We have talked to the UK distributor of Terraforming Mars yesterday and have good news and bad news.
The good news is that Terraforming Mars will be back within the next 1-2 weeks. We haven’t received the stock confirmation yet, so we can’t accept new orders at the moment. But hopefully, the supply situation should be better this time.
The bad news: the expansion Hellas & Elysium has been delayed and is expected to arrive in the UK at the end of July or early August.
Capital was a surprise in April and despite an ugly graphic design the gameplay was a big success with our customers and we received a lot of great feedback. Yamatai is a success like all the big box releases from Days of Wonder, but this one is especially interesting for fans of Five Tribes. Clank! Sunken Treasures is the first expansion for Clank and after the success of the base game a Top 5 spot for the expansion was to be expected. Rounding up the Top 5 is Barenpark, the newest game of Cacao designer Phil Walker-Harding.
The two player version of Caverna took the top spot in the pre-order Top 5 easily. Charterstone and Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium kept their Top 5 spots from last month and are still going strong. After the disappointment with the cancelled retail release of Gloomhaven 1st edition a lot of customers jumped on the chance to secure a copy of the reprint. And the Anniversary edition of In the Year of the Dragon is a game quite a few of our customers have been waiting for.
After the success of Terraforming Mars, it’s no wonder that the first expansion goes straight to Number 1. Out of the five, The Expanse is the biggest surprise, but I guess the success of the books and the TV show on Netflix are playing their parts. And it is a good sign that the new board game unit of Wizkids (lead by Zev Shlasinger, formerly head of Zman Games) is off to a good start.
Great news: Next week we are finally expecting the Terraforming Mars restock to arrive. And the even better news: we will get enough copies to fulfil all pre-orders and even the orders that went to the waiting list after we closed the pre-orders. But unfortunately we won’t have any copies left to sell them on the website.
We will send out the payment requests to all pre-orders on Tuesday morning and start packing and pre-paring the orders for shipping on Tuesday afternoon. Because of the high number of orders, it’s very likely that we won’t manage to get everything packed on Tuesday afternoon/evening. The ones that are done, will get shipped Wednesday morning, the rest will follow Thursday morning.
We finally have some news regarding the two hottest games of 2016:
Terraforming Mars: The reprint is slightly delayed and won’t be available before mid- to late February.
Inis: The game will finally arrive in the UK next week, but unfortunately only in very limited numbers. We will only be able to process a very small number of our pre-orders next week, but we are expecting another delivery in a few weeks from one of our European suppliers.
Today we have received our first delivery of Terraforming Mars. We have got enough copies to fulfil the pre-orders, but unfortunately there are no copies left for new orders. But we have received confirmation that we will get a restock during the second week of November. And more good news: We have enough copies of the “Small Asteroid” promo card left for the restock delivery in November.
Cry Havoc will get released on Thursday at the Essen board game show and the expectation was that the game would also be available for retailers at the same time (at least that was what our suppliers told us). I’ve checked with three different suppliers yesterday and so far none of them has received any stock of Cry Havoc. One of them will talk to Portal at Essen, so hopefully next week when he is back I should know more about a possible delivery date for Cry Havoc.
The two new decks for Ashes: Rise of the Phoenix have arrived in the UK last Friday, but unfortunately the same that happened with the first two decks has happened again: Esdevium, the UK distributor, has received just a few cases of the new decks, barely enough to supply all the shops that are running the release tournaments. Because of this very limited availability Esdevium has removed the decks from general sale and are now waiting for a new delivery, which unfortunately can take a few weeks.