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In Hilversum , a town in the netherlands has a gaming group wich organize a weekly boardgame night. Last month I went to some evening en had a lot of fun. A small impression.
Concordia - Close Up
The Endgame of Commissioned
La Granja - Small farms by the Alpich pond near the village of Esporles on the island of Mallorca
La Granja - The Market
La Granja - Action Dice
La Granja - Player Aid, Players view
The Scepter of Zavandor
Legends of Andor: The Star Shield - Players view
The Star Shield Adventure
Ships - Game Overview
The development of ships
The Map of Europe
Ships & Chips
Tiny Epic Galaxies - In to the Galaxy
As a pirate captain, it's hard to steal booty — but it is even harder to share that booty equally. If you can outsmart your fellow pirates by using your brains and trading skills, you'll probably end up with the most valuable loot!
Stingy is an interactive booty-swapping game for 2-6 players, with the booty in question being rum, parrots, coins, diamonds, and pirate flags; these first four items come in four colors, with 3-6 tiles of each item in those colors, while the pirate flags come only in black (as you might expect).
A little tricky trading game with a knife on the table.
Mr Stingy himself
Box & Components
Six Player Game
Traiding Skills are needed
Bonus Information Card
Box & Bag
Getting the Gold! at the booth of Play this one
Stingy at the booth of Play this One @ Spiel in Essen 2015
Each player starts with six randomly drawn tiles, with the remainder of the tiles being scattered face down on the table or placed in the included pouch. On a turn, you swap tiles with a fellow player, then draw 1-2 tiles and add them to your collection. When you swap, you choose an opponent, then take all the tiles of one group (matching symbol & matching color) and add it to your collection. Each group has a value, with the values mostly being pyramidal (1 tile = 1, 2 tiles = 3, 3 tiles = 6, etc.). In return, this opponent then takes one or more groups from you that sum at most the same value as what you stole. If it's impossible to take groups this way, that opponent can take groups that sum to a lower value or demand that you hand over groups that sum to a higher value, with you choosing which groups you give up.
When you collect all the tiles in a group (e.g., four blue parrots), you place those tiles face down to the side. No one can take these tiles from you.
After the last tile is drawn, each player takes one final turn, then players score points — but only for the complete groups that they've collected. Whoever has the most points wins.
Stingy includes two-player rules that introduce a ghost pirate with whom players can trade, a variant in which players also score points for the number of differently colored groups they collect, and a "Captain Sly" variant in which an opponent who can't take tiles worth at most what you took gets nothing. Good luck trying to make those unfair trades!
Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini are giving us new adventures at the board to the east and Dennis Lohausen ad some great artwork to the Travels
In 1271, 17-year-old Marco Polo started on a journey to China with his father and older brother. After a long and grueling journey that led through Jerusalem and Mesopotamia and over the "Silk Road", they reached the court of Kublai Khan in 1275.
In The Voyages of Marco Polo, players recreate this journey, with each player having a different character and special power in the game. The game is played over five rounds. Each round, the players roll their five personal dice and can perform one action each turn with them. After five rounds, the game ends with players receiving victory points for arriving in Beijing, fulfilling the most orders, and having reached the cities on secret city cards that each player gets at the start of the game; these points are added to the VPs gained during the game. Very different starting positions and characters make this game different and fresh every game.
Box & Board
Character Card - Niccolo and Marco Polo
The Marketplace – the Goods are useful for many tasks
Close Up - Voyage of Marco Polo
The Travel Space
Sunset over middle Asia
From City to City
VERSAILLES is an innovative family game for 2-5 players, who will take on the roles of architects and interior designers, working together to create the magnificent palace for King Louis XIV, and compete for the favor of the great monarch himself. Each turn, a player will move one or more of their workers from one location to another and activate all of their workers gathered there. This will provide them with resources, allow them to build puzzle-like palace pieces, design impressive decorations for the interiors and the gardens of the palace and learn new skills, before His Majesty
Taking the role of architects and interior designers, working to create the palace for King Louis XIV5 - Player Game in Progress
King Louis XIV is on his way.
Placing the Palace Tiles
Alchemist Guild - Allows the player to advance one or more of their Technology Markers
The Architects’ Guild provides the player with a number of options when activated
Close Up - 5 Player Game
Each turn, playera will move one or more of their workers from one location to another to activate all of their workers gathered there
The Workshop location with the Decoration Tiles
Versailles is wel produces with fine components and artwork and a interesting theme.
The Idea of moving workers is fresh. During the game a variable way of strategies is missing especially in the end game.
Mechanics working smooth and it has a fast gameplay, clear rules and accessible for new gamers.
Witness the craziest camel race of all time, as things really go topsy-turvy when
camels stack up and entire pyramids turn upside down.
As members of Egyptian high society, you gather in the desert with one simple
goal: to gain the most money by backing the right camel to win a leg or even the
entire race. However, in this race, it’s not just the lucky ones who can beat the
odds. Reading the dynamics of the race and having a good sense of timing is just as
important when it comes to backing the right camels and taking the victory
Great little race and bedding game for the family which is easy to teach and very funny, but can supply great tension as we wait to see which dice tumbles comes from the Pyramid.
Author Steffen Bogen
Illustrations and graphics: Dennis Lohausen
Hustle and bustle in the bazaar district of Istanbul: merchants and their assistants are hurrying through the narrow alleys attempting to be more successful than their competitors. Good organization is key: wheelbarrows have to be filled with goods at the warehouses and then swiftly transported by the assistants to the various destinations.
The goal of the merchants is to be the first to collect a certain amount of rubies.
Istanbul, simple rules but deeper game play, a worker-placement with planning, buying and selling goods, planning you path though Istanbul, making a lot of choices for collecting as soon a possible 5 red rubies. The modular game-board is well designed. Rüdiger Dorn created a solid medium weight game which is playable within 60 minutes!
2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres winner
Designer: Rüdiger Dorn
Artists: Andreas Resch and Hans-Georg Schneider
The Gemstone Dealer
0ne of the Mosque tiles
Game Overview of the streets of Istanbul
The sultan’s palace
Taking action-cards at the caravansary in Istanbul
Playing a bonus tile
Players View - Wheelbarrows (player boards)
Close Up - The Governor
Side Box of Istanbul
Wainwright - Close Up during a five player game
This month this beautiful illustrated cardbox game into my hands.
Jeremy Masson created atmospheric artwork, where the protagonists are hiding behind their masks. Bruno Faidutti has put an interesting card game on the table for August. So put you masks on and play!
The Front box of Mascarade
Opening the box
A Glimp from the inlay
Characters on the table
Colourful designed cards, a trade mark of Repos Productions
The Spy on the table
Of course it's about power & money!
The Characters chips
Components Overview - Mascarade
On the River banks of the Nile in the area of Luxor the farmers will plant their crops and are waiting till the water floods to feed the plants with help from the Egyptian sun. But their land owners should be warned about the erratic weather.
Nile DeLuxor is available as a published version from White Goblin Games and a print and play edition through Minion games. The published version is a complete game that includes original Nile and the expansion.
A Colorfull Deck of Nile Cards
The Different Crop Cards waiting for Planting
Game Overview - The Egyptian farmers Plant a various crops on the rivers banks of the Nile delta
Box & Components
The Flood Card
Close Up During the Game
White Goblin Games
Last Year there a little card game of Thomas Lehmann which was find high on the fair-play list. I got a speed-demo at the booth of Amigo and it was a pity it was only in German language yet.
On the booth of Amigo in 2011
Nice colorful artwork of Klemens Franz
Just before this summer 999 games release the Dutch version and I was glad to become a copy. After reading the rules I got a flashback memory of San Juan but now in a western civilization. A little small box with always fits in my suitcase and photo-backpack.
999 Games did a good job to change the box cover. It look more European.
In Metropolis the players try to build quickly and skillfully build their own city over the rounds, bringing in revenue and victory points . The cards are both buildings and currency, and the first player to collect 50 victory points wins the game. It's easy to play within 30 minutes or shorter. My nine year old son like the game and we played it several times in park and in front of a museum while we where waiting.
The game play is fast, quick and easy to pick up. It's a very solid family and for adults a nice filler. I also introduced it on a lunch to a colleague.
Build and Payment
Back of the 999 Games Dutch Edition
For this good looking city building card game you got a lot of fun in a small box for a friendly price. There is enough dept for the length of play. Explained with a few minutes. Recommanded for families!
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