Riding The Last Camel + new acquisitions for October 2016

Tom Schoeps’  DAS LETZTE KAMEL was published by FX Schmid in 1989. It is a race game but with a difference. You want your  camel to come last. I can’t recall if that was very novel in 1989, maybe it was because I imported it and found lots of buyers. My member of staff, Andy, even translated the rules.

There are 6 camels with two colours on their saddles. They are very nicely made of wood. Each player gets a camel card (cute illustrations on them) and the card will be in two colours. That combo will be one of the camels so that camel is your camel. If you play the brilliant Heimlich & Co., you will be familiar with that mechanic. Do not let any other players see your card.

Two dice are rolled in your turn. The dice results determine which camels are moved. For example if you rolled red, there are 3 camels with red saddles so you can choose which one you want to move and ditto for the colour on the other die. You can move the same camel twice if you want. Example: Your dice rolled result in a red and a blue. You could move a red camel once and a blue camel once or you could move the camel with red and blue on its saddle twice. Obviously, it will pay not to give a crystal-clear move that reveals your camel to the other players.

In addition there are slight complications. The board is a track of 24 spaces. Most are deemed to be desert and have no special rules but there are 3 Oases at space 7, 12 and 17. No camel is allowed past an Oasis until the last camel has left the previous Oasis (the start square is considered to be an Oasis for this purpose). So, if a camel is still on the start space then camels will not be allowed to go past the Oasis at space 7. This is a very good rule as it keeps the pack of camels relatively close together which makes it easier to disguise your camel.

The dice are identical. Each die has 6 sides as you might expect and therefore there is one of the four colours on each side. However, on the remaining two sides there is a silver star and a black star. The Gold star means you must move any colour camel one space (your choice).  The black star means you must move a camel of your choice backwards.

And another important ‘moving rule’ is that if a camel is moved on to a space where another camel is already there then the moving camel goes forward one space for all the camels there (one camel one space, two camels, two spaces, and so on).

It isn’t a long game and is a fun ‘filler’ that won’t give you the hump!! (You can see that I was a scriptwriter for Bob Hope!!!).  if you have time to play another game after the main game that session, the Das Letzte Kamel will be entertaining. I recommend it (should you be lucky to track one down).

Now, some new games that arrived at chez-Osten in October, 2016.

Böhmische Dörfer

DLP Games

2016

Blue Moon: Völkerset 'Die Flit'

Kosmos

2004

Ferdi Fuchs Run 4 Fun Leiterspiel

Stockmeyer

2013

Café International: Das Kartenspiel

Amigo

2001

Spongebob Schwammkopf Pachisi

Ravensburger

2008

Hallo Pauker!

Ravensburger

1999

 

Kikeriki

Ravensburger

1978

Blue Moon: Völkerset 'Die Mimix'

Kosmos

2004

Stralsund Bridge Playing Cards

Privately made

2010

Fairies: Snakes & Ladders

Crown

2006

Die holde Isolde

Schmidt

2015

Spielkarten Lübeck

Schöning

2010

Holly-Hobbie: Reise-Spiel

Schmidt

1990

Yatzy für Kinder

Noris

1993

Crimson Skies

Fanpro

1999

Au Backe!

Zoch

2001

Nor

Disney's 101 Dalmatians

Memo

1996

Digimon Memory

Ravensburger

2000

Chip & Charly

Ravensburger

1989

Boss Monster

Brotherwise Games

2015

The Lion King: Dschungel Party

Ravensburger

2005

Disney's 101 Dalmatians: Suchspiel

FX Schmid

1997

Domino

Bookmark

2012

Croque

Rhino Games

1991

Dino Drache

Ravensburger

1993

Memory

Weihenstephan Dairy

2010

Palais Royal

Hans im Glück

2008

 

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