Monday, November 07, 2005

#57: Schnappchen Jagd

The designer, Uwe Rosenberg, loves to create wild new ways to use cards.This time around, it's his innovation of how to set trump (every trick!) that gives the game oomph. The name, Schnappchen Jagd, means "Bargain Hunt" - you're collecting small appliances... who happen to be wearing sunglasses. [Mark: Sometimes I think that the guys who come up with themes for German games smoke an impressive amount of dope.]

Joe Huber: "The best trick taking game for three players around, offeringgreat strategic and tactical choices."

Susan Rozmiarek: "I love collecting things for my secret junk pile."

Joe Rushanan: "Always fresh and interesting."

picture from Board Game Geek



Blogger huzonfirst said...

The ultimate Rosenberg game: quirky, innovative, and hard to master or even fathom. Along with Flaschenteufel, this is the best three-player trick taking game on the market. Bohnanza is great, but this is Rosenberg's finest design.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son always called this the "Brave Little Toaster" game because of the toaster on the box cover.

As Larry said, one of the best three player trick taking games. I'd add Cosmic Eidex to that group of games. Since we're talking about three player trick taking games, we might as well have three games in the top group.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

I haven't played any of the three-player trick-taking games mentioned so far but I have played Chiamo and it's a neat game whose distinction is that there is never a trump suit.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My old group back in Dallas used to use this as a "summoner" game - when we had three people and wanted to get a fourth to arrive quickly, we'd bring this out, and sure enough, they'd arrive shortly after we started!

Still, one of the best three player trick-taking games around - I like it better than Flaschenteufel, but that may be more familiarity than anything else.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the system of collecting junk and then turning it into something of worth. However, I've always thought that the basic trick-taking card play is a bit out of control and uninteresting. With so many suits and so much power and flexibility given to those who are void in the suit led, you end up with an awful lot of tricks in which the second player can simply decide whether or not he wants the trick.

As far as trick-taking games for three, my favorites are Cosmic Eidex and Flaschenteufel. Schn├Ąppchen Jagd is a ways behind those, in a group that would also include David Parlett's 99, Die Sieben Siegel, and Sticheln.

10:31 AM  

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