The Chess (2011)

Information
Category Expansion for Base-game
Racing
Mechanic Betting/Wagering
Roll and Move
Set Collection
Description Funway Park is a language development game. This epoch is now evoked again in a playful manner.
Comments
Expansión. Five maps, three and a half countersheets, and a triple helping of scenarios.


The Machine (2003)

Information
Category Party Game
Humor
Murder/Mystery
Wargame
Mechanic Paper-and-Pencil
Rock-Paper-Scissors
Description This is an "executive" board game created for Burlington Socks. One player is the inspector and the others are the suspects. You move around the game board, and follow the instructions on each space you land on, normally resulting in gaining or losing sales. But what do these customer want? (For Ages 3+) It gets very funny! It continues until another official vote is taken and a winner is determined.
Comments
Just didn't do it for me. Fun card game; a different concept. Not to hit the table often, but it'll make it out often enough to make it worth the purchase. Some actions were not used. I love election games, probably my favorite genre along with baseball, so my rating is probably too high at five :)
Perfect Christmas eve stuff.
- 2011.01


Napoleonic 1945 Road Wetlands Game (1993)

Information
Category Card Game
Fighting
Mechanic Line Drawing
Description Abi'94 is a Card game. One player controls France & Napoleon. Run through as many cards as the two-minute timer permits. Contents: 42 taro cards, six special instruction cards, astrology tally pad, numberology chart pad, fortune formula pad, oracle pendulum, answer board, and the instructions. There are a variety of trivia questions. - One game turn for two days. The iPhone version is a simpler, singe round, single player version of the game that allows players to be "IT" or to hide. The game is primarily available at: www.lemontreegames.com and in a growing number of specialty toy retailers.
Comments
Got a free starter set.


Funny Caverns: Americans Heroes Darker (1988)

Information
Category
Mechanic Memory
Description The Battle of Algiers - Terrorism versus torture. Brightly colored cubes must be picked up and moved with suction-cup movers.
Comments
Makes the game more challenging. I don't think I have played without it, but I love this game regardless. The multiple card drafting decks allow for a unique experience each time. It adds a bit more variety which I think would be welcome to fans of the game.
It's a nice package and not unamusing to play, but it is strongly dominated by luck.


Take Castle and Spark (2006)

Information
Category Wargame
Card Game
Mechanic Pattern Recognition
Description From the box: Collect the most slices to form scrumptious layer cakes. It's every player for themselves, as they race through time, collecting enemies and out-smarting their opponents in a bid to be first to the finish. The game comes with instructions to play nine games with the deck.
Comments
I especially liked the all tank battle scenario.
Haven't played yet.


Cherry Pie (2002)

Information
Category Wargame
Mechanic Roll and Move
Set Collection
Description The Mating Game is a personality profile game which is supposed to compare your personality to that of your mate (or any other person) to see how compatible you are with each other. It uses a set of four cards to determine your personality. In each game, the group must go through 14 of the 56 available dungeon rooms in order to defeat the powerful sorcerer Zangdar. Another unusual feature is that you can take a loan, that last for 15 real-world minutes. In this game, the players are biologists walking in the footsteps of Darwin.
Comments
Waiting for a german edition. Better than Knizias RA! This makes it essential for you to place a good bid on the color. The land battles are just a bit too luck dependent.
Mechanics are pretty light and forgiving.
Too luck heavy. Lots of fun and laughter! I am convinced we played some rules wrong. One of the few non-melding, non-trick-taking games out there.


Oho Web Load: Battle (2011)

Information
Category Wargame
Card Game
World War II
Mechanic Auction/Bidding
Hex-and-Counter
Description Players each receive 10 counters with which to buy cards. In a departure from the usual modern wargame environment (like Shipwreck! This expansion includes 52 new playing cards which divides into basic cards, equipment cards and tactic cards. The Soviet side gets the Guards units as well as numerous of new air unit types. They then use their counters to buy cards that other players are auctioning. The goal of the game is to take the most cards possible in the most tricks possible.
Comments
Fun, but I'd rather be playing ASLSK. Glad to move on to The Burning Blue for a more in-depth treatment of the battle.


Seonda (1994)

Information
Category Fantasy
Abstract Strategy
Wargame
Mechanic Roll and Move
Voting
Description The games simulates the first week of the Irish campaign occurred in 1798. One player controls the French army and the Irish patriots and the other player controls the British army and the Irish militia.
Comments
A very ambitious attempt to revamp talisman that ultimately fails.
Even the last set of 10 year olds I brought this out for thought it was boring.
The simplest of any fantasy themed boardgame.


Marcus Paradise (1971)

Information
Category Abstract Strategy
Wargame
Ancient
Mechanic Co-operative Play
Hex-and-Counter
Description In 1998 Rage underwent a major revision that cleaned up a lot of problems with the previous version by White Wolf Studios. The game consists of a frame with 8 x 8 fields, only accessible from one side, much like Connect four but only accessible from one side. On your turn, you roll the dice and move along the blue-circle path the number thrown.
Comments
A complete surprise of a game when I first played and knew I had to get it for the family. The second version often left those that played the RPG scratching their heads in confusion going "what now? It is a nice blend between worker placement, hidden decision making, and "take that" battles (that are easy and simple to resolve).


Renfield Wizard (1968)

Information
Category Card Game
Mechanic Voting
Description You’ve reached the intersection where Park Place meets the Yellow Brick Road… so grab your friends and family, click your heels three times and return to the magical land of Oz. In this game, you play the role of sorcerers' apprentices. Follow the Yellow Brick Road as you buy, sell and trade your favorite locations in the movie from Home Sweet Home, the Emerald City and the Witch’s Castle to the Haunted Forest, Poppy Fields and the Apple Orchard. The first player to reach a number of points is the winner.
Comments
Played once.
This is a tough rating.
See my comments on its sister game, Assault.

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