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A Summer of Conventions and an Essen Autumn

As we move from summer to autumn (or fall to those across the pond) we are constantly working on the Europa Universalis board game development. At the moment we are focusing on making compelling event cards and victory objectives. However, you will also see more regular updates from the team in the coming weeks and months.

Places we have visited or are going to visit soon.

We have been, and really are, enjoying the opportunity to travel to conventions and fairs to meet fans and gamers in Europe and North America. Above all the feedback that we get is absolutely invaluable to us. But it is also just great to meet people who are as passionate as us about the Europa Universalis experience.

Also we will be drawing the winner of our mailing list competition tomorrow. As soon as the winner has been notified, we will announce it here on our blog. The lucky winner will receive a copy of Twilight Imperium 4.

Meeting board gamers at Arcon

Summer kicked off with the Arcon gaming convention in Oslo in June, where we demoed the game to eager fans from Norway. We had introduced some new and some adjusted features since PDXCon and were eager to try them out with new gamers, and we had lots of great feedback from those who played and those who sat around watching. This input subsequently carried into the continued work on the game over the summer.

Europa Universalis demos at GenCon

At the beginning of August Aegir Games travelled to GenCon with Paradox Interactive and Free League Publishing. This was our first visit to the greatest board game spectacle in North America, and it didn’t disappoint. Most importantly we had a Friday packed with Europa Universalis demo sessions for board game writers, bloggers, podcasters and vloggers. We also got to talk to some old friends and personal heros in the board game industry. We even got to play some new games and make some new friends. Here you can get some first impressions from Roll for Crit, and a full demo session recording from the Board Game Kaptain.

Developer Diaries

Starting at the beginning of next month we will begin publishing developer diaries, focusing on different aspects of the game. Here we will go through game features, one or a few at the time, and explain how they work. We really look forward to that, and hope that you do too!

Meet us at Essen SPIEL ’18 (Oct. 25–28)

The highlight of the board gaming year, for many, is SPIEL, that mammoth of an event taking place in Essen every October. Aegir Games will certainly be present too. For a lot of Europa Universalis fans and board gamers this will also be the first chance to see the prototype of the game up close. If you are planning to go, please come to see us at the Paradox Interactive booth (booth no. 5-A104). We would also be very happy if you would like to give us some love on Boardgamegeek’s SPIEL ’18 Preview list.

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Europa Universalis at PDXCon and Arcon

Europa Universalis Demo at PDXCon

Last month we went to PDXCon in Stockholm to present the prototype for the upcoming Europa Universalis board game to die hard fans of the computer game series. This was the first time we had a chance to show what we have been working on to a wider audience – it was a lot of fun (and quite intense)! We got loads of great feedback, which has been really helpful to us in the continued development process.

One of the people who took the time to play a demo session at PDXCon was PC Gamer writer Jon Bolding. His preview based on that demo and our chat with him was published on the PC Gamer web site just short of two weeks ago. One of the many great quotes from that article that we particularly like was this one:

I’ll likely lay down the cash and entire weekend required to try it out when they get this thing designed, published, printed, and shipped to my door.

Here are some photos from the demo sessions at PDXCon for you to enjoy:

Next up for us now is the Arcon tabletop gaming convention in Oslo, which kicks off tomorrow. Here we will be demoing Europa Universalis on Saturday 23 June from 4 pm to 9 pm (16:00–21:00).

Tomorrow already we will be running sessions for our other upcoming game Crazy Neighbors from 7 pm till midnight. Crazy Neighbors will come to Kickstarter in the not too distant future, and the game is in the final stages of development. Naturally we will be hosting these sessions in the convention pub area, as this is a proper beer-and-pretzels game of fun and nasty take-that action.

Also we will be there all of Saturday and Sunday to talk to gamers, play games and demo our prototypes, so just look for the Aegir Games T-shirts and ask us anything.