Ned Ludd
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Someone I know is going to Moscow soon. I'm curious if there is a game he could pick up - either an original Russian designed and published game or an interesting localization like Coloretto. I can read Russian so the language is not an issue.

Also, is there a good game store in Moscow with a subway access?

Thank you very much.

Games I LIKE :
2 de Mayo, Ambush Alley, Arkham Horror, Attika, Blackbeard, Blockade Runner, Bolide, Citadels, Comrade Koba, Dungeon Twister, Dungeoneer, Dying Lights, Garibaldi, Hammer of the Scots, Intruder, König von Siam, Last Frontier: The Vesuvius Incident, Liberia: Descent Into Hell, Lord of the Rings, Pit Fighter: Fantasy Arena, Puerto Rico, Quest for the Dragonlords, San Juan, Silverton, Space Hulk, Tigris & Euphrates, Tikal, Yu-Gi-Oh! DungeonDice Monsters.
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Games I DON'T LIKE
Acquire - Not very good with the math that is required.
Apples to Apples - Not enough imagination really.
Bohnanza - Suck at negotiations.
El Caballero - Not very good at tracking several variables at once.
Intrigue - See Bohnanza, and too mushy for backstabbing.
Killer Bunnies - Luck ++, too long
Squad Leader - Couldn't hack the rules.
Party games.
Most of the abstracts, though I like some of the GIPF project and Abalone.
 
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I lived in Moscow for a few years, and it was while there that my interest in board games began.

However, I never had the chance to play any modern Russian designed game. I knew a couple of people who had copies of the card game Zelyevarenye (recently translated into English as Potion Making: Practice), though, and that tended to be spoken of as the closest thing to a Russian 'Euro'. It'd be cheap enough to have your friend/acquaintance pick up as a souvenir, for sure.

As for shops, the Respublika chain of book/music/entertainment stores tend to have a quite a few decent board and card games in stock (probably including Zelyevarenye). There's a big one close to Mayakovskaya metro station.

And, regardinging specialist shops, Mos-Igra have a few branches across Moscow. I often visited the one at Prospekt Mira. It was great by Moscow standards - probably not so good in world terms. Anyway, their website is at www.mosigra.ru.

One thing to mention is that Russian editions of international games, where they exist, are often rather cheap in price - and concomitantly cheaply produced. I bought my copy of Thurn and Taxis for 600 roubles (about $19US - much cheaper than I could get a new copy in the UK), but it uses awful plasticky card stock, plastic buildings, and has no box insert.

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