Klaus Teuber is best known for designing the wonderful board game The Settlers of Catan. But he has also designed many other games worth playing and owning. These are my picks for the top five.
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Settlers of Catan is the first designer game which caught widespread attention in America. It was first published in 1995 and not only sold millions of games, it's one of the most culturally and historically significant games of the last 200 years.
A random board layout ensures that every game is different, and there's a fine balance between skill and luck. It is appealing for its non-violent nature. You compete to explore, build roads, villages, and cities. You must acquire resources and trade with other players.
Several game expansions are available, including seafarers and starfarers to take you off the island. If you've never played, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.
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This game, also known as "Adel Verpflichtet" or "By Hook or By Crook (US)," or "Fair Means or Foul (UK)," finds players trying to build the most valuable collection of antiques and art as members of the pretentious Antique Club. It was published in 1990 in Germany, winning the Spiel des Jahres, and in 2008 in the United States.
In order to succeed, you must outguess your opponents. Everyone moves only after everyone has chosen their strategy for the turn. You have the option to either bid on an antique or to participate in a competitive exhibit. Bluffing is a big part of the game.
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The name refers to a German story, but the gameplay is refreshingly original. Players use clay to sculpt various items listed on cards, but they don't want their creations to be too good. Or too bad. If your opponents guess what your sculptures are either too soon or too late, you won't do well in this game. It was published in 1988 and won the Spiel des Jahres award that year. It was published by Kosmos and Rio Grande Games.
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An exploration game in which players sail toward the new world, uncovering islands as they go. Because it was published not long after Settlers of Catan in 1996, Entdecker suffered by comparison. But now that it's been out for several years, many players find great enjoyment in this game.
An updated version, Die Neuen Entdecker, was published in 2001 by Kosmos and as Entdecker - Exploring New Horizons by Mayfair Games, winning the Essen Feather award. It has different gameplay, with a larger board and a new area to explore with jungles in search of exotic plants.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The translation is, "over and under." The town of Schilda has too many museums, schools, and fire stations. And they forgot to include any roads or rivers when they rebuilt. While protecting their own favorite buildings (as determined by dealing cards), players work to build the roads and rivers, even though doing so will destroy other types of buildings. It's an odd theme but a fun game.
It was published in Germany in 1991, winning the Spiel des Jahres award, with the second edition in 1994. It was rethemed and published as Wacky Wacky West in 2010.