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Back sooner than I thought whistle

We are attending SpielDoch! Helping out White Goblin Games in the stand, so come by and say hi and play or buy a game.

But we hope and think we might find a little time to walk around an try and buy some games.

Next to the SpielDoch! website I can't seem to find much information. So help me out and get me some information please. The games there seem to be more light in comparison to spiel, we are looking fore some strategic ones.

Started my own SpielDoch! 2019: CAB's prep list! to keep track of games which are interesting as an addition to our game collection.

So again, looking for release info about the convention SpielDoch!. Please help us out meeple
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We had a blast and are already looking forward to next year Spiel. Also started preparing: Spiel 2019: CAB's prep list!

Thanks to every one that was involved in this years Spiel. There are some games still on the list which I look forward to playing. After that we can decide if we will buy the game.

Solenia
Underwater Cities
Newton
Dice Hospital

Didn't see them available at Dutch conventions to play. So we wait and see if and where we can play them. I'm not a very active blogger, I might share something about games I like or don't like in between now and Spiel 2019. But if not until next year.
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Spiel 2018 not bought and why!

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After the previous post of what we did buy we played several games and did not buy them. Here's which ones and in short why we didn't bring them home.


Solenia

A game we liked, only thing was the cards with holes and the switching of day and night will that be fun after several plays or does it start being a gimmick. We still might buy this game in the future.


Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

Actually really fun playing, there are some nice things going on in this game. Some mechanics we had doubts, starting a mission and being left to finish it alone might be a bit tough, but the price of €70 without the nice components (€30) did make it an easy choice not to buy.


Welcome To...

A kind of roll and write game but in this case you have to play a card combination which you can use to write down. It was fun to try out and willing to play it again, but it felt to long for what it gives.

Rolling Ranch

A real roll and write game, another one we enjoyed playing but not enough to want the game in the collection. The decisions to be made wern't that interesting to make it re-playable. (also the game wasn't available)

Coimbra

Wouldn't mind playing again but this game gave me no excitement at all. Place action dice in three of four possible rows (or less rows if you want) pick the best available action tile or card wasn't that tight and to specialize in a row and getting that color die etc. wasn't that interesting. Felt with not to much thinking you can't play this game very bad. In short this game gave me no interesting choices.


Expancity

At most reasonable, we didn't get excited for a moment during play. No interesting decisions and getting a goal after finishing a building felt like we should have a goal in the game to build to. Now we got goals that where impossible and sometimes goals already on the playing field. We didn't like it.


Futuropia

Second round already felt very repetitive we felt this optimization puzzle not fun to play.


Gingerbread House

Another one which brought no excitement tot the table. Placing your tile getting ingredients to exchange them for cards wasn't that interesting and the special objective cards couldn't change that.


Smartphone Inc.

A game that works and was fun to play, people who like the theme will like this game a lot I think. We didn't like the artwork and the theme so it wouldn't come to the table so we didn't buy it.


Tudor

After two rounds of play I already had earned two extra rings and thought, okay more rounds of the same will come. Not a bad game but number of rounds overstayed its welcome.


Ceylon

Another one we didn't dislike but didn't have the whow factor. Fun mechanic of getting different kind of teas by different heights. But the fulfillment of the contract trains didn't work as smooth as it should be to my feeling. But this one deserves another play before a final judgement.


Firenze

An oldie in a new jacket, during play we found out why it wasn't in our collection. We understand why people like this game, but some card's are to harsh for our taste.


Gravity Superstar

A great game to the right audience, we are not the right audience. Fun to play with family, for children to learn to visualize gravity and movement. To light for us.


Last Heroes

To much a gimmick, did like the idea. But it didn't work for us, loading you ammo from other players, changing your cards. It was to much a hassle.


The River

Great family worker placement game, we liked playing an would play it again. But was to light to be in our collection.


Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

We like the original Azul and where curious to find out if we need this one in our collection too. Turned out we don't need it. Fun to play, but we like the scoring mechanic from the original Azul better. The central scoring track from this Azul is preferred above the original one. Always a hassle the original score track, a central one gives a better overview of your opponents and its more easy to let your scoring cube stay at its place.


Reef

Didn't like it the choices are not that interesting to us. A sea theme I like, but the coral pieces don't give you a sea theme feel at all. Playing a card and score felt a bit dull actually.


Chartered: The Golden Age

This game felt to us in between family an strategy. It felt to light for a good strategy game and was to complex for families to our feeling.
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2018




What did we bring home this year and why!

Thursday:

- Christmas Tree
- Christmas Tree: Essen Special Cards

Marina loves to decorate the Christmas tree, now we can do it all year. After playing the game we thought this is a great puzzle game. We had fun and the game needs some serious thinking to make great scores. Need to watch out for AP, but we are players who play a game on intuition.


- Factory Funner: Expansion 2

We love the puzzle to make a great factory, now we have some more variation.


- Majolica

Another great puzzle game, we loved the mechanic. Taking tiles to put them in your production line to get them on the scoring cards and push them trough the next place in the line.


- 老師敬服 (Master of Respect)

We had a blast, getting the sake, gold en respect to pay with works in a fun way. Nice decisions to be made for new students, training and action tiles. Getting a lot of respect is really fun.


- Raiders of the North Sea: Hall of Heroes

We play the base game enough to get an expansion. We played this expansion with a friend a while back and decided to pick it up some day and this was the day.


Friday:

- The Ancient World

We played this game when it came out, back than we only could buy a german version. So when we saw the English version for a reasonable price we bought it. Now we need to find out soon if we still like it.



- Montana: Trade Post

We do regular demo's for WGG at conventions (never at Spiel), so we picked up this small expansion for a game we love.


- Roket Raket

Marina play's badminton so that is how it came on our list. We played the game and it gave a tense feeling and excitement like a badminton match. We couldn't resist buying.


Saturday:

- A Pleasant Journey to Neko
- A Pleasant Journey to Neko: Essen Promo Card
- A Pleasant Journey to Neko: Whale Watching Mini-Expansion

My personal favorite of this years Spiel, love the way the dice work in this game, the multi purpose of them. Love the theme and the other mechanics of buying harbors and getting your ships along the shipping lanes. The way the cards work as shipping lane and getting goods, everything seems to work well together and you really need a good plan to get lots of penguin viewings.



- Rhein: River Trade

We played this game a few years back, back then it wasn't available so now we bought it for a reasonable price. We like the way the pick up and deliver mechanic works.




Sunday:

- Altitude
- Altitude: Yeti Promo Card

We bumped into this game because of the theme, we make long walks in the mountains each summer. So a game to build your own mountain get's our attention a bit more easy than other games. We think this one is a great filler, easy rules and it is fun building a mountain and getting animals on the point giving spots.


- Vertical
- Vertical: Refuge Goodie

The same publisher and again the mountain theme as Altitude. And again a fun filler, getting your climber up the mountain with just enough push your luck makes this a fun game to play in between or end the evening with.


- Carson City: The Card Game

We love Carson City and after playing we like the conversion to a card game. Still building a city but now it is your own.




- Key Flow

A new Richard Breese is always on our list. The price was to steep to make a blind buy, but when we walked by on Sunday people where wrapping up and we could take over the table. We love this quick Key game, it gives a real Key feeling but it plays in a way shorter time. This will be one to take on holiday and game nights. So we couldn't resist.




We had a great convention and weekend in Essen. Already counting down to next years Spiel. Thanks to everyone we met and played with this weekend, also thanks for the game explanations demo crew of the various stands (we know how intensive a weekend demonstrating can be). We were with the same group as every year and wanna thank you all for making this weekend memorable again.

Next up, games we played but did not buy.
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Hi all,

spring has started over here in the Netherlands and we are going on holiday at the end of June. Some people read books on there holiday's some people read magazine's etc. But I read rules in preparation to Spiel.



So it's time to start my preparations to collect enough rules to keep me busy during the holiday. So I started my annual geeklist: Spiel 2018: CAB's prep list!

So if people know links to rules or have advise for extra games on the list, just let me know!

The ones which look most appealing for me now are:
Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea
Coimbra
Lincoln
Newton

After the holiday, I will update my geeklist with comments and ranking of the games.
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In short my story about a weekend in Eindhoven for White Goblin Games.

Friday:
In the morning I had to work, but after that I traveled to Eindhoven to help building the booth. I did arrive at two o clock and a lot of work had been done. Walls already up, tables and chairs on their place. So after greeting the owners and gaming friends I started with hanging up banners, putting table cloth's on the tables, punching out games and put them ready to play on the tables. When everything was ready for the convention we put some stuff in the car we found a nice place to eat something.

After that I left with a friend to the holiday park we booked a cottage for the weekend. Some others went to the award ceremony of the Nederlandse Spellenprijs (Dutch Game Award) (report in Dutch). Luckily for us we won in both category's, family game and expert game with Droomhuis and Orléans. So after we took care of the grocery's we started playing games and other people started to arrive. We played into the night, before going to bed.

Saturday:

Early in the morning we went to the convention center and unfortunately some friends and fellow game explainers where sick. But we all had fresh energy and made it a good day for the visitors I believe. Because of the sick people I wen't where I was necessary.
So I explained games like Cottage Garden, Indian Summer, Ali Baba, Kingdomino, Speed and was working at the counter to show people games we didn't have at the demo tables but had with us to show and give a short overview. In the afternoon I was judge at a contest to win the game Speed, you had to win five consecutive times from different opponents and you got the game for free. It was hilarious, fun and exciting. Erwin took a picture of me (not the most flattery picture) while explaining the rules to some new contenders. There where a lot of winners which I could give a game as their price. But also unfortunate losses after four wins. Most important a day with Happy Faces Everywhere!!

After the last visitors left we left the building to return to our cottage. On the way we picked up some Chinese Food. After we ate we started gaming again (see picture this time by Bart).

Sunday:
Today more of the same, its great to see so much happy gamers. Family's, friends, strangers playing together and happy faces everywhere. It gives energy to make people happy! After all the visitors left we had to clear the booth. Put all the games back in the box, built piles of chairs and tables. Put all the remaining stuff on pallets to return to White Goblin Games. Thanks to all the visitors, fellow demo crew and friends for sharing this weekend with me!

Oh and I had no time to strawl around, so have no idea how the convention was to visitors.

Next up the games we brought home from Eindhoven.
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And the last games we didn't buy at this years Spiel convention.


Long Live the Queen
We thought we would like this game, but playing it twice it felt to random and we just didn't have fun playing.





The Sanctuary: Endangered Species
One of the worst explanations ever. But during play we still got a feeling of the game. To our feeling there was to less development. We thought the replay ability would be to low for us.





Transatlantic
Another one with an explanation which could have been better. Al four of the players had not a good idea of what to do. But with the rules at hand we could play the game the right way. The game felt way to repetitive for us. Earn money buy ship, earn money buy ship, earn money buy ship etc. You don't build an engine, fleet or anything else.




Bunny Kingdom
Another one we enjoyed playing. But after half a game the demo was over. We got the feeling your influence over the terrains you can claim were too little. Also the cards for end-scoring depend on to get the right coordinates which again are based on getting the right coordinate card which you have to little influence on. And again, friend of us bought the game, so we might give it a second chance with a complete game.




The Quest for El Dorado
The game looks great, but during play we didn't get the feeling we needed to rush, and isn't that the idea of a race game. Play your cards to do as much steps as possible or buy a new card. Despite all the possible tracks you can build it felt we knew the game after one play.




Destination X
A good deduction game, if you have interest in countries, their capital cities, and all Wikipedia things about countries. Not my cup of tea.




We might have played an extra game I forgot about, but I think I got them all.

If you think a game needs a second chance don't hesitate to try to convince me whistle

Tomorrow I travel to Eindhoven for het Spellenspektakel. So maybe more loot and not bought games after that.
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As mentioned we did play more games at Spiel 2017 we didn't buy:


NMBR 9
Not a bad game at all, the game works. But I didn't enjoy the puzzle of building my stack. Also scoring is a lot of calculation.





Rajas of the Ganges
The scoring mechanic of two tracks getting closer to each other was a fun idea. But why not make a good worker placement game. The dice did feel like a forced in mechanic to be different to other games. We had the feeling this would be a better game without the dice and just make it a worker placement.




Okanagan: Valley of the Lakes
Another game that was not bad, a fun tile laying game with a scoring mechanic that works. We would play this game again and a friend of us bought the game so it might happen. But the game didn't got a new feel to it. Sometimes the mechanic is not new, but the game gives you a complete new feeling (this one wasn't one of those).




Origami
We played this game together, the game seems well balanced. The deck a person makes the game work for every player count. It was for us a game of glad we played it but replay ability seems to be low. We didn't feel the urge to play it again.





Dance of the Fireflies
A game we enjoyed playing, and we are still not sure we were right not to buy this game. Our doubt was the play ability with different player counts. We had the feeling this game plays better with four or more players and we play a lot with two or three. But would love to play again to find that out.




Feuville
Another game which after one play we couldn't decide to buy it or not. The dice can make your city to burn down, you can try to protect yourself. So we might play it again at a friend to decide if we hate the dragon to much to buy the game or if we enjoy it a lot after a second play.



Starting slow I said But now I have fresh in mind why we didn't buy the games. And with the convention Spellenspektakel in the Netherlands coming up this weekend I try to post one more not bought before the weekend!
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What did we play but not buy this year at Spiel 2017.


Shadows in Kyoto
We played the game because we liked 花見小路 Hanamikoji, this one felt like a Stratego variant with some extra's. Not a kind of game we were looking for.





Songbirds
A fun filler game, we had fun with the lady explaining and playing with us. It was just not fun enough to add it to the collection. We decided we had fillers which we would grab sooner than this one.





Harvest Island
A game that does work, but not enough for our taste. Marina actually liked it and friends of us bought the game. But the weather cards give the game a push your luck element which for me didn't feel in balance with the strategic side of the game. In other words, I hate to see my crops destroyed one turn before I could harvest.




The Palace of Mad King Ludwig
A tile laying game which I would like to play again some time. But we prefer Ludwig's Castles. We thought all the little chits to keep track of scoring and needed tot be turned over when scoring rooms was to much of a hassle.



We liked playing these games, but not enough to add them to the collection. We played more, so if I find time more will follow.
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I used to post a geeklist for our Spiel loot, but the way that works wasn't wat I wanted. So lets try this. We made a list of games we were interested in through Tabletop Together.

What did we bring home:



Thursday:


Dragon Castle
Doors went open early, about 09:40 so at 09:45 we started playing Dragon Castle. Marina and I played the game together and we liked it a lot. It feels like Mahjong Solitaire made to a game for multiple players, with unlimited variation in playing. So we couldn't resist buying the game before we went home thursday.




Mini Rails
In the preparation for Spiel this game ended on the top of our list. At the booth there was no demo table for the game, but we where so sure that we liked the game that we picked it up. Now we need to get it on the table soon.




Round House: 2nd Expansion – Port City
While in hall 7 we picked up this small expansion for a game we like to play, an extra reason to put it on the table soon.





Agra, Halloween & Haspelknecht: The Ruhr Valley
Before we went home we went to Quined Games to pick up our pré order. We did demonstrate a lot in the past for Quined Games and started to collect the Quined Master Print Edition Series. At least until now we keep it complete, let's play the games to see if the meet up to our standard.



Friday:


Keyper
After a demo and play of two rounds we loved this game a lot. For four players it might take to long because of all the possibility's. But for us together or with a third played this will be a great game!





Crows Overkill
No demo available, but we got to look in the box and got a rules explanation. Of all the Taiwan games at Spiel this one was the most appealing to us, so we bought it.





Snowdonia: Rolling Stock #1, Snowdonia: The Siege of Petersburg / The Channel Tunnel 1881 & Snowdonia: Trans-Australian Railway & The Daffodil Line
Between playing games and listening to explanations we picked up this expansions for a game we love to play.





A Feast for Odin: Lofoten, Orkney, and Tierra del Fuego
Another small expansion, for a base game we didn't even play yet. But for our proofread of the dutch rules we got it for free.





Saturday:


Harvest
After an explanation and play we bought Harvest. We played Harbour a lot and like this sequel. Simple rules and fun playing.





Taluva & Taluva Extension
We like the game Taluva, but it wasn't in our private collection yet. So for a reasonable price we bought the game including the expansion.





Heaven & Ale
We played the game on one of the days before, we like it a lot as a two or three player game and even with four we think it will be fun. But make sure you play with people who are not thinking too much about there next move. This game can get lost in analysis paralysis.




Riverboat
This is one we also played for two or tree rounds. We liked easy to understand rules and to see your board grow and the strategies to make points for victory. The five phases of placing people, getting crops, shipping crops, getting bonuses and placing green workers seem to fit well together.



We picked up these promos: Grand Austria Hotel: Herr Moras, Grand Austria Hotel: Mag. Ferdinand and Isle of Skye bonustiles.


Sunday:


Yardmaster Express
We won the game with our lottery ticket for following a demo at the Iello booth.





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