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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 148 Essen releases up on the website. Vote on what games you interested in by clicking “Notify Me” which 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!

Pre-order prices for games should be posted in approximately 2 weeks on our website. 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!

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Monkey Temple (Announced) Monkey Temple is a family game set in an ancient temple where tourists are robbed by annoying kleptomaniac monkeys. Will you be able to return each object to his owner before everybody start to complain?

Isle of Skye: Druids (Announced) Isle of Skye: Druids, the second expansion for Isle of Skye, can be played with the base game on its own or with the base game and the Journeyman expansion.

Dicium (Announced) Dicium invites you on four very different adventures through a central game mechanism of dice combinations. The "Dicium dice" are at the heart of the game...

Rolling Ranch (Announced) n Rolling Ranch, all players use the same result from the dice to rescue animals and improve their ranch, with each player working on their own ranch sheet.

Venture Angels (Announced) In Venture Angels, you are billionaires who make investments in venture businesses for fun.

Spring Rally (Announced) In Spring Rally, players control their toy car based on trick-taking mechanisms.

Wangdo (Announced) Long long time ago, before age of human, there were four bear clans who help the king to reign over Northeast Asia. The time has come ...

Darwinning! (Announced) Darwinning! challenges serious gamers, but also charms children and plays especially well as a family game.

Perdition's Mouth: Abyssal Rift – The Hideout (Announced) The Hideout provides 5 scenarios, which are rather different from the Abyssal Rift main campaign.

Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr (Announced) Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr is a co-operative game where players work as nursing staff tasked with providing care for the terminally ill...

Deutscher Spielepreis 2018 Goodie Box (Announced) This box contains a small expansion for some of the top ten games of the Deutscher Spielepreis 2018.

Flamme Rouge: Meteo (Announced) Flamme Rouge: Meteo, a small expansion for Flamme Rouge, introduces players to weather phenomenons such as storms, side winds, and head winds.

Spirits of the Forest (Announced) In Spirits of the Forest, players represent the four elements that nourish the forces of nature. Up to four players compete to acquire the most (of nine different) spirit symbols which are bound to a different element of nature

Gorus Maximus (Announced) Gorus Maximus is a bloody trick-taking game of gladiatorial combat in which the trump suit can change mid-trick! The game can be played "player vs. player" or in teams.

Master of the Galaxy (Announced) Master of the Galaxy, a fast playing 4Х board game - eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate - using a unique and innovative blend of bag-building, card-drafting and tech-tree development mechanisms.

Small Islands (Announced) At the beginning of each round (max 4), the players have to choose which islands they will be able to score. They will have, between the sleeves, to orient the game according to their objective.

Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles – Starter Set (Announced) Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles is a starship combat miniature game created by the same designers as Wings of Glory and Sails of Glory.

Walking in Burano (Announced) Walking in Burano is a family game. Players place the Floor Cards in order to receive a visit from different characters....

Bastille (Announced) In the bidding game Bastille, each player has three influence tiles, which will be placed one at a time in one of seven buildings around Paris.

The Quest for El Dorado: Heroes & Hexes (Announced) The Quest for El Dorado: Heroes & Hexes includes three new double-sided terrain tiles that add a new element to the game: curses.

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