Essen 2008 – The World Cup Game – Expansion Set 4

Although this was technically released in the UK at the end of September, Shaun Derrick will be at Essen exhibiting this together with the base game and the three earlier expansions.

Expansion set 4 covers the 1974, 1978, 1982 and 1994 World Cup Finals. Further information is available at the Games For The World website.

Essen 2008 – Huang Di

The third JKLM release at Essen this year is the delayed Huang Di, designed by Bryan Johnson. It was originally scheduled to appear at this year’s UK Games Expo but got held up due to production issues.

In Huang Di, you play one of 2-6 master builders chosen by the Emperor to help construct the Great Wall of China. Your goal is to become the most distinguished master builder in China with the help of your taskmasters, workers and the Emperor himself.

Further details about the game, including information about pre-order discounts, are on the JKLM website.

Essen 2008 – Logan’s Stones

John Yianni is the designer of two excellent, beautifully produced abstract games: Hive and Army of Frogs. At this year’s Essen, he releases a new game: Logan Stones, which is base around the familiar rock paper scissors mechanic with a Connect Four objective.

Further details about the game can be found on the Gen Four Two website.

Essen 2008 – Tulipmania 1637

The second game to be released by JKLM Games at Essen is Tulipmania 1637, designed by everyone’s favourite video-blogger, Scott Nicholson.

In Tulipmania, you are playing a wily investor who has a network of buyers and colleagues, all of whom are also trying to become wealthy. Your goal is to make smart investments, artificially raise prices, fleece your network at the best time, and then make your escape from Tulipmania with the most money. Eric Martin from Boardgamenews has compared the game to Reiner Knizia’s Modern Art, which definitely suggests it’s worth a look.

Further information is available on the JKLM website, including details of a pre-order discount.

Essen 2008 – Ascendancy

JKLM Games have three games debuting at Essen 2008. The first is Ascendancy , designed by Nigel Buckle. Ascendancy is a game of galactic empire building for 2 to 4 players that can be played as a short game (6 rounds) in one hour or a long game (9 rounds) in two hours.

Further details about the game, including a pre-order option with 20% discount, can be found on the JKLM website.