The Crew is the co-op trick-taking game from Kosmos and for many the favourite to win the Game of the Year award in Germany.
In the co-operative trick-taking game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, the players set out as astronauts on an uncertain space adventure. What about the rumors about the unknown planet about? The eventful journey through space extends over 50 exciting missions. But this game can only be defeated by meeting common individual tasks of each player. In order to meet the varied challenges, communication is essential in the team. But this is more difficult than expected in space.
(Source: Publisher description)
If you already have played the game and worked your way through the mission booklet, Thames & Kosmos has good news for you: on the website for The Crew you can download three pdf files with new missions for the game.
Aqualin is a new two-player game from Kosmos. At the moment we only have the German edition of the game available, but this shouldn’t stop you from trying this nice little game.
There’s turmoil at the reef, with different sea animals forming swarms again and again.
Each turn in Aqualin, the active player selects one of six stones and places it on an empty field. One player is trying to make groups of the same color, while the other is forming groups of identical sea creatures, with players having the ability to move a stone before placing a new one to form new swarms. The larger the group, the more points it’s worth, and whoever scores the most points wins!
(Source: Description on BGG)
There is no text on the components and there is a rules translation available on BGG. And to give you an idea of how the game works and what the components look like, I’ve sat down and made a quick how-to-play video:
With the lockdown continuing and the shop still closed, our customers can’t come to the shop to have a look at the new games coming in. To help with this situation, I’ve set up my camera (aka my phone on a tripod) and opened two new games (My City and Jubako) from Germany for you:
This is my first try, so there is room for improvement technology-and content-wise. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
The jury for the Spiel des Jahres awards has announced this year’s nominations.
For the Spiel des Jahres, the main award, these are:
My City (Reiner Knizia/KOSMOS)
Nova Luna (Uwe Rosenberg and Corné van Moorsel/Edition Spielwiese)
Pictures (Daniela and Christian Stöhr/PD-Verlag)
The second award is the Expert Game of the Year for the more complex games. Here the nominees are:
Cartographers (Jordy Adan / Thunderworks Games & Pegasus Spiele)
The Crew (Thomas Sing / KOSMOS)
The King’s Dilemma (Hjalmar Hach and Lorenzo Silva / Horrible Guild & HeidelBÄR Games)
All six games on the nomination list are usually in high demand the moment the nominees get announced. This year is no different: our remaining stock of Nova Luna sold out within one hour of the announcement. We have it on backorder at Pegasus but with no confirmed date yet. MyCity is so far only available as a German edition which is because of the Legacy element of the game of no use for us. The English edition will become available in July and pre-orders are still open. And Pictures is sold out at all distributors, with one showing the game as incoming, so hopefully, there will be some stock available soon.
For Cartographers we are expecting a small delivery tomorrow. The Crew has arrived today, but our stock has sold out to pre-orders with more stock expected for the end of the week. And The King’s Dilemma hasn’t been widely available in the UK for some time now. The initial delivery sold out quite fast and so far we haven’t received any restock.
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