Men at Work, the latest game from Pretzel Games, has been released last October at the Essen board game show. Unfortunately not in the UK: the UK release date has been pushed back again and again and at the moment it is listed by the UK distributor with an unknown release date.
But on the BGG forum for Men at Work, I found a new release date and an explanation for the delay: the publisher is working on a reprint which is expected to become available in June.
Why the game has not been available in the UK after Essen? Here the explanation:
The original print run included English and German editions of the game. The EN editions were dedicated to Essen and the US market.
The UK distributor added the game to his pre-order sheet shortly before Essen and I (as probably many others) assumed that any pre-order would be for copies available after Essen. But this never happened, because the remaining Essen copies were reserved for the US and any UK pre-orders are for the second print run (now expected in June).
I’m very sorry that I didn’t found this out early. If you would like to change your order because of another big delay with this game, please let me know.
December was a busy end to the year despite the disappointment of quite a number of delays. Here is a look at our bestseller and the hot pre-orders:
Top 5 Sales
1) KeyForge: Call of the Archons (Starter Set and Decks)
2) Crown of Emara
3) The Fox in the Forest
4) The Quacks of Quedlinburg
5) Arboretum (2018 Edition)
KeyForge was by far our bestseller in December and it was great to get a restock of the Starter Sets in a couple of weeks before Christmas. Crown of Emara has slowly picked up steam since Essen. The first few weeks after Essen nobody seemed to care about it, but now with more and more people talking about it the orders started coming in on a regular basis. The Fox in the Forest and Arboretum are both perfect Christmas games: they look great, don’t cost the world and have family-friendly themes. The English edition of Quacks appeared out of nowhere but was a hit from day one.
Top 5 Pre-Orders
1) Underwater Cities
2) Men At Work
3) A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians
4) New Frontiers
5) Bad Bones
Pre-orders are always a bit slower in the time before Christmas because everybody is hunting Christmas presents and is more looking for games that are in stock. So the pre-order for the Underwater Cities reprint had an easy time to get to the top of our pre-order leaderboard. Men at Work was one of the games that didn’t make it before Christmas, so these orders were originally meant for Christmas. The Feast for Odin expansion is very popular since the Essen board game show and New Frontiers got a late boost by the first Youtube videos appearing online during the Christmas holidays. Bad Bones is a small surprise because this new game from the Magic Maze publisher Sit Down! got a bit buried in the avalanche of new announcements before and after Essen.
The Essen section of our website has been online for a few weeks now, but just in the last few days, I managed to really start looking into the Essen releases for this year. As a result, the Essen preview is growing and includes now 79 games/expansions. New additions are:
As in the last couple of years, we won’t go to Essen to collect games. But the Essen preview shows all the games that will get presented at Essen and which we will be able to get thanks to our network of suppliers. Some of the games have already been released, some are on the way to us and will be available before Essen but most games will get available sometime between the end of the Essen show and Christmas.
Pretzel Games, makers of Junk Art and Flick Em Up, have announced their next game:
Pretzel Games is thrilled to announce our next title, Men at Work!
Men at Work is an exciting competition of ever growing proportions as players construct a building over the course of the game. With beautiful wood components, Men at Work will tower over your table as a monument to fun! Players can expect to find lots of replayability with three different play modes!
Put your helmet on and get back to work!
Retail release of the game – and updated versions of Junk Art and Flick Em Up – is planned for November (after the release of the games at Essen).
It’s the summer holidays, but it looks like nobody has told this to the board game publishers. They keep on releasing game after game, which means that this week we are expecting fourteen new games/expansions:
Joel from the Devon Dice Podcast did come by last week to help me have a look at the components of Junk Art, the new dexterity game from Pretzel Games.
Junk Art contains more than ten game modes, along with more than sixty big colorful wooden components. In one version of the game, players pile all of the wooden parts in the center of the table, then are dealt a number of cards, with each card depicting one of these parts. On a turn, a player presents their left-hand neighbor with two cards from their hand. This neighbor takes one card in hand, then takes the part shown on the other card and places it on their base or on other parts that they’ve already placed. If something falls, it stays on the table and the player continues to build on whatever still stands. Once players have finished playing cards, whoever has the tallest work of art wins.