Game Stores We Visited in Germany
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Like Norbert666 (http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=99...), I was lucky enough to recently take a vacation this year to Germany, the first week in Bonn for a work-related conference, and the next week and a half travelling the countryside with my wife Laura. Our trip took us through Cologne, Koblenz, Triberg, Munich, Fussen, Rothenburg o d Tauber and finally Frankfurt to fly home, and we found time to visit a few game stores along with our castling, hiking and museuming (and trying to stay out of the rain).

We owe a big thank-you to the 'geek, as I had scoured the forums for lists of what games to get while there, as well as have now printed out the rules translations so we can actually play all these games. Also I hope it helps some other geeks looking for suggestions on where to shop in some of the cities we visited. Some of the stores I found was through the help of Days of Wonder's Germany Store Locator (http://www.daysofwonder.com/index.php?t=store&rid=&S=79519b5...).

We decided to pick up games we couldn't easily get here in Wisconsin, and found most everything we were looking for. We spent about 200 Euros total for 17 games, due to some great deals, and managed to bring them all home using packing tips from Jeph Stahl's Essen Backpacker article (http://www.gamefest.com/news/feature_detail/2575_0_3_0_C/). We can't wait for our next trip, hope this list is helpful if you're planning a similar trip.
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1. Board Game: Die Fugger [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:3348]
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We'll start our tour in Bonn, at the Puppenkönig Westenhöfer. It is directly adjacent to the large Cathedral downtown, and appears to be part of a chain of Toy stores called Vedes, and had some of the best selection I saw on our trip. There were more card games that I'd dreamed of, and a whole wall of German Games. My first purchase was Die Fugger, for 7 Euros.
 
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2. Board Game: Arbos [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:4699]
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I noticed a slightly damaged box of Arbos sitting amidst the card games, about half off for 20 Euros. Can't pass up a game about trees, especially for my wife. And the box dissasembled for easy packing in our backpacks, yay!
 
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3. Board Game: Ebbe & Flut [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3679]
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My quest to find the oft-mentioned Adlung-Spiele games continued with Ebbe & Flut, for 7 Euros. We tried playing this with the mangled English rules provided to some success; the translation here on the geek cleared up all our questions, and looks like a much better game that what we came up with.
 
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4. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:995]
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Another Adlung-Spiele Meuterer, also for 7 Euros, had to wait until we returned home for the English rules, as well as other people, since it's a 3-4 player game.
 
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5. Board Game: Razzia! [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1476]
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Amongst the Amigo, Schmitt and Goldsieber card games I found two copies of Razzia! for 10 Euros each, and picked them both up, one for us, the other for Brett (disclamer) back in Madison. Also picked up Der Plumpsack get Um for Brett too.
 
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6. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:611]
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Finally, we couldn't escape our first German Game store without picking up 6 nimmt! in the fancy metal Jubilee edition case, also only 7 Euros. Overall, most games seemed to be at retail prices here, so the larger board games we were looking for could wait until later.
 
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7. Board Game: Goldland [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2082]
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The second store we visited in Bonn was the Galeria Kaufhof , a large department store with a good-sized game section, also adjacent to the Cathedral square. While not the selection of Puppenkönig, there were a few good deals to be found here, first off being Goldland for only 10 Euros.
 
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8. Board Game: Dschunke [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2256]
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Also bargin priced was Dschunke, for 10 Euros. I'm not sure why these were on sale, while everything else seemed to be 1 or 2 Euros more expensive than elsewhere.
 
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9. Board Game: Evergreen [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:14002]
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One deal which we did pass up was the water-damaged copy of Evergreen still in shrink-wrap for 3 Euros. I don't even want to know how that happened.
 
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10. Board Game: Nobody but Us Chickens [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4825]
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We also stopped in Bonner Comic Laden on Oxford Street, which turned out to be more like a typical comic shop here in the States, complete with teenagers playing Magic in the upstairs room. Their games were more of the RPG and CCG games, with the exception of Elfenland, as well as one well-faded lonely copy of Nobody But Us Chickens. The price tag was faded too, but I think it said 15 Euros, and since we can pick this one up at our FLGS, we left it on the shelves for that one lucky risk-taking Magic kid.

As for other stores in Bonn, we tried the DoW listed ModelBahnStation on Koln street, but found no games (although we did pick up a model of a German house, complete with the red slate roof, hopefully there's English instructions for assembly inside, too bad the geek can't help us here.)
 
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11. Board Game: Chicken Cha Cha Cha [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1603]
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Our next stop-off for touring shops was in Triberg in the Black Forest. Amid the cookoo-clock stores and hand-carved nativity scene stores, we saw three toy shops on the main street. One only carried Legos (cool as the new Viking sets may be, not what we're looking for here), one was only open every other Monday and Thursday (and besides that was closed for the next two weeks), and the City Store right across from the Rathaus. Here we found mostly children's games, and picked up Zicke Zacke Hühnerkacke for 30 Euros. We played it that night at the hostel and were embarassed at our horrible memory skills.
 
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12. Board Game: Pick Picknic [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1646]
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The most-recommended game store we heard of in Munich , both here on the 'geek and elsewhere, was Obletter on Karlsplatz. And ya'll were right, it's huge and has a wall full of board games! We bought 6 for ourselves here and a few gifts for some friends. We first picked up another Chicken game from Zoch, Hick Hack und Gackelwack for 10 Euros.
 
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13. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:675]
 
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We next found Diamant, on sale for 20 Euros, and it should go over well with our Faidutti-loving game group.
 
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14. Board Game: Im Auftrag des Königs [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:6551]
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Im Auftrag des Königs fulfilled another piece of the Adlung collection for 7 Euros.
 
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15. Board Game: Turn the Tide [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1068]
 
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And who can pass up a game with sheep and life-preservers, especially for 6 Euros (almost our cheapest game of the trip)? Not us.
 
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16. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1050]
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While we did say we'd only really pick up games we couldn't get in Wisconsin, a copy of Balloon Cup for only 10 Euros had our name all over it.
 
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17. Board Game: Ta Yü [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1504]
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And then tucked away in the corner we uncovered a copy of Ta Yu for 30 Euros, making it one of the heaviest and most expensive games we picked up.
 
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18. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1277]
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On our way out of Munich, we stopped at the local Galeria Kaufhof in search of other good deals, and wouldn't you know it, we found Odins Raben for only 5 Euros, all the more incentive to learn to read German.
 
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19. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:161] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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In Rothenburg o d Tauber , our budget was strictly for Christmas ornaments and gifts for family, but I couldn't help but notice a toy store on the main square (didnt' catch it's name, most likely Spielzeug-something) having very poignant games in their window, like Carcassonne, Die Fugger and Im Auftrag des Konigs. They wern't open at the time, (it was 10 pm, we'd just finished a rain-soaked tour with the Nightwatchman, he was cool, see him if you have the chance) so I can't attest to them having anything else.
 
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20. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1135]
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We ended up with some free time in Frankfurt on our last day, so we took a hike from the youth hostel to the Palmengarten Botanical Gardens. Among their special exhibit on bananas were classic advertising signs, books on banana republics, and a perfectly displayed copy of Junta. If not for the glass case and alarm bells, we would have gathered some other patrons for a game.
 
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21. Board Game: Vom Kap bis Kairo [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3392]
 
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Our final game store visit was to Vedes in Frankfurt, next to a McDonalds near the center of town. I managed to avoid picking up Candimir for 30% off and Igloo Pop for 50% off, as our luggage was already overfull, instead finding one more piece of the Adlung puzzle in Von Kap Bis Kairo.
 
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22. Board Game: The Scepter of Zavandor [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1047]
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A few games we were looking for proved to be impossible to find, such as Zepter Von Zavandor (not one of the clerks had even heard of it), and a few other Adlung games like Canal Grande or Bambuti. All the more reason to return someday and keep up the search. Sure, there's online retailers, but that's not half as much fun.
 
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