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Newsletter October 2016

The newsletter for Zooloretto, Mondo and my other games got distributed for many years by mail. Nowadays the procedure makes a lot of technical problems and i have to continue the service here. So, if you want to keep access to the news you can visit my Newsblog here or follow me at Twitter (@michael_schacht).

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New games autumn

  • Boardgame calendar incl. Zooloretto Expansion
    This years’ Boardgame Advent Calendar offers expansions for several games, including a new one for „Zooloretto“. 
    Frosted Games, more infos
  • Hellweg – Double Income
    After the good recognition of the last years’ campaign we will run it again: At the booth of „Spielbar“ (Hall 2-A100) the buyers of „Hellweg westfalicus“ will get additionally the brandnew (!) and exclusive mini expansion „Double Income“, as long as the stock lasts.
    Tip: if you already have the basic game then bring your rule booklet (or a photo), show it and you will receive the expansion anyway.
    Spiele aus Timbuktu,  more infos
  • Templarii
    The french puplisher “Igiari” is now working on the artwork of the new game “Templarii”. Soon more infos.
    Igiari/Gigamic, more infos
  • To the Coop!
    The american publisher “Simply Fun” just has presented the big kids game “To the Coop”. Flick your rooster at the right angle and speed and send a chick sliding back to their coop. The first player to return four chicks to their matching color coop wins the game.
    Simply Fun, 2-4 Spieler, more infos
  • Zooloretto Surprise
    Pick up the actual mini expansion at the booth of Abacusspiele. As long the supply lasts.
    Abacusspiele,  more infos
  • Another new card game with fantastic graphics is in preparation that will be released in the US quite soon.
    I’m looking forward …

Newsletter 1-2016

The newsletter for Zooloretto, Mondo and my other games got distributed for many years by mail. Nowadays the procedure makes a lot of technical problems and i have to continue the service here. So, if you want to keep access to the news you can visit my Newsblog here or follow me at Twitter (@michael_schacht).


This time only a very short newsletter as we are moving at the moment.

New releases to come

  • London Markets
    Started successfully the end of 2015 as Crowd Funding project the boardgame now gets released at the toy fair.
    A detailed video can be found at Youtube.
    Queen Games, 3-4 players, 10+ years, 60 minutes, more Infos
  • Zappes
    The first print-run of the card game about the famous beer from Cologne was sold quickly.
    Will be available again around the fair.
    DuMont-Schauberg, 3-6 players, 20 minutes,  more Infos
  • Zooloretto Junior
    Simplyfied gameplay with different animals and special rules.
    Abacusspiele, 2-5 players, 7+ years, 30 minutes, more Infos
  • Zooloretto Würfelspiel “S”
    Available as part of the Abacusspiele catalogue edition.
    Abacusspielemore Infos
  • In preparation is also a new card game for White Goblin Games.


Work in progress


A glance over the shoulder of the work on new scoring pads for the Zooloretto Dice Game. Lets see, what will become of it …

Find more infos about the Making of the Zooloretto Dice Game here.

Video: Zooloretto Würfelspiel

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Spielkult reviews the Zooloretto Würfelspiel and offers a detailed demo video.

 Unter dem Motto “Jongliere die Tiere!” bespricht Spielkult das Zooloretto Würfelspiel und bietet ein ausführliches Erklärvideo.

Gold! App Version 1.20


 The new version 1.20 of the iOS App of Gold! includes now Game Center leaderboards, hi-res graphics for the iPad3 and wide graphics for the iPhone5.

 Die neue Version 1.20 der iOS App von Gold! beinhaltet nun Game Center Leaderboards, eine hochauflösende Grafik für das iPad3 und eine breitere Grafik für das iPhone5.

Africana Katalog Edition #12


 The new catalogue of Abacusspiele comes with a little expansion for Africana.

 Der neue Katalog von Abacusspiele enthält eine kleine Erweiterung für Africana.

10 Years Coloretto / 10 Jahre Coloretto


 Just presented at Nueremberg Toy Fair: the anniversary edition of Coloretto with new graphics and additional card.

 Auf der Spielwarenmesse Nürnberg gerade vorgestellt: Die Jubiläumsedition von Coloretto mit neuer Grafik und Zusatzkarte.


Spiele Hit für Freunde 2012: Africana

Gerade aus dem Urlaub zurückgekommen, gibt es gute Nachrichten: Africana gewinnt beim diesjährigen Österreichischen Spielepreis die Auszeichnung “Spiele Hit für Freunde“.

Just returned from holidays we received good news: Africana wins at the austrian game price the merit “Spiele Hit Für Freunde” (game hit for friends).


Gerade eingetroffen: das russische Gold! von Hobby World. Das oben könnte mein Name sein. Aber in drei Worten? Vielleicht handelt es sich um ein versteckte Botschaft oder gar um ein Joke …

Just arrived: the russian edition of Gold! released by Hobby World.

Onlinegames: Africana

Nach den Neuheiten “5 vor 12” und “Mondo Sapiens” geht nun auch die “Africana” im Onlinespiele-Bereich meiner Seite an den Start. Hierbei handelt es sich um die bisher aufwändigste Umsetzung, bei ich besonders auf gute Spielbarkeit wert gelegt habe. Und wer sich für das Finale der Deutschen Mannschaftsmeisterschaften im Brettspiel qualifiziert hat, kann sein Trainingsprogramm nun auch online ausbauen.
Africana wartet im Onlinespiele-Bereich.

After the recent releases of the new “Lucky Numbers” and “Mondo Sapiens” is “Africana” also now available in the onlinegame section of my website. In this most complex implementation so far the focus is on a good interface.
Africana waits in the onlinegames section.

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