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Top 5: November

November is behind us and it is time for another Top 5. This is the first one post-Essen and some of the top games were a surprise for me:

Top 5 Sales

  1. Altiplano
  2. Calimala
  3. Santa Maria
  4. Azul
  5. Indian Summer

Calimala and Santa Maria are the two surprise on this list. Both are really good games with very positive feedback after Essen, but not the big hits I was expecting here. But their success is also based on the fact, that they haven’t  been on general release in the UK (yet???) and we luckily managed to get stock in shortly after Essen.

And this list doesn’t include big Essen hits like Nusfjord, Charterstone and Photosynthesis, because they have been delayed and are only arriving now.

Top 5 Pre-Orders

  1. Rajas of the Ganges
  2. Clans of Caledonia
  3. John Company
  4. Bunny Kingdom
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

Again, a few surprises here: Rajas went a bit under the radar at Essen (a bit like Ulm last year, so maybe it is also connected to the publisher), but it is a new Inka & Markus Brand game, which are always quite popular. No surprise with Clans of Caledonia, it was only stopped from taking spot #1 by a limited number of copies available. John Company is another surprise: Sierra Madre Games is normally known for very heavy games that are only interesting for a very small number of gamers, but this one has an interesting theme and is apparently more on the lighter side.

And again a small footnote to this Top 5: there are none of the big hitters like Azul, Nusfjord, Charterstone etc. included, because for most or all of these the pre-orders closed shortly before or after Essen based on the high demand and us wanting to make sure that every pre-order customer will get a copy.

Update for Gloomhaven and Sierra Madre Games

We have finally received an update about Gloomhaven: The game has left the factory and is now on it’s way to the UK. According to our supplier, he is expecting it to arrive at the warehouse during the first week of January, so hopefully, we will get our stock a week later.

And we talked to another supplier about the new Essen releases of Sierra Madre Games and he told us that there is no confirmed arrival date yet, but he hopes for the games to be available early December. The reason for the delay is a production problem with one of the three new games and SMG wants to make sure that this is solved before the games arrive at retailers.

 

New Delivery and more to come

To start off another interesting week we have received a delivery with three new games:

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What else is coming this week? We are expecting a restock of Great Western Trail, the Essen hit from Pegasus Spiele.

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Also expected are the deliveries of:

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And finally we have just received confirmation that SeaFall, the new Legacy game, has arrived in the UK and should be in stock from Thursday on.

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.

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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.

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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

Essen Preview goes live

Today I’ve started our early Essen preview list. In the preview we will list all the games that we will be able to get. IMPORTANT: We are going to Essen, but only has a scouting trip and to talk directly to the various publishers and distributors. We won’t bring back any games from the show, but will get them delivered to us as soon as they get available. For most of the game this will mean that they will arrive at our office sometime between the end of the show and Christmas. We will list the estimated arrival dates as exactly as possible, but as always with Essen releases there will be delays.

To kick-off the Essen preview, I’ve listed new games from Bezier Games, Argentum Verlag, Sierra Maddre Games and R&R Games:

More games will follow in the next days and weeks. If  you have any suggestions for a game you are interested in and can’t find on the list, please contact me.

News overview (17/04/2015)

Here are some interesting news from the last few days:

  • Neanderthal will be the next game from Sierra Madre Games. The game can be combined with Greenland, last year’s Essen release. LINK
  • The second expansion for Machi Koro has been anounced: Millionaire’s Row will be released in June. LINK
  • At Alan R. Moon’s Gathering of Friends quite a few publishers have shown their newest prototypes and new projects. Eric Martin has posted a round up of the most interesting ones on BGG. LINK