Tag Archives: Plan B Games

New Gloomhaven game and an Azul expansion

Here are two interesting news, I’ve just picked up:

Cephalofair Games will release Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, a Gloomhaven campaign at lower price point for casual gamers, into trade in Q3 of 2020.
The Jaws of the Lion campaign is set prior to the original Gloomhaven, and it follows a group of mercenaries as they investigate unexplained disappearances in the city. This game offers the Gloomhaven experience at a lower price point and without the cardboard map tiles. Instead, players will simply play the game on the scenario book itself, which has artwork unique to each scenario. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion also makes the game easier to learn by coming with a simplified rules set and a five-scenario tutorial.

(Source: ICv2 News)

Next Move Games will release Azul: Crystal Mosaic, an expansion for Azul, into trade in April 2020.
Azul: Crystal Mosiac comes with new double-sided boards that allow for new strategies for players to discover as well as a set of overlays for player boards. The new expansion enhances gameplay experience with a more organized look, and the player board overlays keep tiles from accidentally getting bumped out of place.

(Source: ICv2 News)

Blackout: replacement cards

Back in July, we posted about a problem with five misprinted cards in the new edition of Blackout: Hong Kong. Last week we finally received the replacements.

The misprints and the replacement.

If you still need the cards, please let us know and we will add them for free to your next order (as long as our stock lasts).

New arrivals (17/07/19)

The new games have arrived. Everything is unpacked and most pre-orders have been shipped. Here is a quick look at this week’s new arrivals:

Shiny new games

Century: A New World and Gandhi (the new COIN game from GMT Games) have also arrived, but have sold out to pre-orders.

Blackout: Misprinted cards

The second edition of Blackout has been released a few weeks ago and while Plan B updated some of the artwork, this came apparently with a price. Five cards in the new edition are misprinted:

Dear Blackout fans,
It has been brought to our attention that 5 cards in the latest edition of Blackout were misprinted.
We sincerely apologize for this error and would like to inform you that we are taking all possible measures to replace these cards as promptly as we can.
As Blackout is a language dependent game, we are reprinting and delivering the cards to each local publisher that have the misprinted cards.
The reprinted cards are expected to be delivered to our partners in July.
Depending on the version you acquired, please contact the local publisher directly to request a replacement set:
France – Asmodee France – https://fr.asmodee.com/fr/support/
Poland – Lacerta – reklamacje@lacerta.pl
Russia – Zvezda & Lavka – office@zvezda.org.ru
EMAIL TOPIC: topicà Гонконг/Hong Kong
Spain – Please contact the store you purchased the game from.
UK – Asmodee UK – spareparts@asmodee.co.uk

Again, please accept our sincere apologies for this mishap !

Kind regards,
Sophie Gravel
CEO – Plan B Games inc.

(Source: Plan B Statement on Facebook)
Misprinted cards

Once the replacement cards are available, we will get copies as well to make sure that we only sell copies with the correct cards included.

Video Previews from Nuremberg Toy Fair 2019

Boardgamegeek has started to post the video previews they recorded at this year’s Toy Fair in Nuremberg. They have recorded over a hundred videos and will add them to the BGG.com in the coming days.

Here are a few highlights of what they have published so far:

Baerenpark Expansion – ETA: Summer 2019
Era: Medieval Age (Eggertspiele) – ETA: August/September 2019
Corinth (Days of Wonder) – ETA: March/April 2019
Hadara {Hans im Glueck / ZMan Games) – ETA German edition: April 2019

More previews will follow in the next days.

Link: Convention reports on BGG News

Plan B unveils two new games

The Toy Fair in Nuremberg has started today and while it is not as important for the board game industry as Essen or GenCon, it is still an important event to find out about the new releases planned for later in the year.

Plan B Games used the Toy Fair to unveil their next two projects:

  1. Century: A New World is the last part of the Century triology. According to Plan B the “game integrates the compelling and incredibly fun resource trading mechanisms found in the Century series with a worker placement mechanism with a twist!”
  2. Era: Medieval Age is a new game from Matt Leacock and builds upon his earlier Roll Through the Ages games and is according to the publisher description the first Roll-and-Build game.

Century: A New World will get released at Origins in June (hello UK Games Expo???) and Era will be available at GenCon in August.

Link: BGG News

 

Essen 2018: most anticipated games

The biggest source of information in preparation for the onslaught of new games coming in after the end of the Essen show is always the superb Essen preview list on BGG.

But another way of trying to find out what the hot games after Essen could be (and with the number of games coming out we have to be selective), is to have a look/listen and some videos/podcasts talking about their most anticipated games for Essen. It worked quite well for me last year, so I did it again this year. I’ve watched a total of 13 videos on Youtube and made notes about the games that are being mentioned. Sorted by the number of times a game got mentioned, here is my totally non-scientific Top 20 of the most anticipated games for Essen 2019 (in case of a tie, I used the thumbs up on the Essen preview list as a tie-breaker):

  1. Teotihuacan: City of Gods (English edition)
  2. Futuropia
  3. Reykholt
  4. Forum Trajanum
  5. Azul: Stained Glas
  6. Holding On
  7. Gingerbread House
  8. Gugong
  9. The River
  10. Blackout
  11. Underwater Cities
  12. Treasure Island
  13. Coimbra
  14. Dice Hospital
  15. Key Flow
  16. Blue Lagoon
  17. Alone
  18. Arraial
  19. Shadows in Amsterdam
  20. Camel Up (2nd Edition)

Here is the playlist with all 13 videos:

Most of the games in the Top 20 are no surprise because they are the “common ground” between all those videos I’ve watched. But watching all these videos it was interesting to see that the common ground seems to be smaller this year (= a lot of the Top lists included games only mentioned once or twice in the videos) compared to the last two years which indicates for me that we are looking at a good Essen year with a wide selection of interesting games. As always with Essen the trick is to find the games that have staying power beyond the initial hype about nice looking components, interesting themes and a well-known designer (these seem to be the most often used criteria to select games of interest in the preparation for Essen).

Last year’s Top 5 of the podcast summary list was Charterstone, Nusfjord, Altiplano, Meeple Circus and Clans of Caledonia. All five turned out to be really good to solid games and also did quite well in regards to sales (besides Charterstone which for some reasons didn’t do very well).

Let’s see how this year’s games will perform…

 

Top 5 August

August is the month of the school holidays, which is normally the time when we sell more family games and smaller games good for taking on a holiday.

This explains the two top games of our Top 5 in sales for August:

1) Ganz schön clever
2) Azul
3) Terraforming Mars: Prelude
4) Downforce: Danger Circuit
5) Skies Above the Reich

In our Top 5 Pre-Orders you can already spot two announced Essen releases. For September I expect the Essen releases to take over the Pre-Order Top 5.

Top 5 Pre-Orders
1) Arboretum (2018 Edition)
2) Teotihuacan City of Gods
3) Terraforming Mars: The Colonies
4) Altiplano: the Traveller
5) Forbidden Sky