This week I lift the lid on Kickstarter Table Top Game projects to see if there is anything that actually attracts my attention. And to my surprise, there are a few games that have avoided the retread tropes and provided what appear to be cool games.


Heifer Heist from Cow & Duck Studios

A family game with aliens stealing cows from an angry farmer. This looks like a nice-priced, Euro-friendly game. It is a “pick up and deliver” game which appears to play fast, has player interaction and lovely artwork. Check it out.



27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails from Purple Games

27th Passenger: A Hunt On Rails is a unique deduction game for 3 to 6 players that plays in 30-45 minutes. This game looks cool with a nice film noir setting.



Hostage Negotiator from Van Ryder Games

I do like me a Solitaire game and this one looks sweet. You are a hostage negotiator trying to talk down an abductor and save the lives of the hostages. Sounds tense. And fun!



News – Desert Fox from Shenandoah Studio now available for the iPad

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Press release from Shenandoah Studio   Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein

Can you outwit the Desert Fox?

Now on iPad Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein is a new historical strategy game from the award‐winning creators of Battle of the Bulge.Through fast, turn‐based

gameplay, players take command of this turning point of WW2.

Desert Fox puts you in the shoes of Monty and Rommel in their grand dance across

the desert.

Hold the line as the Commonwealth or push for Cairo as the Axis. Players command

pieces that represent actual military units on a detailed battlefield map. Desert Fox,

designed specifically for iOS, features award‐winning UI design and leverages

touch controls, Game Center, and more.

Combat 2

A Grand Campaign Battle across a grand campaign as commander, making key choices and controlling the final engagement. Horde supplies In the oppressive

heat of the desert, water and ammunition are in short supply.

Plan each attack with care! Take the Battle anywhere with challenging AI opponents,

face-to-face games, and Game Center online, you can enjoy Desert Fox on the go or

in long sessions.

Accessible to Rookies and Veterans a tutorial, full rules, and online forums help you learn to play and explore the game’s subtleties.

Honoring History

Included historical commentary sets the stage, describing the situation, generals, and

weaponry from the conflict.

Stand Together

Desert Fox features online game chat, player rankings, and options to share your

battles on Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Bradley Cummings



News – Shenandoah Studios joins the friends of Boardgames in Blighty


News – Shenandoah Studios joins the friends of Boardgames in Blighty

I am proud and honoured to add Shenandoah Studio to my list of awesome “Friends of Boardgames in Blighty” which includes brilliant game publishers, Victory Point Games, Columbia Games and Backspindle Games (see the links on the left-hand column).

Hang on, this is a board gaming blog right?

Well indeed it is, but there’s always an exception and Shenadoah Studio is exactly that. A wonderful exception and here is why -

From the website -Shenandoah is a development studio focused on turn-based strategy games for the iPad. We bring decades of experience in game and interface design, graphic production, and software development to the unique challenges and opportunities of this wonderful gaming platform.

These guys are experienced war gamers, creating awesome war games for the ipad and with designers including some of whom that will be familiar to us war gamers, its no wonder that the games already published are excellent.

Some of the designers that I am familiar with include: John Butterfield, Joe Miranda, Darwin Leviloff, Eric Lee Smith, Ted Raicer, Nick Karp and Mark Herman, a veritable who’s who of veteran war game designers.

So far, Shenandoah Studio have published Battle of the Bulge,…

Drive on Moscow…

and they now have a new release – Desert Fox – The Battle of El Alamein.…

Next up will be Gettysburg – The Tide Turns.

I highly recommend that if you have an ipad, you must purchase these awesome games.

Check them out at -

Kickstarter News – 13/7/14 – If I had the cash, I’d take a look at


Kickstarter News – 13/7/14 – If I had the cash, I’d take a look at…

Another week, another new game project on Kickstarter, or 2, or 3, or…

ONE of actual interest…

Battle for Hill 218 and Sector 219


Chad Ellis has produced some good games so this interest me for sure. Through his company he is looking to do a reprint of the well received 2-player card game, Hill 218 and add a Sci-fi version called Sector 219.



Kickstarter News -Casual Game Insider Magazine now on Kickstarter



Kickstarter News -Casual Game Insider Magazine now on Kickstarter


This is a magazine worth supporting!

From the Kickstarter page -

As we enter our 3rd year of production, please help us get onto major newsstands all over North America to promote tabletop gaming!



We have been accepted by a major magazine distributor who serves mainstream newsstands all over North America, at stores like Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Jo-Ann, REI, and many more.


Expanding onto major newsstands is a huge undertaking with a lot of risk, and we need your help to produce larger print runs than ever. Rewards for your pledge include print and digital subscriptions, reseller bundles, and sponsorship packages. Pledge now to download a FREE PDF of the latest issue immediately!

Victory Point Games Teams Up with Hunted Cow Studios!

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Victory Point Games Teams Up with Hunted Cow Studios!


Hunted Cow Studios Targets Victory Point Games for New Ventures


Elgin, Scotland – July 7th, 2014: Hunted Cow Studios and Victory Point Games are pleased to announce their partnership to develop and publish digital versions of some of VPG’s most popular titles.


Victory Point Games is a boardgame publisher staffed by many digital game developers,”VPG co-founder Alan Emrich remarked. “That’s why we’re so glad to have found our kindred spirits in the digital game publishing industry who ‘get’ manual-to-digital game translations. We’re very excited to be working together with a great publisher, our new friends at Hunted Cow Studios.”


Head of Marketing at Hunted Cow Studios, Craig Withers, said, “Everyone at Hunted Cowis incredibly excited to help bring Victory Point Games to a larger audience. At the moment, the first titles we expect to release are the solitaire games Astra Titanus, Dawn of the Zeds, Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp and Legions of Darkness. The opportunity to work directly with a company of their quality doesn’t come along every day, and we look forward to showing our fans what we can accomplish together.”

Astra Titanus is a space opera game where the player must defend their fleet of starships and outrun the threat of the alien Star Titan. Dawn of the Zeds pits you against the perennial threat of the undead, as you co-ordinate the defences of the isolated town of Farmingdale and hold out until a National Guard relief column arrives to save you. InInfection: Humanity’s Last Gasp, you are the director of the Department of Plague Control field office in New York City, with the fate of the human race in your hands as you desperately struggle to find the cure to the terrifying Morbusian virus. In Legions of Darkness, the brave defenders of Highmoor Castle are under siege and you have the responsibility of fending off the evil creatures assaulting the walls.


As well as publishing digital versions of Victory Point Games’ titles, Hunted Cow Studiosare also partnering with other developers such as Hex War Ltd and Criss Cross Games Ltd to bring more great games to the digital marketplace.


About Victory Point Games:

Victory Point Games was launched in February of 2007 and has been providing fantastic titles emphasizing gameplay above all ever since. They publish Card and Board games in every category and type, from Euro and Family, to War and Strategy. VPG is known in particular for their many solitaire games, including their vaunted States of SiegeTM games which includes their zombie apocalypse title, Dawn of the Zeds, the award-winning Zulus on the Ramparts!, and the recently released Cruel Necessity on the English Civil Wars.


VPG’s list of boardgaming hits includes InfectionGem RushCircus Train, and Nemo’s War, with the popular Napoleonic 20 and No Retreat! series games a staple of historical war gaming tables. Their smash hit fantasy co-op game, Darkest Night, has taken the company to new markets and new heights. Their recent first-time Kickstarter effort for I Say, Holmes! (the case-solving party card game) brought in four times its lofty goal and began shipping in record time. Publishing their boardgames in their own small factory in the United States, Victory Point Games has truly proven to be “The Little Game Company That Could.”


About Hunted Cow:

Hunted Cow Studios is a leading game developer and publisher which was founded in 2003. Their most popular browser game is Fallen Sword which has attracted over four million players since its launch in 2006.


Hunted Cow are currently working on their flagship 3D MMO, Eldevin, which has been well received by gamers and critics alike. They are also continually improving their other games, such as Fallen Sword, as well as releasing innovative strategy and role-playing titles on mobiles and tablets.


Hunted Cow and HexWar have a strong portfolio of iOS games, including Tank Battle: North Africa, which won the “Game of the Week” award on Pocket Gamer.


Hunted Cow also prides itself on working with other talented developers to bring their

games to a wider audience. Developers interested in discussing collaborations can



Hunted Cow

Craig Withers

Marketing and Social Media

T: +44 (0)7507 438884



Victory Point Games

Deon Carrico

Operations Director, Digital Games Producer

T: (714) 957-4066



Victory Point Games

3303 Harbor Boulevard, Suite B-1

Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1523

(714) 957-4066


Kickstarter news 6/7/14 – If I had the cash, I’d take a look at…


Kickstarter news 6/7/14 – If I had the cash, I’d take a look at…

Leave it to a Brit  to come up with the only game that truly stands out to me as refreshing this week.

Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver is a game of Highwaymen. Become the likes of the notorious Dick Turpin, the suave Claude Duval or the beautiful Catherine Ferrers.

You may form alliances with other players or strike it out for yourself, but be warned alliances between these knights of the roads do not last forever.

Find Stand and Deliver here…


Sadly, Kickstarter  has far too many game projects that are pretty uninspired or unappealing and the key words which will trigger my “yawn reflex” are typically but not exclusively…

“This is still in early stages of development!”

“The city is overrun with undead”

“you’re delivering goods to fulfil contracts”




“build a kingdom”



“purchase properties and earn income”




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