Welcome to my first This Month in Board Gaming post this month we will be looking over February 2019! Each month I’ll be sharing my gaming and non-gaming highlights: what’s going on in my life, the social media post that I resonated with the most, and my most anticipated board game announcements of the month. Let’s get this show on the road because February has been an awesome month full of gaming and board game announcements that I can’t wait to share with you.
Who doesn’t love New Year resolutions? Get healthy. Get tidy. Buy a house. It can be anything. We reflect on the last year, and set ourselves challenges for the next, ways to make our lives even better.
This is no different in the board gaming community and this year my wife and I have decided to jump on the bandwagon. These come in the form of board game challenges and this year my wife and I have decided to join in. If you’re not familiar with board game challenges then I’ve added a bit of an explanation in the glossary for you to take a look at.
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…
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
We’re all familiar with rules. We live by them – and of course most of us play by them. It’s fair to say that it can be the rules themselves that can make or break a game. In games if rules were constantly amended, changed or removed surely only chaos would follow. Fluxx is a card game that challenges this idea. The rules changes, the goal to win changes and the players have to adapt to win. There is no chaos, just a fluid and ever-changing gaming experience.
Star Fluxx is based on the original ‘Fluxx’ but it has boldly gone to a world of science fiction pop culture where no one has gone before!