Spiel Essen 2017 – Top 9 I’m Looking Forward To
Spiel Essen 2017 is right around the corner. Here is my top 9 most anticipated games that I would check out at Essen (if I was going)
When I Dream – This game is going to be *the* party game of the upcoming year. One player dons a blindfold, and everyone gives them one word clues to try to guess a series of words. Only catch is… some of the players are trying to get you to guess it wrong! You have to listen for commonalities between the clues.
Fortress – This small card game by Friedemann Friese has one thing going for it, you don’t have to read the rulebook before you start the game! The game teaches you as you play, and the game slowly expands and gets more complicated. There are three of these games coming out at Essen and this is the push-your-luck version. Cool.
Gaia Project – All you need to know about Gaia Project is that it’s Terra Mystica in space. That’s it. Expanded gameplay, but everything you loved .. in space.
Indian Summer – Uwe Rosenburg is on a role with these puzzly games. Patchwork and A Feast for Odin. Cottage Garden. Indian Summer is an entry in this series that is shorter than an epic game, but still quite crunchy and thinky. More intense than patchwork, but doesn’t take six hours like Feast. Perfect. And there are foxes in the game!
Tokyo Highway – This 2-player dexterity game has you building freeways for tiny little cars. It’s adorable and it’s coming from Japan. This game has been available in extremely limited quantities. If you are at Essen, pick me up a copy! I’ll pay to ship it to LA. Please and thank you.
Meeple Circus – This dexterity game is getting so much positive buzz, its tough to ignore. Music on an app plays circus music as you stack the animals. From @editionsmatagot
Majesty: For the Realm – Has another Splendor killer already arrived? That’s what BGG is saying. That’s what BGG is always saying, but this one looks tight and quick and with good artwork. Cool art and quick to play. A winning combination.
Charterstone – Legacy. Worker. Placement. From the guys who made Scythe. With a great simplistic art style. I am already arranging the group for this one. From: Stonemaier Games
Azul – A gorgeous puzzly game with thick tiles. Abstract and gorgeous.