It’s a great time of the year for board game fans: We still get a flood of games that have been presented at GenCon but haven’t made their way to Europe yet and we are starting to see the first Essen announcements popping up.
We have added a few new games to our pre-order section, here are a few highlights:
We are heading into the busy part of the year: A lot of interesting pre-orders are suddenly appearing. As always we are trying our best to make most of them available for you and have already started to upload quite a few new interesting games.
Blue Orange Games will release Age of Giants, the first expansion for Kingdomino, at GenCon this year.
Age of Giants adds the option of a fifth player and allows for more player interaction. If a player gets a tile with a giant on it, they add a giant meeple to their kingdom – covering any crown of their choosing. If a tile with a giant’s footsteps comes up, the player must pass a giant meeple from their kingdom to another player’s kingdom, who must then cover a crown in their domain. The expansion eliminates end of game bonuses. Instead, at the beginning of the game, each player draws challenge tiles, which provide new ways to get points.
Hopefully, in Europe will the expansion available a bit earlier, because according to Pegasus the release date for the German edition of the expansion is July.
The two interesting restocks are Bunny Kingdom from Iello and Photosynthesis from Blue Orange Games. And we still have enough copies of the Christmas Tree Promo for Photosynthesis to add one to each copy of the game.
With our restock of Photosynthesis, we also got the Christmas tree promo for Photosynthesis (Blue Orange Games gave them initially away at the Gencon release of the game).
So from now on, every copy of Photosynthesis will come with one Christmas tree promo. But we also managed to ask the UK distributor for more copies of the promo to supply every customer, who had received the game before Christmas, with a promo.
If you are interested in getting one of the Christmas trees, please contact us and we will add a promo to your next parcel. We apologise, but we won’t be able to send out the promos on their own.
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):
Flamme Rouge: Peloton (sold out)
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.
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:
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.