• 2-4
  • 45m

My rating: 7.5

A game from the designer behind Cacao and Imhotep, both very popular board games with a very simple set rules. This time it’s again the same, but also a totally different game. Build a theme park, where the theme is bears. Combine good old Tetris with card board, and some neat rules, and you’ve got Bärenpark – or Bear Park.

Mystic Vale

  • 2-4
  • 60m

My rating: 8

Deck builders are so yesterday, now we build the cards individually instead. Check out this game from AEG, where you always have 20 cards. But, not the same cards. Well, they are the same, only different.

Xia: Legends of a Drift System

  • 3-5
  • 180m

My rating: 7.5

Space is vast, and somewhere out there, there’s a star called Xia. Its galaxy is filled with opportunity. Harvest, become an officer of the law, trade, or exploit others. Cody Miller has made Xia: Legend of a Drift System, a game where you choose your own path, and there are many to choose from.

Cave Troll

  • 2-4
  • 45m

My rating: 7

“They have a cave troll!” – Boromir

And yet, here we are, playing as the troll. And heroes. And monsters. We play all the stuff. Checking out this reprinted game (originally from 2002) from Fantasy Flight Games by Tom Jolly.


  • 3-4
  • 30m

My rating: 8.5

Here’s a game that goes in real time, but still keeps the numbers of actions the same for all players, even though no one is waiting for turns. That’s quite nice, and utilizes no less than 8 sand timers to function.

This game is by Tobias Stapelfeldt and from Stronghold Games, or Eggerspiele and Pegasus Spiele in parts of Europe.