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.
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.
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 – email@example.com Russia – Zvezda & Lavka – firstname.lastname@example.org EMAIL TOPIC: topicà Гонконг/Hong Kong Spain – Please contact the store you purchased the game from. UK – Asmodee UK – email@example.com
Again, please accept our sincere apologies for this mishap !
Kind regards, Sophie Gravel CEO – Plan B Games inc.
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.
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)
Azul: Stained Glas
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).