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 Mystica, A Feast for Odin, Gaia 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 Mysticawas 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The good news: The Norwegians expansion has finally arrived in the UK. The bad news: only in very small numbers.
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.
For comparison here is a screenshot of the English components of the expansion:
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.
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.
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