For quite some time now, Z-Man Games has released the English language editions of hits like Terra Mystica, A Feast for Odin and Gaia Project from German publisher Feuerland Spiele. This partnership is now coming to an end:
Since 2012, Z-Man Games has worked with Feuerland Spiele to bring their excellent games to the English- and French-speaking markets, and it has been our privilege to support such beloved titles as Terra Mystica, A Feast for Odin, Gaia Project, and more. It is with a feeling of gratitude that we announce that we’re returning the English and French rights to these games to Feuerland.
Frank Heeren, Feuerland’s founder and owner, has been a longtime partner of Z-Man Games, from our F2Z days through the present. Back when Terra Mysticawas first released, it was common for regional publishers to seek out foreign counterparts to localize and import their games for overseas markets. As the tabletop games industry has continued to grow and evolve in the years since, including the rise of a vast distribution network, publishers that were once considered regional now have access to international channels to bring their games to any part of the world.
Hopefully, this means that the availability of the English editions will get better here in the UK. Especially getting stock for some of the expansions for A Feast for Odin or Terra Mystica was a struggle most of the times.
Fuji is a cooperative dice for 2-4 players designed by Wolfgang Warsch (Quacks, The Mind, Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal).
In Fuji, you play as a group of adventurers on their way to Japan‘s most famous volcano, Mount Fuji. But just before you arrive at your destination, the earth begins to shake and the volcano erupts! Now your group must escape the deadly lava flows as quickly as possible to reach the safe village.
(Source: Publisher description)
Shut up & Sit down have played the game and published their review:
Each turn, everybody rolls their dice and compares the results to decide on the best route back to safety. Cards laid out at the start of the game map out the landscape of the volcano, but each of these cards examines your dice differently (the total of your red die faces, for example, or the total of your even numbers). To move to each space, you have to have a higher total of that than either of your neighbours. Here’s where it starts to get a little tricky. Players roll their dice behind screens and can’t communicate exactly what they have. In a similar style to popular card game Hanabi, players have communication limitations. You can’t talk about specifics or averages in any way. In the picture above, for example, you couldn’t say “I have two fives”. You could, however, say “I have a lot of high numbers”.
To speed up the shipping process for these incoming games I will send out the payment requests for pre-orders on Monday afternoon. This way all pre-orders can get shipped as soon as the stock has arrived.
We are quite busy this week with a lot of new games arriving at the same time. Here a short update what has happened today and yesterday and what we are expecting for the rest of the week:
Yesterday Great Western Trail finally arrived. All pre-orders have been shipped today. The next delivery of the game should arrive in a few weeks, we will post an update as soon as we have a confirmed delivery date.
Great Western Trail wasn’t the only game to arrive, we have also received:
Last Friday A Feast for Odin has been released in the Uk. Unfortunately in such small numbers that we couldn’t fulfil all our pre-orders. According to the UK distributor of the game it will also be a while before any new stock will be available.
That is why I’ve contacted the publisher of the German edition which is still available and and asked them if I can order the game from him.
The good news: The game is in stock and can be shipped the moment I’ve placed and paid our order. It is also cheaper (£59.95 instead of £74.95) than the English Edition. 3
The bad news: there is some text on the components. I’ve spoken to a few people who have played the game and according to them this won’t be a big problem because the rulebook includes an index for all the cards. The English rules and the card index are available for download on BGG.com.
I will wait a couple of days with the order to see how high the interest in the German edition is. I will place my order on Friday, which hopefully means that the game will arrive here during the week after Halloween.