$10.00
The Games Cabinet - BGG of old - A Look Back
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
70 
 Thumb up
1.01
 tip
 Hide
As we all know, BBG has been around since 2000 and its the main source of information about our hobby.

However, before BGG there was not many places online to find information and in particular rules translations for the Eurogames.

One of these websites I used to use a lot was Ken Tidwells The Game Cabinet, which was updated regular with news, reviews and translations until 2000 when BGG was establishing itself.

As the end of the year is a time when we look back and reflect on what has passed, I thought it might be interesting to do a Geeklist of all the translations done at the Game Cabinet.
These games are all pre-BGG and so were for games available before that time, although some will still be familar..

Ken Tidwell
United States
Los Altos
California
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
These games are listed in alphabetical order along with Ken's one line comment about each game.
Permission has been given by Ken to make this list.

As many of these may well not be familiar to many, I'll also be adding a brief overview of what the game is about plus random comments from high, middling and low ratings to give some idea of what they are/were like.

So, in celebration of 10 years of BGG and of all the hard work Ken did back then with the Game Cabinet, I present to you this geeklist!

I'll begin here with Ken's opening comment:

"Lots of the games in the Cabinet come from Germany, France, Belgium, or other countries where English language rules are an afterthought if they happen at all. Tucked into most of these games are valiant attempts to capture at least the essence of the rules in English."

FOOTNOTE: I've been working on this for ages and still nowhere near completing and the New Year fast approaches. So I've decided to issue it as it is and complete it as time allows.

Update: Well, it's taken me from Dec 2010 to Feb 2011 to complete this GL and along the way I've added some of these to my collection so its been well worth doing. Have fun reading it.
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
[1]  Prev «  4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8  Next »  [9] | 
126. Board Game: Mole Hill [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:5401]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"Knizia's latest (due out later this month)"

Rules not available on Game Cabinet now.
Rules are available on BGG file section.

In this strange little game, players take the roles of a gardener protecting his lawn and a mole digging it up. The gardener must try to block the mole's moves and fence him in quickly, while the mole must dig as many holes as possible before being caught.

207 Owners and 62 Comments

"Just one of those wonderful "Reiner's" that are so outside the box of conventional thinking. Theme is gentil P.B.S. but our 11 year old son beats his B.S. degreed father and M.S. mother all the time! My 9 rating is anything that I don't mentally groan at, that I think: Just this one time I have it figured out aheadatime! But it's o.k. to kill me." - None-So-Pretty - rated 9

"Fast player Knizia two player filler. Players are building walls to try and fence in the mole, while the mole has to try and stay in the open, digging holes. Fun." dougadamsau - Rated 5

"Thinly disguised abstract." - Chris Barnard - rated 2
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
127. Board Game: Mü & More [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:514]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"great new card game from Doris & Frank"

While the headline game, Mü, is the main attraction, this deck of custom cards comes with rules for several games:

•Mü - A complex trick-taking game. For 3-6 players, ages 12 and up.
•The Last Panther - A trick-taking game similar to Hearts, where players try to avoid negative points. For 3-8 players, ages 10 and up.
•Wimmüln - A trick-taking game where players must estimate how many tricks they will take, akin to Oh Hell!. For 3-6 players, ages 8 and up.
•Rummü - A Rummy-like card laying game where players try to get rid of their hands by playing high-scoring combinations of cards. For 3-6 players, ages 8 and up.
•Safarü - A card "catching" game using basic adding skills. For 2-4 players, ages 10 and up.
•Calcory (only in the original 1995-1998 edition) - A memory and calculation game, where players push their luck to uncover the most cards. For 2-4 players, ages 7 and up. Calcory uses wooden markers that were not packaged in subsequent releases, so the game was dropped from the set.

Mü & Lots More includes a a tweaked version of Mü and a different set of games.

2049 owners and 571 comments

"The best trick-taking game out there! Have played it regularly for many years & have worn through multiple decks." - seiji - Rated 10

"Great 5 player trick taking game. A little overwhelming at first because of some of the differences, but a great, intricate system." - toulouse - Rated 7.68

"I thought this (Mu) was going to be a clever game until I understood the rules and realised it was a boring and irritating game. :-( " - Friendless - Rated 3

 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
128. Board Game: Münchhausen [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:6947]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"the famous Baron's favorite card game (wink)"

A pure bluffing game. Each player gets a set of cards numbered 1 to 8 and a playing mat, which goes in front of him or her. A simple game of pure bluff, it works incredibly well. Very funny and requires some thought.

124 owners and 40 comments

"A game of bluff, bluff and more bluff. Then to change pace, some more bluffing. A great game if you like this sort of thing. It is one of the more laughter provoking games I have played. Plus it is one of those rare games that handles up to 8 (and in fact is better with more players)." - Psauberer - Rated 9

"Nice bluffing game in the tradition of Contraband/Niets aan te geven. Probably one of the best in that niche." - spellengek - Rated 6

"A game of pure bluffing, memory, and free-form auction. That's three strikes against it in my book. There is a certain elegance to the design, I must admit, but it's just not the design for me" - DougOrleans - Rated 3
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
129. Board Game: New York [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:7384]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"Sackson revisits the Acquire real estate theme"

An elaborately expanded version of Property, a poker-chip and deck-of-cards game from Sid Sackson's book "A Gamut of Games." The object is to obtain as large a group of contiguous buildings as possible in the New York cityscape. Players score two points for each building in this group, one point for each building outside the group and one point for each leftover money token."

59 owners and 12 comments

"good game. played with three. simple rules, fast game, fun. I wonder why only a few people own this game. we played without the special cards." - crazygames - Rated 7.5

"Lost Sackson classic." - njsauer - Rated 6

"This game is an oldie, both in design as well as execution. There is better to be had." - cymric - Rated 3
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
130. Board Game: Nimm's Leich! [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"the desicated corpse of a great game system"

Using German puns for 'bodies', players must bluff and gamble on the number of certain bodies appearing on the cards. You may play Body Inspector chips to examine opponent's hands.
Part of the Goldsieber à la Carte line of games.

Owned by 66 and 3 comments given

"Liar's dice variant - with cards this time. Don't quite get the theme, but probably it's amusing in German. Actually prefer the cards to liar's dice, shame the art/theme is so odd." - bucklen_uk - Rated 7

"Nice quick card game version of Liar's Dice. Slightly different from LD, in that everyone not involved must side either with the bidder or caller, and is at risk." - themore5@earthlink Rated 7

"This is basically a card-driven Liar's Dice variant. One major difference is that when a bid is challenged, everyone must choose sides, supporting either the original bidder or the challenger and sharing in the same reward (discarding a card and taking one step closer to victory). This works fine, but other than being very portable in small-cardgame format, Liar's Dice is superor in all respects." - Terry Egan - Rated 6


 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
131. Board Game: Nizza [Average Rating:4.70 Unranked]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"To Catch a Thief meets The Keystone Cops in this raucous, rooftop race"

The English crown jewels have been stolen and are being held in the city of Nice (aka Nizza). Up to 6 players may travel to the city, landing by helicopter, to stage a commando-like raid to recover the jewels. Players climb ladders to rooftops, swing on ropes from chimney to chimney, cover short stretches on the ground and toss each other into the river in an attempt to be the first to bring the crown jewels out of the safe and back to the waiting helicopter.

36 Owners and 8 comments:

"The mechanism is very cool... an interesting idea. Unfortunately, the end game totally breaks down. It works GREAT with 2-3 players, maybe 4 - but it collapses with 5-6 players." - gamemark - Rated 7

"The game is a bit fiddly, it's true, but I still found the movement mechanic to be quite intriguing." - kgnunn - Rated 6

"One of the worst monstrosities I've ever played. At least you can use some of the components as keychains." - asfhgwt - Rated 1
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
132. Board Game: Njet! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1632]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
" the game of denial"

A trick taking card game with an opening round in which players blank out various options, such as trump and super-trump by putting markers on a display, to leave the actual playing conditions for that hand.
Part of the Goldsieber à la Carte line of games.

Re-implemented as part of: Mü & Lots More

363 owning and 112 commenting:

"Great GREAT game... A must have. Very easy to pick up the general rules, but also has some strategic depth a la Bridge." - gmailrules - Rated 9

"I finally FOUND a copy!! and couldn't be more excited. The cards and components are really great, plus its a way fun game. I'm so glad to have a copy of this game." - tmredden - Rated 7

"I really wanted to like this, the way the rules for each hand are constructed is excellent, but the endgame is a mess. You can wind up in positions where it is impossible to win far too often, and it's just frustrating." - jbuergel - Rated 3
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
133. Board Game: Nomadi [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:9045]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"valiant caravans weave their way across the desert sands"

A game of moving camels across the desert. Each player has a number of camels and tries to get them across the desert first. However no-one survives in the desert alone - each camel must always be adjacent to at least one other camel.

63 owners and 10 comments:
"I love the play of this game which virtually requires the movement of both your own and your opponent's pieces as you must keep the caravan connected as it moves across the trackless desert. Finding opponents that aren't frozen by AP will be the difficult part. It is difficult to imagine a multi-player game of this, however, as downtime will be considerable." - Gamegrunt - Rated 8

"There is a lot to like about the game. The fact that it is a race where all the pieces have to stay linked and there are various cunning ways to make moves.
However, you can't try to figure out how to move until you roll the dice. Turns take forever and are slow, grinding experiences." - Gnomekin - Rated 5.5

"This was a game in the European boardgame masters and we had to buy two copies. Sold them as soon as possible." - beckerc - Rated 3
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
134. Board Game: Nuba [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:7209]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"musical wrestling as seen on late night TV"

The board is a 5 x 6 grid. Each player has ten tokens, numbered 1 - 9 and one 'X'. Players alternate setting their pieces in the two rows nearest them. The lower the number on the token, the better a wrestler that piece is. The higher the number, the better the musician (but that makes that piece a lousy wrestler). The idea is to get your highest possible piece to the opposite side of the board.

50 Owners and 15 Comments:
"With Stonehenge, Intermezzo, Hong Kong and Time Square my favorite two-player Knizia. I won several times against a very good chess player, so obviously looking ahead doesn't prevent some nice surprises..." - S.K.Lator - Rated 8

"Strange little game by Reiner Knizia themed on musical wrestlers! It's really a checkers type game of position. Like most Knizia games, it works quite well." - dougadamsau - Rated 5

"10 minute strategy no luck filler, same flavour as Stratego(more than Chess or Checkers but it is a tad similiar to those)." - jayjonbeach - Rated 4
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
135. Board Game: Up the Creek [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6232]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"aggressive canoeing fun"

An interesting card game where players try to complete three canoes using various cards with parts of the canoes on them. Players strive to finish the game with the most valuable canoes where length of completed canoes, prey and booty, Hunter with Prey and special cards all add to your score. Players can use Indians with a bow or lasso to affect other players canoes. They can also use completed canoes to attack others with devastating results.

(My version is the Waddingtons Blackfeet Game)

424 oewners and 128 comments

"Fun little game. Watch out for crazy axe and his suicidal tendencies" - PrinzMegaherz - Rated 8

"(Ogallala) Jury's still out on this one. Misplaying the game didn't help." - Gomez - Rated 5.5

"Wow. This is the card game equivalent of Plan 9 From Outer Space - something so awful it's almost funny." - Kosmonaut - Rated 2
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
136. Board Game: Oil: The Great Adventure [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:10131]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"Mine a Million gets Crude"

In "Öl für uns alle", players represent Oil Companies competing for oil-fields and oil-cargoes. Players move around the board in "monopoly manner". At any time, a player can ship a cargo of his oil to the world's major ports (the ships move on the world map which is at the center of the board), the profit depends on the current price for oil (1-4, depending on what the "Information cards" bring).
Players agree on a certain time limit and the richest player at that time wins the game.

160 Owners and 28 Comments:

"High nostalgic value, hence the high rating (well, we are all subjective here, aren't we?). I enjoy playing it very much" - Nirkit - Rated 8

"Technicly a 3 or even a 2 (simple dicemovement, too long...) but 4 points because of the nostalgic value...Own the 1960 version" - Peerchen - Rated 4

"Just not very good by today's standards." - Chris Barnard - Rated 3
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
137. Board Game: Olé! [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2951]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"throw your hat, or card, into the ring"

The object of this simple card game is to rid yourself of your hand of cards. The deck consists of four suits, two have one through twelve cards, two have one through fifteen cards. The suits are ranked high to low, with the fifteen suits in the middle. Each turn, players have to play a card onto the last card played. In order for the play to be legal, the card played must be 'higher' in either suit or numeric value. If you play a card that beats the last card in both categories (suit and value), then you must play another card with the same restrictions. If you cannot play a card, then you take penalty. The first person to play his entire hand ends the hand, and everyone scores the value of the remaining cards in his hand. During subsequent hands, the player with the highest score (the current loser) can decide to reverse the suit order (mirror it) to make his hand better.

238 Owning and 57 commenting:

"Not a classic by any stretch, but much better than expected. Short, simple, but the strategy is not entirely trivial, and it plays well with larger numbers of players, as well as with more casual gamers. Recommended as a lighter, occasional game." - cfarrell - Rated 8

"Simple, tight little game. It's a climbing card game, similar to Frank's Zoo. Says it supports eight, but does not work with that number. Six is a sensible maximum." - icheyne - Rated 6

"Only group pressure can make me play this game again. A waste of time." - globetrotter - Rated 4
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
138. Board Game: Olympia 2000 (v. Chr.) [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:4104]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"the Olympic games without all the training and sweat"

In this relative of Hols der Geier/Raj, players use simultaneously played cards to compete in ancient Olympic events, such as long-jump, discus, or archery. The cards have a picture of the athlete as well as a rating for his skills in each of the different events. Often times, an athlete will be very good at one event and be very poor in others, while some athletes are simply too inept for words, and still others are god-like. The key to the game is using your cards wisely, because although the best athlete gets the prize for the current event, the worst athlete gets to pick the up-coming event.

Owners:262 Comments:64

"I really get a kick out of this. I especially like the motivation to lose and the way new cards are distributed. Fun filler!" - chemicalMatt - Rated 8

"I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. A bit of a 6 Nimmt! feel to it -- a comparison I've never heard anybody make yet, but seemed apparent to our group." - familygaming - Rated 6

"Original rating was from playing over a decade ago. Played again 10/2007 and it's still a 4. With five players, it would be mostly chaos. With 2 it's strategic, but bland." - Randy Cox - Rated 4
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
139. Board Game: Osiris [Average Rating:4.61 Unranked]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"ancient religion meets spaghetti western for a bit of mancalla"

12 priests follow 12 gods in ancient Egypt. Players distribute support between the gods and then the priests are moved and conflict and a power struggle to reach the pinnacle of a pyramid. The game involves magnetic stickers being placed on the god and priest counters, so that a priest connects to its particular god in secret initially. One of the gods is hidden at the top of the pyramid. When it is revealed, the player who has the most supporters in that god's temple will win. Nice graphics.

58 owners and 1 comment:

"I'm still somewhat confused about this game. There is definitely some strategy, but often playing Osiris feels that first players do some moves almost randomly and in the end it comes down to who made the best quess" - Ronkkone - Rated 5
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
140. Board Game: Packen Wir's! [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:7931]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"Let's Get Packing! in this silly game about moving day"

Another rather unusual game from Karl-Heinz Schmiel, Packen Wir's!simulates the efforts of furniture movers to safely deliver their loads to the correct flats and thereby maximize their income in tips.

48 owners and 9 comments:

"I simply love such games ... (mild tactics, a good dose of luck plus lots of fun dexterity) though I totally suck as a furniture mover as it seems ..." - michel - Rated 8

"Packen Wir's is another of the old Moskito titles that shows just how insane Karl-Heinz Schmiel actually is. The story goes that he ran into some cheap doll furniture one day and decided to buy scads of it and make a game incorporating it. That game is Packen Wir's." (More comments) - CortexBomb - Rated 6

"Goofy game of moving dollhouse furniture around with wooden sticks. The dexterity part is silly fun, but the card-based movement of the three characters along the stairs is not well implemented." - Glamorous Mucus - Rated 5
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
141. Board Game: Paternoster [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:6242]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"a simple memory game set in an old-fashioned elevator (aka Comings and Goings/Vanished!)"

A paternoster is a type of elevator that has no doors, you simply step onto a narrow platform on a continuously rotating belt. Apparently they were common on the Continent and are still used in places..Anyway, this game has 9 thick cards showing various odd looking passengers going up or down in the lift, with some only partially shown. Each player has a deck of cards showing the same people, in different poses. The cabin cards are shuffled and laid out face-down in two columns of 5, with a gap and a pawn is placed next to the gap. First player to grab the die rolls it and moves the pawn clockwise to face a cabin. Players call out which person they think is in the cabin and the cabin card is turned up. If you're correct, you dump the matching card from your hand; if not, you keep it. But the cabin card is replaced face-down in the original empty space, not where it was previously. In this way, the cabin cards will be moved around as you play, and you'll have to use your memory to clear your hand to win.

216 owners and 55 comments

"Of all the memory games out there, this is the only one that makes my brains turn to lime jelly and leak out through my ears. Recommended if you want to give your short-term memory a good workout." - mrraow - Rated 8

"This is basically memory, but with the interesting twist that the things you have to remember keep moving around. It's still not great, but it can be fun if you're in the right mood." - igloo - Rated 5

"If you like memory games, then you might like this. For me it was utter frustration trying to remember which elevator housed which person. Also, trying to remember which card matched which person was equally frustrating - numbering these cards would have made it easier." - Al Johnson - Rated 2
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
142. Board Game: Paparazzo [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:7499]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"snap embarrassing pix of pop personalities for the big bucks"

In this auction card game, which comes with a small game board, players try to buy celebrity photos cheaply and sell them for the best price.

119 Owners & 21 Comments:

"This is very similar to Modern Art, but much better. Paparazzo is not as fragile as the Knizia offering and it plays much faster." - kaelistus - Rated 7

"Meh. Feels like a For Sale clone that doesn't work." - derscheid - Rated 5

"We all gave up after a few minutes. Terrible." - Bankler - Rated 2
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
143. Board Game: Phantasia in Kinderhand [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"aka Barbarossa, Jr."

In a similar game to his Barbarossa, this Klaus Teuber game has players molding clay with the attempt to make figures that are just hard enough not to guess immediately, but not so hard as not to be guessed.

12 own and 2 comment:

"Surprisingly good. A solid kid-style interpretation of Barbarossa, but actually quite good for adults as well. A winner in my family." - PatK - Rated 7

"Kinderspiele" - spielerabe - Rated N/A
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
144. Board Game: Pharao [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"a modern game using ancient bits"

This is the third in the Pharao-Brettspiele series of games, the other two being Isis and Ramses.
The board is an Ancient Egyptian Senet board... The object of the game is to either "push" all adversary pieces into the water (a special square), occupy the "happiness" square with one's last remaining piece, or box the adversary in so he cannot move.

17 owners and 3 comments:

"I bought the game as it was brandnew at the market - 23 years ago! That's cool, because I own not much for so long..." - cyberian - Rated 10

"A redevelopment of the ancient Egyptian game of Senet." - CDRodeffer - Rated 6

"Belgische uitgave onder de naam Senet" - Raym0nd - Rated N/A
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
145. Board Game: Pico [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:7816]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"a very small game from Doris & Frank"

Second-guessing game with just 11 cards in the deck. Players select cards simultaneously; high card wins unless it's more than twice the opponent's play. Losing card is returned to its owner's hand, while the winning card is scored.

Reimplemented as Pico 2

93 Owners & 25 Comments:

"Pico is a game created from leftover card print runs. I played it online ages ago, and when I same it for sale at Essen I had to buy it, simply because I love the Art of Doris. Also I got a Hedgehog signature from Doris which is great!" - mecoides - Rated 7

"You can out-think your opponent fairly well if you apply your braaaaain." - EYE of NiGHT - Rated 6

"Fun two player, two minute filler from Doris and Frank. If I explain any more than that, I could have played a game of it!" - dougadamsau - Rated 4
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
146. Board Game: Pony Express [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:9712]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"race across the West in this pre-White Wind Alan Moon game"

A very different betting and racing game for 2 to 6 players.
Each player tries to gain control of 2 horses in the 7 horse field and then lead them to victory but first they must win the right to control those horses. There are two parts to each game. First a poker type part where players bet on the horses in an effort to gain control and then a race component where the owners now become jockeys and with the use of movement cards try to lead their horses to victory.

175 owners and 27 comments

""I like it. It's quirky," says Scott." - skrutsch - Rated 7

"A very different racing game. The closest I can think of comparing it to is Royal Turf, but they really don't compare. The luck factor in this game is huge, if you can't handle that then you should definitely avoid this. Otherwise, I would advise you try it before buying. The most frustrating part about this game is that it SOUNDS exciting when you're reading the rules, there's a lot going on. But nevertheless, people find the game downright boring." - jcarvin - Rated 5

"This never made the cut." - acorns - Rated 3
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
147. Board Game: Pow Wow [Average Rating:5.44 Unranked]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"a game of movement and positioning"

The winner of the game is the holder of the moccasin card with the Indian that matches the color of the Indian token that leaves the last space on the track at the outside of the board (indicated by the two poles side by side).

40 own 4 comment

"Abstract game with plenty of player interaction." - dirubin - Rated 7

"Rating based on 3 plays as a 2-player game. Plays real quick. Not much depth. Sort of a race game with a few variations thrown in. Initially, I'm not too taken with it. May be more fun with several players." - Alashar - Rated 5

"beide ausgaben" - 1aspielerin - Rated 5
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
148. Board Game: Quartier Latin [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"the rough and tumble world of bistros and bars in Paris"

You are the owner of a fancy bistro in the fashionable Latin Quarter in Paris, the most important investments are made: you have bought tables, chairs and tableware and have engaged fairly qualified personnel. Shortly before the opening of your pub the disaster happens. The competitors send hooligans to your premises that are about to destroy your work. You are determined to fight. Let 's hope that you have better cards than your opponents!

Rules translation no longer available at Game Cabinet

42 owners & 2 comments:

"Sort of Mille Bournes derivitive, although not quite as pedestrian as that "classic". Didn't do anything for me, though." - cfarrell - Rated 4

"No instructions." - Roger Yim - Rated N/A
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
149. Board Game Designer: Claude Soucie
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"an abstract, two player strategy game from Claude Souci"

Quick doesn't appear to be in the database.
Published in 1992 by Abacus Spiele.
Quick is a rapid-fire, colourful, game of tactics for two players of eight or more years old. The rules are simple, so it's easy to get started, and yet there are enough winning tactics to make it interesting for players of all levels.

Claude Soucie was born in Canada and moved to the USA when he was a small child. As a child of the Great Depression, he began inventing games to entertain his siblings and young friends. He read voraciously and had many interests.
In 1949, Claude read an article about Sid Sackson in Esquire Magazine. It took Claude two years, but he courageously phoned Sid Sackson in 1951. That phone call started a long friendship between the Sackson and Soucie families whose high point came when Sid Sackson's son married Claude Soucie's oldest daughter .

Claude Soucie died on November 18, 1996.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
150. Board Game: Railway Rivals [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:2183]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"classic train game"

This is a classic simple railway racing game, perhaps the first modern railroading game, where you draw the railway lines on hex-board. This one uses the sort of colored marker pens you can wipe off with a damp cloth after the game. The game goes through phases; initially you draw tracks and earn money for linking cities. When a number of cities are joined, you start racing, the cities being chosen randomly. The races are simple dice-rollers and the 1st & 2nd place get prize money. After a couple of races, you draw some more tracks, then race some more and so on.

TGC has several articles about the game and the designer.

Games Workshop version has 392 owners and 121 comments:

"A great game. Very playable. I played in, and ran, lots of postal games in the 1970s and 1980s, when it was probably the 2nd most popular postal game, after Diplomacy. I own 20 or so of the original maps, and my kids all played it as they grew up. Still a regular to play when we get together at Christmas, etc." - AnnuverScotinExile - Rated 9

"The grand-daddy of all the crayon rail games. Perhaps a little too reliant on dice rolls for modern tastes but, over the game, the sheer number of rolls entirely mitigates the random element and the most efficient networks are always, always rewarded. Lots of alternative maps around for variety too. Cant go wrong with this one." - boltongeordie - Rated 8

"In the days when Games Workshop were selling real games (instead of just their own minatures_based_games), and I was buying bloodbowl and block mania, Dad bought this. Effectively it's a crayon-rails type game that took forever to play IIRC." - Grimwold - Rated 4
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
[1]  Prev «  4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8  Next »  [9] | 
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
[1]  Prev «  4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8  Next »  [9] | 
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.