Spiel Hype Thread 2021

Just ignore me. I am still miffed about having decided it would be stupid to go.

If I were going to Spiel this year this is my list of anticipated games. More are being added to the preview every day and interesting stuff is bound to pop up.

  • Bitoku because Devir seems to be interesting (I already preordered Luna Capital on a hunch)
  • Dreadful Circus – looks positively dreadful, also Faidutti and Portal Games… it has to be something interesting at least.
  • Trek 12: my experience on BGA was not bad and less “samy” than most R&W games
  • Run! Run! Run! --a new Cathala game that reminds me a bit of Curse of the Temple
  • High Score–Dr. Reiner Knizia obviously holds that one for designing the most games ever.
  • Camel Up Off Season by Pretzel Games? (I never played the original but … )
  • Roll Camera… so yes Radho was gushing about this. But more than usual. And it looked good and we have none of the other movie based games
  • Shamans. You. This one is one you. No not SUSD, this forum.
  • Ramen! Ramen! --we have been cooking Ramen a lot during the last too many months and this one seems to be the most interesting ramen-based game
  • Free Radicals – Wizkids always comes up with the weirdest stuff so of course I want to take a closer look
  • Air, Land & See Critters: yay for a re-theme. I am holding out for this one.
  • Mille Fiori: well, the more I play, the more I appreciate Knizia or maybe it is the fault of SVWAG or @lalunaverde
  • Voll Verplant: for the sweetest moment I thought this was the German version of the R&W implementation of Let’s Make a Bus Route. But not it is just the German version of MetroX. Still something I want to look at but not the thing I really want (and that is both on Radho and SVWAG the Busroute thing…)

This does not include games I already ordered (Brew & Luna Capital because last year I got burned by not immediately going for BtS)… and stuff that is Demo only (Phraya & Voidfall) or I have already played (Cascadia) also doesn’t include stuff by designers that have failed to impress me in the past no matter how much other people like them (Boonlake).

PS: I hope this is not a “I am going to buy all this” thread… I hope some of these turn out terrible before I go shopping. This is just my list of games I’d be going to visit at the publishers’ booths.


I haven’t been looking much at Spiel previews but Roll Camera definitely looks interesting. Of the others, well, I have Shamans and nothing else is screaming at me.

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Thanks for the shout out on this!

Same. But it’s more “keen to try”

Knizias are mostly an insta-buy for me. :stuck_out_tongue:

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I have not heard of any of these. Where do you get your information?

So glad Air, Land and Sea is getting a retheme.


That knizia euro looks so nice.

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This. For the last 4 or 5 years before every major convention BGG has these „preview“ lists where games are added that are expected to be shown/sold at the convention. I usually only follow the Spiel on closely which has been up for at least 2 months by now.

I tend to go through games as they appear on the list and click to check them out, mark them as „not interested“ for the most part…

The biggest problem is that games that enter the list early get thumbs up from the super-nerds who are there at day 1 and then you have runaway “victory conditions“ where a few games get a lot of thumbs/hotness (preview specific of course) and get more because they are already at the top of the list. Both Devir games are interesting but they were on the list from the start so… this is yet another piece of the hype machine that one needs to be aware of.

In the past few years games like Pax Pamir 2, Beyond the Sun and other luminaries have been quite high up on the preview hotness. But also Black Angel (which I want to try again now… but was majorly disappointed in after the Spiel hype). So as usual, the hype says very little.

But overall I use these lists to figure out what I want to take a closer look at at the fair especially for a few more of the obscure things you wouldn’t notice otherwise.


Also can any French speakers confirm the controversy about “Bitoku” for me? Apparently, it is as well named as the old Mazda model “MR2”

I’m desperate for a retheme but a bit disappointed it’s still war themed. Was really hoping for an eagle vs shark champions of the wild style.


The only thing that comes to mind is that, phonetically, Bitoku sounds like the French equivalent of cock in ass (spoilered to avoid any offense).

Might be something else, though, even under the best of circumstances I am notoriously profane, and I’m super sleepy right now.

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Skimming the list, the only one that jumps out to me is Whirling Witchcraft, which I’ve had my eye on for a while.

Mainly because it’s got Weberson Santiago art, but also because it seems like a successful implementation of a game idea I had a while ago :laughing: (my version didn’t get any further than a first playtest).

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Dexterity Jane seems like it might be worth a look. Tiny, high stakes bluffer, seems akin to Skull etc.

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For a moment, I thought it was Air, Land, and See Critters, not Air, Land, and Sea… Critters at War.

The WW2-theming of the game was always the worst part. More cartoony violence is a step up, I suppose, but gosh I was hoping for a completely different theme (like, “where did you see these critters? Who got to see nicer ones?” That would be great!).

Oh well. I’ll probably still get it whenever it reaches Canada.


I was hoping for a non-combat theme as well, particularly since I think my partner might actually dig it with the right coat of paint. As it stands I feel like it’s still something of an improvement, but given how abstract the title is, it feels a bit weird they stuck to the theatres of war conceit.


Given that I already have AL&S, the expansion “Spies, Lies & Supplies” looks potentially interesting, though all that’s been revealed so far is a cover. (Via BGG news.)



Ambiguous Paine’s Grey cover. Perhaps a new theatre? Either way that colour threatens to continue their tradition of forcing players into a sun-filled room of mirrors to be able to distinguish by shade.