Drawing from the Deck

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Greetings again from us at the Heads Full of Nothing team! Kerren here, just giving a little bit of an update on what’s been happening at our tables as well as the news from across the tabletop community! It’s been a busy period for us in regards to getting everything set up and making sure that we are giving you the best table top gaming with a twist that we can offer.

Some of the games we’ve been playing will be familiar to some of you, some may not be. That’s the beauty of what you and I enjoy though, it’s that new experience that you may not be familiar with and learning to love it! We’ve played some Santorini and we also played some Exploding Kittens (with repercussions). This is just the start and we’ll have some new and exciting games up on the table for you!

This past week, we’ve seen the release of the Kickstarter for Eric Langs new game: Rising Sun. It’s caused bit of a stir in the tabletop community with people practically tripping over themselves to back it. The Kickstarter campaign started yesterday at 8pm GMT/3pm EST and it’s already at just over $1.4 Million of $300,000 with 14,400 backers. To say that it’s exploded is a bit of an understatement. From my own view, it’s a very good looking game with some great thematic choices but I’m going to hold fire just a little bit on it. I’ll wait until I’ve been able to get my hands on it at some of the cons later in the year. Take a look at the Kickstarter trailer and decide for yourself if you’ll be backing it!

Also announced was Batman: The Boardgame from Monolith. This game, closely based on the Conan game (also from Monolith), came as a surprise to many with its announcement at Festival International des Jeux at the end of February. Creating quite a ripple through the convention with its announcement, people were clamouring to take a look. For me, this is one of the biggest announcements that will happen this year when it comes to board games. The miniatures that are in the game look detailed and the character sheets give people enough of a difference between the characters to warrant multiple playthroughs. Plus, the look of the game is just spectacular and one that fans of both boardgames and Batman alike will be clamouring for.

The other big news to come out of the Board Gaming world was the announcement of the BGG Golden Geek Awards Winners! The big winner was Scythe, with 5 Awards including Best Game and Thematic Game. Also winning were Arkham Horror: The Card Game with Best Board Game and Captain Sonar with Most Innovative being some of the most notable names. For all of the other winners, check the link above.

However, the response that has come from the community has been one of almost quiet anger. Whilst Scythe was extremely popular on Kickstarter and had a lot of feedback, some have seen it as undeserving of the award of Best Game, let alone the other 4 awards that it has won. With the awards being voted on en-masse, some people have even likened it to a popularity contest and the comparison is not inaccurate. It has almost fallen to the most popular game to win rather than the best game, as seemed to have been the case here. Whilst Scythe was a competent game, it was neither the most thematic nor the best Solo Game. However, due to the popularity that it has garnered, rightly or wrongly, it won both categories over, in my opinion, much more deserving games. Is it time for BGG to take a look at how the Golden Geek Awards are decided? Only time will tell.

In other news, Heads Full of Nothing will be attending some big cons this year! In just a few days time, we’ll be at Airecon 4 in Harrogate, then followed up with UK Games Expo in June. If you see one of the team around the conventions, feel free to come and say hi, we might even get you in one of our videos if you’re lucky enough! Don’t forget to check us out on Twitter (@HeadsFOfNothing) and Facebook (facebook.com/HeadsFullOfNothing) for updates on all the cons we’ll be at in the future!

Hopefully we’ll see as many of you as possible at these cons and you folks enjoy it as much as we do! Until then though, we’ll see you at the table!

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