Win a copy of Discworld Clacks boardgame!

Win a copy of Discworld Clacks boardgame!

Hey everyone
We have been running weekly ‘win a boardgame colouring in competitions’ on our facebook page since #lockdown began.
The idea is we give you all some fun things to do and you could also win a prize. This week everyone has a chance to win a copy of Discworld Clacks in our ‘GUESS WHO’ COMPETITION’. Additionally everyone has a second chance at winning a copy of Clacks by heading over to the Discworld Monthly page and doing the colouring in competition.
  Discworld Guess Who

MourneQuest news

We are delighted to announce that MourneQuest was recently given The Dice Tower ‘Seal of Approval’ Additionally we are now reprinting it in conjunction with Asmodee North America and Lifestyle Boardgames in Russia.

Our Biggest reductions ever with FREE stuff you can’t get elsewhere!

CodincaDue to may people having to #stayhome we currently have a massive sale of our games, with free postage to UK based customers. We realise how important is to stay mentally healthy and have fun in these testing times. Prices start at just £11.59 for our stunning little tile game Codinca. In addition to the knockout prices if you buy Ninja Squad or Dance of the Fireflies, we’ll give you free add-ons for those games that can’t be bought anywhere else.
We only have a very small amount of Discworld Clacks games left, so you’ll need to be quick if you want a copy.
So much lovely feedback from customers recently like this “We bought Ninja Squad, its a great family game!”
TabletopiaTalking about Ninja Squad…in the next week or so it will be FREE for you and your friends to Play on Tabletopia.  You can also learn how to play the new higher level cooperative rules in this video.


New games!

Lucha Wars
Finally, we are currently working on a couple of exciting new projects. Here’s a sneak peak of one little thing…





MourneQuest releasing at UK Games Expo 2019

MourneQuest releasing at UK Games Expo 2019

It’s almost ten years since Sir Terry Pratchett blessed us to bring his Guards! Guards! novel to life in a boardgame. For that we will always be so grateful. And now MourneQuest is releasing at the UK Games Expo 2019 (31 May – 2 June). We get to bring another novel to life in a boardgame.

This time it’s MourneQuest, a fantasy teen novel by Garry McElherron.Garry and Games
It’s a bit like an Irish Hobbit / Lord of the Rings, an adventure game with Clurichauns, Nightmares, like the Banshee and a young boy called Jack.  It’s a cooperative adventure game that ramps up against the players as the game progresses. Great fun for both families and more serious boardgame players.

The playing board itself is very unique, in that it’s in the shape of a Celtic cross.

In addition to that, it’s our first game with paintable miniatures. These have been much admired and even by The Dice Tower game reviewers.
Cobs miniatureTess miniatureIur miniaturePlaying MourneQuest

We are delighted to advise that author Garry McElherron and 3D sculptor Alan Perry will be joining us at our booth (2-555) on the Saturday at the UK Games Expo to meet fans and sign games. At this time we would like to pass on our sincere thanks to all the backers who helped fund this game, our play-testers and development team.

You can order a copy of the game here.

Ninja Squad and discounted pre-order UKGE games

Also at the UK Games Expo we will have a limited number of Ninja Squad games available. It’s the first time it’s been available at the Expo and it has already nearly sold out. It has been a big hit with families and gamers alike and of course includes the wonderful chibi Ninja miniatures.

Ninja Squad box coverNinja Squad daytime boardPainted Ninja Miniatures

As a gesture of support all those spending money attending the UKGE in Birmingham this weekend, we have Special Pre-Order massive discounts set up for you of all our popular family games.
Clacks box coverLuchador Box CoverCodinca Travel gameDance of the Fireflies

Stock of each is limited on our booth. Here is the discount page. Hopefully many of you will call in and say hi to us at Booth 2-555.

Good Omens

And finally, in case you missed it… Good Omens becomes a reality on television on 31 May 2019, by sheer coincidence, the same day we release MourneQuest#gnuterrypratchett

Cheaper than boardgames on Amazon our BlackFriday2018 sale

Cheaper than boardgames on Amazon our BlackFriday2018 sale

With Christmas just around the corner, and today being BlackFriday2018, we wanted to give you a chance to grab an extra special deal on some of our most popular board games.

They are all Great Family Games for Christmas, so if you are looking for a few special Gift Ideas look no further!

Luchador! – an all action Wrestling Dice game, for the Lycra-loving grapple fan in your life.
Discworld Clacks– A little bit of Discworld magic straight from the wonderful world of Terry Pratchett.
Codinca – An Incan themed, take-anywhere, travel game for your favourite frequent flyer. – And it’s the perfect size to fit any stocking!
Dance of the Fireflies – The green-fingered folk in your family will love the stunning art-deco inspired designs of this game.  But it’s not all roses in the garden.  With up to 6 apprentices (players) all out to become Head Gardener there’s room for a little dirt (or ‘Dirty Tricks’) in this beautiful set-collecting card game.


Minis and board

Kids loving Ninja Squad

After a fantastic launch at Spiel Essen last month, Ninja Squad received a great reception from many game fans. The main UK consignment of our latest release Ninja Squad arrives in the UK this week. Our pre-orders went out last week For those who have not, you can order your copy here or ask at your local game store.

Ninja Squad, (as a famous football pundit once said of a certain ball sport) is a game of two halves. Players begin the game working as a team as they dash across the roof tops of the city, avoiding the palace guards and sentries, on a midnight raid to put an end to the terrible Shogun’s evil reign. But once that mission is complete, the Ninja must make a daring every-ninja-for-themselves escape through the palace gardens at dawn.

Only one will escape – only one can claim the Glory!

MourneQuest Production Update & Late Pledges.

There is still a little time for you to get your name down for a copy of our up-coming cooperative adventure game MourneQuest. Make a late pledge for a copy now and as well as saving money on the future retail price, you can grab a few special KickStarter only extras.

MourneQuest Talismans
There were many exciting things that happened in Essen this year but a definite highlight for us was taking delivery of the very special metal MourneQuest Talismans. Our great friends at Drawlab Entertainment have done an amazing job of creating these for us. Everyone who pledged for a copy of the game, including late pledges, will receive a set of 4 of these stunning coins.

Meanwhile, the first stages of production of the main game began this week. The commissioning of the moulds and tooling for all the wonderful MourneQuest minis has begun.

We are really excited to see how all the fantastic creatures inspired by the author Garry McElherron, and skillfully illustrated and sculpted by John Farrelly & Alan Perry come to life.

The initial stage is expected to take between 4 & 5 weeks so we hope to be able to show you some sample pieces soon.

Until then, make time for games with friends and family.


Cool minis for MourneQuest and more!

Grab a discounted copy of MourneQuest now its Funded!

We were delighted when MOURNEQUEST Successfully funded on Kickstarter on 8th June.

Thank you to all the backers who helped make this Irish fantasy book to boardgame a reality.
To try and get some of the Stretch Goals we missed last week we put a post-Kickstarter campaign on Indiegogo. It is only LIVE for one more week. So, if you missed our successful Kickstarter and would like to get a copy of our very pretty game, please order it as soon as possible.



Also please tell your friends about it using Social Media, word of mouth etc. and help unlock the cool Stretch Goal minis for backers of both campaigns. Click on the image above to go to the order page.

Ninja Squad

Our BIG NEWS new release for Spiel 2018 is Ninja Squad!
It’s a two to four player cooperative and also competitive boardgame, were players play the part of Ninjas leading from roof to roof while trying to evade the Shogun’s Guards.

A prototype image of Ninja Squad

A prototype image of Ninja Squad












A bit like the Snickers TV add in the cooperative game and then on the player versus game, its every Ninja for themselves out through the Imperial Gardens.
It, like MourneQuest, was loved at the UK Games Expo and last weekend at Q-Con, Belfast.
Backspindle boy David will have copies of both games at Gen Con and may possibly be able to demo Ninja Squad for a few fans. If you’d us to try and fit this in, drop an email to We can’t promise, but we will try our best. David will from time to time be at the Ninja Division booth – 2627.

Our other games
Discworld Clacks has sold out! However, we are expecting more stock in the next few weeks.








Codinca continues to sell well around the world and in our opinion is a must have’ travel game for the summer months.











Dance of the Fireflies was also very popular at the UK Games Expo and can be ordered here.

Dance of the Fireflies game











and finally Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice is still the best fun dice chucking game!













Till next time…remember #gamingisgood

MourneQuest is Funding on Kickstarter!

MourneQuest is Funding on Kickstarter!

It finally has happened. MourneQuest is Funding on Kickstarter! We are delighted so far with all the support we have had for our MourneQuest campaign which launched on Kickstarter on 22 March. We very much appreciate the support of all backers that are helping make this dream a reality.

At the time of writing the over $30K of the $39K funding goal has been pledged. There are still 16 days left in the campaign and we still need your help to spread the word and help us get over the finish line. Here are a selection of images we have released during the campaign.

At this time we would like to thank the fantastic creative talents of John Farrelly (character creation) and Alan Perry (digital colourng & 3D sculpts). They have succeeded in bringing to life the mythical Irish characters and creatures from Garry McElherron’s teen novel.

Not only are the illustrations superb, but the miniatures when painted, are very impressive. One could ‘nearly believe’ they were around in Ireland at some time.

Bogbean miniatures paintedBatmans play MourneQuest

#IloveMourneQuest Competition

MourneQuest is Funding on Kickstarter!
Special Free to enter #competitions for non-backers & backers.
Win a copy of #MourneQuest !
Simply ‘Share’ the #IloveMourneQuest post on our Facebook page with your friends or Retweet the #IloveMourneQuest tweet on our Twitter page for a chance to win!
If you do both, you have two chances to win.
Competition ends 12 midnight 1 April GMT.
Full competition details on KS update.

Good luck everyone and thank you for supporting us on what we hope will be a magical journey.


MourneQuest live on Kickstarter on Thursday 22 March 2018

MourneQuest live on on 22 March 2018!

The wait is over… our new Irish fantasy 2-4 player fun cooperative board-game MourneQuest, based the novel by Garry McElherron, will be going live on Kickstarter on Thursday 22 March 2018.
We have brought to life the characters and monsters from the book with stunning artwork and matching miniatures.
The game is fun and challenging, easy to learn and is packed with theme from the Mourne Mountains and Irish mythology.
A leading industry reviewer recently advised, “I can’t wait to play it. It’s very cool!”


Here is a preview video from Beasts of War.
Here is the link to our MourneQuest landing page and sign-up for our e-newsletter.

And here is a special link to one of the hero characters being brought to life through time lapse colouring from Alan Perry of the line art of Captain Wonder Cartoons.

Dance of the Fireflies for sale at the UK Games Expo

We are delighted to advise our beautiful 2-6 player card game; Dance of the Fireflies by Oliver Brooks will be on sale at this year’s UK Games Expo, 1-3 June 2018.
The game recently received very high praise from Jeff at The Gaming Gang podcast. You can check it out here.
The review starts at approximately 45:30
You can per-order copies of collection at the UK Games Expo here.
Our booth is: 1-K12

UK Games Expo Booth

Codinca in Barnes & Noble stores

Our acclaimed pocket strategy game, Codinca is being sold across 550 Barnes & Noble stores in the USA. At the time of writing it’s currently ‘out of stock’ in their web store, so grab a copy in your local store.


Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice on sale in USA

Finally, we just wanted to let you know our US partner, Ninja Division currently has our Award Winning, Best #FamilyGame on sale on their webstore You can grab a copy here for just $29.99

Till next time…remember #gamingisgood

Dance of the Fireflies released! Christmas combo bargain stocking-fillers! MourneQuest News!

Dance of the Fireflies released!Dance of the Fireflies

One of the prettiest, fun strategy games you can buy this Christmas!
We have just released our new Dance of the Fireflies card game. It is a perfect 2 – 6 player #familygame for game nights, or a filler-game with coffee.
Designer Oliver Brooks was delighted with the polished product.
You can grab a copy here

Stocking filler Combo deals
To celebrate our acclaimed pocket size simple 2 – 4 player strategy game Codinca, now selling in Barnes & Noble stores across the US we have created special Christmas Combo bargains, so you can pick up any one of our other hit games and a stocking-filler size copy of Codinca at very special discounted prices.

  • Discworld Clacks & Codinca just £34.99 plus shipping
  • Luchador! Dice & Codinca just £29.99 plus shipping
  • Dance of the Fireflies just £28.99 plus shipping

All discount deals are here
Discworld Clacks and CodincaLuchador Dice game and CodincaDance of the Fireflies and Codinca

We are shipping all around the world, but please bear in mind the last posting dates below:

  • UK Customers – 20 December.
  • EU Customers – 15 December.
  • ROW Customers – 9 December.

We always aim for next day dispatch. If you require a Special Delivery Service, please email before ordering.   We will then email you a Paypal invoice.

MourneQuest Kickstarter News! a MourneQuest Banshee
We are delighted to confirm our 2-4 player fun cooperative boardgame, MourneQuest, based on the Irish fantasy novel by Garry McElherron will go live on Kickstarter in early 2018.
Artwork is completed, play-testing has been done, 3D miniatures have been created. We just have to decide on stretch goals and kickstarter specials.
The game was reviewed by a number of industry influencers at both Gen Con and Spiel, and was greatly admired.

Peace and friendly gaming to everyone during the holiday season.

Till next time…remember #gamingisgood

UK Games Expo 2017 Exclusives

Dance of the FirefliesUK GAMES EXPO 2017

This weekend 2-4 June is the fantastic UK Games Expo in Birmingham. The biggest boardgame event in the UK.

Each year for the last six years Backspindle Games have brought lots of fun and games to the Expo. It has got bigger and better, and so have we!
This weekend we have two new game exclusives for you to try at our booth.


The first is a 2-6 player strategy game called Dance of the Fireflies by designer Oliver Brooks.

We’ll have to say it is a beautiful game, definitely the prettiest we have ever published.

Players are each allocated seven Fireflies. Then they try to out-bid, out-manoeuvre their opponents to create the most beautiful flower beds and win the prize job of Head Gardener.

If you’d like to meet him, the game designer Oliver, will hopefully be at our booth on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

The game is due for worldwide release at Spiel, Essen in October 2017  and is going to print shortly.

You can pre-order your own copy here.


MourneQuestThe second game, MourneQuest, is a 2 – 4 player cooperative boardgame, based on the fantasy teen novel of the same name by Garry McElherron.

It’s due to be launched on Kickstarter in July 2017 and is packed full of Irish Mythical creature and character miniatures.

Players have to work together to stop the Nightmares being released and then prepare themselves as best they can to face the old War Dog, The Shimnavore, in a final battle.

To do this they have to collect resources, legendary artefacts and deal with the pesky Bogbeans.

The Nightmares

The Nightmares are imprisoned on discs on four sides of the uniquely shaped Celtic Cross playing board. At the end of each player’s turn the discs randomly move. Players must be on their toes to managed this fast changing threat.  If not, the Nightmares will be released and all will be lost…

Each player is represented by a uniquely sculpted character miniature, each with their own special skill and can add to their powers by collecting legendary artefacts.

But beware, if they spend too much time looking for artefacts, the Nightmares will be released.

If you wish to be added to our newsletter for more information prior to the Kickstarter you can sign-up here.


We are delighted to be hLuchador Tag-Teamosting a Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice Tag-Team Tournament at our booth on the ‘Friday morning from 11am’ Cool prizes from US TV Wrestling Show Lucha Underground are up for grabs.

You need to sign up your Tag-Team name here to join the fun. It will be a fast & furious fun tournament. Winners take all! Players are encouraged to wear Luchador Costumes (Cos-Play) and masks to add to the spectacle. (Entries limited to 16 teams).


Finally if you wish to collect either Luchador! , Discworld Clacks, or Codinca at the special pre-order prices you can order them from the following links:  Luchador   Clacks   Codinca

You can find all of this and the charming Team Backspindle at Booth G18.

We are here Expo


German language Luchador add-on pack now on Spieleschmiede


German Language add-on pack for Luchador! on Spieleschmiede
It’s been coming….and now, it’s really happening!  SpielPic

We have teamed up with Happy Shops in Germany so they can produce a German language translation add-on pack for Luchador! totally compatibly with our game. It’s on a German crowd-funding website called Spieleschmiede from NOW until 20 September 2016. Here is the link to the Spieleschmiede page.


Gen Con Indy 2016
We came, we saw, we……did a lot of playing games!
Our first Backspindle Games at Gen Con. Where exactly do we start? It feels like an Oscar acceptance speech…we were made feel SO SPECIAL. Our thanks goes out to everyone in Ninja Division for looking out for us, demoing our games and hanging out with us. AVPDemo

You guys rock!

The gamers that we met, played our games and demoed their ideas to us, the traders, the media and podcasters, the Dice Tower team, everyone we traded games with, all of you made it a fantastic event. We are in your gratitude.

As ever we were so busy we missed much more than we should have seen, but some of our favourite moments were:

playing Race to the North Pole, with the Dized team, Dized
play-testing our new games planned for 2017 with the Ninja Division guys and,



seeing so many gamers getting excited about Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice, Codinca and Guards! Guards!
Indeed the action may have spilled over into the Convention….






Games now in stock!
As you read above, Codinca was loved at Gen Con and is now back in stock, as are Clacks and Luchador. They can all be ordered from our website for shipping around the world or pre-ordered for collection from us at Spiel, Essen.
We are at Hall 1, Booth 148.

Team Backspindle
Just a reminder you too can be part of our story, bag a few free games, mix with the Backspindle gang at events, be part of our play-test team and more. Not only that, but you will also get first notice of some of the games we are planning for 2017. We still have a couple of spaces on our Spiel, Essen team and will have to get t-shirts printed accordingly.
Interested? Here is the link to all the info.

Till next time…remember #gamingisgood

Team Backspindle and Gen Con 2016

Team Backspindle and Gen Con    Team Backspindle

As of today we launch Team Backspindle, it’s your chance to be part of our story, bag a few free games, mix with the Backspindle gang at events, be part of our play-test team and more.

Interested in joining Team Backspindle? All of the information is available here.

Applicants will be contacted within two weeks of receiving their application form.
We are very excited about this and hopefully some of you will be too.


Gen Con

It’s really happening! Backspindle Games is going to be at Gen Con from 4 – 7 August as guests of our North American strategic partner, Ninja Division. David & Leonard will be demoing games, refereeing Luchador! Mexican Wrestling dice matches at Booth 2814 on Thursday and Saturday afternoon and Friday morning. They will also be play-testing a few new games we have been working on and are available for interviews during their down-time.

On Monday 8 August they will spend the day in Philadelphia. David would really like to go to the top of the Rocky Balboa steps (a.k.a the Philadelphia Museum of Art) and they both would love to meet some local gamers.  If you would like to hang out with our guys for the day, please drop a line as soon as possible to

Codinca…the story continues Codinca game

Once upon a time a big ship holding a container of much sought after Codinca games, left a port in China. Once out into the vast ocean the poor ship was hit by a typhoon. Thankfully the ship, and the Codinca games survived, but missed their Suez Canal passage slot, missed their birthing slot at Southampton in England and subsequently got diverted to a port in Belgium. Happily, the Codinca games then got transferred to another ship and are now on their way back to the UK.  We hope to post them out to the latest pre-order customers by 29 July. If we do not have them we will make sure they go out immediately after Gen Con.
Sometimes things are just beyond our control…
Copies can be ordered here.

Remaining games

The last ever print-run of Guards! Guards! games is diminishing. We still have a few Clacks and Luchador available. You can purchase them from our website.

Q-Con (Belfast) Mourne Quest

Last month we were delighted once again to be invited to the biggest gaming convention in Northern Ireland, Q-Con.  All we can say is, it was the best ever! We had a great location, a willing crowd of players both for our existing games and ready to play-test new game ideas we are considering for publication.
Gamers got a sneak peak of the new Mourne Quest game we have been working on with author Garry McElherron.

Spiel, Essen

We are delighted to advise this year we will be sharing our booth, F-148 at Spiel, Essen with Spiral Galaxy Games. They will be releasing their new game, Mythos Tales, a cooperative investigating game set in HP Lovecraft’s Arkham.

Till next time…remember #gamingisgood