Played once with a misunderstanding of the rules, caused by skim reading and probably tiredness.
As expected the artwork is really nice and evocative of the games theme (yes I know it is a reworking of Kachina), the rules are pretty simple but with enough tactical depth to interest and be enjoyed by all those I game with regularly. Plus with half hour to 45 mins playing time it will be ideal for lunch time gaming.
An older game from Zoch that Gwen has really enjoyed on the two occasions she has played it and was the one game Gwen really wanted. Having searched high and low in the Spiel, particularly on the second hand stands, the only copy I could locate was shrink wrapped one at full price.
The first game I played at the show and thoroughly enjoyed it. Playing it again later in the day confirmed my first impression. This has a high degree of player interaction with lots of horse trading and am sure will be enjoyed by the groups.
Interestingly Martin from the Sunday night (Social Gamers - Crowborough) group also bought a copy having played and really enjoyed it.
This is again an older game and one of only three impulse buys. The artwork was the hook (as it is by Doris Matthäus who has done so much of the artwork for the Zoch games).
In the demonstration it became apparent that this is a game that needs many of the rules stripped out to be played at the 8 age range but with the normal rules offers something that has enough tactical choice and interplay to be of interest to our various adult groups and older families.
One of the aspects that seemed to offer a levity our groups like was that in housing the animals in cabins on the ark animals classified as 'nervous' could not be housed next to 'meat eaters'!
1-6 Players Age 6+ Playing Time = As Long as you want!
This caught my eye as a game with a wide range of interests and applications. I am confident that it will be great when working with teenagers, families, public events as well as business / team building events.
I really like the Scott Nicholson video reviews and whilst not a game that I would ordinarily have bought it was one that I have been keeping an eye out for as in some way I wanted to support his first published design.
As a stock market trading game it offers something not found in any of my other games and is unlikely to be a regular on the table, however I hope will be enjoyed on those occasions when it does make it to the table.
A game that Chris Bowler, Tim and I play tested at the UK Games Expo 2012 and to my surprise my name appears on the credits as a play tester. As the first time this has occurred I felt a compelling need to acquire a copy of the game.
One of new CGE games and one I played and enjoyed whilst at Essen. I liked the aspect of hidden agenda's whilst having a need to work to work with one of the other players, a team that changes on each occasion you build a new robot.
A game I was really looking forward to playing and it didn't disappoint. It is probably the most complex of the games picked up at this years Spiel but I am really looking forward to playing more games of this.
What was really great was to have our first game demonstrated to us by the designer Daniele Tascini a man we had met on the 2011 years trip whilst playing a game of Hawaii and captured here (the last photo on the post)
A game themed on the trading activities of the Venetians around the cities of the Mediterranean and one that was acquired as part of the BGG Essen Spiel Maths Trade. The first impression of this is that I think it will work well with the group of players at work, fitting into a lunch time and not being in a big box (it is the first version of the game), so will not weigh down my rucksack.
This years Spiel des Jahres winner and a game I played a number of times last year. Not a game that excites me personally but given comments within the Essen group about its popularity in their gaming groups was not a game I felt I could ignore.
This was the last game bought at the show and not so much as an impulse buy as a reluctant one!