Essen 2015 - NSKN

Release Date: Oct. 17, 2015

Running Time:  28 min.

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Romanian publisher NSKN is making a name for itself with games that are beautiful, ambitious and engaging. 

Agniezska Kopera and Błażej Kubacki join us to chat about Mistfall and Simurgh, two new titles that hold true to this philosophy. Both games share a fantasy theme but approach it from vastly different angles.

Mistfall is a cooperative deck-building game with deep roots in a richly detailed role playing adventure. Simurgh is a tile laying worker placement game about rival clans who breed mighty dragons, inspired by persian mythology. 

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Essen 2015 - Discoveries

Release Date: Oct. 16, 2015

Running Time:  14 min.

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Designer Cedrick Chaboussit chats about Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis & Clark, a dice-based thematic sequel to his earlier title, Lewis & Clark.

Discoveries focuses on the scientific knowledge gathered during this grand exploration from the Mississippi to the Pacific. You play a leader of the expedition, attempting to compile as much knowledge of plants, animals and geography as possible in your journal.

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Essen 2015 - Geek Nation Tours

Release Date: Oct. 16, 2015

Running Time:  14 min.

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Geek Nation Tours organizes trips around a theme for people with a shared passion. We chat with Zak Gucklhorn who led a gaming trip through Germany, including castle, cathedral and brewery tours, a Rhine cruise and culminating with a stop at the game fair at Essen.

We also learn about several other upcoming tours including Star Wars and Game of Throne tours and a Zombie apocalypse tour!

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Essen 2015 - White Wizard Games

Release Date: Oct. 16, 2015

Running Time:  27 min.

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White Wizard Games breathed new life into the deck building genre with their first title, Star Realms. It is a head to head space battle game that comes in a small box for $15. 

We chat with Rob Dougherty, one of the founders of the company, about the runaway success of Star Realms and how this success has enabled them to launch new games like Epic, a fantasy card battle game, built around the same philosophy.

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Essen 2015 - Watson & Holmes

Release Date: Oct. 16, 2015

Running Time:  26 min.

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We chat with Spanish designer Jesus Torres Castro about his deduction game Watson & Holmes.

In the game, players relive new adventures of the world's most famous crime fighting duo. You step into the shoes of Doctor Watson and work with Sherlock Holmes to solve a series of 13 unpublished cases. Visit locations, interview witnesses and make inquiries. Follow the trail of clues and try to be the first to solve the case.

We also chat with Raphael from Ludo Nova, the publisher of Watson & Holmes, about the state of games/gaming in Spain.

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Essen 2015 - Steffen Spiele

Release Date: Oct. 15, 2015

Running Time:  26 min.

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Designer Steffen Mühlhäuser is fueled by a passion for abstract games. His company, Steffen Spiele, publishes games that are equal parts art, strategy and fun. Our conversation explores the history of Steffen Spiele and his dedication to elegance and beauty in all aspects of a game - from components to gameplay.

We also discuss three recent releases: Ten, Schnipp Trick and Words Klauer.

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Essen 2015 - Insect Hotel

Release Date: Oct. 15, 2015

Running Time:  16 min.

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Designer Dennis Kirps chats about his latest game: Insect Hotel.

It's a little known fact that beneficial garden bugs love to spend time in hotels. It's your job to fill as many rooms as you can, sometimes luring them with honey and keeping pesky spiders and cockroaches away. 

 

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Essen 2015 - Jam Sumo

Release Date: Oct. 15, 2015

Running Time:  17 min.

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Cubiko is small British company that makes handcrafted strategy and dexterity games. Gavin Birnbaum talks about the inspiration behind his designs and how he taught himself carpentry in order to bring his games to life.

We also chat about Jam Sumo, which is two flicking games in one. 
In Jam you try to flick dice from a platform into a central hole to avoid scoring the face up pips on your dice. In Sumo, you try to flick your opponents dice off the board and score the face up pips on your dice.

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