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Boardgames in Blighty BEST Boardgames List – What are the BEST board games? Ask a gamer which ONE game will they never sell…


Boardgames in Blighty BEST Boardgames List – What are the BEST board games? Ask a gamer which ONE game will they never sell…

So many games, so little time, storage space or money… 😦 So if you are going to buy games, you want them to be great, right? Who better to ask than an experienced board gamer?

So I posted the following question on Twitter – What ONE game in your collection would you never sell? I mean if you had to choose one to hang onto, which would it be? I got quite a few responses, some maybe surprising, some not. Are these the best games ever made? I will leave that up to you. But there are reasons the owners will NEVER sell them which suggest that they are worth getting. I daresay that this has got to be just as good a best Board Games list is any.

Please feel free to post your ONE never sell game…


memoir Memoir 44 with expansions ( My choice)

TTAGES Through the Ages

Carc Carcassonne

Hanabi Hanabi

Keyflower Keyflower

fieldsofarle Fields of Arle

Dune Dune

Netrunner Android: Netrunner

WHQ Warhammer Quest

Twilight Twilight Struggle

Reef Reef Encounter

Descent Descent (a fully painted copy)

Evo Evo


A&AAxis & Allies: Spring 1942

tzol Tzolk’in

weather Weatherslam (well… the comment was they love the awful art…)

notredameNotre Dame

N HexNeuroshima Hex

Legendary Legendary

Galaxy Galaxy Trucker

LOW Lords of Waterdeep (with expansion)

Dom.jpg Dominant species


Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News 19/10/15 – If I had the cash I’d take a look at…


Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News 19/10/15 – If I had the cash I’d take a look at…

No, I am NOT interested at all in Scythe because it is a Euro 4X game which is a big yawn for me. The gameplay video convinced me that there is little special there. I can only imagine that the bandwagon for this one has been driven by the playtesters and the art, possibly the minis too. I predict that it will be a good game for some but won’t live up to the hype and will quickly be forgotten when the next shiny comes along.

Have a look at these projects which seem to me actually worth a good look.



Fathoms is a deep sea, turn-based, action-adventure miniatures game. Team up against a horde of underwater denizens and their Master.

Kudos for being somewhat different. To be honest, there is really no need for the minis other than the “pretty” factor and hence it will cost you but it’s still cool.



DeadCert – A Murder Mystery Card Drama

A new breed of card game for lovers of murder mysteries. Set in London 2015, with 72 main characters. Builds up to 512 murder episodes!

This one looks good although I am disappointed that there is no free shipping in the UK so it seems a bit pricey for what it is. But that’s just me and you might disagree.



Yokai Battle

Yokai battle, duel of the Japanese occult creatures, for 2 to 4 players. Playing time: 20-30 mn

This one looks interesting and fun. The art is very nice. A bit annoying that distribution in the UK isn’t set up so its a bit pricey for what it is but still cool.


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


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.

There are lots of open gaming tables although more space is really needed.
Star Wars Games!
In fact, there are tons of games for all tastes
Luchador! I had great fun running some demos and Andy here is an amazing demo guy
You can meet awesome publishers who are very friendly and fun! Like Ignacy from Portal Games
Awesome Steve from the Ragnar Brothers
The Looney’s from Looney Labs
Madcap Tony Boydell from Surprised Stare Games
Finding a gem of a game is always great. For me it was Colt Express.
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.


Boardgames in Blighty News – IELLO Press release for Nuremberg Toy Fair


Boardgames in Blighty News – IELLO Press release for Nuremberg Toy Fair

Like every year, IELLO will be at the Nuremberg Toy Fair later this month. It’s a perfect chance to show you what is coming from us in 2015 — and we’re thrilled by the games we’re currently working on!
If you attend the Toy Fair, you can book an appointment with me through our online scheduling tool. It’ll be my pleasure to greet you on our booth (10.1 F22) and to show you our new and future releases (see below).
If you’re around on Thursday night, feel free to join us for a casual booth party, starting at 18:00. Just send me a message (or leave a comment when you book an appointment), so we make sure we bring drinks for everyone attending!
Also, we’ll be using MailChimp for our International press list from now on, so please subscribe to receive our next releases about new games and event announcements.
Now, here’s a small preview of what we’ll be showing at Nuremberg next week. If you can’t make it to the Toy Fair, don’t worry: I’ll send press releases for each of those games later. You can also download our Nuremberg catalog.

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THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANT — The fourth game of our “Tales and Games”series.
A clever game of bluff and collection by Yoann Levet with art by Naïade (original publisher: Purple Brain Creations)
2-4 players | 7+ | 30 min. | ETA: March 2015

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WELCOME TO THE DUNGEON — The first International game of our “Mini Games”series!
A fun game of push-your-luck and bluff by Masato Uesugi with art by Paul Mafayon(original title: Dungeon of Mandom)
2-4 players | 10+ | 30 min. | ETA: Spring 2015

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A totally wild game by Roberto Fraga with art by Alexey Yakovlev (original title: Squad Seven)
2-5 players | 6+ | 15 min. | ETA: Spring 2015

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MASTER FOX (image: French version)
An original game of skill and tactile recognition by Frédéric Vuagnat with art by Catell Ruz (original publisher: Superlude)
2-4 players | 10+ | 30 min. | ETA: Summer 2015

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A cooperative deck-building game by Maxime Rambourg with art by Naïade
2-5 players | 10+ | 60-90 min. | ETA: Summer 2015

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SAPIENS  (image: French version)
A clever game of tile placement by Cyrille Leroy with art by Marc-Antoine Allard (original publisher: Catch Up Games)
2-4 players | 10+ | 45 min. | ETA: Summer 2015

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KENJIN  (image: French version)
A card game of samurai battles by Nicolas Sato with art by Biboun (original publisher: Superlude)
2-4 players | 12+ | 30 min. | ETA: Summer 2015

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An hybrid game of epic piracy designed by Les Éditions Volumique (find out more here)
2-4 players | 8+ | 45-90 min. | ETA: Summer 2015
Feel free to answer to this message with any questions you might have about those games.

You can download the images used in this message in better quality here.

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VPG Press Release – High & Tight released!

VPG Press Release – High & Tight released!

Let’s Play Ball!


It is said that every baseball team will win one-third of its games and lose one-third of its games. Now, step onto the field and find out what it takes to win “that other one-third”!

A favorite pastime has finally found its way into the ballpark of VPG’s Sports Series. High & Tight, from designer Hermann Luttmann, is a simple, two-player game of baseball strategy for two players, utilizing teams to the fullest and going head to head in the field, anywhere from spring training to the intensity of the World Series.

Focus on how to best form your team line-up, and battle inning by inning in an effort to emerge victorious! Think you have what it takes to efficiently manage your players, maximizing their specific talents as well as utilize Strategy cards to subtly increase the odds of scoring and preventing runs? Manage your team’s assets, take advantage of the opportunities, and knock it out of the ballpark on the “field of dreams.” Step up to the plate with High & Tight … And let’s play ball!

Click here for all the details and to order High & Tight.

– Victory Point Games

There and Back again. My third one-day trip to Spiel at Essen…

There and Back again. My third one-day trip to Spiel at Essen…

Well again I was fortunate enough to go over to Essen for the DADDY of all board game conventions that is SPIEL for the third year running. Yes, I went for the day as I am close enough, just. I went with my brilliant friend Alan and this year we decided that we would fly from our local London, Gatwick airport rather than drive as we did the last 2 years.

Of course, there was a certain advantage in flying – it took about an hour from Gatwick to Dusseldorf and another 20 minutes by cab to Messe Essen. This compares well with the 6-7 hour drive each way. As a result we were able to spend a very full day this year which was very nice indeed. Another difference for us was that we went to the first day on the Thursday rather than on Saturday as in previous trips. Although the crowds were there, it was so much more comfortable with plenty of room to move around with our suitcase trolleys.

The only downside to flying, other than I don’t like flying, was that we had a luggage space and weight limit which meant that I had to be very selective in terms of the games I picked up. So I decided to choose games that might be harder to get a hold of from smaller publishers. Also, I wanted to avoid just running for the latest hotness just because of the buzz, but look for games that seemed really interesting and fun. Make no mistake, there were far to many to choose from and many more games that I wanted to get and hopefully will get myself to do reviews for all of you.

So here’s my haul…

I started out by going to the White Goblin Games stand to collect their new releases which are – Dragon’s Gold, Revolver, Panic Sation, Rattus Affricanus, Lost Temple, Singapore.  I was very interested in these as some of the most interesting of the fair. I would say that for me, White Goblin Games have really scored this year with a really nice, creative and diverse selection of games. At least on the face of it. Of course the playing will be the proof and I will get reviews posted for you. Along side of these, I picked up Sake & Samurai from Albe Pavo Stalag 17 from GenX, Rallyman Dirt from Rallyman, Venture Forth from Minion Games, Let’s Take a Hike from Stratamax, and The Resistance from Indie Boards & Cards. That pretty much filled my case. A bonus was that almost all of these came with special Essen promos cards and bits which is certainly a benefit of going on the first day. The wooden chest promo you see there was from Patrick Ruedisueli  designer of x610z: Living Card and Board Game which unfortunately wasn’t ready for Essen but should be out next month from Quantuum B.V.

The games that I wanted but didn’t have a chance to get yet but hope to include:

Eclipse, Kingdom of Solomon, Manhattan Project, Mage Knight Board game, Dungeon Fighter, Mare Balticum, Pergamemnon, X610z: Living Card and Board Game, Kairn, Space Maze, Flashpoint: Fire Rescue, and Core Worlds. Should be enough eh?

Any disappointments? Well 011 was a big one for me as I was very excited about it as it sounded so cool with its steampunk theme, even though I’m not fond of deduction games. Why? It has player elimination which I think kinda sucks. Oh well.

Bart from White Goblin Games is so typical of the enthusiasm and energy that pervades Spiel. It was so fun to be with thousands of board game enthusiasts and Bart and the other Game company owners I met were all friendly, enthusiastic, happy to answer questions and just fun to be around. I visited with a number of game companies in the limited time that I had and spoke to great people including James from Minion Games, Seth from Mayday Games, Travis from Indie Boards and Cards, and Martin Wallace from Treefrog.

The White Goblin Games stand had a good supply of new releases but Panic Station sold outwith 30 minutes of the opening of the fair. Lucky moi snagged my copy!

There were demos a plenty all over the fair. I sat in on a couple and really enjoyed the demo game of Space Maze from Wacky Works. I hope to get a copy later. Of most interest for next year is Star Wars X-Wing from Fantasy Flight Games!

There were plenty of gaming media guys there and I had great fun meeting up with Michael Fox of the Little Metal Dog show, Paco Jean of G*M*S Magazine and Richard Bliss from Game Whisperer where we had a long discussion about Michael and my game, Ace of Spies, which we hoped to promote at the fair to hopefully find a publisher. Richard is an expert on Kickstarter and gave us lots to think about.

The guys from the Spiel finally made it to Essen! My friend Alan in the back right looks like he is thinking, “nice” jackets… This photo cries out for a caption. Any suggestions?

Yep the big boys were out as expected with the curious and obvious exception of Rio Grande games. What the hey? Poor form I’d say.

Of course, the BGG crew was out in force doing the demo thing. It was a pleasure to meet Scott “Aldie” Alden in the flesh as we had recently interviewed him on the GMS Magazine podcast – here – http://www.gmsmagazine.com/page/podcasts

I thought the 2nd hand stalls were pretty disappointing really. Oh well, just means I had to buy new stuff…