14 Sep 2006

War on Terror- the board game

Great Book signing in Libra Aries books, Broadway. Cambridge, lots of you turned up, in fact, we couldn't have fitted any one else in, excellent discussion and lots of intelligent questions for the the audience.

One problem Pluto forgot to send any books to the shop, so no risk of moving into market relations, etc.

First book signing with no books, very Zen!

Any way here is War on Terror, the board game, also from Cambridge!

Thanks to Jim Jepps for organising a great event and to Libra Aries.

(for pdf go here http://www.waronterrortheboardgame.com/media/TBG_PR110906.pdf)

You’re either with them or against them. Or sometimes you’re both.

Previously just a violent hobby for greedy imperialists, now everyone can join in the War on Terror. Three years in the making, War on Terror the boardgame has carefully distilled and reduced modern geo-politics into a revolutionary game for the 21st century. Players liberate the world while bickering over oil, funding and fighting terrorism, forcing regime changes and discovering those elusive WMDs. All the time alliances waver: old enemies become friends, while previous allies turn bad guys with one casual flick of the Axis of Evil spinner.

Designed as a serious challenge to the counter-productive pursuit of the so-called 'War on Terror', but also as a fun, family game to be played with Granny on Boxing Day. When a boardgame includes Suicide Bomber cards, Dirty Bombs, Nuclear Weapons and a balaclava with the word “Evil” stitched across the forehead, you know you’re in for a quality evening's entertainment.

It's been called "sick and ridiculous", "absolutely deplorable" and "the game that Voltaire would have made" and it's not even released yet. Needless to say, a game that blurs the line between empire and terrorist - allowing you to play as both - has opinion heavily divided.

The actual War on Terror costs billions, has no end and has taken thousands of lives. Luckily this 'Long War' can be fought in an evening, with minimal casualties and costs just 30 quid.


Some people suggest that turning the War on Terror into a board game is a tad insensitive. I always reply that starting a war is insensitive; a board game is just fun for all the family.
- Andy Tompkins, Director of TerrorBull Games

Is terrorism taboo? Sure you can talk about it, but only within a pre-approved framework of goodies and baddies. We want people, through playing this game, to break free of that framework; to diffuse the language of fear and terrorism.
- Andrew Sheerin, Director of TerrorBull Games


Andrew Sheerin or Andy Tompkins (inventors / publishers) are available for interview - 07804 440 793 info@terrorbullgames.co.uk

Or write to us at: TerrorBull Games, "The Bunker", PO BOX 560, Cambridge, CB1 0FL




1. Initially 5,000 games are being made. It is being published by TerrorBull Games, a new satirical games publisher who tackle the nastier things in life.

2. War on Terror, the boardgame is due late October 2006 but available to reserve and pre-order now at www.waronterrortheboardgame.com

3. The game costs £26 + £4 P&P for the U.K (online) with an RRP of £30.

4. We will distribute to anywhere in the world (and already have orders from all over the world), but the game is in English.

5. Contents of the game: 75x50cm 'World Map' Board, 'Evil' Balaclava, Axis of Evil Spinner, Rules of Engagement, Card Appendix, 65 Empire Cards, 47 Terrorist Cards, 6 Reference Cards, 60 Oil Counters, 15 Radiation Counters, 300 Empire Counters, 100 Terrorist Counters, 2 Oil Dice, 1 Action Die, Secret Message Pad, Lots of 'World Bank of Capitalism' Bank Notes.

6. We have shareholders, who should take the ultimate responsibility for this thing getting made.

7. Game Illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones, www.inkymess.com

8. History of the Game: http://www.waronterrortheboardgame.com/thegame/history.php

9. A short essay on terrorism: http://www.waronterrortheboardgame.com/thegame/terrorism.php

10. High resolution images and media pack: http://www.waronterrortheboardgame.com/media/

1 comment:

Jim Jay said...

It was a pleasure to have you - come again any time!

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