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What was on the table in June?

July 4, 2016

June was our lightest month of gaming since I started keeping records at the start of 2013, with a mere 8 plays of 6 different games.


It can’t be a bad month if we got a game of Waterdeep in, right?

This may seem a little weird given that we went to UK Games Expo at the start of the month, but a lot of the day where we were all there (I had been at the Expo for two days already by the time S and Miss B joined me on the Sunday) was taken up by Miss B occupying the roleplaying tables in the family zone, a complete highlight of her year.  This time she played in one game set in the world of Peter Pan (and a sequel to a game she played last year), and one based loosely on the Night at the Museum films.

This year’s Expo was nearly twice the size of last year in terms of attendees, and I think about twice the size in terms of floor space.  It was an amazing event and highly recommended, the family zone is absolutely awesome, and the availability of food and drinks was vastly better than previous years.  We can’t wait for next year.

Anyway, we only played two games more than once: Miss B’s favoured abstract Strategy game, Balanx, and new-to-us In A Bind, which is a hilarious physical game (it has been described, with some justification, as Twister the Card Game) which Miss B is rather taken with and I expect we’ll have a write-up on it pretty soon.

That doesn’t change our stats for the year at all, so we still have Push It our most played game of the year so far with 10 plays, followed by 6 with 7 plays and BraveRats on 6.  (For some reason I am reminded of the old jokey football scoreline: East Fife 4, Forfar 5.)

Onwards.  We’ll be into the school holidays in a couple of weeks or so, so it will be interesting to see if we get more played then.

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  1. Dan
    July 4, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    The family zone is run by a bunch of guys from my friendly local game shop in Huddersfield (they also have a side business taking games into schools and libraries) They are good people.

    We’ve been playing a bit of Animals on Board with my 9 year old. My 12 year old has however decided firmly that she doesn’t like games at all and refuses to play them 😦

    My 4 year old on the other hand is a keener gamer than I am. Hurrah!

    • Rob
      July 4, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Cool! The family zone is definitely one of the things that really makes UKGE, and it was especially great that this year it was positioned right in the thick of the action, rather than off in its own hall. The team there do sterling work.

      As for the keen gamer, well, I really look forward to seeing more reviews. She has a great future ahead of her as a games critic, should she choose that path! 🙂

  2. Barnetto
    July 5, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    We also had a very light month – the lightest on record possibly – much of this was down to the European Championships dominating the evening viewing! When we did get in a game it was all lighter fayre and quite a throwback (I reorganised the shelves in the front room and some games became visible again!)

    So it was Rat-a-Tat Cat and Loot, two Gamewright games, that took up our few plays.

    • Rob
      July 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      We’ve not tried Rat-a-Tat Cat, but Loot used to be a popular one for us. It also used to go down well as a lunchtime game at work, but we haven’t played it there for quite a long time. I should definitely get it back to the table again sometime.

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