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Ivor The Engine

  • Published: June 2014
  • Designer: Tony Boydell
  • Players: 3-5
  • Age: 8+
  • Duration: 1 hour

Ivor the Engine, from the legendary Smallfilms studio, is one of the most enduring children's series in British television history.

On The Cards

  • Published: October 2011
  • Designer: Sebastian Bleasdale
  • Players: 2-6
  • Age: 10+
  • Duration: 30-60 minutes

The ever-changing trick-taking card game.

Carrier Strike BoxartCarrier Strike

  • Prototype
  • Designer: Alan Paull
  • Players: 2
  • Age: 14+
  • Duration: 60-90 minutes

A simple game of carrier action in World War II using cards and dice.

Mission Command

  • Prototype WWII Miniatures Wargame
  • Designer: Alan Paull
  • Players: 2-16 (depending on scenario)
  • Age: 14+
  • Duration: 1-24 hours (depending on scenario)

Mission Command is a prototype currently subject to rigorous playtesting under combat conditions!

Snowdonia Second Edition
and Mount Washington / Jungfraubahn expansion
and miniatures

Available from October 2013 from Indie Board and Cards

Snowdonia Daffodil Line expansion

Snowdonia

  • Published: October 2012
  • Designer: Tony Boydell
  • Players: 1-5
  • Age: 10+
  • Duration: 30-90 minutes

The mountain railway:
dig it, build it, climate!

Coppertwaddle Box Art - link to Coppertwaddle game pagesCoppertwaddle

  • Published: 2002
  • Designer: Tony Boydell
  • Players: 2 players
  • Age: 12+
  • Duration: 45 Minutes

An authentic medieval tactical card game.

 

The history of Coppertwaddle, learned articles on how to play the game, the Abbot's Puzzle.

Fzzzt! Box Art - link to Fzzzt! game pagesTotemo

  • Published: October 2010
  • Designer: Tony Boydell
  • Players: 2-4
  • Age: 6+
  • Duration: 30-45 minutes

 

A colourful, 3D stacking game for Braves, Squaws and Papooses.

Limited Edition: 500 copies.

Fzzzt! Box Art - link to Fzzzt! game pagesFzzzt!

  • First Published: 2009
  • 2nd Edition: October 2010
    from Gryphon Games
  • Designer: Tony Boydell
  • Players: 2-4
  • Age: 8+
  • Duration: 30 minutes

Winner of
UK Games Expo Award Best Card Game 2009

A futuristic robot auction game with some dodgy mechanics.

First, Limited Edition: 1,500 copies SOLD OUT.
Second edition (with 5-6 player expansion) AVAILABLE.

Rules, Reviews, Robots, Puzzle

Paperclip Railways Express Edition

  • Published: October 2011
  • Designer: Tony Boydell
  • Players: 2-5
  • Age: 10+
  • Duration: 45-75 minutes

The railway game where the trains are STILL stationery.

Limited Edition: 300 copies SOLD OUT.

Paperclip Railways Brake Van Edition

  • Published: June 2011
  • Designer: Tony Boydell
  • Players: 2-5
  • Age: 10+
  • Duration: 45-75 minutes

A railway game where the trains are stationery.

Limited Edition: 120 copies SOLD OUT.

 

Confucius Box Art - link to Confucius game pagesConfucius

  • Published: 2008
  • Designer: Alan Paull
  • Players: 3-5
  • Age: 12+
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

Subtly manipulate your opponents in Ming Dynasty China. Deeply thematic.

Limited Edition: 1,100 copies. SOLD OUT.

Reviews, Rules and play aids in 5 Languages, FAQ.

Tara, Seat of Kings Box Art - link to Tara, Seat of Kings game pagesTara, Seat of Kings

  • Published: 2006
  • Designer: Alan Paull
  • Players: 2-4
  • Age: 10+
  • Duration: 60 - 90 minutes

A strategy board game. Become high king of all of Ancient Ireland.

Limited Edition: 750 copies. SOLD OUT.

Tara rules, artwork and game components.

Scandaroon Box Art - link to Scandaroon game pagesScandaroon

  • Published: 2007
  • Designer: Tony Boydell
  • Players:3-4
  • Age: 10+
  • Duration: 60 minutes

Out-score your opponents through careful placement and use of cards.

SOLD OUT

Author's notes, reviews and complete card list.

Bloody Legacy Box Art - link to Bloody Legacy game pagesBloody Legacy

  • Published: 2004
  • Designer: Tony Boydell
  • Players: 2-8 players
  • Age: 8+
  • Duration: 20 - 30 minutes

An unnecessarily violent and offensive game for all the family. Fast & frivolous.

Limited Edition: 1,000 copies SOLD OUT.

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