Top 33 Games of Interest – Spiel ’15 edition: part 5

In about four weeks the time has come again to travel to Essen, Germany and hopefully play a lot of cool new games. Here’s a list of thirty-three games that are on my radar, divided up into seven bite-sized pieces. This is the fifth set of five games and they are T.I.M.E StoriesXenon Profiteer, the GATE, Council of Four and Game of Trains. Enjoy. 


T.I.M.E Storiesspiel

T.I.M.E Stories – Manuel Rozoy

This one looks really, really cool. As a team, you are time-travellers, you get a mission and you have to complete that mission in as few attempts as possible. You basically have an amount of action points to complete a mission and if you don’t succeed  within the limits of those action points, the mission resets and you start all over again. However, you now know things about the mission and about the world you are in, so you probably do better this time.

A scenario consists of a deck of cards and during a game each player will explore these cards. However to gain access to some, you need special items. Other cards represent enemies, give you a riddle, or are valuable clues.

It looks like you can, sort of, create your own character, which is quite fun, I think. I’m looking forward to this one.


Xenon Profiteerspiel

Xenon Profiteer – T. C. Petty, III

Xenon Profiteer is a deckbuilding game where you try to isolate Xenon in your own Air Separation Facility. During the game you will get money to buy upgrades for your facility or pipelines, or to acquire new contracts to convert your Xenon into money and points. This conversion process causes you to actively remove cards from your deck and also adding new cards to it to isolate more Xenon from the air. However, air is also composed of other elements that you can’t use.

Well, this looks like this is a slightly different deckbuilder than some other deckbuilders around. I hope it’s fun.


the GATEspiel

the GATE – Hope S. Hwang

Guildhall designer Hope S. Hwang comes with two new games to Spiel, one of them is a two-player game called the GATE.

At the start of the game players get a couple of faction cards and place these cards in front of them. Every time you buy a new card, which is one of the three things you can do in your turn, it will give you a special effect, mostly for the attack action, which is the second thing you can do in your turn; attack your opponent. The last thing you can do is to place a guard, whatever that means. The goal of the game is to destroy two Gates of our opponent. I think a Gate is one stack of cards from one faction.

Although the description on BGG is a bit vague, the GATE sounds like a fun, quick two player game and I’m always interested in fun two-player games. I’m not sure what the game looks like, but I assume that the illustrations look a bit like those of the DOME, another game that releases at Spiel and those look pretty nice.


Game of Trainsspiel

Game of Trains – Alexey Konnov, Alexey Paltsev, Anatoliy Shklyarov

A train game with 88 cards. You start with a locomotive card and seven numbered railcars in descending order. A railcar card also has an ability. In your turn you can draw a new railcar to replace on of your own or you can use a card’s ability, like swap cars, move a car to the right or remove a car from the game.
Game of Trains just looks like a fun, quick and yet thinky card game.


Council of Fourspiel

Council of Four – Simone Luciani, Daniele Tascini

I like Tzolk’in, I like the Voyages of Marco Polo, so it’s no surprise that I’m interested in a new game from the same designers. Another game of them comes up later in the list by the way.

In this game there is this empire that consists of three kingdoms, governed by a council of four nobles, coming from six different families. Do you follow? Players are merchants and they want to build an Emporium inside the cities of these kingdoms, preferably connected to one another or in the same area.  They do that by bribing the members of the different councils

This sounds pretty fun and those two designers have not let me down so far, so I have to check it out.



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