Istanbul: Choose and Write; or the quest to make every popular game into a roll/flip and write game

February 2, 2023 - 8:44am

The 2014 Kennerspiel winner, Istanbul, is being revisited this year in a new version, Istanbul: Choose and Write. Like many award winners, Istanbul has previously had a dice version in 2017. Rüdiger Dorn returns to design this card-based flip and write game. Each player will have a bazaar in front of them, and each of the shops can only be visited a certain number of times throughout the game. Players will play cards in order to take actions on shops adjacent to their player piece, or they can play a card to take unique actions available only to them. As in it's big brother, players are ultimately trying to exchange resources and actions for rubies. 

Istanbul: Choose and Write is slated to be a 2023 release from Pegasus Spiele. It plays 1-5 players in 30-45 minutes. 

Jordan is a contributor at the Dice Tower, and has provided segments for Board Game Breakfast for many years. In life, Jordan loves ice cream, all things Star Wars, and when his dog just leaves him alone (also board games).