Van Ryder Games, publishers of Hostage Negotiator (2015), Saloon Tycoon (2016), and the upcoming Detective: City of Angels (2019), have issued a press release announcing their first ever Vendor Awards, recognizing the best of their industry partners. According to Van Ryder Head Honcho A. J. Porfirio, the awards were based on excellence in communication, relationship, service quality and price. A special shout out to , and congratulations to The Dice Tower Convention for winning Top Convention, and congratulations to all of the winners:
Fantastic news for anyone lucky enough to attend the Essen Spiel Game Convention in Germany at the end of the month – Board game publisher Pegasus Spiele is once again hosting a fantastic game night, this year taking place Thursday October 25 and Friday October 26, from 7pm – 1am. The event will include a library of over 50 games for lend, including such hits as Azul, Reef, Sagrada, and many more. Additionally, new and notable games from associated publishers Plan B Games, Eggertspiele, Frosted Games and Portal Games will be available to play, such as Blackout: Hong Kong, Camel Up 2nd edition, Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, Monolith Arena, Detective, Men at Work, and several others. Guests of honor this year include 2018 Spiel des Jahres winner Michael Kiesling (Azul), Roberto Fraga (Captain Sonar, Dr. Eureka), and Yohan Lemonnier (Captain Sonar). For more information and schedule of events, check out Pegasus’ announcement here.
Announced March 14th, Renegade Games is entering a partnership with Frosted Games to bring some of the newest European-designed games to English markets. The first on the docket is Uwe Rosenberg’s newest title, Reykholt, which is slated to be released this fall during Essen with pre-orders for both English and German copies. In Reykholt, 1 to 4 players are competing to be the best farmer of vegetables in Iceland using geothermal energy to grow your crop and meet demand for delicious points. With gorgeous artwork by Lukas Siegmon, this game is an excellent first choice for this new partnership to undertake and impress broader markets. As stated by Scott Gaeta, founder and president of Renegade games, and quoted in the press release:
“Frosted Games has built up an array of top quality games, to be released in the upcoming years. It is such a pleasure to be working with a wonderful partner located right in the center of the modern European game movement. Kicking off this partnership with a game from famed designer, Uwe Rosenberg, sets the bar high. We look forward to exceeding expectations with future releases through this partnership.”
Partnerships such as these are amazing for the board gaming hobby, especially with the ever-growing amount of new games being created across the world. European designs are still wildly popular and the ability to get these games into more hands than before is also bound to be lucrative for both Renegade and Frosted Games. This news also means that there will be even more reason to keep an eye on both of these publishers around Essen as Reykholt is just the start. If you are interested in Reykholt or any future releases from Renegade Games or their partnership with Frost Games, be sure to visit their website for more information.
Pegasus Spiel has announced a partnership with Frosted Games, allowing Pegasus to distribute a selection of Frosted Games Titles, with more in negotiations. The first involved games will be Ausgespielt! Der Messe-Krimi, with its upcoming English language version Game Over!, 13 Tage (13 Days) and 13 Minuten (13 Minutes). Ausgespielt! Der Messe-Krimi is a unique murder mystery game for 7-8 players, taking place at the SPIEL Convention in Essen, Germany. Players can either be security guards, fair organizers or game designers, with one player taking the secret role of culprit. 13 Days: The Cuban Missle Crisis (2016) and 13 Minutes: The Cuban Missle Crisis (2017) are well regarded historic 2-player strategy games revolving around their namesake events.
Pegasus Spiel is one of Germany’s best known board game publishing houses, putting out hundreds of games including Great Western Trail, Mombasa, Camel Up and The Oracle of Delphi. Frosted Games is best known for publishing the Brettspiel Adventskalenders and associated Easter Baskets full of board game promos, as well as the 2015 worker placement game Harbour. You can read the official press release on Pegasus Spiel’s website here.
With the success of the advent calendar promo pack of board game expansions, Frosted Games has decided to do another pack, this time for Easter. The Brettspiel Easter Basket 2016 will contain promos and mini expansions for 8 different games including ones for T.I.M.E. Stories, Colt Express, and Imperial Settlers, as well as the micro game WH1CH GAM3. You can head over to the geeklist on BGG to take a look at the full list of games and then wait in aticipation for the release in March.