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Boardgames and lesser pursuits


I got the English repring of Geschenkt (aka No Thanks!) last week. I’ve played it 7 times in the last 48 hours. Granted, given that a game takes five minutes, that’s not that impressive. But it’s a great little filler. The rules — everyone starts with 11 chips and there’s a deck of cards 3-35. You remove nine cards (no peeking!) and then flip up a card. The start player can take it or pass by paying a chip. Whoever gets the card gets the chips. At the end of the game, cards score points equal to their value; but low score wins! Any run only scores the lowest card in it, and chips subtract from your score.

My daughter likes this, although she now plays with a calculator. [She did play a few games without one, so scoring would take longer than the game]. And it serves as a nice filler for game night when one person is a few minutes late (literally).

A great filler. Well worth $10. Kudos to Z-man for picking this up. They’re building an impressive line of games.


Written by taogaming

February 26, 2006 at 5:42 pm

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  1. I definitely agree about Geschenkt. It’s the first super-fast filler I’ve found that can give For Sale a run for its money. I’m surprised you didn’t pick up the Amigo version last year, as the game had pretty good buzz, the version was widely available, and it’s language independent. But better late than never. Truly a game that should be in every gamer’s closet.

    Larry Levy

    February 26, 2006 at 9:37 pm

  2. What can I say? I’m a trendsettee.


    February 26, 2006 at 10:37 pm

  3. It’s been a filler of choice with our group for quite a while.


    February 28, 2006 at 7:55 am

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