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Björn D
Germany
Hamburg
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10
Jan 2014
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Martin Munzel
Germany
Göttingen
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10
Nov 2005*
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dieter grell - von pressentin
Germany
Heidelberg
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Nov 2005*
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Geoffrey Steenberge
United States
Corning
New York
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10
Dec 2011
My second favorire Splotter after Antiquity. It is very mathy but the merger system is something that I haven't seen in any other game.

Bought 7/31/09
2011-12-04
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Marc-Andre Lafortune
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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10
Feb 2006*
Angus Chu
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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10
Feb 2006*
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DJ Hupp
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Aug 2013
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Mario T. Lanza
United States
Camp Hill
Pennsylvania
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10
May 2013
Splotter's finest game.

PROS:
* Excellent economic simulation.
* Good tension between players.
* Theme comes through fantastically.
* Amazing design.

CONS:
* Runs a bit long for my usual preferences. We haven't yet been able to finish a game in 3 hours.
* Bidding mergers is a little rough as you try to rightly valuate involved companies.
* Board can be very busy.
* Lots of bits to manage.

This is one of those games that despite its issues I can't help but to love. The game is exciting and the winner uncertain.
2014-07-26
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Todd Walker
United States
Culver City
CA
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10
May 2006*
A great game. I would have rated it even higher if not for its confusing rules and hard to read board. The game seems to sacrifice beauty for playability. I very pretty game.

When this comes down in price, I'll buy it for sure. (currently $100)
2006-05-20*
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The Doctor is In
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10
Aug 2006*
If only it was reasonably priced. Its right in my wheelhouse in terms of enjoyment just like Age of Steam.
2006-08-07*
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Klaus Zündorf
Germany
Dormagen
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10
Aug 2006*
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Brian
United States
Garden Grove
California
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10
May 2011
Owned
Tero H
Finland
Vantaa
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10
Sep 2013
Absolutely fantastic game! Normally I'm not a big fan of games which takes this much time, but Indonesia just rocks. A lot of interactions so you'll have to plan your moves very carefully or you are in a big trouble. Components aren't the best ones available and there are some minor usability issues too, but you can live with them. Endgame takes some time too (a lot of shipping and moving goods), but hey, the end is near then already. There is always a chance to play the game in a way, where you don't have any more chances to win the game, but that's the way it goes if you play badly.

Just dont get my toughts wrong - those issues earlier are just little ones: Indonesia offers a superb experience (even when your effort isn't enough for victory (been there, done that).
2009-10-05
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Christopher Weeks
United States
Jordan
Minnesota
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10
Nov 2009*
Lots of fun.
2006-11-18*
Owned
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Dustin E
United States
Bloomington
Indiana
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10
Jan 2011
Owned
Peter Vogelzang
Netherlands
Nijmegen
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Dec 2006*
Splotter's best. The rules work really nice together and gameplay is very, very deep. Don't overanalyze, though. Play quicker and enjoy another play! It really grows on me and seems to get better with more plays. A must for fans of games of economy and transport (like, say 18xx).
2006-12-29*
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James Hemsley
United States
Palatine
Illinois
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10
Mar 2009*
This game is fantastic. Just played last night and got totally screwed because I bid on a merger I shouldn't have. I still enjoy the game, though and the tension is fantastic. The game also rife with options and choices. Excellent!
2010-01-13
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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10
Nov 2008*
One of the best economic games ever. The map is a little pain to read it but it is very detailed and clear if you pay attention. Clocks close to 3 to 4 hours. Not for the fainted heart gamers. Although a long game, the rules are simple and brilliant, the game play goes fast, and you want to play it again. Simply a great game!
2007-08-19*
Larry Rice
United States
Irvine
California
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10
Apr 2007*
Bring a calculator...this game involves a ton of math. First couple turns move along relatively fast but the ending couple rounds get very fiddly and can take a while delivering all the goods. It definitely seems very important to aquire a production company in the first round as opposed to the merchant ships unless perhaps you're the last player and can dictate some terms.
2007-04-20*
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Rune Palm
Norway
Tønsberg
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10
May 2007*
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Scott Nelson
United States
Idaho Falls
Idaho
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10
Mar 2009*
A very in-depth look at the shipping of goods and building up a shipping company. First play took too long that it got a little long after the 5 hour had passed, but it seemed like it went only 1 turn too long. More players will shorten the game time down considerably. Much better with more than 2 players.
2007-05-06*
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Pavel Kurfurst
Czech Republic
Prague
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10
Oct 2011
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Jan Siwanowicz
United States
New York
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10
Jun 2007*
Medievalbanquet
United States
Wellesley
Massachusetts
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10
Oct 2007*
Brain damage. Good brain damage, though. Very tactical game. I don't think one can have a consistent mantra or strategy from start to finish. I'll play it any time.
2007-10-27*
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Bill Rosgen
United States
Sunnyvale
California
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Nov 2010
A wonderful game of being in the right place at the right time. I really like the way competition in the various resources drives players out of commodities that were once highly profitable. The tension between spending to own the right things and maintaining a sufficient cash reserve to protect the things you already have is one of the high-points of the game. Plays in 2 hours with fast players, at least some of which are trying to drive the game to an end (and someone should be), or four hours with players who do not or will not do so.

My comments should be taken with a grain of salt: I seem unable to win at this game. I appear to have some sort of flaw that consigns me to the back of the pack every time I play this (I suspect that it is valuing "my" companies too highly).
2010-04-22
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Volker Nattermann
Germany
Hadamar
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10
Mar 2010
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Mike Bazynski
Poland
warsaw
mazowieckie
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10
Jan 2010*
the board could be more readable, the game could play for a few more rounds with 5 (5 rounds is max I've seen), but I still love this.
2008-03-17*
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Bruno Valerio
Portugal
Aveiro
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10
Dec 2013
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pronoblem baalberith
United States
Pleasantville
Massachusetts
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10
Oct 2007*
Feels like an 18XX at times, this is the Splotter game to get if you are to get only one.
2007-10-11*
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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10
Oct 2007*
Who would have guessed such a lovely system would be packed in a box of chocolates. This is another exquisitely meaty game that there just aren't enough of in our little gaming world. Fans of the 18xx system should enjoy this extreme variation of the theme.

The malleability of the game is pretty astounding. Because of the differences in the placements of cities, and the variability of the R&D track, the game forms is such different ways. Every game I've played has felt very different.

The merging system is conceptually mind blowing. I'm surprised at how successful they had pulled it off. Even still, the calculations prevent this game from being accessible to anyone but the most devout gamer.

The board is beautiful, but barely functional. My only real complaint is regarding the boats. I wish they hadn't picked primary colors, they could have picked the secondary colors they had for the players and it would have looked much more beautiful and the gorgeous board. That and the mix can at times become functionally difficult.

The more people that you have the faster the game gets (perhaps too fast). I'm a fan of the game with three players as the game has a longer development arc, but with four it progresses at a steady rate. Those not capable of putting in the hours should play this with four. I have no desire to play this with five.
2007-10-21*
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Matt Davis
United States
New Concord
Ohio
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10
Apr 2009*
Loved this at first and get reminded of how much I love it every time I play. Brilliant heavy-ish economic game. There's a relatively high fiddliness factor, but I'm willing to forgive it.
2009-04-02
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Paolo Ciardulli
Italy
Trento
TN
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Nov 2007*
I gave this game a 9. I update it to 10 after many plays. It is a wonderful game, so rich of possibilities, so different each time. I have played really a lot of 2 players games and I didn't experiment the critiques I have heard. The game is still very interesting in two and it doesn't last more than with more players (usually a two players game lasts between 2 and 3 hours, in my case at least).
2007-11-19*
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Pedro
Portugal
Lisbon
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10
Jul 2011
Splotter always delivers and they've outdone themselves with Indonesia. I think this is the most interesting economics game I've ever played.

Players take the role of investors with available capital and a strong desire to make a lot of money. The game starts with a virgin territory filled with opportunities: there are several suitable spots in the map where production companies of several different goods can be created which will need shipping companies to transport those goods to the cities where they will be consumed. Well supplied cities will grow and have bigger needs, making for new business opportunities.

As companies develop, they will merge with one another not only becoming bigger but also providing an opportunity for the other investors to purchase the newly formed company. This merger mechanic and the ability to take advantage of it is what will determine the winner but the whole game is packed with good ideas.

The experience of playing a game of Indonesia is truly unique. It's engaging, there are a ton of tough decisions that can cause unexpected ripple effects hard to anticipate but no less challenging. There is no luck in the game and yet no two games are the same.

I really like Antiquity but I think Indonesia might be my favorite Splotter game and one of my favorite games of all time.
2011-11-09
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Martin Villemaire
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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Nov 2009*
All the excitement of 18xx in a small, tight, streamlined (and intuitive) package. Simple, subtle decisions create a very textured experience. Concerned about replay value; would have preferred a more variable starting setup.
2007-11-25*
Francisco
United Kingdom
London
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Nov 2011
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Nicolas Acosta
United States
Doral
Florida
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10
May 2012
2012-05-12: It's been a long time since a game earned a place among my top 5 favorites of all time, and Indonesia just did that.

Indonesia: One of the greatest, elegant and well designed games I've ever played. I'm glad I managed to get my copy after 4 years!
2012-05-25
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Andrew Nichols
United States
Houston
Texas
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May 2012
Astonishing board. Even better gameplay.
2009-03-16
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Ben
United States
San Francisco
CA
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10
Jan 2010*
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John Brodin
United States
Plymouth
Massachusetts
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10
Aug 2010
Great game! Overpriced for the components you get but totally worth the money for its gameplay (especially given the price of games nowadays). Fiddly but just a very engrossing game if you like economic games.
2008-02-04*
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R. H.
United States
Lake Oswego
Oregon
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10
Feb 2010
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Darrell Hanning
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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10
Apr 2008*
The best "game" of the games I own from Splotter, IMO, as it lacks the rigid procedural feel of R&B and Antiquity, and the party-game atmosphere of VOC. A real gem, with multiple strategy options to be explored.
2011-02-20
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Rich Lau
United States
Milwaukie
Oregon
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Feb 2015
I always want to play this, to the detriment of most of the people I play with. At 5 hours or so for new players, it's a commitment, but well worth it in my opinion.
2008-05-27*
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Dan Oster
United States
Arlington
TX
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Jan 2009*
Got to play this at BGG Con 2007. I had thought I would love this game and I really had a blast.
2008-04-27*
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Daniel Szukalow
Canada
Burnaby
British Columbia
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May 2008*
9/6/06 - things to pay attention to :

- during mergers, if a company has been involved in a merger it cannot be involved in another merger until the next merger phase.

- during the operations phase, when a production company has completed its shipping of goods and has collected its income it can only expand for free if it has shipped everything it has produced. If it has left over goods then it can only expand by paying, per region, the cost of its income. The expansion is limited of course by the rate of expansion indicated by the research and development track.
2008-05-08*
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CJ Faria
United States
St. Louis
Missouri
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Jul 2009*
Jerry Hagen
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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10
Jan 2009*
A logistics game like Roads and Boats, but with the introduction of a profit motive on the shipping; no one will accuse this game of resembling multiplayer solitaire. Played with 3-4 fast players this game is economic nirvana, if you're into that sort of thing.

The game does bog down in the operation phases, and a bad move in a merger can put one out of the game with a couple hours to go. Because of those hurdles Indonesia takes a few plays to figure out and enjoy, which is a high barrier to entry for many. It's worth it. I don't feel like I've nearly played it out yet.
2009-10-30
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Stephen Shaw
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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Jan 2009*
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jason besly
United States
Texas
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Nov 2009*
I used to live here, so this would be a fun game to own.
2008-06-11*
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Buz
United States
Oklahoma
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10
Jan 2012
My favorite game right now. Matching wits over the mergers and finding ways to squeeze out extra revenue never gets old. A bit long, but it needs to be to let the story arc play out. I also don't find it as repetitive as Agricola. A masterpiece.
2012-01-16
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Larry Chong
United States
Kendall Park
New Jersey
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Jul 2008*
An extremely dynamic and highly interactive business (mergers & takeover acquisitions) game with lots of business board tactics, ploys and decisions to make. There is much more skill to the game with very little randomness/luck and it does have a learning curve to it. You had better bring your calculator b/c there could be loads of calculations during merger the bidding rounds. Everything you do and all your choices have a cumulative effect going forward. A good player could shift to different strategies but mostly early on. It's not rocket science but it is very involved and it's a tension-mounting business game that escalates to the end (where the final round has double income for everything). Things build up (acquired) quickly in 1st & early half of 2nd Era, where having most income is important. Then, the game usually climaxes with a few major merger combos somewhere in the 2nd Era onwards and probably a couple more in the 3rd Era. How much should you bid for that newly merged company? Which companies should I initiate merger with? Fortunes can be made or broken during the 'merger phases'. Fascinating thing about Indonesia is that it has played differently every time I've played it so that speaks volumes to it's depth and replayability. Top notch components. If Indonesia is adminstered by an experienced player, this should play in about 3 hours (more with heavier analytical types).
2008-07-01*
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