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Essen 2018 Releases

Funagain Games is your home for the latest releases from the Essen International Game Fair, the largest consumer show of strategy board and card games in the world. The show takes place in late October in Essen, Germany where 1,200-1,500 new titles are released by publishers from around the world each year before the holiday season. If you cannot attend, our Essen Mule Service is the fastest and best way to get the new games, many of which will never be released in the US or may take 3-12 months to actually make it into US distribution.

Right now, you can go and check out the continually growing list of Essen games. We currently have 160+ Essen releases up on the website! You can pre-order right now or vote on what games you’re interested in by clicking “Notify Me”.

Games from Essen which are on pre-orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. While we strive to fill all pre-orders, sometimes certain games are only available in limited numbers, or not at all. If you want something, pre-order it right away so we know you want it. We refer to the actual pre-orders when we make purchase decisions so you may not get your game if you do not pre-order and tell us. We will make every effort to combine orders placed by customers for multiple Essen games into one shipment. We will ship orders as soon as they come into our warehouse. We will also hold your orders until they are ready to ship upon request.

Clicking "Notify Me" will do 2 things:

1) You will be notified as soon as the pre-order goes live on our website

2) It will help us know what games we should be looking to pick up at Essen. Remember, clicking “Notify Me” is commitment free! So click away to build your list of games you are really wanting!

If there are any games that you don’t see on the list that you would like us to have for pre-order, don’t hesitate to tell us! Contact:, and let us know what we’re missing.

Because of the nature of international freight shipping, expected arrival dates are approximate only. Unexpected delays could result in their arrival being later. Funagain does everything possible to expedite the arrival of the Essen games, but some factors are beyond our control.

• Pre-order stuff you really want!

• Pre-ordering something does not guarantee that you will get a copy. Games will be available on a first come, first served basis.

• You will not be charged unless we are able to obtain your desired game.

• Your credit card will likely put a temporary hold your payment for up to 6 days after you purchase. This is not Funagain charging your card.

• Get free shipping to BGG Con at "Check Out” by entering the code: BGGCON2018 into the Promotion/Coupon Codes” window.

• Please use the BGG code if you want your games shipped to BGG Con for pick up. Otherwise you will be charged shipping to your home address.

Do you have a question not answered here? Then send us an e-mail at:, and we'll be happy to answer it!

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