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… More
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.
Last year we visited both Copenhagen and then Aarhus, two wonderful cities in Denmark. I’ve already written about our adventures in Copenhagen’s notorious board game café, Bastards. Amazingly, we were lucky enough to visit a second board game café in Denmark: this time, I’m going to talk about the fun we had at Aarhus Brætspilscafé (vestergrade).
On our first night in Aarhus visiting friends, they surprised us with a trip to Aarhus Brætspilscafé, their local board game café. They must’ve known we’d need a gaming fix to recover from our journey!
Aarhus Brætspilscafé had a homely, intimate atmosphere that is immediately apparent as soon as you walk through the front door. It’s a home away from home for family and friends to socialise over a few games. We really felt at home whilst we visited, and even forgot we were even in a café and not sat at home.
The UK Games Expo (UKGE) is arguably the biggest highlight of the UK tabletop gaming calendar. Board game enthusiasts along with board game designers, publishers and retailers transcend on the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham for 3 epic days of gaming. Last year was my first time at the expo, where I attended Saturday and Sunday, and I loved every minute of it! Now, with UKGE 2018 fast approaching, I want to share 8 lessons that I learnt from UKGE 2017 – and how I’ll be getting the most out of this year!
Pandemic is an immersive co-operative game, where you work together as the World Health Organisation (WHO) disease control team to stop deadly diseases from spreading across the globe and destroying humankind.
Pandemic was the first tabletop game that I ever bought – my ‘gateway game’ that opened my eyes to the incredible world of board gaming – so I’ll always have a soft spot for it. When researching what to get for my first board game I knew I wanted something with an exciting, immersive theme that was co-operative and without player elimination (so everybody is in it ‘til the end!). Pandemic ticked all the boxes and it’s still a regular on our table years on. If you’re new to the tabletop gaming scene, or looking to introduce new people to the hobby, Pandemic is a great game to start with.
You don’t have to be in the hobby long until you start to hear about the ‘Tiny Epic’ series by Gamelyn Games; games that are renowned for providing an epic gaming experience despite the tiny box size. Unfortunately, I’ve not had the opportunity to play any of the current Tiny Epic games yet. But as soon as I saw Tiny Epic Zombies pop up on Kickstarter, I knew this was about to change! And here’s why:
In December we spent a week in Denmark visiting friends who had recently moved from the UK. Having never been to Denmark before, we decided to spend a few days in the charming city of Copenhagen before joining our friends in Aarhus. We played the tourist game: taking in the cityscape from the Rundetårn; descending to the depths of the Cisternerne; and gulping plenty of festive Gløgg.
And of course, we couldn’t leave Copenhagen without spending some quality time at the notorious Bastards Café.
Bastards café has what I believe is the best ‘free to play’ board game collection I’ll ever find at a board game café. By offering not only free games, but good free games, they’re not only enticing board gamers into their café, but they’re also making the board gaming experience accessible to everyone and encouraging newcomers to the community. And for this they should be applauded!
It’s almost that most wonderful, merry time of year: only a few sleeps to go until CHRISTMAS! I’ve been very good this year, so I’m hoping Santa will bring me a few board games from my ever growing tabletop wish list! Below are some of my top picks – I’ve tried to whittle the list down where there’s something for everyone, so maybe it’ll help give some last minute gift inspiration!I give to you, the 100% official Mattimus Primed Christmas List 2017:
At the end of September we visited London for a family gathering. It was a fun-filled weekend of sightseeing, museums and art galleries…but…we had to find somewhere to get our board game fix. Hidden away under the railway arches of Haggerston, we found a board gamers’ paradise: Draughts – London’s first board game café!
Kickstarter was always going to make an appearance on this blog, but I hadn’t planned for it to happen so soon. It was my plan to back my first projects early next year, and discuss my experiences of backing all the way through to the games arriving on my door step.
But then Champions of Hara happened.
The colourful artwork, versatile game play (for both versus and co-op), amazing mini’s, and captivating narrative captured my imagination straight away. I instantly knew I had to get behind this game.
So, without further ado, lets take a closer look at my first kickstarter!