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Essen 2017: Top 5 Games

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 🙂

October Top 5

I’ve finally managed to have a look at the October Top 5 in regards to sales and pre-orders.

October: Sales
1. Great Western Trail
2. Cottage Garden
3. The Oracle of Delphi
4. Dream Home
5. Brettspiel Advent Calendar

greatwesterntrail

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.

October: Pre-Orders
1. Scythe: Invaders from Afar
2. Kanagawa
3. Railroad Revolution
4. Inis
5. Adrenaline/Orléans: Trade & Intrigue

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 Top 5

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!
3. Scythe
4. Legendary: Civil War
5. Islebound

CaptainSonar

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.

SushiGoParty

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

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
5. Oceanos

terraformingmarscryhavocTerraforming Mars and Cry Havoc are topping the Hotness list on BGG.com since the end of Gencon now, so no wonder that they are the most pre-ordered games at the moment.

lastfriday

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

Bios: Genesis is another great looking game from Sierra Madre Games. Interest in them is always high, so again no surprise here.

Oceanos

Oceanos is another great looking game from Antoine Bauza: It’s a “game of underwater exploration with an original take on card-drafting.”

Next week’s releases are online

I’ve just started uploading next week’s new releases.  The games coming in are:

CaptainSonar Scythe

New Pre-Orders (21/07/16)

In the last couple of days I’ve added a few new pre-orders to the shop. The most interesting ones are:

Oceanos

And with GenCon right around the corner and Essen coming up in three months there will be more new games coming in the next weeks.