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While at Origin’s 2013 earlier this year, I had the opportunity to buy a copy of Bruges by Z-Man Games. For those unfamiliar, Bruges is a 2013 Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel des Jahres Nominee\Runner Up. I was aware that only limited copies would be on sale at Origins, so it was on my short list of games to try to pick up.
Upon arriving at the Z-Man booth and briefly examining the Bruges box, I had decided NOT to by this game. Why? The box cover featured some dour looking folks standing around in a stogy looking european setting. My instant assessment was “Bland Euro”.
However one of the other gamers in my weekly gaming group, who often favors “Bland Euro”, picked up a copy before the booth sold through their supply.
Late Thursday night, my gaming buddies forced me into playing a game of Bruges. They said it was really good, and I would like it. I was still skeptical. After seeing the paltry pile of components, I was even more skeptical. Not much in the way of components for a $60 game.
They taught me to play. It took about 10-15 minutes to understand the basics of how to play. Suddenly, I was starting to feel a little better about the game. “At least it is a quick game to learn, so the rest of the night won’t be wasted”, I thought.
About mid-way though my first game, I found myself actually liking the game play. By the end of the game, I was ready to play again. I did win, so that probably helped my opinion a bit.
By the end of the 2nd game I was completely sold on the greatness of Bruges. The game only takes about an hour to play which is ideal in my opinion. It has 165 unique cards which adds a ton of variability to each game.
The day I arrived home from Origin’s I found someone selling a copy, and did a insta-buy.
While it’s not a deep Euro, this one as quickly become my favorite game. In my group, games typically get a handful of plays before we move on to the next new thing. I’ve logged over a dozen plays of Bruges since Origins, and I think it improves more each time as I gain more knowledge of how to value the cards.
The moral of the story is a great game can be hiding behind a stogy looking euro facade.
Don’t be afraid to try a game even if it doesn’t look like a game you would normally enjoy.
Do you have a game that you thought would be awful and found greatness?
ps. If you are using our GameChips, the 1\3 denominations work great with Bruges.