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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #30 on: December 14, 2015, 09:21:50 PM »
December 15th



Today's hatch I thought was going to be one single card but...
... it was actually four and it's for a game called Wizard!

Content (calendar expansion)
• 4 Wizards in festive garbs cards

Requirements
• The base game
• 3-6 players

The Rules (expansion)
There are no added rules for this expansion. Simply replace the four wizards in the base game with the expansion ones for little festive play during the Season.  :yellow-meeple:
  There is however a Christmas variant where you use all eight wizards where the powers from them shifts depending on the season, if I read the rules correctly!

The Rules (base game)
I haven't found them (did not search much either  :@ ) but as far as I can tell, it's just a variant play using a standard deck card.

My own thoughts
As mentioned, the base game can be played using a standard card deck provided you have 8 jokers. This festive expansion adds nothing new to the game and because of a unique backside limited to certain versions of the game (European release?) I feel this to be a pointless, cheezy and lazy expansion. You could use deck sleeves that covers the back side of the deck cards though, not that it would improve what I feel about today's expansion.

There are no good Wizard videos out there in English

Rules in German: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Wizard_Weihnachtskarten_Regel_200x260mm_DEU.pdf
Rules in English: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Wizard_Weihnachtskarten_Regel_200x260mm_ENG.pdf

World record holder for a single game of Carcassonne using 10 007 tiles!

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #31 on: December 16, 2015, 12:49:50 AM »
December 16th



Finally a game that I actually own! Splendid! I mean.. Splendor!  :-*

Content (calendar expansion)
• 1 Noble tile

Requirements
• The base game
• 2-4 players

The Rules (expansion)
There are no added rules for this expansion. Just shuffle this noble tile in with the rest and draw (depending on amount of players) as usual.

A video for the base game can be viewed here:


My own thoughts
This is a very simple and fun game, perfect for those chill days where you can have conversations with one another and not worry about going all in with your mind to focus. As the game also is short you get to play it several times in one day and still enjoy it.
  The game area is not that big, and it's quite possible to play this on the road, a huge bonus in my book. As mentioned in the video, it's only for 2-4 players which is minor bummer, but can be solved by owning 2 copies and have 2 groups play side by side, so as to still have a social gathering.

I got to try this game for the first time at a convention this year and immediately, the same day, went to the first store I could find to buy it!

Rules in German: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Splendor_Xmas-Calendar_Description_DE.pdf
Rules in English: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Splendor_Xmas-Calendar_Description_EN.pdf
Rules in French: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Splendor_Xmas-Calendar_Description_FR.pdf


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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #32 on: December 17, 2015, 10:19:28 AM »
December 17th



Today's hatch got opened with the arrival of its base game into my possession. Sweet coincidence, not?   :@

Content (calendar expansion)
• 1 Big Market tile
• 1 Golden Temple tile

Requirements
• The base game
• 2-4 players

The Rules (expansion)
This expansion differs a bit from what we've encountered so far with the previous ones. The expansion can be used partially, i.e. only one tile (the Big Market and or the Golden Temple).

The Big Market replaces a tile already in the base game (remove it from the game before it starts) and adds the following rule (quoted):
ACTION
For each of your activated workers on the adjacent edge of the tile, you may sell 1 cacao fruit from your storage at the price of 5 gold on the market. You put the cacao fruit back in the supply and then take 5 gold from the bank.


The Golden Temple replaces a temple from the base game (remove it from the game before it starts).
This temple has no effect during game play. It is used at the end of the game and awards gold for player(s) adjacent this temple, up to 8 gold for the person with the most workers on it.

A video for the base game can be viewed here:


My own thoughts
I haven't had a chance to play this game but it feels like a variant of Carcassonne and that always intrigues me and would be fun to try something new. As my local store offered me a good deal, I took it and the base game arrived today of all days when opening the hatch with it's expansion!

As far as I can tell, there is a Volcano epansion for this game as well, but haven't had searched for it yet. It's a small one, figure I might as well complete this collection.

Rules in German: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Cacao_AK_2015_Regel_DE_low.pdf
Rules in English: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Cacao_AK_2015_Rules_EN_low.pdf

BoardGameGeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/171499/cacao
« Last Edit: December 17, 2015, 10:22:12 AM by Paul »

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #33 on: December 17, 2015, 10:43:12 AM »
Thanks Paul for the post and the link to the review (merit to you for the post and the whole thread). It looks like a nice little game. My wife might even like it, so I might ask for it for my birthday in February.

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #34 on: December 17, 2015, 01:48:59 PM »
Hi Paul,
I have the other expansion for Cacao (with the volcano).  >:D

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #35 on: December 17, 2015, 03:24:13 PM »
Thanks Paul for the post and the link to the review (merit to you for the post and the whole thread). It looks like a nice little game. My wife might even like it, so I might ask for it for my birthday in February.

I unboxed it earlier this evening. Couldn't wait. The content is so bizarre (and wonderful!) and they do match rather decent with Carcassonne. The thing to get used to is there are only 4 meeples in the game, one for each player, not counting the wooden beans.  :@

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #36 on: December 17, 2015, 03:25:11 PM »
Hi Paul,
I have the other expansion for Cacao (with the volcano).  >:D

Is it still obtainable? Me want!

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #37 on: December 17, 2015, 03:42:52 PM »
Hi Paul,
I have the other expansion for Cacao (with the volcano).  >:D

Is it still obtainable? Me want!
I don't know. I've got mine at Spiel 2015 in Essen.
Here is a picture from that mini expansion: at cliquenabend.de : Cacao-Vulkane

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #38 on: December 17, 2015, 03:48:58 PM »
Some German shops had it bundled with the base game. Unfortunately they are out of stock now. So it's ebay or bgg :(

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #39 on: December 18, 2015, 09:41:52 AM »
December 18th


Note: I realize this is the backside depicted. Sorry about that!

Today we're going East, away from Europe, the deep sea and the rain forest. It's time for some Asian influence with ZhangGuo!

Content (calendar expansion)
• 3 Task tiles
• 1 Wall tile

Requirements
• The base game
• 2-4 players

The Rules (expansion)
There are some minor preparations replacing one Wall tile from the base game with the new one and then adding the 3 Task tiles to the other ones with the same backside.

The Task tiles adds 3 new ways to have a task completed.

The Wall tile let's a player score Victory Points in different ways, depending on side of the tile.

A video for the base game can be viewed here:


My own thoughts
I had to watch the video twice and although it still felt like a complicated game, I believe this would be an interesting tryout nonetheless. As always, once you play a game several times you'll get the hang of it! It certainly adds many new mechanics that I am not used to, which makes this a game I hope to play some day. A list which is growing day by day.  ;D

Rules in German: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Zhanguo_rules_AdventskalenderExpDE.pdf
Rules in English: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Zhanguo_rules_AdventskalenderExpUK.pdf

BoardGameGeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/160495/zhanguo

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #40 on: December 19, 2015, 02:49:04 AM »
December 19th



Today we have a card expansion for a dice game. Pretty neat.  ???

Content (calendar expansion)
• 1 Hawkeye card (Heroes Disassembled)

Requirements
• Any Dice Masters (Marvel, DC, Dungeons'n'Dragons etc)
• 2 players

The Rules (expansion)
This card was used as a promo for an organized play event. It does not, however, come with the dice required to play it. For those you need to buy booster packs (Avengers vs. X-Men only).

Quote from the translation of the card in English:
Once per turn, during your Main Step, you may knock out a Hawkeye die you control. If you do, you may deal damage equal to his attack divided any way you choose to your opponent’s characters.

A video for the base game can be viewed here:


My own thoughts
My cousin and I did talk about a collectible game to play and he is a huge Marvel fan so this might be it. I especially like that you are not forced to collect the rarer cards to win (according to the video review above).
  Minor drawback to this expansion though, is the lack of content. Not only didn't we get the dice needed to instant play this, but only one card? That's so cheap. They could've at least have added 4 cards in my opinion.

Rules in German: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/MDM_HawkeyePromo-Sheet_DE.pdf
Rules in English: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/MDM_HawkeyePromo-Sheet_EN.pdf
Rules in French: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/MDM_HawkeyePromo-Sheet_FR.pdf

BoardGameGeek (Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men): https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/148575/marvel-dice-masters-avengers-vs-x-men

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #41 on: December 20, 2015, 05:07:00 AM »
December 20th



Keywords are castles, cloisters, tiles and France...
  ... Nope, not Carcassonne. It's The Castles of Burgundy!
   :D

Content (calendar expansion)
• 5 Cloister hexagon tiles

Requirements
• The Castles of Burgundy
• 2-4 players

The Rules (expansion)
These cloister tiles are used to replace a black hexagon tile each round. I.e. beginning of each round place one of these cloisters instead of drawing a hexagon tile from the black backside tile heap.
  These cloister tiles follow the same rules (bought with 2 coins) and can be place anywhere on the player's board following standard rules. They do not do anything other than helps to complete a region and give more points for completing it.
  Each cloister counts as an extra region (up to a maximum of 8 in region size).
  Example 1: A 4 hexagon sized region with 1 expansion cloister counts as a 5 region sized area when completed and gives points accordingly.
  Example 2: A 4 hexagon sized region with 2 expansion cloisters counts as a 6 region sized area and gives points accordingly.

A video for the base game can be viewed here:

There are a few other reviews out there for this game, but this one above was the best I could.

My own thoughts
Many of the reviews seems to hint that this game is easier than it looks. From what I've seen so far I do believe that at least my group of easy players would be able to learn it.
  As with many board games, the usual drawback is the few amount of players this game is intended "four", but we've done good teaming up in 2 player teams in the past.

This is yet another game I hope to get some day to break free of the regular Carcassonne and Catan evenings my group usually have.  :(y)

Another interesting fact is that this game has had many expansions which usually is proof of a successful game. However, these expansions are all small adding mostly a new setup board for players. This is both good and bad. Too much new content can scare non-veteran players off and I like the idea of not adding too much new content and rules, just new strategies.
  Maybe there will be a random tile board setup like earlier Catan versions to really spice up the game!

Rules in German: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/advents-regel-burgund-DE.pdf
Rules in English: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/advents-regel-burgund-EN.pdf

BoardGameGeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/84876/castles-burgundy
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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #42 on: December 21, 2015, 02:06:15 AM »
December 21th



Holy Cow! Yep, back to yet another farming game with today's expansion.  :P

Content (calendar expansion)
• 8 sacks of cattle food

Requirements
• El Gaucho
• 2-4 players

The Rules (expansion)
A player can, during his turn, use one of the two dice he picks up to "buy" a sack of cattle food. Later, during a scoring session, that player can use 1 up to 2 sacks he or she owns to increase the sell value by 1.
  Example: Selling a cattle stock valued at 5, 7 and 11 (3 tiles), all of them become valued 11. Using a sack would then increase this value to 12 and thus get 36 points for these 3 tiles when selling them.

A video for the base game can be viewed here:


My own thoughts
Albeit this game does not seem bad at all, I don't think I will buy this one. It's yet another 2-4 player game which will be tough to play in my large gaming group. It's one of those weekend games where you just want to relax a bit, so that's nice.

Rules in German: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/futtersack-regel-DE.pdf
Rules in English: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/futtersack-regel-EN.pdf
Rules in French: http://frostedgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/futtersack-regel-FR.pdf

BoardGameGeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/162823/el-gaucho

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #43 on: December 21, 2015, 10:57:09 AM »
I haven't had a chance to play this game but it feels like a variant of Carcassonne and that always intrigues me and would be fun to try something new. As my local store offered me a good deal, I took it and the base game arrived today of all days when opening the hatch with it's expansion!
It is not at all a variant of Carcassonne (this I would call Cornwall), other than it is a tile laying game with square tiles, there is not much in common, mechanism wise. But I had a chance to play a game at a game fair in Vienna some weeks ago (kettlefish recommended me to do so before), and it was very enjoyable. I think, you will probably like the game, too.

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Re: Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015 - day by day
« Reply #44 on: December 21, 2015, 03:58:51 PM »
I haven't had a chance to play this game but it feels like a variant of Carcassonne and that always intrigues me and would be fun to try something new. As my local store offered me a good deal, I took it and the base game arrived today of all days when opening the hatch with it's expansion!
It is not at all a variant of Carcassonne (this I would call Cornwall), other than it is a tile laying game with square tiles, there is not much in common, mechanism wise...

I don't think I've played any games involving the placement of square tiles that weren't either Carcassonne or Carc spin-offs so I think I'd feel the same way as Paul too (excepting of course that Carcassonne also includes triangular tiles and rectangular tiles now too)! :D


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