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Puzzle #12

Posted: 2014-11-28

Puzzle #11

Posted: 2014-11-12 8:00PM (Note: there will be no puzzle the week of Nov 19th, because I'll be at BGG Con).

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This is a fantastic simultaneous puzzle solving game. There are two key features to point out: 1) it's not a "right or wrong" puzzle, but one where you score points based on how well you did, and 2) this game is very easy to handicap if you're playing with a mixture of experienced and new players.

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This is from the back of one of the cards. A wonderful gateway game. Give it a try if you haven't.

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I think I played this one once, but I'm not sure. Sorry I ahve no significant comment.

Puzzle #8

Posted: 2014-10-22 6:00PM

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The Downfall of Pompeii

This one is lots of fun. Who doesn't like throw people into a volcano?

Puzzle #7

Posted: 2014-10-15 8:00 PM

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Jumbo Grand Prix

A nice quick little filler.

Puzzle #6

Posted: 2014-10-08 8:00PM

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Shadows over Camelot

If you haven't played Shadows over Camelot, you should. I like BSG more, but this is still a great game.

Puzzle #5


Posted: 2014-10-02 5:30PM

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La Città

This is grain tile that you have to used to feed the people in your cities. This game is an interesting one from way back in 2000. It's a kind of area control game, but not in plain strait forward manner. .

Puzzle #4

Posted: 2014-09-24 8:00 PM

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Ora et Labora

This is fantastic game by Uwe Rosenberg. If you like Agricola or Le Havre, you should try it. If you don't like either of those, you should try it anyway.

Puzzle #3

Posted: 2014-09-19 6:00 AM

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Firefly: The Game

I've never played this one, so I can't so much useful about it.

Puzzle #2

Posted: 2014-09-14 8:00AM

I had a complaint that its was too easy last week, so here's a more difficult one.  Name the game that this card comes from.

Please remember to respect the 24 hour "answer hold" on social media.

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Die Fugger

This is a picture of one the nine cards that make up the "board". It's marvelous little card game.

Puzzle # 1

Posted: 2014-09-07 10:00AM

It's very difficult to predict if this is a hard puzzle or an easy puzzle  Good luck.  If I see no correct guesses after a few days, I'll start adding some hints.. 

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Puerto Rico

This is a picture of a tiny portion of the player board.


PGL will post an image, text snippet, sound, etc. that is from a tabletop game. You folks as players have to guess what game it is from.   Fair warning:  I'm not likely to post images of the entire board, though I might if the game seems obscure enough.

Each puzzle will be posted to FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and the NTG mailing list (sign up here), so you can get the puzzle in the most convenient way for you.   Share the puzzle with your friends. The difficulty of puzzles will likely vary a great deal.  Especially as it's a form of trivia, some that are easy for you will be hard for others.   Hard to believe that not everyone likes that 6-hour monster you play every weekend.  There are hundreds and hundreds of new board games that come out each year, and even the most avid gamer doesn't know them all.

Please give each puzzle 24 hours before making public replies.  After that if you want to it's OK to post comments or reply on social media.   I'll post the correct answer with the next puzzle.  There is no prize, but feel free to keep score at home. This is all about bragging rights.  I may occasionally include a poll to see how well folks are doing and gauge participation.

Everything is subject to change.  This is an experiment, and I have no idea how much time it will take me to put together puzzles, posts and answers.  Initially, I hope to post a puzzle at least once each week.  You can provide feedback using our Contact page, posting to social media, or as a comment to the initial announcement at the From The Game Lab Blog.

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