Imported Board Games
Imported Board Games for friends and family to enjoy.
If you think that what's in Walmart or Toys R Us is all that's available, you're missing out on some of the most fun and fascinating games in the world.
Increasingly, though, imported games are winning fans because they are not just the latest riff on the trivia theme or another game using dice to generate moves around a board.Imported board games have a high degree of replayability, a lot of interaction [among players]and a nice mixture humor and strategy.
"Imported" board games aren't simplistic, as are many games produced for the U.S. mass market. They are not rules-heavy, as are many games produced for the U.S. hobby market, nor do they take an inordinately long time to play.
As for what they are: They are attractive, with a lot of attention paid to quality of components and graphic design. They are accessible, with rulebooks that top out around six pages and typical playing times of 30 to 90 minutes. They are easily grasped by older or smarter children. They
are involving, both strategically (there are always decisions to be made)and socially (players are not left out of the action when it's someone else's turn).
These games include- Settlers of Catan (If any game can claim to have singlehandedly opened the international market to German games, it's this one.), Puerto Rico,Tigris & Euphrates, Carcassonne, Citadels, and Bohnanza.
The rising profile of Imported Board Games in America is led by those created by German gamemakers. Germany takes gaming so seriously that its coveted game-of-the-year awards -- the Spiel des Jahres -- turns game designers into household names. Designers worldwide submit thousands of games a year to German companies, hoping to be one of the dozens of games released every year in that country.
Since it's first appearance, the PC game Anno 1503 has been a truly amazing success story. Master game designer Klaus Teuber has now succeeded in transferring all of the excitement and action of the original into this board game version, stamped with his own unique type of play. Try your hand at gaining prosperity and wealth while overcoming the threats of wildfires and pirates. Now you can experience all the variety and adventure of this strategic game while guiding the fate of your homeland and people!
CARCASSONNE - THE CITY
The impressive city of Carcassonne was a magnet for tourists from all lands, even in the Middle Ages. It's large markets, grandiose homes and busy streets made the whole city a popular attraction. Now with Carcassone - The City you can recreate this wonder yourself! Players build walls and towers, found markets, and place followers in the normal way. At the end, you will all enjoy looking at the beautiful 3-D city you have built!
With the king away, borders are redrawn as lords attempt to improve their standing through arms and political maneuver. Control the land by building your wealth and power. A Middle Ages game from the makers of Settlers of Catan.
DOS RIOS - VALLEY OF TWO RIVERS
In Dos Rios, two mighty rivers wind their way down from the mountains. The fields through which they flow are fruitful, bringing wealth to their owners. Harvest fields with your campesinos, gathering riches to build farms and create a prosperous estate. With skillful placement of dams, you can alter the course of the rivers and bring prosperity to your land. The one who controls the rivers will control the valley, for the flow of the river carries fortune's tide!
In Fifth Avenue, the skyscraper boom has begun and everyone wants to get in on the act! Players try to build their skyscrapers near businesses to gain both value and victory points. The more prestigious the location of your building, the more points you'll receive. As each building commissioner finishes his tour of the city, the players bid for the right to build their skyscrapers in that district. Players may be penalized (allowed to build fewer buildings) if they bid too much, but if they bid too little others will win the right to do the work instead! You’ll need careful planning, sharp tactics, timely cooperation with your opponents, and wise placement of skyscrapers to find success on Fifth Avenue
Hoity Toity is an exciting bluffing game with thieves, detectives, and eccentric collectors! As a member of the pretentious "Antique Club", you feel inexplicably compelled to outshine your other snobby friends. You are oddly convinced it is your destiny to become the antique collector with the most valuable collection - by any means necessary. Trickery, bluffing, and theft are all a part of the game as you battle your fellow snobs to become the most "Hoity Toity" of them all.
Come aboard and sail to Pirate's Cove, the legendary hideaway of thieving pirates and cutthroat buccaneers! Armed with a secret map and starting with a modestly outfitted sloop salvaged from last winter's storm, it's time to set sail for adventure. Your objective is to battle for the rights to plunder and become the most famed and feared pirate the world has ever seen. To do so you will need to navigate shrewdly, fight recklessly and pillage mercilessly. You will gain fame by winning battles; burying gold and treasure; and bragging about your exploits at the Tavern.
SETTLERS OF THE STONE AGE
In Settlers of the Stone Age, you can guide your tribe of early humans to settle a prehistoric land. You'll need to gather raw materials for survival, such as meat, hides, bones, and flint. Strive to make your tribe the one to advance in food preperation, hunting, and travel.
STARFARERS OF CATAN
Fans of the classic Settlers of Catan have something to look for that is out of this world. This standalone installment to the family takes Catan boldly where it has never gone before. Starfarers of Catan is a brilliant and stunning foray into space.
Settlers of Catan has now expanded into the far reaches of outer space! In this new game you are the leader of a group of settlers whose goal is to build colonies and expand racial ties with the multiple races in the Galatic Council. Diplomacy, trade, and protecting your colony from pirates will all be important to ensure the growth of your settlement.
STARFARERS OF CATAN 5-6 PLAYER EXPANSION
Everything you need to add two additional players to the existing Starfarers of Catan game: 2 mother ships, 2 sets of playing pieces, additional cards, 2 reusable game board overlays, and a new alien race. Starfarers of Catan game needed to use this set.
In Starship Catan, find your way back home from an unknown galaxy. Form an alliance with the Galactic Advisory Council. Strike trade agreements and perform missions of mercy. Space pirates will hinder your progress. Balance bravery and caution in this adventure game.
HeroScape: Rise of the Valkyrie $44.95
War is being Waged in Valhalla!
Valhalla was a happy and peaceful place until the discovery of the wellsprings. The water from the springs brought powers and visions to those that drank from it. The visions included images of heroes and warriors from other worlds and times locked in deadly combat. With their new powers, the Valkyrie devised ways to beckon these creatures and use them against their enemies. The lush lands of Valhalla have now become a war-torn and desolate ruin.
Heroes and warriors from all worlds and times are now ready to wage war in Valhalla, and you have come to lead them. Will you be part of the Jandar Army who longs for peace? Or will you be vengeful and lead the Utgar Army to gain control for yourself and your minions?
Build your battlefield, gather your armies and wage war against your enemies. Will you be cunning and powerful enough to crush your enemies and claim victory?
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