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Geoff Kemp
United Kingdom
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8.6
Apr 2014
A Classic game that is still played on a semi regular basis
2014-04-09
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Bruce Glassco
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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8
Jul 2014
A very tricky game when you need to make coalitions; unfortunately, that doesn't always happen enough.
2002-10-29*
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Kevin Nesbitt
Canada
Ajax
Ontario
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8
Oct 2004*
A very underrated game here on BGG. Should be at least in the Top 100.
The amount of enjoyment increases with each new player added.
2004-10-06*
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Rainer Korzendörfer
Germany
Sachsenheim
Baden Würtenberg
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8
Nov 2004*
very heavy played
2004-11-10*
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Andreas Maszuhn
Germany
München
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8
Jan 2005*
own both editions. Rating 8 is for the first edition.
2nd Edition is for trade.
2010-04-05
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Steve Zanini
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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8
Jan 2005*
excellent game especially if you can use a visual scorebaord. have done this twice at FallCon and it was a huge success.
2005-01-16*
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Achim Nieder-Vahrenholz
Germany
Krefeld
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8
Oct 2006*
Rather complicate rules, good gameplay.
2006-10-20*
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Johannes Knöbl
Austria
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7.5
Jan 2011
An old gem! In bigger groups a realy fun and easy to play game - just don't shy away from lots of counting and adding and subtracting ... :-)
2014-05-27
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Byll The Captain
United Kingdom
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Worcs
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7
Aug 2002*
Resource allocating card game weoghing chances of winning elections across Europe.
2002-08-14*
Gary Jackson
New Zealand
Auckland
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7
Feb 2009*
Highly enjoyable introduction into the vagracies of coalition politics
2002-11-05*
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Heinz Kiosk
United Kingdom
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7
May 2003*
Good one to play on election nights to get into the spirit
2003-05-13*
Rob Doupe
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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7
Nov 2003*
An experience rather than analytical game. Fun negotiations. Very chaotic. Artwork give brilliant portrayal of political types.

2003-11-20*
Jason Matthews
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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7
Apr 2004*
2nd Edition rules seem to be a step backwards.
2004-04-15*
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Craig Viau
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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7
Nov 2010
Excellent game of negotiation and strategy. However the scoring is somewhat complex and this can cause some analysis paralysis in determining who is ahead and who to ally with. The game can be improved with some fixes. However, the basic concept and system are excellent. Accomodates up to 10 which is a big plus as well. Keep in mind this is a card game and can be played much quicker, with the right crowd it can be a beer and pretzels game. This is one game I want everyone to try. It is very difficult for people to see the strategy in this game. You need to explain how important it is to get a third party involved in each election or it boils down to a landslide in most elections which sucks the fun out of the game.
2004-08-05*
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John Garrett
United Kingdom
Wokingham
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7
Dec 2004*
Now we have 25 member states - a new version will never finish!!!
2004-12-30*
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Philipp Bäcker
Germany
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7
Sep 2008*
Invidious and funny with many (and suitable) Players!
2005-07-28*
Charles F.
Germany
Berlin
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7
Apr 2006*
[11/4/06 ]I really like the whole game premise. However, I do recognize the first edition we played has a number of issues. From what I've heard about the 2nd edition, it seems to be a whole lot more refined. Very much looking forward to playing that. I'm confident the newer edition will also allow me to bump up my rating.
2006-04-11*
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Peer Sylvester
Germany
Berlin
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7
Jun 2006*
I like the original version much better!
2006-06-03*
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Ian Lynagh
United Kingdom
Oxford
Oxfordshire
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7
Nov 2008*
Good player range. Nice little filler, although the special cards are a little bit too powerful considering they are just randomly dealt out.
2008-11-23*
Tommy Larsson
Sweden
Linköping
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7
Aug 2013
The seven is for playing without all those "random cards".
2013-08-17
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Jonathan Badger
England
Stratford upon Avon
Warwickshire
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6.5
Apr 2009*
Apr-09: First game for ten years or so. We were in need of an 8 player game. This is a worthy game. Most enjoyed. But with 7 or 8 players only 7 cards are dealt to each player which is not enough to create the same party pairs you need. So, too much luck is introduced for 8 players. Recommended only for 5 or 6 players.
2009-04-05
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Frank da man
Thailand
Chumpohn
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6.5
Aug 2007*
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2007-08-02*
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Uisge Beatha
Scotland
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6.5
Aug 2009*
Clever political card game.
2009-08-04
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Walter Hunt
United States
Bellingham
Massachusetts
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6
Jun 2008*
2nd edition.
2008-06-23*
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Doug Adams
Australia
Oakleigh
Victoria
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6
Jan 2013
Clever card game set in the European Union. Players play cards to the table over a set number of rounds, then try to get their cards in on a coalition to form government in the current country. This game has seen a couple of editions, both rather chaotic thanks to the event cards. The second edition without the event cards is my preferred way of playing.
2003-07-21*
Douglas S
United States
Torrance
California
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May 2008*
Obtained in a trade.
Political Card Game.
2011-01-15
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Jasen Robillard
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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6
Oct 2003*
Probably better than my original impression...Verrater on a grander scale?
2003-10-30*
Steven Kosakowski
United States
Fort Collins
Colorado
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6
Apr 2004*
Have 1st and 2nd editions.
2004-04-10*
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Andy Parsons
United Kingdom
Chelmsford
Essex
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6
Jul 2009*
A game that has dated. I played and enjoyed the first edition many times. The "designer's cut" second edition raised the number of action cards from 10 to 20, both lengthening the game and making it more random. Even the first edition now seems long-winded, with too much mathematics and too little control.
2005-02-07*
Patrick Brennan
Australia
St Ives, Sydney
NSW
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Jul 2005*
It's played in 15 rounds, where each round is an election in one of the EU countries. Your hand is meant to last for 3 or 4 rounds and is made up of cards ranging from low to high value across 7 major political parties. With each card play, the decision is whether to play a card in the same party as those previous, improving your position but also handing VP's to your allies, or striking out with a new party and hoping other players will join you (and are able to join you given the cards in their hands). The other consideration is that whoever plays the highest value cards in the winning party gets a bonus. So the game necessarily devolves into determining who's winning (scores are tallied after each round) and playing cards so that someone else gets the spoils next time - ripe leader bashing. The game slows down with lots of counting and evaluating the effects of play, so downtime is present, and an element of same-ness creepingly invades the game. Action cards are also present which can dramatically affect the game-play, and you'll either get good ones or not, so the deal can be very important. Interesting enough, but for the time (3-4 hours for the full game?, we bailed out half way thru), I think I'd prefer something else.
2009-04-08
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Michael R
United Kingdom
Glasgow
Lanarkshire
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Sep 2005*
Enjoyable negotiation game with some good backstabbing moments. Bit long though.
2005-09-03*
carl huber
England
London
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6
Sep 2006*
A bit heavy and European for most people. But I love political games, so...
2006-09-30*
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Steve Kurzban
United States
Seaford
New York
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Jun 2009*
Hexagames version, gently used
2007-01-11*
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Joseph Cannon
England
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
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Dec 2007*
Used to have lots of fun with this in the 90s.
2007-12-31*
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Matt Amitrano
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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Aug 2008*
I remember playing this with about 12 people. The table talk enhanced the game, which made it an enjoyable experience. So I currently give it a 6. I need to play it again to re-rate.
2008-08-10*
Tiamat
United States
Plymouth
Minnesota
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Sep 2014
I played 5p and didn't use action cards as that's not my style.

Interesting game potentially. The cards have 7 parties which are basically suits, and numbers representing how many votes they are worth. You get to play a certain number of cards (like 2-4, one at a time in turn order). Then the person who played the highest sum for each suit is the leader of that party, and negotiates with other leaders to try to form a majority. You score for being the leader of parties included in the coalition, the larger the better (as the parties vary by size), and you also score for playing cards of the parties that get included, even if you don't get to be their leader.

A high percentage of the time, what seems to happen is that it becomes clear very quickly that one of the two major sides (top hat or rose) is going to prevail, and so players stop trying to compete and just try to play cards that either support the leading party or a party that might be able to form a coalition. (There are restrictions on which parties can be together in a coalition.) That results in landslide wins which is kind of dull.

It might be more interesting if you simply got nothing when you don't lead a party. That would decrease the likelihood that one party would have an outright majority. But on the negative side, there would be more occasions where you can't play anything useful.

Some substantial luck in what cards you get. It's also possible but tedious to calculate who is the leader that needs to be bashed, etc.
2013-06-13
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Steve Bauer
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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5.5
Dec 2007*
Seemed interesting but very chaotic (We played with 10, guessing would be better with less)We had several rules questions the english translation did not answer.
2007-12-30*
Lindsay Scholle
Australia
St Ives, 2075
NSW
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5
Feb 2004*
I like the theme and the general play - especially if played quickly without proper counting. Unfortunately all that countng of scores can be a little too fiddly. Not bad if experienced players can rip through the game in no time.
2004-02-19*
Terry Egan
United States
Waltham
MA
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5
Sep 2007*
A bit on the long side as far as my tastes run in card games.
2007-09-08*
Jens KH
Germany
Frankfurt am Main
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5
Mar 2010
Koalition is a light(-hearted) card game. Up to 8 players fight for control of the most influential politicians and parties in Europe.

Huge swings in majorities are not unheard of, and the influence of any single player on the outcome is rather limited but it's interesting to see ad-hoc alliances being formed in the middle of an election to either secure majorities or to get a foot in the door and make a junior partner more attractive. With the right crowd, not a bad game.

Just like with real elections, the score-keeping has all the charm of a 20th century spreadsheet...
2012-10-22
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Kevin Nunn
United States
Houston
Texas
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Sep 2002*
Maybe it's because we only played with five players, but after four rounds, there seemed little reason to continue playing.
2002-09-07*
Norbert Chan
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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4
Nov 2004*
Play different political faction cards out of your hand to compete for majority points in countries. At game end, more majority points awarded for the most played political faction. After playing the first time, the special cards (egg on leader's face, etc) were taken out to get rid of the randomness. Then it seemed whoever was in the seat to form winning alliances was subject to peer pressure or false perceptions on who was winning. That seemed to reward who could manipulate the best, shout the loudest or who could prevent other people from proposing alliances. It's been played more times in our group than it deserves.
2004-11-17*
Michael Denman
United States
Katy
Texas
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Eh. Don't care to see this one hit the table again...
2002-09-11*
Alfonzo Smith
United States
Hawthorne
California
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Have vague memories of enjoying both versions of this game. Second edition better than first edition but only slightly.
2004-06-30*
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Andreas Ekelundh
Sweden
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Haven't played this one yet
2005-07-11*
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David Wright
United Kingdom
Wallington
Surrey
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2005-10-27*
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Frank Eisenhauer
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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Hexa Games Edition
2006-01-07*
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Han Heidema
Netherlands
Wolfheze
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2006-12-23*
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@spielfriek
United States
Virginia Beach
Virginia
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2nd edition
2007-05-28*
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Nick Case
England
Epsom
Surrey
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Previously owned but never played. 90 minutes just seemed way too long for a card game so sold on.
2013-05-03
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