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2 CommentsSunday, 30 September 2018  |  Russ
Our experience at the first Tabletop Gaming Live at Alexandra Palace (And thoughts on KeyForge and Wildlands)

Yesterday was the first Tabletop Gaming Live event at Alexandra Palace in London, organised by the magazine of the same name. As it was fairly local to us we decided to go along and see what it's like...

Tuesday, 28 August 2018  |  Russ
A Closer Look at... Everdell

I recently played Everdell at a friend's gaming day and liked it so much that I got impatient and have just bought a Kickstarter copy from somebody on Facebook. We played it again for a second time yesterday so I thought I'd tell you more about it :)

Tuesday, 6 February 2018  |  Russ
Do you play Board Games on your Computer/Tablet/Phone?

If you hadn't realised, there's a huge variety of board games available in digital form these days. The most accessible way to play is probably via an app version on your phone/tablet, but there are also websites that you can play on as well as virtual desktop environments.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017  |  Russ
What will be your legacy?

With the release of Pandemic Legacy : Season 2 next week I wanted to talk briefly about Legacy games and get your thoughts about them...

If you don't already know - a legacy game is a game where the story, rules, board, components, etc can all change over the course of a series of games...you will likely also have to destroy game parts and sometimes once you've played through the story you can't play the game anymore. In the case of Pandemic Legacy Season 1, you will play between 12 and 24 games...

Monday, 9 October 2017  |  Russ
Come and See us at Geek & Buy in Harlow, Essex this weekend!

This weekend sees the inaugural Geek & Buy event at Harlow, Essex and we'll be attending with our own stall (it'll be our first event as a trader!)

This not-for-profit event promises to be a 'bring & buy fayre for all geeky things' and in addition to it's bring and buy (which anyone can bring items for) will also feature several traders (such as ourselves). There will also some be some game demos courtesy of a local gaming group and possibly some open gaming space.

Friday, 6 October 2017  |  Russ

There's been a bit of a storm in online gaming communities this week - Tom Vasel (of The Dice Tower) voiced some opinions about local game stores on his weekly Board Game Breakfast Show - and as far as I can tell many people have over-reacted and gone straight for the pitchforks without really hearing what he was saying...

There is a common philosophy in gaming that you shouldn't buy online and you should support your Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS) and Tom Vasel questioned this. There are many bad stores out there and he basically said that those bad stores don't deserve your support - they should earn it. And I agree...

Friday, 15 September 2017  |  Russ
Are you looking for Board Gaming Friends?

​Board Game Trading & Chat UK, is a community on Facebook that has been in existence for a good few years now and is constantly growing (it just passed 7,000 members). Many Facebook groups can be pretty toxic, I'm sure we've all seen that - full of trolls, spammers, con-men and generally nasty people. This group has none of that - and it has just one rule : "Don't be a d*ck"

Tuesday, 5 September 2017  |  Russ
Field of Games was a resounding success!

We got back yesterday from the inaugural 'Field of Games', a 4 day camping & board gaming meet and I have to say, it felt like it was a resounding success!

If you haven't heard of 'Field of Games', it was an informal event where we all booked a camping pitch at the same place and the same time and then played board games for 4 days! It was organised by Ian Hartwell (with a little assistance from a few others of us) who managed to find a site that also had 3 marquees with tables, chairs, lighting, 2 massive barbecues and a fire pit for us to use as well! There were over 20 camping units and approximately 50 people in attendance and LOTS of games played - many of us loaded our car boots with games and then parked them, with the boots open, next to the marquee providing quite an impressive game library.

Friday, 25 August 2017  |  Russ
Camping & Board-Gaming At Field of Games!

There's less than a week to go until a group of campers meet up at a campsite in Silverstone for 4 days of board gaming!

"Field of Games is an informal gathering of tabletop gamers camping in a open field bringing family and friends of the hobby together.

All we do is let you know a time and a place so you can book directly with the location we have chosen, you should treat it the same as any other camping trip you take however you’ll know that fellow gamers will also be there!

Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or never played a game before you will be most welcome to join us and play with some truly fantastic people.

This year we will be meeting at Silverstone Farm Campsite in Northants, they have kindly also provided us with 2 marquee’s with table and chairs free of charge!"