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City of Games April update: A lot of is happening

6th April 2023 4

We are about to enter the Easter weekend which in the UK means 4 entire days devoted to eating chocolate, and I hope regardless of whether Easter is a holiday you celebrate, that you get to enjoy a tasty treat this weekend as well!

The plans for 2023

I have always wanted to keep all my games, expansions, and accessories available for anyone around the world but this has been tricky over the past couple of years. The costs of shipping skyrocketed which meant I had to be a bit more careful on restocking older games.

The good news is prices of freight shipping have come back down and I’m now working hard to restock just about everything The City of Games has ever made. I’m hoping by the end of 2023 that the days of out of stock games will be behind us and I appreciate your patience with this.

There will also be some new surprises later this year and while Race to the Raft will be the big new game hitting stores, I’m hopeful we’ll see a few other items releasing this year as well.

I can’t say too much just yet but I think for the first time in a long time I can say there will be something for everyone and I am very excited about it!

Publisher lessons

This month in publisher lessons I discussed the following topics:

An update on Frank

I have managed to play a lot of new to me games recently including 7 Wonders Duel, Skulls of Sedlec, Beyond the Sun and Colourful, which I really enjoyed. I also managed to sit down with Sara and watch The Whale which turned out to be a fantastic movie that I highly recommend watching.

Until next time

I’m currently working on a lot of small projects which I’m looking forward to revealing later this year but for now my priority continues to be getting Race to the Raft made and into your hands.

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Frank West

Frank West is a gamer and designer based in Bristol, UK. He published his first board game, The City of Kings, in 2018 and now works on other games and organising events in the local area. His goal? To design and publish games focusing on immersive themes, fun mechanics and beautiful components. If you have any questions or would just like a chat, feel free to get in touch at any time!


  • Lesley Stevens

    6th April 2023 at 4:00 pm

    I can’t wait to hear what you have in store for us next!
    I just wanted to say that even though I don’t normally have anything to say, I read and enjoy all of your emails/newsletters and I really appreciate all the insight and information.


    • Frank West

      6th April 2023 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you Lesley, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment and I am glad to hear you’ve been enjoying all the posts.


  • Niki S.

    6th April 2023 at 6:33 pm

    I’m so excited to see what’s in store for the future! My bf and I finally had a chance to play Vadoran Gardens (we picked it up at Gen Con last year) and really enjoyed it. I never expected it to be so vastly different from Isle of Cats and yet have some minute things in common. Truly a very fun, puzzling and unique game. It makes me even more excited for Race to the Raft and all the surprises and changes that game will hold!

    We are also looking forward to Gen Con this year and hoping we can finish all the games we picked up last year before then…we are getting pretty close! If you and Sara make it to Gen Con this year I really hope they give you guys a bigger booth because you guys need it! I can’t believe how fast everything sold out last year, it was very impressive.


    • Frank West

      7th April 2023 at 1:52 pm

      Hey Niki, I am so glad to hear you have been enjoying Vadoran Gardens, I love the game a great deal and it always makes me happy to hear others have been having fun with it as well!

      Sara and I will both be at Gen Con this year and I look forward to seeing you there, hopefully this time around our games will last a little longer before selling out!


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