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.
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.
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.
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!
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!