Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Essen 2013 Round-Up!

Hot Games from Essen SPIEL 2013:This year at Essen many new games made their debut! Some of the hit titles are not for sale yet, only available as preorders, while others are recent releases or recent expansions to existing games!Check 'em out!

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AEG 5104         Love Letter       
All of the eligible young men (and many of the not-so-young) seek to woo Princess Annette of Tempest.
Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the palace, and you must rely on others to bring your romantic letters to her. Will yours reach her first? Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2-4 suitors.

AEG 5601         Guildhall        
 Progress! That`s what these Dark Ages need, someone with a little get-up-and-go. You`ve been a serf in this one-pig town long enough, and it`s time to shake things up. You`ve opened a guildhall for like-minded professionals from all over Europe to work together, build their trades, and get some economic stability. Now if only everybody else didn`t have the same idea! Well, you`ll just have to do it faster than those other guys! Gather professionals into chapters, and use their combined might to reach for victory. 

ASM SPYR01   Spyrium        
Rooted in an imaginary world where England has been transformed into a Steampunk society, the goal of players in Spyrium is to erect factories, using workers to produce Spyrium, a rare and highly coveted substance that powers the world. An alternative to producing Spyrium is buying it - and players will need to be wealthy (and crafty) to procure the expensive commodity. Build lucrative factories and acquire the most Spyrium in your quest for power and prosperity!

DOW 8301        Relic Runners    
The ancient relics had lain dormant in the darkest reaches of the jungle since time immemorial. But, once word of their discovery broke out, all manner of would-be archeologists rushed in! The retired university professor, the bombastic explorer, the lithe (but daring) heiress, and a shadowy former Army captain all yearned to be first to lay their hands on the precious loot! In Relic Runners, players portray fearless Explorers traveling the jungle in search of lost temples full of forgotten treasures and relics. Armed with nothing more than your trusty Pith Helmet and a nose for rare antiquities, you`ll explore Temple Ruins and Shrines and undertake Expeditions in a race to unearth the most treasure!

WZK 71161       Trains and Stations        
All Aboard for Excitement! It is the height of the Steam Age and the whistle of the Iron Horse harkens the boom of small towns across the country into major hubs of transportation and economic growth. In Trains and Stations, players must make deliveries, develop buildings, and profit from their decisions while working with (and against) their competitors. Will you focus on establishing mining operations in an attempt to gain a monopoly on coal, silver, and gold? Or, focus on laying tracks across the landscape and helping other players move their goods taking your cut, of course!

WZK 71400       Mage Knight: Krang Character Expansion     
The Krang Character Expansion for the Mage Knight Board Game includes everything players need to add the mysterious and dangerous Orc Chaos Shaman, Krang, as a new playable character, complete with a pre-painted miniature, unique starting cards, and skill tokens.

WZK 70495       Mage Knight Board Game
The Mage Knight Board Game throws you and up to three other Mage Knights into the sprawling and ever changing world of the Atlantean Empire, a land that is but a distant memory since your transformation into a mysterious Mage Knight. Build your armies, defeat bands of marauding enemies, and eventually conquer cities in the name of the mysterious Void Council.

Available for Preorder Only 


ASM NAT01      Nations 
Become the most powerful Nation on earth! How will you lead your Nation? Conserve your resources, or spend on military? Send your people to work, or invest in their national heritage? Avoid famine and war, hire workers and architects, and raise wonders that will stand the test of time. In the end, only one Nation can rise to the top!

ASM RAM01     Rampage    
Sow Terror in Good Fun... or Not! In Rampage, players control one of four rampaging (and hungry) monsters with a singular objective: cause the most damage to the metropolis (oh, and devour meeple citizens)! Attack buildings, hurl trucks, or unleash your "Monster Breath" to rain havoc upon the panic-stricken populace to earn your spot atop the heap of destruction and mayhem!


MFG 3501         Caverna: The Cave Farmers     
From designer Uwe Rosenberg, creator of the smash-hit Agricola! In Caverna, players take on the role of cave-dwelling, dwarven farmers and miners trying to lead their family to success and prosperity by furnishing the communal cave, mining ore to forge weapons, and clearing the nearby forest to make room for farming and a little animal husbandry. 

RGG 499           Concordia        
2,000 years ago, the Roman Empire ruled the lands around the Mediterranean Sea. With peace at the borders, harmony inside the provinces, uniform law, and a common currency, the economy thrived and gave rise to mighty Roman dynasties as they expanded throughout the numerous cities. Guide one of these dynasties and send colonists to the remote realms of the Empire, develop your trade network, and appease the ancient gods to curry their favor - all to gain the chance to emerge victorious in Concordia.

RRG 330           Coal Baron      
Get Your Hands Dirty! Reap riches as operators of a coal mine in Coal Baron! Essen, on the verge of the 20th Century: a time when endless supplies of coal are abundant in the earth, ripe for the taking! As owners of a coal mine fulfilling contracts for various grades of deposits, players dig deep into their pockets and tunnels to unearth the precious mineral and expand their profits.

ZMG 71360       Glass Road   
From acclaimed game designer Uwe Rosenberg (Agricola, Ora & Labora) comes Glass Road, commemorating the 700-year-old tradition of glass making in the Bavarian Forest. In Glass Road, players must skillfully manage their resources and recuit specialists to assist them in order to build the right structures to keep the business flowing.   

ZMG 71370       Bruxelles 1893  
In Bruxelles 1893, you represent one of the famous architects who established the reputation of Art Nouveau in the Belgian capital. Your assistants help you perform actions such as the construction of Art Nouveau buildings, or creating the works of art that decorate these beautiful homes, which in turn allows you to fund your most beautiful masterpiece! Develop your renown as an architect, increase your influence at the Royal Palace or City Hall, and benefit from public figures that you meet during your theater outings. The architect who gains the most fame wins the game!

 ZMG 71390       Russian Railroads   
In Russian Railroads, players compete in an exciting race to build the largest and most advanced railway network. Who will ride into the future full steam ahead and who will be run off the rails? Whose empire will overcome the challenges ahead and emerge victorious?    

ZMG 71400       Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends     
Tash-Kalar is the ancient art of magical combat perfomed in arenas and brawling pits throughout the known world.Tash-Kalar is also the name of the oldest and most famous arena, the place where the game began.And Tash-Kalar is also a well-known board game that confronts players with the same intellectual challenges that dueling mages have faced for centuries.You can play the game with 2, 3, or 4 players, in teams or individually. Whether you are playing the High Form or a Deatchmatch, all games of Tash-Kalar have the same basic rules: Players take turns creating magical stones and placing them in patterns that allow them to summon fantastical beings. Your beings can move around the arena, disrupt opponents patterns, and form new patterns that allow you to summon more beings. Each form of Tash-Kalar has its own means of scoring and deciding on a victor.

RRG 869 Hanabi  
Still hot from the Spiel des Jahres win, Alliance is taking pre-orders for R & R Games' upcoming reprint of Hanabi!
From 7 Wonders designer Antoine Bauza comes this innovative, cooperative card game where players race against the clock to build a dazzling fireworks finale. Trouble is, you can see the cards that everyone holds - except your own! Working together, players exchange vital information in order to play their cards in the proper launch sequence. Build and light each firework correctly to win the game and avoid a fizzling fiasco!

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