Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Columbia Games launches Combat Infantry: World War 2 Tactical Block Game

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Columbia Games launches Combat Infantry: World War 2 Tactical Block Game

Well here is a change of pace from Columbia Games. A tactical block game. I would think that the fog of war provided by the block system should work well.

From the project page –

Columbia Games has published great games for more than 40 years, including four Kickstarter projects: Napoleon, Bobby Lee, Victory in Europe, and The Last Spike. Please support our new game, Combat Infantry. This fast-paced tactical game handles WWII squad level with a 12 page rulebook and, of course, our famous wood blocks… a battalion of blocks.

There have been many squad level games published over the past 40 years, but Combat Infantry is really different. The rules are just 12 pages long, but you will find their depth of play remarkable. This is partly due to two simple game mechanics.

First, our signature hardwood blocks give you fog-of-war with no muss or fuss. Because of smoke, cover, and a compelling need to “keep your head down”, fog-of-war is essential to simulate WWII tactical combat. No squad level game can claim to be realistic without it.

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Second, leadership rules that reward players who maintain unit integrity – squads belong to specific platoons, and platoons belong to specific companies, each with their own commanders.

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Go have a look at this awesome looking project HERE

Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – The Big Beautiful Book of Board Games: Volume 1 is live

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – The Big Beautiful Book of Board Games: Volume 1 is live 

So a buddy, Neil Meyer is into photography and a gamer. So why not combine both interests? Why not indeed! He has launched a Kickstarter project for a gorgeous, high quality coffee table book with awesome photos of awesome games.

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From the project…

What do you do in the time between playing your favourite tabletop games?  How do you get your ‘fix’?  I know – I feel it too… that hollowness where you just want to open a box and look at the precious things inside.  That’s why I’m printing this beautiful coffee table style book, filled with pictures of over 48 different games and game store locations!

Each game will be spread across 4 pages, with an introduction image listing the name of the tabletop game, the year of release, the designer and artist(s).  Next is a double page spread showing the game at play, illustrating the components and artwork in stunning detail.  Additionally, we provide a short summary about the game, a picture of the box (so you can go grab one!) and information about game time, player numbers and target age.

And here is a list of the games that are featured. Yes I am twisting his arm to include Luchador!

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Worth a look? Yeah I would say so. The photos look glorious and including postage it seems like a nice deal. Check out the Big Beautiful Book of Board Games: Volume 1 here.

Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius erupts on Kickstarter

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius erupts on Kickstarter

See what I did there? Well I tried, eh?

Punch-It Entertainment has launched their project for their game Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius.

Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius is a lightweight area-control game of building, bluffing, and destruction. For 2-5 players, ages 8 and up.

This is a light, area control game which seems like it would be fun for non-gamers. It’s co-designed in part by Jay Little, whose game design credits include: X-Wing Miniatures, Edge of Empire, Blood Bowl Team Manager.

 

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From the project –

Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius has only two phases in the game – the Pompeii Phase and Vesuvius Phase. Which means it’s easy to get into, but offers a variety of game play strategies with its cleverly designed building and bluffing mechanics. 

Powerful families vie for control over key districts throughout the city. Once the districts are complete, however, the mighty volcano known as Vesuvius erupts, sending its destructive lava to burn away what these families worked so hard to build.

Only a few remnants of the once proud city still stand. The family clever and fortunate enough to secure its influence during both the development and destruction of Pompeii shall claim victory!

Nothing like a good volcanic eruption to game over. The art looks very nice as do the components. This one looks like good fun folks so check it out HERE.

Btw my UK and European friends, this one is Euro friendly and for that reason alone, should be checked out.The price seems fair including shipping.

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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 Essen News -TRIATHLON Series. The Board Game will be available at Essen 2016

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Boardgames in Blighty Essen News -TRIATHLON Series. The Board Game will be available at Essen 2016

This game makes me tired just thinking about it… But seriously, this is different and you may want to check it out at Essen 2016.

From the publisher’s (After Race Games) press release –

Triathlon Series, as the name already says, is the first triathlon game that speaks about strength and mindfulness in sports and life.

The game invites you to become an amateur triathlete struggling to find the time for training and steady your mental and energy state to be as ready as you possible can for the race. Your objective is to be the first at the finish line.

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During the two stages of the game – management/training and race – you have to train the necessary skills (swim, bike, run) and develop the personal expertise (strength and mindfulness) that you need in order to choose the right strategy.

All the choices you make, the way to manage the time, measure your energy and keep your motivation strong, as well as your physical strength have a direct influence on your performance during the game and become a huge influence on the ranking. Train continuously, develop intelligent tactics, become one body and mind and your winning chances will grow exponentially.

For the non-professional athletes, Triathlon Series means staying connected to their interest zone. For everybody else, there are no limitations: no matter if you participate in triathlons or you have never gone to a gym in your entire life, if you are a grown up or a child, if you have a big library of board games or none.

Triathlon Series is also a friendly way of introducing sports to children and to encourage them to practice athletic activities that will lead to a harmonious development.

Hoping I didn’t bore you too much, here is where you cand find more about our game: http://www.afterracegames.com
https://www.facebook.com/AfterRaceGames/
https://www.instagram.com/afterracegames/

 

 

Boardgames in Blighty News – Reiner Knizia’s Planet Rush published by Victory Point Games

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Boardgames in Blighty News – Reiner Knizia’s Planet Rush published by Victory Point Games

From the VPG press release –

In the best tradition of legendary game designer Reiner KniziaPlanet Rush is an engrossing Euro-style game of cunning bidding, building, and profit-taking for three to five clever gamers. Each player leads one of the five included corporate factions vying to contribute the most to the development of a newly-colonized planet through canny and competitive bidding on massive construction projects. The player scoring the cleverest combination of rewards for their efforts wins the game!

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After playing Planet Rush here at Victory Point Games, we know that this fantastic design should find a great home on the tables of game enthusiasts everywhere. This embraceable, multi-player game is perfect for playing with friends, family, and game clubs. Simple to learn and very quick to teach, you will be scoring points with your gaming buddies in no time!

Click here for all the details on Planet Rush.

Boardgames in Blighty Essen 2016 News – You’ve heard of Terraforming Mars, but who are @FryxGames?

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Boardgames in Blighty Essen 2016 News – You’ve heard of Terraforming Mars, but who are Fryx Games?

Shameless plug here – if you’ve been following Boardgames in Blighty for a while you may have noticed that I have reviewed previous fun games published by the Fryxelius Brothers.

I had the chance to meet these awesome guys a number of Essen’s ago and I loved their enthusiasm and as it happens, they’ve published a few really nice games, prior to Terraforming Mars, which was picked up by Stronghold Games, became a hit at GenCon and it remains top of the BGG hotness list as we enter Essen 2016 week. Sadly, I can’t attend but I hope to play Terraforming Mars at some point.

So if you are going to Essen this week, check out the Fryx Games stand and Terraforming Mars and tell Enoch Fryxselius and his brothers that I sent you to say hi. They deserve your accolades. Also, check out their previous games. Here are links to my previous reviews…

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Fleets: The Pleaid Conflict

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Brawling Barons

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Space Station

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Wilderness

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