UK Games Expo 2017 Roundup

Now that the dust has settled on this year’s UK Games Expo and the bulk of articles about it have already been published, it’s time for me to join the fray and add my review of the greatest gaming event in the UK calendar. 2017 was my second year of attending the UK Games Expo […]

Getting ready for the UK Games Expo

From 2nd – 4th June 2017, the biggest event in the UK gaming calendar takes place at the NEC in Birmingham at the UK Games Expo. I went for the first time last year and was astonished at just how big it was, and 2017 promises to be even bigger still as the expo spills […]

The Bloody Inn – Review

The Bloody Inn is a game set in 1830’s France, based on the real-life murders that occurred at L’Auberge Rouge in Peyrebeille in what became known as the “Red Inn Affair”. Weaving dark humour into a tale of serial-killing, looting and cannibalism, The Bloody Inn challenges players to run a similar dastardly enterprise, making a […]

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective – Review

Cobbled streets lit by gas lamps, narrow alleyways stalked by shadowy figures, rattling hansom cabs and fog blowing in the night. The gothic image of Victorian London. I’m a big fan of mysteries and crime fiction, with some of my favourite stories of all being the Sherlock Holmes canon penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle […]

What Board Games Mean to Me

The theme of this year’s International Tabletop Day is “What do Board Games Mean to You?” and how they have made a difference to your life. It might sound a little pretentious – after all, how can silly little worlds made out of bits of wood and cardboard really make a difference to anything? I […]

Boating and Gaming

After an absence of a couple of months’ sabbatical, largely brought about by a need to save up for a trip to Australia, this  past week I’ve played loads of cracking board games, all in the tranquility of the Norfolk Broads. We set sail laden with a fresh case of wine from Laithwaites, snacks aplenty […]

Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game – Review

Following on from their highly successful card game “Legendary” set in the Marvel universe, Upper Deck have now expanded into the Alien franchise with “Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game”. Released in 2014, Legendary: Alien allows players to progress through the four main films in the series with each game played representing one of […]

This week CT has played…

It seems like this week has largely been devoted to card games. When I was younger, the only card game of any size on the market was Magic: The Gathering, the grandfather of  Collectible Card Games (CCGs) and perennial dollar-printing machine. Although it didn’t stop me ploughing my pocket money into CCGs at the time, […]

Viticulture: Essential Edition Review

One of my most prized finds at the UK Games Expo 2016 was a copy of Viticulture: Essential Edition by Stonemaier Games. The game has recently gone out of print in the UK and Europe and although no doubt there will be further runs of it, for now it’s impossible to source anywhere other than […]

This week CT has played…

Last week’s gaming log was interrupted by the UK Games Expo up at the NEC, Birmingham. I got to play dozens of games, from published products to early play tests with pieces of cardboard, and found myself in the equivalent of gaming heaven. This week has been one to play some of those new purchases […]

Junior Games

There is a popular trend with some of the biggest board games to produce “junior” versions to enable younger people to play along. In the last year or so, as my daughter turned four, she started taking an interest in playing games. These started out with Orchard Toys‘ offerings: Insey Winsey Spider, the excitingly-named Shopping […]