News – A Sneak Preview of Archean, a 3D Civ building board game from Albe Pavo

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News – A Sneak Preview of Archean, a 3D Civ building board game from Albe Pavo


You know what I mean. When you are in awe of creative minds spewing out jaw-dropping ideas in board games that just blow you away.

One of the more creative game design teams in the industry IMHO are the awesome guys from Italy’s Albe Pavo who have given us such creative and fun games such as Munera: Familia GladiatoriaSake & Samurai and Beer & Vikings, and more recently their creative awesome story telling game Winter Tales (which has been picked up by FFG) as well as Carnival Zombie. And they are at it again…

This time, they want you to get your hands dirty… well, in fact, to literally and physically build your Civilisation.

Can you say plasticine?

Well, with their latest game project which is in development, you will be using plasticine to create your world!

I had a chat with Matteo from Albe Pavo and he told me that…

– every player will be an ancient God shaping his world and fighting for it in a way never seen before
– the world will be shaped by the players themselves
Archean will be a game designed for everyone to be enjoyed at different levels from families at the basic level to seasoned gamers who want to create a powerful civilisation.
Archean will provide you with suggested sketches and photos to give you an idea of how you can create your civilisation. Have a look at the first images that I have received to give you an idea of what to expect…
A City
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A Dwarven Fortress
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An Oracle
Lots of interesting art will be included to set the tone for the fantasy theme.
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Watch this space for more information as I receive it as well as the Albe Pavo website.




I’ve been featured on the Board of London blog!

The awesome guys from the Board of London blog asked me to do a guest post so have a read and feel free to post comments and questions if you’d like.


News – European Board Game Crowdfunding at Spieleschmiede – If I had the cash I’d look at…


News – European Board Game Crowdfunding at Spieleschmiede – If I had the cash I’d look at…

Ok, so another crowdfunding site is up and running at Spieleschmiede. It’s dedicated to all kinds of creative board gaming ideas so thats great for us gamers.

There are currently 4 projects up and running and there is one which I think looks pretty interesting.


Ravenna Fatto d´Arme

Ravenna Fatto d’Arme, from Sir Chester Cobblepot, is ahistorical war-game which recreates the important battle of Ravenna. Exactly 502 years ago (April 1512), at the Italian city of Ravenna, the French engaged the Holy League – an alliance of Spanish, English, and Papal troops. Take the story of the battle into your own hands. Perhaps you can change the fate of Gaston de Foix, the commander whose death in the final battle led to the end of the French offensive into Italy.

Have a look, especially if you like war games.





Kickstarter update 21/4/14 – If I had the cash I’d probably look into…

Nice to see so new creative ideas coming along on Kickstarter and these are the new projects that I find interesting.



Cops & Robbers the card game

The game of corrupt criminals, devious deals and gripping getaways.

Have you ever wanted to be a criminal mastermind but can never find the time for it in your busy schedule? Have you ever fantasized about making a daring getaway but just find your cheap bicycle is too rusty and broken to reach that top gear? Well your prayers have been answered. Now you can do all this from the safety and comfort of your favourite sitting place. Time to make that seat groove a little more worn while you sit down with your mates for a great game of “Cops and Robbers”; the safe way to rob a bank.

Nice to see something a little different which looks like a fun social game, pretty light for introducing non-gamers and plenty of interaction. All with a nice price.


Paranormal Investigation

I’d only look at this more seriously if I lived in the US as it seems that the international shipping makes this one overpriced for what is little more than a deck of cards. Shame really, had the project owners organised bulk and international distribution it would have been more attractive.

But props for an interesting departure with evocative art compared to the usual KS fodder.

Paranormal Investigation pits your powers of deduction against those of your opponents. Using your initial glances at the face down mystery cards, and your opponents actions, try to deduce which cards meet your objective as an investigator.


Flick Wars

This one looks like fair value, even internationally and what’s more, it seems like good dexterity based fun. The game mat really makes it worth a look for me.

Flick Wars plays from 2-4 players and takes 10 minutes per player to play. This is a dexterity flicking game, and the board is your table. Setup is fast –  give each player the discs and cards in their colour. All the factions have a unique unit distribution and their own special power. The goal of the game is to eliminate all your opponent’s units by deploying and out manoeuvring your opponent.

That’s it for this week folks!

Kickstarter update – If I had the cash, I’d probably look into…


Kickstarter update – If I had the cash, I’d probably look into…

So I had another browse on Kickstarter today and as usual, the same old game themes are way over represented (Pirates, Cthuluhu, Fantasy Monster thumping, Zombies… yawn) but here is what actually looks interesting…



Worthington Games‘ game, 1776 looks pretty good to this wargamer’s eyes.

New York 1776 is a Revolutionary War game that allows you to replay the campaign around New York City. Save the revolution or crush it.

We are hoping to fund this project to produce this great game.  The game uses blocks as your military units and leaders.  You get to be George Washington as you maneuver your soldiers around New York during 1776 trying to out maneuver General Howe and his British Regulars, Hessian Mercenaries, and the always powerful British Navy.

The game is designed by Mike Wylie and Grant Wylie who designed the Revolutionary War classic Hold The Line.  Play is within 2 hours.  Comes with game board, blocks,  2 sets of labels, rules, dice, and battle board.

Have a look –


Seven Swords by GenX Games

A bit of a cheat, as I have a copy of this awesome game based on the Seven Samurai that I picked up at Essen and did a review here –

Seven swords. Seven brave samurai. Will you help the villagers fend off the bandits, or will you command the thieves to rob and punish?

Find the project here –

News – Columbia Games video of Victory in Europe gameplay – Fall of France


News – Columbia Games video of Victory in Europe gameplay – Fall of France

Having met their initial funding target, the Columbia Games guys have posted a game turn example (Fall of France) for you.


Onto the stretch goals!

You can find the Kickstarter project here…



British Games news -LOSER – Who Cares Who Wins? kickstarter Campaign is live


British Games news -LOSER – Who Cares Who Wins? Kickstarter Campaign is live

And yet another British company has a project on Kickstarter.

Pants on Fire Games has announced that they have launched their Kickstarter Campaign for LOSER – Who Cares Wins?  

From the KS page – “Loser is the awesomely competitive race game where the sole objective is to ensure that it’s not YOU that ends up being the LOSER.”


You can find the KS page here –