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Up to 5% off at Zatu games, UK based boardgame seller, usually cheaper than Amazon
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Up to 5% off at Zatu games, UK based boardgame seller, usually cheaper than Amazon

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Posted 12th Dec 2018
If you're looking to finish off Christmas presents, or you're only just starting, you might want to take a look at the board games on offer through Zatu. I bought two myself last month (Funghi and 7 Wonders: Duel) and delivery was quick even with the standard option which is actually 48hr courier service.

Prices are usually about as low as you can find (but not always, so cross reference with other places you know, or Amazon in particular), and if you buy five games you can get an additional 5% off (or 3% if you buy three).

Standard delivery costs between £3 and £4, game dependent, and goes up with each extra box required for shipping. So if you buy several small games it may only cost £3.32, while buying multiple larger games might see the price increase. For instance, Ticket to Ride: Europe comes in a medium-sized box, so up to four copies will be £3.84, while five or more will cost £5.93 delivery. I've had a little play about adding up to 20 copies and the delivery didn't go any higher than this. For a small game like Codenames, delivery costs £3.32 for up to ten copies, from what I can tell.

To give you a better idea of game selection and price, see the list below, and remember that for five or more bought together, you get an extra 5% off.

Codenames - £12.69 (Amazon £14.97)
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Ticket To Ride: Europe - £27.98 (Amazon £37.14)
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Jaipur - £14.76 (Amazon £15.98)
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Santorini - £23.03 (Amazon £24.98)
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Kingdomino - £13.41 (Amazon £15.27)
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7 Wonders: Duel - £16.90 (Amazon £19.15)

Skull - £13.55 (Amazon £16.15)
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Patchwork £20.79 (Amazon £27.12)
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Dixit £22.06 (Amazon £26.47)
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Hanamikoji £13.99 (Amazon £15.69)
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Shifty Eyed Spies £13.59 (Amazon £19.77)
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If you want more information on any of the games I'd recommend searching for the name of the game coupled with 'Rahdo' or 'Dice Tower' on Youtube where you'll find explanations and runthroughs. boardgamegeek.com is also another great resource for getting to know about games, and Zatu do list the boardgamegeek top 100 on their site. I'd also be happy to help if I can, so post any questions and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

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Heat added but so annoying as I brought a game from here just yesterday
Lou1eighty21 m ago

Heat added but so annoying as I brought a game from here just yesterday


Oh dear. What did you buy? You could maybe cancel and add a couple more to a new order for the offer?
Arghhh.... the temptation... hot!
Good effort. the codes are running all year long. they have cheaper prices, but adding delivery makes them similar to other retailers. It's generally only worth it when buying multiple games.

I'd recommend checking the cheapest prices on boardgameprices.co.uk/ before placing an order.

With that said, I placed several orders from them, including pre-orders. Also dealt with CS in some occasions and can only recommend them.
lctr0112/12/2018 11:15

Good effort. the codes are running all year long. they have cheaper …Good effort. the codes are running all year long. they have cheaper prices, but adding delivery makes them similar to other retailers. It's generally only worth it when buying multiple games.I'd recommend checking the cheapest prices on https://boardgameprices.co.uk/ before placing an order.With that said, I placed several orders from them, including pre-orders. Also dealt with CS in some occasions and can only recommend them.


I didn't know about boardgameprices.co.uk, so that's really useful, thanks!
deadman17812/12/2018 11:18

I didn't know about boardgameprices.co.uk, so that's really useful, thanks!


+1 on always checking boardgameprices.co.uk

Zatu and Chaos Cards are usually my go to places but every now and then a small store beats them. Worth noting that Zatu also have an Amazon store which they will often randomly sell stuff cheaper through.
Lou1eighty212/12/2018 11:09

Heat added but so annoying as I brought a game from here just yesterday


This offer's been on for months, there's been a banner advertising it at the top of the site the whole time.
GrimDanFango12/12/2018 11:25

+1 on always checking boardgameprices.co.ukZatu and Chaos Cards are …+1 on always checking boardgameprices.co.ukZatu and Chaos Cards are usually my go to places but every now and then a small store beats them. Worth noting that Zatu also have an Amazon store which they will often randomly sell stuff cheaper through.


Zatu also have an ebay store of which the same is true. I got Gloomhaven for £100 back in September from them there, deal of the year for me
Battenberg12/12/2018 11:32

This offer's been on for months, there's been a banner advertising it at …This offer's been on for months, there's been a banner advertising it at the top of the site the whole time.


I know the offer's been on the site for a while, but as far as I can tell it's never been posted to Hotukdeals. Speaking as someone relatively new to board gaming beyond Monopoly and the like, I wasn't aware that Zatu even existed before July, so I've tried to target this deal at people who similarly aren't aware and may just assume Amazon will be the cheapest place for games. If this helps to raise the profile of the site even a little bit then I'll be happy as I couldn't have been more pleased with my experience of them.
deadman17812/12/2018 11:37

I know the offer's been on the site for a while, but as far as I can tell …I know the offer's been on the site for a while, but as far as I can tell it's never been posted to Hotukdeals. Speaking as someone relatively new to board gaming beyond Monopoly and the like, I wasn't aware that Zatu even existed before July, so I've tried to target this deal at people who similarly aren't aware and may just assume Amazon will be the cheapest place for games. If this helps to raise the profile of the site even a little bit then I'll be happy as I couldn't have been more pleased with my experience of them.


Welcome to the hobby. You should check out chaoscards.co.uk/. They tend to have the best standard prices all year round as well as regular stacking discount codes, a loyalty scheme (which comes in handy since games are generally quite expensive) and usually free delivery on purchases over certain amounts. They normally have much better prices than Zatu. You should also keep an eye on boardgameguru.co.uk although their bargains aren't as consistent as Choas Cards.

A massive tip for saving damage to your wallet when it comes to games is to regularly pop into charity shops and car boot sales and it's also a good idea to check out Gumtree, Facebook marketplace and subscribe to the European deals forum on boardgamegeek.com for bargain spotting.
penfy1 m ago

Welcome to the hobby. You should check out https://www.chaoscards.co.uk/. …Welcome to the hobby. You should check out https://www.chaoscards.co.uk/. They tend to have the best standard prices all year round as well as regular stacking discount codes, a loyalty scheme (which comes in handy since games are generally quite expensive) and usually free delivery on purchases over certain amounts. They normally have much better prices than Zatu. You should also keep an eye on https://www.boardgameguru.co.uk although their bargains aren't as consistent as Choas Cards.A massive tip for saving damage to your wallet when it comes to games is to regularly pop into charity shops and car boot sales and it's also a good idea to check out Gumtree, Facebook marketplace and subscribe to the European deals forum on www.boardgamegeek.com for bargain spotting.


Thanks Penfy! All excellent advice and much appreciated.
I would also recommend gameslore.co.uk
Heat for a fellow board gamer, as mentioned always check Boardgameprices.co.uk . To find games that you might like BGG is a good site.
I love this post, we need more board game posts to counter the PlayStation ones.
Can anyone recommend any to buy?
I like the look of Santorini....
phillyboy20 m ago

I love this post, we need more board game posts to counter the PlayStation …I love this post, we need more board game posts to counter the PlayStation ones.Can anyone recommend any to buy?I like the look of Santorini....


Personally didn't like this one as it's really only a 2 player game (there are 4 player rules but they're rubbish) and I felt the added god card mechanics just added confusion. I recently traded it after only a couple of plays. I'd recommend the following:

Light games:
Smashup
Fluxx
Carcassonne
Sushi go

Heavier games:
Brass
Letters from Whitechapel
Terraforming Mars
Lou1eighty23 h, 32 m ago

Heat added but so annoying as I brought a game from here just yesterday


What are you annoyed about?
phillyboy44 m ago

I love this post, we need more board game posts to counter the PlayStation …I love this post, we need more board game posts to counter the PlayStation ones.Can anyone recommend any to buy?I like the look of Santorini....


Thanks Philly.

Obviously I'd recommend all of the above. If you like 2 player games, I'd also recommend Mr Jack. One player is Jack the Ripper and is tasked with escaping, the other is Sherlock Holmes and has to deduce which character is Jack before he gets away. It's on Amazon for £35 and out of stock on Zatu (haven't checked the others...) but I got a copy on Ebay for £12, so definitely worth checking there, as with all games, I guess.

Stratego is another 2 player game that I really like. You have a set of 40 pieces on a board and they all have different characteristics and strengths but the other player doesn't know what each of your pieces is. The aim is to identify which of your opponent's pieces is their flag and then work to capture it.

Hive is another brilliant 2 player game and you can get the pocket edition which comes with two of the expansions for £15.

I tend to prefer 2 player games as it's a lot easier to play them these days than games that need larger groups.

I've also put another deal up today for Kakerlaken Poker which is a great card game for up to six players. You can find that here.

My list of wants is far longer than what I own, but is as follows:

Twilight Struggle (2 player)
Scythe
Agricola
Concept
Onirim
Terraforming Mars
Bremerhaven
Sheriff of Nottingham
Tokaido
Tzolk'in
Evolution
Onitama
Quadropolis
Pandemic

and that's just what I can remember off the top of my head.

I would add, and I've already plugged him in the original post, but if you want to find out about more games from someone who has played plenty, go to Rahdo on Youtube. He does top tens in all sorts of categories and talks about them in what I find to be interesting ways.
Edited by: "deadman178" 12th Dec 2018
Been over a year since I have ordered from here. Was delivered the wrong game once but CS sorted it out and ended up keeping both.
Oh and Glory to Rome, which people seem to talk about in venerable tones if it's mentioned. You can't get it anymore because it had a disastrous Kickstarter, but there are print and play documents for it on boardgamegeek.
Sometimes Zatu are cheaper but the postage charges can put the price up over some other places if you're only buying 1 or 2 games. I have bought from Zatu myself a few times though and they are reliable. Other places I recommend for decently priced boardgames that I buy from regularly are:

Magic Madhouse (Free delivery if you spend £20)
Chaos Cards (Free delivery if you spend £20)
365 Games (Free delivery on everything)
"I've never played board games beforeexcept Monopoly"
- Catan
- Carcassonne
- Codenames
- Pandemic
- Sushi Go
- Azul

"Ooo, I quite liked those games, what about something more meaty?"
- 7 Wonders
- Dominion
- Android: Netrunner
- Terraforming Mars
- Pandemic Legacy
- The ether which is Board Gaming

I mean, none of those games are Terra Mystica, but it's a good starting point.
Edited by: "Crosshash" 12th Dec 2018
I was pretty sure there was a misc post about board games, but I've just gone to find it and no results.

Anyway, I've grabbed Ticket to Ride and hopefully getting Jaipur for Xmas, but will keep an eye on this site for the future. I've been enjoying watching Shut Up and Sit Down reviews on YouTube, but will add Rahdo to my watchlist.
I really need to get round to giving Ticket to Ride a go.
I have a friend who hasn't really played much beyond monopoly on a night with friends and was considering getting something else they could play with them that wasn't too complicated or too much of an investment cost wise and this was my list of recommendations:

Rick and Morty - Total Rickall (2-5 Players) (you don't need to have seen the show or episode, it's a fun little coop game)
Sushi Go or Sushi Go Party (2-5 for Sushi Go, 2-8 for Sushi Go Party)
Go Nuts For Donuts (2-6 Players)
Love Letter (2-4 Players)
Codenames Pictures (4+ Players)

Party games that are better with a larger group:
Scrawl (4-8 Players)
Bucket of Doom (4-20 Players)
One Night Ultimate Werewolf (3-10 Players)
Secret Hitler (5-10 Players) (Quite hard to get an official copy to buy here, but there is a free print & play version)
rqmusicfan12/12/2018 15:42

Secret Hitler (5-10 Players) (Quite hard to get an official copy to buy …Secret Hitler (5-10 Players) (Quite hard to get an official copy to buy here, but there is a free print & play version)


Yes! I have the print and play version all ready to play but haven't yet had the opportunity.
Crosshash24 m ago

I really need to get round to giving Ticket to Ride a go.


You really should, we've ended up buying every edition of it. There's something about it that just makes it really fun to play again and again. I'd say if you were going to get 1 particular edition I'd say go for Europe, it's got more to it than the USA one but it's not too far removed from the original formula

deadman17812 m ago

Yes! I have the print and play version all ready to play but haven't yet …Yes! I have the print and play version all ready to play but haven't yet had the opportunity.


I've played it with a few sets of people now and it always goes down really well, it takes some people the first round for it to really sink in but that usually makes it quite amusing in itself watching people accidentally throw each other under the bus and the ones that do get it trying to recover things
Edited by: "rqmusicfan" 12th Dec 2018
I should also add while on the topic of free print and play things, if you own Scrawl or Telestrations you can use the pieces from that to easily adapt it for a game of A Fake Artist Goes To New York by buying a small blank pad of paper and a £1 pack of felt tips

A Fake Artist Goes To New York - Rules PDF
Edited by: "rqmusicfan" 12th Dec 2018
Heat for effort - let me send you may BGG wishlist and you can compare all those prices for me

PS Zatu are decent - recommended.
For an amazing set of informative board game videos, check out "Gaming Rules!" on youtube.
He does how to plays, reviews, unboxing and live playthroughs.
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