Bad news regarding the release date of First Martians: We have been informed by one of our suppliers for the game that Portal has postponed the release until the 20th August. The reason for this is that they want to premiere the game at GenCon earlier in August.
I have finally received an update regarding three new releases expected to come in sometime in December:
Adrenaline – the Essen release from CGE is unfortunately delayed since the end of the show and so far hasn’t been available for retailers. I’ve talked to the UK distributor of the game and he is hoping for a delivery within the next 2-3 week. Unfortunately this would put the game at risk of missing Christmas.
Scythe: Invaders from Afar – again, the expansion is delayed. It was expected for he end of November, but is now another 1-2 weeks away from arriving in the UK. This give the expansion a better chance to make it before Christmas, but you never know.
Imperial Settlers: Aztecs – the newest Imperial Settlers expansion is having some production problems and has been delayed since the end of Essen. So far there is no new release date for the expansion, but I’m hoping that it should be available sometime in January.
Today we have received our first delivery of Terraforming Mars. We have got enough copies to fulfil the pre-orders, but unfortunately there are no copies left for new orders. But we have received confirmation that we will get a restock during the second week of November. And more good news: We have enough copies of the “Small Asteroid” promo card left for the restock delivery in November.
Cry Havoc will get released on Thursday at the Essen board game show and the expectation was that the game would also be available for retailers at the same time (at least that was what our suppliers told us). I’ve checked with three different suppliers yesterday and so far none of them has received any stock of Cry Havoc. One of them will talk to Portal at Essen, so hopefully next week when he is back I should know more about a possible delivery date for Cry Havoc.
The two new decks for Ashes: Rise of the Phoenix have arrived in the UK last Friday, but unfortunately the same that happened with the first two decks has happened again: Esdevium, the UK distributor, has received just a few cases of the new decks, barely enough to supply all the shops that are running the release tournaments. Because of this very limited availability Esdevium has removed the decks from general sale and are now waiting for a new delivery, which unfortunately can take a few weeks.
August was a surprisingly busy month, so I thought I have a look at the bestselling games to check why it was so busy.
For a better understanding of what happened and out of interest which games did well, I had a look at the Top 5 games sold and the Top 5 game pre-ordered.
Here are the Top 5 in Sales:
1. Captain Sonar
2. Sushi Go Party!
4. Legendary: Civil War
Captain Sonar was the surprise hit of the month: I couldn’t get the game in fast enough. At the moment the game is out of stock, but hopefully we will get a restock in soon.
Sushi Go Party! was a July release, but kept on selling very strongly all through August. I guess it is a very good game to take a long on a family holiday.
Scythe was the expected hit, only limited by the small number of copies available because of the limited UK release. The game should be back in October, when it gets officially released in Europe.
Legendary is still going strong so it was no surprise that Civil War, the newest big box expansion sold very well, especially following the release of the new Marvel movie.
And rounding up the Top 5 is Islebound, another great release from Red Raven Games that follows in the footsteps of the highly successful Above and Below.
Here are the Top 5 Pre-Orders:
1. Terraforming Mars
2. Cry Havoc
3. Last Friday
4. Bios: Genesis
Terraforming Mars and Cry Havoc are topping the Hotness list on BGG.com since the end of Gencon now, so no wonder that they are the most pre-ordered games at the moment.
Last Friday is an interesting looking game from Ares Games: it is as hidden movement game in the vain of Letters from Whitechapel or Fury of Dracula. But the game has a nice twist that separates it from these games: the hiding character is actually chasing the investigators.
Bios: Genesis is another great looking game from Sierra Madre Games. Interest in them is always high, so again no surprise here.
Oceanos is another great looking game from Antoine Bauza: It’s a “game of underwater exploration with an original take on card-drafting.”
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