Thursday, September 22, 2005

Torres on Boite a jeux

It's no secret that I rank Torres as one of the best games around. I enjoy everything about the game: the fun theme, the simple mechanisms, the elegant gameplay, and one of the most fitting graphic designs around. Torres is perhaps the best awardee of the Spiel des Jahres award ever. Considering the medicre picks that they have made since then, that seems unlikely to change soon.

I was ecstatic when the Franch gaming site Boite a jeux implemented Torres recently. I immediately recruited my online gaming group, affectionately called The Four Friends, and we launched into playing Torres. (The Four Friends are Mary Weisbeck, Chester Ogborn, Gerald Cameron and myself.) We've been playing multiple games of Torres, in different variations, for several weeks now and I haven't tired of it yet. I don't think they have either. I pray they haven't because this game has legs unlike any others.

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A game of Torres on BaJ; as usual The Four Friends are locked in a tight struggle.

I can only compare my Torres fever with the other four top games in my rankings - The Princes of Florence (playing this occasionally on BrettSpielWelt is like giving a thirsty man a drop of water), Euphrat & Tigris (which we've played heavily on BoardGameGeek), Puerto Rico (which I've played heavily on BSW as well but have given up on due to my irritation with the other players on the site), and the unassailable Magic: the Gathering.

If any readers out there would like to play Torres, register on BaJ and drop me a line. You can even pick the variant; I enjoy them all.


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At Friday, September 23, 2005 11:21:00 PM, Anonymous Linnaeus said...

I think it must be obvious by now that I agree with you wholeheartedly here. Torres is a simply amazing game, and I'm going to pick up the new RGG reprint. The design isn't as flashy, but it still looks pretty nice.

I'll also mention that I've really been enjoying Gipf on BaJ as well. It's not quite as good as Yinsh, and it is completely different in character, but it really has a nice feel and elegance to it.

At Thursday, September 29, 2005 4:34:00 AM, Blogger Jasen said...

Rick, if you're ever looking for a Torres sub let me know. Same nick as BGG and BSW


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