And so we meet again my dear friends
Let’s see if we can get through even more Spiel 2017 experiences? Are you ready do another day of board games, meeting people and maybe some new hotness coming for 2018? We are almost done and day 4 and some other last experiences are left to share with you all. We promise this post won’t be as big as the first and second parts. Hopefully you enjoyed those though and all those other we shared with the world. The last few days were more about talking to people, play games and just enjoying Spiel.
A new publisher joined the scene and not just any kind of new publisher. Kolossal games has some interesting games coming for 2018 and they bring some great ideas where they want to go with their company. Travis talked about their upcoming titles and Kira shared us their vision on what Kolossal stands for. Inclusive, passion, accessible and having a direct relationship to their customers (and reviewers) are some of the key values they treasure. We must admit, we really like the way they are approaching this and are very gratified they asked us for a meet-up.
Because, how can their mission not be just sublime and something which should be key a general rule of thumb for every one within the industry (or hobby so you will)
To create memorable experiences for families and friends to
connect and to give designers and artists the means for their creations to
shine in a welcoming and collaborative environment.
Hitting Kickstarter this january, this sandbox style game, will emerge you into the setting at the dawn of the Wild West. You will travel the world as one of the known characters (or were some of them just villains and romanticized into heroes?) from these days (think Billy the Kid, Calamity Jane) or maybe you will pick the lesser known figures (Stagecoach Mary Fields or Crazy Horse)? We love the inclusion of the historic background on all of those different characters. And it shows the passion from the designer (Herve Lemaitre) and the publisher. They really want you to become emerged deeply into the experience. Through different locations and possibilities on the board you will acquire (or just steal) kettle or gold. You can rob banks and become wanted or you can hunt on those who choose a bandit life as a real bounty hunters. Through balancing this fine line of being lawless and sometimes being lawful, you will try to gather points and try to become the most famous legend of the Old West. With the different tracks on the board (Marshall & Wanted) you can balance this open world game and try to put the world to your hand. In an extend, it remind us of Merchants & Marauders, which in our book, is a very appealing perspective!
In this game every player takes the role of a Kami, a Japanese spirit. Gong Studios is doing the art on this game and from the very prototype stuff we can share, that was already very well done. Through a clever spinning board, you will try to manipulate your board presence and for example try to make the correct (secret) figures in the different villages to score more points. Every season the board turns a quarter and you can work on another village. The final goal of the game is becoming kami-sama, the leader of the kami. The balance with the scoring track is also standing out, you will score the lowest one. The players can make use of highly variable player powers with all the different Kami coming with the game. The villages all differ in their given resources possibilities and different cards you can take during the game will give more powers, end game scoring or one time bonuses. The idea is to bring this to kickstarter somewhere Q1 2018 after Western Legends. It’s a clever fight te place your shrines onto the board.
Filip, oh Filip. You are such an awesome dude and we loved your jacket sir. With a lot of passion he took us through the stunning line of games which Board & Dice are shooting into the inBetween Martian harvest seasons. Well, that was a sad word joke, but does capture how much different flavors they are putting out there with this funky publishing house.
Can I say this? Not sure, but Ralph Bienert is maybe the sweetest guy we have met at Essen and we had such a wonderful chat with him. A lot of good stuff coming from them and a collaboration with a great company which we are not sure if we can talk about yet. And include it being a game with one of the hottest designers from the last few years and we are very happy we are partnering up with them! Keep us posted Ralph, because what you are bringing may be the Essen 2018 top spot game!
We are done, well almost…a few last shout outs
We are at the end of the coverage and we think next year we still need to make more time for more photo’s of the spectacle. There is just so much to do, so much games going, so many captivating people and just not enough time.