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Schwarzer Freitag
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Store:  Strategy Games
Series:  Essen 2010 Releases
Format:  Board Games

Schwarzer Freitag

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 55 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Friedemann Friese

Manufacturer(s): Kosmos

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Product Description

On Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, designer Friedemann Friese announced "Freitag das Projekt," in which he would work on Fridays in time increments that start with "f" (fünf minuten, fünfzehn minuten...) on a game that would be released in five years at Spiel 2013 – but only on the Friday of that convention. (Friese updates his Freitag blog weekly.)

Friese being a fast worker, the game born from the Friday Project – Schwarzer Freitag ("Black Friday") – will actually debut in October 2010, but from German publisher Kosmos, not Friese's own 2F-Spiele. Schwarzer Freitag is a stock market simulation of sorts in which players buy and sell different types of materials to make money, but since the stock market is destined to crash – the players being savvier than market analysts apparently – all that matters at the end of the game is how much gold players own.

The price of gold starts low, then rises as players hop on the Paul/Beck bandwagon and move to (supposedly) more solid investments. You can buy gold early when it's cheap, but doing so cuts into your liquidity, preventing you from playing the market as much as you might like.

Despite the imminent publication of Schwarzer Freitag, Friese's Friday Project continues, with the designer now working on a second Friday-related game design for debut at Spiel 2013. If that game comes to fruition early, I'm sure Freitag 3 will follow soon after....

Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Friedemann Friese

  • Manufacturer(s): Kosmos

  • Year: 2010

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 55 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 1,160 grams

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