Underwater Cities is back in stock. We have shipped all the pre-orders and have still a few copies left for new orders. And the game comes with the Biodome promo card.
Adventure Island is a new game from Pegasus Spiele, designed by Michael Palm and Lukas Zach.
Unfortunately, your ship got hit by a storm on the way to India and sank. With your last bit of strength and a huge amount of luck, you made it to the banks of a desert island. Through a miracle, you are not hurt, but you are exhausted and disheartened. How will you escape from this unfamiliar desert island? Or maybe the island is not so deserted after all? As a group of shipwrecked passengers, you need to survive, explore the island, and find a way home.
Adventure Island tells a continuous story in multiple parts. Players have to work together to survive. Their decisions influence the development of the story and add new elements to the game. Achievements reached throughout the game unlock permanent bonuses. With so much to explore and no destruction of components, Adventure Island can be played over and over again.(Publisher description)
Joel Wright from Devon Dice has taken a look at the contents of the box and posted the Unboxing v
December was a busy end to the year despite the disappointment of quite a number of delays. Here is a look at our bestseller and the hot pre-orders:
Top 5 Sales
1) KeyForge: Call of the Archons (Starter Set and Decks)
2) Crown of Emara
3) The Fox in the Forest
4) The Quacks of Quedlinburg
5) Arboretum (2018 Edition)
KeyForge was by far our bestseller in December and it was great to get a restock of the Starter Sets in a couple of weeks before Christmas. Crown of Emara has slowly picked up steam since Essen. The first few weeks after Essen nobody seemed to care about it, but now with more and more people talking about it the orders started coming in on a regular basis. The Fox in the Forest and Arboretum are both perfect Christmas games: they look great, don’t cost the world and have family-friendly themes. The English edition of Quacks appeared out of nowhere but was a hit from day one.
Top 5 Pre-Orders
1) Underwater Cities
2) Men At Work
3) A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians
4) New Frontiers
5) Bad Bones
Pre-orders are always a bit slower in the time before Christmas because everybody is hunting Christmas presents and is more looking for games that are in stock. So the pre-order for the Underwater Cities reprint had an easy time to get to the top of our pre-order leaderboard. Men at Work was one of the games that didn’t make it before Christmas, so these orders were originally meant for Christmas. The Feast for Odin expansion is very popular since the Essen board game show and New Frontiers got a late boost by the first Youtube videos appearing online during the Christmas holidays. Bad Bones is a small surprise because this new game from the Magic Maze publisher Sit Down! got a bit buried in the avalanche of new announcements before and after Essen.
A very busy week comes to an end, time for us to give you a quick summary of what has arrived this week:
- Blue Lagoon
- Condottiere (2018 edition)
- Corsair Leader
- Corsair Leader: Aces Expansion
- Dice Settlers
- Endeavor: Age of Sail
- Folklore the Affliction: Dark Tales
- Legendary Encounters: The X-Files
- Sherman Leader
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Gemstone Mining Game
- The Estates
Blue Lagoon and Everdell proved to be quite popular and are already out of stock, but hopefully we will get more copies next week.
All in all a very busy week with 23 new releases. And by the looks of it next week won’t be any quieter, but more about next week on Monday.
GameNight, the BGG video show, has posted a new video and this time they have played Istanbul – The Dice Game.
Istanbul – The Dice Game is a standalone dice game in which players are once again plunging into the bustle of Istanbul’s bazaar to collect rubies and thus secure their victory.
By cleverly using the dice, the players can make money and goods, then exchange them for the precious jewels.
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:
- Before the Earth Explodes
- Cataclysm: A Second World War
- Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger
- Downforce: Danger Circuit
- Kashgar: Merchants of the Silk Road
- Kingdom Run
- Near and Far: Amber Mines
- Patchwork Express
- Portable Gaming Backpack
- Spring Meadow
- Sword & Sorcery: Arcane Portal
- Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War
- Ticket To Ride: New York
- Viticulture: Visit from the Rhine Valley
Eric Martin (Boardgamegeek News) has posted a video preview for the upcoming Spring Meadow, the third game in Uwe Rosenberg’s puzzle trilogy (Cottage Garden and Indian Summer are the other two games).
Spring Meadow is the grand finale of Uwe Rosenberg’s puzzle trilogy following 2016’s Cottage Garden and 2017’s Indian Summer. The complexity of this game — the most interactive of the trilogy — is set in between those two games, and fans of the trilogy will find familiar elements combined in an innovative way.
Place your meadow tiles with 0-2 holes skillfully on your mountain board to receive extra tiles when creating or expanding groups of holes. Find your way around the burrows of the marmots because they can restrict you during tile placement. Scoring takes place depending on the players’ selection of meadow tiles from a central game board. Whoever has the largest meadow during a scoring receives a hiking pin, and the first player to earn their second hiking pin during scoring wins.
Thanks to the Easter holidays April is always one of the quieter months of the year for us. But we still had some interesting games coming in and new pre-orders going live. So here is a quick look at our Top 5 in sales and pre-orders:
Top 5 Sales:
2) City of Kings
3) Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
4) Escape the Dark Castle
5) Port Royal: The Adventure begins
With Azul being back in stock for the first time since December it’s no wonder that the restock took the top spot. Hogwarts Battle is a steady seller thanks to good reviews and lots of Potter fans out there. And Adventure begins, the campaign expansion sneaked in at the end of the month and just made it into our Top 5.
Top 5 Pre-Orders
1) Gloomhaven: Forgotten Circles
2) The Sands of Time
3) Dragon Castle
4) Roll Player: Monsters & Minions
5) Great Western Trail: Rails to the North (German Edition)
The Pre-Orders Top 5 is dominated by expansions for three of the biggest hits of the last year. Forgotten Circles will not be available before November, but already had a rush of orders coming in for it. Monsters & Minions brings new elements into an already very good game and Rails to the North is perfect for everyone who wants to make the Great Western Trail even bigger.
Pegasus Spiele is back for this year’s UK Games Expo with lots of games. They are looking for volunteers to explain and run demo rounds of their games.
The list of games they will have available is long (subject to change) and also includes games from the Children’s games line:
- Istanbul – Bix Box
- Brains Family – Burgen & Drachen (Castles & Dragons)
- Dragon Master
- Film ab
- Istanbul – The Dice Game
- Port Royal + The Adventure begins expansion
- Pummeleinhorn – Der Kekfe-Marathon (Chubby Unicorn – The Cookie Marathon)
- Pummeleinhorn – Der Superkeks (Chubby Unicorn – The Super Cookie)
- Pummeleinhorn – Mampf Mampf (Chubby Unicorn – Munch Munch)
- Round the World
- 4 Seasons
- Design Town
- Guns & Steel
- Sheep & Thief
- Santo Domingo
- The Dwarves + Saga Expansion
- The Dwarves – The Duel
- Fuchs du hast das Huhn gestohlen (Outfox the fox)
- Grimaffen (Manic Monkeys)
- Gute Nacht Monster (Good Night Monster)
- Katz & Schmaus (The Cat’s Meow)
- Kinder-Rommé – Bauernhoftiere *NEW*
- Sei kein Frosch *NEW*
- Timmy räumt auf (Timmy tidies up)
- Zauberei hoch drei (Wizardry to the power of three)
Pegasus is asking for your help for 10 hours (2x 5 hour shifts) over the three days of the Expo and are offering the ticket for all three days of the Expo, a Pegasus shirt (you have to wear it during the demo rounds), the game you are explaining is for you to keep and you will get another game from Pegasus of your choice. Friday and Saturday afternoon are the times when they need the most help.
If you are interested, please send us a message and we will send you the contact details of Pegasus, so you can talk to them about the details.
Today was the release day for Sanctum of Twilight, the latest expansion for Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition.
Sanctum of Twilight is an expansion for Mansions of Madness Second Edition that unites two new investigators against the Order of the Silver Twilight in two thrilling scenarios. With new spells, items, mechanics, and a new monster, this expansion immerses players in the Arkham Files universe as they confront the dangers threatening Arkham from within.
In addition, we have received a delivery with two new games and five restocks.
The two new games are:
- Port Royal: The Adventure begins (campaign expansion for Port Royal)
- Space Base (new dice game from AEG)
And back in stock are:
- Chickwood Forest
- Fantasy Realms
- Legacy of Dragonholt (new, lower price)
- Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn (new, lower price)