Have a view at which games were bought lately by the Club during the Essen Fair.
Essen 2015 is now over and more than 800 new games were presented. The club has sent his emissaries to the fair and here is the loot they’ve brought back:
– 10′ to Kill : There are 16 characters on the board, and each player secretly embodies one of them.. Each player also has 3 secret targets he must eliminate, without being discovered. The players have two actions each turn, (choosing from the following) : move any character anywhere on the board, eliminate a character (different ways of doing it), make an identity check by the police. The trick is, when a character is eliminated, nobody says by who or how ! You must apply yourself in blending your true hitman in a crowd of possible suspects, or guess which character is the hitman of the other players.
– Antartica : Your objective is to develop research centers in Antarctica and to mine resources – for research purposes only, of course. The sun orbits Antarctica counter-clockwise, and each ship it thaws moves on for scientific progress. At the end of the game, victory points for all kinds of majorities are granted. Will your consort be the one that gained a fortune … er, has done most to rescue mankind? Turn order is determined by the sun. Whenever it shines on one of your ships, you may erect buildings, recruit new scientists, build more ships, or do scientific research. The game ends when all buildings have been erected, or when one player has placed his last scientist.
– Ashes Rise of the Phoenixborn : A two-player expandable card game, players take on the roles of Phoenixborns, demi-gods and protectors of this world. These characters are the great saviors of their civilizations. Before they came into existence, the humans were plagued by monsters like chimeras that took away their lands and forced them to live in walled-off cities. When the Phoenixborns came, they fought off the chimeras and freed the lands for humans to take over once again.
– Bretagne : A worker placement game in which players must build lighthouses on the coast of Bretagne in the 19th century. On each turn, players take actions, such as using resources to build; trading resources, cards or money; or hiring workers or engineers. Players can choose to score points immediately when they build or decide not to do it and to participate in the final evaluation of the lighthouse. If they score immediately, they have guaranteed themselves some points; if they wait, they could reach higher scores or send workers to harbors to earn extra bonuses for the remaining rounds.
– Carson City : Big Box : The year is 1858 in Carson City, Nevada. You have rounded up a team of courageous cowboys, and your plan is to buy up the best parcels of land in this new town, then build them up with the most prosperous ranches, mines, saloons, etc. Carson City: Big Box is a collection of the Carson City base game, the Gold & Guns expansion, and the upcoming Horses & Heroes expansion.
– Chronicler : A civilization game that lets you step back in time of history. But unlike other civilization-building games, you abillity to develop new Technologies is also influenced by the advances of the other civilizations around you. Your goal is to have the most advanced civilization at the end of the game.
– Codenames : Two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.
– Curse of the Black Dice : Sail together to find treasures, board ships, plunder villages, or even kill the mighty Kraken…and betray the other players when they don’t expect it. There can be only one winner, but all players can lose together!
– Dark Matter : Each player starts with three unique cards to play all the game. Each card is divided in two zones in its obverse and reverse, and each zone has one or several skills. Players play these skills to get matters to terraform planets, to recruit soldiers, to attack enemy planets, to improve their own planets, to use heroes and politics to manipulate their cards and opponents cards, to get resources, and more.
– Discoveries : The Lewis and Clark Expedition, which was commissioned in 1803 and ended in 1806, was the first party of men that went through the North American continent, then returned. During these three years, the leaders Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, along with Sergeant Gass and Sergeant Ordway, wrote page after page about their trip, describing the new plants and animals species they discovered and drawing the maps of unknown areas. In Discoveries, you play one of the Expedition members: Lewis, Clark, Gass or Ordway. Your goal is to compile as much knowledge as possible in your journal, and in this way advance science thanks to your discoveries.
– Eclipse : Shadow of the Rift : Eclipse: Shadow of the Rift introduces several new mechanisms to Eclipse, including Time Distortion, Evolution and Anomalies, as well as several new Rare Technologies, Developments and Discoveries. It includes two new player boards with three new different alien species from which to choose
– Evolution : Players adapt their species in a dynamic ecosystem where food is scarce and predators lurk. Traits like Hard Shell and Horns will protect your species from Carnivores, while a Long Neck will help them get food that others cannot reach. With over 4,000 ways to evolve your species, every game becomes a different adventure.
– Evolution : Flight : An expansion for Evolution, introduces avian species into the ecosystem. Now your species can swoop on unsuspecting prey from above, fly away from predators, or soar to a new location when food is scarce.
– Flick’em Up! : The cities in the West are not the safest place to be. In the disc-flicking game Flick ’em Up!, you can become an outlaw and rob banks, free prisoners, attack innocent bystanders… or you could become the Sheriff and try to protect the people of your city from these bandits!
– Flick’em Up! Stallion Canyon: What’s a cowboy without his horse, you ask? Well, ask no more for Flick ’em Up! Stallion Canyon, the first expansion for Flick ’em Up!, introduces dashing horses! Two cowgirls also join the gang amongst many new elements that will have you conquering brand new towns and scenarios for more flickin’ fun!
– Mafia de Cuba : Each player will take the cigar box, open it and choose to betray and steal some diamonds, or remain a faithful and “honest” mafioso, be a driver, or act as an undercover CIA agent. In the evening, the Godfather recovers his cigar box. He blows a fuse when he finds the disappearance of diamonds. He must find his treasure and punish offenders by providing them cement shoes before throwing them in the bay. After heated debates and perilous deductions, The Godfather, with the help of is faithful henchmen will try to find all his stolen diamonds.
– Mafia de Cuba : Revolucion : Just when you thought it was safe to return to the island paradise of Cuba, it’s time for the revolucion! New characters are joining the party and everyone has a secret agenda. The crooked lawyer will join forces with whoever suits his interests, the diamond lover hopes to get caught and the revolutionaries will win if the godfather accuses them.
– M.U.L.E. : You are one of the pioneering and industrious species of a Galactic Federation. Together with your fellow colonists, you attempt to settle the distant Planet Irata with the so-called help of a mule-like machine you all learn to hate. But for now, he’s all you’ve got. Well, him and your fellow colonists. I wouldn’t count on their help, though, not unless there’s profit.
– New York 1901 : Relive the dawn of modern New York City, the historic years that made it what it is today. Build bigger and higher skyscrapers on some of Lower Manhattan’s most iconic streets. Raise one of four legendary skyscrapers (the Park Row, the Singer, the Metropolitan Life, or the majestic Woolworth) and make one of them the crown jewel of your real estate empire!
– Orléans : In the city of Orléans and the area of the Loire, you can take trade trips to other cities to acquire coveted goods and build trading posts. You need followers and their abilities to expand your dominance by putting them to work as traders, builders, and scientists. Knights expand your scope of action and secure your mercantile expeditions. Craftsmen build trading stations and tools to facilitate work. Scholars make progress in science, and last but not least it cannot hurt to get active in monasteries since with monks on your side you are much less likely to fall prey to fate.
– Orléans : Invasion : The first large expansion for the award-winning game “Orléans”, contains six scenarios, new buildings, and several new event-cards.
– Pax Porfiriana : As a rich businessman (Hacendado) in the turbulent pre-revolutionary borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico, players compete to build business empires of ranches, mines, rails, troops, and banks while subverting opponents with bandidos, Indians, and lawsuits.
– The Prodigals Club : Welcome to The Prodigals Club! You and your fellows are proper Victorian gentlemen who have realized that the lower classes have more fun. Now you are in a friendly competition to see which of you can destroy his own social standing most thoroughly.
– Rubbish Auction : This game is an auction that should not be a successful bid. Exhibit of this auction is Rubbish. Players have participated for appearance.
– Shakespeare : Players are theater managers who must recruit actors, craftsmen, jewelers and others in order to assemble everything needed for the play’s performance at week’s end.
– Sheep & Thief : Breed some sheep, and watch them prosper, but watch out for those shifty sheep thieves.
– Tail Feathers : Villainous rats have allied with vicious hunting birds to pillage the humble mouse settlement across Meanderfield. But look! Brave mice, mounted on starlings and blue jays, swoop in to wage war against this evil alliance! The Downwood Militia soars into action against the Vermin Raiders!
– Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania : A double-sided game board with new rules for use with Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride: Europe with players now creating train lines in the UK and in Pennsylvania.
– Tides of Time : Play as an ancient civilization as they prosper and collapse through time. Build gigantic monuments, raise impenetrable fortifications, and amass vast knowledge as the ages pass. The greatest civilizations will leave their mark long after their collapse. From times long forgotten to times recently lost, civilizations will rise and fall as the tide of time carries them.
– Trickerion : Legends of Illusion : A Euro-style strategy game set in a fictional world inspired by the late 19th century urban life and culture, spiced with a pinch of supernatural. Players take on the roles of rival stage illusionists, each with their own strengths and characteristics. They are striving for fortune and fame in a competition hosted by a legendary magician, looking for a successor worthy of the mighty Trickerion Stone, which is fabled to grant supernatural power to its owner.
– Trickerion : Magician Powers Expansion : Your Trickerion Shards gain a whole new gameplay significance with the Magician Powers expansion: they will unlock Power Card slots that allow you to customize your Magician by learning diverse abilities to enhance your game. As there are 90 different Power cards available, it will open up a multitude of new strategies and adds even more replayability to the game.
– Valley of the Kings : Afterlife : Take on the role of Egyptian nobles at the time of the pharaohs, preparing for their death and burial in the valley of the kings. Using an innovative deck-building mechanism with a crumbling pyramid, players fill their tombs with jewelry, chambers, weapons, tomb art and other treasures. The player who collects the most valuable artifacts in their tomb wins the game! Valley of the Kings: Afterlife is a standalone game that can also be combined with Valley of the Kings to allow for play with up to six players.
– Waste Knights : A post-apocalyptic game of adventure and combat on the ruins of Australia. The continent has been bought and broken in two by experiments of a powerful corporation Cerbero. Now it kneels divided waiting for the fall. The government is non-existent and so are any laws of men. Desolated wastelands are roamed by mutated beasts, decades-old machines running on corrupted software and degenerate humans who are even more dangerous. In those few pockets of civilization left people are more interested in survival than in progress. Values like compassion and responsibility are scarce – even scarcer are fuel and ammo needed to face new reality. But things are about to change as there are still those who care.
All the games are or will be soon available in our cupboards. They will be in the white cupboard till our annual auction takes place.
Presentations of the games will be organized during the coming months on request so feel free to ask José, Ciro, Jean, David or Renaud if interested.