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John Weber
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OK, I guess I'll be the first to post here on this very intriguing game, which bills itself as a Civ-lite card game, playable in three hours. Based on the website, there is supposed to be an English language (as well as a Czech) version. The information at boardgamenews.com suggests it will be one of those limited 500-copy Essen production runs. So the obvious questions are: Will the English language edition be available in time for Essen? And, looking further down the road, since there apparently will be a English language edition, are there plans for US distribution (i.e. GameSurplus, FunAgain, Boulder, etc.)?
 
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Your questions are answered on their website at http://www.czechboardgames.com/
 
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John Weber
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Thanks, but it doesn't quite answer my last question about whether or not the games will be picked up by US retailers or not.
 
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Ladislav Smejkal
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Unfortunately, we do not have capacity to ship our games to the USA. This might change after Essen, but we canĀ“t promise it today. Stay tuned to our web after Essen. Thanks for your interest.

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I imagine one of the more active US distributers will be taking a close look at it while they're in Essen. It's not unusual for the likes of Funagain to place some pretty big orders while they're at the show. I suppose it will depend on how much interest the game gathers beforehand and during, how many copies are available, as well as the economics of reprinting it if it sells out. Oh, and how good it is
 
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Ladislav,

thanks for the response. I happen to be fortunate enough to have a friend going to Essen and have already pre-paid for him to pick up an English version of the game at the Essen fair. From all the descriptions of the game, I am very much looking forward to playing it. Hopefully, with a good Essen, CBG can build on this game for the future, particularly with English-speaking gamers in the US and other parts of the world.
 
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I'm very excited about this game. I'm usually the kind of person that only buys games off the shelf at my local game store ... but for this one I might make an exception and order it from Funagain (or other Internet seller), if they decide to carry it.
 
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Sexy Amy,

Eat your heart out. I now have the game in my hot little hands thanks to my good gaming friend who just returned from Essen. Lots of components, the rulebook appears fairly complex but with a gradual learning curve featuring a simple, advanced, and "Full" game withs several suggested variants. Perusing it, the game seems to borrow heavily from concepts seen in Sid Meier's Civ game series (both the Board and computer games) except there is no map. I will report more on it after I have had a chance to play it (hopefully in the next week or so). If you are itching for a hot new game to order from a US retailer, I recommend that you give Leonardo da Vinci a shot. It has just been released by Mayfair and should be available in game stores soon (I got mine from Fairplay, a on-line retailer in the Midwest that is not too far from Mayfair's HQ).
 
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You better be bringing this to EQ, John...... See you in a few!
 
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sure will, Joe, along with umpteen other games.
 
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John,

Coming to EQ? I'd love to try it. This is one I've been most looking forward to for the past couple of months. But you better keep in under lock and key?

Also did you get Die Saulen Der Erde and/or Graenaland? These are the other two I'm most anxious to try. (I have Leonardo pre-ordered with Game Surplus and should get it at least at EQ if not before).

Frank Hamrick.
 
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Frank,

I do not have Saulen der Erde but I understand Tom McCorry does. Scott Fisher loaned me his copy of Graenland and I'm taking a look at it now. Of the newer games, also have a copy of Leonardo which I imagine will get alot of play. See you in two weeks!
 
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Thanks, John.
As for Graenaland, I've also been very interested in it, and would be interested in reading your initial impressions. However, I'm at the point where I only want to get games that are very good as I have a ton of "not bad" games! My shelves are getting very discriminating as time goes by and I no longer grab everything released. I got burned a few times by quick decisions because a game got great initial press for a couple of weeks after Essen - but then quickly faded as more people/plays revealed its warts.
I'm determined to wait for the initial blinding glitter of euphoria to wear off and the real image of the game to appear before deciding to buy! (Except for Leonardo and BattleLore which I preordered.)

Frank Hamrick.
 
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Frank,

If you are looking to "clean house" and unload some of those games off your shelves I highly recommend attending PrezCon in Charlottesville and offering up some of them in the auction there. I've done it the past two-three years and have been amazed at the prices they can bring. Plus, it's a real fun game convention.

I understand your point about letting the Post-Essen euphoria wear off. Last year, a game called Big Kini was right up there with Caylus on the leaderboard, but then people started to play it and the favorable ratings dropped off rather quickly. Of course, my favorite new game over the past year, Vegas Showdown, wasn't on anyone's 2005 Essen list (I don't even think it was there at all).

Graeneland looks good from one real quick solitaire play. Am hoping to get in a game in the next week or so as I'm due to return it the first day of EQ. Look forward to seeing you there again.


 
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Jakub Tesinsky
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The 500 games available at Essen were meant as a limited preproduction edition. It has played its role very well and we are very happy about the response of players. It also binds us to make a full production happened both in US and Europe. Our primary goal in Czech Board Games is to promote promising board games from Czech authors, and to help reach them world audience. So stay tuned to our web page where we will announce any breaking information as soon as they are known.

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I definitely want this game. Publish in North America!!!
 
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