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S. Copeland
United States
Houston
Texas
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10
Oct 2004*
Plateau is a brilliantly designed strategy game. It can be played fast and light or thoughtful with complex strategies. Very portable and has great bits.
2004-10-21*
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Matthew McNatt
United States
Marseilles
Illinois
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10
Dec 2006*
Drawback: The game takes about half an hour to explain how to play. Some people give up before "getting it."
Plus: Almost everyone who learns it, in my experience, doesn't just like it: they LOVE it! Plateau is one of the few abstracts that's deep, incorporates bluffing, and can often be played in 20 minutes--a perfect lunch break game!
2006-12-26*
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Antonio RM
Germany
Berlin
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10
Oct 2010
Even though it's not quite enough to spend a full half hour learning them, there are more than a few rules for the amount of material involved in this game. Anyway, they're worthwhile - with two rather different goals in sight there are many tactical possibilities. While there are odd bits from here and there (stacking, knight moves) the game boasts some nifty mechanisms of its own as well - bluff is built in in a very imaginative fashion, and exchanging captured pieces adding up to a value is a powerful tool.

Short, refined, heady but not heavy, and with an ideal package to take away - an easy recommendation.
2010-10-21
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dave doma
Spain
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10
Nov 2014
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John Lewis
United States
New York
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Jun 2015
Extremely well done game design. Elegant play and great mechanics. Easily learned and wonderful to enjoy.
2015-06-21
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Valerio Zini
Italy
Genova
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9.5
Jun 2014
Incredible mix of strategy and bluff in a small and portable game that makes the game complex for strategy lovers and a hidden layer for poker lovers.
2013-11-10
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Fredrik Westlinder
Sweden
Örebro
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9
Nov 2004*
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Dave Dyer
United States
Playa Del Rey
California
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9
Jan 2006*
Play this game when you want to be frustrated. Seriously, your brain will run in circles trying to strategize your next move. It's a good thing!
2006-01-12*
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Hubert Orlik-Grzesik
Poland
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Feb 2007*
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Raymond Gallardo
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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9
Mar 2012
December 2014: Actually, the rule complexity is the biggest hurdle to this game. The current trend with abstracts is incredibly simple rules, like Blokus. Even when I introduce this to hard-core gamers, they have a hard time absorbing the rules.

Perhaps if the game itself came with more accessible components. Such as point values written on the pieces themselves. Or even player aids.

Because I still adore this game. There are so many elements packed into this game: positional analysis, resource management, bluff, and deduction!

March 2012: I don't understand how people are having such a hard time understanding the rules of this game. Yes, the rules are a bit more complex than Hex or most games in the Gipf series, but they are far less complex than any medium-weight Euro our there. I perhaps blame the not-so-well organized. Anyway, the slight rule complexity could be expected considering how much depth Plateau packs into a 4x4 grid.

Bonus points for being an abstract strategy game with hidden information as well as being very compact.
2014-12-11
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Nello Cozzolino
United Kingdom
London
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9
Jan 2008*
how to describe PLATEAU ...??

excellently executed !!! one of the best abstract the modern era produced so far..

2008-01-22*
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Brian Hamilton
United States
Asheboro
North Carolina
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9
Jun 2011
Nuanced and thoughtful
2011-03-25
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Josh Josh
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9
Dec 2011
A brilliant game for strategists. Complex in design but simple enough to play once you understand the rules of the game. It might take some time to learn the rules, but after you get it, it's a blast! One of the better strategy games I've played in a while!
2011-12-02
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Pablo Schulman
Brazil
Belo Horizonte
Minas Gerais
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8.5
Jan 2013
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United States
new york
New York
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8.5
Nov 2012
Fun imperfect information abstract without random elements. Interesting play on a 4x4 board.

2012-11-19
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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8.4
May 2005*
I adore that this game can be won by two very different methods, requiring you to really pay attention to your opponent's state. Also, the tactics that won you the last game probably alerted your opponent to something new to watch for, which keeps this game very fluid. It is a fast-paced, surprising tactical game. Jim Albea can't be congratulated enough for working and testing this game for so many years before actually producing it. Completely brilliant. The Albeas were also very friendly during our purchase, and for that, deserve all the more support.
2005-05-18*
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Stephen Tavener
United Kingdom
London
England
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8
Jun 2004*
Very nice combination of bluff and skill.
2004-06-24*
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Fred Barrett
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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8
Feb 2006*
Hard to get into, but once you and your opponent are on the Plateau, the laughter-inciting fun really begins.
2006-02-22*
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L Hastings
United States
Atlanta
GA
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Dec 2006*
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Norberto Leiva
Spain
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8
May 2014
About 20 plays with the designer's applet and 5 plays vs human. It is hard to find good abstracts with hidden information. This is the best I have ever played. It deserves great scope for strategy, tactics and bluffing within a 4x4 board!. Don't be scared for apparently complex rules, after 10 games (5-10min per game) with the bot (easy to defeat it) you will get them easily.
2011-01-26
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Stefan Daniels
Canada
Surrey
British Columbia
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Dec 2011
This is one of those 'stunning' games that can really take you by surprise in its wonderful gameplay and initial expectation (which for me, was pretty much non-existent). The bluff, movement and exchange mechanics at play here make this a unique addition and often played abstract in my collection.
2011-05-10
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Z Cole
United States
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7.5
Jan 2007*
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Joshua Bluestein
United States
Westford
Massachusetts
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7
Jul 2003*
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Gianni Cottogni
Italy
Torino
Piedmont
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7
Dec 2003*
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Eric McGlohon
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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7
Nov 2007*
Excellent 2-player bluff/chesslike game.
2007-11-28*
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Mitchell Thomashow
United States
Seattle
Washington
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7
Feb 2012
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andrew wiles
United States
Redding
Connecticut
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7
Feb 2009*
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Colin Towers
United Kingdom
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7
Nov 2006*
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Kevin O'Hare
United States
San Carlos
California
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7
May 2008*
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William Bekking
Canada
Kanata
Ontario
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7
Aug 2013
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Reinaldo Guazzelli
Brazil
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May 2009*
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Jan 2010
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William Moran
United States
Ohio
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7
Feb 2011
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Russell Scherker
United States
Odessa
Florida
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6.5
Dec 2013
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Scott Russell
United States
Clarkston
Michigan
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6
Aug 2003*
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George Ramos
Canada
Saint-Laurent
Quebec
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Sing, o muse, of the wrath of Achilles...
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6
May 2010
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Wendell Martin, Jr.
United States
Unspecified
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6
Mar 2004*
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John Lopez
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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6
Dec 2004*
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Terry Bailey Sr.
United States
Jonesborough
Tennessee
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Oct 2008*
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Paul Butler
United States
Glen Burnie
Maryland
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Mar 2007*
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Gregorio Morales
Spain
Alicante
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6
Feb 2008*
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2008-02-04*
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aristides mytaras
Greece
athens
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Nov 2007*
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Alan Stewart
Australia
Victoria
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Oct 2006*
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Tim Bjella
United States
Minnesota
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May 2007*
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Patrick Cherlet
United Kingdom
Sevenoaks
Kent
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6
Jul 2008*
Need to try again.
2008-07-12*
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Tim Stellmach
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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Mar 2008*
Very nice little abstract. Haven't played in forever.
2008-03-14*
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Francis Perron
Canada
Québec
Québec
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6
May 2008*
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Robert Carroll
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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6
Mar 2010
Free Print & Play abstract game played on 4x4 board.
2010-03-07
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Adam Kearney
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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6
Jun 2010
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William Moran
United States
Ohio
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6
Mar 2011
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