Expo News

This is where we will feature news items from Exhibitors and Traders as well as from the Expo team.
Index of posts:

Gen42 09/03/2013 Battle Systems 10/02/2013 Chess the Game 11/03/2012 Gen42 12/03/2013 Demo Game News 14/03/2013 Steve Jackson games 17/03/2013
Medusa Games 20/03/2013 Call of Cthulu 20/03/2013 Cubiko 21/03/2013 2d6 22/03/2013 Cognosis 23/03/2013 Dystophian Naval Wars
Elemental Publishing 27/03/2013 Steve Jackson Games 28/03/2013 Tweet RPG 29/03/2013 Northumbria Games 03/04/2013 Richard Breese 04/04/2013 Lords of War 09/04/2013
Ares Games 12/04/2013 Xi Cards 13/04/2013 Mayfair Games 14/04/2013 Madrilenian 16/04/2013 Mandrilenian 18/04/2013 Ragnar 23/04/2013
Coiled Spring 24/04/2013 Charity 26/04/2013 Pandemic 26/04/2013 Queen Games 27/04/2013 Asmodee 28/04/2013 Fantasy Flight 29/04/2013
We need Players          

We need players! Recruiting players in Open gaming

So in 3 weeks or so everyone will be turning up to play games at Expo. Let's say you arrive , find the board game Library (in the Library Room) and the Open Gaming Space unpack your five player mega game and then stare at your mate and realise 1+1 is not 5.

"We need players!" he says.

"Well duh!" is your witty reply.

But how do you advetise this and how do you get players to your table.

Naturally rugby tackles, drugs and seduction are of course entirely legal at UK Games Expo* but we have a practical solution. In the Board Game LIbrary are 72 of these chaps:

Placing one of these on your table is a signal that you are looking for players.

Once you have your players drop it in the box in each room or back at the Library.


(*According to Pat - possibly not enforcible in UK Law.)

Fantasy Flight Demos

Star Wars – Edge of the Empire Beginner Game
The Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game features a complete, learn-as-you-go adventure. Pre-generated character folios keep rules right at the tip of your fingertips, while custom dice and an exciting narrative gameplay system make every roll into a story. Detailed rules provide for hours of entertainment as you create your own adventures and tell your own tales of a galaxy far, far away!
Star Wars X-Wing
X-Wing is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful Rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE fighters, facing them against each other in fast-paced space combat. Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, X-Wing recreates exciting Star Wars space combat throughout its several included scenarios. Select your crew, plan your maneuvers, and complete your mission!
Star Wars the Card Game
The characters, starships, and situations of the original Star Wars trilogy come to life in Star Wars™: The Card Game, a head-to-head Living Card Game® of tactical combat and strategic planning that allows two players to wage cinematic combats between the light and dark sides of the Force. Command such legendary characters as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader. Launch strategic assaults against your opponent’s objectives. Tempt fate in thrilling edge battles. Seek to make an ally of the Force or master its power for your own purposes.
Blood Bowl Team Manager
A bone-breaking, breathtaking standalone card game of violence and outright cheating for two to four players. Lead your gang of misfits and miscreants to glory over your rivals all to become Spike! Magazine's Manager of the Year!
Once a manager has chosen one of the six teams, he has five weeks to groom them into the best in the league, culminating with the Blood Bowl tournament. He does this by competing at highlights, collecting payouts, upgrading his personnel, and drafting Star Players.
The season culminates with the Blood Bowl tournament. After the Blood Bowl, the season ends. Players then tally up their total fans and the manager with the most fans wins the game.

Demo Games for Asmodee

Players are placed in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals. They will explore new star systems, research technologies, and build spaceships to wage war with. There are many potential paths to victory, so they need to plan their strategy according to the strengths and weaknesses of their species, while paying attention to the other civilizations' endeavors.
The shadows of the great civilizations are about to eclipse the galaxy. Lead your people to victory!
String Railway
String Railway is a unique train game that consists of coloured strings, tokens, station tiles, and a board for scoring. To set up, first place the string tied in a big circle on the table to establish the field area for the game. Next, place a small circle of string to represent mountains and a line of string to represent a river. Finally, place the main stations for each player equal distances apart from one another. On a turn, you draw and place a station tile, then try to place a railroad string between your stations in an effort to connect them in order to form your own train network. Connected stations earn victory points (VPs). After five turns, the game ends and the player with the most VPs wins.
Dobble is a simple pattern recognition game in which players try to find an image shown on two cards.
Each card in Dobble features eight different symbols, with the symbols varying in size from one card to the next. Any two cards have exactly one symbol in common.
Rules for five different games – each an observation game with a speed element – are included with Dobble, with the first player to find a match either gaining or getting rid of a card.
7 Wonders
You are the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. Gather ressources, develop commercial routes and affirm your military supremacy. Build your city and erect an architectural wonder which will transcend future times.
7 Wonders lasts three ages. In each age, players receive seven cards from a particular deck, choose one of those cards, then pass the remainder to an adjacent player. Players reveal their cards simultaneously, paying resources if needed or collecting resources or interacting with other players in various ways. Each player then chooses another card from the deck they were passed, and the process repeats until players have six cards in play from that age. After three ages, the game ends and victory points are scored in a number of fields including Science, Military and Wealth.

Queen Games Plans for UK Games Expo

Queen Games have confirmed that these games will be on demo at UKGE.

In this real time cooperative game, players must escape from a cursed temple before the temple collapses and kills one or more explorers, thereby causing everyone to lose. Players roll dice and take actions simultaneously. All of this happens while a soundtrack plays counting down the minutes until you become trapped. Using dice players must roll the right symbols to enter a room, solve its puzzle or find new rooms working together to escape.
Kingdom Builder
Each game, players will use a random set of Kingdom Builder cards, special actions, and terrain sectors to build the map, ensuring you won't play the same game twice!
By skilful building of settlements players create their own kingdoms, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game. The 3 Kingdom Builder cards specify the conditions which must be met in order to earn the desired gold.

Players are master painters, working to restore a fresco in a Renaissance church.
Each round begins with players deciding what time they would like to wake up for the day. The earlier you wake up, the earlier you will be in turn order, and the better options you will be guaranteed to have. Wake up early too often, however, and your apprentices will become unhappy and stop working as efficiently. They would much rather sleep in!
Then, players decide their actions for the turn, deploying their apprentice work force to various tasks. You'll need to buy paint, mix paint, work on painting the fresco, raise money by painting portraits (which you'll need to buy the aforementioned paint!), and perhaps even send your apprentices to the opera in order to increase their happiness. Points are scored mostly by painting the fresco, which requires specific combinations of paints, so you'll need to buy and mix your paints wisely, in addition to beating other players to the paints and frescos you would like to paint.

The Classic Spiele des Jahre 2003 winner, with players acquiring buildings to be placed within their Alhambra complex.
On a player's turn, a player may take money from the open money market, purchase a building from the building market, or engage in construction and re-construction projects with buildings that have been placed in the player's reserve. The game rewards efficiency, as when a player purchases a building from the market for the exact amount of money, the player may take another turn.
Players with the most buildings in each of the six building types score in each of the scoring phases, and points are awarded for players' longest external "wall" section within their complex. The game ends when the building market can no longer be replenished from the building tile supply, and there is a final scoring, whereupon the player with the highest score wins.

Play a giant sized version of Pandemic at UKGE

Esdevium have confirmed that they will be bringing a GIANT sized version of the popular cooperative game where players take part in a global fight against a deadly infection. See the game in the King's suite.

News about Charities supported by UK Games Expo

Every year at Expo a number of traders and groups support charities. This year at UK Games Expo we have TWO costumed groups who will be collecting for Charity at their stand in the Kings Suite. (You can't miss it as its where the Tardis will have materialised).

Who's Company (Dr Who Costumed Group) will be collecting for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and Galactic Knights (Star Wars and Scifi group) for Cancer Research UK.

The Bring and Buy will charge 10% commission which will be given to the same charities (Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, Heartline and Cancer.)Research UK.

Coiledspring News

Coledspring have released details of their planned demonstartion games. Its an extensive list and their space at the show is substantial this year so there is sure to be lots to try out:

Rome & Carthage

The legendary game of conquests and bluffs set around the Mediterranean Sea.  Players control one of four empires. Their goal is to mobilise their armies to occupy the others and destroy their opponents’ resources.  Armies are made up of footmen, cavalry, elephants and galleys – all have different movement rules, with combinations of cards offering different powers or causing special actions and therefore…. outcomes.  Special expansion cards will be available at UKGAMESEXPO.

Co-Authored by Jean-Rene Verne the co-author of Risk. Published by Grosso Modo editions.

Played over the four seasons of the year, players start with 8 workers and a home tile and look to grow their workforce use them to expand their village. Additional workers, tiles and resources arrive during the first three seasons and players look to acquire these through a clever auction process. Players can reap the benefits of their village’s facilities or borrow those of other players, but at a cost. In the final season, players choose from their winter tiles and these are auctioned to produce VPs.
Keyflower offers extensive gameplay with the various challenges faced and the decisions that have to be made. As not every tile is used in every game, each time you play, it will be different.

A joint design by Richard Breese and Sebastian Bleasdale, Keyflower is the seventh game in the key series and is published by Huch and Friends.

The game of bluffing and bidding. Each player takes a feather from the pack and without looking at it pops it into their headband. The feathers all have numbers printed on them. Adding up the numbers visible to them, the first player shouts out a number they think is lower than or equal to the total of the feathers in play. The next player has to shout out a higher number. Once you think the number shouted is higher than the total of all the feathers, shout ‘Coyote’ - if you’re right the player gets a tomahawk added to their headband, if you’re wrong – guess where it ends up? Three tomahawks and you’re out!

Published by Gigamic.

Who knew that placing words in a circle made them so difficult to find? ThinkFun – that’s who! The simplest game to explain, but not as easy as it looks to play.
The circles on each card, black, red and blue – all contain a hidden word. Starting with the black ring, players find the word written around the circle – seen it? Shout it out but be careful – if you’ve got it wrong you might be giving the other players a clue! If you’re right you win the card. Take it and turn it over; the colour of the back of the card you just won tells the players which circle they’re looking at next.
The first person to win 10 cards wins the game.

Published by ThinkFun

Spooky Mirror Castle
A cunning game for young ghost detectives. Three children enter the Spooky Mirror castle disguised as ghosts… but what’s this? There are FOUR ghosts in the castle – which one is the real ghost? Take it in turns to explore the castle and check the mirrors to try and identify which figure is the extra spooky guest…..

Published by Schmidt Spiele



Map it!
Is Paris positioned north or south of Munich? What about Miami is it located east or west of Toronto? Are you sure?
Players take turns placing location cards on north-south or east-west axis in relation to previously placed cards on the table. If you're not sure, make your best guess but watch out as your opponents may call your bluff and challenge you, if they are right you will lose a point if your card is not placed correctly. Everyone will learn as they play and will most likely discover that many places are not positioned where they imagined they were in relation to each other.
With 200 location cards and two levels of difficulty, both young minds and seasoned globetrotters will lose themselves in the fun of this great game of directions!

Published by FoxMind

Forbidden Desert
From Matt Leacock comes the eagerly anticipated follow up to Forbidden Island.  Continuing elements familiar to fans of Forbidden Island (Co-operative play, modular board) Forbidden Desert offers a completely different in-game experience… So, it’s time to gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city. You'll need to coordinate with your teammates and use every available resource if you hope to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorm. Find the flying machine and escape before you all become permanent artefacts of the Forbidden Desert!

Published by Gamewright

The eggs are done! A game of memory and bluff. The thing about eggs – is that they all look like eggs. Move yours to the opposite side of the board – when they get there flip them over. Now comes the tricky part, once they’re flipped over you can’t see who they belong to.
Your challenge is to get all your eggs back to your side of the board – but are you moving your egg or your opponents? Players can either move an egg or secretly check who it belongs to. When you think you have all your eggs home shout ‘the eggs are done’. If you’re right you win the game, if you’re wrong you’re out!

Published by Gigamic

Move or improve – an easy to learn modern strategy game. Players choose to either move their playing piece or improve it by adding a prong. The more prongs, the more potential ways to move. Created by Columbia University Professor Don Green, the double sided board offers two levels of play.

Published by FoxMind



Professor Tempus
Three sets of cards are played simultaneously in ascending or descending order. At the end of each round, the cards in each set are kept by the player who last laid a card on that set. Play your hand carefully, though, because the sets change hands constantly. The person with the most hour glasses wins.

 Published by Gigamic

Poker Royale
Bluff your way to victory. You hand is full of nasty creatures, cockroaches, rats, stink bugs and more. Pass a card to another player and decide whether to be honest about which creature it is or not. The recipient has three choices, believe you, disbelieve you or look at the card and pass it on.
If you are challenged correctly, you end up with the card, if incorrectly then the challenged is stuck with the nasty creature. If they pass the card on, will they maintain your story or try a double bluff ?
The game finishes either when someone has no cards to pass or any player has four of the same critter face up on the table in front of them.

Published by Schmidt Spiele

Featuring three characters, Alphonse, Ramon and Jack, this card discard game goes down to the bone.
The goal of the game is to gather the best kitty. High value cards are good, low scoring cards, not so good.  Players can choose to lay a card in front of them to improve their own kitty or in front of another player to decrease their kitty's scoring power.  The game finishes when a player has six stacks in front of them or all cards have been played. Make sure you all three characters in front of you or else you score no points.

Published by Hutter

Ragnar Brother News - Promised Land: 1250-587 BC

Ragnar Brothers are continuing to support UK Games Expo and this year they are planning on coinciding with the Kickstarter launch of their new game, Promised Land. Visitors to Expo will be able to see a Kickstarter video which features the Ragnars in their memorable Expo costumes. The trio will be demoing the game as well as fielding questions. The Designer Diary for Promised Land  is currently available on the Boardgames in Blighty website http://rivcoach.wordpress.com/ and the Ragnar Brothers can also be contacted direct by visiting their web-site www.ragnarbrothers.co.uk.

Madrilenian - News about Ringames

Ringames WORDS is a 2-8 player family/party game which mixes memory, language, visual skills and tactical thinking.

RinGames is a fun and innovative game of linguistic competence where the vocabulary and visual dexterity are the protagonists. Be the fastest to discover
the best combination of letters to form the longest word.

The game is composed of the following elements:

-Bag with 26 letters of the alphabet, 1 timer,-Two wildcards -Circular Board with 7 rings, 60 informative hexagons news, 1 dice, -Annotation and score sheets

Cheshire dialect, Derbyshire, Cumbrian, Geordie, Lancanstrian, Mackem, Macunian, Northumbrian, Pitmatic, Scouse, Smoggie, Yorkshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cockney, Essex, Estuary, Kentish, Sussex, Cornish, Bristolian………. and much more, alldialects are welcome!!!!!!!

 Can you spin your memory and find the longest Word?


Madrilenian - News about Cycling Party

Cycling Party is a 4-8 player board game where players manage a cycling team – 6 cyclist- and 6 different roles: Sprinter, Plain gregarious , Mountain gregarious, Climber, Wheeler and Red Lantern. The most realistic cyclist/race board game with lots of details. With three levels of play: junior, senior and master (including a software application), the game's potential is unbelievable. We´ll have a demo of our prototype at UKGE and also a 3D deluxe prototype. Cycling is booming in Great Britain? Here is Cycling Party! Are you ready to complete and win the London - Birmingham race? www.cyclingparty.com

Mayfair Games - News about Game on demo on the Mayfair stand

Larry Roznai of Mayfair Games confirms that the following games will be on demo at their stand in the Palace Room. Those on release will be on sale at Heron Games, their UK Partner.

Zen Garden

Create a beautiful Zen Garden with friends or family. Craft a unique landscape using tiles representing meadows, mountains, forests, and water. Illuminate it all with magical lanterns that let you transform tiles and perfect patterns. Win by being first to create your secret pattern twice!

ZEN GARDEN is an artful struggle.

Seek your hidden pattern to victory while blocking and parrying your clever foes. Find your Zen quickly and claim victory!

Two games in one! The basic game is a fast and simple tile-matching game where you attempt to form patterns on the board before your fellow players that plays in less than thirty minutes. The first player to form their signature pattern on the board twice without wilds and with their special symbol scores maximum points.

For players seeking more of a challenge, there is also Rock Garden, where players receive 12 cubes and play them on sets of tiles matching their pattern tiles. The goal in Rock Garden is to play those cubes before their fellow players.

Road Rally U.S.A.


Race and maneuver to be in the proper position when scoring your checkpoints! Being first at the end of the race helps, but placing first at your scoring locations is even more important. Every turn someone could trigger a scoring point. Where will you be as you and your opponents control which checkpoints will score and which get bypassed?

It is impossible maintain the lead throughout the race. Each racer plays from identical draw decks, playing multiple cards of the same color to provide a boost of speed. Beware, you may only reshuffle your deck at gas stations along the way, and when your hand or draw pile are depleted, you are in for trouble. Race smart and bring home the gold!

Do you feel the need for speed?

If so, Road Rally USA™ has you covered! Simply pressing the accelerator is not enough- you must be efficient- managing your fuel and coming in first at your optimal checkpoints to maximize your score! So get behind the wheel of your powerful machine and roar down the tracks as you compete to run the best race and you will surely win!

Explorers & Pirates

Take your Catan game over the horizon and discover a life of island adventure with Catan: Explorers and Pirates™! The five scenarios in this set require you to master not one island but three, and the sea as well! With a wealth of new pieces, rules and options, Klaus Teuber’s masterpiece is more compelling than ever!

Explore and trade with ships designed to carry settlers, cargo or adventurers. Settle new lands, battle pirates, acquire spices and locate the grand banks of Catanian fish!

The Catan: Explorers and Pirates™ expansion features five scenarios and three missions. Some of the scenarios make use of the missions while others do not, allowing you to mix and match for maximum variety and replayability.


Those who can: build.

Urbania is a game of city renewal where you try your hand as a famous urban planner who is working on the re-development of a run-down city. To accomplish the job you must: hire the best specialists and designers. You must submit plans and create blueprints. You must construct new and dynamic buildings to bring the city back to its former glory. If you can manage your projects well, you will become the most renowned planner and take credit for the city’s amazing turnaround.


Aeroplanes™ explores the dawn of commercial aviation, an exciting era between 1919 and 1939.

Experience the difficulties and triumphs of commercial airlines in Europe, pioneering airports and service in continental Europe and around the world!

Aviation spurred the growth of intercontinental travel, and airlines struggled to dominate the regions of the globe that they served.

Rapid technological advances in planes play a vital role in this development as you compete to purchase newer more efficient aeroplanes, build airports and move passengers around the globe. Earn bonuses and prestige for being the first to fly to North or South America, and win by maintaining the most airports around the world, and running your airline profitably.

Can you balance your investment in aeroplanes, customer service, and routes well enough to become the premier airline of the era?

The fate and future of air travel lies within your hands!

Xi Cards is coming to the UK Games Expo May 2013!

If you haven't heard about us before, we're a brand new Fantasy CCG with a simple to learn core rules system.

Come and be one of the first people to ever play Xi and get your own free limited edition playtest card at our stand, 49a!
Want to know more about Xi? Check out our website – www.xicards.com

Ares Games Sails of War Prototype (due for release Summer 2013) on demo at Expo

Ares Games have confirmed that in the Esdevium Games area of the Kings Suite you will be able to try out a demo of their much anticipated Sails of War game. The game is currently on Kickstarter and is expected to be released in August.

Lords of War from Black Box Games, - an expandable card game for two-plus players.

Lords of War: Orcs versus Dwarves was released in December 2012 at the Dragonmeet Game Fair in London and is currently for sale in select retailers and through the Lords of War website, www.lords-of-war.com. Lords of War: Elves versus Lizardmen is now fully prototyped and will debut at the UK Games Expo 2013.

The game presently sees fantasy races engage in dynamic, tactical card battles which surge across your table top, taking between 30-45 minutes per game. With a burgeoning tournament scene and a very tight, innovate game play system, there is quite a lot of buzz about the product.
In the future Black Box Games, who are based in Worthing, plan to release armies with Historical, Science Fiction and Pop Culture themes, all of which will be interplayable and blendable with these Fantasy-themed decks, allowing players to create custom, balanced armies which suit their playing styles.
Each Lords of War double-deck pack is playable out of the box and contains two complete armies, all of which are, according to the back of the box, "ready and eager to engage in gratuitous acts of fantasy mayhem."
Creative Director of Black Box Games, Martin Vaux, says of the game, "Our armies are differentiated by their exclusive cards, which feature distinctive playing styles according to the characteristics and qualities of that particular fantasy race. Also, all of our cards boast stunning original artwork by award-winning artist Steve Cox."
New Lords of War double-decks and expansion packs have already been developed in-house at Black Box Games to support the initial core packs and to provide for a pipeline of Lords of War products into the future. Plus, the free-to-play Lords of War app for all iOS and Android smartphones and tablets is set for release in May - hopefully in time for the Expo - and has been developed by Bugseed, a group of developers who are also members of Creative Assembly, the creators of the globally successful, multi-award-winning Total War video game franchise.

Operations Director at Black Box Games, Dr Nick Street, said of the company's plans, "We're being hugely ambitious with Lords of War. From the app to the new core double-decks to the expansions, every one of our products has been designed and tested to also work as a standalone game, but each also supports the core game packs and will be released throughout 2013 and beyond."
"Plus," continues Dr Street, "we are constantly expanding on the Lords of War universe through short stories and character biographies on their website. The plan is to create a global phenomenon, and we see no reason why such an accomplishment might not be possible."
To find out more about Lords of War then be sure to seek out the Black Box Games booth and play the game at the Expo 2013 and visit the Lords of War website at www.lords-of-war.com.

R&D Games releases mini expansion to Key Celeste at UK Games Expo

Key Celeste is the first mini expansion for the Keyflower game, which is being released at UK Expo in May.  Key Celeste comprises one large Key Celeste hexagonal tile, one oversize grey ghost keyple and a rules sheet. Discovered drifting out to sea, unmanned and apparently abandoned, the Key Celeste ship was towed to the shore.  Her cargo was untouched and the personal belongings of passengers and crew were still in place.  What had caused the crew to abandon ship?  The terrible truth was soon apparent.  The Key Celeste had become a ghost ship! Players bid for the Key Celeste tile and obtain the ghost which they can use to frighten away and replace another player’s winning bid.  The player who played the ghost acquires the replaced workers.  Points are available at the end of the game for the owner of the Key Celeste tile and the ghost.  Key Celeste adds more interest and considerations to Keyflower and changes this popular game in more ways than gamers are likely to initially anticipate! Enquiries to R&D Games at rqbreese@gmail.com 

R&D Games will be on the Coiled Spring Stand in the King's Suite.

Northumbria Games Stand will host display from Plastics for Games

Board Game designers take note. This is an Expo First. Plastics for Games will have a small display at UKGE on the Northumbria Games stand (P6). It will mainly focus on new products in their range. UKGE hopes this will inspire Game Designers. We hope that this presence might expand in future years.

Tweet RPG – sign up for your chance to win some awesome prizes!

Tweet RPG is an innovative and exciting roleplaying experience which utilises Twitter to offer you the opportunity to shape adventures with RPG fans from all across the globe. All you need to join in the fun is a Twitter account and an imagination! Find out more at http://www.tweetrpg.co.uk and follow @tw33t_rpg on Twitter.

The premise of the Tweet RPG system is simple: you are offered daily story choices to determine the course of the narrative, and you can vote for the option which seems best to you. At the end of the voting session, the choice with the most votes continues the story. Throw in a combat system and some stat tests for risk, opportunities for individual players to take the reins, and fun character creation processes, and you've got yourself a Tweet RPG adventure.

Tweet RPG is the first game of its kind – a narrative-driven social game on Twitter. Sam Richards, the creator of the system, has collaborated with Modiphius Entertainment to produce an 'Achtung! Cthulhu' adventure, as well as six other Tweet RPG experiences, and has been invited to speak at the 2013 Conpulsion convention in Edinburgh.

So, what can you expect from Tweet RPG at the UK Games Expo? The aim is to get more people following and more people playing, so there will be some competitions running to encourage engagement with the system. The simple version is, follow Tweet RPG on Twitter, join in the adventure, and you could win an awesome prize!

What are these tasty prizes? The Grim Tree Games online tabletop and boardgame store is giving away some fantastic loot, and Tin Man Games are providing free download codes for some of their awesome Gamebook Adventures. There'll be a Tweet RPG adventure running during the expo, so all you have to do is find the stand and sign up for your chance to win.

Look out for updates on http://www.tweetrpg.co.uk and follow @tw33t_rpg on Twitter!

New on games that Steve Jackson Games and Men in Black will be demoing at UKGE

Munchkin Apocalypse

In Munchkin Apocalypse, every possible natural (and unnatural) disaster has happened . . . or will happen during the game. You are a rugged survivor in a world full of people – and things – that want to kill you and take your stuff. So do it to them first!

This set introduces four new classes and a new, yet eerily familiar, card type: Disasters!

And what's with all these seals running around? Don't they know the world's about to end? You should really keep an eye on that seventh one in particular . . .

Cthulhu Dice

Serving Cthulhu is fun . . . except for all those other cultists out to get you. So get them first!

Cthulhu Dice lets you drive your rivals mad . . . very, very quickly. Players take turns rolling the big, beautiful, custom 12-sided die, embossed with tentacles, Elder Signs, and more. Destroy your opponents' sanity! Better yet, steal it. But watch out for Cthulhu – when he comes up, he takes sanity from everyone! 18 glass Sanity marbles are included. Lose all your marbles and you're mad. The last sane cultist wins . . . unless everyone goes mad together. Then Cthulhu wins!

Cthulhu Dice plays in 5 to 10 minutes, and is fun for 2 to 6 players.

Dino Hunt Dice

How many dinosaurs can you catch? Roll the Dino Hunt Dice and see! In this quick game for parents and kids, you're capturing dinosaurs for your zoo. Roll the dinosaur picture, and you caught him! If you get a leaf, the dino is hiding, and you can try again. If you get a footprint . . . you're STOMPED!Push your luck to catch as many as you can, but stop rolling before you're stomped three times, or you'll lose them all.Dino Hunt Dice is a game for 2 or more players. Each game takes 10 to 20 minutes, and can be taught in a single round.


This will be released later in 2013 so he is a chance to try this new game.

Two players work together to build a castle. Wall and tower pieces link to form courtyards. The player who finishes a courtyard claims it with a Keep.

Your cards determine what pieces you get each turn . . . but you decide where to put them. If you're clever, the pieces played by your opponent can end up scoring for you! Castellan includes 108 detailed castle pieces and 28 cards, and plays in less than an hour.

If you combine red/blue and green/yellow Castellan sets, you can play with three or four players.

Elemental Publishing announcement on Elemons

Elemental Publishing would like to introduce our company's latest release.  Elemons: STATE MODE Battle Game

Elemons is a game that brings the elements of the Periodic Table to life as fun, excitable creatures. The first in a series of mini-battles has been launched for 2013.  We invite people to play the game and be entered into a competition that we will be running over both days.

Our site is www.elemons.com for further information on the game.

The images help in portraying what the characters will look like.


Dystophian Naval Wars Tournament at UKGE sponsored by Spartan Games

A series of 3 games will be held at UK Games Expo using 750 point naval core forces on the 26th May 2013.

Full details on this pdf

New Family/ Children's Game from Cognosis

Cognosis is a brand new, exciting, problem-solving family board game that will be launched at the UK Games Expo 2013.  It was initially designed to help children pass Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs)*, tests that are faced by almost all children aged 10 or 11 in the UK in school entry exams and/or streaming exams, but it soon became clear that it had a much wider appeal.

Cognosis includes 600 questions based on the 3 question types that are commonly used in Cognitive Ability Tests – verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning.

In Cognosis, children have 50 seconds to answer the questions (the typical time they would have in a test) but adults only have 30 seconds, making it a game for all the family.  Land on a square and answer the question.  Get it right and progress up the board or get it wrong and go back to where you came from.  Land on a Cognosis Challenge square and challenge one of your opponents to answer a question of your choice – which category do they find the hardest?  If they get it wrong, they go back.

Reach the Final Challenge square and answer the question to be crowned the Cognosis Champion.
Cognosis can be played simply as a fun game by all the family but it is also so much more.  It gives children valuable practice in answering CAT type questions in the typical time allowed in the tests and so promotes familiarity and builds confidence.  The best bit - as it is fun, children want to play it and don’t realise that they are learning and developing with every throw of the dice and every question answered.  They also love beating their Parents, Grand-parents or any adult so don’t think this is just a game for the children, they will want you to play too!

Ages 8 and over                                    Up to 6 players

Two Games from 2d6

"Making Profit" is an entry-level financial game for 2-6 players, published September 2012, for those who want something less luck-driven than, Monopoly for example, and also in shorter timeframe. In this game every player is both factory owner and investor at the same time. As factory owners they have to decide  how should they develop it - but as investors must also find out which players' factories are best to invest into.

"You can make a profit in several ways; either by producing goods yourself or investing in other players' activities. But which method is more efficient ; should you depend mainly on your own wisdom or would you prefer the way of passive investing? Answer can be found from Making Profit: The Boardgame. 2-6 players. Money. Stock. Production.
Everything depends on you!"

"Roundhouse Kick" is filler-type quick-to-play cardgame for 1-4 players published April 2013, where the ultimate goal for everybody is to kill as many monsters as possible. Heavier they are, more points you can get for blasting them - but the monsters also attack! Items help you both in attacking and defending but there's limited amount of them.

"It was a plan, as foolproof as it could be, for escaping the most secured prison in this country. And it worked. Until you decided to rest in an abandoned barn, without knowing it was the meeting place for all the nearby villains in their ultimate quest. The battle between you and them was short but fierce. It was a battle with no survivors... only legends."

Steeplechase Launching at UK Games Expo.
Cubiko Games Steeplechase will be officially released at UK Games Expo 2013 with a horse racing theme. The 1st Edition will be a run of 25 games. Each copy will commemorate a different year of the Grand National at Aintree. Reserve your copy now; cubiko1@hotmail.com

Steeplechase is a race horse meeting played on a wooden board with wooden pieces. You are trying to win the race by outbluffing and outguessing your opponents. You will race along the track to the finish line jumping hurdles on the way.

The dealer will secretly give you a movement token. On your turn you must decide whether to play your token or swap with another play in the hope of getting something better. But watch out, if you land on a hurdle you can’t move.


UK Cthulhu Masters Tournament 20/03/2013

UK Games Expo is proud to announce the inaugural UK Cthulhu Masters Tournament.  Set over the course of the Saturday, the tournament will be several rounds of organised Cthulhu play, with the victors from each round progressing to the finals for the chance to win the title of UK Cthulhu Masters Champion. 

The preliminary rounds are set in the different era’s of the Cthulhu Mythos, starting at Invictus and encompassing Dark Ages, Gaslight, Call of Cthulhu, Achtung Cthulhu, and The Laundry, with one person from each round progressing to the final where they will go up against those who have been manipulating events across the centuries. 

Sponsored by many of the companies attending the UK games Expo, there are a number of major prizes within the competition including a Leather bound copy of the Necronomicon and preserved samples of Mythos Creatures specially hunted down for the tournament.

More news soon...

Medusa Games - London Bridge Prototype at UKGE

Expo director Richard Denning will be showing a prototype of a game he is working on called London Bridge. Inspired by the Children's nursery rhymme the game is about the buliding and occasionally the falling down of the medieval London Bridge which stood for six centuries and was one of the wonders of the medieval world.

Below: Prototype artwork of the main board. The Bridge is outlined and ready to build. Think of this as a architects plan:

Below: Here all the Bridge components gave been added. The 76 elements are built one by one (Foundations, Pillas, Arches and Buildings)

Players are Bridge Wardens - whose role was to gather the resources and use them to build the bridge. Of course you want to get credit for building the most and best parts of the bridge and if a bit of the bridge must fall down its nice if it is someone else's bit. ;-)

Below: playtesting the game. The players are fighting for the best bits of the bridge:

About other games Richard had this to say:

Hopefully the 2nd edition of Great Fire from Pandasaurus games may be on sale and demo this year. That corrects some of the issues with house colours of the original as well as offering highrer quality boards and cards. More news on that as i know it. Regarding Nine Worlds and Great Museum, this year most of my attention has had to be of course on the UKGE move. As a result the other prototypes I have bubbling along are - for this year - on the back burner. After UKGE I will make a decision about which games to try and move towards publication, aiming for 2014 most likely.

Steve Jackson Games at UK Games Expo, 17/03/2013

Birger Kreamer, MIB Control and Steve Jackson Games' Special Agent Europe confirmed that there will be a SJ Games display table at the Esdevium booth as well as tables in the demo game areas for MIB demos.

This year Steve Jackson Games are sending no less than four staff members from SJ Games to the
show: Andrew Hackard the overall manager of the Munchkin Range as well as Ross Jepson,Tobias Schulte-Krumpen and Birger himself along with several MiB members.

Andrew Hackard (Munchkin Czar) will also hold a speech at UK Games Expo - so come along and hear what he says about future Munchkin plans.

Hopefully there will be a chance to play the new upcoming Castellan game.



News of a Demo Game at UK Games Expo


From John Yianni at Gen 42, 12/03/2013

Gen 42 will be showing a game that should be fairly new to many at Expoas they have not demoed it before in here or elsewhere in the UK. The game is: Logan Stones
Logan Stones is a two player game that encourages memory and tactical thinking.
It is played without a board (just like Hive) using 18 beautiful tactile pieces that are etched and painted on both sides with different 
symbols: Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Logan Stones takes the simplicity of ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ and adds to it a fast paced, fun game, that can also be played with strategic precision for a much more thought provoking experience. The aim is to make a line of 4 of the same symbol, but as you and your opponent are in control of the same stones and with them constantly being flipped over to reveal new symbols, it’s not as simple as it sounds.

The Vertical Chess Board - A fusion of art and beautiful craftsmanship
There’s something about turning a traditional game of chess on its side and hanging it on a wall that sparks intrigue. ChessTheGame.co.uk (CtG), an innovative design company has combined the tradition and beauty of hand-crafted chess boards with a modern, contemporary vertical presentation.

Introducing the Vertical Chess Board; The Vertical Chess Board is a wall-mounted chess board; its aesthetic design coupled with practical usage is ideally suited to turn-based, correspondence style chess.

The board, designed and built in collaboration with a master carpenter, features an oak frame and a stained ash board [80cm (H) x 48.1cm (W) x 6.8cm (D)]. The Vertical Chess Board includes a set of high quality, traditional Staunton style chess pieces. These sets are carved in finest Boxwood & Sheesham (Golden Rosewood), and come with four Queens; all pieces are double-weighted, with green-felt padded bases. These are beautifully crafted chess pieces in their own right, and a perfect complement to the Vertical Chess Board; Playable Artwork….

From Colin Young Battle Systems, 10/03/2013

Battle systems is bringing out a new range of modular terrain this year in spring or summer. It's a new type of terrain that nobody else in the world does in the sci-fi genre for this format.

We will have this on display along with our current Products. It will not be ready for sale, but people will get a change to see it up close. The product will then be funded by Kickstarter. The UK Games Expo will be the first show we have done this new line set up at.

The whole set is modular with smaller components such as furniture simply slotting together and the larger pieces clipping together to make the walls. Basically you have flat pieces that come straight out of the box combining to make three dimensional objects with no glueing or painting.


This is a link to our blog as we have just started releasing sneak peak photos to the world. (Well anyone who will listen :o). http://battlesystemstws.wordpress.com/

From John Yianni at Gen 42, 09/03/2013

Hive Competition:
We will be running a Hive competition on our stand.
What we plan to do is have a Winner Stays on Competition with prizes given to the players who win the most games of Hive, in one day.
We plan to run a separate competition for each of the two days, and prizes given for both days.

What we will do is to give out tokens to the winners for each game won. They can come back and play anytime during the day and get more tokens.
At the end of the day all players should return and we will count the tokens. The player with most tokens wins.
We will be using different colour tokens for each day, so no cheating :)
Competition will run from 9:30am - 4:30pm on Saturday and  9:30am - 3.30pm on Sunday, giving us time to count and give out the prizes.

BGG Avatar Competition:
Another competition we will be running is a Board Game Geek Avatar Competition.
We will be asking people on BGG, who will be coming to the UK Games Expo, to make a badge of their BGG Avatar and wear it at the show.
To be entered into our Competition they need to come to our stand and introduce themselves whist wearing their BGG Avatar badge.
Emails and pictures will be taken, the person with the best made BGG Avatar badge will be contacted after the show to be sent their prize.
People are encouraged to make their badges using as much imagination as possible. 
Extra points will be awarded for 3D badges and to badges made for unusual materials

We will also be sponsoring a QR code competition run by PlayTest