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Game: Rosenkönig (Kosmos)
Submitted By: Charles Bahl (The Quake Coast Game Club, San Jose, CA)
Rosenkonig by Kosmos/Mayfair is an abstract territorial acquisition game with a War of the Roses theme stapled on purely for looks and Medieval flavor. This game is somewhat like 3 Stones. Move a neutral piece to a vacant space, claim the space for your own. Object: construct the most valuable areas. The game is played on a 9x9 board. The king (neutral piece) starts on the center square. On your turn you play a power card which indicates a direction and a distance. Move the king as indicated and mark the square with one of your tokens. Two complications: 1) you don't refill your cards automatically at the end of your turn--in order to draw a new card you must forgo playing a card; 2) you can use a hero card to change an opponent's space to your own--but you've only got four heroes. This game provides a light 30-minute entertainment for two players. Good game. Not great, good.