Nectarine sponsors local chess team at Nationals



Nectarine is a firm believer in supporting the Wairarapa community, and we have a history of strong involvement in chess and boardgaming. Director Minty Hunter has run the draw for the past few years at the Wairarapa regional junior and intermediate qualifier tournament and taken winning teams away to compete in the Chess Interschool Nationals. More recently, he helped organise [...]

Skint To Mint boardgame Quickplay Rules


Being in a somewhat niche market like boardgames can lead to interesting phonecalls! A recent one was from the Reserve Bank who had an existing boardgame called "Skint To Mint". It's aimed at raising financial literacy and teaching people about the difference between types of investments, including Savings, Stocks and Property. Working closely with the Young Enterprise Trust, the Reserve [...]

Webstock 2011 trading card game!


Speaker cards and envelopes from Webstock 2009 Way back in the last decade, in February of 2009, the fabulous Kai Koenig and I ran a trading card game at the brilliant and enthralling Webstock conference. It was a cracking success, with a google doc of the rules being uploaded by some intrepid punter on the first day, massive trading and [...]

Happy Sheep


Happy Sheep's a fast, fun game of memory, deduction and bluffing. It's a fabulous family game, but it's also got enough calculation and deception to make it a great light filler for serious gamers. The lovely thing about it is that is seems very simple: lay out the lovely wooden tiles in a grid, start peeking at them and moving [...]



Grow four in a row but don't topple on your go! What do you get when you cross Connect-4 with Jenga? A game that everyone wants to play again immediately after they've finished their first game! A delightfully tactile, action-packed game that builds to a nail-biting conclusion as players take turns adding to an ever growing tree - that becomes [...]



It’s a race to post the most and discover New Zealand along the way! Frogmail keeps hands and minds on the hop... *     Choose a native frog stamp *     Find towns and landmarks on a NZ map *     Affix stamps to postcards and post them in the box *     Look through a magic eyeglass and decipher number codes *     Challenge [...]

The Terrific Tuatara Trail


Ready to take the ultimate journey of discovery? Travel through time and rediscover New Zealand’s rich historical past.  Answer questions as you go, and earn points by collecting worms, wetas, millipedes and beetles. The player with the largest collection of delicious tuatara treats at the end of the journey wins the game! More gorgeous illustration by Bek sets this in [...]



Trilith is a 3D connection game for two players, played on a square 9x9 grid board, with simple rules, complex strategy and cut-throat outcomes! A gladiator type competition between two opponents that will force you to outwit, outbuild and outmaster the competition in order to claim victory. If you enjoy complex tactical play and the satisfaction of developing a winning [...]

Monkey Mayhem


It's night time at the zoo. All the visitors have come and gone, and the zookeepers have headed home. Amongst the packing crates scattered around their enclosure, the monkeys gather for their regular competition! Each Sunday night, the monkeys race to push the crates together to build a tall tower. Choose your monkey and by matching food tokens to the [...]