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Shawn Charney
United States
Saint Louis
MO
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May 2012
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2016-02-07
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Marena Tiano
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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Sold.
2016-02-04
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Reid McGregor
Canada
North Vancouver
British Columbia
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8
Jan 2016
Great game. It's not Twilight Struggle, but the different theme and slight rule changes make this a great addition to my collection.
2016-02-02
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alberto montes
Spain
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Zacatrus: 24.95€
2016-02-02
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David Howard

California
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8.5
Feb 2016
Great Game. Fully thematic and came down to election day
2016-02-01
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Jeff Hannes
United States
New Windsor
New York
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Haven't played it yet
2016-01-28
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Scott Ferrier
United States
Salem
Massachusetts
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2016-01-28
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PJ Killian
United States
Watertown
Massachusetts
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Sep 2012
[UPDATE 1/16]: So I note that I have this ranked higher than Twilight Struggle, which seems like something worth justifying, because it's a pretty serious minority opinion. I am inclined to tip my cap to Twilight Struggle as a better designed and maybe more strategically interesting game-qua-game, so this is an instance of my personal tilt being a tiebreaker. 1960's theme is closer to my heart, of course, but even more so I think that the theme is better integrated with the mechanics of 1960 than TS. The gaminess of TS (which is at the heart of what makes TS a good game) does take me out of the feeling of re-creating history that a good historical wargame (or whatever) should have. 1960 is also quicker and more accessible while still keeping a comparable level of exciting cut and thrust in the card play.

sugar Talk about your epic struggles between good and evil; I've played games in the role of the Soviet Union, al-Qaeda, Nazi Germany, and the Cali Cartel but never have I felt guiltier than when I looked my father in the eye and told him that I was replaying the 1960 election in the role of Richard Nixon. Such are the travails of life as a third-generation Irish-American yellow-dog Democrat.

Anyhoo.

1960, while not in the rarefied air of the most sublime card-driven games, is still a lot of fun to play and represents a nice distillation of the form into a game that smart people who are not well-versed in gaming will pick up with relative ease, not to mention a game that plays at a reasonable length of time for a weeknight. One problem with it, like most CDGs in which the cards are never (or almost never) reshuffled, is that the order in which the cards are dealt has a powerful effect on how easy or difficult the game is for one player or another. (A card that lets you fish the card of your choice out of the discard is inconsequential in your first hand, and massively powerful in the last third of the game, frex.) Twilight Struggle deals with this nicely by dividing the game into three mini-decks, two of which will see pretty much every card come out in a semi-predictable order.

In 1960, every card will be used (in some way) once and a few (but only a very few) will come out twice, so someone can do well and someone can be screwed by the luch of the draw.

And issue control is overpowered and media is underpowered. (Would that real life elections were this way.)

And there's a lot of zero-sum see-saws over key states and issues.

And the support check mechanism, while cool, is underutilized and doesn't function as well as a catch-up as one might hope.

And all of these things are serious issues. But I have a lot of fun playing it, I love the theme, it's well produced and (at least before it went OOP) affordable, and once you learn it, you can play in 90 minutes.
2016-01-26
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Andy Howell
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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9
Aug 2008*
While I'm still mad at JFK for making hats passé, this game keeps getting better and better for me. I've played it with my wife, she enjoyed it. Mike and I played it just before Barak got elected right in the heat of the campaign during the "Say it ain't so Joe!" Palin vs Biden VP debate.

Hand management combined with area control combined with staring anxiously at the political capital cup, wondering how much you have left to burn. Throw it all at New York and hope your dad paid enough for Illinois. Then get back on the Lockheed Jetstar, down a scotch mist, and get your strategy together for firming-up Texas.

I'd probably rate it a ten if I could manage to win here and there! It is that good. Educational too!

And at least once per game I try to pick up that dang pencil.
2016-01-22
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Kalle TRS
Finland
Turku
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npy
2016-01-20
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Xabi
Spain
Valencia
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Card Driven Game (medium) (2jj)
2016-01-19
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Thomas Lang
Germany
Gaißach
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8.3
Aug 2013
I can't recommend this game enough. It plays incredibly smoothe, has a lot of meaningful decisions in every turn and oozes theme. What more could you really want?
2016-01-18
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R.J. Adams
United States
Citrus Heights
California
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Jan 2016
I played this early on in my hobby gaming life, and I really enjoyed it a lot. I wonder how it holds up after having played hundreds of different games.
2016-01-14
Tim Kreuz
United States
Bloomington
Illinois
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9
Nov 2015
I really enjoy this game. It's fun, immersive, tense. The historical flavor is well done. One of my favorite game boards. How often have I wanted to push that pencil out of the way...
2016-01-13
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Chrys Meissner
Brazil
Tangará da Serra
Mato Grosso
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8
Dec 2015
Jogo fantástico, nos moldes de Twilight Struggle, com muitas reviravoltas durante a campanha dos candidatos Kennedy e Nixon.
2016-01-13
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Stjepan Mateljan
Croatia
Zagreb
Croatia
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TS light. Valja paziti na pripremu debate.
2016-01-12
Owned
Toni Camo
Spain
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7.8
Nov 2015
2 players
2016-01-12
Paul Lister
United Kingdom
London
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Apr 2013
Fantastic production. rules are well written, the interaction of the cards is very clear and the game builds to a gripping climax. The Momentum marker premeption and activation of event cards is clever - a lesson learnt form TS?
One downer is that, in the first few plays, it's not easy to tell who is leading before election day. A major difference with TS is that this game goes the full 9 turns, which means it may be possible for the last few turns to be redundant if one player is miles ahead.
2016-01-12
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Kyle Woods
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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7.5
Mar 2012
This is not Twilight Struggle, but it is an excellent introduction to the card-driven genre. Some of the mechanisms are a little hard to get people to understand (such as how cubes are placed), but on the whole it works very well as a game and is an excellent introduction to the US Electoral College system.
2016-01-07
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Anna H
United States
Beverly Hills
California
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Would love to try this one but not enough to buy a copy at the OOP price. Wish Zman would do another print run.
2016-01-04
Shawna
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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Oct 2015
Acquired: Erik

This game helped me learn the lesson that I just don't enjoy political games. And I already knew I was iffy on area control. Didn't enjoy. Might play again if asked nicely.

Political, AreaControl
2016-01-04
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Timothy Young
United Kingdom
Keighley
West Yorkshire
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Played once so far and really enjoyable, hope to get this back on the table soon.
2016-01-04
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Luigi Colombo
United States
Sedro Woolley
Washington
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8
Jan 2008*
Perfectly captures the atmosphere and theme, and makes for a fun, memorable gaming experience. Terrific 2-players game.
2016-01-04
Chris Brandt
United States
Springfield
Virginia
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Dec 2012
I was five years old during this election, so I don't remember any of it. However, when Nixon finally won the presidency years later, many of these things surfaced again. I enjoy it - not as much as Twilight Struggle - and would welcome a play any time there are two of us.
2016-01-03
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Dr. White
Spain
Madrid
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Cartas: 109 de 63x88 mm
Fundas recomendadas: Ultimate Guard "Supreme" (tamaño "Standard size")
2016-01-02
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Chris Wilczewski
United States
Folsom
California
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Jan 2016
1st play: I spent the first part of the game constantly comparing to ways it didn't line up with Twilight Struggle. By the time we were finished, I really appreciated the game for it's own sake. It doesn't have quite the narrative arc that TS does, but it plays in about half of the time, and the simplifications don't really remove the strategy. I really like the idea of support checks instead of dice rolls, although the dice roll makes for more exciting moments. Similar to Twilight Struggle, after playing this game I'm eager to play again, and I like reading about the cards to learn about events from this era of our history. Top things learned: California was Nixon's home state, the south is predominantly Democrat, and Vermont and New Hampshire were Republican. Something about Oregon and Washington being Red states took some getting used to also!

2nd play: Played again on the last day of the year! Excellent game and we corrected a few minor rules mistakes from the first play. Not quite as good as Twilight Struggle, but still really good. The theme is timely and gives a real sense for just how close presidential races can be. The cardplay makes more sense when we properly prepare for debates, and the end game checks were tense. Wish this one weren't so expensive to pick up, it's worth owning alongside Twilight Struggle.
2016-01-01
Cristian
Spain
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Unspecified
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In spanish
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2015-12-23
S. R.
Germany
Mainz
Rheinland-Pfalz
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8
Mar 2012
Fantastic Game for 2. Easier entry game into the world of card-driven strategy games for two. Game length is also quite nice, with about 2 hours.
2015-12-20
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Jonathan Heuvinck
Belgium
Dendermonde
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7.5
Dec 2015
Great 2-player game which requires you to make the right choices at the right time. The theme of political tension to win the race for the White House works perfect. By the way, this game also contains my favorite game component of my entire board game collection: "The-Political-Capital-Bag"
2015-12-19
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Tod Andrew
Australia
Wollongong
NSW
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Jan 2015
I probably prefer 1960 to Twilight Struggle because it has fewer rule exceptions and complications. The momentum markers and bag mechanics make for a great game. However, there is a see-saw nature to the game that some people won't like (eg player A places cubes in a state and player B then removes such cubes - this could go back and forth).
2015-12-18
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Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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8
Oct 2010
I like TS a bit better but this is simpler and faster. A tiny edge for Nixon means you can let the inexperienced player play him.

Sold. I simply prefer TS more.
2015-12-17
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MokuJin ZergMan
France
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Prêt à Maelys
2015-12-16
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Abdiel Xordium
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Aug 2012
I love Twilight Struggle. I wanted to like this game, and I did after one play. The subject matter is incredible and evocative. But after the second play it became clear there wasn't much to it: play cards and move cubes around in a fairly superficial fashion.
2015-12-16
Javier Bravo
Spain
Guadalajara
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8
Nov 2015
Muy temático, muy buenas mecánicas y con una duración ajustada, me parece un juegazo
2015-12-15
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Rafael Luna
Spain
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Oct 2013
63,5 x 88 - 109 Mayday Verdes
2015-12-15
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han sang hwan
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Kps 비슷한 황투로 됐다 상자도 안맞음
2015-12-06
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Karl Kreder
United States
Nuevo
California
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Nov 2009*
Solid game more forgiving then it's predecessor Twilight Struggle (TS). I really like this system better than TS but they theme and popularity of TS means I play it a lot more than this game.
2015-12-03
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Mr. Blue
United States
Orange County
California
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9
Mar 2012
We like this one a lot more than its more famous brother, Twilight Struggle.

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2015-12-02
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Dave Rubin
United States
Trenton
New Jersey
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Dec 2015
Area control game that has much in common with its half-brother Twilight Struggle. Card interactions are more straight forward, making this a good introductary war ... I mean, conflict simulation.

After two plays, I can't see the payoff in campaigning in the South or the West -- handle Texas and California with Events, and get maximum bang for your CP buck by staying in the East or Midwest for extended periods of time.

Good theme, great components, meh game.
2015-12-01
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Chris
Germany
Near Aachen
NRW
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Oct 2009*
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2015-11-30
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Mark Andersen
United States
Lexington
Massachusetts
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Nov 2015
I like CDGs generally. This one felt like a fair amount of doing stuff without creating lasting or interesting advantage. Basically the cards give only slight and temporary advantages all over the place and the board geography adds little.
2015-11-29
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Héctor Jimeno
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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2015-11-29
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EDG
Canada
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9
Nov 2015
Great game along the lines of 1989 and Twilight Struggle. Lots of tension and competition, and there's a lot to think about!
2015-11-28
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Anthony Simons
United Kingdom
Royal Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire
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Jan 2014
An excellent political card-driven strategy.
2015-11-27
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William Wood
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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7
Nov 2015
I'd rather play Twilight Struggle.
2015-11-27
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William "Gianwilliamo Crispi" Gerdes
United States
Redmond
Washington
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6
May 2012
Very Good
2015-11-25
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Saintmarshal Saintmarshal
Belgium
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8
Mar 2012
Protected. Premium. Ready.
2015-11-20
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Geekway
United States
St. Louis
Missouri
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Finefield (Collection Purchase), 11-13-2015
2015-11-14
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Evan Pulgino
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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Aug 2011
Went back and forth on this one. Love the theme and the game is almost there. Lacks the tension that Twilight Struggle has.
2015-11-11
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Brian Steinmetz
United States
Buffalo
New York
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7.5
Nov 2015
Played
2015-11-09
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