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SPIEL, held in the town 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 2016, which takes place October 13-16. 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 2015.

Details about the SPIEL 2016 Preview:

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Note that this information has been cobbled together from dozens, nay, hundreds of sources, so inaccuracies may have crept in despite my best efforts. I will update game pages as I receive additional information, and your fellow 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 2016 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: Arclight
• Booth 7-E100, with Japon Brand overseeing sales for this publisher at Spiel 2016.
76. Board Game: Tank Hunter 2e Monster [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2 − 8
Playing time: 10 − 45 minutes
Suggested ages: 12 and up
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Japanese
Description:

Tank Hunter is a simple yet engaging card game featuring all possible tanks from WW2. The players start with a line-up of hidden tanks and can place them in the front line or the back line. Cards can be flipped to be revealed, and revealed tanks can attack other player's tanks.

Tank Hunter 2e Monster is a standalone game that also serves as an expansion for Tank Hunter.

Other Information: • Price €27 if preordered for pick up at SPIEL 2016 through the Japon Brand website; if copies are available at SPIEL 2016, Japon Brand notes that the price might be €1-2 less — but the game might also be completely unavailable to walk-up buyers, which has been the case with many JB games in previous years.
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Board Game Publisher: Ares Games
• Booth 3-E100

• In addition to what's listed below, at SPIEL 2016 Ares Games will have two new game mats for Wings of Glory — No Man's Land and Industrial Complex — available for $50 each.

• Ares Games will also have new ship packs for Sails of Glory, the info for which I've copied below as I'm somewhat helpless when it comes to entering these in the BGG database:

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—Artesien class - 64-gun ships-of-the-line of the French Navy: Artesien 1765/Roland 1771, Protée 1772/Eveillè 1772, HMS Prothee 1780/HMS Argonaut 1782

—Portland class - 50-gun ships fourth-rate of the Royal Navy): HMS Leander 1780/HMS Adamant 1780, HMS Leopard 1790/HMS Isis 1774, Leander 1798/Petit Annibal 1782.

—“Los Meregildos” - 112-gun first rate ships-of-the-line of the Spanish Navy: Santa Ana 1784/Mejicano 1786, Real Carlos 1787/Conde de Regla 1786, Principe de Asturias 1794/San Hermenegildo 1789.

—“Bahama/Nepomuceno” -74-gun ships-of-the-line of the Spanish Navy: San Juan Nepomuceno 1766/San Francisco de Asis 1767, San Agustin 1768/Bahama 1783, HMS Bahama 1805/HMS San Juan 1805.
77. Board Game: Behind the Throne [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:6036]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 20 − 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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English
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Four powerful secret organizations are fighting for the right to rule in the old kingdom, and you can acquire safety, control, and economic dictates only through the conquest of political influence at the royal court. The more servants, nobles and dignitaries you can control, the closer you will be to the purpose. Intrigue, blackmail, or threats are suitable for all those who are struggling in the shadow of the royal throne. Power over each new aristocrat gives you a new method for influencing others. The player of absolute power behind the throne will soon be known.

Behind the Throne is a quick and simple card game in which players collect sets of cards to get new special abilities. Players earn victory points for the heroes they collect, and whoever has the most victory points at the end of the game wins.

Other Information: • Available in both English and German editions.

• A Behind the Throne tournament will take place on Friday, October 14 at SPIEL 2016 starting at 11:00. For details on that event and to sign up, head to this Google form.

• Price $20
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78. Board Game: The Last Friday [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2951]
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Number of players: 2 − 6
Playing time: 30 − 120 minutes
Suggested ages: 14 and up
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English
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Last Friday is a hidden movement, hunting and deduction board game, inspired by the popular "slasher" horror movie genre. In the role of young campers, the players are challenged to survive a long weekend of terror – while one of them takes the role of the undying psychopath hiding in the shadows of the forest. In general, the murderer's goal is to remain hidden and to kill off each of the campers, while the campers are trying to fight back and kill the murderer before they are all killed.

The game is played over four chapters — Arrival at the Camp, The Chase, The Massacre, and The Final Chapter — and each chapter plays out differently as the hunter becomes the prey, then comes back from the dead looking for revenge.

Other Information: • A promo card will be included with purchase at SPIEL 2016.

• Price $50
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79. Board Game: Sword & Sorcery [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:370] [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked]
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Number of players: 1 − 5
Playing time: 60 − 90 minutes
Suggested ages: 12 and up
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Language:
English
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Description from the publisher:

Sword & Sorcery is an epic-fantasy cooperative board game in which 1-5 players fight together against the forces of evil, which are controlled by the game system itself.

Each player controls one or more heroes – legendary characters brought back to life by powerful sorcery. Weakened by the resurrection, they grow stronger during their story-driven quests. By acquiring soul points during battles, the heroes' souls regenerate, restoring their legendary status with multiple powers, magic and soul weapons, and powerful artifacts.

Designed by Gremlin Project (the same team who created Galaxy Defenders), the game system in Sword & Sorcery represents the perfect evolution of its forerunner. Gameplay is faster and dynamic, thanks to an innovative area movement and area control system, with new features never seen before in a game of this category.

Key features of Galaxy Defenders are also preserved in Sword & Sorcery, such as the advanced AI system for monsters, a high degree of character customization, and the multiple tactical options during battles. Sword & Sorcery packs, in a top-quality board game format, all the excitement of the best MMORPGs and action RPGs, to provide the ultimate heroic fantasy board game adventure.

This base game contains ACT I of III.

Other Information: • Available for previewing at SPIEL 2016 ahead of its scheduled release in January 2017.

• Designers Simone Romano and Nunzio Surace will be at the Ares Games booth on Friday and Saturday at 15:00 to present and demo Sword & Sorcery.
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80. Board Game: War of the Ring: Warriors of Middle-earth [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 150 − 180 minutes
Suggested ages: 14 and up
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English
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War of the Ring: Warriors of Middle-earth includes Ents, Dead Men of Dunharrow, Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains, Corsairs of Umbar, Wild Hilmen from Dunland, and Giant Spiders, and with this new expansion for War of the Ring (second edition), these warriors and creatures of Middle-earth – previously featured only as special Event Cards – will become an essential part of the game, with unique figures and specific abilities.

Warriors of Middle-earth also presents new mechanisms to enhance the game. Faction Dice and Faction Events, used together with the new figures, open up new and exciting strategies and make the War of the Ring (second edition) even more challenging and fun.

Other Information: • Two promo cards ("Fly, You Fools" and "I was sent to bear tidings, not Burdens") will be included with purchase at SPIEL 2016.

• Price $45
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81. Board Game: Wings of Glory: World War 1 – Albatros C.III [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2
Suggested ages: 13 and up
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The Albatros C.III was one of the best German two-seaters of WW1. Created as a reconnaissance aircraft, it proved capable of undertaking a variety of roles: observation, light bombing, strafing ground targets, and escorting bombers. Introduced at the end of 1915, as an improvement of the successful earlier C.I model, it was produced in great numbers and used by many of Germany’s allies. Its construction was so robust it remained in service until the end of the war, some C.IIIs surviving even after the Armistice.

Albatros C.III (Bohme/Ladermacher)
Erwin Böhme was one of the great German aces, achieving his first victory in the Albatros C.III. He was unwillingly responsible for the tragic death of his friend, Oswald Boelcke.

Albatros C.III (Meinecke)
When World War I started in 1914, Emil Meinecke joined the German Fliegertruppe and served first in Germany, then Turkey as an instructor and later as a combat pilot.

Albatros C.III (Luftstreitkräfte)
Hundreds of C.IIIs were used in combat by the German Luftstreitkräfte and until 1917, this airplane proved extremely useful both on the Western and Eastern Front.

Each WW1 Wings of Glory® Airplane Pack is a ready–to–play model, painted and assembled, 100% compatible with any other WW1 Wings of Glory game product.

Other Information: • Available in different models; price $20 each
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82. Board Game: Wings of Glory: World War 1 – Nieuport 11 [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2
Suggested ages: 13 and up
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The Nieuport 11 “Bébé” was a French single seat fighter aircraft. Reaching the front in early 1916, it outclassed its German opponent, the Fokker Eindecker. It ended the dominance of German aviation, known as the “Fokker Scourge,” and gave air superiority to France during the battle of Verdun. The Nieuport 11 performed well in combat thanks to its excellent inherent speed, rate–of–climb, and agility. This successful airplane, however, had one limitation – its lack of a synchronized machine gun, which hampered its offensive capabilities.

Nieuport 11 (Chaput)
A French ace credited with 16 victories, Jean Chaput was renowned for his audacity and ‘sang-froid’ and was awarded with the Légion d’Honneur for his achievements.

Nieuport 11 (De Turenne)
Armand de Turenne, a cavalryman before entering the French air force, proved himself a true “knight of the air,” sharing his victories with no less than 15 other pilots.

Nieuport 11 (Ancillotto)
“Giannino” Ancillotto is part of Italian aviation history for his 11 victories, including three balloons shot down with his rocket–armed aircraft.

Each WW1 Wings of Glory® Airplane Pack is a ready–to–play model, painted and assembled, 100% compatible with any other WW1 Wings of Glory game product.

Other Information: • Available in different models; price $15 each
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83. Board Game: Wings of Glory: World War 1 – Phonix D.I [Average Rating:8.69 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.69 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2
Suggested ages: 13 and up
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The Phönix D.I was a single–seat biplane fighter with a stout and compact design, used by both branches of Austro–Hungarian air service. It was a fast airplane, well–armed and offering good vision, but it was quite difficult to maneuver and had a poor climb rate. Employed first as an escort fighter and fighter, in spite of structural weaknesses, it was favorably received by many pilots, who found it stable, robust, and easy to fly. The D.I was also used effectively as a photo–reconnaissance aircraft.

Phönix D.I (Lang)
Scoring his last three victories against Macchi seaplanes, Friedrich Lang became one of only two naval aces of the Austro–Hungarian Empire.

Phönix D.I (Urban)
Karl Urban flew in the Phönix D.I on the Piave Front. He became an ace fighting with this airplane, scoring his fifth victory on May, 19th 1918.

Phönix D.I (Gruber)
Kurt Gruber received glory and honor for the Austro–Hungarian Empire by claiming 11 victories, including five victories in the Phönix D.I.

Each WW1 Wings of Glory® Airplane Pack is a ready–to–play model, painted and assembled, 100% compatible with any other WW1 Wings of Glory game product.

Other Information: • Available in different models; price $15 each
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84. Board Game: Wings of Glory: World War 1 – Sopwith 1½ Strutter/Comic [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 13 and up
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The Sopwith 1½ Strutter was an innovative multi-role airplane, designed to answer the request of the British Admiralty for a two-seat bomber for the Western Front. Its nickname comes from the odd shape of the inboard struts, which attached to the fuselage rather than to the lower wing. It was the first British airplane to use a synchronized machine-gun for the pilot – able to fire through the rotating propeller – and the first two-seater with a “puller” engine. It served with both British air services and was also widely used by French aviation.

The Sopwith 1½ Strutter Comic was derived from the two-seater Sopwith 1½ Strutter. The Comic was modified to become a single-seat fighter, used by British Home Defense to defend the British Isles from German bombing raids.

Sopwith 1½ Strutter (Costes/Astor)
Serving in the French Air Service during World War I, Dieudonné Costes scored eight victories in the Balkans, becoming a fighter ace.

Sopwith 1½ Strutter (Collishaw/Portsmouth)
Raymond Collishaw, one of the greatest aces of WW I, started his glorious career in this aircraft in 1916, when he successfully dueled against six German airplanes at the same time.

Sopwith 1½ Strutter Comic (78 Squadron)
The 78 Squadron used this aircraft in home defense, exploiting its flight stability and long range capability to defend Britain against the huge German bombers.

Each WW1 Wings of Glory® Airplane Pack is a ready–to–play model, painted and assembled, 100% compatible with any other WW1 Wings of Glory game product.

Other Information: • Available in different models; price $20 each
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Board Game Publisher: Argentum Verlag
• Booth 3-G114
85. Board Game: Gnomenparlament [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Number of players: 4 − 8
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 10 and up
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Language:
English
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Gnomic Parliament is kind of a party game, but with a little bit of tactics. During play, you vote to change the rules of the game, and voting the same way as other players gives you points toward winning.

Other Information: • Available for previewing (possibly?) at SPIEL 2016 ahead of its release in 2017.
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Board Game Publisher: Artipia Games
• Booth 1-D137

• In addition to what's listed below, at SPIEL 2016 Artipia Games will have the second edition of The Pursuit of Happiness, co-published with Stronghold Games, as well as the Dice City: By Royal Decree expansion, which is co-published with AEG and listed under that publisher.
86. Board Game: Clown Standoff [Average Rating:4.95 Overall Rank:16330]
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Number of players: 2 − 6
Playing time: 10 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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The circus show went really, really bad, and now the clowns are blaming each other...by throwing pies! And the clowns' code dictates that whoever remains clean the longest wins the argument.

Clown Standoff is separated into two phases. Phase one is a trick-taking phase with simultaneous card selection. Each player has cards 1-6, and four times players each lay down one card; tied cards are eliminated, then the highest card wins. The one exception to this: If a 1 and a 6 have both been played, then the 1 card wins the trick. All winners keep the cards they used to win the tricks, then they move to phase 2.

In Phase 2, six "Pie Throw" cards are in the middle of the table: five "Dodge" cards and one "Hit" card. Starting with whoever has the most cards from phase one, players then take turns as follows: They can draw a card; or they can discard one card from the ones they collected in phase one to shuffle all face-up Pie Throw cards, then draw one; or they can discard cards equal to the number of players who are still in the game to pass their turn to the next player.

If a player draws a Dodge card, nothing happens and the remaining cards move to the next player. If a player draws a Hit card, that player is out of the game; after this, all Pie Throw cards are again shuffled to form a deck, and the player with the most cards from phase one starts a new turn.

The last clown standing wins!

Other Information: • Price to be announced closer to SPIEL 2016.
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87. Board Game: Fields of Green [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:747]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 45 minutes
Suggested ages: 12 and up
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Fields of Green takes place in the second half of the 20th century. Players take the role of farm owners trying to expand their property and business. By adding fields, livestock and facilities, they build an economic engine that will bring them closer to victory.

Fields of Green, inspired by Among the Stars, is played over four rounds (years) during which players draft cards and add them to their ever-expanding farms. At the end of each year comes the harvest season when they must water their fields, feed their livestock, and pay maintenance costs in order to receive valuable resources that will allow them to further expand in the next year.

Through various means, player eventually convert their wealth to victory points, and the player who gathers the most by the end of the fourth year wins.

Other Information: • Price to be announced closer to SPIEL 2016.
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Board Game Publisher: Asmodee
• Booth 3-B108
88. Board Game: Dobble: Cars [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:4064]
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Number of players: 2 − 6
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 4 and up
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Spot it Jr.! Animals features the same game play as its parent Spot it! but in a simplified manner so that younger players can play, too. (Spot it! Numbers & Shapes and Spot it! Alphabet feature different images on their cards, but they have the same number of cards and the same gameplay.)

Note: some of the different editions have slightly different rulesets (see e.g. uploaded files of different versions). Some editions (e.g. Dobble Beach with its waterproof cards) even feature the aim of playing through all the minigames and the player who won the most minigames wins.

Each card in Spot it Jr.! Animals features six different animals, with the sizes of animals varying from one card to another. Any two cards have exactly one animal in common. To play, reveal one card, then another. Whoever spots the animal in common on both cards claims the first card, then another card is revealed for players to search, and so on.

Whoever has collected the most cards when the deck runs out wins!

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89. Board Game: Dobble: Star Wars [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:963] [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2 − 8
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 7 and up
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Spot it!, a.k.a. Dobble, is a simple pattern recognition game in which players try to find an image shown on two cards.

Each card in original Spot it! features eight different symbols, with the symbols varying in size from one card to the next. Any two cards have exactly one symbol in common. For the basic Spot it! game, reveal one card, then another. Whoever spots the symbol in common on both cards claims the first card, then another card is revealed for players to search, and so on. Whoever has collected the most cards when the 55-card deck runs out wins!

Rules for different games – each an observation game with a speed element – are included with Spot it!, with the first player to find a match either gaining or getting rid of a card. Multiple versions of Spot it! have been published, with images in each version ranging from Halloween to hockey to baseball to San Francisco.

The game is sold as Spot it! in the USA and Dobble in Europe, with slight differences between the two editions.

Note: some versions have fewer cards and fewer symbols per card. (E.g. 30 cards with 6 symbols each.): Spot it Jr.! Animals

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90. Board Game: Dream Home [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:825]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 7 and up
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Language:
English
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What would your house look like? Would you rather have a huge bedroom with an elegant canopy bed or a spacious living room with a grand piano? You are going to play a part of designers who will plan a house and add more and more rooms to it.

Dream Home is a family game about building and furnishing your new house. Over twelve rounds, players collect pairs of cards consisting of a room card and an accessory card (roof, helper, furnishing or tool) and place them on their personal boards, creating their dream homes.

At the end of the game, all players’ houses are finished and fully furnished. Players compare their houses, counting points for functionality, good design, quality of roof and furnishing. The player with the nicest and most comfortable house wins.

Other Information: • Also available at one or the other (or both) Asmodee booths — 1-F122 or 3-B108 — in addition to at the REBEL.pl booth.
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91. Board Game: Mysterium: Hidden Signs [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2 − 7
Playing time: 42 minutes
Suggested ages: 10 and up
Categories:
Mechanics:
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Language:
English
Description:

Description from the publisher:

They thought the secret of Warwick mansion had been solved and the spirit had found peace, but now new signs have emerged that were previously hidden. New suspects, places, and objects that do not fit into the picture — and the presence of the ghost is strong once again.

In Mysterium: Hidden Signs, the spiritualists must return to the old mansion and investigate these disturbing visions. Will they understand all the instructions this time and give the ghost its final rest?

Other Information: • Available in separate English and German editions at SPIEL 2016.
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Board Game Publisher: ASYNCRON games
• Booth 6-B124

• In addition to what's listed below, at SPIEL 2016 ASYNCRON game will have Mare Nostrum: Ressource Chips (MSRP €55), with this being a package of thematic poker chips that can replace the cardboard resource token in Mare Nostrum: Empires.
92. Board Game: Mare Nostrum: Empires [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:414]
Designed by:
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Number of players: 3 − 5
Playing time: 90 − 120 minutes
Suggested ages: 14 and up
Categories: Show More »
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Language:
French
Description:

The ancient Romans called the Mediterranean Sea "mare nostrum", which is Latin for "our sea".

Mare Nostrum is an empire-building game in which 3-5 players [or 2-6 with the 'Atlas' expansion] lead their individual ancient empires to dominion of Mare Nostrum. You grow the fame and glory of your empire by expanding your influence into new Provinces, then extending your Trade Caravans, building Markets, and founding new Cities and Temples. You can recruit Heroes and create Wonders to help your cause. But beware of your "friends" because they may look upon your gains with envy and greed...

Mare Nostrum is a re-introduction by Academy Games and Asyncron of the original 2003 release with updated rules, counters, and map board. This edition includes many new components and multiple new ways to win!

In more detail, you choose an empire to lead, which begins with three Provinces. You can lead with Caesar of Rome and its powerful Legions, or with Pericles, the prominent Greek statesman and orator, with the great Babylonian lawgiver and healer King Hammurabi, or with Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, whose engineers led in the development of grain storage and irrigation, or with Hannibal, leader of the Carthaginians, whose merchants thrived on trade and commerce. Now you decide how you will grow your empire. You can do this by:

  • Expanding your Trade and creating Wonders.
  • Concentrating on Culture and building the great Pyramids.
  • Developing a strong and powerful Military to occupy the Provinces of other empires, or
  • Exerting Political Leadership by claiming the titles of Trade Leader, Cultural Leader, and Military Leader.
Other Information: • MSRP €60
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Board Game Publisher: AVStudioGames
• Booth 1-D129
93. Board Game: Clinic Expansion: Medical Dossier 3 [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
Designed by:
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Number of players: 1 − 4
Playing time: 60 − 120 minutes
Suggested ages: 12 and up
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Mechanics:
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Language:
English
Description:

Clinic Expansion: Medical Dossier 3, the third expansion for the CliniC base game, contains:

  • 5 Virus + new orange and red cubes
  • Public works tiles
  • Pregnant women
  • Satellite dish tiles

The ICU PnP tiles and rules are included in this last dossier as well as an official solo variant.

Other Information: • Price €20; fifty copies are available for SPIEL 2016, and to purchase one, you must place a preorder by email to avstudiogames@gmail.com, then pick it up on either Thursday or Friday.
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94. Board Game: Small City: The Big Tiles Expansion #1 [Average Rating:8.19 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.19 Unranked]
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Number of players: 1 − 4
Playing time: 60 − 120 minutes
Suggested ages: 12 and up
Categories:
Mechanics:
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Language:
English
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Small City: The Big Tiles Expansion #1, the first big expansion for the Small City base game, consists of 54 new building tiles:

  • 9 palaces
  • 12 Leisure tiles : 4 Stadiums, 4 Cinemas, 4 Swimming pools
  • 12 Statues
  • 4 Tramway Stations
  • 4 Airports size 9 and size 8
  • 4 Banks
  • 4 Residence of Level 6
  • 4 Recycling Centers
  • 5 Promise cards
  • Rules
Other Information: • Price €20; one hundred copies are available for SPIEL 2016, and to purchase one, you must place a preorder by email to avstudiogames@gmail.com, then pick it up on either Thursday or Friday.

• Additional Small City expansions available at SPIEL 2016 — all of which should be preordered in the same manner described above and are available in the same quantity — are Character Meeple Expansion 2 – The Godzillas (€10), Player boards Expansion #2 – The Rivers (€5), and Player boards Expansion #3 – The Forests (€5).

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95. Board Game: Tramways [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:1095]
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Number of players: 1 − 5
Playing time: 120 minutes
Suggested ages: 14 and up
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Language:
English
French
German
Description:

The 1920s: Small City was founded just a few years ago and is still a fledgling town at this stage. Nonetheless, the Town Center is prosperous, and the managers of the weird CliniC have been duly incarcerated for years by this point. Now it is time to reach a new step: Building a new map transit.

In Tramways, you take the role of one of the managers of the local CliniC who were fired last month when it was discovered that you had acquired wealth on the backs of patients and their poor health. You are now at the head of a team of engineers, ready to build the best and most effective network possible for Small City. Your aim is to find the best places between buildings and citizens so that they can use your networks (and not those of your opponents, who are always ready to buy the most interesting development areas). Be assured that a happy citizen who is able to move where and when he wants will thank the best transport companies. There is nothing that satisfies a chief manager more than seeing citizens happy...

The game is divided into six rounds, each of which is divided into two halves:

  • During the first half of a round, players compete to acquire the best development cards to create their most efficient deck. An original auction phase also determines turn order — and being the first player increases your stress level.
  • During the second half, they play a train game, using their deck to try to build a great network between the different buildings of Small City. They try to move passengers without stressing them during the transit, in the end obtaining happiness points, which is the aim of the game.

The more that players use the symbols on their cards, the more actions they can do, but they also increase their stress level at the same time, which leads to negative victory points...

Other Information: • For background on Tramways, read this designer diary on the game's development from designer Alban Viard.

• MSRP €50, but discounted to €45 for sales at SPIEL 2016; Viard recommends placing a preorder by email to avstudiogames@gmail.com, with you then picking up the game on either Thursday or Friday. He notes that LudiCreations, the publisher whose booth he is sharing, might still have copies of Tramways for sale on Saturday and Sunday, but he'll be long gone by that point and no copies are guaranteed on those days.

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Board Game Publisher: AzaoGames
• Booth 7-G102
96. Board Game: Flip Hop [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 10 − 20 minutes
Suggested ages: 6 and up
Categories: Show More »
Mechanics:
Language:
Dutch
English
French
German
Description:

In Flip Hop, each player receives a set of nine double sided tiles with different snails on it and a deck of mission cards is shuffled and placed face down in the center of the table. One player flips over the top card, which depicts a mission of 9 tiles in 3x3 rows. The first player arrange his 9 tiles by flipping and arranging them claims the card and reveals the next card.

Once all the cards have been claimed, whoever holds the most cards wins!

Other Information: • Price €15
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97. Board Game: Spywhere [Average Rating:5.80 Unranked]
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Number of players: 2 − 6
Playing time: 20 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
Categories:
Mechanics:
Language:
Dutch
English
French
German
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Description:

Players embody spies from different nationalities and will do everthing they can to collect the favourite foods stolen from their countries and to identify their opponent's nationalities. Could the player who loves pizza be the Italian spy?
And the one who likes cheese and carries a baguette under his arm? Is he French or is he bluffing?

Other Information: • Available for demo games at SPIEL 2016.
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Board Game Publisher: Baccum Inc.
• Booth 3-J100

• In addition to what's listed below, at SPIEL 2016 Baccum Inc. will have its 2015 release Generalship, which I ran across during SPIEL 2015 and added to that preview the same day, albeit too late for most people to see it listed. In any case, here it is again!

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Generalship is a compact strategy game and the players can experience the history of Europe.

You will compete using 49 highly famed generals in Europe from the 4th century B.C. to the 19th century. You choose a nation to rule: Austria, Byzantium, England, or France, and then appoint a general from the 49 ones available as your commander. Using this, you will run your nation internally by accumulating political power, increasing production and population, and developing technologies. You will handle your external politics by raising armies and managing alliance relationships.

While shaping history with other players, based on your efficient use of actions, the abilities of your commander, and a little bit of luck, you will be able to win by earning more victory points than your competitors. Specifically, players can earn victory points by winning battles or developing new technologies.

98. Board Game: Azuchi Castle [Average Rating:4.97 Overall Rank:15552]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 20 − 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
Categories:
Mechanics:
Language:
English
German
Description:

SENGOKU JIDAI—the central government's authority had weakened and local lords were fighting each other. Japan fell into a chaotic era of warring states.

With the Warlord Oda Nobunaga's arrival in Kyoto, people started dreaming that the age of peace would begin. Oda Nobunaga tried to unify the country and reorganize the government by bringing the authority back to TENNO. In 1576, he selected Azuchi, a town on the eastern shore of Lake Biwa where he started to establish his new castle and power. This unconstrained and lively city reflected his ambition to bring an end to a chaotic era. The city was characterized by a luxurious castle and open markets; his city underwent unprecedented growth. Now it is your turn!

In Azuchi Castle, players acting in the role of retainers need to complete Oda Nobunaga's mission: Construct Azuchi castle. You need to produce resources (roof tile, stone, wood) and earn money. You should also raise armies against upcoming attacks. Based on your efficient choice of actions, you could win the game by earning more victory points than your competitors.

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Board Game Publisher: Backspindle Games Ltd.
• Booth 1-F148

• In addition to what's below, at SPIEL 2016 Backspindle Games will have older titles Clacks (€30), Guards! Guards! (€30), and Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice (€25).
99. Board Game: Codinca [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:4188]
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
Categories:
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Language:
Dutch
English
French
German
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Deep within the rain forests of the Yucatan, rival teams of treasure hunters have recently discovered the lost city of Codinca. In the center of the once great citadel stands a stone temple. Local legends tell of great treasures that lie buried beneath the temple, but despite many weeks of searching no doorway has been found.

On the top of the temple stands a square stone altar. A small totem stands in the center of this, surrounded by a pattern of sixteen carved tiles. Examining them closely you discover an intricate series of mechanisms which allow the tiles to switch places and turn over, which reveals that each tile has a stone side and a gold side. Carvings on each side of the pillar indicate that a sequence of four key patterns must be made with the tiles to open the temple. Can you be the first to unlock the secrets of Codinca?

In Codinca, each player has control of a set of four matching symbol tiles: Air, Water, Earth or Fire. Players take turns attempting to move their tiles into a series of four specific key patterns indicated on the key discs drawn at the beginning of the game; those patterns are a block of four, a line of four, four corners (can be four corners of any nine tiles as well as outside corners) and a diagonal line of four.

On each turn a player must either switch and flip one of their own tiles with any adjacent tile, or switch one of their tiles with any adjacent tile and switch the same or another of their tiles with any adjacent tiles or flip two tiles, one of which must be one of their own tiles. In addition, players are allocated three Spirit Card that gives them the bonus move choice of Line Push or Rotate Four. This allows players to disguise their planned moves. On the back of the Spirt Card is a Trap Pattern. This can be used to change a set display of tiles from gold to stone and visa versa to match the pattern on the Trap Pattern. Players can match their required patterns in any order, and the first player to match all patterns wins.

Other Information: • New edition of this 2013 release with rules in more languages and with a graphic design overhaul.

• Price €15, discounted for sales at SPIEL 2016
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Board Game Publisher: Bankiiiz Editions
• Booth 3-O104/O111 in space shared with the publisher's French distributor, Blackrock Games.
100. Board Game: Bubblee Pop [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3169]
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Number of players: 1 − 2
Playing time: 20 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
Categories:
Mechanics:
Language:
English
French
Description:

Description from the publisher:

Align them all! In Bubblee Pop, players compete head-to-head to save Bubblees by aligning three of them horizontally or vertically. Once aligned, the Bubblees give the player points and trigger special powers. If you pile them the wrong way, though, you risk losing the game immediately.

Other Information: • MSRP €20, but discounted to €18 if preordered through the Blackrock Games website.

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