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Only only ever really been to a handful of different shows. All of them only in the US as well. I'd love to make it to events like Salute, or Spiel Essen. Both seem like awesome shows, full of some cool, new things. Speaking of Essen and new things. Ares Games will be in attendance and they'll have some games that will be available for the first time at the show. So hopefully you've got your tickets to the show, or know someone that can ninja-shop for you.
Essen is a great chance for companies to release new games to quite a large audience all at once (just like other big conventions like Salute and Gen Con). Ares Games is certainly taking that opportunity and running with it. They have quite a lot of games that they'll be offering for the first time at the show. You'll definitely want to stop by Hall 3-E100.
Origins is coming up soon. Less than a month, in fact. It's practically here! Among all the fine vendors that will be at the show will be Ares Games. They have quite a lot of special things in store for the show, including new releases that won't be available to the public yet, as well as letting you try out some games that won't be out until later in the year.
Ares Games isn't content with just giving you one game to look forward to. Oh no, they're announcing two new games for you to get all excited about. They are Jolly Roger and Odyssey. Jolly Roger is a card game for 4 to 10 players. Players play as pirates trying to get as much gold as they can. It's cooperative in a sense that all of them need to work together to win the gold, but then when it comes time to divvy it up, that's where the "one for all, twenty for me" aspect comes in. Odyssey is a Euro-style board game of adventure for 2-4 players. One player gets to play Poseidon while the others are adventurers looking for the Sacred Isle. It's got sort of a "Battleship" mechanic where the game is played on two boards, with Poseidon being the only one who knows the location of the Sacred Isle.
Both games are set to be released at Gen Con this August.

From the announcement:
JoeK Minis is starting to post previews for their upcoming Odyssey game. First up, Hephaestus.


From the preview:

Odyssey is my (very) long term project which will hopefully become the main foundations of JoeK Minis for the forseeable future. It started as a germ of an idea about four years ago, but it was only whilst the initial sculpting work on the Troll was going on that I thought about buckling down and doing something about it!

Whilst me and my writing colleague Fet Milner are still busy working on the ever increasing background of the universe and it's characters, I think it's suffice to say that the basic premise is the idea of taking our ideas of myth, legends and religious beliefs and turning them on their head, launch them into the far, far, faaaaar distant future and see what happens with the result!