Report from Essen, part I
Published: Monday 2006-10-23.
So I’m home once again after Spiel 06, with 8 kg of games in my suitcase. I have bought several, some old, some new, a good mix. Here is a short description of what I have bought, I have to write something more informational when I have played them more.
- Mesopotamia: Cradle of Civilization (English edition)
- I liked this when I played the German edition that a person I know had bought at last year’s fair, and have been looking for an English edition ever since, which I now found. You have to build up your civilization in the ancient Mesopotamia by building houses and give offerings to the gods.
- I have played Caylus several times with friends, and just had to buy my own copy. In Caylus you have to expand the village of Caylus into a city and appease the king before your competitors manages to do so. As always in Germany I got the edition with German rules, so I have to make a copy of the Swedish later on, I know one who have them (or I could just download the English one).
- Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe
- This expansion seems to have some interesting special rules compared to the basic version, for instance nuclear power plants are forbidden in some of the countries on the map of Central Europe and in Benelux they want green power. I just have to find them in English (or translate myself) before I play it…
- Section X
- You have to help your prisoners to escape from the high-risk prison on an island outside of the coast of USA by building underground tunnels. Inspired by Carcassonne, but with several interesting ideas. A Dutch game, but it came with a printout of the games in “Englisch”…
- On the Underground
- This was one of the games that a lot of people were talking about before the event. A bit of Ticket To Ride feeling, but with a bit less of planning far ahead. Fun, and relatively simple to explain to new players.
- Terra Nova
- A quick game where you should split up land to get points. Although the game says it should take 60 minutes it took less then 30 minutes, and that was with me who had to understand the German rule-book since there wasn’t enough people to translate it for us. Sometimes, games with simple rules are the best.
In addition I have bought some games that will become gifts. I cannot write about them here…☺
To be continued.
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