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David Ells
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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Here the truceless armies yet / Trample, rolled in blood and sweat; / They kill and kill and never die; / And I think that each is I. // None will part us, none undo / The knot that makes one flesh of two, /
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Sick with hatred, sick with pain, / Strangling -- When shall we be slain? // When shall I be dead and rid / Of the wrong my father did? / How long, how long, till spade and hearse / Puts to sleep my mother's curse?
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10
Jul 2008*
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Arden Nelson Jr.
United States
Ohio
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10
Feb 2014
Pre-ordered from Jolly Roger. Looks great and wish I had time to learn and players available. Hopefully before school starts I can give this one a try.
2010-07-28
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Travis Sonsalla
United States
Rollingstone
MN
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10
Dec 2010
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Christopher Seguin
United States
Cleveland
Ohio
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10
May 2014
Anytime a group of either four or five of us get together, this one (unsurprisingly) makes it to the table. This is one of my top games, as it mixes US History, the US Constitution (the greatest document ever written), and excellent boardgame mechanics.

There is quite a bit of shuffling, planning, outmaneuvering, outsmarting, cajoling, and overall player interaction that makes this one of my all-time favorites. I must try to play this more often.
2014-05-22
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Neil Wehneman
United States
Grove City
Ohio
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10
Jan 2011
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Patrick Hahn
United States
Medina
Ohio
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10
Oct 2011
I really enjoy Founding Fathers. Great feel to it. The historical blurbs on the cards & rulebook add a lot to the experience (very educational) and the gameplay is tight & exciting with many difficult decisions.

Love it! I can't see myself ever turning down an invite to play. Rating upped to a 10.
2012-03-11
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Greg Schmittgens
United States
Wichita
Kansas
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10
Mar 2013
One of my 10s
2013-03-28
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Corey Porter
United States
Fort Wayne
Indiana
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10
Aug 2010
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David Bailey
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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10
Feb 2011
Love it! Great game! It captures the feel of the constitution convention and does it in an elegant manner. There is a lot more depth to the game than seems to be initially. There is also a lot of tension coming down the wire on the votes and the end scoring. Most games I've played have been very, very close--one 4-player game, in fact, ended in a 3-way tie for first!
2011-02-24
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rob grimmett
United States
wichita
Kansas
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10
Sep 2011
John Lydon
United States
New York
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10
Dec 2010
TELBET
United States
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Dec 2010
Absolutely amazed how the designers can distill history down into a board game where each card reflects the actions and personalities of each participant in the Constitutional Convention. Highly recommended for American History buffs or students.
2011-08-19
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Chang Liu
China
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10
Jan 2011
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Brian Mc Cabe
United States
Arizona
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10
Jan 2011
I can't recommend this game highly enough. The Constitutional Convention ca. 1776. An excellent history lesson without being dry and bland, as history can sometimes be when not presented properly.

It can be picked up by even a novice player quite easily. Has beautiful, if simple, components.
2011-01-21
Justin Davis
United States
Sewickley
PA
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Dec 2014
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PK WADDLE
United States
Austin
texAS
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10
Aug 2014
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Toby Merida
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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10
Aug 2011
Newest game from the pair that made 1960: The Making of the President. The goal here is to be the founding father with the most renown at the end of the game, which consists of the making of the US constitution. Players have a hand of delegates that represent a state, defend an issue and have a special ability. A different issue of the constitution is considered each round while players use delegates to either help or go against the issue.
2011-12-01
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Brian Price

Hood River
Oregon
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10
Jul 2015
Beautiful components. Historical theme. Unusual objective for victory conditions.

I upped my score for this game after coming back a year later. The set collecting aspect, which seems obvious now, escaped me when first working through the rule set. The power of the states with fewer delegates at controlling the tempo for when each round ends, which also seems obvious now, also escaped me on earlier plays.

All the mechanics of Founding Fathers work together perfectly, and they all manage to portray the theme extremely well. I find my self announcing "Maryland votes Yea!" just like I was watching the movie 1776.

Great job with this one.
2015-06-26
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Daniel Oasis
United States
Gardner
Kansas
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10
Aug 2011
I like politics and I love 'Merica! So Founding Fathers jump out at me. I was happy that I got it. Other then the educational factor, the game play of manipulating votes, entering the debat track and the very careful way you have to deal with the cancel room makes the game one of my favriots.
2015-02-05
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CM Amidon
United States
International Falls
Minnesota
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GO CRAWL IN A CAVE! When not playing games.
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10
Jul 2014
A Euro the has theme fully implemented? Plays relatively quickly? Production vales high? Historical notes all over the game, yet don't invade gameplay? Cards that can be used for multiple choices? This game just blew away my fairly high expectations.
2014-07-29
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Lee eun-kyu
South Korea
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Feb 2012
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Stacie Meadows
United States
West Virginia
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Apr 2012
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Rick Vinyard
United States
Las Cruces
New Mexico
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10
Aug 2012
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Toby Merida
United States
Indiana
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10
Jun 2012
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Gregory Bim-Merle
United States
Trail Creek
Indiana
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10
Jun 2012
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Thomas Pustelak
United States
Michigan
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Jul 2012
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Ieiasu Tokugawa
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10
Mar 2015
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David Webb
United States
Little Rock
Arkansas
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10
Jul 2015
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fantasy474 007
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10
May 2013
Steven Townshend
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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10
Feb 2014
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steve templeton
United Kingdom
bangor
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10
Apr 2014
excellent 2-5 player game , full of interesting decisions and theme
2014-04-22
Joseph Nicnick
United States
Brodheadsville
Pennsylvania
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10
Jun 2014
3-5. Euro-ish game about trying to become the most influential delegate at the constitutional convention.

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2014-06-17
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Jim Dietz
United States
Sigel
Illinois
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9.5
Jul 2011
I'm biased, but I love the game.
2011-05-29
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Sami Korpela
Finland
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9.5
Jun 2011
High learning curve, but after learning some cards this starts to shine. If youre just gonna teach this game to some people, dont bother. Needs to be on play with same people several times.
2011-06-29
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NICK WATKINS
United States
New York
New York
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9.5
May 2011
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Alysson Lago
Brazil
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9.5
Dec 2011
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Jim Kiifner
United States
Etna
Ohio
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9.5
Oct 2010
Multiple scoring opportunities and historic theme...VERY cool game.
2010-12-27
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Rob White
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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9.5
Jul 2015
Aug, 2012: Really surprised by how much I liked this game. Adam taught it to Allen and me at GenCon 2012 and I'd love to play it many more times, for sure. Wonderful card play, fast play time. Terrific.

July, 2013: Finally bought a copy after loving my only play last year. In a week, I've played a bunch of pretend games, one real game (with reluctant sister, son and nephew) and one online game. Absolutely love it! So I just moved it to my #10 game with a 9.5 rating.
2013-07-10
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Bryce Journey
United States
Omaha
Nebraska
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9.5
May 2014
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Andrew Shegda
United States
Travelers Rest
South Carolina
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9.5
Mar 2015
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Rob

Tennessee
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9.5
Oct 2014
Excellent game, especially for family play. This game is an outstanding example of an activity that is both fun and educational. One of our family's favorites for sure.
2014-10-14
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Steven Brooks
United States
Florida
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9.5
Aug 2015
Richard Rutten
Netherlands
Nijmegen
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the spunk plus the bomb plus the pump plus the torture instrument times frankie equalling the bang is an exclusive piece of ZTT exploitation
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You don't need eyes to see, you need vision. (mj)
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9.4
Mar 2012
Apart from the theme this almost seems like the perfect game for me. It has the right mix of strategy and tactics. It has found the perfect balance between luck and influence. It is just awesome. Initially the game was on my radar but it dropped of because it was not readily available in Europe and the theme did not really strike a chord with me. But when it came available for online play at Yucata I played a game and was amazed how much I liked it. I had my own copy the next week. This multiplayer card driven game is pretty streamlined and everybody should be able to pick up the rules very quickly. Players who have played it more and have a better knowledge of the available cards do have an advantage. But this is not so big new players will be without a chance to win. The game has a big take that factor and people who don't like that should definitely stay away. But if you're looking for a solid multiplayer card driven game of low complexity, look no further.

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2012-03-15
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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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9.2
Jan 2012
One of the better thematic/mechanism integrations I've played, which makes it a lot of fun to experience as a game. Also one of the best "educational" games I've played, as not only is it historically accurate and delves lovingly into the details of the founding, but it's got a meaty, interesting game design as well.

I enjoyed this game so much, this is the game that inspired me to join Yucata.de and promptly jump into 4 simultaneous games of it!

Game design has a nice mix of short-term gain vs. long-term investment. I also like how each round has a "mini-arc" as things crescendo to states getting locked out, a yay vs nay dynamic develops, the debates heat up, etc, then things reset all over again. Once states start getting locked out, the debates and the events mean there is still plenty to do with the cards - brilliant design!
While there is a bit of long-term planning, it's more of a chaotic game where you have to react tactically to others' play in order to do well.

The mechanics feel very political (which is good thematically). You are forging temporary alliances for the yay or nay of a particular bill. On top of that, there is the incentive to be on the losing side (committee room) which gives the game a good balance.

I'm a little unsure of whether the designers meant it to be more of a quick-paced, not-too-serious light game or more of a thinky game (see game night geeklist for more).

Clearly loving attention to detail has been applied to the production; the flags on the cards, for example, and the beautiful calligraphy on the acts.
The historical angle is interesting and fascinating, as for example you get to see the "alternative" to each act.

Jason Matthews has over the past few months quickly gained my respect as a designer. This month Founding Fathers, last month Twilight Struggle, and a few months earlier Campaign Manager 2008 (which, while relatively light and a theme-turn-off for me, is still a pretty cool election game). Matthews' theme-mechanics integration is pretty much as good as you can get while still having a very playable, meaty strategy game. Any more and it would have to be a simulation. And, he makes the history come alive in a really cool way.
2011-12-21
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Luis Fernando Nadal
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9.2
Aug 2013
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Max Jamelli
United States
Chambersburg
Pennsylvania
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Jun 2011
I like the mechanics and the options. Deceivingly deep.
2012-04-12
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Adam Daulton
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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Dec 2010
I'm really liking this after two plays. Potential to move my rating up. Is it 1960 for multiple players, maybe not quite, but it is still a darn good game.

Played 1/8/11
2011-01-09
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brian
United States
Cedar Lake
Indiana
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Jul 2014
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Scott Anderson
United States
Midlothian
Texas
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Jun 2010
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Erik
United States
Illinois
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"OVER THE LINE!!!"
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Sep 2010
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