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

10 anniversary of UK Games Expo

10 Anniversary UK Games Expo

The big 10th anniversary UK Games Expo has just finished, and boy was it something! This year they moved into the Birmingham NEC, probably with a little nervousness However by the end of Sunday they had nothing to worry about. The event was simply fantastic!
In fact, from our perspective, the Saturday felt very much like a Spiel, Essen day…
Thursday was set-up day and the retailers talk held by Esdevium. The hall was much bigger than the Hilton and there were so many retailers that the conference room could not fir them all in. Friday was the warm-up day for things to come. Saturday was crazy and Sunday was a little quieter. So summing up the organisers and volunteers….you deserve a very well earned rest and a wee treat, no, we mean a BIG treat. It was simply the best UK Games Expo ever!


From Backspindle perspective we had Clacks! on sale at the Expo for the first time. We also were releasing our new pocket sized game, Codinca. In addition we also had some of the last remaining stock of Guards! Guards! and copies of Luchador! on sale too.
All our games were thoroughly enjoyed and we had so many wonderful comments from gamers, industry leaders and podcasters it made us, as a team feel fantastic. Thank you all for your kind words.
Even our neighbours Drawlab, all the way from Greece were wonderful…and they totally got into the crazy fun world of Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice as you can see below.

One of the highlights of our weekend was our Speed Codinca Tournament. The standard was really high and the final was riveting. It was between young Tom and David and went down to the final one v one tile to win after David had stormed into a three to one lead. The tournament was topped off by Sam Healey from The Dice Tower who kindly offered to present the prizes to the two finalists.


CodincaChampionAs for the Codinca release, we sold out! However for all you pre-order customers, don’t worry, we are actually ahead of schedule and have set aside a few copies to get out to you by next week.
We met a number of games designers who showed us their ideas and also play-tested a new idea in the Playtest UK area on Sunday morning.
A massive thanks goes to all of the organisers of the Expo and our two workaholic volunteers Andy and Robin. You guys were awesome!
If anyone is keen to volunteer with us at future conventions please get in touch by our email or social media.
Our Sunday ended with the charming chaps from The Dice Tower, Tom Vasel & Sam Healey popping by and the equally charming Ross Jepson from Steve Jackson Games.

Next up for us is Q-Con in Belfast on 17 – 19 June then we will be off to….Gen Con, Indianapolis, for our first ever visit from 4-7 August. We will be guests on our US partners Ninja Division‘s booth. Following this we may get a day in Philadelphia. If any fans are keen to show us around, please get in touch.
Finally, in August our David will be a guest at Discworld Convention in Warwick.

Till next time, have a wonderful summer!




Codinca now on pre-order!

The pre-order is live! Codinca can be yours first! 

Codinca box

The very cool pocket Codinca box

Why are we so excited about this? Well, back in 2012 when we published the original limited edition version for Spiel, Essen the game had already been shortlisted for the Award of Best New Abstract Game by the judges at the UK Games Expo. Although it narrowly missed out we knew we had potentially a ‘very good’ game on our hands. Following more play-testing over the last year, we have simplified and cleaned up the mechanics of the game and we feel it’s even better!
The game is now going to be a ‘pocket’ game in a pretty magnetic closing box, which will include rules in English, German, French, Polish, Spanish and Dutch. The retail price will be £14.99
Its official release if fittingly going to be at the 2016 UK Games Expo in Birmingham on 3-5 June 2016, where not only can you play the game, but you can enter the first ever British Speed Codinca Championships here and win a signed copy of the game, a copy of Clacks! and a fantastic Codinca trophy.
(Check out our two minute ‘how play video’ here so you can see how easy it is.)
Games can be pre-ordered here for collection at UK Games Expo (Booth – F7) or if you can’t make it there, copies are due for dispatch on week commencing 20 June 2016, if not before.

Ninja DivisionNew partner for USA
We are delighted to announce Ninja Division Publishing as our new strategic partner for the USA. Our range of games will now be available through Ninja Division Publishing alongside their incredibly successful products including Super Dungeon Explore, Ninja All-Stars, Relic Knights, Alien v Predator, Raid & Trade, 12 Realms, and DrunkQuest. We also aim to work closely with Ninja Division on future projects.

New Backspindle Team Member
Some of you may know Mark Rivera as Blighty Gamer, the game reviewer, others may know him as the designer of Mark Riveraaward winning Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice and co-designer of Ace of Spies, well now you know him as an official member of Backspindle Games. We are super pleased Mark has joined us. He will have responsibilities in social media and marketing, new game concepts and development and of course working on the next expansion of Luchador!

Here he is with our Creative Director, Leonard Boyd getting down to the business of game design.

Welcome Mark!


Guards! Guards! and Clacks! stock running out
Sadly, even though we ordered extra copies of Guards! Guards! for the final print-run ever we are starting to run out. Copies can still be acquired here before it becomes a collectors item and people are trying to sell it a over inflated prices.
Clacks! has also been very popular. We have some copies here and can also let you know that we are shortly going to reprint and in addition are printing in Polish, with Phalanx and in Czech with Rexport.

More social media
Yup we’re moving with the times, picture by picture and video by video. You can now find us at Instagram and YouTube.

Till next time…remember #gamingISgood

Clacks Transmission

Clacks has finally arrived!

Phew, we know it took a while, but we finally got there…. You can read our ‘designers diary’ here.
The game Pat ‘The Duck Man’ Harkin told us in 2012 he could imagine kids in the streets of Ankh-Morpork playing it with bottle tops, had its official release at the Irish Discworld Convention in Cork on Saturday 3 October.
We had a short presentation, a few live audience games and finally a live ‘late night poker’ style match, complete with overhead camera (many thanks Tech) in which two delegates got to challenge Pat Harkin, with the final winner being Milena Milojicic.  Clacks illustrator, Amber ‘Nudge’ Grundy was on hand to present and sign a special copy for Milena. Clacks Release Winner at IDWCon2015
It was great catching up with everyone; especially Colin Smythe and all the gang from the Discworld Emporium. Happily Ian managed to find time for a game of Clacks too. Ian Mitchell playing Clacks with friends
A massive shout of thanks to Siobhan and the whole team for a wonderful convention and to all of you who gave us feedback over the last three years which helped us develop Clacks. We were also delighted with how the Polish version of Clacks turned out. It is being sold by Phalanx

The pre-orders from our website have started the shipping process and all should be completed by Friday 23 October.

Spiel 15, Essen
Strewth, back from the IDWCon on Sunday night and on a plane to Essen Germany for the biggest board game convention in the world on Wednesday morning.  Oh the life of game publishers…demanding. None the less we did it; a complete four man squad of Backspindle Boys to demo, sell, have meetings, mingle and have loads and loads of fun for four of the craziest days of gaming ever.
We also had help which we really appreciate from a lovely German chap called Tobias. Clacks at Spiel 15Bottom line, everybody loved our games; copies of Guards! Guards! were snapped up, (we guess many gamers do not want to miss it before the final print-run is exhausted), Luchador! the crazy fun wrestling dice game, was once again the loudest game at Spiel (check out this video clip – Luchador! dice fun) and finally Clacks, oh goodness, how the gamers at Spiel loved playing the cooperative race game against the Post Office. Some comments were “It’s so simple, yet challenging” and “We love the way you have to try hard to beat the Post Office in the cooperative race.” Spiel was simply fantastic!

In addition to our games at Spiel, the same week Masqueoca took delivery of the first ever Spanish language editions of Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice.

A Luchador body t-shirt. All you need now is your mask.

A ‘Luchador body’ t-shirt. All you need now is your mask.

We also sold a few of our really quirky new Luchador! T-shirts. You can order yours here.

New Game
In preparation for our release of Pocket Codinca for 2016 we also let a few large gaming companies try the simplified rules. They thought it was great too! Here is a mock-up of what it will look a bit like. Codinca




Upcoming events
We are delighted to be supporting Wee Gamers at Heroes and Legends, Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn on 24 & 25 October and again at Belfast Film and Comic Con, SSE Arena, Belfast on 31 October and 1 November.

Clacks – The Fastest (non-magical) Messaging System on the Discworld

Clacks box cover

Clacks box cover

Clacks back of box

Clacks back of game box

Clacks is coming
Just like in the novel ‘Going Postal’ where the Post Office competed hard against the Clacks, we at Backspindle Games have been working hard for the last year to bring fans another board game given life from the books of Sir Terry Pratchett. 
To all of you who play-tested Clacks over the last few years, thank you so much.
Your feedback has greatly helped transform Clacks into a really good game. There are now three types of games that you can play in the box. There is a ‘player versus player’ game, a ‘co-operative race game against the Post Office’ and an introductory ‘two-player game for children’.  We are extremely pleased with the artwork of Clacks created by The Artful Nudger, a.k.a. Amber Grundy.  Not only is Amber a massive Discworld fan, but she is also a very talented artist as you can see from the box cover and base. .

Pre-order giveaway
At last the wait is nearly over… Some of you, like Cheery in ‘Feet of Clay’, may be trembling with nerves and excitement… others can’t wait to beat your friends playing Clacks. We can confirm the official release of Clacks will be at the Irish Discworld Convention in October 2015 and copies can be ordered for collection there in the pre-order.
In addition we have a very special pre-order ‘giveaway’ for the first initial 300 fans to pre-order Clacks.  Our pre-order shall ‘go live’ on the Clacks page at midnight on Monday 11 May 2015 (GMT).

Polish Version of Clacks
We are also delighted to confirm the Clacks with also be released this year in Polish by PHALANX and it will be called Świat Dysku: Sekary.

Guards! Guards! we salute you…
Four magical years of comments such as “It’s like being in a Discworld story” and “the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off” but sadly 2015 will be the last year we can publish Guards! Guards! A Discworld boardgame.  If you know anyone who has not got a copy, or you feel you may enjoy reading the quotes on the 90 Discworld Character cards included in the game the time for buying is now, before they are all gone…

Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice reprint
We are delighted to confirm that Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice (2nd edition) is being reprinted in 2015 and will be available around October. A pre-order will go live before the summer.

UK Games Expo
If you can’t wait until later in the year for the release of Clacks perhaps you’d like to come along at play the latest demo with us at the UK Games Expo from 29 – 31 May in Birmingham.  Our stand is in the hall of Kings.  We will have a very limited amount of copies of Luchador! and Guards! Guards! for sale at this year’s UK Games Expo so you may wish to visit us on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Mohican Runner

The Mohican Runner

Mohican Runner
He has always been a fan of our games, a lover of Discworld and lover of Lego, so when the Mohican Runner (a.k.a Richard Hayes) took on a massive fund-raising challenge we felt the least we could do was offer him our support.  For someone who only started running in 2012 to lose weight, by the end of 2014 Richard had raised over £4000 for the NSPCC by running 13 half-marathons in 13 months, a fantastic achievement! Richard has now taken a break from fund-raising and recently completed the London Marathon. We will be delighted to support him in the future. Well done Richard!

Best Family Game selling out fast in UK

WeDontKnowReplayTagTeamChampions2This week has been amazing!
This week has been amazing! An unbelievable amount of Twitter action at @backspindlegame with loads and loads of happy Kickstarter backers sharing pictures of their copy of Luchador!
Our distributor in the UK, Esdevium Games had 600 copies, and had allocated all of them within the week….. We were delighted when they advised us of the buzz!
They had to limit stores to a small amount before they all went…whao!
Game Salute have approximately 900 copies to sell for us in the United States. Hopefully our games will be loved there just as they have been on this side of the Atlantic.
We also got a big increase of followers on our Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice Facebook page, most of them Kickstarter backers.  Thank you very much everyone!

The Backspindle Boys Leonard and David were recently guests at the Replay Games Club, in Bangor, Co Down. (Thanks Gareth). There they ran a Luchador! tag-team tournament. It was great fun with lots of crazy team names, smack-talking and PIN shouting.
The eventual winners were ‘We Don’t Know’ who triumphed in the final over the Replay Rancheros. We Don’t know were delighted and received a copy of the Luchador! second edition each from Leonard.
Finally we did sell a few games today and do have some in stock if you know anyone who likes a easy to learn, fun, award winning family game for Christmas you know where to send them.

Thank you all so much for the great BUZZ you have created!


Tag-team champions – We Don’t Know

We deliver! – the Best Family Game and more

What a fantastic 2014 for our wee company. Best Family Game of the Year award for Luchador! at the UK Games Expo, a very successful Kickstarter project for the second edition complete with 3D wrestling ring, Championship Belts, New Wrestlers, Advance Fighting rules and more..
We sold out of all games at Spiel, Essen, are making great progress with our 2015 Discworld release, Clacks, and are well on the way to making an app for Codinca….phew.
There are many people to thank, including Mark Rivera, Meowgod, our Kickstarter backers, Esdevium Games, Game Salute and Spiral Galaxy Games. Then of course there are our play-testers, local gaming groups (particularly Wee Gamers and Lisburn Gaming Club, friends and respective families, our game demoers, our IT support and video editor; nearly too many to mention.
All of this support has meant we are delivering copies of Luchador (2nd edition) to Kickstarter backers two weeks ahead of the scheduled date (See, it can be done).
Ok before we write an Oscar acceptance speech and get all teary eyed…..we just better get on with this and show you the sort of emotion we like to see when gamers play Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice.

If you want a piece of the action you can order your copy here. US, South American and Canadian customers can order from Game Salute.
In addition we may also have Luchador published in different languages in 2015.

Discworld Clacks is getting closer to release; indeed we plan to go to print in March 2015 with a release in the summer. We have a talented illustrator on board and have just updated the latest prototypes.

For two weeks we also have a Hogswatch Special Offer for Guards! Guards!

That’s all for now folks. We’ll keep you posted as more happens.