The Genius That Is... Nik Sewell
Mark Jackson
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OK, maybe "genius" is too strong a word to describe the games of Nik Sewell. Maybe we ought to go with "The Strangely Twisted Oddness That Is... Nik Sewell." Still & all, his games aren't quite like any other.
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1. Board Game: The Great Balloon Race [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:5476]
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Probably the most successful of Nik's designs... this is an Undercover-like romp of a balloon race, which benefits from being playable by up to eight players & making a "roll'n'move" interesting because of the all the different choices you have with your roll. Highly recommended.
 
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2. Board Game: Die Erbraffer [Average Rating:5.37 Overall Rank:13382]
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The only game I know of that's played on a family tree - players take the role of one (or more) heirs attempting to get cash & heirlooms passed down to them. The card play is chaotic (you're gonna see that word a lot on this Geeklist) but fun. Sadly, the game only really works with 3 or 6 players, due to the design of the board.
 
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3. Board Game: S.P.I.V.'s [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:13374]
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S.P.I.V.'s is short for "Self-Propelled Interstellar Vehicles"... which is really about capturing aliens and selling them. The gameplay is fraught with chaotic card play... and it's real selling point is how horribly wrong everything can go for one & all. It's not a terribly good game but a delightful experience with the right people.
 
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4. Board Game: Web of Gold [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10158]
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The molded cave board is ultra-cool, as is the spider mechanism that can trap adventurers. But, just so you know, this is one of the few games that is SPECIFICALLY named as a "verboten" item for the prize table at the Gathering of Friends.
 
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5. Board Game: Luftschlösser [Average Rating:5.15 Unranked]
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Probably the prettiest Sewell game, this game of building "cloud castles" is another "board game driven by cards"... and, in fact, is a 'take that' game cleverly disguised as a bit of fantasy fluff.
 
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6. Board Game: Elixir [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:8296]
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One of the more highly respected Sewell designs, but one that hasn't held up well over time. It's in the "Talisman" mold, with players bouncing around a board collecting ingredients to make potions.
 
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7. Board Game: Sufferin' Spirits [Average Rating:5.87 Unranked]
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A bit masterpiece... but the spirits aren't sufferin' nearly as much as the players in the overly-long chase game. Once again, I must refer to the odd 3-D coffin-laced board... vintage Nik.
 
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8. Board Game: Kommissar X [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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I haven't played this memory-based card game, but it looks like enough folks are trading away a copy that I may just get my chance.
 
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