New Acquisitions: March 2015

Last month I mentioned a new game called Deus, published by Pearl Games. I am glad to say that is very original nice to play. It reminds you of deck-building games like Dominion and Thunderstone but, at the same time, it isn't like them at all. It has a new system which challenges you create an 'engine', i.e a mechanic where you first use cards that you think will help you obtain money and/or resources. However, there is a problem. The first card you use (there are 5 areas that can be expanded but the mechanic remains the same for each area of development) will be used a maximum of 5 times in the game. The second card you play in the same area will be used a maximum of 4 times. The third, three times and so on. As you have a limit of 5 cards in an area, the last card you play will only be used the once. This works surprisingly well. The only fault with the game is that it can lead to Analysis Paralysis as you try to think ahead several turns into the future. A very good game, recommended.

The surprising find of the month is Vienna, a new game by family-game publisher Schmidt. I suspect this will fly under the radar of most modern gamers. It is a game in the style of the classic game of Kingsburg. As I think Kingsburg is the best gateway game for those unfamiliar with modern games, I was drawn to buying Vienna and I must say I was not disappointed. Yes, I think the designer has definitely played Kingsburg but he or she has come up with an entirely new game. It uses dice but it is very strategic and surprisingly tense as your dreams and aspirations come to fruition (or are crushed and damned, as happened to me in both of yesterday's games. Sigh!!) I will try to find time to write a proper review in March.

The third volume of Klaus Dünker's opus is now available. Klaus is the foremost expert in Germany of card games by ASS. All three volumes are well illustrated and many, many games are described (in Deutsch of course). If you are interested in buying them, let me know.

IMPORTANT REQUEST: I am hoping that one of you has a copy of Holiday (by Atholl Research Company I think). If you do and would like to sell it or trade with me for it, then please get in touch. I want this for a dear old friend as it is Number One on his wish-list and that would please me very much when I give it to him. Fingers crossed that one of you get back to me.

This month I must thank Jürgen for his continued help as usual. I would only have half as many new acquisitions each month if Jürgen was not so generous. More thanks go to Joe at Abacus Spiele for his generous donation of old and new catalogues. Cheers for Lothar who continues to put games on eBay at very reasonable prices and who assists me with further saving by allowing me to 'collect' together many games and thus reduces my postage costs 10-fold. And last but not least, a big "Thank you" goes to Knut who provided me with many games from 2014. If you see any games that interest you then please ask more about them or even check with me if it is for sale.

Final Note: Take a look below at the cover to Von Drachen und Schafen. I think it is a super illustration. The dragon has a lovely malicious look in his eye as he peers at the sheep. He is very suspicious of this sheep that is not running away.

Alles Spielt, Alles Lacht

Bielefelder

1970

Auf die Nüsse!

Amigo

2012

Aviones de Combate

Comas

1974

Los Banditos

Schmidt

2010

Bedstemor med Slaw I

Dan-Spil

1990

Black & White

Dan-Spil

1998

Buchstaben Suppe

Schmidt

1993

Cars 2 Memos

Trefl

2011

Cherry Picking

Zoch

2014

Coney Island

Argentum

2011

Dual

FX Schmid

1975

Einfach Genial

Kosmos

2008

Entdecken Sie KIA Memory

KIA

2001

 

Faulpelz

Kosmos

2014

Frösche und Kröten

Unknown Publisher

2005

Fiat Stilo Forward Thinking Memory

Fiat

2004

Die Fürsten von Florenz

Pro Ludo

2006

Galapagos

Amigo

2013

Galaxy: The Dark Ages

GMT

2000

Bubble and Squeak Annual: Gathering Mushrooms

Birn Brothers Ltd

1950

Gib Gas!

Carrera

2014

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Memory

Ravensburger

1996

Jockey

Ravensburger

1977

Komm Mit!

Triangle Team

1989

Level X

Schmidt

2010

Bubble and Squeak Annual: Round the World With Runty

Birn Brothers Ltd

1950

Lustiges Gänse Spiel

Abel-Klinger

1950

Lustiges Käfervolk

ASS

1980

Machi Koro

Grounding

2012

Mangrovia

Zoch

2014

Manno Monster

Kosmos

2013

Memo Spiel

TEDI

2012

Monopoly

John Waddington

1942

Offen für mehr Leben Der Neue Opel Meriva Memory

Opel

2002

Noddy's Ring Game

Spears

1950

Olsen

Dan-Spil

1990

Orléans

DLP Games

2014

Paperclip Railways

Surprised Stare Games

2011

Pelican Bay

Drei Hasen in der Abendsonne

2013

Pippi Langstrumpf

ASS

1975

Prosperity

Ystari

2013

Putz die Wutz

Zoch

2014

Pythago

Refo Spiele

1999

Rapa Nui

Kosmos

2011

Rucki Zucki

Espenlaub

1985

Sei Kein Frosch

ASS

1985

Sicher zur Schule

Kosmos

2001

Stop Tyven

Dan-Spil

1983

Tabaijana

Herder

1990

Taxi

Ariel

1950

Tempus

Pro Ludo

2005

Tier-Quartett

Schwager & Steinlein

1970

Tiki Topple

Schmidt

2009

Titanic

Noris

1995

Top & Down

Schmidt

2011

Über Bord

Ravensburger

1977

Vienna

Schmidt

2015

Von Drachen und Schafen

Kosmos

2015

Warte und Paß Auf!

Ravensburger

1985

Yay!

Noris

2012

Yunnan

Argentum

2013

Zauber Kreisel

Ravensburger

2004

Das Zepter von Zavandor

Lookout Games

2004

 

 

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