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  • I love boardgames. I like some computer games, too, but I really only play them when I can't get people around a table to play a good boardgame.

    I have a full Talisman (classic edition) and Carcassonne and would love to get some Ticket to Rides (so simple and still a favourite), but storage space is at a premium.

    I also love Boggle, Scrabble, and a large number of other games.

    I'm from Germany where there is a massive boardgame industry. A lot of games that didn't have a chance elsewhere became big hits there, the most famous example being Railway Rivals/Dampfroß, which was actually invented by a Brit but published by a German company.

    Games bearing this logo are usually worth getting:

    This is the annual Game of the Year award, and a lot of great games have been singled out by it.

    I'd love to meet up for some boardgaming if anyone is up for it.

  • Since we're talking about foreign board games, you ever played this French one, Nain Jaune? I used to play it as a child.

  • juniors favourite at the minute.

  • I have a full Talisman (classic edition)

    Man I had that game when I was young. The whole lot. All the odd-ons, figures. I used to love that game.
    I wonder what happened to it

  • Big game board player when I can find people to pay with. Is railway rivals a hexgrided board system where you compete to build a trading logistics system? If so I've played some of the North American versions, which I liked a lot.

    Also really like tactical card games like bridge and cribbage.

  • Man I had that game when I was young. The whole lot. All the odd-ons, figures. I used to love that game.
    I wonder what happened to it

    Make sure you find it again--it'll be worth quite a lot, I think, if you don't want to keep it.

    I don't have any of the miniatures, just the expansion packs.

  • Big game board player when I can find people to pay with. Is railway rivals a hexgrided board system where you compete to build a trading logistics system? If so I've played some of the North American versions, which I liked a lot.

    It's hex-gridded, but you don't really build a trading logistics system--it's far simpler. You connect cities and then you have races along the tracks you've built.

  • Since we're talking about foreign board games, you ever played this French one, Nain Jaune? I used to play it as a child.

    I haven't heard of it before. Is it a card game or a boardgame?

  • Yeah. Its highly likely to have been thrown away. My Dad moved house a few years ago and so much was thrown out

  • Sounds interesting. What's Talisman?

  • Yeah. Its highly likely to have been thrown away. My Dad moved house a few years ago and so much was thrown out

    Shame. :(

  • Sounds interesting. What's Talisman?

    One of the first big hits for Games Workshop. A classic board game with simple fantasy character development rules. Great drawings and excellent atmosphere.

  • Big game board player when I can find people to pay with. Is railway rivals a hexgrided board system where you compete to build a trading logistics system? If so I've played some of the North American versions, which I liked a lot.

    Oh, and it looks like this:

  • Similar. Format style is explained here.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RailroadTycoon(board_game)

    Similar to yours but some elements of monopoly blended in.

  • Similar. Format style is explained here.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RailroadTycoon(board_game)

    Similar to yours but some elements of monopoly blended in.

    Oh yes, goodness. I've played RRT to death on the computer. That boardgame looks great. There's no doubt that it'll be influenced by Railway Rivals.

  • Amazing. It even lays track like computer RRT:

                    ![](http://images.boardgamegeek.com/imag­es/pic120685_md.jpg)                
    

    (Except that computer RRT is not hex-based.)

  • It also comes in Eurorails and Iron Dragon (featuring orcs, elves and wizards).

  • Amazing. It even lays track like computer RRT:

                     ![](http://images.boardgamegeek.com/imag­es/pic120685_md.jpg)                 
    

    (Except that computer RRT is not hex-based.)

    Yikes, I must have been playing on an older version. It was a smaller board and you drew lines with crayons. I can see why they would have upgraded though.

  • Anyone ever play The Settlers of Catan? Its only the greatest boardgame ever!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Settler­s_of_Catan

  • Anyone ever play The Settlers of Catan? Its only the greatest boardgame ever!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Settler­s_of_Catan

    Loads--you couldn't escape it in Germany in the 2000s. It's certainly one of the best-selling boardgames ever. I know a few I like better, though. I may actually buy a set--I discovered recently that the Brit version still has the wooden figures in it, as opposed to the ugly plastic shit that they now put into the German version.

  • Yikes, I must have been playing on an older version. It was a smaller board and you drew lines with crayons. I can see why they would have upgraded though.

    Felt tip pens (water soluble) were what you used for RR in the old days. I bought a newer edition that came out a few years ago and they had included wax crayons, which didn't really work at all. Your hands didn't get quite as smudgy as with the old pens, but it didn't look good, wasn't very clear, and wasn't actually that easy to wash off.

  • Loads--you couldn't escape it in Germany in the 2000s. It's certainly one of the best-selling boardgames ever. I know a few I like better, though. I may actually buy a set--I discovered recently that the Brit version still has the wooden figures in it, as opposed to the ugly plastic shit that they now put into the German version.

    I discovered it when a mate brought a Korean Version skiing with us last yeah. We were on a budget and decided to entertain ourselves some evenings, this work great! You can also play online and they have just made an iphone app, but its not that great.

    http://www.union.ic.ac.uk/rcc/wargames/g­ames/settlers.jpg

  • Another favourite of mine was Stratego

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratego

    All the weirdy beardy kids used to play risk but this was so much better. And I kicked arse at it :)

  • I discovered it when a mate brought a Korean Version skiing with us last yeah. We were on a budget and decided to entertain ourselves some evenings, this work great! You can also play online and they have just made an iphone app, but its not that great.

    And just wait until you discover all the EXPANSION SETS ... :)

    Korean version, nice.

  • Another favourite of mine was Stratego

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratego

    All the weirdy beardy kids used to play risk but this was so much better. And I kicked arse at it :)

    Friends of mine played this a lot. I'm rubbish at strategy and never discovered it.

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