07 Jun 2006EDWIN WONG
Here is a review of five games you can try for free at Starbucks!Settlers of Catan (Mayfair)After winning the Spiel Des Jahres in 1995, Settlers went on to become the most popular designer game of all time.In the game, you lead your settlers to become the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads, through trading and resource management.
It has an amazing appeal to non-gamers and gamers alike, and has been extensively used by educators in classrooms to teach:â€¢ Laws of probability.â€¢ Basic economic principles of demand and supply.â€¢ Resource management.â€¢ Negotiation and trading.
Hereâ€™s your chance not only to try it, but to try out for a chance to represent Malaysia in the international finals!Zicke Zacke Huhnerkacke (Zoch)A lovely game where parents and children (below eight) are proud chickens trying to out-run each other around the barn.
With good memory, you will soon out-pace the others, and steal their tail feathers as you overtake them. In the end, the fastest chicken will be walking proudly, full of feathers.Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck (Zoch)If you love throwing dice, you will love this game. By throwing a whole bunch of them and deciding which ones to keep or reject, players race to pick roasted worms off the BBQ rack or their opponentsâ€™ plates.
Caution will only bring small worms as larger worms await those willing to push their luck! However, the greedy will go home with only an empty plate.Kahuna (RioGrande)How about practising your magic over tea for two?
In Kahuna, two magicians unleash their powers in a friendly match over unoccupied islands, taking turns to build bridges between islands.
When one player controls an island (by building the majority of bridges), all bridges to that island built by the opponent are destroyed!
In the end, the magician who controls the most islands wins. Kahuna is a wonderful game where you often see the â€œdomino effectâ€ swing victory from the grasp of one player to another!Boomtown (Face2Face)Thereâ€™s gold in them hills! With that cry, prospectors race westward and Boomtowns are established because the gold rush is on!
In this very addictive card game, you compete with your fellow prospectors in a mad scramble to find your fortune in gold â€” but watch out for highwaymen, card sharks and crooked politicians! There are many ways to make a buck in Boomtown!
For those who prefer to give their brains a workout, you can try a selection of Mensa Select games.
Must bring some grognard-y games to corrupt the newbie euro-gamers........ 
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