Product List from Essen

Hi all;

While we wait for the shipping cost for all our games to arrive so that we can create and allow customers to start ordering products, I thought I’d update about what we did purchase and quantities. I’ll also put some notes on why we purchased these games and other general comments.

5 * Dragonscroll – limited edition release, the miniatures are so, so pretty. Heck, the gameplay is supposed to be pretty good too, but the minis sold it for us (and the limited edition).

6 * Wir Sind das Volk
3 * Mythopia – A Martin Wallace game that generated a ton of great buzz at the convention.
4 * Onward venus – Okay, I’m a sucker for this kind of art and theme. It looks very solid as a game too.
4 * Doodle City – one of the most interesting games to come out, the easy gameplay and fun drawing on the pad made it a great seller at the event.
2 * Keyflower the Farmers Expansion
2 * Masilia
2 * Carson city Expansion
1 * Homesteaders
1 * American rails
3 * Golden ages
6 * CV – ’cause we have had huge demand for this so far
12 * CV expansion
9 * Greenland
10 * Steam Donkey – one of my personal favorites of the convention. Feels a bit like San Juan with the use of cards to ‘pay’ for your attractions, but the steampunk theme and the use of multiple colors in a compact box and good price makes this a great sale.
20 * Coup Guatamala 1954 – yeah, it’s Coup. With multiple role-cards to choose from. What more could we want?
12 * Melee – another from La Meme games, a compact wargame.
2 * Arkwright – gorgeous game. Really complex but it looks very good. Didn’t have a chance to play it, but we did get an explanation and it seems pretty solid.
1 * Colt Express – so pretty, wish we managed to get more copies before it sold out.
10 * Strife – the Kickstarter for North America is on-going but the Europe version is already out and comes in bigger cards!
2 * Urban Panic – plays like a simplified Suburbia but with some interesting scoring / balancing mechanics.
2 * Imperialism
4 * Waggle Dance – worker placement with bees. You’ll need to grow your hive and bees while collecting enough pollen to actually make honey. Definitely plays well with 4.
2 * 2019 the arctic
9 * Outcast Hero’s – Traitor mechanic like Coup, but with missions that have to be beaten using the various abilities of the characters. Set in Poland during WW 2.
2 * First to Fight – a really interesting wargame that has players ‘sharing’ the soldiers who must be positioned to complete missions before time is up. Fail too many missions and the game becomes impossible for everyone, but you do want to come out the top general. Very interesting use of the various soldier cards which gives this game a nice mix of Euro & Wargaming elements.
2 * 7 Ronin – so pretty. 2 player assymetric, hidden action game. Wish we could have gotten more but this was all there was left at the end of Essen.
2 * Cargo train
12 * Alchemists – Probably the hit (outside of perhaps Deus) of the Con. Such an interesting game with the use of the app to make potions. It’s a bit of a puzzler and at the end of Sunday, might not have been the best game to learn but it sure was interesting. Seems to have some good balance mechanics and a definite brain-burner. Expect to play at least 1 game to get your head around it all.
1 * Haru Ichiban – We have 1 copy, but it’s so pretty. From the limited edition set.

Most of our other stock should be arriving in a week plus we hope and games will be up on the site as soon as we get final cost worked out.

Some other notes on requests:
Gaia – not available for retailers to purchase there, but we’ll be picking it up from distributors direct in a few weeks.
E-Raptor- we are looking at getting it from a distributor once it’s avialable.
Manila – entering main distribution. Was not available for purchase at retail prices at the fair.
Patchwork – should be available via mass distribution in a few weeks too.

The Spiel Essen 2014 – Pre-orders

So, here is the deal. We (or technically, me – Tao) will be visiting the Spiel at Essen this year. It will be our first year there, but as we understand it; all games are generally purchased in cash and discounts (retailer level discounts) might not be available from all publishers. It really varies and of course, games are limited. On that note, we are not going to ask for funds from people beforehand but expressions of interest. Let us know if you are interested in any particular game releasing in theSpiel and if possible; at what price. If you haven’t seen the list of games releasing, there’s one on BGG.

Note that for all the major publishers like Fantasy Flight, Rio Grande, Z-Man, Asmodee, etc. we will likely not be picking it up in Essen as availability via ‘normal’ channels is within a few weeks. As such, it will be cheaper and better to purchase those games ‘normally’. What we will be looking to pick-up are small print run games and games not announced / not releasing in North America.

So, let us know below in comments what you would like. This post will be left open to let everyone comment until the day of the Spiel.

Bestsellers for Q1 & Q2 2014

Thought it might be of interest to everyone. Based of quantity of units sold, here’s out Top 25 Bestselling Items in Canada.

1 Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Foil Pack
2 Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men Foil Pack
3 Ultra PRO 9-Pocket Side Loading Page
4 Fantasy Flight Standard Card Sleeves
5 Ultra-Snug “Almost a Penny” Card Sleeves
6 Ultra PRO 9-Pocket Page for Standard Size Cards
7 Standard Card Sleeves – 63.5 mm x 88 mm
8 Standard European Card Sleeves
9 Premium Standard Card Sleeves – 63.5 mm x 88 mm
10 Star Wars X-Wing: Y-Wing
11 Tempest: Love Letter
12 Hanabi
13 Ultra Pro Penny Sleeves
14 Star Wars X-Wing: B-Wing
15 Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers VS X-Men Dice Building Game Starter Set
16 Star Wars X-Wing: Z-95 Headhunter
17 Fantasy Flight Standard American Board Game Sleeves
18 Pandemic (2013 Edition)
19 Star Wars X-Wing: TIE Advanced
20 Premium USA Card Sleeves
21 Star Wars X-Wing: TIE Defender
22 Star Wars X-Wing: TIE Phantom
23 Star Wars X-Wing: Core Set
24 Star Wars X-Wing: Imperial Aces
25 Star Wars X-Wing: A-Wing