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.
I finally had a bit spare time to check the latest board game news and found these interesting tidbits/announcements:
Floodgate Games announces three new expansions for Sagrada (link)
Stonemaier Games is teasing their new game Wingspan (apparently great for players who like Terraforming Mars and Gizmos) in the Wingspan Facebook group (link). The official announcement will follow on the 2nd January.
IDW is working on a Metal Gear Solid board game. The designer is Emerson Matsuuchi, who has experience with stealth games thanks to his work on Specter Ops. (link)
Direwolf has posted a short trailer for Clank! Legacy. The release date is Fall 2019.
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.
Stonemaier Games has announced Between Two Castle of Mad King Ludwig, a mash-up of two quite successful games.
The king demands a castle! You are a world-renowned master builder who has been asked by the Mad King Ludwig to help design his castles. Projects of such significance require the expertise of more than one person, so for each assignment you are paired with another master builder to execute your grandiose plans. Will your planning and partnership skills be enough to design the most impressive castles in the world?
Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a competitive tile-drafting game in which each tile is a room in a castle. You work together with the player on your left to design one castle, and with the player on your right on another castle. On each turn you select two tiles from your hand, reveal them, then work with your partners to place them.
Release date for the game is mid- to late October, with the game getting presented at Essen by Bezier Games.
We will put it up for pre-orders as soon as we have the details for the UK release.