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I will not rest until Biblios is in the Top 100. - Steve Oksienik
United States
Howell
Michigan
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Well I been watchin' while you been coughin, I've been drinking life while you've been nauseous, and so I drink to health while you kill yourself and I got just one thing that I can offer... Go on and save yourself and take it out on me
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10
Feb 2008*
This is one of the best games I have ever played. Very rarely does a game impress me enough to get multiple plays right out of the box, but we played this 5 times the first day. Unbelievably good game and really high quality for a self-published affair.

UPDATE - I increased my rating to a 10 on 2-9-08. I love this game and I find myself constantly wanting to play it. A glowing review will be coming soon.
2008-02-08*
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Stephen Meyers
United States
Frederick
Maryland
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10
Oct 2008*

I don't own Biblios I own Scriptorium.
2010-08-17
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Pee di Moor
Netherlands
Rotterdam
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10
Oct 2011
After 10+ plays I upped this to a 10. Quick game, yet packed with decisions and AY and YES moments. No downtime. Quick to set up and clean up.

Perfect game for 2 or 3 players.
2009-09-02
Owned
Kurt R
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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It was my life, like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was to let it be.
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10
Dec 2009*
S&S is one of my favorite games. I rate it a 10, as relative to its genre, I'd rather play this. Yes, it's light but the strategy is surprisingly deep. It's a game similar to For Sale in that there are two phases. You collect cards in each phase but the first acquisition phase merely sets you up for the auction where most of the fun happens.

In the auction, you pay for suit cards with gold but pay for gold cards with (any) cards played face down so people don't know what you're discarding. You can openly collect a majority of cards in a suit but then shave them down secretly knowing that everyone else has abandoned that category as "lost" to you. I've shaved cards down in the auction phase from 6 points to 1 (and won) because everyone knew I had a lot of cards and stopped competing with me. I thought you had a lot of that?! Well, I DID... You need to bid gold cards for gold cards just to keep others from getting cheap gold and to make them think you have more gold than you really do.

There's a lot of psychological play in convincing others to back off because you have something wrapped up and to being sneaky about pursuing a category. Trying to predict who is collecting which suits is not always obvious and you have to mess with other players in the auction to the point of sometimes getting stuck with stuff that you were just trying to bid up.
2013-12-03
Owned
~Ryan McSwain
United States
Amarillo
Texas
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10
Dec 2008*
This game is a blast. I need to go play it right now.
2010-03-25
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martin blackham
United Kingdom
belper
derbyshire
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10
Jul 2008*
Bought on recommendation by Nick @ Shire Games. Great game with a fresh outlook of collecting sets. Odd theme. Put bishops in the auction pile and make sure you win them when you've committed to one or two sets. Makes a huge difference.
2008-07-13*
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Jeff Pratt
United States
Anacortes
Washington
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Just admit it already, Small World is not a fantasy wargame...it's a Mancala variant!
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10
Sep 2012
Here's a BGG rarity, a game that actually lives up to the hype. It has a very unique drafting mechanism tied to an equally unique set collection mechanism. The cards you are trying to collect are a bit of a moving target, because the other players are not only competing for the same sets, but also directly controlling the value of each set for the end game scoring. It ends up being a very cool interlocking puzzle with multiple approaches to winning. Do I focus on driving the value down on a color I am weak in? Do I let my opponent control the market values and hope his decisions telegraph his intentions, so that I can counter them? The depth of the game is impressive, considering I can teach someone to play in literally five minutes.

This is probably going to creep into my Top 10, if I ever manage to track down a copy. A new printing is supposed to be coming down the pike, so hopefully I can finally snag one.

2015-02-10
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Guy Riessen
United States
Sebastopol
California
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10
Mar 2009*
Let me be absolutely clear about this--we've been playing Scripts and Scribes since its initial VHS box release--and we still play this at almost every other weekly game night...that's what 5 or 6 years, in a game group that is made up of hard-core, card game players, and boardgamers who thrive on playing a different game every week. It is THAT good.

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Updated to a 10. I honestly think this is quite possibly our most turned-to filler/short game. It plays FANTASICALLY with 2, 3 or 4 players--not many games can acheive that tricky balance. Fewer players is a slightly faster game, but at every level the game holds fun and tricky decisions that never sink to AP, because while tricky and hard to commit to, the decisions remain relatively simple, but rarely obvious.

This can be played with brnd new players, and they'll pick it up after a single run-through playing the two stages. Only thing to watch to clarify is that the Bishop must be played when "chosen," that it can never be held in-hand, even though it can be placed into the auction.

This is a solid addition to the drafting genre of card games. The less than perfect knowledge of the draft along with the ability to change values in the very streamlined scoring system makes it brilliant. This may well be waiting to grow into a 10, and it is certainly a filler-length which will always be requested.

This is the absolute, perfect filler-length 10.
We've now been playing it for a few years, and the desire to play it as a game night closer or a quick game with any number of players, 2,3,4 has not diminished AT ALL.
2012-10-25
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Bob Flaherty
United States
Loves Park
Illinois
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10
Sep 2009*
This game uses a clever assign / auction mechanic that adds a unique twist to set collection. I was concerned at first that the auction would not be exciting with only two people; however, this was not the case. The limited resources along with the angst of the unknown add tension to the auction that makes each one meaningful. Assigning cards to the three different piles and the ability to manipulate the VPs via the Bishops (Cookie Jar) allows for some subtle bluffing techniques. This is a great little game that plays fast. My wife and I played two games with rules explanation in less than 45 minutes.

The current availability of the game is a deterrent. It is currently out of print and copies are being offered at a high value. There is a reprint in the works that should be available soon. That should make this great game more affordable and more accessible.
2010-06-03
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Touko Tahkokallio
Finland
Espoo
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10
Dec 2009*
What a great filler! I especially love the 2 player game.

update: after 43 plays, I have updated the rating from 9 to 10. This is simply a brilliant game.
2009-12-19
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Bryan Maxwell
United States
Burtchville
Michigan
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10
Sep 2012
After a handful of 2-player plays, I'm in love. The tension, the tough choices about which colors to keep, which colors to dump on, how much to bid, how to signal opponents to throw them off the scent of what you're doing...there's just so much good stuff going on here, and it all happens inside about 15 minutes.

Wow.
2012-09-11
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chris carleton
Canada
bon accord
Alberta
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10
Aug 2009*
A simple but compelling game.
2009-08-16
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mark francis
England
redhill
surrey
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10
Jan 2015
This is so much fun to play!We have only played it with 2 and can't wait to play it with more this coming week.

Unfortunately this is not to everybody's taste. . .

However the simplicity of this game is in complete contradiction to the angst players experience.

Scripts plays differently with however many players you introduce, but a common feeling through every game is.... AAAAGGHH! I don't want to give you that!!!
You never know the winner until the scoring stage.

Reminds of a pulsating economy fluctuating between spiralling inflation, when there is a lot of gold in hand and players pay over the odds for cards,and near bankruptcy near the end when 2 gold is a fortune!


Highly Addictive

Terrific fun and guarantees a load of laughs.

2p: 15 points up
3p: 11 points up
(a great way to make it more interesting)

20 mins.

100+
2011-10-18
Owned
quelf elf
Spain
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10
Nov 2011
TnT have it
2013-11-01
Ralph Severson
United States
New Albany
Indiana
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10
Feb 2011
Christmas 2010
2010-11-25
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Jenny Miller
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10
Mar 2011
Love it!
2011-03-16
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Moma J Gamer
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10
Mar 2011
Easy and fun
2011-03-20
Steve M
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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10
Sep 2015
An excellent game for 2-4 players. Scales really well between these numbers and is a blast to replay a few times in a row. Each game feels different due to random cards being removed each time, it's really interesting to bluff your way to victory in a category by one point, or improving a colour you have only a few of, to redirect player's attention from a colour you want to collect for cheap.

15-30m, 2-5 players. 20+ plays.
2015-08-13
Owned
Grace P.
United States
Turlock
California
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10
Sep 2011
This game deserves a higher ranking. Quick and enjoyable. Everyone I've taught this to has really liked it.
2011-10-11
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Robin Næss
Norway
Torp
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10
Jun 2011
The ease of explanation of this game makes it the filler
of choice. Nobody I`ve taught this to dislikes the game.
Everybody wants to better their skills with a follow up game. Especially women find it interesting to play. Not
everybody likes the wargaming or fantasy theme exciting.
This can be played by young and old and all gender.
2012-07-28
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Kathy Sheets
United States
Port Saint Lucie
Florida
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10
Sep 2011
9/18/11--Took this on the cruise and we played at LEAST 5 games a day. It's so easy and so much fun. The cards are showing wear, but it doesn't seem to impact play. All 3 of us love love love this game!

FINALLY! I have this game in my hot little hands! And it IS different and it IS fun! This is right up there with Jaipur, I think, though I've only played 2 games so far. It will be better in the long run considering that it plays up to 4 while Jaipur only plays 2.
2011-12-07
Owned
Jeff Gluck
United States
Los Angeles
California
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Unless someone like you... cares a whole, awful lot... nothing is going to get better... It's not...
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10
Jan 2012
Perfect for what it is.
2012-01-09
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And 74
Brazil
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10
Sep 2012
Outstanding game!
2012-04-22
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Stefan Stignei
United States
Santa Barbara
CA
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10
May 2012
The perfect card game. The rule book makes it seem much more complicated than it really is. Super simple to explain.
2012-05-27
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Michael Poplawski
Canada
Victoria
British Columbia
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10
Jan 2013
I love this game--it's quick and tense and I love how that all the scoring happens at game end upon the reveal. Rarely does a player know they have the game sewn up. Loads of paranoia throughout the game.

Just great!
2013-08-15
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Sean Duncan
United States
Bloomington
IN
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10
Sep 2013
Love, love, love this little game.
2013-09-19
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patrick somers
United States
wyandotte
Michigan
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10
Apr 2014
sleeves are mandatory, draft/auction/market manipulation all in a half hour or so

upped my rating after multiple plays... awesome short card game.
2013-05-26
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Joe Canuck
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10
May 2014
Book-like packaging hides a well thought out drafting game where you must choose the right card for yourself, your opponents… and a second deck of cards to be auctioned after the draft, all in hopes of getting victory points for the most of each colour. This is one game where you really need to pay attention to what other players are doing too, and it's quite intense as well as fun.

BIG PLUS: easy to learn, quick play, interactive, well designed
MINUS: (none)

ESSENTIAL to those who want a nice starter game that runs on different mechanics and is playable by all ages.
2013-12-28
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I Love You
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10
Apr 2013
This is the greatest game ever known to man.
2013-04-22
Ulrich Roth
Spain
Barcelona
Catalunya
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10
Jul 2013
Brilliant design, and already a classic.
2013-07-08
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Bradley Shadrix
United States
Athens
GA - Georgia
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10
Aug 2015
New in Shrink
(2014 Reprint)
2014-07-31
Owned
Ian Porter

South Carolina
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10
Jan 2014
2 player excellence
2014-01-11
Jason Case
United States
Lehi
UT
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10
Feb 2014
Really great card game. Play it as often as I can.
2014-02-14
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Henrik Horneber
Germany
Hannover
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10
Dec 2014
Instant classic. Have yet to find a group it doesn't work in.

2015-04-08
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Todd Adams
United States
Medina
OH
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10
Feb 2015
Biblios has quickly become a favorite of mine. I can't get enough of it right now.
2014-11-19
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Sterling Tian
United States
Greendale
Wisconsin
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10
Jun 2014
Great game. The game design is low profile enough to allow the players to interact with each other while being complex enough to allow interesting decisions. Always brings laughs and a strong sense of tension.

Biblios is an excellent game.
2014-06-29
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Jacob White
United States
Valparaiso
Indiana
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10
Oct 2014
For whatever the reason, this game feels just about perfect to me. It runs at a nice pace, everyone is engaged in each others turns. The bidding portion is quick and satisfying. Such a nice game.
2015-02-07
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Stephen Aslett

Houston
Texas
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10
Nov 2014
One of the best short card games ever made.
2014-11-12
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Witek Wasilewski
Poland
Warsaw
Falenica
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Jun 2015
I don't like filler games that much as they lack essence for me, but Biblios did wonderful job to prove me wrong.

So simple yet so interesting, keeps your head in the game from beginning till the end.
2014-12-19
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George Ellis
United States
Bloomington
Illinois
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10
Dec 2014
I was surprised at how much I liked this game. It is very simple but a lot of fun. I played it with four people and there was a good bit of good natured competition. A great game.
2014-12-24
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bernie salinas
United Kingdom
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10
Jun 2015
Amazingly simple... so much fun
2015-06-07
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Chris Venturini
United States
Hillsdale
Michigan
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10
Aug 2015
Need a filler? Buy this, buy it right now.
2015-08-11
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Scott Barker
United States
Zionsville
Indiana
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9.8
Sep 2013
Amazingly simple elegant game- 5 dice (that you never roll) and a deck of cards. Brilliant little auction mechanic. You 'gift' cards to yourself, opponents and set aside cards to auction. You bid with gold that was gifted. Perfect game to play with the wife before bedtime. Minimal pieces but yet deep decisions.
2013-09-21
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Sarah ...
United States
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9.75
Jul 2015
Using Comments to show my and my husband's ranking of games (only games we own are ranked)

My Rank -- My Husband's Rank

July 2015 4 -- 44
Jan 2015 25 -- 22
2015-07-05
Owned
Yours Truly,
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
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9.5
Jan 2012
Engaging, fun little card game. Bumped to 9 due to amazing art of release as Biblios (used to be Scripts & Scribes), and because the theme is so close to my heart. Some of my favorite graphic design in a game, awesome "book-box" and nice multi-colored dice. However I have to ding it for some quality issues: cards chip even with gentle tile shuffle, so have to be sleeved. Also card-well in insert only has thumb holes half way down, which makes the thumb holes useless; you have to turn the whole thing upside down to get the cards out. Finally there is the notoriously strong smell when new that makes some people physically ill.
2011-12-05
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Tony Brum
United States
Ewa Beach
Hawaii
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9.5
Feb 2015
This can be played with new players, and they'll pick it up after a single run-through. Excellent short card game. One of my favorite games to fill 30 minutes. Very elegant design, wonderful artwork and amazingly addictive game play. Very innovative game mechanics. Wife likes it too.
2013-04-29
Owned
Pee di Moor
Netherlands
Rotterdam
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9.5
Oct 2012
See other description.
2013-11-06
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Lenz Poh
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore
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9.5
Feb 2014
THE MOST PLAYED GAME IN MY ENTIRED COLLECTION. If you must get 1 game, get this.

Includes 5 white dice for Designer Approved Official 5 Players Variant Gameplay
2015-04-30
Owned
"Kurosawa"
Belgium
Antwerp
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9.5
Nov 2012
Very elegant design, wonderful artwork and amazingly addictive gameplay. A little underrated gem.
2012-09-14
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Brian Parish
United States
Bartonville
Illinois
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9.5
Feb 2015
The more I play this game the more I love it. It's a perfect filler game. When I first played it I thought it was much more luck based, but the more you play you realize that it's very possible to control your fate completely with it.
2015-02-13
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