Well folks, we are now less than two weeks away from the UK Games Expo and I couldn’t be more excited! If you read my previous blog about the games I’ll be demoing during this years Expo, you already know I’ve got a busy weekend of gaming! But after seeing all the awesome games on offer, I couldn’t leave it there. So here’s a short list of more games I’ll be taking a look at this year!
First up we’ve got Escape the Dark Castle, from Themeborne. Escape the Dark Castle will be heading to kickstarter in June and looks like a real treat. It’s a cooperative fantasy adventure, for 1-4 players. This ‘atmospheric adventure’ has been inspired by those amazing fighting fantasy game books, that so many of us grew up with! Those ‘choose your own adventure’ books of the 80s and 90s were such a staple of my childhood and to see Escape the Dark Castle draw inspiration from that genre is hugely exciting for a geek like me! The artwork is deliciously gothic, with its minimalist monochrome colour scheme, and the game itself looks to be brimming with atmosphere. I can’t wait to get a closer look at this macabre offering!
Next up we’ve got Wreck and Ruin from designer Mark McKinnon. This one’s a great looking miniatures game, where players control a convoy of vehicles in a barren post apocolyptic environment. You’ll be in control of everything from buggies to big rigs as you compete over the scarce resources the wasteland has to offer. Mark has really nailed the theme here. The artwork and overall style really seem to be capturing that Mad Max vibe perfectly. The game features a modular set- up, giving players plenty of replay value, as they Wreck and Ruin their way to victory! I can’t wait to get behind the wheel!
Next on my hit list is a visit to the good folks at Devir, to take a look at another miniatures game, Fanhunter: Urban Warfare. Designed by David Esbri, this one has a beautifully quirky theme. Fanhunter is set in a ‘crazy and violent universe, where all forms of geek culture and entertainment have been banned’. The Fanhunter police force will go head to head with a rag tag bunch of Cosplayers and comic book nerds in this two player miniatures combat game. Everything about the Fanhunter universe is delightfully self aware. Its unique artistic flair is sure to bring a smile to your face, so make sure you check it out! Devir have plenty of other games to demo and buy, so head over to their stand and see what else they’ve got going on!
Here’s one from designer Tristan Hall that certainly has my attention. 1066, Tears To Many Mothers is a 1-2 player asymmetrical card game in the style of Magic The Gathering. The game plays out during the year of the Battle of Hastings. Players will play as either the Normans or Saxons as they muster their troops and acquire resources, before the two armies clash on the battlefield. 1066, Tears To Many Mothers features some incredibly detailed artwork, that will certainly help bring the game to life. I’m hoping for a thematic experience with plenty of strategic gameplay, and from what I’ve heared so far, Tears To Many Mothers looks set to deliver. This one hits kickstarter in June, so head over and check it out at the Expo!
And finally, we have Zombie Babies. A delightfully disguisting little offering from HoneySuckle Games. This is a lightweight, character building card and dice game, where players will be gaining XP, completing quests and, of course, killing zombies. It looks like a fun little game with a quirky sense of humor and unique style that captures the theme perfectly. Head on over to stand J11 to check it out. You might even snag yourself a promo card!
So there you have it folks, another batch of awesome games for you to squeeze into this years UK Games Expo. There’s still plenty more to come though and there’ll be lots to keep you busy over the weekend. Follow me on twitter for all the latest Expo news. Even if you can’t make it along to the Expo, I’ll make sure to keep you updated and let you know the biggest hits of the weekend!