W. Eric Martin
• German publisher Queen Games has passed along basic information about both the titles it will feature at Spielwarenmesse – the toy and game fair in Nürnberg, Germany, for which I have been compiling a convention preview on BGG – and the remainder of 2013. Note that this list is not complete and is subject to revision.
To the surprise of no one, Queen will publish another expansion for Donald X. Vaccarino's Kingdom Builder. For now, the description of Kingdom Builder: Crossroads – which carries an April 2013 release date – is all too brief, but if you're familiar with the game, then you probably have an idea of what will be in the box:
New locations and new challenges are what the land needs! Kingdom Builder: Crossroads includes four new landscapes with two different location spaces to offer new options to shape the kingdom. The task cards challenge players to build their settlements in a certain way in order to gain even more gold at the end of the game.
• Bearing a May 2013 release date is Via Appia from Michael Feldkötter. Here's the précis of that title:
Via Appia, the most famous road of the Roman Empire is under construction. Be a part of this historic event and finish the road that connects Rome and Brindisi. Prove your intuition in the quarry to get the best stones.
Whoever builds the most valuable sections and reaches the different cities early will be victorious and the most famous builder in all of Rome.
• Also due out in May 2013 is Banana Party, a kids' game from Stefan Dorra and Manfred Reindl that features a 3D jungle on which monkey pieces swing. Here's a short description of the game:
"Out of my way!" calls Ben Banana, the boss of the jungle monkey gang. On which limb is he sitting now? If you jiggle the proper tree limbs in this 3D jungle, you might annoy Ben and his gang enough that you can then pilfer their beloved bananas.
In the end, whoever collects the most bananas in Banana Party will win the game and be able to host a party of her own...
• Mike Elliott's Lost Legends, which I originally previewed in a post from Spiel 2012, now has a July 2013 release date.
Collections and other titles coming from Queen in 2013 include:
-----—Edo: Expansion #1, which is due out May 2013 and features components for a fifth player and three modules – Jiin, Tokken, and Ronin – that can be used individually or combined with other modules.
-----—Crysis: The Board Game, now bearing a July 2013 release date and previously covered in this BGGN post from November 2012.
-----—Escape: Quests, the second expansion for Escape: The Curse of the Temple, bearing an August 2013 release date and featuring two new modules – Quest Chambers and Special Chambers – that can be used on their own or mixed-and-matched with other modules.
-----—A new edition of Dirk Henn's Speculation, which he originally published through his own db-Spiele in 1992. This undoubtedly snazzier version of the game is expected to be released in October 2013.
-----—Another October 2013 release is Templar from Jesús Torres Castro, a family game in which players use the special powers of the members of an abbey in order to hide treasures in said abbey.
-----—For the holiday season, yet due out in October 2013 in order to be available at Spiel, Queen Games will have two new large game collections to accompany its Alhambra Big Box. These new collections are Kingdom Builder: Big Box – which will have the KB base game, the Nomads and Crossroads expansions, and the Capitol and Caves mini expansions – and Fresco: Big Box, which will include the Fresco base game and all ten expansion modules. Wait, what? Ten expansion modules? The base game has three; Fresco: Expansion Modules 4, 5 and 6 has, well, expansions 4-6; Fresco: The Scrolls is expansion seven. That leaves expansion modules 8-10, and yes, those modules will be released as a separate expansion in 2013. No details yet on what they'll include, but I'm guessing one of them will be about lead poisoning...
-----—And finally for October 2013 comes...oh, no way. Really! Another one! How is this even possible?!
Yes, designing wunderkind Stefan Feld has yet another big title coming out in 2013, in addition to the already hotly anticipated Bora Bora, Brügge and Rialto. Here's a brief description of Amerigo in order to fuel wild speculation:
In Amerigo, the players help Amerigo Vespucci on his journey to discover new land. The players explore the islands of South America, secure trading routes, and build settlements.
A new and innovative mechanism to determine the possible actions by use of the dice tower creates a strategic and tactical game for real gamers.
Have at it!