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Laura Appelbaum
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My best friend, my husband and I have recently gotten really into European board games after years of playing more traditional American games ranging from Scrabble to Risk to Cranium. Our favorites are Carcassone (with the Inns & Cathedrals, Traders & Builders & River II expansions), Puerto Rico, and Alhambra. I've played Settlers but am not that crazy about it; I guess years and years of D&D back in my youth burned up my interest in games involving dice . We have Tigris & Euphrates but it's just too dense for me to really get the grasp of so we've only played it a couple of times, with me feeling an increasing sense of "dumbening" (to quote Lisa Simpson) the longer we play. Generally speaking, war games don't appeal, but we all enjoy vicious play! devil

Anyway, our friend is going to be in Germany at the end of the month and it occurs to me that there might be some great game(s) there that he could pick up while he's there that aren't available in the U.S. He can speak/read German, so instruction sheets shouldn't be too much of a problem, but obviously a game that doesn't require German to actually play (like the way you don't need literacy to play Carcassone once someone has explained the rules to you) would be a plus, since husband and I don't know the language. Anyone have any recommendations?
 
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I'd start with Traumfabrik/Fabrik de Traume, And Schotten Totten. You could also get a copy of La Citta. It's a good game that won't bre reprinted again in English any time soon.
 
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I agree. Fabrik de Traume or Traumfabrik would be first on my list. I think you can skip Schotten Totten, as you can buy GMT's Battle Line here which is Schotten Totten with a few extra bells and whistles.

A couple of others to look for

Die Macher (although it is a long, hard, gamer game)
Ave Caesar (A great chariot racing game)
Wallenstein (although I understand that there is an English game based on the same system that will be coming out soon)
Das Ende von Triumverates (I haven't played yet, but looks great)
Expedition (I highly recommend this one - may be out in English now)
Rette Sich ver Kann (the lifeboat game)
Showmanager/Atlantic Star (same game - different theme)
Um Reifenbrite

These days, you can get almost anything from Boards and Bits except old stuff.
 
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AKARed wrote:
Generally speaking, war games don't appeal, but we all enjoy vicious play! devil


This screams "Die Handler", lots of dirty play, no dice, hard to find game that will be found in Germany. It's a medium heavy trading/negotiation game with a great pick up and deliver mechanic. If you don't like it you could sell it back here for a pretty penny. Although I haven't played it yet, "Die Marcher" is another hard to find German game, pretty heavy as mentioned but very well liked.
 
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Die Macher.. If you don't like it you'll probably be able to sell it and the profit would cover the cost of another game or two.

La Citta.. great game with no dice

Wallenstein.. sure there is supposed to be an english retheme on the way but why wait.

Diamant.. nice little filler
 
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Good thinking! My brother goes to Germany once or twice a year for work, although he doesn't speak or read German. Where exactly does one go in Germany to find these games? Is there a German equivalent of Toys R Us that sells these games?
 
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I hope your friend has a lot of time to spare. Although most toyshops in Germany carry a lot of games, it would be a real catch if you would find 'die Macher', 'Wallenstein', 'Traumfabrik', 'Um Reifenbreite', 'Showmanager', 'die Händler' or 'Rette sich wer kann' (the lifeboatgame instead of the crocodile pool game). These games have been out of print for longer or shorter time now. Maybe a specialised game shop has a copy lying around, but chances are your friend has to visit second hand gamestores and pay top dollar. Maybe he or she can also bring Carabande with extensions or Roads and Boats while at it. Ave Caesar is in reprint and is expected in march. The recommendations are sound, but most of the mentioned games will be hard to find at best.

Atlantic Star and La Citta are still in print as far as I can tell. I would suggest to check Adam Spielt or Delayed Reactions for the availability of games, and use bgg to get an impression of the game and the amount of language dependent components.

As for suggestions, 'das Zepter von Zavandor' is supposed to be good, but has quite some german on the game components, Metro (Queen Games) is a nice filler game, no language dependent components and an english translation available from the queens games website. Maybe some of the Adlung card games (don't take much space either). For the rest, most of the good games are already translated in english and will be available from american publishers.



 
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ed95005 wrote:
Good thinking! My brother goes to Germany once or twice a year for work, although he doesn't speak or read German. Where exactly does one go in Germany to find these games? Is there a German equivalent of Toys R Us that sells these games?

There's usually a local geek who can give you a hint. Just post the city you're going to, and you'll most likely get some suggestions.

If you're thinking Die Macher, ebay might be an option, since it's been out of print for a rather looong time...I got my own on ebay (but shipping to the US would double the cost, so get it while you have an address in germany).
 
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Martyn Skillern
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Hi there,

Most Department stores have a section for board games and you can get most of the popular titles.

Also if you do a internet search on for example "games shops in belin"
this will give some links to shops which you can check out in adavance
 
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Ubongo....

Chinatown....if he has a German address...and if he stays there for a while....and if he has a friend in Germany who can transfer the money to a bank account after buying the game from ebay.de
 
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My local FLGS (Hamilton, Ontario) has Diamant and Metro in stock. I wouldn't need to go to Deutschland for that.

I would ask for Carabande, except it's only a 7 hour drive to Montreal where I could get Pitchcar...

Hmmm... this is tough. How about some chocolate instead?
 
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Laura Appelbaum
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Now we just need to find out the names/locations of any good game stores in or around Heidelberg where he'll be staying.
 
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