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 – 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 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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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Moveable Type: The Card Game is a bargain on Kickstarter!

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Moveable Type: The Card Game is a bargain on Kickstarter!

Just when you think you’ve seen a lot of the same old on Kickstarter, along comes a nice little surprise. Well here we find Moveable Type: The Card Game which looks like a nice little word game which looks like good social fun. And at 14 Euro for the core pack? A BARGAIN!

Check out the 16-Day project here.

From the project page…

Movable Type a is a pick-and-pass word game for families, friends, and word nuts! Features high interaction and simultaneous play!

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Movable Type is a fully card-driven game. Your set will contain the following, packed in a fully illustrated tuckbox.

– 50 letter cards
– 5 round tracking cards
– 10 objective cards with author illustrations
– Full Rules

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Cyberpunk fan? Check out Nightlancer!

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Cyberpunk fan? Check out Nightlancer!

I know that a lot of you are Cyberpunk fans and will know a lot more than I do but I have to say that Nightlancer from Adversity Games looks like a good one. It is now live on Kickstarter here.

The art looks very nice and I like that it sounds a bit like a tabletop rpg. Carrying out missions is always a tick of the right box for me and speaks to replay value. You will compete and at times may choose to cooperate with the other players which sounds interesting and fun.

The price seems fair and with free shipping in the US and UK as well as EU, US and Canada-friendly shipping Nightlancer should attract a lot of attention.

Keeping my eye on this one 🙂

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These are prototypes but will give you an idea of the look.

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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…

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