The first round of the US vs. China trade war went past us board gamers. But this will change soon: whereas in the first round of the trade conflict between the US and China board games were not included, this looks no longer the case.
The US government published a new set of proposals after the last round of talks with China failed. And in this proposals board and card games are included and would be subject to up to 25% import duty from the end of June.
This could turn into a potential problem for Kickstarters for which the funding phase have already ended but haven’t been delivered to customers yet. But it could also lead to a wide-ranging price increase across the industry.
At moment nobody can say how high the tariffs on games will be and if they will be imposed (there is still the possibility of a last minute agreement between the US and China), but it is definitely something I will follow closely in the next few weeks.
The UK Games Expo 2019 is less than three weeks away and fast arriving. Time to have a look at all the games available at the show.
Helping with this is Tom Heath’s (aka slickerdrips) Big UK Games Expo list on Boardgamegeek. The list is eleven pages long and lists all the games available to play (as demo / prototype copies) and/or for sale.
Another great tool is Tabletop Together which allows you to make your own list of interesting games.
Splotter Spellen is working on a 5th Edition of Roads & Boats for the 20th Anniversary of the classic game (ETA: August). We can place a pre-order for the game, but we need to place our order next Monday.
If you are interested in the game, please place your pre-order until Sunday evening, so we know our numbers. All orders coming in, before we place our order with Splotter Spellen, are guaranteed.
Wizkids Games has announced a new board game based in the Warhammer: Age of Sigmar universe. The Designer of The Rise & Fall of Anvalor is Rustan Hakansson (Nations), the planned release date is April:
The Rise and Fall of Anvalor has players helping to build and defend the city with other factions, at least officially. Each player’s real goal is to gather the most influence in Anvalor and dominate the city, even if it means its ultimate fall. Players build city buildings to gather influence, or sometimes just to block allies from strengthening their position; and fend off enemies during attacks, or let allies weaken them, and then swoop in to deliver the killing blow. The player with the most influence at the end of the game wins.
Unfortunately, both are now delayed and won’t be available before February/March 2019. We have updated the listings on our website and contacted all customers who have pre-ordered these two expansions. If you have any questions regarding your order, please contact us!