Esdevium's Snake Oil the "surprise hit" of third Board Game Club event

Over thirty journalists, bloggers, brands, inventors and table-top game lovers mingled with a hand-picked menu of games to 'suit every appetite'.
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The third Board Game Club moved to a new venue in Clapham's The Jam Tree earlier this week, where the event welcomed a raft of new games.

Over thirty journalists, bloggers, brands, inventors and table-top game lovers mingled with a hand-picked menu of games to 'suit every appetite'.

“We showcased a lot of newer games this time,” said co-founder, Lesley Singleton of Playtime PR.

“This certainly shook up the dynamic of the Club – we virtually blackmailed people into trying totally different games before we’d let them near their usual favourites.

"Yes, Cards Against Humanity was in huge demand yet again but the surprise hit of the night was Esdevium’s Snake Oil. It fits the Board Game Club mentality perfectly – game-play is simple yet engaging, sociable, inclusive and totally unpredictable.”

Alongside Snake Oil, the inventors behind trivia game, Linkee were in attendance and played quizmaster to a couple of rounds of their game, while Kilogrammedia demonstrated Cartamundi’s new Shuffle games.

Elsewhere, the brother-sister team behind brand new ‘guess the accent’ party game Accentuate, were also present.

Other new games featured on the night included Anomia and Dodekka from Coiledspring, Liar Liar from Pants on Fire Games and Dixit from Esdevium.

Some Board Game Club favourites from previous events returned, including Boom Boom Balloon, Dobble, Tenzi and Man Bites Dog.

“The Jam Tree was a superb venue and complemented our event really well," added Singleton.

"For such a sunny Tuesday evening, we were pleased to draw in such a large group of people for an evening of indoor gaming action and the feedback we’ve had again has been overwhelmingly positive.

"Our intention has always been to tour Board Game Club, so although we’ll definitely be back at The Jam Tree in the future, we’re on the lookout for interesting and unusual bars and venues for our next two events. Our September event will be the biggest yet and we’ve already started working on our extra special ‘Christmas In December’ Board Game Club night."

Co-founder and Toyologist Peter Jenkinson added: “We’re totally hyped-up after the July Board Game Club.

"People love the concept, we’re attracting an enviable mix of consumers, games inventors interested in testing concepts, brands who want to demo games and get immediate consumer insight and people from within the industry who just want to explore what’s out there.

"We’ve learned a lot from the past three events, particularly with regards to which games work best and which just don’t fit within this environment, so we can hone our games selection skills for the next events and deliver something really special in September.”

Email BoardGameClub@PlaytimePR.com to add your name to the guest list for the September event or to suggest games or venues for future Board Game Club nights.

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