Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered Exhibition Review

It was a little while ago now – the beginning of autumn if I recall well – that we went to Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered, the wonderful exhibition that is on loan at the Sea City Museum (Southampton) from the Victoria & Albert Museum (London). All I can say about this exhibition is only positive. It was a wonderful experience to go and learn about the history of board games and how the hobby has changed throughout history. I thought that the exhibition followed an excellent dynamic with information, items on display and plenty of interactive bits – such as the life-size Snakes and Ladders game. It was really fun and well thought off.This was the main exhibition area. You can see there at the back the dice for the life size Snakes and Ladders, but there were other things you could do. The interactive bits occupied the middle of the room where the space was necessary whilst the information panels where on the sides and walls giving you the context relevant for each game or development era. It was really cool seeing a chess board with pieces from all the way back to ancient and medieval history, up to current times.

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StarCon Santander (01-2018 English & Spanish)

Buenas chicos, esperemos que hayáis entrado el 2018 con buenos ánimos. Aquí os traemos un breve reportaje sobre la StarCon que se ha celebrado en Santander y que hemos asistido el otro día. La StarCon, por los que no sepáis de que se trata, es una exhibición sobre Star Wars que se ha celebrado en el Palacio de Exposiciones de Santander (Cantabria), y que además de la exhibición en si, contaba con actividades para los más peques como la popular Academia Jedi. No obstante, he de decir que mi opinión sobre este evento, no es terriblemente positivo. He de decir que, evidentemente, comprendo que soy chica de mundo y a Santander no llegan muchas historias de este tipo…Pero…

Sup, guys! Bringing you fresh from Santander (Spain) our latest report in the geeky even that took place here just these past weeks: StarCon. This was an exhibition with all things Star Wars related in the Palacio de Exposiciones de Santander (Cantabria) –  aka my home town. On top of the exibition itself, the gallery included an area for acitivites for the youngest ones such as the very popular Jedi Academy. However, I must say that my opinion regarding this event isn’t very favourable. I understand perhaps my viewpoint is distorted because I live abroad, and stuff but…The quality was…well, let me show ya…

zona central de StarCon donde se realizaban las actividades y donde se encontraban los stands de asociaciones diversas relacionadas con Star Wars como el Escuadron Cantabro de XWing. The activities area in StarCon where they also had stands such as the Escuadron Cantabro de Xwing.

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ABORDAGE – Board Game Bar/Cafe (Sofia, Bulgaria)

 

As some of you may already know, we had a little update stop for a week or so as I was away on holiday. Well, don’t you worry friends, because during our travels we discovered a super cool place where all geeks and board game lovers should ever go! I am referring to Abordage! 

Right in the city centre of Sofia (Bulgaria), this is a seriously nice place. Abordage has a lovely team running the place. I contacted them a day in advance to know if we needed to book a place or something, and some other bits because we wanted to be sure to enjoy the place to its fullest. After a lovely conversation over Messenger I found out that, not only Imma play games hard-core like I do, but that the place – which is all pirate themed btw! – is like the only place that serves mead! Oh Boy! The holiday only gets better! Now after having been trotting along all of the museums in Sofia, we knew we’d be hungry. Then they tell us that they don’t do food but they have a partnership with a burger place, so if we want, we can order from their mates and eat there when the burger arrives. SWEET! We already had high hopes. And when we arrived it didn’t disappoint.

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What We Saw at Terry Pratchett: His World

Entrance to the gallery

So a few weeks back we actually made it to the Terry Pratchett: His World exhibition at the Salisbury Museum (UK). I was a rather nice little exhibit that I think all of us enjoyed with delight – in fact I dare say it was almost a better experience because one of the crew had never read any Pratchett books or knew much on the subject. So in a very bizarre way, and given the context, the objects in the rooms allowed us to revisit some of our very favourite moments and ideas that surround the Discworld and the mind of one of our favourite fantasy authors. Certainly, a lot of the information was not new for us, but I think I was very nice seen it all streamlined in front of our eyes, unveiling a narrative we were familiar way, through a  different lens. I think some of the highlights for me were:

-Seeing Sir Terry’s sword that was made out of the meteor he came across.

Here be the sword – best shot I could take at it.

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3 ‘Grandes’ of Spanish Comic-book Art: Kenny, Rubin & Calderon

Today I bring you something I think is pretty cool: some golden gems drawn on the spot from some top Spanish comic book artist that are not given the creds they deserve outside of my home country. So this is a tribute to their genius and to Spanish comics. If you know anything about me (if you are reading this it is likely by this stage you know something) it should not come as a surprise that a comic book scholar owns things like this. What is surprising is the art work itself. These pieces have also interesting and sentimental stories attach to them, therefore I’ll give you some details about these stories, – and the comics themselves, of course!!

El Misterio del Capitán Nemo (2012) – Mathieu Gabella & Kenny Ruiz

This is actually the piece that started the collection. I first engaged with Kenny’s work when I was in college, with one of his most renown works to that moment: El Cazador de Rayos (The Lightning Hunter). An incredibly touching story about believe, technology, survival and the making of oneself. But this reinterpretation I guess you can call it of Captain Nemo was just amazing. I loved every single page. Although very much a villain, Nemo is fantastic. There is, I don’t know, I guess slight Jaffaresque essence to him that makes him a lovable evil in a way. So how did this end up with me? Well, my parents were living in Toledo at the time and they happened to go to the Feria del Libro in Madrid (Madrid’s bookfaire), where Kenny was doing some signings. That was like 4 years ago now (2013), so very shortly after the comic was actually released.

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Intro to larping: Strength to The Empire!

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STRENGTH TO THE EMPIRE! STRENGTH TO THE NAVARR! I heard roar from my fellow players thrice, by the third time Podine was crying it out as loud as anyone. I had been roleplaying for 20 minutes by this point as I listened at the meeting my fellow Navarr countrymen and women held, speaking of many thing that brought pain in the last season.  3,000 civilians of our nation who had died from an invasion, to the tale of the Voice of our nation sacrificing himself to kill the heart of a new and terrifying threat. But under it all a stolid faith in the empire and each other. Continue reading “Intro to larping: Strength to The Empire!”

Star Wars Identities (The O2, London, 30/03/2017)

Today we wanted to share with you guys a bit of our adventure to the exhibition that is currently at the O2 in London: Star Wars Identities. If you didn’t know about this thing but want to, here is the link to the web – Pues el otro día estuvimos en la exhibición de Star Wars Identities, y pensamos en mostraros que habíamos estado haciendo. Si no sabéis de que va la historia, aquí os ponemos el link de la página web: http://www.starwarsidentities.com

It was fun!! Yes, the entrance cost was high (£20 normal entry £15 if you can get a concession). But to be honest, we spent like 2 hours in there, and the experience itself is pretty unique. Now, let me say that this is not just a gallery where you go see Star Wars stuff like props and the like. Yes, there is some of that – pictures just further down – but this is also an interactive gallery where you create your own Star Wars character! As you come in they give you like an audio guide that activates in certain areas to accompany certain TV screens giving you info on either the Star Wars universe or the character creation process to guide you through this journey. You are also given this strange wrist band that allows you to interact with some of the stations and creates your own profile for your character. Therefore, whether you are a big Star Wars fan, or someone who likes the franchise, or you are just looking out for a different thing to do, or maybe something to do with the kids, give this a go.

Estuvo divertido la verdad (la entrada cuesta un pico, £20 libras, £15 si puedes sacar ticket reducido tipo carnet estudiante), pero nos tiramos ahí dos horas enteras, y la experiencia es que es bastante distinta, por tanto, creo que mereció la pena. No es simplemente una galería a la que vas a ver maquetas y ese tipo de cosas sobre el universo de Star Wars – también lo hay – ¡pero al mismo tiempo te ofrecen una aventura interactiva en la que creas tu propio personaje! En la entrada te dan una especie de audio guía que se activa en determinadas paradas para acompañar lo que te ensenas en una pantalla sobre Star Wars o sobre el proceso de crear un personaje. También te dan una especie de pulsera tecnológica que te permite interactuar con las paradas donde tienes que determinar ciertos aspectos de tu alter ego. Así que como veréis esto es tanto para grandes como chicos, super fans y gente que simplemente busca algo interesante que hacer.

So, what comes next is showing you bits of the exhibition as well as the character creation process and what I came out with. Y nada más que dejaros aquí con algunas fotos y videos que hicimos durante nuestra peque aventura 🙂

The journey begins and you must choose a race – Lo primero es escoger raza, si no, mal vamos.

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