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Spiel 2015 Preview: Two Titles from R&R Games: Mombasa and Rome: City of Marble

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• I'm cheating a bit in the title since Mombasa actually originates from eggertspiele, with Pegasus Spiele serving as German co-publisher and R&R Games as the North American licensee, but so be it! R&R Games was the publisher on hand at Gen Con 2015, so that's who I spoke with about this Alexander Pfister design, which debuts at Spiel 2015.

Pfister is co-designer, with Andreas Pelikan , of the 2015 Kennerspiel des Jahres Broom Service and (the as yet well-regarded) Gen Con 2015 release Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King. Will Mombasa be his third hit game of 2015?





• I first encountered Rome: City of Marble by chance at ACD Games Day 2014, an annual event for retailers sponsored by ACD Distribution in Madison, Wisconsin. Designer Brett Myers lives in that city, and he was (I think) volunteering at the event, and we had some time during the evening get-together, so we played his prototype. The game featured rhombuses, so naturally it was great. (My alter ego on many sites is Henry Rhombus.)

Now, sixteen months later, I remember liking the game and celebrating the rhombuses, but not remembering details of how to play. ("The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time." ―Friedrich Nietzsche) At Gen Con 2015, R&R Games' Frank DiLorenzo tried to jog my memory...

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