Oct 13, 2019
Shelley and I spend a few minutes previewing a game that will be readily available at Spiel 2019, then dive head first into the Essen Preview with a look at publishers A-L.
Sierra West by Jonny Pac Cantin from Board&Dice
Preview Titles in order of discussion:
Category 1: Pre-Ordered
Santa Maria: Exploration Deck
Trails of Tucana
Era of Tribes
Save The Meeples
Masters of the Renaissance: Lorenzo Il Magnifico The Card Game
Trimau: Grand Tour
On The Origin of Species
Category 2: Check out & Possibly Buy
Grund: Kids on playground try to gain happiness points/cat messes with plans
Portolano: Random tiles to make up sea around which players sail/goods collection & simultanesous planning/run out of rum and the player’s sailors rebel
Tajuto: Knizia with beautiful plastic bits making up pagodas which are drawn from a bag.
#MyLife: Card Game about Birth to Death
6 Nimmt! Brettspiel: Is it more than Tanz der Hornochsen?
Grizzly: Maybe too young, but cute bears trying to catch salmon without slipping
Tatort Tonne: Players are raccoons trying to get the best garbage
Dust in the Wings: Butterflies & Mancala actions to collect or distribute
Cucafera Games 4-H100
Zoom Barcelona: Take the best pictures around Barcelona by taking bikes/taxis/etc.
Czech Board Games 1-B137
Spring on a String: Cloth game with stringing together flowers on a felt board.
Karekare: Tile laying and cool bits for island discovery
Paris La Cité de la Lumiere: 2-player only about lighting the buildings during the Universal Exposition
La Viña: Card game about grape growing and wine making!
Drei Magier Spiele
Druid City Games 4-H106
Sorcerer City: Scott Caputo (review in time for podcast PRE-Essen)
Edition Spielwiese 2-D114
Evidence: Journalists trying to prove world mysteries
Nova Luna: Uwe Rosenberg & Corne van Moorsel
Heaven & Ale Expansion (Kegs & More)
Jiguan: The Eastern Mechanist: Not sure – it’s about building ‘mechanical beasts’ but the pub is good
Trial of the Temples: Same designer as Burano, etc.
Walking in Provence: We loved Walking in Burano, so this is a must.
Crystal Palace: Heavy, good buzz, and should be solid.
Geek Attitude Games 2-C138
Bruxelles 1897: Card game based on the Bruxelles 1893 board game from Pearl
Miyabi: Game from HABA at 8+ and by Michael Kiesling – and you’re designing a Japanese garden.
Hans im Gluck 2-B110
2 Hadara Expansions
Marco Polo II
Hobby Japan 4-G113
Queen of Hansa: Looks like an interesting card game
Coralia: Coral reef preservation/ Michael Rieneck (Pillars of the Earth)
Humboldt’s Great Voyage: Designer of Manitoba, cool graphics
Rajas of the Ganges expansion
Pandoria Expansions (two of them)
Category 3: Curiosities to Peruse
Adam’s Apple Games 1-C108
Truck Off: Roll & Write
Agie Games 1-G157
Botantists: Buy flowers in the market, then plant in various different land types.
Alderac Entertainment Group 3-K107
Ecos First Continent: John D. Clair/shaping landscapes so species thrive
Alley Cat Games 5-H119
Chocolate Factory: Dunstan /Glibert (Elysium & Great City of Rome)
Dino World: Roll & Write/plays up to 75!
Welkin: Craft and sell floating islands – pretty!
Baloise Group 2-F111
Sarah’s Vision: Story-driven co-op
Bedsit Games 6-G122
Pauper’s Ladder: Maybe too young, but beautiful and could be interesting.
Blue Orange Games 3-M107
Tan-Tan Caravan: Set collection/€20/8+/30 min.
Uxmal: Another filler-esque game with a 20-40 minute playing time
Catch Up Games 3-O106
Pharaon: Interesting wheel mechanism that determines which resources are needed for an action
Cosmodrome Games 2-D113
Aquatica: mentions a “3-layered player board” and a “card-rising” mechanism – I’m intrigued.
Squire: The Collector of the Glorious Rarities: Animal player characters are collecting art/adjusting the market for quality items.
Dachshund Games 5-K117
Mint Condition: Card game about trying to prevent wear & tear on your games!
Days of Wonder 3-B107
Deep Blue: Gather the right crew and dive to wrecks to gain treasure
Space Builder: It’s 8+, so we need to see what it’s all about (in our hall)
dV Giochi 3-E108
Penguinramids: Won ‘Best Unpublished Game’ in Italy
Rollecate: Cute quick rail game
Gen-X Games 4-F111
Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung: Need to check out a game based on an opera (based on Norse legends)
Genius Games 5-D110
Periodic: A Game of Elements: Uses the periodic table in the game
De Vulgari Eloquentia Deluxe (getting the upgrade through Kickstarter)
Aqua Mirabilis: Always looking for games with interesting themes – creation of perfumes & working on one’s standing in court.
Happy Baobab 5-A111
Edamame: Love the food, so need to check out the game.
Ishtar: Bruno Cathala & Looks gorgeous with plastic pagodas
Jolly Dutch Productions 4-D108
Chartered: The Golden Age – very cool 3-D plastic buildings
Jolly Thinkers 4-A110
Cellar des Triplettes (the re-pub of Weinhandler)
Keep Exploring Games 5-A121/5-B125
Old Masters/Colors of Paris: Compete to get paint/blend, etc.
Keymaster Games 3-E102
Parks: more people should check out this game!
Cities Skylines: Rustan design/Co-op. Need to check out.