Essen 2015 - Czech Games Edition

Release Date: Oct. 21, 2015

Running Time:   18 min.

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Jana Zemankova chats about several new releases from CGE from heavy strategy to party game and everything in between.

Through The Ages: A New Story of Civilization is a rebalanced edition of the epic stategy game from Vlaada Chvatil. Beginning in the age of antquity, you must guide your civilization to have the most culture at the end of the modern age.

Prodigal's Club is a thematic sequel to Vladimir Suchy's Last Will. Victorian gentlemen race to rid themselves of social status. Try to lose an election, rid yourself of possessions and offend the most influential people in high society in order to win this race to the bottom run of the social ladder.

Codenames is a simple addictive party game playable by any group young or old. Two teams compete to discover which of 25 common everyday words are the codenames for their team's spies. The giver for your team knows the identity of your spies and must give one word clues to help you find them. The better the clue, the more chance you may find multiple spies with a single word. 

Galaxy Trucker: Missions adds scenarios from the digital app to the beloved tile laying space ship building game.

Tash Kalar: Nethervoid introduces a new player deck of demons and gateways to the abstract fantasy battle game.

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Essen 2015 - Stronghold Games

Release Date: Oct. 21 2015

Running Time:  28 min.

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Stephen Buonocore descends on the padded cell with an impresive list of new titles from Stronghold debuting at Essen

First, Stephen is joined by his podcast pal, designer Ignacy Trzewiczek, to talk about their co-production of Ignacy's game, Stronghold. 

Next we delve into several new games including:

504, the innovative modular design from Friedemann Friese. 

Porta Nigra, a rondel based game by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling about Roman architects working to finish the city's Black Gate.

The Golden Ages, an exploration and civilization building game that emphasizes culture and technology more than conlfict.

New Dawn, a scifi game about reviving and recolonizing a war torn sector of the galaxy set in the Among the Stars universe.

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Essen 2015 - Portal Games

Release Date: Oct. 21, 2015

Running Time:  25 min.

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Polish designer Ignacy Trewiczek chats about treasure trove of new games from Portal. 

First we talk about a new edition of Stronghold, an asymmetrical game about a castle under siege. Since Stronghold was Ignacy's first design, this chance to revisit the game enabled him to streamline the rules and enhance the components which allows the tension and story of this pitched battle to shine through even more.

Convoy is a 2 player card duel game in the post apocalyptic Neuroshima Hex universe. One side commands a Moloch robot army bent on destroying New York. The other controls the Outpost trying to attack the convoy and slow them down.

Legacy: Five Families is an expansion to the base game where players build a family tree in 18th century France. New to the game are Favors which can be granted in exchange for trading family members between players. 

We close with a discussion of Tides of Time, an elegant, strategic 18 card drafting game that depicts the rise and fall of civilizations in 20 minutes.

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Essen 2015 - 504

Release Date: Oct. 20, 2015

Running Time:  20 min.

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Designer Friedemann Friese chats about the inspiration behind and development of 504, a modular game system that can be combined to create 504 different games.

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Essen 2015 - Pacal's Rocket

Release Date: Oct. 20, 2015

Running Time:  15 min.

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Dieter Strehl from Piatnik chats about Pacal's Rocket, a family game based on the notion that Mayan civlization was built by alien technology. Move your starship around the city in order to place energy stones in a pattern to build pyramids and score.

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Essen 2015 - Hans im Gluck

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2015

Running Time:  10 min.

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Moritz Brunnhofer chats about several new releases including two new editions of Carcassonne.

Star Wars Carcassonne adds factions and dice based combat to the classic tile laying game.

Carcasonne: Over Hill & Dale was commissioned by the Bavarian Ministry of Health. Send your meeples on hikes and harvest food tokens to score.

We also discuss Skyliners, a light pattern building game with 3D buildings, and expansions for Marco Polo and Russian Railroads.

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Essen 2015 - Board Game Advent Calendar

Release Date: Oct. 20, 2015

Running Time:  20 min.

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Matthias Nagy is the creative force behind the Board Game Advent Calendar. This calendar is a big box with 24 doors. Behind each door is an original mini-expansion for a popular board or card game. 21 different publishers contributed to this ambitious project, including Colt Express, the winner of the Spiel des Jahres (Germany's Game of the Year). Matthias discusses how he was able to make his vision for the calendar a reality in less than one year.

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Essen 2015 - Nippon

Release Date: Oct. 19, 2015

Running Time:  17 min.

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Portuguese designers Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro and Paulo Soledade chat about the inspiration, research and development behind Nippon, a game that depicts the rapid industrialization of Japan in the late 19th century. 

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