🤩 A brand new board game: Schichtwechsel by @spielefaible ⛏
Another setup for two, which I like to do when learning a new game! This one was on my radar this year at @spiel_messe but I didn’t manage to play it there. Now I’m glad it arrived at my doorstep! 😊
It is a new coal mining game by Thomas Spitzer, who has created a trilogy of games about the Ruhr Area in Germany a few years ago – all about the high time of coal mining: Ruhrschifffahrt, Kohle und Kolonie and Haspelknecht. I’ve never played any of them, but they all give me a positive, warm euro-gamey feeling in my belly, when I read these titles ☺️ I am finally going to play a Spitzer coal game! 😊
And it looks and sounds great! The artwork is a bit faded, but it fits the theme! I might be spoiled by games like Brass Birmingham 😅
Have you played Schichtwechsel or any of the other coal mining games by Thomas Spitzer?
THE CLIMBERS: A game that climbed up in our shelves!
The game comes with thick blocks of woods and other wooden components such as ladders, player pawns and discs. All components are of good quality with some nice colours in it.
In The Climbers, as part of setup, all players will make a structure at the center of playing area by covering the 2 largest blocks with all other blocks at random. This setup gives the game a good replayability factor.
The game is played in a series of turns and on a turn, a player may move their Climber (player pawn) up the in a structure to an adjacent block that is lower than the Climber's head (height of 1). Anytime during your turn, you may also:
- move any 1 empty block to any part of the structure
- use 1 of your 2 Ladders to climb blocks with height of more than 1
- use blocking disc to prevent other players moving into a specific block
The last 2 options above can only be used once per game.
And that's it. The game will end when all players did not move consecutively! The first player on the highest point of the structure wins!
This game can be taught in 5mins or 10mins with some visual examples!
The Climbers is a suprisingly fun abstract game! We got this as a wedding present and we were so glad to have it added in our collection. At first look, this game seems a dexterity game but it is not! This is a tactical game where you move based on the new state of the structure. Another fun aspect of this game is blocking other player until they are stranded in one spot of the structure!
Overall, The Climber is a good family game with a good replayability that is very easy to teach. We recommend this if you are looking for a unique abstract game.
PS: This game could really use a good lazy susan in the table!