Thampsus (2004)

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Category Dice
Card Game
Print & Play
Educational
Mechanic Dice Rolling
Stock Holding
Description Party & Co is made out of 5 different games and each game has to be done correctly to earn a disk. You do it by amassing 51% of the company stock. Each player has 3 red, green, blue and yellow playing pieces, but one player uses the round pieces and the other the square ones. The game is web published, but was previously printed in an issue of the SGS magazine Strategist. Hit it big with Easy Come – Easy Go!" The players alternate completing a sequence of five phases: Logistics (draw one card), Artillery Barrage (eliminate a random number of enemy squads), Charge Orders (the player may choose to charge, or such orders may be received), Defender Fire Phase, and Trench Fighting Phase.
Comments
I really want to like this game but the darned thing can DRAG on forever. Para el grupo de amigos ocasionales (juegan muy poco) y le gusten este tipo de juegos.
Nice little dice game - similar to Yahtzee but more competitive and shorter. Good for younger kids, or really easing in people who don't know games at all.
Not half bad.
$5 sale.


Pompiers! Jam of Collection

Information
Category Sports
Dice
Wargame
Mechanic Roll and Move
Set Collection
Description From the box: "Mighty, magical holocausts, awe-inspiring Dragons, weird and terrible monsters, military battles on a grand scale. The aim is to be the first player to put down all of his Citycards.
Comments
Reiner "I never play or see other designer's games" Knizia's Alhambra.
Http://www.sonic.net/~avmartin/games_played.htm#15318 You're constructing buildings by paying with different types of money. Just the rules and charts are in german. Plays fast. Se puede puntuar negativo ,por un palacio de una planta. Not likely to ever use it though as I can see no fault with the original game. ** UPDATE 2009: played again after wanting to play for a while... Overall, a decent lightweight game with soem strategy that scales well from 2-4. Bummer. Muy al estilo Knizia. The stutter-step nature of placing tiles in the quarries based on the location of the "Master Architect" piece was interesting. Isn't even worth the words I've wasted on it so far.
I have not played this version of Monopoly. Counters are no better ("oh, I'm being attacked by a giant letter J - let's look it up and see what it's supposed to be"). I appreciate it for it's quick game length and tight decisions...
Like Alhambra with the fun taken out.


Warrior You (2001)

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Category Wargame
Abstract Strategy
Mechanic Dice Rolling
Description This is a fantasy mass battle game, cousin to the skirmish game Mayhem: Warrior Heroes. Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Depending on how many items his/her team guesses the team's pawn may advance 0, 1, 3 or 6 steps along the board. As such, it is a real departure from what you may be used to. It doesn’t have a rigid, traditional turn sequence where players alternate moving and firing with perhaps a melee or two at the end. A fun tactical board or miniatures game for 2 or more players who like to Role Play on the looney side.
Comments
Not my kind of game. Think we played this slightly wrong but it still didn't grab me. Very nice components.


Adventure Emperor Sell (1977)

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Category
Mechanic Area Control / Area Influence
Description Beautiful wooden version of an early Knizia design, which first appeared in Spielbox journal 1993.
Comments
Expansion to Battlecars. Time would probably reduce with several plays and all players experienced, but would rather play both Nexus Ops & Puerto Rico in the time it takes to play this.


School Spel (1992)

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Category
Mechanic Pattern Building
Tile Placement
Description A simple tactical wargame covering the battles of Muret 1213, Bouvines 1214, Lac Peïpous 1242 and Benevento 1266. It is a musical game where players must match cards showing styles of music in the right combinations to score points. "You have been chosen to defend the weak and to battle the darkness. 36+ different powers available. This game is set in the time after the Earth's cities were destroyed by the evil Warpigs. If a pawn ends up on a small space, the player is asked a question from one of the cards.
Comments
Juego revista Vae Victis. Great selection of battles and the graphics are superb. Original system appears en magazine number 26 with the battles of Poitiers y Formigny. A pitty there are erratas published on following numbers - these are available from Frédéric's site if you feel like printing. Ce sont donc des batailles à redécouvrir avec l’apport des nouvelles règles de poursuite, d’élan et de dispersion qui renforcent la puissance de la charge. Point being that it is an east to learn system.
M, VV. However, usually I'm wanting to just get out and play a round of disc golf and not have someone keep trying to screw with me.
Nice game, short and very lively, recreate well the chaos of medieval warfare but Rules are not intuitive and not really stabilised though at their fourth version (and there are still problems in this version IMO). However, usually I'm wanting to just get out and play a round of disc golf and not have someone keep trying to screw with me.


Cavioste (2002)

Information
Category Abstract Strategy
Wargame
Mechanic Hex-and-Counter
Roll and Move
Set Collection
Description The iQube™ Boardgame & Puzzle is our original award winning three dimensional mind challenge, comprising of four strategic boardgames and a deceptively simple looking puzzle. To win, the noble must gain sufficient wealth -at least 150,000 sesterces, 6 slaves, 1 villa and 1 chariot- only then can the noble travel up the "Consul Route" (on the board) to claim the Consul's laurel crown (Hosts may like to provide one)- by throwing a six on one dice. Expands: Schmidt Spiele have arbitrarily laid over this a jungle theme.
Comments
German expansion.
While this expansion could've been packaged in a much smaller box, it was still a worthwhile expansion for the game. Great production values.
Adds 5th player.


Salloro

Information
Category Children's Game
Card Game
Animals
Mechanic Memory
Roll and Move
Description The Name a Lot On the Spot Game. Game consists of 6 rounds and a bonus round. The scenario employs a small number of event cards. Then he arranges these dice in a specific sequence. "Scimitar Lusts To Take A Life Away. Some scholars say the name referred not to any tafl game but in fact to a form of Latrunculorum. On a 4, nothing happens, or the player may have paid the house, as no 4-space appears on surviving boards. Nominated on the Spiel des Jahres recommendation List 2010. - strength = 100 men/SP (infantry), 50 men/SP (cavalry), 3 guns/SP (artillery)
Comments
Homemade pencil and paper version. Play again.


Gods AFV Price (2011)

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Category
Mechanic Dice Rolling
Hex-and-Counter
Set Collection
Description This 267-page history of the world's games is divided into nine chapters plus appendices. This game is similar in nature to Elfenroads/Elfenland in that players try to visit as many cities as possible using optimal transportation cards; what's different is that the lay of the land is also dictated by card play. The only difference between the game and the real thing is the physical action. Characteristic values are of vitality, skill and wisdom, each noted on the cards.
Comments
BGWS Review. Luckily, there is still Elfenland, which I love. However, it's not a bad game either... But as I said, we'll see after more plays, is this going to be hit or not... (3+0+2) (2 plays) On the down side (for me), Keltis: Das Orakel is quite abstract.
This is the kind of game that is Spiele des Jahres material: wonderful components, strong theme, easy to learn and play, suitable for families, and yet satisfying also as a lighter game for gamers.
What a dog of a game. Much more tactical, with more looking ahead to multi-move combos and setting up tactical board position. Sold it. After this war of attrition, luck (more than strategy) prevails.
Rather liked this game. Sajna csak max 4 személynek.


Galorai (1964)

Information
Category Dice
Children's Game
Movies/TV/Radio theme
Wargame
Mechanic Pattern Recognition
Description Those delightfully mixed-up creatures, the Wuzzles, and their enchanted island of Wuz are just a wish away when you play this race game with the towering 3-D mountain. Crash is a continuous gambling game. Bits and pieces of their presents have been scattered all over the gameboard. If it's a 1, you crashed and must pay 10 chips to the pot.
Comments
Krat: 8
Need French version.
A good expansion that adds a few fun new elements (new map, sea travel, quests), but not a dramatic difference from the main game.


Miss Monster Crossword (2009)

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Category Abstract Strategy
Mechanic Betting/Wagering
Modular Board
Variable Player Powers
Description Players roll their 13 letter cubes and then arrange them into words crossword style before the timer runs out. There are four different Scenarios that can be played, namely the Historical Scenario ( which simulates what actually happened in the Battle of the Nile ) and three other Scenarios called Scenario A, Scenario B and Scenario C. Genetically altered for an increased mental capacity, these specimens also possess both Herculean strength and bestial savagery that they are forced to direct against Allied targets in battle.
Comments
Good expansion.
C'mon, admit it...
Adds a lot to the replay value of Chrononauts. Not sure if it is essential, but does add a bit more flavor.

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