UKGE 2019 has been one hell of an expo so far, and there’s still one more day left to go. There’s still so much to cover so let’s get into my breakdown of what’s been going on today at the show.
White Wizard Games
My first stop today was at the booth of White Wizard Games, creators of Star Realms, to check out a couple of the games that they had at UKGE 2019. First I got to demo the upcoming Sorcerer strategy card game. Just from my brief time with the game I’m already hooked. Each player takes control of an evil wizard and has to do their best to destroy more of London than their opponent. The theming is also really strong, each component features depictions of dark and twisted magic. I for one can’t wait for the full release.
The other games I got the chance to check out while I was there was Epic Card Game, an LCG style card game that aims to replicate the feeling of a TCG without the secondary market woes. Epic uses a pretty streamlined system to work, giving each player only 1 resource per turn to use cards with. It also flips one particular card game convention on its head. When a player runs out of cards in their deck they win instead of losing, effectively turning the game into a race against your opponent.
Making a Scene(ry)
One of the biggest fixtures of my time at UKGE 2019 today was beautiful scenery, as well as the war games that went along with them. I got a chance to talk with Firelocke Games, creators of the sailing-themed war game Blood and Plunder. The scenery on display for the game was beautiful, and the game itself is absolutely amazing, especially for those who are fans of historical accuracy. I’m partial to a game about sailing, so sign me up.
I was also impressed by the offerings of Sarissa Precision Ltd, a company pretty damn famous for some of their pre-painted scenery. While the scenery on display was indeed beautifully designed and put together, the real showstopper was the ingenious tile system they were showing. Sarissa produces a set of wooden tiles, perfect for building different scenery on, which can slot in and out of place. What this effectively means is that you can produce some of your own scenery boards, and then swap them around to completely change up the board.
It’s Not Over
On top of all of that, I got to check out Farsight, a war game that has an interesting approach to stealth and combat. I also checked out Sins, a great-looking supernatural, post-apocalyptic TTRPG and I even had some time to have a cheeky chat with Ares about some of their upcoming titles. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another update, and watch this space for a full breakdown of my talk with Roberto from Ares about both Battlestar Galactica and the new expansion for Wings of War: Tripods and Triplanes, based on H.G.Wells’ War of the Worlds!
Are you enjoying UKGE 2019 so far? Have you tried out any of the games on offer at the show? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.