Essen 2015 - Mike Elliott

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2015

Running Time:  29 min.

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From Magic: The Gathering and dozens of media licensed games to Thunderstone, Quarriors and Dice Masters, Mike Elliott has been a proilfic game designer for the past twenty years. Starting with his early days at Wizards of the Coast , we chat with Mike about his career in games. 

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Essen 2015 - Kumo Hogosha

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2015

Running Time:  10 min.

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Kumo Hogosha is an abstract strategy game from French publisher Morning Players. Your group of warriors (inlaid wooden dice) compete to push the Stone of Balance onto the steps of your opponent. But beware, the arena itself can rotate and quickly change the tide of battle. 

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Essen 2015 - Game Salute

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2015

Running Time:  20 min.

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Dan Yarrington chats about Game Salute's new edition of Poseidon's Kingdom, an undersea strategy game with amazing sculpted figurines and a dice wave. 

We also discuss Area 1851, a Wild West - Alien Encounter mash up and a new expansion to the medieval crafting game King's Forge. 

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Essen 2015 - Artipia Games

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2015

Running Time:  20 min.

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Greek publisher Artipia Games has built up an eclectic catalog of games. This year is no exception

Konstantinos Kokkinis chats about a bevvy of new titles that demonstrate Artipia's broad, innovative spirit.

Dice City is a fast light dice crafting game.

Project Elite is a real time co-op game with massive minis.

Pursuit of Happiness is a gamerly interpretation of The Game of Life.

Among the Stars: Revival is a card drafting space station building game.

Stellar Conflict is a reboot of Lightspeed, a game originally published by Cheapass Games over a decade ago.

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Essen 2015 - Abacusspiele

Release Date: Oct. 17, 2015

Running Time:  20 min.

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Matthias Wagner chats about a new deluxe edition of the classic card game Tichu and a 3-player variant, Chimera. We also discuss the chocolate cultivation game Cacao. 

The bulk of our conversation focuses on upcoming releases for 2016: Micro Robots, Leo the Long-Haired Lion and Food Fight (Obstkomplott).

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Essen 2015 - MAGE Company

Release Date: Oct. 17, 2015

Running Time:  18 min.

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MAGE Company's Alex Argyropoulos chats about three new games, each with a science fiction angle: one original, one adaptation of a classic, and one conversion from a print-and-play design.

Raid & Trade is a post apocalyptic game of negotiation and resource management where players vie for citizenship in a a Golden City. 

Res Publica 2330 AD is an adaptation of Reiner Knizia's Roman classic. Players settle alien worlds by trading and collecting sets to build space stations and cities.

Aether Captains is a steampunk dice game where players take on the role of a zeppelin captain fighting off waves of air pirates.

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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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