Upcoming five-player games of interest
Henrik Lantz
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Five players is a common count in my gamegroup, and I am always on the look-out for new five player games. With Essen around the corner and a lot of games coming out for christmas, future looks good with a bunch of interesting games coming out.

I have a weekness for euros with a fairly strong connection between rules and theme so I will add those types of games, and hope to have help with adding the rest.

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1. Board Game: De Vulgari Eloquentia [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:833]
Henrik Lantz
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Zman handles the English release of this one, and I am eagerly awaiting more info. From reading the rules the game seems different, in a good way. The players travel around medieval Italy taking part in creating a new language, Volgare. They try to gain suport in certain factions by collecting cubes and can get different occupations such as becoming a friar or a banker.

Looks really cool, but would like to see some reports on how the game works in practice before taking the bite.

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2. Board Game: Florenza [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:1203]
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Worker placement seems to be a central mechanic of this game, but there is also a lot more going on. A huuuge amount of bits and pieces in the box, I am always a sucker for that.

The game takes place in Florence and the players try to become the most famous patrons of art. There is a general playing board but each player also has his/her own where they can build buildings. There is a lot of resource management and worker placement, but the players can also try to become the captain or the bishop which gives them extra power and allows them to mess with the other players. Looks very good.

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3. Board Game: The Great Fire of London 1666 [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1943]
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This game accomodates up to 6 players, even better!

Tha game takes place in London 1666, the time of the great fire. The players own properties around London which they have to protect from the fire which spreads during the game. They can demolish districs to hinder the fire from spreading or try to put it out. The players control how the fire moves, and I guess they can mess up their opponents doing this. It looks like good fun, and a very probable buy for me.

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75 min
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4. Board Game: Norenberc [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1742]
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By the author of Hansa Teutonica, a game I thought was very solid but a bit dry. This looks more up my alley. The players try to get favors from different guilds by owning the most of different goods. I need to read through the rules again, have only glanced so far, but I liked what I saw.

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90 min

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5. Board Game: Era of Inventions [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:4502]
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An action selection and engine building game in which the players get to invent some of the greatest inventions of all time. Looks very solid, but will not buy without reading some reviews first.

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6. Board Game: Grand Cru [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1692]
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A game following the trend of wine making this year. Could be great, but just the fact that it is a Eggert-spiele game makes me a bit wary. I know, really silly to judge a game by the other games of the same company, but I have so far not played an Eggertspiele game I really liked.

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7. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:43]
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Everyone wants this game, I do too! This is a civilisation style card game with drafting and set collection. Comparisons have been made with both Race for the Galaxy ad Dominion, two games I actually did not like, but this seems to pick the best bits out of both. And it supports up to 7 players, rare indeed!

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30 min
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8. Board Game: Dakota [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:6451]
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This one I have been wanting ever since reading about it on Bruno Faidutti's site. Worker placement always interests me, and the twist of letting the players play either as settlers or natives with the value of resources depending on which side you belong to sounds really cool. No rules available yet, so information is sparse.

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9. Board Game: Olympus [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1454]
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Two members of the Kingsburg team has designed this, and this puts it very high up on my wishlist. Kingsburg was just great, probably the most played 5 player game in our gaming group in the last two years. The weight and accessibility and Kingsburg was perfext for my group, and I am hoping this one will fir just as well.

The players try to acquire the favors of the gods, which includes the ability to build buildings. Seems to be a bit of engine building in there, gotta love that.

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