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Essen 2018: most anticipated games

The biggest source of information in preparation for the onslaught of new games coming in after the end of the Essen show is always the superb Essen preview list on BGG.

But another way of trying to find out what the hot games after Essen could be (and with the number of games coming out we have to be selective), is to have a look/listen and some videos/podcasts talking about their most anticipated games for Essen. It worked quite well for me last year, so I did it again this year. I’ve watched a total of 13 videos on Youtube and made notes about the games that are being mentioned. Sorted by the number of times a game got mentioned, here is my totally non-scientific Top 20 of the most anticipated games for Essen 2019 (in case of a tie, I used the thumbs up on the Essen preview list as a tie-breaker):

  1. Teotihuacan: City of Gods (English edition)
  2. Futuropia
  3. Reykholt
  4. Forum Trajanum
  5. Azul: Stained Glas
  6. Holding On
  7. Gingerbread House
  8. Gugong
  9. The River
  10. Blackout
  11. Underwater Cities
  12. Treasure Island
  13. Coimbra
  14. Dice Hospital
  15. Key Flow
  16. Blue Lagoon
  17. Alone
  18. Arraial
  19. Shadows in Amsterdam
  20. Camel Up (2nd Edition)

Here is the playlist with all 13 videos:

Most of the games in the Top 20 are no surprise because they are the “common ground” between all those videos I’ve watched. But watching all these videos it was interesting to see that the common ground seems to be smaller this year (= a lot of the Top lists included games only mentioned once or twice in the videos) compared to the last two years which indicates for me that we are looking at a good Essen year with a wide selection of interesting games. As always with Essen the trick is to find the games that have staying power beyond the initial hype about nice looking components, interesting themes and a well-known designer (these seem to be the most often used criteria to select games of interest in the preparation for Essen).

Last year’s Top 5 of the podcast summary list was Charterstone, Nusfjord, Altiplano, Meeple Circus and Clans of Caledonia. All five turned out to be really good to solid games and also did quite well in regards to sales (besides Charterstone which for some reasons didn’t do very well).

Let’s see how this year’s games will perform…

 

New pre-orders available

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:

 

Top 5: November

November is behind us and it is time for another Top 5. This is the first one post-Essen and some of the top games were a surprise for me:

Top 5 Sales

  1. Altiplano
  2. Calimala
  3. Santa Maria
  4. Azul
  5. Indian Summer

Calimala and Santa Maria are the two surprise on this list. Both are really good games with very positive feedback after Essen, but not the big hits I was expecting here. But their success is also based on the fact, that they haven’t  been on general release in the UK (yet???) and we luckily managed to get stock in shortly after Essen.

And this list doesn’t include big Essen hits like Nusfjord, Charterstone and Photosynthesis, because they have been delayed and are only arriving now.

Top 5 Pre-Orders

  1. Rajas of the Ganges
  2. Clans of Caledonia
  3. John Company
  4. Bunny Kingdom
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

Again, a few surprises here: Rajas went a bit under the radar at Essen (a bit like Ulm last year, so maybe it is also connected to the publisher), but it is a new Inka & Markus Brand game, which are always quite popular. No surprise with Clans of Caledonia, it was only stopped from taking spot #1 by a limited number of copies available. John Company is another surprise: Sierra Madre Games is normally known for very heavy games that are only interesting for a very small number of gamers, but this one has an interesting theme and is apparently more on the lighter side.

And again a small footnote to this Top 5: there are none of the big hitters like Azul, Nusfjord, Charterstone etc. included, because for most or all of these the pre-orders closed shortly before or after Essen based on the high demand and us wanting to make sure that every pre-order customer will get a copy.