Category Archives: Gaming News

Roll Dice Gaming in Bristol

If you can’t get enough of Gaming Conventions, here is a new one: Roll Dice Gaming will happen on the 6th & 7th July in Bristol. And the best bit: Meeples’ Corner will be there with a selection of our stock and one or two demo tables to show you some of the new releases we will bring along.

If you want to see who else will be at the event, the exhibitor list is now online. It is not a bad lineup for a first-time event.

Tickets are available to buy online and are £10 for the whole weekend (or £6 for children).

I will open the collection option for orders the week before the event.

Aftermath announced by Plaid Hat Games

Jerry Hawthorne returns to the Adventure Book games: after Stuffed Fables his new game will be Aftermath.

In a world where all humans have mysteriously vanished, players will take on the role of a heroic rodent working to protect and provide for their colony.

Venture out into the ruins of mankind on 27 story driven missions. Collect useful scrap and food for your colony but beware of the predators lurking in the shadows. Use makeshift weapons to defend yourself and your allies.

– Play as a colorful cast of mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, and other critters.
– Dynamic card play allows players to complete a wide variety of exciting actions.
– Engage threats in desperate combat or try diplomacy for more peaceful solutions.
– Complete missions to improve your colony and unlock new perks.
– Explore a ruined suburbia from the eyes of a tiny creature.

Source: Publisher announcement
Box cover

Plaid Hat Games is planning to release the game later this year. If you want to take a closer look you can already read the rule book on the Plaid Hat Games website.

Link: Aftermath rulebook

UK Games Expo Bestsellers

Last weekend was the UK Games Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. Since we came back, I’ve been asked a lot about the hot games of the show. So here is a quick look at our bestsellers:

KeyForge Box Cover
  1. KeyForge: Call of the Archons – Decks & Starter Sets
  2. Wingspan
  3. Foothills
  4. Doppelt so clever (English Edition)
  5. Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal
  6. Century – A New World
  7. Star Wars: Outer Rim
  8. The Quacks of Quedlinburg
  9. Chronicles of Crime
  10. The Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches
Box Cover

Not surprisingly the hottest games were the ones that got released at the show and haven’t been available before like the new KeyForge set or Foothills. Wingspan also flew from the shelves and Wolfgang Warsch dominated the Top 10 with his latest four games.

Pandemic: Rapid Response announced

The next game in the Pandemic series has been announced and it is a real-time dice game from Kane Klenko, the designer of Fuse.

Pandemic: Rapid Response is a race against time. Set in the beloved Pandemic universe, this real-time board game challenges players to create supplies and deliver aid to cities in need around the world. You must quickly coordinate and work together to react to new disasters. Will you and your team be able to respond in time?

(Source: Publisher announcement)
Pandemic: Rapid Response game setup

The game will be a Target-exclusive in the US, but luckily for the rest of the world, it should be available at every board game shop.

The estimated release date for the UK is end of June, but if you can’t wait to see what the game is all about, you can already learn how to to play the game:

Link: Z-Man Games Website

Spiel des Jahres Nominees have been Announced

The nominees for the Spiel des Jahres award 2019 have been announced this morning.

The nominees for the Spiel des Jahres are:
• Just One (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter / Repos Production)
• LAMA (Reiner Knizia / AMIGO)
• Werwörter (Ted Alspach / Bézier Games)

Just one cover

These games are more aimed at families and casual players. The award for more heavy-weight games targeted at the more experienced players is the Kennerspiel des Jahres.

The nominees for the Kennerspiel des Jahres are:
• Carpe Diem (Stefan Feld / alea)
• Detective (Ignacy Trzewiczek / Portal Games)
• Wingspan (Elizabeth Hargrave / Stonemaier Games)

Wingspan cover

The winners for both awards will be announced on Monday, 22nd July.

Link: BGG News

Spiel des Jahres Predictions

On Monday the nominees for the Spiel des Jahres 2019 will get published. Time for the Opinionated Gamers to post their yearly predictions for both awards (the Spiel des Jahres and the Kennerspiel des Jahres):

As has become our habit, we will do this in two parts.  This first survey is done prior to the actual release of the lists, when just about any game was open for consideration.  Once the lists are out, we will then do a second round of voting, limited only to the actual nominees.
The usual caveats still apply.  It’s hard for us to know which late releases in 2019 make the cut for eligibility.  Also, as we only have two or three active OG writers in Germany, there are probably a few games that are big over there that we simply don’t know about as there is no English version.

(Source: Opinionated Gamers Blog)

As always it is an interesting read and also a kind of review of the (more casual) games that were hot and important in the last year.

But even more interesting will be the final list of nominees on Monday. As always we will try to bring as many of them as possible to the UK Games Expo.

Link: Spiel des Jahres website

Gugong review from SU&SD

Shut Up & Sit Down have published their video review of Gugong and they seemed to have enjoyed it quite a bit.

Box cover

Gùgōng uses this extraordinary custom as its basis. Players take on the role of powerful Chinese families trying to gain influence and power by exchanging gifts with Officials. The gift cards you offer as a player has to be of a higher value than the one you receive, forcing you to make strategic choices regarding which actions you want to take each turn. You will travel around China, sail down the Grand Canal, purchase precious jade, help construct the Great Wall, secure advantages through decrees, influence the game through intrigue, and ultimately, receive an audience with the emperor. If only 1 player succeeds in doing so, he wins. If several players succeed, the player with the most VPs among those players wins the game.

(Publisher description)
Video review

Warhammer Underworlds: Online announced

The next PC game from Games Workshop will be the digital version of Warhammer Underworlds.

Warhammer Underworlds: Online will get launch as an Early Access title on Steam later this year and will bring the gameplay of the board games Shadespire and Nightvault to the PC.

Have a look at the first trailer:

First trailer

GridCon: Charity Games Day 2019

Last Saturday we attended the first ever Gridcon: Charity Games Day in Cullompton. The event was organised by Paul Grogan (the man behind Gaming Rule!) and we went there with a small selection of our stock and two demo tables.

The small Meeples’ Corner

For us the event was a big hit: the venue was amazing and for the size of the event (150 visitors) just perfect. All the people at the event were friendly, always up for a chat and playing games non-stop.

The main room of the venue.

We were busy at our demo tables: we started with playing one scenario of Batman: Gotham City Chronicles (we have one copy for our Gaming Group), but soon Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal took over and blocked one of our tables for the rest of the day.

Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal in action

Before we left I talked to Paul and he seemed happy with how the event had turned out. For him it was a test run because he is planning two more events later in the year. I told him Meeples’ Corner would definitely back next year and on Sunday he confirmed on Twitter that there will be a next time for the Charity Games Day (first weekend of May seems to be the likeliest date).

Link: Charity Games Day

Outer Rim: New preview from FFG

Outer Rim is the new board game from FFG based in the Star Wars Universe.

In Outer Rim, you take on the role of an underworld denizen, setting out to make your mark on the galaxy. You’ll travel the outer rim in your personal ship, hire legendary Star Wars characters to join your crew, and try to become the most famous (or infamous) outlaw in the galaxy!

(Source: Publisher description)

The publisher has now published a new preview for the game which focused on the movement of the players around the galaxy:

Outer Rim components

If you hope to become the most famous or infamous scoundrel in the galaxy, you can’t nest on one planet. Odd jobs will only get you so far and your adventures will take you from planet to planet as you expand your legacy in the Outer Rim. But be warned, you aren’t alone. Rebels, Imperials, Hutts and Crime Lords all have a stake in the Outer Rim, and their patrols stalk the skies.  
Join us today as we preview how to move across the galaxy in Star Wars™: Outer Rim, a board game of bounty hunters, mercenaries, and smugglers for one to four players.

(Source: FFG website)

There is also good news regarding the release date for the game: it has been moved forward by the UK distributor and Outer Rim is now expected to be available before the UK Games Expo at the end of May.