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My Year in Games.

2018 has been a great year for Cards or Die. We've brought lots of people together with board games and played thousands of games! Here are our highlights... January I love visiting board game cafes and our family started the year by visiting Treehouse Board Games Cafe, Sheffield. It's great to try games before you commit to buying and I love being taught the rules without having to wade through rule books. Exactly what Cards or Die offers at all of our events but nonetheless it's good to be on the receiving end of great service and expertise. We played loads of new games including Colour Brain which we now have in stock - a brilliant quiz game with multi choice answers so you can always hav

2018: is safe to come out yet?

Wishing you all Yuletide light, love and blessings. I haven't always marked Yule but over the last few years I have embraced the celebration. It seems so natural to celebrate the end of the short winter days and the coming of the light. 2018 has been a dark year for me and I am more than ready for lighter times. It's that time of year when everyone starts claiming the new year for themselves. I'm not even going to attempt to trump their claims - they can have it. I don't need 2019 to be my year, I just need it to be a bit kinder to me than 2018 was. 2018 was mainly poo. But even in the poo there were glimmers of hope and positivity. I just need to give them a bit of a clean up so we can see

Chicken Time Warp: Soup for the Gamer's Soul

3-6 Players 14+ (or younger - our 10 year old loves this) Less than 30mins If you find yourself reflecting on the relentless and ever quickening passage of time in a rueful manner. Or, if you enjoy anthropomorphic chickens then this is one especially for you. To be honest, you had me at time travelling chickens. The theme of this pocket rocket of a game is an absolute joy. You are a group of chickens who have broken all the rules by fiddling about with time travel causing an endless time vortex to be opened. Let's be grateful chickens didn't get hold of the Hadron Collider. To escape the vortex you need an Escape Pod and impeccable timing. First, you set out your timeline in countdown order:

Co-operative Games: All for One and One for All.

Cooperative games are a perennial favourite at Cards or Die events. I enjoy them and I wonder whether there's something easier about playing a co-op with a stranger than playing a competitive game. There's certainly an amount of awkwardness in playing games like Coup or Skull where you need to lie to win! Games where in order to win you need to completely destroy your opponent definitely have less of a friendly vibe. The object of a co-operative game is that you work as a team to defeat some external force. All for one and one for all - if one dies you all die! Usually each person has their own special ability that they contribute to the team and it is by using those abilities prudently and

Assembly by Wren Games or 'why you don't want to get stuck in space with me.'

Update 02/12/2018 - click on the links below to see a how to play video: 2 player solo mode My copies of Assembly arrived last week. I'm so pleased with the look and feel of them. The larger cards work great and it's still portable enough to play on the go. All those stretch goals have meant it has lovely components including a metal die. I upgraded and got extra glitches as well as a play mat and I'm glad I did. I play this game a lot so it's well worth the additional investment for me. You were so excited when you were assigned to this platform - building luxury spaceships. But now you rue the day you ever set foot here. A series of meteorites have hit the orbital platform, triggering a de

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