We came back on Tuesday from our Summer Break to find a lot of boxes with new releases stacked up on our stock room. After getting all the pre-orders sorted and shipped, we have finally time to let you know what the new games in stock are:
I just wanted to post about the new releases Lookout Games has planned for 2018 when I read that (like too many other publishers), they have been bought by Asmodee. To be more precise: Asmodee has bought Mayfair Games and with it Lookout Games:
Mayfair Games Inc., a long-standing game publisher based out of Skokie, Illinois, is withdrawing from games publishing and have entered into an agreement with Asmodee to assume all their current IP. “Mayfair Games has a 36-year history for publishing great games,” said Larry Roznai, President of Mayfair Games. “In Asmodee we have found a partner who will provide a platform for the continuation of our best games.”
Asmodee Group, a leading international games publisher and distributor, is pleased to announce today the acquisition of German based board and card game publisher Lookout GmbH.
Founded in 2000 by Hanno Girke, Lookout GmbH are well known for series such as the cult classic Agricola, a Euro style board game created by the celebrated designer Uwe Rosenberg, which launched in 2007 and Caverna, an update and new take on the former, that went on to garner critical acclaim.
What does this mean for retailers and customers: distribution of English editions of Lookout Games will be concentrated on distributors that are part of the Asmodee family which means less choice for us retailers and more dependency on a few selected suppliers but hopefully also a better availability of the English editions which at the moment are quite hard to get in the UK.
But it should also mean that with the backing of Asmodee Lookout should be able to keep publishing great games and hopefully more of them.
Five new titles for 2018 have already been announced at the Nuremberg Toy Fair:
Second Isle of Skye expansion
Caverna: Lost Peoples
More details and short videos for each of these titles are available on BGG News.
An early arrival: Bärenpark, the new game from Lookout Games, has arrived.
Bärenpark takes you into the world of bears, challenging you to build your own bear park. Would you like another polar bear enclosure or rather a koala* house? The park visitors are sure to get hungry on their tour through the park, so build them places to eat! Whatever your choices are, make sure you get the next building permit and use your land wisely! (* No, koalas aren’t bears but they’re so cute, we couldn’t leave them out of this game!)
Today was the Award Ceremony for the Spiel des Jahres 2016.
The winner of the Spiel des Jahres (the more family friendly award) is Codenames from CGE:
In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.
The winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres (the award for the more complex gamers games) is surprisingly Isle of Skye from Lookout Games:
In the tile-laying game Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King, 2-5 players are chieftains of famous clans and want to build their little kingdoms to score as many points as possible — but in each game only four of the sixteen scoring cards will be scored.