We hope you all had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! We did! It was one of the largest family gatherings for years, and we arranged a Game Inspiration Day. Since we are a family company, we wanted the input of all family members. Several new games were presented, authored by many different siblings. Then we had a day of game testing and socializing about games and the company’s future. Many thanks to all the participants. Indeed, 2013 will be very intriguing. Right now we have all the options, but we need to prioritize. This is what tonight’s meeting will be about. Have a nice start of 2013!
We are now back in Sweden after the magnificent Essen Spiel 2012 games fair in Germany (18-21 Oct). What happened there? Let’s have a look!
We arrived in Essen early Tuesday and began preparing our booth. With some new decorations produced especially for this event, we were quite satisfied with the result (which is not what you see here). Thomas and Enoch are spreading the cloth banner. Shortly after our arrival, three pallets loaded with our Wilderness games were placed in front of us, and we all suddenly realized how big this event was for us as a small big-family company from Sweden.
Our greatest excitement of the preparing day was not Wilderness, however. We’ve seen that game before. But Jonathan almost fell off his chair when his game Brawling Barons arrived on the scene. This was our first glance at the final result of our product. After some minutes of inspecting the box and all the cards, we could boldly announce to ourselves that we’ve made another successfully printed game!
Jacob, the oldest of the brothers attending the fair, is also the game designer of Space Station, which was released last year. This year, we presented the second edition of the game! With an improved box size, card quality, graphics, rules, and even tokens, this game is now even better. This was also the first game we played in Essen together back at the hotel.
Wait a minute… We were five brothers attending the fair. You’ve seen Thomas, Enoch, Jonathan and Jacob… Where is Daniel? Oh, yes, we found him in another hall, picking a fight with a teenage mutant ninja turtle…
To be honest, Daniel had earned some spare time by spending many hours sculpting these lovely tin figures, which we sold separately at the fair, both unpainted ones like you see here, and hand-painted ones. Some of them are meant for use in our game Wilderness, but the angel and demon figures might have a future role to play in some top secret game project.
Once the fair started on Thursday, we had constant game demonstrations for visitors in our booth. Wilderness was played eagerly and the fair attendees had to reserve a time to play it due to the massive interest in the game. On the other end of the table, Space Station was attracting visitors of more spacey tastes, and when it was needed, Brawling Barons was explained in the middle. Because our three games are so vastly different from one another, it seemed that we could offer something for just about anyone.
Just like last year, when someone won a test-play of Wilderness, they accquired a ticket to the final, Wilderness Survivor. And just like last year, when the final was about to start, a large crowd came by our booth to participate and observe. This year’s winner of the final – and thus also a copy of Wilderness – was Gerda van Heel from Holland. Congratulations!
Essen Spiel 2012 has been a great event for us. We’ve met loads of interesting people, played many awesome games, and had an amazing amount of fun. We’ve also seen some exceptional cases in our own games. For example, this picture was taken from a gaming session of Wilderness, where all four players died. This is very rare, since the last standing player wins. But in this game, both the last two players were killed by wild animals the same turn.
Heading back to Sweden, all of us to different cities, to our beloved wives, fiancées, children, brothers and sisters, and friends, who have supported us greatly. We love you!
Now let’s shape up our next game…
Today we arrived at the Messe Essen complex to prepare our booth (4-415) for Essen Spiel’2012. It has been a very interesting day, where we have had a lot of work, a few surprises, some exciting deliveries, and a great deal of fun! As we decorated the booth with logos, walls of games, a shelf, and a table, our games arrived from the factory. What we thought was most exciting was our very first glance at our newly produced games Space Station (second edition) and Brawling Barons. Of course, we had to play these games when we got back to the hotel. We all agree that it was an unforgettable experience and an incredibly exciting round of Space Station! If you’re in Essen, make sure to come by, and we’ll talk more!
The Wilderness Rulebook is now also available in French and German! This is a great step, since these languages have been requested for quite some time! At the moment, we are also working on several other translations for Space Station and Brawling Barons. All three of our games will be available at the Essen Spiel 2012 game convention. We’ll be in booth 4-415, prepared with Swedish candy to feed anyone who wants to have a look at our games. See you there!
Last year, our hand-made version of Wilderness ranked #2 of all new games in Essen, according to the official geekbuzz (see for yourselves here).
Now we return to Essen Spiel 2012, Germany – one of the largest game conventions in the world – to present the printed version of the game.
To celebrate this release we will offer a discount price in our booth, only 30€ (instead of 40€). Don’t miss it!
We will also officially release the second edition of Space Station at a discount price (15€ instead of 20€).
Our brand new game Brawling Barons will also be released at a discount price (5€ instead of 7€).
You are very welcome to booth 4-415 where we will also serve Swedish candy.
The rulebook consists of 12 pages and each page is the size of a playing card. When you buy a deck of Brawling Barons, you will get 6 cards printed on both sides with these rules. We will be adding other language versions of the rules here on our website as soon as those translations are completed. We expect to have Swedish, German and French rules before October 18th.
We are very happy that the Swedish reviewer ConraDargo (also on facebook) has made an official review of our game Wilderness. It is in fast-paced Swedish, but we hope to get an international English review in due time also. So here it is, like it to support this reviewer and our game at the same time. He mentions in the end that there is a campaign on WorldofBoardGames where you get a discount on the game for the following 2 weeks. This is your perfect chance!
If you cannot see the video, click here!
The second edition of Space Station is now on its way. It will be officially released at Essen Spiel 2012 in Germany, with some new graphics, a new game box and some modified cards. To give you something to long for, here is the new Extra Docking Port module. Along with 7 other modules it got a facelift for this new edition. Enjoy!
We proudly present our new game Brawling Barons!
Brawling Barons is a short tactical card game where you try to collect Victory Points, either by constructing buildings or sending military units to the king’s front. The game was created by Benjamin and Jonathan Fryxelius, and will be released in Essen Spiel’2012. Artwork by Isaac, Benjamin, and Daniel Fryxelius. Read more here!