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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

 

New releases and restocks

Tuesday is normally delivery day at Meeples’ Corner HQ and yesterday was no different. We received quite a few deliveries and three new games have been in stock since yesterday:

And today was the big release of the week: Century – Spice Road is finally available after the big success with the pre-release at the UK Games Expo.

But this is not all, we also received some interesting restocks:

Restocks and new games

After two busy days, I’ve finally some time to post an update about what games have arrived this week.

There have been some very interesting restocks:

But we haven’t just received restock, there are also five new releases available from today:

New arrivals (29/10/2015)

Lots of new games have arrived in the last couple of days: On Tuesday we finally received our delivery of New York 1901.

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And yesterday we received another 5 boxes full of brand new games:

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Release Dates

We have received updates regarding a few release dates:

  • New York 1901: There was a small delay and the game will now be released the week after the Essen show (12/10)
  • Waste Knights: This interesting looking game will arrive earlier than expected and should be here the week after the show
  • T.I.M.E. Stories: This game is very high on my Essen watch list. It’s not available in the shop yet, because we don’t have a confirmed price. But I was told that the game is already on it’s way to the UK and should be here within 1-2 weeks.

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