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Photo impression of .... Spiel 2017 - Essen

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Early in the moring just crossed the German border.


The Long road to Essen


We are getting Close now - Essen Center!


Finally, after 3 hours we arrived at the Messe

For the complete photo of Essen report click on the following link to the geeklist:

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Halfway through the 19th century, the first permanent settlements appeared in Montana. After this, many fortune seekers traveled to this region with their caravans in search of work in order to build a better future for themselves — and there is an abundance of work as in the mountains precious metals are to be found and on the fields, a lot of manpower is required. Meanwhile, the number of settlements is growing and the demand for goods is rising. Recruit the right workers, deliver goods on time, and choose your settlements tactically. Only then you will have the biggest chance of winning Montana.

For its length, it's a fine family game with beautiful artwork and components.
It's fast, neat and fun within 45 minutes.




Box & Components


The Working Class from Montana


Players Aid - During the Game - Recruit the right workers, deliver goods on time, and choose your settlements tactically.


And there is an abundance of work, in the mountains, precious metals are to be found and on the fields, a lot of manpower is required.


After this many fortune seeker travels to this region with their caravans in search of work and building a better future for themselves.


Close Up - Spinner and a Players aid


The first permanent settlements appear in Montana


Central Actions board - The demand for goods is rising.


Recruit: Use the spinner to get new workers.


Green Fields from Montana


And there is an abundance of work, in the mountains precious metals are to be found and on the fields a lot of manpower is required.


Bidding for interesting Actions


Montana - Overview


Montana Fields of Green & Cows
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Photo impression of Essen .. to get into the mood ... What did we last year?

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One year is always over again ...
Have all games been played?
A flashback of last year's pictures in Essen 2017.

The first day started with the trip to Essen and later in the morning, I went to the press conference and showroom of the new titles.
In the evening I could congratulate winners of the Deutscher Spielepreis

The second day, it was early on my feet but last on fair floor, because of the traffic jam. It kept me a little two hours.

The hours pass by enjoying all the new titles, all the conversations with friends, publishers, and designers.

Friday is often my the last day on Spiel, here I try to visit the missed stands and pay my eyes especially to the small publishers.
There is too much to see and in three days it's often not enough to see everything. Here is my overview of my impression of 2016.





Close to the border of Germany


Finally after a long drive in Essen


Early Birds


At the start of Spiel - Press Conference




On TV!


International Press


Fresh from the start!


News from the headlines!


Banana's at Spiel


Bananagrams Party Time


The Essen showroom


The Essen showroom


Yes, take me to Rhodes!

 

From all countries


To the escape route - Designers Inka Brand, Markus Brand


Picture it! - Artist Jana Kilianová & Designer Vlaada Chvátil


Jana Kilianová signed my copy


Did you get the picture clear?


Red Sonja is defending her Feast of Odin


A new duel ... great expansion!


New card of the Pantheon


Minerva's ability to keep the conflict pawn from entering your territory


In the chambers of the Palace of the Pharao


It's just a bargain!


Princess Tara has decided to marry ... Y O U


The Dice Tower Inn with our host Zee Garcia


The Flying Dutchman ... The Captains of the Golden Age


The World of the Golden Age


Here you may hire the Notorious Pirate


Eye on you


Marketing & Sales!


or Just .... Sail away


Papà Paolo Pizza Delivery at the Quined booth


WHAT! ... Three kilograms of boardgame a feast at the table with designer - Uwe Rosenberg


Just fun with Ice Cool


Need some Cooling down ... Ice Cool


Gorgeous fruits from Friedemann Friese


Hungry?


Milk of boardgames ... Yes!


The smell of The Perfumer


Explore all over the world to collect ingredients, then try to fulfill clients' orders of unique perfumes


Unique perfumes


Legends


Cheers


Mea culpa


Mea Culpa - Overview


Close Up


Splatter Shoot!


Splatter Shoot! in Play


To the fishing village!


People from the East


On returning from the far north, the hero finds a devastated Andor


Adrenaline ... Yet?



Filip Neduk was seeing the components for the first time at the booth in Essen


Designer Wei-Min Ling - Defender of the Planet


In Planet Defenders, players pay batteries to control the three defenders, moving them among the planets and collecting energies


Players view from out of space


One of the Brian's Gomez Brains


The lunch break is still Frozen


Wariors - In to the Dungeons


Close Up


Perdition's Mouth: Abyssal Rift


Games for young and old - Das Fliwatüüt


Eros Lin the head of a family who tries to lead their members


The round houses (a.k.a., Fujian Tulou) are unique rural dwellings that can be found in the mountain areas in southeastern Fujian


To the escape room


So what are dictators doing during their holidays?


with the Revenge of the Dictators


Meeting new friends - A closer look into the mind of a Dictator


Designers Inka Brand, Markus Brand


Making you bids


A Photo Finish a the End


a Adrenaline rush for Filip Neduk

Escape the Room!


Adrenaline Shots


The Arena


An other strategy - Plasma Gun


From another galaxy ... Designers Michał Oracz & Michał Walczak .. Cryhavoc


Cryhavoc


Cry Havoc Battle zone






Do you have comments yet


Well Speak out!


An evening at the Deutscher Spielepreis


Beautiful game in the Top 3 prize winners


Stone Age Junior with Marco Teubner de winner of the Essener Feder. A price of the best rule book of 2016. A big compliment for excellent rules.

People how to know me I'm not the best writer with English grammar, so I'm always a little happy of people how can!


Here are the winners!




A good conversation and a pretty dinner.


After a good spleep a brand new day!


A huge traffic jam, it took some hours to get close to the Messe


The enterance


Spiel the people



POW! .. some romance in the background ...


The Wall of games ... the market


Mombasa with Andreas Resch .. winner of the International Gamers Award


During the International Gamers Award








Designer & Artist Marie Cardouat with Hop


The Fun Forge Ladies at the booth


Hop!


Builders in Egypt who want to emulate the first and best-known architect there


Enjoying Rails & Sails at the Dasys of Wonder booth


With new Sails and old Rails over the world at the Days of Wonder booth


Rails & Sails ... but where is the biggest Habor of the World? ... Not on the Map?!

Papà Paolo


Into the beautiful city of Naples .. for PIZZA !


Almost with the speed of light though Napels for pizza delivery!


Game overview at the Quined booth


Napels City


Michel aka "bordspeler" as Papà Paolo


Mario on his Vespa


The pices of the Pizza's


Gather companions, recruit famous Vikings in de name of Odin


Game Overview


Leo ready for the hair stylist

Saltlands


Designer Gergely Kruppa with his Salt Lands


Some of the survivors have managed to eke out a living on the Saltlands


Only those among the first to escape have a chance! at the Salt lands


The Earth has dried out and civilization with it. Some of the survivors have managed to eke out a living on the Saltlands: plains left behind by a once great ocean


Players View


Playing Revenge of the Dictators

Morocco


Box & Components


Carrying on the ancient traditions of the world famous Jemaa el-Fnaa market square in Marrakech, Morocco


The ancient families of snake charmers, water sellers, rug merchants, magicians, and food sellers work hard vying for the best stalls


Morocco Meeples


Jemaa el-Fnaa market square


Designer Chih-Fan Chen at the TBD booth

SOL


Sol forgotten island in the Atlantic Ocean


The clue tokens let you play cards, and those cards determine where the treasure will be found


Sol - Adventurers vs. Conquistadors

ULM

The construction of the Ulm cathedral has not yet been completed


The city Ulm is already wealthy and prestigious


The Danube


Ulm Players View

Ice Cool

Family Fun


Ice Cool Game!

Rhodes

Egyptian ships arrive in the harbor with gold


Enjoying the game at the Booth of The Gamemaster


Rhodes - Overview

Hanamikoji

Box & Cards at the TBD booth

Welcome to the most well-known geisha street in the old capital, Hanamikoji

In Hanamikoji, two players compete to earn the favors of the seven geisha masters

Careful speculation and sometimes a few bold move

Lisboa

Lisboa is a game about the reconstruction of Lisboa after the great earthquake of 1755


Marquis of Pombal gathered a team of engineers and architects


The Marquis of Pombal, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, was then the minister of foreign affairs and the king put him in charge of the reconstruction of Lisbon

Key to the City of London

Key to the City of London - London Eye

St Pancras Station

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First Class

Sitting First Class at the table


The Ruins of the nine worlds


Players struggle to take control of nine these worlds


New adventures at the horizon in Vanuatu


For a pleasant break at Vanuatu at the Quined booth


In order to prosper, you have to manage with natural resources, rare items, vatus (local currency) and tourists on the Island


There is no such thing as a rich Vanuatuan


Code Names Picture!


Box & Components


The Pantheon Box


Enjoying the Touria

The Arrival

Enjoying the Arrival


Over 4-6 rounds, the players determine their resources


Old paths and ruins spread over the island's face, which will be called Ireland many generations from now


Players struggle to take control of these worlds

Inis

Celtic history and lore in which players win by being elected King of the Island


The Celtic clans


King of the Island


Close up during a Game Play


Martin Luther started the Reformation in 1517 with his "Ninety-Five Theses


The young Jonas enters a fantasy world


Great artwork on my hands with a Sea of Clouds


Box & Components


The players venture down mine shafts by turning up cards from a deck, sharing the gems they find on the way down


Players venture down mine shafts


Conquered by the Krahder from the south and their skeleton army, many Andori were enslaved and abducted by them


Close up of Andor

Kanagawa

The Master Hokusai decided to open a painting school to share his art with his disciples


Far East War 1592


Designer Allen Wang


Players view


The Action Rondel


Warfare in Essen


The beginning of The Imjin War


Toyotomi Hideyoshi showed his great ambition to conquer China



The Confrontation



Scythe


Corné van Moorsel in his Habitat


Into the Garden


Cottage Garden


Railroad Revolution

In America, during the 19th century, battles were waged between huge railway corporations that sought to connect state to state and coast with coast… making themselves filthy rich in the process.


Players Hand - Railroad Revolution


Vikings on Board!


Vikings on Board!


Inventestigate


Miss Jack


Building huts, bringing offerings to the druid, gathering precious runestones, and building monumental temples is the only way to earn the favor of the gods in Meduris.


Siesta Time!


DonkeyTime!!!

Thunderbirds


Matt Leacock - Back in childhood times


Thunderbirds


Game Play




Close up

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Overview


Designer Nikolaus R. Friedrich


Being subject to the weather's mercy


Invest at the market and build farmhouses and towers to secure your power
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Reiner Stockhausen intriged by trade

Fields of Green


esigner Vangelis Bagiartakis with his showing the Fields of Green


Players take the role of farm owners trying to expand their property and business


Live as Luther's contemporaries, following in his footsteps

Scuba


Martin Looij


While moving and flipping over the tiles on the board, they hope to find spectacular fish, mammals and corals, make combinations and score big points


Players View


Two to four players jump from the diving boat to have a fun time diving

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Round House


Designer Eros Lin playing Round House


Enjoying the Round House


Moving their pawns around the circular building in one direction, performing different actions to get goods, trade goods for money, hire experts, send family members for distant business


Players are the head of a family who tries to lead their members to glory

Revenge of the Dictators

The force behind (mother) Bas Damoiseaux


Family Business


Overview


Bas Damoiseaux ... everybody wants to rule the world

Guilds of London

Designer Tony Boydell with the Guild of London


Representatives of the Guilds met at the Guildhall to discuss the great issues of the day



Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

Rhodes


A Smart merchant profits from opportunities in the market


It is uncertain what the earnings for the olives, grapes, grain and goat milk will be this time... in the Harbor




Overview Rhodes

The Daedalus Sentence


Game Box Presentation


The failed escapees blabber about the twisted and spliced creatures that roam the corridors of the maze, as if they were in the Labyrinth of King Minos


A few have tried to escape, but none have succeeded


In the year 2083, an alien race known as the Loctae descended on planet Earth


Explore your surroundings, overcome guards, or change the layout of the prison itself


Jamie - Players Aid

Conflict Legends


Mr Einstein


Box & Cards at the TBD booth


Cat Town

Designer Jog Kung


Hanging arround


Playing & Eating ...

Queen Strike

Queen Strike


Central Board - Queens Kingdom


The Designer of Queen Strike


Queen Strike - A 3D view from the Queen in a holographic platform

Great Western Trail


Great Western Trail


Rangers View


You are a rancher and repeatedly herd your cattle from Texas to Kansas City

Power Grid


CEO Friedemann Friese of mighty power companie

A Feast for Odin


A Feast for Uwe Rosenberg


A Feast for Odin - Overview


The Hunt of meat!


The world of Odin

Terraforming Mars

Desigener Jacob Fryxelius begins to terraform the planet Mars


Rise the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable


The the environment is habitable and Terra forming is expanding at Mars


Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth

Winner's Circle

Game Overview


In the middle of the Race


On the Lead


Winners Circle


Enjoying Winner's Circle

Martians: A Story of Civilization


A story of Krzysztof Wolicki will bring you to Mars


A story of Grzegorz Okliński will bring you to Mars


Explore the planet in search of necessary resources


The first mission aimed at colonizing the planet


The human colony on Mars


Players Aid


An overview of the human colony on Mars


At the International Gamers Award together with Antoine and Bruno


Great visitors
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Photo impression of .... Summer sessions ...

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Last months I have made some photos during the summer months where the sunlight often inspires.

One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak

I edited this photo after a visit of "Archeon" in Alphen aan de Rijn

In the course of a single morning, your village will decide who among them is a werewolf...

Meeple
During a walk with the kids in the woods around Soest

Meeples on Adventure

Fabled Fruit

Fabled Fruit in the woods

Matryoshkas

Matryoshkas


Code Names



Imagine your rivals

The Pillars of the Earth


A Classic at the Table, after 10 years still a fine game

Chimera Station


Chimera Station brings a new twist to the worker placement genre: customizable workers

I didn't play it but I'm looking forward to it.

Torres

A beautiful game and design


Century: Spice Road


I ready liked the artwork and her fast game play


The Spices for the Road


Players Hand - Make a trade or harvest spices


The Goods & Caravan


Spice Road is the first in a series of games that explores the history of each century with spice-trading as the theme for the first installment


Establish a trade route


Fulfill a demand


Scythe

Alternate-history from the 1920s in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam


The Perfumer

Distinguish each of the ingredients by smelling…
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Photo impression of .... Tawain Boardgame Design ... What did we last year in Essen '16

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The Last Spiel in Essen 2016, I have made some beautiful pictures of some special titles from Taiwan, thanks to Chien-Tsun Chen who proposed to take a look at the "new" from the East!

Round House

The round houses (a.k.a., Fujian Tulou) are unique rural dwellings that can be found in the mountain areas in southeastern Fujian, China, dating back to the Ming dynasty (17th century). A round house is a large, multi-floor, enclosed, and fortified earth building housing usually a whole clan, which functions as a village and is known as "a little kingdom for the family".


Box presentation of Round House

In the game Round House, players are the head of a family who tries to lead their members to glory. Players take turns moving their pawns around the circular building in one direction, performing different actions to get goods, trade goods for money, hire experts, send family members for distant business, and eventually bring the families home to worship the ancestors. By cleverly moving your pawns around the round house and maximizing the performance of your faithful family members, you might become the most glorious family


The round houses (a.k.a., Fujian Tulou) are unique rural dwellings that can be found in the mountain areas in southeastern Fujian


Designer Eros Lin playing Round House


Players are the head of a family who tries to lead their members to glory


Eros Lin the head of a family who tries to lead their members


A round house is a large, multi-floor, enclosed, and fortified earth building housing usually a whole clan, which functions as a village and is known as "a little kingdom for the family"


Moving their pawns around the circular building in one direction, performing different actions to get goods, trade goods for money, hire experts, send family members for distant business


Enjoying the Round House


Hanamikoji



Welcome to the most well-known geisha street in the old capital, Hanamikoji. Geisha — the graceful women elegantly mastering in art, music, dance, and a variety of artistic performances after years of training — are greatly respected and adored. Geisha may be translated to "artist" and they dance, sing and entertain everyone.



Welcome to the most well-known geisha street in the old capital, Hanamikoji


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In Hanamikoji, two players compete to earn the favors of the seven geisha masters by collecting the performance items with which they excel. With careful speculation and sometimes a few bold moves, you may earn the essential items by giving away the less critical ones. Can you outsmart your opponent and win the most favors of the geisha?


In Hanamikoji, two players compete to earn the favors of the seven geisha masters

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Careful speculation and sometimes a few bold move


Far East War 1592

In 1592, Japanese Taikou (太閣) Toyotomi Hideyoshi showed his great ambition to conquer China (Ming Dynasty). His proposal to Korea (Joseon Dynasty) to march through their territory was denied, and there began The Imjin War.

In Far East War 1592, players are divided into Japan and China/Korea factions, with each side trying to conquer the target provinces of their rivals.



Box & Presentation


Warfare in Essen


Toyotomi Hideyoshi showed his great ambition to conquer Chin


From the Far East in Essen


The beginning of The Imjin War


Designer Allen Wang


A lucky hand


The Action Rondel


Players view



Close up during the game



Game Board Overview

Planet Defender

In 2070s, robots are widely used in the world. One day, a group of disposed robots suddenly recharge themselves and act without control! As the leading scientist in RobotTech, your Planet Defenders are called upon to duty! Now, send your robots out to get them!


Designer Wei-Min Ling - Defender of the Planet


Box & Components


Wei-Min Ling into his domain


One day, a group of disposed of robots suddenly recharge themselves and act without control!


Players view from out of space


In Planet Defenders, players pay batteries to control the three defenders, moving them among the planets and collecting energies



In 2070s, robots are widely used in the world

The Perfumer

A good perfumer needs to have a keen knowledge of fragrance ingredients and be able to distinguish each of the ingredients by smelling their odors. Drawing on their wide range of knowledge about fragrance, players explore all over the world to collect ingredients, then try to fulfill clients' orders of unique perfumes. The secret recipe passed down by the century-old perfumers is another challenge that awaits players as you must identify the specific ingredients used in the secret formula by smelling.

So let the journey began — smell all the way around the world to earn the most honors, and become the most celebrated perfumer of all!


Box & Components


The Perfumer is a board game played by your nose


Explore all over the world to collect ingredients, then try to fulfill clients' orders of unique perfumes


Game Overview


Playes Aid


Distinguish each of the ingredients by smelling their odor


Cat Town

Welcome to Cat Town, a paradise for cats and cat lovers like you. On these lazy breezy days, you may see cats lying on the roof, inside the bushes, under the cars, or any other funny places they see fit. During your visit today, take a walk around the blocks to see how many cats you can find in Cat Town.


Designer Jog Kung


B0x & Components


Hanging arround on instinct


Cat Town Overview

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Players view


Playing Cats


Into the Game with Designer Jog Kung


Welcome to Cat Town, a paradise


Watch your next move!

PaiMiahhh

PaiMiahhh is a trick-taking game with a funky twist! Not only do you get points when you win a trick, but also when you are off suit, and you might score bigger! With cards numbered 0-8 in each of the five suits, mixed with some special cards used in different games, PaiMiahhh is a light strategy card game that modernizes a traditional favorite with a unique mechanism.


Game Box of Paimiahhh


PaiMiahhh


PaiMiahhh is a light strategy card game that modernizes a traditional favorite from Taiwan


Game Overview


A trick-taking game with a funky twist!


Chih-Fan Chen with PaiMaihhh at the TBD booth

Flitting Bad Wolf



Big Bad Wolf is so annoying! No one wants to be his neighbor! People start to move around in the town to stay away from him. Will you be lucky enough to live happily ever after — or end up being annoyed by the Big Bad Wolf for the rest of your life?


Flitting Bad Wolf is a micro game of deduction and bluffing - the cards at the table


Designer Chih-Fan Chen

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Serverall cards of flitting bad wolf


Flitting bad

Conflicting Legends
In Conflicting Legends, players may conquer new lands with their forces or develop the lands with culture or technology to gain glory points. Whoever conquers all six continents or wins ten or more glory points will be declared the winner. The key to victory is to attack opponents' lands and resolve the conflict by casting Rock-Paper-Scissors. With the special abilities of various great people in the history.



Box & Cards at the TBD booth


Game Overiew


Box & Components


Mr Einstein


Players view - Galileo


Pablo making his debute


The Designer with Conflicting Legends

Queen Strike


Designer of Queen Strike

Queen Strike is a co-operative game. Players take turns rolling the movement dice and moving their hero pawn along the game map to collect the musical notes. They might encounter the Queen's guard and enter the "combat mode" displayed in the 3D holographic platform (driven by a game app on the player's own tablet), in which players need to use their combat cards to defeat the guard (in a rock-paper-scissors system). Players might also run into some event cards that bring them some surprise animation in the holographic movie. Once the players collect enough musical notes, they may challenge the Queen to win the game!


A 3D view from the Queen in a holographic platform


Players hand with battle cards


Central Board - Queens Kingdom




Sara is running though the Crises Valley


Close Up of the main board

Coffee Roaster
Coffee Roaster is a solitaire pool-building game. You choose a variety of coffee beans you want to roast and put a number of tokens specific to that variety into a bag.


Each turn, you draw a number of bean tokens randomly from the bag to advance their roast level.

When you are finished, you make a cup-testing to check the taste of your coffee and score points accordingly. Each variety has its own target roast level, but approaching the target is not enough for perfect roasting; you also have to even out the roast level of each bean, while not spoiling the flavor of that variety.



You also have to screen out smoke tokens and burnt bean tokens that hinder your roasting, and reject bean tokens that spoil the taste. It is important to control the contents of your bag utilizing flavor effects and unique effects caused by placing tokens on the roast board.


There are 22 varieties of beans in the game.
In one game, you try to roast three of them, and your roaster title is awarded based on the total score. Enjoy the world of coffee-roasting, and aim for the ultimate title "Meister".




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A view week ago I travel to Belgium to visit a board game convention Zomerspel 2017.
Zomerspel an event of board games at Merelbeke a little town near Gent in Belgium. The convention is meant to play games and enjoy good atmosphere theme in the theme of this year Dragons and Knights.

An evening before the event a walk through the beautiful city of Gent.


Canals of Gent


Enjoying a summer evening at the river Leie


Gent - Korenmarkt


Gent - De Vrijdag Markt (Friday Market Quare)


Birds and romance


Show us the way to the event?



A new ticket to Merelbeke


...... Zomerspel




Getting in..


With Spel Magazine


Oveview


It al begins with stories of Knights and Dragons





Start the Maze! Magic Maze


Young and ...




Pinguluu of Blue Orange


A unique moment my wife on a boardgame convention for a short moment


Bordspelmaniac's in Action


Box & Components


A tropical jungle of boardgames



At the dungeons of Merelbeke, monks & Knights


Reading Terrarforming Mars


Mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars


Paparazzi



A story of ...


Where kids become Knights


Herd your cattle from Texas to Kansas City @ Zomerspel 2017 Merelbeke - Belgium


Risky Business @ Zomerspel


Crossing into the Land of 1001 Nights @ Zomerspel




Ice Ice baby..




Running in the Family ... Cha Cha Cha


Carry tourists all over Vanuatu islands, or trade cargo with foreign countries


Trading in Istanbul




it's time for the final exams of the Potions class!


Potion Explosion: The Fifth Ingredient Potion Explosion: The Fifth Ingredient Potion Explosion: The Fifth Ingredient


Enjoying Yamatai


Close Up


The first participant to master all the posed assignments wins the favor of the father of the gods himself



The legend tells of pixies being small, flying, naughty creatures often spotted in the area of Cornwall and Devon


Playing Chimera Station


Chimera Station brings a new twist to the worker placement genre: customizable workers


During the game, you'll build and expand the space station and open up tons of different strategical and tactical possibilities


Each worker can be modified in-game by splicing claws, tentacles, leafs or additional brains


Enjoying the game


The Sound of Clank at the table


Clank!


In the Dungeon


The patch to Glory? Clank!


Vikings Gone Wild


Hit it!


Castellum - Defenders of the city Maastricht (prototype)


Defenders of the city Maastricht


Playing Castellum - Maastricht


Close to the Maas Riverbank in the city


The journey to Karuba


Fun the Power Grid


Action Time at the Maze


The Maze


Enjoying the Patchwork


Having fun with Agricola


Cry Havoc


Planet overview


Cry Havoc - Close Up


Brute Power


Craftsmen build trading stations and tools to facilitate work


Counting the points - Agricola


Overview - Agricola


National Belgium Championship Agricola - The Final


Martin Looij with Scuba


Scuba


Box Front - Prototype - The Dutch East Indies


Box & Components - Prototype


Close Up Components - Prototype


Pixie Queen Overview


Game overview


The legend tells of pixies being small, flying, naughty creatures often spotted in the area of Cornwall and Devon




Mombasa - The Game Master


Players Hand


Close Up during the game - Mombasa


Trading posts of companies throughout the African continent


Captian Sonar a the bottom of the sea


One player might be the captain, who is responsible for moving the submarine and announcing some details of this movement


All the members of a team sit on one side of the table, and they each take a particular role on the submarine


Alien Artifacts Prototype in Zomerspel


Alien Artifacts Prototype


Alien Artifacts Prototype



Enjoying Yamatai


Playersview


Yamatai Palace


Fun at the Island - Yamatai


Enjoying Inis


Inis - Game Play


The Oracle of Delphi


Twelve legendary tasks are imposed upon the fearless participants


Shopping - Unfair


Unfair


What ... ?!


Serious ...



Scythe by site a duel



Rails & Sails


Dream Home


Dream Home


Help is needed to dispel the mists of Nebula! help is needed to dispel the mists of Nebula!






Joy & Fun with Barpig


Counting the points


Construction and science in medieval France - Explaining the game


Crokinole at the table


Papà Paolo reading the menu for pizza!


Almost with the speed of light though Napels for pizza delivery!


Gaming zone


Making a deal!


Vanuatu


Lunch Time




Eating Zone in a sunny afternoon


Starting Up Ekö




Feast on the table


Winning Free Games


Nox Spellenzolder in role play in front of the Castle


An arrested Monk



Dieter thanks for the invitation


Jon Snow ...... Targaryen? Where are you talking about?


Before Leaving Gent from the Korenmarkt


Time for a good Beer!
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Photo impression of ..... La Cosa Nostra

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The Family

In La Cosa Nostra, you take on the role of a mafia boss. In the beginning, you control a crew of gangsters and a couple of businesses. During the game, you will hire new gangsters to do the dirty work and collect your money. Investments lead to new lines of business or monopoly positions: take control of the drug dealing, money lending or prostitution. Bribe politicians and cops, invest your money in night clubs, casinos or the waste management industry. To get the big deals, you need to cooperate with the other families — but never rely on those "friendships". The others will take the first opportunity to stab you in the back, so you better do it first...


Game Overview


Players hand

Each player controls gangster cards that serve to either gain money or attack other players. Actions are planned secretly, placed face down, then played in turn. Often you need certain business cards to succeed. If you don't own them yourself, you can negotiate deals with the other players. The players bargain, spy, threaten, and deceive each other.


The Market


Jobs

Each of the four rounds brings new action cards into the game, and the number of gangsters increases. Thus, the possibilities for actions become more diverse, the jobs more profitable, and the attacks more powerful.






Close Up

Co-operation gets more attractive and treason alluring because at the end of the day money is the only thing that counts.


Makings deals


The Play Gound
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Photo impression of ..... Valletta the capital of Malta

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Jean Parisot de Valette

In 1566, Jean Parisot de Valette, 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, laid the foundation for Valletta, the future capital of Malta.





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In Valletta, players take inspiration from Jean Parisot de Valette in order to procure raw materials; hire merchants, bricklayers, and roofers; and build their own version of the magnificent capital, with its mighty bastions, baroque buildings, and a right-angled street network.


Buying land and new skilled workers


Overview


Close Up with little detail on the cards

Cultivate your contacts with the Order of Malta to improve your reputation.

Players are supervised in their work by de Valette, who patrols his streets as a building inspector.


Close up During the game - Jean Parisot de Valette

When he reaches the end of his patrol, the game ends and a winner is determined.


Game Overview
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Photo impression of Rifugio - Walking through the Italian Dolomite

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The Dutch Designer Niels Pieterse created surprisingly good family game in a small box.

Walking through the Italian Dolomite mountains you can see special Flowers, Animals, Waterfalls, Canyons and Mountain Tops. The player who visits the most of these and builds their Rifugios (Italian for 'mountain cabin') in strategic spots, is most likely to win the game.

In Rifugio you place hexagonal tiles every turn with just a few simple rules (meadows next to forest, next to rocky areas, which in turn are the only areas allowed to have mountain tops. No rock next to meadows, and no mountain tops next to forest or meadows. A few special tiles have to match their sides exactly.


Game Presentation


Box & Game


Close Up

With your pawn (a backpacking tourist) you move around the placed tiles, visiting those that have special items printed on them (animals, flowers, waterfalls, etc.), and avoiding those with bears. By visiting special places, you collect a victory points card (usually 2 points) for that special place (for a bear how ever, you get -3 points). There are three items in each category, and collecting the full set earns you a bonus of 5 points.


Collecting new animals


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Each turn you have two free actions available, move, or place a Rifugio (a mountain cabin). Each time an opponent visits a tile with your Rifugio, you get a card with 2 victory points, but they to rest (which is getting a card with an extra action they can use at any time convenient).


Play and draft through the river


Walking through the Italian Dolomite mountains

Game ends when all tiles have been placed, and whoever gathered the most points in collecting those cards wins.


Rirugio - Box & Inlay
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A Small Photo impression of Qwixx Duel



Qwixx: Das Duell is a stand alone two player version of Qwixx.

As in Qwixx, players roll colored dice and match them up to fill out a score sheet to maximize how many points they will score at the end of the game. However in this game, rolls can only be used by the active player, but the players will share the same scoreboard and mark their progression with stones of their player color.


Box & Components


Close Up

Stones can in some cases be "bumped" out by the other player, while other stones are "locked" in permanently. As so, Qwixx: Das Duell features a higher level of player interaction than Qwixx.


A New Duel


Rolling Stones



At the end of the game, players sum up their scores based on the placement of their stones. The player with the most points is the winner.


Creating bonus points


The End is near


It's your turn now!


Overview

A fresh variant of the great dice game which has a few new twists beautiful twists. It getting more depth and tactics to the game for two!
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