Board Game Club’s Clapham Success!

Board Game Club

As part of its ongoing tour, we took Board Game Club to a stunning new venue in Clapham last week. In a secret room hidden behind a bookcase in The Jam Tree, more than thirty journalists, bloggers, brands, inventors and table-top game lovers mingled with our hand-picked menu of games to suit every appetite.

We showcased a lot of newer games this time. This certainly shook up the dynamic of the Club – we virtually blackmailed people into trying totally different games before we’d let them near their usual favourites! Yes, Cards Against Humanity was in huge demand yet again but the surprise hit of the night was Esdevium’s Snake Oil. It fits the Board Game Club mentality perfectly – game-play is simple yet engaging, sociable, inclusive and totally unpredictable.

The Jam Tree was a superb venue and complemented our event really well. For such a sunny Tuesday evening, we were pleased to draw in such a large group of people for an evening of indoor gaming action and the feedback we’ve had again has been overwhelmingly positive.

Our intention has always been to tour Board Game Club, so although we’ll definitely be back at The Jam Tree in the future, we’re on the lookout for interesting and unusual bars and venues for our next two events. Our September event will be the biggest yet and we’ve already started working on our extra special ‘Christmas In December’ Board Game Club night.

The inventors behind shouty-outy trivia game, Linkee, joined Board Game Club and played quizmaster to a couple of rounds of their game before exploring the dozen or so other games on offer, while Kilogrammedia demonstrated Cartamundi’s new Shuffle games – the first app-linked games featured at Board Game Club. The brother-sister team behind brand new ‘guess the accent’ party game, Accentuate, were also on-hand to introduce Board Game Clubbers to the game which is hot off the press this week. Other new games featured on the night included Anomia and Dodekka (Coiled Spring), Liar Liar (Pants on Fire Games) and Dixit (Esdevium). A bank of Board Game Club favourites from previous events included Boom Boom Balloon, Dobble, Tenzi and Man Bites Dog.

Co-founder, Toyologist and part of the Playtime PR team, Peter Jenkinson adds,

We’re totally hyped-up after the July Board Game Club. People love the concept, we’re attracting an enviable mix of consumers, games inventors interested in testing concepts, brands who want to demo games and get immediate consumer insight and people from within the industry who just want to explore what’s out there. We’ve learned a lot from the past three events, particularly with regards to which games work best and which just don’t fit within this environment, so we can hone our games selection skills for the next events and deliver something really special in September.

Access to Board Game Club is through the guest list only; simply email BoardGameClub@PlaytimePR.com to add your name or find out more details about future events. You can also sign up to the mailing list here.

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To suggest games or venues for future Board Game Club nights, email BoardGameClub@PlaytimePR.com

Embrace the awkward with Accentuate

Can you copy a Cockney, mimic a Mancunian or ape an Australian? If your imitation skills are up to scratch, you’ll go far in Accentuate, the slick new party game that’s set to make Brits squirm with embarrassment. Leaving other classic games out in the cold, Accentuate boasts a simple yet humiliating premise: repeat a given quotation aloud in a randomly selected accent and see if teammates can guess what it is!

The worse the accent attempts are, the more hilarious the game becomes as players struggle to separate their Geordie from their German, their Scouse from their Spanish. Featuring 30 different drawls from around the globe – a third of which are home-grown British dialects – Accentuate players are under blush-inducing pressure to perform, with just thirty seconds to utter one of the 90 quotations in their allotted accent.

Aimed at players aged 16+, Accentuate is the must-have game for grown-ups and one of the most exciting new-kids-on-the-block in the growing ‘Games for Badults’ sector. Created by Merseyside siblings, Graeme and Fiona Fraser-Bell, the game aims to mortify players into fits of giggles at home, in the pub, on holiday and at parties.

“The game is all about people doing bad impressions of good accents,” explains Graeme, “There’ll be raucous belly-laughs across the land as friends are put on the spot, forced to face their fears by attempting accents from all over the world. Few party games are capable of reducing people to tears of laughter within seconds of opening the box – we’ve seen grown men crumble when confronted with ‘Egyptian’ on their Accent Card, while others cringe as they struggle to mimic what should be a fairly simple ‘native’ dialect like Brummie. People have said it’s one of the most uncomfortable games they’ve ever played, yet the beauty is that, whilst sniggering at everybody else’s efforts, every player knows it’s just a matter of time before it’s their turn… so everyone’s on edge throughout the entire game!”

The distinctive black and white Accentuate box comes complete with 90 Accent Cards featuring 30 different accents from around the globe (each repeated three times), 90 different Quotation Cards, a timer and a dice to select game-play options. Its compact size makes it ideal for travel, making it the perfect game to liven up any long car, train or plane journeys this summer.

Accentuate, RRP £23.50 is for four or more players aged 16+. It’s available to buy now from www.accentuategames.com

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About Accentuate Games Ltd

Accentuate Games Ltd is an independent boutique games company based in the North-West and headed up by brother-sister team Graeme Fraser-Bell and Fiona Fraser-Bell. Its first production, Accentuate, launched in the UK in July 2014. Visit www.accentuategames.com for more information.

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Toy mash-up challenge hits B3TA (NSFW)

Image credit: B3TA.com user Ninj

If you read my recent opinion piece in the July issue of ToyNews, you’ll know that I’m not one to shy away from controversy-linked toys and games. So imagine my sheer delight when a colleague sent me a link to a recent toy-themed photo challenge on B3TA… The task? To combine toys into something new, using photoshop, hacksaws, glue and sometimes disgraceful imaginations!

The results veer from the hilarious to the horrifying – and I warn you that some of the images are NSFW (keep your kids’ eyes away from these too). While childhood classics should remain magical for as long as possible, there’s something irresistible about Buzz Cabbage… And Kerplonk is crying out to hit the next Board Game Club, that’s for sure. Enjoy!

View the whole B3TA toy mash-up challenge here

Image credits: B3TA.com user Ninj

Image credit: B3TA.com user Ninj

 

 

Pants On Fire Games hires Playtime PR

Independent games company, Pants On Fire Games, has hired specialist toys and games agency, Playtime PR, to handle PR for its entire range in the UK.

Pants on Fire – which boasts an impressive portfolio of nine board games for a variety of age ranges, stocked by an array of retailers including WHSmith, John Lewis and Waterstones – has hired Playtime PR on a retained basis to support all titles in the range with a proactive PR campaign throughout 2014, the key focus being on raising consumer awareness of the games in the all-important Q4 period. Playtime’s remit will include supporting existing games – such as You Cannae Push Yer Granny Off The Bus, Liar Liar and the RSPB-licensed Wing It – as well as devising and implementing a campaign to launch two brand new licensed games this summer.

Lesley Singleton, Head of Play at Playtime PR comments,

Brands like Pants on Fire are why Playtime PR exists – these guys are creative, passionate and know what works in terms of game-play. I’ve had a sneak preview of one of the new licensed games in the pipeline and it’s ludicrously good! They mix decent concepts with just the right amount of cheekiness, creating fun-to-play, accessible board games for all the family. And they have some ridiculously exciting developments to announce in the next few weeks, so they’ve certainly made me hit the ground running! Pants on Fire ticks all the boxes in terms of being a brilliant brand to be involved with and I’m thrilled they’ve chosen to bring Playtime PR on board during such a huge period of development for them.

Pants on Fire’s Director, Richard McLuckie, adds,

We’ve been running Pants on Fire for a few years now, have established good relationships with a number of retailers and have a successful collection of games to showcase. It’s time for us to really make an impact, so we’re investing heavily in a number of things including a new website, further new product development and, of course, PR. Playtime’s passion for games is second to none and we seem to share a comparable sense of humour, which is surely key in this industry! With so many major developments to announce in the next couple of months, we’re confident this will be a great relationship.

Wing It Board and Box 2With 17 years’ PR and media experience under her belt, Lesley has spent recent years specialising in consumer-facing PR for brands in the toys, games, nursery and family sector. She launched Playtime PR earlier this year after running her own successful agency, LS Media Ltd, for almost eight years, and was voted one of the Top 100 Women In Toys*. As well as being co-founder of Board Game Club, Lesley is the UK PR Manager for games brand Bananagrams and also handles all UK PR for: 2013’s Dragons’ Den-slaying quiz game success story, Linkee; brand new guess-the-accent party game, Accentuate, and historical doll brand, A Girl for All Time. In addition, she handles projects for games company Winning Moves UK and preschool toy brand, Bee Smart Toys. Before launching her own PR agency back in 2006, Lesley worked agency-side at Consolidated PR on big brands such as Blockbuster Video, KLM and Ocean Village, as well as in-house at Monarch Airlines.

For further information visit www.pantsonfiregames.co.uk