Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal are nearly sold out to pre-orders, only a small number of copies are left. But we are expecting more stock in the next 2-3 weeks.
We will also bring along a demo copy of Die Tavernen to Paul Grogan’s Charity Games Day (4th May / Cullompton). If you are attending and would like to give the game a go, please come by – we have a stand in the reception area of the venue.
SU&SD have taken a closer look at Reiner Knizia’s deck-building racing game El Dorado and the expansion Heroes & Hexes.
In El Dorado, players slip into the roles of expedition leaders who have embarked on a search for the legendary land of gold in the dense jungles of South America. Each player assembles and equips their own team, hiring various helpers from the scout to the scientist to the aborigine. All of them have but one goal in mind: Reaching the golden border first and winning all of the riches for themselves. Whoever chooses the best tactics will be rewarded!
February was surprisingly busy, which in part was caused by the delayed release of quite a few games and expansions at the end of 2018.
Here is a quick look at the Top 5 in Sales:
1) The Quacks of Quedlinburg 2) Doppelt so clever 3) Caverna: The Forgotten Folk 4) Gloomhaven 5) Underwater Cities
And the Top 5 in Pre-orders:
1) Food Chain Magnate: The Ketchup Mechanism and Other Ideas 2) KeyForge: Age of Ascenscion – Archon Starter Sets & Decks 3) Crusader Kings – The Board Game (Royal Edition) 4) Star Wars: The Outer Rim 5) Bunny Kingdom: In the Sky
Friday will see the highly anticipated release of Wingspan, the bird collectors game from Stonemaier Games.
The first delivery of the game is sold out to pre-orders and with the first print run sold out at the publisher it is also not very likely that we will get a restock in any time soon. But the good news is that the reprint is already in the works and should be available late May/early June. We are now accepting pre-orders for the second print run and all pre-orders we have received until Monday morning (9am) are secure, pre-orders at a later date are depended on the stock allocation once the game has arrived in the UK.
Last Friday saw the surprise release of The Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches, the first expansion for The Quacks of Quedlinburg. The first delivery quickly sold out, but we have good news: More stock is coming in before the weekend. We will post an update as soon as it has arrived.
Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg: Die Kräuterhexen is the first expansion for the Kennerspiel 2018 Die Quacksalber von Quedlingburg. The expansion is now in stock and pre-orders will get shipped tomorrow morning. We only have the German edition so far, but like with the German base game the expansion is completely playable with the English rules translation available on BGG.
The expansion adds the components for a fifth player, a new herb and new ingredient books to the game. If you would like to learn more about the expansion, here is a video review:
January is always a bit of a quieter months for us. Partly because of our break at the beginning of the month and partly because most people tend to take a break from buying new games after the spending spree before Christmas
But we still had a few games that did very well for us, so here is a look at the Top 5 in sales for January 2019:
1) Root 2) Root: Riverfolk Expansion 3) Chronicles of Crime 4) The Quacks of Quedlinburg 5) SpaceCorp: 2025-2300 AD
Only two new games made it into our Top 5, the other three (Root, Chronicles of Crime and Quacks) were restocks of very popular games. The success of the Riverfolk expansion was no surprise, because Root was one of the biggest hits of 2018. And SpaceCorp is the first game from GMT making it into the Top 5.
And here are the Top 5 in Pre-orders:
1) Wingspan 2) Treasure Island 3) Underwater Cities 4) LotR: Journeys in Middle-earth 5) Inis: Isle of Seasons
Wingspan is the next big thing from Stonemaier Games. We had to close our pre-orders, because the first print run is all but sold out. But the good news is that the reprint is already in the works and shouldn’t be too far behind the first print run and is expected to become available in April/May.
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.
Sidereal Confluence will also make a comeback, but stock is very limited and already sold out to pre-orders. We are hoping to get more copies in before the end of the month, but have no confirmation for a second delivery yet.
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