Barbarossa (1988)

Average Rating: 6.47/10
Board Game Rank: 1507
Party Game Rank: 77
Family Game Rank: 420
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Year Published
1988
# of Players
3 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Subdomain
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Primary Name
Barbarossa
Alternate Names
Barbarossa und die Rätselmeister
Vernissage
バルバロッサ
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Barbarossa, in Italian "red beard" was, according to its inventor, inspired by the fantasy trilogy Die Schule der Rätselmeister (School of the Riddle Masters), in which wizards are devoted to the creation of riddles and riddle solving tournaments. In an interview designer Klaus Teuber stated "As you know there are moments when you close a book really sad that it's over. After finishing the last page, you often feel like you've lost a friend -- to be somewhat melodramatic. So I was looking for a way to keep the book alive a little longer. Creating a game seemed the perfect solution. In this game, I was looking for a way to make riddles, to experiment with shapes and to let the players express their own creativity with clay."

The game starts with players using modeling clay to make objects that can be guessed by the other players. Players then take turns to move around the board either by rolling a die or spending gems to choose their move. The spaces landed on determine actions. Either the other players receive victory points, or you can ask a letter of an object (What's the fifth letter of that thing?), or you can ask general questions or make a single guess until you get a NO answer. Players also have three curse stones that they can throw down twice in the game and make a guess.

You make a guess by writing the word down and passing it to the owner, who answers YES or NO. If you guess right, you stick an arrow in the object and score points (5pts if you're first, 3pts for second correct guess). In addition, and this matters, the object owner can either gain points or lose points, depending on the total arrows sticking at the time. So if you make your object too easy, or too hard, you lose points, but if you get it just right, you gain. Plus, at the game end, objects lacking arrows also lose their owners points.

Your objects must each represent a single specific word, which you note down in secret. Trying to think of two or three things that people will guess, but not too easily, is really tricky and makes Barbarossa a fun game. Hopefully the new edition has a better rules set, as players might get puzzled by the variety of actions.

A later-developed game with similarities to Barbarossa is Cluzzle.

Re-published by Kosmos / Rio Grande 2001.

Republished by Mayfair Games in 2005, in an edition for a maximum of 4 players in a smaller-sized box.

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バルバロッサ
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New Games Order Japanese edition 2013
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Klaus Teuber's Classics Edition
Publisher: Catan GmbH, Mayfair Games
Artist: Bernd Wagenfeld
Year: 2005
Product Code: MFG4112
Size: 9.40 x 7.45 x 1.70 inches
1.00 pounds
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Rio Grande English edition with SdJ
Publisher: KOSMOS, Rio Grande Games
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Year: 1998
Product Code: 685911
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
2.17 pounds
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KOSMOS German edition 1997
Publisher: KOSMOS
Artist: Marion Pott
Year: 1997
Product Code: 685911
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Alga Swedish edition 1990
Publisher: Alga (Brio)
Artist: Anders Jeppsson
Year: 1990
Product Code: 38010-563
Size: 10.83 x 14.76 x 2.09 inches
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1 Barbarossa - zasady gry po polsku
Rules translation for the 4-player edition. Based on Barbarossa_-_konspekt_zasad.rtf with full game description added. Tłumaczenie zasad dla edycji czteroosobowej. Oparte na konspekcie zasad dostępnym wśród plików na BGG.
Polish
2011-11-18
1 Rules translation to portuguese
Rules translation to portuguese, including the words list Tradução das regras para português, incluindo a lista de palavras Version 1.0
Portuguese
2011-02-06
0 List of words in dutch.
List of words in dutch.
English
2010-08-23
3 Spanish Rules
Barbarossa Reglas en Español by Manolo Vila
Spanish
2009-05-09
7 Barbarossa - konspekt zasad
Skrot zasad po polsku. Dla wersji 4 oraz 6-osobowej.
2008-12-06
0 Concise reference sheet by hecose
Concise reference sheet for looking up easy-to-forget rules quickly. Useful if you haven't played the game for some time and need a refresher. Provides a summarised and structured outline to help in teaching a game.
2008-07-22
12 Barbarossa - Classics edition.pdf
English rules for the Klaus Teubers Classics edition
2006-05-25
2 Barbarossa (versión 2005) - Reglas.doc
Spanish rules - REGLAS (versión Catan GMBH - 2005)
Spanish
2006-01-14
2 BarbarossaNo2.rtf
Second supplementary word list containing 200 words.
2004-10-11
2 BarbarossaNo1.rtf
Supplementary word list containing 210 English words.
2004-10-11
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1507
Party Game Rank: 77
Family Game Rank: 420
Num Ratings: 1146
Average Rating: 6.47
Standard Deviation: 1.39
Num Views: 97987
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Users Owning: 1803
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Durchgespielt – Spiel des Jahres 1988: Barbarossa und die Rätselmeister
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