We have added quite a few games to our pre-order section in the last couple of weeks. Here are the most interesting ones:
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:
More previews will follow in the next days.
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:
- 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!”
- 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
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):
- Teotihuacan: City of Gods (English edition)
- Forum Trajanum
- Azul: Stained Glas
- Holding On
- Gingerbread House
- The River
- Underwater Cities
- Treasure Island
- Dice Hospital
- Key Flow
- Blue Lagoon
- Shadows in Amsterdam
- 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…
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
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
So far we only had the German edition of Coimbra available for pre-order. Finally, we have confirmation for the UK release of the English edition and added the game to the shop for pre-order.
All pre-orders of the German edition have been switched to the English edition. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Good news: Azul, the winner of the Spiel des Jahres award 2018, is back in stock.
We have added a lot of new games to the pre-order section of our website in the last few days. Here is a selection of the five most interesting ones:
- Azul: Stained Glass Of Sintra (standalone game from the team behind Azul / ETA: October)
- Teotihuacan City of Gods (sequel to Tzolkin / ETA: October)
- Terraforming Mars: The Colonies (expansion number 4 for the bestseller Terraforming Mars / ETA: October)
- Heroes of Terrinoth (Warhammer Quest set in the world of Terrinoth / ETA: September)
- Scythe: The Rise of Fenris (adds a campaign with legacy elements to Scythe / ETA: August)
Lewis from Devon Dice has taken a look at the Century: Golem Edition. He gives a quick overview of the game and compares it to the “normal” Spice Road edition of the game.