Spielwarenmesse, the long-running German toy festival, turned 70 this year. The festival is often home to news regarding the hottest new board games on top of being a celebration of play. Some of the coolest games on display were Era: Medieval Age, Corinth and Hadara.
Era: Medieval Age
This fun-looking game lets you live out your dream of building a medieval town. You’re trying to create a functioning town that can survive the tide of time and changing demographics. The buildings you create have models in-game that play like a cross between Legos and Catan.
There’s a ton of player interaction, too. Between 1 and 4 players can take part, and there are a lot of ways for your opponents to mess with your plans. Your buildings can be burned down, your population can be plagued and your stores can be ransacked. The game is set to release following GenCon 2019.
In Corinth, you play as ancient merchants. You roll nine white dice, and can purchase yellow dice to increase your chances of rolling what you need. The dice you roll are grouped based on value into various categories of goods that you can then sell.
You’re trying to negotiate well, sell your goods for profit, purchase buildings and earn victory points. Interestingly, the game involves use of a pad that you write on to track your rolls and the goods you’ve sold. There are a ton of sheets on the pad, so don’t worry about running out!
Hadara releases in March 2019 and supports play for 2-5 players. Each player represents a different nation, and each player is vying for more military, income, culture and food. Gameplay is divided into three epochs, and each epoch is divided into two phases.
In the first phase, players draw cards and can opt to sell them or purchase them as upgrades using their limited pool of coins. Each player gets a chance to draft cards from each of the five colors, then the game goes to the next phase. In the next phase, you face off with the other players using the stats you drafted from the cards in the first phase.
Whoever ends the game with the most victory points and influence wins the game. It looks to run an average of 35 to 45 minutes, making it a neat game for your next board game night.