT | Tabletop Gaming Live 2018 – My Highlights

September 2018 saw the launch of a new UK board game convention: Tabletop Gaming Live, ran by Tabletop Gaming Magazine. It boasted to be the first UK event where you could play the hottest new game releases post-Gen Con (the biggest tabletop convention in America, where many new games are unveiled).

But is Tabletop Gaming Live a worthy addition to the UK tabletop scene?

This is my experience of Tabletop Gaming Live 2018. Although this isn’t a “Tabletop Gaming Live vs the UK Games Expo” post, I will inevitably draw comparisons between the two as UKGE is the other UK-based tabletop convention that I’ve experienced.

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Event | Tabletop Gaming Live – My 5 must sees!

This weekend (29th-30th September 2018) I’ll join thousands of other gamers at Alexandra Palace in London for Tabletop Gaming Live. It’s the new kid on the UK tabletop convention block, brought to us by the team behind the Tabletop Gaming magazine. With a brilliant line up of tournaments, panels and game demos, it boasts being the first UK event where you can play the hottest new releases and games that launched at Gen Con earlier this year.

So far, my convention experience has been limited to the UK Games Expo and my local International Tabletop Day (hosted by Rules of Play, Cardiff). So I’m really excited to have another major convention here in the UK. I’m looking forward to walking around the trade halls, and soaking up the atmosphere as part of the gaming community.

Unfortunately, I’ll only be attending Tabletop Gaming Live on the Saturday, I’ve had to have a good think about what to see whilst I’m there! So, in no particular order, here’s my top must sees:

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Interview | Jamie ‘The Noble Artist’ Noble Frier

Welcome to my first “Beyond the Box” post. In this series, I hope to interview people who are involved in the UK board game industry in one way or another. This could be anyone, whether they are illustrators, designers, board game shop/cafe owners, or are just involved in the UK board game scene in some way.

This week I talk to Jamie Noble Frier, aka The Noble Artist, about his upcoming game Hero Master: an Epic Game of Epic Fails, which hits Kickstarter next week. We also touch on his career as a freelance digital artist in the board game industry.

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REVIEW | FReNeTiC

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to spell out words using the elemental symbols on the periodic table? No, me neither. But I wish I had, it would’ve made chemistry class much more interesting growing up. This is exactly what you do in FReNeTic! A unique and enjoyable word game where you compete against other players to combine elements from the periodic table and produce as many words as you can.

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EVENT | UK Games Expo 2018 – the 10 games that left a lasting impression

It’s been a while now since this year’s UK Games Expo (UKGE – the UKs biggest convention for all things gaming). But I haven’t forgotten about all the games that I was fortunate to see and – most of the time – play! You’re surrounded by so many games, constantly moving from one to the next, and it’s sometimes hard to take stock of the qualities of each one. Having now had time to reflect, I want to share the games that really left a lasting impression on me.

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EVENT | UK Games Expo 2018 – The Highlights

This year’s UK Games Expo (UKGE) – a weekend-long celebration of all things gaming – has been and gone. This year was truly massive, extending across 2 trade halls – and it needed to be, to house the thousands of gamers attending! One thing I love about UKGE is that there is so much going on that everyone goes for different reasons and has an experience unique to them.

Here are my highlights from this year’s EPIC UKGE 2018!

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KICKSTARTER | 5 reasons why I backed ‘Last One In’ on Kickstarter

Avoiding zombies is imperative to survival in an apocalypse. But zombies aren’t the only danger – rival communities might be more of a risk to each other then the zombies ever were! This is what the Last One In (by City Games) explores. Players compete to rescue civilians and eliminate each other’s town with zombies. The first player to save 50 civilians or inflict the wrath of 100 zombies onto the other town wins!

I was lucky enough to demo Last One In at the UK Games Expo last week, and have the game explained to me by its designer Mark Taylor. Not long after, I got my phone out and backed the game! And here are my reasons why:

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EVENT | 5 Games that I can’t wait to check out at the UK Games Expo 2018

I’ve already said in my  ‘8 lessons that I learnt from the UK Games Expo 2017’ post that there’s more to the UK Games Expo (UKGE) then just games, and everyone should step away from the trade halls to take in some of the other aspects of the UKGE. Take a look at that post if you want to see what else the UKGE has to offer.

That being said, the biggest and (in my opinion) most important aspect of the UKGE is definitely the games. I’m drawn to the UKGE by the promise of demoing the latest releases or pre-releases and seeking out other games to play or buy. So today, in no particular order, I want to share my UKGE 2018 hit list.

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