The Christmas rush

The shop has been really busy over the past couple of weeks and it’s great to see so many people buying board and card games for each other as festive gifts. The Guardian’s new board games column has undoubtedly been a major factor in this. One of the games covered in the most recent column is … Read more…

The gift of board games

Any time you have a gift-giving opportunity approaching, whether it be Christmas, birthday or some other reason, you should always consider giving a board game. Well we would say that. But why? Well, here are a few reasons… Happiness will be created. Nobody plays a board game to be miserable. Playing board games involves interaction … Read more…

Board games and mental health

There have been many articles written about how board gaming improves general health, connections and communication between people. People need the kind of interpersonal interaction you don’t get from watching TV or playing an online MMORPG. Depending on the game being played, they can help improve reasoning, deduction, negotiation, spelling and language, storytelling, co-operation, mental … Read more…

UK Games Expo 2016

The weekend of the 3rd-5th June 2016 is the UK Games Expo, (UKGE) the main board games exhibition for the UK held every year in Birmingham. Unfortunately due to family reasons we can’t make it this year, but if it is anything like previous events, if you are going, you are sure to have a … Read more…

Narrowboat holiday board games

This time last year we were planning our annual holiday, which was to be a trip along the canals of the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Warwickshire, with Anglo Welsh Holidays, starting from their base at Tardebigge. We spent a week on the Stourport Ring going clockwise via Worcester, Kidderminster, Kinver, the Netherton Tunnel, Brindley Place and … Read more…

Monopoly alternatives

So being a board game store, it’s not surprising that Monopoly is one of the most popular terms searched on here. However it’s not something we stock. Monopoly has a bit of a reputation for giving board gaming a bad name, for reasons eloquently described by DanQ. It takes too long to play, people get … Read more…

Junta

New in stock this week is Junta, a game we’d not had in before, but I was reminded of it by Andrea who recalled playing it in her student days. First released in the late 70s, this latest repackaging has been done by Alderac Entertainment Group whose portfolio also includes the popular Love Letter. Andrea said: … Read more…