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Cool User
United States
Michigan
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3
Jan 2016
Boring. Nothing new in mechanisms or theme. Bet on what will happen. Lose the bet. Rinse. Repeat. Keep "playing" forever going deeper and deeper into a hole because the jackhole with all the money won't let the game end.
2016-01-30
Jesse Hudson
Poland
Wroclaw
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8
Jan 2016
A good group game, this highly specialized version of casino craps will have players cheering for their boats, sometimes the pirates, and always the dice. Surprisingly, this is a game that hasn't faded when we play. Each time is fun.
2016-01-27
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Dee Jay
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10
Jan 2016
Game changes depending on number of players.
2016-01-25
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Pete Gelman
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Mysterious Matters of Max Metters / Moonifest Destiny
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10
Jan 2010*
15+ plays (at least 5p, 4p, 3p) - I love it. One of my favorites. The gambling and investment, mixed teamwork and competition (like Colossal Arena, Long Shot), and fast paced mechanics produce bottled lightning game juice for spirited play -- it's what I enjoy so much. Some of that may come from game companions similarly inspired. Cursing and drinking, waving arms... Superlative with 5 players. Update: over the years, continues to be a favorite.
2016-01-24
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Tyler DeLisle
United States
Dallas
Texas
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7
Oct 2015
Fun, little more options and and trade-off's than Camel Up, somehow lacked the swinginess and excitement also though. Would like to play it more to solidify an opinion on it.
2016-01-19
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Nico Muchacho
Netherlands
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8.01
Jan 2016
Such a great game! Yes, it is all about luck.. You just like gamble what ship wil come it or not and then place your 'bets'.
But the whole idea of the leader, where you need to pay for is very cool.. It's very interesting to buy those 'shares' that can score big point ad the end of the game...
2016-01-18
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Tommy Milan
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8
Jan 2016
Played
2016-01-17
A Booker
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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10
Feb 2015
Note:
- Replacement coins
- Cards sleeved
2016-01-16
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liher rubio
Spain
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10
Oct 2015
3-5 jug

enfundado
2016-01-15
Owned
Toni Camo
Spain
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8
Jan 2016
2-5 players

Better with 4 or 5 players.
2016-01-12
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Luigi Colombo
United States
Sedro Woolley
Washington
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8
Jan 2016
Was recommended by Tom Vasel, gambling game (like Camel Cup), which is something missing from my game library. Very good gambling game, easy to learn, fun to play, with the addition of an exciting auction part. The main flaw is that behind the patina it is just a dice rolling game with bets and an auction mechanism to determine handicaps. Still rating it high because for its category it is good.
2016-01-06
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Egon
Netherlands
Amsterdam
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7
Oct 2015
4 (3,4,5,) 3-5
10+

2016-01-03
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Justin Killam
Canada
Yarmouth
Nova Scotia
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9
Dec 2014
2014: 3 plays
2015: 3 plays
2016-01-01
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Steve Dixon
United Kingdom
Slough
Berkshire
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8
Dec 2015
Nice worker placement game. Auction at the start is a bit weird as difficult to guess what is a good deal. Pirate mechanism didn't come up that often .

Not sure what is up with the box insert - is printed with the games name but does not fit the pieces intil I looked at ImageID: 2373130 which shows the junks in the 3 slots whereas I was expecting space for the pawns - which is really what you would want to separate
2015-12-28
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Carmelo Santiago
Spain
Sant Andreu de la Barca
BARCELONA
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7.14
Jan 2016
Juego de apuestas, buenisimo, rapido y sencillo.
2015-12-25
Yorgos O.
Greece
Athens-Pedio Areos
Attica
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Dec 2015
I liked it a lot-we were 4-want to try it with 5.Don't underestimate the harbour master!
2015-12-25
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Raymond Gallardo
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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Dec 2015
I thought I would have liked this more than I did. Perhaps it's because the game essentially resets round to round.

Camel Up is a better game to teach kids how to gamble.

Is there a rich-get-richer issue here?
2015-12-21
Aldert vd T
Netherlands
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8
Jun 2015
Zelf gekocht (Ezelsoor)
2015-12-19
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Andrew Roy
United Kingdom
Bath
GB
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Feb 2011
Old edition with wooden boats.
2015-12-17
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Nicolás NVèrter
Spain
Sevilla
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7
Sep 2015
Subastas / Colocación de trabajadores
2015-12-11
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T.M. Duke
Canada
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9.5
Jan 2016
German version.
2015-12-04
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Mr Aturn
China
Xi'an
Shaanxi
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8
Dec 2013
2.0
2015-12-01
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Michael Lee
Taiwan
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8
Nov 2015
QCI
2015-11-30
Owned
Nicolas Inkel
Canada
Sherbrooke
Québec
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7.75
Sep 2015
Prêté à Franck
Prêté à Annie (2015-05-17 / 2015-11-26)
2015-11-26
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Gavin Stegmiller
United States
Colorado
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10
Nov 2014
People who think this game comes down to dice rolls and only dice rolls do not understand numbers. Can luck happen? Of course. Does luck rule? Never. Well, at least not to those who understand numbers.

This game is perfect.
2015-11-18
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Justus
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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6
Nov 2015
151117 Holds up well in the mind's eye. Benno Dellonge is a beast.

120218 Gambling "thrills". I won and almost won my first two games....but I don't know how much playing I would actually want to do with it...kinda nervewracking. I suspect that a conservative approach may be the best.

update: HMM, interesting, the original comment was written a couple years ago. I just played again last night...again with a conservative approach. With the help of my neighbor on the immediate right (who bid high several times in a row for harbor master), I was able to win again with a conservative approach.
2015-11-17
han sang hwan
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6.7
Nov 2014
첫느낌도 강렬하고..할때마다 재미있는데..아하 뭔가 지겨워 더 플레이하고싶진않다...ksp
2015-11-14
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Ricardo Jorge Gomes
Portugal
Setubal
Grande Lisboa
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7.715
Nov 2015
Jogo muito mais simples do que aparenta, quase todo centrado em apostas, umas mais claras do que outras, mas sem fugir disso. É uma obra agradável de um autor que sistematicamente faz jogos muito bons, a um pequeno passo de serem bestiais, sendo que que mais uma vez fica a sensação de que poderia ser mais qualquer coisa sem grande esforço, incluindo na produção...
2015-11-09
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Jensi the Kid Samoa Wellenreiter Mondrakete
Germany
Frankfurt/Main
Hessen
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Oct 2015
Das Glücks- und Zockererbe des früh an einem Krebsleiden verstorbenen Franz-Benno Delonge. R.I.P.
2015-11-07
Keunwoo Kim
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Nov 2015
4/345
2015-11-04
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Iván de la Fuente Misut
Spain
Gijón
Asturias
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7
Aug 2015
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Ada Knitter
Sweden
Malmö
Skane
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8
Feb 2015
34
2015-10-30
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Adrian Montoya
United States
Austin
Texas
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"LET'S PLAY BOARDGAMES!"
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7.5
Oct 2015
kind of like a horse race betting game... you place bets worker-placement style on boats filled with 3 out of 4 types of goods... the goods increase in value over time and the winner is most money plus value of goods shares... thank you Mr. Delonge for making this game, wish you were still with us to make more games...
2015-10-30
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livia yu
Taiwan
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8
Oct 2015
i miss the wood boat T__T
2015-10-25
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Dani Cano (Jari)
Spain
Malaga
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6
Oct 2015
Bonito juego donde somos piratas y tenemos que llevar unos barquitos al puerto y a intentar llevarnos la mayor cantidad de dinero posible. Hay mucho azar y los dados deciden todo! Puedes intuir mas o menos donde colocar el peón, pero poco más. Aprobado alto y ya!
2015-10-20
Tomasz
Poland
Warszawa
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4
Oct 2015
2014-02-13 - It was OK, but I felt it was waste of time. So many better games, I don't have to play mediocre.

2015-03-07 - Refreshed rating 5.5->5

2015-10-19 - It's rather four - I could be talked to it but rarely.
2015-10-19
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Chris Talmadge
United States
Clinton
CT
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10
Dec 2014
Excellent game! Theme works well. Gambling. Commodity Speculation. More Gambling. Yes, this game IS luck dependent, because of the gambling, but can be mitigated by good choices based on changing probabilities with each dice roll. I am SO happy I was able to acquire a copy of this game!
The number of worker spots can run out occasionally in a 5 player game, though it is still fun.
This is a game I will NEVER part with.
(3-5, best w/ 4)
♥ 90 min
2015-10-07
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Blair McKenzie
Australia
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Sep 2015
A nice worker-placement game. Not sure why that name was chosen - why Manila and not any other harbour city in the world? The ship movement mechanic adds a very interesting betting/speculation element to the game.
2015-10-05
Ming-Ruey Chou
Taiwan
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8
Oct 2015
Neutral - on occasion

Two things make this shine: captain bidding/commodity system & the pirate space. Very interesting gambling game.
2015-09-29
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Chih Hua Chao
Taiwan
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May 2015
2015-09-26
Johnny Doughboy
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8.75
Jan 2016
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2015-09-20
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Marcin Ryba
Poland
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7
Sep 2015
The rules seems kinda weird, but after you play, it's fun game.
2015-09-19
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Sened DHAB
France
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Aug 2013
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2015-09-19
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GANDON François
France
PARIS
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7
Sep 2015
I really like Manila : it's different, it's fun and it's pretty (look at those nice little junks with their loads of silk and ginger ;-) My wife hates Manila : she says there's too much luck in it and it's not fun ! So we will not play it so often and I regret it. I like that 3rd round of dice so much : will it reach the pirates wave ? will it make it to the harbor ? Is the insurer going to get away with their 10 bucks ?
So, I rate it a 7 while my wife is away (And I will stick to it when she comes back :-))

PS : Thank you Bruno Faidutti for such a nice review of Manila in your ideal game library. You made me want to order it and buy it. And thank you Franz Benno for designing it.
2015-09-19
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Marek Majkowski
Poland
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5
Oct 2015
✔ Fun bidding game.

✘ Not much in there honestly. You just bidding and see what happens.
2015-09-17
A R
Germany
Renningen
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6
Sep 2015
Overall nice mechanics, but involves too much luck for my taste - especially the pirates.
2015-09-16
Randall Hunt
United States
Loveland
Colorado
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8
Aug 2015
Best with 4P. How can you not like this? High tension hoping your boat is the first to deliver.
2015-09-13
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Dennis David
Philippines
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7
Sep 2015
Very fun, but very luck dependent. A big hit for those looking for excitement.
2015-09-12
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Xavier Jansana Puerta
Spain
Sant Andreu de la Barca
Catalunya
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Sep 2015
Jansy
2015-09-08
Jason Leveille
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Get your game on!
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10
Sep 2015
"Craps in Boardgame form", and a gambler's delight. Being that I like a bit of gambling myself, I really, really enjoy this one. The unpredictability makes for great fun, and the secret objectives of not completely knowing what your opponents have adds to it. This is a gem of a game, and one that I'm glad to have in my collection.

UPDATE: After many memorable plays, it's the perfect balance of risk and reward, a wonderful amount of unpredictability that makes is a true classic.
2015-09-06
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