Hobby World Announces Their Essen Lineup

October 1, 2014 - 8:53am
hobby world Hobby World has put out a comprehensive press release for Essen 2014 detailing which games they will be showing off at their booth.  Being the largest publisher in Russia their games are definitely worth giving a look.

Hobby World at Essen 2014

It’s that special time of the year again — the long-awaited Essen show is upon us! October 16th-19th Essen becomes the center of the world for all boardgamers. Hobby World is totally going to be there! We will be located at the same place as we were at last Essen — Hall 1, Booth E151.


Hobby World is presenting a lot of exciting new titles this year: — Second Front, the expansion for trending forward World of Tanks: Rush — Critically acclaimed strategy game Viceroy, that already got petition on BGG, asking us to “publish it internationally NOW!” — Hilarious party game Spyfall — Re-invented edition of the legendary Vampire Mafia — exciting railway adventure Moscow to Paris There will be seven games to play at our booth, and there will be a bunch of games to buy! Please see the short description for every game we present down below.


With every purchased Hobby World’s game you will receive a huge set of special promos: 4 outstanding tank cards for each of four World of Tanks nations, 8 Cathedral location cards for Spyfall,  “Essen”and “Happy Train” cards for Moscow to Paris. That’s 14 cards! It is your only way to get these cards, as they are not included in original game boxes! We are also bringing free game catalogues, art postcards and other goodies to the Essen show. Please mind that we are overloaded with all this boxed happiness, but quantities are limited. Be quick, or all that you’ll get will be the expression of our love. It is the only thing that is unlimited and it always will be!


Besides games and promos we are preparing lots of surprises and we are inviting special guests. One of them is Hobby World’s very talented artist — Uildrim. She is the creator of magnificent art for Berserk: War of The Realms, Hollywood, Viceroy and many, many other Hobby World’s games. She will be at our booth... hm... if she hurries up and gets her visa in time!  :) This is your perfect chance to get your favorite Uildrim’s art signed and also to see her at work. Come and see how a new masterpiece is created. Uildrim will be doing a live drawing session right at out booth. The process will be shown at a huge plasma screen. On top of that, we will give away free postcards, designed by Uildrim. Yes, you can take the postcard and ask her to sign it too!


You will be able to play and purchase our great new arrivals and Hobby World’s classics right at our booth. Please note that our latest releases – Viceroy, Spyfall and Moscow to Paris - will have Russian boxes but all other contents of these games will be in English. We’d like to consider them ultra-rare-special-Essen editions and their quantities are very limited.



A beautiful strategy game set in Berserk universe. As a viceroy, you build the “pyramid of power” — a political system based on laws and individual talents of hired characters. Each law and character card in Viceroy is unique. After watching preview videos about Viceroy, boardgamers started a petition at BGG, asking us to publish the international edition of Viceroy as soon as possible. And so, we are bringing the first limited print run of Viceroy to Essen. Be the first to get your hands on Viceroy — a game that can become a major hit soon! Players: 1-4 Age: 12+ Playing Time: 45 minutes  Here is what’s all the buzz is about: Rahdo Runs — Through preview of Viceroy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aigmVhSdZmc Scott "Tox" Morris (Crits Happen) — Preview:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0Tugww6vDA The informal BGG petition to bring Viceroy to North America: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1237899/informal-bgg-petition-hobby-world-bring-game-north  



In each round of the game all players get cards with the same location: a casino, a travelling circus, a pirate ship or even a space station. However, one of the cards says “Spy” instead of a location. Then, players start asking each other free questions, trying to guess — who is the spy. Questions may be: “Why are you dressed so strange?” or “When was the last time we got a payday?” or anything else you can come up with. The spy doesn’t know which location he is at, so he has to listen carefully. When it is his time to answer — he’d better create a good legend! At any time during a round, a player may accuse another player of being a spy. If the spy is uncovered all other players score points. However, the spy himself can end a round by stopping the game and announcing that he understands what the secret location is. If the guess is correct, only the spy scores points. After a number of rounds of guessing, suspicion and bluffing the game ends and the player that scored the most points is victorious! Players: 3-8 Age: 12+ Playing Time: 15 minutes


A deck building game based on hugely popular World of Tanks online game. In World of Tanks: Rush you take on the role of a tank squad commander. You lead your tanks into battle, defend your bases, call for reinforcements, and receive medals. The main idea of this deck building game is to select cards from the hundreds available to form a strong squad. We are happy to announce World of Tanks: Second Front — the first expansion in World of Tanks series. It will be showcased at our booth. Second Front adds the nation of Great Britain, 12 achievements, the 4th special base for every player, a new play zone, and 2 new card abilities. Players: 2-5 Age: 10+ Playing Time: 30 minutes


You are invited to an exciting railway journey in Europe — from Moscow to Paris, from Rome to Berlin. Build your own routes, play wagon cards and watch your opponents! Moscow to Paris is a quick and easy to play card game. Four city cards are revealed and placed for all to see. Then players try to match wagon cards played besides cities to wagon cards that they play in their own areas. There are also special cards and cities that bend the rules. You can even add your own city to the game! A traveler that visited the most cities will win the game! Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Playing Time: 30 minutes  



Rule Hollywood like a boss — hire superstars, choose scenarios and make the movie of your dreams! Hollywood is a quick, fun and very thematic game. There are a lot of different specialists to add to your movie: Producers, Sound Engineers, Director Assistants and even Makeup Artists! Different cards bring varying benefits, but they are always connected to the movie-making theme. Hollywood was successfully funded on Kickstarter this summer. Dice Tower approved: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDFoO9SuWLY Players: 2-6 Age: 10+ Playing Time: 30 minutes


Berserk: War of the Realms is a tactical card game of skill and strategy. This is our best-selling game for lots of good reasons. If you still have not played this — you are missing all the fun. Berserk is a wargame in which players use cards instead of miniatures. This streamlines and speeds up the game. Both players deploy their cards on the battlefield face down. Thus the opponent cannot see the other player´s army. Then both players turn their cards over and the battle begins! Did we mention that the art here is top-notch yet? Yeah, Uildrim is one of Berserk’s great artists! Come to our booth and get her autograph! Players: 2 Age: 13+ Playing Time: 20 minutes

METRO 2033

This game is based on the post-nuclear Metro 2033 universe created by a very famous Russian writer and journalist Dmitry Glukhovsky. Lead one of many factions in battles for control of what used to be Moscow underground, or Metro as we call it here. Manage your scarce resources — pigs, ammo and mushrooms, vote for new laws together with other players or land devastating attacks on them. But no matter what you do — always be ready to fight back mutants emerging from the dark! Players: 2-6 Age: 12+ Playing Time: 60 minutes

vampire mafia


We are presenting the re-invented classic: Vampire Mafia — the secret identity party game. Some may say that Vampire Mafia is inspired by the famous Werewolf, but it is quite the opposite. Mafia appeared in the USSR in 1986 and later emerged in USA in a much softer form as Werewolf. Vampire Mafia is the true Russian mafia-like game, based on a few decades of players’ feedback. It includes the most interesting cards and scenario variants, extensive guide for the moderator and... masks! Yes, that’s right: plastic masks are added to every base copy of the game. When you “wake up”, you see blood-hungry vampire masks all around you. No faces. Be prepared for the challenge: come to Hobby World’s booth to see the game the way it is meant to be played! Vampire Mafia will be launched at Kickstarter at the end of October. If everything goes as planned, it will be delivered to backers next year. However, you will have the exclusive chance to see and play the early version of Vampire Mafia already at this Essen! ...Did we mention that Vampire Mafia is set in a unique setting, where vampires are good guys but are ready to spill the blood and vampire hunters are the forces of evil? Well, there it goes!