Tuesday, September 07, 2010

#91: Nur Peanuts

Nur Peanuts
  • designer: Heinz Meister
  • publisher: Goldsieber
  • date: 2001
  • BoardGameGeek rank/rating: 2853/6.05
  • position on my top 100 in 2005: did not appear
  • age: 8+
  • # of players: 2-6
  • print status: out of print
  • cost: I cannot find a copy for sale in the U.S. - but it's worth searching out!
About every 10th game of Nur Peanuts (which loosely translates as "Chump Change") flops (for no discernible reason) but the other 9 have enough pathos, risk-taking, hooting, hollering & general euphoria to make up for that. It's Monopoly reduced to the most basic element - cash & dice... and it's probably one of the best 6 player push-your-luck games out there.

In our group, the cry "Trip around the board!" - first heard while playing this game - has become our short hand for "spending crazy money on the vain hope of a lucky payoff." BTW, that pretty much sums up the joy of this wonderful off-beat game.

It also, according to Stven Carlberg, could potentially never end - but he's never seen that happen. :-)

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