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The Games (page 6)

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Namibia (Brian Robson)

A game of blatant exploitation as players race to mine the country's minerals, sell them and ship them out. A clever mechanism for the market prices means this is not straightforward. Players need to keep an eye on what everybody else is up to as well: £28.00 £22.00 to clear (or make me an offer...).
 

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Navegador (Mac Gerdts)

One of my favourite 'roundel' games, this one is all about the Portuguese exploration of the New World. There are colonies to establish, factories to build and resources to manage: £40.00.
 

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Neanderthal (2nd ed) (Phil Eklund)

New, slightly revised edition of this clever game of human evolution. Surprisingly, the trick is not to "bang the rocks together", but to develop speech and a tribal culture. It's still tricky to accomplish, even when you know what you should be doing: £25.00.
 

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Niña & Pinta (Ragnar Brothers)

Billed as "the first Quantum game", this has players exploring and developing three parallel versions of the New World – one for each of the ships in Columbus's expedition. And each player has their own version of the three ships! Plenty to think about and lots of decision making in another excellent game from the Ragnars: £33.00 £24.00 to clear (or make me an offer...).
 

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Nippon (Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro and Paulo Soledade)

This is the game that prompted me to stock the What's Your Game? line. It's a deep, complex game of industrialising Japan. It has a clever worker-removal mechanism for taking actions, with the decision of which worker to take having wider implications than just which action is triggered. I'm struggling to work out how best to play, but am definitely addicted: £42.00
 

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NMBR 9 (Peter Wichmann)

Having seen this game at the Gathering, I got a closer look at the UK Games Expo and was taken with its cleverness. The idea is to stack up the number tiles: the higher they go, the more they're worth. However, the placement restrictions make this tricky and everybody else is playing the same numbers in the same sequence. Simple and ingenious: £17.50 (German ed with English rules)
 

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Nomads of Arabia (Kris Gould)

A fascinating game where players catch and herd animals across the ever-changing sands of Araby. The aim is to sell your animals for a good price – without falling off the board: £17.00.
 

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Noria (Sophia Wagner)

Another monster, which I thoroughly enjoyed at Spiel. Set on and around the flying island of the title, there's an awful lot going on as players develop their production, expand their options and try to gain the best 'political' position. It's a cracker: £30.00
 

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North American Railways (Peer Sylvester)

I played this clever card game of railways and company shares at the UK Games Expo and was very taken with it. Players take share cards, Company Directors take city cards that provide income for shareholders, but both involve some careful decision-making: £15.00.
 

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OddVille (Carlo Lavezzi)

A city-building game powered by players' worker cards. Apart from adding buildings to the city, players try to inter-connect them with roads for bonus points. The twist is the opportunity to disrupt players' plans by summoning guild members back to HQ: £19.00 (£15.83 outside the EU)
 

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Oh my Goods! (Alexander Pfister)

Ingenious card game of using goods to construct buildings that use resources to produce goods that... And the same cards are used for all of that. Cracking stuff from a designer of complex games: £10.00
 

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Outpost (James Hlavaty and Timothy Moore)

I think of Outpost as an economic development race! Players add factories to expand their colony and bid for upgrades that improve it. This leads to an accelerating increase in technology across the game. It demands concentration: £40.00.
 

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The Palace of Mad King Ludwig (Ted Alspach)

The latest in Ted's series of excellent building games, this one has the players adding rooms to the ever-expanding palace. Until they run up against the surrounding moat, which completes at the same pace as the rooms, giving players some tricky decisions: £36.00
 

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Pandoria (Jeffrey Allers and Bernd Eisenstein)

At first sight, this looks pretty straightforward; explore, gain resources, build things. However, gameplay is not what you think it's going to be, making the game a real challenge: £38.00.
 

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Papà Paolo (Fabrice Vandenbogaerde)

I've had to wait for the second printing to stock this terrific game of pizza delivery. It gives players an awful lot to think about and plenty of decisions to make without melting any brain cells. I thoroughly enjoy it: £30.00
 

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Peloponnes (Bernd Eisenstein)

I was impressed with this first game from Irongames a few years ago. Set in Ancient Greece, players expand their city-state with buildings and land. From these, they gain resources and increase their population. A balanced strategy is needed to win. It's still excellent: £32.00.
 

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Peloponnes Box (of expansions) (Bernd Eisenstein)

This box brings together the expansions for Bernd's excellent Peloponnes (apart from the new one), adding up to three more players to the base game while providing all sorts of extra options and paths to victory. My favourite is still the goat: £25.00
 

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Peloponnes: Heroes and Colonies (Bernd Eisenstein)

And this is a new expansion for Peloponnes, cunningly produced with a cover picture that matches up with the Box. As you'd expect it adds Heroes (with special powers) and Colonies (new starting positions). It also introduces a new threat: the Persians! Great stuff: £25.00
 

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Peloponnes Card Game (Bernd Eisenstein)

Terrific development of the cracking Peloponnes, turning it into a card game. It's essentially the same game, streamlined a bit and packed into a handy box. It's just as much fun – and as challenging – to play: £15.00.
 

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Peloponnes Card Game – Patronus expansion (Bernd Eisenstein)

This expansion adds three things to the base game. First, pieces and cards for a sixth player – or the cards can be used to provide more options. A second set of cards extends the game by one more round and can be used with any number of players. Finally, "Patronus" cards can be bought to provide extra protection from catastrophes. All excellent stuff: £5.00
 

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Photosynthesis (Hjalmar Hach)

Good-looking game of competitive trees: no, really! The aim is to spread and grow your species, taking advantage of the sun's rays and trying to keep your competitors in the shade. Clever and green: £28.00
 

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Port Royal (Alexander Pfister)

Clever, tricky, quick-playing card game of piratical adventures. Players draw cards, deciding how far to push their luck as they look for the right cards. Then it's onto the high seas in search of plunder: £9.00.
 

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Port Royal – ein auftrag geht noch... (Alexander Pfister)

"Just one more contract..." is the translation for this neat expansion to Port Royal. As well as extra cards, it adds contracts to the game, giving players another way of scoring points. Or the contracts can be used to make this a co-operative game where players race to get contracts completed. It's a new game as much as an expansion: £9.00
 

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Port Royal: The Adventure Begins (expansion) (Alexander Pfister)

This adds an overall campaign structure to Port Royal for competitive or co-operative play. The game is played to a scenario with players' actions advancing the 'plot': £9.00.
 

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Port Royal Unterwegs! (Alexander Pfister)

This is a separate game, albeit one that is essentially a streamlined version of Port Royal. Paring down the game, while retaining the core mechanisms, it plays the same way, but more quickly. Key to this game is the different set of characters, which can alos be used to give a different flavour to the base game: £6.50
 

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Princes of Machu Picchu (Mac Gerdts)

One of my favourite 'roundel' games. Not least because the roundel isn't round, it's made up of the town's buildings. Players are also under time pressure as the Conquistadors arrive: £40.00.
 

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