Rudi Hoffmann, Game Designer 1924-2008
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I just read that Rudi Hoffmann passed away on the 18th. He wasnt active in the last years due to illness, but I was fortunate enough to have emailed with him about featuring one of his games in one of my books. He was very nice, funny and curious :-)

And he had a certain style in his games that certainly was unique.
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26. Board Game: Calcul [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Calcul
So here it is - finally !

The one and only game, that is the first credited to him: CALCUL !

After years of searching I was able to find and acquire a copy and add it to the database. What you get:

On the downside: Sadly no typical Hoffmann graphics...
On the upside: A real gem regarding box and component quality and design. And the best for last - a typical Rudi Hoffmann game regarding the design of gameplay !

All you Rudi Hoffmann fans should try to find a copy of this designer milestone - it's all worthwile.
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27. Board Game: Hamstern [Average Rating:6.06 Unranked]
Board Game: Hamstern
Hamstern ‐ First edition (1972)

Publisher: Spear's Games


Hamstern is a game about placing hamsters, trying to enclose territory so as to win ears of corn (which looks suspiciously like wheat). Enclosing territory along the edge of the board is easier, but the amount of corn that can be earned in that way is limited. The player who earns the most ears of corn by the end of the game wins.
 
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