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Last week of new games for 2017

Next week is the last chance for new releases to arrive. A few games have made the cut and are expecting to arrive on Tuesday/Wednesday (just in time to get them shipped before Christmas):

  • Bunny Kingdom
  • Dragonsgate College
  • Exodus Fleet
  • Flamme Rouge: Peloton (sold out)
  • Harvest
  • Kingsburg (2017 Edition)
  • Majesty: For the Realm
  • Mountains of Madness
  • Photosynthesis (sold out)

Terraforming Mars: Venus Next will arrive after Christmas and will be ready to get shipped when we are at the office in the new year.

This means that quite a lot of games haven’t made the pre-Christmas cut and are now expected to arrive in January. Once the dust has settled and business is back to normal early January I will hopefully be able to chase some updates for most of them to get a better picture when to expect them.

I can only apologise to everyone who was hoping to play a new shiny game during the Christmas break and is now disappointed.

Look ahead: What is incoming?

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:

Early next week Charterstone and the Recharge pack will arrive and hopefully the main part of our Photosynthesis order, Bunny Kingdom and Mountains of Madness (the last three should get confirmed later this week).

Week in review

I’m very sorry, that it was a bit quiet here during this week, but we were very busy trying to get all these new games out as fast as possible.

Here is a quick overview what has arrived since Monday and is now available to order:

And next week we are expecting another wave of new games, I will post an update on Monday once I have received the confirmations for all the deliveries that are on the way to us.

 

Gaming Night (20/10/17)

Friday was our regular Gaming Night at the Crediton Inn. We had two tables playing games all evening.

The procedures started with Flip Ships and Tribes: Early Civilizations.

Both games were quite popular: Flip Ships caused lots of laughter, Tribes surprised by being a quite accessible game which plays under 45 minutes, but still, gives this taste of starting your own civilization.

Next was Queendomino which in almost every aspect is the superior game compared to Kingdomino because of the added elements of buildings, knights and tower allow more ways to play and win the game. Kingdomino has still the positives of being easy to learn and fast to play, perfect to play it with non-gamers and the lower price which in my opinion makes it one of the bargains of the last year.

The last game of the evening for me was Downforce which was a surprise for me: It’s basically Camel Up with Formula 1 cars. Main differences are an auction at the beginning to put your team together and movement of all the cars in the race based on cards you draw before the start of the auction. Winner of the game is the team that has earned the most money by a) getting their car(s) in the points and b) placing winning bets on the Top 3 cars. The game includes two race tracks and plays quick enough to play both tracks under 2 hours.

Link: Meeples’ Corner events on Facebook

Essen 2017: Top 5 Games

Only two more weeks until Essen, time to ramp up the preparations for the busiest time of the year. A useful instrument to get a feeling for the interest in the new games presented at Essen are Youtube videos about the most anticipated games of the board game show.

I watched a few during the last couple of days and made notes which games where mentioned. The result is an aggregated Top 5 which in most parts is not very surprising:

1) Charterstone: The only game that was mentioned in every video. But not everybody is convinced that the game will work, but the combination of Legacy game and Eurogame has too much lure.
2) Nusford: After last years A Feast for Odin there are high hopes for another special Rosenberg game.
3) Altiplano: A new bag building game from the team behind Orleans? Count me in and it seems like I’m not the only one.
4) Meeple Circus (the only real surprise in the Top 5, I didn’t hear anything about this games before I started watching the videos, but I can see why people like it: stacking Meeples? What’s not to like?) and Gaia Project (Terra Mystica still has a lot of fans and the promise of a streamlined experience secures this heavyweight a Top 5 spot)
5) Clans of Caledonia (Radho called this game the Terra Mystica killer, so let’s see if Clans or the Gaia Project will be the bigger hit) and Photosynthesis (an abstract game with beautiful artwork and components which got a big boost in popularity after a pre-release at Gencon)

Honorable mentions of games that were mentioned quite often, but didn’t make the cut for the Top 5:

  • Fast Forward games from Friedeman Friese / Stronghold Games
  • Noria: the debut title from Sophia Wagner brought to life by Michael Menzel and Klemenz Franz
  • Azul: the new game from Plan B Games
  • Queendominio: the gamers’ edition of Kingdomino with more ways to score points
  • Pandemic Legacy Season 2: Season 2 of the most successful Legacy game so far
  • Merlin: a new Feld, enough said 🙂

TOP 5 SEPTEMBER

September is the month between the two biggest board game shows: The UK sees some of the GenCon releases arriving and at the same time the pre-orders for Essen releases start to go online.

All of the games in the Top 5 Sales have been presented at GenCon and were available in the UK shortly after the show.

1) Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium
2) Wasteland Express Delivery Service
3) Whitehall Mystery
4) Downforce
5) This War of Mine

Unfortunately quite a few games have been delayed this year, because the trend goes more and more to a US release in August at GenCon and a Europe release in October at Essen. This is not an evil plot against European board game geeks, but more a result of cost savings because this way you can split your stock and delivery part of it directly to GenCon and afterwards to US distributors and part of it goes a bit later to Essen and from there to European distributors. Which makes perfect sense, especially for smaller publisher.

And here are the Top 5 Pre-Orders which are dominated by the first big hitters we added to our Essen section:


1) Photosynthesis
2) Nusfjord
3) Terraforming Mars: Venus Next
4) Queendomino
5) Raiders of the North Sea

 

New arrivals (14/08/17)

Today the first delivery of the week has arrived:

New in stock is Arena: For the Gods!, the new game from Iello.

Welcome to the Arena of the all-powerful, where only the greatest mythological heroes fight to please the Gods. With Arena, dive into a universe in which heroes from 6 different mythos fight together for the entertainment of their Gods. Handpicked by a divine hand for a battle to the death, you’re assuming the role of a powerful fighter.

And back in stock is Kingdomino, the winner of the Spiel des Jahres award 2017.

In Kingdomino, you are a Lord seeking new lands in which to expand your kingdom. You must explore all the lands, wheat fields, lakes, and mountains in order to spot the best plots. But be careful as some other Lords also covet these lands…

 

Shop Update

A quick update what is happening on the shop website at the moment:

Two days ago FFG announced Fallout – The Board Game. Today the pre-order went online. Price for the game is £48.95 and expected release date is November/December.

Another new pre-order on the website is Photosynthesis, the new game from Blue Orange Games (Kingdomino). The European release will be at Essen 2017, so the game should be available at the end of October.

And finally good news for Arena: For the Gods. The new game from Iello is on its way to us and should be available from Monday.

 

Spiel des Jahres winners have been announced

The winners of the Spiel des Jahres awards have been announced today.

Winner of the Spiel des Jahres (more family oriented) award is: Kingdomino

In Kingdomino, you are a Lord seeking new lands in which to expand your kingdom. You must explore all the lands, wheat fields, lakes, and mountains in order to spot the best plots. But be careful as some other Lords also covet these lands…

The game has been designed by Bruno Cathala and published by Blue Orange Game/Pegasus.

Winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres (more gamer oriented) award is: Exit – The Game designed by Inka and Markus Brand and published by Kosmos.

Link: Tabletopgaming  – News