Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#93: Drôles de Zèbres (Mark's 100 - 2014)

Drôles de Zèbres

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 93rd
  • 2012: 58th
  • 2010: 57th
  • 2005: new to me
  • rank: 4312
  • rating: 6.57
Print Status
  • really OOP
Why It's On The List
  • I'm a sucker for zoo-themed games (as you've seen and will see) - which is funny, as I don't particularly like animals. Anyway, maybe it's the theme that makes this perfect information game work for me.
Tips & Tricks:
    • Understanding how each piece works is key to making good choices.
    • Like many two-player abstracts, you have to decide which battles are worth fighting over... and which battles you can lose in order to win elsewhere.
    • I enjoy how the odd theme "works" for explaining the game... and how quickly it plays.
    • The name (and game) are French... and no, I can't pronounce it. (It means "Funny Zebras" and is actually the name of a French film comedy about bank robbers.) When I tried to order it from Levalet (which is not pronounced "lev - el - et", by the way), the nice gentleman from Montreal repressed a snort at my butchered attempt at saying Drôles de Zèbres


    Mark Johnson said...

    One of my favorites, too! First played it online at Boite a jeux, and then ordered my own copy...probably also from levalet (which is in Montreal, not Quebec--I went to their brick & mortar store!).

    Easy way to remember how to say their name. It's the Jack of Hearts: Le Valet d' Couer!

    Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

    You are correct, Mark - IF I had even the smallest clue about French. :-)

    Mark Johnson said...

    Come on, as a gamer you must know that the Valet is like the Jack. Ever play with foreign cards?

    Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

    The valet is the guy who takes my car at a fancy hotel & I worry about him stealing my stuff. :-)