Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Tinkerbot Games launches Ghostel

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Tinkerbot Games launches Ghostel

So like buses, another creative British game project hits Kickstarter today in the guise of Ghostel from Tinkerbot Games.

Guests, Ghosts & Ghastly Hosts! Scare away hotel guests by turning into their worst nightmare. A 60 min, 2-4 player dice placement game.

Ghostel looks like a reasonably light worker placement game which is suitable for families to have a good time scaring the patrons out of their wits and sending them scurrying away. Looks like a nice quality production and the price seems fair with EU and US friendly shipping.

Check out this project here –  Ghostel on Kickstarter

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Boardgames in Blighty – Kickstarter News 26/01/16 – If I had the cash I’d back…

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Boardgames in Blighty – Kickstarter News 26/01/16 – If I had the cash I’d back…

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Fabulous Beasts

After a long period of “same old, same old” on Kickstarter, up pops a lovely piece of creativity from London! I heartily say that I WANT THIS! If I had the spare cash I would get this without hesitation but I’m facing unemployment soon so its not something I can do. If I can nail a job soon I will see if I can do it. But maybe one of you local to me will back it and we can meet at London on Board for a play?

Fabulous Beasts is a game for one to five players who take on the role of gods, taking turns to add magical Artefacts onto a balancing tower. 

Every time you successfully stack an Artefact, you alter the connected digital world. The aim is to make the most fabulous world you can, before your tower collapses. 

Back this now! Fabulous Beasts

 

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.