Istanbul board game
Istanbul board game


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Hustle and bustle in the bazaar district of Istanbul: merchants and their assistants are hurrying through the narrow alleys attempting to be more successful than their competitors. Good organization is key: wheelbarrows have to be filled with goods at the warehouses and then swiftly transported by the assistants to the various destinations. The goal of the merchants is to be the first to collect a certain amount of rubies.

You are leading a merchant and four assistants through the 16 Places of the bazaar. At each Place, you can carry out a specific action. The challenge is that, to carry out an action at any of those Places, your merchant needs the help of an assistant and has to leave him behind. To use that assistant again later, your merchant has to come back to that Place and pick him up. So plan ahead carefully to avoid being left with no assistants and thus unable to do anything...

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  • Very good replayability.
  • Traded For: June 20167 - 5, L1
  • --Jun2014-- Much more enthusiastic about this than I'd expected. It's something that might work nicely for a work lunch; and my kids might tolerate it too. It's a cool little race game, and doesn't overstay its welcome.
  • Pretty cool, though I worry that the permutations of the base game cards might start to feel samey. Need to play expansions.
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It gets worse.  I only mentioned the 2 that I thought were most "classic".  Off the top of my head I know there's also #SeaFall, #Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures, #The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game, #Istanbul, and #The Voyages of Marco Polo.  Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head without looking at my shelves.  That's also not including the ones that I purchased to maybe give away as gifts or maybe keep. 

Oh shoot... there's also a little game called #Gloomhaven.  Forgot about that one. 

A guy I sold #Istanbul to immediately tried to sell me his copy of #Smash Up. I had never heard of it before then and it sounded like such an interesting concept but it's ultimately not for me.

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I keep thinking about #Istanbul, do you think it would be a good family game (different ages and levels of gaming ability)?

Oh man!  Great idea.  How did I miss this last time?

For me:

  1. #Tawantinsuyu: The Inca Empire
  2. #Civilization: A New Dawn with #Civilization: A New Dawn - Terra Incognita
  3. #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
  4. #Istanbul
  5. #Cities: Skylines - The Board Game

The Crew and Istanbul are pretty interchangeable.  I think the Crew hit better this week when we played it but Istanbul could be third easily as well.

Got quite a few games in this week with some solo play and some online play with my group:

  • #Tawantinsuyu: The Inca Empire (Physical, Solo) x2: My newest acquisition!  I have played it online with my group which I think is still the sweet spot but I can see this one potentially being my favourite solo game of the T series.  The many, many, many board options really lends itself to sitting and puzzling out the best plays.  My first solo play was a bit wonky as there are rules discpencies between the rule book and the player aid.  (Design says to go with the player aiid.) Also the rulebook is not always as clear as it could be for how the solo player operates. #Maracaibo had a similar issue so I guess it's just hard to write up the solo rules clearly?  However, with some online investigation I resolved most of those issues for the second game which was much better and very enjoyable!
  • #Istanbul (TTS, Multiplayer): Ok, this is one of those weird ones where I bought the big box after one play of the physical game but haven't had a chance to actually play my copy.  We played the base game on TTS and I quite enjoyed it.  Game has some good decision space and plays pretty fast.  I was one move from winning when someone else snatched it out with a double gem buy.  Great game!
  • #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (TTS, Multiplayer): Such a great game.  Straightforward yet tricky.  Sometimes you can get screwed due to bad luck but usually when you lose someone knows which play they screwed up on.  We went through 14 scenarios and probably would have kept going except it was late.
  • #Civilization: A New Dawn wiith #Civilization: A New Dawn - Terra Incognita (TTS, Multiplayer) x2: Played a couple of games in a row which was nice.  Definitely in the second game everyone was getting good at controlling the levers of the game and it lasted quite a while with a back and forth around forts.  I thought the base game was decent but with the expansion it is excellent!

Good week!

Yeah it was pretty difficult to get rid of anything at first. I think once I think for me when I sold#Istanbul I was going back and forth so much. Once it was gone I haven't found myself wanting to play it or even noticing it's no longer available lol. Guess that's exactly why I got rid of it in the first place!

Nice idea for a post!

I first entered the hobby trying to think of things my fiancée and I could do with our limited time together through a period of long distance. I discovered BGG and a GeekList of best games to play with your significant other and picked up #Lost Cities and #Guillotine. I think Guillotine was what did me in..when it arrived on my doorstep, I was on the way out to my brother's house to celebrate the 4th of July with him, his wife, and my parents. We played the crap out of that game and had an absolute blast. The next day I was falling down several rabbit holes trying to find similar games. I think my next few purchases included #Azul, #Kingdomino and #Istanbul. Now a days (a whole year and a halfish later lol) I still own most of those.