Spieleleiter Vorschauliste zur SPIEL 2018

Boardgame reviews and interviews for casual and experienced players





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51st State: Master Set
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 60 - 90 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €45
Designer(s): Ignacy Trzewiczek
Publisher(s): Portal Games (3-O118)
BGG Thumbs: 34 | SPIEL Together Score: 540
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €45
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Brettspiel Adventskalender 2016 Expansion
Players: No info | Playtime: No info | Age: 0+ | Price: €48
Designer(s): Matthias Nagy
Publisher(s): Frosted Games (3-J100)
BGG Thumbs: 56 | SPIEL Together Score: 493
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €48, no matter which format you choose.
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Cabo
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 30 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €9
Designer(s): Mandy Henning, Melissa Limes
Publisher(s): Smiling Monster Games (1-D148)
BGG Thumbs: 5 | SPIEL Together Score: 51
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €8.90
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Cacao: Big Market & Golden Temple Expansion
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 min | Age: 8+
Designer(s): Phil Walker-Harding
Publisher(s): ABACUSSPIELE (3-E114)
BGG Thumbs: 38 | SPIEL Together Score: 543
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• ABACUSSPIELE notes that these tiles will be available separately as promos at SPIEL 2016. They now have individual listings in the BGG database, but this listing has a pic to let you know what these things look like.
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Cacao: Chocolatl – New Storage Spaces Expansion
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 60 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €0
Designer(s): Phil Walker-Harding
Publisher(s): ABACUSSPIELE (3-E114)
BGG Thumbs: 44 | SPIEL Together Score: 557
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price: Free!
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Codenames: Pictures
Players: 2 - 8 | Playtime: 10 - 20 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €15
Designer(s): Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher(s): White Goblin Games (4-D104), Czech Games Edition (1-F145)
BGG Thumbs: 14 | SPIEL Together Score: 1350
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Debuts in German at SPIEL 2016 ahead of its release in October 2016.
• MSRP €19
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Colony
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 45 - 60 min | Age: 13+ | Price: €50
Designer(s): Ted Alspach, Toryo Hojo, N2
Publisher(s): Bézier Games, Inc. (1-G139)
BGG Thumbs: 174 | SPIEL Together Score: 1106
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available for preorder through Bézier Games in U.S. dollars with a pick-up option at SPIEL 2016.
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Cottage Garden
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 45 - 60 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher(s): White Goblin Games (4-D104), Edition Spielwiese (4-D120)
BGG Thumbs: 211 | SPIEL Together Score: 1737
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Want more details on the gameplay of Cottage Garden? Check out the illustrated preview on BGG News.
• MSRP €30, but discounted to €25 for sales at SPIEL 2016; no preorders will be taken, but Edition Spielwiese's Michael Schmitt says, "This shouldn't be a problem. We'll produce enough copies..."
Artwork in progress
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Design Town
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 30 - 60 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €10
Designer(s): Chih-Fan Chen
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110)
BGG Thumbs: 28 | SPIEL Together Score: 267
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €10
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Deutscher Spielepreis 2016 Goodie Box Expansion
Players: No info | Playtime: No info | Age: 0+ | Price: €10
Designer(s):
Publisher(s): Frosted Games (3-J100)
BGG Thumbs: 53 | SPIEL Together Score: 857
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €10
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EXIT: Das Spiel – Das geheime Labor
Players: 1 - 6 | Playtime: 45 - 90 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €13
Designer(s): Inka Brand, Markus Brand
Publisher(s): KOSMOS (3-B118)
BGG Thumbs: 45 | SPIEL Together Score: 406
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• To promote its EXIT titles, KOSMOS will have an escape room in its booth at Spiel 2016, but to enter that room, you need to first solve the riddles on its EXIT: Das Spiel website, which can also win you a €100 KOSMOS game package.
• MSRP €13
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Great Western Trail
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 75 - 150 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €40
Designer(s): Alexander Pfister
Publisher(s): eggertspiele (3-D110), Stronghold Games (3-M107)
BGG Thumbs: 144 | SPIEL Together Score: 2069
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €40
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Hit Z Road
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 30 - 60 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €35
Designer(s): Martin Wallace
Publisher(s): Space Cowboys (1-F122)
BGG Thumbs: 50 | SPIEL Together Score: 488
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English, French and German editions.
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Ice Cool
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 20 min | Age: 6+ | Price: €35
Designer(s): Brian Gomez
Publisher(s): AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH (3-H103), Brain Games (1-F139), Swan Panasia Co., Ltd., SD Games
BGG Thumbs: 73 | SPIEL Together Score: 578
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €35; note that the game will be available in German through licensing partner AMIGO Spiel.
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Imperial Settlers: 3 Is a Magic Number Expansion
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 60 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €8
Designer(s): Ignacy Trzewiczek
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110), White Goblin Games (4-D104)
BGG Thumbs: 24 | SPIEL Together Score: 443
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €8
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Legendary Inventors
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 30 - 40 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €15
Designer(s): Frédéric Henry
Publisher(s): Bombyx (3-B108)
BGG Thumbs: 108 | SPIEL Together Score: 625
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English, French and German editions at SPIEL 2016 ahead of the game's November 2016 release date in France and elsewhere.
• Price €15
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Mystic Vale
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 - 60 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €35
Designer(s): John D. Clair
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110)
BGG Thumbs: 49 | SPIEL Together Score: 802
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €35
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Noch mal!
Players: 1 - 6 | Playtime: No info | Age: 8+ | Price: €11
Designer(s): Inka Brand, Markus Brand
Publisher(s): Schmidt Spiele (3-H102)
BGG Thumbs: 22 | SPIEL Together Score: 196
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €12
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Oceanos
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 30 - 45 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €35
Designer(s): Antoine Bauza
Publisher(s): IELLO (3-M109), uplay.it edizioni (3-O113)
BGG Thumbs: 78 | SPIEL Together Score: 669
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Designer Antoine Bauza and illustrator Jérémie Fleury will be in the IELLO booth on Friday from 16:00 to 18:00 to sign copies of the game.
• MSRP €35
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Orléans: Handel & Intrige Expansion
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 90 min | Age: 0+ | Price: €22
Designer(s): Reiner Stockhausen
Publisher(s): dlp games (1-C114)
BGG Thumbs: 113 | SPIEL Together Score: 762
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €25
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Potions Brew
Players: 3 - 5 | Playtime: No info | Age: 8+ | Price: €7
Designer(s): Andreas Prior
Publisher(s): sterreichisches Spiele Museum e.V. (1-C106)
BGG Thumbs: 52 | SPIEL Together Score: 609
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €7, with all proceeds beyond the cost of production going to the charity Spielend Helfen.
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Roll for the Galaxy: Ambition Expansion
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 30 - 60 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €35
Designer(s): Wei-Hwa Huang, Thomas Lehmann
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110)
BGG Thumbs: 29 | SPIEL Together Score: 443
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Russian Railroads: American Railroads Expansion
Players: No info | Playtime: No info | Age: 0+ | Price: €15
Designer(s): Helmut Ohley, Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
Publisher(s): Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH (3-B113)
BGG Thumbs: 85 | SPIEL Together Score: 700
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available solely at the Cundco booth (7-A113), although Hans im Glück notes that this mini-expansion will be available after SPIEL 2016 via BoardGameGeek, Heidelberger Flagshipstores, and cundco.de.
• Price €15
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Scythe
Players: 1 - 5 | Playtime: 90 - 115 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €80
Designer(s): Jamey Stegmaier
Publisher(s): Morning (1-F131)
BGG Thumbs: 111 | SPIEL Together Score: 991
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English, French and German editions at SPIEL 2016.
• Price €80, with preorders for pick up at SPIEL 2016 available on the Morning Players website.
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Sea of Clouds
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Théo Rivière
Publisher(s): IELLO (3-M109)
BGG Thumbs: 48 | SPIEL Together Score: 434
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English, French and German editions.
• Designer Théo Rivière & illustrator Miguel Coimbra will be in the IELLO booth on Friday from 16:00 to 18:00 to sign copies of the game.
• MSRP €25
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Smash Up: Cease and Desist
Players: 2 | Playtime: No info | Age: 0+ | Price: €15
Designer(s): Paul Peterson
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110)
BGG Thumbs: 16 | SPIEL Together Score: 183
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €15
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Solarius Mission
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 60 - 150 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €59
Designer(s): Michael Keller (II), Andreas "ode." Odendahl
Publisher(s): Spielworxx (2-D139)
BGG Thumbs: 89 | SPIEL Together Score: 615
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• For details on the history of the game's development, head to this designer diary on BGG News by co-designer Michael Keller.
• Price €59 if preordered through the Spielworxx website before the game's release in mid-August 2016; €69 afterward.
• As with all Spielworxx titles, the production run is limited to one thousand copies and all copies might be claimed prior to SPIEL 2016, so if you really want this game, don't wait until you arrive in Essen or you might leave empty-handed...
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Terraforming Mars
Players: 1 - 5 | Playtime: 90 - 120 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €50
Designer(s): Jacob Fryxelius
Publisher(s): Stronghold Games (3-M107)
BGG Thumbs: 193 | SPIEL Together Score: 2010
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• For background on the game, designer Jacob Fryxelius details the history of Terraforming Mars in a designer diary on BGG News.
• Price €50
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Welcome Back to the Dungeon
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 30 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €13
Designer(s): Antoine Bauza, Masato Uesugi
Publisher(s): IELLO (3-M109)
BGG Thumbs: 47 | SPIEL Together Score: 628
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €13
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7 Wonders: Duel – Pantheon Expansion
Players: 2 | Playtime: 30 - 45 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €19
Designer(s): Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala
Publisher(s): Repos Production (3-B108)
BGG Thumbs: 223 | SPIEL Together Score: 2398
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English, French and German editions at SPIEL 2016.
• MSRP $25
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A Feast for Odin
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 100 - 120 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €85
Designer(s): Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher(s): Z-Man Games (3-O117), White Goblin Games (4-D104)
BGG Thumbs: 147 | SPIEL Together Score: 1970
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• At Gen Con 2016, a Z-Man Games representative said that A Feast for Odin is an expected SPIEL 2016 release, but the earlier planned debut for the game at Gen Con 2016 had been delayed by production issues, so until the games are in the warehouse, there are no guarantees.
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Adrenaline
Players: 3 - 5 | Playtime: 30 - 60 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €50
Designer(s): Filip Neduk
Publisher(s): Czech Games Edition (1-F145)
BGG Thumbs: 127 | SPIEL Together Score: 1095
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Bios: Genesis
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 60 - 120 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €30
Designer(s): Phil Eklund
Publisher(s): Sierra Madre Games (3-O103)
BGG Thumbs: 163 | SPIEL Together Score: 1205
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €30
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Captain Sonar
Players: 2 - 8 | Playtime: 45 - 60 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €40
Designer(s): Roberto Fraga, Yohan Lemonnier
Publisher(s): Matagot (3-E102)
BGG Thumbs: 37 | SPIEL Together Score: 965
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €45, but discounted to €40 if you preorder for pick up at SPIEL 2016 through the Matagot website. Bundle deals with other Matagot titles are available.
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Colt Express: Marshal & Prisoners Expansion
Players: 3 - 8 | Playtime: 40 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €20
Designer(s): Christophe Raimbault
Publisher(s): Ludonaute (3-Q116)
BGG Thumbs: 85 | SPIEL Together Score: 683
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English, French and German editions at SPIEL 2016.
• MSRP €20
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Cry Havoc
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 90 - 120 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €70
Designer(s): Grant Rodiek, Michał Oracz, Michał Walczak
Publisher(s): Portal Games (3-O118)
BGG Thumbs: 81 | SPIEL Together Score: 1128
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €70, with an eight-card Objectives mini-expansion available should you preorder for SPIEL 2016 pick-up through the Portal Games website.
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Die Legenden von Andor: Die Letzte Hoffnung
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 60 - 90 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €50
Designer(s): Michael Menzel
Publisher(s): KOSMOS (3-B118)
BGG Thumbs: 58 | SPIEL Together Score: 332
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €50
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First Class: Unterwegs im Orient Express
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 60 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €45
Designer(s): Helmut Ohley
Publisher(s): Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH (3-B113), Z-Man Games (3-O117)
BGG Thumbs: 22 | SPIEL Together Score: 423
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Guilds of London
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 45 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €45
Designer(s): Tony Boydell
Publisher(s): Surprised Stare Games Ltd (2-E119), Frosted Games (3-J100)
BGG Thumbs: 43 | SPIEL Together Score: 924
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available for previewing at SPIEL 2016 ahead of the release of the German edition in December 2016 (with Surprised Stare Games having copies for sale in English at the show).
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Guns & Steel
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 40 - 70 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €10
Designer(s): Jesse Li
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110)
BGG Thumbs: 18 | SPIEL Together Score: 220
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €10
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Honshu
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 30 - 40 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €10
Designer(s): Kalle Malmioja
Publisher(s): Lautapelit.fi (3-L116)
BGG Thumbs: 85 | SPIEL Together Score: 847
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €15, but you can preorder for €10 for pick up at SPIEL 2016 via the Lautapelit.fi website. The price of the game at SPIEL 2016 will be somewhere between these two values.
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Inis
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 60 - 90 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €55
Designer(s): Christian Martinez
Publisher(s): Matagot (3-E102)
BGG Thumbs: 176 | SPIEL Together Score: 1567
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €60, but discounted to €55 if you preorder for pick up at SPIEL 2016 through the Matagot website. Bundle deals with other Matagot titles are available.
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Istanbul: Brief & Siegel
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 40 - 60 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €20
Designer(s): Rüdiger Dorn
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110), White Goblin Games (4-D104)
BGG Thumbs: 41 | SPIEL Together Score: 396
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €20
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Jórvík
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 45 - 90 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €35
Designer(s): Stefan Feld
Publisher(s): eggertspiele (3-D110), Stronghold Games (3-M107)
BGG Thumbs: 87 | SPIEL Together Score: 859
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Krosmaster Arena 2.0
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 - 60 min | Age: 8+
Designer(s): Matthieu Berthier
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110)
BGG Thumbs: 15 | SPIEL Together Score: 90
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €60
• In addition to the new base game, at SPIEL 2016 Pegasus Spiele will have Krosmaster Dofus Booster Display: Season 4, which is subtitled "Aus dem Jenseits" ("From Beyond") and which I read as "doofus" every single time I see it, even though I know better. This season contains sixteen different figures, with only twelve boosters in a box, with each booster selling for €6.
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Meduris – Der Ruf der Götter
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 75 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €35
Designer(s): Stefan Dorra, Ralf zur Linde
Publisher(s): HABA - Habermaaß GmbH (3-F103)
BGG Thumbs: 40 | SPIEL Together Score: 426
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €35
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Noxford
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 20 - 40 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €12
Designer(s): Henri Kermarrec
Publisher(s): Capsicum Games (3-E111)
BGG Thumbs: 69 | SPIEL Together Score: 430
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €12
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Pocket Madness
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 0 - 30 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €13
Designer(s): Bruno Cathala, Ludovic Maublanc
Publisher(s): Funforge (1-F105)
BGG Thumbs: 105 | SPIEL Together Score: 470
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available at SPIEL 2016 in separate English and French editions.
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Raptor
Players: 2 | Playtime: 25 min | Age: 9+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Bruno Cathala, Bruno Faidutti
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110), Swan Panasia Co., Ltd.
BGG Thumbs: 37 | SPIEL Together Score: 340
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €25
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Sola Fide: The Reformation
Players: 2 | Playtime: 45 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Christian Leonhard, Jason Matthews
Publisher(s): Stronghold Games (3-M107), Spielworxx (2-D139)
BGG Thumbs: 70 | SPIEL Together Score: 603
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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The Colonists
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 30 - 240 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €60
Designer(s): Tim Puls
Publisher(s): Mayfair Games (1-F133), Lookout Games (1-F133)
BGG Thumbs: 108 | SPIEL Together Score: 1276
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €60
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The Grizzled: At Your Orders! Expansion
Players: 1 - 5 | Playtime: No info | Age: 10+ | Price: €15
Designer(s): Fabien Riffaud, Juan Rodriguez
Publisher(s): Sweet November (3-O107)
BGG Thumbs: 24 | SPIEL Together Score: 409
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate French and German editions; not sure whether English copies will be available.
• Price €15 at SPIEL 2016, or €30 for both this expansion and The Grizzled base game.
• Publisher Sweet November mentions an exclusive "American soldiers" goodie for The Grizzled in a Facebook post, but without detailing whether purchase is required.
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The Oracle of Delphi
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 70 - 100 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €45
Designer(s): Stefan Feld
Publisher(s): Hall Games (1-C116)
BGG Thumbs: 139 | SPIEL Together Score: 1453
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €40, with Hall Games' Ralph Bruhn highlighting the goodie available with purchase of the game at SPIEL 2016:
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Tides of Madness
Players: 2 | Playtime: 20 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €12
Designer(s): Kristian Čurla
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110), Portal Games (3-O118)
BGG Thumbs: 41 | SPIEL Together Score: 459
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €12
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World's Fair 1893
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 35 - 45 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €30
Designer(s): J. Alex Kevern
Publisher(s): dlp games (1-C114)
BGG Thumbs: 45 | SPIEL Together Score: 362
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €30
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4 Gods
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 15 - 30 min | Age: 8+
Designer(s): Christophe Boelinger
Publisher(s): Asmodee (1-F122), Ludically (1-3-B108)
BGG Thumbs: 68 | SPIEL Together Score: 727
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Abenteuerland: König und Prinzessin Expansion
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €15
Designer(s): Michael Kiesling, Wolfgang Kramer
Publisher(s): HABA - Habermaaß GmbH (3-F103)
BGG Thumbs: 25 | SPIEL Together Score: 205
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €15
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Airlines
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 60 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €40
Designer(s): Elad Goldsteen
Publisher(s): Golden Egg Games (1-D143)
BGG Thumbs: 51 | SPIEL Together Score: 291
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €40 for the regular base game and €60 for the "Limited Edition" version.
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Alchemists: The King's Golem Expansion
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 120 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Matúš Kotry
Publisher(s): Heidelberger Spieleverlag (1-B103), Czech Games Edition (1-F145)
BGG Thumbs: 77 | SPIEL Together Score: 755
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Area 51: Top Secret
Players: 2 - 6 | Playtime: 60 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €36
Designer(s): Stefan Alexander
Publisher(s): Mücke Spiele (3-J100)
BGG Thumbs: 57 | SPIEL Together Score: 337
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €39, but discounted to €36 for sales at SPIEL 2016.
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Aurimentic
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 - 90 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €45
Designer(s): Nikolaus R. Friedrich
Publisher(s): nikamundus (4-A114)
BGG Thumbs: 25 | SPIEL Together Score: 276
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €50, but discounted to €45 for sales at SPIEL 2016
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Ave Roma
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 45 - 120 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €45
Designer(s): Attila Szőgyi
Publisher(s): A-games (Board Game Publisher) (7-D107)
BGG Thumbs: 113 | SPIEL Together Score: 814
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €45 for the base game, with five expansions also being available for the game:
—1. Censor (€5)
—2. Magistratus (€5)
—3. Preator (€5)
—4. Consul (€10)
—5. Imperator (€10)
Rules for each of these expansions can be downloaded from the Ave Roma base game page. The discounted price of the Ave Roma base game and all five expansions is €70 instead of €80.
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AYA
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 30 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €32
Designer(s): Olivier Grégoire, Thibaut Quintens
Publisher(s): Act in games (3-O104)
BGG Thumbs: 33 | SPIEL Together Score: 157
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• AYA was stuck on a train heading in the wrong direction and missed out on SPIEL 2015, so here it is again.
• MSRP €32
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BraveRats
Players: 2 | Playtime: 15 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €10
Designer(s): Seiji Kanai
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110)
BGG Thumbs: 22 | SPIEL Together Score: 114
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €10
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Camel Up Cards
Players: 2 - 6 | Playtime: 30 - 60 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €14
Designer(s): Steffen Bogen
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110), uplay.it edizioni (3-O113)
BGG Thumbs: 25 | SPIEL Together Score: 296
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €13
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Chariot Race: The Great Chariot Race
Players: 2 - 6 | Playtime: 15 - 45 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €20
Designer(s): Matt Leacock
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110)
BGG Thumbs: 45 | SPIEL Together Score: 401
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €20
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Clank!
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 30 - 60 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €70
Designer(s): Paul Dennen
Publisher(s): Renegade Game Studios (6-B103)
BGG Thumbs: 35 | SPIEL Together Score: 636
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €70
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Cookie Box
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 15 - 20 min | Age: 6+ | Price: €22
Designer(s): Jean-Claude Pellin
Publisher(s): Korea Boardgames co., Ltd. (3-O119)
BGG Thumbs: 13 | SPIEL Together Score: 34
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €22
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Crisis
Players: 1 - 5 | Playtime: 45 - 120 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €55
Designer(s): Pantelis Bouboulis, Sotirios Tsantilas
Publisher(s): LudiCreations (1-D129)
BGG Thumbs: 69 | SPIEL Together Score: 708
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Diamant
Players: 3 - 8 | Playtime: 30 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Bruno Faidutti, Alan R. Moon
Publisher(s): Schmidt Spiele (3-H102), IELLO (3-M109)
BGG Thumbs: 51 | SPIEL Together Score: 483
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English and French editions.
• MSRP €25
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Die Baumeister des Colosseum
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 30 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €24
Designer(s): Klaus-Jürgen Wrede
Publisher(s): Schmidt Spiele (3-H102)
BGG Thumbs: 38 | SPIEL Together Score: 266
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €24
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Dream Home
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 20 - 40 min | Age: 7+
Designer(s): Klemens Kalicki
Publisher(s): REBEL.pl (1-C140)
BGG Thumbs: 50 | SPIEL Together Score: 486
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Also available at one or the other (or both) Asmodee booths — 1-F122 or 3-B108 — in addition to at the REBEL.pl booth.
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Dreams
Players: 3 - 6 | Playtime: 30 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €29
Designer(s): Olivier Grégoire
Publisher(s): Zoch Verlag (3-J108)
BGG Thumbs: 55 | SPIEL Together Score: 437
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €35, discounted to €29 for sales at SPIEL 2016.
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Dungeon of Fortune
Players: 2 - 6 | Playtime: 30 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €20
Designer(s): Ken Gruhl, Quentin Weir
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110)
BGG Thumbs: 7 | SPIEL Together Score: 66
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €20
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Dungeon Rush
Players: 3 - 5 | Playtime: 13 - 19 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €10
Designer(s): Rustan Håkansson, Eli Håkansson
Publisher(s): Lautapelit.fi (3-L116)
BGG Thumbs: 35 | SPIEL Together Score: 111
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €17, but you can preorder for €10 for pick up at SPIEL 2016 via the Lautapelit.fi website. The price of the game at SPIEL 2016 will be somewhere between these two values.
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Escape Room: The Game
Players: 3 - 99 | Playtime: 60 min | Age: 16+ | Price: €50
Designer(s):
Publisher(s): Noris Spiele (3-J108)
BGG Thumbs: 22 | SPIEL Together Score: 324
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Aside from the game itself, at SPIEL 2016 Noris Spiele will have two functioning escape rooms in the Galleria that are available on a first come, first served basis. Each of them lasts 15 minutes, and my understanding is that one of the rooms is for German-speaking attendees, while the other is for all fair visitors regardless of language. Noris' Markus Müller notes, "Players can win tickets to real escape games in Essen!"
• MSRP €50
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Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer's Manor
Players: 3 - 8 | Playtime: 90 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €23
Designer(s): Rebecca Bleau, Nicholas Cravotta
Publisher(s): HCM Kinzel (3-G100)
BGG Thumbs: 20 | SPIEL Together Score: 324
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €23
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Fabled Fruit
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 20 - 30 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €28
Designer(s): Friedemann Friese
Publisher(s): 2F-Spiele (3-M108), Stronghold Games (3-M107)
BGG Thumbs: 100 | SPIEL Together Score: 1112
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €28
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Fields of Green
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 30 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €38
Designer(s): Vangelis Bagiartakis
Publisher(s): Artipia Games (1-D137)
BGG Thumbs: 145 | SPIEL Together Score: 1464
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price to be announced closer to SPIEL 2016.
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Final Touch
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 15 - 30 min | Age: 8+
Designer(s): Mike Elliott
Publisher(s): Space Buddies (3-B108)
BGG Thumbs: 21 | SPIEL Together Score: 115
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English, French and German editions.
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Flamme Rouge
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 30 - 45 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €37
Designer(s): Asger Harding Granerud
Publisher(s): Lautapelit.fi (3-L116)
BGG Thumbs: 88 | SPIEL Together Score: 396
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €37, but you can preorder for €25 for pick up at SPIEL 2016 via the Lautapelit.fi website. The price of the game at SPIEL 2016 will be somewhere between these two values.
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Fuji Flush
Players: 3 - 8 | Playtime: 10 - 20 min | Age: 7+ | Price: €8
Designer(s): Friedemann Friese
Publisher(s): 2F-Spiele (3-M108), Swan Panasia Co., Ltd., Stronghold Games (3-M107)
BGG Thumbs: 55 | SPIEL Together Score: 404
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €8
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Germania Magna: Border in Flames
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 30 - 60 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Daniel Budacz, Piotr Krzystek, Łukasz Wrona
Publisher(s): PHALANX (2-C110)
BGG Thumbs: 41 | SPIEL Together Score: 302
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €25
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Gloomhaven Only available for demo
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 60 - 120 min | Age: 12+
Designer(s): Isaac Childres
Publisher(s): Cephalofair Games (6-C124)
BGG Thumbs: 69 | SPIEL Together Score: 514
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Designer/publisher Isaac Childres says that he'll be running demoes of Gloomhaven at SPIEL 2016 "using actual production copies, which I'm very excited about, so people can come by just to look at the massive amount of stuff in the box".
One problem, however, is that he won't have copies of that "stuff in the box" available for purchase as at that time the games will be on a ship bound for Europe. Instead he'll be taking preorders for €99, with shipping being included in the price, and copies of the game will be delivered in November 2016 once they arrive. Childres posted more details of his SPIEL 2016 plan in this blog post.
And if you can't wait to have Childres present his game to you at SPIEL 2016, you can watch him do at Origins 2016:
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Greedy Greedy Goblins
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 25 - 35 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Richard Garfield
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110)
BGG Thumbs: 14 | SPIEL Together Score: 167
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €25
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Guns & Steel: Renaissance
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 40 - 70 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €20
Designer(s): Jesse Li
Publisher(s): Moaideas Game Design (7-F101)
BGG Thumbs: 45 | SPIEL Together Score: 268
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €23, but discounted to €20 for sales at SPIEL 2016. Additionally, you can preorder for pick up in Essen or shipping to your door through the Moaideas website.
• Additionally, the original Guns & Steel can be purchased together with this new standalone expansion as part of a package for €43; you can preorder this item as well, but only for pick up at SPIEL 2016. Should you already own Guns & Steel, you can purchase the storage box on its own for €5 via preorder or at the convention.
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Haru Ichiban
Players: 2 | Playtime: 20 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €18
Designer(s): Bruno Cathala
Publisher(s): Blackrock Games (3-O104)
BGG Thumbs: 39 | SPIEL Together Score: 214
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Haru Ichiban was stuck on a train heading in the wrong direction and missed out on SPIEL 2015, so here it is again.
• MSRP €18
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HMS Dolores
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 10 - 20 min | Age: 10+
Designer(s): Bruno Faidutti, Eric M. Lang
Publisher(s): Lui-même (3-B108)
BGG Thumbs: 37 | SPIEL Together Score: 411
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Justice League: Hero Dice – Flash
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 15 - 30 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €17
Designer(s): Andreas Schmidt
Publisher(s): Heidelberger Spieleverlag (1-B103)
BGG Thumbs: 19 | SPIEL Together Score: 88
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English and German editions
• MSRP €17
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Kanagawa
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Bruno Cathala, Charles Chevallier
Publisher(s): IELLO (3-M109)
BGG Thumbs: 101 | SPIEL Together Score: 1022
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English and French editions.
• Designers Bruno Cathala and Charles Chevallier and illustrator Jade Mosch will be in the IELLO booth on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 18:00 to 19:00 each day to sign copies of the game.
• MSRP €25
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Key to the City – London
Players: 2 - 6 | Playtime: 90 - 120 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €50
Designer(s): Sebastian Bleasdale, Richard Breese
Publisher(s): R&D Games (3-O101), Quined Games (3-Q102)
BGG Thumbs: 80 | SPIEL Together Score: 1173
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price ~€50
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Kingdomino
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 15 - 20 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €20
Designer(s): Bruno Cathala
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110), Blue Orange (EU) (3-N107)
BGG Thumbs: 37 | SPIEL Together Score: 759
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €20
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La Granja: The Dice Game - No Siesta!
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 30 - 45 min | Age: 10+
Designer(s): Andreas "ode." Odendahl
Publisher(s): Stronghold Games (3-M107), ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH (2-D139)
BGG Thumbs: 66 | SPIEL Together Score: 839
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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London Markets
Players: 3 - 4 | Playtime: 45 - 60 min | Age: 10+
Designer(s): Michael Schacht
Publisher(s): Queen Games (1-D121)
BGG Thumbs: 24 | SPIEL Together Score: 107
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Luther: Das Spiel
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €30
Designer(s): Martin Schlegel, Erika Schlegel
Publisher(s): KOSMOS (3-B118)
BGG Thumbs: 41 | SPIEL Together Score: 132
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €30
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Martians: A Story of Civilization
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 90 - 150 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €45
Designer(s): Grzegorz Okliński, Krzysztof Wolicki
Publisher(s): REDIMP GAMES (2-C107)
BGG Thumbs: 69 | SPIEL Together Score: 1166
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €45
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Mea Culpa
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 90 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €38
Designer(s): Rüdiger Kopf, Klaus Zoch
Publisher(s): Zoch Verlag (3-J108)
BGG Thumbs: 58 | SPIEL Together Score: 454
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €45, discounted to €38 for sales at SPIEL 2016.
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Mines of Ōlnäk Only available for demo
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 50 - 100 min | Age: 12+
Designer(s): Jonathan Frenay, Raphaël Helaers
Publisher(s): Morning (1-F131)
BGG Thumbs: 31 | SPIEL Together Score: 158
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available for previewing at SPIEL 2016.
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Mino & Tauri
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 15 min | Age: 6+ | Price: €30
Designer(s): Carlo A. Rossi
Publisher(s): AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH (3-H103)
BGG Thumbs: 50 | SPIEL Together Score: 96
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €30
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Multiuniversum
Players: 1 - 5 | Playtime: 20 - 45 min | Age: 0+ | Price: €15
Designer(s): Manuel Correia
Publisher(s): Board&Dice (2-C110)
BGG Thumbs: 72 | SPIEL Together Score: 792
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €15
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Mysterium: Hidden Signs Expansion
Players: 2 - 7 | Playtime: 42 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €20
Designer(s): Oleksandr Nevskiy, Oleg Sidorenko
Publisher(s): Lautapelit.fi (3-L116), Libellud (3-B108)
BGG Thumbs: 44 | SPIEL Together Score: 382
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English and German editions at SPIEL 2016.
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Ninja Arena
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 20 - 40 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €75
Designer(s): Oliver Schneider
Publisher(s): 2mt Games (4-B125)
BGG Thumbs: 35 | SPIEL Together Score: 173
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Designer Oliver Schneider will lead "Headhunter" competitions on Thursday and Friday from 17:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday from 16:00 to 17:00, and the first official Ninja Arena tournament takes place on Saturday.
• This published version includes rules only in German, but explanations will be available in English and 2mt Games will be conducting a Kickstarter funding campaign for an English-language version during SPIEL 2016.
• Daily demos are also taking place at the Kickstarter booth (1-D129) from 14:00 to 16:00 with the game creator on site.
• Finally, the publisher is holding a raffle at SPIEL 2016 for a Collector's Edition of the game.
• Price €75
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North American Railways
Players: 3 - 5 | Playtime: 45 - 90 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €35
Designer(s): Peer Sylvester
Publisher(s): Spielworxx (2-D139)
BGG Thumbs: 38 | SPIEL Together Score: 296
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €29 if preordered through the Spielworxx website before the game's release in mid-August 2016; €35 afterward.
• As with all Spielworxx titles, the production run is limited (six hundred copies in this case) and all copies might be claimed prior to SPIEL 2016, so if you really want this game, don't wait until you arrive in Essen or you might leave empty-handed...
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NOT ALONE
Players: 2 - 7 | Playtime: 30 - 45 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €20
Designer(s): Ghislain Masson
Publisher(s): Geek Attitude Games (1-B126)
BGG Thumbs: 90 | SPIEL Together Score: 732
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English, French, German and Spanish editions.
• Price €20, with three SPIEL'16 promo cards (1 hunt card, 1 survival card and 1 new place) being included with the game; preorders are available at the Geek Attitude Games website for pick up at SPIEL 2016 or delivery to your home. Package deals with other GAG titles are available.
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Oh My Goods!: Longsdale in Aufruhr Expansion
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: No info | Age: 0+ | Price: €8
Designer(s): Alexander Pfister
Publisher(s): Lookout Games (1-F133)
BGG Thumbs: 62 | SPIEL Together Score: 739
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• In its announcement of this title, Lookout Games notes that Oh My Goods!: Longsdale in Aufruhr will be available in this limited-edition form at SPIEL 2016 and (if any copies remain) on its website.
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Pandemic Iberia
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 45 min | Age: 8+
Designer(s): Jesús Torres Castro, Matt Leacock
Publisher(s): Z-Man Games (3-O117)
BGG Thumbs: 64 | SPIEL Together Score: 598
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Pandemic: The Cure – Experimental Meds Expansion
Players: No info | Playtime: No info | Age: 0+
Designer(s): Matt Leacock, Thomas Lehmann
Publisher(s): Z-Man Games (3-O117)
BGG Thumbs: 84 | SPIEL Together Score: 482
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Possibly debuting at SPIEL 2016, according to a Z-Man Games representative at Gen Con 2016. It all depends on the production time...
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Papà Paolo
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 30 - 75 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €43
Designer(s): Fabrice Vandenbogaerde
Publisher(s): Quined Games (3-Q102)
BGG Thumbs: 68 | SPIEL Together Score: 623
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €45, discounted to €43 for sales at SPIEL 2016.
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Picassimo
Players: 3 - 6 | Playtime: 30 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €30
Designer(s): Carlo A. Rossi
Publisher(s): HABA - Habermaaß GmbH (3-F103)
BGG Thumbs: 16 | SPIEL Together Score: 94
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €30
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Pocket Invaders
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 10 - 20 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €20
Designer(s): Jose D. Flores
Publisher(s): Gen-X Games (6-C114), SD Games
BGG Thumbs: 34 | SPIEL Together Score: 97
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Port Royal Unterwegs!
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 20 - 40 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €7
Designer(s): Alexander Pfister
Publisher(s): Pegasus Spiele (3-M110)
BGG Thumbs: 54 | SPIEL Together Score: 469
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €7
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Power Grid: The Card Game
Players: 2 - 6 | Playtime: 45 - 60 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €18
Designer(s): Friedemann Friese
Publisher(s): 2F-Spiele (3-M108), Swan Panasia Co., Ltd.
BGG Thumbs: 123 | SPIEL Together Score: 1238
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €18, with both the German and English editions of Power Grid: The Card Game being sold by 2F-Spiele at SPIEL 2016. Six hundred copies of the English-language edition will be available for purchase, and no preorders will be taken.
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Railroad Revolution
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 - 90 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €40
Designer(s): Marco Canetta, Stefania Niccolini
Publisher(s): What's Your Game? (3-M100)
BGG Thumbs: 84 | SPIEL Together Score: 982
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Raise Your Goblets
Players: 2 - 12 | Playtime: 20 - 45 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €35
Designer(s): Tim Page
Publisher(s): Heidelberger Spieleverlag (1-B103), Horrible Games (3-O115)
BGG Thumbs: 8 | SPIEL Together Score: 492
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Debuts in German at SPIEL 2016 ahead of its release in October 2016.
• MSRP €35
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Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot: Angry Ocean
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 45 - 90 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €12
Designer(s): Ignacy Trzewiczek
Publisher(s): Portal Games (3-O118)
BGG Thumbs: 17 | SPIEL Together Score: 121
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €12
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Red7
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 5 - 10 min | Age: 9+ | Price: €10
Designer(s): Carl Chudyk, Chris Cieslik
Publisher(s): Lucrum Games (2-C110)
BGG Thumbs: 72 | SPIEL Together Score: 275
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Still love Red7, which I previewed back in 2014 when it was originally released as Red. Just thought you'd want to know that...
• Available in separate English and German editions.
• Price €10
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Rent a Hero
Players: 3 - 5 | Playtime: 20 - 30 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €13
Designer(s): Kuro
Publisher(s): IELLO (3-M109)
BGG Thumbs: 24 | SPIEL Together Score: 155
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €13
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Risky Adventure
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €40
Designer(s): Anthony Rubbo
Publisher(s): Queen Games (1-D121)
BGG Thumbs: 26 | SPIEL Together Score: 148
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Roots of Mali Expansion
Players: 2 | Playtime: 10 - 30 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €32
Designer(s): Adrian Bolla, Bujar Haskaj
Publisher(s): SunCoreGames (2-E105)
BGG Thumbs: 24 | SPIEL Together Score: 114
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €36-39, discounted to €32 for sales at SPIEL 2016.
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Round House
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 60 - 90 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €45
Designer(s): Eros Lin, Zong-Hua Yang (Bob)
Publisher(s): EmperorS4 Games (7-D102)
BGG Thumbs: 52 | SPIEL Together Score: 497
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €45, with preorder available for pick up at SPIEL 2016 or shipping to your door.
• In addition to the base game, Round House: 1st Expansion – Additional Tiles exists and is available at a preorder price of €5.
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Schotten Totten
Players: 2 | Playtime: 20 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €13
Designer(s): Reiner Knizia
Publisher(s): Schmidt Spiele (3-H102), IELLO (3-M109)
BGG Thumbs: 62 | SPIEL Together Score: 400
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English and French editions.
• MSRP €13
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Schwupps
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 20 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €10
Designer(s): Michael Feldkötter
Publisher(s): AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH (3-H103)
BGG Thumbs: 14 | SPIEL Together Score: 64
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €10
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SeaFall
Players: 3 - 5 | Playtime: 90 - 120 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €90
Designer(s): Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt
Publisher(s): Heidelberger Spieleverlag (1-B103)
BGG Thumbs: 17 | SPIEL Together Score: 521
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €90
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Skibe
Players: 3 - 5 | Playtime: 20 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €15
Designer(s): Arve D. Fühler
Publisher(s): HUCH! & friends (3-D120)
BGG Thumbs: 14 | SPIEL Together Score: 69
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Designer Arve Fühler will be in the HUCH! & friends booth on Friday from 14:00 to 14:30 and on Saturday from 17:00 to 17:30 to sign games.
• MSRP €15
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Small World: River World Expansion
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 40 - 80 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Philippe Keyaerts
Publisher(s): Days of Wonder (3-B108)
BGG Thumbs: 61 | SPIEL Together Score: 374
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €25
Two-player game board
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Stronghold: Undead (2nd edition) Expansion
Players: 2 | Playtime: No info | Age: 10+
Designer(s): Ignacy Trzewiczek
Publisher(s): Stronghold Games (3-M107)
BGG Thumbs: 33 | SPIEL Together Score: 150
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price to be announced closer to SPIEL 2016.
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Tales & Games: Aladdin & The Magic Lamp
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 20 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €24
Designer(s): Tiago Damey
Publisher(s): IELLO (3-M109)
BGG Thumbs: 25 | SPIEL Together Score: 79
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €24
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Targi: Die Erweiterung Expansion
Players: 2 | Playtime: 60 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €16
Designer(s): Andreas Steiger
Publisher(s): KOSMOS (3-B118)
BGG Thumbs: 115 | SPIEL Together Score: 679
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €16
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The Arrival
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 75 - 90 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €39
Designer(s): Martin Wallace
Publisher(s): Game's Up (4-A113)
BGG Thumbs: 119 | SPIEL Together Score: 620
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP ~€44, discounted to €39 for sales at SPIEL 2016; preorder available for €38 for both pick up at SPIEL 2016 and delivery to your door (shipping added).
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The Dragon & Flagon
Players: 2 - 8 | Playtime: 60 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €60
Designer(s): Brian Engelstein, Geoff Engelstein, Sydney Engelstein
Publisher(s): Stronghold Games (3-M107)
BGG Thumbs: 63 | SPIEL Together Score: 538
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price to be announced closer to SPIEL 2016.
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The Exiled: Siege
Players: 1 - 5 | Playtime: 90 - 120 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €80
Designer(s): Mateusz Albricht
Publisher(s):
BGG Thumbs: 67 | SPIEL Together Score: 384
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Booth 2-C110 as Board&Dice is serving as worldwide distributor for this self-published title.
• Price €80
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The Flow of History
Players: 3 - 5 | Playtime: 60 - 90 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Jesse Li
Publisher(s): Moaideas Game Design (7-F101)
BGG Thumbs: 63 | SPIEL Together Score: 471
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €29, but discounted to €25 for sales at SPIEL 2016. Additionally, you can preorder for pick up in Essen or shipping to your door through the Moaideas website.
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The Fog of War
Players: 2 | Playtime: 90 - 120 min | Age: 10+
Designer(s): Geoff Engelstein
Publisher(s): Stronghold Games (3-M107)
BGG Thumbs: 61 | SPIEL Together Score: 276
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price to be announced closer to SPIEL 2016.
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The Game: Extreme
Players: 1 - 5 | Playtime: 20 - 30 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €8
Designer(s): Steffen Benndorf, Reinhard Staupe
Publisher(s): Nürnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag (1-C131)
BGG Thumbs: 28 | SPIEL Together Score: 376
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €8.45
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The Last Friday
Players: 2 - 6 | Playtime: 30 - 120 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €50
Designer(s): Antonio Ferrara, Sebastiano Fiorillo
Publisher(s): Heidelberger Spieleverlag (1-B103), Ares Games (3-E100)
BGG Thumbs: 13 | SPIEL Together Score: 687
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Debuts in German at SPIEL 2016 ahead of its release in Q4 2016.
• MSRP €43
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The Mysterious Forest
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 10 - 25 min | Age: 6+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Carlo A. Rossi
Publisher(s): IELLO (3-M109)
BGG Thumbs: 34 | SPIEL Together Score: 196
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English and French editions.
• Debuts at SPIEL 2016 ahead of its scheduled release in November 2016.
• Price €25
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The Networks
Players: 1 - 5 | Playtime: 60 - 90 min | Age: 13+ | Price: €45
Designer(s): Gil Hova
Publisher(s): Formal Ferret Games (4-D113)
BGG Thumbs: 117 | SPIEL Together Score: 830
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• In addition to The Networks base game, at SPIEL 2016 The Networks: On the Air will also be available, although both probably won't be available for long, according to designer/publisher Gil Hova: "I will only be able to bring slightly more to Essen than I did to Gen Con, so I anticipate selling out late Thursday or early Friday. "
• Price €45 for the base game and a recommended price of €10 for the expansion. Notes Hova, "It'll be pay-what-you-want because of a printing issue that resulted in the card backs being a slightly different shade than the base game."
• Finally, adds Hova, "Anyone who bumps into me in the evening at one of the local hotels has a chance of checking out the expansion to The Networks I'll be Kickstarting in 2017..."
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The Perfumer
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 60 - 90 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €48
Designer(s): Chu-Lan Kao
Publisher(s): Big Fun Games (7-D102)
BGG Thumbs: 46 | SPIEL Together Score: 349
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €50, discount to €48 for SPIEL 2016, with preorder available for pick up at SPIEL 2016 or shipping to your door.
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Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 60 - 120 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €80
Designer(s): Alan R. Moon
Publisher(s): Days of Wonder (3-B108)
BGG Thumbs: 40 | SPIEL Together Score: 335
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available in separate English and German editions at SPIEL 2016.
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Tiny Epic Galaxies: Beyond the Black Expansion Only available for demo
Players: 1 - 5 | Playtime: 30 - 60 min | Age: 14+
Designer(s): Scott Almes
Publisher(s): Gamelyn Games (7-E120)
BGG Thumbs: 63 | SPIEL Together Score: 349
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available for previewing at Spiel 2016 ahead of its scheduled release in 2017.
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Tiny Epic Quest Only available for demo
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 30 - 60 min | Age: 14+
Designer(s): Scott Almes
Publisher(s): Gamelyn Games (7-E120)
BGG Thumbs: 60 | SPIEL Together Score: 275
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available for previewing at Spiel 2016 ahead of its scheduled release in 2017.
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Topoum
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 60 - 90 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €36
Designer(s): Perepau LListosella
Publisher(s): Looping Games (4-A119)
BGG Thumbs: 120 | SPIEL Together Score: 278
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €36, with Topoum: Bratatatata – Expansion Deck I — which brings new card types and more to the game — being €8.
• You can purchase Topoum and Topoum: Bratatatata – Expansion Deck I together for €40 instead of €44 — and if you throw in the second edition of 1911 Amundsen vs Scott, which is linked to in the publisher section above, you'll pay only €50 instead of €62.
Seven new types of action cards
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Totenstadt
Players: 1 - 6 | Playtime: 45 - 60 min | Age: 16+ | Price: €60
Designer(s): Florian Möller, Gunnar Sadlowski
Publisher(s): Blood 'n Brain (6-A109)
BGG Thumbs: 29 | SPIEL Together Score: 129
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €60
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Touria
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 - 60 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €34
Designer(s): Inka Brand, Markus Brand, Michael Rieneck
Publisher(s): R&R Games (1-G161), HUCH! & friends (3-D120)
BGG Thumbs: 14 | SPIEL Together Score: 309
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €34
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Tramways
Players: 1 - 5 | Playtime: 120 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €45
Designer(s): Alban Viard
Publisher(s): AVStudioGames (1-D129 )
BGG Thumbs: 48 | SPIEL Together Score: 346
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• For background on Tramways, read this designer diary on the game's development from designer Alban Viard.
• MSRP €50, but discounted to €45 for sales at SPIEL 2016; Viard recommends placing a preorder by email to avstudiogames@gmail.com, with you then picking up the game on either Thursday or Friday. He notes that LudiCreations, the publisher whose booth he is sharing, might still have copies of Tramways for sale on Saturday and Sunday, but he'll be long gone by that point and no copies are guaranteed on those days.
Non-final graphics
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Ulm
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 - 75 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €36
Designer(s): Günter Burkhardt
Publisher(s): R&R Games (1-G161), dV Giochi (3-E106), HUCH! & friends (3-D120)
BGG Thumbs: 28 | SPIEL Together Score: 584
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €34
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Undercover
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 15 - 30 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €25
Designer(s): Daniel Danzer, Doris Danzer
Publisher(s): Frosted Games (3-J100)
BGG Thumbs: 27 | SPIEL Together Score: 156
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €25
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Vanuatu (second edition)
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 60 - 90 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €43
Designer(s): Alain Epron
Publisher(s): Quined Games (3-Q102)
BGG Thumbs: 55 | SPIEL Together Score: 567
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €45, discounted to €43 for sales at SPIEL 2016.
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Vikings Gone Wild Only available for demo
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 40 - 70 min | Age: 10+
Designer(s): Julien Vergonjeanne
Publisher(s): Lucky Duck Games (6-D125)
BGG Thumbs: 134 | SPIEL Together Score: 248
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Available for previewing at Spiel 2016 ahead of its scheduled release in 2017.
• That said, a "Sif" promo card for Vikings Gone Wild will be available at SPIEL 2016.
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Vikings on Board
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 30 - 60 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €40
Designer(s): Charles Chevallier, Catherine Dumas, Pascal Pelemans
Publisher(s): Blue Orange (EU) (3-N107), ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH (2-D139)
BGG Thumbs: 35 | SPIEL Together Score: 174
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Vikings on Board co-designer Charles Chevallier will be at SPIEL 2016 to demo the game and sign copies.
• MSRP €40, with the base game being packaged with Vikings on Board: Barrels (16 wooden barrels that replace the tokens in the base game) and a double-sided beer mat that features the clans that appear in the game. You can reserve copies for purchase at SPIEL 2016 on the Blue Orange website.
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Vinhos Deluxe Edition
Players: 1 - 4 | Playtime: 60 - 135 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €71
Designer(s): Vital Lacerda
Publisher(s): Eagle-Gryphon Games (7-E107)
BGG Thumbs: 55 | SPIEL Together Score: 415
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Designer Vital Lacerda will be on hand throughout SPIEL 2016 at booth 7-E109 to sign and demo this game.
• In addition to the Vinhos Deluxe Edition base game, at SPIEL 2016 Eagle-Gryphon Games will have four expansions: Connoisseur Expansion Pack, Experts Expansion Pack, Islands Expansion Pack, and Tasting Room Expansion Pack
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Virus
Players: 1 - 6 | Playtime: 30 - 120 min | Age: 14+ | Price: €70
Designer(s): Michele Quondam
Publisher(s): Giochix.it (1-C123)
BGG Thumbs: 43 | SPIEL Together Score: 408
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• Price €70
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West of Africa
Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 60 - 90 min | Age: 10+
Designer(s): Martin Schlegel
Publisher(s): ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH (2-D139)
BGG Thumbs: 44 | SPIEL Together Score: 210
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• In addition to the base game, the West of Africa Extra mini-expansion will be available.
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Word Slam
Players: 4 - 99 | Playtime: 45 min | Age: 12+ | Price: €30
Designer(s): Inka Brand, Markus Brand
Publisher(s): KOSMOS (3-B118)
BGG Thumbs: 15 | SPIEL Together Score: 66
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €30
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World Monuments
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 45 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €35
Designer(s): Piero Cioni
Publisher(s): Queen Games (1-D121)
BGG Thumbs: 33 | SPIEL Together Score: 232
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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X nimmt!
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 25 min | Age: 8+ | Price: €8
Designer(s): Wolfgang Kramer, Reinhard Staupe
Publisher(s): AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH (3-H103)
BGG Thumbs: 84 | SPIEL Together Score: 392
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
• MSRP €8
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Zaubertrank der vier Elemente
Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 40 min | Age: 10+ | Price: €29
Designer(s): Steffen Mühlhäuser, René Puttin
Publisher(s): Steffen-Spiele (3-G109)
BGG Thumbs: 16 | SPIEL Together Score: 46
BGG Game link BGG "Essen SPIEL Preview" link
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Total price: €4,413 (18 games with no price)