Spiel : Boardgames in the UK

30 January 2006

Cleopatra and the Society of Architects

Filed under: — Garry @ 7:51 pm

Cleopatra and the Society of Architects
Now this has definitely got me interested.

New from Days of Wonder, a family game that includes a true, three-dimensional palace that players compete to build. A game by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc.

See the preview page here.

24 January 2006

A man of few words?

Filed under: — Garry @ 10:59 pm

I very much enjoy Bruno Faidutti’s game descriptions and appraisals. They’re normally not too far from my own. Sometimes, he doesn’t need to say very much to get the message across.

I’m glad I got Diabolo a few days ago and am looking forward to playing it a lot.

23 January 2006

Celtica English Rules

Filed under: — Garry @ 7:00 pm

I’ve just received the new Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling game, Celtica, in my latest Adam Spielt order. We’re itching to try it (hopefully Friday) and so I’ve done a quick translation and posted it to BGG, if anyone’s interested. The Celtica page is here.

Looks fairly light but there are a few interesting tactical decisions necessary and I think it will go down pretty well with our group.

SR: 20th January 2006 - Cash Trap

Filed under: — Garry @ 6:52 pm

Cash Trap
I’ve just added a session report for the new game from local designer, Debbie Keigan, to my Trickylight website. You can read the report here.

15 January 2006

SR: 6th January 2006 - Antike

Filed under: — Garry @ 8:39 pm

Just added the latest session report to my Trickylight site:

“Our first session of 2006 and I decided to try Antike, which has been described as a two hour Civilization game. It was designed by Mac Gerdts and published by eggertspiele. It scales from 2 to 6 players, which is good because we are often struggling to find good 6 player games.”

You can read the full report here

2 January 2006

The Best of 2005?

Filed under: — Garry @ 8:00 pm

I don’t normally go in for choosing a top 10 of the year but, after browsing a few of these over recent days, I was intrigued to see if my choices were close to what others thought. The following are the list of games I have gained the most enjoyment from in 2005. They are not meant to reflect the most deserving releases of 2005 (and indeed one is a 2004 release that I only first got to play in 2005), but they are the ones that made the best impression on me. So here, in alphabetical order, as I would struggle to place these in order of preference, are my picks of 2005:

Beowulf - The Legend
Caylus (despite our 5 player game running too long)
Havoc: The Hundred Years War
Louis XIV
Shadows Over Camelot
Tower of Babel

I’m sure the rest of the Shrewsbury Games Club will concur with my choices. If not, they can always tell me where I went wrong in the comments section.

Let’s hope 2006 brings more excellent releases along the lines of these 10.

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