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Letters from Sag -- Aquädukt at the May Getaway

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03 Jun 2019 00:01 #297954 by Sagrilarus
Aquädukt is a tile-laying game where the tiles need to...

May Getaway days don’t exactly leap out of the gate at 6am.  Part of our play space is one of the bedrooms this year (we’re rarely in the same house more than once or twice and this is a new venue this year), so more than a few players are up past midnight.  I turned off the light around 1am and was back in the gaming room with my packet of Pop-Tarts by 8.  The early people often kick off the day with lighter fare and this morning was no exception.  Aquädukt is a game from the time of dirt-cheap Euros, when small publishers created games before they sold them (how quaint!) and often put them on cheap stock for the first printing to see if they would catch fire.  My copy of Aquädukt cost me $1.99, plus shipping years back, and included the cheesiest d20 I’ve ever seen.  Given my Dungeons and Dragons pedigree (30 years at the time I purchased this), that’s saying something.  I played it a bit then gave the copy to a friend. He put it in his church’s collection and another buddy pulled it from there to bring to this event.  The good news is that someone between here and there replaced the d20 in it with a respectable one. One that might even return somewhat fair results.  There was only one way to find out, so we cracked it open.

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03 Jun 2019 10:04 #297955 by ubarose
I have a vague memory of Aquädukt being popular, but have never played it myself. You description reminds me why I never did.

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03 Jun 2019 12:46 #297960 by Shellhead
That guy on the box cover is pointing at the prince that you must please.

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03 Jun 2019 14:01 #297962 by Sagrilarus
Credit where credit is due, this is designed to be a light euro. Teach it in a couple of minutes, play in 30. This would be a great game to leave in your AirBnB because it's so accessible. It's on the line of Carcassonne without the expansions, which frankly turn Carcassonne into a bit of a Frankenstein's monster.

This is a good game to play with the kids. They can teach it themselves after one play.
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04 Jun 2019 17:34 #297995 by dysjunct
I got this from Tanga and it sure is a Tanga game. I can see the comparison to Carcassonne -- light introductory family Euro -- but if I'm going to leave a game in my AirBnB, I'll just leave Carcassonne. Looks better on the table and has more cultural import then yet-another-okay-game.
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04 Jun 2019 20:50 - 04 Jun 2019 20:51 #297996 by san il defanso
Now that I have young kids I find myself enamored by games like this. Whereas I would have been dismissive 10 years ago. While these kinds of games aren't an endangered species or anything, they definitely don't set the pace in the hobby anymore.

I don't THINK I've ever played this, but with mid-2000s German games they tend to run together, so who knows?

Also, dysjunct, I like your characterization of this as a true Tanga game. Those of us active in the hobby 10-15 years ago know exactly what kind of game that is.
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06 Jun 2019 05:58 #298020 by Anjou Valentine
I guess I'm completely out of the loop, but when did AirBnB become a part of the boardgame conversation?

"Here's a game I would let total strangers play alone in my house. Not really for me, though."

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06 Jun 2019 08:08 #298026 by RobertB

Anjou Valentine wrote: I guess I'm completely out of the loop, but when did AirBnB become a part of the boardgame conversation?

"Here's a game I would let total strangers play alone in my house. Not really for me, though."


At the last vacation house my wife and I rented, I saw:

- Monopoly
- A 30-year-old copy of Trivial Pursuit
- One of those $5 chess/checkers/backgammon sets
- A deck of cards
- A cribbage board
- 2 jigsaw puzzles

And I thought, "Man, they need some different games." I bet Sag saw the same thing I did.

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06 Jun 2019 08:24 #298028 by Sagrilarus
My experience with AirBnB is at the Delaware and Maryland shores -- houses that are exclusively rented as a moneymaker. These aren't people renting out their own house.

So yeah, you won't see anything too valuable in them and the game collection (which is almost invariably there and looks like what Robert mentioned above) needs to cater to someone with kids who has to cover a rainy day. Simple, straightforward games that can play in under an hour.
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