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The Essen crop, part 3: Il Vecchio, Love Letter and Clash: Jihad vs. McWorld

Surya Van Lierde is pure Eurosnoot and proud of it!
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Il Vecchio
I like most of Dorn's games, I like and own the two previous H@ll Games titles, so I had to look in to this one.
I got a fast but comprehensive overview from the publisher, and it sounded quite interesting. The €29 price point seemed quite low, so I got a copy.
I've actually played the game twice now, the first time with 2. That play went so fast I was caught off guard by the end. I enjoyed it, but I was still building up by the time the game ended, keeping me from exploring the depth of the game properly. So I didn't want to rate this after that play.
In our second play, with 3, I had a better idea of what to keep an eye on and how to efficiently do things. I still didn't win, but the game didn't end as fast, and I had more time to kind of build up towards the game end. I still don't think this is a terribly deep game, but it's not one-dimensional either. There is some depth there that I expected from the start, but was unable to experience in the first play.
I expect this game to hit the table regularly over the next couple of months, I'm glad I got it!

Initial rating: 7.5

Love Letter
This game is getting quite some buzz. One thing I'll give it is: wow, a game with only 16 cards that does offer some nice choices from time to time, that's an accomplishment. The luck factor is a tad higher than I'd liked, but it's short enough, so I don't mind owning it.

Initial rating: 6.7

CLASH: Jihad vs. McWorld
This game wasn't on my radar at all, but I ended up owning a copy. I like the art on the box, and was willing to give this a try.
It's a 2-player game, and I usually don't get to play those, but I made some time yesterday to do so.
This is essentially an abstract tile laying game where you put tiles in a 3 by 3 grid, and most tiles do something special, like remove an other tile, or change the direction of a tile.
There are some opportunities for good combos and tactical moves, so it's not bad, but this type of game rarely gets me excited, and this one was no different. It left me completely cold.

Initial rating: 5
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