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The world’s biggest board games show is back for another week of massive releases from the German home of tabletop: Essen. But with thousands of games set to launch in the span of just four days at the end of October, how the heck are you meant to keep up? To help out, we’ve picked out ten titles deserving of your attention


After Kingdomino picked up the most prestigious award in tabletop gaming – the Spiel des Jahres – earlier this year, you might have expected a follow-up to Bruno Cathala’s cheerful tile-layer from 2016 about growing your lord’s domain – but you might not have expected it this quickly! Queendomino is both an expansion and a standalone sequel to Kingdomino, layering a slightly more complicated set of rules over the simple spin on dominoes by adding an extra colour that represents cities. City tiles don’t feature a crown, and so don’t earn extra points, but can be used to generate income that can later be spent to construct special score-boosting buildings, so they pay oflin the long run. The game in the box plays with two to four players using five-by-five grids, but can be combined with the original set to support seven-by-seven grids for four people or up to six players using the standard area size. If you’re still not convinced, know that Cathala himself has called Queendomino the version of his game he wanted to play after hundreds of Kingdomino matches – how can you argue with that?

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