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Scythe and Terraforming Mars are going digital

Scythe and Terraforming Mars have both been massively successful board games in the last couple of years. Now both of them are going digital: Asmodee Digital has confirmed the releases of Scythe and Terraforming Mars on Steam.

Q2 means that we have to wait a bit for Terraforming Mars. But Scythe is much closer and the Steam Store shows a release date of Q1. And Asmodee Digital already showed gameplay of Scythe on Twitch:


New Terraforming Mars expansion announced

Stronghold Games and Fryxgames have announced a new expansion for Terraforming Mars:

Prelude is a small expansion that lets you kickstart your terraforming! It focuses on the early stages of Mars colonization and tells the background story of the corporations. When choosing corporation and starting hand, each player also draws 4 Prelude cards, and chooses 2 of them to boost their corporation. The expansion opens up powerful starting combos and increases player asymmetry.

The release for Terraforming Mars: Prelude is planned for Summer 2018, with a prerelease at Origins in June.


Terraforming Mars: Venus Next Update

The Venus Next expansion for Terraforming Mars was expected to be available in November after the end of the Essen show.

Unfortunately, this didn’t work out and the expansion hasn’t been released yet. We have talked to our supplier today and the new UK release date is in early January.

We are very sorry for this delay. If you have ordered other games together with Terraforming Mars: Venus Next and you would like to arrange a part-delivery of the available games please contact us.

Essen 2017: Top 5 Games

Only two more weeks until Essen, time to ramp up the preparations for the busiest time of the year. A useful instrument to get a feeling for the interest in the new games presented at Essen are Youtube videos about the most anticipated games of the board game show.

I watched a few during the last couple of days and made notes which games where mentioned. The result is an aggregated Top 5 which in most parts is not very surprising:

1) Charterstone: The only game that was mentioned in every video. But not everybody is convinced that the game will work, but the combination of Legacy game and Eurogame has too much lure.
2) Nusford: After last years A Feast for Odin there are high hopes for another special Rosenberg game.
3) Altiplano: A new bag building game from the team behind Orleans? Count me in and it seems like I’m not the only one.
4) Meeple Circus (the only real surprise in the Top 5, I didn’t hear anything about this games before I started watching the videos, but I can see why people like it: stacking Meeples? What’s not to like?) and Gaia Project (Terra Mystica still has a lot of fans and the promise of a streamlined experience secures this heavyweight a Top 5 spot)
5) Clans of Caledonia (Radho called this game the Terra Mystica killer, so let’s see if Clans or the Gaia Project will be the bigger hit) and Photosynthesis (an abstract game with beautiful artwork and components which got a big boost in popularity after a pre-release at Gencon)

Honorable mentions of games that were mentioned quite often, but didn’t make the cut for the Top 5:

  • Fast Forward games from Friedeman Friese / Stronghold Games
  • Noria: the debut title from Sophia Wagner brought to life by Michael Menzel and Klemenz Franz
  • Azul: the new game from Plan B Games
  • Queendominio: the gamers’ edition of Kingdomino with more ways to score points
  • Pandemic Legacy Season 2: Season 2 of the most successful Legacy game so far
  • Merlin: a new Feld, enough said 🙂


September is the month between the two biggest board game shows: The UK sees some of the GenCon releases arriving and at the same time the pre-orders for Essen releases start to go online.

All of the games in the Top 5 Sales have been presented at GenCon and were available in the UK shortly after the show.

1) Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium
2) Wasteland Express Delivery Service
3) Whitehall Mystery
4) Downforce
5) This War of Mine

Unfortunately quite a few games have been delayed this year, because the trend goes more and more to a US release in August at GenCon and a Europe release in October at Essen. This is not an evil plot against European board game geeks, but more a result of cost savings because this way you can split your stock and delivery part of it directly to GenCon and afterwards to US distributors and part of it goes a bit later to Essen and from there to European distributors. Which makes perfect sense, especially for smaller publisher.

And here are the Top 5 Pre-Orders which are dominated by the first big hitters we added to our Essen section:

1) Photosynthesis
2) Nusfjord
3) Terraforming Mars: Venus Next
4) Queendomino
5) Raiders of the North Sea


New arrivals (13/09/17)

Yesterday was delivery day and we have received quite a few new games.

In stock are now:

And tomorrow two new games/expansions from FFG will get released:

Top 5 August

Last month was cut short because of our summer break, but we still had a busy month considering it was the school holidays and a normally quiet time of the year for the board game industry.

Here are the Top 5 in sales, which were dominated by reprints of two very popular games:

1) Cthulhu Wars
2) Roll Player
3) Gentes
4) Spirit Island
5) Runebound (Third Edition): Unbreakable Bonds

Three GenCon announcements from FFG have taken the Pre-Order Top 5 by storm:

1) Fallout: The Board Game
2) Terraforming Mars: Venus Next
3) Photosynthesis
4) Civilization: A New Dawn
5) Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)



New arrivals and restocks (20/07/17)

It has been a very busy week with lots of deliveries and new arrivals. So without further ado the list games that have arrived:

Terraforming Mars, Clank, Barenpark and Caverna: Cave vs. Cave are the restocks we have received on Tuesday and Wednesday. And that is not all: for next week we are expecting Captain Sonar, Magic Maze and Great Western Trail back.

New arrivals are:

Terraforming Mars: Update for reprint and expansion

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.