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Essen preview is growing

The Essen section of our website has been online for a few weeks now, but just in the last few days, I managed to really start looking into the Essen releases for this year. As a result, the Essen preview is growing and includes now 79 games/expansions. New additions are:

As in the last couple of years, we won’t go to Essen to collect games. But the Essen preview shows all the games that will get presented at Essen and which we will be able to get thanks to our network of suppliers. Some of the games have already been released, some are on the way to us and will be available before Essen but most games will get available sometime between the end of the Essen show and Christmas.

Link: Essen preview on Meeples’ Corner

Paper Tales: Beyond the Gates review

Beyond the Gates is the first expansion for Paper Tales.

Paper Tales: Beyond the Gates contains twenty new units and six new buildings that are meant to both preserve the balance of the base game and enhance its possibilities and replay value. With this expansion, players can now start with a set of seven buildings available, out of eleven, and these buildings are different every game. Each new building opens new strategies, as does the impact of the new units.

Dale Yu has played the expansion and has posted a review about the expansion:

Overall this is a very useful expansion to the base game, and one that I’m simply adding wholesale to my base box. I really don’t see much call to play the game without the extras, and as everything is clearly marked, you could always quickly revert the set to the base game. A definite keeper for me.

Link: Opinionated Gamers – Review

Week 42: New releases confirmed

This week’s new releases have now confirmed and arriving this week are:

Sidereal Confluence will also make a comeback, but stock is very limited and already sold out to pre-orders. We are hoping to get more copies in before the end of the month, but have no confirmation for a second delivery yet.

FFG: Preview for new Fallout expansion

Fallout- New California is the first expansion for the Fallout board game. FFG has now posted the first preview, looking closer at the five new survivors it will add to the game:

The New California expansion introduces five new survivors to Fallout: The Board Game and, before anything else, it’s important to get to know who you might be. Each of these plucky newcomers has their own perspective on life in the wasteland, and today, we’re going to take a closer look at just what makes each of them tick!

Link: FFG-Website

Keyforge UK release date confirmed

Asmodee UK has confirmed the UK release date for Keyforge, the new card game from FFG designed by Richard Garfield:

We will have a Gaming Night at the shop on the 16th, so the perfect occasion to have a look at this interesting new game.

Pandoria: Video-Preview

Pandoria is the new game from Irongames and will get released at Essen later this month.

In the “gamer’s game” Pandoria, players discover this new land by placing tiles, and they claim its territory and resources by placing their people. When a type of terrain is completely surrounded by other terrain, every worker on the borders of that terrain gains its resources. Although more than one civilization will usually benefit, each player tries to gain more than the others. Mining gold gives you income to buy cards that have two options: buildings and spells. Acquiring wood allows you to build that side of the card for permanent advantages, while mining crystals gives you the power to use the card for its one-time spell instead. Excess resources can be converted into prestige Points, and some buildings can generate more. When the new land has been fully explored (all tiles have been placed), the player with the most prestige is declared the most powerful nation of Pandoria and wins the game!

Eric Martin (BGG News) has already played a prototype of the game and has published a preview video about the game.