2005 Article Index

This is an index of all the Mechanics & Meeples articles from 2005, followed by an index of all my RPGnet reviews from the same year.


Index LogoDesign

Memoir ’44, The Seafarers of Catan, and Other Scenarios

Components:

The Collector Bug
The Problem with Colors
The Problem with Game Boxes
Redesigning Empire Builder, Part One
Shannon’s List of Do’s and Don’t’s for Game Component Design

Mechanics:

The Problem with Indie Games
The Problem with Luck
Redesigning Empire Builder, Part Two
Schools of Game Design


Design, by Game Type

Auctions:

The Auction Grand Unification Theory


The Marketplace

Schools of Game Design


Personal Pieces

About Mechanics & Meeples
Five Games I’m Thankful For: ’05


Rants

The Collector Bug
Five Games I Don’t Like
The Problem with Colors
The Problem with Game Boxes
The Problem with Indie Games
The Problem with Luck
Supporting Your Locally Owned Game Store


Mini-Reviews

Five Games I Don’t Like
Five Games I’m Thankful For: ’05

2005 Games:

2005’s Top 70 Games
Games to Watch For: Essen ’05


Major Designer Discussions

Reiner Knizia:

Three Designers: Knizia, Kramer & Teuber

Wolfgang Kramer:

Three Designers: Knizia, Kramer & Teuber

Andrea Meyer:

The Problem with Indie Games

Klaus Teuber:

Memoir ’44, The Seafarers of Catan, and Other Scenarios
Three Designers: Knizia, Kramer & Teuber

Martin Wallace:

The Problem with Indie Games


Major Game Mentions

Empire Builder:

Redesigning Empire Builder, Part One
Redesigning Empire Builder, Part Two

Mall World:

The Problem with Indie Games

Memoir ’44:

Memoir ’44, The Seafarers of Catan, and Other Scenarios
The Problem with Luck

Princes of the Renaissance:

The Problem with Indie Games

The Settlers of Catan:

Memoir ’44, The Seafarers of Catan, and Other Scenarios
The Problem with Luck
Three Designers: Knizia, Kramer & Teuber

Struggle of Empires:

The Problem with Indie Games


RPGnet Reviews by Designer

I’ve included lists of my reviews both by designer name and (further below) by game name. Looking back there are a few games I would rate higher now, including some by Reiner Knizia and Louis XIV. I’m considering updating and rereleasing those reviews at some time in the future.

Michail Antonov:

Caribbean (B+)

Keith Baker:

Gloom (B)

Christophe Boelinger:

Dungeon Twister Basic Set (A)

Richard Borg:

Memoir ’44: Eastern Front (A)
Memoir ’44: Terrain Pack (C+)

Darwin Bromley:

Australian Rails (C)

Gunter Burkhardt:

Trump, Tricks, Game! (A)

James Cambias:

Bone Wars (C)

Derek Carver:

Farfalia (B)

Bruno Cathala:

Boomtown (B+)
Iglu Iglu (B)
Shadows over Camelot (A)

Eligio Cazzato:

Fredericus (C)

Leo Colovini:

Cartagena (B-)
Go West! (C+)

Luca Coppola:

Oriente (C+)

Shaun Cranford:

Wench (C+)

Franz-Benno Delonge:

Goldbrau (C+)

Jim Doherty:

The Nacho Incident (C)
Who Stole Ed’s Pants? (C-)

Rob Dougherty:

Succession: Intrigue in the Royal Court (B-)

Rüdiger Dorn:

Louis XIV (B)

Stefan Dorra:

Amazonas (B+)
For Sale (A)

Glenn Drover:

Conquest of the Empire Classic (B-)
Conquest of the Empire II (A)

Chad Ellis:

Succession: Intrigue in the Royal Court (B-)

Bruno Faidutti:

Boomtown (B+)
Corruption (B-)
Democrazy (C)
Hollywood! Card Game (B)
Iglu Iglu (B)

Bill Fawcett:

Australian Rails (C)

Harry Gavitt:

Gavitt’s Stock Exchange (B)

Thorsten Gimmler:

No Thanks! (B+)

Hanno Girke:

Bohnanza: High Bohn Plus (B+)

Heinrich Glumpler:

Street Illegal (B+)

Darrell Hardy:

Runebound, Second Edition (B+)

Larry Harris:

Conquest of the Empire Classic (B-)

Jason Hawkins:

Parthenon (B)

Rob Heinsoo:

Three-Dragon Ante (A)

Claudia Hely:

Santiago (B)

Dirk Henn:

Alhambra Expansion 1: The Favor of the Viziers (B-)

Ronald Hofstatter:

Alexander the Great (B)

KC Humphrey:

Havoc: The Hundred Years War (B)

Thomas Jansen:

UWO (C+)

Tom Jolly:

Camelot! (B-)

Diane Kelly:

Bone Wars (C)

Dietmar Keutsch:

Alexander the Great (B)

Reiner Knizia:

Beowulf: The Legend (B+)
Blue Moon (B+)
Easy Come, Easy Go (B)
The Motley Fool’s Buy Low, Sell High Game (B)
Poison (C+)
Quo Vadis? (B)
Ra (A)
Tigris & Euphrates (A-)
Tower of Babel (B)
Tutankhamen (B-)

Lorenz Kutschke:

Im Auftrag des Konigs (B)

Serge Laget:

Shadows over Camelot (A)

Doris Matthaus:

Primordial Soup (B+)

Marcel-Andre Cassola Merkle:

Verrater (B-)

Alan R. Moon:

King’s Breakfast (B+)
Ticket to Ride Europe (A)

Frederic Moyersoen:

Saboteur (A-)

Frank Nestel:

Primordial Soup (B+)

Nicolas Normandon:

Mall of Horror (B)

Harry Obst:

Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball Game (D+)

Andrew Parks:

Arthurian Legends (B-)
Parthenon (B)

Roman Pelek:

Santiago (B)

Wolfgang Penning:

Alhambra Expansion 1: The Favor of the Viziers (B-)

Michael Rieneck:

Around the World in 80 Days (B)

Uwe Rosenberg:

Bohnanza: High Bohn Plus (B+)

Larry Roznai:

Australian Rails (C)

Loren Roznai:

Australian Rails (C)

Michael Schacht:

China (A)
Hollywood! Card Game (B)

Jens-Peter Schliemann:

Caribbean (B+)

Silvano Sorrentino:

Dancing Dice (B+)

Reinhard Staupe:

David & Goliath (B-)

Klaus Teuber:

Barbarossa (B+)
Candamir: The First Settlers (B-)
Elasund: The First City (B+)

Martin Wallace:

Conquest of the Empire II (A)
Railroad Tycoon: The Board Game (B+)
Runebound, Second Edition (B+)

Aaron Weissblum:

King’s Breakfast (B+)

Klaus-Jürgen Wrede:

Die Fugger (B)

Alessandro Zucchini:

Lucca Citta (C)

Uncredited:

Letterflip (C+)


RPGnet Reviews by Name

Alexander the Great (B)
Alhambra Expansion 1: The Favor of the Viziers (B-)
Amazonas (B+)
Around the World in 80 Days (B)
Arthurian Legends (B-)
Im Auftrag des Konigs (B)
Australian Rails (C)
Barbarossa (B+)
Beowulf: The Legend (B+)
Blue Moon (B+)
Bohnanza: High Bohn Plus (B+)
Bone Wars (C)
Boomtown (B+)
Camelot! (B-)
Candamir: The First Settlers (B-)
Caribbean (B+)
Cartagena (B-)
China (A)
Conquest of the Empire Classic (B-)
Conquest of the Empire II (A)
Corruption (B-)
Dancing Dice (B+)
David & Goliath (B-)
Democrazy (C)
Dungeon Twister Basic Set (A)
Easy Come, Easy Go (B)
Elasund: The First City (B+)
Farfalia (B)
For Sale (A)
Fredericus (C)
Die Fugger (B)
Gavitt’s Stock Exchange (B)
Gloom (B)
Go West! (C+)
Goldbrau (C+)
Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball Game (D+)
Havoc: The Hundred Years War (B)
Hollywood! Card Game (B)
Iglu Iglu (B)
King’s Breakfast (B+)
Letterflip (C+)
Louis XIV (B)
Lucca Citta (C)
Mall of Horror (B)
Memoir ’44: Eastern Front (A)
Memoir ’44: Terrain Pack (C+)
The Motley Fool’s Buy Low, Sell High Game (B)
The Nacho Incident (C)
No Thanks! (B+)
Oriente (C+)
Parthenon (B)
Poison (C+)
Primordial Soup (B+)
Quo Vadis? (B)
Ra (A)
Railroad Tycoon: The Board Game (B+)
Runebound, Second Edition (B+)
Saboteur (A-)
Santiago (B)
Shadows over Camelot (A)
Street Illegal (B+)
Succession: Intrigue in the Royal Court (B-)
Three-Dragon Ante (A)
Ticket to Ride Europe (A)
Tigris & Euphrates (A-)
Tower of Babel (B)
Trump, Tricks, Game! (A)
Tutankhamen (B-)
UWO (C+)
Verrater (B-)
Wench (C+)
Who Stole Ed’s Pants? (C-)


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