So to the games I played whilst at Stabcon.
Kleine Fische (or Duck Duck Bruce) (Age 7+, 2-4 players, 15 to 20 mins)
Kleine Fische is a simple and delightful card game where you collect as many fish as possible. You keep turning over cards until either you elect to stop in which case they go into your hand or you get a duplicate fish (normally caused by the desire to have just one more fish, also called
greed) in which case you loose most of those turned over. If you turn over an octopus then there is a chance to steal another player’s card. This game is supposed to be played with only 4 but worked well with 5!
A good game for younger members of the family and as a light starter or end game, with attractive and amusing images of fish and octopus,
Hick Hack (or Pick Picknic) (Age 8+, 2-6 players, 30 mins)
Hick Hack 'Pick Picknic' we were joined by Steve and Ian so again pushed the boundaries of the suggested maximum number of players for this game. In this game you aim to collect as much feed as possible for your farm birds, and avoid the unwanted attentions of Mr Fox. It has great artwork and again a simple concept although with more interaction between the players as the birds fight over the feed or the foxes fight over the birds.
11 Nimmt (Age 8+, 2 -7 players, 30 mins)
Continuing with the same players we thought we would try out a game whose maximum number of players equalled those sitting round the table – an innovative approach. 11 Nimmt is apparently a variant on the popular 6 Nimmt (I hadn’t heard of either of them). The cards are numbered 1-100, and each card has a number of bullheads on it. Each player starts with ten cards in hand and is trying to discard those cards to win the round. The player who goes out scores zero points, while everyone else loses points equal to the number of bullheads on their cards.
Boardgamegeek. A good game for working with children, it is both fun and will help them with their addition. That said it didn’t make me want to rush out and buy it.
Shadow Hunters (Age 10+, 2-8 players, 30 mins)
Shadow Hunters handles up to 8 players has an interesting theme and good artwork.
Ra (Age 12+, 2-5 Players, 60 mins)
Workshop of the world) I had been keen to play one of the best known bidding board games, Ra, and had mentioned this to both Tim and Steve, who with the help of Paul took on the challenge of introducing me to this game.
You can immediately tell that this is an award winning German game the pieces are a delight, the board attractive and the mechanics simple but resulting in an interesting game that everybody has a chance at winning. The game centres around collecting tiles representing various aspects of Ancient Egyptian culture via an auction system, that can be initiated by any player at any time or by the game itself.
Alhambra (Age 8+, 2-6 players, 60 mins)
Following a quick Indian with Tim and a couple of guys from the Stockport board gaming scene we returned for a final game of the night.
Alhambra. This is another German award winning game that involves managing the opportunity to acquire more money or architectural elements for your palace. These elements are represented by square counters not unlike those in Carcassonne but that is the where the resemblance to that game ends. As you would expect with an award winning game the play is on the one hand simple whilst presenting a number of alternatives that allow players to follow different approaches to building their palace complex’s, Kristina I noted favoured gardens whilst Andy managed to surround his towers, palaces, gardens and guest houses with a massive protective wall that ultimately ensured he finished as the winner of this game.
An evening spent playing a variety of new games and meeting some really nice people. That's probably why people travel so far to go to Stabcon twice a year.