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.”
I’ve just started uploading next week’s new releases. The games coming in are:
- Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition (Release: Thursday, 4th August)
- Runebound (Third Edition) – Caught in a Web Scenario Pack (Release: Thursday, 4th August)
- Runebound (Third Edition) – The Gilded Blade Adventure Pack (Release: Thursday, 4th August)
- Captain Sonar (Release: Monday, 1st August)
- Scythe (Release: Thursday, 4th August)
- Exceed: Red Horizon- Reese & Heidi vs. Vincent & Nehtali (Release: Wednesday, 3th August)
In the last couple of days I’ve added a few new pre-orders to the shop. The most interesting ones are:
- 7 Ronin (Grey Fox Games / August)
- Captain Sonar (Matagot / August)
- Eclipse: Shadow of the Rift (Lautapelit / August)
- Oceanos (Iello / September)
- Bloodborne: The Card Game (CoolMiniOrNot / October)
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.
It’s still the school holidays, but we still get some great new games to bridge the gap until the hot board game season starts. Today we received two new games and the restock of a customer favourite:
- Barony: the new GenCon release from Matagot
- Tides of Time: The first Microgame from Portal Games
- Room 25 Season 2: the big expansion for Room 25 (restock)