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New releases and restocks

Tuesday is normally delivery day at Meeples’ Corner HQ and yesterday was no different. We received quite a few deliveries and three new games have been in stock since yesterday:

And today was the big release of the week: Century – Spice Road is finally available after the big success with the pre-release at the UK Games Expo.

But this is not all, we also received some interesting restocks:

Today’s arrivals (03/05/17)

Another big day at Meeples’ Corner HQ with lots of deliveries and new arrivals and restocks.

The restocks are:

New arrivals so far this week are:

Portal Games News

Portal Games has posted a short video with the keynotes from their own PortalCon.
The first part is a look back at a highly successful 2016, but more interesting is the 2017 preview with three big projects:
– First Martian: Robinson goes to Mars and gets an app
– Cry Havoc expansion
– Alien Artifacts: a new card game about conquering space

Release date updates: Adrenaline, Scythe: Invaders from Afar and Imperial Settlers: Aztecs

I have finally received an update regarding three new releases expected to come in sometime in December:

adrenaline

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.

scytheexpansion

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.

imperialsettlers_azecs

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.

Updates: Terraforming Mars, Cry Havoc and the new Ashes decks

terraformingmars

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.

cryhavoc

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.

ashes_duchess

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 Top 5

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!
3. Scythe
4. Legendary: Civil War
5. Islebound

CaptainSonar

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.

SushiGoParty

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

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
5. Oceanos

terraformingmarscryhavocTerraforming 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.

lastfriday

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

Bios: Genesis is another great looking game from Sierra Madre Games. Interest in them is always high, so again no surprise here.

Oceanos

Oceanos is another great looking game from Antoine Bauza: It’s a “game of underwater exploration with an original take on card-drafting.”

New Pre-Orders online

In the last days we have added quite a few interesting new pre-orders to the online shop.  Available to pre-order from now on are:

  • Costa Rica (new Lookout/Mayfair Games game – release: late July)
  • Cry Havoc (interesting looking strategy game from Portal / release: August)
  • Bios: Genesis (Essen release 2016 from Sierra Madre Games / release: late October)
  • Pax Pamir: Khyber Knives (first expansion for Pax Pamir / release: late October)
  • Pax Renaissance (the third game of the Pax series / release: late October)
  • Scythe (the newest hit from Stonemaier Games / release: September/October)
  • Escape from Colditz (the 75th Anniversary edition from Osprey Games / release: late October)

Scythe CryHavoc

Next week’s new releases (20/05/2016)

For next week we are expecting ten new games/expansions:

51st State: Master Set     Age of Conan: The Strategy Board Game