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Board game success for former games cafe owner

Board game success for former games cafe owner

The former owner of a board game cafe in Sharnbrook is celebrating seeing the first game he’s designed hit the shops.

Darrell Cannon set up Ready Steady Roll in 2015, bringing the joy of board games to families and friends and sharing his infectious love of Dobble with the world.

As well as being passionate about playing and sharing games, Darrell has been designing games for a number of years.

And the first fruits of his labour were released this summer, as ‘Shoot for the Stars’ hit the shelves in August.

The game, published by Big Potato Games, is now stocked in all good toy shops, John Lewis, Amazon and, of course, Ready Steady Roll.

“I was going to publish it myself,” said Darrell. “But decided to showcase it at a games expo, where Big Potato Games saw it and signed it up.

“They’re the team behind games including Colour Brain, Chameleon and Link-ee so I knew the game was in good hands.”

Priced at £20, Shoot for the Stars has already received rave reviews from the board game cognoscenti, with What Board Game describing it as “an absolute blast” and rating it 8/10.

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The game involves answering number-based questions, with the aim of guessing the closest answer. For example, ‘how many articles are there on Wikipedia right now?’ or ‘the most number of mouse clicks in a second?’. As well as being great fun, you also learn facts along the way and some of the answers are likely to spark a lively debate.

Since selling Ready Steady Roll to its new owners, Darrell has joined CluedUpp games, based at Wrest Park in Silsoe. CluedUpp creates immersive outdoor experiences in over 1,200 locations worldwide, with their next event in Bedford on Saturday 22 October.

The Alice in Wonderland-themed escape room experience takes place on the streets of Bedford, as competing teams follow Alice down the rabbit hole and enter a virtual world of adventure, intrigue and impossible things. You can add your team to join in the fun here.

Darrell says that he’s relishing having his weekends back to spend with his family and also loving coming up with games and coding for CluedUpp while developing his own board games in his spare time.

“The general feedback for Shoot for the Stars has been so positive,” said Darrell. “It’s so exciting to see it in the shops. I’ve already got some ideas for other games in my head, so watch this space.”

You can pick up a copy of Shoot for the Stars from Amazon here, direct from Big Potato Games here and also in person at Ready Steady Roll in Sharnbrook.


You can win a copy of Shoot for the Stars by simply answering this question:

How many bones are there in the human hand?

Email your answer to by midnight on Thursday 29 September. A winner will be selected at random. Terms and conditions can be found here.

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