New Acquisitions: May 2015 + a look at Orléans and Vienna

I like May. Two Bank Holidays for a start. The weather remains calm and benign. Are we heading for a scorcher of a summer or will fate take a hand and inflict on us a seriously wet and cold summer? The city is full of tourists and it is not even school holidays yet, so firms that organise city breaks must be making a fortune. The attraction is our beautiful churches and they alone make a visit worthwhile but if you want to see horde of tourists just go to the Niederegger shop. There will be queues into the street. Lübeck (and Niederegger) is a paradise on Earth for marzipan lovers. Me? I hate the stuff.

A new game we have found this month. Orléans, from DLP Games, is right up our street. The nearest thing I could say it was like is Castles of Burgundy which I expect many of you will know. It definitely 'feel' like a Stefan Feld game but it is not one of his designs. Helga and I particularly like non-combatitive games. We don't really like games where you can 'whack' other players. In Orléans, players must develop their city area. They start with 4 workers but can choose to gain more duriing play. In fact, if you want to win, you will need more standaerd workers and a sprinkling of specialists. However, kismet may take a hand and won't let you use your specialists. How? Well, every turn, any workers you use or hire that turn go into your personal cloth bag. At the start of the next turn you draw 4 workers out of the bag (this number 4 can be improved but never more than 8). So, that knight you need to go travelling to other cities just won't come out of your bag! OK, that plan might be in ruins temporarily but there are plenty of other ways you can score points.

Going back to being a non-combatitive game, there is not a lot of interaction. That is mainly down to timing your actions. The order in which this is done can be very important. This is fine for us but I suspect many don't like that at all. The number of characters and goods are limited so, for example, if the Monks shrink down to 3 or less, there will usually be a rush to snap them up. Same goes for knights. If you wait too long there may never be a chance to succeed at your strategy.

I must tell you about another excellent new game which might pass you by because it is by Schmidt. They are not associated with Eurogames as they are really a producert of well-made family games. Well, they have released Vienna. In Vienna you place dice on certain options who are represented by being stops along a popular street in the city. In this regard it reminds me of Kingsburg. But within that simple design, Vienna is a treat when you have an hour or so at the end of an evening. It is tremendously intercative if only because each place can only have one die in it so you have to temper your needs against blocking other players. You can even get Sissi (more formally known as Empress Elisabeth of Austria) on your side. She isn't choosy and will go to anyone's side. You can read how fondly the Austrians and Germans hold her by goinmg to Wikipedia.

Now to new arrivals this month

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Scribabs

2011

Action World

Ravensburger for Pantozol

1998

Adventure Tours

Schmidt

2014

American Civil War Playing Cards

Heraclio Fournier

1990

Apollo

Schmid

1970

Aquileia

Zoch

2011

Aventureros del Aire

Heraclio Fournier

1991

Banderas de Europa

Comas

1975

Barbie Moda 93

Heraclio Fournier

1993

Benjamin Blümchen: Ringe Tauchen

Schmidt

2002

Bibi Blocksburg: Die verhexte Tümpelei

Schmidt

2005

BITS

Ravensburger

2012

Blockade 6 Spiele

Hexagames

1985

Blumen

FX Schmid

1965

Bullen Reiten

Trends International

2000

Bumerang

Ravensburger

1976

Casablanca

FX Schmid

1977

Casse Grande

Mattel

1987

Daniel El Travieso

Heraclio Fournier

1989

Delfy

Heraclio Fournier

1992

Die Drei ??? Kids: In letzter Sekunde

Kosmos

2008

Digimon Monster Match

Ravensburger

2001

El Rey Leon

Heraclio Fournier

2004

Draw-Bridge

Chas. Goodall

1912

Duet

Tonka

1980

Eiszeit

Wanninger Werbung

1990

Familie Feuerstein Yabba Dabba Doo

Klee

1993

Farben und Formen

Ravensburger

1970

Final Cup

Plasticart

1980

Funkenschlag Fabrikmanager

2F-Spiele

2009

Galgen Männchen

Trends International

2000

Das Hamburg-Spiel

Editions Maritim

2000

He-Man

Heraclio Fournier

1991

El Hombre Enmascarado

Heraclio Fournier

1978

Husch Husch Kleiner Hexe

FX Schmid

1994

Koordina

Ottensten

The Last Word, Gilbert Harding's Party Game

Pepys

1953

Lieber Onkel Bill

Piatnik

1970

Mach mit beim HonigKlau

Espenlaub

2008

Mafalda

Heraclio Fournier

1988

Mandrake el Mago

Heraclio Fournier

1978

Max Mümmelmann

Ravensburger

2001

Mein erstes Abenteuer

Noris

2008

Meine ersten Bilder-Spiele

Noris

2007

Mikado Pick-Up Sticks

Sundry Products

1970

Minicart: Perros de Raza

Comas

1974

Multicard

Heraclio Fournier

1998

Norderwind

Kosmos

2014

Pärchen suchen

Global Partner

1995

Parejas del Mundo

Heraclio Fournier

1972

Patito Feo

Heraclio Fournier

2010

Pato Donald

Heraclio Fournier

1984

Pferde Memo

KiK

2006

Los Pitufos Domino

Heraclio Fournier

1983

Pocket Othello

Peter Pan Playthings

1983

Popeye y su Hijo

Heraclio Fournier

1989

Power Rangers

Heraclio Fournier

1993

El Principe Valiente

Heraclio Fournier

1978

Robin Hood

Varitemas

1988

Sandokan

Heraclio Fournier

1992

Schauen, Reisen und Erleben Fernseh-Quartett

Schwager & Steinlein

1970

Schützt unseren Teich!

Ravensburger

1987

Schwarzer Peter

Bielefelder

1965

Schwarzer Peter

Heidmük

1975

Schwarzer Peter Verkehrszeichen

Berliner

1990

Sindy

Heraclio Fournier

1998

Singolo

ASS

1970

Skateboard Monopatin

Heraclio Fournier

1979

Sonniger Süden

Ravensburger

1950

Street Sharks

Heraclio Fournier

1996

Super Mini: Schwarzer Peter

FX Schmid

1975

Top Trumps: Military Vehicles

FX Schmid

1978

Top Trumps: Super Trains

FX Schmid

1978

Tortugas Ninja

Heraclio Fournier

1991

Toy Story 2

Heraclio Fournier

2005

Tricky Fingers

Regev

1992

Vocabulets

Florestan Company

1950

FITS

Ravensburger

2010

 

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