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Z-Man and Feuerland go separate Ways

For quite some time now, Z-Man Games has released the English language editions of hits like Terra Mystica, A Feast for Odin and Gaia Project from German publisher Feuerland Spiele. This partnership is now coming to an end:

Since 2012, Z-Man Games has worked with Feuerland Spiele to bring their excellent games to the English- and French-speaking markets, and it has been our privilege to support such beloved titles as Terra MysticaA Feast for OdinGaia Project, and more. It is with a feeling of gratitude that we announce that we’re returning the English and French rights to these games to Feuerland.

Frank Heeren, Feuerland’s founder and owner, has been a longtime partner of Z-Man Games, from our F2Z days through the present. Back when Terra Mystica was first released, it was common for regional publishers to seek out foreign counterparts to localize and import their games for overseas markets. As the tabletop games industry has continued to grow and evolve in the years since, including the rise of a vast distribution network, publishers that were once considered regional now have access to international channels to bring their games to any part of the world.

(Source: Z-Man Games website)

Hopefully, this means that the availability of the English editions will get better here in the UK. Especially getting stock for some of the expansions for A Feast for Odin or Terra Mystica was a struggle most of the times.

Top 5 January 2020

With the Christmas chaos now more than a month behind us, it is time to get back to normal and take a look back at last month’s Top 5 in Sales and Pre-orders.

Top 5 in Sales:

Top Seller two months in a row
  1. Maracaibo
  2. A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians (German Edition)
  3. Watergate
  4. Robin of Locksley
  5. Wingspan (incl. Swift Start)

No big surprises here: Maracaibo is our Bestseller from the day we received the first delivery and it is still going strong. The Norwegians was a surprise restock and sold over 20 copies in a couple of days. Watergate is another steady seller and with Robin of Locksley (a Uwe Rosenberg design) the second two-player-game in the Top 5. And our Bestseller for 2019, Wingspan, starts the new year in the Top 5 with no signs of interest in the game slowing down.

Top 5 Pre-Orders

The first expansion to 2019’s surprise hit
  1. Underwater Cities: New Discoveries
  2. Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
  3. Atlantis Rising (2nd Edition)
  4. The Isle of Cats
  5. Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North – Roman Banners

New Discoveries, the first expansion for Underwater Cities, sold out shortly after Essen and now with the reprint getting closer interest is picking up again. Eclipse has still a strong following, so it is no surprise that this new edition (despite the high price tag) is generating interest. Atlantis Rising is the new edition of an older, well-received co-op game. Isle of Cats is another hit from publisher City of Games and Roman Banner is the second expansion for the successful follow up to Imperial Settlers.

New arrivals (01/08/19)

The new month started with a few deliveries arriving. New in stock are the following games:

5 new games

Volfyirion is a two-player deckbuilding card game from Tabula Games. We backed it on Kickstarter and received our delivery today. If you haven’t heard about the game yet, here is a quick video preview from Man vs Meeple:

Youtube video

This week’s releases confirmed (29/07/19)

This week we are expecting a small number of new releases than usual, but all of them are quite interesting. Confirmed are:

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Both are expected to arrive tomorrow afternoon with pre-orders getting shipped on Wednesday.

Box Cover

These three games will get released on Thursday, with the pre-orders shipping first before we are processing new orders.

And for the end of the week, we are expecting Volfyirion, a two-player deckbuilding game with amazing artwork.

Attention: Incoming Games

We are at the end of June and the new games are still coming in thick and fast. This week sees five main releases and one big restock.

The new releases arriving today/tomorrow are:

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And we are also expecting Underwater Cities back in stock (new print run with better component quality / for owners of the first print run we will get an upgrade pack).

Week 10 releases available

The new releases for week 10 have arrived. Available from today are:

Week 10 Arrivals 2019

For later in the week we are expecting two more releases:
Wildlands: The Adventuring Party (Thursday) and Wingspan (Friday / but sold out to pre-orders).

Video Previews from Nuremberg Toy Fair 2019

Boardgamegeek has started to post the video previews they recorded at this year’s Toy Fair in Nuremberg. They have recorded over a hundred videos and will add them to the BGG.com in the coming days.

Here are a few highlights of what they have published so far:

Baerenpark Expansion – ETA: Summer 2019
Era: Medieval Age (Eggertspiele) – ETA: August/September 2019
Corinth (Days of Wonder) – ETA: March/April 2019
Hadara {Hans im Glueck / ZMan Games) – ETA German edition: April 2019

More previews will follow in the next days.

Link: Convention reports on BGG News

A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians Update

The good news: The Norwegians expansion has finally arrived in the UK. The bad news: only in very small numbers.

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So for us, this means that of 24 copies we had pre-ordered with the UK distributor we only will get three copies. This, unfortunately, means that we won’t be able to fulfil most of the pre-orders that have been placed with us.

We have informed all our pre-order customers by email and are very sorry that it has come to this. Because at the moment we don’t know if/when there will be a restock of the English edition, we are looking into ordering the German edition of the expansion which could be here sometime next week (and is with £24.95 also a lot cheaper than the English one).

The only problem: there is some German text on the game boards and some tokens.

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Back of the German box

For comparison here is a screenshot of the English components of the expansion:

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English components

There is also a discussion on BGG about the language independency of the expansion:

To be clear you won’t need to know another language to be able to play it. 

However, the new action board and exploration boards will have text on them. For me personally this means I will be waiting for an English copy. 

It will be up to each individual though to know how important that is to them.

BGG forum

If based on this informations anybody is interested in taking a copy of the German edition instead of the English edition, please let us know. We will place the order in Germany on Friday morning and should have the expansion in stock sometime next week.

Pandemic: Fall of Rome released

Today Pandemic: The Fall of Rome has been released.

Combining the cooperative gameplay of Pandemic with innovative new mechanisms, Pandemic: Fall of Rome takes players back in history to the time of the world’s greatest empire: Rome. A weakened military has left the borders open to invasion from countless tribes such as the Anglo-Saxons, Goths, Vandals, and Huns. As you march through the Roman Empire, you must recruit armies, fortify cities, forge alliances, and face off against the invading hordes in battle.