Check this Out!

Check this Out!

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Last week saw the first Board Game Night at The Comic Shop since lockdown. Check it out further in this blog. We tell you what games starred at the event and who got that sought after Board Game title of winner, winner, chicken dinner!

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Jurassic Park or Goat Farm?

Jurassic Park or Goat Farm?

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Last week saw us reveal 10 cat crazy games for all the family and the community so this week sees us bringing you some dinosaur games to entertain all the young ones right up to those of you entering the prehistoric age range (#NotSorry!).


Also this week, we feed you as much of The Comic Shop news and Community podcast snacks you can gobble up, and as always, we provide all the links for more content for you to dine on too. All prices in the list do not include delivery costs. Let's get started!

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Crazy Cat Craze!

Crazy Cat Craze!

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Today we will be supplying you with a list of 10 cat games for family game nights. Ranging from games for your little ones to games for older children and adults, all of which are available on Amazon and a couple we have personally backed on Kickstarter and are available to play at Crawley Gaming Club! So if you are cat crazy like me, you'll enjoy our family big cat bundles below.

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New in the Biz!

New in the Biz!

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Posted by The Comic Shop Hello and welcome to the blog with Crawley Gaming Community. For those of you that are new, please check out our "who, what, where and when" post to find out more information on who we are and what we do. Today we are covering as much of the upcoming news and events at The Comic Shop for August to October as we get the details, there may be a lot more to do in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for updates released on all the community pages. Also this week we will be updating you on this week's podcast release and as always, providing the links to more content. Let's see all the biz for this week coming up. Comic shop news For all events in-store, The Comic Shop ask that you call and book your spaces due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, so limited spaces available. Alternatively, book online on their website. This includes the use of the games room which is now booking only. The Comic Shop: Telephone number 01293 532846 Events Fri 21st Aug - Magic the Gathering (MTG) mystery boost draft Fri 28th Aug - MTG double masters draft Fri 18th Sep - MTG Zendikar rising pre-release day 1 (Max. 16 places) Sat 19th Sep - MTG Zendikar rising pre-release day 2 (max. 24 places) Sun 20th Sep - MTG Zendikar rising pre-release day 3 (max. 24 places) 31st Oct - Autism All-stars Halloween Party (Evening will be 18+ only)(more information will be released nearer the time) New subscription service Also, new in-store is this great online service set up by the Wonderful Aaron at The Comic Shop. You can now manage your comic book subscriptions using your phone or desktop at home. Comic shop not open, but need to see what is going to come in for you? No problem! Get organised and make your life easier with this new service. More information on the Halloween party will be released over the next few posts and as and when activities are confirmed, so keep your eyes peeled for the fun activities planned for your enjoyment over Halloween.  Fancy dress or comic related shirts/outfits appreciated. Please keep the dressing up/fancy dress outfits clean as the day event will be for children of all ages. There will be plenty of crafting and Halloween fun to go around so why not bring the whole family, get involved and have fun. Later on, the evening will be an 18+ Halloween party. Activities for this will be confirmed nearer the time. If you wish to offer The Comic Shop any help on the day or donations towards the party, please pop in the shop and hand your donation to either Howard, Aaron or Chris. On this week's episode, Ian and Jason are checking out the first expansion for Dinogenics from Ninth Haven Games. Controlled chaos brings in new aquatic creatures to add into your homemade Jurassic Park adventure. With Dinogenics being a favourite for the duo, has the expansion made the game better or worse? Joining them from the CGC news shed is Paul, who will give us all the dirt on the current Kickstarter campaigns and as much gaming news as he possibly can. We want to hear from you! Let us know what you've been up to, what games have you played? Are you joining The Comic Shop's events over the next couple of months? If so, let us know. Give us a shout on any of the community pages if you want to get involved with the Halloween event or if you want to get involved with the gaming community contact either Jason, organiser of Crawley Gaming Club, Ian, organiser of Poundhill Board Gamers or me, Layla Webb on Facebook. Looking forward to hearing from the wonderful community we have. Crawley Gaming Links Facebook community page - facebook.com/crawleygamingcommunity Facebook club page - facebook.com/crawleygamingclub Discord - Https://discord.gg/4JRrpHY Community Podcast - available at the following podcast streaming platforms. Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, Pocket cast, Castbox, Breaker, Anchor FM, PodBean and Stitcher. Also available on YouTube. Search for 'the podcast with Crawley gaming community' Twitter - twitter.com/gamingcrawley Instagram - instagram.com/crawleygamingcommunity Pound-Hill Board Gamers - facebook.com/poundhillboardgamers For Board Stupids podcast links and streaming services, please check out their section on The Comic Shops website and/or Facebook page The Comic Shop - facebook.com/thecomicshop Comic Subscriptions - managecomics.com/the-comic-shop Written by Layla Webb

Something fishy about Rabbits!

Something fishy about Rabbits!

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Something Fishy About Rabbits! Posted by The Comic Shop Hello and welcome back to the blog with Crawley Gaming Community. For those of you that are new, please check out our "Who, What, where and when" post to find out more information on who we are and what we do. This week the Gaming Community will be reviewing two pocket games we found on Kickstarter by Mushroom Gaming, both designed by Tony Fairclough, Updating you on the upcoming podcast discussions, something new in The Comic Shop plus all the links for more content. Let's get started!   Fishy Tactics   First up, we have Fishy Tactics. This game is for 2-4 players and lasts for around 10-15 mins game time making it quick, easy and fun. This game is brightly coloured and interesting for both adults and children. The object of the game is to get as many fish back to your boat as you can before the crocodile eats them all or the other player's rum the lake dry, each coloured fish represents a certain amount of points. The game is a very simple concept, easily stored as it comes inside a neat little pouch you can carry in your bag or pocket. Perfect to entertain children when out and about or just at home for some fun. We feel this little game would make a great addition to the game library for families. After playing this game a few times now, for its brilliant ideas and easy to learn rules, we gave it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! In the game you get: 1 handkerchief style game mat 1 fish die 1 wooden arrow piece 1 wooden crocodile piece 24 Wooden fish pieces in 4 colours Rules, setup and points system leaflet How to play To play this game, firstly lay your mat out, place the fish pieces randomly on the squares and put the crocodile in the middle square. Now choose which colour boat you wish to be. For the game, the boat colour doesn't affect gameplay, it's just to help you remember which boat you are using. Now to start the game, the leaflet suggests the person who can impersonate a fish best gets to start the game off. We love this idea as it brings fun and laughter to the game! To play your turn, roll the arrow piece for the crocodile and move it in the direction the arrow is facing. The crocodile is the only piece in the game that can move diagonally, the fish pieces can only move vertically and horizontally, they can also move through the crocodile space but if it ends it's movement on the crocodile piece, it gets eaten by the crocodile! If the crocodile lands on a fish, it eats that fish, so place the fish piece somewhere outside the game mat for now as you'll need it at the end of the game. You'll need to watch how many the crocodile eats as it may just steal the game from the players! Secondly, roll the fish die and move a fish up that many spaces to your boat. If the fish lands on your boat, you get to keep it. If it lands on another fish, they simply stack. When it comes to stacked fish, you can only move the top fish on your turn. If the crocodile lands on a fish stack, it gobbles up the whole lot! If however, you roll the fish symbol, you must steal a fish from another player without looking so close your eyes, get the other player to mix up their caught fish and make a grab for one. Open your eyes and see what you got! Rolling a fish symbol means you don't get to move a fish piece on the mat that turn. You cannot steal a fish from the crocodile. Once you have moved the crocodile and played your movement or stolen a fish, depending on what you rolled, it goes to the next player. The game ends when the lake runs dry of fish. When this happens, it's time to add up your points. Remember we mentioned the different colour fish represents certain points earlier? The fish colours and the points they represent are...blue = 1 point, orange = 2 points, yellow = 3 points and red = 5 points. Add up your points but don't forget to add up the crocodile's points too. The winner is the player (or crocodile) that has the most points! Have fun Fishing! New stock! Check out The Comic Shop's new Pokémon range in stock. From plush toys to the new eye-catching Battle Academy and Elite Trainer Kits. Also new in is a great range of Ultimate Guard stock at the front of the store as you walk in where they have a selection of sleeves, deck boxes and many more delights. Rabbit Rummage! Up next, we have Rabbit Rummaging another wonderful little pocket game by the same company and designer that can be played by adults and children alike. Super easy, fun, brightly coloured and engaging. Simple to set up and pack away, for 2-6 players not to mention around 10-15 minutes of gameplay time to fill the boredom zone. It's quick and easy to learn so why not challenge a friend to a best two out of three or challenge your family to see who can hoard the most food and points! Having played this game a few times, we have really enjoyed the simple concept and bright colours. Even the packaging is great. It comes in a neat little pouch or loot bag, Easy to pop into your bag or pocket for gamers on the go. We feel this game will be an awesome addition to any one's game library and a great choice to entertain the kids. Why not use it with your little ones as a great way to learn math addition. You could even give the game a personal touch by adding in your own 3D rabbit figures or any small figures you wish. We love the game as it is though, it's a perfect little game to pass the time and simple to teach as well as to learn. We give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! In this game you get… A travel pouch A cloth board One dice 36 Food tokens 6 Coloured wooden rabbit figures Setup, rules and point system leaflet How to play Setting up the game is nice and quick. Layout your game mat provided, made from a similar material to glasses cleaning cloths. Then mix up your food tokens and place them randomly on the hexagons, each token will be face-up on the mat. Each food token represents points or sets of points. There are 6 types of food, pears, strawberries, apples, bananas, carrots and bell peppers. Collecting a certain amount of the same food tokens can ramp up your points. For example, 3 tokens with bananas on will give you 10 points. Collecting one green, one orange and one red bell pepper completes a set and will give you maximum points of 12. But beware while rummaging for food, if you don't manage to collect the right number in a set for points, they will have zero value at the end of the game. The game ends when the board is empty of food. Now the best part, choose which colour rabbit you wish to play and place it anywhere on the outside edge of the hexagons on the main mat. Roll the dice and move your rabbit that many numbers of hexagons, the last space you land on, you get to pick up that token for your food store and leave your rabbit in its place. Take turns to roll the dice, move and grab food until the board is empty then add up your points using the points system leaflet. Happy rummaging! On this week's episode, Ian and Jason are going digital as they welcome local Twitch and YouTube personality "Malakithskadi" onto the show. They talk about his gaming past and how he got into the world of streaming his hobby, what kinds of games he plays, both tabletop and digital versions plus when and where you can catch his content. With a history and love of wargames, board games and digital games, this discussion is sure to tick all your gaming boxes. Also on the podcast this week, Paul gives us all the current details on 'Bank Breaking' Kickstarter from the CGC news shed. All streaming services provided in the links section below. That's enough from us this week. Why don't you tell us about a game you have played or seen recently, or why not become a community writer and review a game and send it into us with your photo and we will add it into one of our next blog posts. Contact either Jason, organiser of Crawley Gaming Club or Ian, organiser of Poundhill Board Gamers or Layla Webb on Facebook to get involved. Check out more content on the links below.   Crawley Gaming Links Facebook CG community page - facebook.com/crawleygamingcommunity Facebook CG club page - facebook.com/crawleygamingclub Discord - Https://discord.gg/4JRrpHY Community Podcast - available at the following podcast streaming platforms. Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, Pocket cast, Castbox, Breaker, Anchor FM, PodBean and Stitcher. Also available on YouTube. Search for 'the podcast with Crawley gaming community' Twitter - twitter.com/gamingcrawley Instagram - instagram.com/crawleygamingcommunity Pound-Hill Board Gamers - facebook.com/poundhillboardgamers For Board Stupids podcast links and streaming services, please check out their section on The Comic Shops website and/or Facebook page The Comic Shop - facebook.com/thecomicshop Written by Layla Webb Crawley Gaming Club

Crawley Gaming Communtiy - Who, What, Where and When!

Crawley Gaming Communtiy - Who, What, Where and When!

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Hello and welcome to the blog with Crawley Gaming Community for all your gaming and hobby needs in one place. For those of you new to the blog, let's introduce you to some of our community… First up, we have Crawley Gaming Club run by Jason, a local gaming group based in, you guessed it...Crawley! An ever-growing group of like-minded individuals in the world of all things game and hobby-related from tabletop model games to deck builder games and all the lovely goodies in between. Original club base is located on Shackleton road inside Tilgate Community Centre on Monday evenings from 7 pm to 11 pm. Drinks and snacks available at cost prices, toilets and parking on site. Due to the current COVID-19 situation since March 2020, you can currently join them Monday evenings on their Discord channel for some tabletop games via Tabletop Simulator on steam between 6 pm and 10 pm. Follow them for an update on when they can open their doors for the lovely gaming community, all links provided at the bottom of the article. As a diverse group, they accept all forms of gaming, all abilities and all ages, so when their doors are open again, please bring your kids to supervise you! But the diversity doesn't stop there! You can also find the merged Crawley Gaming Community at The Comic Shop on Wednesdays for board games, delicious milkshakes as seen in the comics and Hulk strength coffee usually between 7 pm and 10 pm, where we bring you both Crawley Gaming Club and Poundhill Board Gamers together and topping it off by being inside The Comic Shop, community heaven! The Comic Shop also run Magic the Gathering events, Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and more so check their events out on their Facebook page. Currently, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the times for the board game Wednesdays are yet to be confirmed but the shop is currently open from 12 pm to 6 pm where Board games are available to play off the shelves, any time there isn't a pre-set event, for a table fee of £3. Follow The Comic Shop on Facebook to find out when the community can run the Wednesday Board Game events and what events The Comic Shop have running.   Last but not least, we are also in partnership with Poundhill Board Gamers run by Ian, another diverse gaming group, welcome to all ages and abilities on Fridays originally located on Hillcrest close, Poundhill in St. Edward's social club between 715pm and 1030pm, again, follow them for more information on when they can open their doors to you all on Facebook. Cash bar, toilets and parking onsite. This club offers a wide range of games from Bunny Kingdom to Nickelodeon Splat attack and many more with Ian's extensive travel library of 80+ games.   You can also find Poundhill Board Gamers on the Monday Night Discord Events with Crawley Gaming Club in one joint online community event. On our community blog you will find all the gaming news, reviews and updates each week on where the community is, what they've been playing plus links for more in-depth talks on the weeks topics from the community podcast duo, Ian and Jason, plus special guests and their all-knowing gaming newsroom reporter, Paul. Posted every Thursday. Coming up on the podcast this week, Ian and Jason discuss the brand new feature-length documentary GAMEMASTER. A documentary that follows four game designers from production to shelf with insider information on all the lesser-known facts about creating a game from idea to market. Ian and Jason share their views on the documentary and the process. Subscribe now to never miss an episode, services provided below. It really doesn't stop there either! Check out another podcast duo, Wayne and Simon at Board Stupid for even more gaming related topics. That's enough about us, we want to know about you! Hit us up with things you'd like to hear and see from us in the Blog or on the social media platforms. Would you like us to review a game or talk about certain aspects of gaming, maybe game mechanics or styles of gameplay that we haven't covered in the podcasts? Do you have a game club that you'd like featured? If so, get in touch with either Jason at Crawley Gaming Club, Ian at Poundhill Board Gamers or DM Blog writer Layla Webb on Facebook.There is plenty of gaming-related things to talk about so reach out and find us on the links provided below. We look forward to growing our community and hearing from all you lovely gamers out there!   Crawley Gaming LinksFacebook community page - facebook.com/crawleygamingcommunityFacebook club page - facebook.com/crawleygamingclubDiscord - Https://discord.gg/4JRrpHYCommunity Podcast - available at the following podcast streaming platforms. Applepodcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, Pocket cast, Castbox, Breaker, AnchorFM, PodBean and Stitcher. Also available on YouTube. Search for 'the podcast with Crawleygaming community'Twitter - twitter.com/gamingcrawleyInstagram - instagram.com/crawleygamingcommunityPound Hill Board Gamers - facebook.com/poundhillboardgamersFor Board Stupids podcast links and streaming services, please check out their section onThe Comic Shops website and/or Facebook pageThe Comic Shop - facebook.com/thecomicshop   Written byLayla Webb

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