Post UK Games Expo Review - Marquesas, Quantified, Megacity Oceania, Chapter

There was something about this year's expo that made it very special for me.  Perhaps it was the excellent company I kept.  Perhaps it was the now legendary map or perhaps it was the standard of games on offer.

We've already spoken at length about some of the games we saw on episode 63 of the podcast, and both Andy and Jon have put fingers to keyboard to tell you about the games they enjoyed, but here are a few more of the games I played.
UK Games Expo 2019

They say, quite accurately, that Christmas comes but once a year. Writing this article in June, that may seem like an odd thing to open with. However, there are a lot of things that Christmas has in common with the UK Games Expo. They both get a lot of people excited; both have enormous expectation, are inevitably exhausting and both leave the adults completely skint after a flurry of purchasing the latest and greatest. I may or may not be speaking from experience on that last point.
News Collider - Board Game News Cities Skylines Announced, Games Workshop Pays Big Bonuses, UK Games Expo Growth and Awards

This week’s board game news is predominantly talking about growth.  Not just the swelling of our collective board game collections after Expo, but about how the hobby and everything attached is just getting bigger and bigger.

So sit back, relax and come and celebrate some good news and success in our little hobby in this week’s News Collider.
Kickstarter Highlights - Company of Heroes, Shiver Me Timbers, Iron Clays and Spades, Icaion and Sensor Ghosts


We all want Batman.  

Of course we do.  It goes without saying.

In fact, we all want to be Batman - just imagine how many games you could fit into the Batcave (not to mention always having a butler to play games with). Although you’d probably never make game night.  Anyway, Aside from the Gotham City Chronicles Season 2 campaign that will set you back just over £500 (for seasons 1 & 2 or as I like to think of it “half a thousand” - just to help remind myself that I can’t possibly spend that much money on a board game) there are a bunch of other fantastic looking games for your consideration.

Pirates, war heroes, robots, fancy-pants poker chips and a desperate race through space are all offered up from our ramshackle panel of judges here at Collider Towers for your Kickstarter considerations.

The Polyhedron Collider Cast 63 - UK Games Expo 2019

We are back from three (and a bit) days of awesome gaming and meeting awesome people at the UK’s largest tabletop gaming convention.  Join us as we discuss coping with the Mondays, being utterly knackered and sampling as many board games as we possibly could at the UK Games Expo 2019.

Yet again we would like to thank the awesome people behind the UK Games Expo for making the best convention yet!

News Collider Board Game News 5/6//2019

The dust of another UK Games Expo has settled and I'm now back to news ferret wrangling.  As it so happens the news ferrets managed to root out some delicious tidbits of upcoming releases.

In this week we can tell you a little about the games we know are coming, unfortunately there is a still some fallout to the whole Projared stuff and how the UK Games Expo organiser's threw the ban-hammer hard at the DM who just wanted to shock and upset people.
The Primary Board Game Review

There is a bizarre expectation when it comes to games themed on politics that to play and to really enjoy them, you need to have some understanding of politics, or, in my case for The Primary, the American electoral system.  This, quite frankly is rubbish as I know as much about politics as I do about terraforming, farming or about killing orcs, and so I was able to enjoy The Primary a lot.

The Primary creates the feeling of politicking, the bravado, the strategizing, and of course the back stabbing.  The game hinges on things like “the long term plan” and “out-maneurouring”.  It asks you to focus on the “final result” and not each turn, especially those “strategic losses”.  It’s a game where you are very aware that you are playing the players rather than simply playing a game.
News Collider - Spiel des Jahres Nominations, Papillion back to Kickstarter, Daryl Andrews Fired, The One Ring RPG Baldur's Gate Descent into Avernus and Elder Scrolls Call to Arms wargame
Shiny awards, treasures and dragons galore in this week’s News Collider.  We’ve seen a veritable spurge of reveals over the last week concerning the upcoming D&D campaign, th eLord of the Rings One Ring RPG and then one of my all time favorite video games comes to the table top with awesome miniatures. 

There’s also more news on the (not at all connected) Kickstarter suspensions which sees the return of butterflies and the fall of a leader.  

I used to be the president of a board game publisher until I took an arrow in the knee
Kickstarter Highlights SPACE INVADERS

Will we play Gloomhaven more frequently when Steve backs the Crafting Kingdom campaign?  Will I ever actually get around to painting these incredible fantasy football miniatures?  Can you actually destroy all the aliens in the competitive board game version of SPACE INVADERS?

In short, the answer is we don’t know (probably not) but that won’t stop us backing these projects in this week’s Kickstarter Highlights. 
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