Boardgames in Blighty News – Bountytown – Victory Point Games PRESS RELEASE

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Boardgames in Blighty News – Bountytown – Victory Point Games PRESS RELEASE

The ol’ railroad needs to lay track through this town yesterday, but with the jailhouse empty since the death of the last sheriff, all manner of outlaws have made this little dust bucket their playground. The fix? Scare off the outlaws. The railroad’s put out bounties on the worst of the worst, with cash rewards higher than anything this side of St. Louis. That’s drawn everyone from veteran peacekeepers to folks who’ve never once picked up a pistol. Folks out West don’t call this town by its proper name no more. They call it… Bountytown

In Bountytown, from Kyle Van Winkle and Michael Huven-Moore, three to six players take on the roles of unique characters in the Wild West, dueling bounties and each other in a race to build up the most Renown in Bountytown. Players move around the town, activating unique locations to gain advantages and to shore up weaknesses. The bounty hunter who has earned the most Renown when the dust settles wins the game!

Click here for all the details on Bountytown.

Click here for all the details on Bountytown.

So why should you go to UK Games Expo next year?

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So why should you go to UK Games Expo next year?

I had a great time at UK Games Expo 2015. It has been quite fantastic how the UK’s Premier Gaming Convention has grown and evolved from a small, rather claustrophobic affair, to a huge, game filled extravaganza which if this continues, will certainly be able to punch its weight against any of the major Conventions.

This year, the growth was obvious as a new dealer room was added to accommodate the demand of ever more publishers and retailers.

On the surface, UK Games Expo is an annual event celebrating Board Games. It is definitely a familiy affair with loads of opportunities for families to play new games together. Its also an opportunity for the board game playing community in the UK and beyond to meet up and play and socialise.

For me, it was an opportunity to get some game therapy and meet up with a lot of awesome people who I have made friends with and mostly only communicate with via Twitter.

Here are some reasons for you to go to UK Games Expo.

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There are lots of open gaming tables although more space is really needed.
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Star Wars Games!
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In fact, there are tons of games for all tastes
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Luchador! I had great fun running some demos and Andy here is an amazing demo guy
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You can meet awesome publishers who are very friendly and fun! Like Ignacy from Portal Games
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Awesome Steve from the Ragnar Brothers
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The Looney’s from Looney Labs
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Madcap Tony Boydell from Surprised Stare Games
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Finding a gem of a game is always great. For me it was Colt Express.
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And yes, you will find me there if you didn’t need any other reason :)

So why not come along next year? UK Games Expo will be expanding into the NEC in Birmingham next year so it will be even bigger!

Here is a link to the uK Games Expo website so you can get on their mailing list.

http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/

Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – New games that I find interesting… 01/06/15 – Push It, Waterloo, Empires at Sea, Ether Wars, Barking Up the Wrong Tree

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – New games that I find interesting… 01/06/15

So a little different take on my Kickstarter updates on new projects. One of the challenges of Kickstarter is that there are a LOT of new game projects, in fact, I would argue that there are too many to pay attention to. So I will give you my take on recently launched projects that I think deserve attention. I promise you that there won’t be many and I hope that this helps you in your decisions as to where to throw your cash.

Project Owners take note – If you want to get my attention, I’m not very impressed with the same old retread Zombies, Cthulhu, Sci-Fi, Fantasy stuff for the most part. There will be exceptions but not many. Games which are clearly all about the Miniatures tend to put me off as over-produced nonsense which are money-sinks. If you take the effort to make your project EU friendly I will be more likely to give it a look. And yes, I am partial to board war games.

So on to this week…

PushIt

Push It

Push It is a 2 to 4 player skill game that you can play anywhere with a smooth table. Push your pucks closest to the jack to win!

Simple, yet obvious really. In fact you could do this with bottle caps really, but with nice wooden pieces, this looks like a fun social game. I saw it at UK Expo but didn’t stop to play as my thought was, yep that will be fun. £15 quid? Free post in the UK? No brainer really.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/push-it/push-it-the-table-top-skill-game-you-can-take-anyw?ref=category_newest

 Waterloo

“Waterloo – Quelle Affaire!”

Waterloo – Quelle Affaire!, designed by Alessio Cavatore and illustrated by Peter Dennis, is a hex-based boardgame that allows two players to recreate what is arguably the most famous battle in history.

This one looks nice as for wargamers and the price is great.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1428582690/waterloo-quelle-affaire?ref=category_newest

Empires

Empires at Sea

Empires at Sea: An Epic duel across the Seven Seas. A game of trade, exploration, and war. And pirates. Don’t forget about pirates. EU friendly (thank you) and Historically based. Seems very playable. Yep, I like the look of this one.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/928897162/empires-at-sea?ref=category_newest

Ether

Ether Wars

A RTS videogame experience translated to the tabletop! Live an epic conflict in a sci fi world. Be the champion of the Ether! This one looks interesting if you like RTS videogames. Reasonable price, very nice looking. Very transparent shipping fees. EU friendly.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/etherdev/ether-wars-a-new-dice-based-rts-boardgame?ref=category_newest

Barking

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

A fun filled card game exploring the wacky world of dogs, cats and trees. I had a chance to demo this at UK Games Expo and its a solid, fun and social game with a fun theme.This one is another clever design from the Ragnar Brothers and deserves love. Great price. EU friendly. Again, a no brainer.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2061897488/barking-up-the-wrong-tree?ref=nav_search

 

 

 

Boardgames in Blighty News – Those Mad but Lovely Ragnar Brothers Launch “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” on Kickstarter

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Boardgames in Blighty News – Those Mad but Lovely Ragnar Brothers Launch “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” on Kickstarter 

‘Barking Up The Wrong Tree’ is a lively game in five rounds. Players try to collect different trees (Oak, Maple, Baobab etc.) by placing different breeds of dog (Husky, Boxer, Dachshund etc.). It’s all very civilised until a player plays a Cat card – in which case more and more dogs can bark up the Cat tree.

The game has a deck of sixty-three cards that includes ten breeds of dog, six Stray dogs and seven different Cats. Each Cat has its own marker for placing in trees. Ten tree types make up the set of forty tree circular discs.

The game is suitable for young and old, can be played by two to five players and takes ten to thirty minutes to play depending on the number of players.

‘Barking …’ is easy to learn because of the strong theme and mechanics. However there are subtle checks and balances (particularly in the card distribution) that makes the game purr along very nicely. And the decision making and ribaldry is in the best Ragnar tradition!

The game is currently launching on Kickstarter and your support would be most welcome.

Sounds like you have to be Barking Mad to play it so check it out!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2061897488/barking-up-the-wrong-tree?ref=nav_search

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Boardgames in Blighty News -Going to UK Games Expo? – Tinkerbot Games are running a Compo to win a copy of XCOM!

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Going to UK Games Expo? Tinkerbot Games are running a Compo to win a copy of XCOM!

The boys at Tinkerbot Games are running a competition for people to win a copy of XCOM at the UK Games Expo next weekend. Full info is here so check it out: http://tinkerbotgames.com/expo

Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – A new game from Columbia Games on Kickstarter – The Last Spike

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – A new game from Columbia Games on Kickstarter – The Last Spike

THE LAST SPIKE

Players must cooperate to build a continuous railway from St. Louis to Sacramento. Different routes are possible and some towns never get a railway link. Each player competes to accumulate the most money from land speculation before the “last spike” is laid.

In a departure from their usual productions, Columbia Games has a new Railroad Game on Kickstarter.

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Go see it here…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/columbiagames/the-last-spike-railway-game

Boardgames in Blighty News – The Thematic Xenon Profiteer is on Kickstarter…

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Boardgames in Blighty News – The Thematic Xenon Profiteer is on Kickstarter…

But… it says its a Euro Game!

Yeah I know but the designer, T.C. Petty III is irritatingly clever and loves to wind me up and he’s a mate so have a look at this one if you like Euros… about Entrepreneurs…

I promise, that he has dipped in in the context so there is that…

Although if there was some warfare… or Ameritrash craziness…

Well anyway, I suspect that those of you who aren’t so fixated on war games and Ameritrash as me wil want to back this game so go have a look! Heck of a price, really.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/167427101/xenon-profiteer?ref=category_newest

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