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Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > May 2018 (#18) > UK Games Expo Preview

UK Games Expo Preview

The UK Games Expo returns for another weekend of fun and games in Birmingham’s NEC next month. Ahead of the show, we seek out some of the games worth sticking on your radar


Background photographs by Sarah Atchama



If you’re a gamer of a certain age, the name Noggin the Nog will be familiar to you – and if it’s not, this is the ideal introduction. A cult classic of British kids TV from the 1960s inspired by ancient Norse legends, here it’s been turned into a semi-co-op board game by Nick Case with the help of original Noggin creator Peter Firmin, who has produced 50 new pieces of artwork especially for the game.

Players are lords of the Northlands who must support King Noggin and thwart the evildoings of his uncle, Nogbad the Bad. The lords collect resources, assist Olaf the Inventor in creating some of his marvellous machines and search the Counting House to discover useful artefacts that will aid their quest. If Nogbad manages to claim the crown, everyone loses and is cast out of the kingdom together, but win and it becomes a contest to decide who helped Noggin the most. The game includes a simplified version for families that takes around an hour tops, while the normal mode takes around half an hour per player, with up to four people able to explore the world together.

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