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Game Previews from Spielwarenmesse 2016: Pegasus Spiele — The Great Chariot Race, Camel Up Cards, Animals on Board, Yeti & Much More

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Board Game Publisher: Pegasus Spiele
Hoo boy, did we record a lot of videos at the Pegasus Spiele stand during Spielwarenmesse 2016? And despite recording as much as we did during that time, we still didn't cover everything as some forthcoming games had nothing more than a box cover to show (which didn't stop us a couple of times) and others were German-language licenses (that we've probably covered from the original publishers) and still others were new but we just didn't have time. We did what we could.

• To start with, here's a teaser for a Matt Leacock title that Pegasus plans to debut at Spiel 2016 in October, a 2-6 player design titled The Great Chariot Race that has components similar to those in Roll Through the Ages. How exactly this all works is not yet public knowledge, but here's what we have for now:





Board Game: Rococo: Jewelry Box
• New items come into play and your tailoring students become more experienced in Rococo: Jewelry Box, an expansion by Louis and Stefan Malz for Rococo.





Board Game: Camel Up
• As has been the case with many games this season, Steffen Bogen's Camel Up has been carded, shrinking into Camel Up Cards, with players effectively recreating the dice in the original game with cards from their hand.





Board Game: Coal Baron
• Another title that's experienced the board-to-card transformation is Glück Auf from Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling, which will appear in 2016 as Glück Auf: Das grosse Kartenspiel.





Board Game: Istanbul
• The exact contents of Istanbul: Brief & Siegel, the second expansion for Rüdiger Dorn's Istanbul, are still being developed, but this video presents an overview of what you'll find here — or possibly in another expansion down the road.





Board Game: Yeti
• If the portion of floor space devoted to a game is any measure by which to judge — and it usually is — Benjamin Schwer's Yeti is the family game being pushed the hardest by Pegasus. Ideally someone will be wearing a full yeti costume at Spiel 2016 and posing with passersby.





Board Game: Animals on Board
Animals on Board from designers Wolfgang Sentker and Ralf zur Linde, which Stronghold Games will release in the U.S., has a clever cheeky concept at heart, something to which the term "fridge logic" readily applies.





Board Game: Elements
• Finally — at least in this space as BGG's YouTube channel has more — we have the brilliant two-player card game Elements, first published as Khmer by the designers in Team Saien. I've played the original ten times, and it's such a clean, simple design, yet so engaging in how it plays, with each player trying to get into the other's head.

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