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Spielwarenmesse 2020 III: Pics of Upcoming Games from IELLO, LOKI, and Hurrican

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game Publisher: IELLO
Time for another round-up of images from the Spielwarenmesse 2020 trade fair, with video overviews of roughly one hundred games coming in the near future on our BGG Express YouTube channel.

Let's start with a half-dozen games from IELLO, kicking off with the company's SPIEL '20 release:

Board Game: Khôra: Rise of an Empire

Board Game: Khôra: Rise of an Empire

We didn't record an overview of Khôra: Rise of an Empire as IELLO has many other titles debuting prior to it, so for now we have only this short description:
You are the ruler of a resplendent city in Ancient Greece. It's up to you to develop it faster and better than your opponents. You can make many political choices in each round, and philosophy, legislation, culture, trade, and military will shape the future of your city. Optimize your dice rolls, collect taxes, send your army to colonize foreign lands, unlock achievements, and make sure your city will shine throughout all of Greece!
Board Game: King of Tokyo: Dark Edition

King of Tokyo: Dark Edition has a worldwide release date of April 24, 2020.

Board Game: Kitara

I already covered Eric B. Vogel's Kitara in a Nov. 2019 post highlighting game previews from SPIEL '19, but (1) the game has now been bumped from a SPIEL '20 release to a Gen Con 2020 release (with Khôra now in that latter release slot) and (2) this image doesn't have a guy's butt in it, which might make it better (or worse) for some viewers.

Board Game: Flyin' Goblin

Flyin' Goblin was another title debuted in that earlier Nov. 2019 post.

Board Game: Royal Visit

Board Game: Royal Visit

Royal Visit is a new version of Reiner Knizia's Times Square, a.k.a. Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb zwei, a funky, two-player, hand-management, tug-of-war game that got tagged with an unfortunate title and look when it first appeared in 2006.

Board Game: Schotten Totten 2

Another Knizia title in the IELLO 2020 catalog will be Schotten Totten 2, a standalone sequel to Schotten Totten that fits the "same but different" category you might expect of such a title. Here's an overview of this September 2020 release:
In Schotten Totten 2, one player is the attacker who is trying to breach the walls of the defender, and players will assemble their forces by playing cards into formations at seven locations on the battlefield. Locations will hold 2-4 cards as depicted on each spot, and in most cases (but not all) the strongest formation in a location will claim that spot. The strength of a location is determined by the poker-style hands that players will create by playing cards one by one.

The defender has three boiling oil tokens available to them to clear out the attacker's cards. The deck consists of cards numbered 0-11 in five colors, along with ten tactical cards.

Board Game: Kraken Attack!

From gallery of W Eric Martin

Détective Charlie wasn't included in the IELLO catalog, and I didn't see a LOKI, and we didn't record an overview of this title — perhaps at FIJ 2020? — so for now I can offer only this image.


Board Game: Via Magica

Swiss publisher Hurrican will debut Paolo Mori's Via Magica at FIJ 2020 in late February 2020, this being a new version of Mori's Rise of Augustus from 2013.


Board Game: Peaky Blinders: Under New Management

I knew nothing about the TV series "Peaky Blinders" before stopping at the Just Games booth to get an overview of Peaky Blinders: Under New Management, and I know just the barest amount of information possible about it, namely that it's "a gangster family epic set in Birmingham, England, in 1919, several months after the end of the First World War". Thanks, [url=]Wikipedia[/url]!
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