Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – The Ragnar Brothers have updated Backpacks & Blisters

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – The Ragnar Brothers have updated Backpacks & Blisters

One of the great things about living in the UK is being able to go for walks or go “rambling” in the countryside which is pretty spectacular, especially the further north you go, like for instance in the Lake District.

I had no idea that my buds, the Ragnar Brothers had a game about rambling and as soon as I saw that they had updated it and launched a Kickstarter, I had to back it.

The staggering beauty of the English Lake District has been inspiration to poets, artists, novelists and philosophers. Backpacks and blisters is a strategic movement game with players spending a day rambling amongst mountains, woods, lakes streams and waterfalls, all captured in the delightful artwork of Marco Primo.

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Starting in the morning, each rambler sets off from the market town of Keswick with a pound in their pocket and four walking cards in their hand. Money can be used to buy chocolate or refreshments, bus rides or ferry trips. However the real work of the day is on foot, uphill and down dale. Blisters and the heavy rucksack can hinder and at lunch and then tea-time, the number of cards in hand is reduced.

All ramblers need to be back in Keswick before six pm … if not, call Mountain Rescue!

As the Lake District bids to become a world heritage site, Ragnar Brothers invite your support on Kickstarter in producing this great game and help celebrate this corner of paradise.

Intrigued? Go and check out Backpacks & Blisters

 

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Boardgames in Blighty – EssenSpiele 2016 – These games caught my attention…

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EssenSpiele 2016 – These games caught my attention…

ESSEN!!! Yep it’s the best games faire in the world and its time again to take a look.

This year sees another huge leap in the growth in this DADDY of all board game faires with 1074 publishers. This is crazy in a wonderful sort of way of course.🙂

Sadly, I can’t go to Essen this year for health reasons but I’ve had a look at the BGG Preview list and here is my list so far of games that I find interesting. To be honest, I just can’t get overly excited about what’s on offer this year. I’ve probably grown too fussy, but there is a lot of the “same old” stuff and a lot of derivative stuff. Not a lot that I would consider fresh and really interesting.

Unfortunately there are Legendary Deck-building games for Firefly and Big Trouble in Little China but I’m not a fan of deck-building games as they tend to be about the mechanics, and don’t drive the theme. Shame really.

Anyhoo, there are a few gems which really suit my interests as follows…

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Hannibal: Carthage vs. Rome

Publishers – Phalanxx

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20th anniversary version – Its always intrigued me and I’ve never got around to it. This looks like the version to have. 

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Warquest

Publishers – L4 Studios, Mr. B. Games

Booth 7-F120, in space shared with co-publisher Cloud Island

A huge fantasy war game which looks pretty impressive.

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Days of Ire: Budapest 1956

Publishers – Mr. B Games and Cloud Island

Booth 7-F120, in space shared with co-publisher Cloud Island

I saw the Kickstarter on this one and it does look brilliant. Probably my number 1 choice if I was going.

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V-Commandos

Publishers – Triton Noir

Available for demo games at SPIEL 2016 ahead of the game’s release in 2017

A cooperative commando operations game? Take my money please! My 2nd choice if I was going…

Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News -No Honor Among Thieves is LIVE! and it’s EU friendly

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News -No Honor Among Thieves is LIVE! and it’s EU friendly

The folks at Carpe Omnis Games have launched their new game project, No Honor Among Thieves on Kickstarter.

Yes, I admit it, I do love take that games and as the title suggests, players will certainly get their chance to  stick it to other players, all in good fun of course.

From the project…

No Honor Among Thieves is a competitive/cooperative game for three to five players in which each player assembles a crew of thieves and sets out to see who can steal the most wealth from the rich and powerful of a fantasy city. Working alone is difficult, but working together leaves you open to treachery by your so-called allies–or gives you the chance to betray them, and take it all for yourself. An unspoken code of honor exists among the thieves of this city, but that won’t last past the first betrayal, and once that uneasy trust is gone the game becomes more dangerous as players tap into abilities that they couldn’t use while the thieves’ code of honor was still intact.

I suspect that there will be a lot of growns as well as laughs as you move from early alliances and cooperation to making use of your crew’s abilities to take best advantage and stab your mates in the back.

A card-based game with a fantasy setting, here is a pic of the components –

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The price looks competitive for sure as does the EU friendly shipping (British Gamers take note!)

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So, please have a look at this project if you like sneaky, “take that” type games here. They’ve already started well and you may just want to jump on board.

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Boardgames in Blighty Crowdfunding News- Attention German-speaking Gamers, HappyShops have launched their ​Spieleschmiede campaign for Luchador! including a German Kit!

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Boardgames in Blighty Crowdfunding News- Attention German-speaking Gamers, HappyShops have launched their Spieleschmiede campaign for Luchador! including a German Kit!

Luchador! will be coming to the German market. Of course I am just a little bit excited!

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English translation from the project –

Together with the game developer, we want the revised second edition of Luchador! with a German translation kit equip. We will take care of the translation and production of the German materials. The kit will, in addition to the rule of the game, the special and normal Luchadorkarten and the strength-scoring cards of the wrestlers (which of course retain their original names) be included.

Find the project here.

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – War of the Nine Realms is live!

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – War of the Nine Realms is live!

For a while, I thought that Vikings were the new Zombies in board games on kickstarter. It seems to have died down somewhat, which is a good thing for Wotan Games who have come along with a down and dirty skirmish game called War of the 9 Realms.

This game, like others, has the Viking Gods fighting it out.

From the project page –

The Mighty Clash of the Norse Realms, meeting in a final epic fight for total supremacy of all the Nine Realms.

A modular tile based skirmish game steeped in Norse Mythology, where the Realms pit their finest against each other in a bid to claim total victory. Each realm is comprised of unique characters from Norse lore with wondrous abilities, and a choice of Heroic or Epic play styles which allow you to choose between raw power, or tactical advantage, as you immerse yourself into a battle of fabled proportion.

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The different sides of the Realm cards give you two unique sets of Characters to compete with.  The Heroic version is more straight forward in the abilities but harder hitting, the Epic version adds lots of additional abilities and lore based content.  Both are balanced to be able to compete Heroic Realm against Heroic Realm or Heroic versus Epic.
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Ok friends, if you dig Vikings and God Level combat in a skirmish game that looks flexible enough to give you lots of replay value, have a look at this project here as it just may be what you are looking for.

Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Havoc Card Game: A revolutionary RPG deck-builder experience is LIVE!

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Havoc Card Game: A revolutionary RPG deck-builder experience is LIVE!

It is interesting to see how far deck-building games have come since Dominion. Here is another step on the evolutionary trail with a game that makes a big claim…

From the project…

Havoc is a new type of RPG card game that introduces many never-before-seen mechanics and play-styles in a fantasy deck-building game!

Havoc Card Game is an RPG card game, developed by Intense Gaming Logic LLC, that revolves around the story between a Hero and a Villain. One player plays as the Hero, and the other plays as the Villain. Each have their own unique mechanics and rule sets. Battle as the Villain with your arsenal of Hexes, Traps, and Minions or as the Hero with your armory of Attacks, Supplies and Equipment. 

Sounds pretty interesting and my hunch is the peeps at Intense Gaming Logic LLC may very well do nicely in raising the needed funds to be published.

Check out the project which ticks all of the boxes you will want to get the full story here

 

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Boardgames in Blighty News -Press Release – Espana 20 now available from Victory Point Games

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Boardgames in Blighty News -Press Release Espana 20 now available from Victory Point Games

It’s been a while so I’m very happy to see victory Point Games getting back into their War Game saddle.

 

Rudi Garcia’s Talavera 20 recreates the major battle which occurred near the city of Talavera de la Reina on 27 to 28 July 1809. One player commands the French army under Napoleon’s brother, Joseph, the self-proclaimed King of Spain, and the other commands the combined allied armies of Great Britain (under Sir Arthur Wellesley) and Spain (under Captain-General Gregorio de la Cuesta). After his attempt to liberate Madrid from the French was repulsed, Cuesta’s army fell back to Talavera, which was covered by the British. Starting with a daring night attack, Joseph repeatedly attempted to push the allies out of their superb defensive positions, to no avail. As the French, can you find and exploit a weak spot in the allied lines? As the allies, can you hold your shaky alliance together and fend off the French (all the while keeping a nervous eye out for a second French army that might unexpectedly show up behind your armies)?

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Bussaco 20: Second Edition, from designer Lance McMillan, features the battle occurring on 26 September 1810, during the early stages of the French invasion of Portugal. One player commands the French army of Marshal André Masséna, while the other controls Sir Arthur Wellesley, Viscount of Wellington’s combined British and reconstituted Portuguese army. Historically, a distracted Masséna launched a series of uncoordinated frontal assaults straight up a steep ridge into the teeth of the British defenses, suffering heavy losses before Wellington elected to disengage and fall back to Lisbon. Can you as Masséna avoid the same mistakes, or as Wellington can you use your superior position to achieve a decisive victory?

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Click here for all the details on España 20: Volume 2.

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