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Essen SPIEL ’18 Live Blog – Saturday

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It's time for us to get stuck into another day of awesomeness here at Essen SPIEL '18. We have some big interviews and more coming in for you to get stuck into as well as, of course, prizes!

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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

We are going to be talking to some wonderful companies, meeting fantastic people and looking at more...and more...and more meeples!

Come and get stuck in!

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Welcome To A Mad Saturday At Essen SPIEL '18!

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It’s just about time for us to kick things off again here at Essen SPIEL ’18 as the guys get ready for another day of awesomeness here at the convention in Germany.

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

We have lots more prizes to give away, some great games to talk about, and much more besides SO with that in mind make sure to follow along AND check out the previous days too to see what catches your eye!

Jumping For Joy At The Prospect Of Games!

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Pegasus Spiele Declares Showtime For Talisman + Win The Game!

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We got to stop off with the folks from Pegasus Spiele and talk about what they have planned. As well as a great game called Showtime we also have a new version of Talisman called Legendary Tales to look out for which looks like it is going to be great for younger gamers, and the young at heart.

Win A Copy Of Talisman Legendary Tales

As a big lover of Talisman it’s great to see this game getting some more love and expanding to include different mechanics whilst still feeling true to the original spirit of the game.

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A Relaxing Adventure!

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One of the awesome things about Essen SPIEL ’18 is the sense of community that surrounds the event where folk are happy to meet up with each other, talk games and generally enjoy themselves after a hard days work.

If you’re lucky enough to be here you’ll find plenty of meets like this around the convention centre where people are playing games, enjoying their time with each other and generally getting stuck into more nerdy chat!

A Relaxing Adventure!
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It's Time To Bend Reality In Warpgate

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Embrace some tried and tested board gaming mechanics including arena control and hand management in the release of Warpgate from Wolffdesigna.

Move your fleets of star-ships on a hex-based modular game board, establish colonies and outposts and engage your enemies in battles for the control of prized commodities. Research new technologies and grow your galactic empire.

It sounds like a great excuse to try out something Sci-Fi without having to dive into a massive game like Twilight Imperium!

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The Aeldari Are Here - Check Out That Amazing Cosplay!3 Comments
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Rudy Games Talk About What's New With App Assisted Scubi & Lost Galaxy

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We were able to talk to the guys from Rudy Games about what they have been working on and with both Scubi & Lost Galaxy popping up on our radar.

The awesome thing about these games is that they are combined with a digital app, making the most out of modern technology AND what regular board games have to offer.

The apps that run with these games help teach you how to play them AND they offer interesting and unique options for hidden knowledge and such, especially with Lost Galaxy.

They also look very nice too!

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Check Out The Wildlife in Carcassonne: Safari

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Carcassonne is one of my favourite board games of all time and it’s nice to see how many different varieties there are for you to get stuck into.

One of the newest ones from Hans Im Gluck is Carcassonne: Safari where you will be doing the typical tile-laying that you’d expect from the game but with a twist as you try and spot as many animals as possible and enjoy an adventure in the bush!

Check Out The Wildlife in Carcassonne: Safari
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Look To The Stars With New Terraforming Mars Expansions + Win An Expansion!

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Colin is a great lover of Terraforming Mars and so when he got a chance to talk to FryxGames about what they have coming up it was hard to say no!

Win A Copy Of Venus Next (Terraforming Mars Expansion)

Terraforming Mars is a vastly evolving game which has managed to delight a lot of people who love science AND board games, bringing to life a wonderful interpretation of what life on Mars might look like.

Of course, they have also then gone beyond the bounds of the Red Planet and shown off what it will be like when we venture to others worlds too, and that’s what these expansions are all about.

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Become One Of The Merry Men in Final Frontier's Robin Hood

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Robin Hood & The Merry Men is a game that we’ve looked at before when it hit Kickstarter and now Final Frontier Games has been showing it off at Essen SPIEL ’18.

The game features wonderful artwork and has you doing what you’d imagine Robin Hood would be doing, venturing out into the wilderness to rob from the rich and give to the poor.

It also comes with some stunning meeples!

Become One Of The Merry Men in Final Frontier's Robin Hood
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Days Of Wonder Build Up Society On The River

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Days of Wonder are giving demos of their new game The River, creating new societies on the banks of a verdant stream.

The River sees players working to build their settlements on the banks of the titular river, utilising the many resources to be found there. There is an interesting balance between resource gathering and construction as you seek to gain the most victory points. However, you have to be careful as your supply of settlers will dwindle as they decide to settle down.

Dress To Impress With Just One!

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Check Out The Latest News From Ares Games

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We stop in with Ares Games and ask them about what is new from them right now! This means delving into Battlestar Galactica and Sword & Sorcery (which is coming back to Kickstarter soon!).

Check back soon for a proper game mechanics breakdown of Battlestar Galactica! We have a video for that coming out very soon so watch this space!

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Playing Some Of Hasbro's Family Favourites

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People of all ages have been heading over to Hasbro to play some of their collection of family favourites.

It’s really encouraging seeing the wide range in ages enjoying gaming together. Some of these games are well-established staples, while others are shiny and new.

Playing Some Of Hasbro's Family Favourites
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Checking Out The Gameplay Of Ares Games' Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles + Win The Game!

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We dive into a look at the gameplay for Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles from Ares Games.

Win A Copy Of Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles

This game has you playing as the Vipers and Raiders from the updated version of the show that hit TV screens a few years ago. You will be embracing the array of different mechanics that made space combat in the show so awesome with lots of spinning around and blasting foes in zero gravity.

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LARPing Around

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Plenty of LARP stores are at Spiel ’18 showing their wares and we could not resist playing with their weapons.

LARPing Around
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King Racoon Bring Down The Moon In Tsukuyumi + WIN A Copy Of The Game

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King Racoon are at Spiel ’18 selling and demoing their first game Tsukuyumi.

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Tsukuyumi sees players compete for dominance in a fantasy scifi world after the moon has crashed to earth, bringing with it the power of the dragon that lives inside. Tough survivalists go up against mutated creatures and high tech cyborgs in a stylish, strategic game.

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Antler Games Are Bringing Shadow Tactics To The Tabletop

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Antler Games are going to be looking to bring the awesome Shadow Tactics to life on the tabletop with a new board game in the near future.

The tactical stealth action game which made the PC game well worth delving into is going to be represented here in the same fashion via a Kickstarter which will be popping up soon!

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It's time To Duel! With Yu-Gi-Oh At Spiel '18

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Aha! You activated my trap post!

The Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game remains hugely popular and plenty of gamers are piling in to duel.

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Conquest Beckons From Para Bellum

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Justin stops in with Para Bellum Wargames to talk about Conquest and how things are shaping up for this immense Fantasy world that has been designed by this team.

As well as the Humans and Spire that we’ve seen before we also have the Dweghom coming to life in the game right now.

There has been a lot of buzz around this new mass battle game with rank n’ file mechanics so watch this space.

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Make Sure You're The First To The Moon In Space Race: The Card Game

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Released last year, Space Race: The Card Game from Boardcubator is a great way to show off the struggle of the major powers as they tried to beat each other into space and finally the moon.

The game can be played solo or with as many as four players and is all about construction synergies and complex combinations so that you can get the most out of your hand of cards.

You will be playing as your chosen Space Agency and during rounds which are driven by simultaneous action selection mechanisms you will be battling for control of the right cards to help you achieve victory.

Make Sure You're The First To The Moon In Space Race: The Card Game
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AEG Open Up Their War Chest & Smuggle In Space With Scorpius Freighters + Win Games!

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We stopped in with the folks from AEG to discuss two of their big games right now. The first of these is War Chest which you will have seen played as part of our Let’s Play collection right here on the website.

Win A Copy Of War Chest & Scorpius Freighters

War Chest is an interesting game which has you playing out battles on the tabletop using not miniatures but discs which represent the different units from your force.

Scorpius Freighters has you heading into space and becoming a dastardly smuggler, trying to make the most vibrant criminal outfit that you can.

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Embrace Fantasy Darkness With Covil: The Dark Overlords

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Vesuvius Media are here at Essen SPIEL ’18 with Covil: The Dark Overlords which features some rather cute artwork and an interesting theme.

The game is one of area control where you are looking to make sure you can claim a stake on the land. It’s a small game with plenty of strategic value to it as you delve into the different combinations of monsters and characters you can use to enact your plans.

Embrace Fantasy Darkness With Covil: The Dark Overlords
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Burning Games Talk Core Ball In Zero Gravity + Win A FAITH Core Book

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It’s time for us to meet with the Burning Games team and learn all about Core Ball which is a fantastic zero gravity sports game with a twist.

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Core Ball is a fascinating game where each of the teams has their own awesome feel, unique from the others. It is then heightened by offering up a board that continually shifts and changes as you play, offering up the unique sensation of drifting through Zero-G.

This means that as well as going for the awesome plays you are going to have to make sure you don’t end up drifting into an asteroid or two!

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Oink Games Delve Into Tomato/Money Bags/Sink/Zogen; All The Mini Games!

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Oink Games create a whole bunch of wonderful small games which you can take away in your pocket!

We stopped in to talk with them about some of these games including Tomato, Money Bags, Sink and Zogen!

I love these games, especially Deep Sea Adventure and I would love to hear which of these games has appeared on your radar!

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Keep Your Chill Playing Ice Cool

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Ice Cool is a fun, dexterity based game, where players try to flick their penguins around the maze-like board.

Lots of families have been playing the game together, and there have been some quite impressive trick shots on display.

Keep Your Chill Playing Ice Cool
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Sit Down Games' Gravity Star Flips

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Sit Down Games have a host of games with them at Essen Spiel ’18, ranging from the gravity-defying Gravity Star to the tower defence of Bad Bones.

Bad Bones really seems to have caught people’s attention at the show. The game sees you fighting off a never-ending horde of walking skeletons as they try to take your tower. There is no defeating the horde of the dead, so to win you must outlast your opponents.

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Harry Potter & The SPIEL Of 2018

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Knight Models are showing the fantastic models for the Harry Potter Miniatures Game.

The classic characters from the movies and books are all beautifully recreated here, carrying out magical duels over the tiled floors of Hogwarts.

Harry Potter & The SPIEL Of 2018
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Battle Systems Talk What's Coming Soon For Core Space + Win A Dungeon!

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We stop in with Colin from Battle Systems to learn about what’s coming up for them in the near future.

Win A Dungeon Terrain Set

These guys have been doing some great stuff with Core Space over the last few months, developing the game and introducing it to more people, giving folks a chance to delve into this storytelling Sci-Fi game.

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Bring Back The Lost City Of Atlantis With RedImp

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RedImp has been delving back into history and ancient mythology with Atlantis: Island Of Gods where many different pantheons have been pushed together to fight for command.

Embark on a journey to mythical Atlantis. Recruit followers, build temples, celebrate to honour your deity. Save your people from doom.

The game was previously on Kickstarter and is now getting a good showing out at conventions like Essen SPIEL ’18.

Bring Back The Lost City Of Atlantis With RedImp
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Building A Better Future & Then Running It In Magnate: First City + Win Resin Buildings!

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Naylor Games are preparing to fill the skyline with their new game Magnate: The First City.

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In Magnate, you play as a property developer trying to make as much money as possible through a series of careful decisions and land acquisitions.

The game will boast a selection of realistic buildings, ranging from industrial to residential, letting you supply the demand of your city.

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Meet An Awesome Sunhunter Tuktu Lightseekers Cosplayer!4 Comments
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Talking Game Design & 7 Wonders Armada With Antoine Bauza

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Ryan got to have a great chat with designer Antoine Bauza about the way that development unfolded concerning 7 Wonders Armada, the newest expansion for 7 Wonders.

We get into a good conversation about game design, the reason why it has been a while since the last big expansion and what you need to know about how it has developed on the tabletop.

This is a great chat and well worth tuning in for!

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Gamers Explore Two Very Different Takes On Civilisation On The Brink

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At one stand, we found players exploring two very different takes on the end of a civilisation.

First, we have This War Of Mine: The Board Game. Based on the excellent video game of the same name, this game sees you facing difficult decisions as you struggle to survive in a city torn up by warfare.

Second, Waste Knights sends players out into the blasted remains of post-apocalyptic Australia. Here, the focus is far more on action and adventure. The world may have ended, and at such times the world needs heroes.

Gamers Explore Two Very Different Takes On Civilisation On The Brink
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What Does The Future Hold For PlayFusion's Lightseekers + Win A Prize!

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Colin and Justin head on over to the PlayFusion stand to talk with Jade and Owain about what is coming up for the world of Lightseekers including the new expansion, some tips as to what to look out for next year AND much more.

Win A Playmat, Deck Box & Folio (Of Your Choice)

This game is really fun to play and as you can see, a lot of people have been getting stuck into both the German and English version of the game here at the event.

Ryan & Colin Meet The Legendary Antoine Bauza!

Ryan & Colin Meet The Legendary Antoine Bauza!2 Comments
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All For One & Marc Andre Talk About Their Next Project!

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Marc Andre, the designer of Splendor, sits down to talk to us about the new project he is working on with All For One.

There is still quite a lot in the pipeline so this is a little bit of a behind-the-scenes chat about the game and where things are going in the future.

All For One & Marc Andre Talk About Their Next Project!
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Wake The Monsters In Mythbond

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Mythbond is an award-winning game from Hong Kong which has your heroes entering into a dangerous dungeon and trying not to wake the beast that dwells within its depths.

It comes with a rather fancy looking dragon…and I really do love dragons!

Wake The Monsters In Mythbond
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Goodbye From Another Packed Day At Essen SPIEL '18!

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Saturday has been an awesome one and we sit down to relax a little before yet another barrage of gaming goodness tomorrow.

We can’t wait to be back with you folks on Sunday where we’ve got lots of awesome companies to talk to and much more.

We hope you have been enjoying our live blogs and been checking out the ace interviews we’ve had with designers and more.

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phoenixman
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Guys any chance of checking out the new Off World Kickstarter whilst you are there and letting us know what you think. Cheers

pagan8th
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A lot of these ‘euro style’ games look so boring on the table. Area control and meeples are just not my thing.

orlandothetechnicoloured
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Hope we see some Nakamura Tower tomorrow

redsarge
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Hmm no “Battletech” here yet?

tibour
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BSG was the winner of day 3 for me!

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