Merchants, pirates and navy ships sail
the turbulent seas in the swashbuckling
board game, Black Fleet from Esdevium
The aim of the game is to amass a big
enough fortune so that you can pay the
Governor's daughter's ransom and set her
Each player has a small fleet of ships
at their disposal to help them build up
their fortune. The game is fast and
fraught with danger, as the merchants
deliver their goods from port to port,
avoiding the pirates who are trying to
intercept them and bury their ill-gotten
The pirates are also trying to steer
clear of the navy ships, controlled by
all the players, which are attempting to
A card played at the beginning of the
turn gives the movement for all of your
ships. Each turn is fast and any action
The fortune cards and the abilities of
your fleet allow you to create powerful
and varied combinations each time you
play the game.
Players continue to make deliveries and
launch boarding parties at a frenzied
pace to win ever more doubloons and
develop their fleets through new powers.
When all these developments have been
acquired, then it's time to free the
Governor's daughter and trigger the end
of the game.
and Tested by Jenny Itzcovitz
We always enjoy a good board game so we
were delighted to play Black Fleet. We
were immediately impressed with the high
quality of the game which has a generous
sized playing board, realistic metal
'doubloon' coins, colourful ships and
beautifully illustrated playing cards.
Allow yourself at least half an hour to
read and digest the rules before you
play the game and then you are ready to
get started. We played with four people,
which worked very well and gave us
plenty of scope to to be ruthless and
But be warned, this is not a game for
the fainthearted, you need to steal
goods from other players, sink their
ships and prevent them from gaining
doubloons to turn over their deck of
cards which gives them special powers.
You also need to gain enough money to
turn over your final card - the
Governor's daughter, to win the game.
The game is full of trickery, sneaky
alliances and bold moves to win your
booty. We made a gentle start, but as
play progressed, Daniel and Paul were
gaining more money than myself and
Natasha, and it became a two merchant
But Paul was the true pirate of the day
and had us all clinging to the wreckage,
as he amassed the biggest pile of
glittering doubloons with the help of
his intrepid pirate ship and special
powers, and rescued the Governor's
daughter in the nick of time.
We thoroughly enjoyed playing Black
Fleet and look forward to a return game
to seek our revenge. This is a fabulous
game of strategy, skill and plunder
which relies on thoughtful play rather
I would highly recommend it if you enjoy
intelligent games which rely on forward
thinking and clever tactics. It's high
quality manufacture also gives it a
luxury feel which enhances the ultimate
enjoyment of the game.
Black Fleet is suitable for 3 - 4
players aged from 14+. RRP is £38.49.
Buy it from
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Afternoon Tea Week with Denby
We Brits LOVE a spot of
Afternoon Tea. In fact we love
it so much that we have an
entire week dedicated to it!
The 10th-16th August is annual
Afternoon Tea Week, created to
celebrate this truly British
tradition with events and
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Here at Denby we are no
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Denby is stylish enough to adorn
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Denby are also featuring two
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We're offering one lucky reader
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Easy Peasy Ice
Tray from The Hut
soar in August, you'll need to
cool down in style. This trendy
Easy Peasy Ice Tray from The Hut
will make you cooler than Mr
Vanilla Ice himself.
Pop your ice cubes out of the
mould like fresh peas!
This quirky ice tray allows you
to create perfectly spherical
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the two sides of the tray and fill
with water through the holes.
Place the trays in the freezer
(holes facing up!!) and within a
few hours you will be able to
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To create perfect spheres of
ice, ensure all the air escapes
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The Easy Peasy Ice Tray
2 ice trays
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Place the tray ‘hole-side up’
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The Easy Peasy Ice Tray costs
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Accessories from Melody Maison
offers some beautiful outdoor
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This eyecatching Black Rustic
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Price is £24.95.
Melody Maison also offers this
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Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Tesco to
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The summer sunshine definitely gets everybody
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Portable barbecues have been increasingly
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The barbecue includes a convenient carry handle
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Tell us the name
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Rock Star Sheep Take Over London
Then Go on Sale
vibrant flock of multi-coloured 'rock star
sheep' is taking over the capital, after a
dynamic collaboration between a shearling
retailer and a bespoke wood carver in London.
The exciting collaborative arts project between
Wildash London and Liz Mangles, is seeing sheep
in all colours of the rainbow popping up across
London, as they generate interest and exposure
for the Big Feastival.
Big Feastival takes place during
the last bank holiday weekend in August and is
presented by none other than Jamie Oliver and
Wildash London, which brings the finest
shearling from the fashion industry into the
home, using ethically-sourced materials, is
providing the 'clothing' for these stylish
sheep, while Liz Mangles creates the animal
sculptures that will be modelling the shearling.
The flock, which consists of a single full-sized
ram, fourteen ewes and twenty-eight lambs, will
be on display at the festival, each kitted out
in vibrant, luxury shearling, with a sterling
silver 'tag' engraved with their name and a
Once the Big Feastival ends, the entire flock
will then be up for sale – so lovers of quirky
interior design and show-stopping focal points
can get their hands on one of these bespoke
rainbow sheep for own home or business.
Nisa Berzeg, Creative Director of Wildash
London, says, “Our technicolour flock is already
attracting attention from all over the capital –
after all, what's more eye-catching than a pink
sheep in a shop window? This collaboration with
Liz Mangles is a really exciting one, and we're
thrilled to be showcasing the entire flock at
She adds, “We're developing ewes, rams and lambs
in every colour of the rainbow, and they'll all
be up for sale once the festival is over – so if
anyone has any requests or would like to reserve
a sheep in a specific colour, feel free to get
in touch with us at Wildash London!”
When it's not creating show-stopping sheep to be
showcased all over the city, Wildash London is a
premier purveyor of shearling, bringing it from
the fashion world into the realm of interior
Passionate about provenance, Wildash use
only ethically-sourced, sustainable materials to
create its luxury shearling home accessories.
At Wildash, all products are handcrafted by
specialist artisans and cooperatives from across
the globe. The company offers social and
economic empowerment to all of its suppliers,
whether they're creating hand-loomed silk or
This dedication to quality and ethics also
imbues each and every item with its own sense of
character, its own journey and its own story.
For more information about Wildash London, Liz
Mangles or the flock of 'rock star sheep' visit
the website at