The Meeple Mountain Board Game Zeitgeist – 2017
As of this moment Private we own you. The nationwide statistics conceals the dramatic developments in Vienna, because German is hardly spoken in the primary schools of the federal capital. Do creatine supplements enhance athletic performance? You may also play with higher challenges - or rather more wrong reactions, and more laughters - when frog or towel appears, or combined with Geisterblitz. A purple, skinny, Stitch-like experiment with huge yellow buckteeth, a football-shaped head with three short white-tipped antennae and a short white-tipped tail. A study of radiation patterns from different antenna types How Light is Affected passing through water e. The ebb and flow of military aggression and peace are in your hand.
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Explain why the sky is blue and then sometimes changes color. Demonstrate how moisture or dust in the air can change apparent color of the atmosphere. Can you demonstrate how an undersea earthquake produces a tsunami? Build a working model that demonstrates the cause of earthquakes.
Demonstrate which holds heat the longest, water or soil. Will different types of salt grow different kinds of crystals? Is there a relation between sunspot cycles and earthquake? What is the accuracy of Web-based Weather forecasting services? Build a working model of a device that indicates how level a surface is. Perhaps it would make different tones when a bubble moved in a tube.
Designing a strong bridge, an energy efficient home Comparing insulative properties of various natural and commercial insulators. Which are the best? Find the maximum speed in fiber optic links How does weight and shape affect the rate at which an object sinks? How can I build a home-made thermos bottle? What is the most efficient design for a windmill? Which type of barrier is most effective in reducing highway noise?
Design and construct a simple device to demonstrate hovercraft principles What is the effect of dampening on a shock absorber? What is the strength of dome shaped eggshells as demonstrated by their weight bearing capacity? Is it to build a working water clock? Which style of roof truss is the strongest?
Which building design is best in withstanding an earthquake? Demonstrate how an AM radio detector can be constructed out of scrap materials and explain the function of the various components. Build a working model of a body temperature monitor and alarm. Might be great for hikers worried about hypothermia Can a small sensory robot be built for use on pavements and highways which will automatically search for and indicate when pavement or highway cracks of a certain size are found so they can be repaired?
Build a freeze alarm. The device would sound an alarm when the temperature dropped below 32 degrees F. Design A Electrically Driven Micrometer Why do the inside of cars get so hot in the sun and what are ways to reduce the heat?
Is it possible to reduce noise by adding certain types of noise? What are the effects on dry wall thickness on sound transmission? Is it possible to eliminate foundation by temperature variation? Is is possible to make a clothes dryer more efficient by using an air-to-air heat exchanger? Invent an electronic water usage monitor that could be easily attached to a shower head to help the user conserve water Build a wind energy monitor.
The output signal from a simple wind speed meter anemometer would be fed to a computer that would calculate and plot the potential energy per unit area each day. Such a system might be useful to help define locations for wind energy farms. Design considerations for "Solar Heated" homes Design considerations for "Solar-Cell" powered homes What are the best designs for propellers for wind generators?
Production of electrical energy from mechanical sources Which substance is best to use in blocking floodwaters? Develop a shower water temperature monitor. Such a device might help conserve energy Study of efficient home insulation.
Which is the best? Illustrate a working model of an electrodeless sulfur lamp. Show how such lamps could save energy in home, office and street lighting needs The effect of landscaping and architecture on energy consumption.
What are the annual variations in the ecology of a body of water The study of the impact of pollution on an ecosystem A study of water pollution from feed lot farms Make your own aerogel cubes. Describe some uses for this new material Illustrate how glass foam might be used to make strong building materials with high insulation properties Tracing chemical e. DDT concentrations in successive food chain levels Ozone destruction experiments A study of air purification methods Come up with some non-chemical methods of purifying water.
Build a lawn moisture sensor. Tells you when it is time to water the lawn. Saveswater by not allowing sprinkler to turn on of the lawn is moist enough Demonstrate how sea wave action could be used to produce fresh water from sea water using reverse osmoses Build an energy monitor that displays gas and electricity usage. Unit connected to the power and gas meters. Maybe place the display next to the thermostat.
Displays real time usage as well as weekly and monthly totals Efficient methods of breaking down crude oil in seawater Experimenting with microbial degradation of petroleum Experimenting with biodegradability Can Centrifugal Filtration Be Used to Remove Particles from Water Efficiently and Economically Find and ink that would decompose for recycling paper Rain- can you measure the speed and force of raindrops?
Use of solar energy- design and construct solar cookers, solar panels, etc. An analysis of exhaust emissions of cars as related to the size of cars and tune-up conditions How Carbon Dioxide Affects the Temperature of Air An analysis of carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and hydrocarbons in our ambient air. How much air space maximizes insulation in various materials? Design, construction, and testing of a mechanical method of separating solid waste for recycling.
The effect of air pollution on algae, protozoa, fish, insects or mosses and lichens What type of materials are strongest when they interact with acid rain? Which material filters water the best? The effect of air pollution on algae, protozoa, fish, insects or mosses and lichens Does the amount of particle pollution vary with distance from a road, with location, with height.
Determine types of particles found in pollution fallout Exploring methods of controlling erosion Is air in your house the same temperature at floor level and near the ceiling? How could you spread heat more evenly through the house? Can magnetism be used to remove minerals from "hard" water? Research and demonstrate methods of pasteurizing or purifying water using only sunlight as the source of heat. Is there a relationship between well water contamination and animal pens?
How effective is lettuce as a bioassay medium for determining the toxicity of water contaminants? What effect does water turbidity have on dissolved oxygen? What are the effects of biodegradable wastes on dissolved oxygen?
From which direction does our area receive the most particulate air pollution? Does carbon dioxide contribute to warming in a closed environment? What aerosols are in the air and does air quality affect asthma rates?
Research and experiment with different plants to see if any of them can be used as an indicator of air pollution. What are the effects on plant life when detergents are added to the soil? Examine and compare the biodegradability of different soap powders. Compare the effects of Polyacrylamide vs. Polyacrylate on soil erosion. Which types of paper decompose the most rapidly when buried?
What effect would an oil spill have on plant life? Demonstrate the greenhouse effect by measuring the temperature within a light trap box covered with glass or plastic. Does the pH of rainwater vary from place to place in our community? How does air pollution affect the growth of algae? What are the effects of carbon dioxide on land plant life? What about water plant life? Are macroinvertebrates indicators of stream health?
Can biomass be used to generate electricity by creating methane gas? Can soil besides a roadway be a health hazard? What are the best grasses to use to reduce the amount of soil in runoff? How to different fabrics compare as barriers against UV radiation?
Is is possible to use recycled newspaper to fertilize plants? Which enzyme works best to reduce grease in a grease trap? The mathematics of snowflakes Infinity comes in different "sizes". What does this mean? How can it be explained? Compare the mean, median and range of heights for males and females in your class. How will this compare to a class one year older?
Demonstrate the bell shaped curved for random distribution Does a sphere hold a volume greater than the apparent volume of a cylinder? Research, explain and demonstrate the use of fractals. Determine how the size of a statistical sample affects its accuracy. What equalities of lengths and angles are sufficient to prove two sets of four points quadrilaterals or quadrangles Build models showing that parallelograms with the same base and height have the same areas.
Is there a 3-dimensional analogue? This can lead to a purely visual proof of the Pythagorean theorem, using a physical model based on dissections. Consider tiling the plane using shapes of the same size. What's possible and what isn't? In particular it can be shown that any 4-sided shape can tile the plane.
What about 5 sides? Make sketches in a geometry program Sketchpad, Cabri, or using Kali Investigate compass and straight-edge constructions - showing what's possible and discussing what's not.
Investigate constructions using origami paper folding. Can you construct all figures that are constructed with ruler and compass? Can you construct more figures? What is the fewest number of colors needed to color any map if the rule is that no two countries with a common border can have the same color.
Why is the proof interesting? What if Mars is also divided into areas so that these areas are owned by different countries on earth. They too are colored by the same rule but the areas there must be colored by the color of the country they belong to. How many colors are now needed? Polyominoes are shapes made by connecting certain numbers of equal-sized squares together. How many different ones can be made from 2 squares? Investigate the shapes that polynominoes can make.
Investigate the creation of secret codes ciphers. Find out where they are used today! Look at their history. Build your own using prime numbers. Find out all you can about the Catalan Numbers, 1, 1, 2, 5, 14, 42, Build models to illustrate asymptotic results such as Stirling's formula or the prime number theorem.
There is a well-known device for illustrating the binomial distribution. Marbles are dropped through the top and encounter a number of pins before dropping into cells where they are distributed according to the binomial distribution. By changing the position of the pins one should be able to get other kinds of distributions bimodal, skewed, approximately rectangular, etc. Use Monte Carlo methods to find areas or to estimate pi.
Rather than using random numbers, throw a bunch of small objects onto the required area and count the numbers of objects inside the area as a fraction of the total in the rectangular frame. Look at the ways different bases are used in our culture and how they have been used in other cultures. Look at how other cultures have written their number systems. Demonstrate how to add using the Mayan base 20, maybe compare to trying to add with Roman numerals is it even possible?
Explore the history and use of the Abacus There are several methods of counting and calculating using your fingers and hands. Some of these methods are still in common usage. Explore the mathematics behind one of them. Find out all you can about the Fibonacci Numbers - In particular, where do they arise in nature?
What is the Golden Mean? Study its appearance in art, architecture, biology, and geometry, and its connection with continued fractions, Fibonacci numbers. What else can you find out? If that's not enough, do squares, pentagonal numbers, hexagonal numbers, etc. Venture into the third and even the fourth dimensions. Use your computer to draw fractals based on simple equations such as Julia sets and Mandelbrot sets.
Find examples of all of them and understand how they differ. Is there an algorithm for getting out of 2-dimensional mazes? Look at the history of mazes some are extraordinary. How would you go about finding someone who is lost in a maze 2 or 3 dimensional and wandering randomly? How many people would you need to find them? Investigate the Steiner problem - one application of which is concerned with the location of telephone exchanges to minimize costs.
Construct a double pendulum and use it to investigate chaos. All forms of gambling are based on probability. Investigate how much casinos anticipate winning from you when you play black-jack, roulette, etc. Study a variety of lotteries and compare them. Should one ever buy a lottery ticket? Why does three of a kind beat two pairs in poker? Discover why the different types of hands are ranked as they are.
Study the cycloid curve: Investigate visual representations of different finite numbers. Investigate self-avoiding random walks and where they naturally occur.
Find as many triangles as you can with integer sides and a simple linear relation between the angles. What about the special case when the triangle is right-angled? What is a hexaflexagon?
Make as may different ones as you can. What is going on? What is fractal dimension? Investigate it by examining examples showing what happens when you double the scale to a lines b areas c solids d the Koch curve Explore Penrose tiles and discover why they are of interest.
Do different genres of music each exhibit a unique mathematical pattern? How can the shortest path algorithm be modified to include traffic conditions? How does the size of a statistical sample affect its accuracy?
Do the non-smoking sections in a restaurant protect you from second-hand smoke? Does a person's body temperature vary during the day? Playing 1 out of 4 randomly drawn hand cards from 12 animal species, which animal would you play on your turn?
Can you get the most animals into the bar? Easy to learn, quick-paced and tactical, rich illustrations; having played once, you may want to keep visiting Beasty Bar. Betrayal at House on the Hill 2ed. You all enter a haunted house helping each other, but end up with one person turning around to harm the others. Different from other games, the traitor will only be assigned some time into the game after certain number of bad omens has occurred.
When the one person turns into the dark side, other people will try to survive. In first half of the game - donation stage, the active player draws a card from the deck and must decide whether to keep it, or deposit it at a common auction pile which will be used in 2nd half of the game - auction stage, or donate it to a common pool from which other players can choose one. You can only keep 1 card on your turn, and you never know when you might get the best card; hence the tension.
At any time Bishop appears, the active player can alter the value of one or two workers or resources; hence spicing up the game. All in all, Biblios is a nice gem for gamers and family. The flip-cover, book-looking box are nice touch. Black Fleet Honour More In the high sea, while merchant ship ferries cargoes from port to port, pirate ship tries to snatch the goods and stash them away in a hideout unless it is sunk by Navy ship - all for monetary rewards.
You'll need to spend the money to develop special abilities before achieving victory. Each turn you choose a card that determines the maximum movement distance of your merchant ship, your pirate ship, and 1 of the 2 navy ships. Where would you move them? Whose ship would you target to rob or sink?
When would you make use of your fortune? A little wicked fun in sinking one another's ships, simple rules, nicely detailed miniature ships, glittery metal coins; Black Fleet board game is another high quality game from Space Cowboys.
Abstract, Tile Placement Number of players: Everyone has the same set of game-pieces made of multiples of square geometry.
Goal is to occupy the most area on the board with your game-pieces by game-end. Every piece must touch at least 1 corner of your own piece but not be edge to edge, and you had better stake your territory before your opponents do so. Word Game Number of players: After shaking the dice to randomize the 16 letters that appear in a 4-by-4 grid, everyone tries to write down as many words formed by adjoining letters in the grid within a time limit.
Any word that is written by 2 people or more will score nothing. Words using bonus letter will double the score. Boggle is a quick word game recommended for classrooms, word lovers, or families. In every round new beans will be added to your hand, and you must plant the beans in sequence. As you have limited bean fields, you had better trade away the unwanted bean cards with other players, otherwise you will be forced to harvest your field with low or no income when the wrong type of bean cards come along.
Trading is usually hilarious due to the ridiculously lousy, incredibly generous or creative offers. This English version includes all the cards from the original game and the first expansion. Bruxelles Honour More Highlights of the game are you can scope the players' available actions of a round; concurrent worker placement, bidding, and area control; changing requirements of building materials and changing demand for artwork by players' actions.
Decisions affecting all players in various ways, multiple paths to victory, unbelievably smooth game-play, highly praised by reviewers; Bruxelles is a solid game for strategists. One hunter lays down card after card into 6 piles according to the poem's rhythm. Other animal players use their hands to mimic moose's antlers or rabbit's ears and perhaps stick out the tongue while referring to the cards on display. They are then scored individually based on the displayed cards if the gestures match the cards.
Different cards may call for different gestures and different scores, and new cards are flashed out and replaced; can you figure out the best gestures and act accordingly as quickly as possible - if not in split second? Word Game, Arithmetics, Bidding Number of players: Buy letters, form words with the letters, and sell for money! Unique blend of word-building and number crunching, easy to learn, many variants included; BuyWord - a classic word game by Sid Sackson - is great for families or schools.
You are in the gold-rush to build up the San Francisco cable car network. Draw the network tile and place it next to an already placed network tile to expand the lines. When you place the tile that completes a line connecting a start and end station, you score points based on the length of the line.
Can you see through the criss-crossing lines, maximize your scores and minimize helping your rivals? Advanced variant that involves stockholding decisions on various cable car companies is even more exciting. Camel Up Honour More Wagering, Action Selection Number of players: In the camel racing festival, camel coming from behind can amazingly jump on top of another camel and enjoy free ride.
An eye-catching component is a 3D pyramid for rolling out 1 among several dice that determines which camel to move and the distance. You can create oasis or mirage along the track to rig the race a bit, but be careful on which camels may get affected.
Backing a camel earlier than others may give you high return at high risk; holding back your bet for too long, the bookie may stop taking your bet! When and on which camels would you place your bets? Captain Sonar Honour More Roberto Fraga, Yohan Lemonnier Description: In this duel of 2 submarines in the sea dotted with islets, try to listen to enemy's movement, set drones to zoom in on enemy's location, secretly plant mines, launch torpedo to destroy the enemy, activate short silent movement to evade, and perhaps surface up at a risk to improve your maneuverability and repair your systems.
Each submarine is manned by a captain who sets navigation direction, coordinates and decides when to activate various systems; radio operator who listens to enemy's movement and tries to figure out its location; first mate who prioritizes and gets various systems ready for launch at correct timing; and engineer who tracks breakdown of systems and identifies best ways to repair. Each role is consumed by their own tasks in real time, but also needs to communicate and coordinate with team mates in order to hunt and avoid being hunted.
No doubt Captain Sonar provides absolutely fabulous and ingenious gaming experience! Tile Placement, Investment Number of players: As you add a piece to the map, you may deploy your follower to claim sole ownership of a road, city, monastery or farm - each giving you different reward at a different risk level. Followers are limited, and can only be redeployed when your investment matures. Be careful that your friends may foil your plan or shrewdly take a share from you.
Simple rules, varying game experience through gamers' interactions and random draw of tiles, 2 mini expansions included; Carcassonne is widely recognized as one of the best for new gamers. Its 'meeple' has become a symbol of modern board games. There are new city tiles which give you wine, grain or cloth if you complete the city. At game-end, the highest collector of each type of goods will get bonus points. Would you complete a city to earn goods even though the city doesn't belong to you?
You can add a builder to your city or road which allows you to take an additional turn whenever you add a tile to it later on. Which city or road would you deploy your builder? A pig can also be placed on your field to increase victory points of your farmer.
Which field would you send your pig to? Some tiles having Inn or Cathedral will enhance the value of a road or a city respectively, would you wait for such tile before completing your road or city? Be sure you can complete the road or city; else it will become worthless at game-end.
Now everyone has a large meeple which doubles the control; where and when is the best to use it? After getting off with a heist, the real danger begins when you all share the loot. Load your gun with bullet or bluff, then simultaneously everyone points a gun at a person of choice unless redirected by the boss of the round.
Then simultaneously those at the receiving end of the gun s decide whether to chicken out to be wound-free or stay put for the loot. Next moment, bullets fly! When that settles, those brave and unwounded will take turn picking a share of the loot - which may worth differently for different people.
Each player may also possess a special ability. This 2nd edition allows more players, and comes with cartoons by John Kovalic who also drew Munchkin card game.
Castle Panic Honour More Cooperative, Partnership Number of players: Justin De Witt Description: An attack card determines 1 of the 6 directions and 1 of the 3 distances you can hit a monster. You won't have enough cards to eliminate all creatures at once before the monsters or rolling boulders demolish the castle, but don't panic - share with the team what you have, discuss strategies, possibly trade weapons or pool together wall reconstruction materials or reinforcement.
Castles of Burgundy Honour More As a prince in Burgundy, you strive to bring prosperity to your estate. Game system is undeniably novel: Each player has an estate consisting of hexagons, each hexagon pre-destined for certain usage such as castles, river-way, animal farms etc. One of its kind game-play, tension of strategic pursuit vs tactical grab of items other players would want, fairly quick turn; Castles of Burgundy board game - another Stefan Feld's masterpiece - makes you crave for a rematch the moment a game ends.
King Ludwig commissioned you all to build castles, one room at a time. Success is measured by how well you fulfil the idealistic model of the King's castle. Very interesting part of the game is that each turn one player sets the cost of rooms for sale, followed by other players paying the price setter to buy one room. Finally the price setter buys one of the leftover rooms.
The room bought is immediately added to the buyer's castle. As price setter, how would you set the relative prices of the rooms?
As castle builders, what room would you buy? Where would the room be placed? Fascinating and novel game mechanic, interesting theme, Castles of Mad King Ludwig board game is great for families and seasoned gamers.
Dexterity, Party Game, Partnership Number of players: Two tribes compete in table-top curling, in which rocks are rolled towards a target. By prehistoric rules, you can place useable-once totem on the well-placed rock to get insurance - If the totem falls off later, you can re-roll the rock. If you're not quite happy with your roll, you can apply a use-and-dispose hammer to give the rock a short but sure push. Grid Movement Number of players: Probably the board game that has been played and studied across the most generations in most nations.
Clash of strategy with 16 pieces on 8-by-8 grids with zero luck; International Chess is a mind sport from school level to international arena. Game pieces are in wood; the kings in this Schmidt Classic Line edition are 6. You are a medieval ruler trying to complete your city before your opponents do. Expand your city by adding new districts, but invest wisely as some districts are more valuable than others but cost more gold to build.
Each turn everyone secretly chooses a role, each having a different power. Coconuts Duo Honour More Dexterity Game Number of players: With your monkey's arms as catapult, shoot coconuts onto cup targets. The slightly oval and rubbery coconuts tend to bounce out of the cups, so you need to find the right technique.
Spring-loaded catapults, nicely made monkey figurines; Coconuts board game is instantly playable with young and old, families and friends. From among 25 codenames randomly drawn and laid out for all to see, 2 teams try to identify 8 or 9 codenames belonging to them faster than the opponent team. To that end, each team's code-master tries to give single word clue for as many of their codenames as possible without calling out any codename.
Each team should avoid guessing the rival team's codenames and thus help the rival, and avoid guessing the single booby-trap codename that immediately makes your team lose. Codenames Pictures Honour More Partnership, Visual Perception, Deduction Number of players: From among 20 pictures randomly drawn and laid out for all to see, 2 teams try to identify 7 or 8 pictures belonging to them faster than the opponent team. To that end, each team's code-master tries to give single-word clue for as many of their pictures as possible.
Each team should avoid guessing the rival team's pictures and thus help the rival, and avoid guessing a booby-trap picture that immediately makes the team lose. Sequel to Codenames; Codenames Pictures can be played on its own or in combination with Codenames, or lend its key cards for shorter Codenames game. Card Game, Set Collection Number of players: You need to collect an optimal number of cards of 3 out of 7 colors - Excess colors collected will deduct your victory point.
Pretty cards, easy to learn, played in short time, portable, affordable with some screw-your-neighbour fun; Coloretto card game is suitable for all spectrum of gamers. Playable even to the color-blinded, the background patterns are different for different colored cards. Not found in some other editions, this Abacusspiel edition Coloretto contains row cards for 2-player game which are different from row cards for 3 to 5 players, and has 2 scoring systems for basic and advanced play.
Riding on the success of Coloretto, Abacusspiele publishes the 10 year Anniversary Edition in Artwork is of the much sought-after, brightly colored Russian Edition. One of the joker cards is now golden which requires the owner to draw a card from the supply deck. German rule included with the game, but English rule available online; grab this Coloretto Limited 10 Year Anniversary Edition before it's gone.
Colt Express Honour More Christopher Raimbault, Jordi Valbuena Description: Hopping up or down the roof, running across train coaches, shoot or punch other bandits; you all bandits try to rob a train to become the richest while sustaining bullets from other bandits or the marshal along the way.
For several rounds players take turn playing one action card face down, or pass to draw action cards from their own deck. Then, the cards take effect for their respective owners in reverse sequence.
Preceding players' actions may disrupt your plan. Gunshot you receive will clog up your deck as useless card. How would you achieve what you want? Tell comic strip stories. Everyone first decides on a story title. From randomly dealt double-sided comic cards, everyone chooses a few cards, sequences them and tells a story out of them.
After all have told a story, everyone votes for the most original story, most exciting story and the best composed story. Not only creators of the winning stories get victory point, players who have voted in the winning stories also get victory points. Party Game, Communication, Partnership Number of players: A new way of communication by icons has dawned!
From a template of icons representing basic concepts, you pick icons into a cluster to represent a word. Other fellow iconologists then try to guess your word. You can also group icons into several clusters, of which 1 cluster represents the gist and each other cluster elaborates about a subset or certain aspect of the word. Novel genre, interesting synthesizing your word, fun discovering how your friends think; Concept board game is indeed a worthy German Board Game of the Year nominee.
The structured and learnt-within-minutes "grammar" allowing multiple ways of expression for umpteen simple or complex words is simply marvelous! Mobilize your Condottieri mercenaries to dominate most regions in Renaissance Italy. On your turn, you either play one card, or stop playing card in the region for good. Generally player having played the highest total mercenary strength wins control of the region, but some special cards can modify the strength - for instance, winter card renders all players' mercenaries to 1 strength each despite original strength; drummer doubles the player's mercenary strength.
Players draw and replenish cards only when all but one player have no more cards. What cards would you play? Controlling adjacent regions will achieve victory more quickly, and winner of a region decides the region of the next battle. Which region would you want to win; which region would you forgo to reserve your cards? Lots of strategic plays, bluff and intrigue with elegant rules; Condottiere is a wonderful little area control game for up to 6 strategists.
Cottage Garden Honour More Tile Placement Number of players: Fill up your gardens with flowers as quickly as possible to gain more victory points. Flower plots come in various Tetris-like shapes. You need to look ahead and select one flower plot each turn to fill your flower bed while avoiding covering up a few spaces which give victory points. As head of a family in a corrupt city, the mantra is to eliminate all other families.
Steal money from them, pay to assassinate, or simply bluff your way through. Everyone starts with 2 secret character cards - from 5 possible roles - which allow the owners certain actions. You can perform genuine actions, or act out roles that you don't have and get away with it if nobody doubts your identity. If you're caught bluffing or if you wrongly accuse someone a bluff, you'll lose one character. Losing both character cards you're out! After Coup, Reformation introduces publicly known Allegiance - government loyalist or reformist - to everyone while everybody's characters remain secret.
Nobody can sabotage a 'friend' of the same Allegiance until the Allegiance is switched with a handout of bribe to the common treasury by anyone. Likewise the adversary you so revile could become untouchable. Can you survive in such shifting relationships to become the last man standing?
Inquisitor variant is also included which allows owner to change one of his or an opponent's character cards. There are also more character cards for up to 10 seasoned bluff to join the intrigue.
Crazy Coconuts Honour More Spring-loaded catapults, nicely made monkey figurines; Crazy Coconuts board game is instantly playable with young and old, families and friends. Crossboule Home Honour More Mark Calin Caliman Description: You can throw or roll the ball from anywhere - indoor or outdoor, stationary or shaky base like seesaw or trampoline; over anything like flights of stairs or rock outcrop; onto anywhere like beach or snow field - only limit is your creativity.
A target ball - Jack - is first thrown. Each player then takes turn throwing 3 balls towards the Jack. Ball closest to Jack will earn you point. If your balls form a combo pattern, you get extra points. Sometimes you may need to break other player's combo. Crossboule Stripes Slide Honour More Cube Quest Honour More Dice-Rolling, Dexterity Number of players: Clash of clans with dice!
Flick your dice to knock rival's dice off the board. When your opponent's king is out, you win. When your die ends up at the rival's territory with the shadow face showing up, you re-roll it. If shadow face shows up again, it is eliminated; otherwise the die is regained at your castle. Different dice have different cost, abilities and survival rate. How would you lay your army formation? How best would you mobilize them?
Would you press your luck or be contented with whatever you get? Richer experiences are valuable, so is the final status in your life journey that complements your life goals; among the few opportunities available, which would you grab? Dead of Winter Honour More Amidst harsh winter and soul-sucking zombies, you all survivors have a common cause but everyone also harbours different private goal which is the ultimate measure of success.
Some actions can only be taken at an opportune time. Some actions may risk getting wound and eventual death, or getting zombie bite which could spread further or heal by chance unless you kill the victim off. Some actions would demoralize and cut short everybody's game time.
Everyone should chip in to defuse crisis after crisis but what you actually do is secret to the others It would be nice to help others to help yourself to avoid being booted out of the camp, but sometimes you can't help betraying for selfish aim, perhaps excused by unexpected events. Intense psychological tussle and group dynamics; Dead of Winter board game prepares you for a real Zombie apocalype. Deep Sea Adventure Type: Jun Sasaki, Goro Sasaki Description: You all compete to become the richest in collecting underwater treasure, but you all share the oxygen supply.
Whenever you pick up a treasure, you consume an additional oxygen in subsequent turns until you drop the treasure off. When oxygen is used up, whoever hasn't made it back to the vessel has to drop all treasures on hand to the deepest bottom. Generally treasure from the deeper level will have higher value but values may vary somewhat at similar levels, and their hidden values are known only after they are brought into the vessel.
Once you head back, you can't dive down again until the next round. How deep would you dive to? How many and where would you pick the treasures?
How would other players' actions affect your action? A pleasant press-your-luck and quick game, small package that fits in your pocket; Deep Sea Adventure board game can be played wherever you go with almost anyone. Card Game, Trick-Taking Number of players: The world is unfair that the Dalmuti who wins the round gets to tax the pitiful Peon and starts the next round, but the harsh Dalmuti may get the shoddy treatment if the Peon chance upon a revolution and swop the position.
Cards consist of different ranks with the lower ranked cards in greater number. Players try to be the first to shed all cards by playing the same number of cards higher rank than before. When playing the Great Dalmuti card game, you should morph into the roles of Dalmuti who barks at the Peon who has to shuffle the cards or serve drinks diligently. The princess is trapped inside a tower of which the key has been hidden by the sorcerer. The prince tries to find the key to unlock the tower, but only 1 out of the 6 keyholes works!
Sorcerer starts off from a farther place than the prince but he knows the location of the key. Who would be releasing the princess: Fun hide and seek, fantastic components including the tower where the princess will jump out when the magnetic key enters the correct keyhole, beautiful artwork, award winner; Der verzauberte Turm The Enchanted Tower is a board game kids keep coming back for. In Deus board game, you collect various resources, construct buildings and temples, expand your territory, conquer barbarians, and invoke the power of various Roman deities.
Key game mechanic is when you play cards onto your earlier played cards in your tableau, you get all actions or benefits of all cards in that group. Instead of playing a card, you may discard card s to get one-time benefits which are proportional to the number of discarded cards. With the few cards on hand, which would you play and which would you discard? Can you see the synergies among the cards? Can you be the greatest builder, conqueror and the richest in the end?
Everyone takes turn flipping and discarding a card from his face-down card pile. Most cards require you to call out a number sequencing from your previous player's number that goes from 1 to 7 and down to 1, and so on. But some cards require you to do something different, and the next player should treat it as if you have counted as usual: The 2-guy card requires you to call out 2 consecutive numbers, and the next player is skipped; The handphone-talking guy requires you to clear the throat; and the gun threatened guy requires you to stay silent.
Any mistake or hesitation will require you to add all the played cards onto your pile. Eventually the player who discards all cards off his pile wins. When you've got the hang of the game, you could even set your funny sound for the handphone-talking card for each of your gaming group or session. This elevates Die Fiesen 7 The Nasty 7 card game above other visual-vocal cuing party game. Set Collection, Bidding Number of players: What people dispose of into the underground tunnels becomes the treasure loot to the various pirating creatures, each possessing a special ability: Rats can seize an additional treasure; cockroaches cost less to move; toads can stay longer on the pirate ship; raccoons get paid when moved over; snails can move faster if lucky; weasels can do another action.
Which creature would you recruit in your team, at what cost? In view of the treasures coming ahead and complementary effect of various treasures, which pirate ship would you board? Intricate 3D animal figurines, unique theme, dual variants for easy and advanced play, language independent; you can spend jolly good time with family or friends over Die Gulli-Piratten.
Die Speicherstadt Honour More Bidding, Economics, Set Collection Number of players: Bustling commerce around the world heritage warehouse Die Speicherstadt in Germany largest port Hamburg. Core game-play is the bidding for the turn to buy cards among those on offer, and the more people bidding for a particular card, the higher the bid winner has to pay. Should he passes, the next bidder can buy at a lower cost, and so forth.
The card thus obtained enables its owner to ship in goods, sell them for fortune, insure against fire, etc. Do you have the mettle to be the most successful merchant in this Stefan Feld board game Die Speicherstadt? Drawn from a card pile, everyone gets several requirements such as "more yellow than blue", "black must be next to white", etc. Try to complete by the sand timer runs out and faster than the other players.
If you fulfill all criteria and have used all 6 colours, you gain bonus point. Dino Race Honour More Card Management Number of players: Under the erupting volcano, you guide 2 dinosaurs through various terrains, perhaps play tricks on your opponents along the way so that your dinosaurs reach safety first. Dinosaur egg is valuable if brought to the finish line, but is a burden during the race.
Card Game, Deduction, Bluffing Number of players: You all people with special ability are contesting to become the world's greatest foreteller.
From 36 cards of 4 suits most cards are dealt out equally to players while some are left out of the game randomly. Half of players' cards are then passed to their neighbours before game starts. On your turn, you play 1 card and always divine the total number of cards of that suit among all players in the game.
The tricky part is that each of your predicted number of that suit must change from your last prediction, and each predicted number can only be claimed by 1 player. How would you strategize your sequence of play? Can you decipher clues from other players' actions?
Divinare is a novel deduction game worthy of the German Game of the Year recommendation. Creative Thinking, Communication, Voting Number of players: Pick one of your cards, say out a word or phrase, or sing a song, or make some sound, or mime to give clue about your card. Interestingly your clue should be vague such that somebody, not everybody nor nobody, will identify your card among other players' cards as yours.
Dixit Daydreams Expansion Type: Unlike other Dixit titles, each card of Dixit Daydreams is mostly veiled in harmonious colours. Dixit Journey Expansion Type: DE Texts on box only Designer: Dixit Journey Expansion adds another 84 cards by a different illustrator to your game of Dixit or Dixit Odyssey.
Dixit Memories Expansion Type: Another irresistible expansion pack of Dixit cards by 2 French illustrators. While Daydreams hums with harmonious tones, Memories splashes with vivid colours. Close to Origins in style, Dixit Memories differs somewhat with more detailed illustrations.
Dixit Odyssey Expansion Honour More Long live the storytelling voyage! Dixit Origins Expansion Type: For fans who yearn more of Dixit, Dixit Origins expansion gives you 84 new cards to be played with Dixit or Dixit Odyssey standalone game. Dixit Quest Expansion Honour More Dixit Quest, another expansion to Dixit, adds 84 fantastic new cards which are worth thousands of words.
Long live the riddling adventure! The cards are the same as Dixit 2 which was published before Dixit Revelations Expansion Type: The more variety of cards the merrier, Dixit Revelations adds 84 cards drawn by a new illustrator.
The polish artwork contains hints of mythical folklore, classical stories, or cultural elements. Some show optical illusions that would appear differently in the eyes of beholders. Special to this first print run, some cards are printed with gold foil, so grab it before it's gone. Each card shows an animal in one of several possible colours. On your turn, play a card on one of the 3 discard piles and call out the larger commonality - animal name or colour - among the 3 cards on display; but there are exceptions to fool your reaction: If there is no commonality, you should say "nought".
If quantity of common animal is equal to the quantity of common colour, you should say "dodelido". For each turtle on display, you must start with an "oh". If crocodile appears, you must slap it as quickly as you can. Any stutter, wrong word, wrong slap, inappropriate "oh" or the slowest slap; you have to collect all cards from the discard piles. Dodelido card game is a new mind twister by the designer of the popular Kakerlakensalat.
Card Game, Deck Building Number of players: You are a prince of a Kingdom aiming to build a Dominion. With the glittery treasure, you gradually amass Estate, Duchy and Province. However, your cousins are vying for the land too. You need the wisdom to grab the land faster, and fend off the Curse to create the most admired Dominion.
Choosing 10 from the 26 types of Kingdom cards for each game, the card combinations are practically infinite that each game requires a different strategy. Compared with 1ed, this 2ed has more kingdom cards, and introduces trash mat; while maintaining compatibility with 1st edition Dominion expansions. Dominion Dark Ages Honour More And trashing is all the rage.
Looter card directs player to add to his deck Ruins card s which are of relatively low usefulness. Ruin pile consists of 5 types while Knight pile consists of 10 different Knights which commonly cause other players to trash cards. Shelters are 3 different cards that replace the Estate cards of players' starting hands - giving players some actions.
There are also 3 Action card types that can't be bought from the Supply but can only be gained through specific other cards. One notable Action card is Rats which has 20 instead of 10 cards in the Supply and makes player to convert one hand card to a Rats card. More than half of the cards involve trashing own cards or other players' cards, unconditionally or subject to certain conditions. In the Dominion series so far, actions fly mainly during the action phase. Dominion Hinterlands introduces happenings to you or your opponents when you gain cards or buy cards during the buying phase, hence adding another layer of strategies each turn.
Dominion Hinterlands, an expansion requiring Dominion or Dominion Intrigue published in end , also has 2 new card types: Dominion Intrigue Honour More Dominion Intrigue is a standalone game, but can also be combined with Dominion base game for up to 6 players.
This is the only expansion having the most double-function cards, and the only expansion having treasure cum victory cards. Also found only in this expansion is the game mechanic of passing cards from one player to another. If you like Dominion, this is an expansion you should not miss. In reality he started out refusing to prosecute the drug lords, then protecting them and their illicite cash by selling them Dope Stamps and finally wound up offering them sanctuary from federal prosecution.
Finally he became too much of an embarrassment even for the feds and they finally put him away. They only went wet because the feds finally enforced the law and threatened to indict and convict the Governor. By the way all of this can be linked back to old D. He reached out and touched somebody, old not obsolete, ha, ha. Drugs, like the magic mushroom, and hypnosis, along with other mind control techniques, like fasting and sensory deprivation, were used in their brainwashing.
Techniques that are far far older than we like to even think about. Techniques that were used by every extremist cult and major established religion in the world even way back then. It seems that with recorded history came established religion and those techniques and drugs are still being used by them today.
Hypnosis has limits, the basic rule is you cannot get a good person to do bad things. Of course that is one of those generalization rules.
You can even create multiple personalities, and get the mind to betray itself, but there is a price to pay eventually. Naturally the mind will choose the worst possible moment in time to break. The original good person knows something is wrong deep down and on some level it rebels and finally unravels.
We even encourage them to think of it as a talent that God has blessed them with, but their talent is only to be used in our service. We become their conscience for them. We then overlay a good girl persona on top of that to limit and hold her in check, hell it even tattles on her. Yes, for the operative part of our teams we use females, females that are bonded to their team leader who is a male, but he is THEIR male. What we try to instill in our assassins, the bad girl part, is a deep sense of loyalty to their leader and the Organization which is going to protect and nurture them.
We know what they really are and love them anyway. Of course being a true psychopath she will never be absolutely loyal to anything or anyone, not even to herself in certain ways. We have found that they leave clues, even in their betrayals they leave clues, because deep down they want to get caught. They do know they are broken. On the other hand what we create in the good girl, her split personality side, is a loyalty to the Organization, a loyalty that runs so deep that she will betray her bad self for the love of her Master.
Yes, you heard me right, her Master. The man that she has agreed to sell her soul to, but also the man that has given up everything to devout himself to her and her sisters.
Yes, when first created the bad side is the dominate personality, but on some primal level we have found that the bad girl actually wants the good girl side to win and become the dominate personality. She becomes her own worst enemy to herself. In her imagination she wants the Fairy Tale of Sleeping Beauty to be real for her. She has always wanted to be the Princess in her own Fairy Tale. Well I guess I should say that after we hypnotize her she realizes that she has always longed for it anyway.
She knows now that she wants, even needs, to be hypnotized and woken up as the Enchanted Princess from her own personal Fairy Tale. Her as the Enchanted Princess deeply in love with her Prince Charming, her true Master, who will always love and cherish her.
Who will always be there for her and her sisters. Yes she knows she has other sisters too. Most of the time, after a Master dies, or is lost in some manner, the Agents complete their assignment, cleans up their mess, and then go on a little search and destroy mission all their very own. A mission to take out everyone they even think was responsible, or involved for that matter, in his death. Then mission completed she or they, depending on how many are left after their mission, commits their form of suicide.
They become despondent, depressed and quit eating, finally lapsing into a coma and finally death. I guess I should say they were allowed to commit suicide because nobody interfered. Now we have one Master and four bonded female Agents, and we never refer to them as sex slaves or even slaves for that matter.
They are trained Agents, he is their Chief Agent and Controller. They are a life bonded team in love with each other, and their Master. Agents who will do anything to protect their Master, their other teammates, and the Organization they all work for in that order of priority.
We have not lost many Agents in the field, but we are constantly looking for girls that fit our profile as replacements for the casualties we do suffer in the field. Believe it or not every pretty girl, seventeen to twenty three, who just happens to be a psychopath is not adaptable to our process. We do have a profile we stick to, even with our new programing tools. No we have never encouraged a suicide mission, but losses do occur from time to time. Trust me when I say that every loss is felt deeply by the whole Organization not just the team itself.
One of the reasons we are five, is the people we target can and often do, make individuals disappear with impunity. They are the bate that draws our target out of their lair, or more likely they are who has to go in after them. Of course we are not the only ones to come up with this team concept system.
Our paths sometimes even cross, but we seldom have any conflicts with them. Sometimes it is necessary for us to pursue our targets into their territory or more likely territory controlled by them, so we report to them that we are there and they do the same for us.
Believe it or not we get along with everybody but the Germans. My girls look down on their Agents and noticeably bristle in their presence.
I get the distinct impression, through our implants now, that what my girls really want to do is piss on them to mark their territory, ha, ha. In other words they are made to watch dirty movies and listen to sexually explicit audio. Points that they have discovered through rough trial and error experimentation, on many volunteered bodies. Well technically a drill is used first to drill through the skull bone, and then the needle is inserted into the soft tissue of the brain itself.
These needles, well electrodes anyway, feed in precise programed micro bursts of electricity that stimulate pieces of chemically coded long term memory that have been prerecorded and inserted through those same needles directly into their brains for their training.
Hundreds and hundreds of rapid repetitions of the same dream, or nightmare, according to how you want to look at it. All this accomplished in mere minutes of real time, but the process is continued for days, all to make sure that the desired behavior is deeply imprinted directly on their defenseless brain. Eventually the brain learns the as old as time itself trick of how to short-circuit its own thoughts of defiance or resistance. By the way volunteer seems to have a whole different meaning in Russia and Germany, ha, ha.
The very thought of resistance literally disappears from their brainwashed mind in the end. Of course the downside is the person it is done to is no longer normal in any manner and becomes addicted to the pain, pleasure, and other stimuli used to train them. Their brain becomes rewired, so to speak, and to them pain becomes pleasure, and pleasure becomes Believe it or not this does have a down side. After a brief try at turning, or at least freeing them from their conditioning, we had to finally return them to the Russians if we wanted them to live.
Our implants tattle to us what they are doing. Their process destroys any real initiative or creativity their agents might have had. Yes, they will kill for Mother Russia. Yes, they are extremely loyal to Mother Russia, but they are less than human anymore, and nobody will ever mistake them for normal.