Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News 3/2/16 – If I had the cash I’d look at…

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News 3/2/16 – If I had the cash I’d look at…

Well there are a few games I would certainly consider if the cash was there…

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Aether Captains

Steampunk Airships? Pirates? LOCAL SHIPPING EU, USA, CANADA, ASIA Huzzah!

One player commands the mighty naval zeppelins of the Grand Compact: Dauntless and Dominion. As Commander, you have been tasked by the Emperor to defend the Grand Compact and Arkady from the merciless sky pirates. With your staunch crew of steam welders, engineers, navigators and gunners, you fly with honor to confront the pirates threatening Arkady.

The remaining players command waves of attacking sky pirates, each with their own unique objectives which may pit them against any player when it results in the greatest profit for themselves. Infamous and feared, you have risen through the cutthroat cadres to become a War Captain. You swear to never rest until you control the skies and the Grand Compact falls!

Aether Captains on Kickstarter

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game

VERY PRICEY but sounds fun.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a story-driven adventure game for two to five players who will duel it out street by street and mission by mission to save (or conquer) New York. The game is based off of IDW’s ongoing comic book universe and features missions taken straight from some of the series’ biggest moments. Designed by the legendary Kevin Wilson (Descent, Arkham Horror) with input from Kevin Eastman and IDW’s entire TMNT creative team, this highly thematic adventure features incredible mechanics and gameplay. You’ve seen dice-chucking combat, but this is dice-nunchucking at its finest!

TMNT on Kickstarter

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Ninja Roll

Nice price, dexterity fun.

Do you have what it takes to be a NINJA ROLL master? Test your ninja skills with this action packed dice game for up to four players! To reign victorious you will need speed, focus, balance, and luck! Use the die, ball, throwing star, and bricks to complete challenges and earn ninja crystals! Collect the most crystals to defeat your opponents! NINJA ROLL is challenging, fun, and portable! Stick it in the included zippered carrying pouch and take it with you to challenge your ninja friends on the go!

Ninja Roll on Kickstarter

Boardgames in Blighty News – Press Release:Ninja Division to Publish Luchador!

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Boardgames in Blighty News – Press Release: Ninja Division to Publish Luchador!

Ninja Division Publishing and Backspindle Games are proud to announce Ninja Division Publishing LLC as the North American publisher for Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice. Luchador! will be joining Ninja Division Publishing’s range of incredibly successful products including: Super Dungeon Explore, Ninja All-Stars, Relic Knights, Alien v Predator, Clacks!, Raid & Trade, 12 Realms, and DrunkQuest.

Beginning immediately, distributors and retailers may contact Ninja Division Publishing with all trade enquiries regarding Luchador!

For more information go Here

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Boardgames in Blighty News – Asmodee Acquires Catan™ from Mayfair Games

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Asmodee Acquires Catan from Mayfair Games

SKOKIE, IL – January 7, 2016

As of today, Asmodee North America has acquired the license for the English language publishing and sales of Catan™ from Mayfair Games, Inc..  From this, Catan Studio, Inc. has formed and becomes the newest creative unit in the Asmodee group. Mayfair Games will continue to do business as an independent company publishing both Mayfair and Lookout Games products.

Mayfair Games (MGI) will assist Catan Studio, Inc. and Asmodee North America in the promotion of the Catan brand including but not limited to the continued coordination of the 2016 Catan tournament schedule, Catan Day 2016 and the 2016 Catan World Championship.

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MGI carries a strong and skilled team moving into the new year. Its staff includes Larry Roznai, who will continue as President and take on the role of CEO previously held by Pete Fenlon, Alex Yeager will take on an expanded position as VP of Acquisition & Development, taking on responsibilities previously held by S. Coleman Charlton. Daniel Decker, as the new VP of Sales, and Julie Yeager, as Director of Marketing, will manage department responsibilities previously held by Robert T. Carty, Jr..  Loren Roznai will serve as MGI’s Executive VP. Jim Miles becomes MGI’s Director of Event Management.

MGI continues to retain a controlling interest in Lookout GmbH and Mayfair GmbH, providing a wide range of games worldwide, and distribution to the European marketplace. These efforts will be expanded with a new focus on multi-language and international products.

MGI is also pleased to announce the acquisition of several Martin Wallace games as permanent additions to the Mayfair game library.  Those titles include Steam™, Aeroplanes™, Automobile™, Test of Fire™ and Clash of Wills™.

Moving forward, all of MGI’s distributor and retailer terms will remain the same.  MGI will also be continuing its exclusive agreement with Alliance for all sales in the USA to the hobby market and with Esdevium for the UK market. MGI will be reevaluating and making some adjustments to its distribution strategy in Canada.

The new team at Mayfair Games, Inc. is excited about the possibilities ahead, and as always, our focus will continue to be to offer games of the highest quality to our faithful and ever-growing fan base.

About Mayfair Games, Inc.

Mayfair Games is a U.S. based Illinois company, incorporated in 1981 and is an international publisher of board and card games suitable for families and hobbyists. Mayfair Games has over 100 game titles in print including many long-running series of games such as Empire Builder™ and Family Business™, along with modern bestsellers such as Nuns on the Run™ and Lords of Vegas™.

Contact: Charles Rice, Marketing Coordinator

Phone: 813-707-6659

Email: MayfairPR@mayfairgames.com

 

Thunderbirds 50 Years: Co-Operative Board Game – 1st impressions solitaire

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Thunderbirds 50 Years: Co-Operative Board Game – 1st impressions solitaire

The kind folks at Modiphius Games sent me a copy of the new Thunderbirds game designed by Matt Leacock and I told them that I wouldn’t be able to do a proper review as since moving to London, I don’t have a regular game group or gaming buddies local.

Having said that, I thought that I would give you my impressions having played it solitaire a number of times.

A design by Matt Leacock, who is a leading light in co-operative games, is pretty much a sure bet for a good game that can be played solitaire very well. I hope to play with my family now that I’ve got the game mechanics down.

TB2Thunderbirds fans will surely enjoy it. It looks great and has quality components including the Thunderbirds models, YAY! It brings the theme out very well. The characters are there as is the Hood and sense of impending doom from a continuous flow of disasters they just keep coming.

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This is a tense game, similar to Matt’s game, Pandemic, and as the pressure ramps up and you are running out of options, it is stressful fun.

My sense is that you have to have the Virgil and Alan characters in the game as a minimum if you want to have a chance of winning. Getting the most out of Thunderbirds 2 (for transporting) and 3 (for space transfers of characters) is essential.

TB5Playing this game is a real balancing act and it will be with other players. Essentially you are mainly focused in countering disasters, conducting rescues and the like as you are coordinating how best to get the right characters with the right resources to the right location, at the right time. Sounds simple right?

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The Disaster cards keep coming and you will need to plan ahead with the other players to optimise everyone’s turn. Each has its own level of threat and requirements to save the day.Mixed in the Disaster deck are cards the move The Hood along his track which brings with it the threat of 3 levels of increasing danger from his nefarious schemes.

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You win by stopping the 3 schemes of The Hood. Trouble is, you have all of these other disasters to fend off. Its one thing to try this solitaire but it will be another with other players. We will have to listen to each other, plan well and coordinate effectively. I am really looking forward to more plays for sure.

All in all. I really like this game. It is a solid design, with lots of tension and fun. I highly recommend it for Thunderbirds fans!

Check out your local game shop or online suppliers for a copy or go straight to the publishers!

For more information go to Modiphius Games.

 

 

 

 

Victory Point Games Launches Nemo’s War: 2nd Edition – The MOST Exciting Kickstarter Game I’ve seen in AGES!

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Victory Point Games Launches Nemo’s War: 2nd Edition – The MOST Exciting Kickstarter Game I’ve seen in AGES!

Many of you will probably remember that I was an early adopter of Victory Point Games. Over the last year or two, I have been very happy to see that they are getting the recognition that they have deserved for quite some time. They remain one of my favourite game publishers for sure as they are a leading light in publishing a diverse stable of creative games on unusual and interesting topics.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/567823005/nemos-war-second-edition

With the launch of Nemo’s War: 2nd Edition, VPG have really come of age and you have a chance to get in on the ground floor of their Kickstarter project! Victory Point Games excels at creating very solid and challenging solitaire games and this reboot of the homage to Juls Verne’s Captain Nemo looks like an absolute cracker!

Unfortunately, I don’t have the extra cash to back it but I really wish I did. Never mind, you can do it and I can be happy for you. :)

 

Boardgames in Blighty News – Victory Point Games releases Healthy Heart Hospital

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Boardgames in Blighty News – Victory Point Games releases Healthy Heart Hospital

With co-op multi-player play for up to five people, managing the flow of patients from triage to the operating room is only half the fight – raising your hospital’s reputation and net worth is another entirely. It’s a fun ride on a fast gurney through the endless corridors of Healthy Heart Hospital.

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Healthy Heart Hospital, from designers Scott and Anna Nelson, is a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players, played in rounds, with each player spending actions to treat and (hopefully) cure the various patients that come pouring into the hospital each round. Patients are represented by cubes of various colors. Color represents the type of illness, while the number of cubes represents the severity of the illness.

Note: This game is currently only available in the boxed version.

What’s In The Box?:

•   One 20-page, full-color Rulebook
•   One paper game board
•   Ten New Room cards
•   25 Ambulance cards
•   Ten Doctor cards
•   Five Administrator cards
•   88 wooden cubes (in six colors)
•   123 counters
•   One bright red, 9″ x 11 7/8″ Deluxe cardboard VPG game box
•   One beautiful box cover sleeve
•   One “Wipes-A-Lot” napkin
•   One charcoal desiccant packet

Credits:

Game Design: Scott and Anna Nelson
Development: Nathan Hansen, Victory Point Games
Illustrations: Chelsea Autio
Graphic Design: Chelsea Autio
Playtesting: Michelle Ball, Russ Camp, Alan Emrich, Taylor Flynn, Justin Jensen, Noelle Le Bienvenu, Jeremy Lennert, Noah Massaro, Barry Pike III, Jeffrey D. Roach, Petra Schlunk, Jim Silsby, Jr.
Proofreading: Noelle Le Bienvenu, Ian Wakeham, Karen Wolterman

Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Please Support GameFe’, Newcastle’s New Game Cafe

GameFeBoardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Please Support GameFe’; Newcastle’s New Game Cafe

Tell you what, if I lived in the Newcastle area, this would be a second home for sure! Check out the Kickstarter project!

Newcastle is getting its first board game cafe; the first and only of its kind in the city, Newcastle-upon-tyne. Here is the details from their press release…

Right now GameFé, the first board game cafe in Newcastle, is announcing that they are currently on Kickstarter. GameFé is an important new venture in Newcastle because it is bringing a new industry to the city. A board game cafe is a place for people to unplug from their cellphones and walk away from the internet, to sit down with live people and spend some time together.

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We offer a space for people to grab a board game, sit down in a warm and welcoming place and play. And while our customers are having fun they are filling their bellies from our range of international BBQ – recipes learned in China and family recipes from Texas.

Our clientele is not just just the hard core gamer that spends their Saturday nights playing Dungeons and Dragons.

  • We appeal to families who want to share the fun they had a child is not dated but has only gotten better.
  • We also appeal to young couples looking for a new option for date night that is engaging, fun and different.
  • We appeal to Seniors who are looking for a new activity and meeting place.

GameFé is the first of its kind in many ways. No where else in the city does a cafe offer anywhere close to a selection of board games or encourage patrons to spend hours on end playing and having fun. GameFé also is unique for its creative range of BBQ, with menu options that many have not tried, much less thought of. Have you ever heard seen or tasted BBQ cantaloupe, broccoli, or grilled watermelon? We also have have a classic range of BBQ meats & vegetables.

GameFé isn’t only about board games. We also have a selection of card games, table top role playing games, and puzzles. We feature large tables for playing games, small tables specifically designed for trading card games like Magic or Pokémon. We will also have custom vegas style poker tables and a “Lego” table will feature a trough of legos that are open to play!

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Our GameFé project is currently looking to the community for funding. Our venture is made for the community and we have to look to the community for help. Right now GameFé is on Kickstarter where anyone can donate to the project. Funding this project is through selecting a reward tier, like a £10 pledge will yield BBQ and Dessertt for 2 or a £25 pledge will get a donor BBQ, drinks, popcorn, and a free T-Shirt! Pledges go as high as £100 to sponsor games, platefuls of BBQ, and an invite to the kickoff party! And no matter at what level you donate, your name will be put up on the website and/or the wall of our cafe so everyone will have the chance to appreciate their contribution.

GameFé is coming to Newcastle and will be changing the face of board games in the North. Board games are not just for kids, but for everyone. Visit our Kickstarter and help us out today. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/795338211/gamefe-newcastles-board-game-cafe

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