Game of the Week – Galaxy Trucker. Corporation Incorporated needs you … to rapidly build a spaceship from spare parts and fly them to where they’re needed at the edge of the galaxy. For those brave pilots lucky enough to survive the journey, fortune and glory awaits! Galaxy Trucker is an intense and insanely fun game for 2-4 players from the warped mind of Vlaada Chvatil (Through the Ages, Mage Knight and Space Alert). Over three rounds, you’ll race against the clock to construct the best spaceship possible from various component tiles, and then fly through space desperately hoping to avoid numerous hazards. For those seeking a deep strategic experience, Galaxy Trucker may fall flat. However, if you’re looking for a fast and chaotic game with loads of fun derived from each other’s misfortune, you’re in for a treat. For more information, check out the video reviews from Tom Vasel and Shut Up & Sit Down.
We’re Getting More Social. We’re nearly four years old now, and while we’ve made massive progress in that time, our online presence doesn’t really do justice to Rules of Play. Over 2014, we’ll be launching a brand-new website, and also looking at how we interact with and build online communities. This is very much a learning curve for us, but if you’d like to join us for the ride, please come and say hi in any of the following ways: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagramand Google+.
GMT Games in the Washington Post. The Washington Post has published an excellent article on the boardgame designs of Volko Ruhnke. Volko is a national security advisor for the CIA and designer of some of the best war-games released in recent years. Responsible for GMT’s fantastic COIN series of games, the article makes for a fascinating read, and a great introduction to some of Volko’s games.
How to Tile a Wall. In celebration of Carcassonne being featured on Tabletop, the staff of publisher Z-Man games held a brilliant Carcassonne-themed party, with some wonderfully themed food and drinks, and a rather special piece of wall decoration. If anyone can beat this, then please let us know!
International Tabletop Day. The date has been announced, and now we have a venue! We’ll be celebrating the love of all things tabletop gaming related at The Gate from 7pm on Saturday, April 5th. Come and join us for some great games, a few drinks, and loads of great goodies to give away.
Gaming at the Urban Taphouse. We’ll be taking a host of our favourite games to the Urban Taphouse, our favourite new city-centre drinking venue on Wednesday 12th February. Come along and join us for some great beer and great games from 7pm.
New in store from next week – Concept, the intriguing new party game of lateral thinking and word association; Malefic Curses for Wiz-War; the card game based on classic arcade fighters, BattleCON: Devastation of Indines, and new worker placement game Gear & Piston.
New Releases Available Now - the latest expansion for fantasy classic Talisman, The Nether Realm; Nations, the brilliant new Civilization game; Rampage, the monstrous game of city destruction; Origin, the stunning new game of evolutionary exploration; Middle-Earth story-telling in Hobbit Tales; tense underwater drama in Hunters: German U-Boats at War; the first expansion for co-op sensation Robinson Crusoe, Voyage of the Beagle; Firefly: The Boardgame; survive the incoming hoards in co-op Dead Panic; coffee-cup conundrums with Cappuccino; Caverna: The Cave Farmers which builds upon the classic Agricola; Level 7 [Omega Protocol], one of the Dice Tower’s favourite games of 2013, and the return of wonderful space deck-builder Eminent Domain along with its brand new expansion, Escalation.
Also in Stock Now - if you’re inspired by the article on Volko Ruhnke we posted above, why not try some of his excellent war games based around issues of counter insurgency such as Andean Abyss or A Distant Plain. We have a range of fantastic war games suitable for all levels of experience and interests, such as the fantasy-themedBattleore, match Roman armies against the Cathaginians in in Command & Colours: Ancients and Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, or the marvellous block-based games Hammer of the Scots, Julius Caesar and Napoleon.
Arriving soon - Dark fantasy adventure based on the massively popular series of novels and computer games in The Witcher; the first expansion forRelic, Nemesis; new ships for Star Wars: X-Wing; Seafall Legacy, from the designer of the brilliant Risk Legacy, and the return of the classic Blue Moon Legends.. PRE-ORDERS FOR ALL THESE BEING TAKEN NOW!