Now available from Panini Press: EuroSprachGames
In this ingenious tile-laying game, players construct dialect regions by creating a fictionalized map of the southern French countryside. Each player, in turn, draws a tile, which may bear a vowel or consonant or an urban or rural isogloss line. He must then place the tile such that it matches those already played. Points are scored by completely encircling a contiguous region with isogloss lines, by joining multiple urban populations within a single “dialect” region, and by sabotaging an opponent’s dialect region by causing its defining feature to become unpronounceable.
Expansion modules include: Carcassonorant Northern France; Carcassonorant Spain; Carcassonorant Italy; Carcassonorant Portugal; and the ultra-challenging Carcassonorant Pan-Romance.
SprachSpiel des Jahres for 2000. ❦पा
Agricolangue is a turn-based game in which players must create relationships of signifiers to signifieds on a small-scale family farm. Linguistic balance is the key: be careful not to let your pork to pigs relationships outnumber your beef to cows relationships, or you may find your family unable to speak before the end!
The abstract nature of Agricolangue makes it difficult for adults to learn, though children seem quite adept at mastering its rules quickly.
Experienced players may want to add the expansion module, Agricolangue Generative, which adds considerable complexity in the form of parameters which constrain the possible syntactic relationships of the signifiers.
SprachSpiel des Jahres for 2008. ❦पा