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Collecting SDJ: Part 5


I've been off from my mighty quest to pick up the entire run of the Spiel Des Jahres, mainly due to slim pickings in the bring and buys I've been across and having cleaned out all charity shops within a hundred miles radius. But I was running a stall at UK Games Expo and the big boy didn't let me down offering up both Kingdom Builder and Railway Rivals.

So, first impressions, Kingdom Builder looks pretty slick, I’ve not played it and just from reading the rules I’m struggling to see how tactical it can really be but I know it’s got a solid reputation and trust the award plus I know how rules look on paper and how they play on the table can be a long way distant. I picked up a copy from the bring and buy for £20 which I was pretty happy with until I noticed that the stall directly behind mine was selling a brand new copy for £15, so I’m taking two lessons from that, one to check your immediate area when shopping for bargains and two to try to be happy with what you get if you thought it was a deal when you got it. I call it Zen boardgame hunting.

As far as Railway Rivals goes, I was kind of fearing picking this one up for a while because I’ve long heard prices quoted in the £100 mark for this long out of print game, though I understand this is more for the roll-up version. I found the hard board GW version in the UKGE bring and buy for £10 so was super happy with that. It was missing the average dice but I’d not be much of a gamer if I didn’t have a blank dice around (or at least a spare