Modart is a fanware implementation of Modern Art, one of the best Reiner Knizia's auction games. Each player is an art broker and speculator, buying paintings low to sell high. It has been published in multiple languages, in different editions. Unfortunately the US, Mayfair edition is the ugliest of them of all. The Brazilian, Nordic, and German editions are all unique and beautiful. However, the most intriguing is the Japanese edition, with stamps rather than paintings.
Tabletop Tuesdays: Modart Softboard Game
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Tabletop Tuesdays: Lost Cities the Dice Game
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 03:56.|
Keltis Or is a dice version of the popular Lost Cities card game. When Knizia submitted the Lost Cities Board Game, a follow-up to the original Lost Cities, Kosmos, the German publisher, decided to retheme it from an archeological expedition to leprechauns and clover harvesting. The American publisher kept Knizia's original design and name, Lost Cities: The Board Game, while in Europe the game is distributed as Keltis. Keltis is popular, and spawned six sequels and variations.
Keltis Or plays much like Lost Cities--collect and play sets of sequentially numbered tokens. However Keltis Or uses three six-sided dice, with pips 1-5 and a Wishing Stone icon. You get two rolls and you choose which gets locked or rerolled. You can pick up one of the five suited chips, numbered from 0-10, that match a single pip value, or sum of pips that you rolled each turn. You can acquire a zero chip by rolling a Wishing Stone. On the numbered chips are randomly distributed long- and short-term score modifier tokens. Since there is a sunk cost when starting a new suit, one must balance long- and short-term goals as well being careful not to take on too many suits.
Tabletop Tuesdays: Calling Ra
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 23:11.|
Ra is an ancient-Egyptian-themed, press-your-luck auction game by Renier Knizia. The rules says that you influence Pharaohs and pay homage to gods, but Ra is thinly themed. Regardless, the simple game mechanics and tough decisions make this game a perennial favorite.
There are three Epochs (rounds) of play. Each Epoch you have three uniquely numbered Sun (bidding) tokens, ranging from 2 to 16, that are fairly distributed according to number of players. For instance in a 5 player game, one player will get tokens 2, 7, and 16, while another will get 3, 8, and 15. Every turn each player makes a bid on the existing pot of tiles (call Ra), or draws blindly and adds one tile from the bag. If a player calls Ra, a Ra tile is drawn from the bag, or all eight tile slots are full, then a once-around English auction begins, the active player having the final bid. An Epoch ends when 10 Ra tiles are drawn.
Tabletop Tuesdays: Knizia's 3-Hand Poker
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 04:10.|
Battle Line is a 3-card poker game by Reiner Knizia. Although it is published by a wargame publisher, GMT Games, the theme is shallow and basically a two-player poker variant. It is a short but tense game of risk and hand management.
The game plays like this. Each player starts with a seven-card hand from a 60-card deck composed of six suits, ranging from from 1-10. A battle line is formed by placing six flags. On your turn, you play one card to a flag, face-up, then draw a card from a common draw pile. When three cards are played on a flag, it is be compared against the three card hand on the opposite side of the flag, for capture.
Tabletop Tuesdays: Simple Press-Your-Luck Dice Game
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 13:28.|
Pickomino is simple dice game by Reiner Knizia. The game consists of sixteen domino-like tiles with cost values of 21 to 36 on the top portion and worm victory point value icons, 1 to 5, on the bottom. The game also includes eight six-sided dice with standard 1-5 pip values and a worm icon instead of the 6. Each turn a player rolls dice and choose which same-value dice to set aside, then roll the reminder. Thus if you roll a set of two 2-pips, three 4-pips, and three worms, you can set aside one of the three sets. The worms count as 5-pips, and at least one worm die is necessary to buy a tile. You cannot pick a set of dice with pips that you already have set aside, making Pickomino a press-your-luck game. You can buy any tile that adds up to your dice pip count or less. If you roll the exact number, you can steal from another player's top stack. Who ever collects the most worms is the winner.
Tabletop Tuesdays: Casual Cardgame for All
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 03/01/2011 - 03:04.|
Lost Cities is a popular two player card game by Reiner Knizia. Because of the gorgeous artwork, simplicity of rules, and strategic gameplay, it is popular with both serious and casual gamers. It is frequently recommended at Board Game Geek as the ultimate game that guy gamers can approach his girlfriend or wife as a gateway game.
Tabletop Tuesdays: Knizia's Trading Card Game
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 11/30/2010 - 12:45.|
Blue Moon is a trading card game-like, non-collectible, expandable card game. This means that you can expand Blue Moon with new cards but the randomness is removed by buying preconstructed people decks. The base game comes with two people decks -- Vulca and Hoax -- while seven other people decks and two decks that complement the other nine people decks are available. Each people deck is stand-alone, and you can play Blue Moon with any two decks, with or without the base game.
Tabletop Tuesdays: Winner of both Video and Board Game Awards
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 16:36.|
Samurai by Klear Games is an electronic adaptation of the boardgame with the same name by Reiner Knizia. Samurai is a hybrid of a graph paper game, dots and boxes with a common Eurogame mechanic of majority control, and topped with interesting endgame scoring. This seemingly ordinary combination produces a extraordinary game of simple rules yet deep strategic choices.
Lord of The Rings
Tabletop Tuesdays: One Game To Rule Them All
|Submitted by John Mc on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 23:59.|
Lord of the Rings is an impressive adaptation of the classic story to boardgame format. The Lord of the Rings books, as beloved as they are, don’t quite fit the normal boardgame mold and could easily become a game with little more than a Tolkienesque flavor. Luckily for us, world renowned game designer Reiner Knizia decided to tackle the challenge. The result distills the essence of Tolkien’s epic into an innovative, engaging, and exciting experience.
Reiner Knizia's Ingenious
Tabletop Tuesdays / Ingenious: Why didn't I think of that?
|Submitted by bbrathwaite on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 01:19.|
Reiner Knizia's Ingenious has one of the simplest rule sets of any game I have ever played. Five minutes out of the box, and you're playing a game with 1, 2, 3 or 4 players. For someone used to sitting down with a good rule set like others sit down with a novel, this was a pleasant (if reluctantly accepted) surprise.
Though its rules might be simple -- place your pieces on the board, and score points for similar symbols in any straight line out from the symbol -- the simplicity masks a depth of play that reveals a little more of itself each time your opponent screws you over or you screw him over without actually realizing you were doing it. The slow, but steady emergence of subtle strategies is the hallmark of a good abstract strategy game and the constant player feels rewarded.