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Spiel, held in the city of Essen each October, is one of Germany's two major game conventions, the other being the International Toy Fair in Nürnberg each February. While Spielwarenmesse is a business-only trade show, Spiel is open to the public, drawing roughly 150,000 people over four days. Hundreds of new games will be introduced at Spiel 2015, which takes place October 8-11. This preview covers games that publishers plan to release at Spiel or in the months leading up to it; listings for some smaller publishers show all titles released since Spiel 2014. Some details:

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Note that this information has been cobbled together from hundreds of sources, so inaccuracies may have crept in despite my best efforts. I will update game pages as I receive additional information, and BGG users will undoubtedly do the same, thereby keeping this Preview as up-to-date as the BGG database itself.

If you're a designer or publisher with information to share – or if you have details about an upcoming Spiel 2015 release – please send me email (wericmartin @ gmail.com). I'll respond as best as I can given the tidal wave of data flowing through the game world in anticipation of the most exciting game convention in the world: Spiel!
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Board Game Publisher: Black Locust Games
• Booth 7-K110, which is the location of retailer Brave New World.
101. Board Game: Regnum Angelica [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:7777]
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Number of players: 2
Playing time: 45 minutes
Suggested ages: 18 and up
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Join in the valiant battle to end the ultimate stalemate of good vs. evil and etch the final outcome into history. Regnum Angelica is a two-player strategic card/board game pitting Gabriel and his army of archangels against Beelzebub and the dark forces of the fallen. Wield the three elements of fire, earth and water in angelic combat, use ancient angelic scripts to gain an advantage over your opponent, or deploy pillars to protect your troops in an attempt to infiltrate the enemy's realm.

Regnum Angelica is played with one player having the white deck to represent the archangels of Gabriel, and the other the black deck to represent Beelzebub and his army of fallen angels. Each deck consists of three types of cards: Angels, which are your main combat units; Angelic Scripts, written in the ancient celestial alphabet (Malachim) and granting the angels special abilities to assist them in infiltrating the enemy realm; and Pillars, which call up the elements of earth, fire, or water to protect them from enemy attacks.

Each army has a power meter which is charged when either side's angels visit earth. The power meter must be carefully managed if you hope to crush your opponent as your power meter determines your movement and your ability to execute the Malachim. If too many Angelic scripts are played, then your mobility on the board suffers; if, on the other hand, you use your power for movement, then your ability to harness the powers of the angelic scripts wanes.

Mobility or Angelic Scripts? Have your angels protect your realm, or go on the full offensive to penetrate your enemies kingdom? Execute your scripts now, burn them for precious power, or save them to use with other scripts to pull off powerful combinations? Many of these tactical decisions await you as you control the most powerful beings in the universe of Regnum Angelica!

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Board Game Publisher: Blackrock Games
• Booth 3-P104
102. Board Game: Haru Ichiban [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:2327]
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Number of players: 2
Playing time: 20 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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In Haru Ichiban, or "The Wind of Spring", two apprentice gardeners compete to use this wind to their advantage to create harmonious patterns of their blossoms upon the lilypads.

Each gardener has eight flower buds numbered 1-8, with three of those buds being in hand at the start of a round. Sixteen lilypads are placed in the 5x5 pond, with one of them turned to its dark side.

Each gardener simultaneously chooses a reveals a bud, with the player with the lower number becoming the Little Gardener and the other becoming the Grand Gardener. In order:

  • The Little Gardener places one of his colored blossoms on the dark lilypad.
  • The Grand Gardener places one of his colored blossoms on the lilypad of his choice.
  • The Little Gardener moves one lilypad to an adjacent space, possibly moving other lilypads at the same time.
  • The Grand Gardener flips one unoccupied lilypad to its dark side.
  • Each gardener takes a new bud.

As soon as a gardener creates a specific pattern with blossoms of his color, he scores points: 1 point for a 2x2 square, 2 points for a horizontal or vertical row of four blossoms, 3 points for a diagonal row of four blossoms, and 5 points for a row of five blossoms. If the gardener has fewer than five points, the gardeners reset the board and start a new round with three buds of their eight; if the gardener has five or more points, the game ends and he wins!

Other Information:
• Designer Bruno Cathala will be on hand Saturday at 17:00 for a signing session, and on Friday at 17:00 he'll play five simultaneous games of Haru Ichiban at once, with two first edition copies of the game being given away as prizes. Sign up early if you want to participate in this event!

• MSRP €18, discounted to €16 and signed by Bruno Cathala if preordered through the Blackrock Games website; preorder two different new games to receive a €4 discount.
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103. Board Game: Piratoons [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:4419]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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Build the biggest, baddest, best Pirate ship on the high seas. Plunder your way to glory and fame!

In Piratoons, each turns begins with a treasure of boat parts and equipment being revealed. All at the same time, each Pirate rushes to allocate crew in an effort to plunder the best loot by placing their crew meeples on individual items as bids. Each piece of treasure goes to the player with the most crew invested in the item, but only after removing all tied bids. Therefore, Pirates need to stay alert for sneaky opportunities to cancel out an opponent's efforts or for chances to swoop in and steal a disputed treasure.

The unclaimed loot is auctioned off with doubloons earned by your crew and then the ship construction begins. Pirates score points for having the most money or equipment, or having the fastest, best, or largest ship. Sets of tiles and unfilled boat sections also add and subtract from your score. The player with the most points after eight rounds is the most notorious Pirate.

A featured component of the game is the central loot chest formed by two double-sided boards with raised edges. Before each turn this treasure chest gets loaded with random face-down treasure, then it's sealed, flipped, and revealed simultaneously to the eager Pirates by removing the board on top. The mad rush of plundering in real-time (there is a 15-second sand timer included) and the spatial puzzle to build the best ship possible are the key ingredients of the game's experience.

Other Information: • Designers Olivier Grégoire and Thibaut Quintens will be on hand each day at 16:00 to sign copies of the game.

• Special wooden bits for the game will be available at Spiel 2015.

Rules: English (PDF)

• MSRP €35

• Overview of Piratoons recorded at Spielwarenmesse 2015:

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104. Board Game: Targets [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:11807]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 7 and up
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In Targets, players don't roll their dice, but flick them from the top of a tower to try to land them on targets placed in the playing area. Have the highest number on a target, and you claim it at the end of the round — unless someone knocks you from that target first. If your die lands showing the same face as another one of your dice, call out quickly so that you can reclaim one of those dice, then shoot it again in the same round.

When you claim targets in a round, those targets are placed under your dice stack and opponents can try to land on them in the subsequent round to steal them from you. Any targets not stolen this way are now safe from future theft.

The first player to claim four targets wins!

Other Information: • Price €15

• Overview of Targets recorded at Spielwarenmesse 2015:

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Board Game Publisher: BLAM !
• Booth 3-P104, which is the location of Blackrock Games, which is the seller of this item at Spiel 2015.
105. Board Game: Celestia [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:620]
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Number of players: 2 − 6
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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In Celestia, a revamped version of Cloud 9, you board an aircraft with a team of adventurers to perform many trips through the cities of Celestia and recover their wonderful treasures. Your journey will not be safe, but you will attempt to be the richest adventurer by collecting the most precious treasures!

At the beginning of a journey, all players place their pawns within the aircraft; the players start the game with six cards in hand (or eight depending on the number of players). At the beginning of each round, one player is chosen to be the captain of the trip and he rolls 2-4 dice to discover the challenges that they will face: fog, lightning bolts, killer birds, or pirates. He must then play the appropriate cards — a compass, a lightning arrester, a foghorn, or even cannons — to continue on the journey and reach the next city. But before the captain plays the appropriate cards, each player must decide whether to stay within the aircraft:

  • If you exit, you're guaranteed the victory points that come from exploring the current city.
  • If you stay on board, you hope to make it to the next city in order to catch more precious treasures. If the captain can't overcome the challenge, though, everyone comes crashing down empty-handed and you'll need to begin a new trip with all passengers on board.

During the journey, each adventurer can try to pull out of the game with fabulous objects (a jetpack, astronomy glasses, etc.) or by changing the trip (modifying the travel or abandoning an explorer in the city). As soon as a player earns treasure worth at least fifty points, the game ends and this player wins.

Other Information: Celestia tournaments will be held each day during Spiel 2015 at 15:00.

• Artist Gaëtan Noir will conduct a signing session each day at 11:00 and 16:00.

• MSRP €25, discounted to €23 and signed by artist Gaëtan Noir if preordered through the Blackrock Games website; preorder two different new games to receive a €4 discount.


• Also available through preorder and at Spiel 2015 are a set of six twinples figures for Celestia (€12) that can replace the figures in the published game. Only 150 sets of figures are available, and they can be preordered as a package deal with the game.

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Board Game Publisher: Blue Cocker Games
• Booth 7-F108

• In addition to what's listed below, at Spiel 2015 Blue Cocker Games will preview two future releases:

Meeple War , a small tactical game in which you fight other villages with your meeple army: 2-4 players, 15 min/player, ages 10+, €30, January 2016.
Yesss!, a party game with a smart communication mechanism (2-7 players, 5-30 min, €15, no later than June 2016.
106. Board Game: Casting [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:9854]
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Number of players: 4 − 8
Playing time: 20 − 40 minutes
Suggested ages: 14 and up
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Each round in Casting, one player is a director who's looking for comedians for her next movie, while the other players are agents who want to promote their own client. To determine who gets which clients, seven comedian tiles (all either male or female) are placed in a row — one under each letter of the word "CASTING" — then one letter tile is secretly dealt to each agent to let them know who they represent.

The Director chooses one of three questions from a card and reads it out loud, e.g., "What is the comedian's favorite dish?", "What's their hobby?", or "What is their main quality?" Now the agents must write an answer to this question that will help the director guess who their client is, based only on their looks!

As the director, you earn points by guessing who each agent represents; as an agent, you score by having the director guess which comedian is yours — and by betting on how many good guesses the director will have!

Other Information: • Available in a French version and a separate English & German version.

• Price €25
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Board Game Publisher: Blue Orange (EU)
• Booth 3-N107

• Want to reserve titles from Blue Orange for pick-up at Spiel 2015? Visit the BOG online booking form, check off the titles (and quantities) that you want, then pay for everything when you pick them up.
107. Board Game: Attila [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:11193]
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Number of players: 2
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 7 and up
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Attila the Hun was an infamous barbarian warlord whose army of nomadic horsemen terrorized the people of Europe and Western Asia for nearly twenty years.

Attila, on the other hand, is a light and fast-paced game in which one player controls Attila and two of his warriors while the other player controls three Roman soldiers, one of them being Roman general Flavius Aetius.

To set up, players create a playing area from the four game board tiles (such as a 4x5 rectangle), then place their figures on empty spaces. On a turn, you move one of your tokens in a knight's move (as in chess); you can traverse occupied squares and empty space as long as you land on a free space. Then you place a scorched earth tile on any empty space. Players alternate turns, and whoever first can't move a token loses the game!

Other Information: • Editions exist with rules in either English or French.

• Price €15; you can have a copy held for you by filling out this form on the Blue Orange website.
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108. Board Game: Crabz [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:7717]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 20 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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Players in Crab Stack represent a family of crabs who don't start out stacked, but who will become stacked over the course of the game, preferably being top crab in the end.

Each player has nine crabs — three large, three medium and three small — and they start in random locations on the game board at the start of play. On a turn, you move exactly one of your crabs — with a large crab moving exactly one space, a medium crab exactly two, and a small crab exactly three — so that you land on top of another crab of the same size or smaller, pinning it and preventing it from moving as long as you sit there.

You can't move over open water, and if your move splits the cast of crabs, then the smaller group is washed away by the waves.

If you can't move on your turn, then you're out of the game — even if one of your crabs is left uncovered later. The last player who makes a move wins!

Other Information: • Editions exist with rules in either English or French.

• Price €25; you can have a copy held for you by filling out this form on the Blue Orange website.
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109. Board Game: Dr. Eureka [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1387]
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Number of players: 1 − 4
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! You must solve his scientific formulas by mixing the molecules from tube to tube without touching them with your bare hands. Transfer your molecules faster than your competition in Dr. Eureka to prove you're the smartest scientist in the lab...

Other Information: • Designer Roberto Fraga will be on hand at Spiel 2015 to demonstrate Dr. Eureka on a giant version of the game:

—Thursday: 16:00 - 17:00
—Saturday: 15:00 - 16:00

• Price €25; you can have a copy held for you by filling out this form on the Blue Orange website.
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110. Board Game: Guess What! [Average Rating:5.69 Unranked]
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Number of players: 3 − 4
Playing time: 20 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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In Guess What!, a game of logic, assumptions and creativity, you're challenged to come up with one clue that describe three cards. The clue can be a phrase, song, movie title, TV series, or anything else that comes to mind so long as it gets the other players to guess your cards! Are you creative enough to win?

Other Information: • Price €15; you can have a copy held for you by filling out this form on the Blue Orange website.
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111. Board Game: Pengoloo [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:7001]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 10 minutes
Suggested ages: 4 and up
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Welcome to the South Pole! Our penguins in Pengoloo are ready to play with you, so roll the dice to find their matching hidden eggs. Be the first to collect six penguins to win. Memory and a little luck will help you succeed in this fun South Pole eggspedition!

In slightly more detail, players roll colored dice, then look for eggs of those colors. The twist is that you can re-find eggs that have already been found to take additional turns. The advanced rule option allows players to steal eggs from each other.

Other Information: • Price €25; you can have a copy held for you by filling out this form on the Blue Orange website.
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112. Board Game: Poulettes [Average Rating:4.44 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2 − 6
Playing time: 10 minutes
Suggested ages: 7 and up
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Get ready to hunt for love as you dig up worthy worms to woo the hearts of the hens on the farm! Rooster Run is a twist of a memory game in which you are a strapping young rooster ready to peck your way to that dear hen's prize worm and win her heart. Flip over earth tiles to find the perfect dinner. After you find two worthy worms, end the round by calling out "Cock-a-doodle-doo!!" and score points for correct matches — but don't be too hasty! If you call out too soon without your prize worm, prepare for heartbreak and lose your dinner!

Other Information: • Price €15; you can have a copy held for you by filling out this form on the Blue Orange website.

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113. Board Game: Rings Up! [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:13808]
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Number of players: 2 − 6
Playing time: 10 minutes
Suggested ages: 6 and up
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Thumbs Up! is what you'll say if you're faster than the other players and can arrange your rings first.

To start play, each player take eight rings — two each of red, blue, green and yellow — and places them on the table. Each round states with one player revealing a challenge card that shows a colored image, with numbers on the various colored items. Players then race to stack some of their rings on one thumb in the order shown on the challenge card. The first player to do so claims the card, and the first player to collect five cards wins!

Thumbs Up! includes variants that have you start each round with the rings on your fingers or in a pile in the center of the table.

Other Information: • Editions exist with rules in either English or French.

• Price €15; you can have a copy held for you by filling out this form on the Blue Orange website.
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Board Game Publisher: Blue Orange Games
• Booth 3-N107

• Want to reserve titles from Blue Orange for pick-up at Spiel 2015? Visit the BOG online booking form, check off the titles (and quantities) that you want, then pay for everything when you pick them up.
114. Board Game: New York 1901 [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:828]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 30 − 60 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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Relive the dawn of modern New York City, the historic years that made it what it is today. Build bigger and higher skyscrapers on some of Lower Manhattan's most iconic streets. Raise one of four legendary skyscrapers — the Park Row, the Singer, the Metropolitan Life, or the majestic Woolworth — and make one of them the crown jewel of your real estate empire!

In New York 1901, the players are building skyscrapers on a map of New York's Financial District. Players take location cards from a card's display and then use 2-3 of those location cards to place Tetris-shaped building tiles on the board. They first build bronze level buildings. Later in the game those buildings can be replaced by silver level and gold level buildings.

Other Information: • Simon Le Minor from Blue Orange says that New York 1901 "will be extensively promoted during the Essen fair with a 100 square meter stand dedicated to the game". In addition, those who purchase the game have a chance of winning a set of five New York 1901 figurines gilded with a 22-carat gold leaf for use in the game (with a winner drawn on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 17:00), with the big prize for the luckiest participant being a paid trip (flight, hotel and city pass) to New York City.

• A German version of New York 1901 will be available in time for Spiel 2015.

• Designer Chénier La Salle and illustrator Vincent Dutrait will be at Spiel 2015 to autograph copies of New York 1901 at the following times:

—Thursday: 11:00 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 16:30
—Friday: 11:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 - 16:00
—Saturday: 11:00 – 12:30 and 16.00 - 18:30
—Sunday: 11:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:30

• Price €40; you can have a copy held for you by filling out this form on the Blue Orange website.

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Board Game Publisher: Board&Dice
• Booth 2-B110, which is the stand for the Polish Publishing League, a group of nine Polish publishing houses, of which this is one.

• In addition to what's listed below, at Spiel 2015 Board&Dice will have the second edition of Dice Brewing, which debuted at Spiel 2014. The price that year was €18 for the base game.

• Aside from the second edition of Dice Brewing, Board&Dice will have the Dice Brewing: Upgrade Kit, which includes everything needed to transform the first edition of the game.
115. Board Game: The Curse of the Black Dice [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:5711]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 20 − 40 minutes
Suggested ages: 14 and up
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Language:
English
German
Polish
Description:

The Curse of the Black Dice is a pirate-themed dice game driven by a random mission generator and four possible mission types. The missions are generated by rolling a handful of black dice to determine the difficulty of each part of the mission. By rolling their own player dice and with the help from the pirate crew, the players try to get at least the same amount of dice to each mission part to fulfill this part. Each part grants rewards and penalties, and each mission has another endgame trigger condition: Each mission gives a reward if the crew fulfills it and punishment if they don't. What's more, if pirates don't fulfill the mission, they also risk that the next part of mission will be more difficult because of the curse of the black dice. In the end, only the player who has captured the most amount of gold wins — that is, if the ship doesn't sink and take all players to the bottom of the ocean with it.

Sail together to find treasures, board ships, plunder villages, or even kill the mighty Kraken...and betray the other players when they don't expect it. There can be only one winner, but all players can lose together!

Other Information: • Price €30
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116. Board Game: Exoplanets [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2791]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 45 − 60 minutes
Suggested ages: 12 and up
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Language:
English
German
Polish
Description:

Exoplanets is a medium-light game, where players create their own planetary system on the table. Players add to the common star, tiles which represent various planets or moons (that protect planets or help create life). Each of these tiles/planets give a different number of tokens (water, atmosphere, asteroids and light) and each planet has their climatic condition, which allows us to create life on these planets. Players can also interact trying to interrupt opponents planets by using space effects, by space tales or fulfill goals to earn more points at the end of the universe. But the players need to know that they are all creating mutual planetary systems.

Other Information: • Price €30
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Board Game Publisher: BoardGameGeek
• Booth 7-D106

• In addition to what's listed below, at Spiel 2015 BoardGameGeek will have a range of promos from its Geek Store on hand for purchase. Exactly which promos and other items won't be determined until close to showtime based on whatever we have on hand.
117. Board Game: I Hate Zombies [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:16453]
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Number of players: 2 − 12
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 6 and up
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Language:
English
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Yet again, a ravening horde of horrible zombies has shambled forth to devour the living. It must be a day of the week that ends in ‘y’.

In I Hate Zombies., 2-12 players face off in a climactic battle for the very fate of the world that will last between 10 and 20 minutes. Some of the players will be the noble last survivors of humanity, while others will be dirty, wretched brain-guzzling zombies. To see who survives, they will engage in that time-honored tradition, that Sport of Kings...

Yes, that's right. Rock-Paper-Scissors. To the Death!

Although the valiant humans each have a special ability to aid them in their struggle to survive, the zombies are tougher to kill, and humans they kill turn into more zombies, and certainly let us not forget the spleen-churning stench.

While the game could be succinctly described as Rock-Paper-Scissors with special abilities, the abilities add some interesting decision making for the zombie players as to which humans to focus their brain munching beam on, and when. So, while the game uses the RPS mechanism, there are real and interesting decisions to be made which will have the zombies debating their strategy (or at least as well as their limited mental capacity allows).

If you hate zombies (and you should!), you'll find altogether more zombies than you're comfortable with in I Hate Zombies.

"I had all the guns, ammo, and canned food I could ever need. Why didn't anyone tell me I also needed to brush up on my bluffing skills?!"
-Last Words of Survivalist Joe

I Hate Zombies. is game #1 in the BGG Micro Series.

Other Information: • Price €10, which includes the I Hate Zombies: We Hate Zombies Too six character mini-expansion.

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Board Game Publisher: BoardM Factory
• Booth 7-C100

GARYKIMGAMES, co-publisher of both the DOME and the GATE, shares booth space with BoardM Factory at Spiel 2015.
118. Board Game: the DOME [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 30 − 60 minutes
Suggested ages: 13 and up
Categories:
Mechanics:
Language:
English
Japanese
Description:

The DOME is the game for 2~4 players. With two players, they fight to drop down the opponent's HP to 0 or make opponent's deck out; with 3~4 players, one will be the overlord and sabotage other players.

Each player carries his own deck regarding his choice of character. There are four characters -'Lia Backtrack', 'Jerry Netbus', 'Odic Sue' and 'Yellow Dragon'. Each character's deck is optimized to use their own skills. In his turn, player can choose four actions with 3 AP.

1) Download : Draw up to 2 cards.
2) Resource Distribution : Place up to 2 cards on resource pool.
3) Installation : Play a card from hand after paying its cost.
4) Cracking : Crack the central server with your own resource.

When player do an action, it can cause the opponent's HP down or force opponent to reduce his own deck. Also some cards already installed can prevent the player from being damaged.

Cracking the central server will give the great benefits to who breaks the security track. So if you want to get that benefits, you must be the first one to break the security than your opponent.

With 3 or 4 players, players will play with 'Mastermind Rule'. One player will be the Mastermind who will use 8 Mastermind cards. These powerful cards allow Mastermind player to make other players in trouble. So they must to cooperate to down the Mastermind. However, Mastermind is also not easy for he has to accumulate enough energies to use mastermind cards.

Other Information: • Price €30, with a package deal of €40 for both this game and its sister game the GATE.
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119. Board Game: the GATE [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2
Playing time: 20 − 40 minutes
Suggested ages: 13 and up
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Language:
English
Japanese
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In the GATE, a strategy game for two players, each player takes four faction cards and places the cards in front of them not shuffled, but separated by faction, face up in ascending order.

Once a player purchases a card from a faction's deck, that card becomes the source of various effects (mostly for attack action) and the topmost card of each faction's deck is the source of defense. Each turn, a player can do three kinds of actions with the cards in hand:

  1. Enhance their factions.
  2. Place guard cards (face down, one card for a faction).
  3. Attack (to different spots).

If he succeeds with an attack, the opponent receives damage; if damage reaches a certain amount, that faction's "gate" perishes. When a player's two gates are demolished, the game ends and that player loses.

The core box of the GATE contains eight sets of factions, some of which are connected with worlds of other games, such as the DOME. More faction packs will be released after the core set.

Other Information: • Price €15, with a package deal of €40 for both this game and its sister game the DOME.
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120. Board Game: Sherlock 13 [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:4264]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 6 and up
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Language:
English
Korean
Description:

In Sherlock 13, first published as Holmes 13, the players take the role of a detective, trying to unmask the famous thief Arsene Lupin, who is among them in disguise.

The game consists of 13 character cards, with 2 to 3 characteristics each. Each characteristic is shared by 3 to 5 characters. The cards are shuffled and one is drawn and put aside. This card represents the disguise chosen by Arsene Lupin. The other cards are distributed evenly among the players. The players now tally the total of characteristics they have on their cards (e.g. 2 detectives, 1 female, 0 genius etc) and note them for later use.

Players now take turns, asking a question to gather new evidence:

a.) To all players: "Who has (at least one) of (this characteristic)?

OR

b.) To one player: "How many of (this characteristic) do you have?

Using these clues the players try to figure out which disguise Arsene has chosen (i.e. which card is missing). Instead of a question, a player may announce which character he suspects to be Arsene in disguise. That player then secretly checks the hidden card. If the suspicion was correct, this player wins the game, otherwise the player is eliminated and the other players continue.

Other Information: • Available for previewing at Spiel 2015 ahead of its release near the end of 2015.
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Board Game Publisher: Boîte de Jeux
• Booth 7-G104
121. Board Game: Mafia Casino [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:11646]
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Number of players: 2 − 5
Playing time: 45 minutes
Suggested ages: 11 and up
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Language:
English
Description:

In the card game Mafia Casino, you want to be the first player to raise $30 million, whether through legal means (such as building hotels or casino resorts to attract clients who deal in pearls and diamonds) or means that fall on the shady side of legal (such as extorting someone or planting bombs in the hotels owned by opponents). The game lasts a number of rounds, and in each round players have a choice between building, gambling, conducting "business", or completing a mission.

Game description from the publisher:

Enter a world where money and the mafia go hand in hand. Build your Casino-Hotel and aim to become the richest. Attract prestigious guests, deal pearls and diamonds, and partake in games of chance. Spying, bombings, robbing safes, and embezzlement will help you sabotage the plans of your opponents. Be cautious though, there are no such things as “rules” in the Mafia.

Other Information:
• In addition to Mafia Casino base game — which admittedly is not new, but I believe this is its first appearance at Spiel and hardly anyone on BGG knows about it anyway, so let's forge ahead — the new-since-last-Spiel Mafia Casino: Henchmen Extension will be available at Spiel 2015.

• Available in both English and French.

• Price €30 for the Mafia Casino base game; €15 for the Henchmen Extension; and €35 for both in a bundle.
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Board Game Publisher: Bomba Games
• Booth 2-B110, which is the stand for the Polish Publishing League, a group of nine Polish publishing houses, of which this is one.

• In addition to what's listed below, at Spiel 2015 Bomba Games will have its 2014 releases Amber Route and Black & White.

122. Board Game: Polskie Smaki [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:13683]
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Number of players: 2 − 5
Playing time: 20 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
Categories:
Mechanics:
Language:
Polish
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“Taste of Poland” is a culinary trip around Poland. We evoke tastes characteristic and unique to each region of the country. In this game, each of you will try to make the most meals by collecting the ingredients needed for their preparation. The player with the highest number of taste points becomes the winner and earns the title of the biggest foodie.

The game consist of a series of rounds in which players take turns carrying out two phases in a certain order. Beginning with the active player, each player plays his or her round. After the round of the active player, the person to the left (clockwise)
of the active player becomes the new active player.

Each round consists of 2 phases:
The phase of the active player: the active player plays a dish card and draws new cards from appropriate decks.
The phase of the remaining players: (it begins at the same time as the phase of the active player) each of the remaining players has the opportunity to prepare the dish played by the active player.

The game ends at the end of the turn of the active player in which the last card is drawn from the face-down deck. The remaining inactive players may prepare the dish depicted on the card played in this round by the active player, provided that they have the necessary ingredients at their disposal. The game ends after the turn of the active player is over. To calculate the final score, each player sums up the Taste Points from the dish cards (prepared dishes) collected in his or her score pile. Additionally, players receive 1 Taste Point for each full meal consisting of 3 different types of dishes.

Other Information: • Price €10

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123. Board Game: Witkacy [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:12578]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 15 − 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 6 and up
Categories:
Mechanics: Show More »
Language:
English
Polish
Description:

In Witkacy, you are going to restore copies of paintings by the famous polish artist Witkacy. In order to get the most of them, you need to look for the right fragments. The player who has the most copies restored wins, but at the same time, popular paintings are more valuable than others.

Each player starts with one double-sided card and puts it in front of themselves as the start of their collection. In each round players take one card, may play a special action, then add the card to their collection. Each card is divided in three segments and shows only part of a painting — at least one quarter of it, half at most.

The aim of the game is to choose which parts of the cards to connect and when and how use the special one-time actions.

Other Information: • Price €12
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Board Game Publisher: Bombyx
• Booths 1-F122 and 3-B108, with this publisher being distributed by Asmodee in Germany, so look for its titles at the Asmodee stand.
124. Board Game: Abyss: Kraken [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 30 − 60 minutes
Suggested ages: 14 and up
Categories: Show More »
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Language:
French
Description:

The Smugglers Guild settled in the heart of the giant sea creatures cemetery, in the darkest depths of the Deep kingdom. In this disconcerting necropolis, with the help of mysterious Krakens, representatives of Guilds are trading NEBULIS, wonderful black pearls, that are the unofficial currency of the realm. That's money stained with blood. They accelerate your way to power, but be careful, because those who are caught with possession face a terrible fate!

Abyss: Kraken is the first expansion for Abyss.

When playing with the Kraken expansion, the base game rules don't change, although new elements are added:

7 New Allies cards
18 New Lord cards
3 Sentinel tokens
6 New location tiles
25 Loot cards
25 Black pearls (the Nebulis)
1 Kraken figure
1 transparent cup
1 Rulebook

Other Information: • Available for demo games at Spiel 2015 and possibly for purchase. The expansion is due out November 2015, and the Bombyx rep is checking as to whether copies will be available for purchase in Essen.

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125. Board Game: Fourberies [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2788]
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Number of players: 2 − 5
Playing time: 40 minutes
Suggested ages: 10 and up
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Language:
French
Description:

It's that special time of year when the entire kingdom gathers at court for the Munificent Theatrical Festival. Acting troupes from all over the land will come together to perform plays of light-hearted comedy or soul-wrenching tragedy. Will their performance win the favour of the king or will his fickle mood spell a flop?

In Histrio, you travel the land recruiting actors to join your troupe. Assemble the right team and you might earn enough money to pay for an entire year of shows. It'll take careful planning and a little luck to out-perform your competitors. The play is the thing in Histrio, and the world is your stage!

Other Information: • Available for demo games with co-designer Bruno Cathala in the Asmodee event area in Hall 1 (1-F122) at Spiel 2015 for one hour each day ahead of the game's scheduled release in February 2016.

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