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Die Heisse Schlacht am kalten Buffet
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Average Rating: 3 in 1 review
The bits: A 3-piece jigsaw board, 6 wooden player-disks, 3 six-sided dice, 20 'dish' disks.
What it looks like: the board has 21 circles which form a circular racetrack. All the circles are yellow, except one which is red. On the centre of the board is a drawing of a dining table, upon which the 20 dish disks are placed. These disks are all numbered between one and six, and have drawings of various meals on them, such as roast chicken, ice-cream, etc. One disk, which features Lobster Thermidor as its gourmet delight, has a value of seven.
How it works: The lobster disk is placed face up in the centre of the board. The other 19 dishes are shuffled and placed face up on top of the lobster.
Players place their coloured wooden piece on the start circle and are ready to go. On their turn players may roll one, two, or three dice. They move forward the number of spaces shown on the dice, according to the following rules:
1 die, move forward the number of spaces shown.
2 dice, move double the number of spaces shown.
3 dice, move triple the number of spaces shown.
Of course there's an 'except', which is:
If the roll is greater than 7, you have to go back to the start.
Also, there's a possibility that you can land on another player's piece. If this happens, YOU choose how many dice that player rolls on their turn and they have to carry you around the board until it's your turn again.
Whenever a player passes the red circle they collect the top 'dish' disk; landing directly on the circle nets you two plates of food.
The game ends when the lobster's taken, and the player with the highest total of dishes wins.
Obviously there's a large slice of luck involved in this game, and there's also the Can't Stop factor which tempts you to push your luck. No depth or strategy whatsoever, but good lightweight fun nonetheless.