Creature College Update 12 – The Frenetic Otter!

Creature College Update 12

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Welcome to Creature college Update 12

Sheesh, well it seems like a age since I managed to update everyone! So what’s been happening since our last update. Our big news was that our sample games arrived from China and our fabulous printer Wingo did an awesome job. The sample games look terrific and they arrived just in time for UK Games Expo where we managed to meet a bunch of our great fans and play some really fun games of Creature College. It’s also let us send copies out for review and we currently have two reviews pending with some more planned.

We’re now firmly into conventions season with several great cons planned over the summer. We’ll be at London Anime and Gaming Con on the 4th and 5th of July and Lavecon on the 11th and 12th of July, so come and join us for a game if you can! We’ll be playing demo games, running competitions and generally having a lot of fun!

We’re also now firmly in launch mode with a bunch of stuff happening in the background to get us ready for Kickstarter in late September. We’re working with our friends across at Ironbelly Studios in Montreal on our Kickstarter video, preparing the artwork for our stretch goals, working with our designer on our Kickstarter page, setting up distribution networks and basically figuring out the 100 other small details that will hopefully ensure that we’re “Not at home to Mr. cock-up” at any point during or after our Kickstarter campaign. 🙂

We’ve also been planning how we will share a stand at Spiel 2015, Essen with our fantastic printer Wingo which will be slap bang in the middle of our Kickstarter Campaign!

We went a little crazy with competitions in May/June. Not only did we give away our customary monthly competition prize (Kimberly Snelgrove) and ran three impromptu competitions on The Boardgame Group, but we also gave away over 40 prizes in our UK Games Expo competition.

As always we’d like to give a shout out for a couple of other Kickstarter initiatives that we think are worthwhile. Currently both are a little ways from their funding targets but they’re both really great projects. The first is Foe Hunters by Larry Lembke of Spellforge Games. The second is “For the Love of Spock” run by Adam Nemoy, Leonard Nemoy’s son who is trying to get the funding for a documentary about his fathers life in time to have it ready for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek next year.

Sample Copies of Creature College

We believed it was very important for us to have full production quality copies of Creature College to send out for review and to play with at conventions so we’ve worked very hard with Wingo to make it happen. Below you can see what the game actually looks like and what we will deliver to Kickstarter pledges.

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UK Games Expo

UK Games Expo was fantastic. We got to meet so many great people who really made the show for us. We ran many demo games and Creature College was very well received by everyone who played a game. It was great to meet all the brilliant folks from the Boardgame group, Katerina Demeanour, Ty Voyce, Declan Noonan, Matt Prowse and Dan Voyce for dinner and games on the Saturday night. A huge thank you as well to all our friends who pitched up at the stall to give us support with the best game of the weekend almost certainly being with Dan Macmillan, Garry Hewitt and the Northampton crowd. Also many thanks to Leon from Wingo who helped make it a great show for us and was kind enough to gave away dice to everyone who came to our stand! Perhaps the biggest star of the show for us though was Ty Voyce who made us a whole pile of *branded cupcakes*! Thanks again Ty…they were scrummy!

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The Kickstarter Video

We’re working on our video with the great folks over at Ironbelly Studios in Montreal and we can give you a sneak peak into some of the work that we’ve been doing with them to prepare for our Kickstarter.

Please back Foe Hunters!

Our friend Larry Lembke from Spellforge Games has launched his Kickstarter for Foe Hunters. This is a great game with some stellar reviews so go and take a look at it and help Larry make his funding target!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spellforgegames/foe-hunters-a-cooperative-fantasy-deckbuilding-gam/widget/video.html

Well that about wraps it up for update 12. Thank you to all our brilliant fans for all the support and come and see us at one of the shows!

Creature College Weekly Update Week 11 – A Rent in the Space-Time Continuum

Weekly Update 11

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Welcome to our Week 11 News Round Up!

The more astute of you will have noticed that something odd happened last week. Your weekly dose of Otter-orientated news, pics and other bits and pieces was mysteriously AWOL from your email tray. I was going to make up some spurious, witty and entirely too contrived story about bees, chaos theory, rogue email servers and a rip in the fabric of space. I might still if I get bored! 🙂 Sadly the truth is more mundane that my review writing exploits, preparations for UK Games Expo and my day job sending me away to exotic Amsterdam for a couple of days interfered with my update writing schedule. Fear not however! Things have toned down from Blade Runner type insane to a more sedate Oliver and Hardy’esque type slapstick so I’m back on the job (so to speak). Now my rambling excuses are out of the way, what have we been up to I hear you ask!

Well currently life in Otter World is more exciting than a small Scotty dog who has a new friend with a ball to play with. We had a winner for our massive $150 April “Win a board game” competition in the shape of Frank Auge who chose Cthulu Wars as his prize. Our T-shirts and mouse mats arrived for UK Games Expo and we duly reserved a bunch of them for UK Games Expo attendees from the Boardgame Group, and our sample prints of Creature College are nearing completion across in China!

We’ve also reviewed a couple of games this month in the shape of Trench by Rui Alipio Monteiro and Five Tribes – The Kingdoms of Naqala. Neither of which has stopped us from backing a whole bunch of stuff on Kickstarter including Gruff which has torn through it’s Kickstarter target and is obviously on it’s way to greatness.

Lastly Happy Otter Games now comes to you with added Otter! We’ve partnered up with the wonderful folks over at the International Otter Survival Fund to help raise awareness and funds for the great conservation work they do.

T-Shirts and Mouse Mats

That’s right! We now have Creature College merchandise which we’ll mostly be giving away at exhibitions across the summer.

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If for some mad reason you fancy one of these just drop me a line at orhan@happyottergames.com. The T-shirts are £15($22) and the mouse mats are £5($7.50) both with free postage.

Creature College Really Exists Now!

Well not the actual college itself but the game at least! Our brilliant printers Wingo across in Guang Dong province China have been beavering away and have sent us the first photos of production proofs of the game!

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They’re working on the final samples right now and should be finished for the 20th May so we’ll have a real game to play at UK Games Expo! Which for those people that don’t know is at the Birmingham NEC Hilton Metropole from the 29th-31st of this month.

Review Fever

I’ve been meaning to do some game reviews for a while and finally got around to it over the last couple of weeks. Trench had intrigued me for a while and I’d seen some reports of it. Rui was kind enough to let me buy a copy and sent it all the way from the shores of Portugal. The whole idea of the game really fascinated me and after a couple of games I knew tthat I really wanted to review it. You can read the review here if you missed it.

I’d also seen and heard great things about Five Tribes, the latest blockbuster from Days of Wonder. Amazon kindly furnished me with my copy and after the very first game I was hooked playing it three more times before the end of the weekend! Although there are lots of reviews on this terrific game already you can read my thoughts on it here.

Kickstarter Spree and More Gruff!

10981946_10153171951556052_677850946851958791_oSo a whole bunch of Kickstarters grabbed my attention and hard earned cash this month. Some of them are still active so you can still have a flutter if the mood takes you! Cauldron is a game of competitive alchemy and looks like a good cross over game for board game newbies and more seasoned gamers. Dragon Punch describes itself as a tiny card game and at a $10.50 pledge level is one of the more affordable of the Kickstarter games. Next isn’t a game but I had to give it a shout simply because it’s such a great idea. Mash Me is a piece of software that intends to take you and turn you into an animated avatar. At only a $20 minimum pledge level to get the software this is really cool functionality.

Finally…yes it’s still out there and it’s smashed through it’s target…it’s Gruff! I know I’ve harped on endlessly about this but if you haven’t backed it yet it’s only $25. Go back it now! Mutated Monster Goats…I mean…come on!

Happy Otter Games Now With Added Otter Power

We’ve always wanted to marry good business and great fun with worthwhile causes and now we’ve got the chance thanks to the lovely people over at the International Otter Survival Fund. The European Otter is a “Near Endangered” species and the folks over at the IOSF do great work helping to conserve these beautiful animals. You’ll see us collecting for the fund at most of the events we’re going to this year.

Well that just about wraps it up for this week. Until next week, have fun, play some great games and stay safe!

Orhan.

The Happy Otter Games Review – Five Tribes, The Djinns of Naqala by Bruno Cathala

IMG_3138 Players: 2-4 Duration: About 90-120 minutes (The rules say 40-80 minutes but we’ve never managed to finish a game in that time)

Age Range: We’d say about 10+ (The rules say 13+ – it is a deep game so I can understand their rating)

So this was another game I’d been dying to try. I’d heard good things about it from a number of friends, and people seemed to be raving about it on the boards as well…but did it live up to the hype? Five Tribes is produced by Days of Wonder, the same company that brought us the hugely successful Ticket to Ride series, Small Worlds and Memoir ’44 so I can perhaps be forgiven for having very high expectations of Five Tribes. A couple of weeks back I purchased a copy from Amazon and planned to unleash it on our Monday night games group, however on the Saturday night I had the opportunity to play the 2-player rules with a friend who had a couple of hours to kill. I was pretty much hooked from the first five minutes, clever game mechanics coupled with beautiful production and great re-playability make this a great acquisition for any one’s games collection. I had actually managed to persuade people to play it four more times by the end of games night! Five Tribes will set you back about £36($52) if purchased on Amazon.

The Unpack

For a game costing only £35 Five Tribes has undeniably beautiful production. You notice almost immediately the vibrancy in the colours, the nice finish on the cards and the large number of quality wooden playing pieces. A great deal of care and attention has been spent making this game look and feel really good. I especially like the little cloth draw string bag for the preponderance of meeples, not strictly necessary given the game play but a very nice additional touch. The crenelated edges on the cardboard coins give them a rather nice unique feel and the artwork on the cards is attractive. IMG_3176 Another nice touch is the scoring pad; the largest I’ve seen for a game but that does make it very easy to use especially if like me your arms have been getting successively shorter in the last few years. The rule book is well laid out and easy to follow and the card game references, the large mats in the picture, a luxury as they serve only to help you with quick look-ups during the game. Did I feel I received my money’s worth in the box? Definitely…I would happily have paid another £5-£10 for this quality of game.

The Trope

You have arrived in the Kingdom of Naqala to find it’s Sultan deceased and the five tribes in disarray. You have to cleverly manoeuvre the tribes into supporting you so that you can defeat your opponents and become the new Sultan of Naqala. To do this you must capture regions of Naqala, influence all powerful Djinns, gain influence through manipulation of the tribes, build palaces and oasis, and ultimately become a very rich man/woman. The trope works well and although the game mechanics would work equally well in multiple different genres you do get the feeling that the author has tried hard to make everything in the game fit comfortably into the backstory. This is a good instance of backstory definitely adding to the game.

The Game Play

Five Tribes is played on a board constructed of 30 region tiles. The region tiles are placed randomly at the start of the game. Each has a score and a special ability. The fact that the board is different every time definitely adds to the re-playablility of the game. Each tile has three meeples randomly assigned to it from the five tribes of Naqala (merchants, viziers, elders, builders and assassins).

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You bid for who moves first and this can be key if you can see a particularly good move on the board. Bidding involves paying for a position on the player order board, but don’t pay too much unless it really benefits you as your hard earned cash translates directly into victory points at the end of the game!

The central mechanic of the game involves how you move the meeples around this board. On your turn you get to take all of the meeples from any one tile and move them in a line either horizontally or vertically (or both) leaving a meeple on each tile you move through until all your meeples are gone. You have to colour match on your last tile, in other words there must be a meeple of the same colour as the last meeple in your hand when you place on the final tile in your run. When you place on the final tile you remove all the meeples of the colour of the last meeple you placed.

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So in the above example we took a blue, green and white meeple from the top right hand corner and left one meeple on the (5) tile another on the (15) tile and placed the final white meeple on the (4) tile. There was already a white meeple there so we were able to remove both white meeples.

Once you’ve moved there are three things that you can then do:

  • Activate the power on the tile which allows you to buy resource  cards, Djinns or buildings.
  • Claim the tile by placing one of your camels on it if you removed ALL of the meeples (i.e. they were all one colour)
  • complete the action for the meeples you removed

The meeples all allow you to complete different actions:

  • Elders (white) – these give you points at the end of the game and enable you to buy Djinns
  • Assassins (red) – Assassinate meeples and can help you claim additional tiles
  • Merchants (green) – allow you to claim resource cards
  • Visiers (yellow) – pure vp at the end of the game
  • Builders (blue) – allow you to claim gold during the game

In Five Tribes gold and victory points are the same thing, You can earn victory points by collecting resource sets, djinns, tiles, gold, buildings and meeples. These all tally up at the end of the game to determine a victor. It’s worth mentioning the Djinns as these have special powers on them that can effect your strategy significantly during the game. I found it was really worth buying djinns but you then had to play to their special powers to gain the full benefit. So there is one djinn that multiplies the gold bonus of your viziers but it’s pointless unless you collect viziers. You get the picture. I guess the point here is don’t ignore them they’re a great strategy to play.

Summary

Five Tribes is a “tour de force”; it has deep gameplay, requires you to play multiple strategies to win, pits you in very interactive tactics with your opponents and delivers more than enough mind bending for even the very seasoned gamer. In the games I’ve played with friends so far it has had a greater quotient of “hang on a moment I need to think” than pretty much any other game I’ve played. Given the relatively short time it takes to read and grasp the rules, finding such depth of gameplay is a welcome surprise. The cost is more than reasonable given the quality of production and the fact that this is a very good game. It’s rare that as a game designer that I come across a game and honestly think that there is nothing I would do to improve it but Five Tribes gains that honour and hence there’s only one way I can really rate it.

Otter Rating: 5 Otters

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The Happy Otter Games Review – Trench by Rui Alípio Monteiro

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So I first saw Trench a couple of months ago on one of the Facebook board game groups and initially although slightly intrigued by the geometry and elegant Modernist design, I didn’t really give it a second thought. Over the next few weeks I’ve seen a steady stream of good reports about the game culminating with Larry Cruz and Josh Tolpa from The Boardgame Group both ordering a copy from Rui. Well as I knew that both Josh and Larry wouldn’t be interested in the game if there wasn’t something to it, I contacted Rui who was kind enough to send me a copy. Rui is an Indy games developer living out in Portugal and the postal services being what they are between here and Portugal, the game took a little while to arrive. It was definitely worth the wait though!

The Unpack

The first thing you notice about Trench is that the game’s production is really slick. The board and pieces are plastic but don’t suffer from it. There’s a nice feel to the playing pieces and because of some careful choice of materials they move with just enough resistance on the board to give a sense of gravitas to your move. The white and black playing pieces both come in their own draw string bag so the contents of the box look very tidy, which if you’re border line OCD like me you’ll probably find very pleasing. The rules are in several languages but they’re well laid out and bar the odd error in the English, are easy to follow allowing you to start playing within about 15 minutes.

The Trope

The theme behind Trench is perhaps a little unlikely given the games’ very aesthetic design. It’s an abstract simulation of trench warfare in the first world war. The pieces represent a general, colonels, captains, sergeants and soldiers that are setup in a formation reminiscent of classical Roman diamond shaped army deployments. The line down the centre of the board represents a trench and the board has mainly black or mainly white squares representing the two sides in the conflict. When I first saw the board I was a little distracted by the fact that the colouring of the pieces did mean that they merged into the board a little. Reading further in the rules I learned that this was exactly what Rui had intended! The board and pieces are designed that way to make it harder for your opponent to distinguish what you’re doing…camouflage!

The Game Play

Like chess the board is eight squares by eight squares with the “trench” running horizontally across the board from corner to corner. The squares on one side are mostly black and on the other are mostly white. Your pieces are laid out in a diamond shape in one corner starting with one general, two colonels, three captains, four sergeants and six soldiers. Each has a pictogram on the bottom showing the directions it can move in but as you might expect the larger pieces can move in increasingly more ways than the smaller ones. No piece in Trench can “jump” other pieces. The pieces also increase in the range that they can move and hence the range that they can attack from with the general moving five squares and the soldiers moving one square. This rather nicely simulates range in warfare. Pieces take each other by moving onto an occupied square.

Now we come to the game mechanic that really makes Trench.The trench itself. Pieces that end their move in the trench are said to be occupying it and this gives them several interesting powers. Pieces occupying the trench cannot be attacked by the opposing player from their side of the board. The opposing player either needs to get pieces into the trench or outflank their opponent attacking the trench from behind. Pieces in the trench don’t need to stop their movement once they’ve taken the first piece they encounter on moving out of the trench, but can carry on to take more pieces if they have the movement to do so…in other words they can “break out” of the trench. Just like in chess where the battle is for the centre of the board in trench it’s all about holding and exploiting the trench.

The game ends when one or other player has eliminated all his/her opponent’s pieces or after 50 moves (25 by each player). The pieces are then counted each one having a points value and the winner is the player who after two complete games has the most points. If it’s a draw then a third game is played in sudden death mode where the first player to 40 points wins.

Summary

Trench has the feel of being a game that is simple to learn but takes a lifetime to master. I think it could have general consumer market appeal beyond the gaming community but it’s still a mind bender of a game for a keen gamer. The simple rules belie a depth of game play and strategy, whilst the skilled aesthetic design make this game a joy to play. If i have any criticisms they would be that the English rules, although easily decipherable, could do with one or two corrections and it would be good to have some way of keeping track of how many game turns you’d played given the 50 turns restriction on the length of the game. However, these are small concerns given the overall playability of the game. I honestly hope that Rui manages to find a good international distributor for this great game.

Rating:  4.5 Otters

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Creature College Weekly Update Week 10 – Competitions, Posters and Goats

Weekly Update 10

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Welcome to our Week 10 News Round Up!

So it’s been quite a week this week. Mostly it’s consisted of preparing files for our printer Wingo in China. This basically entails writing lots of instructions, checking through all the files and ensuring that we haven’t made any of those silly little mistakes that you notice later and think to yourself “Why didn’t I check everything through more carefully?” The last piece to this particular puzzle has been integrating all the feedback on the rules which was finished this morning. Now we’re in full publicity mode of UK Games Expo which happens at the end of this month. Mike Legan, our brilliant artist has been working on poster art which we’ll share later in the Newsletter and we’ve been working on some freebies to give away at the show. The other exciting piece of news is that it looks like we’re going to launch a little earlier than we originally thought. You’ve probably seen the odd piece where we’ve mentioned November but it now looks like we’ll be launching over the Essen Games Show in October!

We also have a winner for our April competition. Frank Auge won our $150(£40) prize and chose Cthulu Wars as his prize which is currently winging it’s way towards him! We’ll post pics of Frank with his prize as soon as we’re able to. We also published our first game review of Greenbrier Games’ Ninja Dice. You can read the review here.

Finally our friends Arthur and Veronica Critchfield launched their game Gruff on Kickstarter yesterday. We were able to drop in on their Skype launch event and have a chat with Brent whilst Veronica drew the most amazing Mutated Monster Goat mural in the background. We just want to say one thing:

BACK GRUFF NOW

Mutated Monster Goats….come on people! Joking aside this is a great game with fantastic artwork and a strong well play tested design. At only $25 for the bottom tier it’s one of the cheaper Kickstarters to back. It’s almost funded already. This will be a Kickstarter that you’re very pleased you’ve backed.

UK Games Expo, 29th – 31st May

So we will have stand 7 in the Library at UK Games Expo this year. We’re going to be playing the first sample version of Creature College, running competitions, collecting for charity (hopefully) and generally having a great time. We’ve started an event on Facebook and if you’re on this side of the pond (i.e. In the UK) we’d love to meet you and have a game!

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Just look for our poster…you won’t be able to miss us!

Ninja Dice Review

We love Ninja Dice as a great little filler game for the end of an evening or to take with you on holiday. You can get Ninja Dice from Green Brier games. Read the review here.

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Back Gruff on Kickstarter!

This is a game that needs to get backed and then some. Not only does it have Mutated Monster Goats in it, reason enough to back it in our books, but it has fabulous artwork, a great design and compelling game-play. But don’t take our word for it, take a look at the Kickstarter video and the review video below.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/31839895/gruff-the-tactical-card-game-of-mutated-monster-go/widget/video.html

Well that about wraps it up for this week folks. Have a great week and we’ll have more exciting news next week!

All the best,

Orhan.

Ninja Dice by Greenbrier Games – Review

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Recently I’ve been playing Ninja Dice from Green Brier Games with my kids quite a lot so I thought it was about time I wrote a short review. Ninja Dice was a Kickstarter launched in 2013 and it rapidly achieved and then smashed its funding goal.

The first thing to notice about the game is that it’s production is lovely and very well thought through. The dice are large enough and the printing clear enough so that you don’t have to peer too closely to see the symbols, the little plastic Koku (Japanese coins) look and feel right and to top it all off it comes in a natty little square Ninja pouch!

To play the game the players in turn have to beat the “house”, in other words by throwing the black dice one person creates a “house of obstacles” that the next person clockwise (the active player) has to beat by rolling five white dice. To beat the house the active Ninja has to roll symbols that counter the house’s security. So..the house may have rolled two guards, four servants and two locks….the active Ninja would need to throw enough fights, sneaks or keys to match in order to beat the house. If the Active Ninja beats the house they get a koku for every dice they’ve beaten, an extra koku for beating the house and still another koku if they do it by sneaking past everything (no fighting). The active player can continue rolling any combination of dice until he either beats the house or the other players drive him out of time.

Now here’s the clever bit…where the dice fall matters! So when the active player throws his white dice all the other players also roll a single die with coloured symbols. If an arrow turns up this symbol has a horizontal line in front of it and any player with dice in front of that line can have a Koku stolen from them unless they’ve thrown an arrow catch symbol.

There is also a Kanji symbol on the white active player dice that has the ability to multiply white dice that fall in front of it making it easier for the active player to beat the house.

Each of the die with coloured symbols on it has an hour glass symbol on one of the sides. Whenever one of these is rolled it is taken out of play and placed next to the house. All the players roll their dice at the same time as the active Ninja either rolls or re-rolls. Once the house is beaten or all the coloured dice have rolled an hourglass the round ends and the house and Active Ninja dice pass clockwise. Note that if all the hourglass symbols come up before the Active Ninja has beaten the house then the round immediately ends and the Active Ninja gets no Koku!

Once everyone has been the Active Ninja the turn ends and the next turn begins adding a sixth dice to the house which makes it harder to beat. A seventh die is added in the third turn.

This is a great space filler game…it takes about 20 minutes to play and is good fun but don’t try and overthink it! If I had any criticism at all it would be that if you don’t like luck in games then Ninja Dice may not be your thing. The game also has a “locations” expansion and a Kage Masters expansion (recently on Kickstarter) neither of which I’ve tried yet but they apparently add a lot to the game! So my recommendation 4/5, go and buy this game as a great little end of evening game.

You can find it here:

http://www.greenbriergames.com/main/

Creature College Weekly Update Week 9 – The Eagle Has Landed!

Weekly Update 9

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Welcome to our Week 9 News Round Up!

So this week we’re more excited than a very excited person who’s just won the lottery and got engaged to Scarlett Johansson all in the same week! Creature College is winging it’s way piecemeal to Wingo Games our wonderful printers in Guang Dong Province China as I type! They’ll be creating 5 prototypes for us that we can send out to reviewers, use for marketing and, oh, I don’t know…play even. Mike Legan, our fantastic artist, is busy working on a poster for our marketing materials at UK Games Expo which we’ll share as soon as it arrives. We’re also working on several other games in concept but more on those in future months. We’ve been running our “Name a Creature” Competition in The Boardgame Group on Facebook this week and we’ve had some fantastic entries. Many thanks to Micheal Scott Matecha, Josh Tolpa, Matthew Roberts, Matt Prowse and Ryan Myers for their winning entries and to everyone who took part. We’d also like to give a shout for two games this week. Midnight Zombie Marathon, which has 17 days left to run on Kickstarter and Gruff, a tactical card game involving mutated monster goats which will start on Kickstarter 1st May. We also finished the back of our box this week and we’re very nearly finished with our rules. We hope to be sharing a .pdf later next week.

Last but definitely not least, we’ll be giving away a £80($120) of board games of the winners choice to whoever wins our April “Win a board game competition”, but to make it even more interesting, we’ll add an extra £20($30) to that if we can add another 30 people to our mailing list by the end of April! That’s right £100($150) of games to the winner of the competition in April if we can add another 30 people to the list.

The “Name a Creature” Competition

Well it has to be said that this was a storming success. Unsurprisingly the community on Facebooks The Boardgame Group rose to the challenge brilliantly and we’d like to say a great big thank you to everyone who took part. Thanks to you Snuze Mumblethump, Briney Hydrosnuffles, Ruby Rumblestone, Sparx Franklin and Singe Flappingsworth will all be immortalised on our cards. The competition was such a success that we’ll probably run another of these competitions in the not-too-distant future.

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Midnight Zombie Marathon and Gruff

MZM and Gruff are two great Kickstarters. MZM is funded already and Gruff takes off on May 1st. Arthur has done a fabulous job with Gruff and it really is a phenomenal game. We highly recommend that you take a look at it when it launches….mutated monster goats….who’s not going to love that right?

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The Back of Our Box!

We shared the design of the front of our box a while ago but Will, our fabulous designer has done his magic with the back of the box as well. He’s created a fabulously sexy image design that we’re very excited about! Drop us a note and tell us what you think! Our rules should be out this next week and well share them with you as a .pdf file!

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Win £80($120) of Board Games of Your Choice

Just for April and to celebrate finishing Creature College and sending it to the printers we’re doubling our normal monthly prize from £40($60) to £80($120). This means that one lucky winner will get to choose £80($120) worth of games! Not only that but if we manage to add another 30 people to our subscriber list by the end of the month we’ll top that up to £100($150)!

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Well that’s it for this week folks. Have a great week and get your friends signed up to the Newsletter!

All the best,

Orhan.