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Hex Game

Hex Game

Hex is a deceptively simple but surprisingly strategic game for two players. It's easy to learn and quick to play, but be prepared for multiple plays as you dive into the intricacies of the game.Preparation You need a Hex board, which you can download and print here...

The games my granny taught me

The games my granny taught me

I was a very lucky child. I lived with my granny all through my childhood. She had her own granny flat with a separate entrance but an interconnecting door from our dining room - and later, after the obligatory 1980s extension - from the conservatory. But that door...

Dangerous games!

Dangerous games!

This blog post is an extract from The Board Game Family: Reclaim your children from the screen.Not all games are created equal. Just because you’ve had one relaxed laughter-filled game-playing evening doesn’t mean it is plain sailing from then on. At some point you...

Update: Awards!

Update: Awards!

Independent Toy Awards I'm thrilled to announce that The Dark Imp won a Bronze Medal for Doughnut Dash at this year's Independent Toy Awards! Now in it's 14th year, the Independent Toy Awards enjoy unrivalled respect within the industry, thanks to being voted for -...

Sarah Atherton’s Eight Games

Sarah Atherton’s Eight Games

In Eight Games different board gamers share the eight games they’d select in eight different situations. The links are given to Board Game Geek listings for you to find out more. This month Sarah Atherton shares her eight games. Sarah is a board game enthusiast and...

UK Games Expo 2021

UK Games Expo 2021

UK Games Expo is the biggest annual board games convention in the UK. In 2020 it didn't happen, obviously. But - to great applause - last weekend UKGE 2021 took place at the NEC in Birmingham. I spent all three days at the convention along with my two teenage boys....

How to play Brigadier

How to play Brigadier

Quick Links Introduction: Tense and puzzly How to Play Brigadier Thoughts about the game 'How to play' Video Get your free game Other great Family Games Introduction: Tense and puzzly Brigadier is an outstanding two-player card game. It’s packed with tension and will...

Getting inspiration for a new board game

Getting inspiration for a new board game

I’m often asked where my ideas for new games come from. The truth is that they come from all over the place: random things I hear, patterns I spot, components from other games, strange game-playing dreams and discussions I have with other designers, amongst other...

What is a tile placement game?

What is a tile placement game?

In this blog: Ellie explains what ‘tile placement’ means in board gaming. There are all sorts of terms used within board gaming to describe the mechanics of a game. Familiarity with the jargon helps us to define the types of games we enjoy and find new ones to add to...

Update: Book festival, interviews and an ambassador!

Update: Book festival, interviews and an ambassador!

Global Presence Ambassador I'm thrilled to have been designated as a Global Presence Ambassador for the UK.    Global Presence Ambassador is an honorary designation awarded by Parenting 2.0 to passionate life skills pioneers around the world. Parenting 2.0 is a...

What’s behind the name The Dark Imp?

What’s behind the name The Dark Imp?

There are three questions I am asked more than any other: Where do you get all your ideas from? How do you become a board game designer? Why “The Dark Imp”? Today I’ll tackle this last question. I’ll come back to the other two in future posts.The brand behind the name...