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birte wolmeyer
Germany
berlin
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10
Feb 2005*
it´s great: playing and owning Friedrich at long last as a distributed edition: i´m a playtester. it´s still exiting to find new strategies with the different countries - and: to combine different already tested strategies...and to watch how friedrich struggles or to watch and to be anxious about hildi - he´s my personal hero - i´m already looking forward to play Friedrich again
2005-02-26*
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Hermann Huth
Germany
Stuttgart
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10
Mar 2005*
What a game! The rules can be explained in 15 minutes and off you go. Since this is a very asymmetric game every party plays VERY different, with Prussia in the most difficult role. Deeep strategy game, bravo!
2005-03-19*
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Michael Barnes
United States
Decatur
Georgia
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10
Apr 2005*
This game recaptured some of the feeling I had when I first got into European games some 10 years ago, a feeling that's been missing from all the repetitive and boring German games for a couple of years now- a sense of discovery, esotericism, and innovation. Friedrich is a brilliant, brilliant game and a masterpiece of design work- a more or less traditional historical wargame with a traditional card game to resolve combat. Simple enough, but the subtleties of design decisions are difficult to describe without being able to demonstrate the experiential realizations that you will come to during the game as you become aware of how it all fits together. Beautiful.
2005-04-14*
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Akke Monasso
Netherlands
Aalten
Achterhoek
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10
Sep 2009*
Rating after two 3-player games. If it really holds up after several plays it may go up to a 10...
The game is very elegant, although it retains a wargame feel.
2005-05-20*
Charles Vasey
Scotland
Mortlake, London
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10
Jul 2005*
Simple rules and a well tested game give a strong historical feel for the mid-18th century without the pain of the usual 30 page set of wargame rules.

The players are asymmetric, which encourages conflict. Prussia running against the clock and with an early advantage in cards that needs to be translated into victory. The Coalition powers have the strength to win but each preferring not to be the first man to fight the Prussians. The game is hardest on the Prussian (as should historically be the case) but each of the powers needs to think very carefully before getting into combat.

The card-driven combat system will offend some because it lacks a historical basis, its results though seem to work well. Rather like WE THE PEOPLE from Mark Herman.

The game plays quickly, has a very attractive presentation and was very competitively priced. Highly recommended.
2005-07-31*
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Andrzej Cierpicki
Malta
Gharb
Gozo
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10
Oct 2005*
A splendid game that gets better with every play - labour of love and it shows. I love asymmetrical multi-player games and this is one of the best. Whilst some will be infuriated with the sudden departure of a key nation on a turn of a card, for me this adds an extra layer of tension and excitement to the game (and it's historical to boot!).
2005-10-19*
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Tom West
Germany
Dortmund
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10
Oct 2005*
deep, interactive, fast, high replayability
2005-10-23*
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Tom Wagner
Germany
Heidelberg
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10
Nov 2005*
Wonderful Game!

..never thought that the combat system
with standard cards works so smooth.

Very addictive !
2005-11-22*
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Alexei Gartinski
Jordan
Amman
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10
Jun 2010
A very accurate historical simulation with very simple and straightforward rules.
2006-06-03*
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Jerry Oates
United States
Simpsonville
South Carolina
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10
Jun 2006*
Great game. This is a nice intro for Euros to Wargames
2006-06-03*
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Mark Crocker
United States
Westland
Michigan
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10
Jul 2006*
The game takes a few hours, but even when it's not your turn, your brain is churning out your next possible move, so down time is not a factor ever. I'll play this game, any time ...any place.
2006-07-31*
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Stephen Meyers
United States
Frederick
Maryland
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10
Nov 2007*
2004 Histogame 8/2006 Excellent game! The right blend of wargame and eurogame, the crossover wargame! Like Ticket to Ride is to mainstream games.
2007-11-09*
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Darrell Hanning
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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10
Sep 2006*
Gorgeous components. Simple, clean rules. Very well balanced. Game of maneuver and timing. Novel combat resolution method. Overall excellent game.
2006-09-08*
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Christophe Sancy
Belgium
Zaventem
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10
Aug 2008*
Wonderful game. 15 mn to explain the rules, but subtle to play. Plays fast despite complexity. A german game based upon fighting, with lots of interactions (try to find 3 other ones). Wonderful material (graphic design of tactical cards is wonderful) for a quite decent price. Is it a game for everybody ? No. Wargame purists won't like (a simple set of rules - no dice rolls - no modificators - no hex - all that stuff sacrified to playability). And some boardgamers could consider this game "too serious". One word: clever.
2011-05-09
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Mark Delano
United States
Stamford
Connecticut
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10
Feb 2007*
Brilliant game of the 7 Years War in Europe. I find myself thinking about new strategies to use, and I've played the game almost 20 times in 9 months. Anything that can keep me that enthralled for so long must have something to it. Perhaps I'm just easily amused.

Despite one potential flaw (luck in the Deck of Fate) and the downside of playtime (2 1/2 to 5 hours) this is without question my favorite game. The play is to give yourself the best chance to win, and sometimes fate won't let you. If you accept that it becomes a beautiful game.
2007-02-02*
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Willem Holthuis
Netherlands
Buitenpost
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10
Jan 2010*
One of my favourite games. It's an intense game! Lots of maneuvering, nailbiting card-fights (keep those reserve cards for escaping!).

For Prussia it is like dancing on a volcano, pull back with as little loss of cards and troops as possible and when necessary strike hard.

For France, Austria and Russia it's all about fighting against Prussia and the Clock of Fate, and that clock keeps ticking. So you must react and try and hit Prussia in the right suit, and Prussia's hand is BIG...

My first 2 plays were 4-player games, my third play a 3-player game. No problem at all for experienced players! For me it's a perfect 3-4 player game.

If you like this game, buy Maria too, you won't regret it!
2010-01-02
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Forrester Hammer
United States
new haven
Connecticut
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Mar 2007*
Again and again interesting new situations crop up in this game. The game is almost always quite tense, and it's a wonderful social "event." Long playing time just means that the entertainment lasts longer! I don't mind the luck with the Cards of Fate. How would you know when these historical events were actually going to happen in real life? Also, the different suits are a great innovation for wargames, and I think they're actually "historical" (despite what some say). They represent certain kinds of resources, and also certain complications with terrain, etc.--things that are too intricate to portray in a conventional wargame. The tactical cards add a whole lot of good decision-making. Granted, the system for fighting a battle isn't *completely* realistic. For instance, it is impossible to recreate the battle of Zorndorf, where BOTH sides took immense casualties (only the losing side can take casualties). For the most part, however, the combat system is very effective. Overall: a great game, a real classic!
2007-03-12*
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Based upon my poor understanding of history, science, and ethics...
United States
North Pole
Alaska
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10
Mar 2007*
Upper tier asymetrical wargame. The strategy and tactics intrigue me more with every play. Very clever design. Shhhhhhhhhhhh. (Looking over shoulder) The next time I play the Prussians I am going with the offensive option.
2007-03-14*
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Dirk Wilking
Germany
Bremen
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10
Mar 2007*
Just the best game for me.
2007-03-18*
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Karle Hoffmann
Germany
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10
Mar 2007*
Great strategy game. Easy rules but very much manoever opportunities.
The historical background is very interesting, especially for Germans.
2007-03-24*
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Rick Goudeau
United States
Moody
Alabama
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10
Oct 2009*
An outstanding game. With an extraordinary simple rule set, it captures several key ideas from the 7 years war. The game becomes a war of position where you can maneuver to keep key points from falling, but be forced to fight a battle to defend a key point.

The map captures the period feel. The use of a "road" net to move between towns nicely channelizes the approach routes. I was suspicious of the use of cards to simulate the tactical, but it captures the superior Prussian military capabilities. Dividing the map up into suite areas also gives both sides incentive to avoid or seek battle depending on the capabilities.
The only missing components are sieges and leadership
You could say that sieges are accomplished by the "zone of control" of a covering force preventing a location from falling. Field leadership could also be represented by the larger Prussian card deck.

Ultimately the game does hinge on the cards of fate. This provides a needed sense of urgency to the allies. If you wait too long for an ally to take on the heavy lifting of taking on the Prussians, you may drop out of the war. I have found that to be especially true of the Russians.

2008-02-26*
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Michael Garrett
United States
Omaha
Nebraska
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10
May 2011
greatest multiplayer wargame, polished design by a devoted designer
2007-09-08*
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United States
Nebraska
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10
Sep 2007*
This game (is way more fun than a bag of) rocks! Lots of tactics and maneuver and interplay between the cards and sectors. Great assymetrical yet balanced play. Prussia is the hardest for our group to play by far--no wins yet. You just can't seem to afford to win too many battles as Prussia. Counting to three was never so difficult. Game length is the only problem--the game play is so compelling that you don't notice the hours fly by while playing, though. Just make sure you have enough time set aside to finish.
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Diz Hooper
Japan
Osaka
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10
Sep 2010
Everything that you want from a war game without any of the baggage. Perfect!
2010-09-20
Gary Goh
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore
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10
Feb 2013
13/02/2013: Purchased

15/02/2013: Tried out a solo game as a first play ending with an Austria win, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Found the flow of play pretty easy to explain to the missus (who got it very quickly), but was blown away by the depth of strategy contained within the game.

I am definitely looking forward to playing this with the missus and my bro!
2013-02-15
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Ben Long
United States
Missouri
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10
Dec 2007*
A very unique wargame.
2007-12-03*
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Nat Fu
United States
Kansas
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10
Dec 2007*
Great game and gaming experience.
2013-08-10
Eric Grutz
Serbia
Belgrade
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10
Feb 2008*
This game makes my mouth drop. There is so much going on all over the board, there is huge level of suspense with the cards of fate, and it very well balanced. Also, as far as a wargame/euro game goes, the rules are very easy teach and even new players catch on quickly. I've seen comments on this site that complain of the downtime for players, but I think those comments are unjustified. Fantastic game and clearly a 10.
2008-02-07*
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Frank Hakstege
Netherlands
Aalten
Achterhoek
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10
Jul 2009*
The only game on BGG I would rate an 11.
2008-02-29*
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Mat L. B.
Germany
Eberbach
Baden-Wuerttemberg
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10
Mar 2008*
The rich historical theme (Prussia and the 7 years war), the quality bits and cards, the easy rules, lots of tactical manoeuvres and a beautiful board make it a brilliant Euro/War Game experience. The tactical cards are a great idea and the cards of fate make it a historical simulation. 3 and more hours playing time. Hint: The two player scenarios from www.histogame.de work pretty good! Try them for an easy game access. Thank You Richard Stubenvoll. I hope to see more gems like this one from you...
2008-03-04*
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Jérôme
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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May 2008*
One of the most beautiful and original games in my collection, and even while card-luck might seem dominant it is all about timing and decisions where to strike and when to retreat. Note to self: "WHEN TO RETREAT! RETREAT! DON 'T FIGHT TILL DEATH, TAKE THE LOSS AND RETREAT!!!!"

Update 2011: preordered new map to pick up at Spiel.
2011-08-20
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Richard Tyson
United Kingdom
Toddington
Bedfordshire
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10
Apr 2008*
Rating increased again - this is one of the best games I own. Once you know what you're doing it plays in 3-4 hours and is different every time.
2011-01-24
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Brandon Pennington
United States
Springfield
Missouri
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10
Jan 2010*
This game is so good, but it has to be one of the hardest games ever to get people interested in. I personally think it is a very attractive game, but people seem to be put off by it.

That said, of the people that we have talked into playing Friedrich, ALL of them loved it!
2009-06-17
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Roberta Moschini
Italy
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10
Sep 2008*
Wonderful! A game very well balanced and intriguing.
At the end of one game you would like just to play another one...
2008-07-06*
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Bill the Pill
United States
Oneonta
New York
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10
Dec 2009*
Plays just like the history of the period, although I got the worst possible Fate cards the first time I played as Prussia.
Raised to a ten after further play. So entertaining, I taught four players and just watched and enjoyed myself.
Third play: As Prussia, all the Fate Cards went against my foes, and fairly quickly. Friedrich easily won, but what would you expect with so much luck behind Prussia.
2008-07-13*
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Peter Asimakis
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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10
Aug 2008*
Nothing I can say that's not been said before. Will always be happy to play this. Perfect combination of simplicity of rules and depth of play. A masterpiece. Enjoy!
2008-08-17*
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Karl Schmit
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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10
Sep 2012
Fantastic 4 player game. Simple rules that don't get in the way of playing the game.
2011-10-16
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THE REVENGE OF THE GOLDFISH
Greece
Thessaloniki
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10
Oct 2008*
BRILLIANT
2008-10-28*
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Gene Baker
United States
Ocean Springs
Mississippi
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10
Nov 2011
My favorite multiplayer game. A really fun game that reminds me of my war gaming past without being anything like the wargames I’ve played. I've never turned down playing this game.
2011-11-21
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Manuel Serpa
United States
Costa Mesa
California
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10
Mar 2011
The perfect multiplayer light wargame. Brilliant and evocative design without player elimination.
2011-03-28
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Konrad Gill
Austria
Vienna
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10
Dec 2008*
For me the best Multiplayer War / Strategy Game!!
Simple Rules, great Mechanics and immense depth.
2008-12-16*
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Mark Sautman
United States
Evans
Georgia
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10
Aug 2013
Okay, this might not satisfy grognards, but this is an excellent Weuro/area control game. The finale can be a real nailbiter. Each country has a different feel and strategy and the 3 vs 1 approach is very interesting.
2013-08-17
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Garrett Potvin
United States
Brooklyn Park
MN
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10
Dec 2009*
Love it! Point to point done right , with a simple yet elegant combat system. The 3 hours it took to play felt like 30 minutes. I just wish it supported 2.
2009-12-20
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Frank Prisciandaro
United States
Long Island City
New York
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10
May 2009*
Just got this game recently after watching an episode of Boardgames with Scott can't wait to try it out. I'm still trying to get a good group together for this game to this day 10/25/2011..
2011-10-25
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Thomas Herrlich
Germany
Marburg
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10
Feb 2010
Easy rules (only 8 pages)yet incredible strategic options and depth. German AND English play-material included, all of which is of great quality.
2010-02-26
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Andrew Migliore
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Jul 2014
Great game, interesting time period, beautiful components and map. It is like a grognard and a euro gamer got together and produced this lovely hybrid baby.
2012-01-27
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Carlos Cardozo
United States
Merion Station
Pennsylvania
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10
May 2011
Absolute Perfection. My favorite War-Game of all time. We felt as though we actually were battlefield commanders...
2011-05-30
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Pasta Batman
United States
Tustin
California
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10
May 2013
Perfection.
2013-07-28
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CHRISTOS POURIS
Greece
Panorama Pallinis
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10
Dec 2011
One of the best wargame. Very asymmetrical between the players. Sophisticated with simple rules. It is illustrates the spirit of the army manoeuvres and tactics of that period of time. Very good quality of the board-game, cards and the components.
2012-12-26
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Cpl. Fields
South Africa
Hopelessly Surrounded
Isandlwana, Zululand
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10
Jan 2012
Quite simply the best game I've ever played. Beautiful, evocative components, and a game design that is elegant, simple, and ingenious.

This is a game I always want to play - though I rarely win.
2012-04-16
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