Roll the dice, choose the ones you want, and put them together in pairs to create your dominoes. Domino by domino, fill in your map while entrusting the territories of your kingdom to loyal dignitaries. Gather favors from wizards in order to cast powerful spells that will allow you to rule without having to share. Kingdomino Duel is a standalone game that preserves the essence of the acclaimed original Kingdomino. In this game, instead of adding dominoes to your kingdom, you will choose two dice to combine into a single “domino” that must then be drawn into your kingdom.
(Source: Publisher description)
The islands still lie beneath the dense fog. The farther you go over the island with your balloon, the more the fog lifts and you explore the breathtaking landscape. Use the local wind skilfully to save energy. Because you still need it often enough to accelerate or decelerate. Steer completely against the wind at the right time to reach your goal. You will discover the neighbouring landscape where the balloon is by placing tiles on the adjacent fields. This is how cities are built, monuments are erected and landscapes grow.
The three Undo games (best described as Time Stories meets EXIT) were our hottest games at the UK Games Expo and are now available for everyone who missed out at the show. Sorcerer is my favourite card game at the moment: I played it at the UK Games Expo and managed to buy one of the demo copies from White Wizard Games. Have a closer look at it if you like Mage Wars!
And not to forget: Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal is finally back in stock after we received lots of requests in the week after the UK Games Expo.
Last weekend was the UK Games Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. Since we came back, I’ve been asked a lot about the hot games of the show. So here is a quick look at our bestsellers:
KeyForge: Call of the Archons – Decks & Starter Sets
Doppelt so clever (English Edition)
Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal
Century – A New World
Star Wars: Outer Rim
The Quacks of Quedlinburg
Chronicles of Crime
The Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches
Not surprisingly the hottest games were the ones that got released at the show and haven’t been available before like the new KeyForge set or Foothills. Wingspan also flew from the shelves and Wolfgang Warsch dominated the Top 10 with his latest four games.
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.
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