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This year, Rules of Play's Ian & Dyfed are going to Essen! We're counting down some of the best and most-anticipated games of the entire fair.

Ahhh, pre-Essen buzz. Twitter is all a-twitter, the game blogs are full of chatter, and our pre-order lists are looking b-e-a-uuutiful!

Below are 10 Essen games everyone seems to be talking about with anticipation. We can't wait to try them! 

This year, Rules of Play's Ian & Dyfed are going to Essen! We're counting down some of the best and most-anticipated games of the entire fair.

Having perused the general Essen buzz online - and by using our own skills of deduction - we've narrowed down all of Essen's new titles to 10 games we think will be astronomically popular.

Below are 10 Essen games we think will be massive hits, whether as Christmas gifts or as a new title for a gamer's shelf.

This year, Rules of Play's Ian & Dyfed are going to Essen! We're counting down some of the best and most-anticipated games of the entire fair.

Whenever we go to a games fair, we go prepared. A checklist of games we need to get our hands on is essential, and Essen 2017 is no different!

Below are 10 Essen games we'll definitely be playing when we're there - we've got our eye on these beauties!

Once Nando's is over, where next? If you're not sipping beers at our Monday night #BoardGameBar, treat them to a perfect 2 player game for the both of you.

We know which games can add romance to the air - these 2 player board games for a student date night are great for couples, old and new!

It's time for a family adventure! These action packed family games are perfect for families who like to run away from bad guys and explosions (metaphorically, of course).
The As d'or Jeu de l'Année Cannes (or Ace of Gold Game of the Year, to you and me), celebrates the best games in tabletop at the Cannes International Game Festival every year.

Don't just take our word for it! These games have been recommended for the world by the bearded loon that is Wil Wheaton. Board game connoisseur, beard-grower extraordinaire.  

A Welsh winter is a cold and miserable time - fill it with joy and board games! These family tabletop games will bring you zen and joy in January.

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Big and shiny board games for gamers who get SUPER EXCITED when a new one hits the shelves!

Board games. Game of Thrones. Star Wars. Firefly. Horror, suffering, madness. Have we sold it to you yet?!

When you're ignoring all your responsibilities, you need something fun to do! These big geekier games for students are perfect for spending hours engrossed in something worthwhile. Does it really matter if it's not revision?

Black Friday isn't just for the superstores - we're offering deals on board games across all of our ranges!

Our discounts mean you buy at trade price, with up to 40% discounts flying around. It's the digital equivalent of a stampede at Tesco!

Browse through our Black Friday board games below. Buy them through our online store or in store, at 29 Castle Arcade, Cardiff.

Encourage the art of lying, manipulation, bluffing and deceit with these skill-crafting board games for teenagers! I swear, it wasn't me who done it...
Whether it's a barbecue, a garden party, or just a happy get together, we've got the best board games to bring to your family holiday party! Games the whole family will enjoy, from uncles to grannies to kids.

Pub then pub then pub then bar then Welsh Club then dancing in the street to the jazz-playing busker then Maccy Ds or Burger King then home - pretty typical student night out in Cardiff, as it goes.

But what happens when you're back in the flat? How can you stop the usual room-trashing chaos? What do you do when the only telly on is QVC?

Simple, my friend. We've rounded up the best drunk board games for students to play when you all come home lit AF and want the party to last longer...

Holidaying with beau? These two player board games to take on a holiday for couples will keep boredom at bay while you travel & while you play!

On Monday 11th December, dust off those Santa hats, strap on those jingle bells - we're starting the season with a bang at our Christmas party! 5-10pm at Milk & Sugar inside The Old Library in The Hayes.

Buy a £10 ticket for event entry PLUS a chicken or veggie curry with a naan bread & rice.

Buy a £5 ticket for event entry only.

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Pour out your sherry, prepare to get merry; it's board game time at Christmas! Invite the friends and family round - these Christmas party games will liven up any shindig!

 Join the hype! Pre-order these games now, ahead of everyone else. Score!

University's a time for trying new things, like eating pasta out of saucepans and competitive napping - and it doesn't have to stop there...

If your new flatmate's stuck in the dark ages playing Monopoly or Risk, here are some cool alternatives to the board game classics and must-haves in any student house. Fun games for students with no Trivial Pursuit in sight!

Know a family of painters, thinkers, artists and philosophers? Treat them to the gift of a creative family board game!
If there is a particular Cthulhu themed book you're looking for and you don't see it online please don't hesitate to give us a call to see if we have it in store!
Hmmm... Something they haven't played before?! Make their Christmas - heck, make their year - with these different and interesting board games for gamers.

Take it from us: there's nothing better than a student hangover. Takeaway pizza, lolling around in piles of empty cans, watching terrible TV because you can't find the remote - these are the best times of your life, kid! 

That being said, there's only so much 'Real Housewives' you can stomach before you need to switch it off and find something peaceful and easy to do for your sleepy, addled brain. We've got just the trick!

With calming vibes and easy-to-follow rules, these are the best board games for a hangover, no question. Combine with Domino's and a gallon of blackcurrant squash for maximum efficiency.

For when your child is fed up of doing homework and you're fed up of nagging them. An educational game is fun and full of learning for all!

It's that time of year again - Essen is here! Our very own Ian & Dyfed will be attending to snap up all the best games for our store. Until then, we have them all on pre-order, with free P+P! How lucky is that?!

    When it comes to student pre-drinks games, there are a few old faithfuls - Ring of Fire, Temple of Doom, and Never Have I Ever, to name a few.

    But when you're playing the same old games 3 times a week and you've learned everything there is to know about your flatmates, it doesn't hurt to throw something new into the ring...

    These student party games for pre-drinks will beat the usual card game fatigue with something sharp, funny, and brand spanking new.

    Folklore, Tolkien, magic, shields, spells, sci-fi and wizards - these fantasy board games for teenagers make excellent game ideas!
    If there is a particular Fate system book you're looking for and you don't see it online please don't hesitate to give us a call to see if we have it in store!
    Heading out to Bute Park or a Tenby beach? Our funny games for picnics are the ideal summer holiday board games that'll keep things cool in the heat.
    Nans, uncles, Dad, Mum, even the dog - these board games are guaranteed fun for the whole family to play.
    Avoid the arguments with co-operative family board games! Everyone wins or everyone loses, but nobody bickers. Yay!
    I won! That's my piece! You're cheating! If you've heard any of these phrases before, you know a bickering family! These competitive family games will let them indulge in their favourite activity - arguing!
    Are your children too young to play heavy strategy games about death and war? Best to start them early... Or, for a safer alternative, try these lovely games for little gamers.
    We're not saying that Dad always wins - we're just saying he cheats. Turn the tables this Christmas with board games for Mum to beat Dad at! Ahh, the sweet smell of victory.
    Not a big group person? No problem! These solo one player board games have all the fun and none of the arguing over who gets what playing piece!frid
    Need to lure a teenager out of their room and away from the internet? Bingo! These teen-friendly board games are a sure winner. Get the whole family playing with these #gamesforteenagers!
    Know your Pixar from your Disney? Your Spielbergs from your Scorseses? These licensed board games from the world of TV and film are epic games for entertainment junkies and movie buffs!
    It's bed time (for them) and game time (for you!). These slightly naughty board games for adults make perfect games for grown-ups.

    Need a gift idea quickly, but can't think of that special something? Don't panic - one of our board game gift vouchers will do the trick! Lift that stress off your shoulders and get them ​to do the choosin'!

    If they can't stop fighting over who won the game, distract them with - you guessed it - another game! These games make great gifts for competitive couples.
    Couples who play together stay together. These two player cooperative board games make handy gifts for couples!
    What do couples want? Hours of mercilessly trying to beat each other at games! Give the gift of love and gloating victory with our 'gifts for couples' collection.
    Avoid the pain of Googling 'gifts for dads who don't seem to want anything' this year by giving him a board game he'll love!
    For gamers who've got it all, gift vouchers make alternative Christmas gifts - no pressure for you, a great game for them! It's a win win!
    Avoid the toiletries gift sets this year - go bold and get creative with these board games for Mums!

    They've reached that awkward stage where no present seems right and every suggestion's met with a grunt! Help! Never fear - we've got just the game for that!

     

    Give the gift of a game this Christmas! Whether it's for mams, dads, kids, teenagers, or the dog - these games make great Christmas gifts for families.

     

    From most recent downwards, a collection of board games that have won the Golden Geek Award, the official award from BoardGameGeek.
    From most recent downwards, a collection of board games that have won the International Gamers Awards, an annual award recognizing outstanding games, their designers, and the companies which publish them.
    Grab your International Tabletop Day 2018 tickets here! Join us at Cardiff & Bristol for our entire #ITTD2018 weekender!
    From most recent downwards, a collection of board games that have won the Kennerspiel des Jahres award, the 'Connoisseurs' Game of the Year' contingent of the annual and most prestigious award in tabletop, Spiel des Jahres.
    From most recent downwards, a collection of board games that have won the Kinderspiel des Jahres award, the 'Children's Game of the Year' contingent of the annual and most prestigious award in tabletop, Spiel des Jahres.
    Work together or against each other in these light strategy family games - perfect for any family who loves to game!
    From most recent downwards, a collection of board games that have won the Mensa Select Award, the annual tabletop award given by American Mensa to five board games that are 'original, challenging, and well-designed'.
    The newest stuff to waltz through the doors of the Rules of Play shop - check them out while they're hot!

    There's nothing wrong with a classic game, but university's all about discovering yourself (and locating cheap beer).

    In the journey to enlightenment, try something noteworthy, something fresh, something cool... These new and interesting student board games are geek chic, c'est magnifique! 

    Think of us as your personal tabletop cupid - we'll hook you up with your perfect two player board game and deliver a brilliant date night in the process.

    Want to know more about the games?

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    The summer holidays can take us to all types of terrain - these are the best outdoor board games for when you're camping, on the beach, or at a picnic.
    If there is a particular Pathfinder book you're looking for and you don't see it online please don't hesitate to give us a call to see if we have it in store!

    Planning a quiet night out? Just a few chilled pints in the pub? Whether it goes that way or not - and it probably won't - make sure you've got your evening entertainment sorted.

    No phones, no Twitter, no drunk texting the ex. With our student-friendly pocket games for the pub, you can turn every quiet pint into a few hours of non-stop fun.

    Great games for breaking the ice or a trip to the SU - coursework, be damned!

    All your upcoming board games and card games available to pre-order in the UK!

    Reserve the board games you're most excited about and get them shipped to you for FREE!

    Pre-order games, expansions, and brand new releases - all coming soon to the UK.

    Pre-order CCGs and TCGs coming soon to the UK and get them shipped to you for free, before anyone else!

    Pre-orders for Pokemon, pre-orders for Magic the Gathering, and pre-orders for Yu-Gi-Oh all available.

    Pre-order LCGs in the UK and get them delivered for free! 

    Featuring pre-order games like A Game of Thrones, Netrunner, and more.

    Pre-order LCGs now and don't miss out on your favourite games!

    Miniatures games to pre-order in the UK - buy it before anyone else does!

    Pre-order Dungeons & Dragons, pre-order Star Wars X-Wing and more, all with free P+P in the UK.

    Pre-order RPGs in the UK from your friendly local game shop! 

    Free P+P on all pre-orders - don't miss out on your favourite roleplaying games, and pre-order today!

    This is the place to be for all your role playing needs, from fantasy to sci-fi, dystopia to the everyday, we have something to suit you! If you're looking for something in particular or just wondering on the off chance don't hesitate to give us a call in-store if you can't find the book your looking for!
    If there is a particular Savage Worlds book you're looking for and you don't see it online please don't hesitate to give us a call to see if we have it in store!

    It's that Secret Santa time of year again! Stuck with someone who's impossible to buy for?

    We've got just the ticket. These pocket board games make perfect Secret Santa gifts for adults. Avoid the tat, buy something brilliant!

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    If there is a particular Shadowrun book you're looking for and you don't see it online please don't hesitate to give us a call to see if we have it in store!
    Ridiculous and hilarious, these silly board games for teenagers can brighten any teenage party!
    Do you feel like the mystery's gone out of Cluedo, but you're hungry for a murder to solve? These board games are great alternatives to Cluedo for super sleuths and investigators!
    Want to avoid the annual Monopoly bloodbath? Distract the whole family with these new shiny competitive games - all of the arguing, none of the cheating! Well, maybe a little...
    Tired of playing the same games? These alternative board games to Risk blend strategy and excitement in a totally new world!
    You might be bored of Scrabble, but with a world of words out there, a brand new word-based board game can satisfy all your Dictionary Corner needs!
    If you're a quiz whizz, you may be fed up with Trivial Pursuit (and already knowing the answers). These Trivial Pursuit alternatives make great Christmas board games for the family!
    From most recent downwards, a collection of board games that have won the Spiel des Jahres award, the annual and most prestigious award in tabletop.
    If there is a particular Star Wars universe book you're looking for and you don't see it online please don't hesitate to give us a call to see if we have it in store!
    Duel with all you favorite characters from one of the most recognized space sagas ever made! With characters from all of the films included, the new collectable card and dice game is a must for any Star Wars fan!

    After some Christmas stocking fillers? These teeny tiny games pack a big punch! Warning: may steal limelight from bigger presents, but they're too darn cute to get mad about it.

     

    Another Christmas, another tie - not this year! Shake things up with one of our great Christmas stocking filler gifts for dads!
    After small and easy Christmas presents for children? Our Christmas stocking filler games for kids do the trick!
    Give mum the gift of a game this Christmas with these little & lovely stocking fillers gifts.
    Turn the sarcasm and the selfies into Christmas cheer with these stocking filler gifts for teenagers!

    If you're going away this summer, don't forget one of our essential summer holiday board games!

    Perfect for Welsh coastal caravans or Ibiza villas, these travel board games are great for the whole family.

    If you need entertainment and family fun, we've got the best board games to take on a family holiday with older kids! For children between 8-11 years old, these summer holiday board games keep the whole family interested.

    The best board games to take on a family holiday are bags of summer fun, whether you're 6 or 92! These family games for summer holidays are perfect for the beach, near the pool, and for rainy days in.

    If you've just moved into your student digs and you're looking for the perfect board game to break the ice, don't sweat it - these games are designed for friendship-makin' and ice-breakin'!

    Want to try before you buy? #FreshersGoFree at all our board game events in Cardiff during October 2017! Find out more.
    From most recent downwards, a collection of board games that have won the The Dice Tower Awards in 2014 & 2015, the annual gaming awards from the hugely successful online network of video and audio podcasts dedicated to promoting board and card games.

    When globetrotting & island hopping from place to place, you need entertainment that's small and pocket-sized...

    These travel board games for backpacking holidays can cross cultural divides & language barriers wherever you roam!