Eine Woche in München : a celebration of Munich flea markets and department stores
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I had a vacation in the last week of May and, with the aid of a KLM seat sale, found my way to the German city of Munich. I did want to buy nice German games in their country of origin, but can give no strong reason why Munich rather than some other city. Perhaps it was influenced by having played one too many games of Thurn und Taxis recently and imagining some familiarity with the geography of Bavaria. Of course, Munich does have attractions of sumptuous palaces and churches, pleasant gardens (not just beer gardens) and several good museums to occupy the sight-seer; not to mention fairy-tale castles and historical reminders of the second world war.

This geeklist, my first, will serve as a diary of the games I procured in my travels, and a reminder of where I got them.
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1. Board Game: Elfer raus! [Average Rating:5.13 Overall Rank:17961]
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I arrived in Munich on a Friday and took a train from the airport into the city. I had booked to stay at the Hotel Ibis Muenchen City, which was just down the street (Dachauer Strasse) from the Hauptbahnhof (central train station). The first thing I did was pop into the supermarket and shops along the street to get some groceries. One of the shops I visited was a dollar-shop-style place on Dachauer Strasse where I picked up the first game of the trip - a card game called 'Die Zehn Beginnt!' - for all of 1.5 euros. It appeared to be nothing more than cards of 1 to 20 in four colours, but I figured the cards might come in useful to play other games.

When I got home, I found that the game was not listed in BGG and tried entering it, but an alert BGG admin noted that it was actually just Elfer Raus! with a different starting card (10 instead of 11). At least I got to add some pictures to the database.
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2. Board Game: Tell Me: The Grand Quiz Game [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:17417]
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As it was a Friday, I had planned to head for a fleamarket once I had settled into my hotel. I figured that sightseeing could be left to other days of the week and it would be more important to try to visit fleamarkets that were only open on weekends.

From the Hauptbahnhof, I took the U2 underground line all the way to the last stop, Messestadt Ost, to get to Flohmarkt Riem. This fleamarket sets up in the huge carpark of the Messe, an expo centre. I had followed directions I found online, but the fleamarket was not located in the numbered gate that the website had mentioned. In fact, the place looked deserted. I was about to give up and returned to the underground station, when I noticed that there was a stream of people going to the station from another direction. Backtracking to follow the stream (and walking past a very tall telecommunications[?] tower in the process) I eventually found the fleamarket at Gate 11a of the Messe carpark. It was past 2 pm by then, and for the fleamarket, this meant that many stalls were packing up to leave (hence the stream of people). Nevertheless, there were still plenty of stalls to keep me amused.

This game, RateFix, was one I picked up for 0.5 euros. I don't speak German and this is essentially a German word game - players spin a wheel with letters of the alphabet on it and then try to name items specified on a card and starting with the letter indicated on the wheel. My purchase of the game is explained by my being a collector of dice and other randomising objects (like spinners). I thought this was quite a neat spinner and the price was certainly right.
 
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3. Board Game: Letra-Mix [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:16377]
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My other game purchase at Flohmarkt Riem was a compendium of dice games for 1 euro. It came with a sand-timer, dice cup, 6 spotted dice, 5 poker dice and 13 letter dice.

Game compendia don't have their own entries in BGG, so I'm using Letra-Mix for this entry on the basis that it's a German letter dice game that also uses 13 letter dice.

The area covered by the fleamarket was huge, notwithstanding that I had gone late and some stalls had already packed up and gone. Probably better to catch it earlier in the day, if you can.

I've since found a website for the fleamarket that even has information in English: http://www.flohmarkt-riem.de/english/index_en.php

 
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4. Board Game: Industria [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2161]
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After fleamarketing, I headed back to the main shopping area (the street connecting Marienplatz to Karlsplatz aka Stachus) to marvel at the range of games available in German department stores. Stopped in to sightsee at the Frauenkirche - with its distinctive twin towers topped by onion shaped domes - this church is representative of the city of Munich (as demonstrated by its appearance on the board of Thurn und Taxis).

After that, found the Galeria Kaufhof building on the Marienplatz (there's also a branch at Karlsplatz).
I already had Industria, but at 5 euros, it was certainly worth picking up as a gift for someone back home.
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5. Board Game: Serengeti [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3451]
 
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The other game I picked up at Galeria Kaufhof was Don (yes, I am a fan of Michael Schacht) for 4 euros. This was a easy purchase as I was on the look-out for it after reading about this going on sale in other BGG threads. It's a clever little auction game with twists (the more cards you win, the more likely it is to earn money but the harder it is to bid for more cards). The Serengeti version may have prettier cards, but the nice orange chips in Don have a certain appeal.

There were other games that I subsequently did buy from Galeria Kaufhof, but I'm adding to this list chronologically and I had then decided to exercise some restraint (hah!) seeing as it was only the first day there ...
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6. Board Game: Schafe Schnappen [Average Rating:4.89 Unranked]
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Next stop, the Karstadt department store (also on the main shopping street between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz). Note that the store is split up in separate buildings - the one with the toy department had a teddy bear at the entrance.

This was one of the few games that I paid full price (5 euros - nonetheless, cheaper than at some other stores) for. Besides being by Michael Schacht, it featured nice dice - how could I resist?

OK, there's not that much to this push-your-luck game, but it has provided some mild amusement on at least one occasion while waiting for dinner (no, lamb was not on the menu).

 
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7. Board Game: Die Koala Brüder: Auf Geht's Nach Haus! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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This was on sale at Karstadt (3 euros) and I bought it cos' it was on sale and had an unusual die. Slightly disappointed to find it was a DIY die and I had to put the stickers on myself.
 
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8. Board Game: Farkle [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:16951]
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Obletter is a nice toyshop on Karlsplatz with a good selection of games. I saw Piranha Pedro going for only 9 euros, but realising that luggage weight might be an issue on the way back, I decided not to pick up a game that includes real rocks.
Didn't pick up any games in Obletter, but I did buy some dice, including a cute little leather (?) dice cup with six small dice (2.59 euros)- hence the use of Farkel as a placeholder for this entry - a game that uses six dice.
Got a large wooden prayer die for 6.59 euros - it had colourful children's prayers in German on each side. I was also pleased with 3 different children's decision dice by Selecta at $1.99 each. These were wooden with colourful graphics on the side depicting possible activies. For example, there's a decision die for deciding what game to play, and one to answer the question 'how can I help?'.

No more game purchases after that on the first day. But I did discover the pleasures of Radler at dinner - beer and lemonade!
 
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9. Board Game: Tally Ho! [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:2762]
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The next day was a Sunday, and I headed for the only fleamarket that was described (online) as being open on a Sunday. On reflection, the 'name' - Flohmarkt in der Gaststätte Hopfendolde - is descriptive: the fleamarket is located inside a pub with the name Gaststätte Hopfendolde. It wasn't very big at all, having only 10 or so stalls. Nevertheless it had some nice finds for me. This Kosmos 2-player game for only 2 euros, and a neat little McDonald's freebie Snoopy-themed game for a euro. This latter item was particularly nice as it had a plastic eight-sided spinner as the randomising device.

To get to the pub, take the U3 or U6 lines to the Münchner Freiheit stop and find it at no. 17, Feilitzstraße.


 
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