We Have To Go Cheaper

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We Have To Go Cheaper
Paul and I get asked all the time where to start with boardgaming. People want to get into the hobby, but at the time of writing there are 52,942 games listed on the BoardGameGeek.com database. Which one should they buy first?

Season 1 – Episode 2

It’s arrived. The second episode of what the cool kids are calling SU&SD is devoted almost entirely to one enormous game and its expansions. Almost.

As well as Descent, we also take a look at DungeonQuest and keep you up to date with not-quite-so-breaking board game news. Are you ready? Are you sitting comfortably? Then press play…

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A Terry Pratchett Double Bill

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A Terry Pratchett Double Bill
Whether you’re a fan of the irreverent English fantasy author, or simply enjoy a game with a nice solid example of punctuation in its name, you can look forward to the release of a brace of titles this season.

Runewars Just Got Even More Epic

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Runewars Just Got Even More Epic
It was only the other day that Quinns and I were lamenting the lack of love that the gaming community seems to have for Runewars. I think this is a great game of grand fantasy strategy, but I don’t know many gamers who have a copy, nor many shops who stock it. For a little while I held a terrible fear that it would fall by the wayside and I spent more than a few sleepless nights clutching at my pillow and staring into the darkness, my bottom lip quivering as I wondered if Fantasy Flight were going to let this game go out of print.

Not so, because they’ve just gone ahead and announced Banners of War, a Runewars expansion that’s bristling with battle and which looks like it not only boasts a great deal of new content, but also a few interesting tweaks.


Grievous Ninjury

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You know what I’d love to see this year? A board game about sneaking into a fortress as a ninja in feudal Japan.

Ah, if only that was happening.

Oh, shit! Wait! Not only is it happening, we’re getting two competing ones. Fight! Fight! Fight!


Overlorded

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Quinns: If you’ve watched episode 1 you’ll have seen Paul and myself getting a bit too excited about WW2 strategy game Memoir ‘44. It’s a two player game, but an expansion, Overlord, turns it into a team game where up to eight players can fight a battle that makes the original game look as pathetic as two consenting adults splashing water at one another in a bath.

Flipping Great

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Flipping Great
I appreciate that, for a lot of people, this whole board game thing is still a bit mystifying. When we say we enjoy board gaming that might call to mind Monopoly*, Cluedo or, worse still, kids’ games like Snakes and Ladders. Why on earth would we want to play things like that? Well, we don’t, and for exactly the same reason everyone else doesn’t: They’re boring as hell.

But it’s no good knowing what’s bad. What’s good? Even better, what’s a good place to start? There’s a bewildering array of games out there and some are more accessible than others. A poor choice, especially for a beginner, can put a person off games for life.

If you’ve watched out first episode, you’ll have seen one suggestion. Here’s another. This a particularly good game for converting people to the our gaming cause because the rules are so damn easy that it beggars belief.


Robot Rock

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Robot Rock
My mum’s attic is a narrow crawlspace some four feet high and seventy feet long. If you imagine poking around inside a building’s intestine, you’re most of the way there. I was up there the other month, scrambling around on my hands and knees and squinting through sweat and dust when I found exactly what I was looking for. A box containing my old copy of RoboRally. Hell yes!

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Season 1 – Episode 1

The first episode of the smash internet series Shut Up & Sit Down is bristling with the very best in board games.

In their debut, The Boys review Citadels and Memoir ’44, give playing tips for Ghost Stories and meet some ducks. Lots and lots of ducks.

If you’re new to board and card gaming, or just sick of Monopoly, then man, do we have some surprises for you.

(EDIT: We apologise about the ducks thing. We realise they’re mostly not ducks.)

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