by W. Eric Martin
German publisher 2F-Spiele has decided to cancel its appearance at SPIEL ’21, issuing the following press release:
For the avoidance of doubt: we support the hygiene and safety requirements of Merz-Verlag, including the mandatory mask-wearing. Without that, currently a show with physical presence would not be doable. Current reports of major events in Europe indeed indicate that perhaps stronger actions need to be taken.
As a small publisher just short of two persons, we need the help of our team that is well attuned for years to present 2F-Spiele as best as possible during the show. Without our 15-20 helpers, the transport of all materials to and from Essen, set-up and breakdown, and running the booth during the four days with all the crowds would not be possible.
Because of this year’s situation, we kindly asked the team to ignore their highly esteemed helper instinct and instead to decide on their own whether they want to participate on-site at the show. The majority of the team voted for passing for another year.
If we try to run the booth with a small team, we cannot guarantee implementation of all necessary safety and hygiene requirements at and around our booth and thus cannot guarantee the health for all — visitors and our team. Under any circumstances we want to prevent that even a single person would get infected of corona when visiting our booth. Thus, we prefer to refrain from a physical presence on-site.
As this cancellation also means that as a company we are not allowed to participate at SPIEL.digital, we try our best to inform you about our new games at our website and via BoardGameGeek.
We really hope to meet you all again at SPIEL in 2022, and that we all come through this pandemic by getting vaccinations, recovering from possible infections, or preferably without getting infected at all.
We wish you a lot of fun playing any games!
Friedemann & Henning
2F-Spiele had previously announced an August 2021 release date for Friedemann Friese’s Freie Fahrt, and that date has now moved to late September 2021 due to a production delay. As a result, the English-only version from Rio Grande Games — Free Ride — will likely see release in Q4 2021.
2F-Spiele has also revealed its other releases for 2021, starting with Power Grid: Europe/North America and Power Grid: The New Power Plants – Set 2. These two expansions for Friese’s Power Grid take the game board and the deck of power plant cards from 2014’s Power Grid Deluxe: Europe/North America and reprint them with graphics that match the Recharged Version of Power Grid.
Three-quarters of 2F-Spiele’s 2021 line-up
Aside from those expansions, 2F-Spiele will release the standalone game Frisiert!, a German word meaning “souped up”, with the game featuring altered mopeds. Frisiert! is a 2-6 player game that 2F-Spiele will release in an English-and-German edition in October 2021, with U.S. publisher Rio Grande Games releasing the title under the name Full Throttle!.
Here’s an overview of how to play:
While the six mopeds race three times around the racetrack, trying to avoid getting stuck behind other mopeds or at the choke points, you assess the situation round by round and bet on your favorite mopeds. Who will finally win, place, or show?
In Full Throttle!, no one controls the mopeds, with them racing around the track in a “self-controlled” manner. Each round, reveal racing cards based on the number of players; each of the six mopeds has 14 cards in the deck numbered 1-3, and you move each moped following certain rules as the cards are revealed. After the 6-9 cards have been revealed, the start player for the round takes all of these cards and drafts one to serve as a hidden bet, with each other player drafting a card in turn. All unchosen cards are returned to the deck, which means that by placing a bet, you are hindering the possible movement of that moped in the future!
After three laps around the racetrack, the race ends after the first three mopeds cross the finish line. Bets for the first, second, and third mopeds are worth 4, 3, and 2 points, with all other bids being worthless, except in the event of a tie. Have you collected the best set of racing cards to win Full Throttle!?