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Andy Parsons
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This post is a follow-up to my earlier one asking for recommendations for French games to buy on a day trip to Lille.

So today I made my trip. I visited two games shops in Lille: -

Rocambole at 36 Rue de la Clef; and

Artgamer at 57 Rue de la Barre.

Rocambole is a small shop trying to cover most bases. Its stock includes Eurogames, wargames, abstracts, kids' games, RPG's and miniatures. It was there that I made my two purchases - the French edition of Medici and Bruno Cathala's Les Fils de Samarande.

Artgamer is much more focused on the fantasy and sci-fi RPG market and has a smaller selection of Eurogames.

I was looking out for an abstract game called Siam that did well in some best of 2005 lists on French websites and has some great elephant and rhino pieces.

But it was out of stock at Rocambole, expected next week...

I also hoped to find Turquoise, a pyramid building themed near abstract that was mentioned in a Geeklist about a French award a few weeks ago.

I downloaded the English rules from the company's website and it looks quite interesting. However, there was no sign of it.

The final game I considered was Dungeon Twister. It was in stock in both shops, along with a bunch of expansions. However, I have few opportunities to play two-player games (yes, Siam is 2-player also, but I collect coffee table abstracts), so I would have wanted the 3-4 player expansion too. Even in France, this would have brought the cost to £40 ($71), which had me thinking twice. I'd also read that downtime may be an issue with 3-4 players. Anyone care to comment on that?

First impressions of Medici are that Dominique Erhard and Editions Lui-meme have done a very nice job. The board is lovely and the Tarot-style cards are excellent too. At last, an edition of Medici where there will be no questions about which column on the board a card relates to. Owners of the terrible Rio Grande edition (one awful misjudgement from a fine company) should be scouring the web for stockists of this one.

Fils de Saramande is an Arabian Nights re-working of the Wild West themed Lawless. Lawless got panned as a bit of a luckfest. Apparently, Bruno Cathala has fixed a few of those problems. I look forward to trying it out.

Finally - and drifting far off topic - if you're ever in Lille and you have any fondness for cheese, make your way to the shop of Philippe Olivier in Rue Cure St. Etienne. They have a fabulous selection of cheeses at the very peak of ripeness.

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Sue Hemberger

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Thanks for the update! I was wondering what you found.

Under the bad influence of your original thread, I ended up ordering the lui-meme edition of Medici from levalet in Montreal last week.

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