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Mark Rollings
United Kingdom
Peterborough
Cambs
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10
Sep 2006*
How nice does this look on my coffee table?!

See my review for why this is THE must have abstract.
2006-09-17*
Owned
Francis K. Lalumiere
Canada
Brossard
Quebec
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10
Mar 2007*
One of the very few perfect abstract games. Surpasses one of my favorite abstracts of all time, Abalone.
2007-03-07*
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Dec 2008*
Great game. Would like to be able to play online.
2008-12-01*
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Philippe Beaudoin
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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9
Sep 2006*
A great abstract, reminiscent of Abalone but that seems to correct a lot of problems of this game. For one, Siam doesn't reward passivity as much as Abalone. The board is small and you need to act quickly in order to achieve your goal. There is a lot of read-ahead, a feature I enjoy in an abstract. Finally, the material is nothing less than somptuous, with finely crafted wood (or resin?) elephants and rhinos.
2006-09-16*
Matt Amitrano
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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9
Oct 2008*
I love the pieces and the simple elegance of the game.
2007-03-01*
Owned
Mark Vogel
Canada
Red Deer
Alberta
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Jan 2008*
This is great, not sure why it's ranked so low. Super simple to teach, but full of great strategy. Just dont push your rhinos off the board with the elephants and let them fall over. Their ears break off!
2008-01-25*
Owned
Marco Marandola
Canada
Mirabel
Quebec
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9
Jan 2009*
Birthday Gift From Parents 2009
2008-06-20*
Owned
Michail Giannis
Greece
Petroupoli/Athens
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9
Nov 2010
A really nice abstract. The pieces are beautiful hence the higher rank.
2010-12-17
Owned
John Farrell
Australia
Aspley
Queensland
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Dec 2008*
Serious brain-burner. I need to play a few games in a row to really get a feel for it. The bits are absolutely gorgeous.
2008-12-13*
Owned
Want To Play
R C
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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8.5
Jan 2007*
Neat abstract in which players try to be the first to "push" a rock off the board. The rules sound a bit complex upon first read, but they feel smooth and logical when you're playing. The tightness of the board means the game doesn't overstay its welcome. Beautifully made, obviously. Game grows more intense with each play.
2007-01-20*
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Bryan Burgoyne
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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8.5
Feb 2008*
Impressive game : few rules, beautiful components, short playing time, deep strategy. And RHINOS!
2008-02-02*
Owned
Yves Lenain
France
Paris
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8.5
Mar 2015
Love the design and mechanics.
2015-03-10
Owned
volker muehe
Germany
essen
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8
Oct 2006*
very nice!
Although Siam won't win a prize for innovation (It's actually a revision of Kubas/Akibas mechanics), it optimises the gameplay in nearly every sense. Whatever I liked about Kuba remained untouched, while at the same time the elements that didn't work were removed mercilessly.

Just a few things that come to my mind after a couple of plays:
- no more silly double-movement rule, which advantaged the first player way too much.
- more fexible starting positions
- less pieces on the board (this may sound like a disadvantage, but I always found the board owercrowded with marbles, which often lead to stagnation/limitation. Just take look at this picture: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/47237
Once several marbles are removed from the board, Akiba becomes a lot more interesting. And thats were Diam begins)
- more options for a move (changing the direction, removing of pieces, etc.)

There's just one thing I have to criticise: ambiguous/incomplete rules! Written in an very comprehensible (but rather informal and incomplete) style, everyone seems to understand them. Unfortunately, everyone seems to interpret them in a different way. Worst of all: The german, dutch and italian rules don't even mention the rule-variants!!!
Anyhow
Kuba is dead, long live Siam!
2006-10-24*
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Stephan Koehr
Germany
Frankfurt
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8
Sep 2007*
Easy accessible and not so unforgiving like Akiba. Great components, even in the travel version.
2007-09-03*
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Angelo Porazzi
Italy
Milano
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8
Oct 2006*
very nice discover at Essen06, simple, elegant game with an exotic and unique appeal: Elephants and Rhinos pushing Mountains! Few rules and interesting gameplay, very good woodenminias: suggested to all who love abstract games with feeling inside.
2006-10-30*
John Owen
United States
Lisle
New York
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Sep 2007*
A sign of a good abstract is that it confuses you to no end. Siam achieves this. The rules are fairly simple once you've muddled through the bad english translation, but 12 games later, I still have only the simplest grasp of the shifting tactics involved to play this well. Extra points, too, for the silly theme.
2007-09-13*
Owned
Joe Wyka
United States
Walnut Creek
California
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8
Feb 2010
Seriously beautiful game. It is a game of push, where the object is to push one of three rocks off the board before your opponent can do the same. Facing, in addition to positioning, is important. You can only push, or resist a push, if your piece is facing the right way. The game is light, fun and plays quick. The nicely-weighted carved elephants and rhinos gives the game an immense tactile satisfaction.
2010-02-19
Owned
Griselda Scarlatti
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Jul 2008*
Good abstract, easy to learn, not always easy to play -especially when the two players reach a good level, since the tiniest mistake is fatal.
Nice components.
2008-07-12*
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Koert Debyser
Belgium
Brugge
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Oct 2009*
Nice fast two player abstract strategy game. The goal of the game is to push one of the three rocks from the board. Abstract Sumo with vague similarities to Abalone. Beautiful components. Interesting game play. Even when everything looks practically hopeless, there is mostly still a move with a new twist on the balance of the powers on the board.
2008-10-26*
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Mike
United States
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Apr 2009*
Aesthetically pleasing abstract with good game play. (travel edition)
2009-04-02
Owned
Chuck Puchala
United States
ALEXANDRIA
Virginia
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8
Feb 2009*
2-2
2009-02-12*
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Antony Hemme
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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8
May 2009*
Very good first impression. Want to play more.
After more then ten games: it's still very good. Highly recommanded for those who loves abstracts.
2009-07-22
Owned
Francis Gauthier
Canada
Québec
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Dec 2011
LIKE
+ beautiful components and a sturdy board
+ clear streamlined rules and short playtime
DISLIKE
- it gets a bit repetitive, not to be played every day
VERDICT
It's really good looking and fun abstract. My favorite abstract with a push mechanic.
2012-08-07
Owned
Antonio RM
Germany
Berlin
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8
Jun 2011
This is what Abalone should have been like - short, compact, with lots of pushing, strong positional play... but sporting nice dynamics (without stalemates!), adding management of the own forces, twisting movements and a little asymmetry in the distribution of pieces on a 5x5 board.

To sum up, Siam is a transparent, rewarding abstract of low difficulty and medium depth. Of course it can be played with standard materials, but as usual with Ferti games the finished product is simply beautiful.
2011-07-11
Mark Tietsort
United States
Windsor
California
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8
Oct 2011
Deluxe Version
2011-11-10
Owned

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