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

The Spiel (Essen) 2015 Pre-Order List

We are taking expressions of interest / pre-orders for the the Spiel (Essen) show on Oct 1 – 8, 2015.

This year, with a better understanding of the costs involved; we’ll actually be putting up games for pre-order when a customer expresses interest. All pre-orders for Essen games will be charged immediately so that we can secure the funds for the event ahead of time. For an idea of the games available, these are the games that are showing in Essen this year – https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/174654/spiel-2015-preview

Let us know ASAP what games you’d like either by commenting below or sending us an e-mail.

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.