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Photo Impression of Marco Polo

Henk Rolleman
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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


Black Dices


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


The Contracts


The Travelers
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Photo Impression of Versailles

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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


Open Box


Box Presentation


Taking the role of architects and interior designers, working to create the palace for King Louis XIV5 - Player Game in Progress






Players View


King Louis XIV is on his way.


Building Ground




Architects’ Guild


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.
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Photo impression of .. Camel Up

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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






















 




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Photo impression of .. Istanbul

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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


The Lira's


Game Overview of the streets of Istanbul


The sultan’s palace


Taking action-cards at the caravansary in Istanbul


Game Overview


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
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Photo Impression of Mascarade

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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


The Thief


Components Overview - Mascarade
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Photo Impression of ... Nile DeLuxor (De Heersers van de Nijl)

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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.


Open Box


A Colorfull Deck of Nile Cards


The Components


The Different Crop Cards waiting for Planting


Game Overview - The Egyptian farmers Plant a various crops on the rivers banks of the Nile delta


Close Up


Players Hand




Box & Components


Colorfull Cards


The Monuments


The Flood Card


Close Up During the Game

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Photo Impression of ... Metropolis - The City

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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.


Open Box


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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Photo Impression of ... Targi

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Male members of the Tuareg desert people are called "Targi," and as tribal leaders they deal in goods from near and far such as dates, salt, and pepper to get highly coveted gold coins and benefits.

In Targi the players are leaders of a Tuareg tribe and want to increase their tribe's strength and influence. To do this, they need to gain the right items and use their possible actions wisely to end up with a bit of gold in their pockets. If you don't reach a dealer quickly, the opponent might do so first – but what if you bring a whole caravan of coveted goods? A surprisingly good two player worker-placement game of
Andreas Steiger first game! I think more nominations will follow soon. The person at the cover is it a men or a woman? The French edition will get another cover.




Open Box


The Goods and Victory Points

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Game in Progress


Becoming Start Player


The Caravan Action for Dates, Salt or Pepper. A combination of goods give you the opportunity to buy tribe cards.


The Tribe and Goods Cards


Taking the Tribe Action. Dates and Gold is needed.


The White Tribe is choosing the one of the Goods and Blue the Tribe Card.


Always a short of Gold otherwise you can take the Trader.


Players view, the Card will be placed in tree rows of maximum of four tribe cards. One row of the same tribe members gives a nice bonus in the end of the game.


Some the tribe cards give a bonus during the game or at the end.


Players View


Game overview .. and in the left the red Goods cards and the blue Tribe cards. The gray Meeple is the round marker and he will cause some robbery during the game but there are ways to protect yourself against it.


Tip: A good game for a date with dates and fun.
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Photo Impression of ... Dragon's Gold

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Dragon's Gold, a team of your treasure hunters two knights, a thief, and a wizard on adventure for the hunger for the gold, silver jewels and magic. bjects. As for actually killing a dragon? It's a piece of cake. But the most difficult part comes after the dragon is dead: the adventuring party has to figure out how to share the spoils.

As soon as a dragon is overpowered, then some additional gems are revealed, and the players who had participated in that hunting party start a negotiation over how to divvy up the gems. If the sixty-second sand timer runs out, then no one gets treasure. When all of the dragons have been slain and the treasure claimed or discarded, the game ends and players score for their holdings, with silver and magic objects worth 1 point each, gold worth 3, the Black Diamond worth 7, and the colored gems scoring 10-15 points for those players who hold more than everyone else. (In the Advanced game, the colored gems score 8-12 points in addition to a variety bonus of 5 points for each set of different colored gems a player holds. The Black Diamond is worth 19 points [in the 2011 edition], but negates a player's score for all colored gems.)

Dragon's gold cardgame is easy to pickup, quick to learn the basics and very interactive during the negotations in Fantasy settting.

White Goblin Games redesigned the artwork of this enjoyable game of Bruno Faidutti!


Dragon's Gold


And it is Dragon's time....


A Redesign in a Tin-box after 10 years



Exploration of the Tin Box



Magic Deck, Character Deck & the Dragon's Deck


Open Tin-box


Overview


The Four Characters Cards


Yellow's Players View


The Proud and Dangerous Dragon's


Playing one of my Knights


Sometimes Magic is needed.


Magic Cards


Game Overview


No Hobbit;s around .... the Dragon's Gold.



A Demonstration at the Booth of White Gobline Games @ Essen 2012



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Photo Impression of ... Brass

Henk Rolleman
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Brass an adventure in Lancashire the heart of the Industrial Revolution. During the game you build cotton mills, coal mines, iron works, canals, railways, ports, and shipyards, and to have them be used so that they score points and letting you income grown. The choices as an investor will be limited by the cards you draw, but not as much as by the plans you make. There are a lots of interesting detail in the historical Lancashire setting. In my option a masterpiece of Martin Wallace.



Dutch & French Edition


Box & Components


Game Overview


The Foreign Market


Eastern Part of the Region


Wigan & Bolton


The Industries are Growing



The Market & the Action Cards Piles


Manchesters strong Industry



Game Overview


First Brass Session in Leusden April 2009 - The Netherlands
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