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The Games Cabinet - BGG of old - A Look Back
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As we all know, BBG has been around since 2000 and its the main source of information about our hobby.

However, before BGG there was not many places online to find information and in particular rules translations for the Eurogames.

One of these websites I used to use a lot was Ken Tidwells The Game Cabinet, which was updated regular with news, reviews and translations until 2000 when BGG was establishing itself.

As the end of the year is a time when we look back and reflect on what has passed, I thought it might be interesting to do a Geeklist of all the translations done at the Game Cabinet.
These games are all pre-BGG and so were for games available before that time, although some will still be familar..

Ken Tidwell
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These games are listed in alphabetical order along with Ken's one line comment about each game.
Permission has been given by Ken to make this list.

As many of these may well not be familiar to many, I'll also be adding a brief overview of what the game is about plus random comments from high, middling and low ratings to give some idea of what they are/were like.

So, in celebration of 10 years of BGG and of all the hard work Ken did back then with the Game Cabinet, I present to you this geeklist!

I'll begin here with Ken's opening comment:

"Lots of the games in the Cabinet come from Germany, France, Belgium, or other countries where English language rules are an afterthought if they happen at all. Tucked into most of these games are valiant attempts to capture at least the essence of the rules in English."

FOOTNOTE: I've been working on this for ages and still nowhere near completing and the New Year fast approaches. So I've decided to issue it as it is and complete it as time allows.

Update: Well, it's taken me from Dec 2010 to Feb 2011 to complete this GL and along the way I've added some of these to my collection so its been well worth doing. Have fun reading it.
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76. Board Game: Das GROSSE und das kleine A [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:5667]
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Bolton
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"the long and the short on this Old Maid variant"

This is another Karriere Poker/Great Dalmuti-like game with the requisite minor twists and tweaks. The deck is formed by combining two traditional card decks including jokers. Added are two special cards, one showing a large "A" the other a small "a". Players attempt to go out first or if not, to avoid being stuck with too many high point parts, especially not the "A" which ends up being passed from hand to hand.

Re-implemented as: Ochs & Esel and Who's the Ass?

78 owners and 19 comments:
"Remarkably good card game that rewards you noting how many cards each play has! I often play with 4 or 5 players and the game works well with this number." - Alan How - Rated 9

"Lightweight filler that can be a fun romp as you seek to play out your cards to stick other people with points. Watch out for the small and large A's which can stick you with a load of points." - Larryjrice - Rated 5

"Okay, I don't get it. I thought I had a bad rules translation, but it turned out, we were playing it right...." - Arnott - Rated 3
 
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77. Board Game: Hacker [Average Rating:5.38 Unranked]
Brian Moore
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"the other one (but not by the other Steve Jackson!)"

Players are workers in a computer firm. The firm has 6 departments each containing a computer which contains a secret code protected by a password. Players must compete for terminal time to try and find the passwords and codes.

54 owners and 8 comments
"More like a luck driven Illuminati. Great game anyways" - benedictus - Rated 8

"Kind of a weird game, but not bad. Note that as far as I can tell, all the other Personal Comments are referring to a complately different game with the same name put out by Steve Jackons Games. READ THE DESIGNER/PUBLISHER info, people!" - dkuznick - Rated 6

"Absurd amount of chits. Fun gimmick but really it comes down to a ton of dice rolling and it plays out for much too long for what it is." - spoonyone - Rated 3
 
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78. Board Game: Hai Lu Kong Zhan Qi [Average Rating:5.47 Unranked]
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"Chinese Sea-Land-Air Battle Chess"

The literal translation of the title is Sea-Land-Air Fighting Chess. This is an expanded version of Lu Zhan Jun Qi (Army Chess). Besides the soldiers featured in Lu Zhan Jun Qi, this game also features ships, planes and land features like tanks. The board also features a sea to accommodate the naval pieces.
Like Army Chess, it is a game for two players but requires a third person to act as umpire in resolving battle. The objective is to capture the opposing force's flag.

No translation at The Game Cabinet anymore, but it did point to heli old website and his Rules translation is now at: http://spotlightongames.com/rules/hlkzq.html

17 owners give 7 comments:
"http://spotlightongames.com/military/mnights/h.html#hai" - heli - Rated 5

"{War, kid; secret-unit-deployment, judge} A game played in my childhood. It is not a bad game but it needs a 'referee' to play, which is its biggest problem." - starsunsky - Rated 5

"As a Chinese localization of Stratego, I much prefer "Lu Jian/Jun Qi" (Land Fighting/Army Chess) - more polished, elegant and less fiddy." - archaic - Rated 5
 
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79. Board Game: Hallo Dachs! [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:5853]
Brian Moore
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Bolton
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"badger chips - the latest rage with all the kids"

Another children’s game from Klaus Teuber involving animals, meals and memory. The other one is Die Ritter von der Haselnuss.
Here the player is a badger (Dachs in German) in a forest. The forest has paths that lead to various amounts of meals for the badger.
First player to the point goal wins the game.

123 own this and 23 have commented:
"Possibly the best "memory" game ever - both for the interesting use of dice & tiles and for the crafty way that board movement allows you to mess with the other players." - gamemark - Rated 8

"If an easy memory game for kids and adults to play together is what you're looking for, this one will suit you just fine. As a matter of fact it works fine as a light opener for four adults, too." - ssmooth - Rated 6

"At it's core, it is a memory game. Therefore a game I like to play with my daughter. While more victory points are awarded for longer memory chains, the payout is a bit variable adding just a bit of luck to the game...." - RPardoe - Rated 5
 
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80. Board Game: Die Hanse [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:7905]
Brian Moore
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"a shipping game of the famous Hanseatic League"

In this game each player shares a Hansa cog with his left and right-hand neighbors. And there are risks to the voyage on all sides. Whether it be the feared pirates, the Vitalian Brotherhood, as they were known, wreaking havoc, whether storms rage over the North and Baltic Seas, or a harbor is blocked, a thousand things can cause difficulties in the life of an honorable merchant..."

This is one of the first 'german games' I bought and still has the Game Cabinet rules in it I printed off!

222 owners and 36 comments:
"Great with experienced German gamers. The gameplay matches the theme nicely but interaction isn't as high as it could be." - hewson - Rated 7

"One of my first euro games. Had lots of fun with it, and it has excellent bits." - vuduJoie - Rated 5

"The night I played this (way back in 1997), I got to choose whether we'd play this or El Grande. Man, did I waste a night on the wrong game." - gamemark - Rated 3
 
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81. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:807]
Brian Moore
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"the cards from Hare & Hedgehog (err, Tortoise, over here)"

As the first winner of the Spiel des Jahres award in 1979, Hare and Tortoise or the German Hase und Igel (for Hare and Hedgehog) will always be regarded as a classic game. It is a cunningly designed race to the finish in which your fuel (carrots) must practically run out (all but 10 carrots or fewer) at the moment you hit the finish line. You also have three lettuce cards you must spend during the course of the race. The farther you move, the more carrots you spend, and there are a variety of ways to gain or lose carrots as you go around the track. It's a very clever exercise in arithmetic which David Parlett has fashioned into an entertaining and unique perennial favorite.

There have several variations between the multiple prints of Hare & Tortoise by different publishers. Most variations come from methods of adding randomness that favor lagging player via cards, dice, or dice charts when landing on a Hare square.

David Parlett Strategic Variant--The designer's preferred way of playing the Hare square is that "... you can land on them [Hare square], but must miss a turn. This would be the equivalent of the hare taking a nap, as in Aesop's fable. This is the rule I most favour and would prefer it to simply not landing on them at all..."

Card translation, not a rules translation at TGC

2716 own this with 784 comments
"Hase und Igel! Pretty and simple to explain, but VERY nicely balanced and strategic!!!" - jsciv - Rated 10
Down on comment page 15:
"Deceptively simple-looking game. Looks like a kids' game, but is enough of a brain-burner for adults to enjoy. Good resource management game." - StewartTame - Rated 7
Down on Comment page 28:
"From the descrition: "It's a very clever exercise in arithmetic which David Parlett has fashioned into an entertaining and unique perennial favorite."
No, for me he has not. It's just a boring exercise in arithmetic." - knurt - Rated 2

I have 2 copies of this, one from Waddingtons Games and then, after several years of hunting - one from Intellect Games.

 
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82. Board Game: Hattrick [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2772]
Brian Moore
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Bolton
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"another interesting trick taking card game"

A card game with an unusual rule where two tricks can be opened at the same time...After all rounds are completed highest score wins.

290 owners and 85 comments
"This game reminded me somewhat of Hearts, in that it is as much about forcing opponents to win bad tricks, as it is for you to win good ones. The element of shafting your opponents really appealled to me, and whilst this is a fairly light game, I could see myself playing it a lot with certain family members." - Cal Mac -Rated 8

"Not as good as Sticheln, and that's Hattrick's biggest problem." - kystas - Rated 5.5

"Bad game, not fun. I'm not fond of trick-taking games in the first place, and something seemed to be unbalanced with this one. 2 consecutive plays. Rating would be lower if I could remember just what was so bad about this game." - brianeikunst - Rated 3
 
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83. Board Game: Heuchel und Meuchel [Average Rating:4.92 Overall Rank:9962]
Brian Moore
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"medieval wrangling for power and prestige"

Heuchel und Meuchel has a medieval look to the board and tiles, as players try to move characters of different social class up the courtly ladder to their goals...For each tile that reached its place or beyond, you score its value, deducting any penalties. Most points wins. There is a variant using a die to control your moves.
An odd movement game, with some thought and memory needed for the knock-on effect, but not a great game. Nice to look at though.

86 owners and 11 comments:
"I'm not sure what the griping is about by the handful of commentators here. This is a simple game you can explain fairly easily, takes just a half hour to get through and as such nice filler between longer games or just for a spare moment with some folk around." - bwechner - Rated 7

"Repetitious mechanics. Play becomes very predictable after a few rounds. There are moments where you are forced to make a move and its a really bad one, but maybe thats just poor planning on my part." - Thunder - Rated 5

"It's really a card game, with card stacks on a board. Not a very good one, but nicely presented." - Florik - Rated 4
 
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84. Board Game: High Society [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:611]
Brian Moore
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Bolton
Lancashire
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"try to keep up with the Joneses in this Knizia bidding game"

In Reiner Knizia's High Society, players bid against each other to acquire the various trappings of wealth (positive-number and multiplier cards) while avoiding its pitfalls (negative number and divisor cards). While bidding, though, keep an eye on your remaining cash - at the end of the game, even though all those positive-number cards might add up to a win, the player with the least money isn't even considered for victory.

2533 owners and 1103 comments:
"I have almost certainly played this game more than any other German Game. In many ways it is the best Knizia design of all." - sumo - Rated 10

"Knizia is often at his best with auction games, and this is a solid effort. There are other auction games I like better, indeed, other Knizia auction games I like better, but this is still a good time." - jbuergel - Rated 7

"That this simple, incomplete-seeming "activity" is so highly regarded boggles my mind. The concept of bidding against taking negative effect cards is smart, but the remainder of the game is more or less pointless. For Sale is much better." - crackedlcd81 - Rated 2
 
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85. Board Game: Hollywood for Sale [Average Rating:5.28 Unranked]
Brian Moore
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Bolton
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"all that glitters is not on the gilded screen"

This is a card game of bluffing and auctioning various paraphernalia pertaining to Hollywood or actors/actresses. The game contains a stack of cards each depicting an item to be auctioned with the value of the item printed on the card. The cards either are very valuable (6-12) or are fakes, and are worth nothing (0) or very little (4-5). there is also an end of game card.

19 owners and 1 comment:
"Found second hand, has anyone got the rules?" - hewson - not rated
 
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86. Board Game: Um Reifenbreite [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:770]
Brian Moore
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Bolton
Lancashire
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"differences between the two editions of this classic cycling game"

Homas Tour is the original edition of the cycle racing game later known as Um Reifenbreite. Many copies of the original game were destroyed in a warehouse fire in 1979. The combination of its sudden rarity and recognition as a good game meant that Homas Tour was (and is) very desirable, particularly to collectors. Everyone else can save their money and enjoy Um Reifenbreite!

Differences not rules on TGC, plus event cards translation.

1669 owners and 421 comments:
"This is a spectacular game! Really gives a great sense of a bicycle race (Tour de France). A great way to spend an hour or so. I love this game -- highly recommended." - simonh - Rated 9.5

"One of the better racing games I've played (better than for example Formula De). This game is very versatile: you can choose from several different race courses (short and long), you can add the effects of biking over different kinds of surfaces and you can even decide to allow cheating. An older game well worth picking up." - wcordewiner - Rated 7

"At its time, Um Reifenbreite was a good racing game with a solid theme. I enjoyed it a lot during college (when I bought it in an outlet sale). A few years later, I played it again with the Tour de France going on. It was just plain awful. Roll dice, move a cyclist, follow high scores, and repeat. Nothing wrong with that per se, but not something to play for 90 minutes. With 45 minutes, this would be an enjoyable game to play once in a while. Currently, it is far too long for what it is. The best way to cherish my memories with this game is to never play it again." - spellengek - Rated 4
 
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87. Board Game: Bucket Brigade [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:3014]
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"Knizia does kute"

Card game with a racing track by Reiner Knizia. Players use colored cards (numbered 1 or 2) to move four colored tokens along a track. The color that wins the race makes cards in that color worth +3 at the end of the round. The other three, depending on how far they advanced, are worth anywhere from +2 to -1. If a color moved farther, its color are worth more points -- but you probably spent more of that color to move it there, giving you fewer points! Irony.
The new Bucket Brigade edition by Face 2 Face Games uses the exact same rules, score levels on the racetrack, and card distribution as the original, but instead of Honeybears, the racing tokens are firemen ascending a ladder.

Rules translation missing from TGC - rules on BGG

320 own this and 174 have commented:
"One of the best, most balanced games. Don't let the simple and cute bits fool you...this game requires some tough choices - brilliant mechanic: do I spend my cards to move or save them to score?" - zosa - Rated 10

"Cute, quick and enough going on to amuse adults as well as kids. I own the Honeybears edition and like this far better than Bucket Brigade. Theme and art do matter." - Terry Egan - rated 6

"A classic example of a "you get cards, you play cards, you see what happens" kind of game. While there are certainly decisions to be made, in reality there is only so much you can do. There is the potential to be mildly clever, but by mildly I mean just enough to bother finishing the game. Mostly, I feel that this comes down to the cards you are dealt and how far out you swing on that chaotic valuation pendulum.
A nice idea that just doesn't really do much. This concept was turned into a far superior game in Friese's Megastar.
Now made worse by Bucket Brigade stripping out what little worthwhile theme was there, and changing it to something far worse. At least bears trying to get honey was cute, and kind of made sense. What are these firemen actually doing? Are these "Glory Points" or something?" - sisteray - Rated 3
 
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88. Board Game: Hydra [Average Rating:4.58 Unranked]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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"a game of mythical monster manipulation"

Hydra by Gilbert Levi is a tile-laying game with 60 square tiles. Players take turns to draw and lay tiles, which show the snaking, dividing body or multiple heads of the Hydra. When a Hydra is totally completed, you score for the total number of heads, with a bonus point if there 3+ heads. Usual rules for tiles laying. Rather simple graphics, good for kids.

32 owners 4 comments
"Better with 4 or less I'm currently inclined to think - 6 seemed very random tonight" - ExeterGeek - Rated 6.5

"Good to play with kids." - Topaz - Rated 6

"well, well, well.
I bought it to play with the kids, but it was not a huge success.
it feels it could use some testing... but we will see..." - jenoe - Rated 4
 
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89. Board Game: Igel Ärgern [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1706]
Brian Moore
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"the ultimate hedgehog racing game"

Loosely translated as "Hedgehogs in a Hurry," this game gives players several wooden disks (the hedgehogs) to place in one of six rows. During a turn, you roll a die, optionally move any of your hedgehogs one row left or right, then move any hedgehog (not necessarily yours!) in the row your rolled forward one space. But watch out for black spaces; hedgehogs caught there can't continue moving until they're in last place. The first player to get three of their four hedgehogs to the end of the board wins. Some later versions of this game come with dozens of different variants to keep the game interesting.

Re-implemented in 2009 by: Igel Ärgern + Tante Tarantel

718 own this and 270 commented:
"Yes, I love this game. Simple, fast, thoughtful, with a ton of variety. Quite cutthroat at times, but rarely is anyone completely screwed. Great for kids and/or adults." - xenongames - Rated 10

"Games Magazine Best Family Game Runner-Up 2001 This is very very fun. Light but fun. For more depth, you can always try the variants." - Latria - Rated 6.5

"Only if I'm desperate. The hedgehogs would have to be a lot cuter to justify my playing this frustratingly random game again." - jhagen1908 - Rated 3
 
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90. Board Game: Inkognito [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1026]
Brian Moore
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"an atmospheric masquerade laced with espionage and intrigue"

It's Carnival time, and everyone wears a mask, incognito. Pawns move, through streets and canals, on a map of Venice. This game is a great time for great spies. Each player must discover, via a Clue-like system, which of the other players is his partner, then work together to accomplish a secret mission. Of course, it's also fun to lure your opponents into thinking that you are a friend. This is a team game in which your first task is to find your teammate.
Reimplemented as Inkognito the card game.

1563 owners and 337 comments:
"This game is just fantastic! First time I played it, it took me 20 minutes to find out what our mission was, the second game about 1 hour and a half. If after an hour people still ask for Identity cards it starts to get really funny. The new version by Winning Moves also has rules for a 3 player version." - coastercinder - Rated 9

"Fun deduction game. The mechanics to determining your partner as quickly as possible are quickly learned and with some rinse, lather, repeat moves and some good rolls on the nun-zilla and you'll be cooking with gas." - matthew.marquand - Rated 6.5

"A well designed duduction game with the interesting twist that you have to first deduce who your partner is. Okaaaay. Sounds promising, right? Too bad movement is hap-hazard and frustrating, and the various goals (or missions) required to win the game range from ridiculously easy to quit difficult and are made more difficult by the insane movement rules." Koldfoot - Rated 3
 
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91. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1372]
Brian Moore
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Bolton
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"rampant nepotism in the Italian Renaissance"

This game has a reputation: a bad one, but not from a playability stand point. This pure negotiation game pits the players as Renaissance era families that are engaging in rampant nepotism. Players are seeking positions in the other families' businesses, and to further that pursuit players offer bribes. However, once accepting a bribe, the 'bought' player is under absolutely no obligation to honor the highest briber or any other verbal deal. In a word, this game is vicious.
The new AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH edition came out in 2005 with only 4 houses instead of 5

1757 own this and made 641 comments:
"Before you go and buy this game be aware of the reasons for me giving it a 10.
This game needs a stronger government health warning than a pack of 20 Woodbines.
I've only played it 3 times and each occassion has resulted in pistols at dawn and family sqaubbles despite my very clear warnings to all, that this is the sole intention of the game.
It is a Pandoras box of hate and deceit born of such simple rules, yet no serious game collection is complete without it.
Nearly every one I know has sold their copy and in doing so, has lost the rare opportunity to examine the Primitive Psyche of their so called friends and family.
Just sit back, light the touch paper and enjoy a world you never knew existed. You can only hope that there will be no permanent damage. And if there is, you'll have lasting memories of the occassion and be forever intrigued about what a simple board game can do.
I can categorically say that there has never been a game like it and, for that reason alone, I give it an unreserved 10." - steve99 - Rated 10

"Vicious game of backstabbing, lieing and generally doing anything you can to get your family the best jobs. Not for those of a meek nature or who carry grudges after a game." - alexfan - Rated 6.5

"The upside:
- You can burn it to warm you in cold winters.
The downside:
- Goes against almost every principle of gaming.
- It exists." - realgabriel - rated 2



 
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92. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1193]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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"rail and tile laying game for the backpack set"

Similar to Streetcar, Tsuro, Tantrix and Spaghetti Junction, this game has players putting square tiles onto the board to form rail lines. The major difference in this game, however, is that players are not striving to make short, direct routes like those sought in Streetcar. Instead, the object of the game is to make the rail lines as long as possible.
The game was originally issued as Iron Horse, (not to be confused with Iron Horse) now commonly known as Metro and reimplemented as Streetcar

2835 own this and 1066 commented:
"This game gave me the same rush that Carcassonne did in its day, a very nice game. Fast to learn, very nice components, intuitive game play and it plays fast." - wilper - Rated 9

"Tile laying, pattern recognition and a sort of connection game that can fry your brain by giving you one tile and thirty places to put it. Generally fun but it can slow down if someone decides to check out each of those thirty possibilities." - Belash - Rated 7

"Same decision every turn. Same decision every turn. Same decision every turn. You get the idea. Tedious." - gamescentre - Rated 2
 
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93. Board Game: Isis [Average Rating:5.44 Unranked]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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"new rules for an old classic: Sennet!"

A beautiful solid-wood game that uses a reproduction of an Ancient Egyptian game's components (board and pieces; unfortunately, this game's original ancient rules are lost) and adapts them with thoroughly modern rules.
Players maneuver neutral pieces into a position where they can be personalized, and then try to maneuver the personalized piece onto one of two throne spaces to claim victory.

14 owners and 2 comments:
"Coffee table game. It looks pretty, but gameplay is horrible. Boring, repetitive and eternal." - Albarc - rated 1

"Sounds interesting. I may be willing to trade for a copy." - CDrodeffer - not rated
 
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94. Board Game: Jagd der Vampire [Average Rating:5.30 Overall Rank:9580]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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"vampires hunt for the Big Tomato (it's just a metaphor for L.A. in the 80s)"

As a vampire who has given up blood for ketchup you are trying to get across a board to the 5 towers to find the great tomato. There are also 4 onions hidden in the towers so beware. You spend katchup bottles to move across the landscape casting spells and hindering the other vampires. A very simple game for ages 10+

96 owners and 14 comments:
"I played and enjoyed it several times, and I also used it with succes in game demonstrations for kids. Really nice." - Angiolilo - Rated 9

"light fun running around the board checking things out. pretty to look at." - emonika - Rated 6

"This is an absolutely beautiful game, from a big, colorful board and nice artwork to bridges, little ketchup bottles, thick plastic castle spires and giant, chunky vampire meeples. The basic mechanics are actually interesting, and the spell cards give players some neat options. Unfortunately, the end game is just sill ... a game can end by sheer, blind luck in about four minutes, or drag on for far too long if the prize tomato is in the last of the five spires examined by the players. I think I would have loved this as a 10- or 12-year-old, but for adults it's a little too slow and random." - Terry Egan - Rated 3
 
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95. Board Game: Johnny Controletti [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:8728]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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"psycho loan shark, qu'est-ce que c'est?"

Players begin with nine money cards totaling 13,000 in various denominations, including two cards worth zero. In turn, players roll a colored die and then offer at least one face-down money card to the player indicated by the roll. That player may either accept the offer or challenge it. If challenging the offer, the player rolls a numbered die. If the number is greater than the amount of money offered, the offering player must add at least one face-down card to the mix and begin the process anew. If the die roll is equal to the money, the offer must be accepted. If the roll is less than the offer, the offering player keeps his money and the challenging player must pay the offering player the amount offered. First player reaching 25,000 wins. A quick, light game of bluffing.

83 owners & 15 comments:
"Excellent filler that makes very good use of bluffing mechanics." - Terry Egan - Rated 8

"Not a bad game, mostly bluffing, a little luck, and does not overstay its welcome" - BeyondMonopoly - Rated 5

"Bluffing game that has lost it's charm on me. Might as well play any bluffing game with an ordinary deck of cards." - Crescent - Rated 4
 
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96. Board Game: Kameltreiber AG [Average Rating:4.55 Unranked]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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"yet another camel racing game"

Camel racing meets memory. Players set up a racing track consisting of 25 tiles. Every player gets a camel. Movement is made by turning over one of 36 hidden tiles numbered 1-6 (using the tile that the previous player turned over is not allowed). Depending on the space you land on you may move again, must end your turn or go to the end of the caravan. Overlapped camels are out of the race. Last camel in wins.
Mainly a memory game with some nice racing elements in it.

37 owners and 5 comments:
"A memory game designed for children- the rules are a bit chaotic but the pieces are attractive." - louiseh - Rated 6

"I played this with my stephson to learn him the basics of counting and "waiting for your turn". Nothing more to it really." - supersiamesisk - Rated 4

"It is possible for the last player to start, to not actually get a turn !" - ExeterGeek - Rated 3.5
 
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97. Board Game: Die Kette von Saba [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:9071]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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"pawn off jewelry to a rich sheikh"

In this game, you wish to help King Solomon to reassemble the necklace. The hunt for the valuable stones begins with a grand auction. Make sure you secure the best parts of the necklace. Whoever now spends money the most skilfully on his or her collection will later have an advantage. Then you lay the stones in turn on the board until the Sabine necklace is once again restored at last. Whoever places his pieces best will receive at the end the highest price.

124 owners and 13 comments:
"Is this the forerunner to the queen's necklace? or is it how to steal the crown jewels?" - skeletodoc - Rated 7

"An interesting game idea that just didn't work practically and therefore didn't capture my attention. It's as if everyone knows which tiles are the best, so then it depends far too much upon the random tile draw. By the end of the game, I didn't even care much, just wanted to move on to something else." - Socal Tim - Rated 4

"Once you know how the scoring works, the game doesn't work anymore." - taahaag - Rated 3
 
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98. Board Game: Duck, Duck, Bruce [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2761]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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"chicken of the sea, more or less"

A simple push-your-luck card game with mechanics similar to Can't Stop. Players reveal cards from the draw pile one at a time, and may stop at any point and collect the cards into their score pile. However, if two fish of the same type are revealed, the player loses those cards and all cards in between, as well as forfeiting his turn. An octopus card when revealed also will end the turn and cost the player the other cards turned up on that turn, but allows the player to attemt to steal cards from another player's score pile. Only the biggest fish of a type in a player's pile count for scoring purposes. Game is to 77 points (perhaps this is a nice, round number in Germany).

380 owning and 119 commenting:
"As a quick filler with cutesy pictures, this one is hard to beat.
Kliene Fische version!" - qzhdad - Rated 9

"Another game where the BGG title is different from the edition I played. Much more similar to Zirkus Flohcati than to Can't Stop. In fact, if Zirkus Flohcati didn't do this just a little bit better, I think Kleine Fische would have many more fans. Cute artwork, good game. I'll play it again." - ssmooth - Rated 6

"Kind of not great. Seriously repetitive and not very challenging. On of Game Wright's first misses with me." - ryno8 - Rated 3
 
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99. Board Game: Knock Out [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:7101]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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"manage a stable of boxers (strange hair optional)"

Each player is a boxing manager with a stable of two boxers, one a light weight contender and the other a heavy weight.Challenges go on until there are no longer enough cards to stage a fight. Whoever has won the most money through fights and bets is the winner.

128 own & 22 comment:
"Quite fun. The tension of the matches can be a blast, I just wish the fights lasted a little longer."sassoose - Rated 8

"Just one play, introductory game, and with 3 players. Some fun, but I think the game would benefit from at least one more player. The game was simple enough that I intend to press on to the advanced rules to see if there is more to offer." - Kevin_Whitmore - Rated 6

"This game seemed lifeless. Neither the betting nor the boxing excited us." - kgnunn - Rated 2
 
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100. Board Game: Koalition [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3804]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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"the United Europe election game"

60 politicians of all colors stand for election in the 15 countries of the European Union: unimaginable benefits and positions of influence await their power brokers, for it is these Machiavellian lobbyists and self-appointed "leaders" who hold the real power in the palms of their hands.
Cloaked in phony democracy, it all serves to gain total power over Europe.

253 own, 46 comment:
"A very underrated game here on BGG. Should be at least in the Top 100.
The amount of enjoyment increases with each new player added." - otrex - Rated 8

"Probably better than my original impression...Verrater on a grander scale?" - baldboy_1 - Rated 6

"Koalition is a light(-hearted) card game. Up to 8 players fight for control of the most influential politicians and parties in Europe.
Just like with real elections, the score-keeping has all the charme of a 20th century spreadsheet." - fizzle - Rated 5
 
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