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Marvel Champions Release Date confirmed

FFG has confirmed the UK release date for Marvel Champions: The Card Game. The game will be available in shops from Friday, 1st November.

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Iron Man and Black Panther team up to stop Rhino from rampaging through the streets of New York. Captain Marvel and Spider-Man battle Ultron as he threatens global annihilation. Do you have what it takes to join the ranks of these legendary heroes and become a champion?
Jump into the Marvel Universe with Marvel Champions: The Card Game, a cooperative Living Card Game for one to four players!
Marvel Champions: The Card Game invites players embody iconic heroes from the Marvel Universe as they battle to stop infamous villains from enacting their devious schemes.
As a Living Card Game, Marvel Champions is supported with regular releases of new product, including new heroes and scenarios—check out the products section at the bottom of this page to see everything announced so far!

(Source: Publisher description)

Minecraft board game announced

Ravensburger has announced Minecraft: Builders & Biomes, a board game based on the popular videogame Minecraft.

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As in the original Minecraft digital game, in Minecraft: Builders & Biomes players explore the Overworld, build structures, and mine resources, earning points for structures and the largest connected biomes of forest, desert, mountain, or snowy tundra spaces on their player boards.
Familiar foes like Endermen, Creepers, and other mobs also appear throughout the game, and they need to be defeated using weapons collected from the board. Defeating mobs earn players points in addition to granting additional awards. Game scoring occurs as the resource cube’s layers are depleted. As soon as the third layer runs out, the adventure comes to an end, and the builder with the most points wins.

(Source: Publisher description)

The game is expected to get released sometime in October (more likely late October because of Essen).

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Underwater Cities: Designer Diary for the Expansion

Vladimir Such, the designer of Underwater Cities, has posted a Designer Diary for New Discoveries, the first expansion for Underwater Cities.

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Instead, the expansion — Underwater Cities: New Discoveries — is made of several independent modules that add a variety of aspects to the game, such as greater variability, asymmetric starting conditions, and more interaction.

Source: Designer Diary on

The expansion will get released at Essen, hopefully we should be able to get some stock between the end of the show (= end of October) and Christmas.

How to Play-video for Aftermath

Plaid Hat Games has released a How to Play-video for their new and highly anticipated adventure book game Aftermath.

Aftermath is an Adventure Book Game in which players take on the role of small critters struggling to survive and thrive in a big, dangerous world. Humans have mysteriously vanished, and the remnants of civilization are quickly being reclaimed by nature and the animals who still remain.

(Source: Publisher description)

The game is expected to get released in October and pre-orders are now open.

Deutscher Spielepreis 2019

The Deutsche Spielepreis is a German board game award, that gets celebrated every year at the Essen board game show. Other than the Spiel des Jahres award it is not decided by a jury of experts but based on a public vote (online, in games magazines and in games clubs and shops) that is taking place every year.

The winner of the 2019 award has been announced and Wingspan has managed to win again after winning the Spiel des Jahres award earlier this year.

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The Top 10 games of the voting are:

  1. Wingspan
  2. Die Tavernern im Tiefen Thal
  3. Teotihuacan
  4. Spirit Island
  5. Architects of the West Kingdom
  6. Detective
  7. Underwater Cities
  8. Newton
  9. Just One
  10. Gloomhaven

As you can see compared to the Spiel des Jahres this is a more gamer-oriented award.

Link: Deutscher Spielepreis homepage

Days of Wonder announces Ticket to Ride: Japan

Days of Wonder has announced the newest Ticket to Ride map pack.

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Zoom across Japan in a bullet train admiring Mount Fuji through the mist or take the Tokyo subway to your final destination. On this map, you face a dilemma between investing in the Bullet Train network, routes that can be used by all players to complete Destination Tickets, or focusing on your individual tracks. Weigh your options carefully because the players who contribute the most to this shared project will be rewarded with a larger bonus…and players who don’t build any Bullet Trains will suffer the consequences!
This Ticket to Ride© expansion also includes the Italy map which is focused on the Regions in this country and on a brand new type of Ferry Route. Connect cities from all Regions in the same network to score extra points.

(Source: Publisher website)

The expansion is expected to be available in Europe in November. We will start taking pre-orders as soon as we have the details for the UK release.

Dune: Good news and bad news

Last week we reported that Dune was stuck in customs and that stock would most likely to be allocated.

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The customs hold up seems to be over now, but the game will still be delayed until October because the print run will arrive in two waves in the UK and won’t get a retail release before both waves have arrived.

A delay is always annoying, but at least this one comes with the good news that our supplier is expecting to get all the stock he needs, so there won’t be any allocation and as it stands at the moment we will be able to fulfil all pre-orders.

We will post more updates, should there be any progress regarding the release date.

Azul: Summer Pavilion announced

Next Move Games has announced the next game in the highly successful game series from Michael Kiesling:

At the turn of the 16th Century, King Manuel I commissioned Portugal’s greatest artisans to construct grandiose buildings. After completing the Palaces of Evora and Sintra, the king sought to build a summer pavilion to honor the most famous members of the royal family. This construction was intended for the most talented artisans — whose skills meet the splendor that the royal family deserves. Sadly, King Manuel I died before construction ever began.
In Azul: Summer Pavilion, players return to Portugal to accomplish the task that never began. As a master artisan, you must use the finest materials to create the summer pavilion while carefully avoiding wasting supplies. Only the best will rise to the challenge to honor the Portuguese royal family.

(Source: Publisher description)
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The game will get released at Essen 2019 (end of October) and should hopefully be available before Christmas at retailers.

Link: BGG News

Wingspan, Dune and a Black Angel

We have updates regarding three hotly anticipated new releases/reprints.

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The 3rd print run of Wingspan has arrived in the UK and will be with us before the end of the week. We aim to send out all payment requests Wednesday afternoon to make sure that we can ship all pre-orders before the weekend.

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The remake of Dune has arrived in the UK as well but is unfortunately stuck at customs. Depending on the cause of the hold up this can get solved fairly quickly but can also take some time. We will post an update as soon as we hear anything new.

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And last but not least: Black Angel, the new game from Pearl Games, will get shipped today from the UK distributor to us and should arrive sometime tomorrow afternoon. We will start sending out the payment requests for pre-orders later today with the aim to ship all pre-orders on Wednesday morning.