Games News! 11/09/2017

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Paul: It was a case of bad timing when Z-Man Games announced Pandemic: Rising Tide, as their scheduling couldn’t possibly have foreseen simultaneously flooding in eastern Texas and eastern India, and they very quickly issued an apology. That could’ve been the end of it, but Z-Man are also donating five dollars from every pre-order to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

It’s a difficult time for a lot of people in the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast right now. Our thoughts are also with the Dice Tower team members who have been forced to evacuate their homes. We hope they can return to enjoying the board games we all love very soon.


Feature: A Day in the Life of Matt Thrower’s Game Collection

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[Our series on the collections of our writers continues! Today it's the turn of long-time contributor Matt Thrower. If you missed our previous entries, you can now navigate to them using those buttons on the right. Enjoy, everybody!]

Thrower: Well hello there! Nice of you to stop by. Hope you had a good journey. It's rare we get the chance to entertain adult visitors, with all the space the children take up. So, please, let me show you round the house.

The first thing you learn as a parent is that every other parent lives in a pristine house. Even when chasing after kids has left them looking like exhausted pandas, their houses are still clean and tidy. Naturally, ours has to be the same. We'd all be happier if everyone could drop this charade and wallow in their familial filth. Anyway, it's nice to have someone here who might appreciate the results.

Hang your coat up over there...


Games News! 17/02/14

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Games News! 17/02/14
Quinns: I didn't want to start with news that mediocrity-peddler Cryptozoic is now shipping the official Adventure Time Card Game, but it's the only story with a decent image. The sacrifices we must make so that SU&SD doesn't look like butt!

When I first heard that this was a real game based on the fictional Card Wars game they play in episode 92 of Adventure Time (potentially illegal video here), I thought this was an adorable idea. It's only now I realise that's like designing a game with one hand tied behind your back, while your other hand is tied to a game that doesn't exist and looks rubbish. So let's move on to some ACTUALLY EXCITING NEWS!


Kotaku Article: Days of Wonder Interview

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Kotaku Article: Days of Wonder Interview
Quinns: Almost forgot about this! Board game publisher Days of Wonder last month declared that Ticket to Ride, their family train game, had overtaken Settlers of Catan in monthly sales. There's a new biggest board game in town! I set up a phone interview to see what DoW do differently, then loaded it all into my monthly Kotaku column, slipping fact after fact into that hot gaming skillet.

“Part of our brand,” explains the sonorous French voice on the phone, “is coming from the fact we do very few things. Porsche is the most successful car company in the world from the business standpoint, but they do very few models... we take the same approach in the board game business.”

Founder Eric Hautemont also talked about vinyl records, the role of mobile devices in boardgaming and how his company works the exact opposite way from America's other big publisher, Fantasy Flight. Really interesting stuff. Go read!



Shut Up & Sit Down Presents: Board Gaming’s Golden Age

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Last year Quinns gave a 40 minute talk at UK video game festival GameCity, designed to teach people about what’s happening in board games and why gamers the world over MUST get involved.

Hear Quinns' caramel baritone as he provides evidence of why board game sales are rocketing up, three deadly arguments for why video gamers need to be playing board games, and even some jokes. Yes, JOKES.


Season 2 – Episode 5

The summer of 2012 is over! It’s disappearing, like a boiled egg into the hungry belly of time. But don’t be sad! The Summer Special, the biggest episode of board game review show Shut Up & Sit Down ever, is here to help.

We’re reviewing games that are that much more relaxing! …which isn’t to say we don’t get a bit worked up. About all of them.

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Season 1 – Episode 6

It’s back! This sixth episode of the board games review show is entirely dedicated to just one very special person. But which person? Well, you’ll just have to press play to find out. Or read the tags. Yeah, you could probably just read the tags.

Though if you did, you’d miss out on the most extraordinary board game reviews you’ve ever seen. That’s a fact.

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Season 01 – Episode 5

The Science Fiction Special sees the boys reviewing enormous games, exciting games and extraterrestrial games! Is this really wise, and quite where will this gaming journey take our hosts?

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Season 1 – Episode 4

In this episode, a failed attempt at Car-cassonne leads us to look exclusively at card games, including the new Nightfall, and the established classics 7 Wonders and Dominion.
We also interview a world-famous games developer and enjoy a night out on the town. Fancy that!

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