Martin Wallace’sÂ Essen release is an economic game set in industrial revolution Lancashire. Players take the roles of entrepreneurs attempting to make the most money from the various industries of the time. The rules have just been posted to the Warfrog website and you can take a look at them here.
The winners of the 2007 International Gamers Awards have just been announced. In the multiplayer category, the award went to Through The Ages, designed by Vladimir Chvatil and published by Czech Board Games. The two-player award went to Mr Jack, a game by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, and released by Hurrican Games. Both are very good games, although neither… Read more »
Persuaded everyone to play a game last night and chose Gulo Gulo, which only Chris has played before. It is a fun game for the family, typical of Zoch, and demonstrates the genius of Wolgang Kramer yet again. Those with fat fingers (i.e. me) are at a bit of a disadvantage and more likely to trigger the alarm butÂ it is… Read more »
Phoenicia is a game I first tried at the first UK Expo in Birmingham this year at the JKLM stall. I thought at the time it was a good game and one that needed a number of plays as there was a number of options available in the game play to victory. I had the opportunity to play it again… Read more »
Just a reminder that this weekâ€™s session of the Shrewsbury Boardgames Club on FridayÂ 21st September is at Garryâ€™s house.
The results of this year’s DSP have just been announced and I’m very pleased to see that Pillars of the Earth got the vote. It’s an excellent game and by the looks of things it was a very clear winner. TheÂ top 10 is filled with excellent choices and, having played all of them, it shows what an astounding set of… Read more »
Ystari have published the rules to their new game coming out at Essen, Amyitis. The game is about the building of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, builds for his queen, Amyitis. Having skimmed through the rules, I am really looking forward to this one. I think that Ystari have another hit on their hands… Read more »
TransAmericaÂ This week, I decided we should start with a quick game of TransAmerica to pay tribute to the designer, Franz-Benno Delonge, who passed away on Sunday. This is a great game to introduce to new gamers with simple rules and quick gameplay and I always enjoy it when I play it. Now Steve admitted that he has played dozens… Read more »
The new game from Fragor Games, Antler Island, has a preview video on YouTube. I have this pre-ordered, ready to pick from Fraser and Gordon at Essen. More details are available at the Fragor Games websiteÂ and a preview is available at Boardgamenews.Â
I was saddened to hear of the death on Sunday of designer Franz-Benno Delonge, due to cancer. He was just age 50. I’ve played several of his games and enjoyed most of those I’ve tried. From the two player games, Hellas and Fjords, through Goldbrau, Dos Rios and Big City, to the excellent Manila and especially Transamerica, he has provided… Read more »