Animals On Board

Spielbox has announced the acquisition of Eggertspiele by Plan B Games Europe GmbH.  As part of the acquisition Peter Eggert has stated that he will remain on with company for 3 years doing game development.  Word on the continuation of strategic partnerships has not been released with the news of the acquisition.

Plan B Games is the company behind Origins Game Fair hit Century: Spice Road.  It was formed by Sophie Gravel who was the founder of Filosofia Editions.  After the acquisition of F2Z entertainment by Asmodee North America she spun off Plan B with a number of F2Z’s publishing house Z-Man Games design partners like Emerson Matsuuchi, Matt Leacock, and Anita Landgraf.

Eggertspiele is the publisher behind games like Coal Baron, Animals on Board, Great Western Trail, and many others.  Historically they have had strategic partnerships with Gigamic (french language editions) and Stronghold Games (english language editions).

In their latest newsletter, Stronghold Games announced two new releases that will appear in stores on May 25, Piratoons and Animals On Board.

piratoons

Piratoons is a game with “a great theme, awesome art and unique components, realtime fun, plundering, and a satisfying spatial puzzle.”  In Animals On Board, players will experience a game with “charming animals, that is super easy to learn, and with much more depth than you’d expect.”

In June, Stronghold Games’ Envoy program, Knights of the Stronghold, will be officially demoing Piratoons and My Village at local game stores around the country.  Piratoons will have its demo events on June 4 and 5, so check in your area for game stores hosting this event.

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Finally, Animals On Board has received a prestigious Spiel des Jahres Recommendation for 2016.  More information about this and the other recommendations can be found here.

For more news on the above items, or to subscribe to Stronghold’s newsletter, visit their website here.

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The committee for the Spiel Des Jahres or “game of the year” has announced this years nominations for the three awards they issue each year.

Spiel Des Jahres

The nominees for the main award are fairly diverse.  Codenames the hit of Gen Con 2015 is a surprise to almost no one who has been paying attention.  Having already infiltrated the mass market stores it is hard to deny that this clever little deserves to be on this list.  Imhotep just came out in Germany in March of this year and has not had an English release yet.  Looking to provide a family weight game involving strategy and a little bit of take that has it fitting in nicely.  Karuba the final nominees is game maker HABA’s first foray into games intended for older audiences.

They have additionally give five honorable mentions

Kennerspiel Des Jahres

Nominations for the Kennerspiel or connoisseurs category is filled three massive hits from this year.  With Both Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and T.I.M.E Stories being in the top 30 games of all time on Board Game Geek it is not surprising that either of those was nominated.  The first nominee Isle of Skye is only ranked 250 on BGG but has a solid pedigree behind it.  Having been released by Lookout/Mayfair Games this highly strategic tile laying game provides a lot of opportunity for very intricate strategies to come into play.  Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 shot up to the number one spot on BGG within 2 months of its release.  Widely regarded as one of the best implementations of the legacy concept by designers Rob Daviau and Matt Leacock and being widely regarded as one of the best selling games within the last year this was an obvious nomination.  Finally we have another legacy style game with T.I.M.E Stories which has already had three expansions released and more announced this promises to be a great cooperative legacy game which can be played in decent sized chunks.

The three honorable mentions were quite well regarded as well

Kinderspiel Des Jahres

The Kinderspiel which often is the category that surprises the most has fewer surprises than normal this year.  With at least one title that is a reimplementation of a well known game for the older crowd in this group.  Leo Muss zum Friseur which as already won the Austrian children’s game of the year for 2015 is a great little press your luck game.  Stone Age Junior is a clever reimplementation of the older game Stone Age designed by Marco Teubner.  Finally is Mmm! which is a great little cooperative game well suited for introducing a child to the cooperative genre.

Honorable mentions

stronghold games on way

Stronghold Games announced that pre-order titles are on their way and available to pre-order here – and at 30% off  currently!

“The first batch of 2016 titles are now on the water headed first to our warehouse …and then to your tables and stores everywhere! That means we are now able to open our preorder program for the following titles”

my village

Make your own village in this strategic dice pool game. The brilliance of the design is taking familiar themes and intuitive mechanisms to create an all new and very rewarding, rich experience.
Want more info? Watch the first ten minutes of this playthrough video to get an excellent sense of the core concepts, strategic depth, and beautiful art and components.
village
Can you raise the prestige of your family name as your manage generations of village life in the Middle Ages? This truly beautiful and thematic award-winning game remains accessible while still being challenging and rich every time.
Still on the fence? Watch this five-minute ‘Final Thoughts’ video by Rahdo. See how the design and narrative totally captures Rahdo’s good-hearted nature and empathy.
village expansions
The expansions for Village are all about taking the game to another level. For more experienced tabletop gamers, they are a must have. Also, everything is compatible with previous editions of Village.
piratoons
We’ve already shared with you just how much Tom Vasel enjoys our first pirate game for families and clever adults.
Here’s a link to a promotional video that shows how much fun the game can be if you dress up in colorful pirate attire.
animals on board
You’re trying to get the best sets of animals onto your ark using an innovative take on the “I Split, You Choose” concept.
Animals on Board is easy to learn, plays fast, and still has great gameplay for both families and hobby gamers.

 

 

 

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Stronghold Games and eggertspiele have just announced a strategic partnership whereby Stronghold Games will co-publish all future eggertspiele tiles in English for the North American market, effective immediately.

This is not the first time that these two companies have collaborated on a project; the most recent evidence of this is in Stronghold’s recently released Porta Nigra, as well as Time ‘N’ Space (2013), and Milestones (2012).  Stronghold Games is currently in the process of releasing the award-winning Village line of games, also from eggertspiele.  These games will be released between April and June of 2016.

“We are very excited by this Strategic Partnership with the world-renowned company, eggertspiele,” said Stephen Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “This strengthens our commitment to bringing great games from Europe to North America and the rest of the world.”

“Joining with Stronghold Games as our exclusive North American partner for English was an obvious extension of the existing relationship between the companies,” said Peter Eggert, President of eggertspiele. “Stronghold Games has been a great partner in the past, and their growth over the past several years will strengthen both brands around the world.”

Through this new partnership, Stronghold Games and eggertspiele will begin with three new titles: Animals On Board, JÓRVÍK, and Great Western Trail.

Below are the official press release descriptions of these three upcoming games for 2016:

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  • Animals On Board:
    You have an ark, and you want to take as many animals on board as you can. Unfortunately, a guy named Noah claims all animal pairs for himself. However, you can gather a herd of three, four or five animals of a species, which is even more valuable! But forming a herd usually requires you to get a pair first… When the arks depart, will you have the most valuable Animals On Board? Animals On Board is an easy to learn, fast game with lots of tricky decisions. Street date: April 2016.

    jorvik

  • JÓRVÍK – designed by Stefan Feld:
    You are a Viking Jarl gaining prestige by trading goods, holding big feasts, funding pillages, commissioning craftsmen, and hiring soldiers to defend the city against recurring invasions. JÓRVÍK is a reimagining of Die Speicherstadt (2010), where players utilize a simple yet brilliant worker placement and bidding mechanism to build up their trading empires. JÓRVÍK will include two versions: A streamlined base game and an advanced game, which adds into the game the rare expansion formerly called Kaispeicher. Street date: Q4’2016

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  • Great Western Trail:
    You are rival cattlemen in 19th century America, herding cattle in a circular trail from the south of Texas to Houston, where your cattle are then shipped by train earning you money and victory points. Hire capable staff, such as cowboys to improve your herd, craftsmen to build your cattle posts, or engineers for the railroad line. Upon each arrival in Houston, have your most valuable cattle in tow. The winner will be the player who manages his herd best, and exhibits good timing in mastering the opportunities and pitfalls of the circular trail. Street date: Q4’2016

More information on these two companies and the announced partnership can be found on the Stronghold Games and eggertspiele websites.