2016-11-01Announcing new games for Essen 2016

Announcing new games for Essen 2016


SPIEL'16 in Essen, Germany – The biggest european board gaming event opened its exhibition gates during 13th–16th October 2016. We’d like to take this opportunity to give you a information of the new CGE games coming out this year.


Codenames: Pictures

Vlaada Chvátil  /  2–8+ players  /  15 min  /  10+

Codenames: Pictures



Codenames can now be played with pictures! Whimsical, mind-twisting illustrations are used instead of word cards. Can you find one word that ties your team‘s pictures together?


Can also be combined with original Codenames. The rules of the game stay the same:

Two rival spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple pictures on the table. Their teammates try to guess pictures of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team.

Codenames: Pictures - some material





Filip Neduk  /  3–5 players  /  60 min  /  12+


The new big game we've prepared is Adrenaline from author Filip Neduk. It's a game for 3-5 players, who each try to become the champion of the Adrenaline tournament.

Adrenaline – containing 5 detailed combatant miniatures – brings the classic first-person shooter video games to your table. Grab some ammo, grab a gun, and start shooting. Build up an arsenal for a killer turn. Combat resolution is quick and diceless – and if you get shot, you get faster!

Adrenaline: some material

Despite the theme of the game being a shooter, Adrenaline is a solid Euro game with resource management and area control game elements. Players move around the map collecting weapons, ammo, and powerups in order to shoot other players and score frag points when they die. The winner is the player that has the most Frag Points at the end of the game.

Adrenaline: figures




Alchemists: The King's Golem

Matúš Kotry  /  2–4 players  /  120 min  /  14+

Alchemists: The King's Golem


Alchemists: The King's Golem, an expansion to Alchemists, brings you a new logic puzzle with new rewards and consequences. Can you figure out how to animate a golem? And equally important, can you convince the king you are making progress?

This expansion actually consists of 4 independent modules:

  • In Startup Funding, players get a chance to customize the initial resources in their laboratories.

  • The Busy Days expansion makes each round different by offering new rewards (and new costs!) on the order spaces.

  • The Royal Encyclopedia is an entirely new venue for publishing your research.

  • And in The Golem Project, players have the challenge of animating a creature made from magic and clay.

Alchemists: The King's Golem

The expansions are presented in order of complexity. The King's Golem (the most complex) module is designed for advanced players who enjoy solving difficult deduction tasks.

Alchemists: The King's Golem




Also, at Spiel, our CGE Digital team gladly showed you the recently released Alien Technologies – the premium expansion for Galaxy Trucker, in addition to our progress on Through the Ages and Codenames apps.

Thank you and see you next year again!


Note: Some images on this page are not from a final game!