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Subject: Spiel des Jahres 2007: nominated games recommendations rss

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Todd
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If someone was interested in purchasing one of the five nominated games this year, which would you recommend?

Personally I am thinking of buying either Yspahan or Arkadia. I am also interested in Notre Dame, but it was only recommended.

I am curious because games that win the Spiel des Jahres award are sometimes used as introductions for new gamers. Not to mention the fact that some people purchase games based on awards that they have won, along with other marketing techniques.

So which would you recommend to someone new to the hobby? Which would you recommend to a friend in your gaming group?

 
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You might try the computerized version of Yspahan. That will give you a way to try it before you buy it and see if it is right for you.
I haven't played any of the others, so that's about the best help I can give you.
 
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So far I have Yspahan and Arkadia. Haven't played Arkadia yet but I LOVE Yspahan. Try computer version as well as watch Boardgames With Scott for a review.
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1. There's a reason Yspahan is rated 7.5 here.
2. Never take advice from a mole rat.
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I've played Notre Dame and Yspahan more than you (and likely more games from the list than you )

Yspahan is still a winner, Notre Dame is just dry. So, being the guy here with the most experience I would say my advice is worth more than yours

Other great games are
Jenseits von Theben and Wikinger, both excellent games

(Hope you see my attempt of humor here)
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generalpf wrote:
I've played all three; so far in this thread I'm the only one.
Wow, there's a lot of questioning and asserting of credentials on the fora these days. Well, I have a freakin' Ph.D. in board games and I say Yspahan rules the freakin' universe.
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Did I mention my cube tower is 10 inches long? You don't want none of this.
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ed95005 wrote:
Did I mention my cube tower is 10 inches long? You don't want none of this.

Any fool knows it's not size that matters but how you wield your tower.

Any fool also knows that Jenseits von Theben is a fun game that won't scare off the casual gamers, whereas Arkadia is really no fun at all. Yspahan is OK.
 
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generalpf wrote:
I have also played Arkadia four times, Yspahan four times + a few on the computer and Notre Dame 20+ times on BSW. Arkadia and Notre Dame are still fresh while Yspahan is now boring. Take of that what you will.
That's an amazing endorsement. I am surprised anything is "fresh" after a naked mole rat has been around it so many times. Still, it doesn't help me much as we have banned all forms of rodents from our game groups.

 
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dominojones wrote:
generalpf wrote:
I have also played Arkadia four times, Yspahan four times + a few on the computer and Notre Dame 20+ times on BSW. Arkadia and Notre Dame are still fresh while Yspahan is now boring. Take of that what you will.
That's an amazing endorsement. I am surprised anything is "fresh" after a naked mole rat has been around it so many times. Still, it doesn't help me much as we have banned all forms of rodents from our game groups.

Even squirrels?

(Hey, this thread has drifted way off topic already; I feel no shame in nudging it further into the rapids)

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Zopper-Alf wrote:
I've played Notre Dame and Yspahan more than you (and likely more games from the list than you )

Yspahan is still a winner, Notre Dame is just dry. So, being the guy here with the most experience I would say my advice is worth more than yours

Other great games are
Jenseits von Theben and Wikinger, both excellent games

(Hope you see my attempt of humor here)
Simon

Well I haven't played Notre Dame yet, so let me put in
an ignorance-based opinion (a time-honored BGG tradition).
I still find Yspahan interesting after 7+ plays (plus a lot
on the computer). Arkadia was boring after one play. (Hopefully
someone else local will buy it so I can have another try.)
 
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Yspahan is great - it fulfills my itch to roll those dice. I played Arkadia last night, and it's quite good too - it fulfills my itch to play with little tetris shaped puzzle pieces and find a good spot for them.
I'd personally choose Yspahan but could totally understand why someone would prefer Arkadia.
I haven't tried Notre Dame yet - hopefully soon. And my buzz-o-meter is really starting to take of for Jenseits!!
 
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