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Winner of the 1st place prize at the 16th Game Authors Competition of the Hippodice Spieleclub e.V.! As a wealthy desert sheikh, you have many needs, such as a wise advisor, a talented cook, or maybe a well-organized housekeeper? Or,…

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Rating: 4.50/5 (2 votes)

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  • Australia

    Rating: 4.33/5 (3 votes)

    Australia – the fifth and smallest continent - at the beginning of the 1920s. The economic crisis is yet to come – Australia is booming. Industrial modernisation and development are pursued with vigour to help the economy “down under” progress.…

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  • Power Grid

    Rating: 4.31/5 (16 votes)

    Power Grid is the updated release of the Friedemann Friese crayon game Funkenschlag. The latest cooperative publishing effort from Friedemann Friese and Rio Grande Games,removes the crayon aspect from network building in the original editionwhile…

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  • Carcassonne

    Rating: 4.29/5 (17 votes)

    A clever tile-laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters…

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    [Family]
  • Battlelore

    Rating: 4.25/5 (4 votes)

    It is the dawn of the Hundred Years War. The French and the English prepare to meet on the field of war. Their ranks swell as bands of mercenary dwarves and goblins join the fight. Wizards and warriors provide their armies with spells and martial…

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  • The Settlers of Catan

    Rating: 4.18/5 (17 votes)

    Players are recent immigrants to the newly populated island of Catan. Expand your colony through the building of settlements, roads, and villages by harvesting commodities from the land around you. Trade sheep, lumber, bricks and grain for a settlement,…

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  • You've been Sentenced!

    Rating: 4.17/5 (6 votes)

    You’ve been Sentenced! uses pentagon-shaped cards with conjugations of funny words, famous names, and familiar places. Each player uses his or her hand of 10 cards to build a grammatically correct sentence, racing the other players while…

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  • Stone Age

    Rating: 4.00/5 (15 votes)

    Each age has its special challenges. The stone age was shaped by the emergence of agriculture, the processing of useful resources, and by the building of simple huts. Trade begins and grows and civilization takes root and spreads. In addition, traditional…

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    [Family]
  • Ticket to Ride

    Rating: 4.00/5 (14 votes)

    Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they…

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    [Family]
    [Travel]
  • Merchants and Marauders

    Rating: 4.00/5 (6 votes)

    Merchants & Marauders lets you live the life of an influential merchant or a dreaded pirate in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. Seek your fortune through trade, rumor hunting, missions, and of course, plundering.…

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    [Travel]
  • #11 Britannia

    Britannia

    Rating: 4.00/5 (5 votes)

    BRITANNIA is an historic board game of conquest and war in one thousand years of British history. Published almost 2 decades ago, the classic war game finally returns! Take on the role of 17 ancient civilizations vying for control of…

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  • Alexandros

    Rating: 4.00/5 (4 votes)

    Alexander moves with army back and forth across Asia Minor, conquering the land as he passes. To bring peace to these newly conquered lands and to reward his generals, he gives them control of the new lands. The generals establish administration over…

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  • Battles of Napoleon

    Rating: 4.00/5 (4 votes)

    For twenty years, from 1796 until the final defeat at Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte and his generals fought on the battlefields of all Europe. Battles of Napoleon is a gaming system that allows two players to recreate…

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  • #14 Albion

    Albion

    Rating: 4.00/5 (1 vote)

    Albion is what the Celts used to call England. This fascinating game recreates the conquest and defence of ancient Albion.The game focuses on clever decisions on the order of development:More movement, more resources, better defences, or more patricians…

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  • 5th Avenue

    Rating: 4.00/5 (1 vote)

    Building in New York City is booming and everyone wants to get in on the new fad - building that touch the sky: skyscrapers! Players compete to build their sky scrapers in the best locations, but what is a good location? One with shopping - and the…

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  • Twisted Fish

    Rating: 3.90/5 (10 votes)

    Twisted Fish takes the old favorite “Go Fish” and casts it into the 21st century. The game offers guaranteed laugh-out-loud fun for the entire family and features outrageously humorous fishy characters, as well as tantalizingly unpredictable Zinger…

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