X-Wing Store Championship Report – Owen Appleton

On the 26th March we ran the 2016 Athena Games Store Championship, with a regional bye for the winner. With a field of 45 players running everything from Tie Fighter Swarms to the Emperor Palpatine on a shuttle it was one of our largest Star Wars X-Wing events to date! We asked the tournament’s victor, … Read more

Why Play? Star Wars: Imperial Assault Skirmish

‘Why Play?’ is a new series of articles focusing on some of the lesser played games in store, with players explaining exactly why this game is worth your time! To start off, Alex Grinstead argues for why playing the skirmish mode of Star Wars: Imperial Assault can be as, or even moreso, rewarding than the … Read more

Interview – Scot Symonds on Pokémon

Athena Games is already home to several players who qualify for the Pokémon World Championships, and with the Norwich Cities and Norfolk Regional Championships coming up in January and March, there will no doubt be plenty of others hoping to step up their game and join them! Among such strong contenders are father and son … Read more

Why Social Gaming Matters

8 people sit around a table, glaring at each other. Knowing that someone’s not going to get back up again. The Godfather sits calmly, fingers wrapped around the pistol in his hand. Everyone is silent. Guitar music drifts in from outside. A child laughs. “You.” The Godfather says. A single word shaped like a dagger, … Read more

Dealing with D&D – Part 2

Continuing their exploration into the vagaries of roleplaying, Dan Humphreys explains what railroading is, how much backstory is too much and why electromagnets are always a bad idea. Now you’ve found some players, how do you keep them focused on the story? Find Part 1 here. Part 2 – ” If Homo heidelbergensis could do … Read more

Dealing with D&D – Part 1

This Week veteran Games-Master Dan Humphreys offers their insights into roleplaying! Focusing specifically on that master of revels themselves, the GM or Dungeon Master. With your friends entire experience of a roleplaying game often resting solely on your shoulders, what can you do to ensure your sessions are more Lord of Rings rather than Monty-python? … Read more

Athena’s Christmas Board Games!

With winter winds picking up and temperatures plummeting, going outside looks less and less appealing by the day. Christmas means spending time with family and, if you’re not going outdoors as much, will involve…ugh…interacting with them. But why get out the battered old scrabble set? Why argue over whether you can use props in charades? … Read more

Netrunner Outcasts Tournament Report by Rowan Gavin

Some folks round here run by the books. They love simplicity and efficiency: consistent breakers, easy ways to make creds, tried and tested routes to glory. Most of them don’t achieve anything big, of course. When you’re up against the vast resources of the megacorps, keeping it simple will rarely cut it. But we’re not … Read more

X-Wing Wave Seven Review by Dave Clarke

Hit Me Hard and Hit Me Fast New blog, new ships. Today I’m going to talk about the X-Wing Miniatures Game’s recently revealed Wave 7, which we will be seeing hitting the tabletop by the end of this summer. Wave 7 will contain 4 Ships: The YV-666, a light freighter most notably used by the … Read more