My Favourite Gaming Themes

Another #BlogMas 2019 blog, another list of stuff.
This time it’s my favourite themes in games
Here goes:

5. Zombies

This might be higher if I get to play more zombie games, but they’re a hit with me so far.

4. Fantasy

If nothing else, fantasy games are usually really quite stunning to look at. Good thing they’re great to play too.

3. Cthulhu

The great old ones must be appeased or they’ll come and take all our meeples away.

2. Dinosaurs

Slap a dinosaur on it, I’m game for a game.
1 Space
Cosmic Encounter
This is the clear winner. Actually, it’s almost impossible for me to resist a space game.

UK Games Expo 2018


On Friday 1st of June 2018, I returned to the UK Games Expo at the NEC in Birmingham.

I had a very specific list of things to get.

First up, I managed to get ahold of the Terraforming Mars expansion

which provides two alternative boards on which to play to increase game diversity.

Next up, I picked to the two Abyss expansions
and
making Abyss a 5-player game with more stuff to do.

One particular item I really was hoping for was

thankfully I did find a copy, which I believe was the last one available in the entire Expo! Even one of the guys at the stall I purchased it from thought they’d already sold out of it (they only brought 4 copies). I then spotted it and didn’t let go.

Another expansion was for King Of Tokyo

so that all my monsters now have power cards, not just the ones from the expansions I’ve already picked up.

I then picked up a second expansion for Terraforming Mars:

which also allows the terraforming of Venus by using another terraforming tracker (this one’s not mandatory so shouldn’t extend the game time too much).

At the Dice Tower booth I picked up two promo cards:

Which was very nice. I even saw Tom Vasel in one of his hats.

After a little more wandering we stopped for lunch.

Then made our way to the DogEared Games booth, where I spotted the guy who sold me the StakBots decks last year. This year he got me interested in playing Colour Chess against his colleague.

After completely destroying him, we picked up a copy:

Back to awandering we spotted the Catan Sheep

Giant version games, including 7 Wonders, Ticket To Ride, Colt Express and Takenoko

We visited the good people at GeekNSon and picked up a couple of items.

The Wargaming section was most impressive, all those sets are amazing, particularly the Battle Of Hoth

During the wanderings I also picked up

and

The we once again passed this stand

and bought a copy.

In the Catan section we had a sit down to play

with two chaps called Gavin and Garath.


During the game we used our newly acquired GeekNSon Dice Tower

So many people came over to ask where we got it from.
Gavin won.

We did some more wandering and saw some stuff:
The family zone with games to be played on nearby tables.

The GeekNSon Crew:

And just a few games stalls:

The last game we picked up was

Shortly before it closed, we made our way out.

That was a lot of fun!

For a closer look at the things we picked up check up the video I did on the subject:

Games Night 19th July 2017

Four of us this week
DA provided the initial entertainment: Fantasy Flight Games’

PH (red Khorne) kicked off and placed his Bloodthirster Greater Daemon first near the South East, effectively blocking the land in the far East and South East from the rest of the board.
MC (green Nurgle) was next also placed his Greater Deamon, the Great Unclean One first in the North
KV (cyan Tzeentch) started by placing his cultists in the middle.
DA (purple Shaalesh) started off in the East.

For the most part, DA and PH squabbled over the South with KV and MC bickering over the middle to the west.
PH’s dominated starting land was the first to be destroyed, allowing DA’s migration across the South. MC dominated the North and made a nuisance of himself with KV. KV occupied most of the west, but scored little to none from it until his main western territory was destroyed. After trailing so, so, so far behind for much of the game, KV did eventually start to close the gap. However, MC was heavily involved in the destruction of the two northern territories which pushed him over 50 points, thereby winning the game. PH was not far behind, then DA then KV.

Next up we played two rounds of Iello Games’

MC won the right to start so did as newly acquired Cthulhu
KV wreaked destruction as the mighty Robot Bunny
DA stomped about as the Meka Dragon
PH caused mayhem as the Kraken.
The Kraken quickly donned the Princess Costume and scored many points dressed up like that.
The Meka Dragon also score many points, but succumbed to damage and blew up.
Cthulhu and the Robot Bunny gained steady points, but not enough to keep up with the victorious Princess Kraken.

Round two saw the Kraken kick off…and die. PH went home.
He was barely in the car when the Vampire Cthulhu, who wasn’t anywhere near the city at the time, got sent back to wherever it is the Old Ones hang out when they’re not trying to take over reality.
All that was left was the mechanical mayhem of the Robot Bunny and the Ghost Meka Dragon. Together, they almost caused as much destruction as Superman.
In the end, the Robot Bunny managed to attain the 20 point goal.

Games Expo 2017


This year I went to a Games Expo for the first time ever.

One game that caught my eye was Lander.
It’s still in the prototype stage set for Kickstarter in 2018, but looks very appealing. I was allowed a small dark blue 3D printed component.

Of course you can’t go to a games expo and not play any games.
Beasts of Balance was the first one I got to try out. I’ve been watching this one since it’s prototype days and have been wanting to give it a go.

Next-up was the new multimedia game:
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It’s a trading card game with an accompanying free app with articulated and equippable figures that can interact with the game. We had a go at one of the mini games using the figure as controllers. It can be played for free on the app without the figures.

I was encouraged to have a go at Stak Bots by DogEared Games. I’d already picked up the yellow expansion but never played it. Walked away from this with the base game and the red expansion.

Finally, we had a play of one scenario in the Walking Dead: All Out War. A miniatures game of zombie survival by Mantic Games. With numerous expansions and scenarios to play through. Based off of the comic series not the TV one.

Survived the encounter with all the living still alive and as a draw with SC who managed an excellent double head-shot with a baseball bat.

My Haul:

A 2-4 player game of dice placement and point-breaking by Tinkerbot Games.
A story-telling card game where players tell a story according to their cards. By Atlas Games.
A card-drafting game played in 3 quick rounds. By Gamewright.
A stand-alone expansion to Star Realms but if mixed with the original can now be a 2-4 player game. By White Wizard Games
Another full game in a tiny box by Gamelyn Games. This one has resources, wars and building.
Smash the other player’s stack of Stak Bots with your own Stak Bots. Can add the red expansion to the yellow expansion I already own.
Expansion for King of Tokyo by IELLO Games. Adds Cthulhu to the game. Yay!
Expansion to Cosmic Encounter by Fantasy Flight Games. More alien races, and now including the Space Stations.

All in all it was a good, eye-opening time. Very glad I went.