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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 …
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Internationale Spieltage Essen 2014

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Our big fair highlight was this time the appearance of the blog Spielen geht immer. It was the longtime dream of an own booth that Dani and Thomas Reh have been able to realize this time. There shouldn’t be sold anything, mainly the new releases should be played directly on spot.

They decided to forbear to do the usual preparations like studying the new games list and reading the rule booklets in advance. Unfiltered impressions should have the priority as well as good discussions or just the offer of a releaxed meeting point for friends, blog readers and other interested gamers.

Each day took place a raffle of games (see picture) and lots of beverages and sweets got distributed. The feedback was immense and a repetition of the event is anounced – maybe not directly next year, but sometime. We’re looking forward!

Find more about “Spielen geht immer” here.

Raffle and game evening with the designer

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Again at the booth of the Spielbar (Hall 1F-103) will happen a big raffle, where everyone can take part. You can win several game prizes, original prototypes and as main prize a visit by me at the home of the winner for a together game evening (Germany only).

Reservations for Hellweg westfalicus

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In the meantime there were several requests for reservation/pre-order of Hellweg westfalicus. After the consultation of the Spielbar i can say, that it is possible. Simply write to spielinn<at>web.de and if you also want to have the exclusive mini expansion and the surprise pack (both for free with purchase, as long as the stock lasts) please mention it in the mail. The game can be picked up then at the Internationale Spieltage in Essen at the booth of the Spielbar (Halle 1F-103) .

New Zooloretto Mini Expansion in Essen

 

The Spielekreis Darmstadt club releases a set of mini expansions for the 5 popular games ZoolorettoCarcassonne, Siedler von Catan, Hugo das Schlossgespenst and Village. Planned originally only for the event Darmstadt spielt will these now be available as well at the Internationalen Spieltage in Essen fair at the booth of Spielerei (Hall 3 B-100). There were discussions to make them available at the booth of Hans im Glück, but that seems canceled.

Find more about Zooloretto here.

Playing with the designer in Essen

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If you want to play Hellweg westfalicus with me,
you can do this at Essen fair at one of the four possible dates:
friday 11:00 and 13:30; saturday 11:00 and 13:30 at the booth of the „Spielbar“ (Hall 1F-103).
Advance reservation please to post-timbuktu[at]web.de

Hellweg westfalicus

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„Spiele aus Timbuktu“ is back again!
Since 25 years i design games. The anniversary year is a good opportunity for a big celebration. That started in february with the anniversary game HAN.
At the „Internationalen Spieltage“ fair in Essen will be now published „Hellweg westfalicus“ which celebrates a second anniversary as well: 15 years of Spiele aus Timbuktu.
This small publishing project roriginally offered games to tinker. Over the time a collectors box, expansions and „real“ produced boardgames as special editons competed the portfolio.

With Hellweg westfalicus now gets a special edition released that is a moderate economic game for 2 to 4 players from 10 years on. The Westphalian Hellweg is a more than 5000 year-old road between Duisburg and Paderborn and was up to the Middle Ages of great importance for trading.
From the box: „Buy goods at low prices and sell them for maximum profit! On offer are salt, beer and ironware. If you wait too long, you might get a good purchasing price but only for what is still left. You can create trade routes with the help of coaches and thus supply distant towns. The player who owns the most money after 12 rounds wins the game.“

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Already part of the game is the expansion module Warehouse and Privilegies for experts.
At the fair in Essen Hellweg westfalicus can be found at the booth of the „Spielbar“ (Halle 1F 103) for the anniversary price of 25 €.

Exclusive expansion, surprise packs and playing with the designer
All buyers of Hellweg westfalicus will get at the booth of the „Spielbar“ (hall 1F 103) additonally an exclusive mini expansion and a surprise pack, as long as the stock lasts.
More events at the booth are planned, for example „playing with the designer“ and a big raffle with a lot of prizes, where everyone can take part. The main prize is a visit by Michael Schacht at the home of the winner for a together game evening (Germany only).
The exact schedule of the events will be communicated later.

Find more about Hellweg westfalicus here.

New autumn releases pt. 3

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The game fair in Essen comes closer and closer…
Another small hint from the box for the coming new boardgame
(for germans it is easier to decode).
More infos to come …

Find more about my games here.

New autumn releases pt. 2

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The game fair in Essen comes closer and closer…
Another small hint for the coming new boardgame (for germans it is easier to decode).
More infos to come …

Find more about my games here.

Report: Essen 2011

 Mit ein wenig Verspätung hier nun mein Essen-Report, der dieses Mal nicht so detailiert wie sonst ausfällt. Eigentlich war dieses Jahr sogar besonders viel los, allerdings hatte ich auch entsprechend weniger Zeit zum dokumentieren.

Unter besonderer Beobachtung stand meine große Neuerscheinung Coney Island: Drei Spielrunden konnte ich Donnerstag und Freitag selbst leiten und so die ersten Eindrücke mit dem fertig produzierten Spiel sammeln. Klaus Ottmaier vom herausgebenden Argentum Verlag strahlte trotz aller Hektik durchgehend über beide Backen. Ich denke, er war sehr zufrieden, schließlich hat die mitgenommene Stückzahl gerade so für die Nachfrage gereicht. Damit war dann auch die Beigabe – die Riesenrad-Erweiterung – komplett ausverkauft.

Ein erstes ernstzunehmendes Barometer ist die alljährliche Fairplay-List. An den vier Messetagen belegte Coney Island die Plätze 8, 6, 8 und 10 mit einer Note von 2,51 (Schulnote). Die Umfragen von Hall9000/Reich der Spiele und Boardgamegeek konnte ich vorort nicht verfolgen, aber das Endergebnis des Spielebarometers mit dem 11. Platz und 4,75 von 6 möglichen Punkten bestätigt den guten Eindruck.

Mit der neuen Reihe Superminis erscheint bei Haba auch das dritte Spiel meiner kleinen Socken zocken-Reihe names Schleudergang. Auf der Messe war es noch nicht präsent, soll aber im November dann kommen.

Im Gegensatz zu einigen leidgeplagten Kollegen hatte ich Glück, denn alles was in Essen fertig produziert sein sollte, war auch da. So, die ganzen Freebies für Coney Island, Gold!, Mondo, Valdora und Zooloretto (Diesmal gabs als Tier einen Katta, der Blockbuster Madagascar läßt grüßen!). Und auch die beiden Zusatzspieler-Erweiterungssets für Mondo. Zu letzterem gabe es am Samstag eine Megarunde mit 10 (!) Mitspielern. Auch wenn es erstmal kleine organisitorische Probleme zu bewältigen gab, war das echt witzig. Leider hat das keiner fotografisch dokumentiert. Süß war auch die Luftballon-Aktion für Mondo – da hat sich der Herr Kränzle von Pegasus schwer ins Zeug gelegt, um das Spiel auf allen Kanälen spannend zu präsentieren.

Fast an allen Messetagen hatte ich Sneak-Previews für drei der in Nürnberg 2012 kommenden Spiele. Seit nunmehr vierzehn Essen-Messen pflege ich diese kleine Tradition, bei der ich fast jedesmal etwas dabei habe, diesmal: die Prototypen Zooloretto Würfelspiel, Expedition Afrika und Mondo Sapiens (alles Arbeitstitel). Auf der einen Seite spiele ich hier ganz gerne, auf der anderen Seite werden die Partien oft von aussen gestört. Nicht ganz unanstrengend, aber solange man keine rundenbasierenden Versteigerungsspiele spielt, klappt es eigentlich immer gut. Und es kommen immer mal wieder Mitspieler “der ersten Stunde” … schön.

Links der Mondo Sapiens-Prototyp. Fotos: Milan, Molnar

Ach ja, und dann waren da noch die Fakten: der Rückgang bei den Besuchern ließ sich nicht übersehen, auch wenn er sich in den offiziellen Zahlen nur als geringfügig darstellt. Die Neuheitenflut wurde bereits im Vorfeld diskutiert, aber letztlich waren doch etliche der gelisteten Titel auf der Referenzliste von Spielbox Online lediglich Freebies oder sogar Prototypen bzw. sind gar nicht auf der Messe präsent gewesen. Mein Eindruck war hier: “alles halb so wild” – viel mehr freue ich mich jetzt auf die Messe im Jubiläumsjahr, sie findet zum dreissigsten Mal vom 18. bis 21.10.2012 statt. Also nicht vergessen, rechtzeitig das Hotel buchen!

With a little delay comes now my report from Essen fair 2011 and this time not very detailed. Actually in this year there was more to talk about than usual but in correlation there was less time for me to document.

Object of special observation was my new big game Coney Island: i was able hosting three demo rounds on thursday and friday and thous could collect first impressions with the final produced game. Klaus Ottmaier from the publisher Argentum had a lasting smile through the whole fair. I think he was quite happy because all the games brought to the fair lasted perfectly until sunday. With these the Big Wheel expansion got sold out in sunday.

A first good impression on the game qualities gives the Fairplay list. All four fair days Coney Island was top ten (8th, 6th, 8th and finally 10th) with a final note of 2,51 (1 is best). I couldn’t follow the polls of Hall9000/Reich der Spiele and Boardgamegeek but the final results of the Spielebarometers with the 11th place and 4,75 of 6 possible points proofs the good impression.

In the new series Superminis comes from the publisher Haba the third game in my little Lucky Sock Dip series named Schleudergang (spin cycle). At the fair it wasn’t present but it will come in november to the shops in Germany.

In opposite to some of the colleagues i had the luck that all that was planned for Essen got produced in time. So, all the freebies for Coney Island, Gold!, Mondo, Valdora and Zooloretto (This time the animal is a Catta, remember Madagascar?). And also the two additional player expansion sets for Mondo. For the last we had at saturday a megaround with 10 (!) participants. A little complidated in preparation but really, really funny. Unfortunatly noone made a photo. The baloon promotion was sweet,  Mister Kränzle from Pegasus impressed me strongly with all the activities he made to present Mondo in the very best light.

Nearly all fair days i had sneak-previews for three of the in Nuernberg 2012 coming games. Since fourteen Essen fairs i have this little tradition, that i mostly have something with me, this time:  the prototypes of the Zooloretto dice game, Expedition Africa and Mondo Sapiens (all working titles). On one hand i like playing here, on the other hand the matches often get disturbed from outside. Not relaxing but as long you don’t play round based acution games it always works good. And some times some participants from the first years return … nice.

And last but not least, there are the “hard facts”: a decrease in the number of visitors was for me cleary visible although it was insignificant in the offical numbers. The flood of new release was discussed before but finally a lot of the titles from the spielbox online reference list were just freebies, even prototypes or not present on the fair. So, my impression wasn’t “that bad” and i’m already looking forward on the coming Essen fair in the anniversary year. It will take place the 30th time from the 18th to the 21st of october 2012. So, don’t forget to book the hotel early!

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