Westpark Gamers - Boardgaming in Munich

Essays about gaming in Germany, thoughts about boardgames and game designs as well as reports from our game sessions with rules explanations and game rankings.

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02.01.2012 The gaming year 2011
Moritz' thoughts on the gaming year 2011.
06.12.2011 Shadow Era
Moritz takes a detailed look at an Android and iOS game that is in many ways representative of current trends: Shadow Era.
08.11.2011 iPad Games
Moritz continues his talks about electronic conversion of boardgames by looking specifically at ipad games.
26.10.2011 Electronic Gaming
Moritz talks about the merging of board gaming and electronic gaming into something new.
26.09.2011 Gaming Holiday in Greece
Moritz reports about his holidays on a Greek island.
28.08.2011 Paranoia Games
Moritz talks about games that all have the common element of a creating a feeling of fear.
02.08.2011 Loud Games
Moritz talks about games that make verbal communication between players central part of the game.
05.07.2011 Silent Games
Moritz talks about games that tend to inhibit verbal communication between players because of their sometimes secretive and brainy nature.
03.06.2011 Mansions of Madness and Lord of the Rings Card Game
Moritz talks about two new games from Fantasy Flight that have something in common but that also have many differences.
07.05.2011 Gaining Speed - part 2
Moritz provides examples how the speed of a game can be improved through clever design mechanics.
01.05.2011 Gaining Speed
Moritz talks about game speed as an important factor in game design.
05.04.2011 Some thoughts on game development
Moritz talks about the importants of game development in the game design process.
07.03.2011 Where do we go from here?
Moritz reflects on past game developments and the likely future developments in our hobby.
25.02.2011 Game Companies of the Past, Part 11: Gray Giant Games
Moritz talks about the American game company Gray Giant Games and their influence on the gaming industry.
28.12.2010 Influential Game Companies of the Past, Part 10: Iron Crown Enterprises
Moritz talks about the original game company Iron Crown Enterprises and their influence on the gaming industry.
01.12.2010 Influential Game Companies of the Past, Part 9: Game Designers' Workshop
Moritz talks about the original game company Game Designers' Workshop and their influence on the gaming industry.
01.11.2010 Influential Game Companies of the Past, Part 8: Games Workshop
Moritz talks about the original game company Games Workshop and their influence on the gaming industry.
15.10.2010 Influential Game Companies of the Past, Part 7: Yacquinto
Moritz talks about the game company Yacquinto and their influence on the gaming industry.
30.09.2010 Influential Game Companies of the Past, Part 6: TimJim
Moritz talks about the game company TimJim/Prism Games and their influence on the gaming industry.
10.09.2010 Influential Game Companies of the Past, Part 5: Hexagames
Moritz talks about the game company Hexagames and their influence on the gaming industry.
16.07.2010 Influential Game Companies of the Past, Part 4: International Team
Moritz talks about the game company International Team and their influence on the gaming industry.
02.06.2010 Influential Game Companies of the Past, Part 3: SPI
Moritz talks about the game company STI and their influence on the gaming industry.
24.05.2010 Combat Commander
Moritz' opinion about why Combat Commander is an excellent tactical combat game.
13.05.2010 Influential Game Companies of the Past, Part 2: Avalon Hill
Moritz continues his series about game companies which are now defunct, but which once played an important role in the gaming scene.
30.04.2010 Influential Game Companies of the Past
Moritz starts a little series about game companies which are now defunct, but which once played an important role in the gaming scene.
12.04.2010 How boardgames develop
Moritz explains how boardgame design has changed over the years by following one single popular theme.
08.04.2010 Mozart the Gamer - Part 2
Moritz provides interesting details about Wolfgang Amade Mozart as a gamer.
27.02.2010 Mozart the Gamer
Moritz provides interesting details about Wolfgang Amade Mozart as a gamer.
01.02.2010 Online Wargames
Moritz talks about how to play wargames online.
09.01.2010 The Year 2009 in Review
Moritz takes a look at the gaming year 2009.
04.01.2010 Top Ten Unique Games
Moritz' top ten list of unique games.
13.12.2009 Ici c'est la France
Moritz talks about a new breed of wargames.
01.11.2009 Games with Gimmicks
Moritz continues his series about Solitaire Games while at the same time adhering to the theme of "games with gimmicks"
03.10.2009 Where There Is Discord
Moritz talks about 'Where There Is Discord - War in the South Atlantic', a solitaire simulation of the Falkland War
18.09.2009 Solitaire Games
Moritz talks about the resurgence of solitaire games
20.07.2009 Fabled Lands
Moritz tells us about the ambitious gamebook project "Fabled Lands"
30.05.2009 Boardgame/Computer Game Hybrid Star Saga
Moritz talks about the board/computer game hybrid Star Saga.
19.04.2009 Eulogy for Dave Arneson
Moritz' eulogy for David Arneson, the co-creator of the original Dungeons and Dragons.
01.04.2009 Games Gallore!
Moritz' rundown on games you might have missed.
01.03.2009 Thoughts on Cooperative Games
Moritz takes his recent experience of playing Battlestar Galactica as a trigger to look at the principles of cooperative games.
14.02.2009 Living Card Games
Moritz talks about Fantasy Flight's attempt of Living Card Games
10.01.2009 Pursuit of Glory
Moritz talks about one of his personal wargame favorit of 2008: Pursuit of Glory
22.12.2008 Moritz' Top 10 Games of 2008
Moritz' detailed look at his top 10 games of 2008
21.12.2008 Retrospect on 2008
Moritz reviews the year 2008 from a gamer's perspective
08.12.2008 Interview with Derk and Aldie
Moritz interviews Derk and Aldie from Boardgamegeek right after the BBG convention in Dallas this year
09.11.2008 Popular Culture in Gaming: Part III
Moritz looks at games with the Star Trek theme
25.10.2008 Popular Culture in Gaming: Part II
Moritz looks at games with the Star Wars theme
20.09.2008 Problems with Wargames Part I
The first episode of a series where Moritz rants about things that make wargames inaccessible and cumbersome
13.09.2008 Popular Culture in Gaming PART I
Moritz looks at popular culture depicted in gaming
03.09.2008 Gaming in Popular Culture Part III: Games played in reality
This time Moritz talks about the concept of games not played on a board but in reality
27.08.2008 Gaming in Popular Culture Part II: Quintet
Second part of a series. This time Moritz talks about the science fiction film Quintet
23.07.2008 The Future of Wargaming
Moritz looks at about what he perceives as a problem with wargames
15.07.2008 Games in Popular Culture Part I: Cloak and Dagger
First part of a series about the impact of gaming in the rest of popular culture, how it is perceived, how it is depicted, and how it sometimes turns up as a theme where you least expect it
20.06.2008 Spiel des Jahres 2008
Moritz provides a preview on the nominees of this year's Spiel des Jahres award
12.05.2008 Cosmic Encounter
Moritz short piece on what is so special in EON's Cosmic Encounter
11.05.2008 Armageddon - The Strategic Fantasy Battle Game
Moritz tells the story behind the German roleplaying game Armageddon
26.04.2008 Why Games Are Loud or Silent
Moritz talks about what mechanics makes games silent or loud
01.04.2008 The April News
Moritz' April 1st report on the latest in game development
29.03.2008 Star Trek III
This time Moritz talks about Star Trek III, a collection of three games published by West End Games in 1984
15.03.2008 A Tribute to Gary Gygax
Moritz gives a tribute to Gary Gygax, one of the masterminds behind the Dungeons and Dragons game design, who recently passed away
11.03.2008 The One Game
In this episode Moritz talks abut a bug that is possessing so many gamers: the search for "the one game"
23.02.2008 Boredom in Games - part 1
Moritz talks about boring elements in game designs. Part 1: repetition combined with futility
16.02.2008 Divine Right
Moritz talks about another game from the golden age of fantasy wargaming
12.01.2008 Retrospect on 2007
Moritz takes a look back at the gaming year 2007
10.01.2008 2008 Gaming Trends
Moritz forecasts the 2008 trends in gaming plus adds a new (and serious) startegy tip
23.12.2007 Orcs to Orcs: Valkenburg Castle
Moritz talks about Valkenburg Castle, a fantasy title by Taskforce Games
12.12.2007 German Gaming News: December 12, 2007
Tension in games - part 3: The Race
28.11.2007 German Gaming News: November 28, 2007
Tension in games - part 2: The Unknown
12.11.2007 German Gaming News: November 12, 2007
Moritz talks about features that make games exciting - and he provides a strategy tip for ASL.
28.10.2007 German Gaming News: October 28, 2007
Moritz talks about the greatest games never made. And he provides his first random strategy tip.
20.10.2007 The future of gaming - part 3
Moritz' third segment on innovative game designs. This time he talks about paragraph based game designs.
13.10.2007 Hazards of Gaming Vol.1
Moritz' first episode about the hazards of gaming: Here I Stand with a baby.
06.10.2007 The worst theme for boardgames
Game themes are a matter of taste, no question. And while the rest of the Westpark Gamers rate games of the 18xx series among the best games ever designed Moritz has a completely different opinion about railroad games.
02.10.2007 The future of gaming - part 2
Moritz' second segment on innovative game designs. This time he talks about a concept that avoids ganging up on the leader.
16.09.2007 German Gaming News 16 Sep 2007
Moritz talks about new game mechanics. This time he provides ideas for step-by-step games.
15.09.2007 The future of gaming - part 1
Moritz talks about the need for new game mechanics and innovation in game designs
03.08.2007 The 10 Commandments of Game Design
Moritz has defined the ten commandments of good game design.
24.06.2007 The 10 Commandments of Gaming
Moritz has defined the ten commandments of gaming.
16.06.2007 Titan - The Game
A report about the fantastic Titan game that will be republished soon.
09.06.2007 Grudge Match Report No. 5
The fifth and last part of the Wilderness War match between Jason and Moritz.
26.05.2007 German Gaming News May 22 2007
Moritz about H.G. Wells, the inventor of wargames.
13.05.2007 Grudge Match Report No. 4
The fourth part of the Wilderness War match between Jason and Moritz.
13.05.2007 German Gaming News May 9 2007
Moritz this time provides news about Mozart and gaming.
13.05.2007 Dragon Pass
This is Moritz' view on one of his favorite fantasy games.
29.04.2007 German Gaming News April 25 2007
<img src="http://www.westpark-gamers.de/Ressourcen2/yspahanpc_t.jpg"><p> Moritz tells us about the new Yspahan for Windows release.</p>
14.04.2007 German Gaming News - Special April Edition
This is Moritz' very special April edition of the German Gaming News with lots of fresh information directly from the top game publishers of the world. And JLo joins in as a surprise guest.
14.04.2007 Grudge Match Report No. 3
The third part of the Wilderness War match between Jason and Moritz.
31.03.2007 Grudge Match Report No. 2
The second part of the Wilderness War match between Jason and Moritz.
25.03.2007 Grudge Match Report No. 1
Moritz' first report about the Wilderness War match between Jason and him.
25.03.2007 German Gaming News March 22 2007
Moritz talks about another favorit game accessory of his - The Black Arpad.
17.03.2007 German Gaming News March 13 2007
Moritz reveals his favorite game accessory.
11.03.2007 German Gaming News February 28 2007
Moritz talks about the influence free review copies might have on reviewers.
18.02.2007 German Gaming News February 14 2007
Moritz' view on why there are so few fantasy and SF games in Germany.
11.02.2007 German Gaming News February 7 2007
Today Moritz talks about new versions of old games.
04.02.2007 German Gaming News 31 January 2007
The latest edition of Moritz's gaming news. This time he talks about the website hexwars.com.
27.01.2007 German Gaming News January 22 2007
The latest edition of Moritz's news about gaming in Germany. This time he talks about German children games.
20.01.2007 German Gaming News January 17 2007
The latest edition of Moritz's news about gaming in Germany. This edition is about game collectors.
13.01.2007 German Gaming News January 10 2007
The latest edition of Moritz's news about gaming in Germany. This edition is about one of his favorite games: Magic Realm.
05.01.2007 Moritz Top Ten of Classic Games
Moritz' list of top ten games (classic range).
31.12.2006 German Gaming News #43
The latest edition of Moritz's news about gaming in Germany.
23.12.2006 Tara - Seat of Kings Review
Moritz' scenic review of the new game from Alan Paull: Tara - Seat of Kings.
16.12.2006 24/7 Review
Moritz' slightly different review of the new Sunriver game 24/7.
09.12.2006 German Gaming News #42
The latest edition of Moritz's news about gaming in Germany.
02.12.2006 How to talk Spielsh - part 3
This is lesson three of the Moritz' Spielsh course.
25.11.2006 Yspahan Spieleabend
Yspahan galt schnell als eines der besten Neuerscheinungen der diesjaehrigen Spiel in Essen. Hier gibt es einen Mitschnitt eines der ersten Durchgaenge bei den Westpark Gamers.
25.11.2006 How to talk Spielsh - part 2
This is lesson two of the Moritz' Spielsh course.
18.11.2006 How to talk Spielsh - part 1
Moritz provides interesting insight into the German gaming talk. This is part one of the series.
11.11.2006 Kabale und Hiebe
Moritz's review of the new Hans im Glueck game Kabale und Hiebe.
28.10.2006 Essen 2006: Top 10 Games
Moritz's subjective list of Essen 2006 top games.
28.10.2006 Essen Game Report: Die Saeulen der Erde
Moritz the reviews one of the highlights of Essen 2006: Die Saeulen der Erde by Kosmos.
21.10.2006 Weird Euro Games part 2: Frantic Frankfurt
In this show Moritz talks about the weird Frantic Frankurt game.
14.10.2006 Nottingham, Taluva and Canal Mania
Capsule Reviews of Nottingham, Taluva and Canal Mania
07.10.2006 Weird Games Essay part 1
The first of a series of essays about weird games
01.10.2006 Essen 2006 Preview part 7
The last part of Moritz' series of previews of Essen 2006 releases.
23.09.2006 Essen 2006 Preview part 6
Part six of Moritz' series of previews of Essen 2006 releases.
16.09.2006 Essen 2006 Preview part 5
Part five of Moritz' series of previews of Essen 2006 releases.
09.09.2006 Essen 2006 Preview part 4
Part four of Moritz' series of previews of Essen 2006 releases.
02.09.2006 Essen 2006 Preview part 3
Part three of Moritz' series of previews of Essen 2006 releases.
27.08.2006 Essen 2006 Preview part 2
Moritz' part two of a series of reports about the Essen 2006 releases.
18.08.2006 Essen 2006 Preview part 1
Moritz' first of a series of reports about the Essen 2006 releases.
15.08.2006 Millionen von Schwalben Review
Moritz' Podcast review of Urs Hostettler's game "Millionen von Schwalben".
12.08.2006 Spiel des Jahres 2006
Moritz' Podcast about this year's Spiel des Jahres.
05.08.2006 Top 10 German Games For Newbies
Moritz' recommendation of ten German games for beginners.
29.07.2006 Beginner's Guide To German Gaming
Today Moritz tells us all about the facts behind the German gaming culture.
22.07.2006 The German Cardgame Quartett
It's been a while since the last German Gaming News do to the Soccer Championship here in Germany and Moritz' envolvement in it. Today Moritz tells us about the German cardgame "Quartett".
24.06.2006 The German Stammtisch
In this issue Moritz provides insights into the German culture of the "Stammtisch" and the games played there.
22.06.2006 Game Stores in Germany
In his new issue of the German Gaming News Moritz reports about game stores in Germany.
31.05.2006 The Poeppel
Here is Moritz new essay this all the facts behind the "Poeppel".
28.05.2006 German Gaming News #16
Here is Moritz latest edition about the German gaming scene.
20.05.2006 The Kramer Leiste
In this essay Moritz explains the details about the Kramer Leiste.
13.05.2006 Awards and Online Gaming
In this edition Moritz has news about the Pfefferkuchl award and the online gaming site Brettspielwelt.
06.05.2006 The Spiel des Jahres Award
This edition of Moritz' German Gaming News is a little essay about the German Spiel des Jahres award.
29.04.2006 German Gaming News #12
This edition of Moritz' German Gaming News has information about the games Antike, John Silver, Settlers and China.
23.04.2006 Wargargames in Germany?
This is Moritz' essay about the reasons why there are no wargames in Germany.
17.04.2006 German Gaming News #10
Here is Moritz latest edition about the German gaming scene, resolving some April Fool's Day jokes and some information about the "Games International" magazine.
06.04.2006 German Gaming News #9
Here is Moritz' April 1st edition about the German gaming scene.
01.04.2006 German Gaming News #8
Here is Moritz' new report about the German gaming scene. Today he he has news about the games "Friedrich" and Dragon Riders" and the publisher "Krimi total".
25.03.2006 German Gaming News #7
Here is Moritz' latest report about the German gaming scene.
19.03.2006 German Gaming News #6
Here is Moritz' spezial edition about the new Andreas Seyfarth game "Thurn und Taxis".
18.03.2006 German Gaming News #5
Here is Moritz' latest episode about German gaming.
05.03.2006 German Gaming News #4
Here is Moritz' latest episode about German gaming. He talks about the latest list of recommended games by the Hippodice Game Club in Bochum, the new games by Symbiose and other new games published in Europe.
02.03.2006 Das Ende des Triumvirats
<img src="http://www.westpark-gamers.de/Ressourcen2/endedestriumvirats_t.jpg"><br /> <br /> Kurzportrait und Spieleindruecke ueber "Das Ende des Triumvirats" von Lookout Games
25.02.2006 German Gaming News #3
Here is Moritz' latest episode about the German gaming scene.