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Friday Rules - 23.05.2014



Game of the Week - Freedom: The Underground Railroad. With so many boardgames focused on conflict or European colonialist eras, its great to find a game covering lesser known historical periods and social issues. Freedom: The Underground Railroad is a co-operative game for 1-4 players. In the game, you play the role of abolitionists attempting to help slaves escape from America to the backdrop of the Civil War. With a thought provoking and well-incorporated theme and excellent gameplay, Freedom: The Underground Railway comes very highly recommended for anyone with an interest in this period of history, or those looking looking for a unique and powerful gaming experience. For more information, check out the video reviews from Tom Vasel and Joel Eddy (who made Freedom his game of 2013).



A Cornishman, an Italian and a Welshman Walk Into Rules of Play…. Gino, Tony and Bevan are three regular customers of Rules of Play. Not content with being lovely people with a deep love of all things gaming related, the three have setupTinkerbot Games, having had 2 of their games designs chosen as finalists in the UK Games Expo Redesign competition. The trio will be at the 2014 UK Games Expo in Birmingham at the end of the month, demoing their wonderful games Epic Lab Time (where you get to be a brilliant and possibly mad scientist) and Hack the Block (where you use your hacking skills to take down faceless and sinister corporations). If you’re lucky enough to make it to the expo, make sure to say hi to the guys, and if you have chance, try out what may well be future boardgame hits! Congratulations to Gino, Tony and Bevan, and here’s hoping we’ll have your games on the shelves soon!



Tabletop Secures Funding From Season 3. Following an overwhelming response on Indiegogo, Will Wheaton and friends have raised enough funds to make season 3 ofTabletop. So, now all we have to do is sit and wait for more of the best loved boardgame show on the internet!



Feline Thoughts on Boardgames. There’s a lot of great gaming information and reviews onBoardgamegeek, but some of our favourites are the thoughts of Arwen the Cat, who very gratefully delivers an often-overlooked feline perspectives on boardgames. If you’ve ever wondered how cat-friendly your potential purchases are (or just want a good chuckle) they’re well worth checking out.



You Know What Chess Has Always Needed? That’s Right, Space Marines. The Warhammer 40K universe has lent itself to numerous games over the years, but we were still somewhat surprised to read that its next target is venerable strategy classic chess.Warhammer 40,000 Chess: Regicide is currently in development, and due for release sometime later in the year.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – MAY GAMING AT THE GATE CANCELLED. Apologies for the late notice of this, but we’ve had to cancel Monday’s Gaming at The Gate event (we hadn’t remembered the Bank Holiday). We’ll try and organise another event, but we’ll definitely be back on Monday 30th June.


Releases/Restocks/Coming Soon!



New in store from next week – The super-deluxe and very special Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary Edition; All aboard the school bus with Zombie Dice 3; Sins of the Saviours, the latest chapter for the brilliant Pathfinder Adventure Card Game; Deadtime Stories for Zombies!!!!; the return of the brilliant strategy game Vikings; Reluctant Enemies from MMP and Part-Time Gods RPG Core Rules.


ivor the engine

New Releases Available Now -  all aboard with Ivor The Engine: The Boardgame; Pirates & Bounty Hunters, a new expansion for Firefly: The BoardgameFungi (also known as Morels); the highly-rated Port Royal; Fantasy Flight has a flurry of fab new releases including roleplaying in a galaxy far, far away in fantasy classic Blue Moon LegendsStar Wars: Age of Rebellion Beginner GameForsaken Lore for Eldritch HorrorDescent: Oath of the Outcast, and Nemesis for Relic; GMT bring out some heavy-hitters for wargame fans with Unconditional Surrender and Hoplite; the gorgeous mash-up Cthulhu and Nazis in Achtung! Cthulhu (compatible with Call of Cthulhu and Savage Worlds); Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Starter SetsHonour & Profit, the latest big-box expansion for NetrunnerOne-Night Ultimate Werewolf, and Thunderstone Advance: Worlds Collide, the new standalone expansion which revisits some of the best cards from the original Thunderstone.


New Releases Available to Order From Today - Jupiter Rescue; Damage Report; No Peace Without Spain, and Sail to India.


Arriving soon -  Hills & Sheep, the brand new expansion forCarcassonneFoul Play, the second expansion for Blood Bowl Team Manager; the new game for 6-25 (!!!) players, The Last BanquetTicket to Ride 10th Anniversary Edition; expansions for budding starship captains with Space Cadets: Resistance is Mostly FutileSpace Cadets Dice Duel: Die Fighter, and a brand-new Space Cadets game, Away MissionsWarhammer Conquest, the new card game based in the 40K universeCivilizations, the first expansion for Clash of Cultures; dark fantasy adventure based on the massively popular series of novels and computer games in The WitcherGame of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue; new ships for Star Wars: X-WingSeafall Legacy, from the designer of the brilliant Risk Legacy, and the return of the classic ProphecyPRE-ORDERS FOR ALL THESE BEING TAKEN NOW!



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