International Games Week


*cue heroic epic music…*

It was a rainy Saturday in Nottingham, but nothing could stop “International Games Week”. Running from 10:00 until 15:00 at Nottingham’s Central Library on Angel Row, the day saw the exhibition space taken over by all sorts of fantastic games highlighting the array of incredible talent here in Nottingham.

Attendees were greeted first by Artemis Bridge which turned the Storysmash room on the ground floor into the bridge of a spaceship. Artemis is a “social game” where teamwork is key.  Several computers were networked with each other allowing 6 players to take part in defending the sector from marauding aliens, with each person taking on a specific role, be it Captain, Communications, Helm, Engineering, Weapons and Science.  The very first group set a high bar, starting out not knowing what the controls were (not helped by a Comms officer who thought it was “hilarious” to press red alert for no reason whatsoever, you know who you are). Within thirty minutes it was like watching an episode of Star Trek where all the officers knew exactly what they were doing, and working as a team. Although the Captains were far less impulsive than Captain Kirk.

Upstairs the exhibition space had been taken over by Needy Cat Games, Ulfsark Games, Warlord Games, War Banner Games, Ramshackle Games, Shiny Games and Nottingham Artist, Peter Andrews. A lively hum of chatter could be heard throughout the day as enthusiastic gamers either played their favourite games or tried out new ones.

Needy Cat Games were doing the unthinkable!  They were developing a game on site with event attendees, some sort of “student wizards in a flat share, having to fight for use of the cauldrons”. Nope, we would never have thought of that idea for a game either, but that’s why they’re awesome.

Needy Cat Games:
Website – https://www.needycatgames.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/needycatgames/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/needycatgames
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/needycatgames/

Ulfsark were showcasing the simply gorgeous Taiyo Dynasties, complete with beautiful miniatures and ornamental scenery. But it’s not just visual, Alex has developed a terrific set of rules that aren’t over complicated so that gamers can just enjoy the game.

Ulfsark Games:
Website – https://www.ulfsarkgames.co.uk/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/UlfsarkGames/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/UlfsarkGames
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ulfsarkgamesuk/

Shiny Games had a variety of games on offer throughout the day, and to be honest, we wanted to buy everything!

Shiny Games:
Website – https://shinygames.uk/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ShinyGamesUK/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/shinygamesuk
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/shinygames/

Warlord had everything on their table from Daleks to WW2 Spitfires and were happy to play, sorry, show (no no, we didn’t mean play, we said play, but we meant show) new gamers the ins and outs of their games. We were itching to have a go at Bolt Action, but the truth is, we’re bad at losing games… Remember, let the Wookie win.

Warlord:
Website – https://store.warlordgames.com/
Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/warlordgames/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/warlordgames
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/warlordgames

We managed to have a quick go at War Banner’s “Gangs of Rome” against the mighty Peter Andrews.  Nobody rolls dice as well as Peter (we think he was using magic, it’s the only logical explanation we’ve got). Either way we weren’t doing as well as we should have been in the visually fantastic quick paced miniature skirmish game, so we did what any other self-respecting gamer would do, and handed over to someone else who we then blamed for losing. Obviously if we had carried on we would have won. Nothing wrong with our strategy at all, nope.

War Banner:
Website – https://gangsofrome.com/
Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/pg/WarBannerLtd
Twitter – https://twitter.com/warbanneruk

Peter Andrews not only used magic during our game of Gangs of Rome, he also put his excellent art work on display too for all to see.

Peter Andrews:
Website – https://peterandrews.carbonmade.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/peterartdrews

And finally, in the exhibition space were Ramshackle Games showing off their post-apocalyptic title “Nuclear Renaissance”, which is full on Mad Max meets Borderlands but with added Top Gear (as we understand it, no Stigs were hurt in the making of this game).

Ramshackle Games:
Website – http://ramshacklegames.co.uk/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RamshackleGames/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/GamesRamshackle
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ramshackle_games/

In the meeting room next door, players were either battling it out in Scythe or working together to battle evil in a Dungeons and Dragons session being run by Matt Mercer, sorry, when we said Matt Mercer, we did mean Josh, although Josh is a superb Dungeon Master too.

It was a fantastic day, and it was a stark reminder of just how strong a role Nottingham plays in the board / game industry.  Here’s to next year!

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