Continuing with our Essen 2015 previews, here’s the top five Essen 2015 releases that have caught Nikki’s attention! This is the first time Nikki and I have been to Essen and she’s hoping to pick up all of these titles over the course of the convention. So, without further ado, here’s what she has to say.
Champions of Midgard
A worker placement dice game based on Vikings and Viking mythology. Some people are calling it ‘Waterdeep with dice’. I absolutely love Lords of Waterdeep – so for me, that sells this game instantly. The game components look amazing with some incredible artwork to boot.
In short, it’s a co-op version of Krosmaster arena. It’s a co-op game with one person playing as the demon rather than head to head combat like Arena. The game has the same beautiful artwork and figures, but has over 600 componants – some of which can also be used in the Arena game. Again, I love Krosmaster Arena so I’m keen to see how this one pans out. And you certainly get value for money!
A post-apocolyptic co-op game where players work through randomly generated areas in order to reach the safe house before the ‘Posthumans’ inflict injuries on them and in turn, making the players ‘Posthuman’ themselves. I love all things zombie so the idea of a survival game where players are gradually ‘infected’ naturally appeals to me. I’m keen to see how this one plays at Essen and decide whether it’s worth grabbing!
Unfortunately I don’t own the base game of this as Tom had pre-ordered it before I even heard the games name! However, the game is fantastic and the artwork is simply stunning. I can’t wait for Tom to grab a copy of the expansion at Essen, if its available, so we can try it out. It’ll also create a fantastic opportunity to play this game again as sadly we just don’t have time to get it to the table very often. Adding black pearls and a host of other additions means this is going to be fun!
Another co-op castle defense game where players learn spells, build obelisks and attack various enemies and mosters. Sounds like Castle Panic? It quite possibly is… A more complex, more ‘adult, version of Castle Panic. Again though, the artwork is stunning and I’m keen to see if this is a grown up’s Castle Panic, or a quality castle defence game.
So there it is, Nikki’s top five Essen 2015 titles. With only a couple of days left until we leave for the convention we have one more post left to add. Up next, Dan presents his top five titles to watch out for!
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Driven Instructional Designer by day, board game fanatic by night! Tom has a long background in eLearning design and is a strong believer that story and narrative are crucial to creating excellent learning and gaming experiences. A passionate blogger, game reviewer and play tester, he enjoys spending his time playing games of all genres.