Today the biggest ever Codenames has been released: Codenames XXL is twice the size of the normal edition of the game and with better visibility perfect for larger groups.
I have finally received an update regarding three new releases expected to come in sometime in December:
Adrenaline – the Essen release from CGE is unfortunately delayed since the end of the show and so far hasn’t been available for retailers. I’ve talked to the UK distributor of the game and he is hoping for a delivery within the next 2-3 week. Unfortunately this would put the game at risk of missing Christmas.
Scythe: Invaders from Afar – again, the expansion is delayed. It was expected for he end of November, but is now another 1-2 weeks away from arriving in the UK. This give the expansion a better chance to make it before Christmas, but you never know.
Imperial Settlers: Aztecs – the newest Imperial Settlers expansion is having some production problems and has been delayed since the end of Essen. So far there is no new release date for the expansion, but I’m hoping that it should be available sometime in January.
I’ve finally managed to have a look at the October Top 5 in regards to sales and pre-orders.
Great Western Trail, Cottage Garden and Oracle of Delphi all have dominated our sales for the last few weeks and every restock is flying from the shelves. Dream Home was a nice surprise the week after Essen and is a really good family game. The Brettspiel Advent Calendar is massive and a perfect alternative for every game to those tiny chocolate calendars.
Invaders from Afar, the first expansion for Scythe, follows the success of the base game. Kanagawa and Inis are two highly regarded games from French publishers Iello and Matagot. Unfortunately it looks like both games are delayed in Europe. We are still trying to figure out when the games will arrive and will post an update as soon as possible. Railroad Revolution is the new game from What’s Your Game and should be here before the end of the month. And rounding up the Top 5 are Adrenaline, the first person shooter board game from CGE and Trade & Intrigue, the second big expansion for Orleans.
Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization (out of stock at the moment, but hopefully back before Christmas), the streamlined new edition of TtA, had one problem: the handbook (the beginner’s guide to TtA) was missing. CGE offered a quick solution: Paul Grogan aka Gaming Rules! published a video explaining the beginner’s game. But now the handbook has been published as a pdf-file and is available for download from the CGE website.
Lots of new games have arrived in the last couple of days: On Tuesday we finally received our delivery of New York 1901.
And yesterday we received another 5 boxes full of brand new games:
- 7 Wonders: Duel
- Baseball Highlights 2045
- Clacks: A Discworld Board Game
- The Builders: Antiquity
- The Builders: Middle-Ages
- Council of Four
- Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
- The Prodigals Club
We have two updates regarding Shades of Tezla, the next Mage Knight:
- The release date has been delayed to mid-August.
- Paul Grogan, one of the designers of the expansion, has agreed so sign copies of the expansion.