hey i haven't been using BGG that long and i've been wondering where you go to find out the release dates for games in UK. so far all i've found from game publishers websites is the release dates for US. i've contacted lots of games sites, GamesLore etc. about particular games i cant find and it's just because it's not released here yet yet has been out in US for a while. what do you do?
I sell games for a living and its a question that I am often asked and wish I knew the answer to. The Esdevium release sheet (it appears about 4pm on a Friday with details of the following weeks releases) is a short range forecast. I imagine you want to know about games that are going are a little further out - the answer is that the only people who know with any degree of accuracy are the folks at Esdevium - they have, effectively, a monopoly on the distribution of hobby games in the UK. And they will provide estimates to shops for top titles (so, for example we know Nexus Ops is due in February) however for most games we don't know because there is no official UK release date. By rule of thumb you won't be too far wrong if you assume the following
Games from the big publishers (Fantasy Flight, Rio Grande, Z Man, Mayfair) will be out in the UK within (and sometimes simultaneously) 2 weeks of a the US release.
War games tend to arrive four weeks or so after the US release.
However, For Smaller publishers it becomes trickier - it can be simultaneous, it can be 3 months, 2 years or sometimes never. Obviously there are exceptions to all of these estimates