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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!