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Northern Vecino
Spain
Madrid
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7.75
Apr 2016
[ESP] Unas mecánicas muy bien pensadas. Duración un tanto excesiva, pero divertido y emocionante hasta el final de la partida. Seguramente mejore jugando más partidas.
2016-04-29
Owned
Tony Canzi
Canada
Penticton
British Columbia
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8.5
Apr 2016
I like this game a lot. Excellent 2p card driven up design is lean and meaty and feels much quicker than the couple hours required. More. I want more. Next up, 1989, Wir sind dad Volk! and perhaps 13 Days. Then I'll be ready to tackle the Struggle in the Twilight.
2016-04-27
Rob Matics

Cary
North Carolina
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7
Feb 2016
Similar to Twilight Struggle or 1989, but plays much quicker. Card draws add more luck to game than the other two.
2016-04-27
Owned
Matthew B
United States
Maryville
Tennessee
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2016-04-26
Owned
Preordered
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Andrew Eynon
Wales
Llandudno
Conwy
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9
Apr 2015
I prefer Twilight Struggle but 1960 doesn't have so much randomness/luck as TS because all the cards get drawn once.
2016-04-24
Owned
Rock Man
Spain
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Dorado
2016-04-22
Óscar Fernández
Spain
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2016-04-21
Owned
Malcolm Cameron
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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Jul 2012
This is a nicely presented game. I find American presidential politics very interesting, and the clash between Kennedy and Nixon is something that I knew of, but did not know much about. This gave me an opportunity to learn a little more, in the context of a game.

(Interestingly, the Australian Federal election in 1960 was perhaps even more of a cliffhanger than the US Presidential race - the conservatives are said to have been returned to government on the back of Communist Party preferences in the seat of Moreton - the conservative Prime Minister (Robert Menzies) having unsuccessfully attempted to ban the Communist Party five years earlier. But that might be a topic for another day).

Anyway, nothing really to dislike about this game: I like card driven games; I love politics and political history; the game looks and feels good. (I am particularly fond of the mock coffee stains on the board).

I think the thing that brings me to rate it fairly low is that I prefer games with more direct conflict. This has lots if indirect conflict. What I am doing as I play is responding to moves my opponent has made, or making moves that force her or him to respond - setting up leads that need to be pulled back etc. But we do not take each other on directly either in my turn or hers / his.

Undoubtedly that says more about me than it does about the game - but hence the low rating.

No counters.
2016-04-20
Owned
Jon Vallerand
Canada
St-Basile-Le-Grand
Quebec
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6.5
Nov 2015
For a game this strategic, there is WAY too much luck for my tastes.
2016-04-19
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Jonathan Smith
United States
Allen Park
Michigan
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2 P Only:
2016-04-19
Owned
Dylan Melton
United States
Conway
AR
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7.5
Apr 2016
Very cool political, historical election game. I wish there were more of this genre, I very much enjoy 1960.
2016-04-18
Owned
David Jagernauth
United States
Woodburn
Oregon
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2016-04-14
Preordered
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 of delivering the feel of a tight and unpredictable campaign.
2016-04-14
Owned
Joshua Buergel
United States
Seattle
Washington
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7
Apr 2016
Interesting adaptation of some of the central ideas of card-driven games. Quite enjoyable, but I tend to prefer the military themed ones.
2016-04-14
Owned
Matt
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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2016-04-14
Owned
Preordered
Luigi C.
United States
Sedro Woolley
Washington
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7
Mar 2016
The first thing I thought after playing the game was not "let's play this again" but "I'd like to play this game again but with a different setting."
Perfectly captures the atmosphere and theme, and makes for a fun, memorable gaming experience. Terrific 2-players game. One of those games worth playing at least once.
Unfortunately its main strength is also its main weakness. Although I enjoyed very much playing it the first time, I feel no desire to revisit that particular time in history. It feels like having to watch the same movie again and I am not compelled enough to do so. Hence the lower rating (would be much higher if it were a theme/setting I cared more about).
2016-04-13
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Christopher Slugocki
Canada
Hamilton
Ontario
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7.5
Nov 2015
Fun for a few plays, but I feel that most actions can be easily countered during the course of the campaign and so the winner is really determined in the end-game.

Traded. 2014 New Year's Canadian Math Trade.
2016-04-13
Prev. Owned
Trevor McNeill
United States
Michigan
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Jun 2014
ZMan Games Edition
2016-04-11
Owned
Haustor Capri
Canada
Ontario
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VV
2016-04-07
Owned
Jacob Nixon
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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Apr 2016
Punched, complete, played once
2016-04-07
Owned
For Trade
chris keeley
England
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8
May 2015
2 player
2016-04-04
Owned
JP LaChance
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Oct 2008*
After my first play I was Not as impressed as I had hoped I would be.
I like the "once thru" deck size / idea.
Don't care for the cube draw.
Some cards are too powerful, and others seem worthless.
Sold at gaming hoopla 2016
2016-04-03
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Yani
Switzerland
Zürich
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8
Apr 2016
Simple, yet engaging card-driven game. You can play it without knowing the deck, but you need to know it to play it well and to mitigate the copious amounts of luck involved in the card draw. Both the debate and elections mechanism are quite well put together. A lovely game, where luck enhances the theme rather than distracts from it. Very nice.
2016-04-03
Scott M

Minnesota
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7
Apr 2016
2 players
2016-04-01
Owned
Dan Green
United States
West Fargo
North Dakota
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2016-03-30
Preordered
James Beashore
United States
Shawnee
Kansas
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Only interested in complete games in Excellent condition. Thanks!
2016-03-25
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Sacha S
Australia
Naracoorte
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9
Mar 2016
Love the capital bag usage in preference to dice.
Addendum: after now played at least 12 games, I like and appreciate it more than ever. I was previously concerned that Issue battles would dominate, but in the long run that is not the case. In 3 of last 5 games the person dominating Issues for most of the game lost! Now very hard to fault this very entertaining game. Election day is ALWAYS exciting. Upgrading a notch to 9.
2016-03-23
Owned
Michael McCarty
United States
Agoura Hills
California
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GMT Edition
2016-03-22
Preordered
Vincent Douchamps
Singapore
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Item in Singapore
2016-03-18
Owned
For Trade
Joy
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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5
Oct 2015
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.

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2016-03-17
Owned
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.

P500 pre-ordered GMT 2016 re-release
2016-03-16
Owned
Joe Kuehler
United States
Roanoke
Virginia
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7
Mar 2016
Fun game. A little slanted toward Kennedy, but, then again, so is actual history.
2016-03-15
Owned
Jason Daly
United States
Pasadena
California
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BedC - 4 sealed
2016-03-12
Owned
Julian Dahlquist
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9.8
Mar 2016
As someone who's worked in politics for years, this game has it all. The only downside is that it takes a while to play (3-5 hours for me usually), but it seems to zip by. Very well playtested, very well thought out. I snagged my copy for a little less than 90 bucks, and I have not regretted my purchase one bit.
2016-03-11
Owned
Kalle TRS
Finland
Turku
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5
Mar 2016
Looking good and the mechanics seem to be well integrated into the theme, but as many others have also noted, just playing plain campaign actions to push more and more cubes into the few key states, and playing the stronger events overrides all the other actions and features.
Feels swingier than Twilight Struggle and is missing the sudden death victory tension, so I'll play TS over this any day. I hope the GMT treatment fixes it and gives more importance to the media action, issues and debate.
2016-03-07
Prev. Owned
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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10
Apr 2016
[9 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 Mar '16.
2016-03-06
Owned
N Bump
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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8
Mar 2013
A favorite two player game.
2016-03-06
Owned
CassSoren
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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5
Jan 2010
Card driven area/influence control. Something fell flat for me. Traded for The Gallerist.
2016-03-05
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Matt Poole
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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GMT - P500
2016-03-04
Preordered
Adrian V.
Germany
Freiburg
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Twilight Struggle light, but also worse? General consensus among my geekbuddies seems to be: that one is mediocre and not thematically sound. I'll trust that sentiment and will abstain from a purchase, let alone a preorder. But I'll gladly join an introductory play for sure.
2016-03-04
Tony Archer
Australia
Woori Yallock
VIC
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7.6
Dec 2010
This is a difficult game to teach and to play. The field is wide open and the strategy includes both short and long term. Fortunately the cards give some direction. Not too difficult once you get going. Though my losing margin increases with each game!
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2016-03-04
Owned
Timothy Sullivan
United States
Glen Carbon
Illinois
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7
Jun 2013
Played it once and liked it. I don't enjoy it as much as Twilight Struggle, but very comparable.
2016-03-02
Owned
Pedro Jose Lozano
Spain
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9.1
Feb 2016
I love it. All players should try it. Me encanta, todos los jugadores deberian probarlo
2016-03-01
Owned
Rafael Luna
Spain
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Oct 2013
Enfundado
2016-02-29
Owned
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Ken Campbell
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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2016-02-28
Preordered
A. B. West
United States
Beech Grove
Indiana
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8
Nov 2012
Very fine game and I really love the theme which is well integrated and wonderfully researched. I'm not sure why it's so highly praised, however. The mechanics are nifty, but it is in the end reduced to a tug of war, area control game. Replayability - yes, up until you've seen and understand all the cards. It is considerably snappier than Twilight Struggle - but both have their nice features. I do want to play it a few more times and it remains my medium weight 2-player game of choice (of which I could use a few more).
2016-02-24
Owned
Grayson
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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7
Feb 2016
First off, I like Matthews' style of area control CDGs. I like the theme and I think the cards and actions largely reflect that. There are some things that I find unfortunate about the game. The debate phase is sort of a nuisance here as we almost always end up with 1 or 2 cards that are just sort of nuked, but using it as a "Space race/Tiananmen sq" type safety valve really spices it up as you aren't quite sure how it's going to play out. The bummer is that this requires both players have a similar mind set. Second, is there isn't really a reshuffle ala TS's Early/Mid/Late war system. If I get the right cards, I'm in like Flynn, but if I don't, there is only so much I can do about it. It's not like (as Nixon) I have to worry about Hostile Press Corps coming back to haunt me in a couple turns if I play it for points now and pre-empt it. Last, and particularly unfortunate given the second point is how the events fire off. It's bitter sweet in that it seems rather easy to maneuver around someone else's events so I don't have to worry about dealing with the consequences of them (especially if I chuck them on the debates), but this becomes much more of an issue before election day as you're more likely to pick cards for states more so than to dodge them and it's a more critical time for plays with time running out. If you're out of momentum markers, then it's open season for me, where as in TS I still have to deal with it but get to choose whether I get the points first or you get the event. That's a nuance to the general system that I find missing. On the other hand, I do like the system surrounding the momentum markers and the issue track, that's an interesting form of brinksmanship in terms of what sort of bait can you do to get your opponent to use their markers so you can sneak stuff in. One other thing in particular that I like is I find it's really easy and plays fairly fast (compared to his other games). The hovering around 0 and flipping things with endorsements is also a nice touch and makes election day worthwhile, but that sort of requires people play toward that strategy though...

I think there are two times when I'd play 1960 over Twilight Struggle; if I'm teaching someone new to Matthews' game style, and/or if I'm short on time. I find 1960 can be setup, played, and finished in 2 hours compared to the 3-5 for the other two games. Second, it's much easier to explain this as the influence placement and event firing are much more simplistic. It's certainly enjoyable, but all things equal and possible, it's probably not the first Matthews game I'd reach for.

update: 11 plays in, I think it's a game where the meta-strategy really is a factor. Will my opponent also chuck my stuff into the debates? Will I try and lock up stuff and dislodge them near the end? Will I compete on issues or do without much in the way of momentum? When you pick different strategies, the game sort of unravels a bit, but if people play in a similar fashion, it seems to really be a great nail biter in a smaller package. I almost want to talk about what I'm going to do before starting... Still a 7, but maybe a 6 at times depending who I'm playing against.
2016-02-19
Owned
Nick Crosby
Belgium
Bruxelles
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5
Feb 2016
Good Condition
2016-02-18
Owned
For Trade
Brandon Kempf
United States
Jefferson City
MO
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P500 GMT

Already own a copy and may not keep pre-order, just wanted to throw support towards the title when it was announced.

Will keep pre-order if there are enough differences to warrant.
2016-02-17
Owned
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Juli Palomo
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2016-02-17
Owned

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