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One last look backwards: Week 17.09 - Festival International Des Jeux - Part I - News Room & As D'Or

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Yep, I skipped 07 + 08 but as noted before I had no time to get a proper post online. Plus my computer crashed twice while checking the pictures. Buh! But for me it's still "Festival International des Jeux" time I decided to make it the main part of this post. I actually think I need more parts cover the impressions of the whole three days I was in Cannes. It was a blast and as it was my first time the impressions where to totally awesome. But first start with a tradition should we?






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As always... the first teaser.


The game shot!


Bonus Y-Wings chasing the Executor


Om Nom Nom! Star Wars and Food a perfect combo!



Yes, in week 08 it was Risk: Star Wars Edition and I find it as a perfect gateway game to get star wars fans into gaming. I even don't care that it might be a bit unbalanced towards the rebels. But there are a lot of variants too on BGG to make it more balanced, I will look into these for sure before playing again. Also make sure you read the Rule Clarifications!

The game is Rebellion vs. Imperium in which the Rebellion will try to blow up the Death Star, need to get the shield generator destroyed first and have Luke duel his father. It captures the feel of the movie quite well (even the winning of the Rebellion ) but I had a great night with my friend that I got into playing a board game that way. Just that made the game have its worth for me. Maybe we can continue with that start and in the end play an epic game of Star Wars: Rebellion at the far end of that trip

Risk itself is some kind on a black list for me as I dislike the tons of throwing dice without a real result. Here it is pretty simple and each action has a total of five dice before the next action is revealed and that feels fine. Speaking of actions, I do like the selection too, which gives a kind of action selection feature. Brilliant to to get that mechanism to new gamers. Plus you only select the card, it could still have more actions which you can choose depending on how your opponent acts. That allows to react with these kind of multi action usage too. It plays easily and you can have a great time while playing it. If your games do not feel epic, our first one didn't either, as the end game feels to easy, try some variants. Our second game was quite hard where the Rebellion just rolled like shit and the Imperial player had the god throws and even had a series of death star hits, felt overwhelming! Still I feel for the epic experience you need to go to Star Wars: Rebellion, which is still on the to play list, properly with a different player first to get the rules right. All in all I like Risk: Star Wars Edition and am positively surprised about it. Even I would like to have the Black Edition due to the three cooler minis, but I assume I just replace them with others I own. That said, give it a try! I will keep mine for sure.





As always... the first teaser.


Game Shot


Character cards and dice


The Titan



Well being at the festival I thought I run a special right there as I spotted the lovely dice of the first shot. Attack on Titan: The Last Stand was solved pretty quickly and at the time taking the picture there was a long explanation. Sadly my French was to bad But the game had a huge crowd and quite an appearance. I like that titan "board". It has different platforms that players use and move around as they can start specific attacks only from dedicated positions. Also the Titan attacks these by selecting his cards at the start of the round. But only one is known (played openly), will you be at a save spot? The player use their dice to cancel these attacks and challenges until finally can run their killing blow! Sound interesting and well uses dice, count me in!





The Die Shot.


Game Shot - Two hits, one to go!



The following week used something I got from Blackrock Games. And you can read it in the second shot. Targets! It was already released in 2015 and will soon be released on Germany too by Zoch, even for more players! The game is about shooting dice at targets, simple correct? Well there are some special rules if you hit the bulls eye or your die show the same scores. Plus you can even claim targets from opponents if they are still in the game. Totally fun and I bet there are dice being going of the table for sure, part of the fun. Yes, it's short lived but very amusing! A flicking dice galore!





Die Shot - Let's get ready to rumble!


Set sails for raids!



And this week it was pretty easy as the dice seem so unique. It's Champions of Midgard! A totally cool gateway game in which you try to get the new Jarl of the village. To show that you are the most fitting for the job, you will go off, protect the village from trolls, fight of the undead Draugr or travel to distant lands to fight mystical beasts. This is all done via a worker placement board that has locations to fight these as well as locations in the village to recruit more warriors, food, or mystical items to gain special abilities or just horns to modify you die rolling. A neat touch is the adventure feel that you get when you board ships to start traveling. First you decide which warriors accompany you and how many provisions you will take. Then your ship will encounter an adventure card you need to solve until finally the epic battle will start. So plan wisely, because if you are not successful all is gone...

This is even one of the bad parts noted by many. If you are very unlucky on you rolls, you might not be able to recover. I had this in my latest game in which I lost all my warriors on an epic fight. Recovery was hard but in the end I won by 2 points. Still if that happens twice it might very hard to come back. Yes, you might plan better and use re-rolls still Fortuna is part of the game.

One big issue I had is the brown / red cubes for food and wood. Even they share 50% in letters, me with my red / green challenge, do have my problems. Bad choice has been taken here.

Apart from these the game has a lot of positive aspects. It is awesome looking and has great artwork, good quality cardboard tokens and beautiful dice. It is easy approachable and can be played after a short introduction, all steps are on the board as well. The worker placement comes along well and I heard often from people that they never has been crossed that often on their choices. All in all I like it and see it as a good intro game, especially due to the luck. As this can hit even the best players.

If you are interested the game can still be gotten via the current KS of the two expansions (yes, two!). The Kickstarter still has 24+ hours left, when this post goes live. I looking forward to Champions of Midgard: The Dark Mountains & especially Champions of Midgard: Valhalla as this introduces a resource you when your warriors die and is needed in some places or works as an small boost. Plus many more stuff like new dice, leader abilities and epic monsters!

One of the best add-ons for me will be the upgrade token pack for wood & food. The other is ok too, but I am pretty fine with the cardboard tokens.




Festival International De Jeux








As noted last week I went to Cannes for the first time. I hop on to a group of five and we took a ride down to France and shared a B&B room. The trip was easy and arriving is like coming to a holiday. Blue Skies, 20 Degree. Good Bye 4 degree snow & rain Berlin weather! The room was awesome and perfect for five. We dropped of the bags and went to the Convention Center to get our badges. The coolest part is that you would not even need these as the convention is free to the public. But you have some earlier access with it as well as access to the news room. The room where we headed next! But we where to early :/ Stupid Germans! And the games where just being set up. Still that did not hinder us to have a look at the ones already presented, even you seldom got an explanations. So I just give you some photo impressions, but feel free to ask!



Arrived!



Hello Visitor, we great you!



Brace yourself... Rush & Bash Expansion is coming!



Jelly Squad.



Dice Forge! - New Die



Motivation Cards of Mysterium Secrets & Lies Expansion



Booo! - Are you scared?



Woho! Bubble Pop Expansion is coming!



Top Fantasy with some of the coolest artwork on earth!



Outlive uses all our old SIM Cards!



Riff Route - Fish are friends, right?



Pom Pom



Sabordage



L'Empereur



Hop Le J'Ton



Beautiful Stellium - Craft a universe




We stopped as soon as the press conference has started and joined that from above and that gave me a hint to improve my french if I should go there again. Spoiler: I would love to! Afterwards we took a small break and looked into getting some refreshments and just went into a small round of Kingdomino and I am still bad at it and still feel it quite unbalanced or better luck balanced depending on the tiles coming up. I scored very bad but that would not let me deny another game if it shows up

We grabbed something to eat and our waitress even spoke German and served some of the best bagels I had. It might be slightly influenced due to traveling that day but they where good. That just strengthened us for the conference and of we went! We where in quite early (even for Germans) but run into some friends so chatting along the way and also taking some funny quick shots. Sadly I do not find this anymore, even it should have been emailed to me


As D'Or Ceremony



Taking seats the show started and one thing that is totally different from the german ceremony is that this was held inside an cinema or opera hall. And the whole event is more like a show. It was moderated by some fancy dudes from Tric Trac as one after another of the nominees where called on stage to received their certificate for being nominated. There where some cool stories for sure, but I did not understand them. Except the few done in english and these where funny. xxx for example talked about he come to love this festival and what he learned from it. Especially how to make proper prototypes and what is important to prepare before you show them. But also how they get changed or even "destroyed" if you show something that is not properly set. Something I did hear before in a book called Boardgames That Tell Stories Part I

<Imagine>



Small Bros watching up to their big cousins!



Ceremony Hall at the beginning!



View on the nominees and the stage.



Eric testing his new toy



Convention center getting full!



And so it begins...



The moderators taking over!
Monsieur Phal (right)



1st Nominee - Children Category - Animouv by Publisher Djeco



2nd Nominee Children - Children Category - Go Cuckoo! - HABA
(from left to right Josep M. Allué, Markus Nikisch, Víktor Bautista i Roca)



3rd Nominee - Children Category - My First Stone Age - Filosofia Éditions



1st Nominee - Expert Category - Conan - Monolith
Frédéric Henry on the left.



2nd Nominee - Expert Category - Scythe - Matagot & Morning



3rd Nominee - Expert Category - Star Realms - IELLO
Left Nadège Jouvert (?) & Ludovic Papais (?)



1st Nominee - Game Of The Year Category - Codenames - IELLO
Virginie Gilson (left) & Patrice Boulet (right)



2nd Nominee - Game Of The Year Category - Imagine - Cocktail Games
All designers have come to Cannes! Shotaro Nakashima, Shingo Fujita, Hiromi Oikawa & Motoyuki Ohki



3rd Nominee - Game Of The Year Category - Kingdomino - Blue Orange (EU)
Bruno Cathala, Cyril Bouguet (?) & Timothée Leroy



4th Nominee - Game Of The Year Category - Unlock! - Space Cowboys
Cyril Demaegd (left) & Thomas Cauet (? - right)



All nominees together



And the winner is....




Go Cuckoo!



Scythe!



Unlock!



Group Photo!



Celebration Food Plate. Sweet!


The show was totally awesome and I had tons of fun. Even I needed to grab my courage to walk up and just take some photos. But why shouldn't I right? So you see the results above and I congratulate all the winners. There was a lot of discussion on Unlock when we went eating, especially as in Germany there are a lot of more exit room games around and unlock was not that well received. Still given the fact that it is the first one in France this is a well done choice especially due to its mechanics and innovative. Sometimes I would like to see more credit to more innovative games as game of the year as these are in general bring something new to the hobby. Even I have not played it yet, well earned!


After the show was over all was setup to congratulate the publishers and designers in person, accompanied by small drinks and snacks. All in all a wonderful evening in which I want to give my thanks to the organization being able to be a part of the ceremony!

Here is also a video Alex & myself did for the German YouTube Channel of Hunter & Cron:





Afterwards we just went for dinner and a full meal just closing of the day and catch some sleep and be ready for the next two days to come! I found some interesting new stuff and some ideas you will see or have already seen as W. Eric Martin from BGG was there too and he has the influence to open more doors than me as I had a hard time to get some info for Capt. Sonar Expansion I, but more on that story in the next post. That concludes Part I and stay tuned as I will continue and shed some more light on some games in the next weeks episode!




Have you already seen some news or seen anything you are totally exited about?


May the games be with you!
Peat


Tags: Risk: Star Wars Edition, Hasbro, Targets , Blackrock Games, Attack on Titan: The Last Stand, Champions of Midgard, Grey Fox Games, Go Cuckoo!, Scythe, Unlock!, Codenames, Kingdomino, Imagine, Conan, Star Realms, Animouv, My First Stone Age, Stellium, Bubblee Pop, Top Fantasy, Booo!, Jelly Squad, Mysterium: Secrets & Lies

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One last look backwards: Week 17.06 - Nearly back into "normal" mode but do you know SUPER HOT the card game?

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Welcome to another week being able to play games. I had the chance to play some games at least. Otherwise there is nothing much to be talking about. Just a heads up that there will be no post coming next week. Why? I will be at the "Festival International des Jeux" in Cannes! Woho! Finally a board gaming convention I am able to take part in. I am looking forward to that as I will be traveling with four friends. Even my French is quite bad aka nearly not existing This will be awesome If I get my EU data plan running there will be some smaller updates on Instagram and/or Twitter. So be sure to stay tuned.







Make An Educated Guess!




As always... the first teaser.


Resting at there designated spot.



The community was fast this week but the dice are pretty unique. They belong to Dynasties: Heirate & Herrsche! This is a game that is nearly no where to be seen as being played. Somehow I feel that weird because I like the game very much. Yes, I do like multifunctional cards, check. I like dice, check. And it has an awesome dividing mechanic, check, check, check (Yes, I might have watched to much Mr. Underwood)!

Especially the last is used often may it be for getting resources from a boat in the harbor or when a marriage is done. Because the player on the better position always makes the cut but the second player chooses which cut he takes. That way you will be needed to be smart on how you bundle the packages. Yes, while marring the dice are used a by far one of the most complains the game got due to the luck factor. The card draw can be a bit tough, still I feel the multi usage does help here. The dice itself fell ok to me, as there is still the cut being made. But having a luck factor brings up one other thing that I like. I can play it with people that are not so heavy into games as they might have a better roll at some point. I don't mind that, because if I would I might set up a night for Food Chain Magnet or similar.

There are a lot of different possibilities and even passing early might be good as you could choose a bonus before other peoples do. Still what road your dynasty will go and which territories it would like to control is at your grip. But remember this game is about partnerships, you won't be able to marry yourself!

In the end gaming is about having fun and I had it and would play it any time again PLUS it plays up to five which is another plus for me!







Load "superhot.exe" - The prototype box! Neat touch.



Facts first!



Publisher: Board&Dice / Designer: Manuel Correia / Artist: Paweł Niziołek

Players, Playtime, Expected Release Date: 1(to 3), 30 Minutes, Q2-3 2017

Links: KS Page / Rules from the KS by Board & Dice



Intro

There is that game everyone is talking about! Have you heard about the superhot.exe? I just send it over, have a look into it yourself. The next you see? A kind of white roomed matrix style rooms and there are some of these red fractals. The have weapons and they are aiming at you! But wait...

...

...

time only goes forward if you move too!

...

...

Well you need to move at least a bit! You check your mission and of you go!



Box & Components


Normal I go over this is more detail as it is a KS and it is improving the further the KS has been raising money, the final production is not yet set. One thing is sure for today. You have cool bullet meeples to mark completed tasks on missions. A smaller travel sized box, even the one of the demo was small already. Final Card Quality needs to be seen, but one thing is sure, you got a lot of extras as by now!


Does it take ages to set up?


No. You deal a mission at random to you. Setup the game and the "first room". Draw the first cards from your deck and of you go! The final version will also come with a paper poster that has the required slots and areas printed on it. So easy as cake (if it isn't a lie).



Game Setup - Solo Game.




Additional Modules / Modes


As with the First Person Shooter this one is a solo game, but Board&Dice came up with some more options. There is co-op mode where two players can challenge the game with each one starting of with an own deck. but there will also be a competitive mode 1 vs 1 or even 3 player free for all. Rules for these modes will be in the final version. From my point of view it is still a solo game.


How does it play?


Let's take the thematic approach first!


Imagine you are waking up in this alternate reality. You have been given one note: Complete Mission X. At first you need to get into the mechanics and how the flow of time effects you and your opponents. You make errors as you are just learning. The last bullet was just undodgeable. But what doesn't kill you makes you harder and the exit should be revealed once the mission is completed. You push yourself to that task! You get more adapted to the mechanics and once they click in it gets smoother and smoother and you will be able to complete your mission. Done! Not yet, you can't leave. The exit? It will be seen after the next two missions. Harder obstacles come by and you raise more and more fond until you will make it to the end or die trying. Well seemed Morpheus was wrong and you're not the chosen one!


From a dry euro gamer view


The mechanics in the game need a bit getting used to and each player will have his own structure how to interact with the obstacles and how to advance time. Once you get this into your blood you see that the mechanics run like a honed clockwork. In it's heart it is a deck builder and you need to see what kind cards you want in your deck and which not. That said it has the luck draw and you might not prevent all bad things from happening. But well sometimes there is just one bullet to much in the air. Undodged bullets will clogging up your hand and or deck, limiting your options further until you loose once you have caught four bullets in your hand. One more thing you need to get used to, there are no victory points. You succeed or you lose!



The next obstacles, at least a safe place.



Mission In Progress.




Quick & Dirty



- The Good

E Neat Mechanics
The rotation that comes out of the time moves only when you move idea are really good. Once you know which cards you need to discard where it pretty smooth. The deck building aspect is really cool, and will blur away after some time. The poster will help here for sure. Super...

E Theme
Let's face it. This is taken one to one from the computer game. If you like that style you will like it here too. Plus if you can get into the First Person / Matrix Style feel this game shines. I still miss the car from the game ...Hot!

E No Point Salat
Finally a game that has no Victory Points. I hate solo games that you play against a scoring board where it states, you have 80 points! You're skilled like a grand master! You either make it or not, like in Pandemic. Super Hot!

E Puzzles
Each mission is a kind of puzzle you need to complete. Some are more easy than others, but you still need to dodge these bullets. Well each hand is a puzzle by itself as you need to see how you manipulate the objectives in front of you with the cards at hand or if you won't move for a while. Neat.

E Is it repetitive?
Actually with the KS you have so many missions (if you accept them), that there should be a lot of possibilities with 30 missions total (5 of these are KS exclusive) and you play 6 (9 in co-op) each time. The mechanics on the other hand will be the same, and might seem the actions you do are repetitive. Especially after you play it a lot, but than again it similar to the limits of a 3D computer engine of a game.

E Take it anywhere
The games comes in a small box that fits in any luggage or bag. One of the stretch goals is even a smaller travel sized box.

E Not Expensive
A game for 13$? Let's face it, I have spend more money on worse things. If you visit one of the big conventions you can even collect it PLUS since the social Stretch goals have been hit, it comes with a Stream Key of the computer game. Even that could be resold to cover the cost. But I would say try that game to, its fun.


soblue - The Bad

E Too easy?
It may be me, but once you see how everything works, it feels easy. I bet Neo in the Matrix was also bored with normal stuff. But Board & Dice already promised me to make it more challenging / include a hard mode.

E Solo only?
We did play the co-op mode and it is a good time to share some time in that game together. The possibility to share a card does make it easier too, that is not countered by adding more mission goals to complete. Still a nice play but prefer it solo versus two player co-op. Still the competitive modes might be fun, as it is a dungeon master style with one player being the system and the other two playing against him.


goo - The Ugly

E There will be no automated replay
Just kidding! The video game comes with a summary in real time, this will not come in the card game.

E No color issues!
Well all is red, white, grey or black. All needs have symbols. All good!



Final Words


I like SUPERHOT Card Game a lot and looking forward to the final version. It has really everything you find in the first person brother: Time moves only when you move, graphic style and PUZZLES! It's really SUPER HOT.

So if your interested, head over to the KS page! You still have some hours left to become SUPER HOT yourself: KS Page



Photo Impression



Sweet Card Backs.



Can be quite some lead in the air...



Dodge This ?!



Last Mission Accomplished! Always have a plan b and c!




I will postpone everything else to the next issue of my blog or maybe even do a short one next week. Let's see. Also as I am being at the Festival International des Jeux...

Is there something I should keep an eye on or you would like to get more information ???


With that asked. Over & Out! May the games be with you!
Peat


Tags: Dynasties: Heirate & Herrsche, Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH, Matthias Cramer, SUPERHOT Card Game, Board&Dice, Manuel Correia


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One last look backwards: Week 17.05 - The one time looking foward! See what awaits us in 2017!

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Yes it has been two weeks again and I feel like I have so much still to do. But how about catching up the last two weeks? Let's start with the new series review, should we?

Two weeks ago we started with this picture and apparently it wasn't solved immediately. But the second shot did the trick, a well suited Fidel might have helped!




The first teaser


Fidel failing the disarm!



Yes, it is Revenge of the Dictators and before you all join into the destructive lame on this game let me have some words on it even I agree on the sticker point. They are to large and a f***ing bloody pain to attach! Yes, after reading the rules I was worried on the game as the win consultation was rolling a die. Not really what I was looking for and you can compare it to Dog or TAC, basically the whole Pachisi-Ludo family as these share the base. Yes, Revenge of the Dictators is a race game, that has all the same possibilities to anger someone. Even you don't start at the beginning if hit, you need skip a turn or are forced to re-roll that winning die. The game lives of the luck and take that element BUT puts in that geeky touch that will put a smile on your face of you recognize them. So it's one of these beer and pretzel game you have one time a year or more of this is your favorite type of game. For me I play dog once a year as its the favorite game of a food friend and it's fun. This is the same with Revenge of the Dictators, I had my fun playing it and running trough all the cards to see the artwork and chucking some dice. Because even I needed to skip a turn or two, I had an awesome night with friends talking and laughing as the game actually did not take the whole attention away from the people.



The geeky approach




This week I had something else and the dice actually have given it away due to its uniqueness. Here are the shots from this week:



Beware of the octopod!


At the end of a two player game.



The people of Instagram & Twitter where correct, we are talking OctoDice here. This is a cute little dice chucker where all people have their attention at the table as you are allowed to copy dice from an opponents throw. It adds a bit more than the regular dice game as there are only a few that have a teach tree you can explore to unlock special actions or VPs. An additional cool feature is that each player gets his own sheet and can choose his own way to victory, still as in AquaSphere you need to clean out Octopods or you suffer negative points.

I do love the press your luck element and if you fail to see what you will do with you dice in the end and a relief of your opponent just hits the dice you need, letting you won just by that one point. No a must but all in all cool filler!


That concludes the update on my series and looking at the calendar we already have February. Weeeee! And even we play all those Essen 2016 goodies my top awaited games have been postponed and as everyone already anticipated their games here is what I am looking forward in 2017!


Top 10 Games I Look Forward Too


1. The Godfather: Corleone's Empire
My #1 for sure. Nothing has so many things combined that are my favorite topics! Yes, I am a sucker for mafia themed games. And since the presentation of Blood Rage by Mr. Lang himself I am taken by his presence and his design as I looove Blood Rage. So I followed this quite some time now and had seen how it evolved and needless to say, I need this. Yes, NEED! Love the graphics and as in blood rage had the chance to get introduced to the game by Eric himself. Awesome! You can read about it in my Essen report! (Link: Essen - Spiel 16 report)




Victorian Masterminds
Staying with Mr. Lang and putting in Mr. Bauza plus a alternate steampunked reality in which the players are all evil masterminds wanting to dominate (or destroy) the world. Still intrigued and a close one to number one on the list. You can follow over to my blog post about it (Here) or just have the Canadian guy explain it to you:




Brasil
Well I had a chance on a small glimpse to it in 2016. Then it has been made a massive overhaul it seems. At least it looks are way more interesting and looks like an awesome prototype. The game features a modular board and given the player boards it looks like a game we expect from Nuno, Paulo and WYG?! Given the whole package I am looking forward to its release!


The Modular Main Board
Picture by Bruno Valerio aka Oblivion



First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet
Robinson Crusoe was is! just awesome. If this wanders into the same direction I am already sold. Plus using an App is always one thing that makes me interested in a game, in how it uses it. I find it funny given the themes. In Robinson smart devices where not yet invented, where a Mission to Mars is a far more technology using expedition. Fitting! The App as far as I see it is like a storytelling book that also keeps track of the game and even the campaigns you play. Seems pretty neat. The last app I encountered was in Mansions of Madness: Second Edition and this was pretty nice. The random elements it can give you is just fantastic. I have high hopes here as Ignacy himself guarantees an amazing story!


Spiel16 - Wednesday - First Martians Prototype behind glass



This War of Mine: The Board Game
Staying with storytelling games... I was taken by the games background and as I am not into computer games haven't heard of its brother. But playing in a post war scenario fighting for survival is something that is total thematic to me and something I am looking forward too. The good part is that I have no reference and thus expectations but given the designer and other games I do like of him, I am looking forward to play this. And yes, I have backed it!


Prototype at Spiel 2016
Picture by François Mahieu aka poifpoif



Rising Sun
Let's start with Blood Rage being one of my favorite games. Then it was noted this being a step up? Call me interested. As with Viking Mythology I love the Eastern one too, with the spiritual world around it. Then it was noted that there is a decent amount of negotiation around it. I love that as I recently love to play New Angeles if I can find a spot or even always look for a game of La Cosa Nostra where making deals is essential. Even this will limit the game to a handful of persons I know I am totally exited how this will work out. Needles to say I already started to save my money for the KS coming!


Awesome Miniatures as we know them.
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The 7th Continent
I always loved the old adventure books and having seen this intrigued me totally. An nearly unlimited adventure? Yes, please! But I had my doubts due to the playtime and save mechanism. I was noted by the designers to have a closer look and I did in Essen 2015 (see link). So having got it explained by them in person (Thanks for this!) this seemed to be an awesome little game. I actually backed it with a friend and looking forward to its release in 2017! Can't wait to jump into the adventures!


Just started game in Essen 2015.



Charterstone
I do like Stonemaier games and try to keep them on my radar. Also I am looking forward on Legacy games. These are already two points for this game. It will feature a worker placement game which will play at least 12 games and will have 75+ modification. I recently learned that time is used as a resource too which sounds very interesting. Plus no rulebook? Very interesting but hope that the early games are not to easy and count within the 12 games. Lets see as this will be no KS when the release date is announced!




Gentes
I am always looking for a good Civ game as all I found so war has not hit my taste. So why not this one? Especially as I like the Spielworxx tiles and the heavy games they create. So worth a look and it sounds very intriguing as you have a set number of time available to you in each epoch and as in Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island you can choose to spend one or two sand timers on an action, except I doubt there is failure involved. A special part is that you can educate your people, but you can't have all there are opposites which means increasing one will decrease the other. I love the use of action points from the next turn. Really a neat mechanic to manage building up your world!





Sagrada
I follow Floodgate since Epic Resort and are always interested in their titles. Now with my love for dice and drafting I was totally triggered when I heard about Sagrada. It is dice drafting! Woho! Plus loved the concept and idea of the puzzle this brings to the table. Long story short Kickstarter is coming and will surely do photos as well as a Let's Play / Review. Looking forward to it, so exited!


So beautiful!
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So fast is a top 10 done! For more games that I spot, you can subscribe to this little geeklist: Peats Lookout 2017 - Games on the horizon!. I welcome you aboard if you join me! Than also the toy fair in Nürnberg has been held and only a few surprises have been spotted, I just will go over them shortly...

German releases - Well I liked the English versions and they finally have a German publisher:

Yokohama
Well it has been a German version been announced as well and pre-order is currently still up. Release in April, as is the beautiful TMG version I backed. It also nearly made the top 10 and honestly is something I look forward to very much!

Dream Home
I like the cute and beautiful game and I did not buy it in Essen. As it got high praises afterward I hoped it would release in German. Now it did with Pegasus Spiele!

Happy Salmon
KOSMOS will release it! Yeah!

Captain Sonar
My top 6+ player game. I just love how it plays and if you need another person on a ship, gimme a shout. Glad it gets a German release! But also looking forward to the Update Pack coming 2017 and what it will add to the game!

New Angeles
I played the FF version twice by now and I do like it very much. So glad it gets a German release. Still as it is already around I assume I won't get it but if you love negotiation games, you MUST have a look into it.

Top That!
I saw the Blue Orange title last year and am happy it gets a German release. Fast magician themed puzzle ! Love it.

Onitama
I saw it and the hype it got. Sadly I didn't see it anywhere and now the news came by that a German release is coming. Hell yeah

5-Minute Dungeon
I only knew it as a Kickstarter. And even I was not interested in the game so much, this way I can have a look once it is available. Maybe I catch fire after playing?



New releases coming this year:


Yamataï
Still looks a bit abstract on the first look but the card mechanisms and route building with the ships looks very interesting. Plus it looks so gorgeous, it will be a blast taking photos

Mountains of Madness
Rob Daviau, iELLO, H. P. Lovecraft. Actually enough said, tight? Will be a late release this year but sounds like a lighter co-op game as you draw "curses" the further you go. These are kept hidden and you need play them while the group collects the resources to pass the mountain. Interested, so let's see how it will be and when it is done.

NMBR 9
This sounds like an awesome little game where you have each number form 0-9 twice. In a Tetris style you try to build as high as you can, as you only score if you build above the ground level AND you can only build up if the lower level supports the tile. Sounds like an awesome little puzzle game. Yes, it is a giant (multiplayer-)solitaire as each player builds his own "tower". Really looking forward to it!

The King's Will
I had a chance to see the prototype, but only see it. The game took a bit but the mechanic on the victory conditions is great. Each player gets two victory condition cards and selects one to be in the game and the other is out of the game. So you know one of the kings wills but still do not need to play for it. There are five more and within the game you can view these and also decide which will gets activated for all players by selecting it. This plus a kingdom building element around it to explore lands, build more villages or even castles is something that sounds very interesting. Ah forgot to mention, there is an action selection mechanism that reminds me a bit to Puerto Rico and well I loved that mechanism.

DEJA-VU
I am in general no fan of real time games PLUS I am really bad at memory games but I am totally looking forward to this one. As it is fast you play round after round and was the card this game or in the last round? Sounds totally fun!

Century: Spice Road
If my mind is correct I saw this game last year in Nürnberg. Now with Plan B Games finally emerged I am totally looking forward to this tile and if the phoenix rising will bring us more great games. The presentation is just cool and it sounds like a neat engine builder. Loved what I heard so far. Plus it is 5p, which is a recent count in one of the player groups I have. Hope for the best! Pre-order is mid-April.

Mistkäfer
aka dung beetle. A small little dice game that has quite a bit take that elements in it. Sounded fun and actually has no red and green it. Plus played in 20 minutes? Worth a look for sure!

LYNGK
I like abstracts quite a bit so I need to check out the last one of the GIPF Project line fore sure Still I am curious if I can see all colors involved. Given the fact it is white, black, red, blue, it sounds ok to me. Also very interested as you choose your winning conditions during the game and start as a free for all board.

Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time
Well I stumbled on it due to the name. I liked what Eric Martin noted. A co-op race to grab treasures out of the villa of Professor Evil disarming traps, while the doctor is chasing you and rearming his defenses. Sounds pretty fun and I hope to see it in Cannes






That said I am at the end of my post and hope you enjoyed it a bit and found some similarities as I will tend to report about these kind of games. Yes, there are small games that are cool too, but they might cross my way at some stage as good games always get talked about. Once again thanks for reading and let me know the answer to this question:


What are the games you look toward to in 2017 (or even have played) ???


May the games be with you!
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Tags: Revenge of the Dictators, OctoDice, Century: Spice Road, Mistkäfer, Brasil, LYNGK, The King's Will, Gentes, NMBR 9

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Take The Shot - February 2017 - Guilds Of London - Or I want to be a master of the guildmasters!

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Hello friend of board gaming! Welcome again! Yes, it is February already, but I moved it to Saturday, even some may already have seen the shots uploaded start of the month. So thanks for stopping by, here is the shot




Some masters have already been found. Well others still fight for the reign!





Guilds of London In A Nutshell


Welcome to the London and the brawl about predominance of the guilds that rule some aspects of the city if not the city itself. You as leader of your group will see how you will guide your liverymen to influence and manipulate these guilds, in the end, have the upper hand. Because in the end the chief representative will be Lord Major of London, will it be you?


Gameplay / What Can I Do?


In Guilds of London you use multifunction cards to have your liverymen moved around in London or of to the the distant plantation. Each round you are facing a hand of cards that can be used in different ways and somehow is a puzzle in itself. What is cool is that each card can be used as three standards: Move a liveryman of yours, hire a new liveryman or use it as a coin to pay for more powerful cards and their effects plus use it for the effect they allow. Totally cool!

At the end of dedicated rounds of area aka guild control, these guilds will check who will be elected as guild master and rewards for the new master and runner up are distributed. But beware each person has a special mayoral task or even more, as some tasks as these are given to new guild masters. If they succeed, these will give influence (victory) points too and suddenly the best viewed leader might be overtaken. In the end the person with the most points wins and is the new Lord Major of London!


My Experience / Thoughts

I know this game since quite some while now and it felt the community already played it years before its release as it was tested so well and also again postponed until it final hit retail, even in Germany thanks to Frosted Games. A reason why I know the game too, when it was in a state like this:



Learning the functions



Victory Cards



Ahhhh... London!



The puzzle for the round



The game is yet a bit more fine tuned and it is absolutely gorgeous! This is so colorful and bright it seems you need sunglasses cool The game is as cool as I thought it was and yet I am totally happy that I can play it again, even regularly. After my first game I just again realized how I liked the game and how good the mechanics are. Yes, it is a bit mean in some cases as you can manipulate your opponents or have bad luck on the draw, still the card usage is what fascinates me and the options that result out of it. Super brilliant!


Quick & Dirty


- The Good

E Multiple use of cards
I think this is one of the mechanics that I like the most in all of board gaming. Guilds Of London uses it, and I must say it is really cool. Plus using not all cards keeps them for the next making hand management a key here too. Then still you always feel you are missing one fricking card, doesn't matter how much you have. But somehow there is always a way for you what you wanted to do, may cost you a card more but there is a card combo for your needs. Brilliant!

E Random Setup
Not only the cards are different every time you play, the city of London is random every time you play. Even all bonuses are shuffled so one game will never be like another.

E Player interaction
I know some do not like it, but for me that is needed. In Guilds of London it is a bit more present due to the neutral meeples that allow "buy" of the influence of your opponents. I feel it fits a political influencing theme. Money makes the world go around. Than again direct influence card don't feel that bad and are even to a neutral meeple. Plus having the shot on a 2nd place goody is nice too, sometimes even better or the one you wanted.

E Awesome material
All is really good produced. The meeples are cool wooden bits. The tiles are sturdy as hell and will resist lots of plays to form a fundament for London, as will the cards. They shuffle well and feel robust.

E Language Independent
The came is all using icons. Yes, you need to learn those but once you get them it's fast and easy. Plus there is a player aid available for each player having to look something up.

E Easy to setup
You actually start in a smaller town of London if not playing two players and the town expands mid game which is part of the random setup, but also a pretty neat feeling as the town gets more and more businesses it expands more. I already said it, Neat!


soblue - The Bad

E AP here I come!
Due to the multiple usage, there is a permutation of possibilities available. So person that want the best out there cards might take longer, especially if they are the last player before scoring. Again go with the options seeing first usually is good. Play faster and play more

E Player Aid / Getting into the game takes a bit
Getting used to all the options you see at the game takes a moment. Most stuff I looked up on the Player Aid was not available and I need to find a similar card to explain me the icon. ALso numbers on the aid would have helped here.

E Lady luck fails you sometimes - happened one time only to me
There are situations when you can only use some of the cards and feel you would love to redrawn instead. Meaning if you only have harbor cards and there are no harbor guilds left and you have no type changer of any kind. It felt weirs not being able to do something with all the options the cards provide. It was a one time thing so far, but effected my mood a bit.


goo - The Ugly

E Green Meeples
With my color issue, I do have a problem once the green meeples scored a guild. I tend to overlook them A drawback of the colorful back, even that looks stunning at the end of the game. So I leave my calculations to someone else



More Photo Impressions





This was a tight finish!






Setting up the game!



End of a solo round. Isn't it gorgeous?



And now to something completely different....



Liveryman rock!




That's it for today. Now of with you play some games! laugh


May the games be with you!

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Edit: 5.2.17 - Changed some photo links from private to public.

Tags - Take The Shot: Tony Boydell, Frosted Games, Surprised Stare Games Ltd, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2Tomatoes, Czacha Games, Klemens Franz, Charlie Paull, Pedro Soto





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One last look backwards: Week 17.04 - Ok, ok, I talk about my 2016 games too!

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I skip private stuff as this is pretty boring and has only to do with lots of work that is not board game related. Told ya! Last week I went over my best 9 moments related to board gaming and as I played lots of games last year and have not talked about some of these I decided to talk about the nine games that made the biggest impression on me. Before we start let me just go back to this weeks "Make An Educated Guess!" Yes, all have found the answer to it and it was really easy, who does not know these dice:


First shot - The orange weather die only



Blog Bonus - Hard work!



Blog Bonus - If you think it can't get worse...



Second shot - The dice in action!



Yes we are talking about Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island and this is one of the most dice that people cursed about I assume. Even Ignacy does call them the most hated dice in the industry. But the game is also one that made a big impact. It is one of the few co op games that people refer to when gaming. Yes, a lot will use Pandemic, but that never grepped me. This one did and I love it as you always struggle to survive. All you do are decisions you do to make it trough the scenario. Even it is based on luck as the events are chosen random and the dice you roll are out of control. Some might say, well you don't need to roll dice if you do not want to, but I say you need to you as you will never complete the scenario and the troubles will overwhelm you. Yes, you choose how you use your actions, but that doesn't remove the fact of the luck involved. Yes, it feels as you made this bad decision that broke your leg as you could have played it securely, that is one of the awesome things about the game. And I need to say I love playing it just to have a great evening. It so fun even if you loose! That being said I am totally looking forward to the sequel: First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet as I see a similarity and am so pumped to see how the app will enhance the game. If it is only a bit similar to the random events as in Mansions of Madness: Second Edition, I am already sold And remember the pre-orders with exclusives is still open! (Direct Link)



Best Nine Impacts 2016




Blood Rage

Yes, I hear you scream: "This is 2015!". Well sure but the German Version was postponed and was released in Q1 2016. And well the story I had with Blood Rage is a special one and it will always have a special place. Still I have played it several times by now and will play it much more. I always have fun playing it. The mechanics are great and it has all i like a lot. It always has new surprises as with the drafting you always get new challenges and strategies you need to pursue. That said it will see a lot of play in 2017 as well. So awesome!


The ravens swooping in!




Tatsu

I fell in love with this game at start of 2016. I had a friend loving Backgammon but also loving to play board games. That sounded like a perfect fit. When I played my first game I just loved it. The slight Asian touch, light dragon theme which gives your stones special abilities, and gorgeous pieces! All I played it with liked or even loved it. Easy to access and has some tactical depth but bear in mind you roll dice. Sometimes you loose due to a bad roll and opposing player domination. Happens but still fun. ALso the small box makes it easily taken everywhere, at least in my bag. A treasure for me in 2016. Hint: Already played it in 2017 too, so keeps hitting the table.


Backgammon on steroids! Love the dragon theme and the game <3




Hanamikoji

I got my copy in Essen last year and I need to say this is just awesome. Another 2 player game but man played so fast and comes with really tough choices. The only luck you use is the luck of the draw of the cards. In Hanamikoji you try to gain the favor of four of the seven geisha / artists. This is done by majority of influence cards on each geisha. On your turn you decide to use one of the four actions available to you but each action is only available once, so you MUST use all action at some point. Love that as it always gives cool deep decisions depending on your hand and cards on the table. Plus you play one or two rounds only until a winner is found, I only had one game of three rounds yet. Cool small little game, love it a lot and wonder why no German release is yet planned for it. True gem!


View down the road!




Coffee Roaster

Staying in the same area in terms of releases. I was on the fence if I should get it as the price tag was a bit to high for something I did not know. Yes, I had no time to test it as I was working too. But I took the "risk" and brought it as it had some great notes. What can I say? It's on the list and I really like it. It's a solo game only but it is a bag builder in which you try to roast the best coffee. I like the game and the theme as you pull the beans out and put higher roasted once in. But there are many others tiles. Water, flavor tiles which you can use to unlock special abilities, but you need them for bonus scoring too. Sometimes a tough call but it is totally fun and drawn me in(to the bag). All in all it just has a great complete setting. I like it a lot and gladly use it if I need to kill some minutes or even hours. Great game!


All you need to make good coffee!




KLASK

This one just has taken me and I need to say the crew in Essen presenting the game played no small part in it. They where just so open and funny. They even brought a game to our welcoming party and all had a great time. The game is just cool and I do not even like agility games as I suck at them. But this reminds me of air hockey and is soooo much fun and if you are no match for your opponent than the game is over pretty quick but you just look for someone your skill or like me clench your teeth and get better by learning from the pro sitting opposite of you. Really really cool and glad it gets a German release in 2017


Just love this shot! Klask in motion.




Captain Sonar

I am no fan of party games but this... THIS IS THE BOMB. I only talk about 6-8 player variant as this is a complete unique experience and I haven't tried less players but actually I do not want to. It is so much much fun and does create a really tense situation as all is real time. You play team vs. team and each are a crew of a submarine. First one taking four damage looses. So awesome and I am gladly play this if there are 6+ people. It sadly sees only two plays normally as the people are so taken by the whole sensation, but I have a trick here. Take a break after a game, just see it as shore leave to forget these tight submarine rooms Brilliant real time game!


Radio Operator is quite a tough job!




51st State: Master Set

This one struck me like the lightning hitting the hill valley courthouse! It just played nice and fast even with more players. Plus the theme just wrapped around my RPG mind. All this together just made it a wonderful experience and something I really adore. A cool fun game to play. Love it and can't wait for the expansions to expand this wasteland where each faction strives for control.


Wasteland View




Mechs vs. Minions

Last but not least game to mention. I love RoboRally and this is just so similar as you are programming mechs. But it adds some kind of story line to it making it awesome fun as it adds some kind of achievement system. Some might even call it Legacy (was this the new fashioned word?), but you only add cards not destroy them. Still I love to play it and we do the video series of it too. Sadly due to private changes with moving etc. time is limited but I still try to get this pushed forward as I just love the whole game. Still a bit worried what happens after the 10 games. But I assume you have the kit already, time for some #followerpower and fan content / missions. Really fun game ad great production. Glad there will also be a German version coming by mid of the year!


Come and get some!




That closes the list and yes, there might some games not in here. Mostly because I just played them once or not at all in 2016 (e.g. Scythe). That being said this closes this weeks post. Thanks for riding along! A small note, I might have troubles coming in next week as the work ahead is not less. Still I might be traveling. Where? Well Spielwarenmesse in Nürnberg is starting next week So I leave you with one last question:


Which game(s) had a you the most impact on you in 2016?


May the games be with you!
Peat

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One last look backwards: Week 17.03 - Catching up but first looking back onto 2016

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Yes, it has been a loooong time. And actually this will be some kind of looking at 2016 and quite personal edition. I will not spend so much on private stuff, but mostly there are physical stuff that is happening and doctors to see. I will know this week how this continues. But no worries so far nothing lethal of course

Yes,you have not heard a lot of me lately here, that is mostly because my enthusiasm took a great hit when I heard a lot of "too long, did not read" notes and messages. That really hit me, really hard. A lot of ideas and work went into my Essen post (Direct Link) and well I only knew one thing that I need to change in the future but it was something that was not received well on me.

So all I did was keeping the monthly stuff up an even that was hitting delays. Why? Well there was December approaching and I got a new contract which added more work too. Yes, everyone needs to get the bucks coming from somewhere, plus I was told to relax and not push me to much. Actually I pushed myself to get all these posts in in time. Everyone does this somehow, but with the earlier note that I should a step back, it sadly was something that dropped of the time radar. Time is limited and all our days only have 24 hours. So all that find the time to present anything to others. You have my greatest respect. Well done!

First I want to note that there is a easy approach here that gives the priorities. Me > Friends > Work > Gaming or Photographing > Blogging. Yes, blogging is last, but mostly because I need to game to blog. The first two are easily noted and with December swooping in, I had lots of friends wanting to go to Christmas Markets and see one another friends just before Christmas. Still don't know why because I see all them in January and mostly because all their family knocks their doors on these days anyways. All worked well and to be honest if someone calls for a drink when I haven't seen them in ages, I won't pass that opportunity. So I wasn't doing nothing related to gaming all these days.

But I was dedicating more time with Alex and well creating Let's Plays on YouTube to host them on Hunter & Cron. Yes, they are German as these are created for the German market, but it was fun. Especially getting the chance to play Mech vs. Minions and I still like to chase this with us hitting Mission 6 now. I have yet to make a geeklist on the vids, but all of them could be found on my YouTube profile (Direct Link) or directly on the channel of Hunter & Cron. The draw back is I need to travel a bit, actually around two hours for each vid. So if anyone has a great idea on how I spend this time properly on public transport, I am widely open. I am still looking for a good possibility to write more here, but still not found something that fits me well.

I also started something new. The people following me on Instagram have already seen it and I hope to do more of this this year to have it in as a constant that you enjoy too. I started a new series: "Make An Educated Guess". I will post a component each Monday in black and white for you to guess the game. Actually I assume someone will always know it somehow. But that's part of the fun I assume. Then at a later day I will post a better view of the game with the component still being the main focus. Than the solution will be given on the next weeks component shot. That's why I don't want to reveal or answer comments right away, as this might spoil the fun of others. I am still thinking on featuring the games on the weekly blog once I get back on track. What do you think about this format?

Here is how this looks like:



Week 1.1 - The first hint...




Week 1.2 - ...and a bit more.


Roll for the Galaxy: Ambition
So I started with something easy in this series as most people do know the dice of Roll for the Galaxy. And just gotten the expansion I thought I just use it. I hear a lot of people complain about the price of the expansion. But honestly, have you looked inside of it? There are 40 (!) dice inside and 9 layers of thick cardboard. So I can not complain in any way here. Plus I love the objectives. This gives the whole game a twist I like and puts it up a little higher than it was before as, to be honest, I did not select it to be played but never declined and currently I like this add-on, so I can chuck in some rolls in when time is right.




Week 2.1 - Starts similar...




Week 2.2 - ...but the 2nd shows a bit more.


The Curse of the Black Dice
2nd game in my series. These dice are just awesome and need to be shown more. The game is neat to, and it is a fast dice game where all players are a crew of pirates trying to gain treasures beyond believe. Still the curse will try to put a spoke into your wheels or holes into your sails if this fits you better. So you all try to survive, still the richest pirate will win in the end. So will you work for the greater good or being just to greedy?

Plus Board&Dice will soon be running a new Kickstarter for the SUPERHOT Card Game and I am exited for that. Hope to tell you more in a week. Kickstarter will start last day of Jan.




Week 3.1 - 45th Anniversary...




Week 3.2 - ...of the Godfather Movie.


Der Pate
My first Godfather game and I needed to use this die especially as we do have the 45th anniversary of the movie. The game does host a lot of randomness and also is noted to be a bit unfair but then on the other hand, it's the mob, right? I like it and still like it and have a friend that would call for it if he visits me. He just loves my voice intros each round Graphically I like it still as I love the little car. I might have changed some stuff given the dice placement but it there is a bit of luck mitigation at some stage. Still love it but as you know (or see below) I do look forward to the new game from Cool Mini Or Not / Eric Lang.



Best 9 Of 2016



That's pretty much the stuff that captures all major things lately and before I start with new stuff lets have a look what happened in 2016. Most board gamers do the best games 2016 lists etc. But I want to focus on something different as there have been a lot of events influencing me and stuff I archived which are related to board gaming. So here are my best nine in no rating attached:



1. Board Gaming Wall Calender 2017 - Frosted Games

I had the pleasure of doing 14 great shots for this project as the original photographer attention was taken by the small kids. So I jumped in and it was an experience for sure. Also it made me a bit proud to have created something others do enjoy. Even if we did not sell out (*hint* *hint*) there have been a lot of homes and offices that now have ME on the wall! So cool and here is the overview page that you might get a feeling on the photos if you do not own one:



The Overview Page




2. Starting Let's Plays with Alex @ Hunter & Cron

As noted above this is something I do enjoy a lot. It is always fun with Alex and totally great as I visit him quite often, it feels like being a relative of the family. Let's see where this will go and I will continue this even it seems we will have a bit less time. Alex just acquired some land and well this needs to be prepared properly. Still we will slip in all the stuff that is requested plus maybe we are adding some more reviews too. YouTube Profile.



The start of our Mech vs. Minions Campaign




3. Berlin Board Gaming Convention breaks 1000+ visitors

One of the projects I stored in my heart. Why? I always wanted Berlin to have a proper convention and even I myself am to small to archive this by myself, I am happy I stumbled upon Hunter & Cron with the same idea. We started in 2015 with 250 visitors. Last year we had 1250 and we are already prepping for 2017. It will be so great. Lots of people enjoying board games Some impressions:


The first banner you saw. Welcome



A view into hall one.



Love this shot of Rumms!!!



Berlin based What's Your Game? was here too!



As well as international visitors - Mayfair Games showing Costa Rica



plus lots of more prototypes. Here The Arrival



And even more international board game celebrities meeple




The trailer






4. Hosting the Pandemic: Survival Tournament in Berlin

This was one of the best experiences I had with playing the evil mastermind to destroy all theses player worlds. In Survival mode you have X teams playing the game. CHaracters and decks are predefined. But there is only one infection deck controlled by the main referee. That way all people have to fight of the same infections. The team curing all diseases first wins. It was tons of fun, especially as I have noted within the game that there was a list what will be drawn from the deck. But it was so much fun presenting a Pandemic paired with an evil laughter. Muhaha! If the opportunity arises again, I will gladly sign up!


Welcome! Say hello to the doctor.



All prepped!



Looking bad...



All fighting for survival!






5. Being able to go to the Spiel des Jahres Event

First time last year I was able to attend the Spiel Des Jahres event and had the pleasure to write about the event and mostly have a chat to all the designers I seldom see especially (again) if they came from overseas. Phil Walker-Harding for example came from Australia. Wow! Really cool and a really cool chat with him The whole report can be found here: Follow Me



The winners




6. Meeting Eric Lang (again in 2017)

Since he introduced me Blood Rage on the Asmodee Press Event I was taken by the charisma of this person. Plus he is still a normal person and likes to play games, talk, eat well, etc. Such a great ambassador of our hobby. This Essen I was a bit sad as his next game The Godfather: Corleone's Empire was pushed into 2017 and not being available. Well it's the 45th anniversary of the Godfather in 2017, coincidence? I skipped the Asmodee Press Event this year as I needed to work, but when I heard Eric was there presenting the game, I changed my shift and was off. I was just in time and this was the best moment of the day Glad to have seen you again Eric. Always a pleasure and thanks for the explanation. You can find my report of this here: Follow Me


Eric teaching me his new game The Godfather




7. Meeting the BGG Bloggers I do chase each week and which I talk often for insights!

Well. What should I say? This is what fairs are about. Meeting all the great person you only speak via the internet mostly because they live overseas or not in Germany. It was a pleasure even we have not know to long that I found time to meet some of the persons!

Person and their blogs:
Anthony Boydell (tonyboydell): Every Man Needs A Shed
Marlon Kruis (el_crosso): A Board Game Life
Milena Guberinic (milenaguberinic): Mina's Fresh Cardboard
Paulo Renato (Muse23PT): Gaming Days
Steph (punkin312): All the Meeples of the Rainbow.
Ben Maddox (benisace): Perfect Information + Misadventure Within Thick Paper and Plastic.
Edward Uhler (eapeas): Heavy Cardboard



My first meeting with Paulo (Muse23PT) plus having the bonus to meet Vital Lacerda in person.






Edward interviewing Nuno



Ben as we know and love him!



Tony heart



Plus more people I met




Viktor, Alex and Klemens




Matthieu (I will miss him)



Never serious




8. The best loot ever! Heavy Cardboard Zipper plus more

Not only did I meet Edward in Essen, I was also not only able to get a shirt but I got this beauty and it fits like a charm. Happy to have one as this would be so hard to get for me otherwise. heart





9. All the support given and seeing how games evolve!

This is about the persons and the love they spread. They are all approachable and do not turn you down if they can spare a minute. I even got a thank you note from Board&Dice. Thanks guys! Plus I had the chance to work on so many things. It where prototypes from Railroad Revolution, Phalanxx, Great Western Trail, Cottage Garden that are now big hits. And I was able to play and test them, even I assume if the chance arises that all board gamers interested in doing so could do this. For me I was able to give my inputs to on the prototypes I played and might have improved it a bit. Every time I see something that was in my feedback, I smile and I am happy. And it is all the small things where you can contribute. It can be explaining games, running tournaments or just give feedback on things that could be done better from your point of view. One thing is sure. Be nice and all will be nice to you. So my thanks to all of you that made my time awesome!


Railroad Revolution



Something I am looking so much forward



Unpublished Prototype - Warehouse Robot (My name for it)
Was one of the games on a regular designer meeting



Dice Forge!




Actually there where so many things I love to look back at but you know the best? There is even more if you look ahead!

Plus I started with Instagram and already got 250+ followers as well as hitting 300+ users on twitter is something I did not expect when I do look back. So thanks everyone for all the kind words, discussions, views and help & support. Your the best!

That being said I leave you to the rest of your Sunday and say thanks for stopping by and read all this whirl of thoughts. All comments are welcome and will, as always, be answered!

Thank you all for coming back in 2017 and see you soon

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Take The Shot - January 2017 - 51st Master Set - Be king of the wasteland or die trying!

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Hello friend of board gaming! Welcome! Yes, it is 2017 and I started my year actually yesterday. Yes, I was in a kind of hibernation at least for writing more stuff. Sorry, but working on it as I have so many things on my mind. Still being back at work I noted I need another background too. So here it is!










A view on the beautiful landscape of 51st State!





51st State: Master Set In A Nutshell


Welcome to the post apocalypse! You as leader of your faction have seen your opportunity. There is nothing owned and everything is here for the taking. With your smarts and resources you will be able to establish control over important locations, craft cunning deals or just exploiting your opponents or neutral resourceful areas. But will you be fast enough to establish so much influence to be named the ruler of the 51st State?


Gameplay / What Can I Do?


You and your people start in a little area. At the start of the round everyone is scouting for resources or other POIs you can make use of. This is done by drafting twice. Afterwards you gain resources from your state. Once all is gathered each player takes one action after another, gaining more resources, paying these to (your) people to occupy new regions, establish contacts, raiding neutral or opposing locations or smiting a deal to gain more income at the start of your round. Once your day is done and you can't do anything anymore, you pass and once all people pass a new round starts. You start again with your new network to gain even more control over the post apocalyptic lands! That sounds infinite? Kind of but once a player has established the majority in the wastelands (by hitting 25 points) that round will still be finished. The game ends and all is totaled where each location you still own is worth another point. So if you rush to 25 and not have enough territory control there might be a different king of the 51st State.


My Experience / Thoughts


I started with Imperial Settlers and sadly this did not hook me. I played four player games and with more experienced players. I never had the smallest chance. Still the game took ages and even I wanted to like it, it never turned out we have become friends. Bt I heard the predecessor should be similar and well the theme just hooked me much more. Plus reading notes from Ignacy on his blog about it and how Merry liked it made my decision clear I need to test this. Then a new set was announced, the Master Set. Ok, I can wait a bit longer for sure... I eagerly followed the path it took and once it finally arrived we did a play of it. I was immediately hocked as the theme was there but no set story, you could always tell the story yourself. Totally awesome.



Quick & Dirty


- The Good

E Multi use cards
I loooove cards you can use multiple ways. In 51st State you can either build the card to give you a permanent effect as you control it now, pillage it to gain resources and discarding it or strike a deal with the location giving you some resources at the start of your turn. Very cool.

E Artwork
Every type card has its own artwork and each is beautiful. There are lots of Easter eggs too and I need to say it just let's your mind spin around to create an awesome story (if your into this).

E Telling a story
Speaking of story, I need to say you just ca feel it sometimes when you drop down a contact to use him. And the next round, suddenly he is gone... Well seemed he was to powerful. These are the small things that make it even better.

E Getting attacked is not bad / destructive
Another thing that is cool is that if you got hit, you do get something. A resource or card etc. PLUS you are able to upgrade the ruin that has been left behind with a card allowing you to even play a more powerful card. Very cool!

E Asymmetrical Factions
There are 4 (6 with the pre-order) factions you can choose from. Each plays a bit different as they have different starting resources and exchange rates. That way you choose different cards to play and might need to focus somewhere else. All play very interesting and can win.

E Replayability / Included Expansions
Due to the randomness of the draw and the choice of factions it all will fold out differently every time you play. In addition the Master Set comes with the Winter and New Era expansion that shifts the focus of the game in how you can gain victory points. Pretty neat.

E Engine Building - Warning Snowball!
It all starts small. So the early turns just rush by. You do try to find that card that will give you an engine and gets you going. But then will your opponents let you keep it? Sometimes you need to adjust and if you are not fast enough someone else might take the lead. SO watch out for combos!

E Plays all player counts good
Due to that snowballing effect and a set number of points to finish the game it does play good on all player counts. Especially if you get used to the game you will just have these turns fly by and the race is on to get to that magic number of 25 and maybe even over before your engine started.

E Awesome Resource Tokens
I was one of the few that was a bit annoyed with the pre-order having better tokens. Mostly because when I was able to get it, the per-order was closed even the date wasn't reached (but the amount). But now as I own the retail version I need to say, these are still awesome. The only thing you miss is the mask on the meeples. But have you seen the tokens? each is resource is different in shape and color. Really well done. Love em!


soblue - The Bad

E Solo Mode not challenging
I hoped for a challenging solo mode. Actually it is not. I totally like the mechanic on how the AI chooses which location to raid and I have found some weird surprises too. Card draw can be a beast sometimes Apart from this you nearly can't loose. A friend of mine even found a loop which I tripped on by accident as well. I saw how to exploit it but didn't as it would spoil the experience. Maybe there are some FAQs by now which I don't know etc. Then again, I hate playing for points and this gives me an opportunity to play it like a driven story where some bad stuff happens. It's like an adventure book. Like that part of it but as with all games it's more fun with other gamers

E Cities Expansion feels overpowered
I got this small expansion too and this actually often broke a great advantage to the player able to raze Jersey Crust first as it gives a bunch of cards. Some are better at razing than others and we felt it unbalanced the game. We just don't add it anymore. Did We miss something?


goo - The Ugly

E Contact Token Color
These are really hard to distinguish, especially in bad lighting. I actually can't see the difference between grey, red, multi-color. BUT you can sort them properly and then you can get the correct one at least. All people will find a way but adding a symbol (like the resource) would have been great.



More Photo Impressions





He can't be evil right? He has a rubber ducky!



Small Expansion - Cities - This gets out of hand!



Going deep into mining!



25 is the magic number in 51st State Masterset laugh



Is it legal now as it is owned by the police?



They will offer you a deal you can't refuse...



Another view on the landscape!






And something that always comes to my mind when I hear 51st State





As always it was fun taking these shots and playing the game. Looking forward to play this cool game even more and get even more stories about the Mutants, New York Faction or Merchant Guild. PLUS an expansion has been noted too! Also some friends noted that I should look into Imperial Settlers again for the solo mode and with fewer players. I will for sure, maybe we can be friends in the end.


As we started into 2017 there are more games to choose. March is a bit set already but February is next. Do you have a game you want to see next? (and which I might get my hands on)


Again we came to an end. Thanks for reading! Play lots of games with your family & friends! If you have questions or want to interact with me leave a comment below. I am happy to answer


May the games be with you!

Peat








Tags - Take The Shot: 51st State: Master Set, Ignacy Trzewiczek, Grzegorz Bobrowski, Portal Games







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Take The Shot - December 2016 - Edenia or Space Sheep Are Go!!!

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Hello friend of board gaming! Welcome to the December Issue of Take The Shot!








Yes, it has been ages since you heard anything of me. I am sorry for that to be honest. Even I'm preaching communication is the key. Shame on me! But I will not go into detail here as this is something I will do on the next blog entry I am planning and the ones asking already know about it. It currently personal matters, doctors, stuff like this. But I am well and I have internet again Yes, even my monthly pictures have been a bit late to use as a calender in December I still wanted to share them as nearly no one knows this cute little game called Edenia. As you know know the games now, shall we move on to the pictures?




Made it to the green grass of Edenia!




All the grass belongs to me!





Edenia In A Nutshell

The sheep are starving as they have eaten up all the grass on their home planet Arridis. But legends tell about a paradise called Edenia with green field as long as the eye can see. Seeing their destruction talented space sheep pilots (!) are send into space to find that planet. The pilot that travels to space the best wins the game in the end.



Gameplay / What Can I Do?

Each turn you decide what your space sheep pilots will do. You can think of yourself as a squad leader or commander! You have one action only and you can move any of your pilots. Either on a lane they are on or if on a planet choose a new lane to explore. The pilot follows it until he hits unexplored space or a planet. Depending on the size of the later you can acquire an artifact worth points and a special ability, gain a clover or build/replace a flag which is worth points too (A sample step for a sheep!). If you hit unexplored space AND you have not placed a tile, you draw a new one and move further on your space lane. If you have already placed a tile your turn ends. Instead of moving you can rest your fleet (pass) and gain a clover that allows you jumping over other sheep's on a lane (sheeps block lanes they occupy) or use it to dig up an artifact on a smaller planet. If you should be able to reach the famous Edenia, you get a great explorer token worth points in the end too. The next player takes his turn until one of three win conditions is completed. 1. First commander getting all his pilots to Edenia wins regardless of tokens left or points acquired. 2. If #1 is not met and explorer tokens on Edenia are depleted, game ends and most points wins. 3. If a player has 42 points at any stage of the game, he wins.



My Experience / Thoughts

The first thing you will see is the beauty of this game. The tiles are colorful, eye-catching as are the cute sheep miniatures. It is easy to play making it accessable to all kind of people including kids. Especially the whole presentation has the word cute and child friendly on it. Decisions aren't tough and mostly are choosing if you block someone or calculate the fast route by using bumpers and teleporters. Once you play with artifacts you spice things up just a small notch, still you won't need any academical degree.

All in all I like the easiness of the game as well as the presentation of it. Yes, it lacks the deep decisions iLike in games but Edenia is not aiming at that. It a quick, funny and drop dead gorgeous small game that I see as a gateway to many small or new gamer to get into the hobby.




More Photo Impressions





The dying planet of Arridis.



The rumored planet of Edenia (with giant mushrooms!).



A small step for a sheep!



The cute (artifical) guard dog.



Mission Accomplished!



Space.....!



Uhoh a black hole. Where does it lead? well ask the die!



On your way you find a lot of small planets too!



The fearless pilots!



A view of one whole galaxy. Is't it beautiful?





As always it was fun taking these shots and playing the game and looking forward to play this cute game even more.

Also we are approaching 2017! The question stays the same. Do you have a game you want to see next?

Otherwise have a great Christmas and if you want to leave a note or have questions on the game leave a comment below too.


May the games be with you! Merry Christmas!

Peat


Tags - Take The Shot: Edenia, BLAM !, Blackrock Games, Matthieu Lanvin, Camille Chaussy





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Take The Shot - November 2016 - The Daedalus Sentence

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Hello friend of board gaming! Welcome to the November Issue of Take The Shot!








First I just wanted to give some status updates as it has been very quiet from me the last days. I noted I have negotiations being done and I can say I have a new job contract! Plus I lost my internet connection and I needed to order a new one. Hopefully this will be available soon in which case I can start working from my home again. That being said this is just taken and uploaded step by step via public internet. There will always be a way! In the meantime I will post small updates via Instagram or Twitter and hopefully do a post soon as I want to talk about one or two games for sure! But on to the monthly pictures:




Beware of the Loctae!




Warning it is DEFCON 1 in the Hive!





About The Game - Looking Closer




In A Nutshell
The year is 2083. The earth has been taken over by the Loctae. The humans are working as slaves and the best of breed are taken for further inspection into a space station for more genetically testing. In this co-op game you are this group of prisoners and you have one goal. Escape that station called The Hive, where none has escaped yet. Of course! Which prison would note it had person that could escape? But will you make it and prove them it's possible?


Gameplay / My Experience
The game starts easy and has no real threats on board. That way you can start easy spending your action points to explore and scout your surroundings. Once everyone is done The Hive takes its actions by spawning new minions, will change the board by rotating. Yep, ROTATING! and moving the minions around. The good part is that your group managed to get their hands on a computer called Theseus which notes the next four changes up front. So not to much much surprise. So you take your turns gaining new infos (cards), modifying the sequences, breaking doors, climbing trough vents, fighting off aliens and hopefully finding a way to the escape pods. Sounds to easy? Well yes and once you gain access to a new area, the alarm level raises and the speed of the rotations (still a fan for that!) and movements. If it is still to easy you can add new challenges know as difficult enhancers can be added. Quite cool and a fun game.

I started with a four player game and this brings a lot of special abilities due to the characters into the game. But you have a small hand size plus less action points as on lower player counts. That way you need to cooperate more if you want to break more difficult codes and also a lot of more persons can be captured. All need to escape so if one is captured you need to go back. It happened to us and I can tell you that is not fun moving trough all these infested areas you thought you already left behind. Gladly no one was captured twice so we haven't lost the game and all escaped. Our scout being the last person that sneaked past the rest. Was totally fun and looking forward to the next games with more stuff in it!



Quick & Dirty - First Thoughts


- The Good

E Rotating Board!
I love round boards and was totally into the game when I heard it had rotating parts. The part itself is superb and it is one piece. That makes the moving of the parts really easy. All this is brilliant and not only adds some crunching into your head as the interconnections change after each Hive turn. Even the setup takes a bit time it is totally worth it.

E Modular Setup
All is modular. From the board over character special abilities up to the difficulty. This makes replay ability enormous and learning the game easy to as you can scale it up later. Each time you play you can have different characters. The outer rings are different and even the inner ones will have a different order. Yes, the setup takes longer but it is not so much more and is worth everything as soon as you rotate your first ring. Trust me

E Scalable Difficulty
The game can be modified as you like it. This ranges from a simple coffee evening dice chucking play up to a crunching and randomized challenge. Also you can add modules as you like em. If you do not like time pressure, don't add it. I would add some randomness on spawns next time as well as that not all movement is seen. But as said, all your choice. Pretty cool.

E Theme
I totally love the idea of escaping a prison as a co-op game plus the changing Sci-Fi hive is something that draws me into these prison planets of fortresses that you know out of these horror movies. Like it a lot!

E Easy Start
Actually the game plays easier than I expected from the rules. Once you get into the flow everything plays easy and straight forward. SO don't get scared of that rule book

E Low Downtime
As all players play nearly at the same time it does not have so much down time for a single player. As it is a nature of a co-op the talking is a group discussion anyway. In our games the time flew by.

E Mechanism - Codebreaking
Yes, it might be simple but I like it. As an action you can request a code just drawing cards from the deck. Now you see the code you need to match on your breaking action. You can either choose using numbers OR colors to match. White are wild and enemies need any enemy card. On gates that have more cards thand players have in their hand, players need to work together like in a real heist movie. Pretty need and as I say like it a lot. You might even lock down some enemy cards, just by requesting a code to an area you already have access to.


- The Bad

E Box
Ok, we know Eagle-Gryphon Games has huge boxes but this does not fit anywhere in my shelfs which is sad. Plus the box itself is not really good for storage apart from the minis, dice and board. All overview and character sheets do not fit anywhere. They are even a bit to big to have them properly stored side by side. I totally was into the The Gallerist box and seemed my expectations here where to high.

E Material - Dice & Minis
Ok, the standards have been raised high in the latest years. CMON surely has set the new bar for top quality and these minis do not come close to them in that aspect. The miniatures are good and add to the flavor of the game a lot as it makes it even more of a viewing experience, but mine had bend bases making them wiggle on the board or have been bend near the base giving them a weird body posture. Plus the dice where sadly misprinted, making them look cheap. But I do like the aliens, they look scary. Why did it have to be snakes?

E Character and overview boards
These boards are huge, especially the room overview one. And there is one for each player. Actually I don't know why, even it has the turn structure on its back. Still two would have been enough or smaller ones especially for storage.

E High price point
Given all the negative points it does seem to be a high price point and I agree here. It is not what I expected it to be in terms of industry standards, but the game itself is something I really like and something I would have always wanted to play.


goo - The Ugly

E Ring Color
The rings feature blue - red, yellow, green and once you play a bit you remember the positions. Still red and yellow dot's are hard to see. Especially when a whole ring is revealed its not visible for me even all others said there is a color touch in the inside of the rings.

E Card Color
Similar problem here with red or green BUT the cards do have a symbolic note on them. So no worries here




More Photo Impressions





Psssst... At the start all is quiet.



Character board view - Clay - The person for the hard tasks!



The Theseus Board.



The goal (escape pods) are in sight!



Codebreaking...



Escape Pod is ready!





It was fun taking these shots and playing the game. The question stays the same:

December is approaching! What kind of game would you like to see next?

Leave a comment below! Otherwise have a great weekend and if you want to leave a note or have questions on the game leave a comment below too.


May the games be with you!

Peat


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One last look backwards: Week 16.41 - A whole week related to board-gaming... YES, IT IS (or sadly was) ESSEN TIME! - Lots of Photo Impressions :)

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Hello friend of board gaming it is Spiel 16 time!



WARNING!!!! Last year I split the Essen posts and this year it is an all in one. So get your drings and snacks now! Why? Mostly because I changed my time at Spiel. I haven't been accredited this year, which is not that bad, but changed my routine of the fair a bit. I already planned to work for Hunter & Cron and so I dived in fully here and had the opportunity to see even other things I would not have seen. So it might be not as many games infos as I would have liked to present, but there are still some jewels buried here, promised.

Yes, the week was packed and it started right on Monday. We put everything together and it felt like moving. Lots of boxes and camera equipment. Around 2pm we started and drove down to our flat. The trip felt to long as we took ages for the run due to slow or even stand still passages. In the end we just fell into bed, happily to take a rest and build the whole booth on Tuesday. Well we succeeded in that We had our challenges as all people had and learned one or two things to be done better next year. How it everything worked out, you already saw in last weeks post with the time lapse of the booth

We had a lost of guests and great people coming by. The live stream videos will be uploaded one by one the coming days and some are already uploaded. As they are for the German audience, they are mostly in German (Sorry! - Here is the direct link: Follow Me). But BGG did a great job as well and will upload their videos shortly too I assume.



Car one is full!



Car two too



The games at the gas station :/



What did I miss? A trend? Beer with BBQ sauce? Weird we Germans...



Another small goodie on booth prep
Thanks to Nick-Nack that was part of our team





This Weeks Spotlight




Bad things happen...



Actually that was the worst thing of the week. LudiCreations got robbed on Saturday and lost a full cash box of that day which was noted to be around 3500€. For a small publisher this is huge as they normally calculate on the limit to survive. Out of the shock LudiCreations & Dávid Turczi created a small game overnight that has exactly this theme in it. stealing a cash box from a shop. And that is how Steal This Game came to live and they run a Kickstarter campaign for it, to cover the loss of the money. The community helped on the spot and Paul Grogan, Richard Ham, Hunter & Cron (to name a few) jumped in and helped them to have content done on the spot that supports them. And you can support them too as the Kickstarter still runs until 30. October 2016. Your choice if you just want to support, or if you want any other level that gives you Steal This Game plus more. Here are some links that will help you navigate around or get more info on it:

Kickstarter: Click here to go directly to Kickstarter and support this game.


Rahdos Runthrough (English):




Hunter & Cron Let's Play (German):






My Personal Highlights



Thanks for supporting LudiCreations! Where there is bad stuff, there is also good stuff, at least for me. If you follow my blog (Thanks for that!) you might have known that I did a Wall Calender for 2017 together with Frosted Games. Actually I thought of just giving it to friends and maybe just sell one or two. Actually we sold quite some of them and only a small quantity is left! That is soooo cool! Thanks everyone that brought one! As noted we still have some left, so if you are interested in acquiring a calender, just drop me a Mail, Geekmail, Message on Social Media, we figure something out. Price is as on the fair at my booth 10€, but I need to add shipping now Below is the picture of October 2017:



Mysterium - October 2017



Next highlight was that I was spotted and had my weekly fame on the "The Geek Weekly - Around The Geek - #137" done by Brad Cummings. So thanks for spotting me Brad and if you are here due to him, thanks a mil for staying so far Speaking about pictures I wanted to note this pic too, as its related to the following stories:



My most liked picture currently meeple




I noted last week that I was contacted by Daniel Wüllner who is writing for the blog of the German Newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung". He asked if he can use one of my pictures for one of his articles? Well I gladly accepted as the article was about Spiel. It went online when Spiel started! It's in German and if you can read it you might want to check it out! Link: Süddeutsche Zeitung - Blog - Essen Report - Fun Fact: Check the time needed for the games as you scroll trough


Last but not least all the new users here might also be coming due to the picture used by Shut Up & Sit Down: The Podcast! News: https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/games-news-101016/ Even it was uncredited they left a note on twitter. That was quite a cool compliment. Thanks guys!

And all that happened when I was in Essen! I had nearly no time for social media, but it was cool being in the news. Apparently that was at least half the 15 minutes of fame you have in your life One more highlight is that I met one of my currently favorite designers: Eric M. Lang. Details later as I do not want to spoil the daily reports Enough about me, lets do a quick note on the list I posted last week, should we?




Recap on the anticipated game list!




Actually I am pretty happy as I was able to acquire most of the things I had on the list or friends got it. Sadly I was not able to get: Days of Ire: Budapest 1956 (Sold Out), Power Grid: The Card Game, Railroad Revolution (Sold Out - But never get these games in Essen as What's Your Game? is located in Berlin), Terraforming Mars (Sold Out). Even I was there early I simply hadn't had the time to visit these guys in time. If you could only split Especially on Terraforming Mars I would have loved to get the English version, maybe next year. The good side? There are so many other new games to play! But if you should have a spare copy of Alchemidus please contact me, I do like these puzzle games laugh




What has been played in Essen?




Normally Essen is about playing. As I worked this time, it somehow changed to buying stuff I think I like and just play one or two things. So what did I play? Well look for yourself






Actually we did not expect to play anything on Tuesday. But we had the guys of KLASK come by to our booth party and they brought a game to have some one on ones!

In A Nutshell
Every person controls his pawn by a magnet below the playing field. The goal is to score six points. You score either if the ball hits the opposing goal OR the opposing pawn falls into his own goal or is stuck with two of the three obstacles as they are magnetic too.

Gameplay / My Experience
I jumped into when none really wanted to play. Someone needs to do the start, right? I found out the person asked was the world champion, but hey you only learn from the best! The game is fun and has some tactical approaches on how you hit the ball. Do you go via the cushions? Hit the obstacle towards your opponent. Lots of things you can do, but one thing is for sure, this is not turn-based, you need to act fast! And one more thing... I suck at this game, still I love it <3

Quick & Dirty - First Thoughts
+ Quick and (very) fast - This game needs all your reflexes. Make sure your ready for it.
+ Trains your hand / eye coordination - Training makes perfect and a subconscious reflex might safe your day.
+ Like a small air hockey or table tennis / soccer - I love these games and now I can have my own. Similar plus the obstacles.
+ All made from wood and fair materials - Sorry, but I love wood as a material.
- One size and can't be disassembled - You need to find a spot for it.
- Make sure you can even the table you play on. Otherwise the ball might just drop into one direction when nothing is done.
goo No color issues.



The champion on the right is open for challenges.



Brilliant advertisement.



It finds players nearly everywhere



The wheel of shame!









We are pretty tired at the end of each day but somehow as a gamer you just can't resist playing. Especially with so many new games around you. Well you do not choose a medium or heavy game but why not run a quick party game? So we choose to Raise Your Goblets and salute on the successful day we had

In A Nutshell
Raise Your Goblets is a party game in which you try to survive and on the other hand try to poison your target. On a game up to 6 everyone has a goblet. These are prepared at random with som wine, poison and antidote to start the tension already. On a turn a player has two action points to spend. As a one point action a player now has a chance to look into the cup in front of you to check it contens. Add (in secret) more to any wine from his supply of 3 wine, 2 poison and 2 antidote. Or you can switch two goblets or turn all goblets counter- or clockwise. Finally if a player has no wine left he can Toast! which needs two action points. Now every player has one last action, the player toasted does the last one. Afterwards all drink and check if they live or die. One poison is cancelled by an antidote, so if the sum of antidote is higher you live. You gain a point if your target is dead and another if you live. You play two rounds, most points wins.

Gameplay / My Experience
I heard about it in Nürnberg and was interested which colors they used and spoilers it is pretty tough as they used transparent red / green. But I always wanted to play it as it reminds me of? The Princess Pride! Yes, I love the movie mostly because it was part of my childhood. To start of we added the character cards to spice up the game a bit more. These are pretty need as you might need to have you target survive now, or get a Romeo type so that whatever happens to your target needs to happen to you to (e.g. both need to survive) which grands you an extra point in the end. As we played with five we had a lot of cups on the field. So I thought checking at start is no good idea and so I added some wine, to have the option to Toast! if needed. Then it felt like a random generator as things got added, cups exchanged or spun around. Even each cup has a color attached to it to remember it better, it is still tough to follow at least two (one good for you and one bad for the target). But you get better at some time as all changes are made are not hidden. So we raised our goblets and I got to activate my ability to run a vote to spin the goblets one last time. I needed to as I knew the one in front of me was poisoned. It gone trough and I choose to spin clockwise. Well wrong choice! I got a cup with 4 poison. The second round went better and I noted the marks on the cups? Well we had a person able to remove em... ARG! But I succeeded that time and got my target poisoned and me alive. So much fun! Love to play it again, especially as there is a variant that involves "teams" a royal and a taster. Still that does not mean that the taster does not want to kill his master. Sounds like fun too

Quick & Dirty - First Thoughts
+ Interaction - It has a lot of interaction due to the deduction elements in it - Has he poisoned my cup? It plays with suspicion and chances. Always good for a laugh!
+ It is all about... Memory - You will need to handle a lot of info in this game. The color rings at the bottom do help a bit until someone adds something to your cup
+ You know and like The Princess Bride? You need to play this game, at least once!
+ The additional characters give such a cool touch to the game. Once players need to keep targets alive this makes even more fun.
+ Perfect party game to get the night started! The game is cool in all player counts I know 3-6. The more the merrier!
- The theme with poisoning and drinking might offend some people. I don't mind the theme actually as I myself differ game from reality. It is all in good fun.
- Quite a lot of luck involved. With all people changing everything, sometimes it feels just to random once the three cups you know have added stuff to it. But that is part of the game and you always have one choice.
goo The pebbles can be hard to see. And I always need to empty the goblet in secret to be sure. Not to well color choices from my point of view.



Target acquired. Let's get started!



Two of the character cards.
The left will ask to rotate all at the end. The right will take two stones out of a cup.
One goes to the general supply the other back into the cup



Prost! Cheers! Sláinte! Skol!



I'm alive!









After a long day we where invited to the Spiel Des Jahres Evening (SdJ Website) on Friday and actually after having a really good meal the new Judges to the Kinderspiel Jury have been announced. The ranks have been joined by Christoph Schlewinski and Stefanie Marckwardt. Now they make five total and in addition have some good people to screen even more games. At a later stage all where invited to play some games and socialize. I went trough the ranks and looked around on some games. As I did not want to learn new rules I was as the fence what to play until I stumbled upon the funny guys from Libellud and they asked me if I wanted to play a game of Dice Forge! I known one person that wanted to play this game, which wasn't me, but actually he already was gaming. So I joined, bad luck for him laugh

In A Nutshell
The Quick Pitch: Mystic Vale with Dice. In Dice Forge you start with two dice and a player board to collect you resources. At the start of each turn ALL player roll and collect resources for themselves. If the player board reached its limit , you can't collect them. Afterwards the active player spends his resources. You can make an offering to the gods to get new die sides, removing the old from your dice and attaching the new. Alternately you go on quests and spend resources to accomplish them and score fame points. All of these are worth points! Even the one time actions (Reroll a die X times and gain all its resources, All other player roll and you choose two to gain, etc.) or the special abilities (Board extensions, Resource gain at the start of your turn, etc.). The game ends after a set number of rounds and most points wins. That means you need to find the balance on enhancing your dice/board and scoring points.

Gameplay / My Experience
Once I got Dice Forge explained I just saw it as a deck or better a dice builder. I mostly keep away from these if they only have the standards like getting cards to score points, etc. As you know I heart dice and here we have dice, CUSTOMABLE & MODIFIABLE dice! So cool. The dice felt a bit weird and they bounced a lot due to the construction and I am so exited how the final ones will look like! As with all building games the start is a bit slow as you build up you die faces. So I thought of getting some real good dice first, as I actually had no idea what to focus on. Once I saw some cards in action, I thought... oh nice. I should get one too. But well you can't get them all I was lucky to get on die changed completely and 3 times multiplier on the other. Worked out quite well, but often needed to let some resources go as I had no extension. My dice seemed good and with my card income plus the extension I was able to do double actions from time to time. You need to spend 2 resources as indicated on your player board and do another action, but do not roll again. I went on to adventuring which in the end worked out well and in the end where the famous adventurer with 98 fame points! Killing the hydra worked out it seems! The game is so much fun and looking forward to play it a lot more in the final version! Also to see how it entertains me going forward

Quick & Dirty - First Thoughts
+ Modifying Dice - I love dice and now more them custom dice. Modifiable dice. Love these and look forward to the final ones as these are still prototype.
+ Everyone gathers resources on every turn keeping a bit of the downtime out, as you can still thing about what to do next.
+ Different Overflow Mitigation Strategies - Your board is limited on resources, but in my game you had some options to use even stuff you would otherwise overspend
+ Replayability - Cards can be set as you see fit creating a new central board every time you play
- Feels more luck depended as a deck builder - You could have modified five of six sides of a die, still fortuna might not smile on you. In a deck-builder you will draw the card at some stage, even if it does not hit the combo you wanted.
- Downtime (for modification) - Even it is noted to be changed in the final version, modifying the dice takes time and as you roll them on all turns will stop the game flow.
- Bouncy Dice - Even they will change I need to note it. The dice do jump around and might drop of the table. Keep an eye out!
- Needs an intro game - Even you know the rules gives you no clue what to chase.
goo No issues. All die sides are with symbols


!! Warning! All is Prototype and especially the dice will be changed (nope, no Lego dice) !!



Player Board Starting Setup



Character close up! Tiny 2h-Sword, correct?



All the die faces that you can acquire from the gods



Quest Cards



Central Board



Modified Prototype Dice



Final Score - Won with 98!









The last game I played was when I was early for a meeting. It was OrcQuest. It is so new, that it is not even in the database it seems. I am a bit confused actually, but then again the game is in prototype mode still even it had nearly final graphics and dice. But it seemed like a quick game as it had some 8 sided dice and a deck of cards. Well and the presenter seemed a bit bored too, cant have people sitting without smiling So I grabbed a chair and in a sudden we where even four.

In A Nutshell
Each player is an orc that sets of to adventure and acquire as much gold and fame as possible. Each player starts with a hand of cards and draws a card each turn. If there is no public challenge cards are discarded from the deck until one shows up. Now you need to go onto a challenge, the public one or one played from your hand. Each shows a difficult in dice as well as the loss/gain if you fail/pass. You roll the dice and see if you succeed. There are six dice in total, two of each difficulty (green, yellow, red) Once the quest is finished the next player takes his turn. In addition there are instant cards you can throw at the other orcs or stuff that helps you. Once the whole deck has been played, players play down their hands and afterwards count the winner.

Gameplay / My Experience
I started of and tried to run some easy quests. And actually the dice faces are pretty cool as they interact with each other on difficulty levels. Something I really liked. The rest felt a bit random and with every game I just won the hard tasks on the first roll and failed on the easy ones. Totally me! So I had that tough quest done. And it was just stolen from me via a card. That felt bad but even more as any type of quest could have stolen. I would change this to have it cost more to grad a better treasure. So having it tied to the dice on the card to steal. The other needs to discard cards etc. Then in the end I tried to push my luck to have a slight chance in winning and I... failed. So I died doing so. To bad. Actually I see this as a quick fantasy filler as you wait for the last person to show up to your RPG or Descent night. It was ok, but I myself need not play it again. Maybe once to see what has changed in the end, when it hits Kickstarter.

Quick & Dirty - First Thoughts
+ One Deck Only - All players play from one deck. Makes the game fast and as you discard some cards on the way the game changes each time.
+ Love the die mechanic - Dice feature a re-roll symbol. But indicate a higher or lower difficulty. So even you did not make it you have a new chance with a more difficult die. Very cool idea.
- No defense against player attack cards - It felt bad having succeeded in a tough quest, only by having it simply stolen. Needs a mechanism to steal low stuff plus discarding cards for higher loot. At least I would find that fair.
- Lack of card draw possibility - There is no real possibility to draw cards. Especially hard if you trade hands with a person having one card only.



My character - AmazOrc Ranger



The challenge dice!





The Rest of my trip to Essen




So you got a more intense view above but Essen was waaaay more. So I will run trough all the days with some text and lots of pictures when I ventured the halls of Spiel 16 in Essen. I already noted the trip at the start and there was nothing really interesting to add, except one thing. Have you ever forgot something on the car roof when you did a break? We did on our trip. We lost nothing of high value but the ice of our driver was gone... Happens So after having moved into our "new home", we started of the next day preparing our booth. That worked out pretty good except some minor issues you always have. We had internet but the router needed power. That would be delivered tomorrow... So how to test our equipment? Well long extensions where the solution


I tell as we needed to wander around and ask here and there ALL people you meet are so nice and offer a helping hand if they can! So good! By wandering around you actually run into people you know too. I ran into Frosted Games and just collected some of my calenders plus started to give these to the designers, illustrators, publishers I have found on my way back. As I know the meeting schedule of Stephen Buonocore will be packed at Spiel, I just grabbed the opportunity and went over to actually find him. I did ask the president for one of his campaign buttons, but he noted these are not here yet. He will bring one over to the booth party we planned. Cool!


Back I went helping with the booth. Once finished took the opportunity to have a walk around. Some publishers where not even here yet and chatted to some new. Really a different atmosphere when all are just in that setup "stress". The guys of Klask redid the whole booth with wood as this fits the game style better and all looked more like a carpenter's workshop. Very cool. I also was supposed to do the new game presentation for the Calender with Frosted Games, but apparently that needed to be postponed. Well as so many publishers, the goods seems not to be in yet. That meant booth party! Fun times and I actually got my campaign button! I did wear it with pride and will still do!



Found our booth!



Booth Unboxing! Yes, we have shirts



Helping hands from Morning. They got a buzz saw!



Thanks to that help. Perfectly fitting plates!



If you need to hide... cause you can't run



There are not only games at Spiel. Our friendly neighbor.



As noted all are preparing. Here ADC Blackfire.



Told ya! The empty IELLO booth.



Didn't I say all? Portal Games is huge this year wow



Plus the new new Portal Germany Branch



Booth setup. Nearly complete!



Panorama shot at Hall 1



Best loot ever - #VoteBuonacore





WEDNESDAY




So we got up early and on my way to the fair I got a call already and products have arrived. First step will be the new product show. On my way in I stumbled upon Tony Boydell and his crew. So lucky I already saw him, even he was two corridor down hall 2. It was nearly done but I did not like it, so I rearranged it. See the picture below if you like it. Feedback is appreciated. I already met some friends and the first one spotted right behind me was Caroline from Blackrock Games and I helped her a bit too. I need to say you should take a look into Eternity & Edenia. On the later the punk sheep meeples are just awesome! When I wanted to go I met another cool person, Carsten from Schwerkraft-Verlag. Such a cool, humorous and nice guy. So happy I met him and that he has taken Terraforming Mars and brought it to the German market. Yes, it is sold out currently but will reemerge in January. Back I went to the booth.


We had still some challenges to overcome. But time flies and of we went to the family gathering aka press conference. At least the German blogger scene are all there but also the externals. Glad I saw Perfect Information here too. Still I wonder as the conference is in German if he gets anything out of it, except coffee, soft drinks and some small food plates. In the press conference you get a general overview on the fair and trends. In short the number (#) on exhibitors (1000+), # new registered games (1200+), new halls (+3), new countries (Columbia, Azerbaijan) + a general overview of upcoming games. The last felt a bit like a long advertisement. The best note was the thematic context of the reformation that has a 500 year anniversary next year. Plus the internet is more and more a factor for gaming (Really?) as rules are easily shared, questions answered and due to bloggers information spread further, etc. A cool note was an App called Twiddle that is a network for board gamers. Weird I only found German videos on it (see below). Last but not least there was a note that next year the old entrance will be ready, but the halls maybe not yet, so we will stay at that area for Spiel 17. Last but not least the DSP Awards where presented with Mombasa and Leo being the winners and My First Stone Age taking credit for best written rules (Golden Pen).


Afterwards the press was lead to new product show, which had its own hall as it is growing each year. There where some really awesome presentations and you could see who had a budget for it. The nicest are always the people suiting up, there are some pretty cool ones. I loved the Touria one this year with the Dictators close second! I could not spend so much time here as the Livestream started shortly. So off I went as I needed to host Covenant & Age of Thieves and which I was interested it. It is quite neat when the publishers come to you, instead you running around Plus a bit time used to buy games and grab them while hey last. The fair ended and I had an appointment! I went to meet a BGG friend. Paulo Renato invited me earlier so we could finally meet up. Also Steph and Mina should be here but actually they passed as they still caught up to the jet lag. But I met Paulos friends, which included Vital Lacerda, and I had a great evening chatting and sharing laughs! All good things have an end and I went up to meet my ride. When I went to the Unperfekthaus I found my friends playing a round of Orctoberfest. Looked silly and inviting. All said it was fun and you can check the shots for yourself. It will soon be on Kickstarter. We wanted to leave and run into old friends, actually this happens a lot during this time. We shared a beer until we where noted to leave as it was closing time. Good for us we said farewell, drove home and had some rest to be refreshed tomorrow.



Twiddle App - Advertisement Video



The final Brettspiel Adventskalender 2016 presentation!



New Product Show Prep - It's like a bunch of ants creating their own perfect table.



Press conference is about to start!



Surprise! I am an author!



Found a Portal Gamer. Well all are gamers at Portal!



Gang Up! - A surprise as I thought this was KS only but got published



Round House spotted too!



Mea Culpa closeup...



...and the sinner presentation devil



Sail Away had even their own sea man chorus! They had very loud voices, I tell you surprise



The Princess Of Touria teaching the rules of the land



This banana looks lost



Revenge of the Dictators Presentation - Did he wear Bermudas?



Military Presentation seem preferred. LEADERS - board game and app



Board&Dice did a quick video of the newsroom too! Suddenly a wild Meeplepeat appears (at 0:46)



First game of the stream. Phalanxx by Irongames



Streaming in full swing!



Call me the Mars Rover, I found something!



Went to meet Paulo and also run into the long table of Stronghold Knights with the King!



Bratwurst, Beer & Pretzels! + Orcs? Welcome to Orctoberfest!



Ongoing game of Orctoberfest





THURSDAY




Open Public Day! I was lucky I still had a half day off the booth which I used just to check all the interesting stuff in Hall 6, 7 and 4. I started visiting Tony as he was around the corner and he was lovely as always. On I went and dropped by the dice tower. Luckily they had some time as they prepared the booth. So cool talking to Sam, Zee and Tom. I also checked out some new games while roaming. Perfect Crime as example reminded me of a theft game set into Oceans movie series. One side plays he casino/bank and the other the bugler team. Sadly was not ready and only a demo was here. I also walked past Oink Games for a view onto their new releases. But Insider was not for me and the one I liked was an older one maskmen. You play card dedicated to the wrestler. Depending on the order you need to pay 1 2 or 3. The order remains set so if you play one card from a new one, this is put on top of the strength order. A quick and fast get rid of your cards game that pulls me in with the colors and mask tokens! To cool!

I went back earlier to help out at the booth and that was a welcoming sight as our wheel of fortune was flooded with people. I took a shift for two hours and run some afternoon streaming. Well maybe I shouldn't have because I lost my voice the day after. But hey all for the public. The most cool part was Steph& Ron dropped by! A welcoming break Especially as Steph had one of her cool calenders for me plus my small mule order (Council of Verona: Corruption) We had some time to chat and it is so cool meeting the persons you mostly write too! Thanks again for stopping by and mule this small box kiss

When I wanted to fetch new calenders I had a note that Mr. Eric M. Lang was at the Asmodee Press Event presenting nothing less than The Godfather: Corleone's Empire Prototype. What? Call me fan boy but I love mafia themed games and the designs by Eric. Ok, I ran back to the booth, asked to leave, grabbed my press ticket and of I went. I went to the room and there he was. Sitting all alone and packing up. I greeted Eric and was welcomed. He just wanted to pack up but if I wanted he could do a quick run trough the game. We agreed no pitching needed as I fell for it already. We where joined by a two more persons, I am so bad with names, soooorry, and the rest you can read below laugh

At the end of the day we recapped the day and dropped by to the LudoFact evening where I was invited to. All cool people and good talks. Some ideas spread and again a nice meetup to round of the day. Back "home" a small game was played. Hunter & Cron did their recap vlog and we called it a day when Cron noted that he already collected something from Game Salute. Really exited to test this BGG Con release (See last picture).

But wait there is more! As it has been revealed on Monday I can talk about it now too. And the note is about Gamelyn Games new Kickstarter Tiny Epic Quest. I had the chance to talk to Michael and had a look into the advanced prototype and what I have seen is something I liked. I was not allowed to take any pictures as the patent on these cute guys was still pending:





The game itself looks pretty neat and reminds me these old 8-bit adventures but with a better graphic now. You gather horses or gryphons to cross the land, go into dungeons to complete your quest. I was totally drawn into it as it fells like a quick and easy adventure game that can be played via an evening. Check out Würfel Reviews that where more lucky and where allowed a sneak peak: Würfel Reviews - SPIEL 16 Preview: Tiny Epic Quest.



Last preparations!



Juliette from Morning preparing the first games of the day - Kill The Unicorns



Tony adding the last touches to his booth *smile*





Perfect Crime - Oceans 11 the board game



Oink Games - maskmen battle to be the strongest



Love the colors and the masks heart



Awesome presentation for an awesome game - Golden Age Games - Captains of the Golden Age



Love that modular board! The Daedalus Sentence by Eagle-Gryphon Games



Bernd Eisenstein selling his new game PhalanXX



Morning Stop at Lookout / Mayfair. I just need an Agri-Cola in the morning!



Only at door opening Repos Production had no line



Ignacy... always busy. Should I interrupt him?



1st day with the public at our Hunter & Cron booth. Happy Hunter is happy!



Main prices go faster than we can get new ones!
heartheart Thanks for all supporting publishers, you are the best! heartheart



Rare Sight! A Sören unicorn. It's magic disturbs the camera!



Perfect Information Podcast - As we know him, ridiculous as always



LudoFact presenting their latest products. Here Undercover by Frosted Games



A secret note. Was able to secure a review copy of Black Orchestra cool




ASMODEE PRESS EVENT



As noted above I just said hello to Eric M. Lang himself and we jumped right in as I am way past the pitch already. And of we went with a gamers explanation of The Godfather: Corleone's Empire. We are playing the first movie and the winner is the person with the most laundered money in the end. Each player resembles the head of a mob family. The game consists of four rounds with 5 phases. Each phase is dedicated to a special action. First each round the chapter unlocks specials (units, businesses, etc). Then a new business is revealed / opened in the next free area, allowing for more actions. Now "Thug Placement"(tm) happens. Each player starts with a don and two thugs that now seek to gain influence in the city. A thug enters one business and gets the reward out of it. If you place your Don, he controls the areas and gets something once any thug uses a business, he gets his share. In addition you can play cards or fulfill contracts depending you have all requirements. So you use your advantages to gain enough control over the city and be the best in the turf war. Also be sure to get clean money into your suitcase, this is the win condition as well as the money used to bribe in a later phase. Once all families are finished you check for territory control and mark ownerships on these areas. Now its time to get some favors. Different Allies are represented in a round, always one less than players. All different powers, so actually you would love to win it each round. All players bid in secret, most money wins first pick followed down the bids. Last player keeps his money as he does not bribe. Last but not least you need to pay tribute to the godfather. You discard down to the maximum hand size, this is tricky as all cards share these slots. It does not matter if these are goods, contracts or each kind of money. So it might be better to have 3k on one card instead of 3 times 1k. All your choice. Plus the godfather rewards for controlled areas and the game continues to the next act. Each act increases in power level a bit to keep the tension. As noted most successful don with the most money in his suitcase wins. Time was up I wanted to play the game on he spot, but we will have to wait until Q2 2017 for the US Version and +6 months for a German localized version. Anyway looking forward to my first play


Quick & Dirty - First Thoughts

Warning: It sounds like Blood Rage goes to the tailor and gets a suit. I like all four: Godfather Theme, Blood Rage, Eric Lang , CMON.

+ There are no victory points. Proper resource management, strategic actions are the key to victory. I like that!
+ All resources sharing the same limit it is up to you where to focus on.
+ Random setup of businesses allows for replay ability a new strategies.
+ Love the art by Karl Kopinski. It fits the theme perfectly and adds flair.
- Worried a bit about a fitting "catch up" mechanic as most mafia games don't.
- Might have overhyped myself due to all these fitting factors. But in Eric I trust
goo All is prototype but with the bases colored properly there should be not much to be complained about.



Name of the game



Asmodee Press Event - The Godfather
Complete view of the main board



Asmodee Press Event - The Godfather
Action Cards with placeholder art



Asmodee Press Event - The Godfather
Explained by Eric M Lang himself. Love this guy!



Asmodee Press Event - The Godfather
Sleeping with the fishes...





FRIDAY




They day we started at 9am with a panel featuring the German game designer guild (SAZ - Homepage - ENG) with guests Friedemann Friese & Richard Sievel about "Fairness in Boardgames". Once the talk has started and all was running smoothly we had 30 minutes to spend on our own. I had a bit more as I had "late shift". I checked up Taiwan Boardgame Design to get a missing promo. There I spotted Henk Rolleman, but he was busy which is why I did not disturb him. I know myself when taking pictures. Your concentration is somewhere else. Given the fact I checked up all stuff I needed to collect as long as there where not to long queues. The day was not that eventful, except my friends from Berlin hit the fair and we had some cool talks about what they have seen and what I would recommend. On that question I noted that I was far ahead in the future already. I nearly missed all the medium games from Q2. A very cool day meeting again more and more people. So cool.

The evening was given to the Spiel des Jahres dinner which we where invited to and an honor I could not pass. Until we got there we went from the park house to three different buildings all hosting another event. An opera, an art exhibit and finally the SdJ event. We collected the BGG crew on our way to the last building, to spare them the search in the other buildings. As noted above in the Dice Forge Session the new judges where announced and a wonderful dinner has held. Very tasty. But the best was the honor I got to take some photos. At first I should use a mobile phone but well, you never leave home without your camera right? I took some photos after playing the Dice Forge Prototype (more info above). And a part of an overview on the tables that where used for gaming at a later time of the night. Very cool and I need to thank all people for that great evening!




Early Morning start - 9 AM



The beautiful Edition Spielwiese Booth before door opening.



Chicken Wings - Level Expert



An awesome Capt. Sonar! Feels even more like in a submarine



Tony is never tired on explaining games



The famous Henk Rolleman in action!



And that is the picture he took
Click on the tag on the picture henk.rolleman.essen16 for more impressions.



Spotted friends playing KUMO Hogosha



Andreas Pelikan himself teaching Isle Of Skye



Spiel Des Jahres Evening - Gaming - German Bloggers trying new games



Spiel Des Jahres Evening - Gaming



Spiel Des Jahres Evening - Gaming - Klask



Photo taken as Alexander Pfister could not be at the official ceremony
From left to right - Viktor Kobilke (Editor - Eggertspiele), Alexander Pfister (Author), Klemens Franz (Illustrator)



Never Serious! Board gamers never get old





SATURDAY




I know it would be packed today and I said a week before already that I will only be at the booth. That way I do not need to fight myself trough the masses. Even as we entered the lane at the Heidelberger booth was increasing. The people eagerly seating to tables starting for the explanations to begin. So actually I have not seen much from the fair and focused on the chat on Twitch as my voice was gone from the yelling at the wheel of fortune. When I took a break I went down the corridor and was astonished how many people got in line just to have one spin. I passed three other booths, I nearly was in hall 1! So I sincerely apologies to our neighbors. As I relaxed trough the halls I am glad I met up with Gil Hova and had a chat and actually was happy for him all worked out well. Still as with every publisher he would love to have more copies available to make even more people happy!

Still glad I had some time to chat to him and he is working on a new game called Wordsy. It is a quick word game where all players look for a word. The first turns the timer. The other can find their best word in the next 30 seconds. If they are better they score a bonus. You play 7 or x rounds you like. Most points wins. The most funny one here is that Gil worked on a bot for twitter that uses the rules of the game. Quite fun and for me trains my English. You can join in to if you have a twitter account. Check: Wordsy Bot.

Back I was at the booth and had fun times with people coming by and publishers presenting their games. SOme of them included Devir, NSKN Games, IELLO and even Scott Allen from BGG. Was a cool day Once all calmed down we cleaned up and dropped by to the Morning Party and somehow that unicorn jinxed my camera as I haven't have any pictures from the the German blogger meet-up we went to afterwards. Had some cool talks and even ideas to have kind of group projects. Overall a very cool Saturday.




Heidelberger Spieleverlag shop entrance. Please get in line. Did I mention it was a bit before 10am?



Visitors patiently waiting for 10am when the explainers will start their day



The Networks sadly sold out. Partially it was us. Each one got a copy.



Ray Master - People splicing dice



Knight Paulo in his element explaining Jorvik



Matthieu Bonin from IELLO in our live stream



Morning Booth Party - A wild unicorn appears





SUNDAY




On Sunday was our day off. So we used it to relax a bit. But first we disassembled the booth and rebuild it for gaming with the Patreons of Hunter & Cron. We started to look around, collect and shop (if it wasn't sold out yet, like Days Of Ire). And I had some fun times still I did not make everything. I missed visiting REBEL.pl as I wanted to take a look at Nemesis. Anyone having some info on it, please share it with me. I assume it might be renamed as a second game with that name is coming and it is prototype only. I missed to visit Hasbro as I wanted a quick look at the changes in Risk Europe even I don't like risk.

So I ventured around in search for the expansive flicking game that should be somewhere. I found it, but even better I found Forestaurant. A co-op game in which you operate a restaurant and need to serve the guests (animals) with their required food. You need to not only take care the food is delivered fast but also that the seating is ok. No one wants to sit near a skunk. It sounds so funny and the best? It looks totally gorgeous! As a side note, I found a really cool evolution game too. I did not know the name anymore but it was totally painted and cute. And well its from Eagle-Gryphon Games. Maybe at one day I have a look at it

As I promised Eric Lang a calender and as I know he would be at a signing session, I got myself a Blood Rage just to get it signed. Well I now own it too On my way trough Hall 3 I stumbled by the Stronghold booth just to find all the cool BGG Bloggers! Finally I have met Mina and Marlon. We took a photo and I needed to be of sadly but Mina noted to swing by at 4 pm, so cool. I just did some minor shopping things and returned to our booth at 4 pm. So I sad there and relaxed. The whole fair nearly done. Mina came by and we had a cool chat for around 15 minutes. Sadly Peter did not join us, but it was still fun! Thanks Mina for swinging by heart

Afterwards I started a quick round to say goodbye to some people I will never see for a long time. Some where already gone and well the disassembly of the booth needs to be done to. But I remembered that I saw The Broken Token somewhere and now that I own Blood Rage why not get the insert? I hurried over and they already packed everything. Well they are experts in that right? But Tiffany Spence was to kind and looked one up for me. A million thanks to her Afterwards we took down our booth, packed, went for a group dinner. The fair has been over. So many cool things seen, a lot of awesome people talked to and one last night before we go home. We took a good nights rest to be refreshed for the drive home. We all returned in one piece and a happy smile on our faces. Thank you once again for an awesome week. It was my pleasure.




Big Vikings On Board



Blood Bowl is back!



Forestaurant, SO CUTE heart



Stumbled upon nearly all the BGG Bloggers!
Source: Milena Guberinic aka Mina's Fresh Cardboard



Grimslingers. Awesome Art and I like the Cowboys & Aliens theme





Always keep your eyes open. Santorini



Something always breaks



Edward Uhler from Heavy Cardboard in action (with Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro)



Taking a break outside cool





THIS CONCLUDES THIS REPORTS. YOU MADE IT AND THANKS FOR STAYING THE WHOLE RUN!

Finally I present you the loot!




Still missing some stuff: Railroad Revolution needs to be collected, KLASK has been borrowed to a friend,
Black Orchestra currently not at home and some symbols are not allowed in Germany.

Best loot is not seen: Heavy Cardboard Zipper laugh




Lots of people I have met. And I am so happy I did! Essen is truly about the people. Yes, everyone says that, but it's true. Games you can get at any point of the year. Buy them or get them shipped. But you can't just get a person shipped to you!

I will dive into all the new games sooner or later or actually have already There will be no blog post on Wednesday as I will be taken by work. I catch you next Sunday! As always please leave a comment if you like it, thumb it to, or even share it. Thanks heart



Hope you enjoyed the post and may the games be with you!
Peat


Can't get enough from Spiel 16? Check out these posts from the friendly BGG people I met (See picture):

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Mina: ***MINA'S ESSEN 2016 SUPER SPECIAL***
Paulo: The ESSEN Week - 10/10/2016 to 16/10/2016
Steph: ESSEN!!! Steph's Guide To FUN! a.k.a A Full Recap of The Time Spent at Essen 2016!! Sight's and Doing's from Steph! Oh Just Another Weekly Update With SO MANY PHOTOS!





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