David MarieUnited States
Kaispeicher the expansion to The Speicherstadt
The Speicherstadt is one of my favorite games. You could call it an “auction” game and leave it at that, but you would be doing it a great disservice as the game is much more than a simple one mechanic title. The incredibly unique bidding system where you strategically place your workers and cards that actually affect how you earn points make The Speicherstadt much more refined than your average bidder. The only issue I had with the game was that there wasn’t more. More cards, more cubes, more MORE MORE! Yes, I understand what is there is fantastic; but more would be even fantastic-er.
EGGERTSPIELE TO THE RESCUE!
Little did I know that Stefan Feld had been cooking up an expansion and is almost ready to unleash it to the world. Not just more cards and cubes (of which there are plenty), but a whole new addition to the bidding mechanic, new ways to score points, and cards that let you mess with other players. On top of all that you get some shiny metal coins to make it even more thematic.
In The Speicherstadt you count how players you have and set out that many cards +1 on the water slots on the board. With Kaispeicher you lay those cards out plus an equal number of cards above the board creating a Reserve area.
"now you also have the option of reserving a card of your
choice from the row above the board. For this, you take one
of these cards, place it next to the lower left side of the
board, and put one of your workers onto it. If there are
already one or more reserved cards, the new card must
always be placed above the last reserved one."
These reserve cards are how you'll use the 1 extra worker you get for each color. This new mechanic gives you more options for clever worker placement on a turn. You also receive 2 coins in the Income phase instead of 1. The extra money should make it a bit easier to get what you need.
The good stuff:
Ok guys enough jibber jabber and on to the eye candy. Here are some of the new cards and bits.
New goods cubes scoring cards
New scoring buildings
New way to mess with your opponents
More contracts, more ships, more cubes more of almost everything. I personally can't wait to get my hands on the new cards and bits.
I'll have more when I receive the final copy.
Full disclosure; I was sent the files of the cards and rules to help with the English version (revisions, ect.). So my name will be on the instructions.
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