Success for Gibsons Games at Board Game Club’s “busiest event of the year”

A combination of new games from Essen and a debut from Gibsons Games gave Board Game Club it’s "busiest night of the year" on Wednesday 21 November. 

Reports from the last monthly adult gaming night have attested to the growing popularity of the event that has become a must attend on the board gaming enthusiast’s calendar.

Among the instant hits shipped back from Germany was the pattern-matching curiosity Layers from Happy Baobab. Meanwhile, Crystal Hall from Gibsons Games found fans in every corner of the jam-packed room.

Crystal Hall sees each player lead a coven of wizards around a great hall in search of four crystals among 36 face-down tiles. Along the way you must dodge cauldrons, curses and potions… 

Acknowledging that it plays for longer than Board Game Club’s usual fare, co-founder Lesley Singleton commented on its popularity: “It’s got enough plot to pull you into a magical world. Unlike a lot of role-playing games, though, it doesn’t ask too much. It’s been a real hit.”

Rebecca Hersee, marketing and sales assistant at Gibsons Games, added: “It was great to see so many board game fans playing Crystal Hall and getting tips from two of the inventors who came along to the event, John and Luke. We are thrilled with how the game was received.”

Elsewhere at the venue, which at times became standing-room-only, guests got to grips with Layers. This sees up to four people racing to match patterns by building up thin layers of transparent plastic. 

The Club’s other co-founder, Peter Jenkinson, explained: “Layers needs you to think quickly but carefully. The faster you match a pattern, the more you score, so you’re racing a timer and the other players.”

Now in its fifth year, Board Game Club lets games enthusiasts and industry insiders meet, mingle and play in a relaxed, informal way. For further information, visit

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