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Bosze Gabor
Hungary
Kapuvár
Győr-M-Sopron
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9.5
Jul 2014
Végre! Kipróbáltuk ezt a remek játékot. Sajnos megint beleszaladtam abba, hogy csak nekem tetszett. Ez a jövőt illetően nem sok jóval kecsegtet.
Rövid véleményem az, hogy egy jó kis mechanikával és remekül átérezhető tematikával van felvértezve. Nagyon jó minőségű a játék, kifejezetten a kártyák. Ezek messzemenőkig a legszebbek amivel valaha játszottam, sőt a minősége is remek. Komoly mélységű stratégiákat nem tudtunk még játszani, mert homály volt ezzel kapcsolatban mindegyikünkbe, de a fő csapásirányokat már megláttuk. De a tématámogatások a végén erősek lehetnek, csak a párom ezt szerintem nem használta ki százszázalékosan. A vita szerepét nem látom olyan kiemelkedőnek, de ahhoz többet kellene játszani, hogy ezt bátran kijelentsem. Jó sok minden összefügg a kártyákkal kapcsolatban, de mégsem vagyunk szerintem urai a játékunknak, egy kicsit a szerencse is közbeszólhat. Bár a fene tudja, olyan nagyon mégsem ül rá a játékra ez a szerencse. Kíváncsi lennék ezeknek a kocka bedobás, kihúzás matematikai összefüggéseire.
Summa summarum ez egy jó játék. Üröm az örömben, hogy egy államjelzőt nem találok. (Meglett)

Még annyit, hogy nem írtunk történelmet, csak ismételtük. Kennedy nagyon nyert!
Update: még mindig izgi, mily meglepő. New yorkot elvesztettem kennedyként,(illetve az utolsó pillanatban nem sikerült fordítanom ott, így full bukó lett a játékom. De izgi volt nagyon!!!
2015-08-01
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Michel Ney
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7.5
Oct 2011
Somehow more clunky and less fun than Twilight Struggle
2015-07-29
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Kweku
United States
Oakland
California
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5
Jul 2015
A Cube Pusher that Makes you FEEL Like You're a Campaign Planner for the Presidential Race... But Kinda Sucks If You've Played Twilight Struggle

killer setting for a board game -- remarkable sense of time and place. However, the gameplay feels waaay too tit for tat (reversing what the other player does constantly makes you feel both piss weak which is boring), and it is a bit too easy to play your hand compared to the tense Twilight Struggle --

I don't think Momentum system really works that well in practice, the "movement" is a joke, etc. so the advantages and cool things it has on paper over TS don't really matter.

I'd Rather Play: Twilight Struggle, hands down. The gap in game length and complexity is just not big enough to justify playing both.

(3 Design + 2 Enjoyment)
2015-07-28
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Jerod Keryluik
Canada
Abbotsford
British Columbia
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7
Aug 2013
For the first 2 or 3 plays through, 1960: The Making Of The President gives the feel of being a political campaign manager in the form of a war game. Early plays are fun, grueling contests to win the hearts and minds of the American people and provide an education of the U.S. political landscape in 1960.

The game is as well-designed as it could be. Each game component is attractive and well-implemented. For new players, rules are not too difficult to learn. A curious addition to the game is the debate turn which uses mechanics similar to Schotten-Totten to win debate issues.

1960:tMotP initially only suffers from the fact that it is for 2-players only, but after a few plays its other limitations will appear. Once a player becomes familiar with, or memorizes, the cards the game loses its appeal. Variability dissolves as players move toward set strategies making each playthrough a forgone conclusion. Experienced players will unavoidably slaughter beginners.

All that was needed to improve 1960:tMotP was too have more cards than could be used in the course of the game. This would have added some uncertainty to each play mixing things up for veterans.

Another minor quibble: The cards seem to have a bias towards the Republicans. This can be problematic when introducing 1960:tMotP to new players as most people I've played it with prefer to play Democrats and fight an uphill battle all game.
2015-07-25
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Matt Highfill
United States
Boston
MA
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10
Jul 2015
A masterpiece! I don't know where to start, really.
I can easily say that this game provided more tension than any other game I've played, from start to finish.

My favorite part about the game, and the driving force throughout, is the cards. They are fantastic. First of all, the names of many of them are hilarious (political jokes at the expense of either Kennedy or Nixon). They also include just a blurb of flavor text, which in this case is historical information (which is primarily anecdotal and interesting). Beyond that, the cards are mostly split into 2 parts. You can either initiate an event OR take action points. This decision alone can drive any player mad, at times. Plus, you have to consider whether you are going to prevent someone from blocking your event or if you want to copy someone else's. Perhaps most importantly, you have to play the cards in the right order to achieve the optimal effect. To be fair, this could potentially be an AP-inducing nightmare for some player. Even for me, someone who doesn't generally succumb to AP, I tend to have to take my time. But, it's so enjoyable, and this is where the game gets a lot of its tension! It's almost more fun to decide the order to play your cards than it is to actually play them, oddly enough. So, the cards are awesome.

Beyond that, there's a great deal of chrome in the game: endorsements, advertising, major issues, momentum, etc. Consequently, there's a lot to think about, but it's not overwhelming, at least not for us. This isn't a gateway game! If you play this as a gateway, you might hate it, or think it feels like work. But that's just an assumption, I can't be sure.

Nevertheless, one of the greatest strengths of this game is the theme. I love how everything blends thematically: the tension, the back and forth, the debates, the campaign factors, and eventually, election day. The theme is well-implemented (granted I'm a history teacher).

The components are also quite nice. The art is period-appropoiate and clean. I like the "rest cubes/coffee mug" mechanic. What's interesting, and also thematically appropriate to elections, is I was crushing my wife the whole game as Kennedy. But because of her disproportionate amount of support check cubes in the bag on election day, you was able to pull off an inconceivable victory. I couldn't believe I lost, and I was quite frustrated, but in a weird way (because it made so much sense thematically) I just couldn't help but like the game more because of it. I just love this game! I'm going to stop now!
2015-07-22
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Samuel Favre
Switzerland
Sion
Valais
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9
Jul 2015
I'm in love with this game! Theme is strong, cards (and infos on it) are wonderfull. I really like the card-driven mechanic and this game is a very good example of it. Note that it's shorter than other card-driven games, and it's a good point in my opinion.
2015-07-22
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Ryan Tharp
United States
Springfield
Missouri
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I think my wife would like the theme, but maybe it's too complex for her.
2015-07-22
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Joshua Hamer
United States
Oakville
Missouri
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8
Mar 2014
Absolutely wish this game could get played more often. This was my first deep strategy game, and it's so well-constructed. Need to try Twilight Struggle still.
2015-07-21
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Uga Gamer's association
United States
Georgia
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2015-07-20
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Lior A
Israel
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125
2015-07-20
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Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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4
May 2015
Although 1960: The Making of the President has a lot in common with Twilight Struggle, I strongly prefer the latter. For some reason I don't feel the tension in 1960.
2015-07-19
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Walter Donovan
United States
Saint Cloud
Minnesota
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9
Nov 2013
Nixon all the way! Arooo!
2015-07-19
Björn Hansson
Sweden
Bromma
Stockholm
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7
Jul 2015
This game probably deserves a 9, but since I don't have that connection to the theme that is required in order to really appreciate the game, I can't give it more than a 7.
2015-07-16
Juan Carlos Goyes
Colombia
Bogota
Cundinamarca
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It’s true hard work never killed anyone, but I figure, why take the chance? - Ronald Reagan
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6.5
Jul 2015
2015-01-05

Initial Rating: 8.0 (May 2012)

What a surprise!!! Really good game (way better than Campaign Manager). After I played Twilight Struggle, a game that didn't grab me, I didn´t want to try 1960 but I really liked it. It makes me want to try TS again to see what I missed the first time.

It's been a long time since my only play of 1960: The Making of the President, so I don't remember much other than I had lots of fun playing it.

For now I want to play the game again and when I do I will come back and re comment. I'm downgrading its rating so it matches my feelings for the game with the BGG rating system. Still I consider the game a good one.

Current Rating: 7.0


2015-07-13

I still haven’t had the chance to play the game again, but my desire to do so have waned a bit more, So I’m downgrading its rating once more.

Current Rating: 6.5
2015-07-13
Michael W.
Germany
Böblingen
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6
Mar 2015
Tentative review after the first game: I was quite disappointed after my first game although I am a big fan of GMT's CDG. I won't give up on it so easily, though. Will reeavulate after more plays!
2015-07-12
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Cristiano Carusi
Italy
Giulianova
Teramo
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2015-07-10
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David Wright
United Kingdom
Wallington
Surrey
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2015-07-10
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Corin A. Friesen
United States
California
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7
Jul 2015
Good game. Dramatic to the end. The game has a significant random factor, but that is essential to the theme, it isn't much of a negative mark on the game itself. The game is essentially thematic; I think that's the value of it. Where I'm at right now, I like the idea of less random factors, but that doesn't prevent me from appreciating this game and having fun playing it with others.
2015-07-08
Rob Compton
England
Branston
Lincolnshire
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8.5
Jul 2015
Got to play this for the first time tonight (7/7/15).
Great game, a bit easier to learn than Twilight Struggle which for me, is its nearest comparison.
Lots of tug-of-war as players choose to control states, push the issues, control the media or play thematic events from the period.
Would suggest multiple plays are required to grasp the depth to the strategy involved.
Thanks Steve 'Nixon' Barker for introducing me to the game.
2015-07-07
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Mattias B
Sweden
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7
Jul 2015
Nice alternative to Twilight struggle. Faster but the debates are more of a hassle than they add in terms of play value.
2015-07-07
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Richard Adams
Scotland
Haddington
East Lothian
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From what I hear and read - not up to the standard of Twilight Struggle - but keen to give it a go all the same - not yet played
2015-07-04
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Olivier Levasseur
Canada
Montreal
Québec
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10
Feb 2009*
Amazing theme and gameplay!
2015-07-03
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Julio Riquelme
Spain
Zaragoza
Zaragoza
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7
Apr 2014
La temática no me llama, pero el juego la verdad es que está bastante bien.
2015-06-30
Danielle Weaver
United States
Charlotte
North Carolina
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2015-06-29
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Peter Elsenheimer
United States
Howard City
Michigan
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9
Jun 2015
Very Cool Tactical Epic 2-player Area-Control/Influence Hand-Management War-Like Awesome Game !!!!!!!!!!
2015-06-24
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Mike Szarka
Canada
Oshawa
Ontario
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When it is your turn to send a VASSAL move, the wait is excruciating. When it's my turn, well, I've been busy.
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8
Jun 2015
After one play seems like a well-balanced and interesting mid-weight CDG. Nice mix of fun and strategy and plenty of history.
2015-06-20
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Rock Preacher
United States
Michigan
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Excellent Condition, Looks New!
2015-06-13
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J-F Huard
Canada
Shawinigan
Quebec
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+120615 VS La crypte de la Créature
2015-06-12
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Northern Vecino
Spain
Madrid
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[ESP] Muy interesantes mecánicas. Insuperable relación calidad/precio.
2015-06-08
Mark Coleman
Wales
Barry, South Wales
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8.5
Apr 2013
Still brilliant after 15+ plays. One of my favourite two player games of all time.
2015-06-02
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Brent Case
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Sep 2013
OOP
2015-05-31
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Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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Rub the wizard! You should probably wash your hands.
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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.
2015-05-28
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Spencer Witt
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2015-05-28
Esteban Marin
Spain
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Tengo Videoreseña
Control Areas/Conquista
3.2
2015-05-25
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Brian Pierce
Denmark
Aarhus
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8
Oct 2014
I enjoy this game. It isn't as stellar as Twilight Struggle or 1989, but I still enjoy the unique mechanics.
2015-05-25
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klf NC
United States
Cary
North Carolina
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May 2015
fun.
2015-05-19
Saintmarshal Saintmarshal
Belgium
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8
Mar 2012
Protected. Premium.
2015-05-19
Owned
Sebastien Martel
Canada
Quebec
Quebec
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2015-05-18
Owned
D. R.
Lithuania
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Miss! Does no damage to Liquid Metal Slime!
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8.4
May 2015
Has a similar vibe to Twilight Struggle, but nonetheless stands on its own as a great presidential election simulation.
2015-05-14
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aaron harrison
United States
oneonta
New York
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6.6
Jul 2014
2nd edition
2015-05-13
Owned
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Chadgr
United States
Ithaca
New York
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8
May 2013
played
2015-05-08
Owned
Scott Daniel
United States
San Diego
California
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9
Dec 2013
Card-driven game of the very tight 1960 US Presidential election. Does an outstanding job of capturing the tension of a political campaign. The challenge of balancing resources in battling for the individual states while managing the issues and dealing with the unexpected results that the events present does a great job.
2015-05-06
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Jason Smith
United States
Vancouver
WA
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Jan 2013
One corner of lid split. O/w like new, all components.
2015-05-06
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Jonathan Weidow
Sweden
Mölndal
Unspecified
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9
May 2015
Wow, a really great game which shares most of the mechanics from Twilight Struggle, but played in a shorter time. Great thematic feeling.
2015-05-06
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James Drury
Canada
Longueuil
Quebec
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Dice Tower Top 100 (2014):
-Sam Healey: N/A
-Dan King: 85/100
-Zee Garcia: N/A
-Tom Vasel: N/A
-People's Choice: N/A
2015-05-05
Whisper
France
Salon de Provence
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8
May 2014
Unique : Politique

REGLE : Résumé à vérifier
2015-05-02
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Tony Pace
Taiwan
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Taichung
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7
Mar 2013
It's an interesting game for politics geeks... but a little flat overall.
2015-05-01
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Rafael Pires
Portugal
Lisboa
Campo Grande
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8
Dec 2014
Cruzmatias
Sleeved

I'm really impressed by 1960: The Making of the President and I do not consider it a TS spin-off. Visually appealing with a game play that gives you plenty of choices to formulate a winning strategy, all in all is a very strategic game that plays in about 2 hours with an amazing theme.
2015-04-29
Owned
Charles Neal
Canada
Hillsburgh
Ontario
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Apr 2015
I like this one, it's fun to play Nixon and put on a pithy baritone voice, or Kennedy with a Hah-vaad accent. My biggest challenge is that it doesn't work well solitaire.
2015-04-22
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Jeff Pratt
United States
Anacortes
Washington
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8
Oct 2010
This is an excellent card-driven game of campaign politics, based on the Nixon/Kennedy presidential election. Not only is it fun, it's also a damn good history lesson. I went into my first game of 1960 expecting to be a little bored by the theme. How wrong I was. Almost every event card that entered my hand made me say "No way...that actually happened?" I'd never fully understood why this election was considered such a pivotal event, aside from Kennedy going on to become a beloved American icon. (To be fair, I missed this particular party by about a decade and a half...I'm a Reagan era kid!) Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the history lesson.

As for the actual nuts and bolts of the game, it's a solid adaptation of the Twilight Struggle system. The only feature I don't care for are the debates. I'm still not sure if they are meant to be used as a card dump or if they're actually something to focus your campaign strategy around. It doesn't seem like a great idea to burn strong cards in setting up for the it, since the rewards aren't overwhelmingly good. Yet if you don't prepare and just discard to it at random, then the whole phase can really burn you. That's a fairly minor complaint though, as the rest of the game is an entertaining and educational tug-of-war that keeps both players engaged right up until election night.
2015-04-20
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