Together at Last: Asante and Jambo as a single deck

I was recently reminded by a reader that I had once promised to try the combination of Rüdiger Dorn’s games Asante and Jambo as one game. I indicated that I had read that others had done so to good effect, and I lacked only to get to know the games individually before diving in. As I mentioned at that time, there are very few differences between the two games, though I find that there’s a slightly less aggressive feel to Asante. This kind of appeals to me, because when my husband and I play two-player games, we aren’t super competitive. Mechanically, the key differences are that Jambo has its Small Markets, which allow for a longer strategy, while Asante has Holy Places, which give help on a one-time basis that can nonetheless come at a key time. Continue reading

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International Table Top Day 2015, or, Christmas for Nerds

As a kid, I lay awake at night on Christmas Eve, breathless with excitement about Christmas morning. Now, I lie awake at night on International Table Top Day Eve. I’m not kidding. I had my t-shirt picked out a week in advance, at least. (It was this Deadpool/Star Wars/Van Gogh mashup, if you’re curious.) I plagued my husband daily for input about what games we should take. (In the end, we took a big Ikea bag full of games, and only played one of them. The others all belonged to the people we played with.) When the day arrived, I was up with the sun, did all the pet chores myself, and was ready to go with plenty of time to get bagels before descending upon our FLGS by the 9 AM opening time. And so the 14 hours of gaming began!

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Sound off! Run over to AEG now to submit suggestions for the Smash Up: It’s Your Fault expansion!

smash-up-box-artI’ve seen tons of fantastic ideas for Smash Up factions on the forums, as well as great fan-made factions, and it’s always been a little sad knowing I’d never get to play with them. Well, it seems AEG has taken note of those ideas, and is now accepting submissions of ideas for the It’s Your Fault! expansion, to be released in Spring 2016.

A million interns will sift through the submissions and compile a 32-faction bracket, which we will get to vote on. The final four factions standing will make up the new expansion. Exciting!

Submissions will be accepted through May 11. Submit early, submit often!

Submit your ideas here. One idea per entry.

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I’m a nerdy girl.

I’m a nerdy girl, in a nerdy world,
Stats and dice, ain’t it nice?
Fight with an owlbear, blood and guts get in my hair!
World creation, with our imaginations!

Come on girl, let’s form a party!
Dwarves and mages!
Come on girl, let’s form a party!
An elf, a cleric!

I’m a smart, nerdy girl, in a fantasy world,
I’ll dress up, pointy ears, I’m half-elven.
Be the tank, we’ll make bank, we’ll be swimming in loot –
Magic ring, lots of gold, bag of holding.
You can min!
You can max!
You can check for traps on doors!
You can min!
You can max!
You can check for traps on doors!

Saving throw!

I’m a nerdy girl, in a nerdy world,
Stats and dice, ain’t it nice?
Fight with an owlbear, blood and guts get in my hair!
World creation, with our imaginations!

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New Carcassonne – Around the World teaser and contest!

hansimgluckHans im Glück have posted some teaser pictures giving us a hint as to the nature of the next game in the Carcassonne – Around the World series. Alas, there’s no indication as to when the game will be out, but my guess would be next year for GenCon. Just a guess. There’s also a contest to predict the title – in German – of the game. The publisher will choose 10 winners from among the correct answers to win a free copy of the game! The deadline to enter is July 20.

New Carcassonne – Around the World teaser and contest

 

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Tell Me, Are There Camels in Istanbul?: Spiel des Jahres 2014 Results Are In!

Well, I don’t imagine too many monocles were dropped in surprise this morning when we learned that Camel Up has been awarded the 2014 Spiel des Jahres, and Istanbul the 2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres. In my readings of blogs and reviews and my conversations with colleagues who have played one or both, both seemed like pretty safe bets. Camel Up has appeal as a family or a grown-up game, and can scale up to eight players (and apparently does so very well). It’s easy to teach and easy to learn, so it’s good as a gateway game, which is always handy. (Let us not forget the endless opportunities for off-color jokes involved in the mechanic that involves camels mounting each other’s backs…) Istanbul has the elegantly fresh mechanic of creating your path with assistants, it has solid theme, it’s relatively easy to learn, and the modular board lends it high replay value.

I’ve not had the opportunity to saddle a camel or wander a Turkish souk, but I’m in line with many other American gamers to pre-order them for August. It’s not so long to wait now, and in the meantime, I’ll have to content myself with Malcolm, the wonderful camel who graces my desktop.

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Sacrifices Made, a Mystery Solved: A Rapa Nui Review

RapaNui-coverMy first exposure to Rapa Nui, by designer Klaus-Jürgen Wrede, of Carcassonne fame, was on the online board gaming site Yucata. I had never heard of it before, and I saw it among the listings, and decided to have a look. I found rules on Board Game Geek, and went to check it out. After a few plays, I knew I needed a copy of this game in my life, and was able to track down a copy in Germany that wasn’t too bracingly priced. It’s a simple game, but compelling enough to call you back each time for another play. Continue reading

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