Thursday, October 10, 2019

Road to Spiel: With the Family!

Join our Reporting Meeple on his Road to Spiel 2019 in the analogue land full of Cardboard!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; Spiel Essen 2019 is nearly upon us! Like last year, I will highlight the latest games from, in my humble opinion, some of the very best publishers coming to the biggest board game event in the world.

Now, today’s list is probably the list that I had the most fun with! You see, for this episode of my Road to Spiel, I got to select six games suited for children! Colors and cuteness all around, but what a nice list this has become! I can’t remember us having such cool games back in the day… oh well! Anyways, these games might not yet all be suitable to play together with my own little meeples yet, but hey, I can at least play them while both my boys keep on advancing a level every year!

Shepherd Kit - Hall 5 booth E112
First game on this list is Ocean Crisis, developed by Shepherd Kit. In Ocean Crisis, players are defenders of the ocean and have to stop the formation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by researching waste reduction or designing a clean-up machine. This means you get to clean up the ocean AND do so in a very fun and colorful way.

Blue Orange - Hall 3 booth M107
As brave dwarves, you are lured into the Dragon’s Cave, in search of a much sought after and very precious treasure. Tread carefully though, brave explorers, because if the dragon finds you, you will have to run and leave the treasure behind! Dragon’s Cave is a fun game and comes complete with some awesome treasure chests to store your loot.

Djeco - Hall 5 booth A101
Djeco is a publisher of children’s board games and will bring several fun games with them to Spiel 2019. Most of their games are cooperative, so nobody needs to cry at the end because they lost to another player. This is something I personally love in a children’s game! If this is something you also love, be sure to check out the Djeco booth while at Spiel.

Lifestyle Boardgames Ltd - Hall 1 booth C140
Lifestyle Boardgames will feature a game called Storytailors. The game is basically a reinvention of bedtime stories in which your children get to choose who they want to be and have an actual influence on the story. Storytailors comes with an awesome looking game board in the form of a book, and I can only say that I am very curious to see more of this imagination-driven game.

Zacatrus - Hall 4 booth F111
Zacatrus is responsible for the creation of a game that goes by the name of Trainsilvania, in which all your favorite monsters from various scary movies have to hop on the Terror Express and head back home after a long day on set. It is your job to make sure they get home alright! Now, I’m not sure if this will go as smoothly as the monsters would like, but of one thing, I am very sure; a game with both a train and monsters will do very well with my son!

Adellos - Hall 6 booth E112
Adellos brings us Woods of Tarnaris: Path to Luslaria; a beautifully illustrated card game that combines speed with memory capabilities of the players. The aim of the game is to be the first player who finds all the card pictures inside the memory field and place them in the middle of the table in ascending order of the card numbers. Woods of Tarnaris trains your kid’s memory as well as their ability to count. Plus, it’s fun to play!

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