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  1. Every year at UK Games Expo, awards are given out to honour the best games - chosen by a panel of judges and the public vote. Did any of your favourites win? The winners this year were as follows:


    • Best Boardgame - Isle of Skye, Mayfair Games
    • Best Board Games with Miniatures - Star Wars Rebellion, Fantasy Flight Games
    • Best Role Play Games - Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition, Chaosium
    • Best Family Games - Civilisation, Granna
    • Best Miniatures Games - Frostgrave, Osprey Games
    • Best Strategic Card and Dice Games - Odin's Ravens, Osprey Games
    • Best General Card Game - Games of Trains, Brain Games
    • Best General Games - Time Stories, Space Cowboys
    • Best Children's Game - Icecool, Brain
    • Best Party Game - Codenames, Czech Games Edition
    • Best Abstract Games - Onitama, Arcane Wonders
    • Best Expansion - Colt Express: Horses and Stagecoach, Ludonate
    • Best Accesories - Dice Tray, All Rolled Up

    The Board Game Redesign Winner was FLEE CIRCUS! by Hugh Simpson

    The Children’s Ticket Design winner was Astrid Gibara aged 10.

    UKGE also inducted Daniel Steel of Esdevium Games into the UKGE Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame looks to showcase some of the best and brightest, to honour those who have had a major influence on our hobby and have led the way in our industry. We believe that Dan has quietly and without fuss had a massive impact on the growth of the hobby games industry in the
    UK over the last 30 years via his company Esdevium Games. He established and grew
    Esdevium Games from a small one-man business to one of the largest games distributors
    in the world. During this time Esdevium has developed organised play, provided demo teams around the UK, and popped up in shops and cons and even book stores and garden centres. Its role as an industry leader in supplying hobby games to the retail sector has provided the support and the games to fuel the growth we see today.

  2. The Bored? Game! Crew took in the UK Games Expo this week...suffice to say we had a lot of fun.

    Thursday saw the Esdevium Retailer Summit, where some of the big names in the gaming industry talked us through what we can expect over the coming year regards releases and new products, and also some of the many plans for the future. We are very excited to say the least for, Archer Love Letter, Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails, and the next wave of X-Wing Miniatures. Also SJG annouced their original Car Wars game is being re-developed, this was awesome news to hear.

     

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    Friday we hit the Expo show, and now it has been moved into the NEC halls, it was so much better regards space. No more rabbit warren corridors of the hotel, and pushing past the many people that attend. A big 10/10 from us on this move.

     

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    Whilst we were there, we got to try out the game, Exoplanets. This resource management game see's you trying to evolve life on many planets that are orbiting a sun. Quite a quick game to pick up, and a lot of fun!

     

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    Also, we had a run down on the Devils Run RPG, based on the recently released board game, that is currently in the process of being developed. This see's you in a post apocalyptic world, where road gangs rule the highways. The game mechanic seems pretty good, but it's in early beta production, so this can only get better with time.

     

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    The highlight of the day for Matt, was getting to meet and chat with the writers of the 7th Edition, Call of Cthulhu RPG books. He is a big H.P Lovecraft fan, and is the Keeper on many CoC games run at Bored? Game! HQ. Our 7th Edition rulebooks should be hitting the shelves later this month, we will keep you posted on developments, if you do wish to pre-order a copy, then please do so here.

     

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  3. Betrayal Expansion

     

    The news that everyone is talking about!!!

    Avalon Hill has announced the Widow’s Walk expansion for Betrayal.  The expansion, which requires the original board game to play, will introduce 20 new rooms, including the roof and a previously unexplored floor. There will also be new monsters, items, omens, events, and 50 brand-new haunts created by lead developer Mike Selinker’s all-star cast of contributors from the world of gaming and entertainment.

    This is super exciting for anyone who has played Betrayal enough times to start running out of new haunts. Betrayal at the House on the Hill Widow’s Walk hits store shelves later this year, we will keep you posted on any new developments as they come.

    What are your favourite haunts that you have experienced playing this game? Share in the comments below, or join our Facebook page and indulge in your stories.

  4. Chaosium Logo

     

    Exciting news regarding the Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Core Rulebooks. They are en-route to Europe from Hong Kong, we had this update todsay from Chaosium...

    "At last - we have news of the NYK HERMES, the ship bringing Call of Cthulhu to Europe! Her last reported sighting (according to vesselfinder.com) is mid-way through the pirate-infested Malacca Straits, heading for Columbo. ETA at an as-yet undisclosed British port is "on or about" 19 April."

    We are so looking forward to receiving these come April, and to coincide with being a part of Chaosium's Organised Play campaign, "A Time to Harvest". Watch this space for more updates as they come!

     

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