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!
Exploding Kittens blasted across the internet in 2015, when it became the Most Backed Kickstarter project of all time, with over 200,000 backers. And it’s easy to see why – with illustrations provided by The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman, this game was a winner.
Exploding Kittens is an exhilarating, fast-paced game of survival, full to the brim with tension and bursting at the sides with laughter. It plays like mash up of Uno, Poker and Old Maid, with an explosive Russian Roulette style ultimatum at the end of every turn.
Released with two editions – the Standard (Family Friendly) Edition and the Not Safe For Work (NSFW) Edition – Exploding Kittens really does provide something for everyone.
When I first started getting into board games, I stumbled across Carcassonne. It seemed to be one of those key games to try and I just had to give it ago. Now it’s one of my go-to games.
In Carcassonne, players take turns placing tiles to create a medieval landscape inspired by the fortified French city that gives the game its name. You become competing creators and architects in a bid to build a mosaic of Cities, Roads, Fields and Monasteries. And with the endless ways that tiles can be drawn and placed, no two Carcassonne landscapes will ever be the same.
Until now, the board gaming I’ve done has been with my wife, a small group of good friends, or my family. I’ve taken card games to play a quick game in coffee shops and pubs, but apart from that most of my gaming has been at our (or a friend’s) home.
One of my main ambitions for this blog is to document my experiences as a board game newbie diving headfirst into board gaming culture. So when I heard about a local all-day board gaming event to celebrate International Tabletop Day 2017, I just had to go – and bring my wife along as my trusty sidekick. (She didn’t mind…she likes gaming too!). This was our first time at a publicly organised gaming event, so we didn’t know what to expect. Fortunately, we weren’t disappointed and had a brilliant game-filled day!