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Oct 3, 2016

Shelley and I get a chance to discuss one of the newer titles from Stronghold Games that will be available in Germany in less than 2 weeks, then we tackle the Essen Spiel 2016 Preview on BGG and I go through the ones I must track down!


City of Spies by Gil d'Orey and Antonio Sousa Lara from Stronghold Games

The games discussed from the Preview:

Amigo/Small Card Games/2-Player Games (under E20)

  • Bohnanza Das Duel
  • Freaky
  • Naova
  • Schwupps
  • X Nimmt!
  • Capital Lux - drafting/own tableau or common…
  • Clown Standoff - trick taking with some push your luck
  • Zany Penguins - cute cards/interesting tactics & drafting
  • Legendary Inventors
  • Noxford
  • Grand Bazaar (Small card game that takes up to 7 players!)
  • Fruit Spy (cute artwork/rethemed Knizia)
  • Tallinn plays quickly, expansions available (Blindes Huhn & Visby last year)
  • What’s Up - cute card game/video
  • Hanamikoji (2-player, gorgeous cards!)
  • Jolly & Roger (2-player) - comment on blog that it’s been tested with couples a lot.
  • Rival Kings (2-player)
  • Agamemnon (2-player) Osprey Games

Interesting New/Newer Publishers

  • Ave Roma
  • Beer Empire (Boards&Dice) does this do for beer what Vinhos/Viticulture did for wine?
  • Barcelona: The Rose of Fire - 19thC city building. Avoid unrest while gaining prestige (Devir)
  • Capital - Granna, and the building/re-building of Warsaw
  • Round House - Clans compete for prestige in rural China (EmperorS4)
  • Plus Ultra: The Court of Emperor Charles V (Meridiano) Medium Weight drafting
  • Sweet Nose - Candy Eating! (MO ZI Game)
  • Da Yuhne: Der Grosse Kaiserkanal (Müller Mätzig Spiele Verlag)

Heavier Probably or MUST HAVES

  • Lorenzo il Magnifico - Cranio/Designers of Grand Austria Hotel/Tzolkin
  • Rhodes - new one from The Game Master
  • Airlines - Golden Egg
  • First Class: Unterwegs im Orient Express (HiG/Z) designer of Russian RR, Trambahn
  • Ulm - R&R, Strong recommendation from Ted
  • Luther: Das Spiel (need to read up on it and see how language dependent)
  • Flamme Rouge - Cycling game from Lautapelit
  • The Colonists (Mayfair/Lookout) - Possibly as big as will make its way over here…
  • Oracle at Delphi - Stefan Feld
  • Papa Paolo - Quined Games & pizza making
  • Key to the City: London - Richard Breese
  • North American Railways - Spielworxx is always putting out great stuff!
  • Solarius Mission - Spielworxx & designed by the La Granja designers
  • Colony
  • Guilds of London
  • Railroad Revolution - What’s Your Game’s 2016 entry
  • Feast of Odin - another BIG game from Uwe, using the Tetris-style pieces

Stronghold Titles

  • La Granja No Siesta
  • Great Western Trail
  • Terraforming Mars
  • Sola Fide

Lighter Fare That Looks Interesting

  • Kingdomino
  • Cottage Garden (Uwe with tetris-esque pieces)
  • Touria - The Brands & R&R Games
  • Kanagawa - Card drafting and a game about painting.
  • Dokmus - Area Control & 20-30 minutes (Lauta)
  • Honshu - Trick Taking & map building! (Lauta)
  • Slide Blast - Waterslide building/tile laying
  • Sail Away (Mattel) Light resource collection with some ‘take that’ elements...Styx
  • Chariot Race (Matt Leacock, interactive, but uses some of the Roll Through The Ages ideas)
  • Coal Baron Card Game
  • Die Baumeister des Colosseum - Klaus Jurgen Wrede
  • Noch Mal! - Dice game from the Brands
  • Mondrian The Dice Game
  • Pandemic Iberia - LOVED getting this variant to the table

Odds & Ends/Expansions

  • Order of the Guilded Compass - New remake of Alea iacta Est
  • Knights/Chevaliers - Single-player and comic book form, intrigues
  • Rome: Rise to Power - Revolt! Expansion
  • Carcassonne Star Wars Expansion
  • Russian Railroads: American Railroads
  • Concordia Gallia/Corsica