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Manhattan   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ

The best of the 90's German games after Settlers. Has everything that made German games a breakthrough and a redisovery of gaming for so many people : efficiency of play, simplicity of concept and a touch of theme to add spice. Brilliant game

Liberte   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
Brilliant conceptualisation of the chaos that was the French Revolution - the benchmark for historical replication (v simulation) games!

Tigris and Euphrates   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
Although seemingly quite abstract I think there is hidden historical perception in this tale of the first civilisation. I've always thought this game is one that has the potential to be the chess of a future era - it is that good and has that kind of staying power.

Brass   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
One of the toughest games I've ever played - Martin Wallace's best! Everything works in this game - even the railroad network idea works thematically... but you do have to 'read' some aspects such as the once only aspect of flipping tiles.

Ra Board Game   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
It truly is the world's best auction game. Also manages to capture something of the feel of ancient Egypt - something Knizia inexplicably achieves sometimes with the seemingly most abstract of games

Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring Board Game   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
Knizia's ability to create a team game that works, that has atmosphere and theme aplenty proves his genius. What a challenge on the basic game but when you master it get Friends and Foes expansion too

Strozzi   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
The latest in the Medici family of games continues the same style of double purpose auctions for both ship score and goods scores. However Reiner Knizia once more does it so cleverly that this is not just a twist on another game but yet another completely fresh, really well tuned and perfectly balanced mid weight Euro

Queen's Necklace   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
This is one of those rare games that works really well with 2 or 3 players. You have the feel that you're in terrible trouble yourself, not realising that the other player(s) feels just as bad. So you just need to take a few calculated gambles and chances are you'll win.

Industrial Waste   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
You have to appreciate the black humour in this game :- old style heavy industry where you callously lay off workers, run your manufacturing plants to produce just as much pollution as you can get away with! Great stuff! The irony is an object lesson in itself but it is also a pretty good game of resource management.

Notre Dame   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
Quirky idea -running around Paris all the while having to avoid being overrun by a plague of rats. The French might not appreciate the joke but it's a very clever game with some innovative card draughting mechanism to mix up your possible actions. This game works at all levels from family beginners to cut throat human calculators.

Finca   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
Collecting and selling fruit has to be the most innocuous theme ever but there's very good game in here too. Theme might be 'super nice' and you can play it 'friendly' but the real strategy is moving so you don't set up your opponents with any good opportunities.

No Thanks! (English version of Geschenkt and No Merci)   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
The best little filler ever invented!

Bohnanza   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
What can you say about a set collecting game where you win by giving cards away? A very clever idea that works great with children, and still lots of fun for non gaming teens to play amongst themselves.

Cuba   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert - Auckland NZ
Captures the feel of a banana republic just brilliantly and also a stunningly beautiful board. Together these create a true sense of atmosphere making a excellent game even better

Struggle Of Empires *ND   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert Auckland NZ
Epic long term struggle to become the dominant European empire in the age of colonization. Very clever game indeed - you play a point accumulation game but overlaying this the management of the other players! As it says in the rules - make your enemies your allies and be at war with your friends.

In the Shadow of the Emperor   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert Auckland NZ
I like games that explore and explain aspects of history. An essential characteristic of European history for a thousand years was the Holy Roman Emperor - usually weak but always important and equally hard to comprehend in our modern world. Here is the fun way of illuminating obscure history, with excellent and innovative game mechanics.

Medieval Merchant   (View Game)
   Rob Markley - Mt Albert Auckland NZ
This game has been sometimes misunderstood - the board may make people think it is an ugly route building game. However what it really is, is a rather brilliant exposition of a boom and bust type of economy - e.g. dot.com explosion in modern times. In this case it's pepper in medieval Germany. High costs for quick entry and early market dominance - but the profits don't last.

 

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