UK Games Expo is the premier event in the UK where all aspects of the gaming hobby are represented under one roof. It will run on Friday, 1st June to Sunday 3rd June 2018. The UK Games Expo Awards were developed and introduced in 2007 to recognize the achievements of manufacturers and publishers of eligible games in a variety of game genres.
This is a shortlist of the games nominated in no particular order.
Best Abstract Game
Best Children’s Game
- BrainBox People at Work (The Green Board Game Company)
- Don’t be a Donkey (John Adams Leisure Ltd)
- Rhino Hero: Super Battle (Habermaass GmbH aka HABA)
Best Family Game
Best Miniature Range
Best Miniature Rules
Best New Accessory
- Big Book of Battle Mats (Loke Battle Mats)
- DMB Games Resin Dungeon Tile Core Set (DMB Games)
- Blood Red Skies – Aces Accessory sets (Warlord Games)
Best New Boardgame (American-Style)
Best New Boardgame (Euro-Style)
Best New Boardgame (Strategic Style)
Best New Card or Dice Game
Best New Expansion
Best Party Game
Best Role-playing Adventure
Best Role-playing Expansion
Best Role-playing Game
Asmodee has announced a new bluffing game titled “Oh Captain!“. Designed by Florian Sirieix and published by Ludonaute, Oh Captain! is a game for 3 to 6 players, featuring a heavy dose of deception and treachery.
“The goal of Oh Captain! is to gather as much treasure as you can to sell to a group of Nomads who currently inhabit the island you’re stranded on. One player is designated as the Captain at the start of the game while the rest become explorers. Players then select an adventurer to represent them in the game, each with their own unique ability and a stockpile of gold coins. The Captain tries to collect as much valuable treasure from the adventurers as possible, while the explorers try and hide the best items for themselves.”
Oh Captain! is scheduled for release in Q2 2017.
Congratulations to Colt Express for winning the 2015 Spiel des Jahres award! Colt Express is designed by Christophe Raimbault and published by Ludonaute/Asmodee.
The Spiel des Jahres is German for Game of the Year and is awarded by a panel of German speaking board game critics for the best family style game.
In addition to the Spiel des Jahres two other awards are given out. They are the Kennerspiel des Jahres (connoisseur game of the year) for best heavier game and the Kinderspiel des Jahres for best children’s game. This year’s winners are Broom Service designed by Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister and published by alea for the Kennerspiel des Jahres and Spinderella designed by Roberto Fraga and published by Zoch for the Kinderspiel des Jahres.
Winning one of these awards is a great achievement for a board game and is quite often accompanied by a large increase of sales. Congratulations are in order for all of the winners as well as the nominees that didn’t win. For the full list of nominees and recommended games you can visit the official site for each award:
Spiel des Jahres
Kennerspiel des Jahres
Kinderspiel des Jahres
The prestigious and coveted Spiel des Jahres award nominees are once again receiving great attention, the three nominees for 2015 being Machi Koro (IDW Games), Colt Express (Ludonaute) and the lesser-known-in-North-America card game The Game (Nürnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag and IDW Games).
IDW Games has announced that they will be publishing the game in North America under the same title, The Game. The Game is a cooperative card game for 1-5 players in which cards are played into one of four different piles with the hopes of discarding all 98 cards. Players are not, however, allowed to share what cards they have with the other players, which can upset the best laid plans.
The Game is scheduled to become available in September of 2015.
Grab your French fries, French bread, French dressing and Pay-roo, we’re going to Cannes baby! Cannes! What, no interest in the glitz, glamor and pageantry of modern film and documentary? Good, because we are going for the board games.
The French board game publisher Ludonaute has announced some exciting news. They have several booths at the Cannes Film Festival showing off their goods and previewing some of their upcoming work.
Colt Express, which made a huge splash last year for its unique theme and components, is being shown off at Cannes with the ‘over-sized version’ treatment! Perhaps like the oversized Mayfair games at Gen Con? I look forward to seeing the pictures of this!
Colt Express, for those that have not been introduced, sports a 3D cardboard train that caught many eyes. Players play as Old West bandits robbing a train and collecting riches using action cards.
In addition to the ‘Big’ novelty treatment for Cannes display, an expansion is being previewed at the film festival. This expansion will include:
– A New Car (not an automobile)
– A new way to play: a Marshall vs. all others!
This expansion will be released at Essen.
Another of Ludonaute’s popular games, Lewis & Clark, is also discussed in Ludonaute’s news release. Lewis & Clark is an American West exploration themed game that features a bit of drafting, a bit of pool building, some resource management and a whole Corps of fun. Now the company is giving L&C the Race to Roll treatment, enter dice. This totally new dice game will be shorter than Lewis & Clark but the decision making is reported to still be deep and fun.
The game will be released at Gen Con but a playable prototype will be at Cannes.
“The Little Prince” is a French novella published in 1943 which is the most-read and third most translated book in the world (per Wikipedia). Well loved designers Antoine Bauza and Bruno Cathala gave the story a board game adaptation (The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet) back in 2013 which was published by Asmodee. Now, in anticipation for the new animated feature film based on The Little Prince, the same designers have created a new game. The company has given no detail on how this game will differ but has said it will not require the building of planets this time around and instead include traveling the stars. It will target the casual gamer and families yet still include clever play.
The new game can be previewed at Ludonaute’s boot at Cannes as well.
So see, even us board gamer geeks could have something to do at French film festivals! Adieu!
See Ludonaute’s news article here.
Publisher Ludonaute will have a second printing of Lewis & Clark available in March 2014 to America, Asia, and Europe.