Hello! My gamer friends! Essen fever is warming up again! Our booth will be at HALL 5, C122/D123 in Spiel 2018! Be sure to come by and say hi and try some Taiwanese design!
This year, we partner with 9 publishers from Taiwan to bring you 14 new games! The quantity of each game is limited (shipping pallets of games from Taiwan to Germany isn't an easy task), so if you find any games that look fun to you, please come to grab a copy early. You may also PRE-ORDER to secure your copies!
==== HOW TO PRE-ORDER ====
This year we have made some changes in the PRE-ORDER process. We will ask you to kindly PayPal the price in advance, so that we can save you much time when picking up your PRE-ORDER items at our booth because we don't need to check the total amount and no money needs to change hands at the busy booth. Thanks!
1. Fill in the PRE-ORDER form (Pick-up) carefully. 2. We will email you with the total amount and PayPal link. 3. Complete the PayPal payment. 4. Pick up your games at the PREORDER EXPRESS COUNTER at our booth. (Show us your confirmation number)
*We'll keep your PRE-ORDER until SUNDAY 12:00 NOON, Oct 28. If you fail to pick-up the PRE-ORDER items by then, we plan to ship your games to you and will email you to kindly ask for your shipping address and shipping payment.
1. Fill in the PRE-ORDER form (Shipping) carefully with your shipping details. 2. We will email you with the total amount (+shipping fee) and PayPal link. 3. Complete the PayPal payment. 4. We'll ship your games to you after Essen Spiel (with tracking numbers).
City Building / Resource Management / Tile Placement / Worker Placement
Build the tiles, collect resources, fight the nightmare, and rebuild your memory in the Forgotten City!
Box size: 27*27*7 cm
Overview Nested within a fantastical grove of giant trees lies a forgotten city where you find yourself. When you wake up, fairies help you on your path to remembrance by recollecting memory fragments, bringing about miracles, stopping the nightmares, and creating lasting imprints within your own memories.
The Forgotten City is a strategic city-building game for 2-4 players. There are three major ways to score points, and players may sequence their actions to optimize for a path from the very start. Through limiting the number and types of actions in certain situations, the game pushes players to focus sharply on optimal decision-making, yet encourages players to choose divergent strategies, creating a tight, brain-burning experience.
Social Deduction / Acting / Partnerships / Secret Agent
Overview MeowMeow Mia is a social deduction game where players from two opposing factions are trying to outwit their opponents in the battle of smuggling. The notorious Meowfia is trying to smuggle contrabands to different locations in the city for a good load of fortune. However, the law enforcement has secretly planted its undercover agent in the ranks of the Meowfia with the mission of informing his/her comrades through means of passing secret codes so that the law enforcement can stop the Meowfia’s smuggling attempts. As for the Meowfia, their job is to identify the undercover agent or successfully complete three smuggling attempts to win the game!
MeowMeow Mia is nothing like the ordinary social deduction games because in this game you are communicating with some secret gesture codes! Keep your eyes open and pay attention to every little bit of movement from other players. They might be leaking your smuggling plans under your nose!
Overview Mini WWII is a strategic wargame for 2-4 players and playable in 90 minutes. Players command the military forces of Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, and Soviet Russia during the Second World War. Through smart play of your Strategy Cards, you will help your team earn Victory Points (VPs) and deny them from your opponents by controlling territories, conducting diplomacy, and researching technologies. In the end, the team with the most VPs wins the game.
Essen promo: €3"Peace" promo cards x4 PREORDERS will get the promo for FREE!
Essen promo: €2"Arctic War" map expansion PREORDERS will get the promo for FREE!
Choose the colors carefully, arrange the orders wisely, run the workshops efficiently, and win the game with colorful combos!
Box size: 26*26*5 cm
Overview The rise of industrialization during the Victorian Era enabled both the mass production of a type of glazed pottery known as majolica as well as its spread to the Far East, including Japan, China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. The name “Majolica” comes from the Spanish name for the island of Maio (Cape Verde), which became renowned for (and later synonymous with) its export of high quality colorful glazed pottery tiles.
In the game of Majolica, players take turns to collect majolica tiles from the outlying sides of a 4 x 4 grid and place them in one of their four workshops. When the ratio of the tile colors matches the requirement of the workshop, you may deliver the tiles to your design card and "carry-over" the remaining tiles to the next workshop.
Choose the tiles wisely, arrange your design cards in the right place, and "recycle" your remaining tiles efficiently are the keys to score the most points and win the game.
Essen promo: All PURCHASES will come with three small expansions from the crowdfunding version.
Dice Rolling / Resource Management / Tableau Building / Area Control
Roll the dice to collect resources, build landmarks, and win the game!
Box size: 38.5*27*7.5 cm
Overview After World War II and subsequent land reforms, Taiwan entered a period of rapid economic growth known as the "Taiwan Miracle", which resulted in a construction boom all across the island. With the economy opening up and fortunes to be made everywhere, will you rise above your rivals to become the most influential developer in all of Taiwan?
Taiwan is a resource management city-building game that requires area control and precise timing. Players run construction companies in Taiwan and manage their resources to build the right combination of structures at the right times and places to score the most points and win the game!
Spend the money, build the city, hire the people, run the truck, and become the best mayor in the world!
Box size: 27*19*6.5 cm
Overview Welcome to Fortune City! In this game, adapted from the smartphone-based expense tracking app and city building game, you will build your own personalized version of the city by purchasing goods and recording your expenses.
Every purchase can create a unique building on your player board and upgrade your expense track. Through careful planning you can purchase goods, construct new buildings, and hire citizens to increase your city’s productivity. In the end, the player who has created the most valuable city based on its buildings, expense track investments, collected diamonds, and overall cleanliness will become world’s greatest mayor and win the game!
Essen promo: The first 50 PREORDERS will get a shining metal "The Mayor Is Back" gold coin for FREE. The following 50 PREORDER and/or PURCHASES will get a shining metal silver coin for FREE.
Send the fairy, collect the seeds, and breed them into mystical plants for the win!
Box size: 29.2*22.4*5.2 cm
Overview Ever since these mystical seeds were discovered, botanists around the world have been researching and experimenting with them to cultivate amazing plants. What are the properties of these plants? What new possibilities can be cultivated?
In Mystical Seeds, players are botanists conducting research on mystical seeds. Through collecting seeds and grafting them together, players will gain further understanding of their mystical properties. When players are able to cultivate a magnificent new plant worthy of academic acclaim, they publish their findings to garner widespread prestige. At the end, the botanist with the greatest prestige wins!
Roll the dice and catch the fish! Simple like that!
Box size: 17*12*4 cm
Overview As a lifelong competitive dice fisherman, you are confident in your ability to catch fish with your remarkable rolls. But you can’t be overly modest about your skills in this competition! Show your opponents you can walk the talk with your spectacular dice fishing skills and put these braggarts in their place!
In Dice Fishing: Roll & Catch, each player is a dice fisherman in the competition, which lasts 10 rounds. Every round, a fish card with its requirements is revealed. Players secretly wager how many and what types of dice they need to win the card before their bids are simultaneously revealed. Starting with the player with the fewest dice, players roll to see if they meet the card requirements and catch the fish. The first to do so wins the fish on the card along with its points. The player with the most points wins and can claim the title “King of Dice Fishing!”
Essen promo: All PURCHASES will get the "Taiwan Tilapia" promo card for FREE!
Memory / Speed / Pattern Recognition / Set Collection
Name the strange creatures in the farm and shout out their names LOUD for the win!
Box size: 15.2*10.2*3.8 cm
Overview Unnamed Farm Organisms, a.k.a. UFO, is a party game of memory and speed reaction. Players are intergalactic biologists whose mission is to gather organisms from across the galaxy. Your next destination: Earth.
You are charged with the collection and naming of these strange earth creatures, starting with these places they call "farms." It is best to avoid alerting these so-called "farmers" and definitely stay away from the dreaded Men In Black. The success of the mission may depend upon it. Name the farm organisms and recall their names before your rivals, so that you might be entitled the best agents in the project "UFO."
Essen promo: €4Mini expansion "In the Wrong Dimension" The first 100 PREORDERS will get the promo for FREE!
Cooperation / Pattern Building / Set Collection / Puzzle
Price: €13 Deluxe (box) / €8 Travel (plastic)
Box size: 13.8*10.8*3.3 cm
Expansion: a. €3 Purple Cats (7 Purple cards) b. €3 Clowder Time (7 Event cards) c. €3 Get Your Claws Out (6 secret Object cards)
Combo: €20 Deluxe + all 3 Expansions
Pick up the cats on the street, and work together to find them home!
Overview Cat Rescue is a cooperative card game for 1-4 players. During the game, players take turns to pick up a cat from the street or rescue home and slide it into the cat shelter of a 4 x 4 grid in the center of the table. When there are three or four cats of the same color in a row or column, cats in the middle are flipped over and now ready for adoption. When the flipped-over cats are pushed out of the grid, they are adopted to their new loving home.
The game ends when the deck is depleted or when a rescue home has three cats. Players together receive a "Cat Rescue" title based on the number of cats that are flipped and adopted.
Essen promo: PREORDERS will get a pink cat meeple (see the photo above) for FREE!
Sweetie: €15 Six 3" die cut weather proof vinyl stickers (€18 in Essen)
Look at this photograph. Every time I do it makes me laugh!
Box size: 22*16*4.5 cm
Overview Something Is Missing is a picture book written and illustrated in Taiwan and has now been adapted to a memory dexterity game. This game, not only provides you with the book’s images faithfully represented, but also allows you to experience Taiwan’s rich traditional culture.
In Something Is Missing, players will be invited to carefully appraise the images, and the one to first successfully recall the missing object will score. Enjoy exploring the images of Taiwanese culture through this fun and lighthearted 3-7 player game!
Get in the ring, you naughty galactic wrestling monster!
Box size: 10.5*7*3.5 cm
Overview In Galaxy Wrestling Federation, you and your fellow alien wrestlers challenge each other to determine who is the ultimate champion in the entire galaxy.
All players begin the game with the same set of hand cards and randomly discard two cards in front of themselves. On your turn, you must choose an opponent to challenge and announce whether you want to compare your strength (bigger number wins) or speed (smaller number wins). By carefully examining what cards the opponent had lost in from of them, and cunningly mischiefing them into playing the card that will be beaten by yours. But it's not just about the numbers. Each card has a "Killer Move" number that will automatically defeat a certain number. So the key to claim the championship belt relies on how to outsmart your rivals or bluff your way to the top!
Plant those delicious fruits on the fertile soil for the win!
(Photo credit: henk.rolleman) Box size: 20.5*20.5*6 cm
Overview At the intersection of northeastern and southeastern Asia exists a mysterious and peculiar island, it's called Formosa. Throughout this wonderful landscape, mountains, plains, and hills of all shapes and sizes exist under a subtropical environment that is especially optimal for growing fruits. In fact, fruits are available for harvest every season on this island and with the proper cultivation, delicious crops can be produced throughout the year.
In Harvest Island, players take on the role of cultivators, sowing seeds in different types of fields under varying weather conditions in order to maximize their harvests. Using the knowledge gained from weather forecasting, players must harvest their crops at the proper time in order to become the best cultivator the land has ever seen!
Life is like a deck of cards, you never know what you're going to draw!
Box size: 27.5*19*5 cm
Overview It has been said that: "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get." The gamer might say: "Life is like a deck of cards, you never know what you're going to draw." However, just like you make choices in your life, your choices will guide you in building your own deck.
My Story is a deck-building card game for 2-4 players that invites you to experience a colorful and fulfilling life in less than 60 minutes. In this game, players get to build the deck of their life by gaining new Life Stories, completing Projects, and potentially switching to a new Occupation. The game ends when all players reach the age of retirement, and the player who lives the most gratifying life and scores the highest victory points wins!
Children's Game / Action/Dexterity / Pattern Building / Speed
Find the correct color combination to dress up your baby animals!
Box size: 25*14.8*4.8 cm
Overview Welcome to the Dress Up Show! You must change the colors of your outfits as fast as possible to match the assigned missions and score points. Some costumes have special colors and patterns. Can you beat the other players to be crowned the Dressing King/Queen?
In What to Wear? players use their colored plastic cards to match the colors and patterns shown on each mission card. Some missions require a bit knowledge of color mixing and reasoning. Get some practice and you may become the master of colors!
Children's Game / Action/Dexterity / Cooperative Play
Pose for a great shot, or Abu the photographer will get mad!
Box size: 25*14.8*4.8 cm
Overview Abu, the photographer, is going to take some group photos for you. The problem is, he always commands people to make gestures by his order. You better do what he wants or he will get impatient and mad!
OK, Chume, Boom! is a real-time dexterity game with both cooperation and competition modes. Each round player(s) must perform specific gestures following the icons on the revealed tokens. If someone fails, they won't score points and Abu will get angry little by little. Try hard to follow Abu's orders and become the best photo actor!
Children's Game / Hand Management / Point to Point Movement / Transportation
Plan your tour well to explore the most of the city!
Box size: 25*14.8*4.8 cm
Overview You are traveling around the city by using transportation cards to visiting a variety of attractions. The earlier you can get to an attraction, the more victory points you can get. But be carful not going too far in case you don't have the correct transportation card to get you back on the route!
Going Around the City is a play-card-and-move game that challenges young gamers to carefully plan their movement based on their hand cards and the route they want to travel. The game ends when someone has placed all six of their player tokens on the board and the player with the most points wins!
Children's Game / Pattern Recognition / Real-time / Cooperative Play
Invite different monsters to the party by identifying them with your fingers!
Box size: 25*14.8*4.8 cm
Overview In Monsters' Party, players will invite all kinds of cool and cute monsters to the party! Players will use their fingers to identify the secret code of each monster so that they may send out the correct invitations. Try your best to send out the most invitation letters to win!
Monsters' Party is a pattern-recognition and speed game and it can be played in cooperation or competition mode. Each monster cassette has 4 corners hiding 4 monsters with protruding dots forming different shapes. Use your fingers to find them out!
This year, we will bring you some gamer's gears for you to show off how geeky a boardgamer you are!
Pre-order: €15 / Essen: €18 (2XL-4XL: Add €2) Dress up in your "Meeple At Heart" T-shirt for your daily life, so that you may be easily recognized as a gamer at heart!
Pre-order: €15 / Essen: €18 (2XL-4XL: Add €2) Put on your "Tiebreaker" T-shirt on the game night and you don't need to worry about losing a close game to your rivals due to a tie anymore!
Pre-order: €13 / Essen: €15
Wrap up your suitcase (full of boardgames of course, right?) or your game bags with the "Caution! Boardgames Inside!" luggage strap to ensure your precious boardgames will be taken good care of along their travel. That's one of the most important things in a gamer's life, isn't it?
Pre-order: €5 (Pre-order only)
Engrave your name or the essential message from your heart on the "customized wooden meeple pin" to show the world the best of you as a happy gamer!
Click on the following links to fill in the pre-order from (in the 3rd section) and get your gamer's gears ready for pick-up in Essen, or have them shipped to you directly from Taiwan with FREE shipping if you also pre-order any of our games! Essen pick-up Shipping from Taiwan