Loot Island, the Essen release from What’s your Game, has finally arrived at distributors and is on its way to us. If the delivery doesn’t get lost crossing the channel it should be here early next week.
In Loot Island, players play their map cards to the landings of the island in an attempt to piece together enough of a map to find treasures buried there. At the end of each round, an exploration will take place, and if loot is found in a landing, treasures will be distributed among the players present there on a first come, first serve basis.
Great Western Trail, Cottage Garden and Oracle of Delphi all have dominated our sales for the last few weeks and every restock is flying from the shelves. Dream Home was a nice surprise the week after Essen and is a really good family game. The Brettspiel Advent Calendar is massive and a perfect alternative for every game to those tiny chocolate calendars.
Invaders from Afar, the first expansion for Scythe, follows the success of the base game. Kanagawa and Inis are two highly regarded games from French publishers Iello and Matagot. Unfortunately it looks like both games are delayed in Europe. We are still trying to figure out when the games will arrive and will post an update as soon as possible. Railroad Revolution is the new game from What’s Your Game and should be here before the end of the month. And rounding up the Top 5 are Adrenaline, the first person shooter board game from CGE and Trade & Intrigue, the second big expansion for Orleans.
We are expecting another delivery tomorrow from Stonemaier Games with the Viticulture Essential Edition (delivery is sold out to pre-orders / restock expected for January) and the restock of Between Two Cities.
For Signorie and Nippon there are already How To Play videos from Gaming Rules! available online. And for Signorie publisher What’s your Game has posted three short rules variants.
What’s your Game is one of those smaller publishers that manages to publish very good games year after year. Two years ago it was Madeira, one of the my favourites of the 2013 Essen crop, and last year it was ZhanGuo, another highly rated game.
This year they have two new releases:
In Nippon, players control Zaibatsu and try to develop their web of power by investing in new industries, improving their technological knowledge, shipping goods to foreign countries or using them to satisfy the local need, and growing their influence and power as they oversee the era of rapid industrialization in Japan. The foundations of the big Zaibatsu were the traditional silk workshops, but soon the conglomerates diversified their influence and power, building a complex structure of interconnected companies that made them giant players in the world’s new industrial era.
In Signorie, you will play the role of a Signore, a Lord of one of the most prestigious families of the Renaissance. One at the time, players choose one die from a common pool. (Twenty dice in five colors are rolled at the beginning of each round.) You place it on your player board (your city) and perform one of the possible actions. The color of the chosen die determines the action, and the number on the die is a discount on the cost of the action.
During a round, each player can perform up to four actions. At the end of the round, if the sum of a player’s chosen dice is equal or lower than 13, he can obtain a reward.
Both games will get shipped to us the week after the Essen show, so they should be available by mid-October.
ZhanGuo by Italian publisher What’s your game has been one of the highest rated games of Essen 2014. So far it hasn’t been on general release in the UK. That’s why I have contacted What’s your Game directly.
Today they got back to us and we can order ZhanGuo and other available games from them directly. We will place our order next week, but we need your help to decide how many copies to order. So if you are interested in the game, please place a pre-order on our website before Monday. Thank you very much!
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