After going to my first two conventions ever this past year, I am in need to go to another one.  Sadly, I will not be able to go to Essen Spiel this year.  Hopefully I can mark that off my bucket list before too long.  In the mean time, I am just sitting here in the states waiting and hoping some of the games released there will make it to me, soon.  This is a list of games that I am most looking forward too that are being released this week at Essen.  I must let you know that I did not include games that I already have backed on Kickstarter and am waiting for them to be shipped.  Those games include Overseers by Big Fun Games, Ave Roma by A-Games, Fields of Green by Artipia Games, Anachrony by Mindcraft Games, and Mi Tierra: New Era by Aldebaran Games…..yes, I have a problem!!  I also tried to limit this list to games that are actually being sold and not just demoed to be sold later.  The games that missed my list due to this are Nemesis by REBEL.pl, First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet by Portal Games, Black Hills by Zacatrus.  With that being said, here are the games that make me wish I could go to Essen Spiel…..and also have unlimited money.

10.  Raise Your Goblets by Cool Mini or Not

This is the only party game on my list but it looks like a fun one.  I like bluffing and deception games even though I am not very good at them.  I am horrible at Sheriff of Nottingham!!!  This looks like a game that I can be deceptive without having to talk about it.  I love the theme and the art looks great.  The added goblets will be a huge eye catcher.  Hoping this will be a game that brings others into the hobby.

In Raise Your Goblets, players take the roles of nobles at a banquet, each one with their own agenda of personal vendetta. Each player has wine, poison and antidote tokens they can pour into the goblets, trying to poison their enemies while staying alive themselves! Each noble also has a special ability that allows them to bend or even break a rule.

9.  Drachenturm by HABA

Since I have young children in the house still, I am always looking for a great children’s game that the entire family can play.  I have no idea what Drachenturm means and I really don’t care…….LOOK at that board!  The description states that you are a group of hero’s trying to save the princess that has been kidnapped by a dragon before he can destroy the building he has put her at the top of.  I so want this game just to see the faces of my kids when the dragon finally destroys the building.  This game looks great and caught my eye immediately.  It’s a co-operative game with some memory mechanisms.  Sign me up!

8.  HMS Dolores by Lui-meme

The one thing that eludes me in my collection is that great filler game.  Grant has Biblios while Alexander has Coup.  Both are fantastic filler games that are so quick and interactive.  I am hoping this is my first great filler that everyone loves to play.  This is designed by a fantastic duo of Eric Lang, who is on fire these days, and Bruno Faidutti.  It seems that the game is super quick to teach and learn but has wonderful choices and interaction.  Along with that, the theme is Pirates!!!  You all play as pirates trying to seperate your spoils but hoping you come out the greediest in the lot at the end of the game.  One thing that worries me is down time.  In the game, you place 2 cards in front of you and 2 in front of the pirate next to you….then you each choose one secretely…Peace, War, First Pick.  If both players choose peace, split the loot evenly. If both choose war, lose all treasure. If both choose first pick, lose all treasure.  I am really looking forward to this one.

7.  Mysterium: Hidden Signs by Libellud

My family loves Mysterium….and to me the best expansions are ones that add more stuff to an already great game.  Mysterium doesn’t need any more mechanisms added to it, it’s already a great game.  I love that all they are adding are new cards for everything….dream cards, suspects, locations and weapons.  I am all about that!

6.  Aurimentic by Nikamundus

I have no idea what this game entails???  The only thing that i found is this….

In Aurimentic, you invest at the market and build farmhouses and towers to secure your power. But you must be careful as everything that you have built up can be wiped out in one move, either by severe and destructive weather or by your fellow players’ urge to dominate. To succeed, you need both tactical skills and the ability to foresee your opponent’s plans — and perhaps a bit of luck.

That just appeals to me!  I love the components….they look great and like the fact that there are plenty of different farmlands that you can get.  BGG doesn’t even have a list of mechanisms that are in it….but I just want it!!

5.  Armageddon by Queen Games

Okay, I normally am aware of Queen Games and the games that are coming out from them but this one came out of nowhere!!  I am usually not a fan of post apocalypse themes either but for some reason this just looks interesting to me.  The one concern I have is it is for 3-4 players.  That seems really specific to me.  Wish it either went to 2 or 5.  BGG says that it is a city building game with auction/bidding and worker placement.  From the sounds of it, there is a mechanism that turns your workers into menacing Marauders that wreck your plan.   That seems new and interesting.  Would really like to play this one.

In a post-apocalyptic world, players try to rebuild society. Using the debris, they build new towns for the remaining survivors to live in — but these friendly folks aren’t the only ones still out there. Marauders want to pillage your town and see it burn. Scavenge what you can and build new structures to help you defend against the marauder threat. While you can get more things done in town when you house more survivors there, they all have to have a space to sleep or they might turn against you and join the marauders.

4.  Deus: Egypt by Pearl Games

Just like the Mysterium expansion this one for Deus seems to just add new cards.  I think Deus is a great tableau game.  It scales so nicely from 2 – 4 players and it just plays great.  In this expansion, they seem to add new abilities for each building type.  I am kinda annoyed that you will have to switch out the military cards from the base game with the new military cards from Egypt but that’s a small price to pay I guess.  I wonder if you can just put all the cards together and just play with them all????  We will see!  I will be getting this as soon as possible!

3.  Rhein: River Trade by Giochi Uniti Stratelibri

Rhein: River Trade is an absorbing game of commerce and transport for 2-5 industrious players 12 years of age and up. The most important companies in Basel receive, assess, and acquire goods orders from the various cities located on or near the Rhine, and even as far away as London. Each order defines the destination and the number of containers, the delivery time, the agreed price, and the possible penalty. Using shared planes, trains and ships and their own trucks, the players must arrange these shipments, limiting the costs and making sure that delivery times are respected. The player who earns the most money wins.

I am not a big fan of pick up and deliver games.  I’m not sure why?  That doesn’t stop me, however, from trying to find one that I enjoy.  This is my latest attempt to getting a PU&D game that I enjoy.  In Rhein: River Trade, you are still buying and selling goods to other cities but how, when and why you go from one point to the other is different.  To my understanding, you can use boats, plains, trucks and other forms of transportation to get your goods to where they need to go, it all depends on logistics.  Which way is faster, cheaper, better for the circumstance.    I am really interested in trying this unique spin on pick up and deliver games to see if it makes its way into my collection.

2.  Railroad Revolution by What’s Your Game

What’s Your Game is slowly becoming one of my favorite publishers.  Their games usually have lots of meat and depth to them.  I have also been looking to get a train game that is a bit more strategic than Ticket to Ride and not as grueling as an 18XX game.  This might be the ticket!  I know very little about it but if it is anything like What’s Your Game’s other hits like Zhanguo, Madeira and Oddville it will have some nice spins on mechanisms.  This time deck and pool building looks to be the mechanism that gets tackled by this publisher.

I will just leave it with this….Railroad Revolution is a fast paced game with relatively simple rules, and it provides you with interesting and challenging decisions. Having a good strategy and finding the correct timing to implement it, is the key to winning the game.

1.  The Colonists by Mayfair Games

In The Colonists, a.k.a. Die Kolonisten, each player is a mayor of a village and must develop their environment to gain room for new farmers, craftsmen, and citizens. The main goal of the game is full employment, so players must create new jobs, educate the people, and build new houses to increase their population. But resources are limited, and their storage leads to problems that players must deal with, while also not forgetting to upgrade their buildings. Players select actions by moving their mayor on a central board.

All that needs to be said is….City Building.  I am a sucker for city building games and this seems like it is Suburbia in the Colonial times.  It also boasts a wide range of game play….from 1-4 players and 30-240 minutes.  I mean just look at the components list…

  • 16 Stewards
  • 3 Special Ambassadors
  • 120 Colonists
  • 1 Round indicator
  • 62 Places tiles
  • 4 Markets
  • 202 Buildings tiles
  • 72 Embassies tiles
  • 36 Storage Facilities tiles
  • 8 Warehouse extensions
  • 4 Basic Storage upgrades
  • 1 Starting player marker
  • 40 tools
  • 55 dollars
  • 280 building goods
  • 80 sustenance goods
  • 4 balance cards
  • 140 improvements
  • 28 market cards
  • 4 era cards
  • 1 round card
  • 3 overview cards
  • 4 community boards
  • 9 colony overview

I am all over this!

-Tim