Something I’ve completely missed in the run-up to Christmas: Pegasus has signed a worldwide licence for four new games based on the fantasy classic Talisman:
2018 will be a special year for Games Workshop’s Talisman adventure board game. The mother of all fantasy board games will celebrate its 35th anniversary and the world of Talisman will be expanded by new games. Pegasus Spiele will develop four games with worldwide rights under a license with Games Workshop. The first game will be released in 2018.
Starting in 2018, adventures in the fantastic world of Talisman can be experienced in four new games. The first game – a children’s game by Lukas Zach and Michael Palm (The Dwarves board game) – will be released in the second half of 2018. An expandable card game, a role-playing game and a dice game will follow. The release dates for these games will be announced at a later time.
Pegasus is also stocking the 4th Edition of Talisman from Games Workshop, so from next week on we will have the base game and five expansions back in stock.
November is behind us and it is time for another Top 5. This is the first one post-Essen and some of the top games were a surprise for me:
Top 5 Sales
Calimala and Santa Maria are the two surprise on this list. Both are really good games with very positive feedback after Essen, but not the big hits I was expecting here. But their success is also based on the fact, that they haven’t been on general release in the UK (yet???) and we luckily managed to get stock in shortly after Essen.
And this list doesn’t include big Essen hits like Nusfjord, Charterstone and Photosynthesis, because they have been delayed and are only arriving now.
Top 5 Pre-Orders
Rajas of the Ganges
Clans of Caledonia
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
Again, a few surprises here: Rajas went a bit under the radar at Essen (a bit like Ulm last year, so maybe it is also connected to the publisher), but it is a new Inka & Markus Brand game, which are always quite popular. No surprise with Clans of Caledonia, it was only stopped from taking spot #1 by a limited number of copies available. John Company is another surprise: Sierra Madre Games is normally known for very heavy games that are only interesting for a very small number of gamers, but this one has an interesting theme and is apparently more on the lighter side.
And again a small footnote to this Top 5: there are none of the big hitters like Azul, Nusfjord, Charterstone etc. included, because for most or all of these the pre-orders closed shortly before or after Essen based on the high demand and us wanting to make sure that every pre-order customer will get a copy.
On Saturday, the 25th November, we will run a special Pegasus Spiele event at the shop from 12pm until 5pm.
Pegasus has sent us a box of brand new games:
Istanbul – The Dice Game
Azul (Pegasus is publishing the German edition)
These games (and other Pegasus games like Memoarrr or 4 Seasons) can get played at four tables during the afternoon.
Because on Saturday is also the Christmas lights switch on in Crediton parking at the High Street or the Market Square will be nearly impossible. The best option is the council car park at St. Saviour’s Way (£1 from 9am to 6pm).
Two new games from Pegasus have arrived yesterday afternoon: 4 Seasons (a 2-Player trick taking game) and Memoarrr!.
Memoarrr! (from Edition Spielwiese / publishers of Cottage Garden) is a memory game with a twist: You have to open a card that has either the same animal or the same backgroud on it as the last card in the chain to stay in the game. The last player left gets a victory point card and the new round starts with all the cards in the same place so in theory from round to round you should get better in building longer card chains. An expert rules variant adds special powers of the animals to the game.
We played it twice yesterday (without the special powers) and it was good fun. Easy to explain, short playing time – a nice family game or as someone in our group said a good candidate for a drinking game.
I am really glad I have given Frogriders a chance, it’s another great game from the designer of Flamme Rouge, Asger Harding Granerud. A really fun tactical family game with a nice theme to fit the mechanics and it has given me some real gaming highlights, definitely a stayer in my collection.
Ultimately, it’s lightness may be its undoing for some gamers, but for me it is a delightful option for those times when you need something short, but fulfilling at the start or end of a game night. For less than £10 you really can’t go wrong.
This is a game which will sit happily alongside Five Tribes for me. It feels linked in some way, playing totally differently yet giving the same kind of vibe. If you were not a fan of Five Tribes you may not dig Yamatai either, for those same reasons mentioned above, but if you’re a fan of Five Tribes then you will almost certainly enjoy Yamatai, for different yet similar reasons.