20 Dec 2014

Saboteur : the duel

The Dutch version of Saboteur: the duel is released by 999 Games. This game has been designed for 1 and 2 players. The other language versions are in preparation and will be released in 2015.
 
 
Which game could I recommend you?
  • Saboteur, the basic game, was designed for 3 to 10 players. It's really very fun and balanced with 6 to 10 players. The rules are simple and straightforward, which makes it an ideal game for casual players.
  • Saboteur 2, the expansion, was designed for 2 to 12 players. Due to the increased complexity (extra roles and extra action cards), it's more suited for experienced players. The game play is also a little bit longer. Therefore, I prefer it for 3 to 6 players.
  • Saboteur 3, the duel, was primarly designed as a solitaire game with a 2-player variant. For commercial reasons, it has been packaged as a 2-player game with a solitaire variant. Alone, you try to reach the most gold and with two, you try to get more gold points than your opponent.

4 Nov 2014

Best of the year 2014

The game Knockout has been rewarded with the prize Best of the year 2014 by ToysBulletin.com.
Their comment was "A boxing game that we could not stop playing."
 
Here you can read the full review.

22 Oct 2014

Essen Fair

The Spiel Fair in Essen is finished and as usual, I had a lot of appointments to present my new game concepts. The meetings were exhausting, but by occasion, there were some nice encounters too.
 
 
Here I'm posing with the charming ladies Wen Chi Lee (left) and her colleague, Wen Chien Wu (right) from Swanpanasia. Their company distributes the game Saboteur in Taiwan and China. According to the ladies, "the game" (which is named so because most local people can't read the title "Saboteur") is very popular there.
 

Here, I'm promoting the new game Robin on the booth of Flatlined Games. I got nearly a cramp in my wrist from the multiple signings ;-).
 
 

8 Sep 2014

Robin release in Essen

Robin - box coverMy next new game, named Robin, will be released during the Spiel fair in Essen. The game box and components are from an outstanding quality. Above this, the quality of the artwork is at the highest level and fits perfectly with this excellent little game, which you will surely love.

Flatlined Games, is the name of the publisher and Eric Hanuise, the boss, is a personal friend. We designed Batt'l Kha'os together several years ago.



8 Aug 2014

Playing in the mines

 
If you like a special experience, try playing the game Saboteur in a real mine like this playing group. It was a little cold, 9° C (48 F), but apparently the players had a lot of fun.
 
This picture was taken by Spielelagune Saar in an old coalmine of Germany.

11 Jul 2014

Board Game Arena puts Saboteur 2 online

From now on, you can play Saboteur 2 online. Besides, it's totally free.
 
 
Board Game Arena (BGA), a community for online gamers, has already put the basic game Saboteur online in 2012. Thanks to its huge success, the developers were also interested in programming the expansion, Saboteur 2.
This expansion adds new characters and action cards, making the game a little bit more complex, but that's exactly what the players on BGA are looking for.
If you want to try the expansion before buying a boxed version or if you just want to play it for free, follow this link to BGA.
 


 

6 Jul 2014

Bedpans & broomsticks release




The long expected game (at least by myself) Bedpans & Broomsticks is finally released in the US by Mayfair Games. It's my fourth game in their collection.

It's all about elderly people trying to escape from their residence. Unfortunately, they have a small problem. They have forgotten where the exit is located. So, you have to search the different rooms and floors of the residence and avoid being caught by the nurses and the doctor.

It's designed as a funny escape game.

24 Jun 2014

Silence before the storm

Do you wonder why I haven't put any news since January?

Either I've been busy with my hobbies like painting & winemaking, either there are a bunch of new games in prepartion. Chose yourself which answer fits best and check this blog soon again.

23 Jan 2014

Knockout release

My new game Knockout is released in the USA.

You are free to punch, jab, cross or parry without risking a bloody nose.

More info on the website of the publisher, where you can order the game:

http://victorypointgames.com/details.php?prodId=257

As you can imagine, this game is one of my favourites!

20 Jan 2014

Saboteur 200 000

This year, the game Saboteur celebrates it's 10th Anniversary.



While other games disappear after a first print-run, Saboteur is in a pole position to become a "classic". With 200 000 sold copies in 2013, the sales numbers have once again increased with 13 %.

The total numbers of sold copies (Saboteur + Saboteur 2) has now exceeded 850 000. The game is available in 29 languages and is well distributed in Northern America, Europe, South East Asia and Australia.

Here you see the 5 top markets.
France is leading with nearly 200 000 sold copies. The Benelux is at the second place, which is remarkable for such a small market. Germany is set back at the third position, but as Saboteur 2 is finally launched this year in Germany, we can expect a positive influence in 2014. The USA is fourth and very surprisingly the Baltic States is on the 5th position with a market of only 6 Million people.