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François Haffner
France
Sologny
Saône-et-Loire - Bourgogne
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10
Oct 2001*
Owned
Richard Spoonts
United States
Reading
Massachusetts
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10
Jul 2002*
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Fabien Gridel
France
Lyon
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10
Oct 2002*
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Andreas Bruns
Germany
Hamburg
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10
May 2003*
Excellent Boardgame from Stefan Dorra. My favourite strategic game with simple rules!
2003-05-28*
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Juergen Janik
Germany
Mannheim
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10
Sep 2003*
great new game from Stefan
2003-09-12*
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Jay Schindler
United States
Stone Mountain
Georgia
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10
Feb 2004*
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Eric Klaver
Netherlands
Helmond
Brabant-ZO
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10
May 2004*
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Jeremy Avery
Canada
Kamloops
British Columbia
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10
Nov 2014
Summary: Highly tactical "playing chicken" city-building game that is the best pseudo-abstract I have ever played. Will own forever

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* Played 20+ times with 2, 3, and 4 players.

Talk about climbing the charts! My first playing I rated this a 7; my second playing bumped it to an 8; my third playing to a 9, my fourth playing to a 10, and my fifth playing confirmed it as my favorite game. A "build the city" game with elegant rules, incredible bits (169 wooden pieces), and wonderful art make for a very enjoyable 45-60 minutes. Strategies must be flexible and the board develops differently every time. Passive aggresive tactics must be employed; trying to outwait and out do your opponents. All kinds fo neat tricks. Such a fantastic game. Can be overanylyzed, so be careful who you play with. These 'wooden city games' (eg. Kardinal) really grab me. Happy to report that it went over well with my buddies who are competitive, but not hardcore gamers. But they thought it was great and -- without fail -- everyone who plays this a second time likes it better. It grows on you, Medina does...

DEC/14: After all these years, still a fantastic abstract-ish game.

Rating history: 7|8|9|10
2014-12-07
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solus sion
France
Unspecified
france
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10
Jun 2004*
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Massimiliano della Rovere
Italy
Pisa
Tuscany
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10
Oct 2004*
Content Language: -; Rule Booklet Language: De.
2004-10-28*
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Thomas Tillich
Germany
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10
Mar 2005*
One of my all time favourites
2005-03-17*
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Mike Mayer
United States
Arcadia
California
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10
Jul 2009*
Can be skewed by someone else's bad play, but still interesting.
(edit): moved rating up a notch because I'm enjoying the game more and more.
2005-05-16*
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Margot Müller
Germany
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Unspecified
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10
Jun 2005*
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didier boureau
France
Le Mans
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10
Aug 2005*
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Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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10
Jun 2006*
Simple rules... lots of strategy. This game gets better every time I play. My rating has actually gone up. And I still can't win more than one game in five.

The way playing pieces work together for scoring the bonus tiles are almost a sub-game during play. You never get to do enough on your turn as you would like... it's almost as if Wolfgang Kramer had a hand in the design. It's Stefan Dorra's masterpiece as far as I'm concerned.
2006-06-01*
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alain
France
Belfort
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Jun 2006*
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Joel Weeks
United States
Roswell
Georgia
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10
Dec 2014
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Christian Gentges
Germany
Düsseldorf
Germany
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10
Oct 2007*
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Brian Corbett
United States
Easton
Massachusetts
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10
Feb 2007*
Beautiful looking game.
2007-02-06*
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Uwe Rosenberg
Germany
Gütersloh
Nordrhein-Westfalen
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10
Sep 2007*
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Marek P.
Czech Republic
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Nov 2011
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atsushi sakamoto
Japan
kyoto
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10
Aug 2008*
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Carol Carpenter
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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10
Nov 2009*
Excellent abstract in every way.
2009-11-28
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Nicolas V.
France
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Unspecified
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10
Mar 2010
Plays : 3

Original and beautiful game.
2010-03-05
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Olivier Gilloux
United States
Lebanon
NH
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10
Dec 2010
Owned
Netherlands
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10
Jul 2010
Wonderful abstract game (with the theme just providing a nice setting), which used to cause furious deal making in our group, before we collectively decided to abandon that way of playing. Probably still our most played game, though certainly sees the table less often now that my collection has ballooned.

Absolutely solid components, building up a very substantial city. Agonizing decisions due to the forced play of two pieces each turn. The board seems so open when you first start to play, but you'll keep coming up with ever more devious ways to fragment palaces. Makes my head hurt in all the best ways.
2014-06-08
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Greg
United States
Austin
Texas
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Jan 2011
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Jason Sample
United States
Pelham
New York
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Bright, brilliant colors are to be seen everywhere, the stones and pigments undimmed by the passage of decades. The floor of the corridor is a colorful mosaic of stone, with a distinct, winding path of red tiles about 2' wide.
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10
May 2012
This is one of my favorites for sure. I know it has zero theme and it is a pure abstract, but I really like it a lot. i first played it on BSW. Since then, I made my own wooden version of it since it is OOP.

Simple rules. Simple mechanics. Tense decisions. Poker like. I love it!!
2012-05-19
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alain
France
Belfort
Unspecified
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Oct 2012
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Martin S.
Germany
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Oct 2014
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Peregrine Rastapopoulos
United States
Summit
New Jersey
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10
May 2014
New version has 2p map. Essential.
2014-07-30
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Cyril LE BRIS
France
Montpellier
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10
May 2015
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pascal derrien
France
Unspecified
Unspecified
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Jun 2015
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Javier Quintas
Spain
DAGANZO DE ARRIBA
MADRID
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9.5
Oct 2012
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Andreas Höhne
Germany
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9.5
Oct 2007*
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Michal Parczynski
Poland
Gdansk
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9.5
Nov 2007*
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Der Einsielder
Germany
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9.5
Jun 2013
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Yves Tourigny
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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9.25
Feb 2010
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H Harengel
Germany
Greven
Münsterland
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9.2
Feb 2011
Beutiful Material and a great game.
2011-07-19
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Yours Truly,
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
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9.2
Jan 2012
A beautiful abstract strategy game with an Arabian desert theme/motif. Players are rebuilding the city of Medina. The game has all kinds of little goals to go for - walls, largest building, a "conga" line going by your building...
I really liked the dynamic of everyone building the structures cooperatively but at the same time competing to be the first to "claim" a structure. This one felt very original, fresh, and addictive.

OOP.
2011-10-04
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Emmanuel Vandamme
Belgium
Gent
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9.2
Aug 2014
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Travis Bridges
United States
New Brunswick
New Jersey
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9.1
Oct 2005*
As long as everybody understands that the game is about not overly helping the person to their immediate left, then this game rocks. One of the 3 best looking games I own. A coffeetable piece for sure.
2005-10-12*
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fabrice vandenbogaerde
Belgium
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9.1
Jun 2007*
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Michael Holmquist
United States
Oreland
Pennsylvania
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9
Aug 2002*
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Brook Bakay
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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9
Nov 2002*
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Dubois Cédric
France
NANTES
France
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9
Mar 2003*
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Mike Bauerlein
United States
Mesa
Arizona
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9
Nov 2009*
Gorgeous game that involves no luck. I like the fact that it has a completely different feel to the strategies depending on whether you have three or four players involved. This rating could go up with more plays.
2003-04-25*
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Wilson Sinn
United States
San Francisco
California
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Apr 2003*
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Matthew Gray
United States
Reading
Massachusetts
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9
Jul 2003*
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Axel BROCHARD
France
PARIS
Unspecified
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Aug 2003*
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