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Global Boardgame News (March 5)

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Last week the Festival International des Jeux ended in Cannes, France with several interesting titles revealed here. JP game lovers in particular will rejoice over the handful of titles with Tokyo Game Market DNA that made their way to Europe.

Let’s kick off the news with Kimono, Superlude’s new edition of Colors of Kasane. Kimono is a card game in which players try to create the most beautiful kimono possible using the cards in their hands.

The game comes with real buttons and is just gorgeous to look at.

Meanwhile, Iello had three games from Game Market in their program.

We covered The Legend of the Cherry Tree that Blossoms Every Ten Years and Nessos in our previous article, when they were shown at Nuremberg Toy Fair.

The new addition was Les Forets Legendaire, a new version of 8bitMockup by Toshiki Sato – winner of the “Best Game” award at Tokyo Game Market in December last year.

Last but not least, the expansion for Paper Tales was unveiled in Cannes.

Paper Tales: Beyond the Gates adds new buildings and units and components to play all by yourself or with up to 7 players.

While we and our colleagues from Korea Boardgames were in Cannes hunting for new tabletop treasure, we also showed our upcoming trick taking game The Bark Side to Eric Martin.

They shot an overview video which will go live shortly – until then you can check out these glimpses on social media.

The Bark Side will go live on Kickstarter in April, and will be released at Essen SPIEL 2018.

The next convention of interest is the Game Market in Osaka on 1st April.

There have already been some announcements regarding that show….

Hisashi Hayashi will reveal his new title Metro: Tokyo & Osaka. We don’t know anything yet except for the cover art:

Takamagahara announced their new game Buzzzter, which will also premier at Osaka Game Market. This new title is once again designed and illustrated by Peke, featuring her distinctive style.

Other interesting announcements include Jack Times Beanstalk and Liquer: The Game featuring some very classic cocktails.

In late breaking news, we had to share the amazing (and delicious) components in an upcoming title from Big Fun Games. Stay Real: Just Waffle? A slogan we can all get behind!

The next shows we will be attending are Spiel Doch in Duisburg and Spieltage in Ratingen.

We’ll bring NiceGameShop for you to browse and buy. Please come by and say hello if you’re in the area! 

In other links:

  • Dojo-management sim Master of Respect by Hobby Japan is live on Kickstarter. This is actually an older game released at Tokyo Game Market 2016.
  • Another Kickstarter worth mentioning is Dream Catchers by Singapore-based Play Nation Studio. This was available in very limited quantities at Essen 2017, and people who bought this version will have the chance to purchase just the (extremely cute) minis expansion.

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. 

Got something we should write about? Leave it in the form below the article.

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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