It's the first of June, which means it's time for the latest issue of Tabletop Gaming - out today! You can now order your very own copy of the world's best gaming magazine online, pick it up in-store across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, or subscribe to never miss another issue again.
If our brilliantly pink cover hasn’t caught your eye already, this month we’re all about Bears vs Babies, the bonkers monster mash-up set to be this summer’s biggest party game hit from the geniuses behind Exploding Kittens. We’ve chatted exclusively to designer Elan Lee about following up the HUGE Kickstarter success of Kittens and making people giggle and guffaw with silly drawings.
Equally colourful is GKR: Heavy Hitters, the debut game from Weta Workshop – the Oscar-winning visual effects crew behind massive movies such as Lord of the Rings, Avatar and Mad Max. It’s a visual treat, and senior concept designer Paul Tobin tells us about getting Giant Killer Robots to smash each other to bits.
Sticking with the movie theme, pop culture art studio Mondo is also taking its first steps onto the tabletop with the first official board game based on John Carpenter’s legendary horror film The Thing. Brand director Jay Shaw helps us survive the Infection at Outpost 31.
It’s UK Games Expo next week, which means plenty of tabletop tournaments will be crowning new UK champions. In our pro gaming special, we speak to international champions in everything from Magic: The Gathering, Catan and Diplomacy to Pokemon, Scrabble and X-Wing about how they turned their hobby into a profession and became the best players in the world.
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That’s just a handful of the many, many exclusive interviews, features and articles in the June issue – whether you’re after the latest info on upcoming planetary survival game First Martians and Stranger Things-esque ‘80s-throwback roleplaying game Tales from the Loop or looking for advice to build your ultimate gaming room, we’ve got you covered.
We even enter another dimension, as we examine the legacy of occult parlour games such as tarot cards and Ouija boards on the tabletop. Plus, there’s nibbles, in the form of edible RPG Cooking With Dice.
Not to mention our regular RPG and model painting advice columns, our in-depth dive into the making of X-Wing and our round-up of 10 of the best games you can pick up for under a tenner.
Of course, we’ve checked out the latest and greatest games and given our verdict on the releases you should consider picking up this summer, including reviews of Gloomhaven, Dark Souls: The Board Game, Great Western Trail, Runewars, Yamatai, Unlock!, Exit: The Game, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures, Spiel des Jahres nominee Magic Maze, Plague Inc: The Board Game and more!
That's just a tiny teaser of what's in store in June's issue of Tabletop Gaming - make sure you pick up your copy online or in-store now or subscribe to get every new issue through your letterbox.