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Spiel 2011 part I

Antti Koskinen
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As said in the previous post I was in Germany playing games old and new for four days. I'll go through the games I played in chronological order starting from Thursday.

First game of the day was Illusion which is a light memory game from South-Korea. There's not much to be said about the game since it's really simple and light game. Four piles of cards and cards which have different flower on them. Flowers look very similar and the idea is to put a card on a pile which does not have similar card in it. There's really nothing unique in the game and cards are too similar and there's too many of them.

Next we headed to Queen stand which offered a lot of space to play games and thus better opportunity to find a free table. Fortunately another group of Finns were finishing a game of Kingdom Builder and we got a table really easy. The game itself if light and fast and really good looking but I did not quite like it as much as I hoped. There wasn't enough meat in the game to make it interesting but I think many non-gamers will surely like the game.

Next we headed to the 4th hall and tried to find a table from any of the many interesting stands which offered hot new games. What we found was a free table at the Artipia Games booth with Drum Roll on it. Drum Roll is a worker placement game in circus surroundings and I have to say I really liked the game. It's maybe a tad too long for my taste and offers nothing which would not have been seen somewhere else before but ingredients are put together in a way which stands out.

After Drum Roll we had time for one game and we headed to hall 12 and the big stands. The game we ended up playing was not that big and I did not have huge expectations beforehand and the game was TSCHAK!. Here's a game with simple game play and game idea. Three rounds and players play cards to win treasures with high combinations and minus points with bad combinations. Everybody plays 10 cards in a round and collects rewards after which comes the interesting part of the game - you pass your cards to the player to your left. Thus everybody plays with all the cards once and the one who sores most points wins the game.

I really liked the game and it is definitely a good filler since a game did not last long.

After TSCHAK! we decided that it was time to go and find something to eat and we went to a Mexican restaurant in which we played a game of The Dwarf King. I like trick taking games and this was a must buy for me. Game box and components are really good but the game itself was a slight disappointment. Trick taking was quite simplistic and scoring was different each round a la Stichmeister. Not a bad game and I will definitely play again but probably not the best of it's genre out there.

After the meal we still decided to play a game at the hotel. I had read the rules of Arcanum just before the fair and I figured that it would be enough to play the game without serious problems in set up. Here's another game I was looking forward before the fair because of two reasons. Firstly, I am really fond of the classic computer RPG Arcanum which is in my opinion one of the best in it's genre (but has absolutely nothing in common of the board game). Secondly, I'm also fond of classic card games and Arcanum has a pretty clever card mechanic which uses 78 card Tarot deck in the game.

We were really tired at this point and did not play a full game but I liked the game play and mechanics and there were enough choices to be made. Obviously there's luck involved because of the cards but 10 different actions on the board and 22 special actions cards guarantee that you'll have a lot of possibilities to secure points in the game. Is this a keeper is question which remains open but I'm optimistic.
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