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Frank P
Belgium
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10
Feb 2010
Very cool game , nice two-sided board , cards and pieces.

I really like the game system where everyone places his actions together (10 of them) and then bids for the play order.

The game reminds me a bit of A game of thrones which is also a cool game.
2006-11-01*
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Kristian Amundsen Østby
Norway
Langhus
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10
Apr 2012
Better than Wallenstein.
2010-02-11
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Simon Hunt
United States
Roseville
California
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10
Aug 2011
[Essen 2006]
A beautiful game, both in production quality and execution. (I have never played Wallenstein, but I know this is a re-themed version of that game). I played half a 5-player game (30 mins rules explaination, 2 hours 15 mins to play one (of two) game years -- for a total of 2h45m) before we decided to call it (well, it was 2:30am by then), but I just love how everything plays out. Rating this a 9.5, but I think this game would easily make a 10 in my collection with more (and complete) plays.

Highly recommended.

Update: I've now played full 5-player and 3-player games. This is an excellent game and is now awarded a 10 rating from me. The 5-player game took around 4 hours. The 3-player took 3 hours. Just a great experience -- careful planning required at the beginning of each season. Knowing when not to attack is just as important as knowing when and where to attack. I've also learned to appreciate the "small reinforce/redeploy" action more, when it can be coordinated with a "battle" action.
2006-12-15*
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Kevin Chamberlain
Canada
Hamilton
Ontario
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10
Jan 2007*
Great game! Pure and simple.
2007-01-01*
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Vitas Povilaitis
United States
Waltham
Massachusetts
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10
Jan 2007*
This is a resource management game with a feudal Japanese war game theme. There are ten actions that can be performed each turn and players must limit each action to one province. This throttles back the overwhelm-your-opponent strategy I dislike in other dice-based wargames. Not to mention that this game doesn't use dice, but a randomizing tower in which armies go in and may come out or may stay behind for a later fight.
2007-01-03*
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Adrian Montoya
United States
Austin
Texas
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10
Sep 2011
I really enjoy the planning of actions and the cube tower battles are unique...great game!
2010-07-20
Owned
Jerry Haerle
United States
Oconomowoc
Wisconsin
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10
Jan 2007*
This is a great game. Our whole group likes this one.
2007-01-19*
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Sight Reader
United States
Colorado
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10
Jan 2007*
The game system, as far as I'm concerned, is Wallenstein perfected: I can't think of a more perfect game in the Risk-like conquest genre. You can't just plunder your competitors: you must FEED and GARRISON your territory just to protect it from your own citizens! More subtly, you must spread your holdings out to make the most points, penalizing those who content themselves with an invincible little corner of the board. Folks, it doesn't get any better than this! The only downside is that the cards and cubes like to slip and skid on the board, making it a bit tricky to handle.
2007-01-21*
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Rand Lemley
United States
Boston
Massachusetts
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10
Jan 2007*
I've only played with five so far and was great. The auctioning for special cards and turn order is a really good addition. Better bits than Wallenstein for sure.
2007-01-24*
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Michael Barnes
United States
Decatur
Georgia
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10
Jan 2007*
Alright, here's the deal. SHOGUN is pretty much a more refined, slightly tweaked version of WALLENSTEIN. With that in mind, this game under either title is far and away the best of the "heavy" Euros and it is also the best Euro outside of the SETTLERS games. Much, of course, has been made of the combination of Euro-style mechanics and wargame elements and it's completely true- both are here, and the result is a compelling system that combines warfare, area control, economics, planning, and one of the most fun combat resolution systems since CRTs. It's a tough game- every round is full of really complex, difficult decisions that can make or break you and the ever-present specter of peasant revolts (which seem to happen more than in WALLENSTEIN) is a constant threat. As far as the differences, I'm not completely convinced that there's that much of a difference between these maps and the original- I wouldn't be surprised if an analysis showed that the number of territories and connections were very similar. The bidding for turn order is OK but really sort of superfluous aside from the special ability cards. The event cards are slightly different (better, I think) and the tower has a clear tray (very good idea). I liked the Thirty Years War theme of the original better, but SHOGUN doesn't fail to provide a credible sense of warring in Feudal Japan and a much better sense of graphic design and layout goes a long way to giving the game a very slight edge over its predecessor. As far as the length, I've seen people claiming that it's taken them 2.5-3 hours to get through half the game. What the f$%k you guys? This is a 2-2.5 hour long game. Sure, there's lots of decisions but unless you're a microanalyzer or play with them then you can easily knock this out in the time specified, particularly if you do simultaneous building and revenue collection. At the end of the day, SHOGUN (or WALLENSTEIN) is a better, more exciting game than PUERTO RICO, CAYLUS, or any of the other favored heavy Euros and it has a lot that will appeal to gamers like me who want something with a little teeth. Completely essential for anyone looking for an accessible multiplayer wargame. This was my 500th rating, and a great one to mark that milestone.
2007-01-26*
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Todd N.
United States
Medford
Oregon
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10
Mar 2009*
I love how this plays. It feels like organized chaos at times which is awesome.
2007-01-27*
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Ron Kaski
United States
Michigan
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10
Jan 2008*
Gaming group favorite. Brain-burner. Many, many plays, each more intriguing than the last!
2008-01-03*
Mike Betzel
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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10
Jan 2008*
One of my personal favorites. It's a very tense game throughout and you'll have lots of agonizing decisions to make. You have to weight getting the resources you need over risking revolts or working highly contested territories. It's not so much a war game as an area control and resource management game, but war certainly can factor in. Plus the cube tower is just too darn cool.
2009-04-13
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Maurice Tousignant
Canada
Windsor
Ontario
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10
Mar 2007*
Actually I think this is better then Wallenstine. IT's basically the same game with a makeover. There are a few things that I think rank it above Wallenstine though. First is the fact that the Japanese background and province names are more appealing and easier to pronounce then the German Originals. The fact the rules are in 6 different languages can't be overlooked. The biggest advantate though is the fact the board is two sided. Adding twice as much re-play value as the original. This is an amazing game, an a great cross between resource management and risk (or insert other generic military game with only one unit type) style war.
2007-03-13*
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Mark Slater
United Kingdom
Newport
Newport, South Wales
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10
May 2007*
Great first game with 4 players. Loved every minute of it. Only used the Pre-set setup on the Sun map, but looking forward to playing again.
2007-05-19*
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Jason Smith
United States
Columbia Heights
Minnesota
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10
Jun 2007*

2012-03-16
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Bill Abner
United States
Johnstown
Ohio
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10
Sep 2007*
Simply put: I love, love, love this game. It's not a wargame but it's really more Euro in wargame clothing but I enjoy how everything meshes together,Great with 4 or 5 players.

Plus it has the cube tower. I mean come on.
2010-02-20
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guttedgeek
New Zealand
Wellington
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10
Oct 2007*
A mans eurogame this one. So beautiful, so many excruciating choices...WOW!
2007-10-23*
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Almaju Madjur
Mexico
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10
May 2007*
Excelente Juego!
2007-05-18*
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Eric Benson
United States
Shelton
Washington
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10
May 2007*
Love the cube tower! Love the uncertainty of victory. Love the multiple decisions that have to be made. Love preparing for revolts. Love the theme. Love stealing buildings from my opponents during the fall. Love a two-sided gameboard. Love a game that doesn't last forever. Love it! Give it a 10! [Birthday gift]
2007-05-20*
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United States
Brooklyn
New York
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10
May 2007*
A true masterpiece. The genius of this design is in how Dirk Henn packed in so much great randomness and chaos without the game spinning out of control. The balancing mechanisms are clever and organic. The cube tower hurts now, but helps later. Take too many provinces and you suffer in the winter grain revolts. Every season offers so many great decisions and trade offs to ponder, as you must always consider your opponents' likely actions alongside your own.

I have only played the original Wallenstein on Spielbyweb, but I think the bidding for turn order and special powers, and the new seasonal events are a great improvement. I like the new map as well, even though it is a little easier to get isolated, isolation is often not a great advantage.
2007-05-30*
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Alistair Stafford
New Zealand
Auckland
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10
Dec 2010
Two words: Cube Tower
A great hybrid between a euro and war game. So good that even one of my group who dislikes directly confrontational games really enjoys (and does well at) it. Plays fast too, once everyone has allocated their provinces.
2008-03-17*
Trey Kester
United States
Alpharetta
Georgia
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10
Jun 2007*
Amazing game even if its the only one of my I cant win at >_>
2007-06-23*
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John Dextraze
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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10
Nov 2009*
My favorite Simultaneous Action Selection game. Sweetness II. My favorite combat game and territory taking game. All about the strategy and the strategy and more strategy. Mind numbing decisions. This game is a must in any collection.
2008-07-05*
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Loomis
United States
Akron
Ohio
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10
Jul 2007*
A fantastic game. One of the best there is. Gripping decision making, exciting tower, well-tied-in theme, etc. Plays great with four.
2007-07-03*
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Phillip Schwarzmann
Finland
Espoo
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10
Jul 2007*
Better than Wallenstein!
2007-07-10*
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"Kurosawa"
Belgium
Antwerp
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10
Jul 2007*
What can I say, this game comes close to perfection. Awesome experience. It's long but very rewarding. And you've got to love that cube tower!
2009-03-08
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Greg Williams
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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10
Aug 2007*
Gaming masterpiece. As warlords in 16th-century Japan, players attempt to secure a position of dominance for their respective clans. The most successful warlord at the end of the game will become Shogun.

Players all choose their various actions simultaneously and then resolve them in turn order, so there is very little down-time. To succeed, a player will need not only to control as many provinces as possible, but also to develop his realm by building castles, temples, and theaters. The player who manages to build the most buildings in each of the 5 regions will be rewarded with valuable bonus points.
2007-08-17*
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Marc Edmondson
United States
Missouri
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10
Sep 2007*
My #10.
2007-09-11*
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Wade Broadhead
United States
Pueblo
Colorado
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10
Oct 2009*
I loved this game. It looked like brain damage but after a few minutes it was obvious the mechanics were very novel to me, and very elegant. It can feel a bit like Risk but in a stange and good way. Looking forward to this one again soon.
2007-09-17*
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Kevin Heinz
United States
Plymouth
Minnesota
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10
Nov 2008*
This game is great. I love the action selection mechanism, the turn order selection, and the simultaneous province reveals. The way all the different parts work together make this unlike anything else I've played. I prefer playing with the drafting method at the beginning. Resources are scarce, and there's not enough time to do everything you want to do. And...the cube tower. Awesome.
2007-10-05*
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Xi Bi
China
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10
Oct 2007*
Would be a 10, but do not like quality of tower component.
2007-10-12*
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Alan
United States
Shaker Heights
Ohio
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10
Nov 2007*
Love this game! Only 1 play. But amazing! I have Wallenstein, but had not played it. I will be sure to do so soon.
2007-11-05*
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Sam Corwin
United States
Kansas
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10
Nov 2007*
Great game and theme!
2007-11-19*
Henk Rolleman
Netherlands
Leusden
Utrecht
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10
Jan 2008*
2006(35E)Fantastic Game!
The best game from 2006
2008-01-19*
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Oscar Bertrán
Spain
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10
Jan 2011
Muy buen juego. Áltamente recomendable, aunque las reglas en castellano son un poco difíciles de entender.
2007-12-01*
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james napoli
United States
Westwood
New Jersey
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10
Dec 2007*
it's a great euro with direct conflict and fun battle resolution.
2007-12-07*
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Christopher Seguin
United States
Cleveland
Ohio
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10
Jan 2008*
An excellent game - highly recommended, easy to play, harder to master, and great game mechanics.I thouroughly enjoyed this the first time that I played. The Cube Tower is a masterpiece in terms of game mechanics, and adds an incredibly powerful random mechanism to the game that is much better than just plain dice (plus, the pieces make cool sounds as they fall through).

Overall, an excellent game, great for 5 players, and plays pretty quickly once everyone knows what to do. One of my favorites, which is why it is on my owned games list!

Also, after I played this game for the second time, I decided to raise my rating to a 10. This game definitely earns it.
2008-01-13*
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Sturmo
Belgium
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10
Feb 2009*
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2007-12-11*
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Jay Cockrell
United States
Sault Ste. Marie
Michigan
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10
Dec 2007*
This is THE game I have been looking for! It has so many good aspects to it and the tactics are KEY! I have been looking for a good risk like game that focus's more on the competence of players to balance their armies, food creation, and buildings of areas they control... this game is like a gift from the heavens that decended from my dear secret santa :-) ... you know who you are... bless you this christmas and all that follow!
2007-12-20*
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Tony Hughes
United Kingdom
Southampton
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10
Dec 2007*
What a game. As with my other 10 rated game (El Grande, I don't really count Space Crusade - see game comments for explanation) I knew from the moment I opened the massive box, read the rules and played with the tower (not in a pervy way) that this was a game that ticked all my gaming buttons. After two plays it lived up to my expectations and more. The only down side is that it's a brain burner and for my gaming group is pushing the amount of play time to the limit, so as with El Grande it won't hit the table as much as I'd wish. Oh hum.
2007-12-30*
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Helen Minall
United Kingdom
St Blazey
Cornwall
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10
Jan 2008*
I love Wall'n so am bound to love this. Prefer the setting for former but like the deciding turn order mechanisim in Shogun.
2008-01-17*
Nacho Herrera
Chile
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10
Jan 2008*
Sin duda, shogun fue una compra acertada, estoy muy feliz de haberlo obtenido. Este fin de semana tuve la suerte de estrenarlo en casa de amigos y me pareció un juegazo de esos ke te kedas pensando toda la noche en el, y despiertas te levantas y lo tomas entre tus manos y dices: "que juegazo".
Tantas cosas por hacer en la etapa de planificación de acciones ¡por dios!.
Los nervios te empiezan a generar molestia al no querer escuchar a los demas a los demás decir: "ya estamos listos", y tu aun pensando y planificando tus acciones, un paso en falso y zuack!!!. Hay momentos que solo existes tu y el juego los demás no existen , es increíble no quieres ke te pregunten nada, NADA!!! En ese momento estas planificando y necesitas ese anuncio "NO MOLESTAR".
Que puedo hacer ? obtengo mas arroz?, mas impuestos?, conquisto mas territorios?, refuerzo ejércitos?, etc.

Jugué con un grupo no gamers y les encanto, las peleas son fenomenales y me encanta la torre de combate, todo un acierto!!

Un Gran juego!!


Saludos
FARMERIANO®


2008-01-21*
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Poland
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10
Jan 2015
Great mix of war and economy. Really entertaining
2012-01-05
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Andrzej Nowak
Poland
Czeladz
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10
Mar 2008*
Raitin based only on 3 players game, but game was so good that with 4 or 5 it could reach a 10
update: After playing with 4 players raiting goes to 10
2008-03-30*
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Marko Lepola
Finland
Tampere
Unspecified
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10
Feb 2008*
A excellent theme and elegant mechanics makes this a winner for me. Tactical gaming doesn't come better than this. Using the tower to resolve battles is exiting and a great design idea.
2008-02-10*
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Eric Stevens
United States
Rochester
New York
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10
Feb 2008*
Love the mechanics, and the tower rocks. I want to play this a lot.
2008-02-27*
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Olivia Bernou
France
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10
Mar 2008*
excellent game
2008-03-02*
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Anh Nguyen
United States
California
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10
Oct 2008*
Plays like Risk...but on crack! Totally awesome game.
2008-03-19*
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Fabrizio d'Ottavio
Italy
Villaricca(Napoli)
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10
Aug 2012
I simply love this game,the Tower is greater than normal dice,and the rules are better than the ones of normal wargames,I like this german style economic-wargame really more than american ones...
2008-04-02*
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