Saturday, September 04, 2010

#97: Klunker

  • designer: Uwe Rosenberg
  • publisher: Rio Grande
  • date: 1999
  • BoardGameGeek rank/rating: 1255/6.31
  • position on my top 100 in 2005: 95th
  • age: 10+
  • # of players: 3-5
  • print status: out of print
  • cost: a number of copies can be found on the BGG Marketplace for around $8...
I'm guessing that you probably haven't recently trundled down to your local game store thinking, "What I'd really like to find is a game about running a costume jewelry shop." Of course, that didn't stop Uwe Rosenberg from designing just that kind of game - and you, you non-costume-jewelry-loving-gamer, are the richer for it.

You see, Uwe is a genius - he possesses an innate ability to take the whole idea of "card game" and turn it inside out. (No surprise that you'll see Uwe's name on this list a number of times.) Klunker is a trading game with some serious hand management issues... and a whole lot of fun stuffed into a little box.

One warning: the game is pretty unforgiving the first time you play... you need to give it a couple of chances to really get a feel for how the shop window & safe work together to score you some dough/points.

If you're wondering about where the goofy name came from... or if there really is any strategy to this game (there is! there is!), check out my Game Central Station: Klunker article here on aka pastor guy.

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