Saturday, February 15, 2020

#21: Im Reich der Wüstensöhne (Mark's Top 50 - 2020)

Im Reich der Wüstensöhne
  • rank: 5139
  • rating: 6.48
Print Status
  • out of print
Why It's On The List
  • As much as I love Entdecker (the parent game to the Im Reich series), I love this gamer-friendly take on desert nomads & the struggle for water & goods even more.
Tips & Tricks:
  • The name literally means "in the realm of the desert sons". And while the game rules are in German, almost all of the actual components are language-neutral.
  • This is designed by Klaus Teuber - the same guy who gave us The Settlers of Catan.
  • There is one other game in this series: "In the Realm of the Jade Goddess" - which is a little more of a family game. There was supposed to be a third game - "In the Realm of the Demons" - but it was never published. (This continues to make me sad in my heart.)
  • Water is your friend - do not (if you can help it) run out of water.
  • Camels are also your friend - you'll need some in order to win the game.
  • An important rule change was made AFTER publication - in order to complete an oasis on the edge of the board, the outer edge of the piece must be desert. Makes the game trickier - and better.
  • I need to actually write a review of this game... which is probably not going to happen any time soon. 
  • I also need to bug my friend (who shall remain nameless) with a connection to Herr Teuber to see if 
    • a. this can be reprinted
    • b. In the Realm of the Demons could be released into the wild!
  • Just a thought: a Kickstarter "big box" with all three games in one box. :-)

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