November is behind us and it is time for another Top 5. This is the first one post-Essen and some of the top games were a surprise for me:
Top 5 Sales
Calimala and Santa Maria are the two surprise on this list. Both are really good games with very positive feedback after Essen, but not the big hits I was expecting here. But their success is also based on the fact, that they haven’t been on general release in the UK (yet???) and we luckily managed to get stock in shortly after Essen.
And this list doesn’t include big Essen hits like Nusfjord, Charterstone and Photosynthesis, because they have been delayed and are only arriving now.
Top 5 Pre-Orders
Rajas of the Ganges
Clans of Caledonia
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
Again, a few surprises here: Rajas went a bit under the radar at Essen (a bit like Ulm last year, so maybe it is also connected to the publisher), but it is a new Inka & Markus Brand game, which are always quite popular. No surprise with Clans of Caledonia, it was only stopped from taking spot #1 by a limited number of copies available. John Company is another surprise: Sierra Madre Games is normally known for very heavy games that are only interesting for a very small number of gamers, but this one has an interesting theme and is apparently more on the lighter side.
And again a small footnote to this Top 5: there are none of the big hitters like Azul, Nusfjord, Charterstone etc. included, because for most or all of these the pre-orders closed shortly before or after Essen based on the high demand and us wanting to make sure that every pre-order customer will get a copy.
We are getting closer and closer to Christmas and still, quite a few of the Essen releases haven’t arrived with us. But for this week a few more have been confirmed and it also looks good for next week.
Here are the games/expansions con arrive arrived this week:
Montana, designed by Ruediger Dorn and published by White Goblin Games, has finally arrived today.
Halfway through the 19th century, the first permanent settlements appeared in Montana. After this, many fortune seekers traveled to this region with their caravans in search of work in order to build a better future for themselves — and there is an abundance of work as in the mountains precious metals are to be found and on the fields a lot of manpower is required. Meanwhile, the number of settlements is growing and the demand for goods is rising. Recruit the right workers, deliver goods on time, and choose your settlements tactically. Only then you will have the biggest chance of winning Montana.
Man vs Meeple has already posted a video review of the game and recommends the game for everyone who looks for something that is a step up from Karuba (also a Ruediger Dorn game), but still a good entry-level game.
Indian Summer, the new game from Uwe Rosenberg, has arrived and is now in stock. The game is a sequel to last year’s hit Cottage Garden.
Indian Summer is the second part of Uwe Rosenberg’s puzzle trilogy following 2016’s Cottage Garden, and this game is firmly geared towards experienced players. At the heart of the game are puzzle tiles with holes that are placed on individual forest boards to cover up treasures. When players get their hands on these, they gain more options and an edge over their opponents. All that counts in the end is to be the first to cover your forest floor completely with leaves.
If you want to know more about the game, here is the review from Tom Vasel:
I’ve just talked to one of my main suppliers about the availability of some of the Essen releases we are still waiting for. We also talked about Matagot and unfortunately, he didn’t have good news for me: Meeple Circus been pushed back all the way to January.
Presumably, this is because Matagot has no copies left and needs to reprint the game first before it can go to retailers (like it did happen with Inis last year).
I’m very sorry that I couldn’t find this out early. If your open order includes Meeple Circus please contact us so we can work out how you would like to proceed.
We have finally received an update about Gloomhaven: The game has left the factory and is now on it’s way to the UK. According to our supplier, he is expecting it to arrive at the warehouse during the first week of January, so hopefully, we will get our stock a week later.
And we talked to another supplier about the new Essen releases of Sierra Madre Games and he told us that there is no confirmed arrival date yet, but he hopes for the games to be available early December. The reason for the delay is a production problem with one of the three new games and SMG wants to make sure that this is solved before the games arrive at retailers.
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