We have been a bit quiet in the last couple of days, but we had a reason for it: we have been buried under a flood of new games. So far we have received 16 new games/expansions with the two biggest hits (Marvel Champions and Tapestry / both Friday) still coming.
A new LCG is coming from FFG and this time it is based on the Marvel universe:
Marvel Champions: The Card Game invites players embody iconic heroes from the Marvel Universe as they battle to stop infamous villains from enacting their devious schemes. As a Living Card Game, Marvel Champions is supported with regular releases of new product, including new heroes and scenarios—check out the products section at the bottom of this page to see everything announced so far!
(Source: Publisher description)
The game is now available to pre-order and is expected to get released in Q4. It is a bit pricier than the other starter sets of LCGs like Arkham Horror or Lord of the Rings. But the main reason for this is that FFG has stated that with the Marvel starter set there is no need to buy a second set to get enough copies of all the cards.
Last weekend was the UK Games Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. Since we came back, I’ve been asked a lot about the hot games of the show. So here is a quick look at our bestsellers:
KeyForge: Call of the Archons – Decks & Starter Sets
Doppelt so clever (English Edition)
Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal
Century – A New World
Star Wars: Outer Rim
The Quacks of Quedlinburg
Chronicles of Crime
The Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches
Not surprisingly the hottest games were the ones that got released at the show and haven’t been available before like the new KeyForge set or Foothills. Wingspan also flew from the shelves and Wolfgang Warsch dominated the Top 10 with his latest four games.
February was surprisingly busy, which in part was caused by the delayed release of quite a few games and expansions at the end of 2018.
Here is a quick look at the Top 5 in Sales:
1) The Quacks of Quedlinburg 2) Doppelt so clever 3) Caverna: The Forgotten Folk 4) Gloomhaven 5) Underwater Cities
And the Top 5 in Pre-orders:
1) Food Chain Magnate: The Ketchup Mechanism and Other Ideas 2) KeyForge: Age of Ascenscion – Archon Starter Sets & Decks 3) Crusader Kings – The Board Game (Royal Edition) 4) Star Wars: The Outer Rim 5) Bunny Kingdom: In the Sky
Yesterday FFG announced Age of Ascension the second set for KeyForge:
Become a new Archon in Age of Ascension! As a new set of KeyForge, Age of Ascension mixes up the cardpool with 204 brand-new cards, joining 166 cards first introduced in Call of the Archons to create an entirely new pool of 370 cards and billions upon billions more Unique Decks for you to discover, learn, and master.
FFG has announced a new Star Wars board game called Outer Rim.
Far from the shadows of Coruscant’s skyscrapers lies the dangerous Outer Rim. To many citizens, the galaxy’s edge represents a hive of scum and villainy that is better left ignored. But to the scoundrels of the galaxy, the Outer Rim represents opportunity. If you can survive the harsh conditions of the edge of space, you may just find yourself emerging from the grime of the underworld as one of the most famous scoundrels in the galaxy.
In Outer Rim, you take on the role of an underworld denizen, setting out to make your mark on the galaxy. You’ll travel the Outer Rim in your personal ship, hire legendary Star Wars characters to join your crew, and try to become the most famous (or infamous) outlaw in the galaxy!
January is always a bit of a quieter months for us. Partly because of our break at the beginning of the month and partly because most people tend to take a break from buying new games after the spending spree before Christmas
But we still had a few games that did very well for us, so here is a look at the Top 5 in sales for January 2019:
1) Root 2) Root: Riverfolk Expansion 3) Chronicles of Crime 4) The Quacks of Quedlinburg 5) SpaceCorp: 2025-2300 AD
Only two new games made it into our Top 5, the other three (Root, Chronicles of Crime and Quacks) were restocks of very popular games. The success of the Riverfolk expansion was no surprise, because Root was one of the biggest hits of 2018. And SpaceCorp is the first game from GMT making it into the Top 5.
And here are the Top 5 in Pre-orders:
1) Wingspan 2) Treasure Island 3) Underwater Cities 4) LotR: Journeys in Middle-earth 5) Inis: Isle of Seasons
Wingspan is the next big thing from Stonemaier Games. We had to close our pre-orders, because the first print run is all but sold out. But the good news is that the reprint is already in the works and shouldn’t be too far behind the first print run and is expected to become available in April/May.
Survival can mean different things to different people, but in Discover: Lands Unknown, you’re literally surviving against your environment. Whether you’re stuck on a frozen mountaintop, a blistering desert, or a remote island, you must find food and water while avoiding the dangers that lurk in the dark.
And now, you can brave these elements with your friends in a fully cooperative way. This free supplement provides new rules and victory conditions that require working together to make sure everyone survives, while removing all selfish motives and backstabbing. This option has been a widely requested feature, and I’m happy to provide it to you. Although many groups will undoubtedly prefer the game’s original rules, this variant is ideal for groups that want a team-oriented experience. It works great with new players, families, or just about anyone who likes cooperative games.