The UK Games Expo, the most important event about board games in the UK, took place this weekend from the 29th till the 31st of May in Birmingham. As part of this event, there is a ceremony called UK Games Expo Awards in order to recognise the achievement of manufacturers and publishers in a variety of game genres. Cycling Party won this award in the category of Best General Board Game.
We would like to thank so much to everyone who attended the UK Games Expo and try our game. As you may or may not know, the UKGE Awards come down in part to a public vote, and it would seem that out of the 15000+ attendees enough people voted for us to see Cycling Party crowned Best General Board Game 2015!
So thanks everyone for being so supportive in the UK, and especially to our distributor there, Games Quest. Clearly whatever you’re doing is working!
Snake Eyes Games, editorial of Cycling Party has signed a distribution agreement with Games Quest in order to promote and distribute their games around UK.
The agreement will offer a better and easier service to particular people, local shops and others distributors interested in Cycling Party in UK. Besides, Games Quest will add the game in their Amazon accounts in US and Canada increasing the accessibility of getting the game to these countries.
In the same way, Games Quest will represent Cycling Party in the most important events about board games of this area such as UK Games Expo or Insomnia Gaming Festivals.
After months of hard work we launched our crowdfunding campaign on 23 October. We decided to make it through Kickstarter and we set our goal in $5000. At first glance, it could seem a no ambitious quantity, but our main objective was to reach enough resources to start the produccion.
The result could not be better, we reached all the “Early Birds” in 35′ and founded the project in just over 48 hours. Little by little we were getting all SG; and a month later, on 22 November, our campaign was concluded with spectacular results: $ 26,886, 437 backers and more than 400 games around the world.
All of this couldn’t have been possible without your help, so once again we would like to thank you for making our dream come true!!!
The first summer playing our first ever cycling game in Malaga was over. September was close and It was time to return to Vitoria, my hometown in northern Spain. By then I was completely mad about the new game and I couldn’t wait to share it with my school friends.
Just a few minutes after unpacking at home I ran up to my dad’s store-room. I desperately needed a big piece of wood to build a new board (proto v.0.2). The long hours travelling across the Iberian peninsula had been very productive in my mind: lots of ideas, potential improvements, etc. My hunt at dad’s store-room was succesful: a sweet 2×1 m. wooden board had just become 100% Diego Hernandos’s propiety.
I sketched my first track using a ruler and a marker. Needless to say that the result was far from perfect, but it didn’t matter, I had a board! Step 2: the tokens. I gathered all my 5-peseta coins and customized 5 new teams that joined MY very own Festina* (which had travelled all the way from Malaga with me). Everything was ready: time for the official launch!
I invited 4 friends home for the first game in Vitoria and Leandro was one of them. I wanted them to like my new game so badly that I would rush all the tedious calculations so that we could play as many games as possible. It worked! soon my friends were as hooked on the game as I was. In the years to come countless afternoons, especially during holidays, would know no other activity that playing the new cycling game. The legend of CYCLING PARTY had conquered Vitoria!
*That legendary Festina would give me 2 years of glorious victories
As many other things in life, the origin of what we call CYCLING PARTY today comprises a remarkable lot of fortunate events. Let’s start with my family. Back in the late 80s, a good share of the Hernando bunch moved to the beautiful southern Spanish city of Malaga chaising my grandpa’s professional steps. It must have been during one of the traditional summer get-togethers when my cousin Rodrigo and I heard our uncles talking about an old kids game they used the play back in the days. The board game’s theme was cycling and it comprised basic materials such as bottle caps, a wooden board and a pair of die. The young friends customized the caps with stickers of cycling legends first and raced them on the board later applying a basic set of rules similar to other dice-based games. “A very creative and affordable way to spend long afternoons with your friends” said my uncle while my cousin Rodrigo took good note of every detail.
Days later, Rodrigo and I were enjoying one of those hot summer afternoons by the pool with our friends. At some point Rodri recalled our uncle’s story unleashing great excitement among the young audience. In fact, it didn’t take more than a couple of days of detemined kids’ work to put together the first ever version of our own game. Each one of our friends picked their very own cycling squad that would be painted and glued over 1-peseta coins. What a myriad of legendary names of teams like Banesto, Euskaltel, Kelme, ONCE or Festina we had!
We also created the first set of basic rules, most of them still used today in the addictive Junior version of Cycling Party. We also played stage races, similar to the current Master version. However back then there was no smart software that could spare us all the hard calculations to obtain the final scores. Wasted hours of pen, paper and calculator that could have made a good accontant of me!
Anyway, I remember those days with a smile in my face: summer, family, friends, colorful maillots over the badly sketched wooden board… what a time!
Cycling party was a huge success at the Games Expo in Birmingham last weekend, seeing players of all ages compete around the track to ‘break away’ for the win!! Fantastic feedback from all that participated and spectated, comments included “exhilarating game” “when can i buy it?” “Looks fantastic!” “Love how realistic it plays!” “It is just a prototype?” “When do you release?”
Thanks for all the positive feedback, and we hope to get playing Cycling Party very soon in the near future!!! Lets Cycling and Party!!!!!!
More pictures here
In order to promote our novel game, Cycling Party will be at the most important game fair of the United Kingdom, the UK GAMES EXPO. The show will take place from the 24th to the 26th of May 2013 in Birmingham, and it will gather the big names of the gaming industry as well as fresh contenders trying to build themselves a name amongst the greatest.
For more info about the event, visit www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk
Besides, you can check the exhibitors list at ww.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/exhibitors.php