Top 5 November 2018

I don’t have much time to comment on the bestsellers of last month, but at least I wanted to give you the chance to have a look at them.

Top 5 Sales

1) Underwater Cities
2) Everdell
3) El Dorado: Heroes & Hexes
4) Architects of the West Kingdom
5) Crown of Emara

Top 5 Pre-orders

1) Blackout: Hong Kong
2) Flamme Rouge: Meteo
3) Pax Emancipation
4) KeyForge: Call of the Archons – Starter Set
5) NEOM – City of the future

Space Base: The Emergence of Shy Pluto announced

AEG has announced The Emergence of Shy Pluto, the first expansion for Space Base:

Welcome to the first installment of Space Base Saga Expansions. This expansion to Space Base is a collection of story-based scenarios that introduce new content to Space Base via a narrative structure. Not only are new ships added, but new scenarios are included as well. Once the story is completed, it may be replayed or the contents may be added to your Space Base core set.

The expansion has an estimated release date of March 2019. If you want to see what exactly it adds to the base game you can already read the rulebook.

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Pandemic: Fall of Rome released

Today Pandemic: The Fall of Rome has been released.

Combining the cooperative gameplay of Pandemic with innovative new mechanisms, Pandemic: Fall of Rome takes players back in history to the time of the world’s greatest empire: Rome. A weakened military has left the borders open to invasion from countless tribes such as the Anglo-Saxons, Goths, Vandals, and Huns. As you march through the Roman Empire, you must recruit armies, fortify cities, forge alliances, and face off against the invading hordes in battle.

Release date updates

We have done a bit of research today to look which games will be available before Christmas. So far we have no new details about pre-Christmas releases, but we unfortunately found a few games that definitely won’t make it before Christmas:

  • Reykholt
  • Aeon’s End Legacy
  • Unlock! Exotic Adventures
  • Victorian Masterminds
  • Duelosaur Island
  • Dinosaur Island Expansion

All these games are now pushed back to January.

We also got an update regarding the Gloomhaven reprint and it doesn’t sound good: it also has been moved back (again) and now will arrive in the UK in January.

I’m very sorry for these constant delays. Hopefully we will have better news soon!

News tidbits

I finally had a bit spare time to check the latest board game news and found these interesting tidbits/announcements:

  • Floodgate Games announces three new expansions for Sagrada (link)
  • Stonemaier Games is teasing their new game Wingspan (apparently great for players who like Terraforming Mars and Gizmos) in the Wingspan Facebook group (link). The official announcement will follow on the 2nd January.
  • IDW is working on a Metal Gear Solid board game. The designer is Emerson Matsuuchi, who has experience with stealth games thanks to his work on Specter Ops. (link)
  • Direwolf has posted a short trailer for Clank! Legacy. The release date is Fall 2019.

Week 48: What has happened?

Last week was crazy busy, so not much time for updates here in the blog. But now with the weekend in sight there is time for a look back what has happened/arrived this week.

New arrivals this week included:

Gloomhaven Delay

The newest reprint of Gloomhaven was expected to arrive at distributors and retailers sometime in November/December. Now it looks more like it will closer to the end of this time span: there has been a production delay and the stock is expected to arrive in the UK in late December.

With a bit more than three weeks until Christmas this puts the availability of the game before Christmas at risk. But we will post an update as soon as we hear anything new.

Underwater Cities in stock

One of the most requested games after Essen was Underwater Cities from Vladimír Suchý.

In Underwater Cities, which takes about 30-45 minutes per players, players represent the most powerful brains in the world, brains nominated due to the overpopulation of Earth to establish the best and most livable underwater areas possible.

The main principle of the game is card placement. Three colored cards are placed along the edge of the main board into 3 x 5 slots, which are also colored. Ideally players can place cards into slots of the same color. Then they can take both actions and advantages: the action depicted in the slot on the main board and also the advantage of the card. Actions and advantages can allow players to intake raw materials; to build and upgrade city domes, tunnels and production buildings such as farms, desalination devices and laboratories in their personal underwater area; to move their marker on the initiative track (which is important for player order in the next turn); to activate the player’s “A-cards”; and to collect cards, both special ones and basic ones that allow for better decision possibilities during gameplay.

Today our stock has finally arrived and we also received the Biodome promo card.

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New: Forbidden Sky and The Cousins’ War (2nd Edition)

A new week brings new games: Finally arrived has Forbidden Sky from Gamewright.

From ocean, to desert, and now to the sky, this latest installment takes you to new heights with several novel challenges, including collectively planning a terrain using only limited information, and constructing a real electrical circuit. Forbidden Sky also breaks new ground for us as a publisher, as it’s our first game to include an electronic component.

Next is Dicetopia from All or None Games:

Dicetopia is a quick strategic board game for 2-4 players with a playtime of 20-30 minutes. The game introduces a fresh mix of area control, dice manipulation, worker placement, and secret objectives.

And the third new arrival is the 2nd edition of last year’s UK Games Expo release The Cousins’ War from Surprised Stare Games.

2nd Edition is a new version of The Cousins’ War with larger components. The 2nd Edition contains an optional variant, Times of Change. This variant adds in the cards originally published as the Events expansion to the 1st edition. There is 1 extra card, Jura Belli, in the Times of Change variant over and above the Events expansion.

And last but not least we also received Forum Trajanum back in stock.

 

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