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COMPETITION CLOSED. WIN! a Discworld boardgame signed by Terry Pratchett!

August 30th, 2012 by Wee Ivor 94 Comments

Guards! Guards! a Discworld Boardgame

Sir Terry Pratchett is a legend.  Discworld is legendary. And so to celebrate the newest edition of Guards! Guards! The Discworld boardgame we have a legendary competition.

Guards! Guards! is a board game based on the Discworld book of the same name with a few extras thrown in.  Players, using their Charm, Guild and Magic abilities, are tasked to collect and return five of the missing Great Spells to the Unseen University. Each player selects one of four Guilds, Thieves, Assassins, Alchemists or Fools and their Guild card gives a specific selection of the Great Spells to collect.  The Guild cards also grant unique Guild Abilities to be used to hinder their opponents.

But time is short, so rather than returning each Spell in person, players can recruit the good, the not so good, and the downright ugly inhabitants of Ankh-Morpork to act as guards and runners to protect and return the Spells to the University. There are fourteen locations on the board where players may Charm (or Bribe) Volunteers to join them on their quest.  Volunteers, like Cohen the Barbarian, can be assigned a set of skill attributes to be used to protect the Spells, or used to complete the Wizards’ Challenges – five tests of strength, brain, and worthiness which must be completed in order to enter the Unseen University with the Great Spells.

Launched in 2011 it has garnered a lot of followers (including me!) and the first print literally sold out by Christmas.  The second edition is now on sale (Huzzah!!)

The 2012 edition of Guards! Guards! A Discworld Boardgame follows basically the same format as the 2011 first edition with a number of cool amendments.  The Rule Book has been completely restructured, FAQs from fans have been answered, helpful diagrams have been added and a number of minor rules amendments have been made to make it play even better.

And so to celebrate this joyous occasion (you can’t half tell I am excited about this) Following the Nerd has teamed up with Backspindle Games (the makers of Guards! Guards!) to give you the opportunity to get a little piece of history into your mits.

The prize for this competition is a 1st edition copy of Guards! Guards! A Discworld boardgame containing one of only five signed certificates by Sir Terry Pratchett decorated with a beautiful Discworld hologram.  Now who doesn’t want the chance to win that absolutely superb prize?

So how do you win?  Simply put in a comment below or email: to answer this question:

Backspindle Games showed off a new Discworld inspired game at DiscworldCon.  What was it?

(HINT:- informal nickname for the semaphore system invented by Robert Dearheart.  Later run by the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company; or check out their facebook page to see what they got up to at the Discworld Convention)

You have until Thursday 6th September 2012 when the winner’s name will be announced LIVE on FTN Radio.

The new edition is now available from the Guards! Guards! website.  If you have the first edition – fear not as the rules to update the game are available on the site as a free download.

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94 Responses

  1. Matt Maddock says:


  2. Pete Darby says:

    That’d be the Clacks then.

  3. David allen says:

    That’s Clacks I should know I won the first game

  4. The answer be “Clacks”

  5. Quackinator says:


  6. Pat Harrison says:

    Its the Clacks ya spudgin!

  7. Sebastian Barwinek says:


  8. Jan Kołakowski says:

    Clacks 😉 I really want to try it 😉

  9. Grace Koscielna says:

    Clacks !!! Pick me!

  10. Its the Clacks. Look’s like great game to me.

  11. Arthur Hall says:

    The Clacks!

  12. the Clacks… would so love to win this… and maybe one day even make it to a convention… we had tickets for the first US one.. but then hubby got deployed and we couldn’t go 🙁 haven’t been able to get things arranged again since then.. we are very sad…

  13. Greebo Ogg says:

    The Clacks. STOP. Pick me please! STOP. Thanks. STOP. 🙂

  14. Scott says:

    The Clacks!!

  15. Astrid Byro says:

    Thanks for running the Live: Guards! Guards! @dwcon

  16. Astrid Byro says:

    Oh, and it’s the Clacks

  17. Eamonn McCormick says:


  18. Steve Dutton says:


  19. theDesinja says:


  20. lee potts-pointer says:

    the clacks…..

  21. Real E Quantum says:

    The Clacks! ^_^

  22. Maria Haydn says:

    stiletto heels and cigarettes and Adora Belle Derhart

  23. Nige says:

    Clacks! Clack me… clack me… er…. I mean…. pick me!!!

  24. Terry Pratchett – brilliant – have read his stories to daughter when very ill in hospitala nd had staff stand round the door listening – she’s 25. EVeryone got cheered up!

  25. Oh and the GAme ‘The Clacks’ and we could do wiht more board games, daughter and partner play them of an evening – also very cheery, much laughter, always healthy.

  26. Shakesfirst says:

    You know I’m sick of the damned Clacks interrupting every aspect of our lives. We never had the Clacks when I was young and we got along fine.

  27. The Clacks, when will there be mobile clacks I wonder ?????

  28. Oliver Long says:

    The Clacks

  29. Ulrika says:

    The Clacks!

  30. 1oldviking says:

    Clacks it is then…..

  31. Anonymous says:

    Clacks of course =)

  32. Bart Sintenie says:

    Bit daft of me, I actually looked it up in Going Postal instead of just looking at the many posts here. Anyway, my turn to say ‘The Clacks’.
    Really curious about these games, must walk by my local games store and see if they have it.

  33. Christer Boräng says:

    The game is called Clacks. It’s a fun game to play, too, I was one of the playtesters at DWCON. 🙂

  34. Cantilena says:

    The Clacks, eh?

  35. jin says:

    the clacks

  36. Anna J. Shelmerdine says:

    The Clacks 🙂

  37. Robin Hill says:


  38. Mr Lee McMarvellous says:

    the Clacks of course

  39. Kir Kanos says:


  40. Mark Proctor says:

    The Clacks. The game looks great, can’t wait to try it.

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