14 January 2010

Copenhagen - Now as a Board Game

I suppose it was only a matter of time. Ladies and Gentlemen:

Copenhagen - The Board Game.

Launched in time for christmas 2009, the game is the definitive Copenhagen experience. The gameplay is a mix between Monopoly and a popular Danish board game, Bezzerwizzer. Players move around the board and battle to develop the city in the best way possible.

Not surprisingly, the players all choose a metal bicycle figurine to move with. Not a motor car in sight. Classic Copenhagen bicycles like the longjohn, the Christiania cargo bike, the upright granny bike, a child on a bicycle, a Pedersen and even a bent-over racy chap. Appropriate here in the world's cycling capital.

The battle to develop the city involves modernity like building communication masts for hi-tech development and erecting wind turbines for generating power. Then there are the human aspects like planning parks and planting trees.

I just like the fact that bicycles feature prominently in the game. The design firm Hello Monday produced the game and they put their heart and soul into the quality of the pieces and the general design. It's gorgeous and built to last. I've seen the game but didn't have time to play it. If any Copenhagners out there have tried it, do let us know what it's like in the comments.

Roll the dice and build an even lovelier city before the next player does.

Here's a link to the website [in Danish] for Det store spil om København

Thanks to Marcel for the link.


portlandize.com said...

The first piece, the guy on the bike with a scarf, reminds me of Le Petit Prince :) I'm absolutely certain, were he to ever live in a city during his travels, that he would ride a bicycle. I think Saint-Exupery would agree.

Matt said...

I had a look for it on www.boardgamegeek.com but there is a different Copenhagen board-game there.

In the months to come if it gets a geek rating of 7.0 or above, and the rules are in English, or as is usual a translation appears on the geek, then it might be worth checking out.

Monopoly gets a geek rating of 4.41, so that's definitely in the don't bother playing category. Bezzewizzer gets 5.77.

It's not looking good.

Adrienne Johnson said...

Those pieces would make brilliant little jewelry charms!

Opspin said...

@Matt I believe I added it to BGG but it's down for maintenance ATM so I can't give you a link.

I've played it a little, it's more like the bicycle eco hipster version of monopoly. But maybe I just think that because my girlfriend beat me both times I played it.

detstorespil said...

Hi there.

just bumped in to this dialog. I´m one of the guys who produced the game,- cool to have som international focus.

The interest for our new design game has been great back here in denmark and we are now working on an english version.

we have got some great emails from both US and UK and hope be able to produce an english version of th game. I Know the boardgame geek site isn´t updated at all,- we will work on that soon. till then tjeck the nice new pictures on www.helomonday.net.

If you have any q´s or sugestions for distribution etc you are more than welcome to contact us through our litle blog web www.detstorespil.dk

All best Ras

Peter said...

Really neat game pieces. I'd steal them and turn theminto charmes for a bracelet.

The game made me think of Danish bike culture - one of the more interesting things I found is that the Danes I know say they they never do work on their bike. They're not "into" bikes, they just use them. The bikes are very robust and stuff seldom breaks. If something does break, they roll it to the nearest bike shop to get it fixed.

But I wonder how flat tires are dealt with. I imagine if you are in the city you just roll it to the nearest shop and wait while they fix it or leave it and take the bus to work that day.

But what do you do in the suburbs or if you were biking to the beach or somewhere and are pretty far out? Call a cab?

Just curious. I always have to carry a basic repair kit with me so I can handle the normal problems that might occur on a bike - flat tires, chain problems, brake adjustments, etc. This appears to be a different mind set than most Danes I've run into.

anna said...

wow, wow, wow! want to have!

Anonymous said...

Imagine that, a game promoting social benefits, very different from Monopoly where the objective is to screw your opponents. Just another example of just how different Denmark is from the USA (collective good vs the me).


Matt said...

It's on the Geek

I look forward to seeing what people think.

2 bikes. 50+ board games.

kfg said...

". . .securing you more and more rent from the hapless bikers that land there."

Ahhhhh yes, Anon; so different from the US.

Here we soak the hapless top hats.

Vera Z said...

Ras - oh thank god. I need this game! But can't even begin to comprehend Danish.

Emma said...

This game look gorgeous - I would love to be able to purchase a copy, but can't find it online anywhere! Is anyone able to refer me to a website I might be able to buy it from, as I am absolutely sure that the stores won't be stocking it here in New Zealand!! Tak.

Leif said...

If you don't understand Danish you could try to type the manual into google translate or something similar if you don't want to wait for them to make an English version.

MrRevolution said...

Ha! Absolutely brilliant. Creative work at its best. I'm sooo jealous - New York City needs one! - Gregg @ Revolution Rickshaws

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