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News summary (02/02/18)

It is the week of the Toy Fair in Nuremberg, an important trade show for the board game industry. Most of the bigger publishers are at the show and using it to present their plans for the rest of the year. So in the next few days, we will see lots of exciting new announcements.

Here is a quick overview of the ones we have already found:

  • Eggertspiele will release the first expansion for Great Western Trail – Link
  • Also from Eggertspiele in 2018: Coimbra – Link
  • Thames Kosmos has 9 new titles in the works – Link
  • Portal will release two new games and lots of expansions – Link
  • Gamewright has announced Forbidden Sky, a new game in the Forbidden series – Link

All of these games have just been announced, once we know the details of the UK release we will offer them for pre-orders on our website.

Next week: 10 new games

Another Friday, another update what game we are expecting next week. Confirmed arrivals are:

  • Through the Desert (Thursday)
  • A Game of Thrones: Catan – Brotherhood of the Watch (Thursday)
  • Sub Terra (Wednesday)
  • Nations: The Dice Game – Unrest (Monday/Tuesday)
  • Clans of Caledonia
  • Transatlantic (Wednesday/Thursday)
  • Concordia: Aegyptus / Creta (Wednesday/Thursday)
  • Rob n Run (Wednesday/Thursday)
  • Cosmogenesis
  • Arkham Noir

Not 100% confirmed yet is Queendomino, hopefully, we will hear more from the UK distributor (also about Photosynthesis) on Monday.

And there are also a few restocks coming in: Istanbul – The Dice Game, Merlin, Azul and all the Exit games.

The week ahead

I would like to give you a short overview what to expect this week:

  • Aeon’s End (2nd Edition with new artwork and card layout / including both expansions): already in stock
  • Pirate 21: already in stock
  • Zombie Slam: already in stock

This is not all, later this week we are expecting:

And two restocks are expected for this week: Later today the long-awaited reprint of Glass Road will arrive and on Friday we are expecting more stock of the Isle of Skye expansion Journeyman.

Spiel des Jahres winners have been announced

The winners of the Spiel des Jahres awards have been announced today.

Winner of the Spiel des Jahres (more family oriented) award is: Kingdomino

In Kingdomino, you are a Lord seeking new lands in which to expand your kingdom. You must explore all the lands, wheat fields, lakes, and mountains in order to spot the best plots. But be careful as some other Lords also covet these lands…

The game has been designed by Bruno Cathala and published by Blue Orange Game/Pegasus.

Winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres (more gamer oriented) award is: Exit – The Game designed by Inka and Markus Brand and published by Kosmos.

Link: Tabletopgaming  – News


Holmes – Sherlock gegen Moriarty available

Holmes – Sherlock gegen Moriarty (Kosmos) is the new edition of the two player game Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft (designed by Diego Ibanez and published by Devir). The game is in stock, but because it is the German edition of the game, we have received a few questions if the game is playable without speaking German.

A crime has happened! But the evidence is scarce and Scotland Yard is in the dark. Only one can solve the case: Sherlock Holmes. However, in the background, Professor Moriarty pulls the strings and tries to cover tracks and dispose evidence. Thus a duel between the two most brilliant heads of London breaks out. Who will be successful in the end – Holmes or Moriarty?

For the new edition Kosmos has made five changes (listed by Pedro Soto on the BGG forums):

  • Changed the “background” (Mycroft is changed to Moriarty)
  • The “villain cards” are now “Mycroft cards” with the same effect
  • The action of Shinwell’s “Porky” “Jonhson is changed
  • The action of Violet Hunter is changed
  • The game have a new character (a gipsy fortuneteller).

The cards have no text on them, so with the English rules for the first edition and the description of the changes the game is perfectly playable.

Here are the explanations of the two card changes and the new card (again posted by Pedro Soto):

  • Shinwell: Discard 1 card, replace it, buy 1 of the clues in the line for 2 investigation markers.
  • Violet: Take 1 clue from the discard pile for 2 investigation markers.
  • Madame Ziba: (New character). Draw 3 clues from the clue pile. Choose 1 and place it face down in your area. Then give the remaining 2 clues to your opponent, who chooses 1 and plays it face up in his area and puts the remaining card face down under the clue pile.

I hope this helps. Enjoy the game!

Link: English Rules on BGG