Aquädukt : steal water from your neighbour

Sometimes you buy a game pretty much blindly, based on a recommendation or the art or something else. And sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t. I bought a set of three used games based on a recommendation, and one of them was Aquädukt. In this instance it did work out. If you have looked at other posts on the blog you can probably figure out that I lean way more towards eurogames than american style. And this is very much a euro game. A light one, but 100% euro for sure. You’re in ancient Rome, building a new sprawling city in the beautiful countryside. But as all good Romans know, a house is not worth anything unless it’s provided with water. So as you build your houses you have to make sure the city’s aqueducts reach your house, but not your enemy’s. Ready to get your hands dirty and your feet wet? Let’s get going!

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Alhambra : build a spectacular Spanish palace

The year 1278 a magnificent building project was started in the Spanish city of Grenada. The Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar ordered a small fortress, mostly in ruin, to be expanded and made into a fortified palace complex – The Alhambra. Now it’s your turn to do the same. In this award-winning game you have to remember to pay your craftsmen in their preferred currency and make sure that all areas of the palace complex is accessible by foot. If you do this, your might end up with the most impressive Alhambra

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Forbidden Island : get the treasures and don’t drown!

I love cooperative games (or co-ops) where all the players work together to survive and beat the game. To me the master of co-ops is game designer Matt Leacock. His games are polished and always ramp up the tension the longer you play, but they are not overly complicated or take all night. The first of his games that I tried was Forbidden Island, published by Gamewright. It’s a neat little co-op in which 2-4 adventurers work to get all four treasures while the island is sinking, trying to take both treasures and adventurers with it. It sounds and looks simple, but it won’t be easy to survive the Forbidden Island…

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Carcassonne : the classic tile laying game

There are a few games that can be considered true modern classics. Carcassonne is one such game. In it you are recreating the beautiful historical French countryside complete with walled cities, roads, cloisters, and fields. I have a newer edition of the base game, Carcassone 2.0, which is what I will present and review for you today. It comes with the mini expansions The River and The Abbot, which I will review towards the end of this post. This edition also has updated art, which I really like. The cities have a darker ground compared to the walls, both blue and red roofs on the buildings (which there are more of as well), and even some trees! The art is overall more detailed and looks really nice, especially with the added River mini expansion. Now, lets get to building those cities and roads!

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