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Everything you need to know about Essen Spiel

Posted Wednesday, 14-Oct-2015

Board gaming’s largest convention has landed, with over 700 games to show. Check out the cream of the crop in this week’s Board Game News Brief.

Contributed by Calvin Wong

Arcadia

This competitive card game has players building taco stands, hiring professional ride designers, and pleasing the critics on their way to constructing the best theme park, rollercoasters and all.

 

A deeply underexplored theme.
A deeply underexplored theme (park).

 

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Baseball Highlights: 2045

The future of baseball is here. From acclaimed designer Mike Fitzgerald, this quick-playing deck building game dispenses with innings and technicalities to put the emphasis on strategy and choice – do you field powerful robots or fast and intuitive humans, and in which positions?

 

No elbow injuries for this fellow
No elbow injuries for this fellow

 

Find the best price for Baseball Highlights: 2045

 


Churchill

This semi-cooperative WW2 game of influence and negotiation casts players as one of the three leaders of the Allied forces, trying to guide their country to victory while taking care not to become too powerful lest the other two team up and take them down.

 

Staring Men: The Game
Staring Men: The Game

 

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CVlizations

Guide your civilization to greatness – and then write their resume. This action selection and resource management card game includes actions such as Slacking, Feline Domestication, and Feminism.

 

This franchise is the cutest.
This franchise is the cutest.

 

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Euro Crisis

Gambling with other people’s money is the name of the game as players guide their banks to great heights of financial wealth through the purchase of gold and weaponry. Play through 12 quarters of earnings reports and privatization while suppressing the angry mobs – no, really.

 

Satire in gaming? Yes please.
Satire in gaming? Yes please.

 


FAITH Core Set

This RPG/Sci-Fi card game crossover features all the traditional hallmarks of an RPG: storytelling, combat, and character development – while retaining board game elements such as resource management and card-based gameplay.

 

Can robots have faith? Apparently.
Can robots have faith? Apparently.

 


Flock

Action selection and timing are everything in this cute game about growing your flock of birds. Nest, feed, hatch, and take wing to make sure your flock is on top of the pecking order by game’s end.

 

We're getting a lot of games about birds this year
We’re getting a lot of games about birds this year

 

Find the best price for Flock

 


New York 1901

Reach out and touch the clouds in this skyscraper construction board game. Build the icons of Lower Manhattan in this tile-placement game, slowly upgrading your buildings and crowding out your competitors.

 

Precarious photography - a hallmark of the era
Precarious photography – a hallmark of the era

 

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Outer Earth

Manage and develop your very own planet portfolio. As humans explored the galaxy, terraforming companies sprang up to meet demand, and yours is going to be the best one! Bid on planets to develop and construct their infrastructure in order to be declared the most successful company in the universe.

In the future, renewable energy rules
In the future, renewable energy rules

 

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Star Wars Carcassonne

Classic tile laying game Carcassonne gets the Star Wars treatment. The game promises some rules changes and character meeples from the film while retaining the map-building aspect of Carcassonne.

 

Episode VIII: The Tile Layers
Episode VIII: The Tile Layers

 

Find the best price for Star Wars Carcassonne

 


T.I.M.E. Stories

Prevent time travel paradoxes in this self-styled ‘decksploration’ game. Players will be assigned missions which they can time travel through as many times as they wish, with the objective of perfectly solving all the puzzles and overcoming all the objectives while being armed with the knowledge of their previous run.

Best box of the convention.
Best box of the convention.

 

Find the best price for T.I.M.E. Stories

 


The Big Book of Madness

Student wizards try to gain ultimate power by opening a book – What could possibly go wrong? Players must learn to cast spells in their element while defeating all the monsters, turning aside curses, and not losing their lives (or minds) in the process. Can you and your friends close the book in time?

 

Exactly how big are we talking here?
Exactly how big are we talking here?

 

Find the best price for The Big Book of Madness

 


The Producer: 1940-1944

Lights! Camera! Hire movie stars, sabotage your opponents, and deal with the history of the times in this faithful reproduction of 1940s Hollywood. Vie for audience share, jump on up-and-coming talent, and get caught up in a mob war – all this and more in this game of Post-Depression America.

 

'Halcyon' is a word created just for this game.
‘Halcyon’ is a word created just for this game.

 

Find the best price for The Producer: 1940-1944

 


Wombat Rescue

Mama Wombat has lost her 4 wombat children – what’s a wombat to do? Due to their poor eyesight, you must use your wombat’s sense of smell to navigate – by laying poop cubes in strategic locations around the board. Be the first to save your kids by managing your digestive system and avoiding the dastardly dingo – it’s Wombat time!

 

And the winner of best theme at Essen is...
And the winner of best theme at Essen is…

 

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EXPANSIONS

Arctic Scavengers: Recon

A post-apocalyptic deck builder with significantly more player interaction than usual, Arctic Scavengers received a massive popularity boost in 2014 and now has a new expansion as well as a reprint of the base box. Featuring reconnaissance and deception, Recon introduces more subtlety and depth to the base game.

 

The wasteland is harsh and cold
The wasteland is harsh and cold.

 

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Find the best price for Arctic Scavengers: Base + HQ + Recon

 


Dixit: Memories

More whimsy, more cards, more cuteness! Dixit Memories may be the most adorable Dixit set yet. This Spiel de Jahres-winning card game of storytelling and creativity continues to amaze and surprise even 5 years on.

 

Awwwwwwwww
Awwwwwwwww

 

Find the best price for Dixit: Memories

 


Flick ’em Up! Stallion Canyon

Wild West dexterity game Flick ‘Em Up! introduces horses! And cowgirls. And new locations. And new scenarios. But mainly cute wooden horses.

 

At 'em, cowgirls!
At ’em, cowgirls!

 

Find the best price for Flick ’em Up! Stallion Canyon

 


Galaxy Trucker: Missions

Scenario play, radioactive explosions, and tasty beverages in glass bottles. Drawing features from the digital app edition of the chaotic space-travel/where-did-my-ship-go game, the new Missions expansion only requires the base set to play.

 

Why is he upside down?
…Why is he upside down?

 

Find the best price for Galaxy Trucker: Missions

 


Orleans: Invasion

War has come to Orleans  – the first big box expansion for this worker placement game features co-operative play as players fend off an incoming invasion. The game also features 5 other scenarios, new buildings, and event cards.

 

Ah, France.
Ah, France.

 

Find the best price for Orleans: Invasion

 


Power Grid: The Stock Companies

It’s time to buy and sell – at the same time! This expansion to the classic eurogame features 3 new modules all featuring he aforementioned ability to buy stock in various power companies, and is based on a module from the designer’s newest game, 504.

 

Shouting may indeed ensue.
Shouting may indeed ensue.

 

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Star Realms: Colony Wars

The smash hit deckbuilder receives its first standalone expansion. 80 new cards allow players to play either with this set alone, or combined with the base set for up to 4 players.

 

Which colonies? Whose? So many unanswered questions!
Which colonies? Whose? So many unanswered questions!

 

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War of the Ring 2nd Edition: Warriors of Middle Earth

Six new factions vie for your attention as Ents, Giant Spiders, and the Eagles all receive miniatures, faction cards, and faction dice to add even more epic gameplay to this already epic 2 player war game.

The Lord of the Miniatures
The Lord of the Miniatures

 

Find the best price for War of the Ring: Warriors of Middle-Earth

 

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