ICE COOL Tournament

So it did happen ! Last week – on April 19 – took place the first ICE COOL tournament of the Boardgame Monkeys, sponsored by Atalia a French distributor who’s providing quality games for our hobby pleasure ! We received several boxes and a customized trophy for this occasion.

Ice Cool is produced by Brain Games Publishing who put together a fun “flicking” game for 2-4 players, playable in about 30 minutes and that won several awards ! It’s fun, it’s fast, it’s not just cool, it’s ICE COOL!

We started at 19H00 setting up the game boxes for the tournament, for most people this was a new game, never played before and a few rules explanation + tips & tricks were welcome. Having agreed on the point elaboration, of we go to set up the pools (note for later: do a random pick with names in a hat next time + print a copy of the tournament specific rules upfront). Some players started “flicking” while we waited for 19:30 kick-off and the late arrivals.


Under supervision of the referee for the tournament (that would be myself), some folks fueled their pinguins with Belgian beer in the hope to flick better through doors & above walls (yes, you can do this trick-shot with a bit of practice). All participants were actually grateful to Atalia (see their Facebook) for providing us such a beatiful Trophy and a game box for the winner. It’s with a strong determination that pinguins were flying around capturing fishes and supervisors catching the student pinguins.


Our participants are rushing through their pool, scoring points that they take with them to the next round. As the game goes on, the techniques are improved and we start seeing favorites at each tables. With 4 pools and 16 players flicking to grab the 1st position, there is intense concentration around each board. Precision is key !


Pinguins are rolling, stumbling and jumping on every table, but soon we do have our final table of competitors with the highest score over the different pools. Yvan (31 points), Gianfranco (29 points), Bernard (34 points) and Filip V.O. (35 points) are running ahead and earned their spot to play at the winners table.

And our proud winner is ….. drumroll … Bernard who receives the beautiful trophy provided by Atalia and a gamebox to play at home with his family. Congratulations to him and all players who had a very tight score (all between 20 and 30 points) by the end of the evening.

It was a fantastic night and with the remaining boxes we will certainly set a tournament up again ! Thanks all for your participation and enthusiasm. It’s was really fun, see the sneak peak below if you missed the event. Check Out ICE COOL (BGG link) at your favorite boardgameshop.


ICE COOL Tournament Details

Join us tomorrow night for the ICE COOL Tournament organized in collaboration with the French boardgames distributor ATALIA who’s kindly sponsoring the event of tomorrow night April 19 at Outpost Gamecenter in Brussels ! I received them all and they are waiting for you to pick !

Sign up for this free tournament to get a chance to win a gamebox (for the 1st position) and a custom made trophy. Have a close-up look below !


To make this tournament interesting, please find hereby the rules specifications for tomorrow.

  • We’ll play with full tables of 4 players.  The game plays in 4 rounds where each player will be playing the surpervisor for 1 round.
  • You win one fish card per door that you pass. If you’re stuck in the middle of a door; it does NOT count as you’ve passed that door. The points on the card have no value – it’s the total of fish cards that you accumulate that will count.
  • As soon as a player collected his 3 fishes or the supervisor captures all identity card from the 3 other players; the game stops.
  • A player should only touch his penguin on his turn. Any contact with his pengiun is therefore also considered as a flicking = your game turn. The ONLY exception is when you are placing your penguin back on the red line in order to play with it.
  • Before playing your turn, it is advised to name your penguin color – ensuring you’re playing with your correct penguin.
  • If a player (student) is touching the supervisor during his flicking = it does count as the supervisor capturing the student and receiving his identity card.
  • If a penguin leaves the board, all what was done before (getting a fish, touching a student or be caught) will be validated. After a jump outside the gaming box, you replace your penguin on the red starting dot and your turn is over.


Hope to see you all tomorrow in top shape for some crazy flicking of penguins ! Would you need a short explanation on the game, please have a look at the Watch It Played video. Rules of the base game can be found here.  They are short and easy to read, check them out ! Big thanks to Atalia Jeux. Check out their Facebook for great new games.



Building Blocks with La Boca

We all loved playing with building blocks as kids, but La Boca, by Z-Man Games (Filosofia in Europe for the French version) or KOSMOS, reintroduces the fun of building blocks in a creative and challenging game that is great for casual gamers of any age. In the game, players create colorful structures resembling the brightly painted houses in La Boca, a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

La Boca features semi – cooperative gameplay in which players work together with different partners throughout the game, yet score points individual ly to determine a winner. In each round, partners sit across from each other, working as quickly as possible to arrange eleven wooden blocks of various shapes and sizes into a specific three-dimensional structure.


The structure is depicted two-dimensionally on cards that represent a different view for each player. Players may not look at the opposite side of the card, but instead must communicate with each other to build a structure that matches both players’ views. What makes the game especially challenging is that all of the blocks must be used, and many of the structures require one or more pieces to be hidden from view, all while fitting within a four-by- four playing grid. Points are scored for the speed with which a structure is correctly constructed.

Each player is partnered with all other players a certain number of times, then the player with the most points wins the game. La Boca is a fascinating, fun, and surprisingly challenging game that stretches spacial reasoning and dexterity skills  like perhaps no other game. By partnering up all players for an equal number of rounds, i t balances out different ski l l levels, making i t a great opt ion for a wide range of players.