W. Eric Martin
• Wyrmgold GmbH is a new German publisher that will debut at SPIEL '19 in October with a new two-player title from Uwe Rosenberg. Yes, Rosenberg is so prolific that having relationships with Lookout, Feuerland, and Edition Spielwiese isn't enough! Here's an overview of Robin von Locksley, which will be released in a combined English and German edition:
Troubled times blight England since the good and just King Richard the Lionheart was captured in the Crusades. Meanwhile, Robin of Locksley is stealing from the rich Norman lords to free the King.
In Robin von Locksley, you aim to collect loot tiles with your Robin and sell loot collections of the same color. Move forward on the racing track surrounding the 5x5 loot tiles by spending earned gold. Every field will give you a task to gather fame: You may fulfill the task, or you may spend one gold coin to pass it. Whoever first circles the racing track twice wins.
• Speaking of Feuerland Spiele, owner Frank Heeren has announced the publisher's big Q3 2019 release: Crystal Palace from newcomer Carsten Lauber. Folks in the U.S. can get their first look at this 2-5 player game that takes 90-150 minutes to play at Gen Con 2019, where Feuerland will have a booth for the first time. Here's a summary of the setting and gameplay:
In Crystal Palace, players take on the role of a nation at the time of the first World Fair in London (1851), trying to create a buzz with spectacular inventions and the support of famous and powerful people.
Crystal Palace is a dice-placement game in which the players themselves determine the stats of their dice at the beginning of each round. The higher the number, the better – but it comes at a price. In the course of the game, dice are placed on eight action locations (Patent Office, Reform Club, London Times, Port of London, Waterloo Station, British Museum, Bank of England, Westminster), in a competition for the best resources, patents and brains.
In a world of slightly weird inventions, you will meet people like Phileas Fogg, Levi Strauss and Amelia Edwards, and invent gadgets such as the Thinking machine, the Beer glass counter or the Climate changer.
Prototype at the Herner Spielewahnsinn in May 2019
• German publisher AMIGO plans to debut Richard Garfield's Carnival of Monsters in the U.S. at Gen Con 2019 in August, with the game being released in Germany in September along with AMIGO's other second half of the year titles.
AMIGO had attempted to Kickstart Carnival of Monsters in 2017, but the art-heavy campaign didn't find a lot of support, and the company continued to develop the game from that point. AMIGO now plans to post weekly updates about the game, its rules, and its graphics on its BGG game page starting on May 31, 2019. Here's a short overview about the game:
In Carnival of Monsters, players draft cards from their hands, trying to collect sets of matching lands so they can capture and display exotic creatures to earn victory points. Along the way, they can hire talented staff to aid their efforts, pursue their own secret goals, or take advantage of fortuitous events. At the end of each season, they must make sure that none of their monsters escape, while the player who can best meet the demands of the audience will be awarded with a bonus!
• Belgian publisher Sit Down! posted the following teaser image on Instagram with this caption: "Robots, cows, spaceship and bananas. #MagicMaze On Mars will blow your mind."