Only two more weeks until Essen, time to ramp up the preparations for the busiest time of the year. A useful instrument to get a feeling for the interest in the new games presented at Essen are Youtube videos about the most anticipated games of the board game show.
I watched a few during the last couple of days and made notes which games where mentioned. The result is an aggregated Top 5 which in most parts is not very surprising:
1) Charterstone: The only game that was mentioned in every video. But not everybody is convinced that the game will work, but the combination of Legacy game and Eurogame has too much lure.
2) Nusford: After last years A Feast for Odin there are high hopes for another special Rosenberg game.
3) Altiplano: A new bag building game from the team behind Orleans? Count me in and it seems like I’m not the only one.
4) Meeple Circus (the only real surprise in the Top 5, I didn’t hear anything about this games before I started watching the videos, but I can see why people like it: stacking Meeples? What’s not to like?) and Gaia Project (Terra Mystica still has a lot of fans and the promise of a streamlined experience secures this heavyweight a Top 5 spot)
5) Clans of Caledonia (Radho called this game the Terra Mystica killer, so let’s see if Clans or the Gaia Project will be the bigger hit) and Photosynthesis (an abstract game with beautiful artwork and components which got a big boost in popularity after a pre-release at Gencon)
Honorable mentions of games that were mentioned quite often, but didn’t make the cut for the Top 5:
All these games will be available for sale at Essen, so hopefully, we will have them in stock shortly after the end of the show.
We are adding more pre-orders every day at the moment, our backlog with interesting Essen games is still quite long. So please keep checking out our Essen section on the shop website, there is more to come 🙂
Plan B, publisher of the highly successful Century: Spice Road, has announced a new game:
The fresh-faced publisher is already moving onto new things, with a newly-announced game from veteran designer Michael Kiesling, perhaps best known as the co-creator of games including Tikal, Torres and The Palaces of Carrara alongside long-time collaborator Wolfgang Kramer.
Azul centres around the drafting and placement of tiles to decorate Portuguese king Manuel I’s Royal Palace of Evora. Players take it in turns to pick tiles, later placing them to rack up their score based on specific patterns and sets – and losing points for wasted tiles.
Azul is due to launch at this year’s Essen in October.