As a Board Gamer

One Play Post: Number Eight

Rielekst is publishing three two-player abstract titles under the label epstRekt and I had the pleasure of playing two of them during the latest edition of the Spellenspektakel (a Dutch board game fair) and I like to discuss them briefly in One Play Post: Number Eight. The first one is Samsara from designer Thomas Weber. In this game you try to get as many marbles in your hole at your side of the board. […]

One Play Post: Number Seven

Alien Frontiers A game of mining ore, using orbital facilities, building colonies and exploiting alien technologies. A worker placement game in space, with dice from designer Tory Niemann. Every player starts with three dice, these are the ships you use as workers throughout the game. You also get a couple of colonies, depending on the amount of players, and one Alien Tech card, which gives you an advantage or ability throughout the game. The […]

One Play Post: Number Six

Ingenious Ingenious is an abstract game from Reiner Knizia from 2004 and this year we, gamers, celebrate its 10th anniversary (or not if you don’t like it of course). I’ve played the ‘real’ game only once, but the the iOS version a lot, a couple times Pass and Play and many times against the AI. The rules are easy. There are six symbols and a game tile consists of two hexagons attached together in […]

One Play Post: Number Five

  Torres An older game this time, 1999, but I’ve just played it for the first time just recently. Torres is an abstract Spiel des Jahres winner from Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer. A three-dimensional abstract game. The board is an 8×8 grid and you place tower blocks next and on top of each other, you move your knights around to score points at the end of every round. There are three rounds and […]

One Play Post: Number Four

  Duckomenta Art In Duckomenta Art (or Modern Art: the card game) players bet on Duckish works of art from five different eras. Works of art from Ancient times, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Baroque, Impressionistic, Modern art pieces. Not all eras are equally popular, there are less ancient pieces (17) than more modern ones (Impressionistic (20), Modern (21)). Every player starts with a couple of cards in his or her hand. On […]

One Play Post: Number Two

  In this segment I talk about games I’ve played for the first time. I won’t talk about games I own myself, but games that I’ll probably only play once or not very often for whatever reason. If I get the chance to play them a couple more times, I will also review them. For now, here are my thoughts. Francis Drake I’ve played this game with four players and we played it wrong. […]

One Play Post: Number One

In this segment I talk about games I’ve played for the first time. I won’t talk about games I own myself, but games that I’ll probably only play once or not very often for whatever reason. If I get the chance to play them a couple more times, I will also review them. For now, here are my thoughts.    Trains (AEG) Last game day I’ve played a four-player game of Trains and it […]