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  • Family Business

    Rating: 3.50/5 (2 votes)

    Be the boss in this fast-paced card game of survival on the mean streets. "Family Business" pits mobsters against each other - all working to make sure theirs is the last family standing! Your gang members get placed on the Hit List.…

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  • #39 Rollick!

    Rollick!

    Rating: 3.78/5 (18 votes)

    The Hysterical Game of Clues and Collaboration. Rollick! is a new hit party game that’s a fast and furious team competition. With Rollick!, the entire team works together to act out clue words for one person to guess. It’s a hysterical,…

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  • Black Friday

    Rating: 3.00/5 (1 vote)

    When you invest in the stock exchange, you want to buy low and sell high! But it does not always go that way, so sometimes you will need subsidies from the government to keep investing. To keep the stocks you have acquired on the rise, you must convince…

  • Big Manitou

    Rating: 2.00/5 (1 vote)

    The players go on hunts to collect buffalo and other appropriate items on their way to a victory, if they allocate their hunters better than the others.

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  • Bean Trader

    Rating: 2.00/5 (1 vote)

    The players take the roles of bean traders and are members of the famous Bohn Hanse, the union of northern European cities and merchants involved in the bean trade in the middle ages. The players travel from Hanse city to Hanse city in wagons filled…

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  • #43 Bausack

    Bausack

    Rating: 2.50/5 (2 votes)

    There are five variations on how to play. The goal in all of them, is to build a tower.The bag contains very different wooden pieces (i.e. an ashlar, an egg, a ring, a fir tree etc.), as well as a sack of beans for the „auction variation“ of the…

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  • #44 Batavia

    Batavia

    Rating: 3.00/5 (1 vote)

    Magnificent sunsets, exotic flora and fauna, the aroma of finest spices in the air – the Far East has always had a magical appeal to adventurers, soldiers of fortune, explorers, traders and merchants.Around 400 years ago, merchants in many different…

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  • #45 Bamboleo

    Bamboleo

    Rating: 3.00/5 (2 votes)

    A cork ball on the top of a wooden pedestal carries a board outbalanced by about 25 wooden pieces. These pieces have different forms, sizes and weights (!). In turn, every player takes away one of these pieces from the board, still trying to keep…

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  • Balloon Cup

    Rating: 2.00/5 (1 vote)

    In Balloon Cup, the players compete in several short balloon flights (hops) to collect the colored cubes associated with each hop. When a player has collected enough cubes of a given color, he earns the trophy card for that color. Players may even…

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  • #47 Babel

    Babel

    Rating: 3.00/5 (1 vote)

    Mesopotamia was home to many tribes and many golden ag es as each tribe had its season in the sun. During its season, a tribe would start new temples or continue working on temples begun by other tribes. Thus, with the help of various tribes, 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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  • 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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  • Descent: Journeys in the Dark

    Rating: 3.60/5 (5 votes)

    Across the land, courageous heroes delve into shadowed dungeons, journey to lost cities, and explore forgotten ruins. In the darkest corners of the world, these heroes confront deadly and terrifying monsters. For those few who survive, the rewards…

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  • Cosmic Encounter

    Rating: 3.00/5 (1 vote)

    The cosmos are laid out before you. Myriads of planets and potential colonies for your alien brethren to conquer, the vastness of space to fill. You conquer five planets without resistance, yet as you look beyond you are met with a multitude of foes.…

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  • Constantinopolis

    Rating: 3.00/5 (3 votes)

    By the 6th century, the city of Constantinopolis had grown to become the greatest “emporium” of ancient times. Strategically located between the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara at the point where Europe meets Asia, Constantinopolis was extremely…

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  • Chaos in the Old World

    Rating: 3.00/5 (1 vote)

    Morrslieb, the evil moon, shines down over the walls of the slumbering castle. A lone creak resounds through the air as the front gates are drawn open. Suddenly, screams fill the night as the hordes of Chaos rampage through the city. Huge red…

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  • Cadwallon: City of Thieves

    Rating: 3.67/5 (3 votes)

    In the dark of a moonless night, a lonely militiaman shuffles along a deserted alley. The sound of a small stone striking the pavers brings him about just in time to see a black-clad figure vanish around the corner. “Stop! Thief!” Kornak hollers.…

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  • #55 Australia

    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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  • Augsburg 1520

    Rating: 3.00/5 (1 vote)

    In the 16th century Jakob Fugger built an impressive trading empire centered in Augsburg. He earned so much money, that he was able to loan large amounts to royals in need of cash. As the royals were often unable to repay the loans, Jakob was more…

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  • #57 Attika

    Attika

    Rating: 3.75/5 (4 votes)

    Each player oversees the building of his city-state. Temple, theater and oracle, a harbor with ships, vineyard with vintner, and many more must find space on the islands. Players must move fast to get the best land for themselves while blocking their…

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  • #58 Aton

    Aton

    Rating: 3.00/5 (1 vote)

    The whole of Egypt is in uproar – Akhnaton, who has just acceded to the throne, wants to ban the old deity Amon from the temples of the land. Aton is to be worshipped as the new God.But the priests of the land are not willing to give up their temples…

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