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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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Monkey Temple

(33% savings!)
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 (Temporarily Out of Stock)

(20% savings!)
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.

Terraforming Mars: Colonies

(40% savings!)
erraforming Mars: Colonies, an expansion for Terraforming Mars that can be played with only the base game or with any combination of expansions, lets you visit the outer solar system.

Caverna: The Forgotten Folk - Ding and Dent (Temporarily Out of Stock) Ding and Dent

(28% savings!)
Caverna: The Forgotten Folk onsists of eight different species or race packs such as elves, dark elves, and trolls, and now each player in Caverna can be one of these species instead of only the dwarves in the base game.

Reykholt - Ding and Dent (Temporarily Out of Stock) Ding and Dent

(37% savings!)
You are not the only farmer in Reykholt who is looking to make a fortune out of this, however, so you better be quick!

Dice Settlers - Ding and Dent (Temporarily Out of Stock) Ding and Dent

(48% savings!)
Dice Settlers is a civilization dice game of pool building, resource gathering and area control.

Architects of the West Kingdom (Temporarily Out of Stock) Ding and Dent

(37% savings!)
Architects of the West Kingdom is set at the end of the Carolingian Empire, circa 850 AD....

Kanban: Driver's Edition (Temporarily Out of Stock) Ding and Dent

(45% savings!)
This new driver's edition adds 40 custom-shaped wooden cars and a double-sided game board...

The Forgotten City Ding and Dent

(12% savings!)
The Forgotten City is a 2-4 player strategic city-building game. There are three major ways to score points, and players may sequence their actions to optimize for a path from the very start.

Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr Ding and Dent

(28% savings!)
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...

Oziland Ding & Dent

(10% savings!)
Oziland is a family game of tile placement, fast and beautiful, with two game modes.

Fight! Chicken Ding and Dent

(44% savings!)
Fight! Chicken support 2-4 people to play at the same time, the main mechanism of the game is splicing and collecting, players stitching their own plate in the game, at the same time to collect more new chicken as

Four Big Strata (Temporarily Out of Stock) Ding and Dent

(43% savings!)
Four Big Strata is based on these four classes as the basis of the core, derived from the mild strategy to develop the game, players in the game to operate their own civilization, to balanced and prudent development...

Z for Zombie Ding and Dent

(40% savings!)
Zombies break out in Hong Kong!!! It is an impossible mission to fight with too many zombies. To survive, you need to get the food outside and back home quickly.

Itchy Monkey PLUS Itchy Monkey: Licence to Kill Expansion!

(52% savings!)
In Itchy Monkey, several families of lice try to become the more dominant type. Each turn, you spawn new lice and jump over to nearby monkeys.

Wonderland Xiii

(33% savings!)
In order to rebuild the 13th chapter of Alice's Adventure in the Wonderland, the librarians of the Dream's Library venture into the mystic Wonderland to find and collect the missing spirits of Alice and other characters.

East Indiaman: Solo & 5 player expansion (Temporarily Out of Stock)

This is am Expansion for East Indiaman which allows for Solo play and adds a 5th player to the base game.

East Indiaman

(40% savings!)

Let's Drink

(56% savings!)
The "Let's Drink" coffee shop opens today!! Let's visit the host bunny and drink together! There's always special milk foam and ingredients for each cup of drink. Which one you want? Let's drink it!


Hound is played in multiple rounds until one player obtains 10 points and wins. Players can use different dogs for their special abilities and to hunt other animals. Who will be the best hunter? Just try!

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