The Spiel (Essen) 2015 Games of Interest

As I mentioned, we’ve created this list by going through the hundreds of games compiled by Eric W. Martin here. This is the first of what will be our ‘buy’ list and obviously, we aren’t going to get all these games. In fact, we’ll probably only get 30 or 40 at most. Games listed here will be further reviewed n more detail and potentially left for final decision at the convention. In addition, many of these games might not be purchasable at our normal discount (or even open to being purchased at the fair by retailers); so won’t be brought in.

Lastly, we’ve avoided listing games from publishers who have shown the ability to get their ‘hot’ games at Essen into mainstream distribution fast (e.g. most Asmodee Games, Z-Man Games, Rio Grande Games) since thes games will be available at a much lower cost very soon after the show. Okay, enough explanation, here’s the list.

I had to delete the BGG links that I had here originally to make this a lot easier to read.

Game Why Cost
Magecraft Good graphics
Small City Doodle City
Lembitu UK Good review
Euro Crisis Funny
504 Stronghold Games has English
Power Grid: The Stock Companies 2F-Spiele
Hanabi: Die Bonus-Plättchen FREEE!!!!
Portal of Moth Tower Defense
Aya
Among Nobles 2013 Fastaval Best Board Game Nominee
The Producer Looks like a fun game
Kampen om Fredriksten Need to pre-order
Project:Elite Very expensive so definitely maybe
The Pursuit of Happiness Interesting and 300 limited copies
Stellar Conflict Among the Stars
Clacks: A Discworld Game
7 Ronin Plays very well
Waste Knights Just looks fun
Chenghuang: Guardian of the City Pretty
Haru Ichiban
Celestia Reprint of Cloud 9
The Curse of the Black Dice
Exoplanets
I Hate Zombies No discount
The Dome fighting game
Sherlock 13 Deductive party game like Codenames?
Mafia Casino Looks interesting, decent ranks for something unreleased
Sly Dice Bluffing dice game, Coup like?
Ikonikus Great sales in Spain
Faith the SciFi RPG Core Set RPG so very iffy
Siggil Capsicum game so probably aviable soon in our stores
Internal Affairs Deduction party game
Crossing Language independent dexterity game
Unusual Suspects Deduction / Murder Mystery
Council of Four Check out first for sure
Samara Look vaguely interesting. These guys produce good games
Shuffle Heroes Czech Board Games
Galaxy Trucker: Missions CGE
The Prodigals Club CGE
Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends – Nethervoid CGE
Through the Ages CGE
Double Mission Expensive but looks interesting
Amphipolis Reiner Knizai Game
Oath of the Brotherhood Pretty
Shadows over Normandie Might be in in mass
Orleans Might already get a copy here by this time
Orleans:Invasion
Black Hat
Burano Pretty
A Game of Gnomes Great game
Dommus Domini
Terraforming Mars
Coup from these guys Coup & Coup Reformation with different artwork. Definitely a seller
Zombie Terror
Andromeda Need artwork
Thrash ‘N Roll
Taverna Lots of likes..
Bomarzo
The Foreign King
Prime Time Pre-orders will add Kickstarter items
Expo 1906
CVLizations
Adventureland
Karuba
Carcassonne: Star Wars
Skyliners
Spyfall Promo Cards Or as many as you can get!!!!
Bastion
The Arabian Pots Very cute components
Minerva Good buzz
Sheep & Thief Card drafting game, quite cute
CS Files Very interested
Eight Epics Looks good
Coup: Guatamela – Anarchy Expansion to Coup 1954
Coup: Guatamela 1954 Sold very well last year
G.Nome
Vampire Panic
Eclipse: Black Hole
Eclipse: Shadow of the Rift
MULE The Board Game
Perfect Alibi
Grand Austria Hotel 43
Hengist 18
… and then we held Hands Really interesting 20
[microfilms] Redacted mini game 10
Colt Express: Postkutsche & Pferde Expansion to Colt Express 20
Watson & Holmes 30
Kemet Ta Seti 40
Lignum 49
Simurgh 38
They Come Unseen 45
Royal Goods 7
The Bloody Inn 25
Tail Feathers
Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot 50
Flick ‘Em Up Stallion Canyon
Carson City: Horses & Heroes
Haspelknecht
Inhabuit the Earth 45
Barking Up The Wrong Tree 15
DRCongo 40
Hereoes 32
Swords & Bagpipes Looks interesting but no data
Cornwall 18
Dilluvia Project
Haithabu
Food Chain Magnate 75
Guilds of London If available. Might not be 40
Ships Limited Edition 45
A Study in Emerald 2nd Ed 30
Alien Artiffacts Looks vaguely interesting 35
Nippon Maybe in mass?
Signorie Maybe in mass?
Germania Magna
Dojo Kun 45
Beasty Bar: New Beasts in Town Great filler game 15

Bestsellers and Hottest Games List

And the new bestsellers list and the hottest upcoming games list for September.

As always, here’s the previous month’s list for August 2011.

Settlers of Catan
1. Settlers of Catan 4th Edition

2. Lord of the Rings : Conflict at Carrock Adventure Pack

3. Lord of the Rings : Hunt for Gollum Adventure Pack

4. 7 Wonders – Leaders Expansion

5. Arkham Horror

6. Dominion

7. Pandemic

8. Quarriors

9. Ticket to Ride

10. Carcassonne Big Box 3

Here’s the hottest pre-order list for August 2011.

Twilight Struggle : Deluxe Edition

1. Twilight Struggle : Deluxe Edition

2. Lord of the Rings : A Journey to Rhosgobel

3. Blood Bowl : Team Manager

4. Gears of War

5. Lord of the Rings : the Hills of Emyn Muil

6. Fortuune & Glory : the Cliffhanger Game

7. Lord of the Rings : Dead Marshes Adventure Pack

8. Dungeon Run

9. Elder Sign

10. 1830s : Railways & Robber Barons

And don’t forget, you get double the Reward Points for all pre-orders!. You can find the expected pre-order release dates here.

New Category: RPGs

One of the biggest pieces of information to come out of the survey we conducted a few months ago was the fact that quite a few of our customers are interested in traditional roleplaying games (RPGs), which we haven’t been carrying many of up to this point. In order to fill this gap, we’ve brought in a bunch of books from a number of roleplay systems and created a new RPG Category on the main site.

The following items are currently available for order, with the majority in-stock and ready to ship immediately:

The Dresden Files

Dresden Files: Our World
Dresden Files: Your Story

Pathfinder:

Pathfinder: 1001 Spells (Pre-order)
Pathfinder: Advanced Player’s Guide
Pathfinder: Bestiary 2
Pathfinder: Core Rulebook
Pathfinder: the Dread Codex – Goblins (Pre-order)
Pathfinder: GameMastery Guide
Pathfinder: GM Screen
Pathfinder: In the Company of Monsters (Pre-order)
Pathfinder: Inner Sea World Guide Campaign Setting
Pathfinder: Night of Frozen Shadows Adventure Path
Pathfinder: Ultimate Combat

Savage Worlds:

Savage Worlds Action & Adventure Decks
Savage Worlds Deluxe Core Rules
Savage Worlds: Totems of the Dead (Pre-order)
Savage Worlds: Deadlands Player Guide (Pre-order)

Shadowrun:

Shadowrun 4th Edition: 20th Anniversary Core Rulebook
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Arsenal Core Rulebook (revised)
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Attitude Sourcebook
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Corporate Enclaves Core Setting
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Corporate Guide Sourcebook
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Dusk – Dawn of the Artifacts Adventure 1
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Midnight- Dawn of the Artifacts Adventure 2
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Emergence Campaign Setting
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Feral Cities Core Setting
Shadowrun 4th Edition: A Fistfull of Credsticks Adventure
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Ghost Cartels Campaign
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Vice Sourcebook
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Runner’s Black Book
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Runner’s Toolkit
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Running Wild Sourcebook
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Sixth World Almanac
Shadowrun: Spells and Chrome Anthology
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Spy Games Sourcebook
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Street Legends
Shadowrun 4th Edition: Street Magic Core Rulebook

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay:

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Adventurer’s Toolkit
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Core Set
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Creature Guide
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Creature Vault
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: The Edge of Night
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Game Master’s Guide
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Game Master’s Toolkit
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Game Master’s Vault
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: The Gathering Storm
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Omens of War
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Player’s Guide
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Player’s Vault
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: The Signs of Faith
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: The Winds of Magic
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: The Witch’s Song

Warhammer 40k: Dark Heresy:

Dark Heresy: Ascension
Dark Heresy: The Black Sepulchre
Dark Heresy: Blood of Martyrs
Dark Heresy: Church of the Damned
Dark Heresy Core Rulebook
Dark Heresy: Creatures Anathema
Dark Heresy: Daemon Hunter
Dark Heresy: Dead Stars
Dark Heresy: Disciples of the Dark Gods
Dark Heresy Game Master’s Kit
Dark Heresy Inquisitor’s Handbook
Dark Heresy Radical’s Handbook

Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader:

Rogue Trader: Battlefleet Koronus
Rogue Trader: Citadel of Skulls
Rogue Trader: Edge of the Abyss
Rogue Trader: The Frozen Reaches
Rogue Trader: Into the Storm
Rogue Trader: Lure of the Expanse

This current set of products is meant to serve as a starting point for what will hopefully be a substantial RPG section, and we expect our product list to grow and change to meet our customer’s interests. If there’s a particular book or RPG system that you’d like us to stock, please contact us and we’ll bring it in if we can.

Pre-Order Games List

SKU Name Release Date
BOARD GAMES
FFGDU14 DEADWOOD 9/21/2011
FFGMEC02 LORD OF THE RINGS LCG: “HUNT FOR GOLLUM” ADV-PACK 9/21/2011
FFGMEC03 LORD OF THE RINGS LCG: “CONFLICT/CARROCK” ADV-PACK 9/21/2011
GTM140 SENTINELS OF THE MULTIVERSE 9/23/2011
CZE 01212 WALKING DEAD BOARD GAME (TV) 9/28/2011
FFGMEC01 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE CARD GAME 9/29/2011
FFGMEC05 LORD OF THE RINGS CG: “HILLS/EMYN MUL” ADV-PACK 9/29/2011
FFGTH16 TANNHAUSER: “MIZU” FIGURE 9/29/2011
FFGTH17 TANNHAUSER: ITAMI FIGURE 9/29/2011
ASMTIM01US TIMELINE 9/30/2011
BANREOUT RESIDENT EVIL DECK BUILDING GAME: OUTBREAK EXP 9/30/2011
FDD101056N CAN’T STOP 9/30/2011
FDD101059N BUYWORD DELUXE 9/30/2011
FDD101289N NUMBER PLEASE 9/30/2011
FDD101300N DRAGON RAMPAGE 9/30/2011
FDD101304N MONTAGE 9/30/2011
FDD101307N NEW ENGLAND RAILWAYS 9/30/2011
LOO040 ICE DICE 9/30/2011
LOO047 STAR FLUXX 9/30/2011
LOO048 LOONEY PYRAMIDS – RAINBOW STASH 9/30/2011
LOO049 LOONEY PYRAMIDS – XENO STASH 9/30/2011
SG2001 CONFUSION: ESPIONAGE & DECEPTION IN THE COLD WAR 9/30/2011
SG9002 SURVIVE: 5 & 6 PLAYER EXPANSION 9/30/2011
SJG5523A MUNCHKIN JUMBO D6 – RED 9/30/2011
SJG5523B MUNCHKIN JUMBO D6 – ORANGE 9/30/2011
SJG5523C MUNCHKIN JUMBO D6 – YELLOW 9/30/2011
SJG5523D MUNCHKIN JUMBO D6 – GREEN 9/30/2011
SJG5523E MUNCHKIN JUMBO D6 – BLUE 9/30/2011
SJG5523F MUNCHKIN JUMBO D6 – PURPLE 9/30/2011
SWPHGMS SUMMONER WARS: “MASTER SET”; 9/30/2011
TRG4003 A FEW ACRES OF SNOW 9/30/2011
TTT1002 HOMESTEADERS 9/30/2011
TTT1005 EMINENT DOMAIN 9/30/2011
TTT1006 BELFORT 9/30/2011
ZMG4075 DARK MINIONS 9/30/2011
ZMG7072 NINJATO 9/30/2011
ZMG7082 UNDERMINING 9/30/2011
SPM21101 SUPER DUNGEON EXPLORE 10/1/2011
BANSTDBG STAR TREK DBG: NEXT GENERATION PREMIERE EDITION 10/7/2011
ASMCLAU02US CLAUSTROPHOBIA EXPANSION 10/15/2011
ASMCYC02 CYCLADES EXPANSION 10/15/2011
CRS1001 CROSSROADS: ANCESTORS 10/15/2011
CRY01221 PENNY ARCADE DBG: GAMERS VS EVIL 10/15/2011
FFGDT030 DUST “TACTICS”: HEAVY-RECON GRENAIERS 10/15/2011
FFGDT031 DUST “TACTICS”: RED DEVILS 10/15/2011
FFGMEC07 LORD OF THE RINGS LCG: “RETURN TO MIRKWOOD” A-PACK 10/15/2011
FFGRW02 RUNEWARS: BANNERS OF WAR EXPANSION 10/15/2011
MNIMHP100 The MANHATTAN PROJECT 10/15/2011
QUG60221 DSCHUNKE 10/15/2011
TLC2003 BAG O’ ZOMBIES!!! 10/15/2011
TLC2012 ZOMBIES!!! 2 2ND EDITION 10/15/2011
TLC3900 LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD 10/15/2011
AEG5017 THUNDERSTONE: HEART OF DOOM 10/29/2011
AEG5303 NIGHTFALL: BLOOD COUNTRY 10/29/2011
AEG5401 NINJA: LEGEND OF THE SCORPION CLAN 10/29/2011
ASMECL01 ECLIPSE 10/31/2011
ASMQUE01 QUEBEC 10/31/2011
ASMSUL01US SULTAN 10/31/2011
ASMTAK01 TAKENOKO 10/31/2011
CMG1002 K2 EXPANSION 10/31/2011
CRY01212 WALKING DEAD BOARDGAME 10/31/2011
FDD101290N MIRROR, MIRROR 10/31/2011
FDD101309N EMPIRES: AGE OF DISCOVERY – BUILDER EXPANSION 10/31/2011
MFG3305 DISCWORLD: ANKH-MORPORK 10/31/2011
RIO454 DOMINION: HINTERLANDS 10/31/2011
ZMG7021E PANDEMIC: ON THE BRINK 11/1/2011
DOW 720113 TICKET TO RIDE ASIA MAP COLLECTION VOL 1 11/2/2011
ZMG7074 PALENQUE 11/15/2011
WZK 70474 QUARRIORS! RISE OF THE DEMONS EXPANSION SET 11/8/2011
WZK 70438 STAR TREK EXPEDITIONS EXPANSION SET 11/8/2011
GGS003 ASCENSION, STORM OF SOULS 11/25/2011
DOW 720114 TICKET TO RIDE INDIA MAP COLLECTION 11/30/2011
FDD101124 FOR SALE 11/30/2011
FDD101279N PASTICHE – 2ND EDITION 11/30/2011
FDD101305N ROAD TO CANTURBURY 11/30/2011
FDD101308N BAZAAR 11/30/2011
FDD101311 SANTIAGO DE CUBA 11/30/2011
FFGTI06 TWILIGHT IMPERIUM 3RD ED “REX”; 11/30/2011
FFGVA65 A GAME OF THRONES BOARDGAME 2ND EDITION 11/30/2011
HMS2000 JUMP THE SHARK 11/30/2011
IBCFPF1 FLASH POINT: FIRE RESCUE 11/30/2011
MFG4508 NIPPON RAILS (2011 EDITION) 11/30/2011
WOTR001 WAR OF THE RING 2ND EDITION 11/30/2011
FDD101306N ZONG SHI 1/30/2012

 

CARD GAMES

FFGCT14E CALL OF CTHULHU CCG: CONSPIR/CHAOS REVISED ASY PAC 9/21/2011
FFGCT48 CALL OF CTHULHU LCG: “CURSE/JADE EMPEROR” ASY PACK 9/21/2011
FFGGOT73 GAME OF THRONES LCG: “HERE TO SERVE” CHAPTER PACK 9/21/2011
FFGGOT36 A GAME OF THRONES CCG: CORE SET 9/29/2011
FFGGOT49E GAME OF THRONES LCG: KING/SEA “REVISED” EXPANSION 9/29/2011
FFGGOT66 GAME OF THRONES LCG: “KINGS OF THE STORM” DLX EXP 9/29/2011
FFGGOT74 GAME OF THRONES LCG: “QUEEN OF DRAGONS” DLX EXP 9/29/2011
FFGGW03 BLOOD BOWL TEAM MANAGER CARD GAME 9/29/2011
FFGWHC23 WARHAMMER: INV LCG: “THE INEVITABLE CITY” B-PACK 9/29/2011
FFGCT15E CALL OF CTHULHU: DUNWICH DENIZENS REVISED ASY-PACK 10/15/2011
FFGCT49 CALL OF CTHULHU LCG: “BREATHING JUNGLE” ASY PACK 10/15/2011
FFGWHC25 WARHAMMER: INV LCG: “THE IRON ROCK” BATTLE-PACK 10/15/2011
FFGGOT43E GAME OF THRONES LCG: CITY OF SECRETS CHAPTER PACK 11/30/2011
FFGGOT44E GAME OF THRONES LCG: TIME OF TRIALS CHAPTER PACK 11/30/2011
FFGGOT45E GAME OF THRONES LCG: TOWER OF THE HAND CHAP PACK 11/30/2011
FFGGOT46E GAME OF THRONES LCG: TALES/RED KEEP CHAP PACK 11/30/2011
FFGGOT47E GAME OF THRONES LCG: SECRETS & SPIES CHAP PACK 11/30/2011
FFGGOT48E GAME OF THRONES LCG: BATTLE OF BLACKWATER C-PACK 11/30/2011
FFGGOT51E GAME OF THRONES LCG: WOLVES OF THE NORTH C-PACK 11/30/2011
FFGGOT52E GAME OF THRONES LCG: “BEYOND THE WALL” C-PACK 11/30/2011
FFGGOT53E GAME OF THRONES LCG: “SWORD OF DARKNESS” C-PACK 11/30/2011
FFGGOT54E GAME OF THRONES LCG: “THE WILDLING HORDE” C-PACK 11/30/2011
FFGGOT55E GAME OF THRONES LCG: “A KING IN THE NORTH” C-PACK 11/30/2011
FFGGOT56E GAME OF THRONES LCG: “RETURN OF THE OTHERS” C-PACK 11/30/2011