An edible board game and a trickster goose were among offerings at London’s Now Play This experimental games showcase
Now Play This is an exhibition of experimental game design and a regular feature of the annual London games festival. For this year’s Now Play This, at Somerset House earlier this month, exhibition director Holly Gramazio and digital curator George Buckenham spread a wide range of games – digital, physical, edible, musical – across the site’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Here are some of our favourites.
Lost Wage Rampage (Jane Friedhoff, Marlowe Dobbe, and Andy Wallace)
Recreate a galaxy far, far away on your kitchen table; compete to dominate a woodland canopy; or beat rival Japanese artists in a race to paint the emperor in our roundup of this month’s new board games
2 players, 60-120 minutes, ages 14+, £79.99
Designer: Alex Davy
Bored of normal board games? A San Francisco company has developed a tablet system to ride the resurgence in tabletop gaming
San Francisco-based company Blok.Party has developed a new way to play board games using blockchain technology: the PlayTable, a hybrid of video games console and table-sized tablet.
Designed to enhance the experience of playing tabletop games, the system will launch with digital versions of popular board games such as Catan, Ticket to Ride and Texas Hold ’Em, and a bespoke game called Battlegrids that illustrates how blockchain tech can change how you play.
The revered game of clashing cultures gets a slick, strategic board-game adaptation – and we look at two family-friendly new releases.
2-4 players, 60-120 mins, ages 14+, £49.99
Designer: James Kniffen