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New Game Round-up: Monsters Evolve in New York, Geister Comes to the U.S. & Spies Get Trickier in Russia

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game Publisher: Mattel, Inc.
Brian Yu's Geister, Geister, Schatzsuchmeister! from Mattel won the Kinderspiel des Jahres in 2014, but despite that success and many requests for an English-language version, the game seemed destined to remain a German-only title.

Gears may turn slowly at huge corporations, but sometimes they do turn and the now renamed Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters will be released in the U.S. by Mattel in July 2016. This release will bear an alternative cover from Pierô that matches one of the earlier iterations of the cover art, something I highlighted in August 2013 thanks to a great article from the artist about how he and Yu started working together.

• In addition to that title, Mattel plans to release a new design from Marc André of Splendor fame. Here's an overview of Sail Away:

In Sail Away, a bunch of Caribbean merchants of questionable repute (i.e., the players) race to pack their ships with goods from the local islands, then move them out — all the while hiring pirates and using any means necessary to get ahead of the competition.
Okay, not much in the way of details for now, but it's a start. Mattel's Nick Hayes notes that the published version is only for the German market right now, but it might contain English rules in addition to German ones. If not, he says, "at the very least we will upload English rules to BGG".

Board Game: King of New York: Power Up!
IELLO expects to release King of New York: Power Up! in Q2 2016, so now the monsters in New York can evolve alongside those in Tokyo, should you choose to mix-and-match monsters from one games to the next. What's more, the publisher's description notes that "a new challenger joins them: Sharky". The cover art shown at left is preliminary. Here are sample cards shown in the IELLO catalog:

Board Game: King of New York: Power Up!

Wait a sec — Kong's card references Tokyo. What's going on? Let's check out the description once again: "Captain Fish, Sheriff, and their fellow monsters now have two unique sets of evolution cards for both King of New York and King of Tokyo." Well, okay then...

Board Game: Spyfall
• Alexandr Ushan's Spyfall has been, shall we say, somewhat popular since its debut in 2014, and at Spielwarenmesse 2016 I was able to get an overview of Spyfall 2, which original publisher Hobby World plans to release in Russia in 2016 and doesn't plan to release elsewhere before the end of 2016.

• As for the image in the background, you can see the Master of Orion: The Board Game image more clearly in this tweet I sent from the fair:

Aside from the info above, I know nothing else.
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