Brushfire + and on Game (2010)

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Category Miniatures
Wargame
Mechanic Co-operative Play
Description From the FFG Website: At the start, all cyclist have the same chances of winning the race. When a Bus pulls up and the hungry passengers pile out with only 30 minutes to eat, you have to work as a team to see that they get fed and leave happy. Will you opt for the safe and long journey or will your adventurous heart call out the unfolding of events through bandits, deserts and haunted castles? The Servers scurry out of the kitchen with food, the Boss directs the traffic, trying to please everyone.
Comments
Part of my kids' collection. It's essentially played on a 5x5 grid, where 4 spaces are "mined".
Still wish we could get an old SPI designer or staff memeber to say if that darn stream & marsh hexes really are suppose to be there or not. Interesting strategies can be employed using different unit capabilities. 30 years War. Of course in friendly and starting/learning games it's not that big deal, but still.


Stygeru (2007)

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Category Educational
Children's Game
Trivia
Sports
Mechanic Roll and Move
Description From the manufacturer: "The new game system has the clean play of the designer’s masterpiece, Defiant Russia, and is crafted to fit the nature of combat in 1916.
Comments
Unpunched. Components are a mixed bag - while the counters are nice, Avalanche still amazes me with the terrible artwork on the map.
Battle of Stonne 1940. Après plusieurs débuts de parties avortées et une partie complète, les Français ne semblent avoir aucune chance d'accrocher le nul même s'ils parviennent à stabiliser le front. IS this company interning graphic art grads? As an aside, i liked it in particular because i was able to beat my "always-scores-over-300-points-in-Scrabble-and-kicks-my-butt-in-every-other-word-games friend", so this one's a keeper for me.


Gogo (1954)

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Category
Mechanic Hex-and-Counter
Set Collection
Trading
Description Print and Play Board Game/ Strategic War Game for 2-6+ players. The game is simple. Set in Nod’s Limbs, the town where Edgar and Ellen live, players start off by entering Edgar and Ellen’s 13-story house. . Events occuring within the Provinces is simulated through die rolls and cross-referencing to a results table. This isn't about urban survival any more. Battle is resolved by playing a single hand of poker.
Comments
[I seldom add it to the basic game] One more variable to consider; maybe good to give some hope to Jack to win by evading, but chaotic in its implementation.
Gonna try this very soon... The idea is excellent, the cards are cool, the artwork's not bad.
Min. I remember playing this when I was a kid. Box is quite busted up, probably not worth trading away.
When I compare this Spielbox expansion to Blue Moons and Thurn & Taxis, it just doesn't stack up. Pretzels.


Gute Tails: at Passage Dreadnoughts (1965)

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Category Wargame
Children's Game
Mechanic Co-operative Play
Description Released in the 60's in the Netherlands by N.V. Numerous articles and scenarios cover Spanish, Turkish, Russian, Greek, French, and Romanian plans in the WW1 era. The goal of the game is to get the most (illegal) money in. Translation of the boardgame and names of the streets. Age: 4+ He was also involved in the design process with us in relation to the game effect of the animals. We had an extremely tight timescale to get this done for Essen 2009 and enormous credit and thanks go to Aaron for his contribution.
Comments
Beautiful maps - same as with all later games of this series. Comme d'habitude avec avalanch press, on a aucun exemple. Same game play, but excellent visual effect!


Saliefue (1978)

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Category Card Game
Adventure
Fantasy
Economic
Mechanic Auction/Bidding
Co-operative Play
Description A card game from Korea in which you play a subway inspector.
Comments
Great comments from Dominique.
Had most of the bits anyway. Need more info.
Real sheep, carrots and cabbage... Does Austria have a strong history involving wood? I was surprised at how different the wooden *eeples look compared to the generic *eeple-packs available locally. I wish more games would come out with 'promo' packs like this, although it was pretty dang expensive seeings how most games these days come with meeples for the same price.


Time Riverboat Military Lords The Four Elements (2000)

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Category Card Game
Children's Game
Mechanic Roll and Move
Description Simcoe County On Board is a Monopoly clone based on the cities in Ontario, Canada. Scoring is handicapped based on the difference between the total of a player's starting cards and the lowest total of the opponent's starting cards. The leftover 5 COMMDICE may be added to a player's Line using SPECIALS [surprises]. Instead of a full complement of chess pieces, each player begins the game with five pawns, two rooks, two knights, and an elementalist. After three rounds of play, the player with the most captured dice wins.
Comments
Possibly the worst game ever published by AH.


Zooloretto: Olympiade Run Game Original Rock 'n Roll Music Game (1998)

Information
Category Trivia
Mechanic Roll and Move
Variable Player Powers
Description Description from box: EVERY PLAYER PLAYS ON EACH SPIN.
Comments
Simpson-theme is Slam Dunk. Think Ra, only instead of auctions you just grab piles of cards as the dealer tosses them out. I didn't like it THAT much because it was nearly just a dicefest.


Who Jeu (1936)

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Category Abstract Strategy
Card Game
Mechanic Auction/Bidding
Description Follow Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr., USN (1888–1957) on his trail by air, sea and land from New Zealand to the South Pole avoiding the perils of icebergs, crevasses and blizzards along your route. Two to four players compete on 8 special boards representing the 10 disciplines of the Decathlon: On day 1, they compete in 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump, and 400m. All the chess pieces are used except the pawns, and they move and capture the opponent's pieces the same way as in chess.
Comments
Played two games with two players, not bad but it was a bit short.
First game I published by another designer, my good friend Jim Z. A térlátásom nem a legjobb, ennyire rájöttem a parti során.
Interessante gioco di osservazione....


Spargo Wedding (2011)

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Category
Mechanic Roll and Move
Description Trivia game where players answer questions and place colored discs on the spaces where they answered the questions correctly. Likewise there are many animals living in the oceans, at the coast and pols which most people have already seen, but sometimes cannot put a name to or say much about. This fun game stimulates and develops memory, while giving children an introduction to simple strategy. Players then spin in rotation, each player taking one turn. Polly the Porcupine™ invites you to draw quills or spines out of Polly's back.
Comments
Love it.
Just 1 play. Underrated in Germany. It does take the grand prize at a "pasted-on themes" competition, though.
The kids have a great time with this game otherwise I would rate it lower.
Commendable effort trying to wargame/CDG this historical topic. We just never fell into a rythm. It was a fun game nonetheless. Good replayability. (On second thought, I hope Fox and Welker can do one on the medieval Europe around 10th to 15th century.) Not the easiest to get into because of the more obscure topic, map colors not matching markers too well, and oddly located rules, but makes an enjoyable tale with drastic sways in fortunes.


Goal-A-Minute Pictures (1979)

Information
Category Wargame
Card Game
Mechanic Dice Rolling
Description A card game based on the exploits of James Bond, Agent 007, where you compete to become the top agent by acquiring Plot and Villain cards with a higher total Danger Level than those of the other players. Http://atomagazine.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=87 Economies have crumbled as corporations have turned to military warfare as a means of assuring their financial futures. The Escaper simply plots where they want to move. Naturally he or she takes the largest piece. It will set the length, places, events, encounters and goals of the game session.
Comments
100 points of Imperial Navy. I never owned this game, but an aunt and uncle had a copy, and we always used to play it when we went visiting. Has nice elements of ability and resource management, laid on top of dice-based combat/task resolution and simple positional aspect. Artwork is good, but generally I don't like 3D graphics so much... Can't wait for the extensions. I would have loved to flesh out the decks more if this were the case, as is though I am thinking about whether I want to go further.

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