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gadgeteers

Letiman Games would like to announce their latest Kickstarter project, Gadgeteers, a blind-bidding, variable powers strategy game in which players are competing to build the zaniest gadgets using the same tools.  Players will take on the role of inventors, and by bidding and on the same resources and equipment via bluffing and planning, will be working to construct the most valuable collection of gadgets.

gadeteers comp

Once a gadget has been constructed, players will be able to to use the gadget’s special powers to their advantage.  Once a player has built 4 gadgets, the game ends and the player with the most valuable collection of gadgets is the winner.

Gadgeteers is for 2-3 players ages 10 and up and plays in 20-30 minutes.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page.

shards of everdark mini

Fantasy Flight Games has provided a preview of the upcoming Hero and Monster Collection expansion for Descent 2.0, Shards of Everdark.  This expansion introduces four heroes from Descent’s first edition, “breathing new life into them with revitalized artwork and figure sculpts. In the same way, two monster groups from the first edition rejoin the game, as well as an entirely new monster group—the dark minotaurs.”

This latest preview discusses in more detail one of the heroes of this expansion, Arvel Worldwalker, and one of the monsters, the shades.  Arvel is a hero that boasts balanced attributes, and when she fails an attribute test, she can either recover 1 Fatigue or reroll the test.  Additionally, Arvel’s Heroic Feat enables her to return up to two of her Class cards to her Class deck and gain any number of Class cards from her deck worth an equal amount of XP.  This powerful ability allows Arvel access to her Class deck throughout a campaign to give her true versatility for any situation.

Shades are evil creatures that appear in larger numbers, with ethereal forms that allow them to warp next to heroes when they fail attribute tests and prey upon those that attempt to recover Fatigue.

For more details on the preview for this expansion, visit the article on FFG’s website.

ludorati cafe

Board game cafes are becoming more and more popular, so it’s always exciting to hear of new ones opening up, especially if it’s in your area. If you live around Nottingham, a new premier board game cafe, Ludorati Cafe, just opened on March 19th. We posted about the cafe earlier this year when it was running its Kickstarter, but now that it’s open, you can see more about what it offers.

The library has over 750 games, and there is a dedicated room for VIP treatment. The cafe will serve food, specialty coffee, craft beer, wine, and even milkshakes! The pricing model accommodates people who don’t have all day to spend at the cafe – to access the game area, you can choose to pay an hourly rate or get a day pass.

See the press release below to learn more:

LUDORATI CAFE is Nottingham’s premier board game café bar which opened on 19th March 2016. The Café is located in the city centre close to the Castle – 72 Maid Marian Way.

The Cafe is designed to be a place for gamers and non-gamers to “Relax, Play, Enjoy”. We feature:

  • A general café area with wifi, featuring introductory games like chess, draughts and Uno.
  • A dedicated boardgame area with bespoke tables and chairs (seating up to 60) for hours of fun
  • A large library containing over 750 games housed in ‘The Wall’ – one of the largest collections in the world in any one store, there’s a game for everyone, with many genres catered for, from traditional ones (e.g. ‘Monopoly’) to the more recent ‘designer’ games (e.g. Catan etc.)
  • ‘The Cube’ – a dedicated room to host, for example, role playing games, or just simply VIP treatment for 6-8 boardgamers
  • Our resident boardgame experts on hand for support with game choice and/or help/advice
  • Opening times are from 08:00 to 23.30, Monday to Friday; 10.00 to midnight on Saturday and 10.00 to 23.30 on Sunday.
  • Those accessing our gaming area can choose between an hourly rate of 1.60 per person reduced to £5 for 4 hours or a day pass of £10.00 per person. There is no cover charge to come in and enjoy the general cafe area for refreshments.
  • LUDORATI CAFE offers the finest in locally roasted coffee and offers an outstanding food menu with paninis, wraps, sandwiches, salads, pastries, cakes etc (with gluten-free options).
  • Alongside our ‘Ludo-Lattes’, ‘Ludoccinos’, ‘Ludo-espressos’, and our speciality ‘Ludo-shakes’ there’s also a carefully selected list of craft beer and wine, milkshakes, smoothies and other soft drinks. All served by experienced, professional Baristas.
  • Ludorati has an in-house retail store which stocks the latest releases alongside old and new favourites. Visitors can also access our store on-line (or via kiosk in-store) which stocks thousands of available games. Owners of the LUDORATI membership-loyalty card can benefit from their respective discount with any purchases made, and have an option to ‘click and collect’ in-store alongside the normal delivery options.

clue to die for

Perhaps the most well-known and successful movie about a board game was Clue (1985), a movie by Jonathan Lynn in which the houseguests and house staff work together to solve a mystery.  This year celebrates the movie’s 30th anniversary, and Gallery 1988 brings an entire collection of original collectible artwork for fans.  This collection includes prints, 3D wall pieces, and sculptures.

An announcement was made about this new collection here on slashfilm.com, or you can view the prints on the official Gallery 1988 website.