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Essen SPIEL ’18 Live Blog – Friday

Essen SPIEL ’18 Live Blog – Friday

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Welcome back to Day Two of the awesomeness that is Essen SPIEL '18. We have plenty more prizes and goodies for you to snap up today AND of course plenty of videos of new and awesome games too.

Find Out More About Essen

Check Out Day One & Win Prizes

Decrypto - Aliens: Hadley's Hope - Witless Wizards - Gizmos - Dragon's Breath - Escape Tales: The Awakening - WWX Forlorn Hope Posse - 8BitBox - The Walking Dead: Here's Negan - Magnificent Flying Machines - PlastCraft Crashed Plane Terrain

Check Out Day Two & Win Prizes

Vault Of Dragons + 2x D&D Paint Sets (Heroes & Monsters) - Aristeia Walls Terrain Set - Lincoln - Don't Get Got - Holding On: The Troubled Life Of Billy Kerr - Dicium - Mountains - Fog Of Love (Choice Of Cover) - Swordcrafters - Silk - V-Commandos - 3x Tainted Grail Artbooks + Exclusive Coin - Pyramid Of Pengqueen

Check Out Day Three & Win Prizes

Talisman: Legendary Tales - Venus Next (Terraforming Mars Expansion) - Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles - Tsukuyumi - War Chest & Scorpius Freighters - FAITH RPG Core Book - Dungeon Terrain Set - Magnate Resin Buildings - Lightseekers Playmat, Deck Box & Folio (Of Your Choice)

Check Out Day Four & Win Prizes

Age Of Sigmar Champions Playmat & Deck Box (Of Your Choice) - 2x KeyForge Decks - Mistfall: Chronicles Of Frost & All That Burns - Contract - Doomseekers - Dinosaur Island - Blood Red Skies Core Box Organiser - 4x4 Gaslands Mat - Trapwords - 10x Harry Potter Ford Anglia Puzzles - Village Attacks - Dark Souls The Card Game - Hero Realms - Goblout

Make sure to comment on all of the Live Blog posts today and see if you could be in with a chance to win goodies for yourself.

Also, tell us what you'd like to see tabletop-wise here at the event!

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Welcome To Day Two Of Essen SPIEL '18!

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It’s time to get stuck into Day Two of Essen SPIEL ’18 where we’ve got plenty more games to get stuck into, loads of prizes and much more.

Watch out for more from Reichbusters in the near future as well as Justin and Sam got to sit down with Az to have a run through how a particular game turn would play out.

Remember that Reichbusters: Projekt Vril goes live on Kickstarter November 20th 2018.

Sniping In On Some Epic Games

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Talking D&D, TANKS & More With Gale Force Nine + Win Prizes!

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We stopped in with Gordon from Gale Force Nine to talk about what they have been showing off here at the show and delving into the wealth of new goodies that you can get a hold of for their Dungeons & Dragons range.

Win Vault Of Dragons PLUS 2x D&D Paint Sets (Heroes & Monsters)

As well as the awesome range of unique Dungeons & Dragons characters from a variety of livestreams and the expanded universe they have also been working on some great stuff for historical gamers with TANKS.

This new version of TANKS is working its way onto shelves soon and we’ll be covering it over in the studio in the near future too.

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People Getting Stuck Into Games Already!

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Almost as soon as the doors opened here for SPIEL ’18 today people were flooding in to find themselves a demo to play and more to get stuck into.

Hopefully, we’re going to be getting some time to play some games for ourselves. We already managed to get stuck into Decrypto yesterday and Sam has brought himself a copy of Reef.

I think Justin and Coco also have some Lightseekers they’re planning to check out in more detail!

People Getting Stuck Into Games Already!
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Racing & Betting In IELLO & Restoration Games' Downforce

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We got a chance to sit down and look through a game which is able to combine two of my favourite things, racing and betting in tabletop games!

Downforce is one of those awesome games which has been given a new lease of life by Restoration Games with IELLO as another of the publishers for it.

In the game you are playing as the people betting on the racing drivers, trying to work out what position they are going to finish in and also outwit the others at the table, locking racers in place and stopping their cards from having the desired effect!

It seems like a great mix of games like Camel Up and Formula D!

Meeting A Backstager, Hi jocke!

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Are You Not Entertained?! Checking Out Gorus Maximus

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We stopped in with the folks behind Gorus Maximus to learn about this great game of gladiatorial combat.

Inside Up Games has been working through a Kickstarter for this game and now things have been developing into a pre-order system too.

Come and find out more about this game and maybe add this into the mix. We do love a bit of trick-taking in our games!

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Ben Is Happy! Railroad Ink Has Landed At Essen SPIEL '18

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Horrible Games has been showing off Railroad Ink for a while now at shows like Gen Con and the like but now it has finally seen a release here at Essen SPIEL ’18 to the public.

It was the one game that I (Ben) was really looking to pick up at the show and I can’t wait to play it. The game is what’s called a Roll & Write and has you rolling dice then using pens to draw out the railroads that you want to create, hoping that it is all going to come together into a great network that banks you loads of points.

There has been a massive landslide of Roll & Write games recently and this is certainly one of them that stands out from the crowd…

…oh, and blue is best.

Ben Is Happy! Railroad Ink Has Landed At Essen SPIEL '18
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What's New From Micro Art Studio + WIN An Aristeia Terrain Set!

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We managed to stop in with the folks from Micro Art Studio to find out what was new this year for them when it came to terrain.

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We talk about some of the great terrain that they have designed for you to use in Star Wars: Legion as well as their utterly superb collection of terrain pieces which help bring the world of Infinity to life on the tabletop.

Candy Delivery From A Loyal Follower!

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A Sneak Peek At Planet Of The Apes

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We got a chance to talk with Tez about what the plans are from WYSIWYG Games when it comes to bringing The Planet Of The Apes to the tabletop in the near future.

The game will be a cooperative experience where you play as the Apes from the popular movie franchise, trying to fight against the human forces that seek to hunt you down.

As well as a proper miniature-based skirmish clash on the tabletop between the two forces, where everyone has no real idea of what the capabilities of your foes are, you can also develop things with another side of the game that has you creating your village too.

Add into that the fact that they’re going to be working on an awesome look back at the old movies too and you’ve got a lot of ace things to look forward to here!

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Everybody Gets Their Gaming On At Spiel '18

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One of the best things about Essen Spiel is the sheer variety of games there are for people to play.

Lots of people like to try out games they’ve had there eye on, or just relax with their friends and take the chance to play some of the award winners from the year.

Which games do you wish you could play?

Everybody Gets Their Gaming On At Spiel '18
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World Exclusive! Reichbusters: Projekt Vril Gameplay

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Justin got a chance to sit down with Az from Mythic Games and look at a sample of gameplay from their upcoming Kickstarter campaign, Reichbusters: Projekt Vril.

This game is coming to Kickstarter on November 20th and has you taking control of a group of Allied agents and soldiers trying to infiltrate Nazi facilities and then eliminate them with extreme prejudice!

The game is looking like a fantastic mix of stealth action and full on Hollywood firefights.

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Food For Hundreds Of Hungry Gamers

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Lunchtime is approaching and there are loads of options for Essen Spiel attendees to feed their hunger.

There’s plenty of German food available, as well as selections of pastries, fruit, sweet stands and everything you need to fuel up for a day of gaming.

Food For Hundreds Of Hungry Gamers
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PSC Games Take Us Back In Time with Their Historical Board Games - WIN Lincoln!

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PSC Games have a lot of historically focused board games with them at Essen Spiel ’18 and have even more on their way.

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We are big fans of their deck destruction game Lincoln, as well as Quartermaster General: The Cold War. However, it’s the two new games on their way that have us really excited.

Battle Ravens brings us into the bloody shield walls of Viking combat, while Blitzkrieg lets us experience the conflicts of WWII in a new way. Both of these games are coming to Kickstarter soon.

Which game are you most excited to see?

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Pick Up A Party Game From Big Potato Games + WIN Don't Get Got!

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Big Potato Games are kings and queens of the party game. They have designed a lot of fantastic games which work as a great gateway for those who would normally never consider looking at a board game.

Win A Copy Of Don’t Get Got!

We stopped in with them to talk about some of the new games they have at their disposal and what they think might be a great shout for those of you who might have non-gamer friends.

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Classic Board Games Collection

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One of the neat things to go and see here at Essen SPIEL ’18 is their collection of classic board games which have been put together into an awesome showcase here at the event.

I’m sure some of us have games like this hidden away in attics and the like and maybe now is the time to crack them open once more, find out if they still hold up mechanically…and see how much has changed between the old generation and the new.

Classic Board Games Collection
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Holding On & Getting The Lowdown From Hub Games - WIN Holding On!

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Ryan stops off with Hub Games to talk to them about how things are going with them and Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr.

Win A Copy Of Holding On

You can actually see a Let’s Play of this game that we did with them HERE and get a feel for how it plays on the tabletop but it is safe to say that it is quite the hit in the feels as you get stuck into it.

Colin Makes A Friend!

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Four Games In One Box With Dicium + WIN The Game

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We stop in with the folks from Dicim to talk about their game and learn about how they managed to fit four distinctly interesting concepts within one box. If this game sounds good to you then you’re in luck as we have a copy to give away!

Win A Copy of Dicium

Dicium from Geek Attitude Games runs from between 1-4 players and provides you with four games that each try something different. You have Crazy Cup, Dungeon, Civilization and Shogun all of which you can find out more about in the video below.

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Seb Shows Off His Painting Prowess

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Seb has been here over the last couple of days showing off his painting prowess. If you hadn’t guessed, he is the one behind the painting of all of the wonderful miniatures you see as part of Solomon Kane, Joan Of Arc and of course now Reichbusters.

You can see more of Seb’s work HERE.

So, if you’re here at Essen SPIEL ’18 or you bump into Mythic Games at any conventions see if Seb is about so he can teach you about some painting!

Seb Shows Off His Painting Prowess
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HABA Climb Into The Skies With Mountains + Win The Game!

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I am a big fan of HABA games and it is nice to see them expanding their reach beyond the simple kids games to something which can act as a branching product between those and more complex products.

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In this game, you are going to be working to try and match different sets of cards together to make sure that your packs are full of the right equipment as you head off to explore these masterful peaks.

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Players Take A Stroll Through Tang Garden

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Thundrgryph has brought their upcoming board game Tang Garden to SPIEL ’18, giving players a chance to try out and pre-order it.

Tang Garden is a beautiful game where players wander through a beautiful Asian garden and bring it to life with plantlife, ornaments and more which are then used to impress visitors who have travelled from afar.

As you can see there are plenty of people delving into this game and giving it a go here.

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Paradox Interactive Take Their PC Games To The Tabletop

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Paradox Interactive work on some amazing PC games and they are now working with a selection of different companies to make them into tabletop games.

You’d be surprised how many folks create their PC games based on initial concepts which existed in cardboard and plastic form.

This means that we’re going to be seeing the likes of City Skylines, Europa Universalis and more coming to the tabletop and Ryan has got the lowdown.

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Understanding Relationships In Fog Of Love + WIN The Game!

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Fog Of Love is a firm favourite of many folks right now in the board gaming world. The team behind the game have recently released a bunch of different expansions for it AND some alternative covers to show off that love truly is for everyone.

Win A Copy Of Fog Of Love (With Whichever Cover You Wish!)

We take some time to learn more about this fascinating game which helps you chart a relationship between two people including the ups, the downs, and all of the funny bits in-between.

Would you like to see us play this on a livestream?

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Pokemon Cards, I Choose You!

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Spiel ’18 caters to all ages of gamers, so of course there is plenty of the Pokemon Trading Card Game getting played.

It’s really encouraging to see just how many people there are getting into the game, with both longtime fans and new players coming to the ever-evolving (haha) collectable card game.

Which Pokemon would you choose to let loose in Essen Spiel?

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Dive, Dive, Dive - An Update On Phalanx's UBoot!

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We stopped off with the folks from PHALANX to talk to them about UBoot which is still running as a BIG hit here at Essen SPIEL ’18 and around the world with tabletop gamers at events like this.

This game is massive and we can’t wait to try it out again when we get back to the studio. Is this a game that has popped up on your radar yet or is this the first time you’re seeing it?

You can also check out our Let’s Play of the game HERE.

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Klask Scores A Goal At Spiel '18

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One of the most popular stands at Spiel ’18 has been Klask’s, a fast-paced dexterity game using magnets!

The game plays out a bit like table football. The aim is to use magnets under the table to guide the ball into your opponent’s goal. However, you have to be careful.

Get too keen and you could find yourself swarmed with magnetic, white obstacles.

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Forging Mighty Weapons In Swordcrafters + WIN The Game!

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I have tried my hand at some blacksmithing and it ain’t easy. So, it might be a good idea for me to instead try my hand at building swords in Swordcrafters from Adam’s Apple Games.

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This game has you building up a sword from a selection of options, matching gems, working towards specific projects laid out by the game and also battling enemies too.

I love the fact that you end up with some amazing 3D creations!

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Devir Talk New Games; Silk & More + Win A Game!

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Devir Games are here at Essen SPIEL ’18 talking about some of their new games. One, in particular, is called Silk and involves you farming silk from large creatures and trying to make the best machine out of this board game.

Win A Copy Of Silk

As well as this Devir talk about Papua and of course you’ll remember them for their work on Gretchinz which is based in the world of Warhammer 40,000.

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Assassino! Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Of Venice + Win V-Commandos!

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Everyone loves a bit of Assassin’s Creed and Triton Noir are pushing things to the next level and bringing things to the tabletop with Brotherhood Of Venice.

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Make sure to check in with the video as we talk about the game, the miniatures and plenty more.

The Board Is Set For A Conquest!

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Awaken Realms Talk Arthurian Legends In Tainted Grail + Win Exclusive Goodies!

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Awaken Realms are stepping into the world of Arthurian Legends with Tainted Grail. This is looking utterly awesome, featuring some stunning miniatures and some great mechanics which help tell a winding narrative on the tabletop.

3 x Tainted Grail Artbooks + Exclusive Coin

Make sure to tell us what you think of this one as it seems to hit the nail on the head for fans of Fantasy AND Historical in a way.

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Gaming Across Epic Tables

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Loads of companies have brought some truly stunning tables with them to show off their games and draw you into the games’ world.

To my mind, the best has to be the Dwarf table for Para Bellum’s conquest. Seeing those doughty warriors marching out of their subterranean home makes for an incredibly cinematic diorama.

Gaming Across Epic Tables
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ICE COOL, Pyramids Of Penguins & More From Brain Games + Win A Game!

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We stopped in with Brain Games to talk about what’s new with them. They have a few new ideas for people to get stuck into including ICE COOL 2 which expands upon the dexterity-based game with more flicking action as well as Pyramids of Pengqueen which is a restyling of another game all about racing and hidden information.

Win A Copy Of Pyramids Of Pengqueen

We also delve into some of their other games, all with an awesome quick and easy feel to them. The first is a trick-taking game with a bit of a difference in Pikoko. This sounds like a fascinating game for a group of friends as well as younger gamers…how cool is that!

We also have Orc-lympics which is a little twist on the sports genre in card form where you will be pushing your luck to try and win certain events.

 

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Fancy A Drink?

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As if the gaming wasn’t enough, there’s also a couple of freckin’ bars! You can come and have a lovely drink here at Essen SPIEL ’18 if you need a break from the cardboard.

Well, in saying that you could also have a drink AND play some board games. That ALSO sounds utterly epic! We need these at more conventions I say.

Fancy A Drink?
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Saying Goodbye From Friday At Essen SPIEL '18

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We are here to say goodbye from Friday here at Essen SPIEL ’18 and it has been quite the awesome day. We’ve had some ace interviews, talked about some great games…and we’re only halfway through. There is still a massive Saturday and Sunday worth of awesomeness to get stuck into.

As I mentioned to Ryan, make sure to delve in and find out what prizes are available for you to snag AND we would love to hear more about what YOU want to see here at the event.

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gobbo
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PLEASE!!! PLEASE! Check out the Shadowfist stand for me!!!!! 2D-148

passimalo
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The stuff from Micro Art Studio looks very impressive… And yes, cant wait for buying the new Tanks: Modern Age 💪🏻💪🏻

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Waiting for the team to find Colin from Battle Systems and out the latest news regarding Core Space!!!

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Great to see the guys today. Great coverage!

zorg
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the displays look fantastic.

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Great Coverage. Keep up the good work!
World like to see Everrain from grimlord games and more from mythic (Solomon kane)

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cheers folks

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Don’t forget to eat at ‘Essen’ 😛

tibour
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Green Whiskey and Fudge? I’ll have a double!

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