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Needy Cat Games

2019 05 31 09 26 32 3

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James Hewitt



Unit 2 Combo Park
Bulwell Lane

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A Basford-based tabletop games design company, offering bespoke game design, consultancy and rules review - oh, and we also run the Nottingham Tabletop Industry Collective, bringing together the city's games industry professionals!

Sophie Williams was co-designer of Hellboy: The Board Game, lead designer on Ancient Grudges: Bonefields and is working on several other projects including Newbury & Hobbes: The Curse of Menamhotep. When she isn't writing rules, making prototypes games or struggling under a mountain of tokens and chits, she organises industry networking events and provides business support to a number of Nottingham-based games companies.

James M Hewitt was lead designer on several boxed games for Games Workshop before starting Needy Cat, including Adeptus Titanicus, Blitz Bowl and Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. He was co-designer of Hellboy: The Board Game and a few other things that haven’t been announced yet. Prior to designing games, his career highlights included Community Manager for Mantic Games, retail store manager for Games Workshop and general dogsbody on the Joe Pasquale comedy tour.

Most of our time is spent designing games for clients in the industry, but we also offer rules review and business support. Games we design tend to be heavy on theme, offering juicy decisions for players and telling stories that are cinematic and memorable. We’re big believers in innovation when it comes to mechanics and gameplay, and the phrase “just make it functional, don’t worry about making it any good” has been known to cause us actual physical pain.

You can find out more at www.needycatgames.com.

If you'd like to attend one of our game design courses, check out www.needycatgames.com/events.

If you work in or around tabletop games and you're in Nottingham, please join us at one of our industry networking event! Check out www.needycatgames.com/networking

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