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Boardgames in Blighty News – Otherworld Games’ GenCon releases


Boardgames in Blighty News – Otherworld Games’ GenCon releases

7/18/2015 – San Francisco, CA – At GenCon 2015, Overworld Games will be releasing two additions to their line of hidden identity and deduction games with New Salem and Good Cop Bad Cop: Bombers and Traitors while demo’ing a third one that will be hitting Kickstarter right afterwards called Booze Barons. Booth: #2836.

New Salem

New Salem ($34.99) is the next great social deduction game about Witches and Puritans attempting to escape the horror of the Salem Witch Trials that plays in under 45 minutes for 3-8 players. Drafting allows you and everyone around the table to play at the same time as you gain clues about who may be a witch. Then you put your “Hope” in the right players so you can put the witches on trial before the end of the game. It gives you a taste of what it may have felt like to be a participant in the Salem Witch Trials where you can expect to say “YOU’RE A WITCH!” more than once during the game. Whether you’re an honest puritan or secretly a witch, you’ll constantly be faced with a decision of whether to help your team or play selfishly. The art by Andrea Olgiati (Winter Tales) will make it a contender for Best Art of 2015. Check out the Press Kit for it or the How to Play Video by one of the designers.

Good Cop Bad Cop: Bombers and Traitors

The nominee for the Dice Tower’s Best Party Game of 2014, Good Cop Bad Cop, will be getting a new expansion at GenCon called Bombers and Traitors ($14.99). It adds in more equipment, two new roles (the Bomber and the Traitor), and expands it to 3-8 players. It’s the same Good Cop Bad Cop fun where you unravel the mystery of who is on your team and point guns at your friends, but the expansion also adds more opportunities for deduction and deception.

Booze Barons

Just after GenCon on August 24th, the third game in this line, Booze Barons, will be hitting Kickstarter (preview link). This one takes place during the time of US Prohibition where you’re secretly bootlegging a specific type of booze as you try to make your mob the richest mob in town. There are always 3 teams (mobs) in the game so you’ll have to deduce who is on your team by the deliveries they make to the speakeasies around town. You can be confident in the pedigree of this game as it has been refined during playtesting at Protospiel Milwaukee, Protospiel Austin, Protospiel Houston, Protospiel San Jose, and Unpub 5.

About Overworld Games

Overworld Games is based in Sioux Falls, SD and San Francisco, CA. They specialize in light, social deduction games that have a high degree of player interaction. Questions? Contact support@overworldgames.com

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


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

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…