Many games have a scoring track around the outer edge of the board. Of games that I have written about, Ticket to Ride, Castles of Burgundy, Terraforming Mars, Fresco, Sheepdogs of Pendleton Place, and Sailing Towards Osiris all feature a scoring track that borders the play area.
This scoring track, besides being called a scoring track, actually has its own name: a Kramer bar or Kramerleiste, in German. This is named so after Wolfgang Kramer, who is renowned for several Spiel des Jahres games including El Grande, Tikal, Torres, and Mexica.
The first use of this was in Kramer’s design Heimlich & Co. The scoring track is now named in honor of him and even has its own Wikipedia entry!
Just wanted to share something short and quick this week that I found interesting.