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Bring Vikings to Valhalla and Create Targets for Dice with Schmidt Spiele

W. Eric Martin
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• I've received a first pass at information on titles due out in early 2020 from German publisher Schmidt Spiele, so let's highlight a few of them in this post, starting with Die Wikinger Saga, which is Schmidt's original big box game along the lines of Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg and Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal from 2018 and 2019. This design from Christian Fiore and Knut Happel is for 2-4 players, plays in 60 minutes, and comes loaded with playing options:
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Die Wikinger Saga includes a variety of adventures with simple rules in the basic game that can be supplemented later with additional game material.

You start the game with a group of Vikings, and successful adventures give you the gold to hire others, with the new abilities from these Vikings allowing you to earn additional rewards or avoid dangers as your adventures become more demanding. While gold is good, fame in Valhalla is what matters in the end.

Die Wikinger Saga features a modular structure, with each adventure being constructed on a different landscape and with specific Vikings (27 different ones in total!) available for each landscape so that each game plays out differently.
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• The newest title in Schmidt's "Klein & Fein" game line will be Man muss auch gönnen können from Ulrich Blum and Jens Merkl, with this being a 1-4 player game with a 30-minute playing time and an "all-in" gameplay along the lines of Dizzle and Ganz schön clever:
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In the dice-rolling game Man muss auch gönnen können ("You have to also treat yourself"), players determine their own targets for what to roll by buying cards during the game to build their own score sheet.

All players are involved in the game because if the active player re-rolls their dice, then everyone else can use those results for themselves.
Okay, we need a few more details as to how players build a score sheet, but we'll take care of that when we record game overviews at Spielwarenmesse 2020. For now, I can tease more details with this image:

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• Schmidt will release a German-language edition of the party game Wavelength under the title Perfect Match, along with a German-language edition of Mystery House from Cranio Creations.

Point Up from newcomer Katrin Abfalter falls into the "speed reaction" end of the design pool:
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In Point Up, you need to react quickly to name the right color, but that will change each round depending on which cards are revealed.

The game includes a deck of cards that feature grids of Pac-Man style icons (circles with a removed wedge) on one side and a specific command on the other. In a round, a new grid of icons is revealed, and at the same time the command is revealed on the top of the exposed card. Are you looking for the color that appears most frequently in the grid? The color of the icon pointed at by two other icons? Or the color of the icon that nothing points to?

Name the right color quickly, and you claim the card. You have only one guess!
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