News – Victory Point Games Halloween release – Dawn of the Zeds 2nd Edition expansion #1: The Director’s Cut


News – Victory Point Games Halloween release – Dawn of the Zeds 2nd Edition expansion #1: The Director’s Cut

Much anticipated by the beleaguered residents of Farmingdale who were hoping for a glimpse of salvation, Dawn of the Zeds: The Director’s Cut instead delivers all sorts of new evil, mayhem, and, yes, a small bit of relief for those Zeds players everywhere exhausted by the never-ending onslaught.

This expansion to Hermann Luttmann’s Dawn of the Zeds introduces new heroes, Event cards, Fate cards, and new game pieces that will intensify your Zed-killing experiences. The Director’s Cut adds a nice balance of nastiness and helpfulness to the game; you will love (and hate) all of the new additions to it.

This game is only available in clamshell packaging.

Note: This game requires that you (or someone in your group of players) own a copy of Dawn of the Zeds 2nd Edition

Click here for all the details on The Director’s Cut.


Kickstarter News 25/10/14 – If I had the cash I’d look at…


Kickstarter News 25/10/14 – If I had the cash I’d look at…

Back from Essen and taking a look at Kickstarter, there’s plenty of the same old tired themes…

But here is an interesting Euro-friendly project worth having a look…



Cycling Party, the most realistic cycling board game

Well, I don’t know if this is the most realistic cycling game but it seems to be making the effort to be. I surely looks good.

One worry is that I can’t believe that they’ve got the target number right so its a bit worrying. Only 5K to fund this not too cheap game? Really? OK they have made their target with 27 days to go but their target of 5K has to be way under what is realistic for the production of a decent print run.

Well it still looks interesting but I worry that the project owners have underestimated their costs in a big way so let the buyer beware.



Operation F.A.U.S.T.

A bluffing and deduction game that takes place in occupied France during WWII. Save priceless art treasures from the Nazi scourge.

Looks interesting and the price is good for sure and designed by the prolific Robert Burke.

Crowdfunding news – The Warriors of Well-ish on Spieleschmiede


Crowdfunding news – The Warriors of Well-ish on Spieleschmiede

The first game of the Little‘N‘Nice series is now available for funding

The Spieleschmiede is going to launch the project The Warriors of Well-ish by publisher Spieltrieb today.

Apart from Nord, there is now a second project running at the Spieleschmiede from today: The Warriors of Well-ish. This entertaining deduction game comes with ten cards as gaming material. Authors are Till Meyer and Nicole Stiehl of the publishing house Spieltrieb.

The Warriors of Well-ish you are supposed to guess the secret identity of a warrior on a face-down card. To achieve this, all players hold two to three hand cards depicting warriors. By asking “Yes” and “No” questions players may deduct which cards the other players are currently holding, and that way draw their own conclusions about the face-down card in the middle of the table. The game also contains an element of bluffing, which hampers the decision-making process of all players.

The Warriors of Well-ish is the first project in a series of games under the title Little‘N‘Nice. The specialty here is that smithies can determine the funding amount for themselves. Starting with one Euro, a funder will receive a print&play version for self-assembly when the game funding is successfully completed. Starting from three Euros, a fully produced version of the ten cards becomes available. The game requires a funding amount of at least 1 000 Euros. 

Link to the project:

Blightygamer at Essen Spiele 2014


Essen Spiele 2014

I attended Essen Spiele for a few days to promote and sell Luchador! at the Backspindle Games stand. Make no mistake, it was hard work and not as much fun as previous visits when I attended with friends and as a member of the gaming media.

Manning a stand is all about endurance. With a bad back, its not easy and the worry of losing my voice after doing so many demos was with me. Last year it took me 3 weeks to recover my voice…






It was a very intense few days as the crowds were massive as usual. It was lovely to meet to many awesome gamers and in particular gamers who were excited about my game. Very gratifying and humbling.

I did get a few chances to look around the 4 halls at Essen and they are huge. Apparently there were around 600 games and expansions on display which is ridiculous as it sounds. I am all for new games but that kind of number makes it impossible to do the fair justice. You just can’t get around to see everything. You need a plan and a pretty narrow list of games to check out.

My list was very small as for me, there just wasn’t all that much to be bothered about. I think I’ve gotten over the new shiny hotness thing as I feel like Id rather look at a few games that suit my interests and game style. As luck would have it a couple publishers had games for me (Mage Company gave me 12 Realms and Hoyuk and Fryx Games gave me a copy of the Space themed Fleets: the Pleiad Conflict) and as I had a small suitcase, I had room for little else. I managed to pick up Choson and Heroes of the Three Kingdoms from Korea Games and Coup: Guatemala 1958 from LaMame Games which are all small card games. At some point I want to get Yardmaster from Crash games actually as it looks fun.


Looking through the BGG listings, I just didn’t see much else of interest I have to say. I’m not a Euro game fan so that ruled out a lot of games anyway and even the historical games and American style games weren’t much to get excited about. I think that the truth is there are few really interesting new games. An awful lot of retreads of tired themes, as seems to happen on Kickstarter. So to be honest, the vast majority of new games are boring at first pass. And I know a lot of gamers that feel the same. And of course there are simply crap games being released and bottom of the list this year has to be Drinkopoly and Lap Dance. Please, if another gamer justifies Lap Dance as not being sexist by saying it has male dancers… who are you trying to convince? Really? The audience for Lap Dance is men who see women as sex objects, end of story.

I mean how many zombies and vampires and Cthulhu games do we need really? Fantasy as  genre is really tired. 12 Realms looks a bit different and fun and you can play solo so I am interested to play. Space as a genre is tired as well. Having said that, Fleets looks a bit different too.

It was really great to meet up with friends in the hobby and industry from around the world and the guys from Backspindle Games are a blast to work with.

So overall, a fun experience although not a stellar year at all for new themes or solid games I fear. Particularly in Euros which are just retreads of the same old tiresome mechanics for the most part with a thin coat of new paint of a slightly different colour. I reckon the vast majority will disappear from our radar pretty quickly. Thankfully, Luchador! 2nd Edition seems to have hit a sweet spot for is dynamic and original theme so fingers crossed!

Here are some photos for you to enjoy, or not…

Yes Saturday was this crowded.Essen65


Essen Mars


Colt Express was one of the few innovative and unusual games
A game about the Goth invasions looks sort of cool…
The Witcher
Battle of Five Armies



The BGG Crew
Friedemann Friese
Awesome Patrick Nickell from Crash Games
Tom Vasel





Ignacy, the Immortal Portal



Martin Wallace


Ragnar Bros
Ragnar Bros


Kickstarter News 5/10/14 – If I had the extra cash I would look at…


Kickstarter News 5/10/14 – If I had the extra cash I would look at…

Unusually, there are 4 Euro-friendly game projects on Kickstarter that have caught my interest…


Dead Drop from Crash Games

This looks like another fun game from Crash Games with a a refreshing theme so definitely worth a punt.

Throughout the ages, the pursuit for knowledge has been a driving force. Those with a thirst for truth have been known to thrust themselves upon the path the leads to enlightenment. Many travelers have given their lives to obtain the kind of information that wields the power to create and to destroy; to protect and to betray; to share and to obscure.

In Dead Drop, players race to discover the unknown. By sharing and selling secrets players will gain the knowledge needed to go after a piece of secret information that will unlock all that they have been searching for.

Dead Drop is a game that involves elements of memory, deduction, and crafty maneuvering. As secret agents working for different organizations, players scour the globe seeking information that will help them find the location of a hidden explosive device. Agents must trade information and sell secrets in order to learn the location of the device and grab it before it falls into the hands of another agency!


Rocket Race: A Steampunk Rocket Building Card Game from Triple Ace Games

This looks like good fun!

Leagues of Adventure Rocket Race is a fast-paced non-collectible card game of Victorian Scientific Research, Groundbreaking Engineering, Financial Acumen, Heroic Endeavor, and a Dash of Luck for 2-6 players.

It is based in the world of Leagues of Adventure (LOA), a hugely successful steampunk role-playing game (RPG) of the same name published by Triple Ace Games. We have taken all the flavor of LOA, distilled it, and injected it into Rocket Race! Although based on LOA, Rocket Race is a standalone game, so you do not need to know anything about the world of LOA or the RPG to play Rocket Race!


Elemental Blast 2nd Edition from Gregory Hingle

Long Ago… Elemental Sorcerers vied for power in an ancient realm. You take on the role of one of the last of these sorcerers as you strive to be the first to master one of the 7 elements. During the game players try to be the first to collect a set of five of any one element. Use the elements of fire, lightning, darkness, ice, and wind to disrupt your opponents plans or use water, earth, wood, and light to get you the element cards you need for victory.


Meteor from Mayday Games

I do like real-time games and this one only takes 5 minutes!

In five minutes a meteor storm will impact earth, unless you can work together to blast the meteors into oblivion! Work co-operatively, pooling resources and launching rockets to obliterate the impending threat, or cockroaches will inherit the planet.