Back in 2007, two games heralded the arrival of a significant new game designer, Stefan Feld. Notre Dame is one of this pair (the other is In the Year of the Dragon). Ten years later we have an anniversary edition of what has become a classic game.
The first clever thing about Notre Dame is the ingeniously shaped boards that represent the Parisian Boroughs surrounding the cathedral of Notre Dame. They are placed together to create the playing area according to the number playing. Players draft action cards and then use these to generate and use influence, money and prestige. At the end of the round, the plague will spread, adversely affecting players if they don't take preventative measures.
Points are scored after every three rounds and the game ends after nine. It doesn't last long, so players need to be efficient and effective with the actions they take. As with other Feld games, the various mechanisms mesh together very neatly: whatever you do has some effect on something else. And I enjoy zooming round the Boroughs with the motorbike-shaped 'carriage'.
This version includes the expansions to the original edition.
For 2-5 players, aged 10+, playing time 45-75 minutes: £32.00 (£26.67 without tax outside the EU)