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O.Shane Balloun
United States
Bellingham
Washington
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The games that represent my profession the best are: Container, Panamax, Francis Drake, Pirate's Cove, Blackbeard, etc.
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Ideal Client: one who hires me to interpret board game rules.
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7
Jan 2015
Owned
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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Be Happy in your Game!
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I spent 100 Geek Gold and all I got was this lousy overtext message!
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6.8
Sep 2008*
The blind movement mechanism makes this interesting but relegates it to the realm of party game. There's more going on with the trading aspect however to give it a second look.
2008-09-22*
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Michael K.
Netherlands
Huizen
Noord-Holland
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Hoe, hoe, hee, hee!!? Zo werkt dat niet!!
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6.5
Jul 2007*
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Jesper Rugård Jensen
Denmark
Copenhagen
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6.5
Jan 2010*
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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6.5
Mar 2009*
Basic game:  6.5  - The blind sailing is tense and fun. The rest of the game is sort of there, but does give you incentives to sail to difficult places.

Advanced game: TBD - but it sounds like the strategic part of the game will be more to my tastes than in the basic game.
2009-12-03
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Brad
United States
Tampa
Florida
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Rise, Men of Sherwood, and Play Games!
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Heroes can, on occasion, be made of plastic...
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6.5
Jun 2009*
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Duchess of Erat
Netherlands
Enschede
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6.5
Jul 2011
This was fun to try. The drawing was very hard at first, but we got better. Fun game if not played too much.
2011-07-19
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David Zimmerman
United States
Branson
Missouri
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6.5
Apr 2011
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Mike B
Netherlands
Utrecht
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6.5
Sep 2011
Quirky game. Strategics mixed with blind sailing. Very odd. Fun to play though. It's hard to see strategics when you're busy sailing blind by the way.

Splotter has made better games, but this one is quite funny to play.
2011-10-05
Owned
Andrea Nini
Italy
Modena
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Best. Game. Ever.
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6.5
May 2012
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Jonathan Harrison
United States
Fisher
Illinois
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So long ...
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... and thanks for all the fish.
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6.5
Nov 2012
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2013-06-06
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Grand Prince Poutine Lord High Thrifter
Canada
Vancouver
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6.5
Feb 2015
I'm not quite sure how to rate this one. The game is great fun and there's no doubt that it is made by the blind map drawing thing. But, the actual meat & potatoes (id est, the trading/fulfilling contracts) is quite pedestrian by today's standards. There just isn't much there and the game seemed to drag after a while.

As you would expect from Splotter, the components are very well done.
2014-03-28
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SeonGyo Lee
South Korea
Gimpo
GyungGy-Do
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6.4
Nov 2005*
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Alan How
United Kingdom
Bromley
Kent
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6
Apr 2004*
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Juergen Janik
Germany
Mannheim
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Feb 2003*
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Gary Jackson
New Zealand
Auckland
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May 2004*
Enjoyed the very different travel mechanism, the final contract- fulfilling part didn't work for me.
2004-05-02*
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Kristian Amundsen Østby
Norway
Langhus
Unspecified
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Jun 2011
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Scott Nicholson
Canada
Brantford
Ontario
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6
Oct 2004*
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KC Humphrey
United States
Gresham
Oregon
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May 2005*
6 after 1 play - we were poor shipmasters to say the least.
2005-05-13*
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Darrell Hanning
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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6
Oct 2005*
Fun maneuvering your ships to port, but the trade system is a bit shallow for the game to shine, overall.
2009-05-29
Owned
For Trade
Chris Boote
United Kingdom
Virginia Water
Surrey
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6
Jan 2006*
Owned
Kevin Gonzalez
United States
Athens
Georgia
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6
Sep 2006*
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Matthew Bond
United Kingdom
Norwich
Norfolk
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6
Dec 2009*
The "close you eyes and navigate your ship around a map" bit is a real hoot, but the serious part lets it down a bit. However, I have only played the basic game and the advanced rules look likely to add a bit more strategy and balance, which is to be welcomed.
2009-10-02
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Joshua Buergel
United States
Seattle
Washington
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6
Apr 2007*
The blind drawing is certainly a unique mechanism, and a fun one, and it carries this game. The rest of it is only so-so, so if the idea of drawing blind with dry-erase markers doesn't wind you up, skip it.
2007-04-18*
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Ewout H
Netherlands
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6
Nov 2008*
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Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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6
Nov 2011
Picked up in Essen. Two versions, basic and advanced. Played the basic game with 4 and we had a blast! The blind navigation was fun, but Amsterdam (the game) kicked our butts.

2014: played with the designer and had fun with it again. Very dependent on the group. Much more enjoyable if you are not very good at it. I had an amazing run on one trip that had us all cheering, but also one where I navigated off the edge of the map!
2014-08-30
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Hans van der Drift
Australia
Bulimba
Qld
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6
Nov 2007*
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Mark Casiglio
United States
Bethany
Connecticut
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6
Sep 2008*
One play ... basic game. A little overly long for what it is (90 mins?!? Our first game took about 3 hours), and I can see being left without much of a meaningful decision in the last few rounds if the right combination of contracts and goods aren't out there for you ... but I've never come across a more fun combination of strategy and party game. One wonders how it would hold up to repeated play, and I can't see playing the nearly impossible looking advanced game. I could see incorporating components of it ... like placing your workers individually ... but the whole contract bidding system just looks fatal. Anxious to give this another try and see if we can't speed it up a little.
2007-09-30*
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nathan hayden
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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6
Mar 2015
Great navigation part! = 8. I don't think the negotiation part actually works.
2015-03-02
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men
Spain
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6
Jan 2008*
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Brian
United States
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Dec 2007*
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Graham Lockwood
Australia
Blacktown
NSW
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6
Jun 2008*
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Kermit Rickenberg
United States
Kissimmee
Florida
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6
Jan 2011
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Bernhard Naegele
Germany
Wernau
Baden-Württemberg
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6
Mar 2009*
Owned
Mark Price
England
Howden
East Riding of Yorkshire
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6
Apr 2010
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Detlef Dölling
Germany
Nordrhein-Westfalen
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6
Apr 2010
Owned
Warren Adams
Australia
Lathlain
Western Australia
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6
Aug 2010
Owned
Jay Mata
Philippines
Quezon City
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6
Feb 2014
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Andre Viana
Brazil
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6
Jun 2012
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Tiago Duarte
Portugal
2870-122 Montijo
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We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
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6
Mar 2014
It's a fun game, but it takes toooooo long for what it is.
2014-03-24
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Enrico Viglino
United States
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona
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Silenced - BGG's moderation policies have driven me completely from here
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6
Oct 2013
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Eric Johnson
United States
Rohnert Park
California
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6
May 2014
Navigation mechanic using wipe-off maps and erasable pens really shines; apart from that, an average game lacking in interesting strategy decisions. Game must be played semi-cooperatively due to the difficulties in navigation which encourage multiple players to form syndicates and also due to the extreme difficulty of defeating Amsterdam (if Amsterdam wins, all players lose). After one play, I'm not sure that it's possible to defeat Amsterdam, at least with three players. Spice cards/tokens would have benefitted from clearer differentiation among the different kinds of cargoes.
2014-05-03
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Stephen F
Canada
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Nov 2014
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Allan Mertner
United Kingdom
London
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I buy boardgames all the time. I love boardgames :-)
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5
Aug 2007*
The mechanism where you have to draw with your eyes closed to sail is cute, but not enough to make this a good game...
2007-08-06*
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For Trade
Maurizio Bignoli
Italy
Novara
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5
Oct 2007*
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Herman Budde
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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5
Apr 2010
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Gordon Hua
United States
California
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5
Aug 2010
Owned
Adam Tucker
United States
Warren
Michigan
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5
Sep 2009*
Initial impression - limited plays
2009-12-15
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Roberto Bueno
Spain
Gijon
Asturias
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5
Aug 2012
Laughs and more laughs. a game that won't see table too often, but I loved it. It's worth the price. It's a kind of deep filler, next time probably we would play it more seriously hehehe
2010-05-05
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Frank Rudloff
Germany
Essen
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5
Jan 2010*
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