Tag Archives: board games

MicroMacro: Crime City named winner of 2021 Spiel des Jahres

The map-searching puzzle game, MicroMacro: Crime City has been named this year’s winner of the Spiel des Jahres, the much coveted German Game of the Year award. A tabletop title that challenges players to search its visual puzzle for clues to solve a number of crimes, all by spotting details, …

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Smart Toys and Games to distribute Whiz Kid Games’ Go Genius board games to the UK and Ireland

Smart Toys and Games has signed an exclusive agreement with Whiz Kid Games to launch its new Go Genius to the UK and Ireland this autumn. The new range aims to combine fun and learning through board games with a sustainable drive delivered through each game’s design. Whiz Kids Games’ …

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Face masks will be mandatory at Essen Spiel ’21 along with vaccination or negative Covid tests

Masks will be mandatory for visitors to this year’s Essen Spiel – Europe’s tabletop and board gaming gathering – as well as proven Covid-19 immunisation or negative Covid test results, even if the government relaxes all measures around social distancing. Organisers of the German board gaming convention confirmed the health …

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Asmodee Entertainment appoints European media development and licensing manager

Asmodee Entertainment is building on its licensing success of 2020 with the appointment of Etienne Bonnin as the firm’s new senior manager, media development and licensing. Based in Paris, Bonnin will report into Darren Kyman, SVP, business development for Asmodee Entertainment, a unit of the board game giant dedicated to …

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Big Potato launches The Great Board Game Trade In to support indie retailers through July

The independent board games company, Big Potato, has launched a new initiative to help its UK customers recycle their old board games called The Great Board Game Trade In. The campaign, kicking off on Monday, July 5th, will reward customers who bring in any old board games they have gathering …

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Asmodee research group Game in Lab launches virtual summit for board game development and inclusivity

The Asmodee research group, Game in Lab, has teamed up with Analog Game Studies to host a new two-day virtual summit for board game research and inclusivity. Called GENeration Analog, the event will feature over 30 panelists and three keynotes discussing how the evolution of societal attitudes around tabletop RPGs …

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Waterstones boss indicates “UK retail boom” following sell-out success of puzzles during pandemic

The boss of the high street book, games, and puzzles retailer, Waterstones has described the UK as ‘going through a retail boom’ as customers choose to spend their money in shops and online, in the wake of foreign travel and with much of the hospitality sector at the mercy of …

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Dragomino named winner of coveted Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021

The spin-off title of the popular Kingdomino tabletop gaming title, Dragomino, has been awarded the coveted Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021, part of the globally revered Spiel des Jahres or Game of the Year awards held in Germany. Developed by Bruno Cathala, Marie Fort, and Wilfried Fort, Dragomino is published by …

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Geek Retreat on track to open first 60 of its planned 100 UK stores

Geek Retreat, the geek culture retailer, gaming café and events venue rolled into one, is on track to open 60 of its planned 100 new stores on UK high streets by the end of 2021, creating 360 jobs around the country. The franchise is on track to meet its previously …

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Claws and Effect | The continued expansion of Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens burst onto the scene in 2015 when it set records as the most backed game on Kickstarter to date. Six years later, the kittens’ explosion is still expanding with ten games to the portfolio and 45 countries on its roster. ToyNews talks to Exploding Kittens’ director of international …

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