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Game Previews from Spielwarenmesse 2016: Happy Pigs, Sea of Clouds, SOL, World Monuments, Risky Adventure & Mighty Monsters

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Happy Pigs
• Time for another round-up of some of the game preview videos that BGG recorded at Spielwarenmesse 2016, starting with Kuraki Mura's Happy Pigs from IELLO. I've played the original Swan Panasia release a few times and will confess that after reading the rules I initially didn't expect much from the game, but in practice I found it grossly entertaining. I guess that's why we need to actually play the games before rating or reviewing them...

Board Game: Sea of Clouds
• Théo Rivière's Sea of Clouds, also from IELLO, is a quasi-card-drafting game of air pirates who want to get what all pirates want to get: A renewed annual contract with the Starz network that guarantees 3% on the back end for DVD sales and merchandise.

Queen Games was showing a half-dozen titles that it plans to release in 2016, including Piero Cioni's World Monuments, which from the description seems to fall into that midweight family game category that Queen targets with many of its releases.

Board Game: Risky Adventure
Risky Adventure from Anthony Rubbo and Queen Games takes a familiar setting — adventures exploring for stuff in the jungle and desert — and forces you to take more risks during the gameplay itself.

Board Game: Mighty Monsters
• Designer Desnet Amane first released Dungeon Guilds through his own Moaideas Game Design studio in 2013, and now Queen Games has picked up the title design and has upped the monster quotient 100% in Mighty Monsters.

Board Game: SOL
• I previewed Pierre Buty's SOL from Catch Up Games after taking an early look at the rulebook, and now you can see (a prototype of) the game board for yourself to imagine how characters will be scrambling over the terrain in search of the treasure of the God of the Sun.

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