The Genius That Is... Wolfgang Riedesser
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The 3 K's are a big deal (Knizia, Kramer, Klaus)... but what about the odd & delightful world of Wolfgang Riedesser?! Here's all the games of his I've played (in order by my personal favorites.) And then there's a few I haven't got to play... yet.
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1. Board Game: Ausgebremst [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:3585]
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My vote for the best auto racing game in existence. OK, it's not a great simulation, but it's a splendid game. Preferably played with the advanced rules & a 3+ race "series" to determine the winner. (The cars are cheap cardboard standees... so I replaced my set with MicroMachines, which are just the right size.)
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2. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1071]
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Essentially Ausgebremst with better bits & less flexibility. Some like this better... and it's bit-o-liciousness/rarity has caused it to fetch a pretty penny. (Unlike Ausgebremst, this does not have multiple track configurations... though you do get to stand and yell "Hail Caesar".)
 
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3. Board Game: Dschungelrennen [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:10388]
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A children's roll'n'move game that nonetheless transcends the genre. Like Midnight Party, it manages to suck almost anyone playing the game into it's conga-line based charm. One of my happiest "I didn't know what I was getting" trades.
 
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4. Board Game: Goldener Drache [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10444]
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Another race game (are you getting the vibe? - Wolfgang likes those racing games) with a interesting twist: the pieces you use to move are then fed into your dragon-tail holder for you to use again later. And, just because nothing can be that simple, other players can move your piece. (This one wins Wolfgang's oddest theme award: dragons racing to fly into a golden volcano.)
 
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5. Board Game: Secrets of the Deep [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:9957]
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I'm the first to admit that this children's game isn't perfect... but it's a joy to play! The bits are great (treasure chests, the ship, the ship's wheel spinner mounted into the board) and there are tactical plays to be had. The mechanism for your air supply (as you dive for treasure) is nice, too.
 
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6. Board Game: Fat Cats [Average Rating:5.14 Unranked]
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Bluff, bluff & more bluffing... a Raj variant for kids with cutesy graphics and some nice twists. Of course, it's Wolfgang, so it's a race amongst the alley cats to the best pillow at the head of the table.
 
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7. Board Game: Route 66 Das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:5.47 Unranked]
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Evidently, Wolfgang took a road trip down Route 66 some years ago and end up creating two games. Both use similar mechanisms (playing cards on yourself or others to increase or reduce their speed)... which, on the surface, sound a lot like Milles Bornes. But you trap players by having the police catch them speeding... and there are other cards that cause money to change hands. Fast-playing card game with a "build-the-board" out of cards thing that long predates Adlung.
 
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8. Board Game: Route 66 [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
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The other Route 66 game... which has a better board & some interesting ideas (the first 1/2 of the game you're trying to move quickly, while you slow down in the second 1/2 to "see the sight". Good for non-gamers but not enough control for gamer types.
 
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9. Board Game: Karl May-Spiel [Average Rating:4.78 Unranked]
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Haven't played this one... but the "archery for movement" thing sounds majorly cool!
 
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10. Board Game: First to Reverse [Average Rating:4.66 Unranked]
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Haven't played this one, either... it sounds a good bit like Das Storrisches Muli (which is OK, as I like "The Intractable Mules").
 
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11. Board Game: Schabernack! [Average Rating:4.67 Unranked]
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Whoops... a late addition as
a. it wasn't already on the Geek, and
b. I didn't know it was a Riedesser design
The components are majorly blah (generic plastic markers, dice, flimsy board) but the "hose yer neighbor" game play is fun and it plays QUICK.
 
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