All the shiny new games for this week have arrived: they are six in total (plus one expansion). Here is a quick look at the new arrivals:
It’s Tuesday – arrival day for the new UK releases. This week we have received ten new ones:
- Captain Sonar: Upgrade 1
- Dûhr: The Lesser Houses
- Legendary: Marvel Studios Phase 1
- Temporal Odyssey
- The Big Score
- TIME Stories: Brotherhood of the Coast
- Tower of Madness
- Yellow & Yangtze
- Zombicide: Green Horde – Friends and Foes
- Zombicide: Green Horde – No Rest For The Wicked
Another month is gone, time to have a quick look at the Top 5 in Sales and pre-orders.
Top 5 Sales:
- Civilization (2018)
- Dungeon Alliance
- Meeple Circus
Castell was another hit from Renegade Game Studios and it looks like they can’t do anything wrong at the moment. Civilization was the surprise of the month, because it is still the same old game (but a very good one) without any attempts of a redesign. Dungeon Alliance is another successful Kickstarter hampered at retail by a lack of available stock. Biosphere is a monster of a game (300 dice included), but has earned good feedback at Essen and is now finally available in larger numbers. Meeple Circus is another Essen release that took a while to finally arrive in the UK.
Top 5 Pre-Orders
- Arkwright (2nd Edition)
- The Sands of Time
- Century – Eastern Wonders
- Coimbra (German Edition)
- Rising 5: Runes of Asteros
The first edition of Arkwright has been a success, so the second edition topping the Pre-orders for March is no surprise. The Sands of Time is the new Spielworxx game, always highly sought after by fans of heavy-weight games. Eastern Wonders is the second game in the Century trilogy, it will be interesting to see what the difference to the first one is and if it will be a similar success for Plan B Games. Coimbra is another Plan B Games and the new Eggertspiele release after their hits Great Western Trail and Heaven & Ale. Unfortunately, so far only available to pre-order in the German Edition. Rising 5: Runes of Asteros is a cooperative deduction game and another game has been delayed for a while now.
Despite the snow, the rest of the week (today we are closed) should be business as usual. This means that we will get a few new games and expansions and this week’s crop has just been confirmed.
Expected to be available from Wednesday are:
Sonar is a family-friendly edition of Captain Sonar for 2-4 players. If you are wondering what the differences to Captain Sonar are, here is a short video review:
On Thursday two more games will get released:
I’ve just talked to one of my main suppliers about the availability of some of the Essen releases we are still waiting for. We also talked about Matagot and unfortunately, he didn’t have good news for me: Meeple Circus been pushed back all the way to January.
Presumably, this is because Matagot has no copies left and needs to reprint the game first before it can go to retailers (like it did happen with Inis last year).
I’m very sorry that I couldn’t find this out early. If your open order includes Meeple Circus please contact us so we can work out how you would like to proceed.
Only two more weeks until Essen, time to ramp up the preparations for the busiest time of the year. A useful instrument to get a feeling for the interest in the new games presented at Essen are Youtube videos about the most anticipated games of the board game show.
I watched a few during the last couple of days and made notes which games where mentioned. The result is an aggregated Top 5 which in most parts is not very surprising:
1) Charterstone: The only game that was mentioned in every video. But not everybody is convinced that the game will work, but the combination of Legacy game and Eurogame has too much lure.
2) Nusford: After last years A Feast for Odin there are high hopes for another special Rosenberg game.
3) Altiplano: A new bag building game from the team behind Orleans? Count me in and it seems like I’m not the only one.
4) Meeple Circus (the only real surprise in the Top 5, I didn’t hear anything about this games before I started watching the videos, but I can see why people like it: stacking Meeples? What’s not to like?) and Gaia Project (Terra Mystica still has a lot of fans and the promise of a streamlined experience secures this heavyweight a Top 5 spot)
5) Clans of Caledonia (Radho called this game the Terra Mystica killer, so let’s see if Clans or the Gaia Project will be the bigger hit) and Photosynthesis (an abstract game with beautiful artwork and components which got a big boost in popularity after a pre-release at Gencon)
Honorable mentions of games that were mentioned quite often, but didn’t make the cut for the Top 5:
- Fast Forward games from Friedeman Friese / Stronghold Games
- Noria: the debut title from Sophia Wagner brought to life by Michael Menzel and Klemenz Franz
- Azul: the new game from Plan B Games
- Queendominio: the gamers’ edition of Kingdomino with more ways to score points
- Pandemic Legacy Season 2: Season 2 of the most successful Legacy game so far
- Merlin: a new Feld, enough said 🙂
Another interesting week is ahead of us. Here are the games we are expecting to arrive this week:
I’ve finally managed to have a look at the October Top 5 in regards to sales and pre-orders.
Great Western Trail, Cottage Garden and Oracle of Delphi all have dominated our sales for the last few weeks and every restock is flying from the shelves. Dream Home was a nice surprise the week after Essen and is a really good family game. The Brettspiel Advent Calendar is massive and a perfect alternative for every game to those tiny chocolate calendars.
Invaders from Afar, the first expansion for Scythe, follows the success of the base game. Kanagawa and Inis are two highly regarded games from French publishers Iello and Matagot. Unfortunately it looks like both games are delayed in Europe. We are still trying to figure out when the games will arrive and will post an update as soon as possible. Railroad Revolution is the new game from What’s Your Game and should be here before the end of the month. And rounding up the Top 5 are Adrenaline, the first person shooter board game from CGE and Trade & Intrigue, the second big expansion for Orleans.
August was a surprisingly busy month, so I thought I have a look at the bestselling games to check why it was so busy.
For a better understanding of what happened and out of interest which games did well, I had a look at the Top 5 games sold and the Top 5 game pre-ordered.
Here are the Top 5 in Sales:
1. Captain Sonar
2. Sushi Go Party!
4. Legendary: Civil War
Captain Sonar was the surprise hit of the month: I couldn’t get the game in fast enough. At the moment the game is out of stock, but hopefully we will get a restock in soon.
Sushi Go Party! was a July release, but kept on selling very strongly all through August. I guess it is a very good game to take a long on a family holiday.
Scythe was the expected hit, only limited by the small number of copies available because of the limited UK release. The game should be back in October, when it gets officially released in Europe.
Legendary is still going strong so it was no surprise that Civil War, the newest big box expansion sold very well, especially following the release of the new Marvel movie.
And rounding up the Top 5 is Islebound, another great release from Red Raven Games that follows in the footsteps of the highly successful Above and Below.
Here are the Top 5 Pre-Orders:
1. Terraforming Mars
2. Cry Havoc
3. Last Friday
4. Bios: Genesis
Last Friday is an interesting looking game from Ares Games: it is as hidden movement game in the vain of Letters from Whitechapel or Fury of Dracula. But the game has a nice twist that separates it from these games: the hiding character is actually chasing the investigators.
Bios: Genesis is another great looking game from Sierra Madre Games. Interest in them is always high, so again no surprise here.
Oceanos is another great looking game from Antoine Bauza: It’s a “game of underwater exploration with an original take on card-drafting.”