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Asmodee US delays all new releases until May

Faced with an unprecedented crisis for the board game industry (shops and cafes close, events get cancelled, productions delayed), Asmodee US has made the decision to delay all new releases until the 1st May.

Asmodee USA has continued to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic as it develops. We want to wish all of you good health and safety during this time. Our employees’ and their families’ health are a top priority. A majority of our staff has transitioned to work from home when able. At this time, our warehouse remains open to help service any store that is able to continue business. However, we have decided to delay new release items until at least May 1, 2020.

(Source: Asmodee website)

While this statement has been made by Asmodee US, this will also affect the UK because most of the Asmodee releases here are coming from the US and only a smaller number from the European publishing partners of Asmodee.

With a lot of new releases already delayed because of the Covid-19 outbreak in China, these could lead to a further reduction in new games getting released in the coming weeks.

Another big week

We are two days into another big week. Here are quick update of what games/expansions we have received so far.

We need a bigger table soon…

But that’s not all, later in the week we are expecting Ishtar: Gardens of Babylon and Uxmal.

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.

Christian T. Petersen steps down

Big news from FFG/Asmodee USA: Christian T. Petersen has announced that he will retire from his position as CEO of Asmodee North Ameria. The last game he designed will get released later this year:

In 2014, following a merger with French publishing giant Asmodee, Petersen became CEO for Asmodee North America – a position he will leave at the end of 2018 in order to “focus on family, health, and the pursuit of other interests”.

The last games Petersen worked on at Fantasy Flight will be released over the next six months to a year, he confirmed.

The departure of the FFG founder comes as Asmodee prepares for a new owner: PAI Partners, a private equity firm, will buy Asmodee for €1.2 billion.

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Asmodee potentially up for sale

It seems like the Asmodee group is up for sale:

Asmodee Group, the French maker of board game Catan and distributor of Pokemon cards in parts of Europe, is exploring a sale that could value it at more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion), according to people familiar with the matter.
The Guyancourt, France-based company, owned by private equity firm Eurazeo SE (EURA.PA), has hired investment bankers to run a sale process, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.

At the moment these are only rumours (but there seems to be enough behind it for Reuters to write a news item about it), but it makes sense that the private equity firm behind Asmodee is trying to cash in after years of massive expansion across all board game markets.

Link: BGG News

Restocks and new arrivals (14/02/18)

A busy start to the week with three large deliveries. Included were some interesting restocks:

But this is not all, we also received 12 new games/expansions:

Tomorrow is the release of Fields Of Arle: Tea & Trade (nearly sold out to pre-orders) and Star Trek Frontiers: Return of the Khan will be available from Friday.

Asmodee on Twitch at Essen

Throughout Spiel this week in Essen, Asmodee will be hosting the Discoveryzone streaming stage, which will be streamed live on Twitch.

You can download the schedule for all four days here, the highlights for me are (all times are UK time):

  • Thursday: 4PM Tea & Talk – Eric Lang
  • Friday: 12PM Fallout – Fantasy Flight Games
  • Friday: 5PM Gaia Project – Z-Man Games
  • Saturday: 12PM OTYS – Libellud & Pearl Games

Link: Streaming Schedule

 

 

Two new game previews posted

Asmodee has posted a preview for Cities of Splendor, the upcoming expansion for Splendor:

With Cities of Splendor—a collection of four distinct expansions, each offering a unique experience—you can make your dreams of fame a reality as you outthink your opponents. No matter which expansion you choose to use, you’ll find an entirely new way to play Splendor, expanding the game’s replayability without sacrificing the elegance of the original.

And ZMan Games has announced Majesty: For the Realm, a new card game from Splendor designer Marc Andre:

In Majesty, you take on the role of a king or queen seeking to gain power during the Middle Ages. Like any good monarch, you have plenty of subjects ready to do your bidding and help your kingdom grow. Running a kingdom is no easy task and you must make the best use of your subjects and buildings if you want to succeed.

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