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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…
Played a few rounds of The Bark Side, a JP trick-taker in which you don't want to win the last trick. —WEM pic.twitter.com/bmKg1w0Od8
— BoardGameGeek (@BoardGameGeek) February 3, 2018
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.
Hobby Japan are releasing a new version of dojo-simulator Master of Respect.
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.
— BoardGameGeek (@BoardGameGeek) February 6, 2018
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.
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.
In other links:
- A scientist in Azerbaijain invents a new version of Backgammon (one of my favorites)
- Three entrepreneurs in Dubai claim to be publishing the oldest card game in the world – from Japan
- Sweet Lemon’s own campaign to bring Mystery of the Temples to German has successfully funded!