Monthly Archives: May 2011

UK Games Expo – 3rd to 5th June 2011

Just a last minute reminder that this weekend sees the annual UK Games Expo take place in Birmingham. The full details are on the website here but, in summary, the event runs from 3rd-5th June with the main public opening hours being from 9.30am till 5pm Sarurday and 9.30am till 4pm Sunday. The venue is: The Clarendon Suites Stirling Road (off Hagley… Read more »

Nominees for Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres

The nominees for this year’s SdJ and KdJ were announced this morning and unexpectedly, only three games appeared in each category rather than the five that have appeared for the SdJ in recent years. So without further ado, here they are: Spiel des Jahres nominees • Asara, by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling (Ravensburger) • Forbidden Island, by Matt Leacock (Gamewright, Schmidt… Read more »

Out This Week – w/c 23 May 2011

Spectral Rails Boardgame for 3-4 players, ages 10+ Playing time approximately 75 minutes. Published by Z-Man Games, designed by Morgan Dontanville Ascending Empires Boardgame for 2-4 players, ages 10+ Playing time approximately 75 minutes. Published by Z-Man Games, designed by Ian Cooper Elemental Clash Starter Card game for 2 players, ages 10+ Playing time approximately 30 minutes. Published by T.O.G Entertainment, designed by Andreas Propst Elemental Clash Fat Pack Card game for 2 players, ages 10+ Playing… Read more »

Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres predictions

On Monday, the nominees for the top German game award, the Spiel des Jahres, are announced. But, in addition, there is going to be a new award, the Kennerspiel des Jahres or Enthusiasts’ Game of the Year, launched. The Opinionated Gamers blog has been trying to predict which five games will be nominated in each category and their combined opinion… Read more »

Out This Week: w/c 16 May 2011

Khet 2.0 Boardgame for 2 players, ages 9+ Playing time approximately 20 minutes. Published by Innovention Toys, designed by Luke Hooper, Michael Larson & Del Segura Offboard Boardgame for 2 players, ages 7+ Playing time approximately 20 minutes. Published by Asmodee, designed by Michel Lalet & Laurent Levi The Path to Y’ha-nthlei Asylum Pack Call of Cthulhu Living Card Game expansion for 2 players, ages 13+ Playing time approximately 20 minutes. Published by Fantasy… Read more »

Shire Games moving

  The bad news is Shire Games’ shop on Hope Street, Hanley is closing next week. The good news is they’re opening on Saturday 21st May a new shop at:   41a Parliament Row, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1PW And to encourage you all to go along, Nick is going to do 10% off EVERYTHING in-store only on Saturday 21st May.  The link… Read more »

Out This Week – w/c 9 May 2011

Felinia Boardgame for 2-4 players, ages 12+ Playing time approximately 60 minutes. Published by Asmodee, designed by Michael Schacht Dice Town Expansion Boardgame expansion for 2-6 players, ages 8+ Playing time approximately 60 minutes. Published by Asmodee, designed by Bruno Cathala & Ludovic Maublanc Aspirations of Ascension Asylum Pack Call of Cthulhu Living Card Game expansion for 2 players, ages 13+ Playing time approximately 30 minutes. Published by Fantasy Flight Games, designed by Nate French,… Read more »

Latest Ebay games for sale

The auctions on my current batch of games on Ebay are due to end on Thursday. Included this time are Doris & Frank’s Ark plus the Ark Expansion, Alan Moon’s Pony Express and Im Schatten des Sonnenkonigs, Sid Sackson’s BuyWord and, as mentioned in my last post, a complete run of Counter Magazine issues 1-52. All the details are here.

Beer & Pretzels 2011

The 22nd Beer & Pretzels Games Weekend 2011 is 14th and 15th May at the Town Hall, Burton on Trent. Open 10.00 – 10.00 on Saturday, 10.00 – 7.00 on Sunday. Tickets £5 per day or £9 for both, available on the door or in advance from Spirit Games. More details are available here.