Top 10 Most Anticipated Board Games: Essen Spiel 2021


Melissa and Kevin share their most anticipated board games for Essen Spiel 2021 Board Games we’re talking about Living Forest Riverside Cascadia Lost Ruins of Arnak: Expedition Leaders Luna Capital Pessoa Messina 1347 Astrum Nicodemus Mortum Medieval Detective Settlement Azul Queen’s Garden Witchstone Origins: First Builders Oltree



  1. An heteronym in the case of Pessoa is actually a fictional auteur created by the writer. Except, more than an alias, the personality and the style of the writing changes completely. It's as if Pessoa was actually several different poets living in the same body. A sort of "literary schizophrenia". In this game, each player representa one of these heteronyms (Ricardo Reis, Álvaro Campos, Bernardo Soares and Alberto Caeiro), bringing assymetry to the game.

  2. I'm interested in Luna Capital and Land vs Sea. I backed Cascadia on Kickstarter and I've already pre-ordered the Lost Ruins of Arnak expansion. I don't know when it is releasing, but the new expansion for Space Base that was just announced is also interesting.

  3. I enjoyed your list. Thanks. It got me a few more games to look out for.
    What I am missing on your list is, and you mentioned cranio games, Golem. It's available for pickup at Essen. That's definetly one to look forward for me.

  4. Thank you guys! I really appreciate your list. I only have one criticism. You guys have been doing this for years, but I am very surprised to see you doing a big video no no. You keep facing each other instead of the camera. It was a little distracting for me. But other than that, I loved your list and your enthusiasm.

  5. cool list, thanks. not heard of Oltree yet, but illustrator and designer are very promising.
    One game you did not mention but for sure should have an eye on is Factory 42. Marxistic dwarves in a steampunk factory:.. what else you want? And for sure Ark Nova which just came into my mind.
    Greetings from Germany

  6. I preordered both Expedition Leaders and Origins: First Builders. Really looking forward to these games, along with many on your lists.

    Settlement has definitely caught my eye, along with Bitoku which you didn’t mention, but is coming from Devir (who I think will be at Essen).

    Thanks for the great content.

  7. Waiting on my pre-order of witchstone to ship! Ugh. Also interested in Riverside. Not sure if Messina 1347 will be too heavy for me. -(

    BTW, if it matters, your list is not in the order of the presentation in the video.


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