The List of "Blind-Buy" Designers
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I'm curious if there are any designers that you would "blind-buy".

Paint the picture...

New game gets announced, seems like a good title, then, what's this, it's designed by "xxxx", I'M IN!

No videos, no reviews, no description, no box cover, just a name.

Who fits into this category for you?
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1. Board Game Designer: Stefan Feld
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Spring Hill
Tennessee
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This goes without saying, but I'm a Feld-Nut. If Feld designs it, I'm buying it. No questions asked. Doesn't mean I will like every title but I'll give all of them a shot.
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2. Board Game Designer: Ignacy Trzewiczek
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Spring Hill
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Robinson Crusoe....Enough said!
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3. Board Game Publisher: Winsome Games
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Portland
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With Winsome, whether to blind buy or not is not a hypothetical question. You either pony up the ~$150 or you don't. Admittedly, I have not been as enthusiastic about the most recent releases. But I'm still chasing the dragon.
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4. Board Game Designer: Phil Eklund
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United States
Warsaw
Indiana
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His games are unique and always educational.
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5. Board Game Designer: Karol Madaj
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Berlin
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Kolejka, Letnisko, Strajk... Karol is a master of turning history into very enjoyable games. And I know what he is working on right now whistle
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6. Board Game Publisher: Splotter Spellen
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Yakima
WA
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If I had a blind-buy infatuation it would be from the guys at Splotter. I don't love all their designs but each (so far) is unique and engaging.
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7. Board Game Designer: Chad Jensen
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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I passed on Combat Commander...now I own everything
I passed on Dominant Species...now a top 10
I passed on Urban Sprawl...now my favorite city builder
I waffled on Fighting Formations...now my only game with tanks
I will not question again.
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Stephen Roney
United States
Ladera Ranch
California
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The team of Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling.
Twenty and counting. Haven't played four of the ones I own, but the rest are all good to great.
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9. Board Game Designer: Christian Marcussen
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Hermitage
Tennessee
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…duh.

Merchants & Marauders AND Clash of Cultures?!? …2 for 2.



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10. Board Game Designer: Stefan Dorra
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Austin
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For Sale , Marrakesh.. goodies goodies goodies !!
 
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11. Board Game Designer: Ryan Laukat
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United States
Cambridge
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I love Ryan's games, I love Ryan's art that he draws for his games, and I will blindly buy the next thing he puts out. No doubt in my mind.
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12. Board Game Designer: Matthias Cramer
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Embleton
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Cramer's my guy.

I LOVE Helvetia, Lancaster and Glen More. I like Rokoko a lot, and my estimation will likely grow as I play it more.

I wish The Millionaire Coup and Mieses Karma were available in English.

As it is, he's on a roll and I can't wait to see what's next.
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13. Board Game Designer: Volko Ruhnke
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Skokie
Illinois
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My favorite game is Labyrinth, and I also own Andean Abyss, another great game experience.

But come on, also Wilderness War, Cuba Libre, A Distant Plain, Fire in the Lake? Everything this guy does is gold!
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14. Board Game Designer: Bowen Simmons
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Portland
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Napoleon's Triumph and The Guns of Gettysburg are two of the most interesting, evocative, and innovative designs I've encountered. Her output is slow, but WAY worth it. And since she only puts out a game every five years or so, she's probably the cheapest autobuy on this list!

I'd own Bonaparte at Marengo already if she didn't have the second edition waiting, but on hold.
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15. Board Game Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Karl
Austria
Salzburg
Salzburg
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This is the man for me. Not all games are 10/10, but I cannot recall a single one I'd turn down playing.
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