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Game Preview: Six MaKING, or One if by Pawn and Two if by Rook

W. Eric Martin
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North Carolina
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Board Game: Six Making
Each year my most challenging game is a solitaire design titled "Include all of the new games that will appear at Spiel in my convention preview", and it's a game that I lose over and over again. I know, for example, that even with 562 listings on the Spiel 2014 Preview (as of 8:54 a.m. EDT on 8 Oct. 2014 with more to be added later today) I'm going to miss some unknown number of games that will be available at the show. To wax Rumsfeldian for a moment, I have the known unknowns — such as Heidelberger Spieleverlag and Piatnik, which never answer my email for reasons unbeknownst to me — and the unknown unknowns, publishers that I don't even know will be there or can't find out anything about in the week-long period between when the hall maps are released and when the show opens. (That period is now, by the way, and I'm doing what I can to fill in the gaps.)

All of which is to say that Romanian publisher Mind Fitness Games was one of my misses for Spiel 2013, with the publisher having three games on hand and me not knowing about any of them. I didn't even spot them while walking the Messe halls for five days! So sad.

In any case, at some point I found out that MFG would be at Spiel 2014, and the publisher offered to send me József Dorsonczky's Six MaKING for a partial look at what I missed, and with this video we're now somewhat caught up with what I missed at Spiel 2013 on the verge of missing who knows what else at Spiel 2014. It's like grabbing at leaves in a tornado...

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