FFG previews Legacy of Dragonholt

Legacy of Dragonholt was the new game from FFG that went a bit under the radar because it was announced at GenCon at the same time as Fallout, Twilight Imperium 4th Edition and the Star Wars Miniatures game.

But it was the one out of the four that caught my interest straight away because I really like the idea of storytelling games as a way to combine the best elements of roleplaying games and board games.

This week FFG has posted the first preview for the game and it has managed to raise my interest even more:

Terrinoth is a world full of magic and mystery. Its deep forests and dark caverns beckon to adventurers, while the plots and political intrigues of the court promise danger and hidden secrets. Now, you have the opportunity to explore the realm like never before in Legacy of Dragonholt, a cooperative narrative adventure for one to six players. This standalone game set in the Runebound universe is not about winning or losing, but about creating a story. The world is yours to command and explore as you seek love, revenge, or answers to the mysteries lurking in the seemingly quiet village. Before you strap on your pack and set out for new adventures, take a closer look at the identity of a narrative adventure game, and what you can expect to find in the world of Legacy of Dragonholt!

The game should be available before Christmas.

Link: FFG-Website

Tom Vasel and the local game store

On the 2nd October, Tom Vasel talked about the push to support local game stores in his “Tom Thinks” section of the Board Game Breakfast Youtube show (starts at 15:10).

The backlash for his arguments (one example here on ICv2), which could be correct but presented in a very negative way, was massive, so a week later he clarified his opinion on local game stores:

And in part 3 of his segments about the local game store he talks how the customers can help to make the local store better (starts at 26:07):

This discussion is interesting to follow because there is indeed a move inside the industry to support local game stores and strengthen them compared to online shops. We will see where this is leading to and if it really will make a difference.

 

 

 

 

Essen 2017: Top 5 Games

Only two more weeks until Essen, time to ramp up the preparations for the busiest time of the year. A useful instrument to get a feeling for the interest in the new games presented at Essen are Youtube videos about the most anticipated games of the board game show.

I watched a few during the last couple of days and made notes which games where mentioned. The result is an aggregated Top 5 which in most parts is not very surprising:

1) Charterstone: The only game that was mentioned in every video. But not everybody is convinced that the game will work, but the combination of Legacy game and Eurogame has too much lure.
2) Nusford: After last years A Feast for Odin there are high hopes for another special Rosenberg game.
3) Altiplano: A new bag building game from the team behind Orleans? Count me in and it seems like I’m not the only one.
4) Meeple Circus (the only real surprise in the Top 5, I didn’t hear anything about this games before I started watching the videos, but I can see why people like it: stacking Meeples? What’s not to like?) and Gaia Project (Terra Mystica still has a lot of fans and the promise of a streamlined experience secures this heavyweight a Top 5 spot)
5) Clans of Caledonia (Radho called this game the Terra Mystica killer, so let’s see if Clans or the Gaia Project will be the bigger hit) and Photosynthesis (an abstract game with beautiful artwork and components which got a big boost in popularity after a pre-release at Gencon)

Honorable mentions of games that were mentioned quite often, but didn’t make the cut for the Top 5:

  • Fast Forward games from Friedeman Friese / Stronghold Games
  • Noria: the debut title from Sophia Wagner brought to life by Michael Menzel and Klemenz Franz
  • Azul: the new game from Plan B Games
  • Queendominio: the gamers’ edition of Kingdomino with more ways to score points
  • Pandemic Legacy Season 2: Season 2 of the most successful Legacy game so far
  • Merlin: a new Feld, enough said 🙂

New pre-orders added

In the last few days, we have added a lot of new pre-orders. Here are my highlights:

All these games will be available for sale at Essen, so hopefully, we will have them in stock shortly after the end of the show.

We are adding more pre-orders every day at the moment, our backlog with interesting Essen games is still quite long. So please keep checking out our Essen section on the shop website, there is more to come 🙂

This week’s new releases (09/10/17)

The new releases for this week have been confirmed and are now online and available to order.

On Tuesday/Wednesday the following games are arriving

  • Cat Lady
  • Centipede
  • Hostage Negotiator: Crime Wave
  • Enemy Coast Ahead: The Doolittle Raid

Thursday’s releases are:

  • Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men
  • Star Wars Imperial Assault: Heart of the Empire
  • Dead of Winter: Warring Colonies
  • SpyNet

And finally on Friday, we will get our hands on:

  • D&D Tomb of Annihilation Board Game
  • Dojo Kun
  • Potion Explosion: The Fifth Ingredient

As always you can find all the new releases (and more pre-orders for the rest of the month) here.

Two new previews published

FFG and Z-Man Games have posted previews for two of their highly anticipated new releases:

Welcome to the Wasteland, Survivor! Now, we know it’s a bit jarring to see your new home in such a state, but we’re here to help you come to terms with the post-nuclear journey that lays before you and figure out where to go next! For example, have you ever fought a Deathclaw?? Been irradiated before? The possibilities are truly endless, so rip up that bucket list you’ve been working on. It’s time to start fresh. For example… instead of meeting celebrities, you can now meet raiders! And with the majority of Boston in shambles, you absolutely must check out the delightful, synth-hating community of Diamond City. Isn’t the apocalypse fun?

Source: Fallout Preview

When it was released in 2015, Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 thrilled gamers around the world with its engaging gameplay and thrilling storyline. Players were swept up in a globe-spanning struggle for the survival of humanity where their choices had an immediate and lasting impact on their world.

Now, Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 is poised to continue this tradition. Maintaining the taut thrills of the original while striking off in exciting new directions, the game allows you to leave your mark like never before.

The world is a shadow of what it once was. What remains of humanity is barely hanging on as the plague continues to devastate the population. But there is still reason for hope. You have the supplies and the team to save humanity. Venture into the unknown with Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, coming soon!

Source: Pandemic Legacy Season 2 preview

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