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SPIEL 2018: FORBIDDEN GAMES

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By Raymond "DuMeeple" Dumee on November 1, 2018

One of the booths at Spiel Essen I had a really nice time at, was the one of Forbidden Games. During the first day of Spiel, I had the opportunity to meet Glenn Drover, designer of, for instance, the board game versions of a few of my favorite video games; Age of Mythology, Age of Empires and Sid Meier's Civilization. Now, if that isn't a good start, I don't know what is!


Forbidden Games was founded about a year ago, with the intention to create high quality gateway games. Now, one year later, they have enriched the world of boardgaming with two beautiful games and the next Kickstarter is already about to launch. Railroad Rivals was their first game and they even brought a fair number of copies of their second game, Raccoon Tycoon, with them to sell at Spiel Essen, super fresh from the factory! Railroad Rivals is a fast tile placing railroad empire building game, which I still regret not picking up. I really don't know really why I left that one behind, but the good news is that Forbidden Games is releasing an expansion to this game this winter; the Robber Barons Expansion. This, of course, is a great opportunity for me to rectify my mistake!

Due to lack of time on my first day, I had to seriously come back on the second day of Spiel to try their upcoming board game, which is about to hit Kickstarter on November 6th, called Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates. In this game, you play as a pirate plundering merchant vessels and visiting Caribbean ports to trade stolen loot in a race towards Tobago. The game board is comprised of three main routes and you control a pirate ship on each one of them. Using cards for movement or abilities, players have to build a deck of the best crewmen cards the Caribbean waters have to offer. Most of the artwork has been done by Disney artist Mark Page which makes the game even more attractive. And, as an added bonus, Forbidden Games will be offering an add on pack of pirate miniatures during the Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates Kickstarter campaign that are modeled after cards in the game; how cool is that?!


Forbidden Games have truly managed to stick to their goals by creating another really nice and good looking gateway game. We played one game and, in my opinion, the game could use some more interaction between players. Because you take the role of a fearless and bloodthirsty Pirate, I would like to see another player's boat sinking once in a while. Nevertheless, the game provides enough tactics due the three routes and forces you to make key decisions like: "Do I go into port now to get my victory points, or do I stay on the seas in order to keep up with the other swashbucklers?" All in all, it's already a really fun game!

Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates can be played by two to five players from the age of eight years old. Each game lasts about thirty to sixty minutes.


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SPIEL 2018: FORBIDDEN GAMES
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