ULM, a lovely place to visit and play the Ulm game + New Acquisitions for March 2017

As usual, I am far too busy to do anything in depth but before I list games received this month, I want to mention a relatively new game, Ulm by Huch!. It came out at Essen last year I believe but we had never heard of it when we were given the game this month. It is very 'Feldian', an adjective used to describe games that are a victory point buffet. But it not a Stefan Feld game but a Günter Burkhardt game, who may or not influenced by Feld. I think this is the best game of his that I have played.

Players are townspeople I suppose and are trying to leave their 'legacy' in the town. There are 10 turns and, when you know the game, turns pass by very quickly so you have to be ready for action from turn 1. The game has the usual array of ways to score points. You can place your seal into various town districts. Or you can move along the river. Or...., well, you get the idea, but this game has one new mechanism that makes it brilliant.

There is a 3 x 3 grid and each square has a tile in it. You must start your turn by drawing a tile from the nice bag included in the box. Now you must push a row either top to bottom or right to left or vice versa for both these actions. This has the result that your new tile will be in the grid now and the one at the end of the three you push will be outside the grid. The three tiles in the row you moved are the three actions you can take. You may be unlucky and not able to do something you really wanted to do. That is unfortunate but there are ways this may be mitigated during the game. The tile types are River (move along the river), Seal (gain influence in the districts), Coin (take 1 money), Card (play or reveal a card) action and Clean (take away some tiles currently outside the grid). All are useful things to do, it is just a matter of maximising your scoring potential each turn. Without going into more detail, at the end of the 10th turn the winner is the player with the most victory points.

By the way, the game could have been named after any old town or city. I can imagine the publisher calling a meeting to find a name of a place not used already in a game! "How about Strasbourg?". "No, been done". Then how about Carcassonne?" " No, been done as well". Eventually they chose Ulm. "Definitely no other game called Ulm" .....

Here comes the new games this month at chez Osten-Sacken....

Terry Pratchett Scheibenwelt: Ankh-Morpork

Kosmos

2011

Neptun

Queen Games

2014

Skyliners

Hans im Glück

2015

Vorsicht

Nürburg-Spiele

1955

Einfach Genial Reise Edition

Kosmos

2006

Terry Pratchett: Die Hexen

Treefrog

2013

Taki

Amigo

2006

Phase 10 Master

Ravensburger

2008

Om Nom Nom

Brain Games

2014

Biesti Boys

Amigo

2002

Geister Treppe: Das Kartenspiel

Drei Magier

2010

Drakon

Fantasy Flight Games

2002

Felix the Cat Leiterspiel

ASS

1994

World Monuments

Queen Games

2016Que

 

Wörterschlange

Ravensburger

1973

Zocken

Klee

1998

Pettersson und Findus: Aufuhr im Gemüsebeet

Kosmos

2007

Max + Moritz Angel-Lotto

Spika

1967

Pumuckl Memo

Jumbo

1998

Top 3 Film

Kosmos

2008

Disney's Pocahontas

Unknown Publisher

1995

Billy Biber

Ravensburger for McDonald's

2014

Zug um Zug

Days of Wonder

2004

Dame und Mühle

Plasticart

1963

Disney's Der König der Löwen

Mickey Mouse Magazine

1994

Die drei Fragezeichen Kids: Panik im Paradies

Kosmos

2008

Eiszeit

Ravensburger

2003

Clown

Ravensburger

1983

Bananas

Goldsieber

1996

Fairy Tale

What's your game?

2011

Hexe oder Besen

McDonald's

1995

Funny Domino

Drei Magier

2007

Winnie the Pooh Schnipp Schnapp

Ravensburger

2003

 

Tumult Royal

Kosmos

2015

Winnie the Pooh Memo

Clementoni

2005

Wir feiern frohe Feste

Lehrmittel Pössneck

1985

Gänseliesel

Unknown Publisher

1969

Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame Memo Lotto

Schmidt

1996

Starplayer

Inspired Games

2009

Knock! Knock!

Jolly Roger Games

2004

Pettersson und Findus: Such Fix

Ravensburger

2001

Kaiser König Edelmann

Ravensburger

1976

Sternenschweif: Der sternerne Spiegel

Kosmos

2006

Ligretto 2

Schmidt

2004

Mauseschlau & Bärenstark: Wissen & Lachen: Unsere Erde

Ravensburger

2009

Elchfest

Kosmos

1999

S.O.S. Animaux

Nathan

1997

 

Skat Mau Mau

Dr. Rolf Ottmüller

1985

 

Richelieu

Ravensburger

2003

Das Riff

Kosmos

2000

 

Schnuff

Ravensburger

1983

 

Lobo 77

Amigo

2007

Plitsch-Platsch Pinguin

Ravensburger for McDonald's

2015

Die Siedler von Catan: Das Würfelspiel

Kosmos

2014

 

Mini Mau Mau

McDonald's

1992

 

 

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