Quarto

An abstract strategy game by Gigamic from 1991. The rules are explained in about 2 minutes, but that doesn’t mean the game is easy to play. Expect to put some brain juice in order to win.

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Tombouctou

Tombouctou from 1993 thematically sounds like a caravan trading game, but it turns out to be a deduction game where you protect your cargo from thieves by figuring out where they strike first.

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Dixit

Dixit is a very creative communication game that has you describe and guess at picture cards. It’s much more fun than this description sounds, fun enough for this year’s Spiel des Jahres award.

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Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride (here in the German edition “Zug um Zug”) has become a classic in the few years since it was first released. It spawned many variants that play on different maps and add new mechanics.

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Ad Astra

Ad Astra is not quite a board game, it skips the concept of a game board and makes the table top the playing area. There is some mechanics from Settlers of Catan there, some from Puerto Rico and a bit from Robo Rally, all combined to a delicious mix

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Macao

Year2009PublisherRavensburgerAuthorStefan FeldPlayers2 – 5Age12 – 199Time90StrategyLuckInteractionComponents & DesignComplexityScore In 1557, the Portuguese first gained the right for permanent settlement on the[…]

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Spiel des Jahres 2010

The nominee list and jury’s recommendation list for the Spiel des Jahres 2010 award came out today. The coveted red seal is awarded on 28th of June, but lets have a look at the nominations already.

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Der Feuersalamander

In Nostalgia, we present games that we played back when we were kids – no, that does not mean they use bones for dice, but thanks for the nice thought. Today’s pick from the treasure chest was first published in 1988, before European games were sold outside of Europe. Thus, it was never translated and only goes by the german name of “Der Feuersalamander”.

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