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Spiel des Jahres

Barbarossa is a plasticine-shaping German-style board game for 3 to 6 players, designed by Klaus Teuber in and published in 1988 by Kosmos in German and by Rio Grande Games in English. Barbarossa won the 1988 Spiel des Jahres award. The game is played on a circular board, with three tracks running around it. Around the outside are the scoring track and the elfstone track. Further in there is a circular track with twelve marked spaces on it, and in the center there is a space for sculptures. Later editions change the shape of the board but not its contents. At the start of the game, each player chooses two objects from a list provided and creates plasticine sculptures of each, and places them in the middle of the board. Each player places on the board three tokens. A magician, a witches' hat and an Elfstone. The hats are placed on the scoring track; the elfstones are placed on the elfstone track, and the magicians are placed on the space marked "A". Each player receives three curse tokens. Players then take turns to move around the board either by rolling a die or spending gems to choose their move. The spaces landed on determine actions. Either the other players receive victory points, or you can ask a letter of an object (What's the fifth letter of that thing?), or you can ask general questions or make a single guess until you get a NO answer. Players also have three curse stones which they can throw down twice in the game and make a guess. Players lose points when their riddles are solved too fast or too slowly, but gain points when they are solved in just the right amount of time. Therefore, players try to sculpt their riddles so they are not too difficult to solve, but, also, not too easy. For 3-6 players aged 12 and up. Playing time of 75 minutes.  

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