Tag Archives: Pandemic

Blizzard and Z-Man Games unveil World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – A Pandemic System Board Game

Following a teased collaboration earlier this month, the veil has finally been fully lifted on a new partnership between Blizzard Entertainment and Z-Man Games that sees the World of Warcraft enter the Pandemic Legacy universe. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – A Pandemic System Board Game see …

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Freedom Day tipped to spark a nearly 20 per cent increase in high street footfall this week

Retail footfall is predicted to rise by 19.7 per cent this week, as shoppers take to high streets and towns now free of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions with face coverings and social distancing no longer mandatory in England. In the latest from the retail analysts, Springboard, footfall is tipped to …

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Conflicted and terrified | Toy retail and gaming events approach ‘Freedom Day’ with caution and confusion

With Government plans full steam ahead to lift all Covid restrictions on July 19th, despite evidence of rising cases, the discordantly named Freedom Day has left toy and game communities at odds with the change in approach to health and safety this summer. This week has seen major events in …

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UK retail sees best quarter on record as sales surge 13.1 per cent

Retail sales have seen a record increase over the past three months, amounting to the ‘best quarter on record’ with shoppers returning to stores in force since the easing of lockdown restrictions back in April. According to the latest BRC-KPMG retail sales monitor, total sales in June increased 13.1 per …

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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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Z-Man Games teases Pandemic style World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King board game

A staple of the tabletop gaming scene, Z-Man Games’ Pandemic is making its first move into licensing, striking up a partnership with World of Warcraft to deliver a plague tackling board game that will strike at the heart of fans the world over. The upcoming title WoW: Wrath of the …

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Retail trade union Usdaw slams government Covid relaxation plans as “too much too soon”

The retail trade union Usdaw has blasted the Prime Minister and UK government’s plans on lifting safety measures in stores as “too much too soon” following Boris Johnson’s latest address to the nation to move ahead with the release of Covid restrictions from July 19th. This week Johnson told the …

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BargainMax.co.uk secures HSBC funding package to fuel ‘ambitious growth plans’ over the next year

The Manchester-based online toy and games retailer, BargainMax.co.uk has secured a seven-figure funding package from HSBC UK to support its ‘ambitious growth plans’ over the coming year. BargainMax has said it will use the funding to increase its product range and stock by over 60 per cent in the next …

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The Entertainer’s Gary Grant | “A family business is a different kind of business”

With a universe of toys at his disposal, and the entirety of the children’s entertainment market at his fingertips; you’d assume grandfatherhood was just another day at the office for Gary Grant, founder of the UK toy shop The Entertainer. As any doting grandparent would attest, the role comes with …

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The handmade tale | Fiesta Crafts on why the demand for arts & crafts is here for the long run

Fiesta Crafts has become a name synonymous with the make and do sector, thanks to a portfolio of arts and crafts ranges spanning it all, from 3D construction craft kits and masks to family games; all of which took its turn in the spotlight this past year. ToyNews catches up …

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