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 🙂
In the last few days, we have added a lot of new pre-orders. Here are my highlights:
All these games will be available for sale at Essen, so hopefully, we will have them in stock shortly after the end of the show.
We are adding more pre-orders every day at the moment, our backlog with interesting Essen games is still quite long. So please keep checking out our Essen section on the shop website, there is more to come 🙂
We have finally received a restock of Orleans, the two expansions and the Fan-Kit.
Here is a quick summary of what is happening game-wise at Meeples’ Corner this week:
We have already received five new games so far. In stock are:
And we are awaiting two more new releases:
There also have been a lot of restocks. Back in stock are:
Another big day at Meeples’ Corner HQ with lots of deliveries and new arrivals and restocks.
The restocks are:
New arrivals so far this week are:
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:
Today was a busy day at Meeples’ Corner HQ. We have received three deliveries with quite a lot new games. In stock are from today:
In addition to the new games we also received restocks of the two biggest hits at the moment: Great Western Trail and Cottage Garden.
To start off another interesting week we have received a delivery with three new games:
What else is coming this week? We are expecting a restock of Great Western Trail, the Essen hit from Pegasus Spiele.
Also expected are the deliveries of:
And finally we have just received confirmation that SeaFall, the new Legacy game, has arrived in the UK and should be in stock from Thursday on.
Shut Up & Sit Down has published a written review of one of my favourite games of the last few years: Orleans from German publisher dlp Games.
Orléans has a lot in common with those ever-popular “deck-building” games, in that you’re still accruing little somethings to go in your something, but each something is different, and has a different purpose – and your something, certainly, is different from everyone else’s something. In Orléans these somethings aren’t cards, but are little circular people, and you stuff them in your personal bag like a kind of hungry giant saving them for later, never quite sure what delicious treat you’ll pull forth when you go plunging in for a snack.
The game is out of stock at the moment, but we are expecting a restock for the end of the week.
Link: Orleans Review
Bohemian Villages, the new game from dlp Games, has arrived this morning.
Who will collect the most money in the Bohemian villages? As a merchant, you want to have as many stores as possible. As an innkeeper, you can earn money only if there are enough people in the village. As a miller or factory owner, cooperation is key. And to become rich as mayor, you need the support of the entire village. Every decision you make might also depend on the roll of the dice.
Bohemian Villages is a tactical dice-rolling game that allows you to claim different types of buildings in a shared village and use the powers of those buildings. In the end, the player who evaluates their options best and pursues the correct strategy will be the lucky winner.