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
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.
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.