Die Dolmengötter

We played “Amun-Re”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/5404 and “Die Dolmengötter”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/17988 last night. A new games group has opened up in Isleworth, about 10 minutes drive from my house, and I’m very optimistic about it. It should mean consistently getting 4/5 players, so I should have more to write about at least.

Amun-Re was OK. I won, which was nice, but I’ll never love it. I don’t mind abstract games, see below, but Amun Re is too ponderous for my taste.

I also finally got to play Die Dolmengötter. Mikko Saari’s “rave review”:http://www.melankolia.net/gameblog/archives/2009/01/gaming_year_2008.html convinced me to buy it and I’m glad I did. If you like the crowded manouvering of “Hey! That’s My Fish”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/8203 and want something more elaborate, you should try this. We played with four and we finished about 45 minutes including rules explanation. 20-30 minutes or under is realistic from the second play onwards.

Die Dolmengötter

The components and gameplay also remind me a little of “Nuggets”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/8229 – another obscure, but excellent game.


Die Dolmengötter deserves a wider audience. Maybe the tacked-on theme and no English-language release reduced its impact.

8/10 but should climb with repeated play.


  1. I’ve been thinking about retheming Dolmengötter, but haven’t come up with anything brilliant. A new edition – which would be most welcome – would need a better, more captivating theme. It can’t be abstract, which might be best for the game, as a multi-player themeless abstract sounds like a commercial suicide.

    Another problem is that the game really shines with four and doesn’t work quite as well with other counts.

  2. I suppose it is always going to be a gamer’s game, as I can’t imagine this stocked on my local high street. It would be quite easy to produce a cheap or free print and play version. You’d just need a nice image for the board, poker chips, meeples and a few cubes.

  3. I really like Hey! Thats My Fish, but I worry about AP with a more elaborate version. At least one member of my group is very slow.

    Plus I always win at H!TMF, so I might struggle to convince the others to play a longer version.

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