Hans Im Gluck Announces Expansions for Carcassonne and Bruges

10 02 2014

One of the many toy fairs in Germany is the Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair Nürnberg, held in February. As you can imagine, there are many new games and expansions announced there–including new expansions for Stefan Feld’s Bruges, and the latest Carcassonne expansion.

Image from BGG user duchamp

Image from BGG user duchamp

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Z-Man Games Announces a Vikings Reprint!

23 01 2014

vikingscoverThis is GREAT news for people who like GREAT games. Z-Man has announced they’ll be reprinting the OOP Michael Kiesling classic Vikings in 2014.

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide—Gamers’ Games

13 12 2013

Alright, here it is! It’s our final list of gift suggestions for the 2013 Christmas season! These are games we suggest picking up for the tried and true gamer on your list. Many of these games we’ve played and reviewed, and others we’re hoping to find under our tree in just under 2 weeks!

So, here we go! Our list of gamers’ games for 2013!

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Z-Man to Reprint Ricochet Robots—AKA: Box Of Headaches

5 09 2013

ricochetDo you like puzzles? And headaches?! Well we have some good news for you!

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Winter Is Coming… Winter Carcassonne, That Is

2 07 2013

carc winterAbout a year ago Z-Man Games ended up with the distribution rights to the Carcassonne franchise in the US. There’s been a few expansions to come out since then, including a set of 6 mini expansions that each include a tile to a 7th expansion.

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Bad News for Terra Mystica

6 05 2013

MysticaCoverby Firestone

I’m a fan of many of Z-Man Games’ games, but sometimes their business practices just baffle me. (The fact that the second Pandemic expansion will be completely incompatible with my “old” edition still upsets me. If they think I’m buying a whole new set of the game and the first expansion to get that second one, they’re out of their minds. Yeah, I know I can buy two compatibility packs, and they didn’t have to offer that at all, but still… Grumble, grumble, grumble…)

Anyway, Z-Man has been posting EVERYWHERE about their highly anticipated new game Terra Mystica: Boardgamegeek ads, numerous posts on their Facebook page, over and over and over. Then, in the comments below an April 29th post about how the game is almost here, Sophie Gravel posted, “Guys, here is the very simple story. Terra Mystica oversold by approximately 100% of our print run. By the time the pre-orders were received from our distributors, the games were already printed and on our way to us so there was no way for us to adjust with a higher quantity. Another print run has been ordered and is scheduled to arrive at the end of the summer. Thank you for your understanding and making this game such a success!”

How is that in any way a professional way to announce that you screwed up? And it appears online game stores didn’t get any sort of heads-up about this until they received their smaller-than-expected shipments of the game. It’s just one more questionable practice from a company I’m increasingly disappointed in—even though I love their games.

So if you see a copy of Terra Misstica Mystica on the shelves of your FLGS for a reasonable price, you might want to snatch it up. And then mail it to me… 🙂

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What You Missed…

12 04 2013

Smallworld2News! Reviews! Poohs! We had a cram-packed week here on the blog.

First we brought you news that Z-Man Games is reprinting an old Alan Moon trick-taking game: Black Spy. And Z-Man also revealed that the anticipated game Terra Mystica will come out May 1.

We had two interviews: first was Jason Tagmire of Pixel Lincoln fame, sharing about upcoming projects. And then we interviewed Shane Steely and Jared Tinney, designers of Walk The Plank.

We also discussed some of the odd choices of the Origins Awards. And Tom Vasel gave us some behind-the-scenes info on the nomination process (in the comments).

We had a Double-Take Review of I’m The Boss: The Card Game—and we had wildly different experiences with it.

THEN, we talked about the newly announced deluxe expansion for Star Wars The Card Game—with wookies!

And finally (whew!) we talked about a bunch of new Kickstarter projects—including the new Gryphon Game Francis Drake.

Thanks for reading! We’ll have more for you next week; have a great weekend!

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