Indonesia is a long, heavy eurogame involving logistics of production and delivery and the business of mergers and acquisitions. (33:53)
This week, I’m talking about a heavy game – Indonesia by the folks at Splotter Spellen. These are the same people who created other hefty games like Antiquity and Roads and Boats. A game of Indonesia will take 3-5 hours to play. It’s a business and logistics game where each player runs a set of production and/or shipping companies, dealing with logistics and finances. The company that you have built can be bought out from under you in a nasty acquisition, so keep enough cash on hand to protect your work!
Note – just as the game is long, this episode is long as well, at just over 30 minutes. I wanted to fully explain the game (after breezing through Friedrich, I got many comments from people wanting longer shows when the game warrants it.) I’ve also started creating High-Quality video versions of my show, and if you are investing the time, you might enjoy that experience as well.
Santiago is a light-weight strategy game about planting and irrigating crops in a hostile environment. Mechanics involve bidding and placing tiles. (12:31)
This week, I’m taking a look at Santiago. In this game, you bid for the right to select tiles, bribe one of the players to get irrigation, and set up temporary alliances throughout the game.
There’s a new high-quality (and high-size; episodes are over 100MB) version of BGWS hosted at the Internet Archive. (The link to the high quality-version will normally be at the bottom of the links to the show, and as I have time, I will be going back and adding high-quality versions of past episodes.)
Lost Cities – A light two-player card-based game of exploration.(10:50)
Lost Cities is one of the most popular small-box two player games by Kosmos (imported by Rio Grande). These games have the flavor of a more complex Eurogame, but are easier to play and are designed specifically for two players. This game has gotten popular enough to be featured as an event in the World Boardgaming Championships.