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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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pronoblem baalberith
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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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Leandro Rocha Pires
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Rio de Janeiro
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Feb 2013
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George J. Wendt
United States
Charleston
South Carolina
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10
Nov 2010
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Christopher Incao
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Doylestown
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Nov 2014
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Evangelos Foskolos
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9.7
Jul 2011
Really Great! It might be too slow but we had been playing for 4-5 hours and we didn't even realise it! An economic game with tones of things to admire,the mergers, the difference between companies,the great timing that must be in everything,really eager to play it again!
2011-07-24
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Dimitris Vasiadis
Greece
Vari
Attiki GREECE
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9.5
Jul 2012
Excellent! a bit of brass, a bit of steam, an economic game of medium complexity that rewards the time invested in it. In terms of how easy time passes while playing, I compare it to through the ages! it is an excellent economic game that does not burn your mind, yet it provides a full developing network building - resource producing - stock handling experience. Recommended!
2011-07-23
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Jonny B
United States
Baltimore
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9.5
Jul 2013
No game is perfect but this one is pretty darn close. I really enjoy every mechanic in this game and feel that they all work flawlessly together. I would love to have this game in my collection but feel like it would only be pulled out once in a while. That still won't stop me from trying to get a copy. Please trade me one. You really owe it to yourself to experience everything that this game has to offer.
2013-07-03
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Matt Thiessen
Canada
Abbotsford
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9.3
Jun 2012
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Snooze Fest
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Hillsborough
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9
Dec 2009*
This is a very good economic game! You get to run 2 types of companies (shipping or production), and have to determine their market values as you merge them together and auction off the result. You can invest in different types of research which all seem viable routes to victory: slots, to acquire lots of companies and run them all profitably; mergers, to combine companies together into stronger companies, control the pace of the game, force people to spend their money; hull, to improve your shipping companies and leach money from all those production companies; bidding, to stay ahead in turn order and ship your precious goods first. It has a hint of an 18xx feel, but is really quite different (except for the fact that you're operating multiple companies, one at a time).

But it's not all perfect. The map, while very pretty, is also kind of annoying: hard to read the text, some spaces are too small for the tokens, and some border markings are not very clear. The game is also quite fiddly -- but not as much as Antiquity! And there is a LOT of math! Calculating legal merger bids, and dividing the bid up appropriately, is kind of a pain ... good thing there are spreadsheets and player aids to help you!

After years of owning the game but not getting it to the table (beyond that first play or two), I'm very glad it is (soon) available for play-by-web play at slothninja.com! Now that I can play it more, I suspect my rating might go up a bit (and it was already a 9)!
2013-12-31
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Joshua Kaldor
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Suwanee
Georgia
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Jan 2006*
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Round Rock
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2007-07-20*
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9
Aug 2009*
+ quality components, good game mechanism, different gameplay, my favourite gamemakers game
- a little useless map ,hard to find names on map
2006-06-06*
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Eric Poolman
United States
Portland
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May 2006*
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United States
Brooklyn
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9
Jun 2007*
An excellent pick-up-and deliver game where players control companies that either produce or deliver goods. The companies can change hands during mergers. It's an elegant design except for the crazy calculations needed for the bids (we played with a Javascript to perform the calculations, which I now see is a must). I've only played once but I can imagine this game will have a long shelf-life as it's got a ton of depth and stategies available. May end up as a "10" game with further plays.
2007-06-19*
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Jan 2008*
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...much that he related belonged more properly to the category of what-might-have-happened-had-I-only-thought-of-it-in-time-instead-of-ten-minutes-afterwards. Those are always the best and raciest adventures...
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9
Jan 2010
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9
Aug 2009*
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Canada
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Apr 2009*
Great game. Beware of the long end-game. If you can handle Power Grid counting, then this is similar.
2009-04-07
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Indianapolis
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9
May 2009*
After 2+ Plays: I really loved my first plays of this. I'm a big fan of heavy economic games, but I'm not very interested in ones based on a stock market, which seriously narrows my options. Dealing with all the chits is a bit fiddly, but I'm willing to overlook that because of how much fun the game is.
2011-03-16
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Dec 2014
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Dec 2012
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André Nordstrand
Norway
Stavanger
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Apr 2011
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Jun 2013
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Oct 2012
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Oct 2014
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Nov 2014
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Isaac Marx
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9
Feb 2014
A good game. A very good game, in fact. It reminds me of 18xx to a surprising extent - they're both no-luck route-building economic games with generous doses of vicious capitalist shenanigans (though in this respect Indonesia is almost like inside-out 18xx - you can't dump companies on other people, but you can steal companies or simply mess with other players via hostile mergers). In fact, I think Indonesia is a better short 18xx game than "real" short 18xx games like Poseidon. You really do get the same intensity packed into a few hours playing time. The merger auctions can be delightfully mind-bending affairs since valuation is often quite opaque - the fact that the proceeds are split proportionally among the sellers only adds to the fun and opens up some really interesting maneuvering. Unfortunately, another Indonesia/18xx similarity is the grueling late-game operations phases that really sap the momentum of play. That is the main strike against it and is what keeps me from rating it higher. If it weren't so expensive and hard to find I would probably buy it - fortunately thanks to SlothNinja you can play it online for free (and have the computer do all the pesky operations for you!).
2014-02-03
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Kevin Peters Unrau
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Kitchener
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9
Jul 2014
[After 1 play] Excellent economic game that was even more fun than I had anticipated. Would love to get this to the table again... too bad the copy I played is 3000km away!
2014-07-21
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Christopher
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Leander
Texas
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Nov 2014
Indonesia is one of the best and most beautiful economic games I've every played.
2014-12-18
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Christopher Ivie
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Spokane
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8.5
Nov 2007*
Played once with 3 people and once with 4. Really like the mechanics and flow of the game, but have no idea what strategies work or won't work. Also the game plays different with different number of players.
2007-11-18*
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8.5
Jun 2010
An interesting economic game. My only criticism is that the decisions in the operations phase are mostly automatic, yet take up most of the time, with players scrutinising the board to make sure they ship everything optimally. Especially the last 2 or 3 turns where the game can really bog down.

The bulk of the strategy is in the R+D phase, with the key tactical decisions coming in the merger phase. What you end up winning in the auctions feeds back to determine your strategy.

Bidding for turn order is also a skill. Going first into a turn order auction is bad, and the last to bid is in the best position as you can bid most efficiently.

The two main strategies are shipping and production. The further apart the initial cities are, the better shipping will be, since if they are close together, ships won't earn much. In later eras, the big cities are likely to be the oldest ones.

Taking expansion is good for increasing the paper value of your companies early on, and later for saturating better industries (rubber, siap faji and oil) quickly. I think expansion 2 is mandatory for me (at some point). More than 2 is questionable, 5 seems absurb, though it might be a way to make money just by spitting out tiles for mergers.

Turn order bidding is a function of production, since production defines competition. If you are the only player producing rubber, you don't care about turn order. If there are three of you, you want to be first. The bidding is strange since unlike most games you don't lose your bid entirely. My 1st game started out with conservative bids (c.20), but later over 100.

Money on hand is only needed for mergers and paying to expand. If you can't pay to keep your own companies, others will merge them away cheaply. This is bad. You get some money to compensate for your loss, but miss out on income. Note that the face value of a company is equal to it's income for one turn.

Early aquisitions will pay dividends, but all the money you bid will go to former owners (your opponents). Cash rich players have control of the auctions.

Merger 2 is also very powerful, but merger 3 does not seem that great as (in my experience) companies tend to pair up fast, and there are normally higher R&D priorities than getting to merger 4.

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Lou Seelbach
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Huntington
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8.5
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ROSS
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Somerville
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England
Croydon
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Aug 2011
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Idaho Falls
Idaho
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Apr 2012
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Netherlands
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Jan 2015
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ELSTERNWICK
Victoria
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8.25
Sep 2014
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Calgary
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Nov 2014
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United States
Oviedo
Florida
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May 2014
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Lawrence
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Oct 2007*
One of the two best non-18xx game I own along with Magic Realm. Well worth the price and significantly better (IMHO) then the much heralded Roads & Boats. Has the intense player interaction that R&B lacks. Best with 2, okay with 3, terrible with more.

Would probably give it a 10 if it weren't for the incredibly bad map. Form lost out to Function in a bad way.

Rating only for Indonesia as she is played by my group. We permit players to move one (and only one) adjacent space within a plantation when shipping -- this makes the game akin to multiplayer Go. The actual rule -- permitting movement anywhere within in a plantation -- turns the game into tofu (sorry Splotter but that's the consensus with my group). I'd probably give Indonesia under the movement anywhere rule a 4.
2012-09-06
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Michael Garrett
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Omaha
Nebraska
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Nov 2009*
This is a great, deep game that drains my brain about as much as 18xx games. It's similar to 18xx in overall feel, but has lots of different mechanisms.
2008-04-12*
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