Beth’s top 10 most anticipated games of 2019 have been published and now it is my turn. I tried very hard, but just could not get this list down to 10, so here are my top 15 games coming soon! How much crossover will there be with Beth’s list? We shall see. . .and like her, my list is not in any particular order – with the exception of my number 1 game.
Number 15 – Save the Meeples
Save the Meeples is being published by Blue Cocker Games. The designer for the game is Florian Sirieix, who is also responsible for the games Imaginarium and Oh Captain! (among others), that we have never played. The artist for the game is Anne Heidsieck. The game uses action/movement programming and worker placement as its game mechanics.
Per its description on its Board Game Geek page (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/275800/save-meeples}: ”
Leading your meeples, you will use trains that lead to different places in which you’ll be able to enroll new meeples, repair your wounded foes, acquire resources, build rockets, and fight humans. But be prepared: Your glory will depend on the outcome of the end of the game. If the humans succeed in invading the meeple world before you can escape with the rockets, the one who fought the best will be rewarded; if not, the one who most helped the escape will be. Choose your side wisely!”
Not only does the theme appeal to me, but I love that there are different winning conditions for the game depending on how the players play. I find that intriguing. Also, as far as I know, we do not own a single action programming game, and I would like to give one a try. Why not this one?
Number 14 – Maracaibo
Maracaibo is being published by Game’s Up and Capstone Games (in the United States). It is being designed by Alexander Pfister, a designer that I am really keeping my eye on these days due to my love of his titles Blackout: Hong Kong and Great Western Trail. The artist for the game is not named at this time.
According to its page on Board Game Geek, (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/276025/maracaibo), Maracaibo is “a new strategy game for 1-4 players by Alexander Pfister, is set in the Caribbean during the 17th century. The players try to increase their influence in three nations in four rounds with a play time of 40 minutes per player. The players sail on a round course through the Caribbean, e.g., you have city tiles where you are able to perform various actions or deliver goods to. One special feature is an implemented quest mode over more and various tiles, which tells the player, who chase after it, a little story. As a player, you move with your ship around the course, managing it by using cards like in other games from Alexander Pfister.
I genuinely enjoy the card play in Pfister’s other games, such as Oh My Goods! and Blackout: Hong Kong, so I doubt that Maracaibo would be an exception to that. Both Beth and I enjoy pick-up-and-deliver games and it sounds like this game has some of that in it as well. In addition, there is a ‘little story’ in it. Storytelling in a euro game? Count me in!
Number 13 – Newdale
Newdale is being published by Lookout Games. It is also being designed by the previously mentioned Alexander Pfister, and he is setting the game in the same world that Oh My Goods! was set in. The artist on the game is Klemens Franz. The game’s primary mechanism is hand management, something at which I consider Mr Pfister a master.
Unfortunately, that is pretty much all we know about Newdale at this point – there is not even cover art available for it yet. There is nothing on the publisher’s website about the game and the information given above in the first paragraph, taken from its page on Board Game Geek, is pretty much all that is known about the game.
As I have made clear, Alexander Pfister is a designer that I am keeping my eye on due to the titles he has already had published. I enjoy Oh My Goods! to the extent that I even imported the Canyon Brook expansion for it from Germany since, to my knowledge, it has never been published here in the United States. I cannot wait to see what Mr Pfister brings to us this time!
Number 12 – Menestrels
Menestrels is being published by Sweet Games in France, but as far as I know, does not have a United States publisher as of yet. The game is designed by Bruno Faidutti and Sandra Pietrini. The artist is the very versatile David Cochard. Menetrels is a card-drafting game (one of my favorite mechanisms) set in medieval times.
According to its entry on the Board Game Geek website (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/271443/menestrels), Menestrels is “a card game in which players draft cards from a central tableau to compose the best artist troupe. Of course, many of these artists have special abilities. The player with the best group of performers at the end of the game wins.”
I am a bit worried about Bruno Faidutti’s game being on this title because his games tend to feature ‘take that’ or cutthroat mechanisms that do not support our play style at all. However, card-drafting is very much up our alley, so we are willing to take a chance on this game.
Number 11 – Hadara
Hadara is being published by Z-Man Games here in the United States and by Hans im Gluck in Europe. The game’s designer is Benjamin Schwer, who also designed last year’s highly touted Crown of Emara, which I have not yet had a chance to play. The artist for the game is Dominik Mayer. The game is a civilization, city-building game which features a set collection mechanic.
The Z-Man Games website (https://www.zmangames.com/en/products/hadara/) simply states “It’s your chance to make history. Shape your civilization and stymie your opponents’ efforts as you compete to advance your civilization and build the most glorious empire.”
Yep, that is me all over the place – glorious empire designer and advancer of civilizations. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this game! I initially saw it on Twitter, posted by one of the gals that I follow, which was soon followed up by Zee Garcia (of Dice Tower fame) and his outstanding review of the game (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN1X1QnEC8I). This game is already on pre-order for us.
Games Coming Out: My First 5
So, the first five are out of the way. Do any of my choices resound with you? Let me know!
As always, please check out Board Game Geek (www.boardgamegeek.com) for these and thousands of other titles.