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Essen SPIEL ’18 Live Blog – Sunday

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Welcome to the final day of Essen SPIEL '18 where we're cramming in LOADS more videos covering what's happening here from a myriad of different companies.

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Find Out More About Essen

Check Out Day One & Win Prizes

Decrypto - Aliens: Hadley's Hope - Witless Wizards - Gizmos - Dragon's Breath - Escape Tales: The Awakening - WWX Forlorn Hope Posse - 8BitBox - The Walking Dead: Here's Negan - Magnificent Flying Machines - PlastCraft Crashed Plane Terrain

Check Out Day Two & Win Prizes

Vault Of Dragons + 2x D&D Paint Sets (Heroes & Monsters) - Aristeia Walls Terrain Set - Lincoln - Don't Get Got - Holding On: The Troubled Life Of Billy Kerr - Dicium - Mountains - Fog Of Love (Choice Of Cover) - Swordcrafters - Silk - V-Commandos - 3x Tainted Grail Artbooks + Exclusive Coin - Pyramid Of Pengqueen

Check Out Day Three & Win Prizes

Talisman: Legendary Tales - Venus Next (Terraforming Mars Expansion) - Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles - Tsukuyumi - War Chest & Scorpius Freighters - FAITH RPG Core Book - Dungeon Terrain Set - Magnate Resin Buildings - Lightseekers Playmat, Deck Box & Folio (Of Your Choice)

Check Out Day Four & Win Prizes

Age Of Sigmar Champions Playmat & Deck Box (Of Your Choice) - 2x KeyForge Decks - Mistfall: Chronicles Of Frost & All That Burns - Contract - Doomseekers - Dinosaur Island - Blood Red Skies Core Box Organiser - 4x4 Gaslands Mat - Trapwords - 10x Harry Potter Ford Anglia Puzzles - Village Attacks - Dark Souls The Card Game - Hero Realms - Goblout

The meeples are waiting to be played with and there is cardboard to punch out as we get ready to get stuck into more games and get YOU more prizes.

Come and join us!

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Welcome To The Final Day Of Essen SPIEL '18 Coverage!

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Welcome to another day of madness here at Essen SPIEL ’18! As always throughout the next few hours we have plenty of goodies to give away and companies to talk to PLUS we have another three days for you to run through as well!

Check Out Day One & Win Prizes

Decrypto – Aliens: Hadley’s Hope – Witless Wizards – Gizmos – Dragon’s Breath – Escape Tales: The Awakening – WWX Forlorn Hope Posse – 8BitBox – The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan – Magnificent Flying Machines – PlastCraft Crashed Plane Terrain

Check Out Day Two & Win Prizes

Vault Of Dragons + 2x D&D Paint Sets (Heroes & Monsters) – Aristeia Walls Terrain Set – Lincoln – Don’t Get Got – Holding On: The Troubled Life Of Billy Kerr – Dicium – Mountains – Fog Of Love (Choice Of Cover) – Swordcrafters – Silk – V-Commandos – 3x Tainted Grail Artbooks + Exclusive Coin – Pyramid Of Pengqueen

Check Out Day Three & Win Prizes

Talisman: Legendary Tales – Venus Next (Terraforming Mars Expansion) – Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles – Tsukuyumi – War Chest & Scorpius Freighters – FAITH RPG Core Book – Dungeon Terrain Set – Magnate Resin Buildings – Lightseekers Playmat, Deck Box & Folio (Of Your Choice)

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The Onslaught Cometh For Age Of Sigmar: Champions + Win Goodies!

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We talk with the folks behind Age Of Sigmar: Champions about what’s new for the game. This means the coming of Onslaught and something awesome that might be happening at Warhammer World soon.

Win Age of Sigmar Champions Playmat & Deck Box (Your Choice)

There is a lot of awesome stuff on the way for this game as well as prize support at tournaments and the like. Of course, we can’t wait to check out the game in more detail with the PlayFusion guys.

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Getting A Peek At The Prototype For CMON's Sugar Blast!

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CMON has been showing off one of their newer games here at the convention which is still in the prototype stage. The game is called Sugar Blast!

Working alongside some familiar mechanics from other games of its type, and very much tapping into the mobile phone game market it seems the game has some cool twists to it.

Making sweet combinations can be such a blast! In Sugar Blast, you try to make connections between same-coloured Candies to create Blasts! You must swap out two adjacent Candies to make a string of three or more of the same type.

Then, you remove the matched Candies and adjust the unique tilting board so that Candies slide down to fill in the missing spaces. Finally, you fill in Candies at the top from ones chosen randomly from the bag. The bigger the Blast you create, the more Candies you’ll earn.

This is one we might have to keep our eye on since it could be another good gateway game!

 

Getting A Peek At The Prototype For CMON's Sugar Blast!
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Fantasy Flight Have Something Unique In Keyforge And Discover + WIN Two Keyforge Decks

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FFG have made a big splash with the launch of their first two unique games; the collectable card game Keyforge and the exploration board game Discover.

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Keyforge was announced at GenCon, where it made quite a stir with its promise of providing players with completely unique decks with every purchase.

Discover takes this technology and applies it to a scenario based board game, providing players with their own combinations of missions and characters to make sure everyone gets a personal gaming experience.

Both games are really exciting in what they promise for the industry to come and we cannot wait to see what Fantasy Flight have planned for them in the future.

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Bumping Into The UKGE Team & Looking Forward To Next Year!

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The UK Games Expo guys are at Spiel ’18 and we stopped off with them to have a quick chat about how they felt UKGE went this year and how are things shaping up for the future.

Keep an eye out for the subtle appearance of a familiar face.

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Smartphone Inc - Becoming A Business Tychon

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One of the games that popped up in some of our previews was from Cosmodrome Games called Smartphone Inc. This game is one for those who like their turtlenecks as you’re going to be playing as moguls who are looking to be the best in the world.

It’s rather interesting to have a game which is all about looking at screens…being played out on the tabletop. Here in these images, you can see the rather techy looking set-up.

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NSKN Games Build A Mighty Pyramid With Teotihuacan + WIN Mistfall: Chronicles Of Frost And All That Burns

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NSKN Games’ Teotihuacan has been one of the most hotly anticipated games of Spiel ’18. So much so that they sold out of it within the first few hours of Day One!

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Teotihuacan is a large Eurogame where players seek to build a pyramid in Mesoamerica, using dice-as-workers. Strategise and work hard to ensure you create a monument that will stand the test of time.

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White Wolf Keep Up The Masquerade With Vampire & More For World Of Darkness

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White Wolf Publishing has of course been doing a lot focus around Vampire The Masquerade but the role-playing game also matches up alongside the return of a card game AND a board game too.

The artwork for these games is always evocative and it’s fantastic seeing the World Of Darkness regaining more popularity in the mainstream as well as being an RPG which somewhat hugs the fringes.

Let’s just hope they do a lot more for Werewolf: The Apocalypse too!

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Keep An Eye On The Dized App With A New Open Beta Period!

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Dized are at Spiel ’18 demonstrating their new app that helps to teach you how to play board games.

The app is currently going through its open Beta period, letting people try it out and see how much easier it makes the process of learning all those rules.

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Spiel Players Speed Through Some Chess games

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Spiel really is a celebration of tabletop gaming, and as such it’s not just new games that people are playing.

There are loads of variations on the classic game of chess on display, and some people are playing it so fast it boggles the mind!

Spiel Players Speed Through Some Chess games
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Yoka Introduce Us To Their Range Of Games + Win A Prize!

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The team from Yoka Games is telling us all about some of the games they have in the pipeline, each of them with a lighter feel to them including an awesome game called Contract and even something which has got a special place in a lot of hearts, the One Punch Man game!

Win A Copy Of Contract

Contract is a fascinating game which is all about bluffing, controlling your family and generally living the Mafioso lifestyle.

The team have also been working on a lot of games based on animes and such which is kinda awesome!

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Packing Away The Review Copies!

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We have a LOT of content to film when we get home it seems. Two massive boxes are getting packed full of board games which we’re going to be delving into when we get home so that we can do loads of Let’s Plays for you.

Ryan is very happy with a lot of the games we have and Ben has been drooling over a few too. There is going to be a good mix of smaller games, larger games, party games and more for us to try out with you to see what you like!

Packing Away The Review Copies!
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Find Out What Happens After The Virus With FryxGames

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Another one of the games that FryxGames wanted to talk to us about was After The Virus. You will know these folks from our chat about Terraforming Mars and the expansions that we’ve been seeing coming to the fore so you know these guys are great when it comes to mechanics.

After The Virus is a 1-3 Player cooperative card game all about surviving against the zombie hordes with a deckbuilding mechanic backing it all up.

It has a very quirky look and feel to it but well worth checking out if you like zombie survival!

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Ninja Division Take Their Oath In Doomseeker + Win The Game!

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Doomseeker has made its European launch at Spiel ’18 and plenty of people have gone to the Ninja Division stand eager to seek their doom!

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Doomseeker sees you step back into the world of Warhammer Fantasy Battles as a Slayer, a dwarf who must seek a glorious death in order to make up for a grievous shame.

Players take on the role of a variety of characterful slayers and set out to defeat monsters and earn glory, all to become the one whose death will resound in the sagas of their dwarf kin.

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Room 17 Guide Us Through Their Tenfold Dungeon System

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Room 17 are heading in a different, downwards direction for their next project as they present Tenfold, a system of stackable dungeon-delving terrain.

We have had a lot of fun with Room 17’s games, so it was great to get a chance to find out what they are working on. Tenfold looks to be the answer for those fans of dungeon delving who want to create an evocative gaming environment that won’t break the back.

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Enjoying A Game Of Hope At Snakes & Lattes

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Spiel ’18 provides plenty of places to relax, enjoy a game and grab some refreshments.

One of the most popular has been the Snakes & Lattes pop-up board game cafe, where people have been coming to grab a coffee and try their board game collection.

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Dinosaurs & Terrifying Darkness From Pandasarus Games + Win A Prize!

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Pandasaurus Games has been playing around with some great ideas recently and one of them is Dinosaur Island which has you trying to take control of one of these out of control islands where crazy things happen from the prehistoric era.

Win A Copy Of Dinosaur Island

As well as Dinosaur Island we also chat about what’s going on with Nyctophobia which we have played and absolutely loved!

This game has one player playing as the Hunter whilst the others are being Hunted AND they cannot see at all!

 

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Queen Games Take Us Through New Releases Like Luxor, Bastille & Skylands

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Queen Games have been showing off some of their newest releases this year including the Spiel Des Jahres nominated Luxor.

As well as that they take the time to talk about Bastille & Skylands; two awesome games also in their library that we can’t wait to try out in more detail.

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Warlord Games Take Us To Cruel Seas & The Skies Of WWII + Win A Prize!

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The team at Warlord Games have got plenty of irons in the fire as it where when it comes to their games right now. Cruel Seas is just around the corner and Blood Red Skies is getting more and more exciting every time we see it.

Win A Blood Red Skies Core Box Organiser

We have plenty of awesome stuff on the horizon for you Historical Wargamers and I reckon you’re going to be telling us just what you think of both of these games AND Bolt Action as it continues to evolve from Warlord Games.

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Roxley Discuss The Changes Between Brass: Birmingham & Lancashire + More Of Their Games!

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Ryan stops in with Roxley Game Laboratory to talk about two of their massive games which have sold out here at the convention including Brass: Lancashire and Brass: Birmingham.

Both of these games are titans that have rocked the board gaming world and Birmingham does a lot to address some of the meta developments that came out of Lancashire during its lifetime.

There is a still a lot that players love from both games and with Ben as a proper Brummie it’s great to have a game which looks back at his neck of the woods!

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It's Time For A Big Adventure With Heropath

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Earlier during the weekend we got to talk to the designer behind the rather expansive board game, Heropath: Dragon Roar and learned a bit more not only about its development but also what kind of mechanics we have at play here.

The game appears to mix together a lot that would be considered staple for a board game but also provides you with interesting quests, unique characters each with their own developmental cycles and more.

Add into this the new expansions for the game and you have a product that might find itself on more shelves over the coming months.

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Mythic's Az Talks Solomon Kane Miniature Quality & Production

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Mythic Games’ Az talks us through some of the next steps that have been taken with the development and production of Solomon Kane.

Currently, Solomon Kane is moving towards the end of their Late Backer stage and with that in mind they’ve also been talking to more and more companies about the quality of sculpts that they want to bring to life as part of the game.

Considering how evocative the world of Solomon Kane is it makes sense that Mythic would make sure that the miniatures are up to the same quality as the storytelling.

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Hexy Show Off Their Awesome Terrain & More Gallery

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The team from Hexy have a lot of irons in the fire but one of their awesome focal points is towards the creation of a lot of terrain which can be used for role-playing games and miniature wargames.

Have a peek at some of their awesome miniatures and terrain!

Hexy Show Off Their Awesome Terrain & More Gallery
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Deep-Cut Show Off Their Awesome New Gaslands Mat + Win One!

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Deep-Cut Studio has been working with some awesome companies of late from Steamforged Games and their Guild Ball mats to Osprey and some official mats for use with Gaslands!

Win A 4×4 Gaslands Mat

The team at Deep-Cut also teased that they are going to be working with another BIG company very soon so watch this space.

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Artipia Games Go Stealin' With A Thief's Fortune & Project Elite

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Artipia Games has been focusing in on two awesome games of late. The first of these is A Thief’s Fortune which has you playing to try and be the best pilferer in the Middle-east.

Twin this with a tower defence style alien game called Project Elite and you really do have a lot of different bases covered with these guys.

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CGE Run Us Through The Awesome Trapwords, Codenames & More + Win A Signed Trapwords!

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We stopped in with Jana from CGE and talked to her about what’s new from them when it comes to games at Essen SPIEL ’18.

Win A Signed Copy Of Trapwords

As well as Trapwords which sounds awesome we were also talking about Codenames which has been given a big boost in size as well as scope and Adrenaline which gets itself a new ‘DLC’ expansion which adds to the game.

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Sport Some Stylish Headwear Round Spiel

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It’s not just cardboard Eevees and Pikachus people are proudly wearing on their heads at Essen. Quite a few stores have some really inventive items of apparel for sale, including some glorious examples of stylish headgear.

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Quick & Easy; Learning How To Play Just One!

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Rocking Out & Getting The Skinny On Roadies Rule!

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We were able to talk to James and Mark about their new collaboration which is totally metal and utterly awesome.

They are working on a game called Roadies Rule which sounds like it’s going to be an awesome cooperative venture where you’re trying to keep the band playing through their craziest set yet.

We are really looking forward to learning more about this one and putting together a perfect playlist to sit down with when we do too!

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Wrebbit Show Off Their Impressive 3D Jigsaw Puzzles With A Magical Twist + Win Puzzles!

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Sometimes we get drawn in by something which isn’t gaming related and so we talked to Wrebbit about their amazing 3D jigsaw puzzles which have got quite the magical twist to them with the wonderful Harry Potter pieces they have been working on.

10x Harry Potter Ford Anglia

We think these are wonderful pieces and we can’t wait to get them home so we can build a few for our studio.

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Vetusta Games Breath New Life Into Shadowfist

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Vetusta Games are a newly formed company who are seeking to revive the card game Shadowfist.

Shadowfist is a collectible card game first released in 1995. It has recently been taken on by Vetusta, who are themselves all players of the game and want to bring it back better than ever. A Kickstarter is on the horizon, so hopefully we will get to delve back into this game of awesome kung fu movie action again soon

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Blue Orange Discuss Blue Lagoon, Planet, Scarabya & More!

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The folks from Blue Orange Games talked to Ryan about some of their new and exciting titles which are arriving on shelves.

The first of these is Blue Lagoon followed by Planet which is a big 3D puzzle where you are trying to build up a fascinating globe and match up particular pieces to get the best result.

Come and find out what else they’ve been working on with Ryan!

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Things Get Gothic As Grimlord Show Case Village Attacks & Everrain + WIN Village Attacks

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Grimlord Games’ Village Attacks is now lurching out to terrorize gamers at Spiel ’18.

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Village Attacks sees players take on the roles of famous monsters from folklore and literature in a tower defence game dripping with gothic atmosphere.

Meanwhile, their next game The Everrain, which will soon be coming to Kickstarter, takes us to a world of Lovecraftian horror-infused dark fantasy. Waves crash upon your ship as you try to survive with your crew.

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Men At Work Gets The Balance Right

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Balance and dexterity board games make for light, fun experiences between larger game sessions, or for playing with the family (or after a few beers).

Men At Work looks to be the most promising, and potentially challenging one, in recent years. The challenge builds as your edifice of girders starts to climb, all as your little meeple builders clutch their gear and try not to topple off.

Men At Work Gets The Balance Right
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Steamforged Dicuss Dark Souls Expansions & More + Win The Game!

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Steamforged Games talk to us about what’s going on with Dark Souls The Card Game and the upcoming expansions for the game.

Win A Copy Of Dark Souls The Card Game

Steamforged Games are doing lots of impressive stuff right now, delving down into their awesome licenced properties and also their own projects as well.

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White Wizard's Peter Talks About The Design Behind Sorcerer

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I got to talk with Peter from White Wizard Games and designer of the utterly awesome looking Sorcerer.

The game features a really deep and imaginative backstory which helps to weave an interesting narrative across the tabletop as you set up to play with two, three or four players.

The way that you design and build your deck of cards each time you play is fascinating and it will be fun seeing what kinds of combinations work together well when people are trying this out for themselves.

As well as doing well as a Kickstarter project the game is coming to retail and will feature lots of interesting and very accessible ways to get more content for the game.

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Debbie From White Wizard Discusses Hero Realms + Star Realms

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White Wizard Games has been delving deeper into the world of Hero Realms with new expansions and Star Realms which is leaping up into another league with some awesome cooperative directions for it.

Win A Copy Of Hero Realms

As well as the games and learning about how they work we also talk about the Charity Event that White Wizard Games has been working on so watch out for the news on that.

 

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Façade Games Discuss Their Rather Unique Looking Games

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Façade Games have an interesting selection of games that will feel right at home on your bookshelf.

We stopped by with Façade to discuss their three beautifully camouflaged game sets; Salem 1692, Tortuga 1667, and their latest release Deadwood 1876.

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Look To Kickstarter & The Expansive Campaign Of After The Earth + Win A Game!

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Come and take a peek at this awesome narrative game which has arrived from Exod Games on Kickstarter right now, After The End.

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This game has a really awesome premise to it, delving down into a city and world that has been utterly destroyed; where your characters are looking to survive and carve out their own story in a campaign game which has a real focus on narrative and consequences mattering between your missions.

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Goodbye From Essen SPIEL '18 & Bring On More Tabletop Awesomeness!

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And that is it. We’re at the end of four amazing days here at Essen SPIEL ’18 where the team has been working on overdrive to bring you the best board games, card games, miniatures releases and more that have caught our eye during our trip.

As well as a bundle of awesome prizes we’ve also been able to talk to some amazing designers and learn about the passion that fuels their projects too.

We hope that you have enjoyed this as much as we have and can’t wait to get playing more board games when we return to Ireland!

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bigbadbazz
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Doing well
now don’t miss any stand on your last day

havoq
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lets get this show on the road:)

Shredhead
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Maybe we could even get some wargaming content today? What are terrain companies up to? Brother Vinni? Some new and exciting sculptors? I couldn’t care less about board games, tbh.

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Any chance to see the guys from Adreama Games, Inc. (Machina Arcana) @ Hall5 – 5E104. I backed the KS and they have the prototype in the booth.

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I did see Machina Arcana (did not backed it) I can tell you anything about the game play. But it surpiced me how tiny every thing was. I think in a game you will easily tobble game pieces over.

goggs
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Great coverage lads. Would love to see some coverage of The Postindustrial Games stand and the new Human Interface: Be a Better Human miniatures. They are at booth G112 in hall 6. Enjoy the day.

tibour
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love the Warlord and White Wizard coverage!

duster
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Thanks for the coverage guys!

myhobbyroom
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Thank you for the great coverage. Too far for me to attend.

jax78
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Cheers for the coverage guys.

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