Coin Collectors (2010)

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Category Card Game
Mechanic Pattern Building
Description In Temporal Trade, with one of eight scenario's to choose from, the game is begun in the past time frame and players may elect to purchase businesses and improve upon their business with the purchase of business facilities or stores in the past. Thus, Middle Earth Quest will take place in a time of growing darkness. Of course, a second player, upon arriving at the "Temporal Trade Time Ship Space", may elect to transport the game values back into the past phase tense. The cards and their general usage is as follows: Agents (able to go on missions), Missions (must be completed to win), Locations, Obstacles (must be overcome for a mission to be completed), Experience (permanently improve an agent’s capabilities), Equipment, Contacts (temporarily improve an agent’s capabilities), Events (affect game play in a variety of ways).
Comments
Really a two player game...but can include others on the side of good if they don't get bored easily. This is OK if you want a non-taxing, luck driven few minutes.
Really a two player game...but can include others on the side of good if they don't get bored easily.
I'm still not sure how I feel about Middle-earth Quest. What a lot of bits and rules. Seems that it's hard to win by heroes. End of turn: Sauron opens a new plot at Dol-Goldur; a new clue appears at Bree; the plot-track advances. It took a few plays, but I can now say that I really do love this game. I'm not complaining, though; I AH.
Would like a Lord of the Rings game (found Knizia too dry). Downtime is massive also, as there's nothing I can do when it's not my turn other than stare at the board.


Poker Safari (2009)

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Category
Mechanic Auction/Bidding
Roll and Move
Description Tabakitaba is an educational and fun game on tabacco. A bit of monopoly, a hint of trivial pursuit, an inch of strategy game and some educational datas on tabacco. The first one to guess right gets the card. Betting and bluffing are used in rounds until all bets are squared up, or until all other players have conceded the pot (folded). It has very good solitaire playability.
Comments
A well-done theme surrounding a repetitive auction game.
I'm particularly partial to Texas Hold 'Em (the community cards take bluffing to a higher level). DiceCon West 2010. Utter waste of time. Skill later vs. There are lots of games that i might only find interesting if betting were involved, and i would say that's a bad thing. Played with chips, but still had low bets.
Nice mixture of skill and luck, short attention span. Certainly worth several plays.


Paemeom (2009)

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Category Abstract Strategy
Mechanic Roll and Move
Trading
Description Oh noes! Journey through the jungle: explore uncharted territory, collect exotic jewels, and create passwords to blaze your trail. You win if you are the first explorer to reach the Island of Nowhere. This is #1 in the Mystery Rummy series. The aim is to render the opponent's warriors powerless either by capturing the chief or by encircling all his men, thus preventing hem from moving further. Each card depicts an arrow, in which direction this card can capture a weaker opponent, if possible. More info at:
Comments
Box is a little worn, cards are in like new condition. I love guessing who will turn out to be the Ripper! Quite tense, with some interesting twists to an old classic. =P. I've only played with my wife so far, but we both enjoy it. And this whole buying cards process is a lottery as you'd expect, even with 2 rounds.


Irensei Pyramide (2005)

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Category
Mechanic Dice Rolling
Hand Management
Pick-up and Deliver
Description This game should not be confused with Reiner Knizia's children's game (Lord of the Rings) with the same title, or with his very different 2-player Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation!! Goal is to find treasures. Each player plays one of the Hobbits in the fellowship, each of which has a unique power. Grown-ups peel out for it.
Comments
Well I loved the "Myth" series, but this game has little to do with it. The game stood in my shelf for 1.5 years before I finally got to play it. It's actually quite hard to win... Did not grip me the way Pandemic did. The players definitely need to work together in order to succeed. We lose. We'll see, I guess. Edit2: Another game, I think we're starting to get the hang of it now.
Even if you don't play the game, READ the BOOKS. I wasn't particularly interested in Cluedo, I have to admit. However, right from the off-set you notice this game is completely different in character.


Daletoia (1986)

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Category Fantasy
Mechanic Betting/Wagering
Roll and Move
Description The five issues of "Diceman" were magazine games published using characters from the British anthology comic "2000AD." Players do not know who they are bidding against -- if anyone -- as only one player has to reveal intent. The games followed programmed story lines and were based, essentially, on a paragraph system - except, instead of paragraphs, the player was directed to illustrated panels. HIT!
Comments
Good game, funny to play and easy to learn. I hope for some extra cards and rules. A little work has to be done to out the sticker and some colour on the wooden pieces. Sortof .


Brennan's Lineup (1988)

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Category Party Game
Educational
Mechanic Area Control / Area Influence
Paper-and-Pencil
Roll and Move
Description In Starting Lineup Talking Baseball, one or two players take on the role(s) of Major League Baseball managers. Players are given a master list of topics and then a twenty-sided die with letters on each side is rolled to determine the "key" letter.
Comments
My version is called Challenge Yahtzee. The last two just to give this game a chance to prove itself.
It's a fine little game for two players that doesn't take long.
This is a remake of an old game from my childhood called Tank Battle.
TP is probably still the best trivia game out there and at least the new editions serve a purpose for those that remember all the answers to thier current set.


COBRA: Matey! to for 1576-84 Seas (2005)

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Category Card Game
Wargame
Adventure
Mechanic Area Movement
Pick-up and Deliver
Point to Point Movement
Description Jason-1 Oceanic Adventure - Voyage on the High Seas. Piquet during the Court of Charles II. It has been ported and adapted from Scott Peterson's web-infamous 'Pirateer'. Two one-map scenarios are also included: one covering the landings and fight to secure the beaches from 6 June to 15 July, and a second covering Patton's famed breakout operation. A game consists either of 6 deals called a partie (in the Rubicon version) or to 100 points in the "Cents" version. The Fellowship players win if they get the Ring to the Crack of Fire, or destroy the Dark Tower (Sauron's fortress) through combat.
Comments
2 Players; 60 min. But okay if you enjoy long RPG stuff. And it isn't.
Not yet played, but having done a different pirate game for the piecepack, I'm eager to!


Munchkin und Drinkin' im Game (1984)

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Category Sports
Action / Dexterity
Mechanic Card Drafting
Roll and Move
Trading
Description After reading The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, it became obvious that Stonehenge was an ancient sporting arena built by clans of Scot-like fey trapped in our world. The game includes six plastic race horses, a folding board, and a spinner. If you own Battleship Captain, you already have all the components contained in Battlewagons. A later version of the game replaced the spinner with five dice. Denmark Strait, May 1941 Death of the Bismarck, May 1941 It's 8 Second Madness!! "I'm a Yakuza with a gun.
Comments
Not as fun as the original.
I only bought this to experience the terrible gameplay, and I don't regret it.


Dxwumny (2005)

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Category Card Game
Children's Game
Mechanic Hex-and-Counter
Description This is a Monopoly clone. -- of Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1918. What future earner will want to avoid investing in the stock market? Minature cricket stumps. Players attempt to increase their wealth through strategic decision-making in buying and selling stocks.
Comments
The wife and I played this two or three times. I think it's good for children, for adults basic version too simple. I will definitely buy it. That said, it's a proud moment for the Poles. Update: I created my own set of counters by copying the counter-sheet, printing it then mounting on stiff card. The events system (completely divorced from the movement of armies, which I prefer to PoG) adds some variability to the course of the war, most notably in the options that both sides have in mollifying some neutrals. I was 1 space short of completing the final order and winning the game.
Very nice game to play with kids.
Printed.


Banota (1994)

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Category Humor
Dice
Card Game
Mechanic Auction/Bidding
Trick-taking
Description From Fantasy Flight's website : In it, players try to come up with a word that contains a certain sequence of letters before the ticking time-bomb in their hands explodes.
Comments
Quality cards with nice additions to help out new Hearts players (points printed on the cards). But my wonderful experience was due to the people I played with (Joe Huber, Sheila Davis) much more than the miniatures system. A new player would easily learn Hearts from these. Still, fun and generates some laughs.

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