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Delayed Releases and a Dark Edition

We had to push back most of the new releases planned for March/April (same will probably happen for the May releases). The main reason for this decision has been the suspension of all new releases by the UK’s largest distributor until all board game shops are open for business again. But there are also a large number of delays caused by the lockdown in China at the beginning of the year. Production at some board game printers has just started again, so these delays will take a while to catch up with.

King of Tokyo Dark Edition cover art

But there is also some good news: The King of Tokyo Dark Edition will arrive next week. The release was planned for the 24th April, but with France in lockdown, Iello had to cancel these plans but allowed local partners/distributors who already have received their stock, so start releasing the game now.

Folded Space insert for Marvel Champions

The Folded Space insert for board and card games are very popular at the moment. Folded Space releases new inserts on a regular basis and now their newest insert has arrived:

Insert compatible with Marvel Champions: The Card Game®,with space for over 900 sleeved or 1,400 unsleeved cards. The design provides both efficient storage and improved game play. Many of the trays can be utilised during the game, and they greatly aid set-up and clear-away times. The rules act as a lid on top of the trays.
 
The insert has space for numerous expansion packs. The token trays are arranged in three layers

(Source: Publisher description)

The Marvel Champions insert and the other Folded Space insert we stock can be found here.

Restocks and more Folded Space

More restocks have arrived and more of the brilliant Folded Space inserts.

Back in stock are:

And the Quacks of Quedlinburg and Underwater Cities inserts from Folded Space are back in stock, but we also added three new inserts to our website:

  • Concordia
  • Castles of Burgundy Anniversary Edition
  • Orleans

Just click on the Folded Space link and find the available inserts in the drop-down-menu.

Two games delayed until June

The coronavirus is not just causing game shop and board game cafe closures all around the country, it is also causing a lot of delays in the production and delivery of new games.

Two games hit by these delays are

Both games have now been pushed back to June. We are very sorry about the delay. If you have pre-order in place for one of these games and would like to change it, please let me know.

New games and restocks have arrived

Despite the shop being closed, we still get new stock in for our online shop. Yesterday’s new arrivals are:

But this is not all, with the delivery we also received three interesting restocks:

DHL: New delivery option

DHL UK has informed us that they have started to offer a new delivery option to make sure that customers who are self-isolating or are not feeling safe to sign for a delivery can still receive deliveries at home:

Accepted at Delivery Point now available
We recognise that in light of the uncertainty regarding coronavirus that it is paramount to ensure that we have processes in place to enable consumers to continue to receive deliveries while they may be at home for a period of time.
Our delivery choices will remain in place to ensure that consumers can arrange deliveries to suit them, whether selecting a safe place for our driver to leave the parcel or arranging to collect from a local DHL Parcel UK ServicePoint. 

For consumers who want to accept deliveries at home but are self-isolating and minimising physical contact, a new delivery type description ‘Accepted at Delivery Point’ is now available.
On arrival at the delivery address our driver will knock or ring the bell and will then step away to a safe distance. If the consumer advises that they wish not to sign on the scanner, the driver will ask for their name, record ‘Accepted at Delivery Point’ and then take a photo of the premises.

If a consumer is unable to come to the door, a calling card will be left advising of alternative delivery options. A friend or family member can collect the parcel from either the local DHL Parcel UK depot or ServicePoint, they will just require the calling card, and ID for themselves and the person they are collecting on behalf of.

(Source: DHL UK Website)

Coronavirus Update

Following the latest advice from Public Health England and the Government, I have decided to close the Meeples’ Corner shop in Crediton from tomorrow until further notice. This also means that there won’t be any Games Nights and other events (like the Pokemon Trade & Play sessions) during that time.

The website/online shop will stay open as long as the parcels still get collected by DHL. I’ve talked to DHL and UPS (deliver most of our stock) and so far there is no indication that they will stop their service. Should this change, I will post a further update.

While the online shop is still open, there will be restrictions: I won’t be at the shop during the day and instead work from home as much as I can. This means that a) packing and processing order will be limited to a few hours a day, so there could be slight delays in getting your order shipped. And b) I won’t be able to offer the Collect+ service during the next few weeks, because I would have to drop off all these parcels in person at the local Collect+ shop, which I would like to avoid if possible.

To compensate for these restrictions and also for the loss of the economy service option for small items (for which I used Collect+), I have slightly changed my shipping charges:

  • Next day delivery for an order < £50 = £4.95
  • Next day delivery for an order of £50 to £99 = £2.95
  • Next day delivery for an order of > £100 = £0.00

I’ve also removed the order collection option for local customers from the website. But to support the local gaming community and my loyal customers, I’m instead offering a discounted delivery option to customers based in Devon (£2.95 for next day delivery for order < £50 and free shipping for everything > £50).

I hope these changes will help to keep the shop going during these difficult times.

Stay safe everybody and hopefully see you all soon again face to face!

Root Reprint Pre-order

We already have received a few questions regarding the reprint of Root and now we have finally received confirmation from one of our suppliers: the base game will be available again in May/June. Pre-orders for the reprint are now open

Box cover

Riverfolk, the first expansion, will also be back, but later in the year. It is expected to be available again in August. Pre-orders for the expansion are also open now.

Pharaon has arrived

Pharaon is a game from French publisher Catch Up Games that was released at Essen 2019. Today we received our delivery and it is now available to order on our website.

Game components

You are one of Pharaoh’s children. Like your brothers and sisters, you will spend a huge part of your life preparing for your journey towards the Afterlife. Getting the support of loyal nobles and talented artisans, building a magnificent burial chamber, making offerings to the Gods… here are the main tasks set for you. But the gods are looking at you and you will have to do your best in order to satisfy their demands. Each of your actions will be judged during the weighing of your heart.

Pharaon is a game mixing resource management and worker placement into a single mechanism, thanks to its Wheel of Actions. It is located at the centre of the gameboard, surrounded by 5 areas, representing the 5 actions featured in the game. Each round, the Wheel indicates which resource has to be spent on accessing the matching action. As the wheel rotates from one segment by the end of each of the 5 rounds, this access cost to actions fluctuates throughout the game. As a consequence, players have to plan their actions, anticipating which resources they may need for the next round. But there are a limited amount of available spots on the wheel, forcing you to watch your opponents, which resources they have, and what they may intend.

(Source: Publisher description)

And for a quick overview of the gameplay and a review of the game, have a look at the Broken Meeple review:

Stellar and Gloomy Graves in stock

Stellar and Gloomy Graves are two new card games from Renegade Game Studios. Both have been released today.

Box cover

In Stellar, you are stargazers, calibrating your telescopes to bring into view celestial objects of various types — planets, moons, asteroids, interstellar clouds, black holes, even satellites — as you create a beautiful display of the night sky!

You have eleven rounds to play cards to your telescope and notebook, building a night sky tableau. After that, you’ll calculate your points, and the stargazer with the most point wins!

(Source: Publisher description)
Box cover

In Gloomy Graves, you work as a gravedigger in a dark fantasy world in which epic battles rage continuously. The corpses of pixies, goblins, unicorns, cyclops, and dragons have begun to pile up, so you’ve got your work cut out for you. Manage your private crypt and the communal graveyard, each with different placement rules. Keep the place organized as you bury corpses in different areas of the graveyard, or it’s your own grave you’ll be digging!

(Source: Publisher description)