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Second German edition of Hollywood Blockbuster

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Product Awards:  
International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2001

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 45-60 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Manufacturer(s): Hasbro Germany

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Product Description

Players enter the world of Hollywood film making, putting together all the components needed for an Oscar-winning production. Who will make the best film? As with Rheinlander, this is a Reiner Knizia game produced exclusively for the German market.

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2001

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

  • Manufacturer(s): Hasbro Germany

  • Artist(s): Doris Matthaus

  • Year: 2000

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 45 - 60 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 1,508 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. An English translation of the rules is provided.

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 8 reviews

by Ken M
Another fine effort by Knizia
January 13, 2003

Traumfabrik is a great bidding game that looks simple but has much depth in strategy. I waited until Id played the game a few times (7) before writing this just to make sure I understood Stuart Daggerss concerns (as stated in Counter magazine 3/01). Ill dispense with describing the game mechanics & dive straight into Mr. Daggers concerns.

1) Picking first at the party sticks with one player most of the game.

This is only partially true. And its also part of the strategy. Do you blow your wad of contracts gaining stars to secure first pick of unknown Party tiles? Or, do you spend your contracts trying to complete films? In all but one of my games, the Party pick switched throughout the game. I can also state that I have won the game by choosing last most of the time and also by choosing first most of the time. In my opinion, the Party works great.

2) Need for more extra films. I disagree here. I think the limited number of extra films is intentional. Most of the scoring is biased towards completing films quickly (the one exception is worst film..which you should wait as long as possible to complete). The reward for completing a film early in the game is getting a new film. If you snooze, you lose!

Once again Reiner Knizia has created a fun and addictive game!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Showmanager is good, but this game is great.
November 19, 2000

For one who does not really appreciate a lot of Auction Type games, I loved Traumfabrik. It was one of the most enjoyable games that I have participated in, in a long time. This game is complete in almost every way except one: it was too short--meaning that you got into the game and you kept wishing that it would keep on going. Knizia even manages to give himself a cameo role as the worst actor in the game. If you liked Showmanager you'll love Traumfabrik.

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Hasbro should bring this one over
November 14, 2000

From Reiner Knizia, this may be the most surprising of the current Essen crop. Surprising because there just doesn't seem to be much discussion about it, and because there are apparently no plans to bring out an English version. This is a shame given how fun and involving a game experience it is. The theme of the game is film-making; You're the head of a studio, and you're trying to bid for the best stars, directors, effects, and music in order to get your films made. You do so by bidding against the other studio heads in a round robin fashion, moving from group to group of random tiles, each respresenting different known actors and directors, and better and worse music and effects. The mechanisms that meet to make it all nail biting auction fun? Limited resources, exposed tiles for bidding, two sets of hidden tiles that are chosen in order of how many stars your studio has signed on, and the fact that all successful bids are distributed evenly to the other players. Very fun, with a slight luck element regarding the hidden tiles and the distribution of movies you're trying to get made (different movies have different requirements); nevertheless, the combination works extremely well. And who couldn't love a game where you can cast the author himself (who carries a negative value) in Casablanca to try and get the 'worst movie of the game' bonus?

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