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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*
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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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10
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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9
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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9
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
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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*
Owned
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*
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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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8
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*
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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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8
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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8
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
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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
Wondercat
France
Montpellier
Herault
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My friends call me "Sly" during games. I can't propose alliances anymore.
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8
Nov 2012
Simple and very cleaver. Can't get tired of it ! A beautiful object on its own.
2012-12-05
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Martti Lauri
Estonia
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8
Jun 2012
Very nice abstract with gorgeous pieces.
2012-08-17
Owned
laurent deenen
China
beijing
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Oct 2012
2p
2013-12-18
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Ludovic Russo
Monaco
Monte-Carlo
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7.5
Mar 2008*
Colmiane
2008-03-08*
Owned
James Marriot
United Kingdom
Oxford
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7.5
Oct 2007*
An intriguing and beautifully designed abstract; although, as a Chess player, I would prefer the playing pieces to be heavier. Nevertheless, this game continues to interest me.
2007-10-23*
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zoran
United Kingdom
London
Middlesex
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7.5
Feb 2009*
Nice looking game board and pieces. Pieces feel good to push round. Best when played at a steady pace, game losing moves come with a lapse of concentration.
2008-03-23*
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David Laverde
Colombia
Bogotá
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7.5
Mar 2013
Un juego con un arte espectacular. Las figuras que parecieran de madera en realidad son de cerámica, hay que tener bastante cuidado en especial con las orejas y cuernos de los rinocerontes, jugando la primera partida se me quebró uno de ellos. Se ambienta en una historia fantástica de una lucha por el territorio entre Elefantes y Rinocerontes.

Su mecánica es abstracta, por tanto requiere de ser táctico a la hora de colocar las fichas dentro del tablero así como a la hora del movimiento. Es un juego que me ha encantado y pienso tener las tres versiones, ya que la versión "Travel" es juesta para llevar a cualquier parte, mientras que la versión "Deluxe" se vería estupenda como decoración sobre una mesa.
2013-02-19
Owned
Valerio
Italy
Modica
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7.5
Apr 2015
in sicilia
2015-07-28
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Antti Tahvanainen
Finland
Helsinki
Uusimaa
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7.4
Jan 2015
Good abstract game.
2008-03-05*
Nikolas Sakaloglou
Greece
Keratsini
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7.3
Dec 2008*
Beatiful chess alternative with easier rules
2009-04-04
Owned
Martin Villemaire
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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7
Jun 2006*
Cool little abstract. Seems simple at first, but so much strategy once you scratch the surface. Pieces/moves need to be used both offensively and defensively at once to win.
2006-06-15*
Andy Parsons
United Kingdom
Chelmsford
Essex
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Jul 2006*
As Filou says, this one reminds of Abalone in the way things are pushed around. While in Abalone the object is to push your opponent's pieces off, in Siam only one rock needs to be pushed off to win the game. This and the small (5x5) board makes for a much quicker game. Just as Abalone inspires sumo analogies, so Siam revolves around feints, blocks and the well timed application of force. The board and pieces are lovely. a shame that the packaging they come in is not.
2006-07-09*
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Olivier Lejade
France
Paris
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Dec 2006*
Not only is Siam beautiful, it is also a very nice introduction to abstract games.
2006-12-31*
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Jason Arvey
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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Aug 2007*
First thing first, the pieces in this game are really beautiful. I was worried that the gameplay wouldn't live up to the pieces, and though that may be true, the game itself is also still quite good. The rules aren't well explained though, and there's a bit of fiddliness on win conditions, but all in all, a good game experience.
2007-08-02*
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Francois Petitclerc
Canada
Verdun
Quebec
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7
May 2008*
Nice, compact and elegant game which reminds me of an arcade game from the 80's, the one with the penguin pushing ice blocks around. I suspect this game has a learning phase where one must make all the possible mistakes before nailing down some workable strategies. Beautiful components and engaging play.
2008-05-26*
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Brian Boyle
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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7
May 2009*
Just learning how deep this wonderful and elegant abstract is. More plays will likely increase my score.
2008-09-27*
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fen
Wales
Cardiff
The Vale of Glamorgan
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7
Feb 2009*
Lovely looking two player game with some interesting tactical choices.
2009-06-25
Owned
Pseudo Pserious
United States
Shreveport
Louisiana
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7
Jun 2009*
This is a beautiful two-player abstract strategy game. Like Oshi and Quorridor, it's one of those games that should be out on your coffee table at all times. Quick to play and not always intuitive.
2013-01-07
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Tomas Lundin
Sweden
Åtvidaberg
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7
Sep 2010
Coffee-table stuff: a visual wooden treat. And a really good (and quick) abstract. Introduced it to several people who really enjoyed it from the first play.
2010-09-01
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Jesse Hickle
United States
Crown Point
Indiana
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7
May 2012
Interesting abstract game. I'd like to try it again now that I know the rules better. The pieces are very nice.
2009-07-28
Dean Thomas
Australia
Bannockburn
Queensland
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7
Aug 2009*
It's certainly very pretty. I think the game is interesting, though I am shockingly bad at it.
2009-08-21
Christian Fürst-Brunner
Germany
Neuching
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7
Nov 2009*
First impression: Very nice presented thinking game. There seems to be a lot of depth in there, but only one play can't justify. Expensive, if you like to have one of the bigger editions.
2009-10-26
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Todd Sweet
United States
Geneva
Illinois
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7
Mar 2010
It has RHINOS! Rhinos are my favorite animal, so that right there gives me a big reason to like this game. The game itself is a neat abstract strategy game with the very nice elephant, mountain and rhino pieces. Simple to learn, but very hard to master. Very fast and addicting game - played it 8 times the night I learned it.
2010-03-11
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Peter R.
Italy
Bozen
Italy
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7
Apr 2010
Fast and easy to learn abstract game!
2010-04-01
Mirko
Taiwan
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7
Sep 2011
Simple. Nice components.
2014-08-26
Owned

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