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The Games (page 4)

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Hamsterrolle (Jacques Zeimet)

Another clever dexterity game published by Zoch. This one has a giant hamster wheel and a set of wooden blocks for each player. The aim is to get rid of your blocks. However, as players add blocks, the wheel turns and they must pick up any blocks that fall out! Huge fun: £36.00.
 

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Hansa (Michael Schacht)

A clever tactical game of trading around the Baltic Sea in the days of the medieval Hanseatic League. One of my favourite Michael Schacht games: £18.00.
 

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Hansa Teutonica (Andreas Steding)

Set around the cities of the Hanseatic League, this is a game of establishing trade routes and setting up trading posts. It's another challenging, tactical game from Andreas Steding: £28.00.
 

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Hansa Teutonica: East Expansion (Andreas Steding)

This expansion for Hansa Teutonica moves the action to Northeastern Germany and the areas around (and across) the Baltic Sea: £9.00.
 

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Hansa Teutonica: Britannia (Andreas Steding)

This expansion for Hansa Teutonica provides an alternative board, a map of Britain rather than Germany: £9.00.
 

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Haspelknecht (Thomas Spitzer)

The third of Spitzer's coal-mining games, this one starts at the beginning with coal that can just be dug up from fields. The players are actually farmers and must decide how far to take this new business – and what technology to develop: £35.00

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Heads of State (Peter Hawes)

Players draft cards to make sets that will let them establish their nobles in the major countries of western Europe. Heads of State provides players with a competitive challenge over three centuries: £30.00.
 

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Heckmeck (am Bratwurmeck)/Pickomino (Reiner Knizia)

Heckmeck is a brilliantly simple yet fiendish game. It's played with chunky tiles – not unlike Mah Jongg or Dominoes – that players collect according to what they can roll on the dice. Unless they go bust and lose a tile! I have the multi-lingual edition from the German publisher: £12.00.
 

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Heckmeck Extrawurm (Reiner Knizia)

Expansion for the terrific Heckmeck... (aka Pickomino) that adds extra options. In particular, there are character pieces that provide advantages for the owning player, making certain worm tiles more valuable. There are a couple more worms, too: £12.00.
 

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Historia (Marco Pranzo)

Magnificent civilisation-development game where players must balance military and scientific development to best effect. Geography is secondary and card (action) management crucial. Clever and challenging: £35.00.
 

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Homesteaders (Alex Rockwell)

Terrific game of developing a Wild West town – starting with just a homestead. The key is winning the initial auctions each turn. I now have the European edition, which has a different box from the original, but the same contents: £25.00.
 

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I'm the Boss (Sid Sackson)

Hugely entertaining and anarchic game of plutocrats vying for the most money. Yet it's so simple. And such good fun that I've been playing it for twenty years: £35.00.
 

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Imhotep (Phil Walker-Harding)

Clever, tactical game of constructing the monuments of Ancient Egypt. Players have nice, chunky wooden blocks to play with, which adds to the appeal. £30.00
 

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Imperialism: Road to Domination (Konrad Perzyna)

Players represent major empires expanding through the 15th-19th centuries. However, the game is not so much about the geography, that's abstracted to cards. Instead, players focus on economic and social development and intrigue – though they'll need military strength as well. Terrific stuff: £25.00.
 

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Incan Gold (Alan Moon and Bruno Faidutti)

A terrific push-your-luck game, where players risk the hazards of an ancient temple to grab the treasure it contains. And it plays better the more people involved. This is the second edition from Gryphon Games: £18.00.
 

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Insider (Akihiro Itoh, Kwaji, Daichi Okano and Kito Shinma)

Intriguing party game that's kind of a cross between Twenty Questions and Werewolf. Deducing the thing in question can be made simpler by the player who knows the answer, but they have to keep their identity secret if they want to win. Clever: £15.00

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Istanbul (Rüdiger Dorn)

As a fat-cat merchant, you send your assistants trading around the grand bazaar. Ultimately, you want to buy rubies, but first you must spend money on improving your trading facilities. It's clever and entertaining: £30.00.
 

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Istanbul: Mocha & Baksheesh (Rüdiger Dorn)

There's a new commodity in the Istanbul bazaar: coffee. It's something else for players to deal in. The Tavern lets them obstruct their opponents or improve their own position. Or they can give alms to acquire one of the all important rubies. It adds intriguing options to the base game: £18.00.
 

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Istanbul: Letters and Seals (Rüdiger Dorn)

The bazaar is bigger with this expansion, adding more places for merchants to visit. In particular, they can collect letters and deliver them to earn seals, which can be turned into the coveted rubies. Add in a more useful assistant and there's a lot more going on: £18.00.
 

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Jagd nach dem Gral (Eric Solomon)

That’s "The Quest for the Holy Grail" in English. Four groups are hunting the Grail: players move the pawns around the board – according to who's prepared to reveal their influence. It’s a development of the classic hidden control game, Sigma File: £8.50.
 

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Jane Austen's Matchmaker (Richard Wolfrik Galland)

This is a hugely entertaining card game featuring characters from half a dozen Jane Austen novels. Players' aim is to form mutually advantageous marriages between the gentlemen and ladies. Brilliant! £9.00.
 

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…with Zombies (Richard Wolfrik Galland)

Love, marriage and … brains! This expansion for Jane Austen's Matchmaker brings the undead to the world of Austen. One player has the challenge of being undead and trying to infect the others. Great fun! £8.00.
 

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Jet Set (Kris Gould)

This is a cracking game of establishing airline routes across Europe. Players have to balance income versus victory points, but the key decision is when to go for the end game. One of my favourites: £20.00.
 

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Jet Set – Distant Lands (Kris Gould)

A whole bundle of extras for the terrific Jet Set that provide a range of additional challenges. Mix 'n' match as you wish, they're all useful and entertaining: £15.00.
 

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Jet Set – Jumbo Jets (Kris Gould)

There are three jumbo jets for each player. They can use them, like the original planes, to establish a route. The difference is that the jumbo can be used several times. They are rather more expensive, though. There are four other expansions in the box, to mix and match with the base game. I particularly like the Charter Flights, which give extra potential moves: £22.00.
 

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Jorvik (Stefan Feld)

Challenging game set in Danish-ruled north-east England a thousand years ago. Players are jarls in competition to build up their prestige, but they must also co-operate against raiders. It's an intriguing development of Feld's earlier Die Speichersatdt. £30.00

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Junk Yard (Alan Ernstein)

A trick-taking, tile-laying board game. Plus a few more - there are several challenging games in this package. I have one copy left: £15.00.
 

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Junta (Eric Goldberg, Ben Grossman and Vincent Tsao)

A wonderfully cynical view of a banana republic as players compete to get the most cash stashed in their Swiss bank account. Assassinations abound and every now and then the Presidential palace will take a pounding as a coup starts: £30.00 £24.00 (£20.00 ex-VAT outside the EU).
 

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Key to the City – London (Sebastian Bleasdale and Richard Breese)

A new game from the duo who gave us Keyflower – and one that owes something to the earlier game. However, it is a distinct, indeed distinctive, game with players using familiar landmarks to develop their own borough of London. It looks terrific: £38.00
 

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Keyflower (Richard Breese and Sebastian Bleasdale)

Two of my favourite games designers working together! As far as I'm concerned, that's enough to make it a must-buy. It's played over four differing rounds (the seasons of the year) with players using workers to bid for buildings to expand their village and to operate the buildings. One of my favourites from Spiel '12: £30.00.
 

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Keyflower – the Farmers (Richard Breese and Sebastian Bleasdale)

Terrific expansion to Keyflower that adds farming to the challenges facing the players. Farm buildings, wheat and animals can be the centre of the game or just another feature. Either way, the new tiles provide a strategic element to the game. Excellent stuff: £20.00.
 

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Keyflower – the Merchants (Richard Breese and Sebastian Bleasdale)

Expansion number two for the brilliant Keyflower gives players more options for developing their village. It can be used as the basis for the game (along with some parts of the base game) or to add extra opportunities to the original: £20.00.
 

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Keyflower – Keymelequin (expansion) (Sebastian Bleasdale and Richard Breese)

A small expansion for Keyflower, the Keymelequin ship brings two multi-coloured meeples into play. This provides some interesting new options for the game. £4.50
 

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Kingdom of Solomon (Philip duBarry)

This is a very enjoyable, clever game, played across the ancient kingdom of Israel. Players collect resources to construct buildings, roads and the great temple. Several clever wrinkles lift it out of the ordinary: £35.00.

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Kings Progress (Steve Kingsbury)

Influence courtiers and persuade the King to favour you in this subtle strategy game: £25.00.
 

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Kippit (Torsten Marold)

Entertaining two-player dexterity game that has players balancing different-sized wooden cubes on their end of a wooden seesaw. They have to pick up anything that falls off, which is a problem when the aim is to get rid of all your cubes. £22.00

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Kosmonauts (Nadezhda Penkrat and Yuri Yamshchikov)

I like race games and this has the players navigating the solar system, visiting the planets. Each player works out their optimal route, but has to manage their fuel and cope with the Newtonian movement system. It's clever; it's fun: £25.00 £20.00.
 

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Kriegbot (Matt Eklund)

Build your own fighting robot! Take a vehicle and cover it with weapons. Then slug it out against your opponent(s). Okay, it's a tad juvenile, but it is excellent fun! The two teams design their 'bots, choose a scenario and start the battle: £13.00.
 

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