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Steve Oliver
United States
Alameda
California
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10
Nov 2007*
Excellent with 5 players, also works surprisingly well (but very differently) with two. This has the fun role-selection of Citadels with the scoring tile-placement of Arkadia. In fact I would much rather play this than Arkadia. A little tough with the German text on the cards. Trying to select the right role each turn, but then also worrying about how to place your pillars, makes for a lot of tension and excitement right from the start. Lots of good laughs as everyone looks around to see who picked which roles for the turn. A very good game and there's more to it than appears at first glance. I like how the cards are balanced to the number of players. Player order is important in both directions: you gain a new card each turn from the right, and you pass your card onto the person to the left. We had a game where one player didn't understand the value of the Gondoliere and allowed the player on their right to sit on the gondola for many turns collecting points, until finally someone with a spy thought to grab that card from them. So I'm not saying player order is broken, but it is important for all players to keep an eye on what is going on (another reason this game is slightly deeper than it appears). Works well with 3 players. Don't let someone sit on the gondola too long, and make sure you have a pillar marker in reserve to move to it. The Spekulant can score big if used at the right time. I can see this being rated a 10 for me if it holds up to a few more playings because it scales well in the number of players, there's so much player interaction, there's just enough building to balance the cardplay, it clocks in at just over an hour, and it looks great.
2007-11-12*
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Matthias Herthmann
Switzerland
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10
Jul 2007*
Exciting game yet simple rules (just over 2 pages !!!). Giving the action card you just played to your left neighbour could become a standard game mechanic in future games ......
2007-07-08*
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Ina Lange
Germany
goettingen
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10
Feb 2010
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Olivier Marchand
France
Paris
France
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9
Jul 2007*
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Alex Sorbello
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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9
Apr 2007*
A great family type game. Supports 2-5 players very well! works OK with 6.
2007-04-06*
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Joel Weeks
United States
Roswell
Georgia
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9
Mar 2015
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Greg Zamira
United States
San Leandro
California
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9
Jun 2007*
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Helmut Lehr
Germany
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9
Jan 2008*
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Justin Moore
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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9
Jun 2009*
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Michael Brien
United Kingdom
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
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I wanted orange; it gave me lemon-lime.
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9
Dec 2011
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Brett Hudoba
United States
Bloomington
Minnesota
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9
Feb 2010
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chris carleton
Canada
bon accord
Alberta
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9
Jan 2010*
I really like this game, and feel like we are still exploring what it is all about. It seems to be a better game with fewer players.
2010-01-09
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Christopher Fritel
United States
Austin
Texas
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9
Dec 2012
5, 45
2 copies
2014-05-18
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Iorek PanserBjorn
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9
Aug 2013
Owned
Mike n Phyllis Snedeker
United States
Nevada
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9
Mar 2015
wonderful game - wish it didn't end so fast...
2015-03-20
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JP LaChance
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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8.75
Oct 2007*
A very good game with several paths to victory. The role selection aspect is very nice. Playable and winnable by 7-1/2 yr old. Added 7-1-07
2007-10-22*
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Ingo Ahrens
Germany
Stelle
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8.5
May 2008*
Underrated gem.
2011-04-13
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Bill Paradise
United States
Glassboro
New Jersey
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8.5
Jul 2011
WOW, what an awesome game. It looks great and plays even better. Easy to teach/learn, plays quickly and will play up to 6 players. Once you get a few plays under your belt a lot of the strategies become apparent. This is truely an excellent and fun game that really deserves an english print. If you can work your way thru the german text on the cards, which should be easy with player aids or stickers for the cards. All of which you can get here on BGG. Then I would highly recommend this game. I almost didn't get this due to the cards being in German, but it was easily played with the help of a translation sheet. I am very very glad that I decided to go ahead and get this game. Thanks to all who took the time to review this game and help me decide to purchase it.
2009-07-28
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Dave Fletcher
United Kingdom
Sandiway
Cheshire
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8.5
Aug 2010
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steve mayer
United States
Shawnee
Kansas
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8.5
Dec 2014
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Tania Valle
Brazil
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8.2
Dec 2007*
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Josh Cork
United Kingdom
Slough
Berkshire
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Jan 2007*
This is a beautiful game, and it's like no-other I've seen, which is a good thing. Meeting the designers at Essen was a privelige
2007-01-26*
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Phil Cork
Netherlands
Amsterdam
Noord-Holland
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Oct 2006*
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Jonathan Fried
United States
Brooklyn
New York
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8
Jan 2009*
I get a real kick out of this game. Tends to end abruptly, but I'll play it any time.
2006-11-07*
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Frank Hakstege
Netherlands
Aalten
Achterhoek
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Dec 2006*
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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8
Dec 2006*
This is the ultimate share and share alike game. It is almost impossible to do anything in the game without helping another friend along. This will be quite frustrating to some, but I think it's rather neat. As you reach the end of the game you are faced with some pretty fun choices as the building types start to run thin. I love the fact that if you use an action you pass it to the next player, so you can put a blockade on types of actions by hording them, of course the Start Player has the chance to remove them from you.

There is nothing overwhelingly stellar about this game, but I find it fascinatingly playable. I enjoy the way the city builds and there are some great choices in how all the pieces fit together. The ownership markers make for some tough choices as you want other people to play them on you, but you may want to build on yourself just to stop leaking points out to everyone else. I keep wanting to think that the Gondola is overpowered but it whips around so much that everything seems to even out.

As beautiful as the game looks while you are playing it, it certainly has some ugly card art, and the Gondola certainly ranks high in the useless piece catagory. There is something about this game that really appeals to me, the way that a mangy old dog can become your new best bud.

Update: with 6 the end rushes up a bit too quickly. Also, there can be a problem if one player starts with all the Baumeister cards. If you ever have four or more of any one card type you should reshuffle.

2006-12-31*
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Károly Dudás
Hungary
Szigetszentmiklós
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Sep 2009*
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Michael Shaver
China
Beijing
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May 2009*
I really like the action selection mechanic and the delicate balance of trying to share points with all the other players. The game almost seems too short and I think the end game drags a bit because the person who's winning wants it to end, but may not have the cards and the people who don't want it to end won't play the column builder cards. 2007/01/24
2007-01-24*
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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8
Feb 2007*
My gondol-ences to the designer! I'm totally waterlogged after playing this game.
2007-02-10*
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Phil Walker-Harding
Australia
Summer Hill
NSW
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Nov 2011
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Scott Alden
United States
Dallas
Texas
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8
Jun 2007*
One of the best simultaneous role selection games I've played in a long time.
2007-06-18*
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Juhana Keskinen
Finland
Korpilahti
Länsi-Suomen lääni
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Sep 2007*
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Alkis Moraitis
Australia
North Sydney
NSW
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We gotta get out while we 're young, `cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run...
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Aug 2007*
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Mark Lockett
United Kingdom
Fishponds, Bristol
Bristol
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8
Nov 2007*
Really enjoyed this role choosing game about building venice from the bottom up. The more I play it the more I like it. 5 Plays.
2012-08-25
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Chris Darden
United States
Lake Saint Louis
Missouri
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Jun 2010
Somebody will surely pick this one up in the states. I liked the role selection and the semi-3D board.
2010-06-30
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Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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8
Oct 2009*
Great looking game which is easy to learn and fun to play. German game with english paste-ups. If you like Arcadia you should like this too.
2009-10-17
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Urko Ellacuria
Spain
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8
Sep 2007*
Interesante mecanica de personajes, partidas muy agiles
2007-09-23*
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lynn dunbar
United States
durham
North Carolina
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Oct 2007*
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Paul Willcox
United Kingdom
York
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Nov 2007*
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zsofi csoka
Hungary
szekesfehervar
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Dec 2007*
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Rich P
United Kingdom
Sheffield
United Kingdom
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Dec 2010
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Roger Fawcett
United Kingdom
Northwich
Cheshire
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Feb 2008*
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François Haffner
France
Sologny
Saône-et-Loire - Bourgogne
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Mar 2008*
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Philip Eve
United Kingdom
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Mar 2008*
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TOKYO Heartbroken
England
York
North Yorkshire
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Apr 2008*
I enjoyed this although it finished much faster than I expected. The german text on the cards is no problem, but the rules translation we used could have been better. The game is very quick and simple, and the abilities of the characters are easily explained and well balanced. They could have put less text and slightly bigger/better symbols on the cards, but our crib sheets were good enough. As we played, we negan to see the different strategies open up, and knowing where the start player was each turn made a big difference, as did owning the gondola. A good fun german game, another one to add to the shopping list.
2008-04-06*
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Scott Bartel
United States
Portland
Oregon
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May 2009*
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M. Shanmugasundaram
United States
Sunnyvale
California
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8
May 2009*
German version with card sleeves and English inserts.
2009-05-09
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tom moughan
United States
Rochester
New York
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ahh....I love the smell of a stack of sketchily placed animals in the morning!
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8
Oct 2010
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Matthias Schmidl
Austria
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8
Apr 2009*
nice but people can hold on to important cards too long, thus blocking other players from doing anything useful
2009-04-02
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Kevin Rutherford
United States
Perrysburg
Ohio
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8
Jun 2009*
Excellent game with all kinds of strategies and screw your neighbor. The mechanic where cards played and passed to your left rather than discarding makes you think twice before playing certain cards.
2009-06-13
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