Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Small World Review and Giveaway

Initially I was a little overwhelmed with the sheer amount of instructions but once we got a grasp on Small World (sent to me by my friends at Esdevium Games) and started playing it made much more sense and it all started to fall into place.  I loved the concept because I like intriguing characters with special powers and the way they are all trying desperately to stake their claim in a Small World (yes it really is a squeeze for everyone!).  It’s hard not to get a little power hungry and try to hang on to as much land as you can to generate lots of Victory coins.


You have orcs, skeletons, sorcerers, giants and ghouls to name but a few of the 14 distinctive races – it’s worth reading up about the races instead of choosing blindly at the beginning because each one has their own unique ability and depending on your approach to the game might work to your advantage.

You even have the option to create one special power of your own as one of the badges is blank.  I like that you can be as creative as you want although there is no guarantee which particular race the super power will end up with.  It does keep the game play quite fresh as you play different races or try out new super powers each time you start over.


I like how the player to go first is the one with the pointiest ears, this was the cue for the boys to argue over who would go first and even try and stretch out their ears a bit longer just to improve their chances!!!  But it was a good start to get into character for the game, you can see eldest here focusing all his energies (and concentration!) on cultivating pointy ears!!!


It’s for adults and children 8+ but I would say play Small World a couple of times before introducing children so they don’t get frustrated with you reading through the lengthy booklet and learning how to conquer regions, how to abandon them and scoring.  Once you have mastered the game though they will enjoy it, plenty of challenges and it feels like a real adventure.

I have a copy of Small World (£39.99) and the newly released Small World expansion (River World, £21.99) to giveaway.  If you would like to enter please fill out the form below by the 15th of January.  River World introduces pirates into the mix and offers the same compelling game play with a few welcome twists.  Both the original game and the expansion are available to buy from Amazon and your local friendly game shop: www.findyourgamestore.co.uk.

Win Small World & River World Games

163 comments:

  1. Looks the sort of game me and the older kids would enjoy

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  2. This looks fun! Its nice to see games that dont involve a screen!

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  3. I love board games! New ones to try are always fun.

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  4. My grandaughter would love this.Merry Christmas

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  5. A new board game, seems like fun.

    Rachel Craig

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  6. Margaret Clarkson
    It's always nice to find a new game

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  7. Oo it sounds fantastic, im sure my nephew would love this its our kind of game!

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  8. this looks like loads of fun!! fingers crossed xx

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  9. Love Days of Wonder games - Ticket to Ride is one of my all time favourite games.

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  10. looks like a game for all the family

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  11. This looks like a fantastic game, my son would love this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. This looks like a twist on the game Risk, which is very popular in household, so I think this would go down a treat!

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  13. This looks like a fab game - I love the make-believe element!

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  14. I love games produced by Days of Wonder.

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  15. Looks like a whole lot of fun. The pointy ear thing is hilarious! :-D

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  16. Would love to win this to play with my children 🤗🤗🤗

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  17. Gets the imagination going, great! mrscake

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  18. This game looks brilliant. Thanks so much for the chance.

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  19. Oh great giveaway thank you for the chance x ����

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  20. Sounds great for the imagination! I'd love to win for my little sisters! :)

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  21. this looks fabulous and thank you for all the lovely comps and giveaways x

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  22. What a wonderful fun game my grandsons would love this perfect entertainment

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  23. These games look like a lot of fun!

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  24. im sure my daughter would love this

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  25. Great way of educating the boys without them realising it!

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  26. Looks like a fun way to educate the grandkids. They would love this. Fab giveaway. Fingers crossed x

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  27. Looks like a fun way to educate the grandkids. They would love this. Fab giveaway. Fingers crossed x

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  28. This looks like a great family game

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  29. Looks a terrific game, alot of fun for all the family to play

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  30. Looks like the perfect game for my nephew and his dad, thanks for the chance to win!

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  31. This looks such fun for the whole family xx

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  32. This looks like a fantastic game, I really love the art work. My son would love this, he is really into fantasy books at the moment, so this looks just perfect!

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  33. This looks like a brilliant game :) I love the idea of a game like this in board game format

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  34. Looks like a great fun game. Fingers crossed!

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  35. Sounds like incredible fun. I love the idea of having so many different races of beings in one game.

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  36. This would be great for my elder two girls to play as it's something they can concentrate on. I think the little one would be a bit too young though and lose pieces. Looks like a lot of fun though :)

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  37. Looks like a fun game.

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  38. fantastic prize. me and the kids love playing board games

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  39. Wow what an amazing giveaway

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  40. Looks like a Fantastic & fun game

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  41. Loved the review - sounds like a winner!

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  42. My grandchildren would love this

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  43. my children would love this, happy new year

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  44. Love a game. Thank you for running the competition!

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  45. This looks like a game I could play with my grandchildren.

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  46. Great game, I much prefer traditional style board games to digital ones for getting the family together xxx

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  47. This game suits me and my geeky soon to be 9 year old to a TEE! We are geeks through and through and love everything Dungeons and Dragons, Skyrim, Lord of the Rings style. I am so excited by this review never mind the competition!!! Good luck all

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  48. Thank you for the chance to win this fab prize. My son would love this x

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  49. Great for grandchildren, it wouldn't stay at my house if I had to use my brain

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  50. Looks like the type of game to get ones teeth into.

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  51. Good game, I like the part about the pointy ears.

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  52. Looks a great fantasy game for the whole family to enjoy

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  53. This board game looks awesome.

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  54. Look like a great game, and I love the idea of being able to get expansion packs

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  55. I think that my son would love to play this game

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  56. Looks a great game - my husband would love playing it with my son :-)

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  57. Innovative board game - hours of fun for the kids and mum and dad.

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  58. Looks very much like an adult game called Risk which is so addictive and fun to play.

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  59. looks like a really good game thank you

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  60. Looks a great game for the family to play (@PeanutHog)

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  61. looks an awesome game that would be enjoyed by us all

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  62. Love the idea of Small World. Makes me want to start playing it NOW lol. Thanks for the chance.

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  63. I so want this game. I keep coming back and entering everyday. Hoping for a win as it's my DS 9th birthday in February. Good luck all

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  64. Small World is one of my favourite games!

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  65. My kids love risk so this is right up their alley.

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  66. My son would love to play these games x

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  67. Looks a good game to play with our grandson :)

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  68. We love games like this, thank you for the giveaway xx

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  69. Thank you for the prize giveaway and your wonderful blog

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  70. this looks such a fun game -dips into the fantasy play my children love

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  71. My son would love this, great competition.

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  72. I think this would be a fun game for me and my grandsons to enjoy playing together

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  73. This is a great game, I play it on the iPad. Other fantastic games you really should try are Catan, Carcassonne and Ticket To Ride.

    These are all simple to learn but have hidden depths that keep you coming back for more.

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  74. Looks great. I think I will want to play it as much as the kids!

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  75. this look a great game- i love games that really get you involved

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  76. This would be great for the whole family to play together.

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  77. This would be great for our family board games nights

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  78. These look like fab games my kids would love them!

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  79. Looks like a really fun change to our endless games of Risk!

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  80. This looks like a great game. Thanks for the giveaway

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  81. This loooks really cool - I think my family would really enjoy playing it together.

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  82. this looks such fun , would love to win this .

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  83. Looks like good fun to enjoy as a family

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  84. Looks like a perfect game to play with the kids

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  85. As a family we love playing board games and we are always looking for new and different games to play. I think we would love it!

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  86. What a super game. We would all like to play it, not just the children.

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  87. This sounds like the perfect game for my other half and son - they love games like this :)

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  88. Having seen this advertised on the leaflet that came with Ticket to Ride we'e always fancied it. Fingers crossed.

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  89. I'd play the game along with my niece.

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  90. Looks fun, thanks for the giveaway

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  91. This looks great fun, I'm sure it would keep the kids entertained for hours x

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  92. Would love this, its a great giveaway!

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  93. would love to win, love your blog

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  94. Love the look of this game. My nepehew would love it

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  95. now this looks fun would enjoy playing with my kids

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  96. We are always up for a new board game! :)

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  97. We love board games and this looka a good one

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  98. I think the whole family would enjoy this

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  99. Looks an exciting fun game to play

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  100. Awesome looking game ! one for my 6 year old <3

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  101. looks like a great family game to play

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  102. Never seen this game before, My kids love board games and we play every Sunday night after tea and showers

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  103. I really like your picture with the koala bears...it is all too familiar in our house!!!

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  104. Never seen this game before but looks amazing x

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  105. My girls would love to give this a try x

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  106. Looks like a great game, thanks for the chance to win it x

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