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As in 2014, I'm previewing games being shown at the 2015 Nürnberg and New York toy fairs in a single GeekList. The game market is an international market — with publishers selling around the world and players buying from wherever they need to in order to get games they want — so combining these previews makes sense.

Some background about the two conventions: The 66th Spielwarenmesse – the International Toy Fair in Nürnberg, Germany – takes place January 28 to February 2, 2015, while the 112th annual American International Toy Fair in New York is held Feb. 14-17, 2015.

Note that, unlike at the Spiel game convention in October, many games previewed in Nürnberg and New York won't be available for purchase immediately, instead appearing in stores over the next few months. Think of this list as a preview of what you might see appear in stores throughout the first half of 2015 (although some games won't appear until Q3/Q4 2015).

I'll be visiting both Nürnberg and New York to record game demos of the titles on display there. Feel free to suggest other games to add to this Preview via email (wericmartin AT gmail.com) or in the comments section!
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51. Board Game: Longhorn [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2195]
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Number of players: 2
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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1870 – Somewhere deep in Texas, the rearing of Longhorn cattle from northern Mexico is booming. It has now become a major source of income for the Texan farmers, while at the same time attracting cattle thieves of all kinds.

In Longhorn, the players assume the roles of two particularly feared outlaws: Eagle Perkins and Jessie Artist Byrd. The aim of the game is simple: to steal cattle (and a few gold nuggets, if possible) to see who can amass the most money by the end of the game — or who can get his opponent arrested by the sheriff!

The game is set up by shuffling the 9 locations and setting them up in a 3x3 grid, selecting 9 tokens randomly and assigning one to each location (if the sheriff token is in play, it must be placed on Nugget Hill), and finally randomly distributing the coloured longhorn cattle meeples to each location, with the number required being shown on each location. The start player then chooses a location with 4 cattle and places the player piece in it.

The game ends in one of three ways:
- If a player takes the sheriff token, they lose immediately
- If a player takes all 9 cattle of any one colour, they win immediately (if they did both in the same turn, they lose)
- If no legal move can be made, the players score; gold nugget tokens are worth their face value and each colour of longhorn is worth $100 for each cow of the same colour still on the board. For example, if the Perkins player has 4 black cattle and 5 are left on the board, each of his 4 black longhorns are worth $500. If there are no black cattle (because the Byrd player has them, or through drought) then they are worth nothing. The player with the highet total wins.

On a players turn, they choose a colour of longhorn present in their location and steal all of that colour. For each longhorn stolen, the player moves the player piece that many spaces and then flips it, to signify that it is now the other player's turn.

If a location is cleared of longhorn cattle, the player who took the last longhorn must take the token present and activate it. Some are positive and some are negative. Once a space is cleared, it can not be moved to in a future turn, though it can be moved through.

Other Information: • Price €24
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52. Board Game: Mount Pingo [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:15982]
Board Game: Mount Pingo
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Number of players: 1 − 5
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 5 and up
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With towel and parasol: a typical day in an Antarctic summer. When the sun is shining, the iceberg quickly gets crowded: On a nice summer day, the penguins jostle for the best position on the ice floe; and in addition, sassy seagulls and snapping fish give the penguins a hard time. Will they all finally find a place?

Other Information: • Price €16
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53. Board Game: Pronto [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:13402]
Board Game: Pronto
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Number of players: 2 − 12
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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Across the letter course from A to Z – now the game gets started! Pronto? Ready?

On your turn, you reveal a card and get your keyword for the next round. From now on, the time is running – unfortunately, that hour glass is hidden. Who will find the right terms for his theme as quickly as possible? Car brands, kinds of flowers, or beverages – not everything is in every player's line. Only if the next term starts with the right letter will you make a step forward. And even if you're on a roll, you can never feel too safe. Time flies by unmercifully and unnoticed. You get a few words closer to your goal in Pronto only if there are a few grains left when the sand timer is revealed.

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54. Board Game: Sheila Shark [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Board Game: Sheila Shark
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 20 minutes
Suggested ages: 4 and up
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In Sheila Shark, the little fish are splashing in the coral reef when suddenly Sheila, the little girl shark, comes swimming along! Luckily, though, Tinto the octopus is nearby. Can the players manage to spoil Sheila's meal with Tinto's help?

Other Information: • Price €21

Board Game: Sheila Shark
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55. Board Game: Shopping Queen [Average Rating:5.78 Unranked]
Board Game: Shopping Queen
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Number of players: 3 − 5
Playing time: 60 minutes
Suggested ages: 12 and up
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German
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Shop till you're top! Shopping Queen is a game based on the successful television show on the German TV channel VOX that features a group of girls, €500, and four hours of time for the perfect outfit!

In the game, the women go up and down the shopping mall from one store to the next in a pink shopping mobile. The time is running out, and only if the "candidates" answer the questions about the fashion world correctly and excel at various actions will the shop doors open.

Whoever thinks she has found the right style may enter the catwalk where each promising shopping queen has to face the judgment of the other players. Star designer Guido Maria Kretschmer also plays an important role in the game.

Other Information: • Price €33

Board Game: Shopping Queen
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56. Board Game: Think Str8! [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5006]
Board Game: Think Str8!
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 60 minutes
Suggested ages: 10 and up
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Think Str8! is about estimating, guessing and making clever deductions! Each player has six numbers in different colors in front of them. They can see the numbers of all the other players, but unfortunately, they see only the back of their own display. Who will manage to figure out through deduction what is standing in front of them?

In more detail, the game includes cards in six colors, with each color having numbers 0-7. One card of each color is randomly removed from play and returned to the box without anyone knowing the numbers on those cards. Each player then sets up a rack with one card of each color on it, but with the racks facing toward the other players so that no one sees the numbers on their own rack. (In a game with two or three players, set up two or one additional racks visible to all players.)

On a round, the active player rolls the three color dice, e.g., blue, red, and yellow. Each player tries to guess what the sum of the numbers on their rack is for the cards that correspond to the die colors. If the dice showed two green and one grey, for example, you'd add the green number twice and the grey number once — but of course you can't see what your numbers are; you can only see what they aren't based on what's showing in the racks visible to you.

The active player then takes one of the bid strips — seven cardboard strips that come in different lengths — and places it across one or more numbers on the number line in front of them to show the range in which their sum lies, e.g., 13-16. Each other player does the same, choosing from the strips not previously chosen. If you guess correctly, you score points, with shorter strips being worth more points; if you're wrong, then you must discard any one of your colored cards face up, then draw a new card of this color and place it in your rack unseen. You now see this hidden number, which may help you deduce sums from previous rounds, but now you have to start over with you deductions for that color! Other players see the new card you just placed, so they get more info, too.

After 8-10 rounds, depending on the number of players, each player guesses the numbers on their racks, writing down one, two, or three guesses for each color. If you guess correctly, you score 5, 2, or 1 points for a color based on how many guesses you wrote. Add these points to whatever you scored previously, and whoever has the most points wins.

Other Information: • Price €26
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57. Board Game: Tornado Ellie [Average Rating:5.37 Overall Rank:17164]
Board Game: Tornado Ellie
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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Dutch
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Sometimes, even the biggest cows fly up high — but not always by choice.

In the card and stacking game Tornado Ellie, players try to keep their hoofs on the ground on their own farm, while they steer on the other players. The best player to make the neighbors' things soar into the air will experience a gust of win...

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58. Board Game: Wakanda [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:7530]
Board Game: Wakanda
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Number of players: 2
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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German
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Every one hundred moons, members from different tribes gather to sculpt new totems. The totems they create represent the values of their family, village, courage and culture. The tribe that makes the most prestigious totem poles wins the contest...

In Wakanda, players compete to create valuable totem poles, but the value of the poles is determined as much by where they stand as by what's in them. Each player starts the game with three headdresses. Six of eight village tiles are placed in a row, with three of the tiles tilted 90º to show that they're out of play; each tile has a unique scoring rule on it, and that rule will apply for all of a player's totem poles if he acquires that tile.

On a turn, a player first draws one totem pole from the bag; the game includes 21 totem pole pieces: one eagle, two chiefs, three tomahawks, four animal skins, five teepees and six suns. The player then either places one of his totem pole pieces on an available village tile OR places one of his headdresses on an existing totem pole to claim it; in the latter case, he places this tile in front of himself and tilts the next village tile in line (if any) to make it available for play.

Once all six poles have been claimed, the players tally their score based on the rules on their tiles, e.g. score 3 points per animal skin on all of your poles or score 2 points per piece for your tallest pole. High score wins.

Other Information: • Price €17
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Board Game Publisher: IELLO
Board Game Publisher: IELLO
59. Board Game: The Big Book of Madness [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:800]
Board Game: The Big Book of Madness
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Number of players: 2 − 5
Playing time: 60 − 90 minutes
Suggested ages: 12 and up
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English
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So far your first year at the Elementary College has been slightly disappointing. They taught you to light a flickering flame at the tip of your finger, but other than that you've spent much more time reading books than learning powerful spells as future great wizards like you should.

So when you heard about the Big Book of Madness hidden in the great school library, you couldn't help but to sneak in and peek in this intriguing tome in spite of your professors' warnings. When you slowly lift the cover of the terrible book, dozens of dreadful creatures rush out, threatening to destroy the world itself! This was your mistake, and only you can fix it now! Learn from the library to fight back against the monsters, and try not to sink into insanity...

The Big Book of Madness is a challenging co-operative game in which the players are magic students who must act as a team to turn all the pages of the book, then shut it by defeating the terrible monsters they've just freed.

Each player has their own element deck that they build during the game and use for several purposes, such as learning or casting a spell, adding a new element to their deck, destroy or healing a curse. Spells allow you to support your playmates, improve your deck, draw cards, etc. — but the monsters from the book fight back. Each comes with terrible curses that are triggered every turn unless you dispel them in time. They will make you discard elements, add madness cards to your deck, or lose spells...

If you manage to turn six pages and defeat all of the monsters, you win the game!

Other Information: • Price €40; a French version is also available.
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60. Board Game: Pingo Pingo [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:4994]
Board Game: Pingo Pingo
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Number of players: 2 − 5
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 6 and up
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Your pirate ship has dropped anchor at the terrible island of Pingo Pingo. Legend says that the island is full of treasure, including the famous Golden Pineapple, but it also says that treasure is fiercely guarded by hordes of fearsome penguin warriors, some of which ride giant polar bears. That potential danger is why you're alone in your boat, on your own but eager to take a run on the island and try your luck.

For now, only the sound of the waves and the cries of the gulls disturb the peace of this seemingly idyllic island...but as soon as you set foot in the jungle bordering the beach, the drums of war start sounding and you realize that you've suddenly gained the status of prey!

Pingo Pingo is a hyper-frenetic action game punctuated by a soundtrack in which you have to react quickly, run, shoot a gun, in which you must be precise, brave, fast, and focused because if not, well, you might not leave the island in one piece. As soon as the soundtrack begins, the game is on!

On your turn, reveal the top card from your deck and place it face-up in the middle of the table. Each card requires a specific action when it is revealed. Be the first to tap on a treasure to grab it, but watch out for traps and critters, and make sure the music allows you to take this treasure. Tap on camp cards to steal cards from the other players' stashes. Adventure cards trigger actions to be completed before the "Pingo Pingo" cry in the soundtrack. Get up and run from one base to another to cross a suspension bridge. Grab the gun and aim well to defeat fearsome bear riders. Tap the friendly monkey sorcerer to regain life. Run to the shipwreck and back to shoot the gigantic space penguin. Grab all the previously played cards and deal them as fast as you can to escape the penguin rampage!

Any mistake will cost you one of your seven life points. After 15 minutes, the player with the most treasures wins the game — but don't be reckless because you can't carry more than three treasures per life point...

Other Information: • Price ~€30
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61. Board Game: Tales & Games: The Grasshopper & the Ant [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:5848]
Board Game: Tales & Games: The Grasshopper & the Ant
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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The Grasshopper & the Ant is the fourth title in Purple Brain Games' "Tales & Games" series, each of which comes packaged in a book-shaped box. In this game, players take turns playing the part of the industrious ants and the grasshopper content to sponge off the labor of the ants.

The Grasshopper & the Ant includes two ways to play, but the heart of both is the same. At the start of the game, lay out 16 (of the 48) path cards in a 4x4 grid; each path card shows one of four types of landscapes. The ant player places six ants on these cards, one ant per card, with the ants forming a chain (as in real life), then secretly chooses one type of terrain on which at least one ant stands. The grasshopper player then stands with one of the ants, and if the grasshopper chose the same landscape as the ant player, the grasshopper takes all the path cards of this type on which an ant stands; if the grasshopper chose incorrectly, then the ant player takes these path cards. Either way, you then refill the 4x4 grid. The ant player keeps playing until she finally wins path cards, then the next player in clockwise order controls the ants. (In winter mode, the third and fourth players control red ants and receive a random path card if they match the choice of the ant player.)

In autumn mode, players score path cards immediately, with each type being tracked independently; path cards that feature insects are saved for a endgame bonus. As soon as a player maxes out two scoring tracks, the game ends and whoever has the most points wins.

In winter mode, players keep the path cards they collect in order to buy provision cards (worth one victory point), which cost particular combinations of path types. In this mode, when you win a path card that features an insect, you can claim another card in the grid that features the same insect. Collect both provision cards of the same type, and you score a bonus VP. The first player to collect 4 VPs wins.

Other Information: • Price €23; French and Italian versions are also available.

Board Game: Tales & Games: The Grasshopper & the Ant
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62. Board Game: Welcome to the Dungeon [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1041] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
Board Game: Welcome to the Dungeon
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 10 and up
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Welcome to the Dungeon — first released as Dungeon of Mandom — is a push-your-luck dungeon delve in which 2-4 players take turns essentially daring each other to go into a dungeon with less equipment than they start off with while filling the dungeon with monsters. Players can win the game by winning 2 rounds or get eliminated from the game by losing 2 rounds. Each player has a 2-sided players card that has a white side and a red side. The first win taps the player card and the 1st loss flips the card over to the red side. A 2nd loss will have the player turn the card back into the box.

The game is played in rounds. The player sets up the base character and all the equipment equipped. This represents every player as a fully equipped dungeon delver.

Each round, the start player (the person who challenged the dungeon last or the last player to be in a dungeon) can choose to draw a card from the monster deck or pass their turn.

If they choose to draw, they can do one of two things: (1) keep it and de-equip an equipment or (2) place it face down in the dungeon. Placing it face down in the dungeon creates the dungeon deck and fills the dungeon with monsters that the challenger will have to face later. If they choose to pass their turn, they cannot participate in the rest of the round. Once only one person is left after all the other players have passed their turn, that player then becomes the challenger and must go into the dungeon with only the equipment he has equipped.

The player then flips cards off the dungeon deck and fights the monsters within. Some equipment allow you to null the enemy damage or be able to withstand it by increasing your HP. If the player survives the dungeon with at least 1 HP, they win that round. If not, they lose. The players then reshuffles all the cards to make a new monster deck and re-equips all the equipment to start a new round.

The game ends when someone has won twice or one player is the last man standing.

Welcome to the Dungeon includes four different sets of character cards whereas Dungeon of Mandom has only a single character.

Other Information: • Price €13; a French version is also available from IELLO, in addition to the original Japanese version from Oink Games.
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Board Game Publisher: Korea Boardgames co., Ltd.
Board Game Publisher: Korea Boardgames co., Ltd.
63. Board Game: Dungeon Busters [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:7336]
Board Game: Dungeon Busters
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Number of players: 3 − 5
Playing time: 20 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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To trust is good; not to trust is better.

Five weary warriors, on a journey for a mysterious dungeon rumored to be filled with precious gemstones. But there is hitch: ferocious monsters are guarding the gems! If the warriors join forces they can defeat them. But the coward who, blinded by his greed, will not fight seriously might get his companions punished by the monsters! The warrior who will remain loyal and will betray at the right time is the genuine hero of this game.

In Dungeon Busters, the players take the role of heroes exploring dungeons and defeating monsters in search of treasures. In order to defeat a monster, every player simultaneously plays a power card face-down then reveals the values. If two or more players play the same value, they are all ignored. If players are defeated the player who played the lowest value should return some treasures as a penalty. If players succeed to defeat the monster, players can divide rewards but the player who played the lowest value will go first.

Japanese summary:

協力なくして勝利なし!裏切りなくして報酬なし!
手札に書かれた数字は武器の攻撃力であり勇気のバロメーター。
より弱い武器で挑めば宝石を得るチャンスと共に、死の危険も迫ります。涼しい顔して嘘をつき、仲間を裏切る事で、より沢山の宝石を手に入れることが出来ます。
真の敵は目の前のモンスター?それとも笑顔で話す隣のアイツ・・・?
「ダンゴーダンジョン!」は、仲間と協力しながら敵を倒しつつも、その仲間を出し抜き裏切る事で真の勝利を手に入れる、信頼と疑惑がせめぎ合う【(非)協力型カードゲーム】です。

Other Information: • Price €12

Board Game: Dungeon Busters
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64. Board Game: H.I.D.E.: Hidden Identity Dice Espionage [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:12227]
Board Game: H.I.D.E.: Hidden Identity Dice Espionage
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Number of players: 3 − 5
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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English
Korean
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Real or fictional? It's not clear, but in the world of secret agents exists a legendary figure. He never failed any mission, and no enemies who met him could avoid facing death. No matter how trivial missions are, he is the sole agent who carries them through. For this reason, he was given a secret code name: The Legend.

Today the world's secret agents are up to surpass him. However, all of them are well aware that in this field, they are not the only competitors. Therefore, you need to choose wisely. Will you quickly raise your rank by eliminating competitors, or will you safely complete your mission by tightly hiding your identity and gathering money? But as with all things, not only your skills but a good dose of luck is needed to succeed. Indeed, which fate will bring the dice today upon the secret agent that you are?

H.I.D.E.: Hidden Identity Dice Espionage is a spy-themed dice game based on a deduction mechanism. By combining the information disclosed as the game goes on, try to find out other player's identity while hiding your own and gathering intel cards that are displayed in the middle of the play area. Each round you can choose by picking a die if you want to stay in the shadows or if you want to reveal some information about your identity while having the possibility to eliminate another spy. Whoever gathers the most money through intel cards or becomes the Legendary Spy wins.

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65. Board Game: 이웃집 몬스터 [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:7161]
Board Game: Monster My Neighbor
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Number of players: 3 − 8
Playing time: 20 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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English
Korean
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One player is a monster, another is a hunter — but who knows who is whom? What you do know, though, is that you can be either a hunter trying to capture the monster or a monster escaping from the hunters.

In Monster My Neighbour, players start the game with four cards in hand and use one card per turn. Due to many card effects, your hand will change continuously. In order to win, you have to find who is the monster or hunter, then take those key cards by using your cards wisely. Use them to win!

Other Information: • Price €12

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Board Game Publisher: KOSMOS
Board Game Publisher: KOSMOS
66. Board Game: Alles Banane! [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Board Game: Alles Banane!
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Number of players: 2 − 6
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suggested ages: 5 and up
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Language:
German
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Fishing, trumpet playing, washing hands: all of these things can be a lot easier to explain with a banana in hand.

The gist of Alles Banane! is simple: Cards that show various activities are laid out on the table, then one player pantomimes one of these activities with the help of a yellow wooden banana. Everyone tries to guess what the active player is doing by placing their player chip on the corresponding card.

Other Information: • Price €10

Board Game: Alles Banane!
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67. Board Game: The Big Bang Theory: Das geniale Spiel [Average Rating:5.41 Unranked]
Board Game: The Big Bang Theory: Das geniale Spiel
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 25 minutes
Suggested ages: 10 and up
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Language:
German
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Leonard, Howard and Raj want a killer robot; Penny, Bernadette and Amy a preserved snowflake; and Sheldon? How about a "device for virtual presence"?

The Big Bang Theory: Das geniale Spiel challenges you to fulfill the wishes of the seven main characters from the television show, and you do this through two-colored cards that allow you to play them on one side or the other. Paradox tiles can change up the rules.

Other Information: • Price €13
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68. Board Game: Catan: Das Spiel [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:382] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
Board Game: Catan
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Number of players: 3 − 4
Playing time: 60 − 120 minutes
Suggested ages: 10 and up
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Language:
German
Description:

In Catan (formerly The Settlers of Catan), players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. On each turn dice are rolled to determine what resources the island produces. Players collect these resources (cards)—wood, grain, brick, sheep, or stone—to build up their civilizations to get to 10 victory points and win the game.

Setup includes randomly placing large hexagonal tiles (each showing a resource or the desert) in a honeycomb shape and surrounding them with water tiles, some of which contain ports of exchange. Number disks, which will correspond to die rolls (two 6-sided dice are used), are placed on each resource tile. Each player is given two settlements (think: houses) and roads (sticks) which are, in turn, placed on intersections and borders of the resource tiles. Players collect a hand of resource cards based on which hex tiles their last-placed house is adjacent to. A robber pawn is placed on the desert tile.

A turn consists of possibly playing a development card, rolling the dice, everyone (perhaps) collecting resource cards based on the roll and position of houses (or upgraded cities—think: hotels) unless a 7 is rolled, turning in resource cards (if possible and desired) for improvements, trading cards at a port, and trading resource cards with other players. If a 7 is rolled, the active player moves the robber to a new hex tile and steals resource cards from other players who have built structures adjacent to that tile.

Points are accumulated by building settlements and cities, having the longest road and the largest army (from some of the development cards), and gathering certain development cards that simply award victory points. When a player has gathered 10 points (some of which may be held in secret), he announces his total and claims the win.

Catan has won multiple awards and is one of the most popular games in recent history due to its amazing ability to appeal to experienced gamers as well as those new to the hobby.

Die Siedler von Catan was originally published by KOSMOS and has gone through multiple editions. It was licensed by Mayfair and has undergone four editions as The Settlers of Catan. In 2015, it was formally renamed Catan to better represent itself as the core and base game of the Catan series. It has been re-published in two travel editions, portable edition and compact edition, as a special gallery edition (replaced in 2009 with a family edition), as an anniversary wooden edition, as a deluxe 3D collector's edition, in the basic Simply Catan, as a beginner version, and with an entirely new theme in Japan and Asia as Settlers of Catan: Rockman Edition. Numerous spin-offs and expansions have also been made for the game.

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Board Game: Catan: 5-6 Player Extension
Board Game: Catan: Seafarers
Board Game: Catan: Seafarers – 5-6 Player Extension
Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights
Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights – 5-6 Player Extension
Board Game: Catan: Traders & Barbarians
Board Game: Catan: Traders & Barbarians – 5-6 Player Extension
Board Game: Catan: Explorers & Pirates
Board Game: Catan: Explorers & Pirates – 5-6 Player Extension

• For The Settlers of Catan's 20th anniversary, the entire game line is being rebranded, dropping "The Settlers of" from all games in all languages and instead going with "Catan", followed by whatever is needed to specify the particular

• Price €30 for the base game, €27-€35 for the large expansions and €15 for the half-size expansions.

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The new look on display at Spielwarenmesse 2015
 
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69. Board Game: Catan: Das Spiel – Kompakt [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:4440]
Board Game: Catan: Traveler – Compact Edition
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 75 minutes
Suggested ages: 10 and up
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Language:
German
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Catan: Traveler – Compact Edition is a travel version of Catan that recreates that gameplay experience with a few limitations based on the smaller size of the board.

In the game, players are trying to be the first to have ten victory points, with points coming primarily from cities and settlements built on the game board. On a turn, the active player rolls dice and players receive resources based on the die roll and what they've built on the board. The active player can then trade with opponents and build roads, cities and settlements depending on the resources in hand and available space on the board.

In this travel version of the game, the land spaces aren't individual hexes, but six pieces of material that can be rearranged in different ways to change up the game board. The player pieces and resource cards fit into drawers on the side of the game board, which folds into a trapezoid.

Catan: Traveler – Compact Edition includes a two-player variant using cards that allow one player to force a "trade" with the other. When this happens, the first player takes two cards from the opponent, then gives that player any one card in return.

Other Information: • Price €27

Board Game: Catan: Traveler – Compact Edition
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70. Board Game: Crazy Time [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:4053]
Board Game: Crazy Time
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Number of players: 4 − 7
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 12 and up
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Language:
German
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Somewhere in the universe creatures exist that count the hours in order for time to flow. Eternity being quite long, to make passing time more enjoyable, they invented a game with rules that change all the time!

In Crazy Time, the players count the passing hours while revealing cards from their personal deck. Their goal is to get rid of all of their cards. But beware! Time has its own Laws and whoever forgets them will fall in a "Temporal Flaw" and collect all of the cards played so far, further delaying his victory!

Crazy Time is a mix of deduction, concentration, speed and laughter!

Other Information: • Price €13
 
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71. Board Game: Da Luigi [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:6443]
Board Game: Da Luigi
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 40 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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German
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Buying ingredients, greeting guests, serving tables — running a restaurant can be hectic, and in the end only the one who is "Da Luigi" can keep an overview of everything and earn a star for the restaurant. If only you didn't have to deal with the other players who always act as unwelcome guests...

Your goal in Da Luigi is to get as many guests as possible, although only satisfied customers will always be good customers. Variety in the gameplay comes from the 90 individual guest cards, with you always wanting to find a free table for wealthy guests with plenty of time while pushing off grumpy customers in a hurry to your opponents.

Players buy ingredients for their meals from the market and pay for them in time — and time is always against you because if you don't serve a guest his desired food quickly, say, by the end of the game, you'll lose points in the end.

Other Information: • Price €27
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72. Board Game: Dimension [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1715]
Board Game: Dimension
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Number of players: 1 − 4
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
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Language:
English
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Game description from the publisher:

In the puzzle game Dimension six task cards are laid out each round, with these cards dictating how the balls in the game should be stacked on top of one another and side to side. These challenges aren't easy as some colors shouldn't touch one another.

Fast puzzle-solving is important, but more than that in the end whoever solves the most of these difficult tasks wins.

NOTE: IMPORTANT RULE CORRECTION

Game description from the Thames & Kosmos 2015 Science Kits & Games catalogue:

Dimension

The Spherical, Stackable, Fast-Paced Puzzle Game!

Dimension is a fast-paced, innovative puzzle game that takes place in three dimensions with 60 colourful spheres.

All of the players play at the same time.

Everybody tries to position the spheres on their tray to earn as many points as possible. The task cards indicate how the spheres must be placed to earn points: for example, exactly two orange spheres must be on the tray, black and blue must touch each other, and blue must not touch white.

Complete these tasks while racing against the timer. You get a point for each sphere you use and a bonus token for using all five colors, but you lose two points for each card you don't follow correctly.

Prove to your opponents that you are the master of multi-dimensional thinking!

Other Information: • Price $50

• Debuting in the U.S. in March 2015 after its initial release in Germany in March 2014.
 
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73. Board Game: Harry Hopper [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:14520]
Board Game: Harry Hopper
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Number of players: 2 − 4
Playing time: 20 minutes
Suggested ages: 6 and up
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Language:
German
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In Harry Hopper, there is only one strategy: aim, bounce, hit! Two players or teams play against one another, using their plastic grasshopper with skill and good judgment to knock down their tall rectangular blades of grass. To make your grasshopper hop, simply press down on his tail, then watch him fly. Did you cut down the opponent's grass as well? Too bad — aim better next time!

To win, you must not only knock down your own blades of grass, but also the king's precious red blade that stands amongst all the others. Just don't knock it down too soon or else it's your head...

Other Information: • Price €20
 
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74. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1091]
Board Game: Kahuna
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Number of players: 2
Playing time: 30 − 40 minutes
Suggested ages: 10 and up
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Language:
English
Description:

Originally published in 1997 as Arabana-Ikibiti by the designer's own publisher Bambus Spieleverlag, then reprinted by Funagain in the U.S., Kosmos' Kahuna – part of its Kosmos two-player series – is the best known implementation of this design.

It's a two-player game, played on a board depicting twelve islands. Players use cards to place bridges between these islands or remove opponent's bridges. If you get the majority of bridges around an island, you place one of your marker stones on it and also remove any of your opponent's bridges to that island – which might cause them to lose a bridge majority on an adjacent island and lose a marker stone there.

The game is played in three rounds. A round ends when all cards from the face down deck and the three face up cards have been taken. Then points are scored for the islands with a marker stone on them. The game can also end sooner when one player has absolutely NO bridges left on the board.

The Kosmos edition has excellent graphics and nice wooden pieces and plays very well.

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Other Information: • Price $25

• Returning to the U.S. market from original publisher KOSMOS in English.
 
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75. Board Game: Knätsel?! [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:7250]
Board Game: Dohdles!
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Number of players: 3 − 6
Playing time: 60 minutes
Suggested ages: 10 and up
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German
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Knätsel?!, a reworking of the 1988 Spiel des Jahres-winning Barbarossa, challenges players to create and decipher "knätsels", i.e., kneading puzzles. (In the U.S., this game bears the title Dohdles!, a portmanteau of "dough doodles".)

In the game players use clay to create objects — a mountain, an animal, a famous ruin — then they take turns asking one another questions about these objects or asking for a letter in the name of this object. Everyone hears these requests, though, so your efforts might lead opponents to the correct answer, too, and since anyone can throw their solution stones into the answer funnel at any time, you'll need to think fast.

If you give the correct answer for a puzzle, both the creator and guesser score points — but if everyone guesses the answer, or conversely no one does, then the creator scores nothing. Who will find the ideal mix?

Other Information:
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• Price €33

• Also being released in English in the U.S. as Dohdles! with a $40 MSRP.

Board Game: Dohdles!
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