Yellohat - First Plays - October 2013
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Games firstly played in October 2013. I played a few games during Spiel 2013, which again was an amazing experience.

I really love Bluff in Zoo a little bluffing game from Taiwan.
Arriala: Canal de Garonne was a great surprise and I really like Glastonbury a lot.
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1. Board Game: Bluff in Zoo [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:7810]
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This little neat card game already offered me so much fun making this a great Spiel 2013 purchase.
This game might be Perudo - The Card Game, only that some cards give the game a twist.
At your turn you usually place a card from your hand and you make a greater claim of what you saw earlier the day at the zoo. Higher numbers and or bigger animals make a bigger impression. Alternatively you chalenge the player who just made that outrageous claim.

Great fun game! Highly recommended.
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2. Board Game: Arriala: Canal de Garonne [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:6813]
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This is a nice game with great artwork and ditto components. The game is about constructing canals in France. You send your workers digging or you move your own or other players' workers. Alternatively you send the workers to a vineyard in order to score points and you only get points if you have the most workers in a unique number.
You get extra opportunities by obtaining cards which allow you to do clever things.
Really nice game that plays in close to only 30 minutes. I was happy to find a copy at Spiel 2013 at a nice price.
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3. Board Game: Glastonbury [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4090]
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This game is a reimplement of the rare Kupferkessel Co. and now plays, in stead of only two, two to four players. I played the game at Spiel 2013 and I really enjoyed it.
The top card of your stack shows a number and that is the number of steps you may take towards the next row. From the row you may pick a card and add it to your stack. Unless you are cornered. You cannot pick a card then.
If you collected sets of three or more, the cards will score at game's end. And unique cards in your collection score negative. Some cards give you special powers. One of them is really nasty. They then have to discard their top card and that is a feisty way of ruining planning.

Glastonbury is a really nice fast paced game with nice components. Recommended!
 
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4. Board Game: Warlock [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:5558]
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A card game where each card has four purposes. A card can have a value in money, in raw materials for city building an effect when discarded and it can be a built city.
The rules are not really easy to digest but if you come through you will see a really nice card game. There can be some take that in the game as one of the actions is destroying a city. Another action is swapping a city of an opponent with one of yours.
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5. Board Game: Industrial Waste [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1651]
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A game where you pick three action cards to run your industries. But be aware of the polution you are producing!
This is a neat game, it contains auctioning of raw materials, you can dump waste at all your opponents, invest, produce and you have to get rid of those pesky loans.
Fun game, not really that difficult and it plays in close to an hour.
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6. Board Game: Yōkaï no Mori [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Yokai no Mori is in fact two games: Let's Catch the Lion! and Goro-Goro Dōbutsu Shōgi. The first one was my introduction with Shogi and I loved it.

I was privileged to play Yokai no Mori with designer Madoka Kitao. Of course, I had no chance.

Ferti picked the original game up and added this to their portefolio in a great looking edition. The fantastic artwork has been done by one of my favorites: Xavier Gueniffey Durin.
When I procured the game at Spiel 2013. The publisher gave me a sheet of new stickers. He told me he was not content with the quality of the stickers in the box. I really like this eye for details by a publisher.

The game: Great little abstract for two with very attractive looks.

 
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7. Board Game: One Night Werewolf [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4993]
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I don't know what to think of the artwork. The card quality is great and this is a nice game where you try to find the persons lying.
I am a big The Resistance fan and I hope to find a nice game related to this great, with fewer players.

After two plays I think it is too early to say more about the game. I liked it a lot better than I expected!
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8. Board Game: UGO! [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2841]
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I played this trick taking game at Spiel 2013, helped by one of the three designers Thomas Jansen. It is nice to hear how the development of the game went, by three persons, in three stages.

If you win the trick you will add the cards to your scoreboard, sorted by color and you have to add the cards on top of the cards of the same color you collected in earlier turns. The last card on top determines your score. Besides this you also have to collect farmers to avoid penalty points. The winning card determines the number of farmes you might earn and as you might already guessed, the higher the number of the card, the lower number of farmers you will get.
Nice game what played a lot better with three than two when we started. The game has a great production value.
 
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9. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:427]
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If you are into puzzling, take a proper look at Alhambra. At your turn you are trying to obtain a nice palace and see if it fits somewhere.
The trick is to purchase the goods with exact money because then it won't cost you an action. The money comes in four colors and that is a nice mechanism.
I think this game is a really nice one with only two players.
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10. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:644]
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Cool game, if it would not take that long. The game features great components and it has a lot of components! At your turn you start with dice rolling. Three dice and the outcome will limit your opportunities. I found out that navigation can be frustrating and you possibly will be sent in an unwanted direction. Getting a good overview is also challenging. You have to look closely to see who is where and then the ways to get there are not always as straight forward as it can be.
The game has a lot of text where you have to cope with and this slows the game play down. What other players are doing is hardly influencing your game play. The universe is that big, there is space for everybody.
 
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