Spiel ’14 preview: part three

I’m going to Spiel ’14 (Essen) and I’m really looking forward to it. All those shiny new releases. In this post and the next ones, I give you some games I think have a good chance to end up on my table.

Oh! And I’m the one that has to make the big decision. Which games to bring home? Wish me luck..

Empire Engine

Empire Engine

Empire Engine from Chris Marling and Matthew Dunstan. I know this one is a good one, because I’ve already played the Print and Play version. It’s a nice micro game with some programming, some resource management and attacking. I really enjoyed the one time I’ve played it, but for some reason it never came back on the table. Shame on me. Maybe the shine of a ‘real’ copy gives it the push it deserves.

The Golden Ages

The Golden Ages

A civilization building game. You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, I hope, because it looks a bit boring. However, I hope it’s fun. The rulebook has 6 pages. A civ game with a 6 page rulebook? Is it really going to feel like you are building a civilization?

The world is expanding. You start with little islands, but these are growing to become big continents. Just like in many other civ games, you can attack, build wonders and develop technologies. I hope this one brings something special.

Haru Ichiban

Haru Ichiban

A two-player, pattern building, abstract game. I don’t know much about it, except it looks great and it’s Bruno Cathala. This one probably will sell out very quickly, because it’s a limited edition. 300 Copies with some nice wooden components.

 

La Isla

La Isla

Another Feld. The third one in this Essen preview after AquaSphere and the Bruges expansion. It seems, from the videos, that this one is a lot lighter than AquaSphere. A family style Feld. Explore and catch animals on a strange island. Cards can be used for their special ability, their resources or for point scoring with your collected animals. Very interested in this one, just looks very entertaining.

 

– Next time, part four of five –

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