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Global Boardgame News (February 10)

This series is released once or twice a month, covering international gaming news, trends and just plain gossip spotted online. 

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The last few weeks were mostly focused on the International Toy Fair. So grab a bratwurst and throw on some lederhosen, because we’re going to Nuremberg!

At Sweet Lemon Publishing, we were happy to reunite with our friends from Korea Boardgames, who brought a booth for the first time.

Most of their wheeling and dealing involved their Essen 2017 releases. However, there was one new title for Eric Martin to scope out

We’re helping Korea Boardgames bring their first game to Kickstarter in the near future. Stay tuned for The Bark Side!

Elsewhere, most of the publishers were based in Europe, but there were outliers. It was particularly interesting to see Tokyo Game Market make its presence felt.

Those who missed it at NiceGameShop will be happy to hear Queen Games is releasing King of Frontier (scoop)!

Hobby Japan are releasing a new version of dojo-simulator Master of Respect.

American publishers Deepwater Games will be releasing Round House and Sorceror & Stones from EmperorS4 after their initial campaign to launch Herbalism and other small-box titles.

Bakudan Takarabako “Bomb & Treasures” is being released by IELLO with a new (Greek) theme and a new name: Nessos. They will also be releasing The Legend of the Cherry Tree that Blossoms Every Ten Years which updates Hitohira, another treasure from Tokyo Game Market.

From Russia, GaGa Games brought Lords of the Fjords – a strategy game with a viking theme (and lots of cubes).

Moscow’s Hobby World unveiled the latest expansion to Viceroy. Times of Darkness adds ‘fastidious aristocrats and shady underworld figures’ to spice up your games.

Hedgehog Roll by Lifestyle is a charming ‘roll and move’ game in which you roll a sticky velcro ball to collect forest goodies. Use the goodies to move your hedgehog on the board to escape the fox. It’s aimed at children (obviously), but can be also quite challenging for adults and can be played either cooperatively or competitively.

Do You Gnome Me? is a memory game that challenges players to rebuild a gnome’s features after seeing them for just a second.

Sort of like police sketches after a very small crime…

Dawn Under is a reprint of a Zoch Game from 2004 which was on the Spiel Des Jahres recommendation list. While out of print in Germany it held its popularity in Russia and Lifestyle are bringing it out again with updated artwork.

Also from Lifestyle, Finding Nessie is in the same vein as Lifestyle’s Macroscope from 2016. It challenges players to lift tiles and collect all 6 parts of the legendary Scottish beastie.

Keeping things watery, the final Lifestyle title is Aqualiens. In this speed game, players flip over a card revealing how many extremities their alien needs. Then it’s a race to collect the right transparent cards to match.

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Asia Boardgame News (27/1/18)

Welcome to our first round-up of developments in the Asian board game scene. This series will be released once or twice a month, covering news, trends and just plain gossip spotted online.

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This only tangentially fits, but the most jaw-dropping story is about Rising Sun from CMON. A few gamers were confused by the inclusion of something called a ‘Kotahi’ in the blockbuster’s line-up of traditional Japanese monsters.

No such monster exists in Japanese folklore.

The story gets stranger from there, as recounted by John Brieger in the brilliant piece How a Random New Zealand Man Became a Character in Rising Sun.

Of course, Rising Sun never claimed to be a nuanced depiction of traditional Japanese society, and who needs historical accuracy when it comes to board games? But it still isn’t a great look.

The Taipei Game Show opened its doors to about 300,000 visitors and saw the debut of two titles (52 Days and Stone Cold Kitty) from Xoanz. Mandoo Games announced their 2018 lineup, although faithful readers will have noticed some tidbits dropped during our interview with Kevin Kim.

Deepwater Games announced they’re launching a Kickstarter campaign to bring Herbalism from EmperorS4 to the United States (matching our own campaign to bring Mystery of the Temples to Germany).

Hifumin’s Shogi Dojo (working title) has been announced for the Nintendo Switch. Players will be brought through the concepts and problems of shogi under the watchful guidance of retired professional Hifumi Katou.

And speaking of games I’ve never played, Deadly Premonition: The Board Game is set for release on January 31st. Publisher Rising Star Games raised $150,000 to bring the cult 2010 murder mystery video game to the tabletop.

Congratulations to everyone who took home awards at the Golden Donkey Boardgame Exhibition! This includes Crows Overkill (most popular) and Conflicting Legends (best Taiwanese design).

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