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Trying to find the right person for the next Geek of the Week, I looked through those who've been chosen - and found that not a single person from Germany, the origin of so many of the best loved games here. In the spirit of choosing someone who _I'd_ like to learn more about, I bring you:

Hermann Huth

(BGG user id: King Kolrabi) ...your next Geek of the Week.

How many people on BGG have Geeklists written about them? Well, thanks to Jon Power, Hermann does: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/16575

Hermann has one of the more impressive collections detailed on BGG, not necessarily so much for it's size, as the number of hard to find gems filling it. Jon and others failed in their quest to releive Hermann of a number of classics, and no one even looked at some of the ones that most tempt me - the original boxed edition of Mary Dowser, Allerley Spielerey, Bid & Bluff, Disposition, and Lunatix Loop, just to name a few.

Here's Hermann's biographical notes:

King Kolrabi wrote:
I´ve been gaming ever since I can remember. With my parents and my to siblings I played a lot of card games like Canasta, Tryce, Doppelkopf and Skat. Endless Monopoly sessions - Monopoly can be a REALLY nasty game if played by 14 and 10 years old siblings...
And then I had my Risk phase - a neighbours son and I virtually played his copy to death so I made my own board, unfortunatly with the typo AFIKA instead of AFRIKA for which I had to hear lots of taunts.
In my twenties I shared a house with six other people and games were often played there, like Hase und Igel, Scotland yard etc. This was the phase when I started accumulating games and accumulating can be taken literally: I grabbed everything i could get hold of! If I look at my collection now I see around 200 of these juvenile sins - games like Der Schatz der Inka, Rancher or Contra 50; games I will hardly ever play...But as a bone-hard collector I keep this stuff!
In the meantime I´m 46 years old, married and have two sons, 16 and 23 years old. They can be seen on my picture of Everest. They´re both experienced and clever gamers and we have regular family-sessions on sunday where we often play relatively complex stuff like 18xx, Game of thrones or Die Macher. My wife tends to win around 50% of our games, she´s by far the meanest player in our family...
And I have another two game groups which meet on a monthly base. One group tends to meaty games while the other one prefers shorter and more games in an evening (Thomas Liesching, the Niagara author plays in this group) so I get to play a good variety in games.
My personal preferences are meaty games like Power Grid or the 18xx series. But I will never turn down a game of Bausack or Category 5 because it simply is fun. And I like quite a few "Ameritrash" games like Twilight Imperium or Lunatix Loop - I absolutly love LL!
I discovered BGG ihn December 2004 when I was looking for some information about Organized Crime (note to self: this is one to play next sunday) and immediatly registered. What I had found was a gorgeous site where you can find virtually everything about nearly every game - I was deeply impressed! And I found BGG to be a very living community with lots of nice people, good humour and interesting discussions. Another very interesting aspect of BGG is it´s internationality - I learned a lot about the USA here!
I am VERY proud to be nominated as Geek of the week and I would like to thank Joe Huber and the whole BGG community for this honour and generally for lots of enjoyable hours I spent here!
So I will try to answer questions but have to apologize in advance for my english since it´s not my native language. At least I have a dictionary in reach...


And, of course...

King Kolrabi wrote:
Oh, and because this is really fun here are my two truths and a lie:
1. I once burned down our apartment
2. I was thrown out of three schools
3. I lived in Iran for three years


OK, I'll start by taking my guess. I can see someone who loves games getting thrown out of school - actually, I can see anyone with a loved hobby in that situation. So that reduces it to Iran or the apartment. Iran seems more normal - but given the time period, I'll go with that as a lie.

A few questions to kick things off:

1. You mention particularly enjoying 18xx games - but have only rated four of them. Are there others you've played, but not rated here yet? Do you have a favorite? Any that you don't care for?

2. What is it about Lunatix Loop that you most enjoy?

3. Are there any traditional card games you still play? If so, any favorites among them?
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You rate Cosmic Encounter, a game I just played for the first time last weekend, a 10. What makes this game so much fun for you?
 
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You play jazz guitar. Formally, informally, self taught, progressed to jazz from something else? Is playing music how you "earn your cents in a theatre"?

While Jon Power was plotting to raid your collection, apparently you paid off the cops to thwart him and arranged to have his collection raided instead. Just how far reaching is your underground network?
 
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Direct link to Hermann's profile: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/user/King+Kolrabi

So how exactly do you store 1200+ games?
 
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Grats Hermann! It was very nice meeting you and Dagmar in Essen. I'm glad we got to meet and that you enjoyed the joke.

No way would you burn down your apartment. Maybe a small fire broke out and you smothered it with the children, but you would never let your 1200 babies burn.

Can you give us a broad view of how the gaming scene has changed in Germany? What was it like for a gamer in the 70/80s? I've heard that it was British games that dominated then. I've also heard that the German market was growing very well before Settlers came along. It seemed to me that the market boomed because of Settlers, but would that be true? What would be different in Germany if Settlers was not published? Discuss (200 words).

We have the impression here that every German family knows about and plays these modern games regularly (and there's certainly a better selection in the department stores). But is this impression true, or are board gamers seen as unusual in Germany? If you talked to people outside your group about games, would they understand the subject?

And...um...any photos of Alex downstairs? Just for research purposes.

Cheers,
Jon.
 
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Hello everybody!
I again would like to thank especially Joe for this honour!
We just finished our family game evening (Backpacks & Blisters and Imperial, where I lost horribly...); it´s midnight here in Germany and I will answer the first few questions before I´ll take a nap.

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1. You mention particularly enjoying 18xx games - but have only rated four of them. Are there others you've played, but not rated here yet? Do you have a favorite? Any that you don't care for?


No, until now I just have played these four plus one two player game of 1829 Mainline, but I´m looking forward to play 1895 next weekend. Easily my favourite is 1830 for two reasons:
First it can be played in a reasonable amount of time - not more than four to five hours, which is half the time one needs to finish a game of 1829 which sometimes drags forever.
Second reason is it´s nasty cutthroat character. Whereas 1829 develops very calm and peaceful you jump right in in 1830. The first few turns are very important for further development and you have to watch out very carefully what your opponents do. You can get screwed very early! I like that aspect.
By the way I have to apologize for my comment on 1830, but I was in a really silly mood when I wrote that...blush

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What is it about Lunatix Loop that you most enjoy?


First of all: it´s about Trabbis! The Trabbi was an east-german car constructed in the late fifties and was never changed the next fourty years. An absolutely horrible vehicle! I found the idea very funny making a race game about this stinker...
I bought this game 2000 in Essen and was asked for a review for the german Fairplay magazin. So I had to play it over and over and it never became boring. It has everything: lots of nastyness, moderate tactics and many laughters throughout. And I like this slowing-out mechanism where you sometimes reach the pit lane on your teeth. Fun game!

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Are there any traditional card games you still play? If so, any favorites among them?


No. I used to play a lot of Skat and Doppelkopf when I was a kid, but now there are so many other games around.

 
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You rate Cosmic Encounter, a game I just played for the first time last weekend, a 10. What makes this game so much fun for you?


Hi Amy,
It´s diversity. It´s tremendous fun when played with the right bunch of people - I don´t play it with everyone. The moment when you zap your opponents power in the moment he wants to use it. Every game is different and surprising because of the many possible power constellations.
I don´t know which version you own, but I strongly recommend to look for the Maifair or even EON version simply because they contain flares and a lot more powers than the AH edition.

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You play jazz guitar. Formally, informally, self taught, progressed to jazz from something else? Is playing music how you "earn your cents in a theatre"?


Joe,
greetings to down under! Been there in August and fell in love with it!
When I lived with the six other people in a Wohngemeinschaft (very difficult to translate - something like people sharing a house) I used to play guitar for myself; mostly rock stuff. No theory at all.
That changed when Jörn, a jazz guitarist who had a band, moved in. We often played together, he taught me theory and around two years later I became rythm guitarist in his band. We played about three years together, mostly standards - Gershwin, Strayhorn, all that stuff. And more and more Bebop over the time; our style slightly changed. Bebop is a very good school for a rythm guitarist because you learn not to play too much and leave out all useless flourish.
Well, things broke up as things sometimes do. Nowadays I only occasionally play for myself trying not to forget to much.
As for my job: I am a stage worker in a theatre for eighteen years now and I like my job. Although I have to do with actors...

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While Jon Power was plotting to raid your collection, apparently you paid off the cops to thwart him and arranged to have his collection raided instead. Just how far reaching is your underground network?


All I can say about this is that Jon should keep his doors closed and buy himself a good safety lock. But he shouldn´t keep to much attention to the chimney sweep who will come next week. Jon should leave his house when this guy is over because he will get dirty if he stays and all that. Right, Big Woo?
 
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congrats!!! Who is your favourite Jazz guitar player?
 
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King Kolrabi wrote:
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You rate Cosmic Encounter, a game I just played for the first time last weekend, a 10. What makes this game so much fun for you?


Hi Amy,
It´s diversity. It´s tremendous fun when played with the right bunch of people - I don´t play it with everyone. The moment when you zap your opponents power in the moment he wants to use it. Every game is different and surprising because of the many possible power constellations.
I don´t know which version you own, but I strongly recommend to look for the Maifair or even EON version simply because they contain flares and a lot more powers than the AH edition.


Unfortunately, I don't own the game... Yet... It's definitely on my wishlist already... And I definitely want the Eon or Mayfair, but if I happen to find the AH version at a thrift store or yard (boot) sale, I'm not about to pass it up... I really really enjoyed the game on the first play... It was a gaming group play...
 
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hi Hermann
3 questions

did you enjoy Favoriten(1979) --> W. Muller spielwerkstatt ?
you love football according to your mini-avatar -> did you ever play brettfussball(1974) --> W. Muller spielwerkstatt [/BGCOLOR]?


why only 6 FOR KRAMER'S TIKAL --> i am very surprised ?

regards
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So how exactly do you store 1200+ games?


Hi Richard,
we have one room packed with around 1ooo games. Fortunately it has a high ceiling (3 meters). This is the room in which we play and eat and where I am sitting in the moment, surrounded by the games. laugh
Another approx. 450 games are stored up the attic.
You can see glimpses of the games in my pictures.

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Hiya Hermann and congratulations on being the new geek of the week!


Thx a lot, Janice!

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You have A LOT of games. How many hours per month do you play?


That differs very much because of my sometimes weird working times. I often work on weekends and in the evenings, so it´s sometimes hard to make an appointment. But I always try to hold the sunday evening free for the family gaming.

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Do you believe there are parallel universes?


I have to admit that I never seriously thought about it, but probably no.

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Have you ever wished for something which has come true?


Oh yes! Becoming Geek of the week laugh

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Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon?


No. I´ve never been on the american continent; something that sure will change within the next two years. I really would like to see the Grand Canion!

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Do you like to drive fast?


Me sometimes, but Dagmar sure does!meeple

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In all of history, which historical event contains your favorite revolution?


Wow thats difficult. I´m not really sure what you mean by "favorite revolution", but I consider it as "most influential revolution".
Dunno, perhaps the industrial revolution in England in the early nineteenth century; aka the invention of capitalism and as a follow up the invention of communism.
But I think we still live in "revolutionary" times; the world is ever changing.

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Who do you think controls the world?


Chaos. I think nowadays a lot of things get pretty much out of control. There´s a lot to fix!

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What is your favorite flavor of cake?


I don´t eat much cake, but I have a serious weakness for a thing called "Bienenstich". It´s with cream and almonds. Mmmh...Apart of that I like cheesecake.
 
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Grats Hermann! It was very nice meeting you and Dagmar in Essen. I'm glad we got to meet and that you enjoyed the joke.


Hi Jon,
glad to hear that you´re out of jail now! Do they still use these chains with big iron balls? Did they feed you with lots of cabbage?
Seriosly, it was really nice meeting you in Essen with your big bag..laugh And the photo Dagmar took of us is a hit; I look like a dwarf by your side.

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Can you give us a broad view of how the gaming scene has changed in Germany? What was it like for a gamer in the 70/80s? I've heard that it was British games that dominated then. I've also heard that the German market was growing very well before Settlers came along. It seemed to me that the market boomed because of Settlers, but would that be true? What would be different in Germany if Settlers was not published? Discuss (200 words).


It all started in the sixties with the german editions of the 3M bookshelf line. They were the first games on the german market exclusively designed for adults. Although very expensive they sold astonishingly well.
So around 1974 the then four biggest german game companies tried to catch this train and brought out their own bookshelf lines: the Ravensburger Casino games, the Pelikan bookshelfs, the FX-Schmid E-series and the Schmidt Spiele-Bar. Although there were a few quite good games in these series - Trade, Jockey, Agent(Conspiracy) and Diplomatie to mention - all these companies stopped these expensive bookshelf series in 78/79 due to low sales.
But by then the general interest in gaming has grown in Germany.
In 1979 the Spiel des Jahres award was founded with Hare and Tortoise as the first SdJ winner - a british game, as you will notice. The first SdJ winner with german origins was ironically a game set in London, Scotland Yard in 83.
This award was assisted by massive TV and press advertisments so that the general interest in gaming was increasing and gaming became "socially acceptable".
In 83 the Essen fair was founded by Friedhelm Merz. It started as a very small event in the Volkshochschule and became bigger every year. Parallel to that quite a lot of games were published by several publishers in Germany in the eighties and generally they sold well. There were quite a few good games but no milestones (exception: Die Macher, but nobody knew it then - except me), like Heimlich & Co, Auf Achse, New Orleans Big Band etc. And suddenly you could have get imports like 1829, Civilisation and Kreml at assorted retailers like Das Spiel in Hamburg.
The first milestone to mention was Adel verpflichtet in 1990. This is a game that definitively belongs in any canonical list! I remember that everybody wanted to play this one all through the night...
In 95 the Catan thing began, which hadn´t had that big effect here in Germany - this train was already rolling. But the Settlers had tremendous success overseas and there awoke interest for "German style" games. This is the main merit of the Settlers.

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We have the impression here that every German family knows about and plays these modern games regularly (and there's certainly a better selection in the department stores). But is this impression true, or are board gamers seen as unusual in Germany? If you talked to people outside your group about games, would they understand the subject?


Playin games is generally considered as a good social healthy activity but it´s not that every german is a gamer. Often if I tell people I don´t really know about my hobby they smile at me with this Ah...yes...attitude. Well, who cares...

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And...um...any photos of Alex downstairs? Just for research purposes.


Ummh...Jon,
a little problem has occured: I just went down to ask her about a photo but she seduced me and I totally forgot about my question. Everything happened so quick, I couldn´t help..shake
Next time, Jon!





 
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congrats!!! Who is your favourite Jazz guitar player?


Thx Colin!
Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass stand side by side. They both invented new and unique styles.
Wes played very unorthodox with his thumb, thus creating a very warm and mellow sound. He created the first guitar solos using parallel octaves and block chords, and he had an enormous drive! He influenced practically every other guitarist who came after him. If you listen to very early George Benson records of the early sixties he sounds like a clone of Wes.
Joe Pass was the wizard of the guitar. He was the first to play this instrument "polyphone", sounding like a whole orchestra. I am proud to own his first record ever made, the rare and famous "Sounds of Synanon" session.

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hi Hermann
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did you enjoy Favoriten(1979) --> W. Muller spielwerkstatt ?
you love football according to your mini-avatar -> did you ever play brettfussball(1974) --> W. Muller spielwerkstatt ?


Hi Nello,
I like Favoriten quite a bit although I haven´t played it in a while. It´s a nice little dice and bluff game which doesn´t take too long. Still a good filler.
I never played Brettfußball. In general I think there are not too many good football games. Probably the best is "Der Mittelstürmer bist Du!" published by Ravensburger in 1958! Not yet in the BGG database, but I´ll submit that soon.

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why only 6 FOR KRAMER'S TIKAL --> i am very surprised ?


arrrh Tikal! The 6 is my personal revenge. I had to play Tikal at the german boardgame championship - I think it was 99. IIRC I played a very offensive tactic basing on gaining as much treasures as possible and managed to keep a comfortable lead throughout the first three quarters of the game. But then I was overrun by the others, who had all the temples and I finally came in last...WAY behind...
 
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Congratulations Hermann!

I've long been fascinated by Hotel Life. Given that you rate it a 10, I assume you'd be the best person to tell me about it. The art is intriguing and the theme sounds fresh and original.

Could you answer some questions about the game?

1. Why is it so rare?
2. What are the mechanisms of the game like? Could you go as much into detail about how the game plays? That is, as much as you have time for.
3. Is it worth owning if one doesn't know German?
4. Joe Huber says that it's like New Orleans Jazz Band. Would you agree?

Thanks!
 
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Congratulations Hermann!

I've long been fascinated by Hotel Life. Given that you rate it a 10, I assume you'd be the best person to tell me about it. The art is intriguing and the theme sounds fresh and original.

Could you answer some questions about the game?

1. Why is it so rare?
2. What are the mechanisms of the game like? Could you go as much into detail about how the game plays? That is, as much as you have time for.
3. Is it worth owning if one doesn't know German?
4. Joe Huber says that it's like New Orleans Jazz Band. Would you agree?

Thanks!


Hi Jonathan,
thank you!
Hotel Life is about Hotels . Any of the four players - it should be played by four - competes for the best reputation of their hotels. The first to reach 40 reputation points wins.
Every player gets 20 000 Francs to buy equipment for his hotel. You can buy stuff like bathrooms, TVs, a lift, a tennis court and so on. The better equipped your hotel the more reputation points you get. So, how to get more money to buy more stuff? Easy, you need guests.
Guests are represented by cards, and these guest cards are the core of the game. They contain huge amounts of german text, so to answer your question I wouldn´t recommend it for non german speakers.
The guests are separated in different groups, as business people, military, sports etc. Each of them is individual, with individual likes and dislikes. The two dice are rolled and an appropriate number of guest cards are layed out.Now the players try to host them in their hotels in order of reputation. But the guests have needs; Scheikh Oily for example needs a tennis court, a sauna, a personal waiter and some more minor stuff. If you´re missing something in your hotel you can´t take him.
When the guests are accomodated we have the action phase. Every player gets some action cards with wich he can activate certain groups of guests and here the fun starts. To give an example: the military is activated. Lieutenant Schiesser arrives at the hotel, totally drunk and making a lot of noise in the whole floor (every floor has three rooms).
Louisa Strong, the famous opera singer, lives on the same floor and feels very offended. In her irritation she starts singing on the balcony, thus offending some guests in the other hotels, who on their part...See where this leads?
A skillful played action card can cause big chain reactions. I once emptied the whole board of guests with one card - Fausto Radisli, the boxing champ. Unfortunately I had overseen one small side-effect which emptied my joint too..wow
After this the remaining guests pay their rent and a new round starts.
Hotel Life is tremendous fun, requires nevertheless a lot of thinking about the possible outcome of these chain reactions.
So why is it so rare?
I think there are two reasons. First, it had a relatively small print run. I don´t have the exact number but it wasn´t more than 2000.
Second, and even more important: although this game was developed by Urs Hostettler it was NOT published by Fata Morgana! It was published by the Swiss Hotel Association as a promotional game. Therefore you could buy it rather in a swiss hotel than in any game shop. A few copies went to Germany to a well known game shop where I bought mine.
I´m pretty sure that this is the best promotional game of all times!
As for New Orleans Big Band: this game uses a similar mechanism like Hotel Life, but it uses it the other way round. In NOBB you try to collect sets of musicians who are willing and able to form a band wheras in Hotel Life you try to drive away other players guests. Both are good games, but I prefer Hotel Life in every way!
Hope I could help
 
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OK, time for a few more questions...

1) You rate Power Grid a 9, and the original Funkenschlag an 8. What makes the difference, for you?

2) You rate Suzerain an 8. I've only played it once, and wasn't overly enamoured with it, but am trying to get it to the table again as it felt like there was more to it. What makes the game enjoyable for you?

3) If you could publish any five unavailable games, purely so as to be able to introduce them to a wider audience, which five would you choose?

Thanks for the German game history lesson an description of Hotel Life - now I'm eager to play that again, too...
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Hi Hermann,

congrats to be the first German GotW. I just want to know
"Bisch Du a echtr Schwoab ?" ( Are you born in Baden-Wuerttemberg?)

If so are you born in Stuttgart and is there a bigger game club or something like that, because I never heard of a bigger gaming community in Stuttgart?

And last but not least. Do you agree that the BGG is much more peaceful place than the Spielbox-Forum ? I think its because here are not so many Germans

Tom from the Swabian part of Bavaria (to confuse everyone else)
 
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Congrats on being chosen as the Geek of the Week!


I´m proud, believe me!
Hey Suomen, how is this years winter in Finland? Here in Germany it´s unnatural warm; we have around 15°, which is much to, well, comfortable for this time of the year...

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You're being punished for some "hideous" crime and you have to spend a month in a special prison where your only interaction with people is that once per day you HAVE to play at least one game of either Eagle Kingdoms, Mister Diamond or Schatz der Inka, der, which one would you choose and why? Remember that the one you choose is the game you would play every day for a month. No switching after you've made the choice. devil


Great (deleted earlier entry kiss ) question, baby!
I´ll probably choose Schatz der Inka, because this is something that comes close to being a game. It´s horrible because the game is about to come home with a hidden treasure which is placed in the beginning under one of several plastic pyramids on the board. If you´re able to find the treasure you try to bring it home = the lower right of the board. So the only winning strategy is to wait in the lower right side to raid the "Lord of the ring".
This game is really boring; even for kids!
But it´s far superior to the two other ones! They are worse! Much worse!! You´re not eager to know something about them!!!

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Complete the sentence:
"Hyped tile laying stuff. Not a really bad game, but..."


This is about Carcassone.
complete for yourself:
a: it´s repetetive
b: it´s luck based (only one tile to choose...)
c: I´m generally not too fond of tile laying stuff...
Although I quite like Carcassone: the City!

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And now(as they so often say) for something completely different. You mention football as one of your interests. Do you play yourself or have you played? And if so, how much do/did you resemble ROBERT Huth when you are/were playing the game? laugh


Until five years ago I played regularly football every tuesday evening on a small field with friends. I never was a great technician but I always was quite fast (quick? english is not my language...)
And I only have a right foot, my left leg is only not to fall off!
But I - as told - was quite quick and I always served good flanks from the right wing and I always was supposed to kick the corners from left..
But then I began to have some issues with my right knee ("Schleimbeutelentzündung"; don´t know how to translate it..) so I had to stop playing football.
Well, I´m a fan nevertheless; my team is the VfB Stuttgart!
And I don´t resemble Robert Huth at all! He´s a big and tall guy while I am more the slim type...
We´re probably somehow related, because the name "Huth" is not as common in Germany...

 
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Hey Joe ,
now you hit me on the wrong spot! You shouldn´t have mentioned Suzerain...
I admit that I only played it once. The constellation was tempting because there was a beautiful young woman who played with us. In the game we married and won...I give it an 8!! Sorry!
But I can give you a serious answer about Power Grid. I played both versions and found them being a little bit different but not any version being superior. But the Funkenschlag apres-play clean up party was a little bit annoying, so one point less.
Oh, and five games to republish, if I got that question correct.
That´s interesting!
Ok,
1. Hotel Life!!!
I already explained why.
2. Wiz - War.
Everybody knows why...
3. 1830.
I know there are already around sixty 18xx games on the market but I can´t believe that any 18xx game could be better than this one. Please republish!!
4. Full metal planete.
Ok, I´m biased! On one hand this would be still a collectors item if not republished, on the other it´s a damned fine game!
You have a science fiction scenario (collecting arch on an unknown planet) combined with chess-like moving mechanics under time pressure, as every turn has to be played within 3 minutes. A very challenging combination!
5. Lieber bairisch sterben.
This is really not for the masses, but for the freaks: you´re never sure which army you´re leading. I will not elaborate this because it´s really a freaky game, but folks, it´s great!
Joe, would be great if you give Hotel Life another try, but be sure to have a good translator on board who´s able to catch all the silly jokes on the cards!
 
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grats for Geek of the Week fame.

(I'm not good at original questions but followups I do):

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As for New Orleans Big Band: this game uses a similar mechanism like Hotel Life, but it uses it the other way round. In NOBB you try to collect sets of musicians who are willing and able to form a band wheras in Hotel Life you try to drive away other players guests. Both are good games, but I prefer Hotel Life in every way!
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That sounds a bit like Maestro, but it's better? Well according to your rating it is? Why? Oh and does it has a better way to setup how goes first?

Deisgn your own question to answer, just make it intresting. That's my question for you, what would you ask your self, then answer it.
 
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congratulations on your weak geekiness I mean geak of the weekness. (sorry i am a lover of bad puns.) First off I must say despite your protests:
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So I will try to answer questions but have to apologize in advance for my English since it´s not my native language. At least I have a dictionary in reach...


you type fantastic colloquial English. (better than me, and probably better than most of us.) Anyway on to the questions.

I have never met a "collector" before, and never had the unlimited chance to question them. So if you have had these before, I apologize, but here we go. In no particular order.

1) Why do you collect games?
2) How do you determine what to keep, and what not to keep"
3) Considering your vast game arsenal, do you ever play generic games (spades, hearts, cribbage, rummy, dominoes, checker, chess, etc?)
4)Do you ever mix up components from games?
if yes 4a) why'd do you do it? to provide for another game, to create a hybrid game, just to see what would happen, or for some other reason that I would appreciate an explanation for?
5) I noticed in your profile that you own Talisman (sorry, it's because it's being re-released otherwise I probably might not have looked.) but you don't rate it, and in your comment's, you say "I don`t really go for fantasy..." but it's not up for trade. Anyway, I am not disagreeing with your dislike. But I guess I am exploring the collector mentality. Why are you keeping a game you don't like? (I have at least 3 games I don't like, but I keep them because my wife will play them. But I'm not a collector.)
6)as a collector, how do you feel about expansions? (EG ticket to ride:1910, or Carcasonne...etc) do you feel a need to get all expansions, or just those that enhance play?
7) I will admit to being newly re-intoduced to the world of boardgaming, but again as a collector with over 1 thousand titles in your possession, how discriminating are you currently? Do you buy every game that comes out to keep up to date? do you only buy games you like now? Will you only buy what you think others will play with you? what guides your purchasing decision?

thanks for your time, and congratulations. Take your time in responding, I will be perusing your collection which is educational.
 
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we have one room packed with around 1ooo games. Fortunately it has a high ceiling (3 meters)... You can see glimpses of the games in my pictures.


Hermann,

Looking at your images on the Geek, guess this one offers a good glimpse:


Of course, part of the fun of having all those games is the game of deciding which game to play. I find that I often have too many choices for games (or rather too many games I want to play, but only a little time in which to play games.)

Have fun!
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Hi Hermann,

congrats to be the first German GotW. I just want to know
"Bisch Du a echtr Schwoab ?" ( Are you born in Baden-Wuerttemberg?)


Hi Tom,
danke, danke!
Yes, I at least feel as a swabian. I was born more or less incidentally here in Stuttgart because my father studied here. Later the family moved away. I don´t have a very strong swabian accent but sometimes I catch myself - when speaking to someone from the swabian alb, for example - speaking strong swabish. laugh

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If so are you born in Stuttgart and is there a bigger game club or something like that, because I never heard of a bigger gaming community in Stuttgart?


I don´t know any game club, no. I had a few game evenings with Michael Andersch, whose name you probably know and I used to play a lot with Klaus Paleschs game group.
Now, as I have said above, I mostly play in my family and twice a month with two small game groups.


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Do you agree that the BGG is much more peaceful place than the Spielbox-Forum ? I think its because here are not so many Germans


Tom, Tom, tsts...
You´re trying to involve me into an international flame war, don´t you?
Although I read the Spielbox-Forum everyday I hardly ever participate. There are many rules questions, many speculations about the next Spiel des Jahres, how many meeples should be in my Carcassone copy? type of questions; you know, stuff I´m not too interested in. With a few praiseworthy exeptions humour is not too developed. And yes, the tone of voice is sometimes, well...childish and rude; sorry I have to say.
You´ll find me much more often here on the Geek. I love the clear structure, the enormous database and I often have a good laugh here.
Hey, I have to praise a site that just made me Geek of the Week, no? laugh
 
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What a treat, from Joe to Hermann. Two people who seem to throw up the BGG things that really interest me, and also two people I know/knew nothing about. Shocked to discover there were no German GotWs so far. Trust Joe to find another hidden gem worth looking into. Great choice Joe.

Hi Hermann, nice to read a bit about you at last. I think we keep ticking off each other's obscure game submissions, seems to be you and me quite often (yet, our overlap is purely random according to Mike's tool).

Three questions:

What is the easiest trick a game designer or publisher can use to get you curious? I'm wondering if there is an attribute beyond the game itself that tickles your interest? Slick wooden components, or really daft and impractical ones draw my attention often quicker than a red flag attracts a bull. Anything that would immediately draw your attention in a well stocked shop?

Do you have a particular weakness for one of the smaller imprints, and if so, which one and why? There are several publishers whose games I keep buying, although they hardly produce the games that challenge me most. Or that are very hit and miss to put it mildly. Yet they give me great joy. Any publisher that has you hooked?

Last one: when we finally meet, which non BGG database games would you bring out that I'd just have to be introduced to (he said, taking notes)?

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While Jon Power was plotting to raid your collection, apparently you paid off the cops to thwart him and arranged to have his collection raided instead. Just how far reaching is your underground network?
All I can say about this is that Jon should keep his doors closed and buy himself a good safety lock. But he shouldn't keep to much attention to the chimney sweep who will come next week. Jon should leave his house when this guy is over because he will get dirty if he stays and all that. Right, Big Woo?


He already met one of our agents, posing as me, when he came up to Scotland late last year. I think he fell for it. Put the BGG tag on him as you suggested, he's a marked man. Nuff said.


Hermann, enjoy your week reigning BGG !

Do not use it as an excuse to stop entering those other titles. It's so much easier when I just have to tick 'em off after you've done the hard work !
 
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grats for Geek of the Week fame.


Thank you, Virre!

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That sounds a bit like Maestro, but it's better? Well according to your rating it is? Why? Oh and does it has a better way to setup how goes first?


Maestro is a good oldfashioned tile collecting game in which you try to form orchestras, prepositioned (?) on the board. Nice, but doesn´t rock the world. New Orleans Big Band is much more difficult. You too try to form orchestras, but the musicians have certain likes and dislikes ( doesn´t play with a guitarist, plays only with xxy, etc.) This game has a twist!
But it doesn´t compete with Hotel Life! No sir!

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Deisgn your own question to answer, just make it intresting. That's my question for you, what would you ask your self, then answer it.


I´m not really sure if I got that right, but if you want to know a question I often have asked myself, ok here it is:
What would be if there would be NOTHING? No universe, no whatever!
Sounds silly at first glance, but try to really warp your brain around! You will get mad!
Oh, and there´s no answer...
 
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