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Ananda Gupta
United States
Columbia
MD
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10
Aug 2007*
Best American politics game I've played.
2007-08-08*
Jim Dietz
United States
Sigel
Illinois
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10
Sep 2007*
Out-freaking-standing.
2007-09-02*
Péter Molnár
Hungary
Budapest
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10
Jun 2008*
Hat kerem oriasi a jatek. A rendszere tokeletesen megalkotott, minden eleme kotodik egymashoz, nem lehet csak egy dologra odakoncentralni mert a tobbi elhanyagolasa miatt jelentosen lemarad az ember. Minden esemeny tokeletesen szimulalja azt az eredmenyt amit a valos eletben is produkalt, szamomra egy kicsit jobban atlathato volt mint a nagy elod (Twilight Struggle), de lehet csak hamarabb mutatta meg az igazi szepseget. A valasztas nagyon szorosra sikeredett, Nixon 274-263 aranyban megnyerte a valasztast, uj tortenelmet irtunk, csak sajnos en a Kennedy oldalt kepviseltem. Oriasi elmeny volt a jatek, es nem is volt veszesen hosszu, 3-4 ora alatt lement, es volt benne jocskan szabalyfurkeszes. A szerencse jelentosen le van csokkentve benne a zsakbol huzas behozasaval.
2008-06-27*
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Scott Alden
United States
Dallas
Texas
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10
Oct 2008*
Brilliant... this game has got to be the best political game ever!

I loved every minute of playing. Highly evocative and awesome system... great tension.

Congrats to Christian and Jason, and kudos to Z-Man for picking it up.
2009-04-26
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Jonas
United States
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10
Oct 2007*
Best 2 player game, and a great Political Game.
2007-10-12*
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Josh Cappel
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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10
Oct 2009*
There are so many things to love about this game. I worked on the art for this for months, and was impressed the entire time with how the various mechanics complement each other so smoothly. Delving into the finest details with both designers, I could never find a crack in the system that they hadn't already considered and solved. Called dibs on this one the instant Zev mentioned it.
2007-10-19*
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Brian Murray
United States
Moorpark
Ca
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10
Feb 2015
What a great game! One of the best games I own.
2008-06-01*
Owned
United States
St. Louis
Missouri
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10
Oct 2007*
Beautiful game.
2007-10-19*
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Kevin Heinz
United States
Plymouth
Minnesota
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10
Oct 2007*
Love this, and want to play this all the time. I am a dork for modern American history, so this, and Twilight Struggle are right in my wheelhouse for theme. For those who have played Twilight Struggle, 1960 will have some familiar elements, but plenty about it is different - I wouldn't go so far as to call it "TS-lite". You'll feel the push and pull (imagine the TS continuum-style scoring track as an abstraction) as large electoral vote-holding states bounce back and forth between each player's control. The first play will be a good 2 hours, but I would anticipate once both players are familiar with all of the cards, it could settle it at around 90 minutes.
2007-10-24*
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Ronald Hundertmark
United States
San Mateo
California
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10
Jan 2009*
Brilliant game. Gorgeous production. Plays similar to TS in that the challenge is managing the damage of your opponents events; however, 1960 provides some alternate means of overcoming the worst by forcing or blocking events with momentum markers. The trick is knowing when to expend your limited momentum markers to thwart disaster. Furthermore, 1960 does not have the constant tension of TS as the victory point track with the possibility of an early win is gone. A winner is not determined until the last turn during election day. Theme integration is as good as it gets. I can't wait to play this with my kids when they begin studying politics.
2007-10-24*
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Ben Long
United States
Missouri
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10
Jun 2009*
Great election game.
2007-10-26*
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Rick Young
United States
Durham
North Carolina
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10
Oct 2007*
I like this game so far (two plays) even better than Twilight Struggle. Amazing details and depth in the design, while maintaining tension and speed of play.

Wonderful must-have game!

Rating might diminish if I later tire of the game, but right now, It's on top of the play stack.
2007-10-29*
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John Dextraze
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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10
Nov 2009*
My favorite card driven two player game. Its an amazing game. I like setting up the game next to my computer so that I can maintain a current tally of electoral votes. The tally can be maintained with a file you can get from BGG.

I played my second game and it was fantastic. The flow of this game is amazing. The randomness of who is going to win the election perfectly simulates the tensions a presidential candidate must feel the night of an election. I highly recommend this game as it is an absolute winner.

I played my third game and because of the brillance of this game I have completely re-adjust my user ratings for my entire game collection based on the aim plus quality of this game.

What a great gaming experience. One of the best I have ever played in. What a great story line.

Player Aid: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/file/info/27379 This aid keeps track of the election through out.

Rules: http://files.boardgamegeek.com/geekfile_view.php?fileid=2786...

2009-12-15
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Walter E. Kurtz
United States
Austin
Texas
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10
Mar 2013
One great game. Similar to Twilight Struggle, but this game cleans up a lot the issues with TS (including the US/USSR imbalance that some have commented about) and having to sift through chits to determine influence. In my mind, a lot better than TS and tremendous fun.

Very intense. Captures the 1960 Election in an interesting way.
2011-08-02
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Carl Anderson
United States
Brighton
Michigan
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10
Mar 2008*
I'm giving this a preliminary 10 after one play. I don't give out 10s lightly; I've only bestowed this honor on two other games (Saint Petersburg and Hive). I'm also using the 'Geek's system of ratings--in other words, I find this game to be "Outstanding. [I] always want to play [it] and expect this will never change."

Of course, time will tell if this rating stands up, but I can honestly say that this game is one of the jewels of my collection. Fantastic game!
2008-03-20*
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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10
Nov 2007*
Even better than Twilight Struggle but only for personal reasons. I think this game is a bit easier to get a grasp on both in terms of rules and game play. You don't have to like the political theme but it helps. This is really an area control and card/hand management game but you feel like you're struggling for the campaign of your life immersed in the history of the 1960 election. Bravo!
2007-11-13*
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Nick Szegedi
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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10
Nov 2007*
This is a tense 2-player game, right down to the end "recounting" of the votes!
2007-11-13*
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Dick Hunt
United States
Ovid
Michigan
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10
Nov 2007*
Not only do I love this game, but so has everyone I've taught it to. Totally awesome!
2007-11-18*
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Kevin Fisher
England
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10
Mar 2010
An absolutely superb game that keeps you involved until the final vote has been counted. In all three games one candidate looked to be soundly beaten but the final results were Kennedy by 34, Nixon by 12 and Nixon by 3 showing that it's always a lot closer than you think. Each game uncovers more subtlety and depth. An absolute winner.
2007-11-19*
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Grognard David
Belgium
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10
Nov 2007*
I only have 2 big "2 players" games :this one and "War of the ring" !
2007-11-20*
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Jason Gavin
United States
Van Nuys
California
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10
Nov 2007*
Terrific. I love Twilight Struggle too, but this is simpler, w/o dice, and the mechanics/theme work equally well. Non-gamers might be enticed to play it. Seems to have great replayability. Another Jason Mathews masterpiece, well balanced and well tested.
2007-11-21*
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E J
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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10
Nov 2007*
Simply amazing game. Brilliant design.
2007-11-24*
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Scott Hooker
United States
Dallas
Texas
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10
Nov 2007*
I'm greatly impressed by 1960: The Making of the President, and had owned it less than a week before having played twice. Dripping with theme, 2 hours to play, strategically deep - it's a 10.
2007-11-25*
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Quinn Munnerlyn
United States
Carrollton
Texas
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10
May 2008*
A beautiful and very engaging game. I get so swept in by this title. It's usually a nailbiter down to the last minute with equal strength players, even if it feels you're running away with it you might be surprised when those electoral votes are tallied. Your opponent can pull some alarming stuff out of his hat, especially at the end. The best game of '07 with no doubt. My only quibble is there just aren't enough support cubes! The support cube issue has been resolved by Zman games generosity. Thanks Zev!
2009-04-20
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Bill the Pill
United States
Oneonta
New York
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10
Dec 2007*
Taught by designer at 1am at WBCs--Loved it! Even though my Nixon lost NY and thus the election. (Did better than historical Nixon, however).
2007-12-09*
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David Wilson
United States
Carsoin
California
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10
Dec 2007*
Excellent Game with many choices for each turn!
2007-12-12*
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Tom Madden
United States
Saint Louis
Missouri
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10
Dec 2007*
After six plays I am a solid fan of this game. It is natural to compare it to Twilight Struggle. It is lighter and more streamlined than its older brother. I don't agree, though, that it is more luck driven. The theme is immersive, the gameplay brisk, and the endgame tense. I love it.
2007-12-13*
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United States
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Dec 2007*
To me this is the game of the year. An absolutely heart-pounding experience, and how many games can you say that about? Just when I'm feeling jaded, "1960:MoP" comes along to remind me of the fun and pure joy of a great game design. The Momentum Markers and Rest Cubes are inspired ideas ! I finally got to play, thanks to a friend. But can I find my own copy? It appears to be completely sold out. [Update: 11-02-07, got my own copy ... it seems to be easier to find now.] And everybody ... please write Jason & Co. and urge them to create their own take on "History of the World" (or some epic, historically based world civ game) ... wouldn't that be fine? These are not just games, they are living history lessons, and "1960:MoP" made me want to put on a little powder-blue, pillbox hat. I can hardly wait to find out where Jason will take us next.
2007-12-23*
Rob McFadden
United States
Cherry Hill
New Jersey
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10
Jan 2008*
Surprisingly different from TS, with enough similarities that it's quick to pick up and go. It looks great out of the box, and plays quickly. I haven't played enough to get a good feeling for the strategies, but some of the "best moves" have already become clear at certain points.

People have written several threads comparing TS and 1960:TMOTP. My 0.02? TS is the champ!
2008-01-20*
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David Trent
United States
Yukon
OK
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10
Jan 2008*
Christmas present from my wife in 2007. Beautiful components. Game is just top notch. The cards are fantastic. Super high quality. Very strategic. My first 10 ranking for any game. Really just great. I can't stop thinking about playing this.
2008-01-02*
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Roger Hobden
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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Dec 2007*
amazing game. a more streamlined mechanism then TS and a nail-biter till the very end.
Played.
Scores as follows:
Must Play: 10 or 9
Should Play: 8 or 7
Could Play: 6 or 5
Should Not Play: 4 or 3
Must Not Play: 2 or 1
2011-01-03
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glen phillips
United States
Castro Valley
California
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10
Mar 2008*
Just beautiful. Couldn't ask for a better theme. takes the brilliance of Twilight Struggle and runs with it in it's own direction.
2008-03-30*
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Paul Heald
United Kingdom
Bexhill-On-Sea
east sussex
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10
Jan 2008*
What a fantastic way to spend an evening! Possibly the game of the year 2007
2008-01-02*
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Jeff Jones
United States
Round Rock
Texas
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10
Jan 2008*
Almost perfect. Might actually BE perfect. Rating may change after multiple plays. Tense. Very, very tense.
2008-01-09*
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bob machala
United States
Waynesboro
Pennsylvania
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10
Jan 2008*
Great game. Thank you BGG for turning me on to this one.
2008-01-24*
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Bobby G
United States
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Feb 2008*
A presidential election as a game? How can this be fun? Believe me, it is! This one really submerses you in the theme - you'll feel the shifting tide of popular opinion, fret over how to use your time, and agonize over your campaign plans. 1960 offers tough decisions, but is easy to learn and plays seemlessly. A gem.
2008-02-01*
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Robert Carroll
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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10
Oct 2008*
Move over Die Macher, 1960 is nipping at your heels. This game may not have the depth of Die Macher, but the streamlined complexity and ability to be played in less than 2 hours (rather than 5) makes it a worthy contender for best election game currently on the market. It really captures the feel of limited resources, key states, and multiple ways to win and election Also, the history factor is a great draw for me. Just as in Twilight Struggle, this game is a must for any history teacher (especially Civics or Political Science). Awards: International Gamers Award-Two Player (2007).
2008-02-09*
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john malafronte
Czech Republic
Prague 2
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10
Feb 2008*
Next 20 to Prague
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Pedro Jareño
Spain
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10
Mar 2008*
Otra genialidad de los creadores de twilight Struggle. Un juego apasionante, con una temática política espectacular, muy bien desarrollado, fantásticamente equilibrado, tenso, duro, complejo y divertidísimo. Una maravilla.
2008-03-01*
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rick nichols
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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10
Mar 2008*
I love this game. Every day I hear another primary result, I'm ready to whip it out - I mean the game, of course.

As I play it more, and we learn the cards in the deck, a new psychological element enters the game. When your opponent makes a move, you're wondering is he doing that because he has card X. It adds a new layer of depth and enjoyment to the game.
2008-03-16*
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Tim Huesken
Canada
Victoria
BC
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10
Mar 2008*
Possibly the most perfect game I have ever played. The theme and game mechanics suit each other so well. Very fun.
2008-03-25*
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Garrett Potvin
United States
Brooklyn Park
MN
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10
Apr 2008*
Love it, tense race right to the end. The large number of cards, different events, and numerous strategies are sure to make this different everytime. Great Stuff!
2008-04-13*
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Bharath Allam
United States
Sammamish
Washington
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10
Jul 2008*
Great Game.
2008-06-21*
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Bill Cronin
United States
Ballwin
Missouri
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10
Sep 2008*
Excellent game, will play anytime. Just had our closest game, Nixon won 268-258, due to loss of Alabama on unpledged electors. Play time was 3 hours.
2008-05-09*
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Helen Minall
United Kingdom
St Blazey
Cornwall
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10
May 2008*
In all ways this is a brilliant game. Mechanics are simple, yet one to get your teeth into. The theme fits perfectly and is used even more perfectly. History lessons as you play too. Production quality is excellent. So many options and ways to ensure you win. Loads of cards and all unique. Nice size box. A nice big board worthy of a big game. Strategy, tactics, luck and randomness all rolled into one. All this and it is for 2 players. This makes me so happy that I am a gamer cos I would hate to miss out on this one.
2008-05-09*
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Ben Vögel
United States
Golden Valley
Minnesota
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I've been on this site for 10 years now, and I'm far from sick of games, but I think I am, to some degree, sick of learning too many new games. I'm also tired of playing 4+ hr multiplayer games, but I'll still happily play really long games 2 player.
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Dec 2014
[8 plays] An excellent card driven political campaign game. As far as the comparison to Twilight Struggle, I'll say it is better in terms of ease of play and friendliness to newbies, not as good in terms of complexity and strength of theme, but so damn different for me that I'm glad I own both and I am resentful that some people are trying so hard to pigeonhole everyone into one camp or another.

Each time I finish, I am already looking forward to the next game eagerly. I optimistically expect this game to do that to me time after time. The production is beautiful (the cards are almost too thick), the flow of the game is smooth, the thematic elements are strong, and there are strategic and tactical depths to explore as the hands of fate throw all kinds of crap at you.

I have lost with Nixon just once, won with him twice, and won all 3 games I have played with Kennedy.

Every time I have played with Nixon I feel like I am under the gun the whole time - used and abused - almost every powerful card against me. The way I have fought this is to try and dominate the momentum markers and do better in media and advertising. Give up on CA if necessary to fight for the all powerful NY, PA, OH area. I now consider playing Nixon to be the much bigger challenge.

Update April '14: everything I've said about this game previously still stands. Love it.

Most recent play April '14.
2014-04-01
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J Center
Canada
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Jun 2008*
Brilliant. Absolutely love the mechanics. Everything has been well thought out and executed.
2008-06-01*
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Robin
United States
Wilmore
Kentucky
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10
Oct 2012
Good card driven game utilizing events from history. Fun, educational but not in a classroom lesson type of educational.

Particularly fun to play while watching the election coverage.
2013-11-04
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Adam Osborn
United States
Springfield
Illinois
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10
Jan 2009*
This is one of the best games I've ever played, a true masterpiece. So much strategy packed into 1.5-2 hours. This is the game I use to convert history buffs into boardgamers.
2014-07-19
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Paul Friedberg
United States
California
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Jun 2008*
Fucking dominant! Needs VP extension with Agnew & LBJ and more rounds.
2008-06-25*

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